Where must you go to get a dose of that? Gethia.
Tired of the grueling work schedule and the 30 km X 2 everyday travel, we wanted needed a quiet place to recharge our batteries, to talk, connect and basically vegetate. The Holi holidays found us on the road with packed bags heading north towards Gethia.
Gethia is a small and sleepy village in Nainital District. The type where everyone knows everyone, you can count the vehicles on your knuckles and there is only one main road that cuts through the village. Just the perfect place to absorb nature, relax and do nothing.
The road from Delhi to Gethia is smooth, except for one rather bumpy and rough patch. With 3 breaks, it took us 7 hours to get to our destination. It was an uneventful drive with the person at the wheel and the other navigating. Always one to ask the locals for directions, this trip made me acknowledge the true value of Google Maps. I am now officially a fan.
We stayed at Two Chimneys. I think that’s the only place you can stay at in Gethia. I didn’t see any other places, though I didn’t move around much and Google search doesn’t throw up any options either.
Two Chimneys came recommended by a friend who had previously enjoyed a lovely holiday there. Trusting his word, we chose to explore Gethia and Two Chimneys.
Two Chimneys is an old cottage from the British era converted into a tourist accommodation. It’s a fairly spread-out property and the developers have done a good job in utilizing the space they had at hand. There is a pool, a library, a common room with a music system and television, a big front lawn and a space for indoor sports. Basically enough to keep you occupied while you are there. Two Chimneys has only seven rooms to offer. But don’t be misled by that number. Most rooms are huge and have lofts or narrow passages that lead to hidden annexes. They can comfortable accommodate 4-6 people. I thought the architecture style was pretty exciting. The staff (mostly local) was friendly, helpful and inquisitive in just the right dose about all visitors. The kitchen at Two Chimneys provides home-cooked meals. Besides the regular roti-sabzi-dal, they also create barbeques and Italian dishes. Quite a delight in a place so small.
Once you have checked in at Two Chimneys, there isn’t much reason to move out. The rooms are comfortable, the food is good and you are surrounded by beautiful nature. It’s just the right environment to relax, read, contemplate and review life. It’s a good place to be in.
While at Gethia, we picked up a new hobby- bird watching. The cameras we own are obviously not good enough to capture flighty creatures that prefer to perch on the highest branches, but still it was an absolute delight to spot birds, make desperate attempts to get a shot and then study the pictures and identify the names.
A real fire place in the common room at Two Chimneys
Mushrooms in tiers
A serene Buddha overlooks the pool and the outdoor dining area