Most of us find the idea of a quiet cozy corner with a warm coffee mug in one hand and a book in the other as a perfect relaxing day. A vacation is meant to experience exactly that – relaxation. It looks perfect on Instagram and an enviable life goal.
So when I decided to start my vacation with just that, and plenty of it, 100 hrs of it to be precise, I was looked upon with ridicule, and pity; anything but envy.
Why? Because of the added twist in the tale.
“My cozy corner was going to be an air-conditioned berth in an Indian train!”
It made cool sense to me.
Whilst I can enjoy cups after cups of coffee, tea, lassi served right to my fingertips at loose change prices, I am also being transported to a beautiful place at the end of the journey.
And the vacation has just begun.
Many of us love the idea of being alone and undisturbed by cell phone, social media, clients, friends and daydreaming endlessly. But we get restless very soon, once we get into that situation. Like I said, it looks great in pictures.
The idea was to see if I would really enjoy it.
“So, here is the low down.”
My journey starts from Kalyan on the outskirts of Mumbai, India and goes cross-country up to Siliguri, in West Bengal, northeast of India. It’s a cross-country route spanning across 6 states and 2500 km over two days, and back.