The padayatris silhouetted against the morning sun - Rampura
WOH Day 289 - Naktara to Sultanpur - Paddies and teak forests abound enroute
Traditional welcome as the padayatris stopped for tea - Chilwaha
A hitherto unseen type of rooftiles - Bhusimenta
Sri M seems to find a ready audience anywhere - Raisen
Walk of Hope traversed the distance from Naktara to Sultanpur—covering 16 kilometres today. The padyatra proceeded through the hills and they are nearing the reserve forest areas. It is getting colder each day—there is cool mist in the morning and a nip in the air in the evening. The days are getting shorter with the walkers welcoming the morning sun everyday for its mild warmth.
Shades of green are back again as they can only see forest areas all around them. These areas have the highest concentration of leopards in India. There have been specific warnings by the forest department to stay in a group, and also that not one should lag behind. This also adds a faint element of danger; rarely have they felt the need to be cautious on the walk, except for the rushing vehicles on highways. They also see old village where nothing seems to have changed over a long period of time. The boundary walls are made with sticks fallen from the trees and and homes have have mud-plaster floors. The villages are nestled in lands that suddenly open up, between two hills for example, and there is a short burst of life and activity. A few kilometres down the road, it is silent again. These are some of the best days to join the walk though accommodation is a challenge.
There was no Satsang today –with no local villages in the vicinity. With no one except the padyaatris around, they turned in soon after their arrival at the halting place, spending their time in quietude and their routines for the rest of the day.