Nainital in Winter 2016-Part 1

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.

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On the way to Kathgodam

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.

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Bedroom @ the first floor

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The kitchen

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.

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Stairway

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.

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View from the room

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.

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An impression

 

to be continued…..

On a cold night with memories back and forth

I recollect the irritated me, during a short visit back home and felt like a new weather for two days. The weather is getting harsh out here in Bangalore, yet not as bad as it can get when I first landed at Heathrow on a chilly night mid February. My stint in Luton for more than year forced me to get used to the cold winds that kept hitting glass panes in my room, while I crawled near the heater.

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How I am going to manage, was my question before visiting up North? It was almost 10 degrees in Delhi and around. May be, get out more in the cold to be able to bear it a little by little or not wear too many warm clothes? Gulp more of warm liquids…….

But for now or more nights to come, I am simply going to crawl under my blanket with socks on with memories back and forth:)

Love, Vannie

 

 

 

Are you aries man or woman?

As an aries man or woman, one ought to feel proud of how each of us made. This is because we are able to relate most or nearly every qualities of the sign and little it does matter even if it is negative or obstructive attribute that can be worked upon. Very religiously, I give credit to most of traits the sun sign throws. Here are some of them listed, let me know how much you are in agreement with me?

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This is my personal favorite about being born in this sun sign

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I know a control mechanism is needed

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Do you agree?

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Don’t let you friend off….

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Never dare to try it, unless you really want something from them.

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I don’t give a damn.

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Can go to any extreme to show how much you care about?

 

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And you know it.

The is ongoing….What sign are you? Do you wanna share your special quality..go on. I will be glad to know.

 

Love, Vannie.

A colorshow @ Lalbagh flowershow

My second post in just about 24hrs..well this is because I have parked my pictures and have been procrastinating for a while, giving myself excuses. It’s today I put a list of to dos…and here I am….with the photos from the horticulture show held at Lalbagh gardens. Thanks to Aarti, who invited me to this event.

The sight was amazing, not because it was spread of flowers but the work out of them.

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Hope you enjoyed the sight!!

Love,

Vannie.

An affair with “Kannada” food

Hola folks!

Living in Bangalore will turn anyone out into a foodie, for the kind of cosmopolitan culture, the place grew up to be one ever since I have known. The surge in IT parks are the sole reasons behind this change. As a matter of fact, the inflow of non-locals to the city were higher. Especially from neighboring states. Nonetheless, a good chunk of people from North and East have shown their presence. This apparently pushed for more food joints in varied sizes to suit all classes. Amidst these, the local flavor seem to be lost. Few names that float are MTR & Vidhyarthi bhavan. Though Sukh Sagar, Krishna Sagar, Shiv Sagar, Uttam Sagar and many other sagar’s are native, they do not truly serve authentic dishes.

In my opinion, one can savor local cuisines at occasions, be it marriages or festivals. I am sharing pictures from one such opportunity, at a friends wedding and truly relished. Specially the “Raagi Muddhe”, which I am not a big fan of.

 

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Biryani in earthen pot, served real hot

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Neer Dosa with Peas curry

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Sprouts & Papad

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Soup, Pickle, A fried item are other dishes that accompany

 

 

An incidental summer drench

Amidst rising temperatures that sent heat waves, shower is a boon. Last couple of days the Bangalore clouds have been dark and the selfish me did pray for a little rain not more, for I was fine to race through 25 kilometers in the drizzle.

It seemed like the Sun God proved stronger and pushed the rain away for nearly a week. But the case was not same today. As I winded up and saw the clouds following me, I knew it was time to race through like others.  By the time I reached closer to Koramangala, it was not just the drizzle; So decided to stop by a famous kachori joint that served North Indian delicacies and treat myself while trying for the Sun to come up.  As I neared this joint, completely soaked and looking for a place to park my active, the sight of people running for shelter at the joint, was a bit chaotic. The joint is housed by the main road. So, I spotted a corner, that would give access to the main road, right in front of the eatery, where a geared vehicle was parked. I knew I had to park right next to it, slightly kissing the vehicle keeping in mind the limited space. As my activa squeezed in a hurry to be able to rush, I hit the vehicle down right in front of watchers “all men”.

I did not get any help! With no second thought, I quickly parked my bike, left my belonging in the shelter and rushed back to the spot to pick up the vehicle that was in a position not easy to lift. As these men watched, I lifted the vehicle with not much difficulty, with a man rushing to give me a hand in the last few seconds. All of these in the pouring rain. I saw the eyes were on me!!! I felt proud and sure that many in the crowd felt ashamed for not comming forward to help.

Thanks to my new found riding passion that I lifted the vehicle with ease. Today I felt happy for not being assisted……..

 

 

 

Bangalore’s misty mornings

Summer’s approaching, rather its almost there. But many among us are in the centrally conditioned weather that does not let us experience fast approaching summer. Yet, just about a corner one can feel a cool atmosphere. Nandi hills a bikers paradise has the clouds touching the grounds early hours. Come summer, the crowd all driven up hill for an early morning drive.

Well, I couldn’t stop bringing back my memory from up hills. For, the weather was pleasant since last two days. Driving to office, I welcomed the breeze that kissed my cheeks. How I wished this weather stayed a little longer before being engulfed by the Sun.