A WALK IN THE HILLS, OR A CULTURALLY ENVIGORATING VACATION, SIMPLY PUNJABI SUGGESTS WHERE YOU CAN HEAD OUT TO THIS WEEKEND
Mukhteshwar is one of the lesser known destinations in Uttarakhand. If you wish to get away from the hustle bustle of city life and are longing for a fairytale experience, Somerset Lodge is the place to be at. Located just about two kilometres from main Mukteshwar, the 98- year- old British cottage exudes all the charm of a typical hill home.
The first thing you notice after the scenic drive among clouds is the burst of colours from the huge variety of flowers that almost cover the cottage. The stone walls, angled ceilings, wood paneling and the owner’s collection of paintings add to the quaint charm of the place. The cottage has a covered front porch and lush green garden from where one can get a spectacular view of the Nanda Devi. You might never want to leave the small, cosy library with books on wide ranging topics, board games and an endless supply of steaming tea or coffee. Wild flowers, apple- laden trees, colourful birds, a cascading waterfall, roaring brooks and the anticipation of spotting a leopard or a bear add to the adventure during the long jungle walks one can take here.
The hospitable staff and the friendly dog, Skippy, make your stay at Somerset Lodge warm and homely in the crisp cold weather. While in Mukteshwar, make it a point to visit Mukteshwar Temple, Chauli ki Jalli, TERI’s Renewable Park, Indian Veterinary Research Institute ( IVRI)