Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The "Waterfall Bath"

Travel itself is a rejuvinating term. Break away from daily chores, deadlines, ringing cell phones, beeping inboxes and cherish every moment - you feel alive once again; and every nano second of your trip becomes awesome!! We, the new age youth, interpret life in an unique way - we are not afraid to try innovative elements.

Some experiences stay are so special, that you wish to have them recreated in our usual lives too!

Mcleodganj, 2009: We had reached the beautiful Bhagsunag Falls after a long, meandering walk over the only driveable road that was clogged with parked vehicles. Neither of us wanted to go back the same route, and were looking for alternatives.

"That looks like a great route", remarked Hubby Dearest, looking at the waterfall. The stream was cascading down a series of boulders like a rugged staircase - That was a scary proposition, considering it was drizzling; and the water was full of volume and energy.

But 'scary' is a word absolutely foreign in the dictionary of either my companions, my husband or brother in law. :( . So down the rocks we  climbed, through the waterfall. Albeit risky... but, it was so exciting!! 

It happened midway the stream... I slipped. Luckily, I managed to adjust myself on the rocks. The other two companions were a bit ahead; and needed time to reach back to me.

The water was chilled, the current was strong, and the rain had gained speed - I was drenched in seconds! But there was something in those moments: instead of being scared, I enjoyed every bit of it! Bathing right in the middle of a waterfall, oblivious to who might be watching you, with aquatic avalanches trying to dislodge you - a minute giveaway could result in serious injuries. My cells felt energized and I felt like a child, devoid of any inhibitions!

My hubby and his bro were watching me, amused. I signalled them to come over; and three of us had immense fun, splashing in the waterfall. The water would sometimes go over our heads, or push against our backs before gurgling further down. Small stonechips being washed down played around our limbs - what a lovely experience it was!

Other tourists were watching us, but we hardly noticed anyone. The sun had come out after some time, so we climbed on the bigger rocks to dry ourselves to a fair extent, with our feet still teasing the flowing water (Photo 2, above).

It was until recently when I saw the new commercial of Cinthol on television for the Alive is Awesome (AIA) campaign that I remembered this splashing incident. The brand has launched a new series of bathing products that transport you out of your usual settings - the fresh fragrances shall keep give you the kickstart to take on the world throughout the day ahead! Enjoy your bath, and your senses would be stimulated to respond enthusiastically to every challenge that is thrown at you - afterall, "well begun is half done (Aristotle) "!!!

Do watch this video if you haven't seen the commercial yet. Listen to the jingle, I just loved it!


ashok said...

interesting experience...never heard of this falls.

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

Mcleodganj itself is a laid back town with little tourist footfall. No wonder you haven't heard of the Bhagsunag Falls.

sulagna said...

i really want to take a break and visit some place ya Anu..i dont mind slipping down a road and making some people laugh but so need a break !

Devilish Angel said...

Travelling is always interesting...

P.N. Subramanian said...

Wonderful experience to share. Such places help in bringing out the child even in the grown ups.

Rakesh Vanamali said...

I couldn't agree more with you on travel being such a rejuvenating experience! The very thought makes me feel so enriched and energetic! :-)

On another note, you've got such an amazing blog going - I'm glad i visited here!

Will be back for more, and more!

Cheers! :-)

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

I hope you can wrench out some time soon. Go anywhere your heart takes you.


@Mr Subramanian,
It was all by chance, but it was great!

I am glad you like my space. Welcome!

Krishna/കൃഷ്ണ said...

nice and interesting experience...


ARJUN MS said...

Traveling is always refreshing, I could understand your state of mind while you climbed it. Its something special when you really enjoy certain small odd things.

Nice post.Take care :)
Do check my blog :)

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

Wait for more.

I agree!

My Unfinished Life said...

aah..wat an interesting experience!!!.....

loved Mcleodganj when I went there!!

Shilpa Garg said...

That sure looks and sounds like a refreshing and rejuvenating experience.
I remember last year, we had gone for white water rafting in Rishikesh and at many places we jumped in the Ganges... and I tell you, in the ice cold water, it was so wonderful and it felt like the all the cells of the body had become alive!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful waterfall.

Jayashree Srivatsan said...

The 'Old Cinthol' as its popularly called has a wonderful fragrance, almost natural.

Anonymous said...

Really Interesting experience :)
Keep writing girl:)

George said...

This sounds like an exhilarating experience. It's one that we haven't had in our waterfall visits, but I imagine it would be fun.

Thanks for visiting my site.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi there, Thanks for coming to my blog. Come back anytime. Hubby and I love to travel --and it is a time to get away from the 'world'....

Gorgeous waterfalls. We collect waterfalls and this one is a beauty. Sorry you fell but it sounds like you made it into a good experience. Bet you all had alot of fun...


Journey of Life said...

I always love waterfalls ... something about it that is so inviting! Hopefully someday, I would get to visit this beautiful waterfalls.

Rachna said...

I've heard of this place but never been there. The pics are great, and I liked the commercial too.

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

Its a lovely place!

Woow! I am yet to do that!


That's the reason why people still remember it!

Thank you so much!

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

I assure you it was!

The fall proved lucky!

Go in the rainy season when its full in volume!

Its a nice place. As for the commercial, I think some very innovative ideas have been included!

Anonymous said...

je ne connais pas cette marque Cinthol que je découvre

Jeevan said...

This sounds like an adventurous bath, as well exciting and fun. Nice account on the falls visit.

The Ad was awesome and I could never dream being so close to a rocking waterfalls! Thanks for your kind visit to my blog :)

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

Teach me your language first!! Thanks for dropping by.

I also found it awesome.

austere said...

superb photos-- took guts climbing up such a slippery path!

Thanks for the visit!

eden said...

What a beautiful place to visit! I am glad to know you didn't get hurt during your fell.

Thank you for your visit.

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

We climbed down.. and it was scary!

Yes, that was the lucky bit.

D.Nambiar said...

So cool. Bathing in the waterfall, I'm sure felt like the Cinthol girl. :)

AmitAag said...

Lovely post! Thoroughly enjoyed:)
Thank you Anupama:)

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

The commercial made me feel like that actually. :)

My pleasure.

Unknown said...

What a beautiful place! When the photoes are superb, how spledid will the place be!!Your description makes it all the more attractive. I hope you were not badly hurt.

Unknown said...

This looks like a lot of fun and it reminds me of many such experiences. I love the new Cinthol ad too. All the best Anupama..!