"I must admit, I have not been myself since I have gotten back from Bhutan", I said to my friend. "Why? What happened there? Is everything alright?, she said. Taking a deep breath I replied, I surely am back to Mumbai but my heart refuses to cross the Bhutan gate. The green cover of forests, the twists and turns on roads with prayer flags fluttering in the wind and colourful chortens on almost every nook and cranny literally ooze happiness and satisfaction. In this age of technology taking over human relationships, it is almost impossible to find a place where people prefer sitting in a circle to sip on homemade wine (Aara) with their family and friends, instead of connecting with each other on virtual world of social media. But in this world dominated by social media and show off there still exists a small Himalayan kingdom, the last Shangri La, the Land of the Thunder Dragon (Druk Yul) or as it is fondly called the Land of Happiness, Bhutan!
If you are among those who think of Kerala as just a land of backwaters and houseboats, pristine forests and wildlife, awesome cuisine and Ayurveda, then you are in for a huge surprise. Let us show you a side of Kerala that you perhaps do not know exists. Kerala is also a hub for thrill seekers, and enthusiasts come here for a dose of adventure. Biking, climbing, trekking, camping, water sports, and paragliding are among the few interesting things to do, here.
Trekking is a high endurance activity. In order to venture into trekking, this is the best time for beginners to start training for it as monsoon is hardly two months away. Various trekking groups in Mumbai/Pune organize treks to various forts depending on the type of trail. The trails are divided into three buckets namely easy, medium and difficult. Sharing my experience of trekking in Sahyadris during last monsoon and what I learnt about choosing the right trek based on my endurance level. Sharing my experience of trekking at Sahyadri last monsoon.