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Diversion!

29 Jul

Used to action-packed holidays, with lots of sightseeing and adventure sports, we had our apprehensions while driving down to the quiet, serene Ramgarh bungalows, in Kumaon hills. The drive became longer than usual with a huge jam before Garh Mukhteshwar where the kawariyas had stopped for a bath. You could say we had a fair share of adventure just there, when a diversion had to be made through the neighbouring villages and fields.

 The houses in this village were small constructions next to each other, with bare minimum walls, flanking the narrowest of lanes (it’s a miracle the car passed through that!). The walls were close enough to make you feel like you’re driving on their porch! With main doors invariably wide open, we were very curiously prying into the courtyards. Amused/ smiling/ stunned kids hung about, just a few inches/ feet away, making it seem like a ride on the Darjeeling Hill Railway. They were soon seen running about, calling out to each other excitedly on seeing cars suddenly passing from outside their houses. People going about their business would pause and stare. Monkeys were perched on roofs and walls.  

 

Buffaloes, yes!they deserve a mention here. If you think you’ve seen enough cattle on the streets of Delhi, you haven’t seen nothing! the village houses here were FULL OF buffaloes! (and some cows too). Tied, lounging, eating, sleeping….they were all around! Every one of those houses had one if not two or three or four buffaloes! And they seemed to be behaving like they were royalty! Half the population there was engaged in tending to them…feeding them, bathing them… It seemed like a village come alive out of one of Premchand’s novels, with the cattle being the wealth deciding a family’s stature!

 

After crossing through a maze of houses, we came out on open fields and breathed a sigh of relief, looking at the open space!

bed with a mosquito net

However, a bit too quick because the drive here was crazy, with practically no roads in parts, and a blinding dust cloud blowing from a car in front of ours making the visibility zero! Yet we had to go fast for we were following the other car. It was a stroke of luck that we didn’t end up in a paddy field or on top of a buffalo!

 

Finally joining the main highway, the drive thereafter was smooth till Nainital.  That little unintended diversion however woke us up from our snoozing and dozing, and we felt ready for a peaceful stay at Ramgarh!…

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Posted by on July 29, 2009 in holiday accounts, travel

 

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9 responses to “Diversion!

  1. Ranjan Matthew

    July 30, 2009 at 7:14 am

    I like how kawariya’s bathing was an adventure in itself! Also I wanted to see pictures of monkeys! Monkey pictures always spruces up your day!

     
    • ed4nidhi

      July 30, 2009 at 8:58 am

      Wanted to, but i was afraid one of them would snap at my camera, because they were too close!

       
  2. Ranjan Matthew

    July 30, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Gosh I know how the Eicher crew loves their cameras. Those huge, horridly complicated, expensive, cameras! But nevermind the monkeys! The review was awsome

     
    • ed4nidhi

      July 30, 2009 at 9:10 am

      lol. thanks!

       
  3. Jeenie

    July 31, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Excellent work Nids!!Reminds me of our drive to Rampur..particularly the Buffaloes bit…lol!!

     
  4. Arindam

    July 31, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Hi. Saw the blog today. Amazing stuff, gives great vicarious pleasure and actually lives up to the tag line (I don’t know if it’s used anymore) of the publications: of facilitating armchair travellers.
    I am responding to this entry because we (me and 2 colleagues) had an identical experience when we were going to Sambhal, Badaun and then Bareilly to cover the last election. It was Buddh Poornima and there was a jam on the highway which would put Delhi jams to shame. Eventually, like you did Nidhi, we were on a dirt track, then fields, winding through villages, cattle and curious children. After about 20 minutes or so, there was a bloody jam on the dirt tracks and we were stuck for over an hour. This was some 9 in the morning. The wait was becoming intolerable and that’s when we popped the first bottle of Tuborg. Four small bottles among the three of us helped to keep our sense of humour and a philosophical outlook to the job at hand, i.e., election coverage. Finally, we reached Gajraula at 12, tucked in at Giani’s and set off to discover an untold story of great state highways of UP. They were 200 times better than the national highway that we left at Gajraula. And thanks to these super roads we were able to reach Bareilly at a decent enough hour after stopping numerous times for vox pops.
    Great work. Keep it up. See, you just made me blabber about our experience 🙂

     
    • ed4nidhi

      August 1, 2009 at 4:57 am

      Haha.. Wow, that is so similar an experience! I bet a lot of people get to face it on the highways here!! Glad you liked the blog.. and thanks for sharing your story 🙂

       
  5. dad

    August 7, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    yes it was a detour one would remember for a long time.
    what made us turn away from the highway was that the traffic jam was
    said to be 25kms long moreover we were even forced to pay toll tax of
    30Rs on a crude toll barrier for passing through the village.

     
  6. Aishwarya Rathore

    April 13, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    whaooo…awsome nidhi……great work ……….appreciated

     

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