Not another Review!!

Not another review! What makes this different? Well, for starters, the person(s) reviewing stuff here are people who grew up in a world thats far removed from "the Reviews on Gruyere cheese and Asparagus..." In other words,
1. We love Amul butter - the salted yummy thing better than all the 'sophisticated' imported butter in the world!
2. We love the gooey, drippy sweetness of Indian sweets
3. We have, at some point in our lives, ate spoonfulls of Milkmaid conensed milk - right out of the can
4. We understand food and wine pairing (Courtesy the persistent lecturers in Hotel mgmt college), but would rather have chilled beer or the exotic looking potent cocktail with our spicy chicken tikkas or fish fries
5. Prefer to use words like 'delicate' for silks and 'sharp' for tools... NOT food!
6 Are dying find product which make lives easier for working mothers, wives, girlfriends or considerate (also read that as hen pecked) husbands and boyfriends!

So go on... pour your heart out about stuff you liked or hated!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Ramgarh - the lesser known cousin

The moment my husband walked in and declared "We are going to Ramgarh for the holidays," I reeled in horror. The first image that cropped into my mind was Gabbar Singh of Sholay and his army boots! A little more research with our good friend Google (yeah, what else??) revealed that Ramgarh is quite a hidden treasure.

Where : In Uttarakhand, (the same state where half of scenic-spot-starved Delhi throngs to each weekend to visit more famous spots like Nainital, Mallital etc.) a road forks away from the main highway to Nainital. The altitude is over 7000 ft, which makes it higher than Nainital. So, in the summer months, it is a few degrees cooler than the bustling Nainital city. In fact, it is a good base for all places to visit from Nainital as well. Hotels are fewer, but cheaper, and probably newer.

What : It is a hill station, with all the goodies associated with one. Fruit orchards, clear, crisp mountain air and tasty food. Ideal combination for a short trip from Delhi. The advantage Ramgarh has is that it is still comparatively less commercialized. Which means it doesn't feel all 'touristy' and retains some of the natural charm that these resorts were once known for.

Where we stayed : We stayed at resort called Himalayan Heights (which also has branches in Mussorie and other hill stations) which was kind of by chance. It proved to be a good gamble. Sensible rates, good food, loads of entertainment, an enthusiastic Manager who lives in the premises - all the makings of an excellent holiday.

A common sit-out for 2 rooms

the flower corner

one of the many flowers

a spread out property, with stairs like this leading to room clusters

Tea time in our room - a view of the hills and the fruit orchards

Fruit baskets had home grown fruits too

the view from room

one of the flower beds in front of the room