Completely stressed with a 24x7 connected life, I decided to unwind and let my thoughts wander to enjoy the peace and quietness. After deep research I fell in love with the layered hills of Kanatal-A picture perfect hill station, just 70Kms ahead of Dehradun, perched at 8,500 feet . I took the flight to Jollygrant in Dehradun and then headed to Kanatal via road. This journey helped me to reconnect with my disoriented self. It appeared as if the landscape popped straight out of Keat’s poetry.
Completely unharmed by Commerce, Kanatal is surrounded by dense forests of pine, cedar, oak and rhododendron and offers a spectacular view of the mammoth snow –capped Himalayas . Thronged with fruit orchards and colourful blooming flowers during monsoon and spring , and over 50 inches of snow carpeted area ,makes it look like a cotton canyon.
This place offers the mountaineers to scale a summit, go mountain biking on the meandering terrain, overcome your fears by rappelling down a cliff and a guided moonlit jungle trail. As the evening drew in, barbeque all laid up in front of my peaceful tent retreat ,warm hospitality of the staff spiced up with some soulful music, a lot of conversation mixed with laughter kept me engaged as well as mesmerized. I just couldn’t restrain myself from gazing over snow capped peaks on a silent night, soft breeze blowing my senses away. It was truly an ethereal experience. Next day ,I decided to trek around the scenic Jwarna region, which is dotted with quaint little villages round the corner. This acquaints you with the peaceful, untouched rural life. Walking past these clusters of cozy pastoral homes amid patches of organized plantations of green pea, turnip, coriander, potatoes energies your fatigued soul. Munching away the sweet organic peas and clicking these candid moments was a superb experience!!!!
Kanatal is an ordinary destination but what makes it extraordinary, is the nature’s bounty it is bestowed with, the saffron sunsets , the pure breath of mountain air , the folklore of local pahari people and their everlasting smile reaffirms your faith in the simplicity of the life . The never ending vistas as you lie curled up in a hammock definitely proves that Kanatal, is a hidden gem in every sense of word, a heaven where you want time to come to a halt….