It is one year since that eventful night when the government of India decided to demonetise of 500 and 1000 rupees note. Since then, our GDP has gone down from 7.1 % to 5.7 %, many have lost the job but this article isn't about that. Rather, it is about a trip of our life during the same timeline which changed our perspectives on lots of things around us. It is about how we monetised our way towards Chandrashila peak getting to know our Incredible India.
When we were making the plan for our trip on November 7th, 2017, sitting in my hostel room, little did we know that God had different plans for us (thanks to the government of India) making it one of its kind trip. During that time, we were all into our second year of MBA from a reputed college in Delhi. We were a bunch of travel enthusiast who loved to trek their way up to peaks making memories through the way.
While sitting in my room we made all these plans about when and where we will be leaving for and all the travel itinerary. We decided to leave Delhi before midnight on 8th November so that we could reach Rishikesh by early morning, which gives us a glimpse of a beautiful sunrise in between the mountains sitting on the riverside of sacred river Ganga (Something which we like to do during our trips to Uttarakhand). Our destination was Chandrashila peak trek touching Deorital on our way.
One thing common about the student who stays in the hostel is that they don't keep much money in their hands as they know it won't stay for much longer in their hands and if there is a bleak chance they have money with them then it will be mostly in their bank accounts which parents would have deposited for their children's well-being. Our case was no different.
On that eventful day, we were in a hurry to get all the necessary itineraries for the trip. We got our sleeping bag for rent. We already had tents with us so we didn't have to rent that one. We got almost all the things needed for the trip had packed our bags except for the money which was needed for the trip which we usually withdraw from the atm on our way to trips. Another thing common to the students are they will be having the vehicle but fuel will always be minimum. We were no different. My friend had Maruti Alto which was like our travel companion cause where ever we used to go it was always there helping us cross over the line with its heavy mileage as we never gave it enough fuel to be happy. Maybe because we are humans and we look for our comfort before the rest.
It was 8.15Pm when Government of India announced about demonetizing 500 and 1000 rupees notes. We were in a hurry getting the itinerary when we saw this message on our WhatsApp group. We were dumbstruck hearing the news. We got on the call with each other as we were all separate in a group of two to get more things done in less time from the list of the itinerary. We discussed what we should do but something we were all very sure was that we will go ahead with the trip and that there was no backing out from it. We asked each other about the amount of money in other others hand and we found out that we only had Rupees 700 with us and minimum to no fuel Alto to accompany us.
We started our journey towards our destination around 10 PM in hope of finding some free ATMs and fuel stations but God had a different plan for us. We roamed here and there till midnight and all we could find was long queues in front of ATMs and fuel station. We were left with very few options. One was to postpone the trip or else wait till our turn comes which will spoil our plan of seeing the early sunrise in Rishikesh. We were looking at all our options and then we got an idea of filling fuel in a bottle large enough to help us get out of Delhi and then find some empty fuel stations on the highway. We emptied one of our water bottles which we have filled from our hostel as a part of cost-cutting and went to a fuel station asking them to fill fuel in the bottle. Since it is illegal to store more than 30 liters of fuel without license most of the pump deny giving petrol in bottles. We had to beg them and convince them about our plans and whereabouts and how the plan will be affected if this doesn't go according to plan. We also had to convince the person in the queue to allow us to fill the bottle before them. One thing good about MBA is we learn how to convince people to do literally anything. Thus, we filled the bottle for 100 rupees and then poured that on to our car's fuel tank. We were all set to travel some distance with the hope of finding some fuel station on the highways. During our journey, we knew we won't be able to travel further if we don't find any fuel station nearby but like the quote says "luck favors the brave” we found a fuel station which accepts debit cards when the tank was nearing empty.