The caress of the winter air,
the warmth of the burning log.
The smell of the rustic pines,
the sound of the withered leaves.
The giggles of the children,
the love of friends.
The company of your partner,
and happiness in the heart.
New year’s eve is celebrated and gains more popularity than festivals when in comes to partying, holidaying and merry-making. Facebook gets flooded with happy faces, travel check ins and party hangovers.
Since there is no real winters in Bangalore (South India),my husband and myself decided to visit the Queen of hills Shimla for a small holiday to experience winter and see snow. We checked into Woodville palace ,Shimla on 29th dec 2018 by around 5:30pm in the evening. The sun had already set and the temperature was around 8 degrees celsius. Quickly we got into the comforts of our warm royal suite #106 and tucked ourselves to bed after an early dinner.
The sunrise on 30th Dec 2018 greeted us with all its warmth.The soft rays of the sun entered our room ,shinning through the tall pine trees surrounding the property. The family room had a master bedroom accompanied by two cozy twin beds for the kids,were they were fast asleep.The walls were decorated with vintage dishes and photographs of the kings, queens and the royal families. Woodville palace still resides the King of Jubbal. The first floor is privately owned and reserved for the royal family. The wodden floor creaked and squeaked as we walked on them. The fire-place warm,reminding of the pervious night when it glowed in all its glory.
It was now time to see the sights and sounds of Shimla. We drove down to kufri in anticipation of snow , but were disappointed to see none. Still we managed to have some fun an adventure park there where Sparsh did his first bungee jump and anaya happily jumped on the trampoline. Later we clicked some pictures on the yak and in local Himachali costume,bright and colourful. It may sound cheesy but believe me it was fun.
Next we stopped at the Mall Road and walked up to see numerous shops and eateries on both sides of the road. Handicrafts to brands , winter wear to junk jewellery all were displayed to be sold. Shimla cafe treated us with lip smacking wood oven pizzas and yummy milkshakes. Children enjoyed softy ice creams too on the way to the Cathedral. People gathered in thousands , giggles and smiles filled the air. Strawberries, kiwis and apples were sold alongside too.Indian coffee house at the mall road served hot piping coffee with delicious sandwiches to accompany.
Jaku temple devoted to lord Hanuman is situated on a hill close to the Mall Road as it surely a must visit place. It is said that while hanuman was on his way to fetch sanjeevani buti for laxman ,his slippers fell off on that mountain and hence a temple to honour his fame. This temple also houses monkey thieves in abundance.
31st night was decorated with dancing and music at the hotel lawns. Secured in the warmth of the bon fire and chirping company we bid adieu to 2017 counting on our blessings. 1st jan 2018 took us to Dharampur in the comforts of a friend’s farm-house. Loving company and great hospitality.
We explored the clean streets of Chandigarh on the 3rd of Jan. The beautifully laid city welcomed us with all its warmth. It was comparatively warm as opposed to the hills which was a bit of respite for the kids. The sukna lake, rose garden , matka chawk and sector 16 and 17 were a treat to the eyes. Evening we made way towards our facility at Baddi, but before than we stopped at Haripur Gurudwara to thank the lord.
4th Jan we packed our bags and headed home leaving the cold and the hills behind,but still live in our thoughts.
happiness and sunshine in 2018.