Home Sweet Home..
Glad to be back home after a 3 week long trip. Even though, third and final week was actually vacation wth the family, I was getting tired of hotels and outside food. No doubt Chennai is hot & sweaty but nothing can beat my own bed & home food.
All of yesterday was a travel day for us. What could have taken just 4 hours by flight took us over 15 hours due to remoteness of the area and poor connectivity. The only way to get to anywhere from Gangtok is to travel to the plains and reach the nearest airport which is Bagdodara (There are trains from Siliguri but that will take longer). And getting to Bagdodara from Gangtok is no easy task. Even though it is only around 120 kms, it tooks us over 4 hours to trek through the poorly maintained narrow mountain roads. Our driver was feeling happy that it took only 4 instead of the usual 6+ hours.. No wonder, North East of India is still not on the travel map though it has lots to offer.
Once we reached Bagdodara, we flew to Chennai via Kolkata with a long lay over. I used that time to see a very interesting movie on Global Warming called The Inconvenient Truth starring Al Gore. More on that, tomorrow..
Anyways, after a small mix up with our baggage in Kolkata, we reached our home past midnight Saturday and we were all toast. I was so knocked out that didn't even have energy to go for my usual Sunday runs. I had already missed 3 weeks and wanted to make this one badly but missed this Sunday as well as I just couldn't muster the energy to get out.