That is how life is in general, ‘ you walk up the stairs to your apartment , see the family of the security guard living in the small space below the staircase, open the door to your 1 BHK and feel I should move to a bigger house’ .
You think that happiness is in a bigger house, you forget that it is within you.
Khalia top trek and biking to Munsiyari
“There is something about the top of a mountain that I often yearn for and sitting here at 12000 feet i have a mixed feeling, not being at home for diwali sucks but nonetheless this place is breathtakingly beautiful.Snow capped mountains , yellowish orange grass and the occasional quiet amongst the rustling of the leaves.God has placed beauty at strange places and like other things he makes it available to only those who fight for it.It was a strenuous bike ride quite evident from the fact that it took 18 straight hours just to ride back. But if not for it, I would have not experienced the first snowfall of the season, nor would have experienced the goosebumps before jumping into the green river and would have missed the experience of a rainbow in a huge waterfall.The world below from here looks like a tiny speck, a minuscule city lies below in its own hustle bustle and prejudices of life. Sitting here away from the maddening crowd is peaceful and at the same time enlightening for sometimes we keep looking for happiness in the wrong places. This was a wonderful bike ride and reminds me of,”All that you touch and all that you see will all your life will ever be.”
Munsiyari(Close to China – Nepal border ) diaries.
Somethings just become a part of your life, you just can’t live without it, tea is one such thing for me. I have great memories of having the beverage with friends and family at amazing locations.
Everest base camp trail had so many such locations where I took numerous breaks for a cup of tea and spoke to random strangers. But often it was solitude, a cup of tea , a snow capped mountain, a book and a notebook to scribble. Travel now a days is more of consumerism. You go to a place , click pictures, eat , sleep , drink and back. But often when you cut yourself from the cacophony and reflect,you learn a thing or two about yourself.Next time you go to a place, pause, look around and take back few memories.
The evening cup of tea today brought back the memories of an afternoon cup of tea at 3800 meters, it was real cold, windy and I was tired, as usual a cup of tea came to the rescue.
– Memoirs of a tea lover.
Every country has its own charm, its own feel, its own way of living and surviving.The architecture of the temples is what you see everywhere in form of temple, sculptors on the road or even minute ones at home. Beyond the temples is the tropical climate which has not only made everything around green but also has bestowed it with numerous waterfalls. And it does have its share of beaches, wherever there are beaches there are cafes and party.
Bali became a famous destination probably after Eat Pray Love. I am happy to have visited it this year because day by day the place is gaining popularity much because of its affordability and the diversity that it has to offer.I spent about 10 days in Bali in July this month and another 2 days in Gilli T islands . Went to a lot of beaches, waterfalls, did a trek, did a tea tasting session, went to temples, a couple of hikes and last but not the least had plenty of food.
I list down the best among all the things to do :
1)Beaches : If you are a beach and party person you should definitely go to Gilli T islands, a 2 hour ferry ride from Bali.However if you have fewer days you could enjoy the beach and cafe scene at Seminyak area. Seminyak is little costly and you could be at Kuta, it would suit your pockets. However don’t miss out the Rock Bar in Jimbaran. The beach here at Jimbaran was one of the best beaches.
2) Waterfalls: I stayed in Ubud and Kuta area and moved all around Bali. There are a lot of waterfalls, in fact amazing waterfalls and if time permits you should definitely go to all of them: Tenguyan waterfall, Gitgit waterfall,Belsinga waterfall and tukad cepunng must be in your list.
3)Treks: Even if you are not a trekker , you should not miss out the midnight trek to Mount Batur Volcano, it will be your chance to see an amazing sunrise and also experiencing a volcano. This trek inspired me to do one trek in each country i visit.
4)Temples in Bali:
I think your trip in bali would never end without being to at least 4 to 5 temples. Each temple is unique and the journey to the temple is also unique. The temples here are knows as pura,A Pura is a Balinese Hindu temple. and the place of worship for the adherents of Balinese Hinduism in Indonesia. Puras are built in accordance to rules, style, guidance and rituals found in Balinese architecture.Among the most famous ones are: Tanah lot, Uluwatu temple, Ulun Danu Beratan and Besakih. Besakih was the biggest among the lot and had a breathtaking view from the top.
5) Hikes : I absolutely loved the Campuhan ridge walk and should not be missed. The good part is that there are cafes inside and one could take a hike in the morning and have breakfast in one of the cafes.
6) Paddy field: If you travel deep and around, you will realise that most of Bali is paddy fields, a walk in the fields is a must
7)Gilli T: Take a 2 day break from Bali and go to this amazing island.All i did was sit in various cafes and walk around this amazing island experiencing great sunsets and good music.
The number of people to Bali is increasing every year, this is the time to be there, in future probably you may not get your space.
Tegenungan Waterfall is a waterfall on Bali, Indonesia. It is located at the Tegenungan Kemenuh village, in Gianyar, North from the capital Denpasar and close to the artist village of Ubud. The waterfall is isolated but has become a popular tourist attraction to explore and relax. It is one of the few waterfalls in Bali that is not situated in highlands or mountainous territory. The amount and clarity of the water at the site depends on rainfall but it contains green surroundings with fresh water that can be swum in. The waterfall includes varying highs that can be climbed after the descent down stairs to reach it. This attraction also features a viewing point to the jungle and waterfall at the main entrance
The Uberpool driver gave me the phone and said, ‘ bhaiya madam kya star star bol rahi hain ek baar aap baat karo na.’ I took the phone and the lady said,’ he is not able to understand Starbucks, I am standing in front of it’.
I thought what high expectations from a guy whose only worries were stars and making some bucks.
Another great realization also was the fact that we live in our own small fancy worlds, immune to the lives of people who just scrape through.
Some 4 years back I once shared a ride with a goat as a co passenger while returning back from a remote village in Rajasthan. Once I missed my bus while returning from Rishikesh and a truck wala was benevolent enough to give me a lift to Delhi. Life on roads has always been existing and unexpected.I did treks, plenty of those, traveled extensively, met people from out of my circle, read books and life just went on. All this roaming and reading made me forget myself, made me realize that the world was not about me and neither was I as important as the world wanted me to be. I realized that the struggle will not end, life was just meant to be lived. Much more than anything it was much more than the petty Nouns we associate ourselves with. No I am not a traveler, a reader, no runner, I am an ordinary person in this extraordinary world.
This picture is one of my favorite, it has a view of mount everest and clouds.