Some trips can take you down the memory lane like no other, and those trips would make every beautiful memory related with them to re blossom in your mind and give you a reason to smile every once in a while.
I went to one such trip last year (2015) in the month of January, along with two of my close friends Vaibhav and Rishabh. The destinations we were going to embark upon were Katra and Patnitop in the northern most state of India, Jammu and Kashmir.
Katra is a sacred town popular for its famous Vaishno Devi Temple, which is situated on its Trikuta mountain. On the other hand Patnitop is a hill station known for its natural beauty and unmatchable scenic views.
Me and my friends had started planning for this trip in December of 2014, and got our train tickets booked for 21st of January 2015. The main purpose of our trip was to visit the famous Vaishno Devi Temple, and to experience a white winter, which neither of us had ever seen before.
Though our families (specially mine) were against our plans to visit mountains in winters, there was no way we could have let them spoil our plans.
So finally on 21st January 2015, our date of departure arrived. We reached New Delhi Railway Station by 4 p.m., and our train Shri Shakti Express was already parked at the platform. We boarded the train and soon it started off for Katra. The journey was a blast and soon we were ruling the two compartments like Kings, as there was no one in our compartment except us and even the compartment next to ours was totally unoccupied. We played music, ate food, shared many fun moments and what not. None of us slept during the entire course of journey, and we would regularly look out of the window to know our whereabouts. By around 4 a.m. , our mobile signals were completely gone (yeah the prepaid networks do not work in Jammu and Kashmir), and outside the window a few small hills had started to appear. As the train moved, the hills started to get bigger and more bigger.