On the second day, we had a nice breakfast and started our journey to Ooty. The entire journey from the Ooty Main road to the Highland hotel was scenic and we didn’t close our eyes for a moment. Since we were traveling uphill, we couldn’t even afford to fall asleep ;). We saw a lot of monkeys on the way and a few waterfalls.
The hotel was situated at a high altitude near the Doddabetta peak which is a major tourist attraction. The view of the Nilgiri hills from the hotel was breathtaking ☺. We checked-in, had a light lunch and then went for sight-seeing. We went to the Botanical garden and spent sometime amidst the greenery. The garden was decent with some good collection of flowering trees :). While we were returning, it started drizzling, yeah drizzling in the month of April. We got back to the hotel. In the evening, we spent sometime near the bonfire. The hotel staff played some melodious songs and we enjoyed sitting near the fire. Our surroundings were so scenic and serene. It was like meditation.
We then had dinner. It was very spicy and not very tasty though, much below our expectations. But, overall, it was a lovely day spent on the Nilgiri Hills 🙂
Sharing a few pictures of the Nilgirs Hills taken from the hotel –
S and I planned for a 5-day holiday during the occasion of S’s birthday in order to relax, spend some time together and make the occasion even more special. After all the hard-work that one puts up on a daily basis, one really needs some time to relax and spend with loved ones .
On the first day of our holiday, S’s birthday, we boarded a flight to Coimbatore early in the morning. We were at the hotel by noon. The hotel was neat and luxurious. We relaxed for a while and then had a nice lunch together.
Later, we went out to watch a movie and do some shopping. We watched a decently-nice English movie. S and I love watching movies. Later, we did a lot of shopping. Mom had talked about the city being popular for selling good cotton wear, hence we bought some cotton sarees.
After returning back to the hotel, we relaxed for sometime and then had a nice dinner. The dinner buffet arranged by the restaurant staff was good 🙂 After dinner, we spent sometime chatting in the lobby of the hotel. It felt so peaceful. S’s birthday was spent well and I was so happy about it 🙂
Sharing a picture of the ceiling in the lobby of the hotel-
On a Friday, on the occassion of Holi, S and I went to office. We didn’t take a leave from work. While, riding my scooter on the way to office, the weather was super-nice, slightly cloudy and a cool breeze was hitting over my face. The best part was that there was very less traffic on the roads. I enjoyed the drive so much 🙂 Riding on the same old road felt so peaceful and nice. When there are fewer people on the road, especially the ones who do not honk incessantly, it feels so good to drive.
The weather in Bangalore has changed in the last week. It feels pleasant unlike the usual hot summer days. Also, I get to see so many colorful trees these days. Even during the late morning hours, we can hear the birds chirping and it feels so musical.The flowers on the trees are like treat for the eyes, the pink Tabebuia trees are found all across the city and they are my favorite ones too. Also, the teck-park where I work has become super-colorful with flowers of all colors – yellow, red, white, purple and so on. I love to drive to office these days. This is the best part of Bangalore – it’s beauty and I am so glad that S and I chose this city to settle down 🙂
I do not like to play with colors during Holi. I don’t mind playing with water though ;), I love water to the core! But, after the festival the entire city has been painted with lovely natural colors and I enjoy watching them again and again. So, that’s what I meant by my love for colors. He He 😀
The weekends have become even more exciting after I started driving our car in the traffic areas under hubby’s supervision. Yeah, he sits beside me and uses the hand-break when required 😉 Initially I started driving in the less populated, residential area near our house. I gradually started gaining confidence when I got more used to the gears, the clutch, the accelerator, and more importantly the breaks 😀
Since last few weeks, I have been driving in the traffic areas. I must say, one has to be extremely patient, cautious and alert while driving in the traffic areas of Bangalore where the traffic can even move at a snail’s speed, the buses just come to a halt without any signal, the autos and the two-wheelers never ride straight(they ride as much zigzag as possible 😉 ) Last Sunday, I drove for nearly an hour and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have been riding a scooter from quite sometime now(more than 15 years) and I enjoy it a lot, but the experience of driving a four-wheeler is totally new and nice 🙂
I had set a target for myself of starting to drive in the heavy traffic areas before my birthday(occurs at the end of this month) and I am so glad that I achieved that target!! 🙂 I know, this is just the beginning. I need a lot of practice to be driving as good as my hubby does, but I will do my best to become better and better as days pass by. Riding a two-wheeler has always been one of the activities I have loved to do. Despite spending a lot of time in traffic, I enjoy driving to the core and now I am looking forward to becoming a better car-driver 🙂 Wish me luck friends!!! 🙂
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