This weekend we happened to be driving through Himachal Pradesh from Naina Devi to Hamirpur. Driving through the Bhakra Nangal Dam, we drove a good 3 hours alongside Govind Sagar through dense green forest. Interspersed with calls of myriad birds while a light rain sprinkled our windscreen, the drive was peaceful and because there was hardly any traffic on the route, it was distraction free.
The Scottish Highlands trip happened in a September when Salmons are still jumping and the biting winter cold is still just lapping at the periphery. My trip covered the various Lochs of Scottish Highlands, the most spectacular of them being Loch Ness that hides within its depth the answer to one of the most interesting mystery that has puzzled mankind. Does the Loch Ness monster really exist? If yes, then how can something that huge stay hidden in a Loch of finite depth and circumference.
My lasting impression is of a landscape that was so quiet that it could qualify as desolate if it wasn’t for the sheep and deer dotting the landscape. It was breathtaking, but its beauty was like that of sorrow and lonely tears. It felt like a land where a cold breeze could mean that you are amidst ancient spirits, where a dilapidated, run down cottage would surely have some eerie story associated with it.
When I close my eyes, it is still possible to recall that land in exquisite details. So striking was the landscape I can write countless time-turner posts on it. If you are planning a visit to the highlands and want to experience it the way I did, make sure you do so in the beginning of September, when autumn is just giving way to winter. I promise you, it will be one of the most memorable trip of your life.
If you liked this post and found it helpful, I would request you to follow these things when traveling -
- Manage your waste well and don’t litter
- Use dustbins. Tell us if you went to a place and found it hard to locate a dustbin.
- Avoid bottle waters in hills. Usually you get clean water in hills and water bottles create lot of mess in our ecosystem.
- Say big no to plastic and avoid those unhealthy snacks packed in plastic bags. Rather buy fruits.
- Don't play loud blaring music in forests of jungle camps. You are a guest in that ecosystem and disturbing the locals (humans and animals) is not polite