Have you ever planned a trip to a certain place, got the tickets done, started dreaming about exactly how you'd be spending your days, what food you'll be eating, what clothes you'll be wearing only to have it all cancelled in the end?
Yes? Auli was that one trip for me. I was really looking forward to this one since a long long time but it always turned out like one of those jinxed Goa plans until 2019, when one of my friends mentioned he was going to celebrate New year's in the gorgeous mountains of Auli and asked if I would be interested to join his troupe.
Considering the history of my Auli plans, I was a little doubtful if this was going to workout since I was already supposed to be in Delhi at the same time. I still gave it a shot and decided to end my Delhi trip on 28th of December and left for Uttarakhand on the 29th. I took a bus from Delhi to Dehradun at 10.30 am and reached ISBT Dehradun by 5pm where I was picked up by my friend - Anubhav. I was later introduced to 3 other members of his group - Rahul, Richa, and Manish who were doing some last minute shopping at Decathlon before commencing the trip. We met, exchanged hellos, got in the car and left for Auli.