A sudden urge to get out of a big city is a very known feeling to me. And acting upon on a rather ordinary evening last week, I booked a home-stay in Dehradun and hopped into a bus next morning. This was my first booking on Airbnb and I was excited to experience my solo home-stay adventure. My host lives in an “old British style home” in the northern Indian city of Dehradun and true to his profile on Airbnb provides a rather offbeat experience to his guests.
And here the beautiful home-stay with rabbits, dogs and happy humans:
On the second day of my stay, I hired his all-day trip to Mussoorie and Landour. I had already been to Mussoorie once, so we just passed through the city and our first stop was the house of George Everest. Colonel Sir George Everest was a Welsh surveyor and geographer, and the Surveyor General of India from 1830 through 1843. It is interesting to see the spot where he chose to build his house on a secluded hilltop in Mussoorie and the fact that the great Mount Everest is named after him. True to its genre the road to Everest’s house was really a challenge.
Next, we took the good quality road to Landour.The name draws from Llanddowror, a village in Carmarthenshire in southwest Wales. The town sits at an impressive height of more than 2500 meters above sea level and the air is so fresh that I just wanted to stock it up in my lungs. The history of the place is as intriguing as the views of sunrise and sunsets with the Himalayas in their full glory. This does firmly establish a return of most travelers who once land in the lap of the beautiful princess of the hills…and I am no exception 🙂
On our return to Dehradun in the evening I made sure to get a picture at Ruskin Bond’s house…although I don’t remember any of his stories now…life is tricky
After some truly happy days at the home-stay, I used the penultimate day of my stay to visit the Tapkeshwar (Shiva) temple and the famous Buddhist Monastery. I came to know that the monastery offers 10 days Vipassana course for anyone interested. This means 10 days without speaking a word and staying away from all other distractions like computer, phone and books. This is rather interesting and I am planning to participate in this in the near future.
And I did feel a little sad leaving for Delhi