“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”
- John Muir
The above is an apt lyrical tribute to the healing powers of Nature.
Cut to 2016, we live in crazy times where technology has gripped us with its corrupting tentacles! It is not to say that technology is bad or redundant, but the insane dependence on digitalization is corrosive! Virtual reality is the only reality that exists today; we have forgotten the art to connect not only with others but also with our own selves and cosmic consciousness at large vis-à-vis our soul – Nature is an essential component of this cosmic whole!
Our children may not be in a position to appreciate the beauty and peace of just ‘being’ as they are born into an age riding high on speed and performance; however, for those of us born in the early 70s and 80s , we still struggle to relive the magical aura of the yesteryears, albeit unsuccessfully!
Experts agree that routinely spending some parts of the year in the caressing arms of nature promote our overall well-being while soothing our frayed nerves and helping us be in better mind-space and spirit!
People brag of vacationing in the most exotic foreign locales, tripping in popular hill-stations, beaches and other prime cities, but the recent trend has been one of ‘villacationing’ (vacationing in villages)? Did you just flinch to hear ‘village’? Do you conjure up images of poverty-stricken, congested, ill-maintained communities at the idea of a village? Then you will do well to learn that I am not talking about the stereotypical ones; there are quite a few on the Indian map (though less-known) that do not belong to the league! And the best part is you guiltlessly get to spend a few days free from that constant buzz on your cell phone and your wife will be only too happy to not see you clinging compulsively to your set – the villages listed here (remote as they are) are yet to be installed with any wifi connection! It would mean spending a few blissful days in the lap of nature either with family, friends or even alone if you prefer going solo.
Consider the following: