A Moment of a Lifetime

March 25, 2022

As a kid, I was always fascinated by movies that showed worlds that where everything was just perfect. There was no sufferings, no pain, and no anxiety. Everything just flawless in these worlds. Growing up I was made to believe that such worlds don’t exist. That it’s all a fantasy, just a blown-up creation of a highly imaginative mind. That it was all a lie.

But then I came to the Mountains and realized, there is no suffering, no pain, and no fear here. Everything just perfect and tranquil, as I had seen in those movies when I was a kid. Everything I had learned when I was growing up was all a lie, and there indeed was a world free of suffering. That in actuality, nature is actually without any pain and unhappiness.

This place, man this place. We had been coming here for 3 years, and every trip was as if it was the first time.

The Sunset

It was around 4 P.M. the sun, now to the west, was beginning to fade, and although we were in 4 layers of winter clothing, we could still feel the chilly wind piercing through our bones. As far as the eyes could see, the whole landscape, from mountains to valleys for 10’s of kilometers was blanketed with a sheet of thick snow. We were here to experience and shoot a full moon rising from behind the Himalayas to the east. Coming here hadn’t been easy, we had trekked for a full day with 15 to 20 Kg backpacks each for 15 kilometers to reach here.

A Magical Sunset at Panar Bugyal

But once we were here, nothing really mattered. No pain, no body aches, nothing existed at this moment. This was the moment we had been planning to experience for 3 years now and finally on this evening, this divine evening we were here. Deep down in the valley, hundreds of meters away we could hear the faint murmur of vehicles honking, but here the wind rustled the most beautiful music in our ears. There was not a soul except us to experience this spectacle unfolding in front of our eyes. Nature truly is love, absolutely is, and at this moment we were somewhere touched by it.

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