First Snow Trip

Trip to McLeod Ganj

“Unplanned trips are the best because planned trips never happened.” Don’t know who said this but it said very true. Similar to our previous trips, this trip was also absolutely unexpected. Saturday evening, 9th of Feb, 2019. I visited my cousins’ home as they called me there for just hanging around together. It was between 6 and 7 in the evening and we all were chattering like mad but funny when somewhen changed the whole conversation to the reminiscences of the trips that we had in the past together and that’s how the whole idea bumped our mind to go on another trip. It was not any other but Aman, who started this first. Aman is my cousin’s sister. She is younger than me, but she has that liveliness that can control anyone she wants. Aman is so vivacious and enthusiastic to travel and enjoy every moment of life. So basically, she is our group leader too. We started to look for places to go very excitedly! We thought of Manali, Auli, Shimla, Vaishno Devi, and so on, and finally stopped at Mcleod Ganj. But it was Saturday evening and some of us have an office on Monday including me, so I urged to postpone the plan to next week. So technically, it was just false effort and excitement that we just put into planning this trip.

A single spark is enough to make a blast. right? And that happened to us at that moment. While all were trying to convince me to take a leave for 2 days and give this plan a little hope, my aunt and all others allowed us to go as they were assuming that I will drop out of this plan because of my office. But that worked here as a spark to me and I decided to take a leave on Monday and Tuesday and brought a smile to everyone’s faces. Now we are not going to listen to anyone however our parents now started to stop us, but we were already sitting on the rocket, launching to the moon.

It was around 7:30 or 8 pm when we all finally agreed to the plan and started running to pack our bags. I came back to my home and told my parents that we just made this plan and going to McLeod Ganj, Himachal tonight. And yes, you are thinking right, all those questions were started to rain on me. What? When? Whom did you ask? Can’t you plan well in advance? What about your office? And so on. But yes, I managed to convince them, and later my mother helped me to pack my bag. Mother is always a Mother after all😊.

We had no idea about bus timings, and, had no idea where we can take the bus for Dharmshala. All we knew was that we are finally going to enjoy ourselves like Freebirds. It was almost 11 o’clock when left home in search of Cab to ISBT but later someone suggested to go Majnu Ka Tila to take a bus to Dharmshala as buses are easily available there. And here our suffering began. 

We left the home and hired an auto-rickshaw for the bus terminal. Our one friend Swarn was meeting us directly at the bus terminal. Swarn is one of our friends and he is very close to our family, so more likely he is like a family member to us. He is taller than all of us and he also likes to travel and enjoy freedom. He came by metro, so he reached there on time as we decided, but on another side, we were now stuck in a traffic jam. It was the season of weddings and some banquet hall was there on our way so the roads were blocked. Somehow our auto-rickshaw driver took another route which was obviously long but the fastest available at that time. It took more than half an hour for us to reach the bus terminal, in the meantime, Swarn was looking for the bus availability to Dharmshala. Finally, we all reached the bus terminal and found that all direct buses to Dharamshala were already left and we had the only option to take a bus to Jalandhar then change there for Dharamshala. As soon as we reached Jalandhar, we again found that there is no direct bus available to Dharamshala. One of the bus drivers suggested going to Hoshiarpur and said that we can get the bus to Dharamshala from there every 10 minutes. We did the same went to Hoshiarpur then took the bus to Dharamshala then took another bus to Mcleod Ganj and that’s how we reached our destiny the next day around 5:30 or 6 in the evening. We suffered a lot in changing buses one after one but that all seems a lot of fun and memorable as we were on the trip to McLeod Ganj.

Rising of the day

Good Morning to the beautiful mountains covered with snow on the top. February 11, 2019, my 27th birthday. The previous day was pretty good, we arrived at Mcleod Ganj in the evening and after some rest, we get down to the street to explore here and there. Had some food, tea, coffee, and talked to strangers fellow curious to find more things to explore in Mcleod Ganj. Midnight we celebrated my birthday on a hotel rooftop with some strange fellows enjoying a bonfire with music and drinks and I cut a small cupcake. We all took a bite of that cupcake and enjoyed the dance on Punjabi song for a while. Even we celebrate that moment for just 20 minutes but that 20 minutes are memorable for always. As by habitual, I woke up early in the morning around 6 am, and my cousins were still asleep. It was a really cold morning. I got down from the bed and walked out to another room of the hotel just opposite our room which was untenanted and opened. We saw this room yesterday while checking in to the hotel, the view from the window was straight to the mountains which were covered with snow on the top. But this room was small with only 2 single beds, so we didn’t pick this. Another room we stayed in was a little big and had a view of the market area and the Buddhist Temple which looks more beautiful at the night.

