It snowed during night at Kalatop and the ground was covered with snow. However by dawn, it had stopped and then the snow started to melt or harden and both was dangerous. The Home guards who acted as guides for us decided to take us by road. The journey through jungle to Khajjiar, our next stop was through mountains in normal circumstances.
Journey through forest would have been difficult, shorter and maybe slippery and dangerous. So a decision was taken to walk through the longer tar road to reach Khajjiar. The road started from Lakarmandi. Lakarmandi is 3 Kilometers from Kalatop Guest house. Lakarmandi was the first big stop on our journey from Dalhousie to Kalatop. The total distance between Kalatop and Khajjiar estimated to be around 18 Kilometers. That sure was a long way.
As we started from Kalatop, we noticed the effect snow had on the surrounding. The trees were covered with snow but the snowing had stopped.
And so was the ground.
The sky at Lakarmandi had cleared giving a very bluish sky and a white snow below
The start of the road at Lakarmandi. Its a tar road below that thick snow. Many cars had passed on the road the other night which had made the snow slippery. It was dangerous to walk on the road traveled by the tyre tracks.
The road route offered a scenic route. A slope full of deodhar trees.
Although we never saw wild animals in the sanctuary, we saw many tracks on the fresh snow like the one here. Some said it looks like a dog tracks. I say they were snow leopards.
The road journey though long and tiring was not difficult nor it was adventurous. It was just walking and walking. The tree here formed a small arc on the road like a gateway. There were many such trees along the way and looking at them I was reminded by a very old ghost movie “Jaani Dushmani” and Jitendra or Shatrughan Sinha and Reena Roy on this tree dancing.
The long winding road seems like it would never end
Our destination, Khajjiar seen at a distance
The trees and forest made for an interesting photos
That tree dangerously over the road held by some strange force
The sun played hide and seek through the clouds. As we all stood with the shadows falling on the ground, Mathew clicked. A few seconds more and the sun goes back in the clouds.