Read more about Sikkim on paintedstork.com * Gochela Trek * Gangtok, Yumthang and GurudongmarAfter all this, I almost stopped having any expectations. Every experience of snow was joyful, but the longing in me always kept me from making these experiences complete. A corner of me was spent in anticipating more instead of experiencing what was in front of me. When I saw the glaciers, I wished to be walking on them. When I saw the snow capped mountains, I wished to be on the top of them. So the next time I headed up the Himalayas I went without much expectation. This time I was going there to ski, at Auli, and yet I was mentally ready for a situation where I would have to come back without skiing if there was no snow. As if thats how it would end up, Joshimath - the town head to go to the ski lodge had no traces of snow anywhere. But when I took the cable car to the ski resort I started seeing mounds of snow, which soon turned into an ocean of snow. Some branches of the trees had small piles of snow on them that indicated fresh snowfall. It was fun to see it all so close. When we reached the ski lodge, there was snow everywhere we could see. It was the first time I was walking on the snow. And I obviously loved it. Slopes of Auli It was so much fun - to walk on it, to learn to ski and even to fall. I could finally experience the soft powdery layers of snow and enjoy the feel of it. I had more coming on my way. Two days of skiing later, the sky turned cloudy on an afternoon and the least anticipated happened. There were flakes of snow falling from the sky! One after another, they would fall and land softly on my head and shoulders as softly as petals of flowers. I suddenly felt a rush of happiness, which slowly morphed into a peaceful and joyous mood. I swayed with the falling snow and let them land on my tongue; I stood still and watched as mother nature blessed us with her bounty. It was all that I could ask for. Skiing was suddenly secondary and I felt all my wish getting fulfilled. My search for snow was complete at that moment!
Also see more about Auli in paintedstork.com Visit to Auli in 2005 * Images from Auli(plenty of snow) * Trip report Visit to Auli in 2006 * Images from Auli(little snow) * A back-breaking journey: from Rishikesh to Auli * First Day at Auli * The days of Skiing * Spending time in Auli * Trekking and walking around * About Auli