Camping with friends over weekend in Wildlife Sanctuary.
24 of us planned for weekend. All were nature freak. We opted for trekking in mainam wildlife sanctuary.
We entered the sanctuary without any notice, there was no one at entry gate. Early evening we started our journey from gate. We walked on trial for long time together. After sometimes the pace differ individually.
Some took shortcuts to reach the distination early.
I was with three of my other friends. We took break and eat packed sandwich. We knew we were not the last one in the group of 24.
The jungle was getting dense and the sun was set.
We decided to take long route. It was so dark, visibility was nill.
After 4 hours of walk we reached our destination. But the disturbing thing was we couldn't find our mates there. I tried searching for half an hour.
Dark, Wild, four girls, no fire, no food, -4°C, no tent.
We tried to light a fire there was nothing to light but our field notebook. Those pages could warm us.
Tired body was asking for rest. We settled under the tree to avoid the precipitation.
We were talking, trying not to sleep, be conscious, all this just to live.
We also realised if we will survive this now, we can survive any challenge of life later. My mates said they hear some sounds, it sound like wild animal. And at that altitude and time we could only think of two Himalayan brown bear or snow leopard.
We started praying whatever that is please don't let it cross our way.
That day I realised, Even the tree can scare you with its shadow. How important the stars are for people living under open sky.
We were just counting time, waiting for sun to rise.
Next day the sun blessed us our new day.