On a Silent Trail: #WordlessWednesday #WednesdayWisdom

On a Silent Trail: #WordlessWednesday #WednesdayWisdom


On a Silent Trail: The Sanctuary

Kenneth & Dorothy Stiffle

“Non fatuum huc persecutus ignem”

 Latin translation : “it is no will-o’-the-wisp that I have followed here.”

Pine forests- walk
Walk in the Pine woods, chase your inner child.


Pine trees-sky
When the Pines kiss the sky and the wispy clouds embrace the universe.



Pine trees-child
A silent trail of rustling pine leaves that paved way for a picnic lunch, followed by an afternoon siesta in the mountain slopes. The pines sang an oceanic lullaby to our weary souls.



Walk in the mountains-Pine woods
Walk a mile in my shoes, I’ll let you in a lesson or two.



Pine tree trunk- hand
Healing hands, for the love the mountains envelope us with.
These pine tress were burnt by a forest fire, yet were standing resiliently tall, letting no debacle deter their uncrushable spirit.




And a glorious sunset like this, is balm to the soul. We sat sipping our masala chais dunked with Marie biscuits, and watched the sun sink behind the mighty Himalayas.



On a Silent Trail

I spent 10 days of sheer meditative bliss at the Silent Trails sanctuary in Jilling, near Nainital in Uttarakhand, India. 

Here are just some pictures from our silent trails read: walks. I managed to take time off for myself for a few more days, as the family returned to the urban setting.

The Sanctuary:

This serene sanctuary, is run by one of the most wonderful person I’ve ever met, Radhika. Silent Trails is every weary traveller’s delightful haven. Surrounded by towering oaks, chestnuts, deodars and unending pine forests, The Sanctuary is a 300 year-old estate once owned by Kenneth and Dorothy Stiffle. Later bought by Radhika’s illustrious Father, Narendra Singh ji who was a change maker, avid bibliophile and one who raised an entire village, helping the rural mountain folks generate income and a good quality of life. 

I don’t wish to make this post too long and chatty, but all I wish to say is that I have had the most memorable time of my life recently. Especially at a time when the pandemic and the extended restrictions behind the four walls was taking a toll on us. 

The conservatory is every book lovers delight. The two kitchens rustle up the most lip-smacking fare, to suit your discerning pallet. Radhika herself cooks for her guests and her team of local mountain boys are the sweetest and the kindest lot who pampered me no end.

The deck is where I would would catch the golden glow of the sunrise each morning. I would mediate, chant and practise yoga; under the sprawling Chestnut and Oak trees; as the Back-headed Jays would chatter away, hungrily looking for a meal or two. And the Yellow-throated martens would scavenge by the Fig tree next to our Sunrise Cottage below. 


The deck-Tables and Oak
The mediative deck with the towering Oak and Chestnut.




Check out these wondrous #WordlessWednesday posts from week before last.

Arigato, Gracias, Shukriya, Multumesc, Danke to my amigos in blogosphere for sharing the #WW love with me.

  1. Betty shares some random images from New Zealand that enchant the heart.
  2. Kenneth walks us down the Levee trail with fascinating winged wonders and a blissful sunrise. 
  3. Chandra shares shades of Purple and two bonus posts with Mums the word and Mary Oliver’s Magic.
  4. Monika, our avid birder spins more magic with her Balcony birding 
  5. Dr. Roshan shares a lip-smacking Prawn cutlet recipe that will have you drooling on the keyboard!
  6. Plaridel shares the calming Hands of Peace in these distressing times. 
  7. Sandee takes us for a night walk to the incredible San Franscio Bridge. 
  8. Veronica, my friend from Malaysia has talented sons who whips up a gourmet’s delight for her Anniversary Dinner
  9. Suzana, my artistic blogger friend from Romania showcases delicate paintings with simplicity. 
  10. Steve, as always tickles our funny bone with his memes, this time a sneaking tree. 
  11. Archana’s love for plants over surpasses everyone’s as she finds symmetry in a plant.
  12. Diana takes us visiting the pretty Puffins and nature galore. 
  13. My favourite cat, Little Binky and her Gran have such a calming effect, this time when they snooze, dream and stretch .
  14. Marie is forever tickling us and making merry, albeit the challenges in her posts. Check her out. 
  15. Zina, another friend from Romanian shares and cares. She shares blog love by showcasing some exquisite pictures. 
  16. Tina takes us on a fascinating walk in South Africa, where she shows us the stunning Umbrella flowers. 
  17. Patrick, from Weseland shares the last of spring/summer fascinating colours before fall sets in. 
  18. Trent shares his weekly smiles with a push-up challenge. 



