The best kind of walk, and this applies to the plains as well as to the hills, is the one in which you have no particular destination when you set out.”
Ruskin Bond must have talking about Landour when he came up with that quote. Located at an altitude of 7500 ft, Landour is a quaint little cantonment town still lost in the days of the Raj.
Set against this backdrop, five women strangers to each other decided to embark on a journey of self-exploration and no-holds-barred fun.
There is this perception that the older we get, we need to be bound to the family and not stray from our responsibilities – that our carefree times should be in the past, restricted to our twenties. Trips with friends tend to be replaced with family bonding sessions and couples retreats.
But sometimes, we just need that break from our daily routine – we need some ‘me time’, some bonding with our own tribe. And an all-woman experience like this Unhotel Landour trip has made that possible.
Being a part of a sisterhood where you can let your hair down without inhibitions is an important experience every woman should have.
For each of us, this trip was coming out of our comfort zones and breaking free of our constraints. The trip helped the five of us from different backgrounds and walks of life become one homogenous group.
The CEO of a company cooked dinner, another led a yoga and meditation session in the great oak forests of Landour – there was no hierarchy. Our chats spanned the silly, the deep, the taboo and the frustrating. We were truly in our own skin.
Those two days we experienced the slow life in the mountains, not only forming bonds with each other but with the locals who we would invariably meet on the paths every few hours.
And of course, we all fell in love with Landour.0