But our plan went erratic with the train getting cancelled (due to farmers' protests) and no whereabouts of our rented car (unavailable due to some aleatory maintenance issue at our pickup location).
We were stranded in our hometown station with all plans bundled in our backpacks and dream vacation brought to a standstill like our empty train. But we had no intention to return to the mundane anarchy that we had tried so hard escaping after pleading our bosses to release on a week's interlude.
So we called a porter to move our luggage out of railway platform to look for some other means to reach our destination since all the trains following the Indore-Nizamuddin course were being stopped or cancelled.
Little did we know that our story was actually meant to commence from this juncture. Adventure is not planned, and so our plan had to pocket adventure in the most capricious way. The porter turned out to be seraph in disguise who informed us that another train had been arranged and scheduled after 3 hours that will take a different route but steer us back to our plans.
Generally, compared to an AC ticket,a general class would have caused a disrupt in the excitement quotient, but for us, it outclassed any meandering qualms and gave us the right jostle to land us straight into adventure psyche. We enjoyed the frantic fight for seats, numerous stops, an engine failure causing 2 hour delay, wheels jamming and railway-track photography sessions till we reached Gurgaon (instead of Delhi, since we received a call that a new rental vehicle had been arranged for us there).
Luck favors the bold, and having picked up our vehicle, we were now resolute with the fervor of an amazing expedition that lay ahead.
Route : Delhi-Nangal-Una-Kangra Valley-Palampur-Bir
We had to catch-up with our trip goals so as not to miss out on anything due to the delay caused by our previous setback. So we drove through the night from Delhi as we had lined up for paragliding in Bir (The paragliding mecca in our country).