We had been in Achabal for almost a week travelling to new places everyday, meeting new people. It was now time for a holiday (or a challenge, depending on how you look at it).
Mr Shafkat Ahmed mentioned Chatpal. They were trying to make it a mini Pahalgam.
“We have a bungalow ready there. I will send a caretaker with you. Let me know if you’re interested.”
Why wouldn’t we be interested? A new place, everything taken care of - what was not to like? Why the question of if we are interested?
“Is it one of your expensive destinations?”
“No no, we haven’t yet opened it for tourism.”
Yumm! We were totally in!
“Okay, great! I will call the caretaker. He will also travel with you so you don’t have to worry.”
“Just charge your phones and cameras here in Chatpal, the bungalow there doesn’t have electricity there. You can stay as long as you want.” Aha! That’s why the question! How long could we survive without electricity?
The weather became rather fickle as we left for our “holiday” to Chatpal. We crossed Chitergul, the last village on this route as the path then went into the mountains.
It was cold and freezing by the time we reached the bungalow at Chatpal - also know as a fairy tale, a paradise or heaven or any such similar term.
Who cared for electricity - when THIS is what you had?
Bring on the challenge of no electricity. We might be city bred, but we are no slaves to human comfort.
Being in the midst of spotless nature like this - green and bountiful and full of life - was indeed causing a mind-shift!
(To be continued)
Photo & Text By : @sandeepachetan
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