Solely believing in the mantra of Work ↠ Save ↠ Travel & Repeat, I imbibed the zeal of traveling in the year of 2016, after getting married to my soulmate. In these three years we managed to cover 11 beautiful states of Incredible India, two union territories and eight other countries worldwide.
Being a teacher by profession it has always been challenging to balance work and holidays. Neither we are blessed with Saturday’s as a day off nor with pre informed dates of breaks. Getting back to memory lane I hardly remember celebrating any of the Indian festivals back home. We treat these holidays as quick escapes from our busy chaotic work life.
This write up is about my first ever solo trip as a female traveler. Yes, you are reading it right! For this I can't thank my better half more. There were many things going in and around me and I had been longing for a quick escape (like every other travel freak). But somehow I was not getting the courage to take the call of going all alone. Digging into internet, doing all the possible research, finally I was charged up to do my first solo trek.
My Gateway To Mountains – Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh, India
A group of 15 strangers took a trekking trip, we reached Jibhi - the offbeat destination situated in Kullu district after a tiring journey of long 11 hours. Trust me, the mesmerizing views of this scenic hamlet left me bewildered and my travel weary was vanished in a jiff.
Our stay was in the beautiful camping site and the witty manager Mr. Piyush was just an icing on the cake with his extra ordinary sense of humor. We finished our first day with a short and enthralling forest walk and relishing Maggie. I often wonder, why does it taste so good in the mountains!
My day 2 started after waking up in the scenic lap of nature listening to delightful sound of waterfall, sparkling sunlight, soothing bird chirruping. This feeling can only be felt deep in heart, it is quite a difficult task to put all the beauty and ambience into words. As per the planned itinerary, after having a scrumptious breakfast, the group of strangers turned into friends and we went to Jalori pass (the shooting site of the famous Bollywood movie Yeah Jawani Hai Diwani). Soon we started the trek to Serolskar Lake. Nearly 2,5 hours of moderate walk took me to see the beauty of this lake, one of the hidden gems of Himachal Pradesh. My trip ended with all good moments, unique memories from making friends out of strangers, and realizing that I am such a mountain person! All those pounding heart beats, enumerable scratches, sleepy heads and body aches left me glorified. You can make memories among stranger too. Wondering how? Take a look and get inspired!
Last but not the least a special thanks and a tight hug to my facebook friend Rashmi Chadha for encouraging me to pen down my first travel write up.
Zindagi lambi nai khushal honi chaiye. Monica Goswami