What is the best life lesson we can learn from a waterfall?
“If you are flexible, Falling will not hurt you.”- Mehmet Murat Ildan.
I am a big fan of Waterfalls. Actually everything that has anything to do with moving water. Mere sight of running water is capable of melting the buildup inside. You suddenly come at peace. Whether it is the trickle of tiny rain drops, burble of naughty streams, roaring of mighty rivers, all in some way have a soothing effect on our brain. But what to say about falling water….
In this sixth post of my travel tales, I am taking you to ‘some’ of the famous Waterfalls I have visited.
A huge Waterfall in Ramgaon on Chakrata road, it is around 13 km from well-known hill station Mussoorie.
I went there many years back on a special trip organized for the teachers by the Management of my Previous College. Our stay was arranged at Mussoorie. From where next day, we were to travel either to Dhanaulti or Kempty Falls, Not both!
I hail from hills so dropping the idea of Dhanaulti was easy for me but my friend wanted to go (she is a person of plains)! Clearly, there was a confusion and we two, ultimately boarded none of the buses; both of the buses left the station without us!
Two girls, in an unknown place, showed courage to inquire around and decided to hire a taxi to Kempty falls (since it was nearer) . I have faith in innocence of hill people (read driver), but we both, in our hearts were scared! What if something bad happened? What if he is not going on the right road as no milestone pointed towards Kempty on the way!
I still laugh how I, being older, acted smarter and pretended to call people on the other end (who were not even picking our phone )! How I acted to tell them the number of our taxi just to make sure that the driver knew (that our people know) that he was taking us to Kempty Falls!
He dropped us safe and sound. We later laughed our worries out. The fall was good.
‘Neer Waterfalls’ are just a few kilomerters from Rishikesh on Badrinath highway. It is a sequence of three waterfalls.
If staying in Tapovan, you can even reach it on foot and if you go by vehicle, still there is a small trek uphill. Basically, you just have to go along but opposite to the water current to reach the main fall. The top most Fall was a treat to watch and we happily indulged in some soaking. It is a marvelous fall aptly hidden from the populace.
Seven Sister Falls
It is a very famous Waterfall of Meghalaya in Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places in the world, at 2hrs drive from Shillong, the capital city.
The hill from which it takes the leap, offers a tremendous view of Bangladesh. There are seven different falls side by side cascading the cliff.
Flowing at a place almost 12 km from main city Shillong, is Elephant Fall, made of three small falls. You cross them one by one as you descend down the hill. The pedestrian is gentle slope and comfortable staired way. Stairs are adorned with ferns and mosses. It was a delight to the Nature lovers i.e. us.Local Khasi people call it ‘Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew’ which means ‘Three step Waterfall’. The current name i.e. Elephant Falls was given by the Britishers because of a giant rock beside the fall which resembled an elephant.
Kerala is blessed by Nature. May be that’s the reason, it is also known as God’s own country! Our travel through Kerala brought us face to face with numerous gorgeous falls, whose names I am unable to recall. The one on our journey from Kochi to Munnar, I remember! It was Cheyappada Fall.
It was also the point where we realized how difficult it was for honemooners to get clicked together!
Himachal has many seasonal and perennial, big and small waterfalls. Though I like them all, few have succeeded in stealing my heart.
Mari WaterFall near Rohtang
On the way to Rohtang pass from Manali, as soon as you are about to approach the Pastures of Mari, if instead of taking left, right turn is taken; you can witness the slow motion live.
The Fall is gigantic and wondrous. It makes you speechless…not literally ( In my case, I lost control over my tongue. I remember when I saw it first, I said gorgeous…God knows how many times)!
In addition, there are Rihala Falls, and Jogini Falls in Manali region.
Only downside is that pictures never do justice to the actuality of the moment when you are going through whole lot of inner transformation with the FALL!
This is enough for one post. Do you like Waterfalls? Which one is associated with your memories? Do tell in the comment section.