Chapter 1: The beginning
It was the year 2016. I went with a couple of my friends to Rishikesh to celebrate my birthday as well as rejuvenate ourselves and take a small break from our mundane and hectic lives. As I crossed Haridwar and entered the borders of Rishikesh, a cloud of tranquillity and serenity engulfed me. The air of Rishikesh calmed me down and made me experience something I had never felt before. I started feeling really light, as if all my problems and worries left through an exit gate in my body. I had a consistent body pain from earlier which seemed to disappear the moment I soaked in the salubrious mountain air. However, the time I truly felt magical and surreal was when I halted at this bridge, positioned over the mighty river Ganga, and sat at the edge of a cliff nearby to admire the magnificent Dhauladhar range in front of me. It was at this moment that I cried. I was overwhelmed with emotions because I finally felt free and experienced a divine power so strong, it cannot be described in mere words. After soaking in the holiness of the place for literally an hour, I continued my journey further.
Chapter 2: The divine road trip
In 2019, I was going through a really hard time in my life, both professionally and personally. I had been depressed for months and nothing seemed to get better, no matter how much I tried to be patient and hardworking. So, when my friends suggested that I take a small break for a while, I quickly jumped at the opportunity to redeem myself. We took a road trip from New Delhi to Lansdowne, Uttarakhand. Lansdowne was a small place which we managed to explore within one day, and since we had a few more days on our hands, we decided to go to Devprayag via Pauri Garhwal. As we were cruising on the road and enjoying the scenic beauty of the Dhauladhar range, something suddenly hit me at that moment, and I asked my friend who was driving, to stop at a place from where the whole valley was visible. I went outside and started gazing into the beautiful void in front of me. Suddenly, out of nowhere, I felt as if I had finally got the answers to all my unsolved questions and dilemmas. It felt like I was reborn again with an enthusiasm to never stop anymore. I felt a divine connection with the mountains, as if someone were calling out to me and telling me that everything is going to get better and I just have to keep going no matter what happens. Support and assurance which I didn’t get from any friend or family member at that point of time, came in the form of a divine, invisible friend.
These two accounts of my experiences with something unexplainable and absolutely divine made me realise what it is that truly makes me happy and makes me who I am. It made me realise that travelling is food for my soul in this selfish and callous world, and that someone out there is looking after me and all of us. Since then, I live to travel and unplug myself whenever I can, to nurture my soul and connect with something which is larger than life itself.
The enlightened New Age wanderer
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