does one wander about in the Hills? Why
does one trudge up steep slopes only to descend
to a point where another formidable ascent stares
mockingly? Why does one simply climb up to reach
the forts which are broken & barren and sometimes
even without a single stone? And why does one
so lovingly plan another trek after having cursed
and howled through the previous one?
Answers, are not so simple and definitely armchair
travelling will not do. Personally, I feel hiking
& trekking is about the challenge and the
triumph of scaling the tough & formidable
forts, forests and mountains.It is about the immense
knowledge that one gains while visiting the annals
of the various forts that has be written &
re-written from time to time. Its about respecting
nature and exploring its vast flora & fauna
which is now extinct in the cities. Finally, Its
about teamwork & logistics that is involved
in making a trek successful.
I have been trekking on & off since 2002, however the activity has picked up since the
advent of 2004. I do enjoy trekking and hiking, every bit of it. Its like getting gripped by
the 'Trekking Fever'. The thrill of packing your haversacks and then jump onto a state
transport bus or into trains, sometimes those long walks over hills and plains either under
the blazing sun or pouring rain, visiting unknown villages on the offbeaten tracks, learning
the history & geography of various hills, forts, monuments etc, all this enthralls me.
I welcome you all to 'Hikes and Treks' my world of trekking. Please visit the various links
and do send in your comments so that we can all make 'Hikes and Treks' a great trekking
Dinesh Nair ...