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More suggestions on Rafting packages

In Resource Center on March 30, 2006 at 1:36 am
By Amit Gupta 1
Itinerary Day 1: Milestones Camp · Arrive Milestones Camp by afternoon Lunch at the camp. Post Lunch Rappeling and river crossing at the camp.. Evening free for Beach Games or at leisure next to river. Bar Be Que and Bonfire Dinner and overnight at the camp. Day 2 : Milestones Camp Breakfast at the Camp. Post breakfast, briefing by the river guide and camp in-charge on safety and camp amenities. A river rafting session on the Ganges on the first half of the river stretch. Today we will raft from “Marine Drive” down towards “Shivpuri” negotiating rapids like the “Crossfire”, “Body Surf” and the “Three Blind Mice”. · Drive back to the camp for lunch. · Post lunch, rappelling near the camp. · Back to the Camp for hot tea & snacks. · Evening free for leisure/ a volleyball game. · Bar Be Que , Bonfire followed by dinner around the bonfire. · Overnight in the tents. Day 3: Milestones Camp · Wake up early morning for some wildlife like barking deer or just to take a stroll around the area. · Post breakfast, gear up for yet another session of River Rafting from the point you left yesterday i.e “Shivpuri” to “NIM beach”. Raft and the guide will be waiting for you on the beach to take you for a ride on the rapids like the “Golf Course”, “Roller Coaster”, “Return to Center” and many other exciting rapids. · Lunch back at the camp. · Post lunch, an exciting “Climbing and Rappelling session” with the help of outdoor experts on the nearby cliff. Post Lunch depart to New Delhi. Tour Ends. Cost @ Rs. 2,800.00 Per Per Person ( for 2 nights and 3 days ) @ Rs. 1,350.00 Per Person ( for 1 night and 2 days) @ Rs, 2,100.00 Per Person ( 1 night and 2 days with two rafting and extra Lunch) Toyota Qualis @ Rs. 5200.00 For 1 night and 2 days @ Rs, 5500.00 For 2 nights and 3 days The Cost Includes : Accommodation on twin sharing basis All meals ( Veg and Non Veg ) Bar Be Que ( 1 Veg Paneer + 1 Non Veg Chicken/Mutton) 2 Rafting Stretches with all equipment and guides Camp Games - Beach Games etc Rock Climbing and Rappelling at Camp Rock. Mineral water for the Entire Camp Stay. The cost Does Not Include : Expenses of Personal Nature Aerated drinks Hard Drinks Taxes ( Service Tax 4.08% ) Payment : 50% Advance 50% Before Check out at the end of the trip.
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Hi All..... This is another Rafting trip Organiser's details, given below..... Please all the particpiants for the upcoming trip chk out the prices......... NOTE: Prices mentioned are all inclusive of Taxes and will include Some general Team-Building Excercises for all of us. ALSO NOTE- All prices mentioned will be reduced by Rs 100 per person if we have min 12 pax/people in the trip.... FOR THE TWO NITES & THREE DAYS Option note the difference in costing as compared with the other option given by Amit. The GROUP'S NAME is BEYOND TRAVEL SOLUTIONS, A gurgaon based co in Adventure sports....they also come highly recommended. ONE NITE & TWO DAY Option B. Overnight camp & Full Day Rafting from Shivpuri to Rishikesh Day 01.Afternoon Arrive Rishkesh. Transfer to Nature Camp . After Welcome drink free time to explore the area. Evening tea. One can relax in the camp or make a jungle walk to the water fall near by. Evening campfire ,BBQ and dinner . Overnight camp. Day02. Morning Tea. Yoga class or use of rock climbing area. One can try Burma Bridge, river crossing, rappelling etc. After breakfast drive to Shivpuri to Start rafting from Shivpuri to Rishkesh. Today we hit some of the most exciting rapids on the Ganga i.e. Return to Sender, Roller Coaster, Golf Course & Club house. Lunch at Ganga Nature Camp. After lunch we hit Initiation, Double Trouble, Hilton & Terminator. One can try body surfing and cliff jump on this section. In the later part we float past temples and ashrams and Ghats enjoying the river bank life along the Ganga. Arrive Rishikesh. Tour terminates . One can drive to Delhi or board train for Delhi in the evening. Cost : Rs. 1389.00 Per Person Option C. Overnight camp & Long Full Day Rafting from Marine Drive to Rishikesh Day 01.Afternoon Arrive Rishkesh. Transfer to Nature Camp . After Welcome drink free time to explore the area. Evening tea. One can relax in the camp or make a jungle walk to the water fall near by. Evening campfire ,BBQ and dinner . Overnight camp. Day 02. Morning Tea. Yoga class or use of rock climbing area. One can try Burma Bridge, river crossing, rappelling etc. After breakfast drive to Marine drive . Today we raft down from Marine drive to Shivpuri. We hit Black money, Cross fire, Three Blind mice and good morning , Roller Coaster, Golf Course and Club House rapids. Lunch at Camp . After lunch we hit Initiation, Double Trouble, Hilton & Terminator. One can try cliff Jump and body Surfing on this section. In the later part we float past temples and ashrams and Ghats enjoying the river bank life along the Ganga. Arrive Rishikesh. Tour terminates . One can drive to Delhi or board train for Delhi in the evening. Cost : Rs. 1589.00 Per person The Cost Includes: 1. Welcome drink upon arrival at camp. 2. Twin sharing accommodation in safari tents for 01 Nights at the Camp . (The safari tents are well furnished with proper beds with clean Sheets, mattresses and blankets. ) 3. All hygienic meals during the entire trip as per the itinerary and taken option. Day 01. Welcome drink, Evening tea and snacks, Campfire, BBQ Dinner. Day 02. Morning tea, Breakfast, Lunch, 4.Rafting with all world class safety equipment and professional river guides and safety kayakers as per the itinerary of option taken. 