Unforgettable journeyMy family was very happy. My son had scored well in the Twelfth board exams and also he had scored good marks in his IIT entrance exams. We were looking forward to the day when we would take him to his college. And the day came and we were ready to travel to his college. It was my first trip to North India. I was very happy till we started from Delhi to his college. We were supposed to go to Saharanpur from Delhi. After calculating the distance my husband told we would be traveling for another four hours from Delhi by car. Little did we know that it would become the most adventurous journey in our life.
Once we were out of Delhi everything around us was changing slowly. Even though we were on the highway , the condition of the roads were not good. Slowly houses and shops also disappeared. And the road went on stretching and the journey was a never ending one. Once it became dark outside we were uncomfortable and scared. With a new driver we were travelling on a road which had no signboards or street lights. As time passed by we realized that we were the only people travelling on that road.
To make matters worse , the driver who seemed to be a very good man asked us to lock all the doors and not to open the windows till we reach our destination. At two or three places we were chased by men on motorbikes who were trying to stop the car. And finally after seven hours of travelling we reached our destination.
The next morning we shared our experience with other parents who came to the college with their children. Most of them were shocked to hear our story. And we had learnt a lesson. While returning to Delhi we took a day train. Little did we know that trains going to Delhi never reach the station at the time they are supposed to reach the station. Again we started worrying as we had to reach the airport in time for our return journey. And finally we were relieved when we came to know that our flight was delayed by an hour. At last we relaxed in the airport and then reached home safely. And I made a decision that I would never ever travel to a place , especially in North India before finding out about the place from a known person who has been there earlier. The journey was the most adventurous journey in my life.