A walk down the river Kosi

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We were booked into any oneof the many resorts or Hotels along the banks of the Kosi river.Driving through Ram Nagar towards Dhikala we checked into our hoetel and having settled decided to take a walk along the expanse of the wide river.The river Kosi flows from the waters of the Himalayan range of mountains and runs through the Corbett wild life reserve. It  is truly exhilarating to see the river to see a clean expanse of rocks and pebbles leading to running water. January was not the rainy season for flash floods so we walked in the bed of the river.We freely walked along the rugged banks of smooth rocks and pebbles  of different colours.The floods during the rainy season had uprooted huge trees and seeing it you can imagine the power of the river during its full flow.The river is more than a kilometre wide and the water winds it way through the expanse.The water is clean and cool.You can wet your feet and no one will prevent you from taking a bath if you can endure the cold.Surely it could be good during the warmer summer days.The sights you see are not going to be forgotten by you for it's sheer natural beauty. If you are lucky you could spot some deer or a tiger we were told but we got to see no deer or tiger but for pug marks. Seeing a tiger or being attacked by a tiger is a remote possibility as they generally do not come out into the open during day. However we were cautioned that being inside the forest reserve it is better to walk back to the resort, I suggested having a camp fire and dinner but the evening was becoming cold and misty. We  walked into a village and learnt the simple ways of the world. People here are basically agriculturalists. Women venture into the forest for getting some forest produce or dead dried wood. Don't be surprised if you see women mixing straw in cow dung and patting them on walls or rocks to dry.This dung when dried is used as an alternative to gas or electric fired ovens or stoves in many small homes and a great saving to those who cannot afford the luxury of development.In the market you will also find a barber with a small mirror and a chair in a shade and many of the vegetables, grains, clothing, jewellery, etc being spread out on sacks over the ground and being sold to the people.The market is not complete without a tea(chaya) shop which would generally be at a junction where the transport bus halts for a 5 minute break.The villagers rear cattle and goats and their huts with reed roofs are a pretty sight like them people.The people do not speak or understand English. They do not bother you  nor are they bothered by your intrusion. On the way back we spotted sme monkeys and took a few pictures.We were told that monkeys are migarating from the forests towards the villages the reason being easy access to food and safety. I Hope this relationship between man and animal lasts as long as possible and both are happy and safe.
Hugh... the trek was memorable and I cherish it even today.I will never forget the walk down the river whereby I came to understand nature and the people of the village within the forest reserve.Hope you give it a try soon.

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