Story By: Ujani Khadka (An aspiring Tourist Guide)
Destination: Ghandruk (Ghorepani Poonhill Trek)
The excitement of traveling to a new place is something really precious to me. It kind of satiates your nomadic streak. They say we find ourselves while traveling. Even though we feel so tired and hungry traveling never fails to feed our soul. I was visiting Ghandruk for the first time along with my friends.We had walked for 5 hours and still needed to walk for some hours to reach the destination. Well, at first, we were singing our hearts out and doing all those weird stuff that people normally do while traveling but after a while, we realized our battery was getting low and we did not know where we were stuck. There was not much charge left in anybody’s mobile and the initial excitement turned into fear. “What if we are walking the wrong way?””What if some wild animal just happened to come across us?””What if we get lost in this midst of forest?” These were some questions that bothered us. I was freaking out. It was the first time I was experiencing something like that. Nobody was talking to each other because everyone was freaked out.
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After walking for a while like an hour, we saw a beam of light. We followed that beam of light and we reached to a place which was owned by an old lady. We heaved a sigh of relief and had this heavy dinner. That night I discovered something.Nothing new that I had not thought of but something I did not know I had. The discovery was about how I could go to a new place new identity and survive. I did not have any limits. This thought freed me from all the dogma I was facing while I was in Kathmandu. It’s you, just you and nothing else. So, that small experience changed me in many ways. And, I feel too that you need to go away from yourself to discover yourself.
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