Monday, November 23, 2009

lost in the market

Hey guys...
Its me again.
Nowdays I am missing Kullu Manali for some Known and unknown reasons. I will tell you a real thing from my explorations there.Funny, yet good.I was lost in the year 2007 when Ihad gone to manali and had got "lost" or wandered away in the manali market.
But having lost or wandered away from my other friends.. nor I was confused nor I was frantic nor nervous. I was simply happy. Iwas enjoying the market. you know why? let me tell you in brief.

It was our third day at the camp and we were led to the hadimba temple premises of the kulu manali.
Before entering in, we were told by our guides or volunteers to come at 12:20 sharp at the same place.It was around 11 am at that time.
We were group of around 60 people. In i went to explore with my friend. there was a crowd in the temple so we decided to move around for some time. during the moving around, my friend got separated from me. after the visit to the temple.. I got to know that there was a small market down the lane.I started for there and got lost in the different shops offering different wodden things and other clothes. so engrossed was i in the shops and wandering around that I did not know what the time was. It was only when i happened to look in one of the shop's clock  selling wooden furniture that i got to know the time. It was 12:45 pm.

SHIT! I said to myself. i am done for. i quicky started running down when i was faced by my two volunteers coming to search me. they saw me and told me," man... you are done had our hearts in our mouths. Now pay after going down and talk with the main guy. what could i do? i simply said sorry and started to go down, but they stopped me and asked me to go by different direction. we went down by different direction from the hills and among the small lane of houses of the locals.
wow! I was so glad that i had made a mistake. I could literally see the clouds coming down and such was the atmospthere that there were no words to describe.  It was raining also.I snapped some pics of the atmosphere  when we were returning down.. And soon we were in the clouds for 4 seconds. wow.Want to see some of them? they are below.


Soon , we reached to the main market area of manali called nehru chowk and was soon led to the main guide or volunteer. after giving me some few firings to go back to camp and after me saying sorry some 10 times, he relented. and again, I was in midst of my freinds.
Now comes the interesting part. While I was lost or say wanderings, all had gathered down at appointed time and all were asked to see if any of their freinds were missing . they found 1 missing and wondered who was it. My tent mate realised it was me , and shouted, " JHALA. sir, jhala is not there. all started to wonder if I was lost or i was kidnapped. but as soon as they saw me.. all we did was laugh and fun.. The market as such is small but it is filled with different shops selling different things. You can see more foreigners then Indians there.
I recommend everyone once to go to Kulu Manali once in a lifetime. You will not reget it guys.


1 comment:

Yogesh Kumar said...

U r a good writer as well.....IMPRESSIVE....i have never been to kulu-manali but your description of the same sort of took me there, made me visualise the scenery & brought me back home in safe 10 minutes...WOW man....great person, great photographer & now a great writer......what more I should discover of you...kuldip bhai...:)