Palitana – Part 3

Climbing down after spending 3-odd hours in the temples at the top was much easier. But one had to be quite careful to ensure one didn’t slip given the slightly wet ground. The excitement of reaching the foothills increased with each step down. The climb up had taken me an hour and 45 minutes, while the descent took about an hour.

Through the trek up and down, we are not supposed to consume any food or water. So, from 7 am to 2 pm, that meant no eating and drinking. No wonder then that the sugarcane juice we had once we had reached down tasted extra sweet!

The pain in the legs starts the next day. And it lasts a day or two. Obviously, my legs aren’t used to this kind of exercise! And after the trek, I was keen to do one more the next day. Luckily, my father-in-law dissuaded me from that.

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Rajesh Jain

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