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During most of 1976, Shri Nathji made it a point to go for a walk daily. Shri Nathji was now 74 years old, but was still very active and in good health.
Priya Nath was still cooking for Shri Nathji, and there was the usual Complan, tea and toast that he made for Shri Nathji, causing Shri Nathji to lose considerable weight. 
However Shri Nathji’s gait while walking was as fast and as strong as ever. Priya Nath and Chati and Shashi Kale had difficulty keeping up with him as he walked as swiftly and as briskly as any young man.
Shri Nathji would leave Savitri Nivas at 3 p.m. and return home by 6 p.m.  Shri Nathji, Priya Nath, Chati, and Shashi Kale would go for long walks that took them on the Mall Road below the house and from there to the Charleville Road beyond Library.
They would sit down on a bench at a turning halfway across to Charleville. It was a beautiful spot from where Shri Nathji could see the Mussoorie he had left behind him, as also the mountain ranges of the far away mountains to the North. 
Shri Nathji would sit on the bench and speak to Chati or Shashi Kale for a long time. His unending spiritual flow of words continued no matter where he was. By the time it was evening, a rickshaw would take him back to his home. Priya Nath would either walk alongside the rickshaw or else sit by the side of Shri Nathji if he insisted.
Shri Roop Kishore would often meet Shri Nathji along the way and would recount how, in the 1930’s, Sir Sultan Ahmed, the member of the Executive Council of the Viceroy would stop his rickshaw on the Mall Road and get down to salute Shri Nathji. He also recollected the devotion of Justice Abbas Ali Tyyab and his daughter, Rehana, to Shri Nathji, and told Shri Nathji of the passing away of Rehana in 1976.
Shri B.D. Nautiyal and Shri Abbul Hasan of Mussoorie would sometimes meet Shri Nathji along the route and then walk all the way with him, while Shri Nathji spoke to them every inch of the way. Shri B.D. Nautiyal had been the tutor of Pran Nath and Priya Nath when they were in school. Abbul Hasan was the son of Maqbool Ahmed who had a tailor’s shop in Mussoorie. Both, father and son, had great devotion for Shri Nathji and would listen to every word that he said with rapt attention. Shri Nathji always spoke of the reverence that Muslims had for their peers and how they would never step on their shadows while walking.
There was a man who met Shri Nathji and said to him: “O Maharaj! I was amongst the first members of the Divine Love Society when it was first founded in Mussoorie by you in 1932 at Silverwood Cottage, Charleville!”
Shri Nathji would also go to the Camel’s Back Road and then sit at the Band Stand there and look at the mountains far away. These were the very same mountains he had gazed at when he had come to Mussoorie many years ago as a young man in 1929. Shri Nathji loved Mussoorie. The entire mountain range had been blessed by the glance of his eyes and the tread of his feet.
The Camel’s Back Road was ever to remain blessed by the feet of Shri Nathji and to remain as one of the important landmarks of his life at Mussoorie. There was even one occasion when he walked the full length of Camel’s Back Road, starting from Majestic Theatre and going past his residences, Shadi Bhavan and Dilaram Estate there. He emerged at Kulri Bazaar from where he took a rickshaw home. It was the last time that he ever took this route.