"Life was meant for great adventures and close friends." And, this is a story of a blend of both! It all started when 5 college friends started to panic that their college days are almost over (we've all been there :P). With a thirst for one last epic adventure on a budget that won't leave a hole in the pocket, we started looking for a destination. Now, if you take anything from Bollywood - Goa plans and Euro-trips, doing skydiving and playing Tomatina is where we needed to be! But none of us fancied sleeping out of our homes because we pissed our parents off. So, we decided on the budget-friendly trip to the hills of Nainital. This might be a mainstream destination but our adventure there was definitely not!
We started our journey in an over-night sleeper bus, which would drop us to Kathgodam and from there a smaller bus was to take us to the majestic hills of Nainital. We booked our bus from Red Bus and everything was fine, except for a piece of advice I would like to give is - Carry your own food, a light dinner perhaps because the restaurant they stop at serves very stale food. They may serve better food during the day but at night they probably have only one person cooking or they serve the leftover food from the day.
Amidst playing bluff, UNO, and singing songs, we didn't realize how the night vanished and soon we were greeting the morning sun. With the sun piercing through the window and a canopy of trees proudly guarding the mountains, we were on our way from Kathgodam to Nainital. We saw some sheep and goats on the way and were greeted with the smell of fresh flowers and morning trees as we entered the land of hills and lakes - Nainital.
Adjacent to the bus-stand are a lot of tiny shops from bike renter to hotels to little breakfast cafes. We had already made our booking for renting 2 bikes and 1 Scooty which were waiting for us at the bus stand. The owner of the vehicles also has a shop near the bus stand where he welcomed us and gave us the keys and helmets to complete our travel gear.