We started at around 10.00 am from Ranikhet and reached Vijaypur at 4.00 pm.
First Stop- In between we stopped to have tea and Maggie at Kausani- a hub of tea plantation. Their tea had a unique taste- it had a little tinch of coffee, it tasted little like coffee and had a little fragrance of coffee.It was amazing.
Tea stall Uncle who prepared such delicious tea and Maggie
and his cute little pets
The clever one who took his biscuit which was offered by us and went behind the bushes
On the way I was clicking pictures of the tea plantation and nurseries from the moving car. At one sight I saw few people working at a nursery with flowers around them and when I raised my camera to click the snap one guy amongst them started setting his hair as if getting ready for a pose. It was hilarious. I laughed and he smiled at me.
We stopped at beautiful Baijnath temple, situated at the banks of Gomti river, some 8-9 kms before our final destination. The only temple where I could see the sculpture of standing Pavati.
temple situated at the bank of Gomti river
The Chestnut Grove
We finally reached our destination - the beautiful Chestnut Grove at 4.00 pm. We received the warm welcome from Vivek and Sameer and Vivek's father. We entered our room and I was surprised to see the room made up of cane, cane being my favourite. I always wish to have cane furniture in my home. It has that artistic and rustic look. The cottage was surrounded by forest.
"Here luxury is our time"- said Vivek to which Sameer nodded. Indeed, they gave their full attention and time to us and their travel stories mesmerized me. Hearing them I felt that this life is not enough to travel and see everything and there is still so much left.
Vivek's dad, about 70 years old, retired Army Officer, was so active that a young person could get complex seeing him. He was taking care of all our meals and he used to run on mountains as if walking on plains. He was one inspiring personality.
Bonfire and antakshari at night was additional fun.
In front of our room