295 Kms from Bahraich
Best time to visit - N/
One of the most colourful and indiscreet cities of India, Varanasi is one of the seven holiest cities for the Hindus. Also known as Kashi and Benaras, this place is known for its temples, ghats and the colourful people. The narrow alleys and crowded streets seem to be extremely blissful in spite of all the noise and chaos all around. People come here just to take a dip in the holy waters of the Ganges. Varanasi is also known as Uttar Kashi and is situated on the western banks of the Ganges. It is said that a dip in this river frees one from a lifetime of sins. People even say that death here is auspicious as people attain moksha if they die here. Some people also come here tp creamate their loved ones and the sound of the holy temple bells are really soothing music to the ears.Read More
One of the most colourful and indiscreet cities of India, Varanasi is one of the seven holiest cities for the Hindus. Also known as Kashi and Benaras, this place is known for its temples, ghats and the colourful people. The narrow alleys and crowded streets seem to be extremely blissful in spite of all the noise and chaos all around. People come here just to take a dip in the holy waters of the Ganges. Varanasi is also known as Uttar Kashi and is situated on the western banks of the Ganges. It is said that a dip in this river frees one from a lifetime of sins. People even say that death here is auspicious as people attain moksha if they die here. Some people also come here tp creamate their loved ones and the sound of the holy temple bells are really soothing music to the ears.
6. Spend your mornings on the ghats of VaranasiSpend a quiet weekend on the ghats of Benaras, a spot that must be on your Indian travel bucketlist. Travellers can take the overnight train, Swatantrta S Exp, from Delhi to Varanasi. Mata Anandamai Ghat, Assi Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Munshi Ghat and Raj Ghat are some of the river banks you can pick from to walk along and enjoy the morning sun. Take a boat ride on the Ganga river and enjoy the sepia-tinted sunsets in this historical city that inspire beyond measure.
I danced with Shiva again in the Ghats of the holy city of Banaras which is an abode of Shiva himself. Legends has it that the city rests on Shiva’s trident. Banaras is the town where the journey of every Hindu comes to rest. The Hindus bring their dead to Banaras and burn them on the Ghats of the Ganga. Funeral pyres are lit continuously one after the other. Assi Ghat is one such Ghat where pyres have been lit for thousands of years without a break. This is the land of death, the shamshaans of Shiva. On the Ghats wander the flesh eating aghoris and the nagas who are the children of Shiva. Shiva, the lord of shamshaan, the ultimate destroyer watches upon this holy city of Varanasi. Banaras is also known for Hindutva and its great universities like the Banaras Hindu University. It is the homeland of poets like Nirala and Kaka Hathrasi. Still, Shiva is omnipresent here, making even tourists from Europe and America come to Varanasi in search of nirvana, the ultimate salvation. Seekers come here to gain enlightenment on the banks of the Ganges. Pilgrims bathe to purify their sins and get ready to sin again.
There has been lots of thing said about Banaras being congested, conservative and many more. But there are definitely hundred more reasons to love Banaras.Hope to visit soon..
Varanasi is an old city in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It stands on the banks of the river Ganga and is known as the spiritual capital of India. Varanasi attracts tourists from all over the globe for being a holy city or one of the seven scared cities as per Hinduism. It is also the land on which the famous Benaras Hindu University has been built and has thrived with reputation to this day.On reaching Varanasi from Kolkata we were greeted by our relatives who happened to have relocated to this city. To make the story concise, I move on to the places which I covered on the visit.The Tibetan TempleThis is a beautiful, quiet and extremely clean temple.
We woke up late on second day as we covered almost everything on first day & only left with ganga bath, so we started at around 11 am & headed directly towards a road side vendor for "litti choka" & "sattu ki bati", that was delicious & cheap, you feel amazing when these vendor gives you green chutney from there lunch box that we used in our childhood, after that we visited shiva restaurant for quick lunch, after almost taking rest for 1-2 hours, we headed directly towards Assi ghat from where we hired a boat in 250 rupees for 4 people to reached opposite shore to bath. It's very sad that we pollute our main ghats to much that we need to go to other side to bath. We enjoyed there almost 1 hour in ganga, offer prayers to sun although we didn't knew any :-).
