Because of the fear of landslides en route and the road possibly being blocked for a few hours, we decided to come the previous night to Kathgodam to take the day-train Sampark Kranti Express from Kathgodam to Delhi. En route, we spent a couple hours in Nainital. Going up, we were enveloped in the thickest cloud cover I have ever seen – we could barely see the vehicle in front of us. It was edge of the seat excitement, literally!
The clouds cleared up and the beauty of the Nainital lake became apparent. We walked down Mall Road, doing some random shopping. Abhishek was thrilled to find his Cricket Attax cards in one of the shops.
We spent the night at Relax Inn just opposite Kathgodam station. The train ride from there to Delhi was smooth. A bunch of IITians were returning back to Delhi for the start of their semester, and we were entertained with plenty of music, songs, along with memories of mine from a quarter century ago. A flight from T3 got us back to Mumbai – on schedule.