Stay tuned to our new posts and updates! Click to join us on WhatsApp L&C-Whatsapp & Telegram telegram Channel
L&C-Silhouette Subscribe
The L&C-Silhouette Basket
L&C-Silhouette Basket
A hand-picked basket of cherries from the world of most talked about books and popular posts on creative literature, reviews and interviews, movies and music, critiques and retrospectives ...
to enjoy, ponder, wonder & relish!
Support LnC-Silhouette. Great reading for everyone, supported by readers. SUPPORT

A Little Pilgrim’s Progress: Travelogue of a 7 Year Old

August 13, 2013 | By

The Advaita Ashram in Mayavati is more than 100 years old. It has a big garden and green hills and valleys all around. Read the travelogue…

Travelogue by a Std III student
Vivekananda Ashram at Shyamlatal

Vivekananda Ashram at Shyamlatal is a beautiful abode of peace and tranquility

Hydringia flowers

Hydringia flowers are found commonly in the Himalayan hills

Yesterday (May 18, 2013), we reached Shyamlatal by a car. We crossed the Gwala Nadi (a dried up river).  It was a very hot day. Shyamlatal is a very beautiful place. It has the Vivekanand Ashram.

We stayed in the Ashram. There is a Library under the big Prayer Hall. It is very peaceful here. I can hear the birds chirping. There are pink flowers and large, blue and purple flowers called Hydringia.

The Ashram doctor checked me because I had fever. He was wearing saffron clothes because he was a Sadhu (monk). My mother told me he had studied a lot to be a children’s doctor and he was an MD.


Shyamlatal is a small, desolate lake which gives the area its name

Some Sadhus were Bengali. One tall, fair Sadhu told me I have to do all my work on my own.

There was a big pond near the Ashram where two buffaloes were bathing. There was no one around. I also found tiny red fruits called Kaafal. Big white flowers called Magnolia looked beautiful too.


May 19, 2013: We reached Mayavati, which is 6,400 ft. above sea level.

The Advaita Ashram in Mayavati is more than 100 years old. It has a big garden and green hills and valleys all around. There are many large, yellow, pink, white and red roses and orchids in the Ashram’s garden.

Advaita Ashram in Mayavati

Advaita Ashram in Mayavati was inaugurated in March 1899

The guest house is pink in colour, my favourite colour. The rooms are very big with big windows.

There was a nice table lamp in every room. I wrote my diary sitting on this white table. After writing, I kept my pencil and diary in the drawer.

There are tall, pine trees all around.

Flowers - Rose Hibiscus Magnolia Pansy

A wide variety of flowers, each very large in size, make the Shyamlatal and Mayavati Ashrams’ gardens glow

May 20, 2013: Early morning we went by car from the guest house to the Ashram to eat breakfast. After breakfast, we went trekking up a narrow and steep hill path (it is called pagdandi).

We trekked 550 feet higher up. We were walking on a narrow path. On one side were high hills and the other side were deep valleys. The path was covered with dry leaves and sometimes we slipped. We had thin sticks in our hands to help us climb.

Trekking in Mayavati

Trekking 550 further up to Dharmagadh

We reached Dharmagadh where Swami Vivekananda had meditated more than 100 years ago. At Dharmagadh, there was a room locked with a chain. Our guide opened the room for us. We prayed inside the room.

After prayers, we tried to see the Himalaya peaks but we could not see because of the mist. We trekked back. It was very slippery. We trekked more than 6 kilomteres.

In the Advaita Ashram and its charitable hospital nearby, there were many beautiful and large flowers. I have never seen such big rose flowers ever. In the evening, we again went trekking up to Swarupananda Point. On the way we saw a lake.

May 21, 2003: Today, we went on a long walk through a tree covered hill road. We saw many wild flowers and butterflies. We ate a delicious lunch in the Ashram. I loved the thin potato fries.

May 22, 2013: We started early morning from Mayavati for Almora. We visited the Jageshwar Temple near Almora. There were 125 temples in the compound.

Jageshwar Temples Almora

Jageshwar Temple (Almora)…comprises a cluster of 125 large and small stone temples, dating 9th to 13th century AD

We dropped grandma (Thamma) and grandaunt (Chhoto Thamma) at Ramakrishna Kutir, Almora and we went to Misty Mountains Resort. We drove in the car for 4 hours. The road to Misty Mountains was very narrow and our car bumped up and down.

Trekking In Forests

It was fun climbing up the rocks

The Misty Mountains Resort is located in the middle of forests. There are trees and trees all around. Only a narrow path led to the resort. Only one car can go up or come down the path at a time. Sometimes we felt our car will fall down the slope. But the driver was very good.