5. Activities e.g. Trekking, Jungle walk, Body surfing, Cliff jumps, Burma Bridge, river crossing etc. with all the safety equipment under strict supervision of a trained staff. 6. Use of rock climbing area. Cost Does Not Include: 1.Items of personal nature, e.g laundry, bottled drinks, and services other than specified in the itinerary. 2. Transportation to and from the camp and during the trip. TWO NITES & THREE DAYS Option A. Day 01. Overnight camp & Rafting from Marine Drive to Rishikesh Day 02. From Shivpuri to Rishikesh Day 03. From Marine Drive to Shivpuri Day 01.Afternoon Arrive Rishkesh. Transfer to Nature Camp . After Welcome drink free time to explore the area. Evening tea. Afternoon jungle trek to the water fall. Explore the area and trace your steps back to camp. Beach Volley ball. Evening campfire ,BBQ and dinner . Overnight camp. Day 02. . Morning Tea. Yoga & relaxation class. After breakfast drive to Shivpuri to Start rafting from Shivpuri to Rishkesh. Today we hit some of the most exciting rapids on the Ganga i.e Return to Sender, Roller Coaster, Golf Course & Club house. Lunch at Nature Camp. After lunch and beach volley match with the staff we raft down hit Initiation, Double Trouble, Hilton & terminator. One can try body surfing and cliff jump. In the later part we float past temples and ashrams and Ghats enjoying the river bank life along the Ganga. Arrive Rishikesh and drive back to the camp. Use of rock climbing area One can try Burma Bridge, river crossing and rappelling. After dark campfire, BBQ, dinner and overnight stay. Day 03. Morning tea. After breakfast drive to Marine drive . Today we raft down from Marine drive to Shivpuri. We hit Black money, Cross fire, Three Blind mice and good morning rapids. Arrive Shivpuri and drive to camp. Lunch . Tour terminates after lunch. Depending on the movement we can also raft down to the camp hitting the Rollar coaster, golf course once again. Cost : Rs. 2489.00 Per Person he Cost Includes: 1. Welcome drink upon arrival at camp. 2. Twin sharing accommodation in safari tents for 2 Nights at the Camp . (The safari tents are well furnished with proper beds with clean Sheets, mattresses and blankets. ) 3. All hygienic meals during the entire trip as per the itinerary and taken option. Day 01. Welcome drink, Evening tea and snacks, Campfire, BBQ Dinner. Day 02. Morning tea, Breakfast, Lunch, evening tea, BBQ, Campfire & Dinner Day 03. Morning tea, Breakfast, Lunch, 4.Rafting with all world class safety equipment and professional river guides and safety kayakers as per the itinerary of option taken. 5. Activities e.g. Trekking, Jungle walk, Body surfing, Cliff jumps, Burma Bridge, river crossing etc. with all the safety equipment under strict supervision of a trained staff. 6. Use of rock climbing area. Cost Does Not Include: 1.Items of personal nature, e.g. laundry, bottled drinks, and services other than specified in the itinerary. 2. Transportation to & from the camp and during the trip. Let me know in case this sounds interesting......... Ramit
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Overnight camp & Full Day Rafting from Shivpuri to Rishikesh Day 01.Afternoon Arrive Rishkesh. Transfer to Nature Camp . After Welcome drink free time to explore the area. Evening tea. One can relax in the camp or make a jungle walk to the water fall near by. Evening campfire , and dinner . Overnight camp. Day02. Morning Tea. Yoga class or use of rock climbing area. One can try river crossing, rappelling etc. After breakfast drive to Shivpuri to Start rafting from Shivpuri to Rishkesh. Today we hit some of the most exciting rapids on the Ganga i.e. Return to Sender, Roller Coaster, Golf Course & Club house. Lunch at Nature Camp. After lunch we hit Initiation, Double Trouble, Hilton & Terminator. One can try body surfing and cliff jump on this section. In the later part we float past temples and ashrams and Ghats enjoying the river bank life along the Ganga. Arrive Rishikesh. Tour terminates . One can drive to Delhi or board train for Delhi in the evening. Cost : Rs. 1250.00 Per Person Give only 1100 at max................... The Cost Includes: 1. Welcome drink upon arrival at camp. 2. Twin sharing accommodation in safari tents for 01 Nights at Nature Camp . (The safari tents are well furnished with proper beds with clean Sheets, mattresses and blankets. ) 3. All hygienic meals during the entire trip as per the itinerary and taken option. Day 01. Welcome drink, Eve! ning tea and snacks, Campfire, Snacks Dinner. Day 02. Morning tea, Breakfast, Lunch, 4.Rafting with all world class safety equipment and professional river guides and safety kayakers as per the itinerary of option taken. (All our guides are working with us for more than 10 years and are on the river almost every day of the season thus know the river & their job very well. ) 5. Activities e.g. Trekking, Jungle walk, Body surfing, Cliff jumps, river crossing etc. with all the safety equipment under strict supervision of our trained staff. 6. Use of rock climbing area. Cost Does Not Include: 1.Items of personal nature, e.g laundry, bottled drinks, and services other than specified in the itinerary. 2. Transportation to and from the camp and during the trip. Amit Kapil 09811501440
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‘Plan Rafting Trip Meet’