This place always gives me unexplainable feelings. I have never been able to decode the hidden mystery of the place but for sure the feeling is positive. It has a mystical charm, a divine spirit but at the same time it somehow bewilders me. It leaves me little confused but it always surprises me. One thing is for sure, I will keep coming to Banaras, to find that inner peace and to soak in the good vibe of the place.
I have immense fascination towards night photography. But Varanasi's hours of darkness are different than other places. To be precise it's atmosphere is calm and fresh, gives one a soothing feel. After doing steel wool photography on Ganga ghats, while on my way back to the room I saw these two lonesome boats with an eye appealing colour contrast. I could not resist myself to shoot, took some shots with HTC One A9 mobile and with my Nikon D800 as well. In a wonderful foggy background and the moon on the top made the frame even more interesting. I clicked it with a 18-55mm dx lens on nikon d800 fx body. It's fascinating how crisp and detailed shot comes while using a dx lens on fx. Even after visiting and shooting in Varanasi's ghats for the sixth time I have never got an unexpected frame like this. Surprisingly before the journey I decided not to click this time ! Over all it was a striking trip with great shots and never ending memories ???? Good bye to Varanasi until next time ???? Edited by Heena Singh:Artificer This post was originally published on Life Stop Shoots.
While India is regarded as a spiritual destination, Benaras is THE spiritual capital of India. That makes it one of the most significant religious and spiritual centres of the world. And what is it infamous for? The thieves and the drugs. Sigh.Reasons for notoriety: Banarasi thugs, drugs.What it should be really known for: The hundreds of divine ghats where priests help the deceased enter paradise. It is also home to one of the best academic institutions of the country - the Benaras Hindu University.
Soulful, sacred, and full of surprises!This city has seen the world turn. Standing the tests of time for over 5,000 years, Varanasi is said to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
120 Kms from Bahraich
Best time to visit - November to February
Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh. It is the architectural hub of Northern India, and also the second largest city in Northern India.The city is famous for its culture, music, poetry, technology, finance, pharmaceuticals & embroidery works including chikankari.This city has got many names like "The city of Nawabs", "Golden city of the East", "Shiraz-i-Hind" & "Constantinople of India". It is a very vibrant city and attracts many tourists throughout the year.The city experiences a cool dry climate during November to February and in this part of the year, the city stays overcrowded as more tourists visits the city at this time. Lucknow is crowded with buildings showing fascinating architectural styles of the ancient times, most of these buildings were built during the Mughal or the British rule. Lucknow is the habitat of people of different cultures and languages known for their polite way of speaking.Read More
Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh. It is the architectural hub of Northern India, and also the second largest city in Northern India.The city is famous for its culture, music, poetry, technology, finance, pharmaceuticals & embroidery works including chikankari.This city has got many names like "The city of Nawabs", "Golden city of the East", "Shiraz-i-Hind" & "Constantinople of India". It is a very vibrant city and attracts many tourists throughout the year.The city experiences a cool dry climate during November to February and in this part of the year, the city stays overcrowded as more tourists visits the city at this time. Lucknow is crowded with buildings showing fascinating architectural styles of the ancient times, most of these buildings were built during the Mughal or the British rule. Lucknow is the habitat of people of different cultures and languages known for their polite way of speaking.
The journey from Bhairahawa to Lucknow marked the final leg of TON 2017. After crossing the border (which happened surprisingly quick), we traversed 360 km of Indian highways through Gorakhpur and Faizabad to arrive at Lucknow. There was celebratory ceremony marking the conclusion of this epic journey. Receiving certificates of completion made the riders ecstatic and emotional which was evident in farewell addresses by fellow mates and crew members.
