Pauri, Pauri-Garhwal Distt. Uttarakhand
Set off the beaten path from the Haridwar-Rishikesh NH-58 is the town of Pauri.
The city provides a panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks of Chaukhamba, Trishul, Gangotri group, Bandar-Poonch, Swarga-Rohini, Kedarnath, Kharcha Kund, Hathiparvat etc.; essentially a parade of perennially snow laden mountains. The cherry-on-top is that this vista lies west of the town with a deep valley and low hills in between, which makes the sunset over these great peaks spectacular. The sunset at Pauri occasionally manifests a riot of colours with the dominating tang of fiery orange which mellows down into turquoise streaks.
Mumukshu, by V-Resorts lives up to their claim of offering comfortable living at offbeat and unexplored locations. It is 5 kms from the city of Pauri on the Pauri-Devprayag road, on the other side of a hill. The resort, though right next to the street, is cut off from the noise of the town yet close enough for any supplies you might need. The two building structure has 15 rooms with simple and comfortable furnishing.
Their USP is location. The property is perched on a steep hill where every room has a grand view of the above mentioned snow covered panorama; right from the window, also from the front porch and even from the plenty of gardens and open spaces. The décor is a little unorganized here and there but sometimes this is preferable over immaculately scaped lawns. This seems real.
The staff is very respectful and polite in the way most of our hill dwelling brothers are. The resort manager in particular, is a friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful chap. He even lent me his personal Bullet to ride around the hills! And to balance those centrifugal forces around the curvy hills with the crisp evening breeze on your face is a pleasure every motorcycle enthusiast can give up his house for.
The intent of V Resorts is very clear with the activities being offered in addition to a tranquil place with a gorgeous view. They have a foosball table in the recreation/conference room, books to read and sketching & painting paraphernalia. They even have a section on their website where the activity being offered is “Sit around and do nothing” with the catch line “..what did I do? You lived life my friend. While the clock ticked, you made the moments stop for you.”
For those who like to venture out, jungle hikes are aplenty and all around. These beautiful treks take you to various view points, picnic spots and a 1000 year old Lakshman temple.
If you’re really lucky (like I was), it’ll drizzle at sunset, the twilight and clouds will paint the sky, the breeze will goosebump you into freshness, the birds will chirp you to melodious delight and you’ll be treated to an elongated double rainbow rising up from the depths of the valley to the colorful sky. It is a place for a peaceful, quiet, leisurely vacation.
While basking in the mild mid-day sun on the resort’s garden-with-a-view, an epiphany of sorts hit me. It goes like this:
Amidst the peace you realize,
The place is still alive,
Lovely breeze swishing through the pine leaves,
Distant chants at temples,
A smattering of music,
Dhols or bongos,
Even the strains of a distant guitar,
Twitters n chirps n whistles n coos
n shrieks n howls n cock-a-doodle-doos,
All remind you of life and the (very) simple existence of it.
ACTIVITY Alert : Fishing/Angling
V-resorts arranges fishing at Beas Ghat, which is a world famous fishing spot especially for ‘Mahaseer’. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, Beas Ghat, offers tourists with a splendid experience of fishing in the midst of solitude.
Distance from Delhi: 315 km
Distance from Rishikesh:115km
Route: Delhi – Najibabad – Kotdwara – Jwalpa Devi – Pauri OR Delhi – Hardwar – Rishikesh – Devprayag – Pauri
Woollens: Heavy woollens in winter, Light woollens in summer
Doctor on call: Being close to Pauri town, Doctors are easily available
Places to visit in the vicinity
Khirsu: 19 km. Calm, quiet picnic spot amidst thick oak and deodar forests
Devprayag: 46 km. Confluence of the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers (tributaries of the Ganga)
Lansdowne: 83 km. Cantonment town with pristine beauty