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on tarrying about…

Provided the clouds hold up their end of the bargain… mornings at altitudes are as revelling as they are chilly… the sun holds sway over the light but still struggles with negotiations on the heat part… though that is immaterial if one is weaving their way up an unforgiving slope, that too not the one predestined to get any sun before noon…

With a small party that is generally attuned to acting like a grumpy stickler for speed in the mountains, we hardly have any time to dawdle while in higher climes, the terrain is always holding up something under its sleeve and if that relents, the weather gods cry foul and start pelting down their interpretations of natural equilibrium…

We had been pretty much been prancing like mad men on the way to Tirath (not that it changed much on the way back), the trail was completely haughty and hardly revealed itself… add to that the rainy punctuations (or hail if the cumulus wanted to crank it up a notch), and rockfalls completely camouflaged by the monsoon shrubbery, life was a cold wet disco…   

So when we finally got some crisp morning sunshine for all the toils, the troupe was understandably all hale and hearty, skipping across the soft, moist stream beds of Saketi to peep hither and thither, alerting some blue sheep in the distance while at it… the wind picked up after twenty odd minutes of a lull though, and we promptly descended into that never ending race against the clouds…

Saketi Top, Trek to Tirath - Source of Tirthan River, Tirthan Valley, Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh, India

Saketi Top, Tirthan Valley, Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh…

Parth Joshi

Allured by the outdoors, the author is made up in parts of that quintessential lost soul wreathing under the pangs of biophilia in a desk job, a wannabe elegist mostly ending up in dungeons of poetasters and an optimist waiting for the senility of the modern world to fade away while sampling shoots and leaves.

In saner times, he has a keen interest in areas pertaining to tourism, history, agriculture and climate change, especially with respect to historical interpretations, emerging technologies and future livelihoods.

An avid trekker, runner, cyclist, birder and photographer, he is more often than not found gloating over anything hinterland, on foot or over computer monitors, and fantasizing solutions that can foster ‘inclusive’ growth and sustainable livelihoods for communities at the grassroots.

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