Monday, January 28, 2013

Mountain Trail,Muktheshwar

After leaving the Ramgarh hills we went high upto Mukteshwar hills.Seeing The snowcapped mountains from the hotel was an experience on its own.Except for a temple and a rock ,there isnt much about Muktheswar,it is a place for long walks,hot tea and some beautiful images.After much reading we finalised upon Mountain Trail,the oldest and the prettiest of accomodations available there.A row of idyllic cottages lines on a hillock.with the beautiful apple ,plum  with all its blosssoms out there in the spring season

Mountain Trail as we entered

as we entered and looked back,the carpet of yellow flowers

the outdoor sitting area

the wooden log benches

small birds that were hung on almost all trees

ecofriendly nameplates

the bird feeders ,coconut husk and shell

                                                small windows and ivy 

the chais that kept us warm

the wonderful cottages
all about reflections

breathtaking beauty

 Images and Ideas:Lakshmi Arvind
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

At Ramgarh Bungalows,Neemrana

 The cosy insides of the Ramgarh Bungalows..The Neemrana's always left me amused, mesmerised me , their perfection to the  little details that made a non hotel,the old world charm and perfection,the old world furnitures and the blockprints .Each room decorated with the rustic simplicity of the old world.Get elated to a new level.My happiness in those  rustic simplicities, me and my camera,we travel together to the Cosy and unique, in our  own ways...i love these images.

When we saw the Writers bungalows,one among the Ramgarh bungalows,my mind  actually leaped ..the bird suite ,the  ivy flowing on the walls and the yellow button roses just took my mind away...far away into a fairy tale land..

the tea area

all the art work and curtains where in yellow

curtains..floral prints

the small annexe room for the suite
as dusk came ..

amazing shadows..west facing 

 a picture of the old bungalow

Ashok vatika,where we also stayed
the blue room


the annexe room of the suite

inside out

the view was amazing

mirrors and reflections

outside seating

shadows and shadows


ideas and images:Lakshmi Arvind

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Neemrana @ Kumaon

Last summer still mesmerises me and I still spend the whole day looking at those gorgeous images, that leave me spell bound till today. A week of summers spend on the hills of Kumaon, the Ramgarh and Muktheshwar..

Neemrana is something that I love..the idea, the casualness, easiness, the warm colours, the blockprints, the furniture, the havelis, the old bungalows, their location and their wonderful food and hospitality is something unique. We spent our days in the "Neemrana Ramgarh Bungalows". The Ramgarh bungalows are located on the side of an entire hill.. There are various properties named in various names under the Ramgarh Bungalows. To see it, live and experience the hills is pure magic..

Along the small winding roads, along the small daisies, the long and narrow roads stretched in front of us. From far we could see a hill from where we could see the cottages on top of the hill and down hill..There are four properties by the names, Old Bungalow, Writers Bungalow, Ashok Vatika and Cliff House. Each of them unique in their own way and beautiful in its own ways. Old Bungalow is where lunch is served, dinner is served to the respective places wherever we stay.

those wild daisies..

Writers Bungalow where we stayed

The Old Bungalow

Cliff House

loved the sloping roofs and the grey slates

Ashok vatika,where we stayed..those nasturtiums

the winter is here to stay

the white washed columns..a peculiarity of the south and the north

sloping roofs,green paints,small windows...fairy tale setting

blockprints and the dining rooms

the shadows

this is where we sat

facing the mountains too

relax and have a seat

those ivy covered walls are something to die for

Images and Ideas:Lakshmi Arvind

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