Our one hour zig-zag journey from Dalhousie in the green Chamba range seemed rewarding once we reached Khajjiar. Its nickname truly justifies the natural beauty present there. Khajjiar sits on a small plateau with a small stream-fed lake in the middle that has been covered over with weeds. The hill station is surrounded by meadows and forests.
To make things better, an array of snack shops and small restaurants cater to the needs of the tourists. We eagerly grabbed a table with the most scenic view or should I say, every sitting had a beautiful view. After gulping down the north-Indian thali and feeding the little one, we went forward with our venture.
Our little one was happy to play with rabbits available there by vendors who charged a nominal amount if you wished to get clicked with the furry animal. We also bought football for him and he could not help but kept running on the lush green field. We spotted cattle comprising of sheep, horses, cows and bulls. Our little one was delighted to see his farm book coming to life.
Though the center of the field was muddy and difficult to get through, we kept ourselves on the periphery of the field and enjoyed a lot. My husband took the little one for a little horse-riding experience in the thin lanes of the mountains. Soon, it was time to return.
Overall, I found Khajjiar to be a very child-friendly destination. Only negative was reaching there as it was quite an adventure. On peak days, you can be stuck in traffic-jams on the thin curvy hilly road for more than two-three hours. Luckily, we did get back in time to Dalhousie.
Nainital is one of the most famous hill stations in India and it lies in Uttarakhand over the Kumaon foothills of Himalayan range. Its a beautiful valley containing a huge natural lake which is surrounded by mountains on sides. Easily accesible from the capital, we reached Kathgodam by train and took a taxi to reach our hotel in Nainital. The train journey is very comfortable and takes around 5 to 6 hours. The drive from Kathgodam to Nainital takes around an hour and half.
On our short visit to one of the most famous hill stations in India: Nainital, we were astonished and mesmerized by its natural beauty. July happens to be a low season in Nainital due to monsoon but we were glad to visit it during what i can safely say to be the second most beautiful time of the year in Nainital (first being the scintillating snow clad mountains during December and January). Going in a low season has its own set of advantages (hotels are cheaper and its less crowded) and disadvantages (many activities like river-rafting are closed).
We were greeted by milky cloud all around. Even during our arrival in our taxi, we travelled through misty clouds and it was literally like we were walking in the clouds. The hazy weather made for an outstanding picture with the serene Naini lake in between the Kumaon hills all covered with heavy clouds. but at the same time, the colouful gondolas popping up in the lake made for one of the most picturesque scenery which one could capture in their eyes and imprint it in the memory for a very long time.
With numerous retaurants and cafes, and with a bundle of activities, Nainital was not a disappointment at all. The mall road which spreads alongside the lake is restricted for only pedestrians after six in the evening, making it an awesome place for evening strolls. Its surrounding mountains, with dense forests has numerous hiking trails.It was a great trip , the details of which I will be posting in my next post.