Fresh Air in NainiTal
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October 30th, 2009 – by: Mezmerized
Beautiful drive through mountain scenery, nice fresh morning, a bit chilly maybe. Soon warmed up though on a trek up to Cheena peak for views over Nainital and the peaks of the Himalayas. I am sure it wasn't meant to be an overly strenuous trek but after so little sleep, no food, change in air etc. this was actually quite a challenge. Half of the group dropped out, the rest of us wearily made it to the top and was so worth it for the views.
Drove into the hillstation town of Nainital for lunch and sighteseeing. What a glorious place, so peaceful and idyllic, felt like a Swiss mountain retreat. Hardly got hassled in the streets, just a few locals asking 'are you not cold?'. We were in t shirts, it was 22 degress or something but all the locals were in jumpers, hats, scarves! When we said we were from England they seemed to understand perfectly! We walked round the lake, watched some langur monkeys playing, then watched some cricket being played outside the Government House, a large impressive white gothic building.
Back in the car, Punto asked us if we would like some music on. This was really the start of something as we had a vibrant Punjabi Bhangra soundtrack for our exhilerating but picturesque drive along the cliff edges of the Himalayas to our next destination, the tiny village of Betalghat, seriously seriously in the middle of nowhere.
The village of Betalghat is somewhere in between Nainital and Corbett park, on a steep mountainside above the banks of the river Kosi. Finally get some rest hopefully, this place was just gorgeous. We stayed in a lodge run by a few little funny men in safari suits, which i thought initially were army uniform! They just couldn't do enough for us, made us feel so welcome and looked after. Got a log fire going in the evenings, cooked us fantastic meals, made us hot water bottles even put them in our beds to warm up, got us a beer or a chai whenever we wanted.
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