Tell us about the top five places you’ve always wanted to visit.
Source: The Wanderer
- Mount Kailash + Lake Mansarovar
- Pangong Tso Lake
- Mount Everest
- Leh, Ladakh
- Khardung La Pass
All the above places are not just tourist spots. They are places which demonstrate that Nothing is Impossible for Brave Hearts. The earliest memories of my craze towards mountaineering backs to those days when DD1 used to broadcast documentaries of North East daily after 10AM. I distinctly remember those days when I used to skip my school so that I could get to see the documentaries. My favorite programme used to be Kashmir Nama, not sure how many of them still remember those programmes. After this during our 2nd standard, we had a lesson on Bachendri Pal – The first Indian Woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Ever since that, I had this in my mind, that one day I am going to make it to these places #solo. Yes. I want to go alone on all these treks.
Mount Kailash + Lake Mansarovar: Mount Kailash is one of the toughest Hindu Pilgrimage that one can take, primarily due to its harsh climate and treacherous roads which leads to the abode of Lord Shiva. Lake Mansarovar is one such lake which signifies the importance of having a still mind in one’s life.
The lake is located at the southern foot of Mount Kailash, stretching up to 55miles (88kms) in perimeter it goes 330 feet deep and about 120 sq mi of total area. Lake Manasarovar has exceptional beauty that varies from crystal clear blue water near the shores and a deep emerald green colour at the center. There are a few monasteries on the shore of the lake and most striking of all is the ancient Chiu Gompa Monastery, which has been built right onto a steep hill.(Source: Click Here)
It is said that the water in this lake is so clear that, even if you drop a stone in the lake, you can clearly see it hit the bottom. This symbolizes, the struggles that a man has to undertake in his life in order to beat all the odds in life to pursue a spiritual path which leads him to have greater state of mind. In this state, as you call in Yoga, the Samastithi, one feels nothing but unconditional love towards the entire Universe. He is not carried away by Passionate forces like anger, lust, greed, possessiveness etc. Instead his heart becomes like Mansarovar, a huge goblet full of unconditional love towards everyone including his enemies.
The famous Dil Se song
After that I saw it in 3 idiots and next in SRK’s Jab Tak Hain Jaan. This lake too is not that easy to reach. One has to be mentally and physically tough in order to survive the harsh climate and then reach the lake taking a very tough journey across the deathly curves of Himalayan Terrains. Moreover, I have a dream of proposing my life partner near this lake. This has been my dream since many years.
For those of you who do not recall the 3 Idiots scene where this lake was used can see here
The initial scenes of Jab Tak Hain Jaan
Mount Everest: I need not say anything about this. This is the king of all adventures I can say. It takes months of dedicated planning and practice to climb this mighty mountain and reach the summit. A true test for one’s willpower and a challenge for those who have hearts of steel.
Mind you , the below picture is not photoshopped. This is how it looks like when you reach the summit.
Moreover, the very first time I got interested about Ladakh was when a leading English newspaper published about the Uranium and Thorium Deposits hidden in the Mountains of Ladakh. It is indeed a true example for why India is still an apple of one’s eye especially for terrorists and other anti-social elements. Sadly, the areas where the Radioactive elements are there are all under control of Pakistan/China.
Yes, the mountains indeed keep calling me everyday and I shall go very soon….because as John Muir says