Pangot: A Hidden Retreat In The Himalayas

Devoid of the maddening crowd and cellular network, Pangot is a gem hidden in the laps of the mighty Himalayas. Located just 15kms from Nainital, this place with over 200 species of birds is a paradise for bird watchers.

The bus started an hour late at 12am from Kaushambi bus terminal and was scheduled to reach Nainital at around 8am. Around 3am we woke up to a jammed road in Garhmukteshwar. It was Budh Purnima and all the devotees were lined up to take a holy dip in the Ganges. And this added a further delay of a couple of hours!

While we happily slept through all this, one of our friends being true to his ‘planned spontaneity’ element, started shortlisting homestays that we could crash at for the weekend.

The bus dropped us 3kms before Nainital Mall Road and we decided to walk that distance accompanied by some yum sandwiches that we had packed. Midway we got a comfortable ride in a SUV and in about an hour we reached Pangot.

We found our home away from home at Nest Cottages. It was a magnificent property with a view worth million bucks. The bird chirping outside our room and the fresh mountain aroma engulfed us in not time. The hotel owner was an old chap, originally from Muzaffarnagar. The staff was warm and courteous; the valley was serene and picturesque; the food was fresh and scrumptious; we were happy and tripping! We couldn’t have asked for more!

All through the weekend we trekked to the jungle and discussed everything under the moon playing cards. It was a much needed break and the place did not disappoint us!

Read this somewhere recently, “There is no WIFI in the wilderness. But I promise, you will find a better connection.” The trip to Pangot was about this and much more!

Happy Travelling!

PS: Gotta thank @arjunkchadha for capturing the minute details while I was busy being happy high! 🙂

PPS: For the lovely photos, @mohit27690, thank you! (*He is the guy with the fancy DSLR!) 😀

Here are some of the pics from the trip.

View from our room!

View from our room!

View of the Naini Lake!

View of the Naini Lake!

Serenity at its best!

Serenity at its best!

The beautiful sunset!

The beautiful sunset!

Rowing scenes!

Rowing scenes!

Because one gotta pay!

Because one gotta pay!

Mutton Momos from the Tibetan Market! Om nom nom!

Mutton Momos from the Tibetan Market! Om nom nom!

Getting ready to play cards!

Getting ready to play cards!

 

About Trippy Travelette

A digital marketeer by profession, I was bitten by the travel bug when I was 18 years old. My Mother had gifted me an envelope that had to and fro rail tickets to Gujarat. I had studied in a boarding school in Gujarat and was more than happy thinking about the reunion with my girlfriends who were still there in Ahmedabad and Anand. I was travelling alone but being backed up both morally and financially by my mother, I was a bit relaxed. That trip was where I first experienced the urge to say, ‘I was here, I saw this and it mattered to me.” There was no looking back post this! I was falling in love with the idea of picking up the bag and leaving for the unknown! The travel experiences started becoming a reminder of human insignificance and frailty. Today, I am most particularly in love with Himachal Pradesh. The landscape, the culture and the people here have become a special part of my life. And you will see most of my travel experiences talk about the same. A complete tea addict, nothing gives me more joy than a 'pahadi chai' with some butter toast! Looking forward to exploring and exchanging awe inspiring stories. Happy Travelling!

2 Comments

  1. This is a topic close to my heart cheers. Thanks

  2. I adore it when folks come together and share opinions, great blog, keep it up.

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