A and I are currently on holiday in India. We’ve just returned to the city of Gurgaon (just outside of Delhi) after spending four days in the Himalayan hill-station of Ramgarh. I think this is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. Ramgarh is situated in a lush and green valley. The area is known as the Fruit Bowl of the Kumaon, as the valleys are filled with fruit trees of all sorts.This in turn attracts such a diverse wildlife: from enormous bumblebees and butterflies, to toads and tadpoles, and an amazing variety in birds.
Our guesthouse was situated halfway a hill in the valley, and had the most beautiful flower garden. I’ve been doing quite a bit of embroidery sitting in the shade of the trees and taking in the landscape and the birdsong. I made friends with a stray dog named Tipu, who contently lay at our feet. The guests and owners seem to feed and water the dog, and it has shelter in the many buildings belonging to the guesthouse, but roams freely through the valley. On our last day, just as we were leaving, it came up to us, as if to wish us goodbye!
On the way back to the city we made a stop at a small government owned organic tea factory – so wonderful to see all these tea-plants and the small processing factory! I’m looking forward to make a brew of their green tea soon!