In Meets on March 30, 2006 at 1:08 am

The second Meeting for Rafting trip to rishikesh was held on 25th March and was attended by just 4 members. Understandably, nothing constructive could be achieved except that 3 members who were only available on 1st and 2nd have decided to go ahead. With a participation of 3 (2 of them backed out the very minuite they realised it was only gonna be 3 of them and few non members as they prefer to go with the whole group as I write this post) out of approx 30 members this can by no means be called a Let’s Go event.

It seems the official Rafting event will only happen on 14th, 15th and 16th of April.

Here is a mail i just wrote to the group

Welcome aboard Antara…on behalf of all of us here…nevermind the flame war…this is a bunch of real nice people…trust me…you will have fun….

to know more about Antara go to http://www.ryze.com/go/Whatnxtdec

Guess my earnest request not to spam the everybody’s mailbox when your grievance is against just one falls to deaf ears……….people will resort to desperate measures to seek public support.

As has been always maintained by me, the Rafting event was supposed to be held on 1st and 2nd of April (luck is playing a big time april fool prank with the group) untill some members came up with some issues.

  1. Some of the members preferred to go on a 3 day weekend (14th april) instead of two day weekend.
  2. they were further of the opinion that a 3 day weekend would be more optimally utilised if we do some other activity rather than Rafting. However it was mutually agreed that the majority is in favour of rafting.
  3. Some members weren’t sure about their availability on any other weekend but 1st
  4. Few more said they would only go if xyz is also going

Looking at things I set up a poll to decide upon the date. Most members, particularly one, has been too disoriented to even cast a vote on the given 4 options. Poll result can be accessed by all via the groups Yahoo page.

Post poll and personal conversation with most of the members who have shown a slightest interest for the Rafting trip I can safely say the consensus is in favour of the third week that is 14th, 15th and 16th of April. <!–[if !supportEmptyParas]–> <!–[endif]–>

<!–[if !supportEmptyParas]–>I reiterate the Lets Go Rafting event is tentatively on 14th 15th and 16th of April. We have decided to go by the packaged suggested by Amit Gupta 1. <!–[endif]–>

We have the options of (i) 2 nights and 3 days (ii) 1 night and 2 days (iii) 1 night and 2 days with two rafting.

