It was the month of June, and the heat in Delhi was becoming unbearable. After shortlisting a few hill stations, a friend of ours suggested Mcleodganj as he has a farmhouse in Palampur located in Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh.
We stayed in Palampur which falls between Mcleodganj and Bir. The popular hill station of Dharamsala is around 30 kms from Palampur and Bir, the Paragliding Capital of India is situated 35kms from Palampur.
This tea capital of North India reminded us of our state Assam, the simple houses, bamboo gates in front of the houses, the greenery around, the dump wells, orchids and of course the tea gardens.
We started off from Delhi at around 12.30 am and made our "mandatory" halt at Murthal for our Parantha-wali dinner. We then headed straight to Chandigarh and after a cup of tea, drove straight to Una for a light breakfast even as the Mercury started rising.
From there, we started off for our destination -- Palampur, where we were welcomed by bright sunshine. The temperature was around 30 degrees, not the usual weather in Himachal in the month of June.
We landed in the friend’s farmhouse where Panditji, the caretaker had already filled the swimming pool with fresh water. It took us a moment to unpack and dive into the pool...and trust us it felt Awesome.
We enquired Panditji whether there will be dip in the temperature at night; he said it’s the usual climate here. The air at night is cool but the temperature does not fall below 25 degree Celsius.
Now let us take you for a tour of the farmhouse. So it was surrounded by thick pine trees and the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas -- which can be viewed from the verandah of the farmhouse but only in the morning when the sky is clear.
We spent the day in the farmhouse by having a barbeque party by the poolside before ending it star gazing at the terrace and a game of Uno.
Woken up by the smell of the yummy paranthas, as soon as we opened the door, we were greeted by the cool breeze of the morning and the view of beautiful Dhauladhars in the front.