The nature walk was refreshing experience for the both of us. It is a calming space located at a 15 minute distance away from the bustling city life of Mussoorie. We went on this walk during the morning after our breakfast. The place is an untouched paradise which is a home to a multitude of flora and fauna. The manager at Rokeby Manor suggested that we go and do the walk. He told is that it is not very touristy to do the walk but it is a great experience. We met our guide Vipul at the entrance and he guided us through our entire walk till the hut where our walk ended. It was a fairly easy trek and had its own share of inclines and downslope walks. We kept taking breaks at regular intervals to rest and capture the scenic beauty of the place and absorb it in. There were resting spaces made of stone organized in between which blended with the vibe of the forest.
There was a spot on the trek where a string of Tibetan flags were tied to the trees and there was a great view of the snow clad mountains. The forest is a house to 30000 variety of flowers and many animals like the leopards, porcupines, wild foxes amongst all others - we saw their pictures through the hidden cameras that have been installed at various points in the forest. The walk refreshed my mind, despite the effort it took to walk - when I finished I felt I could walk around here listening to the birds chirp all day and never leave.
Offbeat place 3: Happy Valley, Cheddup Cheppling Temple -
This place is so low key that it doesn't even show up on map or on locations. We reached this place around the afternoon after visiting the Sanji Corn Village. It had a very calming presence to my soul. This Buddhist temple facing the mountains has a very interesting architecture. There were Buddhist prayer bells at the temple with which people were making wishes. There was no rush for anything and anyone visiting the place could explore in complete abandon and without any rush. The temple has a space in front of it which serves as a view-point. There were monks outside the temple who would smile at you where you approach them and will make you feel right at home in this space you have visited just for the first time.
This is not a very explored destination by the tourists who visit Mussoorie. Rokeby makes a special effort into preserving the Tibetan culture and beauty of the place by making its inhouse guests visit the places yet untouched by the outer world to a large extent and realize its importance. This in turn helps us become aware of these small beauties that exist and how one should work harder to preserve them.