Monday, July 4, 2011

A weekend escapade

It seems that the general psychology nowadays has changed and most of us tend to get bored of the routine too easily and too quickly. It is to escape this mundane routine of life in a small town that I feel the need for frequent small vacations. Mussoorie, a beautiful hill station had served the purpose aptly for a weekend escapade, but lately it has almost become a suburb of Dehradun - with all the hustle bustle and an overflow of human species. Constant and ever increasing flow of tourists with the resultant urbanization has robbed the hill station of its erstwhile charm. Therefore, this time we went to Dhanaulti instead, which was around 28 km drive from the picture palace end of Mussoorie. Dhanaulti was like a dream. It felt as if we are high up in the clouds, or above them. Unlike other hill stations, there was no commercialization, except a few kiosks selling tea and light snacks. The air was crispy fresh, pollution and humidity-free. All of the hill station was just a ridge on the mighty Himalayas and in the name of development were two ‘eco parks’. The parks had numerous varieties of trees and a host of birds flocking to revel in the relatively virgin nature. There were, thankfully, very few hotels and restaurants. The chief attraction was untouched nature and the wonderful weather. ‘Eco parks’ had several attractions for kids in the form of rides and swings. Acres of green area on a hilly terrain with a cool mist engulfing you now and then, amidst the chirping of birds with scant humanity made the experience really unforgettable. On our way back we dropped in Musoorie for an hour or so. It was a rare stroke of good luck that we found Ruskin Bond sitting in his favorite book shop at mall road. His books have been a part of my growing up years and now they are a part of my daughter’s. Without wasting a moment she was inside the shop, requesting her favorite author for an autograph, and with which our dear ‘Bond’ promptly obliged.


Randy Emmitt said...

Thanks for sharing such a special place with us. I really enjoyed to road in the clouds photo!

lotusleaf said...

It seems to be a beautiful place. All our hill stations have become so commercialised now that we hardly get to enjoy nature. Lucky for your daughter !

Shivangni said...

I know exactly what you mean. No wonder people prefer going abroad than hillstations. Loved the pictures.

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Very pretty place and how lovely your daughter has grown.

Tira said...

Very lovely place and glad a good time was had by all.

Anonymous said...

Your daughter is growing so quickly. I love her photo with Mr. Bond. What fun it must have been to have her book autographed. The hill station looks so beautiful and thankfully, there are still places untrammelled by too much human intervention.

I hope all is well with you!

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I was there two years ago and i was impressed. Unfortunately i had no time to visit it very well because i was there for only two days, but i hope to visit it again very soon. I recommend this place, it is very nice.

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I can smell the fresh air from here, almost! How lovely to have some respite from the hurly burly of daily life!

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Sunita Mohan said...

All that and Ruskin Bond too! What a dream holiday, GT.
I must keep Dhanaulti in mind for the next time I yearn for a holiday in the hills (always!). Thanks for this post, GT :)

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Very beautiful shots.I can't differntiate these scenes from the hilly areas of Pakistan.Very similar.

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