A memorable trip with friends….

Last summer vacations I visited Kulu and Manali along with my friends. Kulu is a beautiful valley full of lush green trees, apple orchards and forests. Manali was full of ice packed mountains. Kulu and Manali was about forty kilometres away from each other. In Kulu we visited River Beas, Rupi Palace, Raghunath Temple, Bijli Mahadev Temple, Jagannath Temple, Basheshwar Mahadev Temple, Great Himalayan National Park, Kasidhar and Deo Tibba. At Great Himalayan National Park we saw more that 180 species of animals and mammals. Another place we visited was Roerich Art Gallery where we saw paintings and sculptures of Russian artist Nicholas Roerich. We also did many adventurous sports like skiing, mountaineering, trekking. Kullu was a beautiful destination and it was provided with the gift of nature.

The road trip from Kullu to Manali was interesting. We all sang, dance, played dumb-charades and cards, ate, talked, cracked jokes and slept on the way. It was a one night drive. Next morning we reached Manali.

Manali was truly heaven. Scenery was magnificent with snow acting as cherry on the cake. We played snow fight, made snow man, did trekking, mountaineering, skiing, paragliding and river rafting there. We visited old Manali village, Vashishtha Temple, Hadimba Temple, Jogini Falls, Solang Valley, Van Vihar, Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art and Manali Sanctuary. Jogini falls were situated near Vashishtha Temple and were mesmerizing. The water was crystal clear and had greenery all around. It was coming step wise from rocky landscape. Manali Sanctuary was a little world of animals on its own. We saw many animals like Himalayan Black Bear, Musk Deer, Flying Fox, Stripped Hyena, Himalayan Tahr, Indian Hare, Barking Deer, Kashmir flying Squirrels and many more. There were trees which adorned its beauty. They were Deodar, Kail, Maple, Walnut and Horse chestnut. The weather was pleasant with breeze blowing around. We camped near the riverside instead of staying in hotel and got engaged in various things like folk music, folk dance, colours, enjoyment and mouth watering delicacies.

This trip showed me that the cultures in this world are unlimited and even a lifetime is less to know them all. This seven days trip made me realise the beauty of nature and its worth. I will never forget this trip and will always cherish its memories.

A tale of true friendship….

It was summer season. One day there happened an accident which led to an unbreakable friendship. One fine morning the sun shone brightly, a light breeze was blowing, atmosphere was calm and cool with flowers all around. One small bee was doing its work that day. While it was sucking nectar from a petal he didn’t notice that the petal was about to fall but a dove flying by noticed. Suddenly the petal broke and the bee fell into a water tank due to the breeze. The dove witnessed this and thought of helping the bee. It plucked a leaf and dropped it into the water tank. The bee climbed onto the leaf and flew away. That evening a hunter was looking for its prey in the jungle. Suddenly, he noticed the dove flying by. He aimed at her but the dove, being oblivious to this was soaring high and enjoying the pleasant atmosphere. Before the hunter could shoot, the bee stinged him and he cried due to pain, catching the dove’s attention. The dove flew away with the bee leaving the hunter in pain. After they stopped the dove thanked the bee but she kindly refused it saying that they were friends from the moment the dove saved her, and she was just doing the right thing.

This gives us a moral that if animals can help each other despite being of different species, humans should also help each other in times of need without any selfish desire.