My Tryst with Destiny – “THE LADAKH TRIP” (The Journey Kicks Off (Part -2))

I believe you read and enjoyed the first part before you start reading this. If not please read the same here – (http://goo.gl/GmhKlU)

DAY 2 :: 5th September(Friday) , 2014

We had our flight  from Bangalore to Chandigarh on 6th September(Saturday) morning 8:30 A.M and the day before we decided to go ahead with the plan. So by now you might have got an idea on how organized and planned our trip was  😉

This conversation happens on watsapp just a day before the flight(Morning 10).

Indus : How are we going to Airport?

Roshan : Rupak will land from Kolkata tonight, Abhineet will be coming to the airport directly in morning from Chennai.

Indus : Lets book a cab, we will have fun

Rajiv : Nope I will come by bus. Domlur is on the other end( AND the misery continues 😉 )

Me : Ok lets book a cab. Please book a big one, considering that I have a big bag around 5 feet in length

Roshan : Holy Cow 5 feet!!!  What the hell are you bringing? Please dont carry your protein powder.

Indus : 5 feet LOL I guess we need to book a bus 😛

Me : We will manage in sedan book a sedan.

Roshan : I have some money in my OLA wallet, let me book a cab.

Roshan books a sedan from OLA using his mobile app.The same thread continues(night 9)

Roshan : Rupak has landed. Rupak and I combined have five luggages, what about others?

Indus : I have two one small back bag and one bigger hand bag

Me : I have three One big bag and two small ones, I have started from Chennai will reach Bangalore at around 5 in morning.

Rupak : Dam we have 10 luggages and four people no way we can fit in a sedan idiots.

Indus : Its better to cancel the sedan and book an Innova/SUV

Roshan : No chance I already checked that, No SUV available for tomorrow morning.. 😦 Let me book a private cab I had a number.

After some anxious moments.

Roshan : I have booked an Innova at 5:30 make sure everyone gets up early and are ready.

All : Aye Aye Captain

DAY 3 :: 6th September(Saturday) , 2014

So the plan was that I will get down from bus at Electronic city and pick the Innova along with Indus at 5:30 A.M. After that we will go to pick Roshan and Rupak before starting for airport. As usual my bus got late and the entire plan went for a toss. I was no where near Bangalore when I got a call from Roshan.

Roshan: Where the hell are you its already 5:30 ?

Me: The bus got late I should reach in half an hour ( I was almost sure that even Micheal Schumacher would have failed in the task of taking me to Electronic city in 30 mins from there, the bus driver was in no hurry whatsoever)

Roshan: I am sure you are going to take more than that, I have told the driver to wait till 6.

Me: Done. I will coordinate with the driver and Indus

Finally I reached Electronic city at 6:20, I dont how that happened may be less traffic on a Saturday morning and some superb driving by our driver made us reach the airport at 7:40.  Thankfully we had Indigo flight and Rajiv who was supposed come by Bus had already checked in, we were allowed to checkin…. Relief( I think this was the only time in where miserly behavior from Rajiv had benefited us.)

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(This conversation happens inside the plane)

Me: Indus did you see any hot air hostess?

Indus: Ya the one coming with me in the bus looked superb.

Our flight was scheduled to go to Delhi have a 2 hours halt there before starting for Chandigarh. On a whole we were supposed to reach Chandigarh by 2 :30 in afternoon. There was an air hostess named Diya. She came to our seat and asked us if we want to buy anything

Diya : Will you like to have something sir?

Me : (Out of words, I was looking at her like a small kid who saw the most beautiful thing. She was tall (around 5’8), her eyes were so big that I was literally able to see my face in them. She had a perfect hourglass figure. She was wearing a neat blue colored costume which fitted her perfectly from head to toe. I was wondering whether this was a dream?)

Indus : Ahem ahem (coughs), I will take water.

Me : (came out of dreams) Aaa.. What you have?

Diya : Please look at the menu/list that is placed in front of your seat sir.

She thought I will require some time so she went ahead to other passengers. I took a sneakers from her when she returned to our place, giving 100 bucks for that sneaker was the stupidest thing I did. But seeing her happy I even considered buying more of those.

Indus: I bet a 1000 bucks you cant get her mobile number

Me: Watch what you bet buddy, there is no girl in this world who wont give me her number.

I took a tissue paper and wrote my number on that and proceeded towards the toilet, apparently that is the place where the plane crew were sitting. I spotted her she was eating some food.

Me : Hi…  don’t you find it uncomfortable eating this way (pointing to the awkward way in which she was sitting)

Diya : No, we have got used to this.

Me : (Apparently I did notice her name on the name tag she wore on the chest it spelled Diya) Diya… (pause)

Diya : (She looked up not all astonished by the fact that I had called her name) Do you need any help sir?

Me : You have a cute name and an even better smile.

She dint react but the lady next to her gave me a look as though I had proposed her.

Next (obnoxious) Lady : The washroom is free sir, if you want to use or else please return to your seat.

