Why and How I traveled 2.5K km solo just for a jump? - Chapter one of FIND YOURSELF

25th Jun 2019
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So here I am frustrated with my college life and also with LIFE. I had nothing do I was getting lazier and lazier day by day. I was stalking travelers on Instagram and opening my notepad to write something about my travel stories. But you know, your mind is an adamant piece of shit. It won't let you do anything unless you complete that one thing which you had been dreaming of. Let's go back to the past. So I visited Rishikesh in December 2016 with my family. It was a stop for our trip to Auli. After forcing my parents I was allowed to do River Rafting in Rishikesh. ( P.S They were not against it, we just didn't have enough time). The experience of River Rafting left my cousin and my brother in awe. But for me, it was that one thing which stuck to my mind and it didn't go until I did it. BUNGEE JUMPING. For obvious reasons, I was not allowed to do bungee jumping then, due to lack of time but I decided that I would do Bungee jumping in Rishikesh only.

So coming to the present, I am getting more frustrated because I am not able to write anything. So I asked my friends for a trip to Rishikesh, my friends are nice so they didn't keep me hanging, they directly said "NO". ( They are not so nice that they would agree to come). So I decided to travel solo. I had a presentation after 3 days, So I was searching for Buses or trains after 3 days. I was looking at all the reviews of Bungee jumping and I saw a video of Scoopwhoop which made my mind think that what If I leave today? and boom I got a mail from my professor that my presentation has been postponed. It was 3 in the noon and I opened redbus and saw that there is only a single sleeper seat left in a bus, but it was the last seat and plus it was a sharing seat. By the last seat, I didn't mean the normal last sleeper seat, the "real" last seat, which is basically made for a single person but they are selling it for two people. You can't even sit in that sleeper seat, because the roof is extremely near to the floor. And to my bad luck, there were no buses till next night. So I had this single option and I took the risk because the mind can make you do the stupidest things, some people call this Passion.

Cute pic, isn't it?

Photo of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India by Jay Shrimali

Perfect breakfast

Photo of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India by Jay Shrimali

Rickshaw at 12 in the night at rishikesh

Photo of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India by Jay Shrimali

Junk break

Photo of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India by Jay Shrimali

Fields in Haryana

Photo of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India by Jay Shrimali

Imagine this with a uncle

Photo of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India by Jay Shrimali

I am on my way to Delhi, sleeping in a bus with an uncle by my side. Believe me, I was cursing myself the whole night for going on an "unplanned" trip because the charging point was also not working. After 12 hours of me sleeping with an unknown uncle on a bus in the last seat, I was relieved, because after 12 hours we reached Jaipur and half of the passenger left the bus. I changed my seat immediately and then the good part of the trip continues.

I was sleeping comfortably in my private sleeper seat with my headphones on. I was listening to "Kho Gaye hum Kaha" and saw a hotel on the way and I realized that I had to book a hotel or hostel. So I kept searching for hostels because I thought that I won't overspend on this trip like I usually do. Unfortunately, Zostel was full, but a hostel named " Moustache" had a bed empty. ( P.S this is the closest I have ever been to "Moustache"). I booked that hostel for two days. Next thing I had to do was to see bus timings from Delhi to Rishikesh. I didn't find any bus for the same day but I came to know about UPSRTC buses, so I decided to take the ticket from the bus stand itself. I reached Gurgaon, met my friend ( who thought I am mad to travel solo for a jump) and left in a crowded metro for ISBT. ( Interstate bus terminal). I visit the bus station and asked about the bus, I came to know that the bus was leaving in 2 minutes. So obviously I ran asking everyone where do the bus for Rishikesh leave. I got a number and I kept running with a heavy backpack, I reached and the bus was still there, negotiated with the conductor and took a seat.

The bus got three hours late and I reached Rishikesh at 11:30 pm. The bus stand was empty as hell and it was none less than a scary place from a horror movie. And to my great luck almost all the passengers got down at previous stops and I was alone with two uncles. I saw a rickshaw and asked him the fare, I knew that the fair fare price was 150-200, but at that moment my mind didn't negotiate (Yaa, sometimes it gets practical) and I agreed for 250. According to Google maps, we reached some scarier location than before and literally with no lights. The rickshaw driver was already frustrated with me because I missed that shady street, so I paid him and called the hostel. He asked me to turn right which I thought was a path to the dark world. I trusted him because obviously, I had no other option. So I went to that path and boom, I heard barking. See, I love dogs when from a certain distance and at a certain place and also at a certain time. I was standing at the path to the dark world with no one around except a dog barking. I cursed my mind again. But still, I went on and saw a white dog barking at me and coming towards me, I turned around and started walking back because you don't run in front of the dog. Imagine yourself in the balcony and watching the whole scene, you would definitely fall on the floor laughing. I thought someone saw the whole scene and I saw a man coming with a dog to pick me. I was rescued and I fill the form and got a bed. I had to go for Bungee jumping in the morning so I kept an alarm and slept like a baby.

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