Hi­malayan thrills

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The most mem­o­rable trip I had was go­ing to the Hi­malayas for a 21-day ba­sic moun­taineer­ing course at Nehru In­sti­tute of Moun­taineer­ing way back in 1996. Dur­ing the course we did river raft­ing, moun­tain climb­ing, hik­ing, camp­ing with var­i­ous other ac­tiv­i­ties like cook­ing with limited re­sources. To date I am so fas­ci­nated with that trip that I feel like I just have come from it last week, though it’s been 22 years now. Mem­o­ries are so en­graved in mind and heart. That was my first trip with­out my par­ents or rel­a­tives.

I made so many friends from dif­fer­ent places of In­dia later on who all be­came my pen friends. Even to­day, when I close my eyes I can feel the cool breeze of moun­tains. The melo­di­ous sound of river flow­ing. Var­i­ous water­falls. Sun­rises and sun­sets are com­pletely dif­fer­ent in Hi­malayan moun­tain ranges. What more could one ask.

My se­cret wish is to go on a hik­ing and moun­taineer­ing course with my 10-year-old daugh­ter some­day. Lamiya Si­raj

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