Me : Oh ya ( I went to the wash room)

After some moments , I thought that the only way to get her number can be giving my number and waiting for her to contact me. I came out

Me : I have something for you. ( I gave her the tissue paper with my number written on it)

She apparently thought that I wanted her to throw the tissue paper in garbage bin so she took that from me promptly and threw it in the bin. I was like what the …  then I realized what I had done. I went inside a washroom came back with a tissue paper and gave it to her and she with a courteous smile had put the same in a dustbin. I am sure anyone else in her place would have slapped me.. 😛

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Ashamed, I returned to my seat.

Indus : So where are my 1000 bucks?

Me : she will give me her number (confidently, this is something I am never short of)

Indus : Oh did you actually ask her number?

Me : Ya what is the big deal, I have got numbers of so many girls before (Honestly I have never taken number from any girl before, this was my first attempt which had failed miserably)

Indus : Ok where is the phone number ?

Me : Wait when the flight stops in Delhi, I will get that

Indus : What if she gets down at Delhi?

Me : No she wont

Finally the plane landed in Delhi and she with all other plane crew got down… 😦  No point in telling that I had dig a hole in my pocket from where a thousand rupees slipped down.

After some two hours we reached Chandigarh airport. we took a cab to Rajiv’s brother’s place. The cab got a flat tire in between just where I was sitting, I still like to believe that it had nothing to do with my body weight. This conversation happens inside Rajiv’s brother’s house. We went to Sukhna Lake, Rock gardens and had a gala time there without much fuss. Finally exhausted we went to the bus stand for catching bus to Manali.

DAY 4 :: 7th September(Sunday) , 2014

I got up in morning and thanked god for keeping me alive. We reached Manali by 7. We reached hotel got ready and left to BRM(Bike Rentals Manali) for taking our bikes. Thanks to Abhinav and Anurag for giving us test drives and tips on how to overcome AMS. Here is the facebook page of BRM(http://goo.gl/B9j53y) , do contact them in case you are planning a biking trip from Manali to Leh. 

I took a Thunderbird 500, Indus took a Machismo 500 and Rupak settled for an Avenger 220.

Now came the question of who would carry Rajiv and the money distribution.

Me : We will carry Rajiv interchangeably and I think we can divide the entire cost for bikes by four.

Indus : Ya this sounds good.

Rajiv : No I will sit only behind Roshan also I wont share any cost of Bikes.

Roshan : I am sorry Rajiv but I don’t think my Avenger will be carry both of us with all the luggages.

Rupak : Ya it doesn’t make sense that way we need to share the cost.

Rajiv(After thinking a lot) : Ok I will pay for the fuel.

Me : Rajiv I dont think that is viable. Fuel will cost not even 10 percent of the entire amount. We need to give a deposit of 41,000 too we dont have enough cash you have to contribute.

Indus : Or else you take one bike and pay only for that

Rajiv knew taking a vehicle for entire trip would cost much more so he agreed on cost sharing. I assured Rajiv that we wont take his money and runaway he somehow trusted me. Although Indus and Rupak wanted the other way.. 😀

I had took Thunderbird 500 for which we were paying 1700 per day and a deposit of 15,000.

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Indus took Machismo 500 for which we were paying 1400 per day and a deposit of 15,000.

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Rupak took Avenger 220 for which we were paying 1200 per day and deposit of 11,000.

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so a total of 41,000 deposit and rent on the basis of number of days.

And Roshan with his Avenger as always 😛

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Aaa.. Did we forget Rajiv? Ok here you go 😀

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Yes he was wearing helmet while sitting as a pillion, that really proved useful how and why you will come to know later 😀

As it was Sunday so shops from where we had planned to buy rubber boots, plastics and ropes were closed. We decided that Monday morning we will get up early buy everything and will leave for Leh by 10. Anyways as usual we got up late and before we were ready to start after buying and packing all the stuff it was 1 in afternoon. After that I realized that the big bag which I was carrying could not be balanced on the bike. This conversation happens outside the hotel

Indus : This bag cannot be carried you also have to carry a pillion (signals at Rajiv)

Me : I can manage ( I was almost sure I wont be able to )

Rajiv : I think we should leave this bag here at the hotel and collect it when we return.

Me : No way I am going to leave my stuff here. I will just tie it at the back of the bike and take a demo ride.

I somehow tied that huge bag at the back of my bike and tried to drive, I forgot that lot of clearance will be required as the luggage was huge. The bike rented by Indus was standing pretty close and as I moved ahead I banged his bike from the corner by the bulging part of the bag. His bike loaded with all the luggages came crashing down with a THUDD.

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Aah well it wasn’t like this but ya it looked bad.

Everyone rushed towards his bike, I had a tough time explaining my situation. The headlight cap of the Indus’s bike(Machismo) had come out and there were some scratches on the side too. I reluctantly agreed to leave the big bag at the hotel, as I was now convinced that carrying the bag with a pillion will be IMPOSSIBLE.

To my surprise everyone else also emptied there bags of stuff which they would not use in my bag. So now we were carrying a bit less luggage and were feeling more confident. Indus was carrying three bags on his bike, I was carrying two with a pillion(Rajiv) while Roshan and Rupak were carrying one bag each on their Avengers. Finally we flagged off our journey to LEH. Having started in the worst possible way (collusion). Keeping our fingers crossed, we all were hoping that we will come back alive and reclaim our luggage.

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TO BE CONTINUED…

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