Tears of Joy and Excitement...
What a breathtaking, once in a lifetime, epic journey....Salute to The Man, Sh Puran Singh Ji. Thanks to Sh Top Singh Bodh Ji. I cannot express in words how much respect and honour I have for both of you...Superb..
I will like to quote some points from the journey:
"I remember that out of about 3 curves one was very dangerous and there were many stretches where the rear one tyre doesn’t touch the road."
Awsome adventure back then. Roads now are so much fun to drive. The real fun is being missed now.
"I decided to quit the Govt. service but it was only my wife who made me understand the value of Govt."
A wife is a wife and no one else can beat a wife's determination. If my wife fights with me for no reason, it is me who has to find a reason and say sorry. That much determined a wife is.
"The sounds which were coming in the night were the sounds of winds and nothing else but I can presume these sounds may be the souls of about 150 Tibetan workers who died there in Chhota Dara a few years back while working for the construction of Gramphu-Losar road when it snowed suddenly in the night and they all buried in tents under the snow and the people say that their souls are wandering for search of path to rest in peace."
Scary !! I tried to find some info about this sad incident relating to the Tibetan workers could not find any. If anyone gets any heads up then please share.
"A few years back many students were died in Chhota dara while trekking and crossing the Chandra river and last year in June 2010 about 23 boys and girls from Mumbai were declared missing in this route after a snow fall and they were not in contact with Sanjay Pandya (Mumbai) for about a week and finally they were searched by the rescue party at Batal and finally got lifted by air to Bhang (Kullu) and than to Mumbai."
It seems this is the incident, Mr Top Singh Bodh Ji is referring to: Snow bound - The Times of India
"My eyes were paining due to U.V. rays in snow so I made a sun glass of black Sarhi cloth and covered the eyes to protect from the direct reflection of UV rays in the snow"
This is a news to me. This journey has taught many lessons.
"It was snowing since my stranding so I could not go out to search the plant of “Chharma” which generally grow naturally in trans-cold-desert The plant is the life line of the people living in high mountains and snow bound areas. It is a “Wonder Plant” and the gift of almighty God......It’s orange Berry is tasty and contain high level of nutrients and is one of the most nutritious fruit grow on the planet....."
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Now I recall of seeing plants with the above description at many places during my recent Spiti visit. Is the above plant the one that you are talking about ? "Chharma" ? How I now wish, that I should have stopped and tasted few.
The Chharma plant is as under:-