Naddi, is a beautiful small village close to Mcleod Ganj in Himachal. This place was where I stayed during my visit to Himachal. After a couple of days in Naddi, I came to visit my friend who stays close by in another small village called Narghota. Narghota is situated in the southwest of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. I reached here by a local bus from Naddi. The bus rides here are thrilling and feel like you are on an adventurous ride in an amusement park. People here are very sweet and are always ready to help. The guy from the hotel where I stayed, helped me get a bus to Dharamshala, the conductor told me where exactly to get down. I was thankful I asked him to tell me when my stop came. I would end up way ahead of my stop if he didn’t tell me where to get down. While travelling locally in a place that you are little or not familiar with, it is always best to ask people for a little help beforehand.
I finally met my friend at a mall called ‘Maximus’ which was a small but pretty mall. The mall was clean and well maintained with a lot of outlets to shop and dine. But what caught my eyes was that, there was also an open corner for a sunset viewpoint, which I obviously did not miss.
My friend’s house is a 15 minutes’ walk from the mall. She asked me if I wanted to take a cab but I chose to walk. It was dark, about 7 in the evening. There were hardly any people around and the walk was fantastic. I was surrounded by the beauty of the mountains all around me. Even though I could not see the mountains clearly, the lights shimmering about from the villages close by in these Mountains, was a beautiful view that made my heart feel light from all the chaos inside my head.
As soon as we entered her village, a familiar smell made my nose tingle, the smell of cow dung it was. The sounds I heard were familiar too. The birds chirping, the cows mooing and their bells, the whistling wind and the green fields, all these reminded me of my native, Udupi. It is beautiful how nature is one and the same and yet so different at the same time. We reached her house and her Nani was the sweetest! I really enjoyed the food that she made as everything she made was like a party for my taste buds. I ended up eating Dal rice, Khadi, Thil ki Chatni, mango pickle and an authentic Himachali dish called Bhadi which is made out of sun dried dal. My Morning was again another party for my taste buds with Mixed veg paratha, dhahi and butter along with a strong tea.
All geared up for work after all the amazing food, I now sit here at their balcony which has an amazing view of the Dhauladhar ranges and greenery all around. I could not help but write about this moment that I am experiencing..
I hear the whistling of the cool breeze, sensing the touch of it on my skin. I also feel the warmth of the sun kissing me Good Morning. It is a feeling of gratitude that I feel towards nature, that I can sense these two things at the same time.
I hear the chirping of the birds, the rustling of the leaves as they depart from the trees and fall down to become manure to the ground for more trees to come, I hear people talk from far down the mountains and kids running around carefree. Occasional sounds of the vehicles that are far away along with the humming of the bees all around me. It is a feeling of gratitude that I feel towards nature, that I can hear all these things at the same time.
I can see the hazy snow covered mountains far away, which marks the last layer. The layer before that are the rich green mountains with buildings here and there. I can see trees that look like broccoli far away, I can see the trees with all their details close by. I see a birdhouse hanging by the tree beside the balcony. I am unsure which bird it belongs to. It could also be a beehive, I cannot be sure, but all I know is that it is beautiful.
I see a sparrow is interested in me. She comes by the balcony and sits on the rail. As soon as I look at her she flies away. She comes back again and looks at me. I look at her from the corner of my eye and write as though I cannot see her. She continues looking at me as I write here at this moment. I wonder what she is thinking of me. Is she thinking what is this stranger doing here? Or does she think I look familiar? Do I look funny to her? Does she think that I am a threat perhaps and is studying my every move to safeguard her family? Or does she want to be friends?
I do not want to look at her for at this moment, I like her company. She makes me feel welcomed; She makes me feel like she can read my mind. On beautiful days like these, a birdy’s company is all I need. All I feel is gratitude towards Nature that I can see and sense all these things at the same time.
This article is dedicated to the little birdy that kept me company that day. I will never forget the comfort of her presence that day. Life is all about little moments like these. I hope to make many many more to fill in my box of happy memories.
Do you have such simple and small but very beautiful travel moments that you can never forget? Do let me know in the comments below!