Of mountainous backdrops and cozy vibes…
A chilly winter day in the backdrop of the magnificent mountain range of India calls for a warm and cozy break. Where did I head to, instead? Well, I headed further uphill to seek shelter in a cottage on the lap of the Himalayas itself… and what a day it was! A fuzzy sweater and woolen beanie accompanied me to a getaway in solitude; my new home away from home.
Where: Brigadier’s Cottage, Mussoorie, near Kempty Falls
When: December 2017 – peak winters. I shiver as I write
As you all know by now, I like exploring places that are not crowded with tourists. I’m glad I chose to go towards Kempty Falls off-season to enjoy an uncluttered break with snow-capped peaks visible far behind the dull green mountains and valleys.
The first impression of the cottage is brilliant. It looks really tiny, but it’s not that small. A flight of steps leads to the lounge and three rooms through the hallway. The paintings all around the property are bound to pique your interest.
More than the room, I spend time chilling at the living area cum lounge. It had different types of seating, a chess board, bookshelf, and the most important element – a functional fireplace. Doesn’t it sound perfect for the winters?
What happens when you see a fireplace? You end up thawing yourself, enjoying a relaxed evening over books and coffee. Yes, this cottage is THE place for book lovers. A dedicated bookshelf adorns a wall beside the fireplace.
Calling all dog lovers, and not just dogs, but pet lovers by large. This pet-friendly property allows you to get your Tommy and Kitty who can make friends with the in-house well-groomed breeds or simply enjoy their time bonding with you all.
I run away from cold climates and only stay at properties that are well-equipped with heating equipment. A heater in the room and lounge, the fireplace and electric blanket on request were just perfect for spending a housecoat and pyjama kinda relaxing weekend at the cottage.
As if this wasn’t enough, I was amazed by the home-cooked food. The staff at Brigadiers Cottage was really friendly and helpful and ever-ready to cook up a delicious meal in their kitchen – fresh veggies and chicken guaranteed.
For a travel blogger, connectivity is essential on the go. In fact, no one these days can make do without strong network and that is exactly what I got here. Phew! Those of you who’ve followed my live updates and Instagram stories would know.
Lyf&Spice conveys heartfelt thanks to Brigadier’s Cottage for the homely stay. We had a great time, and hope to be back next season.
Lyf&Spice family now has a new space to call home for a weekend, quick break or for a family catch-up. For all you readers, simply book your stay at Brigadiers Cottage , gather your dear ones and trot away to the getaway worth an experience. Kempty Falls is barely a 10-minute walk from the property. Take a stroll around the garden, hike along the nature trails or walk to the falls. Either way, there is no scope for getting bored at all.
**Image courtesy: Self (Lyf&Spice) and Brigadier’s Cottage
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