This post is the LAST post of a travel recollection from Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2018 via Lipulekh. For a list of posts in their sequence please refer to the following link:
Continued from the previous post…
This post is my 109 th bead. Like completion of a prayer string with the 108 beads. The days of Kailash were an immensely memorable experience. Whether they were life changing is a question only future would answer . But they have both quenched and increased my thirst for Himalayan charm. It has been a month since I am back from the trip and not a single day goes without a glimpse back to the days of Kailash. The views of the massif hills live in me, making me gaze out of the window at work trying to imagine the clouds as mountains.
Guess situations brought all the people / other situations together to make sure we had the most comfortable trip. I am thankful, grateful to all the people , situations that resulted in such a beautiful experience.
This post is a thank you note to all those people who made this trip beautiful for me.
First stop would always be my family. They are the wind beneath my wings. I understood their worry when sending out the girl alone out for a month long trek. But I am fortunate of the fact that it did not become a barrier for me. I was encouraged and helped wholeheartedly by both my mom and my elder brother. I cant thank them enough and I am proud that I belong to them. 🙂
ITBP Doctors, officials and jawans deserve to be thanked from the bottom of my heart. The doctors helped us keep fit in the unfamiliar high altitude terrains. They were effective in implementing the basic rules that kept us from getting sick up there. They were extremely effective in treating the few yatris that fell ill and due to their efforts all of us were able to complete our journeys successfully. People, you rock! 🙂
Its essential to mention the contribution of the resources that provided me with the necessary information to plan for such a trip. There are several blogs that I referred, besides the KMY government website resources for up to date information.
Very rarely do we come across a blog that has a plethora of well researched information written beautifully. My favourite among the blogs that I referred would be the series called “Into the Sacred Space” found here.
The two liaison officers for the KMY 2018 via Lipulekh Batch 3, Kutty ji and Vishal sir need to be thanked for all their contribution towards making this journey such a pleasantly memorable one for the entire batch. This journey was not the kind of journey where everything went as planned. In fact, the last leg of prolonged stay at Gunji saw agitation from many of the yatris. I saw the capability of these two gentlemen then to keep themselves calm during that situation, while constantly trying to find a resolution of the problem.
People at my work also deserve a word of thanks. Giving me the long leaves at such a short notice must have been really tough for them to justify to the stakeholders, but they agreed despite the risks involved. And I am happy that I have been working as part of a team that supports me at this level. 🙂
And the string would not be complete if I fail to thank my fellow yatris. It is my nature to find logic in most of the things. I felt most comfortable during the entire duration of the trip because of the people I was with. They were my family while I was away from my own. I am thankful to them for providing me with the privilege and the delight that their company was. 🙂
And I would like to thank you, my reader, for reading through this series. My purpose of the writing this series would be enhanced if you find it entertaining or useful in any way.
As we continue to tread the chaotic course of life, may the serenity we bring in our hearts from the faraway lands of Kailash never leave.
Om Namah Shivaya! 🙂
Back to the beginning here… 🙂