How often do you plan a trip over a tea? Not that often, I suppose. We did just that. I had been thinking about going on a solo trip to some faraway place for a long time, or a short time, I don't really remember. I just shared the news with my buddy. He immediately expressed his interest to join. Two are always better than one, that's what I thought at that moment.
Having been born in Ooty and raised there, mountains always fascinate me, nature fills my soul, I find peace in Mother Nature's lap. But one disadvantage, I don't speak Hindi! Hence, I was happy and relieved when my friend, who is a fluent Hindi speaker, (Of course, he's from Aurangabad) wanted to join me. But where were we going? We both had an affinity for the Northeast. Bang! We decided to head to Shillong. We searched for travelling options: air, rail, road, everything. We agreed to go by train and fly back to our city after the trip.
Everything seemed to go well. We got our leaves approved. Yay! Purchased all the accessories we needed. We were bubbling with enthusiasm.
Finally, the day came! We packed our backpacks and headed to Secundarabad Railway Station to board Shalimar Express at 5:00 am. There we were in the 3rd Tier coach; we had the whole coach for ourselves!