Winter is here, feeling cold in air these day, temperature is dropping a degree Celsius a day from past one week, snowfall is reported in Himalayas. Entire northern India will be shivering from cold soon. Its time to take out warm clothing from closets, keep them into Sun to get rid of smell and moister.
Sleeveless sweaters are generally called “Half Sweaters” in most of part of India, hand woven, mostly wear by middle aged men are visible a lot these days, younger strong enough to tolerate this cold are still in shirts.
I also have one, not sure where, which was hand woven by mom, the last one by her.
I recall my childhood when mom and other women of neighborhood begin weaving sweaters few months before start of winters, buying wool, sticks of different numbers starts much before. A practice of each of family is loosing its battle with market full of ready-made, cheap and better in finish products, not sure they will create same warmth as hand made once….
I have been to Haridwar and Rishikesh in 2004, got an opportunity to visit Rishikesh again this year. There are plenty of weekend destinations nearby Delhi. In summer we have hill stations and in winter we have Rajasthan.
This time its just right weather for a place not so cool not so hot. So we have decided to go to Rishikesh, lush green surroundings a shallow hill river and little rain sometimes. This is one of the offbeat destinations from the list I have. The resort name is Elephant Brooks Resort
While crossing the river to resort, one of us slips, it was a fun
It was 4 days continues off, I was planning for it since long, Renuka Ji, Himachal Pradesh which is approximately 280 KM from Delhi was the destination, we have started on 15 Aug and reached there same day, scenic beauty was all around and it was raining all the time. Rain has spoiled our plan for camping so spending a day there we have decided to move to another destination, Kasauli (another hill station of Himachal Pradesh) was my suggestion which was later changed to Amritsar, Punjab. The round trip was approximately 1300 KM and we have spend around 2.5 days in driving and 1.5 days in touring around places. Driving in rain was fun
At last some randomness, some unpredictability from monotones life
It was my first visit to Rajasthan and we were in Alwar this weekend. Its closest city of Rajasthan from Delhi (Approx. 180 KM). Sariska tiger reserve is just 40KM from Alwar, it was closed though due to off season (Tourists can get passes between Oct-Mar). Some part of it was still open due to a Hanuman Temple. Rates of RTDC hotel near Sariska tiger reserve was unreasonably high.