It had been almost an year since I headed towards mountains. Work had been keeping me away from my favorite places. The "chul" was building up and I was looking forward to any reason to head to mountains. There was a new acquisition - ecosport after the honda fiasco. It had been bought with the idea of taking it up to mountains more often without worrying about the ground clearance. This built up the "chul" even more. There was a full fledged attempt to score a 2 weeks leave from office to go to Leh, but with a recent sell off and restructuring that request wasn't even entertained. Just when I thought I was in deep dark tunnel, I saw a ray of light. My parents along with my nephew and neice were to visit me for some days. Somehow, their mention to higher ups in office got me 2 days off ... And I decided to use it to go to himalayas. Although parents were a bit reluctant, but I combine my leaves with a sat and sun and now I had 4 days to explore. Too less in my opinion, but then this is what I had. So I thought to make the full use of it. Kumaon had been on my list for quite some time, but somehow I was never able to venture into this area. KMVN properties were quickly checked and available properties were booked in Dinapani(Binsar) and Chaukori. Trip Dates - 15-18 June (Initially planned) At first the plan was to start on 15th morning, but keeping in mind that had 2 kids aged 12 and 7 , I decided to start on 14th evening to take it easy the next day. Day 0 Started from home in Greater Noida at around 4.30, joined NH24 near crossings republic and continued on it to pass Hapur, Moradabad and then towards Rampur. Since it was already dark decided not to take the suar baazpur route and decided to stick to Rampur- Rudrapur route. The potholed roads were not completely repaired but atleast they were filled so it wasn't that bumpy. Truck traffic was an issue, but it was manageable. We reached Pantnagar where we were to retire for the day by 11.30 and went off to sleep. 7 hrs from Gr Noida to Pantnagar included a 50 min dinner break and a couple of pee breaks. As per the traditions, some teasers.