The mountains are attracting an increasing number of adventurers, who visit
the mountains for a variety of activities. These activities include camping,
trekking, mountaineering, para gliding, rafting etc. Each activity in itself has
many forms. It may be easy to difficult, one man to a group activity, organized
by a club or self organized.
The visit to any hilly place always lifts up one's sprit. There is no doubt
about it. It may be due to the different kind of topographic and environment we
get at these places, from the ones we are so used to. There are many options on
how to visit the hills. Thousands of people of this great country have been
making the tough and risky journeys to the great many shrines located in far-flung
places in the hills. A lot of people on pilgrimage to these mountain shrines are
old and infirm. Yet the will to have darshan of the deity makes it possible for
them to achieve their goal. One visit leads to other and also has a positive
affect on the person who performs these visits. Similarly now people are
visiting the mountains for pleasure and adventure activities.
Some are happy in going and staying at a conveniently located hotel
where all the comforts are available depending on your purse. There are others
who wish to do a bit different from this yet get the comforts of a hotel. For
them there are Camps which make you comfortable in scenic surroundings. The only
difference is that the brick and cement walls are replaced with the thick canvas
walls. Others want some more fun to be added and this is taken care by Camping
in the mountains away from the towns and villages. One may move from one camp to
another located a few Kms from the first one. Still others take one on longer
trips and more fascinating places. These trips are a bit more adventures and
physically demanding. However, the more pains you take will give you more
rewards and with that a sense of pleasure and achievement which gives you more
josh to live the life ahead of you.
The growing number of young people who visit the mountains for pleasure and
adventure is a welcome sign. But in accepting the element of risk it is
important to be quite clear about the nature of the dangers inherent in mountain
travel and to go prepared. To get lost in the mountains or to be the cause of an
accident involving yourself or other people when this could have been avoided by
training and preparation, is not heroism but folly. Indeed, it is worse than
foolish for it shows a complete lack of consideration for others.
Most people would agree that the point in any leisure activity is to find
pleasure and satisfaction. In camping in the mountains, walking in the hills,
these are to be found not in courting unknown hazards but in matching your own
skill and experience against the dangers and difficulties of which you are
aware. While in the mountains you should be observing "The Mountain
Code". Further there are "Various Aspects" which need to be taken
care of while visiting the mountains.