A day with Mother Nature @Chakrata

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 love the way nature wakes up like a mother wakes up her child with love, warmth, care and patience.

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.

 

 

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The camp site
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Terraced slopes and a double-storied mud hut in the vicinity

“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.

While we were busy with our cup of tea accompanied by chitchats .. Lassy went out of the camp..Sniffed the flowers … Did her job and came back.
Lassy and chocos are completely different kind of travellers…. while Lassy enjoys the road and is more interested in the food , chocos on the other hand enjoys completely exhausting himself exploring the place and making new friends( which includes humans and dogs) … He is least interested about food.

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, me , Arnab and the ever energetic Chocos went out to explore the place.

Just beside the resort is the Ramtal park. A black arched gate marked it’s entrance , otherwise the place looks no different from the surrounding area. There is a small office but not a single living being was seen in the whole premises.

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The Office inside the Park
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Arched gate..Entry to the garden
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The rolling meadow..feel the nature

The slopes of the mountain in the garden had deodars, pines , silver oaks and apples , which I could identify with my limited knowledge . We kept on walking on the track. The track moved along the mountain slope. 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. They served rice, roti, dal, aloo ki saabzi and paneer. The cook deserves
appreciation…every meal out of his kitchen was perfect and tasty.

After taking a nap( remember we were on do nothing vacation) me and my daughter went out to witness the sunset. 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 two 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 chulha to cook dinner. Some kids were playing cricket in the nearby field down below and their cacophony filled up the evening air.

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The gorgeous sunset

 

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.
It was amazing…. We sat there for sometime after witnessing a beautiful sunset.

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……

Best Time To visit : Avoid the summer months, as it was quite hot during day
Package : Rs 3500per tent including two times meal with both veg and
non-veg item. Extra bed will be charged 1000 rs including two time meal.

Bornfire and music will be provided as a good will gesture

Weekend trip to Chakrata

Route map from Delhi to Chakrata
The jungle houses few leopards
Road thro’ Kaleswar National Park, Haryana
Photo- op
Ramtal resort, Chakrata, Uttarakhand, India

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.

Chakrata has a long history…No…I am not talking about the history of the place …I am talking about the history of our failed vacation plans at Chakrata. The plan took shape with apprehension whether Our mission Chakrata will be a success this time.

Finally the day came and our fantastic five were all set to enjoy our next vacation.

We set off at 6:30 in the morning. The challenge was to cross the border before 8 because of the ongoing odd even scheme . Bade bade saharon main aise choti choti challange atirahti hain 😉.

I think many people on vacation spree took up the same challenge 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.

Just after crossing the ITI flyover of Karnal, continue driving approx 4 kms. , You will have to leave the NH1 and take a right turn towards Indri/ Yamunanagar.

The road is a joy to drive on….with green fields on both the sides. It is a two lane SH.

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 didnot encounter any wild animals …only monkeys in large groups were ruling the road…

Other than slow traffic while crossing the towns the drive was enjoyable and the road condition was good.

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 are 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….

It was Navratri, so the otherwise quaint place of Ramtal was beaming with people. The small ongoing fair had created ripple in the otherwise quite life of the locals .

Ramtal resort….consists of just 5 swiss tents….very neat with attached bathrooms. Its usp is its location. All the tents faces the valley

For urbanites …like us… Such places are just out of our dreams…..

The tents are set up on a ground carpeted with white daisies …. Overlooking the valley…. Mountains surrounding it . 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….

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