After spending two days at Snow Line Homestay and another two days at Café Stories n More homestay, I looked for another place to stay. As it was raining every day and I wasn’t able to move out of the village considering it was peak of monsoon and landslides; I was left with no other option but to extend my stay day by day. I was supposed to stay there for two or three days. And I ended up spending six nights. Though there were several homestays around but I was looking for something in my budget. I called a few but couldn’t get something reasonable
I came to Mountain View Café which is located at a short distance out of the village. This is a small café run by Negi bhai who failed to recognize me when I told him that I came in Oct 2019. Though I am sure this time he had saved my number. I sat there and met a lady who was also staying in Shangarh. She was working on her laptop and I asked her if I could sit since the other table was occupied. The café had only two tables with four pair of chairs, i.e. one on each. She offered me cigarettes which I politely declined. I talked a lot about traveling. I asked Negi bhai if I could get a place to stay. There was a homestay which was under construction next to his café. He assured me to be relaxed and he would arrange.
So, he got me a place which was not a homestay but a room in someone’s home. And told me the way to the waterfall. The next day I packed my bag (water bottle, speaker, power bank, camera, etc.) and left the room for Barshangarh Waterfall of Shangarh. The terrain was full of mud (due to rain). This whole path had no sign board. You only have to use your brain and ask people on the way to reach the waterfall of Shangarh. And that’s what I did every now and then.
The best thing about trekking through such places is the dogs you meet on the way. The pahadi dogs (mountain dogs). These cuties will follow you anywhere you go and will give you full company. Though I was walking alone to the waterfall, I was accompanied by not one, not two but three dogs which kept on following me till the last. At times, it may look scary, especially if you aren’t a dog person. Since I am an animal lover, and I just can’t avoid this unconditional love, I always get followed by these animals. I had some really amazing shots with these dogs which followed me in the quest of exploring Barshangarh Waterfall of Shangarh.
I almost felt like Simba being followed, guided and escorted by my guardians. Imagine this, I am walking and then there is a dog walking in front of me, one dog is walking on left of me and one on the right of me. Trust me; I was enjoying this situation more than the waterfall for which I had come here. There were many places on the way, where I took a halt and did a short chit chat with my guardians. We clicked numerous photographs and even shared biscuits. It’s such an experience to trek with the dogs when you don’t see any human as far as you look.