Journeys are important not just because they take you to destination but also for the experience. When you travel, destination can be already visited but every time journey experience will be something different. Sometimes co-travelers change – the old aunty, fat uncle, cute girl, geeky guy, or another route, another climate – there are so many parameters which decide the uniqueness of the journey. I should not forget about the people and others that we meet as we go ahead.
The cow that looked at you with pleading eyes for food or the gray langur that snatched the banana from your hand or the fat buffalo that decided to nap in the middle of the road and does not even bat an eyelid while you keep on honking. These all have been or will be our partners in journey that have/will welcome you in the new region.
Presenting few of such animals that welcomed me in the journeys, hope to get welcomed by others too in future ones.
Taken while on journey to Lothal from Ahemdabad. A herd of cow headed by an elder cow like a leader of gang while others in back are busy gossiping. So alike the humans!
While on a trip to Mount Abu, at the break of dawn we found a herd of sheep grazing and roaming in an almost dried field. We have heard of wool getting dyed later on, here the sheep was marked with color, perhaps for the color coding followed by various shepherds.
A couple of ox working hard in plowing a field at the monsoon time with lush green background. Work environment may be good with pleasant breeze flowing but when you are knee deep in mud, it’s hard to say that you are enjoying it. Taken on a journey to Alibagh from Mumbai.
Grey langurs are omnipresent in India. Be it plains or mountains or forests, there are always there to welcome you, with the beady eyes stare and quick check for any food. This photograph resembles so much of an old villager perched upon a stone, sitting patiently perhaps smoking a bidi/local cigarette, watching everyone as they passed.
This mighty yak looked so helpless and stone faced as people sat on it and clicked unending photographs around it. Photograph is taken in Kufri, Himachal Pradesh .
Hope to find many others like these welcoming me in their regions on my future trips.
Happy travelling and happy memories!!