WEEKEND WAN­DER­LUST

A WALK IN THE HILLS, OR A CUL­TUR­ALLY ENVIGORATING VA­CA­TION, SIM­PLY PUN­JABI SUG­GESTS WHERE YOU CAN HEAD OUT TO THIS WEEKEND

India Today - - TRAVEL - By Ar­chana Pande

Vin­tage views

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)

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