Like all the other parents, they retired after a full 40 years of working career. My appa grew from a bank employee to the COO of a company in 40 sincere and hardworking years. His banking career has taken him from a small village called Rajapalayam to corners of Tanzania. Being a banker's family, we have always traveled around India because of the LTC benefit. Well, who doesn't love to travel?
But after all these years of working really hard, my parents when they retired, didn't know what they could reward themselves with. They have a house, they travel often to the US because my brother lives there.
So this time, they wanted something special. Something more than just a trip to a beautiful city. Guess what they did? They took staycation to another extent and left their home in Mumbai and went to a village in the corner of the country set on the foothills of a range in Himalayas and stayed there for a month. We, my brother and I, planned this whole trip for them and made sure the place they stayed had everything they needed and yet affordable. We wanted a place that's not inside a city, but it had to be close to a city. We wanted a place that has a great view, a place which has a kitchen (my mom loves to cook and my dad is diabetic and with that comes his dietary restrictions) and a place that involves not hard trekking.
We found this beaaautiful place in a village called Naddi, which is 15 mins from Mcloeadganj. This studio apartment has a tiny kitchen, a cute bedroom and a clean loo. It has a stunning balcony facing the mountain ranges. We contacted the host and my mom wrote to him. So before I go further, let me tell you a little about my mom. She is a writer and has published one and in the process of publishing another book. She has a little blog called Spice Of Life where she writes about her journeys and little stories she comes across. It's very simple and real and it sometimes embarrasses me and my brother but well.. :) The host cleared all of my parents doubts and welcomed them to his home in Naddi Village.