A very sprightly Sri M effortlessly tackling the terrain - Arshwadi
'Grounded !' - Arshwadi, Nashik
The urban conditioning seem to have alienated these simple manual daily tasks - Nashik
'Young and ready to take on the world ' - Nashik
WOH Day 205 - the padayatris leave Nashik for the final time, crossing over the Godavari
After a visit to the pilgrimage center of Trimbakeshwar in the last two days, Walk of Hope left Nashik city once again today to continue the walk from yesterday’s halting point. The padayatra covered 15 kilometers and a strength of 280 people.
The padayatra is now moving in a sparsely populated area. They do come across a few houses and shops every hour or so. Every now and then, they see a farm with a small hut and a few farm animals. But mostly, these lands cannot be cultivated because of the hilly terrain. As they walk on the narrow two-lane highway, they are consistently accompanied by rain—now a drizzle, later a shower, then a rainstorm. When the rain is particularly heavy, the padayatra coalesces into a large blue blob - wearing raincoats and moving against the wind. Sometimes, there is just a cool breeze and these are the best. Sri M walked ahead, energetic and lively while the rest struggled to catch up with him!
The lands are flush with unsullied green—there is new life everywhere and the old life thrives too. The only thing that connects this ancient, natural world to the outer world is the black road and the automobiles that move on it.The walk today proved to be a delight for connoisseurs of nature and its evergreen features and will be so for the next few days.