At times, one needs to get away from the nitty-gritties of daily life to say simple things to oneself and even to your loved ones. This is what we had in mind when, rushing through our hectic lives’ routines, we decided to take a sudden break. And no, it didn’t have to be an exotic far-off locale, we chose to drive to the nearest weekend getaway, in the folds of the picturesque state of Uttarakhand. The very thought of a laid-back road trip from Delhi made hubby and me feel excited like little kids! And as we left the city behind and started to approach the hills, little butterflies started to move about in my tummy! We hadn’t taken an unplanned break like this in ages, always leaving for ‘hectic’ and ‘big-time’ vacations instead.
The perfect cuisine – really?
The roadside dhaba where we stopped for lunched seemed more romantic than a candlelit dinner at a fancy restaurant, I wonder why? The meandering hills and the smell of freshness melted the tiredness away as we stepped out to eat some pahaadi version of Maggi, followed by sumptuous chai! That the dhaba was next to a small waterfall looked fabulous and innovative!
Welcome to the world of us … and only us!
There was no particular agenda planned, and we had booked a quaint little cottage in the middle of nowhere! Right amidst the green hills, with lots of golden sunshine on the slopes yonder! The evening glow seemed to light up the snow in the distant peaks with a golden orange – Wow, magical! We had total privacy, as time seemed to be at a standstill here. There we were, watching the sunset, from our very own patio, with absolutely nothing to say, yet more feelings and emotions flowing through our silence!
God’s purity all around!
Next day, we headed for a lovely trail in the woods. A clear pathway had been carved out by the locals, and we decided to leave the track and entwine ourselves with the tall pines. Felt like a Bollywood couple from the yesteryears! Have you ever gazed the clear blue skies that peeks up above the tall fir trees in a hillside? Let go of inhibitions and just go round and round with abandoned carefree spirit, looking up at the sky! Run through trees and play hide and seek? Nothing can be more romantic than this pure clean joy with each other! We chanced upon a flowing river in the middle of the woods. Wow, perfect! The shimmering waters with jutting rocks were our natural pool! In we jumped and splashed around like crazy kids!
Hand in hand!
Back in the cottage, as we lay on the terrace, the clear night sky seemed to come alive with millions of twinkles. Entwining our fingers together, we talked of old times, the treasured memories we had created together, which had been shoved back into the recesses of the mind for long. Remembering the simple joys that made us feel special and loved. It all seemed so natural to speak of them just now. The mountain magic was working its charm on us surely! Delhi seemed to be from another life, far far away!
It was always so close by, why hadn’t we noticed before?
One really doesn’t need to shell out a bomb to rediscover love on a vacation. Without much ado, just head to one of the numerous weekend getaways tucked away! Let the scenic and idyllic beauty of the hills nurture your love all over again.