Monday, November 10, 2008

On the Highway

This weekend Aman and me packed our bags and drove down to Yelagiri. Just like that. Without a plan and without any resort reservations. We did some basic googling, downloaded the route map, picked up loads of food, music, some clothes, sunglasses and off we went.
2.5 hours of driving on a fantastic road brought us to the foot of the hills. And then the drive uphill through some 14 hair pin turns.

We needed this break and the enjoyment was enhanced since it was impromptu.

There isn’t much to see or do in Yelagiri. It’s a quite place. It has a trekking track, a lake, a few temples and some sunset points. That’s about it. And we didn’t do any of those.

We just drove around aimlessly through the narrow roads of the villages. We covered the length and the breath of the hilly town. We had chai at the small road side tapirs, we went for walks, we ran, we talked, we played, we sang. We had fun.

We slept till late and we had long leisurely breakfast and lunch and dinner.

We kept the camera aside, we didn’t open the laptop and we switched off our cell phones.

Excellent weekend.
Energized us
To the world - Bring it on!!!

21 comments:

Masood said...

I envy you.

Mumbai Diva said...

We went to Mcleodganj ( near Dharamshala, in the himalayan foothills )and did exactly the same. Walked up and down the 200 mtr mall road admiring the local crafts, devoured atleast 3 novels each sitting at the local coffee shop and sat for hours watching the sun rise and set from the little balcony outside our hotel room....bliss.

Mumbai Diva said...

We went to Mcleodganj ( near Dharamshala, in the himalayan foothills )and did exactly the same. Walked up and down the 200 mtr mall road admiring the local crafts, devoured atleast 3 novels each sitting at the local coffee shop and sat for hours watching the sun rise and set from the little balcony outside our hotel room....bliss.

Iya said...

@ Masood - :) wait till u get your license..

@ Mumbai Diva - Bliss!!! Sometimes having no plan is so much fun...

Pinku said...

hey iya....

that sounds so ideal...have done these impromptu trips both on my own and with company and they have always turned out better than the planned ones...

But sadly past few months have been tied to the city and its beginning to irk...

Lets see maybe will do something like this soon...thanks for the inspiration

phatichar said...

Wow, am envious.. :-)

Jagjit said...

"We kept the camera aside, we didn’t open the laptop and we switched off our cell phones."

Wow. I think that was the bravest thing to do. I am blog-rolling you without your permission.

Cheers!

Iya said...

@ Pinku: Go Girl Go!!!!
@ Phatichar: :)
Jagjit: Thanks a ton...But u spelt my name incorrectly..its IYA :)

Cynic in Wonderland said...

sounds like best kind of holiday.

How do we know said...

Congratulations!! This was one of the best things one can do .

my space said...

Hey that must have beeen fun...nd i believe the best moments are anyways never captured on camera!!
btw i like ur name iya...v unusual..what does it mean?

Indian Home Maker said...

Love such breaks!! Specially the impromptu part, chai at some road side place, just drive around, no cameras and laptops .... no wonder it was energizing :)

Iya said...

@ Cynic: it indeed was a lot of fun... and can i ask ur name??
@ How do we know: thanks for visiting my page and leaving ur comment...
@ My Space: yeah lot of fun..of a different kind...
thanks for your compliment on my name..it’s a Sanskrit word which means "All pervading"

IHM: :) I can stop smiling since I got back...

~anu~ said...

awesome! :)

Mampi said...

You and Aman are awesome. Getting incommunicado requires some courage. This is unwinding in the truest sense of it. All of us who are envious should learn it from you and do it and get back about it on the blog.
Will come back to read more.

Sindhu :) said...

Its seriously good when you get a weekend off like that and when you can actually leave in total peace - no cell phones, no TV, no news papers!

Total Shanthi!!

BTW.. How have you been? Rember me? Still blogging on O3 also?

Santosh said...

I am a huge fan of impromptu trips:) Shanti and I have done umpteen number of them. Pure joy. Keep doing it Iya and Aman. :)

Iya said...

@ Anu - Thanks
@ Mampi - Thats a very sweet comment.. welcome to my blog...

@ Sindu - Stopped blogging on O3 quite sometime back... i never got to like it much..I do remember you from O3.. welcome to my space...
@ santosh: yeah..completely believe that...u and shanti rock !!

Monika said...

hey we did the same thing with yelagiri once and u know what we even went on bike... its a nice small place u know its called poor man's ooty :)

Iya said...

Monika - Biking sounds fun.. Aman and me went to Mysore once on a bike and it was fun...
and u got confused..its Yercaud and not Yelagiri thats considered poor man's ooty.. we went to yercaud last month and it actually is poor man's ooty...
Welcome to my page and thanks for your comment...

Monika said...

iya.... someone told me its goes like this
ooty - ofcourse its ooty :)
yercaud - smart man's ooty ( i ahev been to yercaud and cant understand why)
yelagiri - poor man's ooty

too many ooty's i think ;-)