This year 2016 - November, as I was turning 23, I decided to celebrate my birthday in a unique way. I decided to go for a solo trip to Bir Billing *The world's second highest peak for paragliding* and Trekking to Triund. It was a 4 days trip with all strangers. Being an introvert, I was a little skeptical but excited too.
And, then the day arrived, the over night bus journey with strangers was the most thrilling one. We all became friends within minutes of meeting and had a blast during the whole road journey. We introduced ourselves, shared our views on why we chose to travel all alone and then played Dumb Charades and had a lot of laughter throughout.
Next morning we reached our hotels, took an hour of quick nap and got ready to leave for our first adventure.
THE PARAGLIDING - Trust me when I say, while we were on our way to the spot from where it will start, we all had many questions, since we all filled an undertaking form - which said *if any accident happen the company will not take responsibility. Imagine you are going to jump from 78000 ft above sea level, with no one taking the responsibility of your life. Scary, isn't it?????
We all were too.. Our hearts beating so fast, with excitement and fear both. Soon we were at the top.
We all were taken up by one para glider instructor and he started to wrap us up with the seat and para glider.
I was the second to jump, very scared and a lil excited (seeing down took away all the excitement), I did as per I was told, ran and phew.. I was in the air.
I wish I could give expressions here.
This was the most magical experience of my life. I was in the air, up from the ground, flying like a free bird - *MY DREAM OF FLYING LIKE A BIRD CAME TRUE!! Yippee..!*????
Okay! Too much excitement shown :p
I flew for 25 minutes over whole of bir billing and palampur city and it was a breathtaking experience. I wish I could go back and fly again - this time more free. ????
After paragliding, we did a lil bit of sightseeing and then headed to our hotels to rest since the next day awaited too much of exertion.
In the evening we had our dinners and sat down for a born fire cum musical night. It never felt we all met just 24 hours back. Woah!
Next day was the Trekking day. We trekked for 4.5 long hours to Triund. Saw the sunset so close... It was 0 degree chill up there and the best part - Star Gazing the entire galaxy with so many SHOOTING STARS. Yes! Yes! I saw so many shooting stars.????
It was an astounding experience. I saw the sunrise from the mountains. You know that first ray that crawls out when sun is about to rise. I saw that. It was a terrific view.
After sunrise, we had our quick munch of breakfast and started our trek down to the city.
We sat at a lounger for lunch and where the next few hours went off no body knew. We played UNO sitting at that amazing place with amazing food, with the most amazing SOLO TRAVELERS who were strangers few hours ago.
None of us wanted this journey to end. It was my first and for many of us in the group and we all loved the experience.
Next morning when we reached Delhi, none of us wanted to go back home..
This trip came and went by like a dream. A TRUE DREAM. WITH SO MANY MEMORIES AND NEW FRIENDS.
Yes! We became so good friends that we all are still in touch on whatsapp and facebook. Have our own whatsapp group and planning for our next trip soon.
IT WAS A MIND-BOGGLING EXPERIENCE. ❤