I love making New Year plans! J and I are planning to go to the hills for New Year and maybe trek to Triund as well. I have wanted to go to Triund for a while now, and hopefully this year it will happen.
So, right now here’s how things stand – J and Cy will come from Hyd, I’ll take a train from Mumbai, and both of us will meet in Delhi. Both my roomies would have moved to Delhi by then, and I’ll meet them there as well. Hopefully both will join us on our trip too. It will be so much fun…I can’t wait!
Oh, the best part is that I will probably have to hang around in Delhi for a few hours by myself until J reaches. So I was figuring out what to do. I will probably get down at Nizamuddin and hang out at Connaught Place. Now although I’ve been told that Nizammudin is close to CP, I’m not sure how close I’ll be to the Paalika Bazaar side of CP. I’ll probably roam around over there for a couple of hours and watch those guys park cars in that big parking space in the centre. I used to love watching that. I suppose the shops should be open by then. (I think the Rajdhaani will reach around 10 a.m., so I should be at CP around 10:40 or so.) After my excursion there, I’ll walk to Janpath, and if I get some more time, I’d like to take the metro and go to Daryaaganj. But I think I’ll probably be in Delhi on a Wednesday, so I won’t get to see the book bazaar. Sigh! (Even as I write down all this, I don’t think I’ll be able to manage it all within 4 hours, but I’ll try. Sadly, I won’t be able to do Lajpath Nagar or GK I and II and Saket in that much time, but I’ll leave all that for some other trip. Although I really did want to visit Lajpath Nagar and buy little hand-mirrors made of wood and tiny, colourful beads.)
Later, I’ll meet J at Dilli Haat whenever she reaches. But that’s just wishful thinking on our parts I guess, because we will probably have to go to ISBT or Janpath and catch the bus to Mc.Leods Ganj soon after. Gosh! I hope we get tickets.
If anyone has any other ideas on what I can do in 4-5 hours near CP, do let me know. (And no…I will not simply wait at ComeSum. Hee hee! Although I had liked that place a lot earlier.)
I feel so strangely excited. The last time I landed in Delhi by train, I was just married and the city was this huge big place that I would explore with someone else. It was like having someone read out a story to me. And I’d looked forward to that. So much has changed since then. I’m separated now and will land up there alone. But I can’t wait to get there and take in the sights and sounds at my own pace, in my own way… Now, I’ve learnt the language and am really looking forward to reading the story…before my friends and I head for the hills.
This time, the story will have a happy ending.
Happy Diwali, people! Good things will happen, I tell ya!