Cost
@ Rs. 2,800.00 Per Per Person ( for 2 nights and 3 days )
@ Rs. 1,350.00 Per Person ( for 1 night and 2 days)
@ Rs, 2,100.00 Per Person ( 1 night and 2 days with two rafting and extra Lunch)

Toyota Qualis
@ Rs. 5200.00 For 1 night and 2 days
@ Rs, 5500.00 <!–[if !supportEmptyParas]–>For 2 nights and 3 days <!–[endif]–>

For more details pls see link http://letsgowanderers.blogspot.com/2006/03/1st-meeting-for-rishikesh-trip.html<!–[if !supportEmptyParas]–> <!–[endif]–>

Personally I would like to make the trip in as little expense as possible…my main concern being Rafting and only rafting without bothering much about discomfort, hygiene, quality of food etc. My vote goes to the 2nd option @ Rs. 1350. <!–[if !supportEmptyParas]–>Rest I leave to the group. <!–[endif]–>

Also needful to mention, the above dates and the event on the whole is still tentative…coz of issues like last minute change of schedule at work, last minute outstation tour, uncertainty on part of a b c leading to cancellation of x y z etc. <!–[if !supportEmptyParas]–> <!–[endif]–>

So those interested may please speak up. We just have one weekend to take the final decision collect the payment and get the bookings done.

Yours Truely

PS. I hope the culprit has made herself clear…crystal clear.

Looking forward to a nice Rafting trip on the third week of April. Fingres crossed.

Holi bash/Rishikesh Plan

In Meets on March 17, 2006 at 10:21 am

All set and done.

Expected People: 14
Menu: Rice, Chapati, Mutton, Paneer, Chhole, Snacks etc
Time 18th March 6:30 onwards at Amit’s house in NOIDA
Agenda: Holi party, fun frolic, Bon fire, fix up a date for Rishikesh rafting with consensus.

Lets go Dutch with 150/- from everyone

1st Meeting for Rishikesh Trip

In Meets on March 12, 2006 at 1:36 am

Date: 12th March 2006, Sunday

Venue Delhi Haat, Nagaland Stall

Time: 6 pm.

Agenda: Come prepare with your ideas and suggestion…we’d build the
universe and then zero in on one. We shall stick to it and no further
suggestion would be entertained.

I would alredy be carrying the suggestions that has so far come up. 
They being... 
http://www.arounddelhi.com/rafting_rishikesh.htm suggested by Uncomonz 

http://www.katabatic.co.in/backpackers/01/ 
suggested by Rakesh and supported by Amit Gupta2. 

Amit Gupta1 has his personal contacts regarding the trip. 
This is what his suggestion from personal experience 
we are waiting to hear more from him on the meeting
had been there last year as a part of a group of around 36 pp. The entire package included pickup and drop in Toyota Qualis... Breakfast at Chital between Delhi and Rishikesh. The camp site was at a placed called Byasi which was 28kms further from Rishikesh. The camp was at a riverbed of the Ganges.. A very beautiful place, can upload the photos if ppl want to have a look at them. We stayed there in Tents on the riverbed with the river flowing by, a lovely side with mountains on the other side of the river. Loos also in tents ppl, so be prepared. Food was taken are of by the adventure camp people.. Arrangements were very good... One day we did rafting for a stretch of 26 kms which included around 8 rapids of different levels.... Then, since we were staying by the river, we all had a dip in the river wearing life jacketsss.... Then, the next day we had river crossing, rock climing, trekking and some other activities.... All in all, a very good trip with very fond memories... So, everything was taken care of by the organizers.. The approx expenditure per person would be around Rs.2500-Rs.3000. I would get back to you on this in a day or two...

Event: HOLI BASH

In Meets, This and That on March 6, 2006 at 11:07 am

1. Event: Holi Bash
2. Date: 18 March 2006 (Saturday) evening 6:30 onwards till 19th March 2006 (Sunday) Morning.
3. Venue: Amit Gupta’s House. NOIDA Sec. 21, Q-294.
4. Activities: Holi Party, Dinner, Music, Dance, Fun, Masti, folowed by Bon Fire in the night. Next day people leave in the morning.
5. Dress Code: Casual but bright (Holi Hai Bhai)
6. Contact Persons: Sanjukta (Moderator) 9811630391, Snigdha 9811454585, Amit 9818272112.

NOTE: Members are requested to confirm their availability to any of the contact persons or on the Poll set up in the letsgogroup page by 15 March 2006.
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Addendum (dated 15th March 2006)

The poll for the Holi bash on 18th March evening will close in the evening today say around 7 or so.

