"...Auli- Its not a Mini Switzerland, its a Mini heaven..."
Arre Shuru kahan se kare???????
This was the same thought i had when i first thought of even planning a Road trip from Haridwar to Auli on a bike, and after around 2 years of the trip when i am writing this blog still the same question is revolving through my mind. All the butterflies in the stomach, adrenaline rush, that nervous chill in the veins are back again.
So it was a normal day in the month of December, 2016 when i discovered through a post of tripoto in their fb wall (ironic) that their is a place in Uttarakhand called Auli where a world level ice skiing competition is held every year in the month of January and because of the snow, weather, view of the peaks it is one of the best places to visit in India in the month of January.
I was working in Gurgaon (still working at the same place) when i called up one of my brother from another mother who was working in Haridwar (still working at the same place) and told him about this mad road trip fantasy of mine and guess what, woh bilkul hassa hi nahi. He just asked ke date confirm karo to leave apply karein.
Well uske baad i called some more friends of mine and in return i just got laughs, risk factors, advises & demotivation (the common factor).
"Late January ke time pe Auli? Woh bhi road trip pe? Woh bhi bike pe?"
Khud pe doubt hua but fir realise hua that when all your friends back out for a crazy plan, that's where your best friend steps in and says "Pagal akele karega ye, chal saath marte hain"
So after researching about all the pros and cons, getting the leave approved, shopping for the essentials etc Auli was Onn