After months and weeks and days of what some would call “thrilled anticipation” and others would vote upon, “anticipated thrill”, the ISBF students finally plunged into the hills with boots, beanies and added buzz. Away from the bustling crowd of the city, their destination for this year was 3 nights, 4 days in Bhimtal. Named after Bhima, the charismatic mythological character, it is revered for its aesthetic beauty. So in the wee hours of October before daybreak, they lounged in two busses with high spirits and trek gear, ready to rock and roll!
The long, exhausting, yet glorious musical travel of 7 hours landed them in natures aisle at Country Inn, Bhimtal. Headcount over, luggage in hand, fresh mountain flower juice gulped in 2 seconds and everybody scurried to check their rooms out. The first day primarily had in store live music beside the bonfire, sipping evening tea under the mercy of dainty stars and gusty winds.
On the next refreshing first blush, rucksacks were packed for adventure activities. This day was a test of stamina, giggles, pushed limits and a lot of getting wet. Three groups were divided between rock climbing, kayaking and river crossing. To ascend light or fast? To move their arms proportionally across the river’s current or balance body weight? To descent off a vertical drop and greedily ask to be dipped in the water or not? Smiles grew and laughter boomed and bounced off the leaves as the day progressed. A quick stop at the roadside Maggie point was a guilty pleasure of many before heading back to the Hotel. After a big fat exquisite buffet and chugging Coca-Cola, the Disco awaited their rhythm. While a lot of students danced on the spot, barely twitching eyebrows, the minority outshone. They let loose and sang Bollywood music, romped the night away.
The last day of the trip started with the earliest ray of light. Despite dancing all night, a whole lot of students managed to wake up and trek for 2 kilometres to Nal Damayanti Tal where they soaked in the winter sun before heading back with rumbling tummies to the Hotel for breakfast. Later in the day, they travelled to Sattal, an interconnected group of seven freshwater lakes. Needless to say, their souls spelt independence in the splendours of Oak and Pine trees.
The unimaginable amount of fun came to an end soon after breakfast on the fourth day, or so everybody thought? But it’s the Indian School of Business and Finance. Nothing hinders joy. On the journey back the students stopped midway at Kentucky Fried Chicken and Domino’s to grab a quick bite while on the go. Hours were filled with gossip sessions and hilarious rounds of Sahil Sir’s games.
This was the perfect destination for a quick holiday for nature lovers as well as sports enthusiasts. The lake town of Bhimtal offered peace and added charm to the memories. Not only did it offer strengthened friendships and freedom but also a chance to explore this little world.