What are you more fascinated of ? Mountains or Beaches ? On one side we have hills and mountains, loaded with long trees and capped with snow, one natural barrier between two lands, giving ways to valley and originating rivers. While on the other hand we have a place where land officially ends, opening itself to vast ocean, an habitat, most part of which is still unexplored by humans.
Where would you like to go for a refreshing break. Do you like the view of sun setting and drowning in the water at horizon , or you like a Sun emerging from a peak of a hill. I do like being in the shelter of Mountains rather than on beaches. But choices may differ from person to person. In North India we are more familiar with mountains compared to South Indians who have been to beaches more often than us.
I have been to so many beaches. I have visited Chandipur, Puri in Odisha, Both of these cities are at coastal line. The best beach I have ever been to is Chandipur in Odisha and Harihareshwar in Shrivardhan. It is on the western coastal line of India. Chandipur was the cleanest and less commercialised beach, so I liked being there because of a peaceful environment and Harihareshwar was special because it is a mix of small hills and serene beach and the road which leads to this beach is too beautiful to describe.
Marina beach in Chennai is close to my heart as it was the first beach I ever visited in my life and it was one special experience, The Juhu beach in Mumbai was too dirty and water was literally black. I visited Puri beach in Odisha two times and visited the one of the most beautiful and significant Jagannath Temple. Luckily I experienced a heavy rain at beach, it was also one rare chances to see a heavy rain at sea shore. In Goa, I witnessed the night life at beach and stayed at sea shore for almost all night. I never liked coming back from the beaches.
But my love for mountains is immense compared to that of beaches. I have been to a trek at Triund recently and when I was on the peak I could feel what would heaven look like. I enjoyed the snow very first time in my life. It was the best evening of my life, standing on a hill top, watching red Sun disappearing on the horizon colouring all the mountains orange in my vicinity. The moment was as classic as it goes.
We camped on snow and spent a very hard fought night on the top of a hill covered with snow. It was a freezing cold night we spent in sleeping bags in camps. I literally got a panic attack due to cold weather and suffocating camps and sleeping bags. Overall it was once in a lifetime experience. I went to Uttarakhand trip and was in an awe while driving my car between mountains of immense sizes. The hanging bridges connecting two mountains and noisy river flowing between them make the view even more majestic. The terrace farming in Ranikhet and view of Himalays through Kausani hills forced us so many times to stop the car and come out on road and observe the beauty of nature.
The experience of being at Rohtang Pass during Manali trip was extra ordinary too. Being at a height of 13000 feet where the air was so thin that it makes heavy to breath, makes you realise the more hard work you do , the more beautiful result you get. The beauty of all those colossal structures is impossible to put in words, and capture in camera. The enormous mountains, deep gorges, vastness of oceans, and a view of endless water is capable to make us think how small creature we are and how little significant our issues are. If I would have to choose between Mountains and beaches, I would go a place where I could find a mix of both. Specifically I like hill stations more. Where would you like to go ?