Au Revoir Cheetal Grand

By Shalini Kataria

A twist of fate and what was once a must- stop on the Dehradun-Delhi highway stands alone and forlorn. A stop at Cheetal Grand in Khatauli was almost a habit when travelling between Dehradun and Delhi. But, ever since the new toll road has come up, everybody (however loyal a Cheetal fan they may have been) whizzes past the signboard that reads, “Cheetal Grand 500 meters ahead”. It is just too much of a bother to take a detour down a dusty road when you are sailing at 100 kmph plus on the new highway. Now bang on the highway you have a spanking new McDonald’s (open 24hours) , Haldiram and Café Coffee Day to pander to the hunger pangs. Haldiram’s is a self service joint. The food and the tea are served in disposable plates and cups and one has to queue up at the counter to pick up the order. No waiters to serve you after a long drive! A quick look around and one sees more than 60 people (on a weekday) which makes one think about the huge amount of non-degradable waste that must be generated every hour. At this point, one gets nostalgic remembering the familiar faces of the waiters at Cheetal. Even the cleaning lady at the washroom has been the same for all these years. A bite of the food and again one yearns for the freshly prepared fluffy omelettes, grilled sandwiches, cheese pakoras, the yummy Rajma Chawal and the hot cup of masala tea famous at Cheetal.
The beautiful flowers and exotic birds and the many family pictures taken with the beautiful flowers and exotic birds cross the mind’s eye. Their sight did not fail to delight one; however many times one visited Cheetal. But human memory is very short lived. Soon, these remembrances will also fade away. Let us hope that Cheetal Grand relocates on the new highway so that we can continue to enjoy the many delights it offered to refresh the weary traveller. Au Revoir, Cheetal Grand, till we meet again.

 

For the uninitiated: Cheetal Grand is a beautiful motel located mid way between Dehradun and Delhi. The owners are blessed with green fingers and grow the most beautiful and exotic flowers and have a mini zoo with rare birds from all over the world. When it was on the highway, hardly anybody could resist a break at Cheetal.

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  • nikki smiti

    Wonderful article, plus I like the way you have described about ‘Cheetal Grand’. Yes, it’s a place no one can resist visiting. :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/shalini.kataria Shalini Kataria

      A double thank you Nikki! One for liking my article and the other for teaching me about blogging!

  • subhash khullar

    Absolutely Wonderful!
    I complement you on your observation of the changing scenario on the Dehradun Delhi highway. Yes, the Grand Cheetal has slipped into obscurity and so also the backbreaking roads of Khatauli. Sadly it may stand forlorn now for a long time as the happy tourist has taken no time to switch loyalty.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ritu-Suman/100000967484158 Ritu Suman

    wow ma’am!!!! its so beautifully explained!!! I must say after reading this article…everyone will surely wan to visit this Cheetal Grand!!! :) :)

  • Saurabh Pal

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