If you are outdoor enthusiast and are waiting to go for your maiden Himalayan visit this summer, think twice ! May be few more times to NOT go. The beauty of the mountains, the thin air and snowy capped peaks would hypnotise you for the rest of your life that you would not be able to peacefully do your daily chores after your return. The mountains would haunt you, want you back and devour your soul like nothing else exists !
It was on the onset of summer that I had enrolled for my first ever Himalayan trek. Laden with loads of enthusiasm, a new full frame camera and acing up my general physical fitness to survive in cold and low oxygen air, I was all looking forward to it. After I got down at Bhuntar, much before the very famous Kullu-Manali, to visit the small, sleepy town of Kasol, where the basecamp for the trek was setup. In my excitement, I had came a day earlier to my basecamp and was worried whether I would be accommodated at the basecamp or not. When the bus took off from the junction of Bhuntar towards Kasol on the rough serpentine road that was going parallel to the Parvati River and offering some excellent view of the snowy peaks in the pin-parvati range. I was awed by the distant peaks looking from my bus window, sometime going down in my seat and bending my neck out to look up those magnificent mountains. Rest of the time, I was admiring the skills of the bus driver who was driving the bus as if he was playing in the park and mutual respect for other drivers coming from opposite sides to give them side to pass by parking it properly on the very narrow roads, sometimes, sending the lose gravels by the sides rolling down in the valley. My neck would get a break from constantly looking up to now look down to see those small stones tumbling themselves with a speed of a bullet. I was so eager to come out and photograph these mountains but was waiting to get down from the bus and was hoping that the view remains intact from our basecamp to offer me some frames.
This is my first frame of the Himalayan peak seen right from our basecamp in Kasol.