On a languorous Friday evening, while I was engrossed in my work, my eldest brother came up to me and said “I’m going for a trek to Nag Tibba. Do you want to tag along?” Now, if you know me, you would know of my passion for travelling (which started with my first trek in 2015 at age sixteen) and an even greater frenzy, especially for trekking. Organically, I responded in the affirmative. And here I was half an hour later, packing up my suitcase, for we were to head out at about 10 pm at night. Since it was an impromptu trip, we decided to travel by an overnight bus which we boarded from ISBT, New Delhi.
With a 15 minutes break once, around 2 am, for us to fuel ourselves with tea and coffee, the bus ride elapsed swiftly, with occasional snores and honks. We were dropped off at Dehradun around 6 am, the next morning. I had been to Dehradun a couple times, as a kid and this valley town only offers large expanse of eye soothing beauty each time you come here. Walking for a couple dozen steps, we spotted our pre-booked shared jeep, standing at a distance. After recharging ourselves with some hot morning tea, we set off for Pantwari which was about 90 kms away.
We must have moved less than a kilometer over the Rajpur Road when we spotted a cluster of cyclists racing speedily in the opposite direction. From teenage girls and boys to the elderly, they all beamed with the joy of a delightful Dehradun morning coupled with a crisp breeze. Apparently, it was one of the many cycling marathons organized frequently in the valley town. Nonetheless, it was a sight worth seeing!