Pride is something every Delhi-ite carries, whether they are born and/or brought up in Delhi or not. You do not have to spend years in the national capital to get that feeling of self-worth; just a couple of months are enough to make you realize the value of this city and never leave, unless circumstances make you do so. Even though pride is one among the seven deadly evils; it is an only sin that states huge differences between its negative and positive connotations.
Delhi as a city and its residents are known to have a big heart, and that shows in almost every aspect of life. The Dillwalo ki Dilli is an oft-quoted phrase, which may not be entirely true in the current times, but it still holds truth. Every city in India, or in the world for that matter, has its residents who feel proud of taking birth there. However, one may often ask as to what is there to be so delighted about being a part of Delhi? What in other cities is not there to give you that feeling of superiority that Delhi gives? Yes, there are a lot of reasons.
The big heart
Delhi has always been the pioneer of things and activities unlike other cities of the country. As people from other parts of the country, except a few places of course, are generally shy in nature, they do not really feel motivated to initiate things. However, people in Delhi are known to have that courage to take risks and give a shot to every new thing. Fashion in every form begins from Delhi or Mumbai. Automobiles, technology, medicine, or politics- you just need to name it, and you can see only this one city pioneering in every field.
Almost every new concept takes birth in the national capital and then travels to other places. The Self-Drive Cars, for example, though emerged in Bangalore for the first time, are picking up more growth in Delhi. Car Rental in Delhi without Driver has seen so much popularity during the weekends that they are breaking their own records every month. Self-Driven Cars Delhi did not have any demand in the first place. And when the concept of Self-Drive Cars came to the city, the residents welcomed it with a warm heart. They love the idea of not investing in a depreciable vehicle and just renting a cab or a Self-Drive Car whenever they need it.
The passion for growth
The Delhi-ites show tremendous urge to grow and defeat the others that are not seen anywhere else in its healthiest form. Yes, there is cut-throat competition in the city to succeed, which is increasingly becoming difficult day by day, but you will find most of the population good at heart. You just need to be smart in the city to survive, being mean is not a necessity as it is in the world's more progressive metropolitans.
The welcoming spirit
Many people claim that the Delhi-ites are racist towards people from other states as they have a superiority complex in them. While it is partially true that the inhabitants of Delhi do feel proud of being a part of this place, it does not mean that they do not accept people from other states. They receive everyone migrating from any corner of the world and let them call Delhi their home. Joking about anyone, including themselves is in the blood of Delhi-ites, but that does not count as racism. It is like kidding about your family members while involving them in the humor.
The provision of facilities
Whether you earn a meager salary or a hefty monthly income, you will not starve in Delhi if you have the will to survive. You just need to be zealous about earning enough for yourself and your family, and Delhi will never let you sleep on an empty stomach. Many educated and half-educated people in the national capital have made transformed their lives just by having faith in an idea and executing it.
The glorious history
It is not without reason that Delhi has the feeling of honor attached to it. The ancient rulers and citizens have created an admirable history in Delhi for others to read and learn. Not only the monuments but the intellectual and political history of the national capital gives a subject of learning to many.
The joy of being in Delhi
Again, it is not without reason that people feel happy at a single chance of being in Delhi, not to mention residing there forever. Mumbai and Delhi used to be the two central powers of India after liberalization. Getting a job transfer in any of these cities meant perks for the family as well as self. Having a house in the urban city, having a great education for children, and world-class facilities all around you would certainly give pleasure to anyone on earth.
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.
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.