Day 243 | 11 September 2015 | Wadhwale to Alina | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • WOH Day 243 - Tree-lined streets once again - Khanij
    1.WOH-Day-243,-tree-lined-streets-once-again,-from-Khanij-to-Alina,-Kheda,-Gujarat
  • 2.The-Padayatra-catches-the-fancy-of-this-winsome-belle,-Mahudha,-Kheda,-Gujarat
  • The very basics of a village chawl - Kheda
    3.The-very-basics-of-a-village-chawl..,-drinking-water-pot,-mosquito-net,-a-loose-brick-wall!!,-Kheda,-Gujarat
  • A veritable green tunnel with stairways to the sun -Mahudha
    4.A-veritable-green-tunnel-with-sunlight-cascading-down,-Mahudha,-Kheda,-Gujarat
  • 5.Harking-back-to-the-old-times-when-people-used-to-eat-out-of-mud-crockery,-Mahudha,-Kheda,-Gujarat
  • The almost-dry Galteshwar river still manages to feed birds and avian friends - Balol
    6.The-near-dry-Galteshwar-river-!!,-still-feeding-birds-&-humans!!,-Balol.-Kheda,-Gujarat
  • Old-fashioned but effective - tilling the land as the padayatra approaches Dakor
    7.Still-old-fashioned-tilling-as-we-near-Dakor,-Kheda,-Gujarat
  • 8.The-amazing-milkmaids-once-again,-with-their-multiple-milkpots-neatly-balanced!!,-Balol,-Kheda,-Gujarat
  • An ace shepherd in the making - Alina
    9.An-ace-shepherd-in-the-making,-Alina.-Kheda,-Gujarat
  • A 'cuppa' before we part at the end of the walk for the day - Alina
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Walk of Hope covered 18 kilometres from Wadhwale to Alina today. Continuing their march into rural areas, the walkers rediscovered the pleasure of walking on roads lined by trees. In many a place, the trees form rich, thick canopies of green, and it was indeed an enjoyable experience walking under them. Mostly tobacco farms populate both sides of the road. These areas are also rich in water bodies and they crossed two or small bridges over small rivers today. Rich but simple scenes of rural life are what the walkers saw around them.

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The road is mostly quiet - a few automobiles passing by now and then. In areas where roads cross, there are many shops, accompanied by a lot of noise and dust. Alina was such a place and they stopped here for the day. Soon after this, the padayatris were at their resting place - an ashram in Dakor. This is a tiny town but it has two prominent and popular temples - the Balakrishna Lalji Haveli and Shree Ranchhodrai Maharaj Mandir. The evening aarti at Shree Ranchhodarji Maharaj Mandir is an attraction and is attended by many. Today was a rather short day and, after they reached their resting point, the walkers rested for the day. It was particularly hot and the rest in the afternoon was quite dreary. However, the padayatris either visited the temples, or had a walk through the town, or enjoyed a game of badminton.

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