Lets face it - trip cancellations are always painful. You have read endless articles, researched the route maps for nights, watched numerous youtube videos, and then..
One fine day, your fellow trip companion says, “Not this time yaar! Kabhi aur..”, and you are heartbroken! That’s how my dream of finally visiting the enigmatic Spiti Valley continued to elude me. “Rajasthan!”, she said, “Lets do a road trip to Rajasthan!”. Now my constant friend (Anindya) and I had got full two weeks of leaves sanctioned keeping Spiti in mind. With my dear lady friend Esha (and her husband Sugourab, who didn’t have an option but to give in!) insisting on Rajasthan, we followed her husband’s suit and agreed. But wait, families have commitments especially if it’s Diwali, so the couple could commit only ten days time. Again, my constant friend and I (bachelors!) just reacted with “Jee huzoor!” (more on the remaining 5 days on a different travelogue)
Cut to the trip? No, silly! By now we know it is a road trip but had no idea around the mode of transport. My friend and I had initially planned to ride our respective motorcycles and meet the couple in Delhi, but we realised that will just “kill time” so we let our dreams die a painful death, yet again! Finally, it was decided that we will fly to Delhi, meet the couple and head off to Rajasthan in their Grand i10 Nios next morning.
The final itinerary was decided as Delhi-Jaipur-Chittorgarh-Udaipur-Mount Abu-Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Delhi with the trip commencing on the 23rd October, 2021. Now as usual, the excitement of a trip is always more than the trip itself, so what obviously followed were countdowns with bated breath, shopping, discussions on where to eat, etc. Finally, the evening of 22nd arrived, I happily shut the lid of my office laptop and took an Uber to the airport. If there was a perfect example of contrasting behaviours, it was my Uber driver, who was driving at 40 kmph! Observing him for quite some time, I asked him to drive a bit faster. “Dada ektu taratari cholun!”
Driver - “Kotay flight?” (when is your flight?)
I - “6.30 pm e pouchate hobe airport!” (I’ve to reach by 6.30 pm)
Driver - “Andhokar toh, thik dekhte parchi na.. ki ar hobe, 2-3te gari pore pouchaben!!” (I cant see properly as it is dark. Wont make much of a difference, you will reach after a couple of cars)