Waking up early during a vacation gets difficult for me at times, so we ended up going for a run by 7:30-8:00 AM. Because of the huge trees, there was still a lot of shade making it less sunny and ideal for an early morning run. The uphill run was quite difficult but exhilarating as well at the same time.
The feel of running in the hills deep inside a forest was a heart stirring experience for me. The chirping of birds and croaking of frogs was my music to which I was listening to while running.
After a nice refreshing run, we had a delicious breakfast in the lush green garden enjoying the sunshine and the solitude. There were not many people here which was a bliss as we could completely enjoy the tranquility and calmness of nature on our own.
After enjoying a nice sumptuous breakfast, we decided to explore the town. There is a trail from within the forest itself which we took to go to the main town.
From the hotel, the trail first goes to Rani Jheel which was a sightseeing attraction before but this time it was under renovation. In any case, there is not much sightseeing to do in Ranikhet. I am very fond of the trails and the paths inside the forest which give me an immense amount of happiness and joy. So, I never look forward to any kind of sightseeing here.
It was just us walking around the hilly trails feeling the fresh air and the sun making its way through the huge tall trees.The shining spider weds under the sun light and the spot light cast by the shining sun in between the woods was a treat to my eyes.
There is a short cut from Rani Jheel which took us directly to the town by walking through the stairs. On one of our previous strips, we even walked through the road which is much longer. The first sight of the main market in the town broke my perfect dream as it was crowded with people and all kinds of vehicles.
Suddenly I felt my phone vibrating and realized that my phone was within the network coverage and I was getting a call. Though it was an important call which came at the right time but I still was a little disappointed to see network on my phone. We wanted to get out of the town as soon as possible.
So, we took a road ahead into the forest again to go to terraced orchids of Chaubatia gardens. There is a steep hike to climb up the hill which feels never ending. I have never seen any tourists here, only a few locals. There were some locals who passed by advising me about the route.
I had already done this hike twice on our previous trips, so I wanted to tell them that Ranikhet is like my second home now and I am well aware of the trails,paths and shortcuts here.