When one day papa came home announcing his extended weekend in the January of 2012, we set the records straight on not letting this prospect pass by without making most of it.” A vacation” was the common chorus but for the next few days indecision surmounted as every soul in the family kept coming up with diverse suggestions. From Udaipur to Ooty to Solan(HP) and Tamil Nadu, each one of us had an exquisite and well thought after destination decided complete with the travel itinerary in place. With the weekend nearing without a place decided, papa put to use the age old method of choosing from options- draw of lots. And so the trip to our hometown, Nainital, was planned.
Go. Not go.
We, siblings, were very reluctant at the idea of visiting our hometown as a vacation. “Boring it would be”, my sister said as she sat stuffing her pink pullover in the baggage. True. We were part befuddled and part sceptical of the thought of a hill station as a vacationing spot for winters. “Tamil Nadu or even Ooty would have been a better alternative”, I said adding to the already puzzled atmosphere. Mother said nothing. With her expressions anyone could tell she didn’t want to spoil what treats Nainital had in for us. But as it was, with an unsettling and uncomforting heart, we sat in the Toyota Innova at about 6 in the morning to head to Nainital.
On the way, the major halts were only at Mc Donalds (within the delhi boundary) and a small dhaba (in Uttarakhand). I spotted plush green fields like the ones in SRK’s DDLJ (although I am not a big fan) and a leopard printed dog. We were pretty scared of it ( and were staring in rapt attention) till it barked and wiped off all our fears away. Travelling by road wasn’t a bad idea after all. Post numerous toll gates and amasses of traffic, we reached Nainital at 4.15 in the evening. Checked in to a government aided Sarovar Resort that had a beautiful view of the Naini lake. Did I say beautiful, already? Well, lets move on. With the sun almost down and we had the option of either staying back and relishing the resort food or meeting a few relatives who lived in close proximity of the resort. We chose the latter after weighing the possibility of having the rest of the days to us entirely if we could finish off with this assignment (of meeting relatives) that very moment.
The next morning was the official day one of our trip.