It was one night in the middle of August that I suddenly started planning a trip. I didn’t know where I wanted to go but just that I needed to travel. The concept of solo traveling has intrigued me for quite some time and hence I was inclined to take it up and plan something for Kerala. I got on a call with my friend Ishaan and told him about this. He and a few other friends were planning a trip to the North East and shared the idea of me joining them for that trip.
In my 25 years of existence on Earth, I have never traveled with friends for a week long holiday. Yes! You read that right. I have the same excuse as many of us – didn’t have time, too much work, no money. But suddenly neither of these mattered anymore. I was thrilled by Ishaan’s proposal and decided to take this up. And I couldn’t have been gladder that I did!
This trip has been my savior in so many ways that I can’t even count. It has a been a trip of experiencing and exploring beauty, nature, serenity, peace, friendships, reunions, adventure, craziness, exhaustion, food and of course myself!
Stop 1 – Darjeeling
For someone who is shit scared of heights, this was one hell of ride. The twists and turn along the drive to the Queen of Hills was enthralling beyond imagination. The clouds floating by your side in your ride was so exciting that I kept wowing the entire time like a little kid.
When the view from your hotel balcony is this, you want to keep your eyes shut and capture it in your mind forever.
That evening we (there were 9 of us) went wandering around the streets of Darjeeling for some relaxation and warmth. My friend Arnav (the mastermind of the trip) had researched well and took us to Glenary’s – one of the best places for some coffee and cake to have a good time.
Next morning we set out at 4 AM to see a few places – Sunrise at Tiger Hills, Ghoom Monastery, Batasia Loop and ended with a sumptuous breakfast at Keventer’s which is famous for its meat platter.