So, I would like to narrate a travel tale which I went to, with my school buddies during summer holidays. Like a movie this would continue with the professionalism of behind the scenes containing a bit of drama, happening throughout the journey.
After two years I was back on the trail to The Himalayas. This time it was a different group a.k.a. Best friends from school. It had been almost 4 years, since we all got together, and nothing could have been better than this way of meeting up. Everything was planned, the place had been decided, took all the information about the trek, had a third eye on the weather forecast of the place and started ticking off the things to be taken care of for the trip from the check list already. (Everything except, “taking permission from parents”)
As soon as the exams got over, I started bag packing for the trip. Got prepared with all the itinerary for the trip. Had got my tickets already booked around a month ago. Since, I hadn’t informed my parents before booking, had to arrange the money from the sources. And as always, you do manage to get that from somewhere at that time, especially when you got a bunch of close friends and elder siblings.
(P.s.- My bank account came down to 2 digits after making the bookings).
Well, I knew parents wouldn’t have let me do it because of certain reasons-
1. I had stayed at home for around 2 weeks in last 2.5 years.
2. It was monsoon, Uttrakhand and Himachal are mostly in news during this time.
3. They saw the pictures from the trek to Kheerganga, Kasol last time and more than adventurous, it looked dangerous to them.
Still, somehow I managed to convince them 2,3 days ago, before leaving, because going without informing them wouldn’t have been possible, as it was a 5-day trip, and Himalayas have kind of jammers set up all over, so it is a bit tough to find good network.
So, there I was. With a gopro in one hand, rucksack on my shoulders, began my journey to the mighty Himalayas. ⛰
Before starting, please go through the below points.
Itineraries to take during the trek -
- Rucksack or a Backpack. Always avoid taking sling bags.
- At least two, 1 liter of water bottle.
- First aid
- Chocolates and dry fruits
- Trekking or Running shoes
- Sticks, if possible
- A lot of cash if you are planning to stay for a few days
- These might be a life saver
The 3 most important rules of going to the Himalayas —
1. Carry a good amount of cash with you, because these places are not much fond of the digital world, so forget about paytm or phone pe or whatever money transactions apps you are having, plus, you don’t find much ATM in these places.
2. If you think you got a strong network with believing in some ad, seeing some random girl claiming they offer the best network and it is available almost everywhere, trust me they are just false claims, they have never been to such places. So, whichever network you are on, your phone is just a useless thing which is no good other than being used as a camera and for playing music. And definitely, no tinder. (I know that hurts)
3. You might not get non-veg at most of these places. So, your craving for chicken needs to be controlled for some days in reality, as well as in the virtual world (pubg).
Note: (Bonus) — Carry booze from the start, if possible, from Delhi if you are heading to Uttrakhand because I know what it feels like to stay sober in between that beautiful nature with a freezing temperature where you have walked miles to reach. Perhaps, if you are up for adding some more clouds to this place, with some herbs of nature, you can always find it, just got to make some new friends. (PS — Yes, it is marijuana that I’m talking about).
On account of my previous experiences I had started off a bit early keeping a margin of around 45 minutes and reached the airport on time. Checked in, updated my Instagram stories, fastened my seat belts and flew towards the capital. ✈
BTS — As usual, the flight to New Delhi took comparatively lesser time than the cab for me to get to the airport. (Bangalore traffic).