It had been several months since we went to someplace exciting. Gathering people was not an issue, it’s just the place that we couldn’t think of. So I gathered like-minded people and asked them for suggestions and one of them said, “Let’s go to Triund, guys!” and we were like yea, why not, since none of us had been there before.
4 Friends, One Idea, 8 hr Drive
We were already running late, so we decided not to halt anywhere. We reached straight to Mcleodganj and stayed there overnight. Following morning, we woke up so fresh and energized that if someone had asked us to demolish a building, we’d have said Yes.
We left for the trek, reached the starting point and gazed upon the sky, estimating the time it would take to reach up at the top. A normal person takes 4-5 hrs to reach the top but we took it as a challenge to reach there in 3 hrs. And like morons, we raced each other which seemed to be a bad idea because first of all, our body was not ready for the trek and secondly, we were not giving it enough time to recover in-between. But one of our friend couldn’t take this nonsense for longer and decided to walk at his own pace. Thinking that he will catch up, we decided to continue with our trek.
We finally reached the top in 3 hrs but for what? We were too exhausted to explore and simply passed out on the ground to recover.
Now that we have recovered from the fatigue, we decided to wait for our friend while enjoying the views and taking photographs of the scenery.
He did arrive but like 1 hr later and didn’t look happy at all. In fact, he looked sad and dejected. Since we couldn’t figure out what was wrong, we kept asking him if he is alright? After prodding him for what had to be the tenth time, he said something which I just cannot forget. He said, “ you guys left me behind to satisfy your own ego. I tripped and almost fell off the edge. I m thankful to people who saved me but I wonder if I had fallen would you guys have come back to look for me?”
Oh man, our hearts took a direct hit and we realized that he was right. It was supposed to be a group activity and all four of us were supposed to be together. What if he had really fallen? Is there any way we would have found out? Shouldn’t we have gone looking for him when he didn’t turn up for like an hour?
But after the incident, we came downhill like normal people all together with no man behind and went back to Mcleodganj to roam the town and trying to make up for the lost time.
Written by Ravi Gagan – A Medical Grad trying to make sense of the things; I started traveling in my 2nd year and been traveling solo for a couple of years and always ended up being in the company of good people whom I met online or in Hostels. Every trip has been an adventure, so I started writing blogs as a way to document my memories so that it doesn’t fade away with time. You can find more of his writings here.