The Nepal journey began from Lucknow at the Golden Tulip Hotel. It felt like déjà vu entering the hotel lobby, seeing the riders wait with their riding gear and luggage with curiousity and high hopes in their eyes. Some of the people from the Bhutan team were back again for this one and I could completely understand the excitement in their hearts as we caught up and discussed old episodes.The highlight of the team this time were the 4 female riders who had joined us from Bangalore and Aurangabad. They seemed confident, experienced and ready for the challenging ride with all their charm.Day zero was First aid training by Tarun (Rashtriya Life Saving Society) followed by tour brief by Shawn Dsouza and Rohan Pimpley (RE team) with a thorough Q&A session breaking the ice and setting the tone right for the team to kickstart the journey next day.
We started from Lucknow, aka The City of Nawabs & reached Gaya Junction, the nearest railway station to Bodhgaya after a twelve-hour journey by train. Without any delay, we took an auto-rickshaw to Bodhgaya that is around 17 km away. You can find a number of transport facilities to go Bodhgaya from Gaya Junction.Where to Stay –
Lucknow, also known as the city of Nawabs has developed over the years but hasn't lost its rich cultural heritage. The city is divided into two parts the old city and the new city . The old city primarily consists of the Imambaras (shrines), the monuments, the very famous tundey kababs. The new city has the malls and the parks. There is a startling difference between the two, the new city is cleaner , better roads and it's easier to get a mode of transportation, whereas the old city is dusty and the main mode of transportation is cycle rickshaw, electric rickshaw and shared autos, however, it has most of the places that are worth seeing.
The flight reached Lucknow at 8:25 a.m. At the airport we took the taxi for 250 rs. At the prepaid counter it was told 300 rs. You can bargain for around 200. We reached the railway station to pick up our bikes by 9:30 a.m. but the counter at the railway station opens only by 10-10:30.We paid 550 to the guy as a bribe though the actual amount is 350 for 24 hours. Checklist: A swiss knife to remove packing from bikes else you will have to pay someone to remove the packing. 5 liter empty can as bikes won't have petrol while packed and transported and in case the petrol pump is far A good cloth actually multiple number of clothes to clean bikes. A right turn from the railway station and around 3-4 km you can find a petrol pump. Our route of 324 km which we planned for this day was Lucknow -> Faizabad -> Basti-> Bhairwah->Saunali Here we took the diversion to Naugarh instead of going to Gorakhpur. Unfortunately, this route was very deserted and roads were pretty bad. We kept riding till evening and late in the night at 12 a.m. #Stay Some people suggested us Sanju lodge but we were so tired that we took the first lodge we found named Niranjana.
267 Kms from Bahraich
The following morning we headed back to Pokhara taking the same route. Morning showers turned the route slushy making the descent more challenging than initially thought. Moving ahead, the riders literally stopped and kissed the road as we hit leveled tarmac after 3 days. It had been quite a spell.Read More
The following morning we headed back to Pokhara taking the same route. Morning showers turned the route slushy making the descent more challenging than initially thought. Moving ahead, the riders literally stopped and kissed the road as we hit leveled tarmac after 3 days. It had been quite a spell.
After a hail storm the previous night, we woke up to a rainy morning all set to ride out to Pokhara. After a quick briefing about risky terrains, we rode in moderate showers through extremely slushy roads out of Kathmandu. The condition of roads improved as the skies cleared. Munching miles through the twists and turns, we rode through the serene valley along the Trishuli River.
Day 5 was my day of facing my fear. My fear of heights. It had rained very hard the whole of last night so we received a message from the paragliding company that they might have to cancel the flight. Secretly I was very happy about it. I registered but it didn't come through because of the weather. Yes, no one could blame me now for being a wimp but then things panned out differently. We went to the paragliding office at the designated time and they said the weather condition has improved so the flight is on. Damn! My heart drowned. I put up a brave face and hopped on to the car with a few other passengers and the pilots. Once we reached atop the valley (from where we had to take off) we were informed that we will be given enough time to prepare ourselves mentally however my pilot (Patrick from France) decided that we will be the first ones to jump as the wind was strong and the weather could get worse so he didn't want to waste any time and started preparing for the jump. I froze. Patrick started harnessing me and asked me to run as fast as possible when we hit the edge of the valley. I literally froze at the edge but it was too late by then. I was pushed by my pilot and within the next five seconds I was flying with the birds in the middle of that ravishingly green valley. I felt liberated. I felt happy. I was so numb with happiness that I couldn't react. I just surrendered myself to that moment of unbelievable happiness.
