Note: Before you start reading. If you are planning to do Har Ki Doon on your own, it's very much doable. It's just a four day trek, to and fro from Taluka, if you are reasonably fit. If you plan on weekends, chances are there that there might be Dhabas in the middle. At least till Osla, you can be sure of it, and for little money you can get their homestay too. If at all you get a guide, try to hire a local or go through some organization. We had a terrible time with our guide, Sachin, a name you should be aware off and should stay away.
It was never part of the plan, but thanks to my manager who told that I could use the comp offs along with one of my long leaves, I could make it. So special thanks to him.
Once I decided to combine the dates along with Tamil New Year's long holiday, I started searching for treks around that time. Only Har Ki Doon was available. I wasn't interested in Har Ki Doon as such as it was considered an easy trek. I wanted to do Roopkund, I wanted to see those bones. As April was not a season for it, I started searching for other treks in Uttrakhand and finalized for Har Ki Doon.
When I checked with my wingman, he immediately said 'yes' so we thought of doing it without guide but unfortunately as he had got onsite he couldn't come. Pradeep, my ex-teammate and Lakshmi, his friend joined the trek. Coincidentally we all were from same hell hole, Sairam Engineering College.
Day -2 - Feeling Home in Train
It was a bad day in office, the previous day. I was being said that I'm not responding to pings and not being available for most time. It ended of course with, "other than that, enjoy your trip," which both the person who said and heard, knew, was just the formality.