Thursday, November 29, 2007

Bhagsu Valley Resort

If I were to use a single word or theme for this trip to Himachal it must surely be ‘unexpected’. We knew where we were going to be on each day and that was about all that went according to plan, the rest of it was a series of major and minor, pleasant and unpleasant cases of ‘kahani mein twist’ (slang for ‘twist in the tale’)

This included :
1. My camera packing up on me.

2. Me dropping my cousin's camera which caused for it to die on us.

3. Experimental trekking (meaning trying new shortcuts down steep hills) that found us climbing down huge rocks thinking we will see the road in the next half an hour and being unsuccessful till sundown. Hearing night sounds when there is no sign of the road may make for ideal narration back home, but does little good for your stress levels in the middle of it.

4. Missing a train and meeting a rickshaw driver who acts like he is in a bond movie and then proceeds to break every traffic rule in the book to race us to the next station. We successfully board the train, only to find thug like pan-chewing drunk Marwadis squatting on our seats and telling us to ‘adjust’.

5. But most importantly- falling in love with the sun. Walking in and seeing the soft light of the morning strengthening through the day to the dramatic play of sparkling shine and sharp shadow towards evening, then fading and letting the cold and night take over.

I’m posting here pictures of a place we happened upon from where we trekked down to the river. It is the Bhagsu Valley Resort in McLeod Gunj.

The 1st view of the resort as we walked down to it.

Pretty cobbled pathways that lead you to the Resort

and take you to the...

... small cute cottages
The larger suites open out to the central gargen

This is where we sat and had our teas before and after the trek to the river

The adorable dining room

Coming up next is more about Himachal's Mcleod Gunj- the lovely little town that packs in many wonders.


Arch at Rang said...

Beautiful, dreamy Mcleod Gunj has been added to the list of places to visit:-)

Nice post:-)

Vinita said...

wow Vineeta.. how heavenly..and how lucky you are to take a break from your daily routine and visit this place. And now since you have taken such a big break from blogging you owe it to all of us to give a detailed narration of this trip (including the planning, the cost, the food you ate, the places you visited etc)


vineeta said...

arch, its a definite must-visit. Its unique because it offers the irresistable combination of natural and artictic beauty.

vineeta said...

vinita :) ofcourse. All of that is coming up. In fact I was wondering if I should or just focus on writing about the places of artictic merit.

The planning and other mundane details I thought I must spare people cause they might not be interested. I guess i will settle for a mix of the 2 & for any detailed queries- just write into my gmail id, I will be glad to reply :)

Vinita said...

Thanks Vineeta you are a doll. The pictures tell us what a beautiful place it must be... away from the hustle bustle of the city, clean air, no traffic and most of all where one can hear silence. The Mountains in the background and the cute cottages and a cuppa tea...that's my kinda morning.


Anrosh said...

treking without a map for us put us on our way to the appalchain trail, till we found some kind souls who lended us a map.

you sure did have a good trip. looking through your naked eyes than the camera lens facilitates images in your memorial eye that only you can enjoy - which is truly a vacation made just like a writer who is solitary when he engrossed in the depths of writing.

Thank You for sharing.

vineeta said...

Vinita, you speak of hearing the silence- you've obviously been in the mointains before. It was amazing. When we walked up winding roads dwarfed by tall pines, we heard only the sounds of our jeans and jackets brushing and rustling and the birds. But when we stopped, there was silence. Silence, which is a presence which swells to fill your ears and causes you to somehow smell better, see better & feel better the air around you. Its a priceless experience.

vineeta said...

Anrosh, was smiling as I read your comment :) In our case- there were no maps or kind souls- but my cell was on & we reached the rd & could call a car pick up while we walked the 'proper' rd :)
And what you wrote about camera less travel- I tried to cheer myself up by such wisdom, but alas, I would see something beautiful & beauty was all around me- & even subconsiously frame it & miss the darn thing so damn much- it was a physical ache.

Claude Renault said...

Love your new posting.. I have never been to those places but I will.

vineeta said...

Claude, the interesting bits are coming up :) I LOVED McLeod Ganj.

Calie Anderson, C.I.D. said...

Vineeta, I meant to comment on this post a while ago. Been too busy :-(, but these pictures and this dreamy place has been on my mind. How incredible, you are so lucky to have been there!

vineeta said...

Calie, I do agree. It was an amazing time that i spent at Himachal- This resort I've shown here is not the one of the famous ones- so i feel happier for chancing upon it & sharing it with all of you.

Varun said...

Hi Vineeta,

Came across your blog coz I was researching about this property. Your posts have made me even more sure about choosing the place while on my trip to mcleodganj in a short while (and also coz I am from the same industry - advertising). We are a group of people and want to get the "cottage", nature experience. are there any other properties which you recommend or should we freeze this?