Thursday, February 02, 2012

Weekend trip to Dooars

For the last few days I was reading about taxi refusals in the newspapers. Taxi drivers in Kolkata very often readily refuse you or charge you extra if your route does not suit them. I faced it myself, not the first time though, in the evening of last to last Friday. We (Avimanyu, Manisha, Ananya, Trishit, Lahiri, Soumik, Sonali and me) were to go to Sealdah station from our offices in Salt Lake. An impromptu plan was made within the previous few weeks to have a whirlwind weekend trip to Dooars. But we had the share of trouble when you plan something on short notice. We could not get the hotel/bungalow we wanted (but the accommodation we got was not bad either as I will elaborate later). Getting rail tickets was another big challenge. We also at some point thought of booking ourselves seats in a bus, in spite of the resulting hectic and long journey. But, thanks to Avimanyu’s trick (he booked break-journey tickets in the same train), our willingness to spend quite some extra bucks to buy Tatkal tickets through an agent and finally our luck, we ultimately had confirm tickets for both up and down journeys!