For years now, the memories of my travel were all around South of Indian subcontinent. This is one reason why my bucket list is over pouring with regions in the North of India. Glad that I was able strike off the one from them last December. The Delhi-Nainital trip was planned 3 months in advance for cheaper flight and confirmed train tickets.
Most of my travel were in train but this trip had a flight journey owing to the distance from Bangalore with fewer days on hand. We took the flight from Bangalore to Delhi followed by train from Hazrat Nizamuddin (Delhi) to Kathgodam (nearest station to Nainital). There are numerous options from Delhi. One can choose a road trip via taxi, state run bus service or private tours. Yet, train is something I would strongly recommend. The early morning travel in winter covered most places with mist that sent shiver through my spine. A visual that is not common down south but in movies. As the train approached Kathgodam, hills started showing up. A small station, with most of them in the train heading to Nainital/Bhimtal/Sattal.
Our accommodation was reserved in Mountain Club Resort. This was my personal choice after careful consideration; In particular the wooden structure were pleasing to me. A cab picked me up for the 1 hour journey, that was a little scary. As the cab climbed the mountains that had narrow roads and multiple hairpin bends, the view of the valley below was clearer for there was no fence. A single step here and there would have sent me down, so my eyes were wide open despite lack of sleep….phew cant’t just over the thought. The cabbie stopped by a small hotel for breakfast. Parathas, pakoras and maggi are most commonly available. Our obvious choice was pakoras with tea that was simply tasty and a cheap option since our package at the hotel did not include breakfast. Well, I chose not to go with breakfast for two obvious reason, to be able explore local delicacies.
Mountain Club was very close to the Bhimtal lake, hidden up above, yet clear markings that easily guided the hotel location was a plus when compared to other properties. The roads were not groomed, but real narrow amidst guest houses and local residences filled with fruit & flower bearing trees. We were told that the forest would go Green during rainy season and look more colorful with wide variety of flowers & fruits. Interesting tales about wild cats crossing the path at night and spots where movies shot fascinated my little one, who then bombarded with questions to the friendly driver.
It took about 7 minutes uphill from Bhimtal lake to the resort. We were greeted by the hotel staff, who happily welcomed us with a fruit juice before beginning the check in formalities. Anuradha, our host for the rest of the stay guided us to our room which was exactly, rather better than my expectation. Just fell in love with the place…..the tired me..then decided to take a nap…..that was so relaxing after a hot shower.
to be continued…..