The best thing about having colleagues who share your interests, is that, not only will they keep your interests alive but they will also happily be your partners in crime, who'd help you wipe your footprints after you've left the crime scene. In my case, I can only be thankful for having met Kriti and Ujjwal at work, who also have the same love for the hills and off-beat destinations as I do.
It had only been a week that I had got back from my solo trip to Kasol, that Kriti started to get these sudden pangs for heading to the mountains. These pangs only grew stronger when we checked out the calendar to find out that we were going to get an extended weekend at the end of the month. Having set our dates for travel, and having found the perfect excuse for a leave from work (thanks to Kriti!), after quite a few lunch break deliberations, we zeroed in on Tirthan Valley in Himachal.
Having decided the "when and where", we needed to figure out the "with who and how" parts of the trip. We were joined in by one of Kriti's friends and Ujjwal was kind of in and out of the plan owing to whether he will get a leave or not. Since there is no direct bus service to the Tirthan Valley from Delhi, we had to take the bus till Aut and then take a cab to the Tirthan, so we booked three tickets for the rest of us, which we planned to cancel and go by car if Ujjwal came along. Shortly after a few days of booking the bus tickets, my new car arrived and now I really wanted to take my Tiago on a roadtrip. I suggested the same to Kriti and Ujjwal and after much prodding and coaxing and emotional blackmailing (and even threatening), Ujjwal agreed to join us for the trip and we gladly cancelled our bus tickets. We now planned a car ride in my car from Delhi to Tirthan Valley, and being a complete noob about driving, I automatically had to rely on Ujjwal and Sachin on the driving bit.