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Reema Bhalla Aug 31 2015

Romancing the rains in Nainital

Florina Soren Aug 31 2015
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If you are a monsoon lover, where have you gone to seek it this time? I spend my monsoons in a different part of the country every year, from the washed beaches and pristine clean ghats of Goa, the wafting ripe smells of the jungle in Corbett, to the overflowing lakes of Udaipur lined with puffy white clouds. The first rain smells and feels different everywhere, the skies are a different shade of blue-grey, and the variety of greens has no bounds.

The hill station of Nainital is often the place invisible in our eyes for being so apparent as a choice, with relatively excellent connectivity, and an easy approach from Delhi. Take a cab from Delhi to Nainital or drive your way through the breathtaking slopes. The first thing that comes to your mind when you think of this dreamy city, is its Mall Road, an old-world charm that refuses to fade away, keeping company to the glistening lake right beside it. The Malli Taal market is teeming with vendors, selling everything from warm socks to neon coloured lingerie, foamy coffee in styrofoam cups to hot momos in an even hotter sauce.

The funny thing about monsoon in Nainital is that you cannot identify what time of the day it is. The weather is an eternal guessing game. Every ten steps, it can change, from sunny enough to have a picnic, to the misty envelope needed for that walk into the hills.

Nainital in winters is a snowy escape, but it is in the monsoons that it truly comes alive. Learn what it means to walk with your head in the clouds. Truly, for once. And there are the mushrooms. Growing at every crook and cranny of the leafy forests, partner-in-crime to the moss covered trees and walls. The forests are generous to the eyes, a month into the season, heady and drunk with the glory of its flora and fauna. The forests are a secret of their own, not for your eyes if you don’t have time to spend with them.

Make an impromptu plan on a Friday night. Don’t sit across the same people ordering the same round of beer. Take your lover by surprise. Or just pack your bags and move on your own. As you sit in a secret spot of your own at Tiffin Top gazing down at this lake city, or float around on a yacht as its hull laps up the waters, it it time you heard the sound of silence again. The office walls blocks out any tip-tap of the rain, but as you sit on the swinging seats on your private terrace at The Manu Maharani, it will make up for all those times you got to know about the weather outside from weather updates on your phone.

Photographs & story: Payel Majumdar

*The writer had been invited on behalf of The Manu Maharani Hotel to experience the true essence of Nainital in Rains.

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