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Tarun Panwar

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Will cherish my village experience

"My lonely expedition into the realm of natural beauty near The Hammock Bhimtal - Pura Stays, turned dream-like after my visit to a village nearby. I had started from New Delhi wondering I would get to see mountains, usual holiday home with good food but to my surprise it was unusual. I interacted with locals, tasted local cuisine and saw old existence and lanes. Overall, travel experience was simply fantastic!"

I was looking for a much needed weekend getaway from endless hours sitting in front of laptop and overcrowded metro. Somewhere, heard of the misty mountains and placid water of Bhimtal that look even more fabulous when travelled in rainy season. So, I had my small bag pack for road trip, with necessary stuff and headed towards ISBT Kashmere Gate to board a bus from Delhi to Nainital. The 6-hour long journey was not that bad in that ordinary roadways bus, as imaginary sight of walking across cloud capped mountains and fascinating lakes had overcome my mind.

Finally, dropped at Nainital in early morning hours for Bhimtal resort. From here, I took a cab to Bhimtal, which is approximately 20 km from Nainital. I could not take my eyes off the wonderful sight of Bhimtal that sits in a bowl shaped depression, surrounded by hills. After checking into The Hammock Bhimtal - Pura Stays, a nature resort, I started my lonely expedition into the realm of natural beauty.

Walking across the lake looking at people enjoying boat rides in stunning cloudy weather was enjoyable to me. I could recall my childhood times of doing paddle boating with parents. However, I was looking for some more, some realistic sight on my travel experience rather than witnessing the regular sight of tourist walking on mall road doing adventure sports or other regular things. One of the guides at the Bhimtal resort, took me to a village when I expressed my wish to see village life. This walk gave me real pleasure of exploring the unexplored. The village was traditional and my village experience was turning mind blowing. I enjoyed every bit of it walking deep, looking at mud and half build small houses. Apart from travelling on busy streets of Delhi, walking here, in this village on dusty path was quite satisfactory as I felt silence mingled with amazing cloudy weather. I got to taste some local food too. It was simple yet yummy.

During the village experience, I also got to interact with some locals regarding history of Bhimtal along with traditional food and clothing. A very gentle aged man offered me a refreshing homemade tea which was better than usual cup of tea at office or home. I kept walking into the village looking at old existence and narrow lanes that one barely finds in Delhi NCR.

Overall, the local village experience near Bhimtal resort was quite satisfactory and enjoyable. It was different and uplifting.