In the last week of March 2013 we were vacillating between Jim Corbett National Park and Neemrana as our potential getaways to spend the upcoming long weekend when my friend suggesting taking a road trip to Dehradun to meet her teacher to be, His Eminence Gongkar Dorje Dhenpa Rinpoche. Within the next half hour the team was on-board and the plan was in place. We were set to embark on a weekend of a different kind. Perhaps when the destiny intends, all the pieces come together to fit perfectly. As luck would have it, Rinpoche was in Delhi that week and he generously agreed to be our guide for the road trip…and beyond!
Come 29th March, we joined Rinpoche for a leisurely breakfast at Majnu ka Tila, where he was stationed temporarily.
One particular observation that I made in this trip is that there was never a rush for anything. There were no plans and no worries. Even in situations which I would otherwise categorize as chaos, everything seemed in order. Perhaps it is about finding out the leisure and order within and then nothing else perturbs.
Around 11:00 a.m., we were gunning the gas pedals of my friend’s car following our guide from Delhi to Vikas Nagar (Dehradun) buzzing across the cities of Sonipat, Panipat, Karnal, Kurukshetra and Yamuna Nagar.
We reached Vikas Nagar before night fall. The road turned into a winding drive across woods to open into a tranquil Tibetan settlement.
Here, air smells of forests and silence is broken only by the sounds of prayers in the Gompa.
We spent chatty evenings and pristine mornings at the monastery for the next 2 days. We managed to squeeze in a quick trip to Clement Town in Dehradun before heading back to Delhi.
It was an unexpected weekend involving newer places, milder people, serenity, no predefined agendas, and reformed beliefs.
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