College life is always incomplete without a trip. When the end of per-final semester came, I realized a trip must be in calendar. The best part about having a valid college ID is that you can go outside to some other college's festival with least expenditure. Mood Indigo is I.I.T. Bombay's main cultural festival. This time it was organized on 23-26 December 2016. The festival attracts students from all over the nation. Bombay team is considered one of the best host. From our college itself (Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies- Delhi University), about 40 students went for the event. The fest involves many competitions such as music,dance, drama, street play in which our team Verve performed as well. Students can be seen practicing on the grounds and i hostel areas all day long to win the biggest festival.
We took a Garib Rath train from Nizamuddin railway station to Bandra station in Mumbai to cover the 1384 k.m. distance. This train was started especially for people who wanted to travel the distance without having spend a lot of money. The train tickets cost about INR 1700 both sides. If you wish to sleep, have back issues or simply want a peaceful and comfortable ride; you might want to consider sleeper class as the journey is long. We started at about 4:00 P.M. and reached Bandra around 8 A.M. the following morning. The train was filled with college students from Delhi, Dehradun, Punjab and other places in north India. We were a group of 5 people, not going for any competition but just to have a little fun. We made new friends from the Dehradun Institute of Technology on our way to Mumbai. We are still in touch ;)
Once you reach Mumbai, it does not feel like you're at a completely new place; like you feel when you see mountains. Everything is plane and there are high buildings which is all the same. But right when you are about to enter Mumbai. you can see big lakes and little hills and the scenery is exquisite. It does not last very long and there is a good chance that you might miss it if you were awake the whole night and fell asleep right when you shouldn't have!
The stay for 4 days was for INR 1600 which was cheap and was the best option a college student can hope for. One fair warning to all the college students who are planning to go to Mood Indigo- the hostels are packed at this time! Make your reservations well in advance and do not forget to pack your blanket or even pillow! You will get your bucket and mugs and other supplies because they are sponsored. The case wasn't same when my friends went for Entrepreneurial summit there. But as I said, MoodI attracts many many people for the cultural fest.
The weather in December was fine. It was a little cold only once the sun set and that too in the campus as it is a jungle there- a beautiful one though. The campus is huge and you will find students sitting at all corners of the campus with their guitars and humming. I heard the most beautiful voice one day- I did not look at the guy out of fear that I might just fall for him! The ambience is amazing. One must definitely go on such a trip!
What to do within campus?
You must visit Powai Lake. It's a huge lake and a part of it is within campus only. Although the rules about visiting the lake at late hours have been strict now but if you're careful; you can afford to break a few. I recommend you not to be stupid as there are crocodiles there as well, that you might just not be able to see at night!
The eateries are under budget for the college students and a few of them are yummy! Try the local canteens, vada- pav and do it at the mess! The food is inexpensive and tasty! Once can have vegetarian and non- vegetarian options. The brownie there is amazing too. You can fill yourself up in just INR 30-50. There is Gulmohar restaurant nearby. It is usually always packed.
Visit Church during the christmas especially. There is one right beside the campus. It's a small one but on Christmas it looks very pretty. There is a market nearby that you can go to as well. The festivities are spread across the campus and you can always find something to do during the fest.
Mood Indigo is a college cultural festival on which crores of amount is invested. The festival is filled with colors and competitions. The star night witnessed Shankar, Ehsan, Loy this year which made our night on the campus.