Day 4 we headed to Pokhara, almost six hours bus ride from Kathmandu. This place boasts of laid-back charm but it turned out to be a haven of adventures and misadventures for us. First of all, we got lost while locating our tiny hotel. Post that we headed out for a walk, lots of shopping and of course some dinner and drinks. We were doing good so far but some live music in a corner took us to a pub nearby and we walked there, ordered a few drinks but soon realised that the pop music was not our scene. Oh by the way, I registered myself for paragliding (yes, that was the big surprise). So yes, we exited the pub and started walking back to our hotel but soon the weather threw a big shock. It started pouring, so heavily that we had to take shelter. No restaurant visibly open at that hour, we started running faster but the rain was so heavy we could barely manage to walk. We had to pause. We looked around and found a small restaurant that was still open however we didn't know how to get there so we hopped from one balcony to the other to reach their balcony. We knocked on their door and were greeted by rather surprised but very welcoming restaurant helpers who were on the verge of shutting down the restaurant. We were literally shivering from that rain water exposure and they were kind enough to offer us a drink. They even decided to escort us to our hotel under the huge umbrella (the one that we see outside a hotel balcony).
Once I was back I began working, started learning and building websites for the hostel. Then began to go cafe to cafe to cafe... and pitch to get more clients.During the same time, I’m sure my counterparts would complain about how they can’t get clients. Guess what? If you want something bad enough you will find a way. You have two options with everything in life, find a way or an excuse.
So when I arrived in Pokhara I asked the owner of the hostel I stayed at if I could put up a sign saying that I build websites, he said yes but I never did end up putting up the sign, however before I left to go trekking, the owner said that when I get back I could build the website for the hostel.
We felt relief after taking the bags off, freshen up and went for the walk around lakeside. We enjoyed lakeside music along with the tasty food including Thakali rice as dinner. As we were to move to Dhampus early tomorrow, we returned back to the hotel on time and it was already the bed time. I wished ' good night' with the silent desire of getting beautiful window view of Mount Fishtail, tomorrow morning.RAIN, RAIN AND RAINAs I woke up in the morning at around 7:00 with the sound of thunderstorm, my wish to see the mountains went in vain. All I can see was clouds and rain. We waited for few hours but there were no symptoms of minimizing it rather it was going heavy. As Bikash had some work in the Internet, we left the hotel room and went to the nearby cyber café. He took some time to finish his work, as we stayed there watching the rain. We had no chance to move as planned, we didn't even have raincoats to cover us as well as our backpacks. And another bad thing - similar weather was on the forecast at least till the afternoon. It was frustrating time till. Despite all frustrations we had lunch on time, came back to room and slept more.
The bike ride to Pokhara is somewhat easy one during the daytime but it's quite challenging during night. Because of the varying terrain, the road condition also varied in different sections. Our ride was pleasant except for few places. During the ride we once stopped in the roadside café to have tea and few times in the middle of nowhere due to the insects over the highway, which loves to come closer to the eyes and once it enter to the eyes, you have to stop everything, relax and remove it.
After Breakfast, enjoy a visit to the Bindya Basini Temple and the Gupteshwar Cave, considered the longest cave in Nepal where the Shiva Lingam is preserved. Finally visit the Davis Falls and Seti River George, a fascinating waterfall locally known as the Patale Chhango (Nether Fall), which means Underworld Waterfall.
