His eyes lit with excitement as he pointed to a tree where the tiny pomegranates were hanging and dangling and swinging beautifully with gust.
We had been to Orchards before, like on Spiti Valley road trip, the accommodation we stayed in at Kalpa, was located right in the middle of Apple Orchard and we could actually touch the Apples from our room’s balcony! But Aayansh was just 11 months old then so that explains the recent enthusiasm he is now 2 :).
It was not just Pomegranates; we crossed variety of trees and were as excited as ever – Pears, Plums, Apricots, and Apples. What a blessed place this was!
And the picturesque views of the hills from that altitude were something else! We had spent a lot of time in Himachal over the last five years, and still on our every following road trip we discover some place special casting a magic spell that lingers on in our hearts.
This is Chindi!
A beautiful drive of about 95 kms from Shimla and you are in ‘Chindi’, a serene charming place in Karsog Valley. The mountains are mighty but so luxuriant with greens and the supple fog that it feels divine. Throughout our road trip we followed Google Maps and decided to take the not so popular route and it turned out amazing as it required us to drive via these quaint villages, orchards and incredible views.
We reached ‘Chindi’ in the first half of the day and decided to go for trekking in the second half. It was such a delightful experience, the route was via a farm that had variety of trees and the fruits were almost ripe. With every single step I was getting so excited looking at the Red & Green Apples, Pears and Apricots. Staying in metro cities and being surrounded by concrete jungle all the time leaves me yearning for Mother Nature. Thankfully we are able to Travel 🙂
The moment we reached at top, fresh air and fragrance of soil embraced us. We spent substantial time just basking in the purity of Nature, soaking Life and our little baby loved every bit of it.
In the evening we just sat out on the porch of the Hotel sipping hot tea conversing with locals and had a great time.
Where to Stay!
There are few options available as far as accommodation is concerned. The best one is ‘The Mamleshwar’ managed by HPTDC and it’s better to pre–book. And the other one that we checked was just five minutes away from Mamleshwar, was decent one at reasonable price. The duration depends on the activities you plan, one day will suffice though. The next destination is Karsog Valley followed by Mandi. So, in case you don’t find suitable accommodation in Chindi, one can opt for Karsog Valley.