Day 293 | 31 October 2015 | From Khargaon to Udaipura | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • WOH Day 293 - Walking from Khargone to Udaipura
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  • 2.Perplexed,-this-gentleman-watches-the-Padayatra-go-by!,-Khargone,-Raisen,-MP
  • Warm reception enroute - Batera
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  • Marching ahead along NH 12 to Udaipura
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  • Maize, wheat and rice intermingle , enroute - Silari
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  • Winter clothes are out - Silari
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  • 7.Pillared-verandah,-a-legacy-from-a-bygone-era,-Nurnagar,-Raisen,-MP
  • Breakfast at Jaihind Adarsh School - Nurnagar
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  • An impromptu stop at the Hanuman Mandir - Nuniya
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  • Sri M in a reflective mood at the Hanuman Mandir - Nuniya
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  • Sri M with Sri Sri Thanikanathji - a fellow Nath Panthi - Nuniya
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Walk of Hope covered 20 kilometres today on NH12 from the village ofKhargaon to Udaipura. It passed through the villages of Batera,Silari, Nurnagar and Nuniya before reaching the destination. With winter fast approaching, it is increasingly colder each day. Another new thing is that, in these stretches, the walkers are staying for up to two, three or even four days at the same place.

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This is because there is literally not enough accommodation in these areas for such a large group of people. Even at the places they stop, infrastructure is,many a time, basic. The second floor of the place they stayed last lacked two walls and with drafts of wind blowing in, the nightswere very cold. But, hardened as they are, everything is taken in the right spirit. The only positive thing is that the bathrooms are usually unoccupied. Very few people like long cold showers. The walk today was fairly quiet and without many events. There were some receptions here and there by small groups of not less than 10 people. The places passed through were mostly villages situated onlarge farms. With the crops ready for harvest, the landis a carpet with a million hues of green. In the early mornings, a gentle breeze and mist pervades all corners. The plants in wide open lands move to and fro in unison with the breeze making the land look like an ocean of green.Unfortunately, the villages and towns they pass through are not at all clean. Trash litters the streets, there are open sewages and dust perpetually floats in the air. The people are very kind and warm, they have given the padyaatris much love. The walkers stopped at a village school today - the Jaihind Adarsh School – for breakfast and it was a memorable visit. The school has more than 300 students from many close-by villages. Amazingly, with no more than 10 rooms, the school teaches students from LKG to Grade 12. Along the way,they also had an unscheduled visit to the Hanuman Ashram where they met a Nath Panthi - a sadhu from the same tradition as Sri M. The padyaatris squeezed into his small ashram The sadhu was very happy to receive them and prepared pakodas for the group. Faring him well and leaving his ashram, the travellers reachedtheir halting place soon and rested for the day.

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