Hiking to the sky

After our first night at camp, we got up early and had breakfast. It was the most beautiful morning.  The sun just coming up, the Himalayas snow capped mountains right across from our tent… just beautiful.  A dream come true.

We got on the bus and rode for about an hour.

The terraces, made by men and women, working endless hours. They are so impressive.

Do you see that road in the bottom? We came on that.

Every time we went somewhere in the bus, we had to stop.  Many times.  There was always someone (from either bus) who got sick from riding in the curves.  Quite a few of those times it was Lucas.  Now we’ve confirmed, he has my motion sickness genes!

Some of us looked outside.

While others fell asleep (on top of each other.)

We arrived at the village of Kaddukhal.

Found some women knitting too.

We headed to our first hike of our camping trip.

We went to see Surkanda Devi Temple, a Hindu temple at 9,500 ft after a 1 km trek on a very steep hill.

We ‘dong’ the bell as we enter.

The sound of these bells are almost familiar.  But only because I’ve seen and heard them before on TV documentaries.  Right now we were right here, doing it ourselves.

Some go up on donkeys, beautifully adorned.

But to tell you the truth, walking is much more ‘present’ … if this is a way to say it.

You get hot and it takes you a while to catch your breath.You rest and keep going.

And you get even a better view from up there.

Right here, this is a moment I will never forget.  Seeing my family together, hiking, being outside, in India, seeing the Himalayas mountains in the background, their snow tops, melting with the clouds, touching the sky.

(Notice Lucas is wearing jeans.  This is the first time he’s worn jeans or any long pants, since probably last May.)

And we keep walking. Higher and higher.

Photo by Mark


We reach the temple and we can make these bells sound their beautiful songs.

We leave our shoes outside.

Here we are looking south.

We hiked for a long time and we reached the temple,.  With the view that we had, it looked like we were just few feet from touching the sky… or so it seemed like.


4 thoughts on “Hiking to the sky

  1. Monica November 26, 2011 / 7:37 pm

    IM-PRESIONANTE ( en dos palabras …) . ¿ A que altura estaban , más o menos ? no se apunaron ????

    • naturallyfundays : marcela December 5, 2011 / 7:44 pm

      era super alto… no me acuerdo a cuanto estabamos pero se notaba al respirar… no mucho aire! Y creo que lo notamos mas al andar en el bus… hartos nos mareamos.

  2. Monica November 27, 2011 / 3:40 am

    Las campanas parecen adornadas como para Navidad , están siempre con esa cinta color rojo y adornos plateados ? Preciosos los manteles , es pintura la que tienen ?

    • naturallyfundays : marcela December 5, 2011 / 7:45 pm

      Las campanas tienen estas cintas rojas que las ponen las personas cuando tienen un deseo. Son como una gasa no mas, todo con decoraciones para los dioses y templos. Se ve todo super lindo. Me encantan los colores que hemos visto.

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