#WordlessWednesday #WednesdayWisdom

Here’s how you can join:

  1. #WW is an alternate week link party that goes live 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.
  2. The next edition goes live on 3rd November.
  3. Post a picture or pictures on your blog. It could be from life’s wondrous or wicked moments. Plug in the lessons (#WednesdayWisdom) and humour too. Share your wanderlust moments, or simple random shots from your day that caught your fancy, or not.
  4. Make your post as wordless or wordy as you wish to. Well, we are guessing now you know why we are called “not-so-wordless Wednesday” too!
  5. There won’t be a linky widget, but you can link up by leaving the links to your posts in the comments section. I will link your posts on my blog in the next edition and spread some love.
  6. Do add the badge to your post and a backlink to my post.
  7. Have a good time reading, commenting and sharing the posts linked here. Connect with a fascinating bunch of bloggers from across the globe.

You can link up right up till Monday the 2nd November, therefore you have ample time to hop in.

Get ready to be deliciously framed!

Have a fabulous #WW!




Linking up with a bunch of fantastic peeps from the blogosphere who host Wordless Wednesday :

Betty, Steve, Sue NC, Zina, Xmas Dolly, Sandee, Cathy, Tina, 

Also linking with Tree Lady Parul’s Thursday Tree Love, optimistic Trent’s Weekly Smiles, Brian’s ThankfulThursday, Skyley’s Skywatch




86 thoughts on “On a Silent Trail: #WordlessWednesday #WednesdayWisdom

    1. Dear Manjusha,

      So glad to know you loved the Silent Trails as much as we did. There is nothing there not to love and we look forward to being there soon again.
      Happy holidays❄️

  1. Hey @Natasha,
    I loved to read this post. Really great work you have done. Such beautiful pics and your kind words too. I also would like to tell you that the quality of your article is really amazing and it is very well written. Thanks a lot. I wish you good luck with the upcoming article.
    Sofia recently posted…Best Compact JuicerMy Profile

    1. Thanks so very much Sofia.
      It really warms the cockles of my heart to hear such heartening feedback on my blog and writing. It motivates me to even write better.

      Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. Means much. And so glad to stopped by and took time to leave a comment.

      Happy holidays! ✨

  2. I loved loved the trees and the shots, Natasha. What a beautiful time this would have been and I am so happy for you. Relaxing, amidst the quiet of nature, the chirping of birds – memorable to say the least.
    Thanks for this virtual trip.
    Also, thanks for linking up with Thursday Tree Love. Always happy to see you around. See you on the 12th!
    Parul Thakur recently posted…Wishes at the A-Ma TempleMy Profile

    1. Yes, Parul it was indeed a reinvigorating experience to say the least.
      I’m glad you enjoyed the virtual trip.
      I won’t be able to link up this week, but see you soon sometime.

  3. The pine forest is beautiful. I can imagine how nice it smells there.
    What impressed me the most, however, was the photo of the sunset over the mountains. Exceptional!
    Thanks for the presentation you gave me!
    Be healthy and happy!

  4. It does seem like a little slice of paradise. Although I post a lot of ocean side photos, I do love mountainous areas and that looks like a very beautiful place. Great photos!

    1. Yeah I used to be biased towards the ocean and sea, but now I have called head over heels in love with mountains thanks to the Silent Trail Sanctuary.

      So good to see you here, Trent. Looking forward to linking up next week.

  5. I lost myself in your pine trees, Natasha, they’re so high and well shaped and then that sunrise…breath taking…I could stay here furrever…o, and Granny too 🙂 Pawkisses for a wonderful Wednesday and a peaceful week ahead ♥ ♥ ♥
    Little Binky and Granny recently posted…A Sun Soaking DayMy Profile

    1. Yes this place is indeed paradise.
      I could also stay there forever. Sigh!
      Pawsome hugs to Binky and you. So good to see the wonderful two here.
      Do share your link as well.

