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2 weeks ago

What my last Self-Drive Road Trip taught me

What my last Self-Drive Road Trip taught me

When I took my first road trip, I had never thought that a simple road trip could teach me so many things in just a few days that I would feel completely different about myself. Now that I have traveled to several destinations via exotic boulevards, I can say that there is nothing more awesome than a road trip with your friends. I was born and brought up in Meerut, a small town of in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. I came to Delhi a few years ago in pursuit of a job and found this national capital incredible in all aspects. I can set off for anywhere from this place without any hassle apart from living here with all the comforts within my means.

Many people these days feel that they should save time and hop on to an airplane to reach wherever they want to. Sitting in a car for more than three hours seems like a wastage to such people. I have stark opposite feelings to such people; I view road trips as an opportunity to blend with my friends at just another level and even fight with them to patch up sooner (you don’t have any other option no! These chaps are going to be with you for the remaining trip anyhow!).

I don’t own a car in Delhi as I do not feel the need for it. You must be wondering then how could I take a road trip without a car. Nope! I didn't borrow a car from a friend; I don't believe in spoiling friendships because of materialistic matters (I learned this as well on a road trip!). Whenever I have to go somewhere, I book the Self-driven Cars on Rent in Delhi well in advance to save money. After the advent of several car rental companies, it has become easier to rent Cars in Delhi, and I don’t need to depend on anyone for my leisure. How traveling with friends has changed my entire personality, I would like to tell you.

Embracing the off-beat places and paths

When someone decides to go for a road trip, they might choose the most traveled places that are often crammed with people from the nearby states and cities, especially during extended weekends. After taking a couple of trips to Shimla and Mussoorie, I realized that these places are not worth going at all when the entire North India is planning for vacations. It is better to visit the off-beat places in Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand for a quick weekend getaway. I learned to embrace the roads less traveled and the places less visited to find the well-kept secrets and clandestine beauty of these locations.

Stop at unknown places

On your way to the destination, you will have to stop at small towns to find food or anything else, which gives you a chance to interact with people and find several things that you would never explore otherwise when you fly by airplane.

Feel the beat in your heart again

An airport is full of tired and boring people; you can notice that yourself if you do not believe me. On the contrary, you will find more embracing people who are full of energy on the roads. You will feel yourself more energetic when you are traveling by roads.

2 weeks ago

A wine tour in Bangalore in a Self-Drive Car on Sunday

A wine tour in Bangalore in a Self-Drive Car on Sunday

Places in and around Bangalore are there in abundance to have a happening weekend getaway. Even if you do not have much time, you need to take out just one day to have a few splendid moments with your friends. For me, the day was Saturday when my friends were sitting idle at home sipping coffee late in the morning. The time was 11 o’clock in the morning when I called Ruchika, my childhood buddy, and she almost begged me to go somewhere and take her out of the depressing weekend. We called up a couple of other mates and decided to leave early in the morning the next day for a day out in Bangalore to create a memorable Sunday. It’s difficult to explain the overwhelming feeling of being with your childhood friends again when you all are working adults and just remain sunken in your daily routines.

Once the plan was finalized, the first question that Ruchika asked me was, ‘How are we going?', And it left me thinking hard what to do. I knew that none of us would be willing to take out their car and the cabs are already beyond affordability to travel around the city for the entire day. We decided to test the concept of Self-Drive Cars in Bangalore. I asked her to Google up a few websites and book a Self-Drive Car for our trip by the time I had my chores sorted.

No matter what the cost of traveling was going to turn out that day, we were determined not to drop the plan this time. As a matter of fact, we realized that the Self-Drive Car cost us much less than Ola or Uber, had we traveled by the latter for the entire day.

The wine tour at the Blackbuck Wine Resort

It was that we reached the blackbuck wine resort, we realized the magnificence of the place that is spread in more than 510 acres. Although they take bookings for the wine tour in advance, we somehow got our seats reserved through a friend. They led the group of wine enthusiasts to display the process of bottling white as well as red wine under the guidance of David Ciry, who is a well-known oenologist of France.

After the wine tour, we headed to the grape stomping event. We jumped over the grapes with the bare feet while playing mischiefs with our friends. We could not have asked anything more after we had the mouth-watering food that was served after grape stomping. We had become the hunger driven monsters after a long day, and the food was exactly what we needed at that time.

Then came the time to rest at the resort for the night and admire the beauty of the place. Undoubtedly, I had a great time with my friends and the car rental added to the convenience of our vacation. Throughout the time I spent at the winery, I wondered about the time spent with these mini-beasts I call friends and pledged in my heart to meet them more often, no matter what.