It was a cold morning. Jackets, socks, caps and gloves kind of cold. The clouds lined the sky unforgivingly. Even the monkeys were unusually quiet, the regular spring missing from their step. Just then, the sun trickled in through the dense foliage. Only a minute and the world was different. Up and away in Dhanaulti, around 30kms from Mussoorie, the sombre, wintry day transformed into a February paradise.
There is something magical about the hills – in the way the sun rises over the green valleys, the nippy air that makes your cheeks rosy and red, and the sleepy silence that descends on the town around the time you usually wrap up a regular office day!
This off-season hideaway in the hills worked perfectly for a certain couple from Pune, celebrating their first marriage anniversary. Last I heard, the two of them devoured one boiled egg after another, stocked up on chicken tikkas, warmed their hands by the fire, bought books autographed by Ruskin Bond, conversed with the horses, and blew mist from their mouths into the valleys of Dehradun below.
This Monday afternoon at my desk, I am pretending the view from my window is really just a facade. It will crack anytime, and underneath, there will be a secret passageway leading straight to the Queen of Hills.
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I’ve been the queen of hills…quite a spectacular place it is 😊
Definitely. It’s beautiful and charming. Did you go in the winters?
It was in summer
Ah, always a glorious time. 🙂
Thank you 😀
Lovely post and a nice pic Deboshree. 🙂
Welcome here, Sims. Thanks a lot! Glad you liked it. 🙂
Ha — I love that idea of thinking the space in front of you is just a facade, hiding somewhere magical.
Yes, lovely, wouldn’t that be? 🙂 Thanks Mel.
loved that pic 🙂
Thank you so much! 🙂
Happy Anniversary Deboshree…. and that is a beautiful picture with a lovely write-up 🙂
Cheers, Archana – http://www.travelwitharchie.com
Thanks a lot, Archie. Glad you liked the post too. Mussoorie is a beautiful place indeed. 🙂
A cool write up and happy wedding anniversary. Howz the weather in Pune?Must be cool and romantic with heat during the day, na!!
Thank you so much Vishal! 😀
The weather in Pune is actually quite hot. It almost feels like summer. But yes, the evenings are pleasant as usual.
Yeah!! Nothing beats that Debo:)
Yep. Part of the reason why Pune is so awesome. 😀
And here’s wishing that couple a belated happy anniversary.
You make me yearn for the hills. I don’t eat chicken, bhutta maybe ?? 😀
Thank you so very much Bhagya! 🙂
Oh yes, bhutta and moong-phali and chikki. And paneer tikka? 🙂
Yeah indeed there is something about the hills…I was born and brought up in Dehradun and have visited Mussorie umpteen times. Never grew bored of it! I love hills any day:-) Belated wishes on your anniversary. God bess
Warm welcome here, Shilpi. 🙂
Wow, there’s a Mussoorie girl! One of my very good friends is also a Mussoorie girl and keeps raving about the place. I couldn’t agree more though.
Thanks a lot for the wishes. Hope to see you around more often.
What a splendid image! I hope the couple cherishes these memories for a long time 🙂 Hey there, Deboshree. Hope you are well 🙂
Hey Shailaja! Thanks a lot for the warm wishes 🙂
I am doing good. It’s summer already in Pune. How are you doing?
Am fine. Life goes on 🙂
As it should. Take care. 🙂
here’s wishing that CERTAIN couple a Happy anniversary and many many more trips to the hill side .. Next time I am in india you guys need to plan to visit shimla and on way stop at chandigarh.. 🙂 what say
lots of tikkas to eat
Haha thanks a lot Bikram 🙂
I love Shimla too. Next time, we will definitely go there chicken tikka hopping 😀