Going to Neverland
Dwarahat – an Ancient Temple Town
Date of Journey: 21.02.2020 to 23.02.2020
Route taken: Delhi – Moradabad – Bazpur – Nainital – Ranikhet – Dwarahat – Nainital – Bazpur - Delhi
Distance: 800 kms (approx)
It was just a random weekend when we decided to head to hills. We decided to take a day off on Friday the 21st February 2020 and with Saturday and Sunday at our disposal, we started thinking of a destination. In January I had visited Shitlakhet, Uttarakhand with some of my friends. This time again we thought of visiting Kumaon region however, travel partners were different. Manish and Nitin Thapa joined me for this travel. Mode of travel was Thar owned by Manish. We decided to visit Dwarahat, a small town inside the Kumaon region away from the main tourist circuit of Uttarakhand which is situated around 400 kms from Delhi and about 35 kms from Ranikhet.
Manish picked me up from my home at around 6.00 am and we drove towards Ashram where we picked up Nitin who was waiting for us. The route was simple. We took the Delhi-Meerut Expressway from Sarai Kale Khan. The day was clear with zero fog on the highway. We zipped through the traffic all the way to Shiva Dhaba at Babugarh. We halted at the dhaba for breakfast. We enjoyed the breakfast oblivious to a happening which was going to set us back.
start of the day was pleasant
Thar wasn’t cranking up. The engine temperature was in red. We opened up the bonnet and inspected. There was no coolant in radiator. Apparently the coolant had leaked somehow. We waited for the engine to cool down. Thereafter we filled up water in the radiator and tried to start the engine. Thankfully, the engine came into life. We drove hardly for two-three kilometers, we found a garage on the road side. The mechanics inspected the Thar and found out that a pipe has leaked and needed a replacement. However, they didn’t had the spare pipe. Still, they managed to fit a pipe that they took out from another car. We again inspected for leak but were satisfied with the make-shift job. We paid up and left for the onward journey. However, this situation set us back by three hours.
inspecting the vehicle
luckily found this workshop nearby
some fun time at the garage