When I was a kid, December used to be the most cherished month of the year because I used to get gifts from Santa and travel to different parts of India to spend my vacation with my family. Now that I have grown up and see the little ones in my family, I realize that some things are never meant to change. Kids make any vacation or outing much more fun and lively.
Last summer when my niece ( who was in class I then) and nephew ( who was in class III then) visited us, we had lots of fun. One fine day my niece came up to me and said ” Masi, lets go to Machhuri!”, me- “Machhuri what??” At this time, my nephew who was busy with his drawing book, looked up and said ” Masi, its Mussoorie, the queen of hills!” Well, when I was in class III, all I wanted to go was to the circus. Kids these days are really very fast, I mumbled. It took
me us 2 days to convince everyone. As planned, we were all set to visit the queen of hills in December.
The long train journey wouldn’t have been fun if the kids were not there to make us laugh. They were twice as excited as we were. They carried board games with them that really helped me to pass the sleepless night at the train. Once we reached, the kids started jumping out of excitement at the station itself. The shopkeepers at the platform and few passengers waiting to board their train looked at the kids and grinned. Luckily, the hotel where we checked in had a park for kids. By the time we left our luggage and went out for lunch, the kids have befriended almost everyone in the hotel! I wonder how kids can befriend anyone so easily, while it takes us a lifetime to trust somebody. The next day we went to the Gun Hill. The road trip was amazing and the scenic beauty was stunning. It was a joy ride to the Gun Hill through the cable cars. It was the first time the kids were riding through a cable car, they made sure that they pose for pictures in it so that they can show them off to their friends back at school. Next we went to Kempty Falls, It was a breathtaking view, neither the adults nor the kids could take their eyes off from this wonderful view. The next day, we visited two other falls- the Bhatta Falls and the Jharipani Falls and ended with a visit to the Nag Dev temple. The view from this temple was mesmerizing. The whole Mussoorie could be seen from that place. We had three binoculars with us, two of them were with the kids and there was no chance to get access to any one of them as long as we were there so we adults managed with one binocular only. My niece said ” I wish I could see the whole of Kolkata from the Kali temple near our house”. ” I hope that happens soon” is all I could say.
The next day we took a day off and went for some shopping nearby. It was fun. We got some lovely winter wears and the local sellers were so friendly with us. the kids got colorful woolen caps for themselves and clicked pictures wearing the traditional Garhwali dress. “Oh my god, the dress was so heavy, I wonder how do these people manage to wear them” said my nephew. The fourth and last day of the trip was to Mussoorie lake, we had a small picnic there. The kids had lots of chips, cookies, cakes and chocolates. They also fed the ducks while boating in the lake. The place was calm and peaceful with lots of flowers and tall trees. The sunset was another splendid view. Finally we boarded a train back the next day. It was a great trip and the best part was the kids enjoyed it very much. Really, a child’s presence can make every situation more fun, their curiosity, silly questions and innocence can melt anybody’s heart.
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