We were on our way to one of the most mysterious and pristine lakes in India, the Chandratal Lake. Situated at an altitude of 14,100 feet in the deserted landscape of Spiti valley, the source of its crystal blue water is still unknown. Apart from the various mythological stories about why it never dries throughout the year, it is said that whoever went to measure it's depth never came out alive.
While I was on the most crooked road I'd ever been on;(hell, most people wouldn't even call it a road) the driver suddenly put the brakes on as he saw a lone sheep crying on the mountain side. When we came out of the vehicle and went closer, we realised that she had just given birth! Her paced might've slowed down and she must've got separated from the herd, we thought. By that time it had started raining and the shepherd was nowhere to be seen. If left unattended for long, the lamb could die of cold in the rain. We made a decision to carry the lamb and return it to its rightful owner.
As we set out for the search of its master, I sat in the backseat holding the lamb. Still covered in some blood, every once in a while he gave out a little cry and I kept looking at his eyes in awe. Eventually after a while we found the shepherd and handed over the lamb. He had to leave the sheep stranded to make sure the whole herd reaches back home safely; worried about the mother & the baby, he doubted if he could reach back in time.
We could not visit Chandratal that day, but there were no regrets. I'd got a reason to come back. The happiness I saw in the shepherd's eyes when I gave him the lamb and the whole experience of this little rescue is something I'll never forget.
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