It was my friend’s D-day as she was getting married to the guy whom she was dating for the past 10 years and this news came as a total surprise to all of us. We had decided to put in all our imaginations into execution for her marriage and as a grand marriage gift we booked her honeymoon tickets for the best places we could think of. You know time flies by more quickly than usual when a grand event like this is around the corner. We were all busy with the preparations and our friend was having the last minute conversation with her fiancée solving the post marriage queries. I think this is how marriage is you don’t know even at the last minute whether you are making the right decision or not.
The stage was set, all the arrangements were just perfect and her so called 10 years fiancée calls off the marriage over phone call. My friend was totally taken aback and she was on the verge of collapsing but as it is said only the tough times will let you know who your real friends are and who are not. We all thought of taking control of the situation we took her to a quite room and left her alone for sometime. Now, we had to cancel those honeymoon tickets but suddenly an idea struck- let us have a friendmoon because honey had ditched her. All of us were determined to pull her out of the depression so we packed our bags and left for Mumbai our first destination.
As our flight landed we entered our hotel room and removed all the signs of honeymoon including those red roses and those scented candles. Our friend just slept in a quiet room shutting all the windows and rolling out all the curtains. She just slept for two days without eating anything and it was cause of concern for all of us. So one of us tried to intervene and made her eat some light food. One day early in the morning we were sitting outside as it was too cloudy and we saw her come outside for breakfast. In the evening we went to Marine Drive a C-shaped road linking Nariman Point to Babulnath, and is situated at the foot of Malabar Hill. She sat there and cried really loud, we all thought it was required and after that I think she sat and made terms with life. As we were very hungry we made our way to Chowpatty Beach which is famous for its meals like Bhel Puri, Pav Bhaji and Vada Pao.
After our visit to marine drive we thought that our friend is recovering so our next visit was Goa an ultimate destination to just freak out. The serene blue water, wave runner, para gliding and banana ride can totally take all your worries away. At night we went for the cool goan dance at the beach. We laughed and we rolled over and over again making the best of the moment.
Now, it was time to have a little adventure so we dropped down at Kuldhara village in Rajasthan which is cursed that anybody who stays their will die. Although the place was adventurous but we felt a chill run down our nerves as a villager unfold the true story which said Salim Singh, diwan of Jaisalmer fell in love with the daughter of the village’s cheftian and threatened the villagers with heavy taxes. One day the chief of all the 84 villages decided to leave the place with a curse that anybody who thinks of settling down in the Kuldhara village will die. The wild dust roads with sand stone houses made the story seem all the more true and realistic. As we were listening to the story we came closer and closer until we felt claustrophobic. We couldn’t sleep the entire night so we thought that it is best to leave and head towards Udaipur.
Pichola Lake which marks the beauty of Udaipur shouldn’t be missed so we made our reservations for Lakepichola Hotel so that we can enjoy its scenic view which is the only artificial fresh water lake named after the Pichola village. We had a gala time at the hotel living like princess because they were actually havelis turned into hotels and those havelis have restored the historical works prevalent long ago.
We packed our bags and after the Lake Palace pichola we were eager to see the Jal Mahal of Jaipur which is a beautiful Mughal – Rajput style palace situated in the centre of Mansagar lake its mesmerizing beauty will leave you jaw dropped we took few rides on a huge elephant and then clicked couple of photographs having that relentless beauty in and around us.
Jaipur is often followed by Agra and who can miss Taj Mahal if he/she is Agra so we headed towards to that milky white monument. Although we were a little apprehensive about our friend who might remember her ex Fiancée but nothing of that sought happened because I think she would have had in complete association with life. A lot of tourists had flocked in the city to see this majestic monument built in the memory of his loved ones Mumtaz Mahal.
Jaipur was too hot for us so we thought of moving to somewhere which is a bit cooler and that made us move to Shimla, our favourite hang out places because last time four of us had gone there and had enjoyed like hell. When we were back together in Shimla it reminded us about the warmth which we had shared and it is still alive till today. We laid our hands on some hot steamy momos and sweet corn soup which is amongst our favourite and late at night we had conversations which were stored within us for years with a chilled beer.
Shimla led us to Chandigarh a very well planned city. Although Chandigarh is almost like Delhi but since it was close to Shimla and we had all the time in the world so we decided to shop a bit. Girls are fond of shopping and so were we as soon as we reached sector 22 of Chandigarh we dispersed going for the best dresses and the best food. When we were exhausted and tired we made our way to Sukna lake and enjoyed spicy Bhel puri laughing our lungs out, pulling each others leg and finally going back to the hotel and snoring to deep sleep.
Shimla led us to Amritsar, a place known for Golden Temple and Wagah Border. We went there and were simply mesmerized by the beauty of the place, the calmness and quietness gave us all an opportunity to meet our inner selves and we were quite at peace within our hearts. We got the patriotic feel when we were at wagah border and we saw the two nations showing the same patriotic fervour.