|The photo above shows the officer receiving a prize from the GOC at Ambala Cantt for his outstanding performance in a swift walk competition.|
Then came Tenga in Arunachal Pradesh. Here walking was more like trekking due to the hilly terrain. Cross country was even greater fun. I used to collect officers and jawans children and take them on trekking on Sundays. We would carry snacks and also have a picnic enroute. It ended with a swim in the Tenga Chu which was highly refreshing. From Tenga, we moved to Lalgarh Jattan in Rajasthan. From mountains, it was walks in the sand dunes now. You climb from the fingers side, and roll down from the knuckle end. The sand does not stick and you can just wipe it off. As you walk over the dunes early morning, one can see the sun rise in its total purity and magnificence. Various kinds of insects and spiders, crawling on the sand, make artistic patterns. Quite often, you even get a glimpse of a sand viper.