There was a peak inside the park , but I couldn't go to the top as there was a horde of monkeys who just couldn't bear to see me. Nobody dared to venture into the unknown and I was too scared to go with these monkeys covering me from all sides,making strange noises. I explored the places where there were people who could save me from these monsters. My bed was calling . So , I got down to the room and dozed off . The day ended with a plate of rajma chawal at the dhaba in front of the hotel. Everything is so mellow here, you can even go for a chai at 10 pm .
It's a really long post.Take a break. Look at these pictures.
Waking up amidst a forest is always nice. The weather was clear , and exactly opposite of what was expected. Even God didn't want to spoil my first bet at solo travel. After freshening up , I headed towards Mussorie , and I missed the bus by 10 minutes. I was told the next bus should be here in around half an hour. After waiting and waiting for almost two and a half hours, the bus came and it was packed as anything. I had to stand till we got to Woodstock School , and after a few minutes we were at the bus stop. There was quite a turn up at the bus stop , and I assumed it was the regular weekend rush .But I went in and enquired and I got to know that these people were waiting for the Doon Bus.
What do I do now ?
Should I go back and catch the bus I got down from. ?
Should I go and try my luck of getting to Landour ( 4-5 Kms of walking distance )
Should I go and eat something in this road full of people. I say we walk. I was trying to go to Landour , but then I figured I was quite hungry. I turn to TripAdvisor and I get to Cafe By The Way. I couldn't really believe that this place was empty. Just the owner and some visitor having a conversation over a coffee. Isn't that how these mountain cafes should be. I turned around and looked back . Yes I am still in Mussoorie.
This place is a gem. I sat and wrote , the owner didn't disturb me, even once , for the order. I got up and asked him for a Oreo shake and some garlic bread. The shake and the vibes were awesome enough to assure my return here.
A little walk up the Landour road I realised I spent all my time at the café , and that queue might have grown longer. I collected my souvenir from the little tibetan shop , and headed back to the Bus Stop.
People were right there , nobody had moved even a bit.The tickets are only issued after the bus gets here. ( Why the hell would you spend your time standing in a queue in this beautiful place.)
The bus was here. I tried breaking the queue, but was shaken off by the frustrated people who had been standing there for hours. I realised the tickets will be over by the time my turn comes.
Fuck queues, I headed straight for the bus. Only those who had the tickets were allowed to board. This only happened till some people got up. I got in the bus somehow and took the best seat. There are no reservations for the staff seats. Some things are just meant to be.
And there came a guy and sat beside me , scared as hell that he might be thrown off. I calmed him down , and told him we were equals and even I didn't have any ticket on me. The bus started and the conductor asked us for the tickets , and I give him money and he gave me a ticket. Simple as that.
The guy beside me seemed happy.
Clouds floating around the mountains , a rickety bus going round and round, taking you back home. The seat gave me views heavenly enough to end this trip on a high. I got down at Doon, ate some more , and hopped on the bus back to Delhi.
Now that the post is almost over. Time for some more visuals.
There it was , my journey , all alone. All lucky sometimes, all shitty on some , but all worth it for the experience. I realised that you don't actually need people around you everytime. . There were loner attacks loads of times , but this is just what the doctor ordered.
Jab Zindagi Ek Baar Mili Hai to Do Baar Kyo Soche !!
In the end , Just dropping some quick tips for your first solo trip ( Yes I'm experienced now ???? )
- Explore with your eyes ( Don't let everything be about Snapchat.)
- Go with your gut, always.
- Trust the locals. They know more.
- Go without a itinerary ( Smell adventure yet )
- Ask for help. Nobody's gonna help by themselves.
- Talk to strangers. You might meet a lifelong friend.
- Don't tell your mom.
This blog was originally published on 'Reaching Solace'