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Walk down the hills

india Updated: Nov 24, 2009 20:38 IST
Aakriti Sawhney
Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times
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Winters in Delhi, no doubt make one forget all that is wrong with the city, but a weekend getaway is always a temptation. And I couldn’t resist to this alluring opportunity, when I got an invitation to visit the Vishranti Resort in Dehradun.

We left Delhi at 6.30 am and reached our destination by lunch. The journey was so picturesque that we didn’t realise when the six hour drive was over. Situated amidst the Madhyant farm was our resort, Vishranti — nestled in 23 acres of protected Sal forests.

A look around
The next day, I decided to take a tour of the town. The first destination was Robber’s Cave also known as Guchu Pani. The cave is guarded by hills on all the sides and a stream of chilled water underneath you. After the caves, I headed to the Sakya center — a Buddhist monastery with a thriving community of more than 200 monks, and also the personal monastery of His Holiness Sakya Trizin. Sakya is one of the four different sects of the Tibetan Buddhism. The center is not just a tourist destination but also a place of worship for the local people.

Time to relax
After a long day of activity, going for a body massage was the only thing on my mind. I went for a full body massage at the resort’s spa. There can be no better way to rejuvenate oneself than a visit to a spa.

Later, I enjoyed my dinner and drinks beside the bonfire, from where the beautiful Mussoorie hill was lit like thousand stars. Apart from Mussoorie other places that one can visit when in Dehradun are; Forest Research Institute, Malsi Deer Park, (a mini zoological park); Sahastradharaa, a beautiful waterfall with a steep drop of 9 meters. The water here is said to possess medicinal properties.

The highlight of the day for me was gorging on the chew brownie, at the famous bakery of Dehradun — Ellora. The owner of the shop told us that the speciality of the bakery is the stick jaw toffees and plum cake. The toffees were yummy and I couldn’t help bringing a whole lot back home. Though my trip came to a quick end, I will always treasure the memories of this beautiful town.