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Matheran on a Rainy Day

Like dry ground welcoming the rain, he let the solitude, silence, and loneliness soak in.
— Haruki Murakami

Matheran is India’s smallest hill station. Situated in the Western Ghats range in the state of Maharashtra, and easily accessible from India’s largest metropolis Mumbai, Matheran makes a perfect getaway for seekers of nature and solitude. Matheran is an eco-sensitive zone and no vehicles are allowed except emergency vehicles. The mode of conveyance is horse riding, or one may choose to walk, which we did. Although a toy train used to ply from Neral to Matheran, due to a technical snag, it was not functional.

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Dawki, Meghalaya – Edge of the Country

Dawki, the border town of Meghalaya with Bangladesh, is situated at 70 km from Shillong towards the south. The other side of the border lies the Tamabil town in Bangladesh.

The border is mostly busy with the trucks transporting stones from India to Bangladesh.

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Gazing at the other side

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Triund | Misty Mountain Hop

“If you go down in the streets today, baby, you better
You better open your eyes, 
Folk down there really don’t care, really don’t care, don’t care, really don’t
Which, which way the pressure lies
So I’ve decided what I’m gonna do now
So I’m packin’ my bags for the misty mountains, where the spirits go now
Over the hills where the spirits fly” – Led Zeppelin

Pondering at the edge of the mountain, the three peaks of Dauladhar range from which Triund gets its name (Tri = Three/ Und = Peaks) stood in front of me majestically, and I looked back. A few tents studded across the meadows. The day hikers preparing to return back and the crowd became thin. I trod on the rocky mountain observing the vastness of the mountain and the expanse of the Kangra Valley. There was an eerie silence, for which I have traveled solo a few thousand miles.

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The Zen Trek – Kheerganga

Trek to Kheerganga: A Photo Story 

Mountains should be climbed with as little effort as possible and without desire. The reality of your own nature should determine the speed. If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion. Then, when you’re no longer thinking ahead, each footstep isn’t just a means to an end but a unique event in itself. – Robert M. Pirsig [ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance ]   
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