We stayed for two days in Misty Mountains Resort. The hotel had lots of cottages. Our cottage was the biggest one. There were two easy chairs. I slept in the attic. I saw the biggest spider in the room.

We saw two cats. One cat named “Aye Aye” came twice to our room and hid in the attic. One cat came to the dining hall.

May 23, 2013: We went for a trek through the thick forest. There were huge rocks in one place. We sat on the rocks and laughed and laughed.

The hotel manager said there were wild animals in the forest. But we could not see any animals. There were trees everywhere. We could not see the snowy covered peaks. The sky was covered with mist. But we saw the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises.


The sky kept changing colours and the sun kept playing with the clouds

May 24, 2013: We drove for 4 hours again and reached Almora. We saw the place where Swami Vivekananda had fallen unconscious and a Muslim Maulvi had saved his life by feeding him cucumber.

Kasar Devi Temple In Almora

Kasar Devi Temple In Almora: Swami Vivekananda meditated here in the late 19th century

We also visited the Sarada Math and the Kasar Devi Temple. The temple was ancient. It was carved out of a rock cave.

May 25, 2013: Our last stop was Nainital. We did boating in the huge lake. My father thought the water was dirty.  But the water of the lake was green in color because of the reflection of the trees in the waters. But it was not dirty. It was very clean and dark green.

We got on the Shatabdi Train and came back to Delhi. It was my most memorable trip.

Anshula loves to draw and color, listen to soft music, watch good movies, read mythology and explore new places during her vacations. She is in her first year of college, pursuing a 3-year course in cinema. Anshula shares her artwork and stories on her blog on LnC and writes on movies for Silhouette Magazine.
All Posts of Anshula Mondal

Hope you enjoyed reading...

... we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting our creative, informative and analytical posts than ever before. And yes, we are firmly set on the path we chose when we started... our twin magazines Learning and Creativity and Silhouette Magazine (LnC-Silhouette) will be accessible to all, across the world.

We are editorially independent, not funded, supported or influenced by investors or agencies. We try to keep our content easily readable in an undisturbed interface, not swamped by advertisements and pop-ups. Our mission is to provide a platform you can call your own creative outlet and everyone from renowned authors and critics to budding bloggers, artists, teen writers and kids love to build their own space here and share with the world.

When readers like you contribute, big or small, it goes directly into funding our initiative. Your support helps us to keep striving towards making our content better. And yes, we need to build on this year after year. Support LnC-Silhouette with a little amount - and it only takes a minute. Thank you

Support LnC-Silhouette

Creative Writing

Got a poem, story, musing or painting you would like to share with the world? Send your creative writings and expressions to

Learning and Creativity publishes articles, stories, poems, reviews, and other literary works, artworks, photographs and other publishable material contributed by writers, artists and photographers as a friendly gesture. The opinions shared by the writers, artists and photographers are their personal opinion and does not reflect the opinion of Learning and Creativity- emagazine. Images used in the posts (not including those from Learning and Creativity's own photo archives) have been procured from the contributors themselves, public forums, social networking sites, publicity releases, free photo sites such as Pixabay, Pexels, Morguefile, etc and Wikimedia Creative Commons. Please inform us if any of the images used here are copyrighted, we will pull those images down.

10 thoughts on “A Little Pilgrim’s Progress: Travelogue of a 7 Year Old

  • Roberta Schwartz Wennik, MS, RD

    As a writer, I enjoy seeing the young have their hand at it. Good job, Miti. And what a great trip to write about. Makes me want to travel there, too. When I was young, my grandparents lived far away from us. It was before the internet was even thought about. So I wrote letters. I used to have my mother check my letters for any mistakes. She thought that one day I should become a writer. So, if that becomes your passion, I wish you the best of luck.

  • Tammy

    Your travelogue is so beautiful! I enjoyed reading every word. You are so smart and beautiful – definitely taking after both your mother and father, yet still very much your own sweet, genuine individual. I hope and pray you continue to write your thoughts in your journal or diary. Someday, years from now, you will read your words again and relive in your mind the very essence of your travels. I hope I can someday visit these beautiful places you have mentioned. Maybe you can be my tour guide!

  • Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    Today’s Motivation

    <div class=at-above-post addthis_tool data-url=></div>One should control one’s thoughts carefully so as to direct the life towards the positive and let our thoughts shape our life. One should think constructive and work towards it and should refrain from developing and nurturing negative thoughts.<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class=at-below-post addthis_tool data-url=></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->
    One should control one’s thoughts carefully so as to direct the life towards the positive and let our thoughts shape our life. One should think constructive and work towards it and should refrain from developing and nurturing negative thoughts.