Hampi had been attracting me for all these years…One day I knew that I’ll surely make it to this land of loose mountains, temples and hippie… I am not sure if being hippie is really what my heart desires but having a free spirit has always been alluring and I guess that’s the reason Hampi was secretly calling me. January 2017 I finally decided to give into my temptation and planned a 4 day trip to this hippie capital along with few of my friends. We were total of 8 traveling together and somehow I feel it’s always to travel in even numbers…not numerology of course, but for some logical reasons… like it gets easier to distribute rooms and also not much of food is wasted as most of Indian delicacies can easily serve 2 medium build person per plate.
It was approximately three years since we had our first trip together to the beautiful Andamans. It was now time for another tryst and what could be a better choice than the snow clad mountains. I knew I had to visit Himalayas, as my better half loves being in snow the most. I had also recently enrolled for the Club Mahindra membership and I wanted to reap its benefits. Keeping in mind the Club Mahindra constraint I shortlisted a few resorts in north. However as usual I was keen on travelling to the roads less travelled and hence my hunt immediately narrowed down to a name I had never heard before. A little time on Google & I knew that this is exactly the place I was looking for. A place whose beauty is just limited by your will and imagination. A place soaked in nature and so raw that you would hardly find any good hotels. A place not commercialized as a popular tourist location. A place where you wake up to the melodious calls of numerous birds dwelling in the forest around you. A place which is curtained from the polluted city life…The hidden hamlet – Kanatal.
“We could either go to Mt. Abu or Kashmir” said Dad. The choice seemed like I could either have chicken tikka or an assorted kebab platter. I mean who would want to see a flower if you can experience the garden itself. No offence to Mt. Abu lovers, I would love to visit it too some time soon. It is this moment that gave me 9 days in heaven.
We generally plan our trips well in advance, visiting Kashmir was like a dream come true. These 3 months felt like ages before we finally left for “The Kashmir”