As I mentioned last week, Friday was the beginning of a five-day holiday for students and staff. October 2 is Gandhi’s birthday, a national holiday, and the semester is scheduled so that the end of the 9-week grading period coincides. By 3:00 on Friday afternoon the Quad seemed quite deserted.
We had decided to go down to Rajpur and Dehra Dun for a short getaway. Dan went down on his scooter earlier in the week to look at potential places. We have stayed at the President Hotel in Astley Hall in the past – it is very nice, but it is a noisy, crowded location. Dan found the Hotel Rajpur Heights, about a mile and a half above Rajpur on the old Mussoorie Road. It was quite nice and we enjoyed our stay there.
After we arrived and settled in, we walked into Rajpur town. It was a gentle grade down along the road and it was a very nice walk. Once in town, we found the Chayya café and had lunch there. They have a shop in Mussoorie, too, and it’s the best place for good bread and cookies. The walk back home was a bit harder for me – uphill all the way and very warm. But eventually I made it. The round trip was over four miles. We spent the rest of the day loafing in the room on our comfortable bed. We ate dinner in the evening in the restaurant on the rooftop of the hotel.
Sights along the road: Trumpet flower in bloom.
Sunday we went into Dehra Dun, and I’ll write about that tomorrow.