It is the story of 3 moms and their 4-5 years aged kids. The trip started on a very interesting note where, two of my friends were discussing about getting a break from their respective daily routines. And how there respective husbands have been really caught with work. Suddenly, one of them suggested that “let us go on a mom and kids trip”, to which the other friend agreed. After couple of days, when they shared their idea with me, i was instantly interested being a travel lover.
So, we started shortlisting possible destinations from Himachal and Uttrakhand (the Northern states of India), which can be travelled by road. Finally, we zeroed upon Kanatal and Dhanaulti in Uttrakhand state, which are less explored, populated and not so popular destinations among tourists. Kanatal is also known as “The lost Hamlet”.
It was a 3N 4D trip and we booked a hotel in Kanatal for our stay. We planned and executed our trip in less than a week. This was my second trip with friends in 6 months. I started this tradition of going with my friends this year only 🙂
We started early at around 5.30 AM from Delhi to avoid traffic from the cities like Modinagar, Merrut before they it gets crowded.
Kanatal is 9 hour drive from Delhi, and couple of stops in between with kids can take upto 10-11 hours to reach here. We reached our resort by early evening.
Another story of our resort – The resort which we booked for our stay was a 100 m trek down into the valley from the road, which was a real surprise for us. Though the owner informed us that we need to walk down, as car would not be able to go. And we thought that the road would be narrow for the car to go and it is OK, we could walk down. But when we reached the resort, we didn’t expected what was coming. Trekking down the valley with toddlers on a steep track seemed difficult. We were almost on the verge of saying no and were planning to search another hotel to stay. But then we decided to stay there for a night, as the kids were tired by the journey. And look for another resort to stay in the morning.
With this bold decision, we all started trekking down the valley with the kids. After getting comfortable in our room, we decided to stay there only for next 2 nights as well, as kids easily managed to trek down. The view from our room was mesmerizing. The entire valley was so beautiful. The resort only had 5 independent rooms. The owner and staff were extremely courteous and helpful. They ensured that our stay was comfortable.
The next morning started with an amazing sunrise and sight of a beautiful valley. Post breakfast we went for sightseeing. Our first stop was Tehri Dam – Worlds’ highest dam. We went on a top of a hill to get a full view of the dam. It is a beautiful dam, and is different from other dams in terms of build-up and structure.
Next we went to Tehri lake. There are many water sports activities available here like motor boat, speed boat, scooter, banana boat etc. We choose a 30 minute motor boat ride. Motor boat speed is slow but you can enjoy the scenic beauty and lake which nature offers. The rest of the rides are for very limited period. Before you actually start enjoying it, the ride comes to an end. We had an amazing junk food lunch of Maggie at the lake in a soothing weather.
It was already early evening, when we proceeded towards our next stopover for adventure – Sky Cycle. It was simply amazing. It felt like riding in the sky with clouds.
Then our last stop was Kodia Jungle. But then we decided not to take a safari and directly reached our resort. Here we had an amazing hot tea with a beautiful sunset view from our balcony.
Later, at night we had an bonfire dinner. It was simply an amazing day.
- Day 1 – (Delhi – Kanatal)
- Day 2 – (Kanatal sightseeing) – Tehri Dam, Tehri Lake, Adventure Sports
- Day 3 – (Kanatal-Dhanaulti-Haridwar) – Surkanda Devi Temple, Dhanaulti Eco Park
- Day 4 – (Haridwar – Delhi) – Harr Ki Podi, River Ganga