20-08-2017, 1400 hours, Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh, India:
As I was passing by Bilaspur while on my way to Kullu, I couldn’t help but make a detour to the banks of the Govind Sagar lake. And I am glad that I did.
During the monsoons, the water level rises in the lake, which makes it look even more spectacular. People cross the lake by means of small ferries that can be seen moving about the lake. In earlier times, people from the nearby villages even used to swim across this lake to Bilaspur for attending school or for any other market related work. The lake itself extends to a very large area and during the months of October and November, various water sporting events are also organised here including water skiing, kayaking, sailing etc. Though I have never been to Kerala, the lake resembles the backwaters of Kerala, except for the difference in flora and fauna, and the indigenous boats found there.
The hot and the humid conditions make me feel like jumping in and swimming across to the other side. Alas – if only I knew how to swim!