The sentence, ‘celebrating a complete revolution of earth’, seems a bit not-too-intelligent. However, away from the hustle-bustle of city life, we made up our minds to travel somewhere far on ‘new year’s eve’, group of 5 individuals on a journey to the Himalayas for the first time!
We had booked our package with a travel agency, paying an amount of INR 20,000/- in advance. Overall package cost depends upon type of hotels selected. Our package included hotel stay, breakfast and dinner for 6 days, Delhi-Delhi vehicle. The deal was, the agency will share the payment plan for the rest of the amount and we had to pay at various places, like the hotel/cab, according to it.
Our flight was at 6:30 am to Delhi on Sunday. We all decided that we would wake up at 2:00 am and call each other, just to ensure that nobody misses the flight. To our nightmare one of us, lets name him Mr. Chill, was having a very sound sleep with his phone switched off. We couldn’t reach him at any cost. We were hopeful though, that he would turn up just, just on time. Our hopes were dashed to ashes when we had to board the flight without him, all our minds were busy in absorbing the fact.
We reached Delhi at around 9:30 am. Mr. Chill’s phone was still switched off, and none of the messages delivered. The mind started wondering otherwise. Our driver arrived at the airport by 10:30 am, he was a 23 years old guy from Bhatinda, he would be with us for the next 6 days.
Day 1: Delhi to Shimla - 345 kms
After landing at Delhi airport, we started shivering and fanatically searching for tea/coffee, dared not to sit on those metal benches outside the airport! In case you were wondering, no news of Mr. Chill yet! We were relieved to find a kulhad tea shop in the airport premises. After having tea we hopped on to the cab and thus started the journey towards the Himalayas. At around 12 pm, we get a call from Mr. Chill..phewww! Ecstatic, we began suggesting him different ways to reach Shimla. We reached Shimla at around 10:00 pm and Mr. Chill did reach finally at 4:00 am!
Day 2: Shimla- Kufri valley and Mall road
Woke up to a breathtaking view!
After breakfast, at around 9:30 am, we started to Kufri. We took our snow dresses and gloves from a shop and according to them the attire was required to withstand the biting cold. Gloves(bought) and snow dress, including rubber boots(on rent) costed us INR 5000 in total, for 5 people. After reaching Kufri we understood that we could have withstood the cold even without the snow attire, since we were wearing thermals and there was not much snow in Kufri. To sum up, we did get a bit duped there. They also showed us a list of activities and offered some discount on opting for the full package, however we fell into the trap, just a little, and opted for tube slide, which costed us INR 300 each, it was definitely not worthy.