17-Aug-2002 -- The confluence point 28N77E is about 90 Kms away from New Delhi. We as members of an NGO “S.P.A.C.E.” (Science Popularisation Association of Communicators & Educators) were planning to do that confluence since July but because of the unpredictable monsoon season this year we had to postpone our visit so many times. Finally three of us, myself, Amithabh Pandey & Sachin Bahmba decided to have a go on August 17, 2002
We started at around 12 pm from Nehru Planetarium, New Delhi for a place called Nuh, which happens to be the largest townlet around 10 Kms southwest of the confluence point. On the way we passed Gurgaon, the new upcoming suburb of Delhi. We took the route through NH-8, the national highway which goes towards the Pink City of Rajasthan, Jaipur. From Gurgaon which is around 36 Kms from Delhi, we took left to another section of Highway to Alwar. On route we passed through Sohna, which is famous for its sulfur springs. The highway to Nuh was surprisingly running parallel to the Longitude line. Most of the time till nuh we were 77 degrees and 4 minutes on longitude. People of Nuh are not aware of the fact that the town is very close to the 28N77E confluence.
We then passed through a small sleepy village called Malab, which is about 5 Kms before the confluence. We were on the highway whish was almost parallel to the longitude and when the GPS showed us the 28N we stopped there and looked for any sub-road which will take us to the confluence as the highway point where we stopped was at 77degrees & 4 minutes. After going past the 28N for 200 metres we found a road going towards right. That road to our surprise was going almost parallel to 28N. After about 500 metres on that road we came across a small track going into the fields towards the confluence. We had to travel around 600 metres and the confluence point was 160 metres away from us in the farm towards our right. We had to leave the car there and walk on feet to the confluence point. There we met a villager who was with his herd of cattle in the fields. We described as why we were there and what we were doing there at 2:30 pm in such a scorching heat.
The fields belong to a small village called Akaira, which was about 1 km to the north of confluence. Our first ever confluence turned out to be a easy one as we only had to walk for just 160 metres to be on that point. Now we have 29N77E in our list, which we will probably do in coming 2-3 weeks.