Of all seasons , that come and go , winter remains closest to the heart. It is so cold in nature, and may be, that is why I feel so warm in it. Paradoxical ain't it ?? Well let me explain....
First from a Himalayan dwellers point of view. Winter in Himalayas means the season of forced holidays. The mountain towns and villages change into bitter cold kingdoms , where survival can be challenging. But thanks to God , the people though facing that challenge get to spend a good time with their families. What happens is , the people know that during winter all work and daily life comes to a halt , hence , for the past months they keep gathering livestock , fuel and all that is necessary to spend the the long winters. When it finally arrives , schools are shut down , markets closed , all people dwelling around with their day to day jobs come back home for 60 - 90 days of hard winter. So if you are a Himalayan local you would end up in your cute wooden home amidst snow and chill , warming and getting utmost love and care from your family. You have no work to do basically other than loving your closest ones and chat around may be with the neighbour and friends. This is why the Himalayan people are so warm and welcoming for they are every year loved and cared for infinitely from their families. The winter is a blessing which keeps the family close and love replenished year after year. It would be great if we faced such harsh winter everywhere , for that cold is needed for the warmth of love. Don't you think so ???
Secondly lets take metropolitan point of view. Winter in Indian cities means good , bearable weather compared to the hot humid other weathers round the year. It is the time to wear more fashionable clothes without being worried about the pathetic sweat and odour. Winter comes with a good feeling with its main festivities like christmas and New year and that adds up to the excitement and vibrancy of the season. Christmas with everything good and merry about it , is loved by all around. Gift , food , dance and drinks and obviously the cool weather to enjoy it all is nothing but a blessing of winter. New year comes with new hopes and starting our life with a fresh enthusiasm and force , leaving behind everything that was bad or failure. And more interestingly , winter means less work pressure in a service sector country like ours which mean adventure and travel is around the corner.
Third point of view from the adventurers take on winters. Winter is most probably the most beautiful season to behold , and I repeat it , more beautiful that spring, at least to me. Mountains turn white with snow , trees turn abode of snow holding the little crystals and everywhere you look around is a land of snow white. A true fairy tale. Winter means fresh snowfall and every year , winter touches the lives of millions experiencing them with their life's first snowfall. If you have not witnessed snowfall you won't understand or value what it means just reading this , and I shall pray this year you do , as sooner as possible. Even for people who have seen it times and again such as me , still there is a freshness and something different with every snowfall that I behold. For a adventurer , the moment of snowfall is like the birth of a new soul , an accomplishment of life and a celebration of our existence. Do I see smiling lips and nodding heads ? Winter also means unpredictable tours and unplanned adventures and everything new and challenging. The trains get delayed due to fog , meaning your start of the travel and plans go to hell. Then comes unpredictable weather like closed roads due to snowfall and you might just get stuck nowhere. And in that uncertainty and messed up plan you actually become one adventurer. Clear skies are also marked by winters helping you get the most crystal clear image of the far standing mighty peaks and mountain ranges in backdrop of blue sky. The view from the top of a mountain if you somehow be able to tread the mighty snow and accomplish the feat of summit , is far more better than found in any other season. The horizons stretches more with clear sky and white clad peaks , the deep valleys and curvy gorges formed in a spectacular scene in your eyes. Winter is the true season of adventure.
Lastly from my point of view. I would love to be known as an ardent fan and lover of winter. For winter means a deep logic to me and my existence. In a lot of poems , winter with its dried and shedding of leaves , has been enacted or imaged as death. And that is exactly why , it is so beautiful. Death is after all nothing but the the necessity to be reborn. And as death , winter takes away with it all that is sad , broken or grieving , gifting a new opportunity to nature to build it all over once again with something better. And so it does to me also. It gives me the hope to wash away all that could not be with a gift to make it once again. So it does to all people too. When we celebrate new year , no matter how bad the year went , we are filled with new hope , courage and faith. It isn't just a coincidence that the new year and winter come together , is it ?? So as the winter for this year evades , I bid adieu with a thanks for replenishing me like it does to nature, and I will wait for the this warmth of winter to come again soon. Won't you ?
Note from the Author,
" Travel made me rich and free. Magic and miracles are true , once you wander on the roads to places different and divine. I have collected so many thoughts and stories while being a Tour & Trek guide for last seven years. Sharing with you all, those memories and stories , and wishing you all , that someday you guys travel far and wide too. I am not a great writer , so ignore my grammar and spellings, read it with feelings, and you might just be affected with the wanderlust to hit the road"