Roadtrip - Delhi, Gurgaon and Nainital in 5 days

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21st Mar 2016
Photo of Roadtrip - Delhi, Gurgaon and Nainital in 5 days 1/8 by Tanvi S
Enroute Nainital from Bhimtal
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Bhimtal
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Mudhuts
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Trek trail
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HK Social

So for a typical Mumbiatte like me, who has no connection with Delhi decided to take off to a trip, ofcourse with my best friend, required a rigmarole between 2 states - Delhi and Haryana! So this trip isn't any ordinary trip which was planned earlier with the mind of staying at luxurious hotels and enjoy the luxury of tour guides and tiring itinerary!So I and my friend wanted to take a full use of long holi-goodfriday weekend. We had canned our very well planned Rajasthan Roadtrip (too hot for March!) and still unsure where to go and with holidays on hand, we started checking tickets that just get us into Delhi. We checked flight tickets which had shoot up to exorbitant prices. Trains were running full with long waiting list and relying on tatkal alone was a gamble. We anyhow managed to find a one way flight ticket to Delhi at some average cost with some cash back!. Without any return ticket (which was like 8.5k flight ticket to Mumbai from Delhi!!!!) We just flew to Delhi. We met our other friends there in Delhi and after 2 days stay in between Delhi and Gurgaon and after too many heads over places like Rishikesh, Mussourie, Kasol, we decided to drive down to Nainital. We drove 850 kms to and fro including a night journey!

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Oh I loved this place! Came here after I saw this place in Ki and Ka trailer and I was like, okay I have to go here anyhow! and I made it! This is the place that gives you entire information on Indian Railways. Should you know the effort and you would stop littering in the Indian Railways! My respect for the IR just went above all levels of respect! Thank you IR!

So we went hopping to this place in late evening on the eve of Holi night and ofcourse India vs zimbabwe cricket match! The vibrant vibe of this place and a street full of happening places, you just get confused on where to go? We hopped on to many places in single night like Moonshine, Levels, Out of the Box, Raasta, Socials etc. and when we got a dance floor at Get High, the police came in and stopped the party by 12am!! Still, we loved hopping the places!

Photo of Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Tanvi S

So after hopping places at Hauz Khaas Village and disappointed with the thought of not partying anymore beyond 12, we started driving to Nainital through Moradabad-Rampur Highway! The drive was 275kms odd and long but it was worth it. Whilst going up the mountain to Nainital, we came across Bhimtal which is a huge lake. It was Holi morning so the vibes here were so colourful and we literally had to save ourselves from being the victim of colours. We spent an hour at this serene lake with morning Chai from local vendor.

Photo of Bhimtal, Uttarakhand, India by Tanvi S

We reached Nainital by 9am after stopping by at Bhimtal. We had booked the trekking camp called as MudHut Houses or High Mountain Trekking Camp from Makemytrip. And boy, it was sooo beautiful! Stay, activities and food were included in the cost. They had many activities like ziplining, rope climbing, sunset points, waterfall trek etc. in the cost. (https://www.google.co.in/search?q=high+mountain+camping+nainital&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj_0LyBm-XLAhWECo4KHWuFB-cQ_AUICCgC) They had 2 choices of stay - 1. tent and 2. mud huts and we opted for mud huts. Evening time, we had bon fire and guitar played by Junaid ji. Reaching this spot or camp is a 1hour trek itself from Nainital. We were happy that we opted for this since staying in a raw houses under the stars with chilled breeze was much better than staying in a luxurious hotel and enjoying view of other man made buildings!

Photo of High Mountain Trekking Camp, Nainital by Tanvi S
Photo of High Mountain Trekking Camp, Nainital by Tanvi S
Photo of High Mountain Trekking Camp, Nainital by Tanvi S
Photo of High Mountain Trekking Camp, Nainital by Tanvi S

After a night stay at trekking camp, we came down to Nainital city. Oh boy, since it was Friday already, the place was sooooo crowded. There were only people and more people seen and all roads jammed up due to sooo many vehicles. We somehow reached Naini Lake which is also too beautiful and serene and after looking at the queue, we gave up on the idea of boating in the lake, instead we started to drive off to Almora.

Photo of Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Tanvi S
Photo of Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Tanvi S

The drive from Nainital to Almora was super awesome with the river flowing on one of the side of the road. Less traffic and good roads led us to come out of our moving car and sit on edge of windows and enjoy the soothing breeze. Risky, yes but the drive and beauty of the place made it irresistible! We had our food at Hotel Shikhar in Almora. Food was good and then we started our drive to Ranikhet.

By the time we started our drive to Ranikhet from Almora, it was already late evening. This drive is one unforgettable one. While cutting through mountains, the roads were so dark that it scared the hell out of us. With less or none traffic at most patch, the drive was just getting better and better as we started entering the jungle.

We booked this place again through make my trip and we loved our stay here too! The place is on Almora - Ranikeht highway and 8 kms away from Ranikhet. This was once a private property of a Gentleman who now lives in Noida. With the thought of giving an opportunity and job options to hometown fellows, he converted his private property into a hotel. The property is slightly situated on mountain. The rooms were spacious and huge. They had a very beautiful library room on toppest floor of the building which also had awesome Ranikhet view. While being in this room, we never had a heart to leave at all and wished we were here for some more time. The caretaker took us around his farm too who he himself took care of. he showed us many plants and herbs that were grown in his farm and this is why the place had a name - Rhodo - based on Rhododendrons! I just wish I was here for more time as the serenity and calmness of this place had already taken over me! (https://m.facebook.com/RhodoReTreat)

As name denotes, this is huge golf course turned into playground turned into picnic spot! There is patch of land nearby full of pine trees. I would recommend this place as photographer's paradise :D

Totally avoidable since the lake is too small and full of boats. To what an extent human can go to harm an environment is this explicit example.

This is another happening spot we came across. Its like Phoenix Mills in Mumbai with all high end restaurants and microbreweries in one place! We visited Molecule, Downtown while here in Gurgaon!