A Walk to the Bazaar

A clear, dry day during monsoon season invited me to “stroll” down a mile or so to the bazaar, a three-mile stretch of townroom (not townhouse) storefront shops, each sharing a wall with the neighbors. Some were smaller than a small bathroom or the size of a closet but each served its purpose. There were shoe makers, tailors, cookware vendors, electronics, material shops, mobile phone stores, cafes, grocery and produce booths and more. The clouds were somewhere else so the view to distant mountain tops was possible. Just outside our patio the path leads to the neighboring Redwood, school housing.

The Neighbors   Woodstock pool  Woodstock in the mountains  The Mountains

Walking along the road, the view is breathtaking…then again, walking along the road is breathtaking! Where’s the oxygen?

In the bend of the road, hanging precariously near the edge is a snack bar, Cozy Corner.

Cozy Corner Every time I have passed this “establishment’ there are customers enjoying freshly created chai or some homemade treat.

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Monsoon season has been rough this year with thousands losing their homes and lives. The waters wash down the mountains sometimes forcing the railings over. Not to mention the road is made narrow at the spill of dirt.

Trash Bin


These trash bins are found all over.  Don’t know why they don’t seem to be used. **(CORRECTION: The bins are used by people putting trash in but monkeys take it out! Thanks for the update, Bethany.) Beast of burden share the road. This one is taking a break while its owner visits comrades over chai.

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A view of the Landour Community Hospital which was established many years ago by the people who founded Woodstock. Another panoramic view with Woodstock in the distance. Although a picture is worth a thousand words, it still doesn’t capture the complete beauty and awe of this part of the world.

DSCF6375 DSCF6376 Cars and motorcycles also travel this road in both directions. It is a challenge sometimes for all travelers to maneuver the path. But they do on The Indian Road.DSCF6377 Fresh produce, yum.

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Bought some fresh ginger for making chai. fresh ginger  The shop also had a large variety of lentils!lentils and grain DSCF6385

More mountain views.DSCF6384 This is near the Hotel Camel View. There is a mountain that looks like a camel’s back and seems to be a tourist attraction. DSCF6383 DSCF6381

I decided to turn around here because I was about half tired. Only thing is, it was mostly uphill to go home! I got my exercise for the week, though. (legs were very sore the next day)


The monsoon season may bring dangerous water but it refreshes the scenery with bring green life. Moss grows on everything. I enjoyed admiring the beauty of my surroundings while I sat and rested on the final stretch up the mountain to home.

About deairby

From a small Mississippi town and have lived my adult life in the south. I am the wife of Tom Irby since 1974, mother of 8, grandmother of 8, lover of Truth, previous owner of The Baron York Tea Room Cafe and Gift Shop (7 years), cookbook writer, moderator of the Small Business forum on Social Media Examiner, enjoy life and all the adventure God brings my way.
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