Shangri-La is a synonym for earthly paradise, an idyllic land which is permanently happy, secluded from the otherwise materialistic world. One may wonder how Earth and Utopia feature in a same sentence because history has indoctrinated in us a sense of paradoxical understanding of the two. What Earth has become, Utopia cannot be. What can Utopia be?
‘Cerca Trova’ – Seek and ye shall find
Find, the lands that defy history, where the otherwise paradoxical terms seem to complement, where utopianism is a way of life and Nirvana, your only neighbour.
I have sought and I have found my dreamland, I found heaven on Earth – The Great Himalayas.
Frail Grasp on the Big Picture
As you gaze at the photograph, you sense the ambient temperature drop and adrenaline takes a new high. The land may seem life-less and miles away from what we proudly call a civilization. It is ironical, that these mountains, though in seclusion properly fit what a civilization must be; civil and happy.
The path is rugged, broken. It is bumpy and circuitous. But, when destination looks like the meandering path in the image above, these troubles are mere adjectives. Isolated meandering paths, coarse and furrowed, accompanied by the icy wind of the mountains and the smell of purity, will make you want to meander forever.
Nature unwinds itself in mysterious ways and we are mere spectators of a force so large. One comprehends the state of helplessness amid the fury of mother nature and also that when nature is calm, the picturesque beauty is irreplaceable.
Given all the spectacular sights to behold, adventure is something you will find at every corner, and more astounding revelations upon completing the adventure.
Honesty is what is sold here and love is what people converse in. Although, detached from the rest of the world, somehow you feel at home. You feel this the home nature designed for you.
Once you head towards Himalayas you will hear yourself say “We’ll Ride into Utopia, the roadmap says we’ll be arriving soon!”
Life, though lovely, tends to get quite mechanical. You get a little too lost in your busy routine, far too ambitious in the rat race. We all have deadlines to meet and goals to see, we all have bills to pay, build a home to stay. But, take a moment (or two), and relish the gift of nature. Revel in the magnanimity of the Himalayas, rejoice in the magnificence of Mother Nature.
If this place does not make you want to pack your bags, what will?
Photography – Bharath Surendra
Written by Bharath Surendra