Look who's back!12:25 PM
I am back from my 10 days vacations. Back to a somewhat less hot but still monsoon free Mumbai. Back from a pleasurable family vacation to the Hill station of Kasauli and a short stay in Delhi afterward.
We all had a blast, but to be frank. I am glad to be back home, to my own bed, bathroom and a wardrobe instead of a messy suitcase. As I type this, I am still a bit tired from a less than comfortable train ride that first had us all start the night on the same berth due to the fact only one of our tickets got a confirmation. We managed to get an extra berth later, but a few hours of human Tetris got the best of all of us.
The train ride to Delhi was more pleasurable, and after a day of rest, my in-laws, nephew and us hit the road. It took us a couple of hours to reach this lesser known hill station that is between Chandigarh and Shimla. I don't have many pictures to show for it though, because most of the scenic point were within the Air Force Station and photography was prohibited.
But, we enjoyed a lot of cool fresh air, a few rain showers and a very peaceful stay in a cottage at the Barnala Estate. We stayed there in a home style accommodation, eating home cooked food and just really relaxing.
Ishita made a new doggy friend there as the dog belonging to whoever stays there decided to give her a lot of love and attention.
We stayed there 3 nights, and when we were not just plain old relaxing watching the rain fall (we had a few spells), we took on exploring the village itself (or is it a town). It has a small market area filled with monkeys and langurs. Which of course we're after the edibles. Both Ishita and her cousin were a bit scared of them and it was mommy/chachi to the rescue.
The market was home to what I declared the best chicken momos I ever had. Juicy, flavourful, with chucks of chicken inside instead of ground meat. And at a super cheap price of 100 rupees for 10 momos! Seriously in Mumbai you are lucky if 6 somewhat edible ones cost you less than 200. Needless to say quite a few plates of these made it to the menu over the course of this stay. My MIL said the veg variant was quite awesome too. MIL and I ended up doing a bit of shopping alone as well as no one except Ishita was really interested in buying toilets and cheap jewellery.
And, before we knew it, we were back to the roasting heat of Delhi for the last few days. Call me crazy, but as hot as Delhi was, it was far more bearable than the soggy mess that is Mumbai in the Summer. So I was quite pleased with the trade.
Now I have high hopes that the monsoon will grace us before the end of this week. Week during which I have to get ready for back to school and a more regular blogging schedule.
So, how have you been all that time I was away?