April 15th, 2016
If you are living in Delhi and you are an avid traveller you cannot spend a long weekend sitting back at home doing nothing . We rather choose a “ Do nothing “ vacation. So don’t expect my blog to provide you info about nearby Interesting places or what to shop …kind of stuff. Its ….Do nothing…just drive in to your stay….enjoy the local food….wake up to the chirping of birds…see the landscape when the first ray of the sun touches it….watch carefully how the butterfly sucks the nectar on a bright sunny day…see the birds busy finding its favorite food.
This Ram Navami we had a long weekend and on the dinner table when my hubby declared that it will be a holiday for him too …we took no time to decide Chakrata, a small quaint village in the lap of Himalayas as our destination.
Finally the day came and our “Fantastic Five” were all set to enjoy our next vacation.
Members of Fantastic Five:
1)My daughter, Anushka
2) My hubby, Arnab
3)My 11 years old dog Lassy, who has experience of 10 years of travelling
4) My 1 year old dog, Chocos,who did his first road trip when he was just 2 months old
5) And myself
We set off at 6:30 in the morning.
I think many people were on vacation spree , as a result there was quite a lot of traffic on the road. Crossing the Delhi border was uneventful and with the usual attention that our car gets. We are used to the gaze and attention that we get…. All thanks to Lassy and Chocos…. Lassy acts like a celebrity and doesnot even bother to look towards the people whereas Chocos gives a smile ( yes…dogs do that ) and waves his tail at them.
Crossing the border, we thought of satisfying our grumbling stomach… we took a breakfast stop. We had chicken burgers packed with us. Seeing the number of people buzzing infront of all the dhabas, we patted our back for the decision of carrying food along with us.
Now about the route we followed. On taking experts opinion we knew that this route is fastest.
Delhi – Karnal – Indri – Ladwa – Yamuna nagar – Paonta Sahib – Chakrata.
After about 1 hour from Yamunanagar the green cover by the road started to get denser. Sometimes ignorance leads to wonderful surprises😊 we did not know that the road moves thro’ the outskirts of Kaleswar national park of Haryana.
We didnot miss the photo op😆……got down from our car and took some photographs…
Needless to say, we did not encounter any wild animals …only monkeys in large groups were ruling the road…
At Sahiya , instead of taking the road towards Chakrata, take the road towards Yamunotri to reach Ramtal resort.
The road towards Ramtal is quite narrow. Driving on this road you will lose count of the number of curves….the surface of the road was excellent throught. While we were ascending the mountain it appeared we were the only inhabitant of the land…. No people were to be seen…. Few mud houses were scattered over the mountains far from each other….. our car moved through the dense forest of pines, deodars and rhododendrons. The valley was claded in red as the rhododendrons were in its full blossom.
We reached the resort at 3.30….
Ramtal resort….consists of just 5 swiss tents….very neat with attached bathrooms. All the tents faces the valley.
Ramtal Resort, Chakrata
As you step outside the resort premises there is a ground which is flat surrounded by rolling hill slopes…. it appears as if nature has created a stadium….
After taking a short walk in the evening, we had an early dinner and went to bed.
April 16th, 2016
Nature has its own melodious way of starting your day which gets lost in the mechanical alarms that we rise up to every morning in the city.
I opened my eyes to the chirping of birds at Ramtal resort. I left my bed without any hurry and sank myself on the chair placed in the porch of the camp. Chirping of birds filled the air, the fresh white daisies swayed when the breeze touched them. The rays of the sun touched the top of the mountains while the valley was still waiting patiently for the warmth.
“Such a beautiful morning should be enjoyed with a hot cup of tea”. As I thought of leaving the warmth of my chair, a staff member with a flask filled with tea appeared. He poured the tea into the cups for me and my hubby and moved hurriedly to the next camp. We two sat there enjoying every sip without any rush.
It was quite late when they served the breakfast due to full occupancy at the place and there was only two staff to serve them. But the poori sabji that they served after long wait for breakfast would make anyone drool and we concentrated more on the food, forgetting and forgiving for the delay.
After breakfast, we went out to explore the place.
Just beside the resort is the Ramtal park. A black arched gate marked it’s entrance . The slopes of the mountain in the garden had deodars, pines , silver oaks and apples . We kept on walking on the track. The slopes on the side of the track were covered with different types of ferns, algaes and small plants bearing tiny flowers. The serpentine road down below moving along the mountains presented a picturesque scene.
It was midday and temperature was soaring so we decided to return to our camp.
The camps were quite spacious with a double bed and a single bed. There was a wooden stand with electric boards and switches.
The lunch was ready. The cook deserves appreciation…every meal out of his kitchen was perfect and tasty.
Anupam, the owner had previously informed me that sunrise and sunset both can be viewed from the place. We missed the sunrise but didnot want to miss the sunset.
We , walked uphill and reached a lonely, newly built cottage which was uninhabited at that moment. We sat on the porch of the cottage and watched the color of the sky slowly changing as the sun started descending. The valley down below looked so beautiful. Smoke was coming out of the chimneys of some mud huts. The villagers have lit up the chulhas to cook dinner. Some kids were playing cricket in the nearby field down below and their cacophony filled up the evening air.
The sun preparing itself to take leave for the day. The presence of cotton-like clouds sailing In the sky during sunset filled the sky with a rich golden color.
Gradually , it started getting dark … So we slowly walked towards our camp.
The evening went by chatting, playing board games….. There was so much time for each other. Time …..the costliest asset in todays world…. we utilised each moment to the fullest.
Had a home made( like ) dinner…. Chicken was served in addition to dal, chawal and sabji.
Next morning , we left for home, only after savoring the yummulicious chole bhature.
We left chakrata full of energy to take on the chaotic, mechanical city life……