Last weekend had been very exciting for us-me, Shona and Mr. Bhardwaj. Mr. B took an off on Friday and we had a long weekend to chillax. As it’s been only 2 months since we’ve shifted here in Chandigarh and we have got a long list of places to visit in the city and in its outskirts. As we had 3 full days to spend some quality time together and start exploring ‘the city beautiful’, we had some confusion regarding the place to visit, so Mr. B suggested let’s go and watch a movie in the nearby shopping mall, its name is ‘Paras Downtown Square’. It is the largest shopping mall in the entire region comprising Chandigarh and its satellite cities. It is strategically located just near the new overhead bypass under construction on ‘Y’ form of Delhi-Chandigarh-Kalka highway on 350,000 sq ft (33,000 m2) area and is the hub of entertainment for the people living in and near Chandigarh, Patiala, Panchkula, and Ambala, Zirakpur, Mohali. I said ‘yes’ to Mr. B’s suggestion because post becoming a mommy I rarely have watched/enjoyed any movie on TV (at home, you just cannot sit at one place for 2-3hrs), it’s only in cinema hall that you can leave everything behind and experience some reel world. So, I picked up my phone and checked the movie shows on bookmyshow app and saw ‘The Conjuring 2’; quickly I clicked on it and checked its show timings. I checked the wall clock and realized it is 3pm already and the last show is at 6.45pm; in my mind I did all the calculation what task is pending, its priority and the amount of time to be spent on each task before leaving home (dilemma of every mommy). I told my husband that we will watch ‘The Conjuring 2’, upon listening this he made some face (which he always does); he wanted to watch ‘Housefull 3’ but this time I made him agree to watch movie of my choice because last time we watched ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (obviously his choice) and first time in my life, I slept in movie theatre, what a boring movie it was. Anyway after arranging things at home, we managed to reach there just 5 minutes before the show’s start time. Mr. B was concerned about our daughter that she would get disturbed by the horror movie but I knew that she will doze off soon and it happened. So, we peacefully enjoyed the break-free movie, had McVeggie, McPuff and McSwirl at McDonald’s and went back home at around 11pm. End of short and scary date on Friday.
Here comes the peaceful and lovely Saturday morning and as I sipped my tea, I thought about our next destination; Mr. B was still sleeping, he doesn’t drink tea or coffee. After sometime, I asked Shona to wake him up, so she went close to him and jumped on him; his dad smiled and kissed her and got up from the bed with Shona in his arms. I asked him about his choice for breakfast, he said eggs; I instantly nodded in affirmation because it’s tasty, healthy and can be cooked in minutes. While having breakfast, we discussed about Sukhna Lake and on googling found this very interesting article about the place- 21 things to do at Sukhna Lake Chandigarh and finally decided to visit it. At 4.30pm, we left for the lake and reached there in approximately 40 minutes. The best part of living here is experiencing smooth rides and witnessing greenery all around. You enjoy your travel time unlike Delhi.
We reached the lake at around 5.30pm and found heavy rush on the lake road. We got to know that 3rd day of Yoga Festival, Chandigarh was scheduled there resulting in this rush and high security. The programme was slated to start at 8pm in the evening. I thought we won’t be able to do boating but somehow my husband managed the tickets, he stood in a long queue as Shona and I watched the live performance of some local band of young girls and boys. As soon as we got the tickets we rushed to the boating area, put on the life jackets and jumped into the boat (not literally). We were in hurry because just after issuing of tickets, our 30-minute boating time started so precisely we had only 20-minute for sailing in the lake. After settling in the boat, we peddled the boat and reached approximately 300m away from the main shore of the lake. The serenity of the lake and settling sun was a sight to see. I felt like spending more time there but we had to get back within the stipulated time. During the ride we bumped into other boats, clicked some nice photos, enjoyed togetherness and got tired while peddling back to the shore. Overall, it was a good experience. Here are a few pictures from the lake.
After boating, we visited ‘Mermaid Pub & Restaurant’ (it’s in the lake area only) and ordered some snacks and drinks, spent an hour there eating and chatting. By the time I checked my watch, it was 8 o’clock already. So we came out of the restaurant and heard some melodious music and saw something happening on the other side of the lake; a 16-ft structure was built at the lake and with the help of 3D technology, yoga asanas (with details of their benefits and other information) were displayed on the structure’s screen. A story — “Yoga the three of life of seven minutes” — was shown on the raised structures so that the visitors can see yoga with the special effects. The aim of the festival was to create awareness about the International Yoga Day in Chandigarh and I believe people were quite excited about it, not only about the day but about Yoga. They are willing to make it their lifestyle.
In the lake premises, there are some gift-item shops, chaat corner and eating points where you can get all the junk items. I asked my hubby to get me one ice-cream cone, which I was planning to eat alone but my daughter outsmarted me and grabbed it from my hand.
By 9.30pm we were home. We retired to bed tired and acquired.
The next day I welcomed the sunny Sunday morning with many thoughts in my mind-no outing, no eating-out, wardrobe and bathroom-cleaning. And with husband’s support I managed to do everything planned for the day. It was a wonderful weekend spent with no fights and two rides. Life is good.
Note: I wrote this post in July when I started creating this blog. This post hasn’t been promoted as yet so now I am submitting it for #DailyChatter #UBC Day Six. Hope you enjoyed reading it. 🙂