I could feel the weight of worry increasing with each successive bend, each halting climb, along the precarious mountain road en-route Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary. I’d have preferred my feet over the make-believe safety of our hired car. It’s one of the moments, in travel, when you think, “Have we tempted fate? Would today be the end of the road?”.


The snow had narrowed down the path on either side and a traffic jam – with loud honking – brought our journey to a temporary halt. We had to get out of the car. There was nowhere to stand, between the mangled mess of vehicles and plunging valley below. Ironically, I had hoped to find some peace, if not enlightenment, in the mountains.


On reaching the Sanctuary, we began a 3 Km hike to reach the apex, ‘Kalatop’ (2438 m).With each passing kilometre, we left behind revelling crowds of holidaymakers, and started to enjoy scattered moments of solitude. The sheer joy of making it to the top, with the best views of the mountains in front of us, was all it took to wipe my mind blank. For those few minutes, with the cool wind hitting my face, and the vast spread of blue before me, I knew what it felt to be free of everything that weighed me down. Sometimes, to feel weight(less), you don’t need to fly. You just need to let go.

Posted by:twobrownfeet

Writer-Photographer Duo. Now in Seoul.

17 replies on “WPC : Weight(less)

  1. That last sentence, wow. “Sometimes, to feel weight(less), you don’t need to fly. You just need to let go.”. That must have been exhilarating standing atop the mountain, and that feeling of accomplishment and sort of having the world at your feet 😀 Well done.

    1. You know, I had hoped to go trekking in the mountains when we zeroed in on Himachal Pradesh. It’s known for camping and trekking. But, the weather and my lack of preparedness, made us change our mind. I’d consider this hike to be a very ‘small’ step towards that direction. I think when you reach the top, it’s a humbling experience. You just realise how insignificant you are. 🙂

    1. Thanks! The car journey wasn’t easy. The total walk was around 6 km (both sides)and we’ve walked larger distances before, it’s the altitude that makes it challenging to a degree . 🙂

      1. I have been to HP couple of times..as a tourist.. 🙂
        I’m yet to explore HP as a traveler! I hope to do that soon!

      1. I have been on those mountains and I definitely know the feeling of a sheer precipice combined with dodgy driving and no guard rails. It’s enough to make you come to terms with death right quick!
        I only just learned about these Daily Post ideas and I am so glad you linked to them. It’s a great way to kick off a creative session. I’ll see if I can find anything in me for this week’s theme 🙂

      2. Haha! You didn’t sugarcoat it. 🙂 The Daily Post has some interesting prompts. But, I try not to do everything or I’ll get lost. Look forward to reading your take on the theme! 🙂

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