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Monday, April 28, 2008

Nainital and Where I Had Been

Didn't post anything here for more than a month. The reasons - busy, lazy and trying to figure out.

First, shifted residence, from a spacious exclusive furnished house have moved into a one room pad. With a landlord who promised me the sun and is now reluctantly handing me a candle, I am struggling to fit in all my stuff in the limited confines. Therefore didn't feel like blogging, I need some physical space for this kind of activity. Living out of boxes is difficult but am getting used to it.

Second, am helping launch a new product at work that promises to be 'hot.' And all the heat is sapping my energies.

Third, had gone for a short break to the hills, to Nainital. Nice place. Being a hill boy it is only the high Himalayas that can now excite me enough. Ranikhet was a disappointment and regretting not going to the Jim Corbett National Park.

A few photos from there, didn't explore enough:


A bell awarded to the Kathgodam Railway Station (the nearest railhead from Nainital) for being the best maintained railway station in the 1950s (don't remember the exact year).


A Time Master Transistor clock at the hotel where we stayed


The cable car/ropeway to the Snow View point. With the snow melting in the summer, it was hazy in the Himalayas and we didn't get to see anything from up there.


Probably a relic from the British era. The classic red post box.


...and the Post Office at Tallital (at the southern end of the Naini lake). This is supposedly the only the post office on a lake bridge anywhere in the world.


The Naini lake (that forms the heart of the town) as viewed from the ropeway


Lovers leaving behind their ugly marks at Lover's Point/Suicide Point (Every Hill Station seems to have one).


...and making a business out of capturing love birds on film (Deepali Photos, Lovers Point, Nainital). The digital revolution seems to have hit them hard.


A view from the hotel where we stayed.


A bird incubating her eggs on a nest. A friendly restaurant owner took the extra effort to show her to us.


Got the message. (transliteration/translation of the text in Devanagari: Kripiya mandir mein shauchalay suvidha nahin hain - Please there is no urinal facility on the temple)


Sagar, the horse, who took me on a rough ride.


Khurpatal


Nainital town skirting Naini lake


A boatman and boats on Naini lake


Bishop Shaw High School, Tallital


Another view of the Naini lake

4 Comments:

Vinayak said...

Finally a post!
After reading it, i think it is great that you did reply to the comments left at your blog.
Hope to read more from you.
And...is it the clear air that make some of these pics look great or was the camera in a good pair of hands :)

educatedunemployed said...

The school reminded me of a photo a Greek friend showed me of her neighbourhood. Striking similarity of the banks and houses behind, and the school of course.

@ Vinayak: I would say good hands wins hands down from my own experience. I have had plenty of good air and catastrophic results. :D

adi said...

i hope the lake is clean and not filthy as they've degraded the kempty falls in mussorie, in ur pictures it looks clean :)
i hope u will settle soon in ur new place and if u r looking for a better accomodation, i'm looking for a room mate in south delhi ;)
do keep in touch!

Soumyadip said...

Vinayak: I usually try replying to all the comments, but then it always isn't possible.

About the photos, I'll like to believe in the latter (it feels better)

educatedunemployed: Nainital and Greece - have to tell the guys at Uttarakhand Tourism about this.

Adi: I believe that they have undertaken some drive to clean the lakes.

Though I wouldn't mind better accommodation, I don't have the energy to shift again and moreover I've got used to East Delhi.