It’s always an added perk whenever there a festival is clubbed with any long weekend, and with the long Holi weekend it was difficult for me stay in this urban jungle. What else then, after a bit of research and checking few basics (this time my travel partner was my mom, so I had to take care of few things) I narrowed down on Ramgarh. Happy and elated we started for our journey at around 5:00 am, nice lovely breeze filling your senses, your hair being carefully caressed and the kick of enthusiasm of hitting the highway. It was one big package.
The lazy that I am, I never choose to drive myself to the hills. So after quick two chai breaks, we reached the Kumoan Mandal Vikas Nigam guest house. Located in one of the most serene location, it was love at first sight with the place. Welcomed with a hot cuppa, the guest house staff could easily figure out how hungry we were. A nice pahadi meal that saw –Chawal, yellow daal, chicken curry, some salad and dahi and it was just enough to make me forget all the stress that I had carried from city life.
The fidgety person that I am, I was kinda restless to explore the place and who better than a local to share some useful tips. Walking along the roads and chatting with few of them I figured out that there is something up in the hills called “TAGORE HOUSE” yes you got it right! This cottage in the hills once inhabited by Rabindranath Tagore, was much a well-kept secret, as not many were aware of the same.
Known as Tagore Top, it’s said that Gurudev came here in 1903 and stayed with his daughter Renuka. She was not in the best of health and he thought the fresh air around would help her in improving her health. Though today it is in much in tatters, but one cannot ignore the view which is simply breathtaking. Known as the “fruit bowl of the region”, Tagore is believed to have written few of his literary works during his stay here.
Once his cottage was all surrounded by amid apple orchards and pines forests. One can very well imagine what gave his creative juices the right dope. Situated at a height of 8,500 feet above sea level, Gurudev even wrote few verses of Gitanjali here.
The walk to this heritage house took me around 40 mins, though was a bit exhausted but the moment you spot it, it was kinda flashback feel – trying to figure out where he must have been sitting watching those birds chirping and feeling the breeze as he penned down those beautiful words. Even though nothing exist today except the skeleton but believe you me the walk was worth it. Walking along the forest with tress filled with rhododendron flowers, it was the prettiest thing one could experience. With few slate slabs left now wild bushes hug the place.
And as you walk along this beautiful landscape don’t forget to catch a glimpse of some of the mighty Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi, Trishul and Panchachuli and more.
Book lovers don’t skip the Museum of Mahadevi Verma, named after the famous poet and freedom fighter. The place sees many of her personal belongings. And yes unlike any other hill station this place too has a spectacular sunset point.
Trivia: Tagore returned to Ramgarh later in 1914 but chose to stay cottage closer to the town which now happens to be a Neemrana property.
Note: It’s a 40 mins to 1 hour uphill climb if you are staying at the Kumoan Mandal Vikas Nigam guest house
Distance: Delhi to – 350 kms approx.
Time: 7 hours approx.
Nainital to Tagore House – 35 kms approx.