Does life need anything else when you have a canopy of rhododendron over your head and a clear blue sky beyond that? As icing on the cake, you have a beautiful trail to walk on, with birds calling all over.
Every photograph has a story behind it. So, in my debut photo in insta, I have decided to share the story, along with the photo in "raw" form. With no edits and no filters.
Last April(2017) , we reached Okhrey, the small eco village in West Sikkim. There on, we took a day trip to Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. This place is very close to my heart and I have been there four times in last three years. Everytime it was serene, peaceful, like a comforting mother. Walking through the trail has always been an amazing experience. However, the scene in 2017 was different, April being the peak tourist season and as it was a holiday, people from all over(it seemed so!) gathered in Barsey. We were heartbroken. Instead of chirping birds and rustling tree leaves, we could hear only noise, sometime boom boxes too! Just a few kilometers before reaching the trekkers hut, I felt I needed rest. I sat on the trail side, took out my water bottle and lifted my chin to drink. Then I saw this. A towering bunch of Rhododendron, all pink, with some red ones, jostled with one another, forming a canopy. Sunlight came through faintly. I forgot all irritation I felt earlier. It was, as if, protecting us from all of our miseries.
Often we complain of tourist places being too "touristy" or crowded. But we forget, even we are part of the crowd. We do not need less people, we need more responsible ones. Like no boom box and plastic littering inside the forest!
This picture was taken with my Moto G3, in very poor light condition. But as I have said earlier, this one is too close to my heart to put it through any addition/alterations!
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