Disclaimer: The author is an avid traveler, having traveled to over 20 countries world-wide and over 20 states in India. This article is not an endorsement and is simply an account of the author’s personal experience.
I met Urvish on a trek to Manali in 2013. He was the most rugged trekker in our batch of nearly 50. He would make it through tricky slopes with feet as sure as those of a goat, armed with just a pair of slippers while the rest of us struggled in our branded hiking boots. We christened him ‘Topi’. 'Topi', because he was perpetually found with a cap, no matter what the weather.
Fast forward four years to the present, the enterprising Topi is balancing a corporate job in Ahmedabad while running a camping hot-spot in his hometown of Dediapada, a tiny slice of heaven untouched by tourists, on the Gujarat-Maharashtra border. Topi agrees to do a special edition of the trip for a small group of us. I have seen photos of the place on Topi's Facebook page called 'Discover Dediapada'. My excitement is great, and only increases on reading the elaborate food menu that Topi sends across on WhatsApp, four days before the trip.