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It has been two months since I moved to Patnitop area in Jammu and Kashmir. It’s a mountainous forested area. Apart from the fruit-bearing trees, the region abounds in evergreen pine and deodar trees. The rustling of breeze through the dense woods has an enigmatic and enticing pull that nudges you to step out of your comfort zone and leap into the beautiful sites and trekking tracks all around. I am restless and uneasy if I have to sit idle in such a serene and heavenly place. So, we planned a trek from Batote to Sannasar (both in close proximity to Patnitop). Due to some administrative loose ends, the trek could not materialise. Not to be deterred by failure, we decided to trek from Patnitop to Sudh Mahadev instead. We drove from Batote to Patnitop early in the morning and parked our vehicle near Naag Temple at Patnitop. After making…

Travelling, trekking, hiking are a passion for me. I look at a mountain, and the first question that comes to my mind is, ‘What is the best way to climb it?’ I am very curious. During one of my walks along the Indus, I saw a track bifurcating to a wooden bridge over the river and then vanishing into a gorge. Every time when I passed by this point, I would wonder where this track was leading to. I even enquired about it from the locals but couldn’t find a satisfactory answer. What intrigued me further was that I never observed any movement on the wooden bridge or on the track beyond the bridge. One afternoon curiosity took the better of me and I gathered the courage to cross the rickety wooden bridge. The blue-green waters of Indus were gushing at torrent speed underneath. Contrasting white froth due to…