Today, proceed on a picturesque drive to the enchanting city of Pokhara. Its pristine air, snowy peaks, peaceful lakes and beautiful greenery make it 'The Jewel in the Himalaya'. On arrival, check-in to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure or one can enjoy boating on Phewa Lake. Overnight in Pokhara. (B, D)
315 Kms from Bahraich
Best time to visit - February,March,April,May,June,October,November
Located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, Nainital is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Northern India. The stunning Nainital lake is bang in the middle of the city and offers tourists stunning sunsets and enchanting sunrises. One legend says that Nainital derives its name from the Goddess Naina, whereas another legend claims that once when the Goddess Sati was being carried by Lord Shiva, her eye fell in the area. The lovely hill station promises a rejuvenating weekend break for those who are coming from the capital city and is definitely worth a visit. Like most hill stations, Nainital has a bustling mall road, warm cafes and a very busy Tibet market. The mall road houses shops selling candles with intricate designs, wooden knick knacks and colourful woollens. Do bring back some souvenirs as keepsakes! If you have time, do visit Sattal, Naukuchiatal (for paragliding and kayaking) as well as Ranikhet for its surreal beauty. If you are looking for a quiet, carefree holiday, visit between the months of January and April. It'll be cold, but there won't be any crowd.Read More
Located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, Nainital is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Northern India. The stunning Nainital lake is bang in the middle of the city and offers tourists stunning sunsets and enchanting sunrises. One legend says that Nainital derives its name from the Goddess Naina, whereas another legend claims that once when the Goddess Sati was being carried by Lord Shiva, her eye fell in the area. The lovely hill station promises a rejuvenating weekend break for those who are coming from the capital city and is definitely worth a visit. Like most hill stations, Nainital has a bustling mall road, warm cafes and a very busy Tibet market. The mall road houses shops selling candles with intricate designs, wooden knick knacks and colourful woollens. Do bring back some souvenirs as keepsakes! If you have time, do visit Sattal, Naukuchiatal (for paragliding and kayaking) as well as Ranikhet for its surreal beauty. If you are looking for a quiet, carefree holiday, visit between the months of January and April. It'll be cold, but there won't be any crowd.
11. Queen of lakes, NainitalA tight pocket shouldn't make you turn down a call from the hills. Shatabdi Express from Anand Vihar to Kathgodam is the most comfortable traveling experience available for a quick getaway to this town of lakes. Dropping you at the foothills of Kathgodam at 11 in the morning, it gives you ample time to take a local taxi to Nainital. The 11sq/km panoramic view around the Naini Lake is an eyeful of wonder. Trek up to the Snow View Peak or Tiffin Top to get a surreal bird's eye view of this town. The beauty of a touristy place to visit near Delhi is that a hotel deal under a grand is actually possible.Here's a suggested place to stay in Nainital.
After jim Corbett we began our journey to nainital which was some 3 hours from Corbett. The roads began getting curvy and the winds colder. On reaching we saw a populated small happening town giving very happy vibes to us. I understood why it is called the city of lakes because that highlights the beauty and just adds to the joy of the happy town. You can go for boating in the lakes and look around the local market though we preferred to take a lake facing hotel and just chill by the balcony with the perfectly contrasting view of the hills with the lake.
