Amidst the lush green valleys of Kumaon, Uttarakhand, lies a place unknown to travel lovers, a place that defines peace and serenity – Mahesh Khan
Life actually comes to a complete standstill, that too in absolute peace at Mahesh Khan, near Bhowali on the Ramgarh-Mukhteshwar Road. At a distance of 5 km inside a forested motorable road, perched amidst thick foliage of deodar, pine, spruce and birch, is the forest rest house Mahesh Khan. Situated at 2,266 mt above sea level, the place is like a nest tucked away in nature’s lap. With no electricity, no mobile connectivity, no newspaper, the only connection with the outside world is the guy who gets you the supplies of daily needs from Bhowali.
The forest rest house, built in 1911, is enchanting. A little above the forest rest house is the place called ‘Tagore Top’ as this is the same place which was once visited by Rabindranath Tagore with his terminally ill daughter, Renuka. He conceived his Gitanjali here, which won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. However, over the years, due to lack of recognition and maintenance, stories and songs written down in charcoal by the bard, are all either lost or stolen. Leeches, leopards, bats and other unwelcome creatures now inhabit the house, which was once blessed by the tales of Tagore. The wildlife here includes Sambhar deer, black bears, leopards, langurs and numerous types of birds. It is a traveller’s paradise as this place takes you away from the hectic city life.
written by : Oishani Chowdhury