Finding Cheap Hotels Booking in India
“The man who goes out alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.”
-Henry David Thoreau
The stifling journey of life heads towards the unknown, on the way giving us the opportunity to hold a few hands. Some seem like the epitaph of eternity while some a distant memory blurred to such an extent that we cannot help but think that nothing is destined to last forever. To avoid the pain of the latter, I have unconsciously chosen to travel alone. This philosophical rant is not to be mistaken as my approach towards life specifically. I am a traveler by nature and I love to travel alone being an ardent follower of Henry David Thoreau.
I vividly remember my visit to Vivekananda Rock memorial. It was a spur of the moment when I decided to break free from the mundane student life. And there is no better place to break the shackles than the abode of the Spiritual Guru who put India on the world map. I started to scour the internet haphazardly to find a cheap hotel for myself at the earliest. It was all getting hectic until I came across Vedanta Wake Up. The whole process of finding a cheap Hotel reservation since then became easier. Concise detailing about the places of interest, detailed cataloging of rates, pictures of the rooms made booking a breeze. Not knowing what to expect I was a little sceptic, but went ahead with the booking since technically the website was the least cluttered among the lot. I packed my bags, bade goodbye to my family, did not inform my friends for the sake of a surprise and left for Kanyakumari.
The journey began early morning. The train chugged out of the station, leaving behind waving hands and broken hearts. Yet I seemed happy. I removed my earphones to soak myself in the clamorous music of the world outside which seemed more interesting to me than the rancour of heavy metal and rock. I was lost in thoughts. A family of five occupied the rest of the berths in the section. The only old man in the family sat beside me. I earnestly wished that the other member, a young girl in her early twenties would sit beside me. So much for my ill fate! For a good part of the journey I was asleep only to be woken up by the ticket checker once, and innumerable times by the beggars. I would wake up to give them a rupee until I ran out of them. At the end of forty seven hours, I was finally there.
My idea of cheap hotel booking in India took a turn for good that day. I somehow managed to lose myself in the busy streets, thanks to my brazenly poor network quality which meant a defunct GPS. After a sudden stroke of luck a call went through and a pick up and drop facility was arranged for me by Vedanta Wake Up. All was at peace when I finally saw my room. It was great to say the least and the hospitality of the staff was warmer. I dropped dead on my bed, tired to the core. In the evening I hung around at the lounge and café, making a few friends and forming my own bandwagon. We sang together, shared jokes and decided to head together to the Rock memorial, the next day. We left early as the weather was to turn warmer as the day progressed. The sheer beauty of the structure mesmerized me. A sizeable portion of land seemingly floating in the ocean vast on which stood the entire structure will give you an insight into the architectural genius of its makers. The Dhyana Mandapam, a part of the Vivekananda Mandapam, caught my fancy. The sheer tranquil combined with the titillating sea breeze is bound to calm the most disturbed mind in the whole universe. We also visited the other Mandapams in succession. Lastly I did not forget to capture these moments in film as we were to part the next day. We exchanged numbers and promised to meet soon. The good time came to an end and we separated, only to meet again at the next outing.
As I write this page, I am sitting with the same bunch of great people. This time our destination is Kovalam. It is quite strange how a few hours of interaction turned into a promise to meet again, an unwritten and unspoken obligation. Vedanta Wake Up and Kanyakumari offered me something more than a cheap hotel, amenities and a great tourist destination. It has rekindled a hope in my pessimistic heart that there are certain things in life which indeed last forever!