As I was telling someone, “People have split ACs; we have split vacations.” A day after returning from Bali, we left with my parents for a 4-day vacation to Binsar. We were staying at a Club Mahindra property in Binsar (the Valley Resort). I had become a Club Mahindra member three years ago, but this was the first time that I was actually using the accumulated vacation days.
Binsar is in the Kumaon Hills of Uttarakhand. The nearest rail-head is Kathgodam, an overnight train journey from Delhi. Binsar is a 4-hour journey from there climbing up into the hills (with some valley descents). Nainital is en route from Kathgodam to Binsar.
This hill vacation was going to be as different from the Bali beach vacation as I could imagine!