After reaching Nainital by passing small and numerous fresh water streams and the curvy roads..we were exhausted almost and we booked our rooms at parwathi homes and went to check out upstairs and I would rather mentions it as journey from from down to reach it took a walk of about 5 stair cases which was so tiring..The rooms were good but not well maintained..finally we jumped on to the balcony to check out the view..and all our tiredness was lost in a moment by looking at the clouds which were coming towards us and the direct view of the Naini lake which was just below us..That view was blissful to anyone's eyes to view at..It started raining suddenly and we felt our whole plan would be spoiled and we went to sleep for sometime and then got freshen up and surprisingly the weather was absolutely lovely (may be for us ;)and went out and had some parathas and Maggie..Note: Food is the major problem to adjust for South Indians if u come here..and finally we visited to few places around and the taxis were provided by the hotel guy..they took us all around..The main attractions we went for are places like 1)Land's end and 2)Tiffin top..First the Land's end was a unexpected spot for us..we were on a random road looking around and enjoying the views and after stepping down a while we suddenly came across of complete end of the land and surrounded entirely by shiny white clouds and which was not enough for the eyes to look at and took a while to digest the beauty..I felt like jumping and swimming into those clouds and couldn't get enough of the view..Next we headed to tiffin top..which was at a height of 7800ft..Wait...the best journey to reach the place which we chose was horse riding which was charged 800 per horse and trust me it was totally worth and that was so adventourous on the curvy Jim Corbett mountain roads and I was shit scared in the beginning and controlled my adrenaline rush and some how managed to maintain my position over the horse..A person accompanied us and was talking all along so that we won't be afraid of the journey..but the view was truly breath taking..we took a ride for about 10kms and reached tiffin top which was highest point and from there we could see entire surrounding cities and the mighty Himalayas And we were above the clouds and could clearly see the sunset turning down form the clouds..Came down on the same way..and guess what we could see the highway to Delhi from the midst of clouds as a line of vehicle lights arrange in the clouds which was so special to watch at..After reaching down went to take a walk in the city around the lake and was wandering for food..finally found a Dominos outlet which was so relieving and had tummy full of food and by the way the return was walk was so painful as we have to climb the lanes which are so steep..After reaching room had fun with playing cards and then slept off with next day plans.
This morning, enjoy a visit to Sat Tal, Bhimtal Lake and Naukuchiatal. The Sattal (seven lakes) is a unique spot with an interconnected cluster of seven freshwater lakes, set amidst dense oak and pine woods. The area is a bird watchers paradise as it provides a habitat to more than 500 species of migratory and resident birds.Request A Call Back
After breakfast, Proceed for a local Sightseeing tour of Nainital. Visit the holy Naina Devi Temple with boating on the famous Naini Lake. Next, visit Hanumangarhi temple and Snow view point by Cable car on direct payment. En route, relish lunch at Mall road. Later, enjoy shopping at the Mall Road. Return back to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Nainital. (B, EL, D)
I reached Nainital in the morning at 5:30am. I just waited at the Nainital Bus stand for few minutes & went towards the Naini Lake. I wanted to take bath & fresh up as It was also the first day of Deepawali 2012. When I was waiting near the Naini Lake I saw one Boy, his name was Rahul(6) who was practising for Indian Army, I asked him where would be the good place to fresh up, he told me you either need to take a Hotel or there is one Wash room there, while chatting with him for long time he also told me that have one kayaking training centre at the Naini lake & he will after some time take a bath in the Naini Lake, he also told me that I can also bath in the Naini Lake, although it is not allowed but as a friend & since I have come from long way you can, firstly I told him no & went to the Wash room, but it was not good & decided to bath in the Naini Lake, so went to Rahul he said you are most welcomeAnd my first bath of Diwali in my lifetime was in Naini Lake what an great great moment of my life to get privilege to bath in this beautiful lake, the water was extremely cold but it was very exciting to bath hereAfter that in afternoon Rahul took me to tip n top point showed me school of Amitabh, Jungle area, Golf Course, Governor’s Pavilion etc, & finally in the evening we came back to the Bus Stand & found one Hotel for that night and next day morning I left for Jim Corbett National Park in Ramnagar, I got the Ramnagar Bus from Nainital
It may be better known as a honeymoon destination, but you could always take a solo trip and explore the lake city differntly. Nainital definitely ranks high among the best destinations for weekend breaks from Delhi. Bountiful nature and beautiful sceneries make this place great for rest and relaxation. A large number of tourists from across the country visit the hill station throughout the year. This small town and the nearby destinations like Sattal and Naukuchiatal are home to secret destinations hidden in plain sight. The pleasant and unforgettable scenery is what truly makes this place standout.
Nainital is around 65 KM from Ramnagar and its takes 2 hours to reach there by bus.Nainital is the land of mountains, momos, Himalayan zoo and all the handicraft stuff of Tibet that you can buy and that is what exactly we did, as it was our short trip to Nainital so all we did was tried different types of momos, bought some Tibetan candles and then tried some more momos and then catch our bus to Ramnagar and reached there by 6 P.M. and then return train to Lucknow and then kanpur by bus and that's how our amazing weekend ended.