  6. What can I say? Just looking at the photos I feel the benefits of the nature. Thank you!
    The marten is a very cute animal; it fits well in those forests: he’s a loner.
    I wish you a wonderful day, dear Natasha! And serene soul. ❤️

    1. Dearest Diana,
      The Martin was with its mate. I think they live in pairs. And are fairly shy.

      How are things in your neck of woods?
      Sending you big love and big hugs ♥️♥️

  7. HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO & IT’S VERY LATE, but I’ll come back tomorrow & write more… PROMISE! MISSED YA! SENDING BIG HUGE HUGS….. MARIE aka Dolly… Hope you’re having a great day & this finds you & yours healthy, safe and don’t forget your mask…. sending huge hugssssssssssszzzzzzzzzz, ME
    Marie Moody recently posted…Autumn is here! Fall is now! WWMy Profile

  8. It’s difficult to imagine a place like this. I just suppose it was incredible!
    Thank you for sharing with us this place.
    I’ll come again and read more…
    Glad you are back with another spirit, dear Natasha!
    Wishing you a beautiful week ahead and Happy WW!

  9. In so many ways, I envy you. I am not someone known for treks but everything that has happened over the year has really made me realize how much I missed out on – be it nature, human interactions or just traveling. Someday hopefully, I will get a chance to make up for this lost time.

    My addition this week will be a sinful sesame prawn toast dish for anyone wanting an easy peasy quick recipe. https://www.godyears.net/2020/10/delightfully-simple-sesame-prawn-toast.html
    Roshan Radhakrishnan recently posted…Delightfully Simple Sesame Prawn ToastMy Profile

    1. Dear Roshan,

      You do so many fun things in your day to day life, so it seems you may not have missed much. But yes, travelling opens our horizons and takes us to a whole new world and reality. Sometimes its instrumental in our healing journeys too. I hope you trek, travel and discover new places soon.

      Wow, another Prawn recipe. I’m so grateful.:)

  10. Those are some amazing photos from the hills Natasha! I did check out the Silent Trail, looks cool. The deck looks awesome….. was it a part of the sunrise villa or a separate space? I am feeling refreshed looking at those photos, can imagine what you must have felt like

    Wow Natasha, I love the way you have painstakingly put up our links in such a descriptive way. Shows you have read each of it ….. not just glanced through

    Looking forward to your Bhondsi trail post & pics
    Monika Ohson | TravelerInMe recently posted…Balcony Birding: Wire-Tailed SwallowMy Profile

    1. The deck, dear Monika is a lounging spot for all the guests. It’s just that it happens to be above Sunrise cottage.
      I would savour my breakfast and read on the deck on many days. The first day I made a sketch of the view from the deck.
      Awww, I’m missing The Sanctuary now! 🙁 Will go back soon again.

      As for the #WW links, I love going through all of them. I just feel so blessed to have so many wonderful bloggers around the globe be part of this little initiative.
      Thank you for joining me Monika. You know how much I love your posts always. <3

      1. You must share the sketch Natasha!

        I know……. I am missing Vit H too!!!

        That’s what I love and appreciate about you and similar bloggers …… you read, relate and share your thoughts thereafter! I am so happy to have discovered #WW and through it such lovely people.

        Hope you find bliss daily

        1. I’m so glad to have met you Monika and so happy to hear that you are enjoying the #WW journey.

          Will send you the sketch soon.

          Have a blessed rest of the week.

  11. Such a peaceful place! When I saw the pine trees and the uncluttered ground beneath them I immediately thought of how healthy it looked and wondered if the underbrush had been cut or subjected to a controlled burn. Indeed, as you said, there was fire. The destructive wild fires in western USA are the product of neglecting the importance of clearing the understory, allowing the fire to reach the treetops. Proper maintenance would have cost so much less than fighting the fire and replacing so many of the homes and businesses lost in the fires.

    1. It’s sad the havoc forest fires case. Amazon forests and Australia are the recent glaring examples. And despite having progressed so much, we can do nothing much to abate them.

      If you ever visit India, Kenneth, you must visit this serene sanctuary.
      Wonderful to see you with your post. 🙂

  12. Silent trail sanctuary is indeed a place my husband and I are addicted to, with only crickets and birds to hear all day. Endless walks in wilderness, stars to gaze at night. We are going back, very soon

    1. Yes, indeed a divine haven, Ritu. I know you guys are off there for New Year’s. Super lucky!

      Was a pleasure to meet you and your lovely family at The Silent Trails.

    1. Dear Cathy,

      I’m thrilled to see your post, as my first post for #WW. I love reading the unique stories you share with us.
      And your humour is always so point on. Much, much needed in these trying time. :-))

      Thank you and look forward to reading you in a bit.

      Have a blessed week ahead, stay safe and be well.

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