"Jaane kyun log pyaar karte hain, jaane kyun wo kisi pe marte hain"
"Koi kahe kehta rahe kitna bhi humko deewaana, hum logo ki thokar pe hai ye zamaana"
The two songs kept finding themselves getting switched from one to another and the reason was the difference between the likes of him and her. The whole road-trip passed witnessing them fight over song selections, and that's when the guy decided, "I need boys... no... buoys in my life."
So the next time when he was planning for another trip out of the civilised jungle, he did not know where to go but he definitely knew whom to go with, and it was his school friends, the chuddy buddies, his yaars.
School friends come with no condition whatsoever and they somehow always remain so much annoying yet close to heart that even a burnt chapati and onion eaten with these jack@sses taste like biryani. So what's the point in going on a road-trip with anyone else?
This question led me to create a list of the Bohemian places one must visit with his school friends and not with his girlfriend.
75 km from youth's adda, Manali, lies this mecca for the weed lovers out there who are seeking some time at a place that marks disappearance from any and every sort of tension. Filled with tourists from Russia, Ireland and almost many other countries, Kasol is a modern day getaway for the travellers and going to such place with school friends can be a lifetime memory. You can go trekking and rock climbing and take an experience like never before.
In picture: A Bridge over River Parvati
Rani Ki Vav or Queen's Step Well's location that boasts several staircases leading to a well deep down gives the feeling of 'Masti ki Pathshala' song video from the super hit 'Rang De Basanti'. Yes, for a group of friends who like to explore, this place can be one good destination to hang out and stay there for a while.
Also, Patan being the latest addition to the UNESCO world heritage site list, it only pushes us further to give this place a visit.
The supreme architecture of the forts, palaces, the locality gives Bundi a uniqueness of its own and this makes it one of the travellers' favourite. It somehow manages to match the likes of Venis, Naples and Capri. This place for your gang can prove to be a great one in case you wish to gel up with the locals there. And trust me on this, Rajasthanis welcome like no other.
On the banks of River Kaveri, this frightening waterfall that will teach you about how being aside tonnes and tonnes of water falling per minute feels like. This can be like a food for thought if your friends wish to spend a glorious night nearby the roaring sound of a waterfall.
Listed among the top 15 highest lakes in the world, Gurudongmar Lake flows through North Sikkim that is already blessed by the monasteries that it is home to. One of the most untouched destinations, Sikkim can be just the right place to visit if your gang is looking for calm travel.
Yumthang, Lachung, Lachen and Thangu Valley remain among the other nearby attractions.
Tired of sleeping on your regular bed sheet (Chadar)? Try walking on a freezing cold white Chadar over the Zanskar River and let the cool breeze settle down forever deep down your heart and soul. Arrive Leh, drive to Chilling, trek towards Tilat Do (Chadar Trek starts here), to Shingra Koma, to Tibb, towards Nerak and then plan a walk all the way back to Chilling, hence completing the Chadar Trek. Sounds easy yet? Well, it's not and perhaps only your school buddies can pull your laziness to complete the trek in case you give up.
The inhumane temperature of -16 degrees, the crazy Nerak Pool, the frozen waterfalls, feet under freezing water, soul-stirring winds and a lot comes to haunt you and it's only the beauty of snowy mountains (In January & February) that motivate you to keep going.
Point to be noted, the government is already proposing to construct a road connecting Zanskar to its neighbours and in a few years, trekking over Zanskar might get into the history books. So, why waste the 'white opportunity'?
So, here I give you one more reason to go for the trek against every odd. Air travel to Leh with your buddies, acclimatize, spend a week trekking on the Chadar Trek, spend another day in the city that is almost closed during those months, and come back safe and smart.
Limitless, infinite, widespread can be a few words that can describe what a traveller witnesses right after reaching Rann of Kutch that is somewhat 15 hours away (in a train) from Mumbai, having sea at one side and desert on the other. The Rann is nothing but a very large salt desert located in the Thar Desert that opens the chance to witness a clear sky and some amazing festivals.
Rann Utsav that runs for two months gives a vivid experience to the visitors and with activities like Table Tennis, Camel Safaris, Horse Rides, ATV riding, Paramotoring, Archery, Giant Chess, Archery & Cricket, it's something to experience with your chuddy-buddies.
So get on your bikes, have all your school time stories in mind and leave your home to take this wonderful experience.
This glacier lake in Uttarakhand is famous for being home to hundreds of human skeletons and is widely considered as the most sought after treks. The timeline of the Roopkund summit goes like this-
Day 1: Lohjung to Didina
Day 2: Didina to Bedini Bugiyal
Day 3: Bedni Bugyal to Pathar Nachauni
Day 4: Pathar Nachauni to Bhagwabaasa
Day 5: Roopkund
Also, there are many folklores attached to all these places that add to the mystery factor that has always remained attached to Roopkund. While your girlfriend might give a scared look (oops, not everyone's, my girl got offended after reading this), your friends will be curious to find them out.
The Har Ki Doon Valley gives you everything you hope for and in every season that you go for. As is evident from the collage above, the valley has a river running through it and is largely covered with vegetation. Around 25 km from Taluka and at an altitude of 3500m, this place is still untouched by the wandering souls.
The only National Park on the list, Ranthambore offers a truly wild ride to your gang. With animals ranging from tigers, leopards and crocodiles, a safari in the jungle guarantees you all the thrill that comes with an unplanned jungle safari. Apart from this, Ranthambore Fort, Padam Talao Lake and many other are an attraction.
How often do you get to see two rivers joining? Not very often, right? But Devprayag, a small town in the state of Uttarakhand (a state abundant of travel places), gives you a chance to witness the same. Alaknanda river and Bhagirathi river meet here and get the name of 'Ganga', and the onlookers get to see the epic mix of two large water bodies.
Less of a travel adventure and more of a place where you can take a chill-pill is this Nagaland town that is also called as a 'Land of Pioneers'. The most notable thing about Mokokchung district is the way the city people including the tourists celebrate the Christmas and New Year's Eve there. Everyone gathers at the main town square to enjoy the unique celebration.
So, the best time to be there stays the year end.
If unconventional hill stations are a thing for you and your gang, Ponmudi is the place to visit. Kerala is already very popular for the scenic beauty, and when you see Ponmudi, this hill station is everything that an adventure seeker group wants to explore. Not many images of the place are available on the internet, and this proves that the place is still virgin to intruders.
Two larger than life Elephant statues welcome the visitors to this lesser-known travel destination's Madikeri Fort and this marks as a beginning to Coorg's visit-list. The offbeat travel destination that is slowly picking up the pace to become popular among the youth also offers many of the water-adventure activities for you and your school friends to enjoy.
This must come as a shocker to the people who know Gokarna as a pilgrim place. But the thing here is, there is another side to this place, and that is again, about the water sports that it offers. Gokarna is famous for the best water rafting/water surfing experience that one can find in the country.
So what's the wait about? Share the list with your best friends and get moving!