I never liked traveling! It felt even worse if I had to travel to a hill station or a mountainous region because more often than not I would suffer from motion sickness within the first hour of the journey. Still, it didn’t matter to my wife who wanted me to take her to Naran Kaghan.
Desperate to avoid a road trip I suggested, “It is a 7 hours trip. Even you haven’t traveled that long before. One of us will fall sick for sure. Why don’t we go to Karachi by air? You have not been there before and I am sure you will like the place.”
My wife wasn’t convinced and said, “Karachi we will also go one day but the pictures of Naran Kaghan that I see online are simply out of this world! It is certainly different from what we have seen all our lives. I think it would be a good idea for you to take a sleeping pill or any other medicine that can help you deal with your motion sickness. I am sure we will have fun.”
I didn’t give up immediately and came up with a few more suggestions to convince her. However, towards the end of the conversation it was obvious that I had lost at the negotiation table!
Anyway, to cut the long story short I did take my wife to Naran Kaghan and it turned out to be one of the best experiences I have ever had in life. It is a beautiful place without a shadow of doubt and here is a list of things that I was able to discover about myself during the trip.
- Motion Sickness Can Be Dealt With
I decided not to take a medicine and instead tried talking myself out of motion sickness.I made up my mind that I would use the entire journey to explore and learn new things and because I was no longer stressing myself out by thinking that it was a seven hours journey, it worked!
The entire experience has allowed me to travel with a lot more freedom and the duration of the journey no longer bothers me the same way it used to.
- The love for Water Bodies
Sitting near lake Saif-ul-Muluk, I realized the fact that avoiding a road trip was not only the reason why I really wanted to go to Karachi. For some reason, my nerves seem to calm down when I am near water bodies. How I felt at Saif-ul-Muluk, Pyala or Lulusar lakes reminded me of how it felt near the sea in Karachi.
Why I feel the opposite near mountains is something I am yet to figure out though!
- Travel to Reboot
Throughout the trip there was no TV, no internet and above all no responsibilities. This allowed my entire thought process a reboot and helped in being more productive at work once I returned.
It has been a year since we had traveled to the Naran Kaghan valley and I think I am nearing the point where I really need to reboot again!