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Chapter 2: Trip Preparations and welcoming new member in Our Group
So, now this trip was on cards from last one month or so and twice the dates gets changed due to work and inclusion of 2 different friends at different time therefore by keeping the up coming trip in mind and with the 4th Service of my Car was schedule at 30K I have gone to service center for its 4th 30000 kms service before the trip to get back in shape.
We all decided to start on 15 evening and stop at Panchkula in Govt Guest House, so that we can save a lot of time on next day from Panchkula to Narkanda. SO a phone call to friend in Panchkula who is supposed to book guest house for us and he said Ok job will be done and a day prior to our journey he said room is booked for us and we can stay there. Bookings for Narkanda and Thanedhaar PWD guest house were delegated to another friend of mine who stays in Delhi but has keen interest in Narkanda and he has been there almost 10 times and in a good relation with caretakers of these guest houses. On the date of journey he confirmed that there is no rooms available in Thanedaar as some govt programme is going on but we can try in PWD Narkanda.
Service was done on 27th Feb (well in advance) and the car was also checked properly prior to leaving and no other specific preparation was done for the trip due to the nature of trip as we were just going to Narkanda (or we were wrong). I was the only one who was almost fully prepared with One Full Jacket, One half Jacket and one full sleeves sweater, One warm cap and one normal cap and One Naga Shawl. Apart from me others were just carrying only one thin jacket.
New Member: As initially we were four people but somehow another college time friend of ours met us a week before the trip and shows us his inclination to be a part of it and we talked to each other and said yes to his presence. Now a bit of intro about all the members this trip
1.) Myself: An environment planner by training but now into Indias biggest real estate firm
2.) Riz: An Asst. Professor in Delhi University, the most valla as per us but the most busy as per him
3.) Vakil: He is a lawyer by profession
4.) Mr Whirlpool: He is into service wing of whirlpool, the most busy but always has time.
5.) Mr Teacher: His last outing was in year 2000 when they went to Goa from COllege trip.
Me and Whirlpool are childhood friend and we were in same class since 2nd standard till 12th. RIz Vakil and Teacher were a year junior to me in College and since year 2000 we know each other.
The time was decided for Friday 4PM from GT Karnal Byepass, we all were supposed to meet one of my friends place near GT Karnal Byepass and leave ASAP
. But things gets mixed up and I reached there first at around 4.15PM, others were supposed to reach before 4 but they mange to reach there by 4.50PM and soon after we were on roads and we checked the time and zero the trip meters at GT KArnal bye pass to Zero at 5PM.
Chapter 3: Day 1 (15/03/2013) New Delhi to Panchkula We all left Delhi at around 5 Pm and todays target was mere Panchkula which is just 250 Kms from Delhi. The Delhi Chandigarh highway is in a very good condition and we have covered a good distance in no time and soon we realize to take a break (loo+ tea) at just after karnal. So we dropped our anchors at Zhilmil Dhaba Karnal to have evening tea with some pakoras and get fresh up. We spent almost 30 minutes there and when we again started our journey the colour of sky changed from grey to black and we turned on 6 lights (2 fog+2Low+2HIGh beams) of my car to get crystal clear vision ahead. I drive with high beams only on those roads which are divided by a median. Mixed music was on and we enjoying Zindagi na milege doobara, Enrique, Britney with funny and not so funny incedences of our college days and some childhood memories and enjoying our memorable moments from our previous trips. In no time we were at Ambala Canntt Flyover and after that we missed a cut and kept on driving on Amritsar road, soon we realize our mistake and taken a U turn to come back on the right track to Panchkula. At around 8.45 or so we were at our Guest house after filling the Dragon with her Diesel Diet in Panchkula.
We ordered food from outside spent a lot of time prior to food and at around 12 we retired for the day as we have to get up early 5 am for the nest day Journey, which is just 4 hours as we have planned or is it just 4 hours?????
Sorry no pictures for the day as we were just busy in our selves and I was busy in driving.
Weapons for Shooting:
One Canon 550D with 18-55 and 55-250
One Sony DSC H7
Samsung Galaxy S2