On reaching Sonmarg my (not so little anymore) brother and i were both swallowed by the wonder that is the mountains. We couldn't believe how close to the sky we were. So for every day that we were there, we went for long walks. Kartikae, to see how far he could go. And i to find a spot in the forest where i could sit down and dissolve.
On the first of these walks we chose a path that lead us over the meadows, into the trees and around, towards the next valley. We set out silently, reached the snow and squealed and squelched, then settled back into a meditative rhythm. There was no need for any talking. In about an hour, we were lost and liberated :)
Saturated and smiling we collapsed onto the forest bed surrounded by white giants.