It was a rainy Monday morning and I was as usual busy working relentlessly in my 3x3 cubicle, when Shally (my then colleague and now a good friend) stopped by me and asked if I have any plans in the coming weekend. For me weekends meant only catching up on long hours of sleep, until Shally introduced me to the concept of travelling with strangers in a group and asked me to join her for a weekend trip to Kumbalgarh (a UNESCO World Heritage site near Udaipur, Rajasthan).
At first I was taken aback and skeptical about travelling with a bunch of strangers. What if I didn’t like them? What if I’ll get bored? All sorts of bizarre questions crossed my mind in a jiffy. But reality hit me hard soon and I realized that all my travel plans with friends were just limited to a WhatsApp group, planning and cancelling at the same speed. And here I am, finally getting a chance to move my butt outside Delhi. Hence, I took a leap of faith, packed my bags and left with Shally and other bunch of travelers to a place which I didn’t even know existed before this trip. Little did I know, I was in for a lifetime experience.
Looking back, Here are few things, which travelling with a ‘travel group’ gave me:
Opened a window to new experiences
Had I not boarded the train to Udaipur that night with the group, I would have not known what sharing food with strangers mean, what bonding over a game of dumb charades mean, what non stop laughter with strangers mean and most importantly what caring for other people selflessly mean. It was all new to me and I embraced it with open arms and a big smile.