We descended down to Rimbik the next day and started coming closer and closer to civilization. It was a marginal descent as we broke for lunch rather early at Srikhola. There was a river gushing by and everyone took a chance to dip their feet in the freshly made water. Post lunch I went for a nap on some of the boulders deposited on the river bed and it was peaceful as ever, as I heard the water flowing around me with the sounds of the bugs and the bees. There are always small moments that define a trip, lifting it out of the monotone and this was certainly one moment.By evening, we reached Rimbik town and settled down in our dorms for one last time. It was Giri’s birthday today and to everyone’s surprise the ladies conjured up a cake using mere biscuits without compromising on the taste! Later, as everyone winded down tired of the day long hike, suddenly a spurt of energy came about and we in the men’s dorm started dancing – Kishor, Tushar taking the initiative. The owner noticed us and asked the men to dance outside and it was such a ruckus! A drab night was suddenly transformed as everyone just broke free! The owner lady too later joined us, however mindful that tomorrow we need to leave early she asked us to stop, but the guys were having such a great time that we wouldn’t listen to her! Finally with the lines – “So jao gabbar aa jayega” she managed to convince the crowd to sleep and so we did, but not before our Neta – Shubham tried an attempt in vain.The next day the biggest concern in our minds was whether our train tickets would get confirmed or not, as we departed from Darjeeling by noon. With some last minute shopping at Goldentips, we took the Uttarbanga express by 6 in the evening from NJP reaching Sealdah early morning at 5. An Ola from Sealdah to Howrah Stn would take us via the Howrah bridge. With time on our hands, we tried some of the Bengali sweets and I became convinced that the Bengalis probably had the best food palate in India. We met Kishor and group on the station at platform no. 22, as the Duronto chugged in. Not disappointed by its efficiency, we reached CST the day next amidst all the comforts one can get, finally to put an end to this wonderful trip.There was certainly disappointment of not seeing the Kanchendzonga or the other 3 eight thousanders, but that curiosity shall pull me back again for some day I shall return to Himalayas, maybe not at Sandakphu, but some place else to earn a glimpse of the great mountains.This trip was originally published on ANOTHER ASSUMPTION
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