We assembled at Bandra terminus by 10.45 am.One could easily see the excitement on everybody’s eyes.Soon we got into our bogie and the fun began.Our group had 14 people:me,swapnil,yogesh,sandeep,kavan,advait raut ,advait badnaikar,ajay,abhijit,nikhil,pratik,sachin,jagrut,and last but not least..nitin.Train journey began with the usual stuff:cards,antakshari,jokes…etc.The dinner in the train was OK.As the night progressed,it slowly started getting colder.We got down at almost every station till 3 am.
This day began very early.We all had atmost 3 hrs sleep and woke up at 7 am.BTW toilets of second class compartments sux.We reached Ambala Cantt at 4 pm.Then had a grulling 7 hr journey to shimla with dinner on the way.We checked in the hotel at 2 am.Our group was distributed in 3 rooms.
Woke up at about 8 am,had breakfast at 9am.The combination of train and bus journey had made us all tired.Since we had free time,we decided to scan Shimla.We all just were wandering aimlessly for about 3 hours.Had lunch at 1 pm and then headed out to Mall road.Some shopped for books,some for muffler,etc
As the night began,it slowly started getting cold.From here on till
Early morning breakfast was followed by journey to kufri.It was 2 hr journey.We then headed upwards in the mountain on the horse.The horse journey was full of tp.Sometimes,the horse scared the shit out of us.After reaching the top, we had the most amazing sight.THERE WAS SNOW EVERYWHERE!!!!!We started playing with the snow,the usual stuff,making balls of snow and hurling it everywhere.Little did we realize that it was going to be costly afterwards.Some visited a small temple nearby,while some started clicking photographs wth Yak.While coming down we realized that the snow we picked was now turing into water.Our shoes and gloves were completely soaked.When we reached down we had our lunch at 7pm.The heater at that restaurant helped us a lot!!!We then headed to our hotel and checked to make night journey to manali.As the night progressed,it really was getting colder.The 9 hr journey was the toughest of the trip.Nobody made a sound throughout that journey .since everybody was tired.
As we woke up,we were surrounded by beautiful snow clad mountains of Manali.We checked in at about 9.30 am.Ours(me,swapnil,yogesh,advait,kavan,advait) was a duplex room and sceney from the window was too picturesque too believe.After breakfast,we went to the river which was flowing right in front of our hotel.The water was as cold as ice!!After lunch we headed towards Hidimba temple and Vashisht Kund Temple.As the sun set in the mountains at 5 pm,it slowly started getting cold.We ,then did a little bit of shopping at Mall road.The walk from Mall road to our hotel was one of the highlights of our trip.The night time was allocated for favourite game of our group :Dumb Charades
River rafting was something everybody had only seen on Tv.We were provided gears and were told to remove our shoes in the bus.As we sat in the raft,our legs became almost numb by the cold water of the river.Soon our guide started paddling the raft through the river.We all were told to hold on to the ropes at the side of the raft.It was one of the most exhiliriating things I have ever done.We then headed to our hotel for lunch.Evening was free time. Hence,we( i.e our group) went to Tibetan Monastery,which was walking distance from Mall road.The serenity of Buddha statue had an overwhelming effect on us.There was a small shop near theTibetan monastery.My friends were shopping at that shop for nearly 45 min.Seriously ,complete waste of time!!!
Rohtang pass is closed during the winter.Hence we headed to Solang valley.For us,mumbaikars,Solang valley is heaven.We all did skiing for about 45 min.There were a lot of Kodak moments during the session.After skiing we climbed up the mountain a little.Some of us headed towards a temple on horses.We reached hotel for late lunch.The skiing took most of the energy from us.Hence the evening was spent in sleeping.The early dinner was followed by long night journey to Chandigarh.
The day began at 5.30 am for all of us.This bus journey from C’garh to Delhi was probably the most comfortable of all since the road was an Expressway.We reached New Delhi Railway station at 4 pm and off we went on our way back home.This time the seats of our group were spread across 2 bogies.Somehow we managed to have fun together despite the arrangement of seats.
The last day began early with the usual “painting the face with tooth paste”.The cards game were the best way to spend time.The last of the photos were clicked in the morning and the good byes were said.As we landed on Andheri Station at 3.30 pm ,we all were bit of both , sad and happy.Till next time..its ADIOSS from me and my group!!!!!