Those of you who haven’t yet voted please do.
visit link to cast vote
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/letsgo05/polls

About Food and Bonfire

We have tentatively planned for home cooked food, courtsey Amit’s house maid…. it would be final only when he is back from baroda…probably on thursday…….

As for now the plan is like this… that we pool in for the ingredients and also pay her (the cook) for the extra labour she’d put in. Let the menu be simple and easy on pocket. I suggest Chicken, Paneer, Dal, another seasonal vegetable, Rice and Salad and Gujiya (this we would buy from halwaai).

For Bonfire, we need to buy woods………have no idea how much that would come to …….. any body any idea please lemme know…….

Daaru and Smoke…….. to each his own.

We expect people to stay up all night but its safer to get some sort of bed sheets, and looking at the weather, some thing warm may be a shawl or a light blanket. While Amit’s place is big enough he may not have enough Bedding……….

Music……. we have our official laptop (Ramit are you listening) so get your fav CDs……..

Tambola/Housie……… if anybody have any of the two and you are willing to carry them please lemme know by 17th late evening…….so that otherwise we can buy it out of the pool………

Fund….. everybody please carry enough cash so that we can settle the expenses then and there only and not keep it pending……

What else…….lemme know if I’m forgetting something…..

Happy Holi guys………have fun……and do spare a few moments thinking about them who aint fortunate enough to celebrate the way we do and what can you do for them…….

Trip to Jim Corbett Feb – 2006 by Abhishek Bhawsar

In Travel Writeup on March 2, 2006 at 2:56 pm

8 strangers start off for an unknown destination…

Off to the never never land

The journey started with all 8 getting together at the Old Delhi Station. The ‘vehicle’ chosen was Ranikhet express… the train departed at almost the right time 10:45. Perhaps Laloo’s presenting the rail budget had something to do with it.
The train was full of ppl wanting to have a good night’s sleep. Destiny had something else in store for them. The great 8 started off on the right note with Monica threatening to bash everyone for every arbit reason on the earth. And she actually did it!

Booze flowed, and under the security of a lawyer (read Sanjukta), the scrutiny of the law was taken for granted. Monica went on with her crazy frenzy of clicking people and bashing ’em and then clicking pics again.

Crazy talk went on till 2 am…

Amit joined me on my seat, and we shared a phag in the dark of the train compartment… it was one amazing moment to share…

The phag took me to philosophical lands… the past week flashed by… And perhaps for everyone, the trip was an escape route from the weird presentations and sicko meetings of the office.

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Good Morning

I woke up early in the morning to the chaos, only to find out Monica was again at her bashing frenzy, this time the poor chap was Amit. well to be precise, Amit Gupta 1.

It was chill in the morning. Actually. For folks already getting sick of the already hot weather of Delhi, this was chill enough. We were not carrying any blankets and for those
planning a trip, a blanket is a must to Jim Corbett at this time of year.

I was wishing for a starry sky, the one you can never get in any metro. The sky was amazing at 5 am, with a chhota sa sexy sa moon.

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Vibhor.

Vibhor had gone out of the way in executing the responsibility for making the conveyance and lodging. His uncle and cousin came to pick us up, and we were ferried in two cars to the uncle’s home. Nice home, sweet welcome.

On the terrace, was a rising sun, with an amazing skyline, perhaps the first time in months I got up early. It was b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l.

We all got freshened up by 730.

Tea, warm water for bath, breakfast… many a thanks to Vibhor.

Breakfast…

First came the hottie hottie hot pakoras, followed by lobia daal and moong daal. the moong daal was very light, made in an Uttaranchal style. Then came the jalebi, and to top it off an amazing khasta kachori, with aloo dahi.

A good, filling breakfast to start the day, and the trip!

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Wow!!! There is not end to this forest!

We boarded jeeps from Ramnagar, and the caravan goes into the forest… The camping site was at Dhikala, only 30 kms from Ramnagar, but the trip took 2.5 hours. The vehicles are supposed to move slowly in the forest, in wake of animal protection.

On the way into the forest, we saw Martin, a rare wildlife sighting, one herd of elephants, Tiger pug marks… But the most scintillating of all was the sight, or the lack of sight of busy cemented roads, the lack of red lights, the absence of carbon di oxide, the lack of buildings…

To be with nature was just amazing.

