One cold winter morning on the 24th of January, all the jewellery designing batches along with the faculty of J.K Diamond Institute of Gems and Jewelry met up at the foothill of Sanjay Gandhi National Park where a breathtaking adventure was just about to begin. The anxious excitement and the nervous giggles resonated among us all. Once everyone reached the Park, we quickly assembled into 3 vehicles and sped up the slopes of the beautiful and enchanting National Park. The view up was indeed marvellous and truly inspiring. That’s the beauty of being surrounded by nature. It automatically ignites the brain and refreshes the soul. The light rays of the sun danced upon our face while the wind played with our hair. Our eyes were absorbing the surreal beauty of the Park while our lips chatted away with unending enthusiasm.

Once we reached the desired spot we got off the vehicle and began progressing further into the caves by foot. We were pleasantly greeted by some unexpected friends (monkeys) at the start of the caves which was indeed a fun experience. The caves in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park are home to some of the finest ancient architectural structures that are still intact and well preserved. The caves had intricate carvings and delicate detailing that was hard to miss. For a jewellery designer, it was truly the place to be.

The Inspiration was all around us in various forms i.e. in the shape of stone carvings, stone stairs, gates, huge rocks and various types of plants. We each absorbed the inspiration while taking photos and making mental notes. It was indeed peaceful and mentally soothing to be amidst nature while appreciating the technique and skill of our ancestors who created such monumental structures that withstood the test of time. After gathering all the inspiration and making mental mood boards, we settled into a quiet and empty cave nearby to begin penning our ideas on paper.

Designing in nature is definitely a unique and beautiful experience that one cannot simply compare to even the best state of the art classroom facility. It has to be experienced to be felt. The atmosphere was calm and peaceful with a light breeze blowing away and soft music playing in the background. The mood was set and it was time to start sketching. All of us sketched for almost 2 hours before winding up and moving to another place.

The next spot was even more peaceful and surreal. There we just relaxed and stared into the beautiful valleys and admired the breathtaking view.

We also took a few pictures which we would surely cherish forever. After about an hour of spending time at this beautiful place, we reluctantly decided that it was time to end the trip and head back home. The thought of re-entering into modern civilisation and abandoning this beautiful park that sits at the very heart of our great city Mumbai indeed felt sad. But this trip definitely inspired us and refreshed our minds to a great extent. For its rightly said that ‘Nature truly has the colours of the soul.

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About the Author: Neha Kulkarni

Neha is an aspiring Jewelry Designer pursuing her Qualified Gems & Jewelry Professional Course at J K Diamonds Institute of Gems & Jewelry. She is a law graduate with an immense interest in the Gems & Jewelry industry. She is also a fashion blogger and a part time wardrobe stylist.