Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A weekend getaway to Kasauli

Am yet to upload pictures of the tranquil serene destination that we went to on a 3 day trip. We stayed at Gharkal from where Kasauli is another 3 kms. We also drove to Chail, another beautiful city in the same state that's Himachal Pradesh. There was nothing much to do and so all we did was relax, took walks in the small markets with the old city charm and the lovely trails which offered bountiful treats to the senses.

The view from the hotel room was very very soothing - vast expanses of mountains with trees all over, old rustic houses with their residents tending to their everyday chores beginning early morning. I set the alarm for 6' o clock in the morning because I absolutely love the early morning sights and sounds at such places but woke up even before the alarm rang. I went to the terrace first alone and then with Vansh who also woke up soon after and marveled at the scenery as he followed the rumbling buses going up and down the hilly roads and declared that we too ask his school bus to pick him up from this hotel where he was loving it (yeah thats his words not mine) and also told me not to worry as he would be late coming back from school because "Hotel door hai na!" (the hotel is far, no!)

I loved being able to wake up the next morning and read a book in bed, not having to worry about breakfast and packing lunches and sending Vansh off to school and then the kids snuggling close to me and laughing out loud on being tickled and poked and then waking up Ashwini by doing the same. The happy family picture portrayed in advertisement jingles was now my own and I thanked God through and through for that.

Vansh learnt the difference between the yellow number plate of a taxi and the white one of a private vehicle and spent the next two days pointing out one from the other.

He acted like such a darling big brother asking Jiya to take a nap as there was still some time to go before we reached, holding her hand to ensure her safety if the path became steep. In another instance, he called our room phone from his grandparents' room (it was a superhit pastime activity for him - calling up across rooms on the hotel intercom), realised that Jiya was asleep on the bed in our room and immediately cut the phone so as not to disturb her and came back to tell me the same.

The kids loved taking walks on the trails. While Jiya refuses to get down from my lap even if there are very few people around anyplace we go but she literally walked with a jig on the quiet and beautiful trails, the kids threw stones in the deep valleys beneath, picked up sticks and just beat around with them as I took pleasure in watching one of the sights I enjoy the most - kids revelling in the most simple pleasures Mother nature endows on us. They themselves quitened down to listen when the breeze blew causing the leaves to rustle, asking what it was or when they heard a koel cooing its sweet 'coo' and then imitated the same sound themselves.

I wanted to pen down these heart warming memories I returned with even though the pictures are missing. I'll most likely update the post with the pictures in a day or two.

11 comments:

Monika,Ansh said...

I could picturise all of this even without the pictures. Such a beautiful account of a lovely vacation. I am glad u had such a lovely family time:)

Sumana said...

I can see you had a wonderful vacation. Sometimes with nothing around, but the calm and serene surroundings makes you feel it is worth a getaway and relaxes you. That was a fab idea, school bus come over to pick up Vansh.;)

Making Memories said...

great to know u had a nice vacation....even better that kids enjoyed it a lot...even though cud picturise it all but will wait for the pictures..btw..still waiting for vansh's bday pics.

Swati said...

Waiting for pics ..looks like you guys had loads of fun

Artnavy said...

sounds wonderful

i loved kasauli when i visited

Preethi said...

lovely write up.. I can see you had a fun relaxing vacation!! Looking forward to the pictures!!

Suma said...

sounds like such a dream vacation...i love kasauli too. I'm so glad that you had the chance for such a lovely break.

dipali said...

How lovely, Neera. What wonderful memories to cherish:)

asaaan said...

I feel all relaxed after reading that. I agree with the no hurrying, no lunches,no homework rush of school. Summer holidays are going to start in 3 weeks and I am excited for the same reasons.

Subhashree said...

Lovely. I can see you guys had a great time. Now, get moving and post pics :)

AMIT said...

Yeah so all enjoyed the weekend.Nice pics too.

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