Keeping The Faith In The Mountains
Condé Nast Traveller India|August - September 2020
Keeping The Faith In The Mountains
A pilgrimage up Mount Girnar is silent though not solitary, finds Hashim Badani
Hashim Badani

Seven thousand steps to go. It’s 2am, and I’m about to ascend Mount Girnar in Gujarat, cutting through the rocky and shrub-laden landscape of Gir Forest—home to the endangered Asiatic lion.

I’ve chosen to begin my journey at this odd hour to avoid the unforgiving heat of a long summer day. Historically, people have mostly climbed in an attempt to conquer. But this is no worldly journey; it is the kind of climb where you attempt to turn the gaze inward.

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August - September 2020