|Chalets at Naldehra|
After being eight hours on the road from Delhi we had finally reached Naldehra, a small village, few kilometers uphill from Shimla, once the summer home of Lord Curzon. It was an overcast day with clouds hovering over the mountains and by the time we had checked in at Chalets in Naldehra it had started to rain. The resort, as the name suggests, had a cluster of small wooden cottages with tall conifers overlooking them. Surrounded with nature all around, an immediate sense of calm took over as we settled in our “Chalet”, the sound of the drizzling rain outside was another soothing element. Tired from a long journey the first thing we did was to take our lunch in the revolving restaurant which the resort had. As we enjoyed a much needed meal we watched the rain pour over the majestic Himalayas, nature’s dramatist had scripted a perfect beginning to our trip.
|Sunset at Naldehra|
Rain, which had afforded us a much needed rest, subsided before sunset. It was not yet dark so we decided to go out and explore the serene resort. Some clouds were still hanging around and sky had a peculiar mix of orange and grey. The Chalets at Naldehra is perched on a small cliff from where we could see the rest of the village, still fresh from the showers, probably getting ready to wrap up another day. It was amazingly peaceful and quiet, a kind of space which has become extinct in our urban lifestyle today. Only if we could get rid of our cellular network, the mental detoxification would have been complete then. We walked around and went along a trail which led into the woods, also a part of the resort. It was fairly simple to realize that life was different here, sure there would be hardships but it was yet to be corrupted by the clutter we deal with. The sun now had disappeared and we returned to our cottage as it grew dark. Rest of the evening was spent relaxing in our room with some coffee and our books. The day was rounded off with a nice dinner in the resort’s restaurant.
|The Golf Course|
We were happy with the 24 hours we had just spent as our drive down to Chandigarh began!