When the routine pattern of life consumes my mind, a series of ominous thoughts about the hopeless emptiness of our lives starts hovering around me like a bee who wants to devour the last bit of honey existing in the last blooming flower. I try to ponder about the solution and the only way that I can save myself is through TRAVEL.
I just presumed that the basic instinct of human mind is to explore, explore and explore. Wander the world around you, meet new people, feel new experiences and sense the exquisite variety of life.
Despite the busy schedules we managed to plan our journey and decided to have a short trip of two days through the lower Himalayas and the place we have chosen for our stay - Banethi, a small village near Nahan encompassing the vast tract of virgin forests. We booked a beautiful FRH of Banethi for our night stay.
The route of our trip was
1. Chandigarh to Naraingarh (52 Kms)
2. Naraingarh to Nahan(28 Kms)
3. Nahan to Banethi (FRH) (18 Kms)
Our journey began on the early morning and we trundled through the narrow road of NH 72 which connects Chandigarh to Dehradun. From Chandigarh to Nahan, the scenary comprises of fertile agriculture lands sown with sugarcane and wheat crops on both sides of the road. We came across some shabby towns having ceaseless traffic coming from all directions. These unplanned towns are encroached at every corner by the people and any change to revamp these towns at this stage seems impossible to occur. The chaos of traffic and the smoke emanating from the tailpipes of blaring cars forced us to rush off. We reached Nahan and ate lunch at the local dhaba. After crossing Nahan the traffic reduced to a great extent and we took a sigh of relief and enjoyed the mesmerising beauty of lower Himalayas which are full of verdant forests. Greenery Greenery all around.
We put our bags in the Banethi FRH which is elegantly and aesthically designed by the English as a dak bungalow in midst of lushy green jungles in the year 1905.