India Today - - SIMPLY PUNJABI - by Re­wati Rau

We were wo­ken up by a loud thud on the wooden roof of our cot­tage at dawn as a gang of mon­keys an­nounced their ar­rival. Na­ture preens away at Aamod, Shoghi, with 20 cot­tages scat­tered all around un­tamed wilder­ness, the set­ting is per­fect to un­wind and re­cover from ur­ban fa­tigue. Thir­teen 3 kms short of Shimla, this lit­tle town is away from the usual touristy track. As we drove up to our cot­tage, we learn’t that no trees had been felled to make this re­sort and that ex­plained the free flow spac­ing of the cot­tages. Our home in the wild was a wooden cot­tage with a view of the val­ley. We didn’t plan an itin­er­ary at Aamod and went de­cided to go with the flow.

The first day was spent en­joy­ing the still­ness. The sec­ond day was all about ac­tion as the re­sort or­gan­ised a moun­tain bik­ing ses­sion for us. We came back sur­pris­ingly re­freshed with the fresh moun­tain breeze and our stom­achs ready for break­fast. There was more fun lined up at the ac­tiv­ity area. It was hi­lar­i­ous to find our­selves strug­gling to climb a bam­boo lad­der and cross a rope bridge. But well, that’s the bag­gage from our city lives! Com­pletely ex­hausted, and ready for a si­esta fol­lowed by a hearty lunch. The evening un­folded with a ses­sion at the in- house spa man­aged by Tattva. The ex­pert masseur worked ke­naded away all the strain from our mus­cles.

As we made our way back to the room, we felt a nip in the air which made us crave an open- air din­ner. And as all wishes are granted on a hol­i­day, we ended our lovely week­end at Aamod with a can­dle- lit din­ner un­der a star- lit sky.

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