Category : Experiences

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On Climbing a Mountain

The closest I’ve come to meditating is while climbing a mountain.  Burdens strapped tight on the back, braving the chill in the thin air, and the stabs on your lungs.  Head turned down, watching every step intently and reveling in the mild surprise of having come this far. The painful gasping for that precious breath of air, as your head grows dizzy, and knowing that you have to take that one last step, maybe one more.  The rhythm that your […]

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Manali to Khardungla on a Bicycle – Chalega? Pakka bata! Cycle Khareedta Hoon.

I had been dreaming about cycling Manali to Khardungla on a Bicycle for a while. I had heard stories from people who went there and came back transformed. Their voice would change and their eyes would sparkle, in an almost mystical fashion, as they spoke about their experiences. I needed to know what it was that provoked such emotions. And there was only one way to find out. Fast forward to June 20th and we were off from Manali. “Yaar, […]

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In love with Oblivion – Real & Imagined stories cycling from Manali to Khardungla

In love with Oblivion – Real & Imagined stories cycling from Manali to Khardungla – A travel diary involving experiences and learning of four mountain bikers on their self-supported expedition from Manali to Leh. All characters and events are based on real people and real occurrences respectively. He lay flat on the ground protecting his eyes from the bright sun. Occasionally he peeked at the towering pass in front of him and quickly looked away in disbelief. By a stroke […]

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Gaumukh Tapovan Trek – Hiking to the base of Mount Shivling with an Ascetic

Gaumukh Tapovan Trek – Hiking to the base of Mount Shivling with an Ascetic. It was the middle of October but it was sweltering in the dusty town of Srinagar (Uttarakhand). I had just boarded a bus full of people heading to Chamba in Tehri, from where I had to hopefully hop 2 more buses to reach Uttar Kashi. “People spend their entire lives at those lower altitudes without any awareness that this high country exists.” — Robert M. Pirsig […]

Har Ki Dun Trek - First Pilgrim

Har Ki Dun Trek – Reverie in the Valley of Gods

“O dear Himalaya…why are you so amazing, can I kiss your peak or can I just let your silence speak…O dear Himalaya…” I had just reached the campsite for Har-Ki-Dun, while the others in the group were still slowly climbing the last stretch, oblivious of how beautiful the Har-Ki-Dun campsite was. I had motivated them, or they would like to think “pestered” to walk 16 km today from Sema only because there wasn’t any reason to camp anywhere else enroute. […]

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Smiles of a Thousand Miles | Short Film | First Pilgrim Originals

Smiles Of A Thousand Miles – John Muir, an American naturalist once said, “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over- civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity” According to WHO report, 8 Crore people are suffering from depression and anxiety disorders in India. This is a small effort from our side to put a smile on people faces in this rather stressful world. In the multiple trips to the […]

Manali to Khardungala Cycling Expedition - First Pilgrim

Cycling the World’s highest Roads

Suraj Tal Lake near BaralachaLa Pass (Himachal Pradesh, India) Manali to Khardungala: Cycling World’s Highest Roads – For a major part of my upbringing, the Indian bourgeois mentality led me to focus more on excelling in academics rather than enriching myself with what I truly loved (Outdoors). The sedentary lifestyle of a Technology job, then the startup financial woes always created an internal dichotomy something which Herman Hesse so beautifully elucidates in his epic book — Steppenwolf When I was 21 […]

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