That family trip to Nainital

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It had been long since my parents and I had gone to a hill station together. So, most popular hill stations do not have dialysis units. My parents had been pushing me from a long time to accompany them to a hill station but I avoided it because I was always busy with something.

However, this time, I gave in and thought let me do it once and see how it turns out. So, before I knew it, I was with my parents in a cab from Delhi to Nainital. We had just had a sumptuous South Indian thali at the Saravana Bhavan at Connaught Place and made our way through the dusty roads of Delhi and then part of Noida and were speeding away towards Nainital eagerly awaiting the cool climes of the popular Uttaranchal hill station.
It took us a good seven and half hours to reach Nainital. On the way, we stopped at like a zillion toll plazas for toll payments.
heaven, on Earth

I think the best part of our trip was the time we spent early in the morning sipping tea (Darjeeling black for me, green for my mom and masala for my dad) in the balcony of our hotel room that had a great view of the lake with the Kumaon hills as the backdrop. The weather was just awesome. A slight chill, the breeze blowing gently making the leaves of the gigantic trees in front of us shiver gently and no noise absolutely was an experience we will cherish for a long time to come.

My take on hill station sight seeing is – youve seen one, youve seen them all! A sunrise point, a sunset point, a lovers point, this view and that hill. I have always believed that rather than aiming to see every single place that is listed on the guides, go to one or two unique places and then enjoy your time by doing simple things like a walk by the lake or just sitting and taking in the beauty. Never pack too much into such trips.

We spent about half a day visiting the other lakes in the nearby hills. Another half day was spent taking the cable car (rope way) to the top of a hill from the where you are supposed to be able to see something called “Snow Point”. The snow, I guess is visible only in the winter! It was fun, nevertheless.

My pick however was Chandni Chowk after the famous Delhi area. This place serves some very tasty chat apart from the usual Punjabi fare. The highlight of this place however is the jalebi and the Masala Milk they serve in earthen ware glasses (khullars). This place also has some really cool life-sized dolls that actually move and look like theyre making the food!

All in all, I really had a great time. Though the total trip was six days, two full days were spent travelling. The four mornings spent there sipping tea by the lake enjoying the weather really was what I will not forget for a long, long time.


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