It had been quite some time since we went on a trip and girls wanted to play in the snow, real and unadulterated beautiful snow. Last year girls went on a girls only trip, Laks friends from Kerala was planning a trip this time and they had only one criterion which was everyone wanted to play in snow :P. Step 1: Created Whatsapp group and started brainstorming about places. Budget, the main constraint which made things difficult since flight charges from Kerala/Bangalore to Delhi was not cheap. I started searching for places other than those obvious ones where you will be stalked by guides, photographers, salesmen and everyone else spoiling the moment.
Shortlisting the Destination:
We wanted to go to a less known but a beautiful place with less adulteration and Auli was the choice. Auli is approximately 500kms from Delhi and the best mode to reach there is by road, in fact, the only way to reach there from the airport (Dehradun) or railway station (Rishikesh or Dehradun). When I checked the budget it looked like a good deal. Place, dates and other logistics were finalized. We started our journey on Friday early morning( 4 am) from Noida and reached Rishikesh by8.30am. Since it was a less foggy morning, the journey till Rishikesh was pretty easy and beautiful. The actual journey begins here, roads winding over the hills with hairpin bends and unending turns giving you the feeling of an exciting adventurous journey ahead while unadulterated scenic beauty all the way.