I doubt if there’s anyone out there who doesn’t adore travelling, especially to the mountains. There’s something about the majestic peaks, the glorious forests, the awe-inspiring pacey mountain rivers that appeal to the human soul like nothing else. While whisking away to the mountains is never a bad idea, journeying at this time of the year is nothing less than a magical experience. Camp under the starry sky, fancy a wade in the babbling brooks, trek all the way to the top, discover beautiful villages and connect with new people. Incase you are still an amateur; here are some basic tips that you must follow to make the most of your expedition.
- Be a traveller and skip playing the tourist:
Let’s commence with the difference between a tourist and a traveller. A tourist seeks comfort while a traveller lusts for adventure. A tourist would probably start his/her vacation with the ‘Best 5 places to visit in xyz’ while a traveller would start with the ‘Not so visited spots in xyz’. While travelling to the mountains, it is highly advisable to think, pack and roam around like a traveller. Trust me you’ll be able to experience the time of your lives- trekking on the rocky slopes, mingling with the natives, munching on the desi food and all this while sparing the greens in your wallet.
- Pack smartly:
One of the most essential parts of travelling is the way you pack and what all you carry. If you are going on a 3 day trip, try fitting in your stuff in a single bag (trekking bags recommended- can carry the world). Travelling during winters can be a bit tricky as the clothes are heavy and more, so make sure you take along not more than a couple of trusty jackets and a pair of shoes/boots that are durable and warm enough. Do not carry anything that will not be required because trust me, you’ll already have quite a lot!
- Be well-equipped:
This is another aspect of packing. If you are going trekking, do not skip on trekking sticks, an umbrella, loads of candies, a first aid kit, a torch, a lighter and an extra set of warm inner wear. Needless to say, a fully charged power-bank for your phone and no other gadgets except maybe a camera to capture the enticing scenes that you are bound to witness throughout the trip. Trivial yet essential stuff that you can carry from your place to the destination shouldn’t be missed as you never know what’s (and what’s not) on the other side of the road.
- Learn to enjoy not-so-fancy food:
As a traveller, you ought to keep two things in mind- Enjoying to the fullest yet spending like a miser. And for that food is one of the significant areas where you can save your bucks without compromising on the taste. Local cafes, dhabas in the hills offer the most mouth-watering parathas, steaming momos, alluring thupkas and hot beverages. So, rather than ordering ridiculously expensive stuff that your hotel offers, just pull up those socks, put on the shoes and set out on a bid to discover these hidden gems and give your taste buds a treat they’ll never forget!
- Discover the undiscovered and tread on the un-treaded
Last but not the least; try setting out on the road not travelled, checking out spots that are less crowded and offer peace and serenity. If you are high on the adventure quotient, try something novel (but safe). Quit following the crowd, grow the courage to scale new heights. You will definitely discover tiny settlements, miraculous views and Remember, it’s all up to you- do as much as you can, then stop, take pride in wherever you’ve reached and enjoy the view. Because there’s nothing like spending some time all by yourselves or with someone under the starry sky or at the riverside of a mountain brook or somewhere in the forest where the moss covers the ground, the lichens the trees and twisted ivy tendrils crawling all the way to the top.
About the Author:
Tuba Rizvi (DAV College, Sector 10)
Fond of reading more than anything else because ‘how much sooner one tires of anything than a book’ & all things English! Born in the wrong era but trying my best to cope up with the millennials.