Tuesday, October 2, 2012

~~~ The Long And Winding Road~~~

Let me begin this post by stating that I am a native of Uttranchal. I know it is known as Uttrakhand now but somehow the name Uttranchal carries more sweetness, warmth and romance..
It is a Himalayan state and really beautiful with all the raw beauty around. It is quite known for its Hindu temples/ pilgrimages and also for Shaivism.

So yes it would be safe to say that mountains give me a thrill.. Even though I always talk about going to the beaches for vacations. I think that's mainly because I am a prisoner of birth- My star sign is Aquarius. I am not a stern believer of astrology but sometimes it helps to have the right perspective in place.

Last Friday over dinner a road trip to Kasauli was planned from Delhi. After the initial apprehension I was all for it. So packed my stuff and the next morning we were on our way to Kasauli. I wanted this trip for my own good. I just needed to get away from the madness. The madness of reality. The Madness of everything.

There was no time for any research. It was a very on-the-go plan. I have been to Himanchal Pradesh before and been to a lot of places. In my mind I was sure that it couldn't have been any different.
The first stop over was at Murthal. The legendary dhabas of Murthal on the GT Road are quite famous for their paranthas. The paranthas come loaded with white butter. In my opinion people in the hospitality sector can really learn a thing or two from the Dhaba staff. They were prompt, quick and smiling. It did make a lot of difference. It is good to see smiling faces early in the morning.

The Himalayan Expressway was beautiful and grand. It made the journey worthwhile. The whole setting/ feeling reminded me of my Bayreuth Trip..The mountains somewhere in the distance, The multiple tracks of conversations and music.. !!
We managed to reach Kasauli in 6 hours with multiple pit stops in between. There was this place half an hour before Kasauli where we stopped for Coffee and I must say I was super impressed.
The whole setting plus a great cup of coffee was enough to get me excited.
Kasauli was beautiful as ever. The weather was really misty but it cleared out by Sunday afternoon.

The main attraction was the Kasauli Club ( Established in 1880) . The old world Victorian charm was in full flow. We could manage to pull some strings for an entry and luckily we were well equipped for the setting ( Only Formals were allowed).
My DNA was capable of trekking 10k in the mist. Oh did I tell you it was misty..? The slight nip in the air made the whole setting perfect. It made the whole atmosphere surreal.

I liked the old bungalows there. I was quite taken with the idea of owning a bungalow there and using it as a summer home but then I couldn't entertain these thoughts for long. The reality catches up pretty fast!

Two days in Kasauli were nice and comfortable. Living without the internet has its own charm. There was no rush of checking my emails, No internet chatting or messaging.. Why should there be any rush in the first place? People who wanted to catch up with me called me up anyway!
It was a good trip.. It diverted my mind from the daily rut. I was able to soothe my nerves and relax my muscles. I think I will be off soon for another trip up in the hills..( Fingers Crossed).

Check out the photos.. I have a few on Instagram also..
The Itinerary
The Himalayan Expressway.. Reminded me of my Bayreuth Trip
                                                           
The Great Kasauli Club
The Beautiful Interiors


The cutest waste bins I have ever seen 

The Beautiful state owned Coffee Shop


The whole setting was enough to inspire me.. The whole life was on the table. For the record it is Cold Coffee and not chai :).

The Beautiful Misty weather.. at 2:00 PM

The Best library I have ever seen...



The joy of being in a new place..

The Old Anglican Church

I once again realized how good it is to end up in a new place with the agenda of exploring things.
This trip happened just when I needed a new perspective in life..

I think it has been a long post.. Let's say bye for now. We will meet again soon with better stories..!
And.. Before I leave here is something I read a long while ago.. He is not my favorite author but I kind of liked what he said..:


"When you travel, you experience, in a very practical way, the act of rebirth. You confront completely new situations, the day passes more slowly, and on most journeys you don’t even understand the language the people speak. So you are like a child just out of the womb. You begin to attach much more importance to the things around you because your survival depends upon them. You begin to be more accessible to others because they may be able to help you in different situations.

At the same time, since all things are new, you see only the beauty in them, and you feel happy to be alive"

Ciao..
This song is a personal favorite for many reasons I am in no mood to discuss.
I guess I have tested your patience enough.. Lets say Bye finally!

1 comment:

  1. I was away for quiet some time.. trying to catch up.. & I must tell you this that you have reduced a lot & giving me complex..!! :(

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