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Old 24th October 2012, 19:43   #46
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Day 9
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We had a great view of the mountains
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Nanda Devi Peak hiding behind the clouds
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We found BolBolero waiting for us
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Clouds were really nice
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Jeep Captain claiming his helipad
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A helipad in front of Nanda Devi Peak
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Nice house
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Jeep Captain wanted to drive to it
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We befriended our soldiers
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Jeep Captain with the soldiers
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Uncle S tries a hat trick
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Gamer too
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And for me I tried this one
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Day 9
29th September 2012

The last 5 kilometres to Auli was a car breaker!

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The sedan and the hatch decided to proceed no further

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Nice views
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All resorts were empty
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Ropeway/Cable car setups
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This is the skating track in winter
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29th September 2012

The views were to die for
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Nanda Devi was still hiding behind the clouds

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It would be awesome to stay here in winter, all white

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We had a great breakfast of maggi and eggs - our staple diet on the mountains

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KSM-Vtec asking - Where do we go from here ?

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Old 24th October 2012, 20:37   #51
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Day 9
29th September 2012

We spend nearly two hours with breakfast here..

I was watching the skies
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It was time to say bye to Auli this time
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Nice roads awaited us down
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We were 491 KM from Delhi, but we did not want to go to Delhi
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We saw some wild life too
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This truck fell from the mountain - see the rear axle lying far away
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We drove continuously as to reach Ranikhet by 20:00 hours. We got into a good hotel and got us some hot dinner and crashed for the night.
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Day 10
30th September 2012

We started early by 06:30AM
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We were headed to Nainital
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Roads reminded me of our western ghats

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We reached the entry to Nainital
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Today is the last day of the planned holidays, from tomorrow it is just a run back to our home towns and work

KSM-Vtec couldn't hide his feelings
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30th September 2012

First views of Nainital
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Jeep Captain at Nainital
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Gamer too
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I loved the calm street next to the lake
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We were really a crowd
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We had our breakfast here
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Places of interest
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Boat Charges
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30th September 2012

Some pictures of the beautiful lake at Nainital
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I really liked the calmness of the place. Everyone found time for themselves here

A couple enjoying some nice moments
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BolBolero with his second passion
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Gamer relaxing and enjoying the cool breeze
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All good things in life will come to an end some or the other time, and it was time for us to leave Nainital. It was already 11:00 AM.


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30th September 2012

We were headed to Lucknow
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BolBolero leading us
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We drove through some foggy roads
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We finally reached the plains
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We took the Bareilly route to Lucknow
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KSM-Vtec doing a Quick Gun Murugan Pose
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Radishes!!

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Due to some expert advise, we drove through one of the most pathetic roads in UP till Bareilly
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After 50KMs of absolutely bad roads, we needed a break for our broken backs!

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Lucknow was another 250+ KM

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We needed another break
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Day 10
30th September 2012

We spoke to some taxi guys and found the road to Lucknow via Hardoi is the best bet and not the one via Sitapur.

We took that route and had some nice night drive to Lucknow.

Bolbolero leading us via Hardoi to Lucknow

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The Setting Sun was with us for a long time
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This is all what we could see in the dark

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By 20:00 hours we were in the outskirts of Lucknow.
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We reached the Lucknow centre by 20:30 hours and based on yet another expert advice checked into Hotel Capoors, in Hazratganj, bang in the centre of the city. The rooms were pricey and we shelled around 3.5K for a room for the night. The carpets were stinky and rooms were not clean! I must say most of the Rs 200 GMVNs fared much better.

Finally it took some time for us to adjust to the rooms, and I had to pull out my inhaler to prevent an attack of wheasing due to the stinky room.

I was in no mood for a quick dinner, so ordered some of the Lucknowi delicacies to the room before they closed their Kitchen. Absolute shocker, sleeping without dinner could have been better!! Was thinking what an end to an otherwise beautiful trip!!

I had a flight to catch from Lucknow the next day evening and so did Jeep Captain. It was decided that we meet up for breakfast and the convoy will continue back to their home towns.

Hit the bed and crashed. Tomorrow is another day!
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Day 11
1st October 2012

We had a full day to kill at Lucknow before we catch our flights by evening. We asked the hotel guys to keep our room till evening and we decided to check out the place.

We decided to check out some Chikan works - I have mixed feelings, now a days everything is available everywhere at more or less the same price points.
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We saw this Swift being taken away for wrong parking
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We killed some time at a Movie - Heroine

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Jeep Captain is happy at the idea
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There was nobody in the theatre

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Hmmm....
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That's Capoors! I wouldn't recommend it. For that price point you can get much better service and a clean place!
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The old time feel - Check the Black and White boards
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Day 11
1st October 2012

We went in search of famous Tunday Kababs
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Jeep Captain seemed to have loved it
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Some awards
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I was not very much impressed, the same taste and feel. Nothing so different, any ways one more tick mark to the check list - Had Tunday Kababs at Lucknow

We took two ricks to the airport. The cock pit
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As usual no meter rates, only negotiated rates!
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Jeep Captain looks tired, It was so hot in Lucknow!

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SS looks like an American Indian on a joyride!
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Some interesting building en route Lucknow airport
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Lucknow Bangalore flight had just a few passengers!
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I landed in Bangalore by midnight and took the last bus back to my place.

Vayu Vajra - Such a helpful service.

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Reached home by 01:00AM. Staright away crashed into bed. Next day was October 2nd. Gandhi Jayanti and a holiday. I enjoyed the most of it by sleeping


What a trip it was. Thank you BolBolero, KSM-Vtec and Jeep Captain for a wonderful trip. Thanks a lot to the other team mates for all the enjoyable time we had together. Signing off now, till we embark on another such trip..


Thanks a lot guys!!


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