It all Started after planning for Days to various destinations in Himachal and Uttarkhand. Budget and Time are the main factors for us. Started with Kalpa, Chitkul, Sanjla and then Manali, Solang, Gulaba and then Auli. But then it ended up with planning to trek Chopta- Tunganath and Chandrashila and then to visit Mana Village. We planned to trek Tunganath from Chopta instead of trekking from the famous base camp Sari Village. We had some of our Friends who travelled all the way to Delhi from Tamil Nadu just for the sake of this Trip. Hence, we planned it so well that we could give them a glimpse of paragliding, snow, star gazing and camping at a limited budget. So we started the trip soon after our exams(Delhi University) ended. We had Booked a 12 seater Van for 11 of us. After speaking with many transport agencies, We had finalised one for Rs 30000 including parking, toll, Driver Beta, Tax and everything.
We started our trip on 23rd Night at 11 p.m from Delhi University North Campus. We planned Naukuchiatal for Day 1. Offbeat locations excites us and hence we planned Naukuciatal instead of Nainital. We reached Nainital by 6:30 a.m. but we had missed sunrise since the Driver had lost his way for about an hour. It was 4° C then. Soon after we got down at Naukuchiatal, I inquired the local guy there about the possible places to visit. We had time till 1 p.m. Since we had a long journey to Chopta ahead that evening. The local guy helped us for boating and Kayaking in the lake. He charged Rs 300 for a boat( for Boating) and Rs 300/ person for Kayaking. However we bargained it to Rs 150/person and soon we were in a single seater kayak in the middle of the lake with a life jacket. There were nobody to assist us in the lake and our life depended entirely upon that life jacket. This is foremost the best experience I ever had in my life. We were totally awestruck with the view we had in front of us. You need no prior experience for Kayaking. The guy briefed us the procedure and we had learned it in a minute or two. It is not safe to carry a mobile phone but I couldn't afford to miss clicking that beauty. We were totally in the middle of the lake and there is nobody around us. The entire lake had just 11 of us. Though it was 8°C, the water in the lake was luke warm. We did kayaking for an about 40 mins and we were urged to return since we had scheduled paragliding after that.