I Had Lied To My Parents About Me Going To Spiti Valley.- Pooja Shah

16 April 2017

Pooja Shah

“Within a time gap of three days, it was decided that I would be leaving for Spiti Valley. Leaving all the office work, packing the useful stuff and boarding on a bike is a full-time leisure I had. It was an 18-day trip and I have lived the best days of my life which will be cherished lifelong. I was excited and nervous at the same time as it was my first trip to such a place on a bike.

I had lied to my parents about me going to Spiti Valley. I wanted to explore a place which had always fascinated me in my dreams. I somehow managed to sneak out and at the dawn, we started our journey. I remember, being a pillion to Mr. Chirag Gupta a.k.a Doctor is not an easy task. Living in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and wandering in Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh was all that I did before the trip started.

Since childhood, I had an urge to travel and explore new places, meet new people and get an essence of new culture. Travelling to Spiti was like a dream coming true. Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley located high in the Himalaya Mountains in the north-eastern part of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The name “Spiti” means “The Middle Land”, i.e. the land between Tibet and India.

We were all set on Mahindra Mojo and the journey seems to be never ending. Being the only female on the trip, I didn’t feel any distortion instead my mates helped me and did take a proper care of me on every path. Staying up in mountains and exploring the various aspects of it, has been my all time crave. I felt like living my dream. It couldn’t have been any better.

On my journey back home, at Delhi, our bike met with an accident. Till date, I don’t know what exactly happened with me or how things turned. I only remember, when I gained consciousness, I was in a hospital bed, wearing that hospital suit and hand being fractured. Discharging from the hospital, we took a flight to Ahmedabad and back home.  I was all fine in some time and I didn’t even regret any of my decisions concerned with the trip.

Reaching home, I informed my parents about the accident. All while my trip mates and doctor stayed up for me. I feel blessed for having such pure souls in my life. Even after facing such tragic scene, my Spiti journey couldn’t have been any crazier. My excitement has been 100% since the beginning of the trip.

I am all ready to take up my next trip which is in May 2017 to Ladakh and it is going to be a great exposure too. In life, I have always learned to be strong and a nature lover. I love travelling and with my people it does make a difference.

I am Woman Of Courage because I believe in me and my dreams even if asks for patience, strength and strong willpower.”



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