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Weekend in Ranikhet: Mastering the Art of Doing Nothing

While I am not fussy when it comes to travelling, (because really, anything is better than nothing), I do have certain inhibitions when it comes to long weekend drives to reach a hill station. That’s only because I feel most of the time is wasted in travelling when in fact it could have been made better use of. But then again, nothing in life comes easy. To get better view of the hills or at least feel the cold mountain air, you need to head higher, which means more travel time and longer drives.

Amidst all the debate over shorter drive-better view, we finally decided on Ranikhet, a pretty hill station in Uttarakhand, at the foothills of The Himalayas. If you are driving from Delhi, you can’t really call it a short drive, as it took us almost nine hours to reach the final destination. But if there’s good company, the journey is in fact enjoyable, and you will hardly notice the distance.

Our holiday itinerary was pretty ‘focused’. We had booked a stunning Airbnb property, with the sole intention to not venture out and enjoy nature at its best. So for two days, we parked ourselves in a luxurious cottage with three bedrooms that overlooked the best views of the hills, ate home-cooked local food prepared by the cook, trekked around aimlessly, enjoyed the night sky with endless stars and soaked in as much green as possible.

(Also read: Weekend Getaway: Experiencing Punjab’s Farm Life at Punjabiat, Near Amritsar)

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It may seem like nothing, but then again it was exactly what we had in mind.

 

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Plavaneeta Borah is a lifestyle journalist, having worked with various media houses in India such as NDTV, BBC Good Food, Times of India and Femina among others for almost a decade. Cooking is her passion, and feeding people is her favourite pastime, apart from perpetually planning her next travel destination.

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