Buddhist Temple

I entered the room and sat near the window enjoying the view of a snowy mountain and fresh cold air. The light was still low, but snow on the mountain edges was started to glow. I spend almost an hour admiring non-artificial beauty, the beauty that was real and natural. No mankind can create a single inch of that artistic magical scenery that nature has built itself around us. The sound of wind and birds in that silence was one of the best music ones can imagine. I almost lost myself at that moment when my cousin’s brother Gurpreet came to the room to find me. Gurpreet is younger than Aman and me. He loves to sleep a lot, and he is a little penny pincher. As he saw the view outside the window, his eyes popped out with the shine admiring the beauty he was seeing, and we sat together for a while and capture some beautiful pictures of the rising of the day.

First Snow

This morning we were waiting for Jaspreet and Harpreet (Lavy) to arrive, Jaspreet is another cousin who was not ready to come along with us when we left home. But later, he decided to come and got accompanied by Lavy. They both arrived early in the morning before breakfast. They both took some rest for the moment and got ready while we ordered some breakfast and tea. Ooh.. from tea I just got remembered to introduce one more cousin sister Harpreet. She is a tea lover or better I can say “tea addicted”. She is the youngest one in our group and chatty too. After having a pleasant breakfast, we moved out on the road to Gallu Temple. Essentially, we planned to go to the Triund top, but the byway to Triund was cut off by heavy snowfall so, as far as we could reach was till Gallu Temple. We started to trek to Gallu Temple via Dharamkot straight from the Mcleod Ganj market.

The weather was nice, and the sky was clear and blue. The trek is around 2.5 Km long from Mcleod Ganj to Gallu Temple, which took us nearly 2 hours to reach the top. As we were heading up close to the destination the stunning valley view was coming to appear. The down valley was covered with greenery and behind the valley, the snow-capped mountains were peeking up.

Our excitement around Dharamkot started increasing as we started to see snow laid on the side of the trek now. Almost all of us were witnessing this for the first time. As we moved forward the snow started to cover the road. It started melting in that season, so most of it was mixed with dirt but somewhere around the corners, clean snow was laid in excess and it was dry too. We started to play with snowballs flinging on each other. We were heading up having full of fun and excitement that we were not feeling weary. As we were reaching close to the top the snow was filling our ways. Our shoes started getting sunk. The wind started getting chilled. our excitement was reaching to peak but still, we were not at the destination yet.

Gallu Temple

Finally, we reached the top we could possibly reach. Further from here, the trek was closed due to heavy snowfall which was around 4-5 feet at that time. Anyway, where we were stood it was also more than 1feet. It was the first time we are witnessing such mesmerizing view. White snow covered the ground like a giant white carpet.

We played around with snow like; snow fights, jumping in the snow, sledding, and making a snowman. Our hands were frozen from playing like we could not feel any more.

Such a refreshing and fun trip it was. The trip ends but memories always stay in our hearts. Whenever we will see the time in the past it will make us laugh for sure.

I hope you enjoyed the journey with us. If yes, please tell me in the comment.

Tamanjeet Singh

Missing That Normal Life

Captured by Tamanjeet Singh
Captured by Tamanjeet Singh

What a wonderful morning that was. Pleasant cozy morning with sounds of birds. People doing exercise, meditation, jogging. And here some playing Volleyball one of my favorite sport to play. I am missing those days when I could go anywhere anytime without fear. Gathering with families, parties with friends, traveling it’s been a long time to even think about that.

I used to go for running and meditation, and sometime for playing different sports, which I am missing these days now.

Wishing things get back to normal soon, so we all can do whatever we loved to do without any fear, without any hesitation.

What things you are missing?

Tamanjeet Singh

Life is not easy, never it was, and never it will

Life is not easy, never it was, and never it will because if life becomes easy it will be hard to live with that.

Life is challenging at every step, painful at every turn. All the challenges, pains, rock bottoms, and breakdowns are part of life and reason to feel alive. It’s true that they bring sorrow and tears but also true that they bring strength to make us strong and active so the next time when we hit rock bottom we won’t take time to stand back.

Life is full of surprises and surprises bring excitements. Those turns and twisted moments of life keep us excited about life. It makes us want to live more and more every single day, every single moment. Just Imagine, if every day would be the same as all days what would happen? It will feel like no life in it. Isn’t it? There would be same routine, same weather, same people, same everything. We would lose our interest in living life very soon. Just like we lose interest in our favorite song or movie after listening or watching back to back in the loop for a couple of days. We would probably don’t want to live the coming next day, because we would know it will be the same as it is today, as it was yesterday, and the same as all other days we have lived until now. Change is surely required in life and every change brings its own challenge to deal with.

I know we hate those challenges in life, we all hate the hard days, we all hate taking pains on the chest, on the heart. I know we all want life to be a little easy or maybe more easy and yes, no doubt I want that too and sometimes we get that also but it will not remain the same. Because you know Life is not easy, never it was, and never it will and I don’t know you will like it or not but I think never it should.

I thankful for all the wonderful and happy days and in the same way I am thankful for all those hard days, pains, heartbroken, challenges kicking on the ass because they are what makes me feel that I am still not dead and they are what makes me “Me”.