We reached the camp at 12 pm. after getting the bookings and the other arrangements done, we moved on to see where we would be staying. We were under the impression that we are going the stay in something kind of a dorm, with beds/cots, having around 10 beds or so… It came as a surprise, that what we were to accommodate in was a military types bunker with beds like you’ve got in a railway coach. Three beds in a column, four such columns. First looks were shady.

Had lunch and after resting a lil bit, and after a peg each, we went out for our first safari, not exactly, since the ride into the forest resort was also no less than a safari.

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Safari…

Off we go in search of the Tiger… caught a guide, who was all the time informing us of what ever flora/fauna we crossed. We saw tiger marks on trees, a territorial sign.
It was green all around… and the road flowed in midst of greenness… the sky was blue and then green … and then blue again.. .green with the trees above…as the jeep moved into the flowing road, I saw green …I saw peace, I saw soothing visions of a painless world, everyone floating on the green earth, with out the fear of earning clothing and checking mails.

Ramit woke me up. We were still on the safari. The sun was setting… again …

The scene was … Go watch it for yourself!

It was actually amazing… with vestigial remains in my mind, all i can talk about it is that’s what animals are for, to watch the sun rise and to watch the sun set. And apart from the gore animalistic instincts we have, we also have this instinct which makes us leave the techno freaky world and go back to nature.

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On booze

We came back from the safari, time for some snacks. Then post snacks rest and then a good dinner. Dinner was good!

And then booze time! Lots of it… we had opened a mini bar over there! And then I realized that the bunker I was cursing was actually a great thing, we had our beds against the wall and lots place to sit on the ground and enjoy. Booze, we started off with good good white wine, one glass each. Then applying the communist booze manifesto, (to each according to his taste, to each according to his capacity) we had vodka, gin, whiskey, rum…

There was music, thanks a million to Ramit for his lapi. And even sans lapi, we could have been singing as were actually were.

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The morning after.

Over night we had arranged for an elephant ride. It could accommodate only 4 ppl. So on Yogesh’s idea, we distributed one (playing)card each and then the ones getting the highest values would go for the ride. I was disappointed when I saw mine, I had got a nine (did it rhyme?). But then, every one except one had lesser than mine. So I was in for an elephant ride!!!

Well…The morning after.

Terrible pain in the back. No hangover… and late for the ride. Sanjukta, Vibhor, Amit, Snigdha and Tarun (Vibhor’s cousin) had already left.
Monica and Yogesh and I had breakfast and then spent the morning watching the forest waking up. Ramit got up late and then we all went for another safari, to compensate for the elephant ride.

The gang left the resort at 10:30 or so … for some temple.
On the way out of the forest we saw crocodiles and few birds, I don’t remember any names except dear old kingfisher… the ride out of forest was all the more soothing… And I was getting sick at the thought of leaving the calm and serenity.
At the temple. It was Mahashivratri. and there was long queue so we didn’t visit the temple but had more than our quota of fun by walking against the flow in a brook.

Then we went to danger falls which are now called the Corbett falls. Amit, Ramit and Yogesh took a bath there, and Vibhor and I washed our hands and feet. It was fun, but not that much exciting as the name falls would bring out …

Then opposite the falls site, was a small resort where we had our lunch cum dinner… food was ok. It was the sheer surroundings which added to the experience. we were sitting in open in midst of fields. And the orange sun sinking into the green fields was a sight I will recall for long. And I presume that it would be the same for every one on the trip.

The journey back to Ramnagar was phenomenonal. The road was dark, and there were zillion stars above, much much more than you ever get to see in Delhi, or for that matter, any other city. To add to it, we were all singing our favs, and I do recall singing “On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair…”

We reached Ramnagar, and in spite of fact we could have gotten late, we did make it a point to visit Vibhor’s aunt’s home and say a word of thanks for all the generous welcome we had the day before.

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Back to hell

It all tended to end well, with all of us boarding in the train in time. Long talks and discussions and arguments followed. Though everyone was tired, still I could make out the happiness and glow that the trip had brought to all of us. And the new found relations, new promises (like all will get back at Amit’s place on the next sat)…

It was just amazing.

The train stopped at Moradabad… and I had what was to be my last phag…

We all slumped wherever we could, still wouldn’t let go of talking …

And somehow we slept around 2-3.
We all reached Delhi at 4:30, after that all departed to all of ours homes.

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The end?

It was the end of what was to be the trip, but I took it as the end of a beginning. A beginning for which would take us places… which would bring us together, a trip that would induces a desire for another trip and make us say … Lets Go!!!