Back in Bhimtal

We had been itching to come back to our place in Bhimtal all through Summer but dared not venture out after the dreaded 2nd wave, which claimed so many. In our society in the NCR, there were more than 300 cases at the time, 17 in our tower itself. So for more than two months we didn’t even go downstairs.

Finally, in June sometime, the number of cases in the society gradually came down to zero. This was a huge respite as we could now occasionally go out for a walk within the society boundaries. As slowly things started limping back to normal, our thoughts returned to Bhimtal. Last year, we had spent five months, including the two month national lockdown and the subsequent phased unlocks. However, the Internet connection there is not too reliable so we wanted to wait till our son’s exams got over. Once his semester break started, we thought it wise to wait for our second vaccination before traveling. Finally, around mid-July, we set out for Bhimtal.

We had all got our RT-PCR tests done two days before and got our reports the last evening. The journey was pretty uneventful, up till the Uttarakhand border. We stopped once on the way at the Tadka Dhabba. This is one of our favorite restaurants on the NH24 highway as it has outdoor seating and is pet-friendly. We usually tie our dog to one of the table legs, while devouring tandoori parathas and hot tea/coffee.

We stopped next at the Uttarakhand check post, a few kilometres before Rudrapur. Here, our Epass and RTPCR test were verified and a stamped token chit was given.

We were stopped two more times along the way and had to show this token to be allowed passage. At one of these places, those who hadn’t got RT-PCR done earlier, could get a rapid antigen test, and wait for results (usually 15 minutes or so) before they were allowed to move on.

We reached Bhimtal around 2:00 in the afternoon. We got essentials from the neighouring kirana shop and prepared a quick lunch of Bun and Anda Bhurjee. And after that, we were free to relax and enjoy the lake. After the humid heat of the NCR, the pleasant, cloudy weather of Bhimtal was a big respite!

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Published by Leena T Pandey

I have been reading voraciously since the age of five when I first discovered the joys of reading. I would lap up anything in print. Unrolling an emptied newspaper cone with one hand, stuffing roasted peanuts in my mouth with the other, all the while devouring the printed content on the cone with my eyes, was one of my first experiences in hedonistic pleasure. In fact, sometimes I feel that I am on an adventurous journey through the secret dreamworld of other people's imaginations, interspersed with occasional visits to my own life to attend events like graduation, first job, marriage, and so on. As a true-blue reader, I think I am uniquely qualified to comment on and critique other people's works of labour. I can tell exactly what puts the average reader to sleep, what sets their pulse racing, and what has them salivating for more. Write to me at

7 thoughts on “Back in Bhimtal

  1. I imagine it was a blessed relief from NCR! I always used to love that sensation of switching off the AC and enjoying clean fresh air blowing through the car as you climb into the mountains 🙂

  2. Beautiful. All the Tal’s are beautiful. Bhimtal and Sattal is just notch better after Nainital. 🙂 Like the vlogs.

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