A Song and Dance About Garbage

The hills are alive With the sound of music,With songs they have sung For a thousand years… …sang Maria in the opening scenes of the evergreen Sound of Music. But the song reverberating through the Bhimtal hills these days has just been around for the last five years or so and goes something like this:Continue reading “A Song and Dance About Garbage”

Year 2020 Trips

January – Rishikesh We ushered in 2020 in Rishikesh. We had come here a few days earlier and stayed at GMVN’s Ganga Resort. Then on 31st December 2019, we joined our friends at Parmarth Ashram. They were celebrating their 25th anniversary and had invited a few close friends and relatives. Apart from the famous aartiContinue reading “Year 2020 Trips”

Thursday Hops #6

In Thursday Hops #6, a monkey peeping in from our kitchen window….as if to ask “Is breakfast ready?” Monkeys are a common sight in Bhimtal. As number of houses increase and forest covers decrease, more and more monkeys are moving into residential areas in search of food. Some people feed them, perhaps seeing an incarnationContinue reading “Thursday Hops #6”

Thursday Hops #5

Thursday Hops #5 features the Ducks of Bhimtal Lake. These ducks (well rather their parents, grand parents, great grand parents…..you get the drift) have been around Bhimtal Lake for as long as I remember. Every day, they swim from this end of the lake to the island in the lake. They spend a lot ofContinue reading “Thursday Hops #5”

Thursday Hops #4

In Thurday Hops #4, I present this sweet hillside temple. This Monday was a holiday due to Raksha Bandhan. We took advantage of the holiday to go for a short hike. That’s when we came across this colourful Shiv temple in an equally attractive setting. Sadly, it was closed, probably due to Covid restrictions. SmallContinue reading “Thursday Hops #4”

Thursday Hops #3

For Thursday Hops #3, I bring to you this beautiful just-before-sunset picture of Bhimtal Hills. Look at the wisps of clouds floating by! The clouds formed such interesting patterns. And just minutes after we took this picture, the misty clouds covered the hills from our view. Doesn’t it look lovely? Links to other Thursday HopsContinue reading “Thursday Hops #3”

Thursday Hops #2

So for the second Thursday Hops post, I have this pic of Bhimtal hills. Oops, the hills are barely visible through the monsoon clouds. Yes, monsoon is here! It’s raining every day. We may be running out of dry clothes, but we sure are enjoying the weather along with hot cups of tea/coffee and assortedContinue reading “Thursday Hops #2”