Nainital

IMG_20171018_172334.jpgNainital Lake – Why sitting besides this beautiful lake is all the therapy you need.

Nainital is a beautiful little town in the state of Uttarakhand. It is at a distance of 304 km from Delhi and it takes 7 hours to reach there by road. It is a popular hill station. So, it’s better to go here during off-season or weekdays.
Like any other hill station, it has a popular Mall road too. There are many other activities that you can do while in Nainital. But I am the kind of person who stays away from shopping and doing other touristy things.
IMG_20171018_162416.jpgMy daughter insisted on taking a boat ride in the beautiful lake just a little before sunset. She was so happy to see the ducks, and the fishes. I have never seen so many fishes together.

IMG_20171018_171657.jpgPost the ride, I looked for a quiet time. I put on my earphones and took a walk along the lake. There is a beautiful path alongside the lake, wherein you can sit back, and just enjoy the calm and serene lake. I watched the sunset, and engaged in my favorite activity, people watching and wondering about their lives. I think someday, I will find my story in one of these faces.
IMG_20171018_185219.jpgThe lake looks really pretty at night too with lights from the nearby hotels and houses creating a wondrous reflection in the water.

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View from the room

There a lot of stay options to choose from in Nainital, according to your budget and preferences. I like staying closer to the lake. We stayed at, The Himalaya Hotel, which is again a budget stay option. It is on the lake only and the good thing is that they have a parking space. The food was okay and rooms are average.
Our next stop was Motia Pathar, which is 20 km from Mukteshwar. I will be sharing my review of the place and the property soon. Looking forward to your feedback and suggestions.

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Budget Traveling

Budget Traveling – Corbett Machan Resort

20171022_091543I love traveling, and I like to visit one place every month. But I really can’t afford to stay at luxurious hotels or resorts, every time I travel. Because if I save money on hotel stays, I can travel to more places. Hence, I am always looking for good, budget-friendly, options to stay.

20171021_213931Recently, I went on a short day trip to Jim Corbett. I really like the place due to calm and peace, greenery, and a short break from outside world. I am yet to see a Tiger during jungle safari, so there that’s too. The place is an easy drive from Delhi, which we can easily manage with our 4.5 years old daughter.

20171022_093957.jpgI looked for places on Trip Advisor, and decided to book Corbett Machan Resort. I liked the location of the resort. It is a small distance away from the main highway, and we had no trouble finding the resort. The check-in process was easy and we were quickly shown our room. It is not a very big property, but still has ample space for kids. A few slides, swimming pool, game room, and a TV center. They had a bonfire and large screen movie night, when we stayed there.

20171021_164841There are no TV’s in room or Wi-Fi. They have mentioned this on their site too. You can access free Wi-Fi at the restaurant. All three meals are buffet and are served at the restaurant only. They do serve tea/coffee or other essentials to your room.

20171021_164925Rooms are clean, colorful and big. The attached bathrooms are spacious too. For a price they charged, Rs 2500 for Room and three meals, it’s a steal. I have already recommended this place to my friends, and family. This is not a sponsored post. I would be making more posts about budget-friendly places to stay, to help travelers like me.

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Push

IMG_20170821_093845_414.jpgThis was a difficult poem to write. I felt exhausted after writing this. But this is what depression feels like. It’s not easy to talk about it and it leaves you feeling so vulnerable. Things are out of control and you feel just so helpless. You know, you shouldn’t but you give up. Some days are hard.

Why do we travel ?

IMG_20170820_225211_381.jpgWhy do we travel ? Too often we only see happy, fun pictures of the people traveling, the gorgeous locations and everything seems picture perfect. But is it, really ? We don’t have to hide the inconveniences. What if the travel wasn’t easy, journey was too tiring, food wasn’t good, the hotel staff was rude and room wasn’t comfortable. But we would still travel, won’t we ? So, maybe every once in a while, write about that. In this picture, I look happy, posing for the camera but I was restless. It was too hot. I wanted to put my earphones on and listen to music but I was scared that if I got distracted for even a bit, my daughter might fall in water. Holidays with kids are hard. Frustrating too but you won’t see that because no one takes pictures in those moments. But we travel, anyway. It’s not about perfect holidays. It’s about getting to know the world we live in, a little bit more every time we travel. Keep traveling and write about all those experiences. The good and not so good.