I grew up in places where the silhouette of the mountains never leave the horizon. They are always there, standing tall, reflecting a blue hue that compliments the sky. Every evening, as the last rays of the sun filter through a canopy of tall bamboo trees, you can hear the howls of a dozen of foxes afar.
I was young then, a child who was scared to venture out in the dark. But I still remember these mystical howls of the evening, every single day. My home state Assam, a northeastern state in India, is known for its biodiversity and beautiful landscapes. You can imagine how much I missed the mountains when I moved thousand of miles away, to work in metropolitan cities.
But a few years ago we made the decision to relocate to Sydney, Australia. I was looking forward to better work-related opportunities, but what I didn’t know at that time was the city is so incredibly beautiful and diverse. The surrounding area of Sydney is home to some magnificent landscapes and fauna.
I am living in a place where the silhouette of the mountains prominently bedecks the horizon. The sunsets are magnificent and like me, if you are a fan of twilight, you would hop into your car and drive an hour towards the Blue Mountains and watch the sun glide down the hills.
The day was quite warm when I went there last December. But as the daylight slowly started diminishing, there was a steep drop in the temperature. Katoomba, generally is much colder than other suburbs, even in summer. When we reached Cahill Lookout, I waited outside our car, staring into the never-ending wilderness.
This spot has become my most favorite place to watch a sunset in the Blue Mountains. It’s quiet and less crowded than other tourist spots like Echo Point. A place where I can admire the beauty and serenity of the mountains.
I walked the path towards the Cahill Lookout when the sky started to turn orange. It feels surreal to watch the sun slowly, bit by bit, disappear behind the mountains. But the show isn’t over yet. The sky looks the best after sundown when the colors on the horizon look so spectacular that you just want to keep staring at it, till the darkness envelops the milieu.