The First Step – towards anything you want to achieve

People keep asking each other or sometimes to themselves about how I can become a writer or how I can become a photographer, a musician, or anything else they want to become. They keep saying I want to be this or that, I want to do this or that but, how? They don’t know the answer. So, I think the answer to all those questions will be right saying just take the first step.

Yes, just take the first step to enter into that world you want to win. You will start to get to know how that thing works. Taking the first is the biggest step and called for a lot of courage and guts. Without putting your step in that world you might never know how everything is in there and without that information, you can’t simply win.

If you want to be a writer just start writing. If you want to be a singer just start singing. If you want to be a photographer just start pressing the shutter button. “But don’t start operating people if you want to be a doctor.” 😉 Well, you know what I mean anyway. No matter how bad you wrote. No matter how tuneless you sang. No matter how blurry photo you captured. This is just your first step. Don’t expect to be perfect. We all fall many times before we start to walk, and that’s how we learn. We always learn from the mistakes. If you could find what is wrong in your writing, singing, photo, or whatever you are trying, you can improvise it and make it better on the next attempt, and then you will be ready to take the second step LEARNING.

I took my first step in the writing world and I never thought that even I can write anything. Before taking the step it felt impossible to me like it was never my cup of tea. It needed a lot of courage because we always care what people will say. We always think negatively more, what if we failed? We always think, how people will judge. But I moved my step ahead and now when I started to know this world and the value of writing, it seems all different than I thought. It made things easier for me to learn and keep moving. The journey from crawling to running doesn’t happen in a single day and I know it.

I am sure you must have took your first step ever for something or might be thinking now to take it. I would love to hear your thought on this.

Share your story or any word of wisdom that might help encouraging me or other readers in any way or might help to get some motivation and hope.

Tamanjeet Singh

My Sketch Work -2

Hey Everyone! hoping you all are doing well wherever you are. Today I want to share one more sketch work with all of you. It was my first sketch of an animal. It was so difficult for me to draw because I never drew fur before that, and when I started to draw this sketch it seemed like a messy drawing. Drawing fur is seriously no t that easy. I was about to throw that piece of paper in a dustbin, but then I thought I should give it a chance and do more work on this if it doesn’t go well no problem; at least it will be counted in my practice and I will take something out of my mistakes for sure. But I was not sure that, that attempt will come out as a beautiful result. ❤️

So, please take a look at this lively sketch of a Cat that I drew year and a half ago, and let me know if you like it.

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Tamanjeet Singh

How do you inspire success?

Success is something we all chase to achieve. Jumping over the challenges and standing back from failures moving toward the aim is not that easy as it sound. It need a lot of courage to stand back and start again when failure hit you so hard. It need so much power to keep focus on the goal and jump over the challenges that can push you hard to think again to be on a path that you decided.

Success don’t come overnight it need consistency of hard work and patience with clear vision. I believe we all need to follow some rules to stay on track to inspire success and I am sharing some of the principles to follow and practice in daily life.

5 principles to inspire Success

  1. Believe in yourself Never doubt your strength, never underestimate yourself. You are way more powerful than you think. Always stay loyal and true to yourself and trust your gut.
  2. Be Risk Taker- Don’t sit back in thinking of falling. It’s ok to be afraid but you must get down into the well to dig deep for water. Come out of your comfort zone to find new ways, new experiences, and to meet your strength.
  3. Watch Your Limitations- We all are limited, no is like everything to everyone always. There is no shame to ask for help where needed. And learn to say “No” where required.
  4. Work Hard- We all know this work hard pays its worth. It is important not to give up on your shore and if you fail this time, just jump back in the ocean with more power.
  5. Be Kind and respectful to everyone- I don’t think this needs any explanations. Disrespectful and egoist person can never achieve the crown of success.

Never stop dreaming and working on your dreams. Vision will help you to achieve great things and hard work will help you to build that dream exactly as you wished for.

Comment down if you have more suggestions, great rules, mantras or practices to inspire success in our life.

Share with all- What are your key points in your life?

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Tamanjeet Singh

“Something you have is a dream of someone to have”

This is true and can’t be denied that whatever you have, whatever you get, or achieved, there is someone out there having a dream of all those, and they are praying, they are trying and fighting all day and night to have those not just because they need it but also they understand the value of all those things. The thing can be wealth, health, food, shelter, knowledge, family, friends, basic needs, or maybe luxuries for some and so other things. They actually know how it feels not having any of those just like you know how it feels not having a thing that you want to have. So, they understand the value and do work hard for those and pray sun and moon. But before you conclude anything here, I want to add that too that while they are dreaming and praying to have something that they don’t have, there are many other dreaming and praying for things that at least they have.

There is nothing wrong to dream for more and more but we should always be grateful too for everything that we have.

I am grateful for having good health, good job, family, and list of other thousand things and hoping you are too.

Comment down your dreams, your thoughts and let all know What are you grateful for.

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Happy Reading! 🙂

Tamanjeet Singh