GOD HAD A DIFFERENT PLAN FOR US
Adventure is always full of uncertainty, you plan one and execute the other, you destine for one and land on the other, sometimes you prepare for something and face the opposite. We hardly found what we presume. The most frustrating cause becomes the very cause of rejoice.
Initially our plan was to trek the Desali Range for a period of maximum 10 days. This range is one of the most virgin inhabitants in Lower Debang Valley District, Arunachal Pradesh. We declared the scheduled dates for the trek. As we were nearing our dates, changing and rescheduling of dates became a daily affair for one or other reasons. And for the last cause, but not the least, we finally dropped this trek as our main guide fell seriously ill all of a sudden.
Now, I had only 2 days to find out and decide a new trek and also to convince the participants for one more change.
A sleepless night and the last moment plan
I spent sleepless night surfing the internet to find out a new trek route and guide as well; sent friend request on Facebook at midnight to gather information. One of our participants would be joining us for an International Scientific TV Channel project, and it had a particular core subject that properly suited with the Desali Range trek. So, I needed to be very particular in finding and fixing the new trek, considering least deviation with the subject of his project.
Namdapha National Park and Chakma Village: Plan A
Glow Lake in Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary: Plan B
No doubt our number of participants got down to 2 (two); Shankar, the one for the project and Haren, the promising landscape photographer.
Night Camping in Kamlang Sanctuary
On 22nd February’2015, we the 3 people drove to Deban via Namsai from Tinsukia, Assam. Everything was okay till we reach “Kampai” (in Arunachal Pradesh). “Kampai” a place in the Kamlang Sanctuary at a distance nearly 20- 25 KM from Wakro. As we reach there, suddenly my Maruti Dzire stopped with a vehement violating sound while taking an ascending move on the hill. I tried best with my limited knowledge about the machine to get it into work, but it showed no sign of getting fit to move up.
We finally decided to camp for the night on that spot. There, where we stopped, was a small water stream coming out from the shoulder of the hills. The same small stream get transformed to a bigger one with speedy and destroying waves during summer. Over the stream there was a old wired hanging bridge to cross from one side to another. A concrete bridge was under going construction to replace the years old hanging bridge for better and safer transportation at that time.
As the dusk arrived we pitched our tents and collected enough fire woods to keep the fire on for the whole night, so that the wild animals can not reach us. For our dinner, we had only 1.5 kg of chicken meat. We collected some rice, potato, mustard oil, chili, turmeric powder, salt and a frying pan to cook from the construction site. Eventually we enjoyed a tasty dinner in the wild.
Next morning Shankar and Haren, both went out for photography and I after packing up our stuff switched on the ignition of the car. The engine got started with a big jerk and emitted thick black smoke with the clear message to us that it would not move up. We decided to move back and again got blanked with our plan. After few kilometres of drive the engine showed the rise in temperature. We stopped in a village named “Khare”.
I suggested my colleagues to try to find their subjects in the village, at least ‘let’s try’. After roaming for few hours in the village in search of their subjects we drove out to find a mechanic. We got information about a mechanic in Medo, some 20 km from “Khare”. By that time the car gradually showed some improvement in its performance by itself. We met the mechanic; he checked the engine and found no fault.
So we again moved up. This time to execute my Plan B- ‘the Glow Lake Trek, in Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary’. After negotiating with a local guy to be our porter we spent that night in the Wakro circuit house.
Glow Lake Trek
At around 10AM, 24th February 2015, we started our trek from Zero at an altitude nearly 400 MSL. After trekking for half of the day we noticed that our porter cum guide was not feeling fit to move up. His whole body was trembling and exhibited dizziness. He was experiencing pain on his calf muscles and could not step forward. I transferred some 5kg of weight from his load to my backpack and administered some mild pain killer. I asked him to take rest for few minutes. After nearly half an hour he was fit to move.
We resumed our trek and climbed up; my load was nearly 15 kg that time.
Mysterious Rain Drops
By afternoon almost 3 PM, the sky became cloudy and there were few rain drops. Soon the weather became clear. Dusk arrived, we moved fast with our head torches finding the way in the dense forest.
Glow Lake: Through the Woods
At some points our porter asked us to switch off our torches and directed our views towards our left through that dense woods. Amazed to see some big to medium bluish silver pearl like spots in the woods. Could not guess instantly, what those spots actually were. Oh that was the Lake seen through the woods with the moon light reflection. I cannot explain it properly at this time how mysterious the Lake looked.
Hills and the Heart Beat
My heart rate increased for the second time that day. The first time when I viewed the gorgeous Hills (probably on the other side of the Lake), from a height nearly 1700 meters MLS and from where we needed to move down towards the Lake. It was already dusk. I felt like the Hills were gazing at us and keeping every step of us on count. Oh my God, what a mysterious attitude of those almighty Hills. That too I cannot explain with my limited vocabulary.
Seeing the bluish white spots we realized that we were walking by the side of the Holy Glow Lake. As we reached the camping site of the Lake, we met 4 (four) tribal persons who were camping for fishing. We spent the night after the dinner in their camps.
View of Glow Lake
In the next morning, the rising sun and the gorgeous Hills had the plan to make the Lake more beautiful and divine. As of now, as I flash back that morning I felt like yes that was a different kind of world and beauty. Only those few could experience, who would climb up the hills and reach there. We are lucky enough, because genuinely a few and a very few only have touched and experienced the beauty of the Holy Glow Lake with the gorgeous Hills, the rising sun and the chirping tunes of birds.
To our mere surprise, in the morning one person who was camping there told us that they got the message of our arrival much earlier. They revealed that whenever a new person comes to the Lake, it welcomes with cloudy sky and few rain drops, oh surely that we had already the previous day as we were nearing the Lake. Another mystery of the Lake.
In another tale, it was said that the Mehao Lake in Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary and Glow Lake, both are siblings. Both the Lakes are almost at the same height from MSL and of almost equal in circumference about 4-5 km.
They made us noticed one more fact of the Lake that it was clean, even though the Lake was surrounded by the dense woods, not a single leaf or a small branch of wood was seen floating on the water. There are 4 girls and 4 boys, who are goddesses of the Lake, never allow the Lake to get dirty, as the tribals believe.
Another story they added, “if any new person have bath in the Lake, it rains.” We did not wish to try it. I feel every belief has a root.
Our hearts were filled with beauty and grace, we felt happy and I also knew that every one of us had got our own subject by that time, even though Glow Lake was not a subject at the beginning. So I would say GOD HAD A DIFFERENT PLAN FOR US.
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Photo Courtesy – Haren Gogoi, Shankar Kashyap