The Sherpa!

I’ll tell you a story before I shift to Rishikesh, eternally!
Not one that will change your life!
Not the one to move mountains!
But one that will make you smile and take you to the mountains.


Triund Top

Long time back, a group of six,  sprinted through the lively lanes of McLeodganj, the heart of Dharamshala.
Thousands of adventurous souls come to Mcleodganj. Some to trek amidst the overwhelming Dhauladhar range, some to explore the shades of Tibet and visit the adobe of Dalai Lama. Few to amaze their senses with paragliding in Bir Billing. Some to just take a freezing dip in the Bhagsu waterfall, followed by which, they yearn for hot chai!

Chaaaai? Of course, after the chilling Bhagsu waters!

We were there to do nothing and everything. Bravehearts without a plan, that’s what makes Mcleodganj so tempting!
Unplanned- unequipped, sheer randomess, enticed us to trek Triund. We hired a local guide, who just charged us Rs. 200/- per person.
The nominal fee, surprised us and curiosity got the better of us. So when we asked him:
Us: How often do you trek?
Sherpa: Everyday!
Stupid Us: Why don’t you get a better job, somewhere, that pays you well?
Sherpa: I did…
Curious Us: Then?
Sherpa: I went to Chandigarh, to work in a travel agency. I fell ill and left it, within a month!
Me:Ill of what?
Sherpa: Haan madam, wahan pahad nhi dikhte na, toh main bimar ho gaya! (Madam, we don’t see mountains there, so I felt sick)
This little conversation stayed with me ever since. Even after half a decade, I still cannot forget the reverent look on his face, when he saw the mountains.
Now, after half a decade, when I wake up and don’t see mountains, I can tell what he meant. And thus I believe, the people who turn to the mountains are different people. They are like wild mountainous beasts who cannot be caught in the concrete jungle. Sooner or later, the mountains will call them home.
So here’s to going back home, here’s to going back to the mountains!


Still exploring. Kind of bipolar- for my equal love for home and the world. Essentially believe in what George Bernard Shaw said, "life isn't about finding yourself but creating yourself"


  • arv! January 19, 2017 at 11:24 am Reply

    you mean “Pahadi Keeda” ?

    • ambikabhardwaj January 19, 2017 at 5:30 pm Reply

      Hey Arv, Sherpa refers to an ethnic group of people from the mountains 🙂

  • Aparna February 13, 2017 at 8:12 am Reply

    VEry nice post, Ambika!

    • ambikabhardwaj February 13, 2017 at 8:19 am Reply

      Thank you so much Aparna <3

    • ambikabhardwaj February 13, 2017 at 10:50 am Reply

      I really like your ideas about healthy food! Let’s interact more 🙂

  • Colors of my life April 17, 2017 at 7:51 pm Reply

    Please don’t kill me with this tea on a mountain top. I want to leave everything right now! 🙁

    • ambikabhardwaj May 4, 2017 at 10:57 pm Reply

      You are most welcome! Come here, and tea is on me 🙂
      P.S: We also dipped our feet in freezing water, as we sipped some real good hot ginger tea 🙂

      • Colors of my life May 5, 2017 at 2:47 am Reply

        Ginger tea is always awesome. We will be needed this freezing part a lot over here shortly. Temperature soars to 50c+ easily.

        • ambikabhardwaj May 5, 2017 at 6:47 am Reply

          Ginger tea is my fuel! I am sure it’s a great saviour in freezing times 🙂

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