As soon as we left Kathgodam station – my parents slowly recovering of their first night train journey in India – and began our ascent (in the car) towards Ramgarh, I felt transported to the universe of Tarun Tejpal (see in my list of books The Alchemy of Desire). And I was not mistaken! When I checked this morning, I found out that Ramgarh is just about fifty kilometers of Jeokilote…
I wish I could quote the book here, but I read it in French…
The head in the clouds…
With 1.700 meters of altitude, our bungalow, perched on a hill, offered a view from above on the valley. With white clouds as cottin balls coming up and invading us every here and then we really felt “cut from the world.”
Rest of the soul…
Nothing else to do but eat, play, read, practice yoga (I am quite focused when I start something), trek – with the risk of getting caught by a torrential downpour. What more serene and beautiful than rains in the mountains??
Incredible gardens and orchards (peaches, apples, apricots, strawberries, plums, pomegranates and many more fruits), an exceptional flora, superb odors after the rain… “We were smelling, we were looking around, we were listening, we were existing.”
My pictures are below:
|Kumaon Hills, Uttarakhand - Aout 2011|
And since Tarun Tejpal recommends to go up there listening to Mohammad Rafi, here is one of his songs: Aa Zara Mere Hamnasheen :
Thank you Neemrana !!
If you are looking for me, I am there...
Ramgarh, near Nainital, Uttarakhand
And more precisely here:
Ramgarh Bungalows, Neemrana
Back in Mumbai on the 8th!
The next 3 months will be illustrated by Rajasthan pictures on my photoblog!! http://indiansamouraipics.hautetfort.com/
Below is the map of what I have done with my parents in August (10 days for me, 2 weeks for them).
A nice trip for a very impressive “country”!!
From Rajasthan, I will remember the yesterday’s splendour of palaces and today’s negligence of the heritage, the beautiful roads and the filth everywhere, and steps. A ton of steps!!
We had a few rains, just not to forget it is monsoon time… Not much, just enough to see lakes that had been empty for decades!
Here was our planning:
- Delhi – Neemrana: 3 hours
- Neemaran – Jaipur: 3 hours
- Jaipur – Mandawa (with breaks to visit Shekawati region): 8 hours
- Mandawa – Bikaner: 3 hours
- Bikaner – Jaisalmer (with breaks to visit Kheechan, Pokaran, Baba Ramdevra temple): 8 hours
- Jaisalmer – Jodhpur: 4 hours
- Jodhpur – Mt Abu: 3 hours
- Mt Abu – Udaipur: 3 hours