Being off network for 2 days in the hills of Himachal was such a blessing in disguise. We had all the time to ourselves which is totally what we planned for our weekend- away from the noise of the city, breathe fresh and indulge in nature. As kids we visited our either/ both sides of the grandparents almost every summer. The popular getways being either Shimla amidst the pine trees trekking our way to some random place or Pune- living a super uber city life, enjoying the lovely weather and exploring the surrounding locales. So reminiscing our days spent amidst the pine trees we zeroed down upon Himachal as our weekend getaway, also it was the closest option to beat the crazy heat and rejuvenate ourselves. So here we, the Suavesisters, are with a picture tour of our trip to Kasauli and Barog- some picturesque landscapes and our kinda adventure!
We arrived at Kalka by the night train from Delhi, much excited to get started with the trip.
We had our drive ready to take us gyrating through the mountains to our destination. Kasauli is a hill station in Himachal which is a writer’s delight. This place has been an abode to many writers, they say its something in the air which is conducive to great literary thoughts and ideas. It was an hour long drive from Kalka to Kasauli. A drive through symetrically lined tall pine trees and a fresh morning breeze.
We reached Kasauli Cantt (which was as impeccably clean and mesmerising as all Army Cantts). Its always a home away from home to arrive at one.
We checked in our room- Jatogh, freshened up and had our fill of breakfast at the Mess which had such a colonial feel to it, have a look!
There are a few famous “must visit” places of Kasauli with which we started our tour of the city. There is a very prominent statue of Dhyan Chand- the Indian Hockey player who aced the sport and was a world champion, also an Army Personnel. Right of that statue is a stretch of Heritage Market which is the common market place having not more than 40- 45 shops and cafes.
A few steps beyond the market and you’ll enter a rickety path with tiny huts on one side and the narrow lanes running around the mountains on the other. This reminded us of Heidi, a cartoon we could not miss watching even for a day. A little girl marooned in the Alps with birds and sheep as her friends, her straw bed in the attic and the cold winter nights. We both felt a bit of Heidi in us!
After spending some time here we strolled through the market once again and took a cold coffee break at a cafe. The eateries here are very colourful with lots of posters. There is also a lot of Tibetan influence and you’ll find the colourful prayer flags on the signature walls of every cafe.
After relishing our chilled cold coffee we headed towards a Church from the colonial times, called Christ Church. We spent good 30 minutes of peaceful solitude there and then went back to our room for a power nap for the next lap of the day.
On the left side of the Dhyan Chand statue is a long stretch of about 3 kms leading to the Gilbert Trail- A Nature Walk. This was on the list for the evening.
So after 2 hours of walk and some wows in admiration of the view we needed to refuel ourselves. We again headed to the Heritage Market in pursuit of some food. We found Mom’s Kitchen much to our liking and hogged on momos.
We spent the remaining time of the night warm and cozy inside Jatogh, watching television.
We had great plans for the day, the first one being an early morning stroll in our campus, feeling the cool breeze sweep through our hair, so pure that one felt cured of any lung related health issue.
Next we had to head to Barog which is a really small village in Solan. It is known for its railway station which is a Heritage Site. Trust me guys its no usual station, it is a land of our imaginations, so peaceful, pensive and pretty. The beauty of which cannot be described. Hope the photographs explain what we mean.
And this is how we boarded our toy train from the Tumb-Tumb valley land of Barog and whistled through the woods and reached back to Kalka in 2 hours, thus concluding our amazing two days of summer retreat.