It’s been a long summer since I have been to any place. Luckily, 3 days weekend (from 30th Sep’17 to 2nd Oct’17) was around the corner for which I was planning to go to some quaint place. Well my colleagues as usual refused blatantly to go. I get it… working in shifts and asking for a day off that too in General Holiday is something which is not considered humanely in here. Haha!! Anyways, without giving it too much thought, I decided to book myself a train ticket to ….LANSDOWNE, a quaint, silent hill station in the northern valleys of Uttaranchal. My train was scheduled on 30th Sep’17 night from New Delhi which was an overnight journey to Kotdwar from where you need to book yourself a taxi to go to Lansdowne which is hardly 20 kms away. And waited to see how the things unfold. Somehow, no one was ready to join. I thought let it go without even cancelling the ticket.
On the very same day I drove to Agra from Mathura after lunch (I had train to catch the same day in night). I was in midway to Agra when I decided, Let’s go SOLO… just that moment and I quickly took a u turn to go to Mathura.. I remember driving 120 km/hr to Mathura. I packed one or two sweatshirts quickly and got moving. My train from Mathura arrived late to New Delhi and there was no hope for catching the train to Lansdowne now.
Without getting too depressed, I thought of playing by the ear and caught a metro in midnight to ISBT to catch the bus no matter where to..Just needed to go to some hill station. Haha!! I guess.. “Pleasure of living in north” I started wondering so many buses, everyone is going to all the corners of India, Wow!! The pleasure of wishful thinking. Where to go?? I searched for bus to Lansdowne, but all were booked. Is reached for Shimla and Manali.. They were booked too.. I just sat on the desk in the midnight, asking my FATHER what is his plan? The same moment, from nowhere I heard the voice, Kotdwar. I started literally running to the sound. IT was conductor of the bus of UTC. I asked him “Kotdwar chaloge?” He said 152 Rs. My happiness knew no bound. In the midnight where I and no place to go to.. I just manifested a magic and I was smiling constantly for one hour. That was the start of my first adventurous solo.