Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A trip to the hills...

Winding paths , fresh mountain air and fragrance of the Deodars infused with the greens

A weekend trip to jeolikot. Just seventeen km before Nainital,a honey mooning paradise.A popular explosion of joy and happiness when we think of hills.It was fun,a trip to refresh the mind,body and soul
We usually go to the hills,when we feel like...We are actually quite familiar with the biological clock ticking inside us and telling us that we need a break.Away from the routine,a few days,left to us...
We saw the valleys celebrate the rains in joy and we saw the lush green preening ,adorning it all.We sat in silence and stared.

The silence in the hills is warm ,comforting and palpable.
The silence keeps a million secrets,hides many stories and tales ,tucks them away in the many layers,trails and paths that make the hills.It is this silence that makes you breathe, lets you forget and compels you to smile.It makes you wonder, makes you step out of a cosy tent and huddle around a bonfire to hear whispers of unfinished, ever evolving stories.It makes you notice the trees with lush fruits.Local farmers selling guavas and fresh radishes.

The winding hills,small shops selling fruits,shops selling fruitwines,squash,jams,marmalades,fruit chutneys and the mist in the air.We stayed at the "The Cottage"(more in celebrations decor)
"The Cottage "was a place to rejuvenate,read and relax,drink truckloads of chai and do absolutely nothing.It was the silence that made us nibble on almost ripe pears and apples, in the golden hue of candle light, and think of nothing but the twinkling of many, many stars strewn across the utterly dark skies.

Cups of chai and more chaiA winding uphill pathGlistening in rains,celebrating in joyWe sat in silence and stared at the mountains
A Bougainvillea way to be truly admired,on the way to Naukuchiyatal,30 km from jeolikot
Fresh Green guavas on tinstands on the way
Sparkling violets and greens

Pretty pinks or violet
Direct from the farm,to be washed


  1. Wonderful captures... !!!

    FYI I went to Nainital for my honeymoon !!! a very very beautiful place.. and in offseason its great... with less crowds.. !!!

    wonderful wonderful captures... and now to get some tea... !!!!

  2. Oh WoWWW....simply beautifully captured shots from this lovely place and nice reading....!

  3. Oh Lakshmi, I really must go to Jeolikot. You have captured it so beautifully. I so agree with you that the silence of the mountains "makes you breathe, lets you forget and compels you to smile".

    I love the shot of the little store with the lush flowers cascading over.


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