242 Kms from Bahraich
Best time to visit - January,February,March,December
Allahabad enjoys the prestige of being one of the four holiest spots of India and thus host Maha Kumbh in every 12 years, Ardh Kumbh in every 6 years and Magh Mela once a year. The fact that it encompasses the confluence of the most sacred rivers of India- Ganga and Yamuna makes it all the more special. It has its own culture of religious and literary overtones. You not only find a number of famous temples around the city of Allahabad but also places of historical significance like Anand Bhawan having produced 5 consecutive generations of able politicians of the nation, Akbar’s fort built following the common Mughal tradition of fort construction by riverside, Khusro Bagh housing some other Mughal remains. One can't miss the famous Allahabad museum! You could take with you, religious paraphernalia, books on local literature and vintage handicrafts as mementos of the lovely city. From taking a dip in its holy waters , to enjoying a boat ride in Prayag, from throwing away coins to pay visit to Patalpuri temple, to roaming in Mughal era monuments, there are certain things unique to the city!Read More
Allahabad enjoys the prestige of being one of the four holiest spots of India and thus host Maha Kumbh in every 12 years, Ardh Kumbh in every 6 years and Magh Mela once a year. The fact that it encompasses the confluence of the most sacred rivers of India- Ganga and Yamuna makes it all the more special. It has its own culture of religious and literary overtones. You not only find a number of famous temples around the city of Allahabad but also places of historical significance like Anand Bhawan having produced 5 consecutive generations of able politicians of the nation, Akbar’s fort built following the common Mughal tradition of fort construction by riverside, Khusro Bagh housing some other Mughal remains. One can't miss the famous Allahabad museum! You could take with you, religious paraphernalia, books on local literature and vintage handicrafts as mementos of the lovely city. From taking a dip in its holy waters , to enjoying a boat ride in Prayag, from throwing away coins to pay visit to Patalpuri temple, to roaming in Mughal era monuments, there are certain things unique to the city!
As I commence this blog I tend to wonder how am I going to put an end to it. The experience of this Excursion is so vast and Mystical that it gives complex to our minuscule lives. I'd never seen such an ebullient environment in my life and it is officially stated as the largest human gathering in the world. People perform bizarre acts in the name of Religion, which they certify as Religious devotion, which to me is amusing and absurd. But then- my thoughts are of an individual! Although it does seem that my tasks to accomplish are in process. My Reincarnation in this lifetime as a Hindu has led me to this festival called the Maha Kumbh Mela 2013 at Allahabad! I felt blessed because to Hindus this event is imperative. I mentioned about my lecturer from "Delhi School of Photography" Mr. Jotirmoy Das in my First blog and his persuasive nature. After the two trips I took with him I was sure of him to baffle everyone, so much that it has evolved into a talent from his nature and somehow I'm enthralled by it now. But when he spoke to me about this Photography Jaunt the tone was different. It was so genuine as if the Head of a Religious Community defined Proclivity for Religion. And when you are at a start of your creative career every prospect seems enticing even if you have to click pictures or write an article amidst a Dunghill. With his sincere coaxing I agreed and when he told me that I have to board the train from Old Delhi Railway Station, the thought of going there was repugnant to me. But being a natural traveller that I'm there's always adrenaline that gets me going and I love to challenge comfort sometimes. When I reached the Rusty Red most crucial Station of the country I wonder where People come from, there are so many of them that anyone will think of it as a whole universe instead of a railway station. At the station I met Mr. Das along with Mr. Deepak Virmani , the owner of Delhi School Of Photography and 3 American Educators teaching at The American School, New-Delhi and Mr.Vijay. All of us being Travel & Photography enthusiasts out to explore an overwhelming event seemed nonetheless than National Geographic employees. The moment I heard that my ticket is unconfirmed I was infuriated and couldn't help with an outburst of profanity. I agree that I have a habit to condemn my country because of poor Infrastructure, Government and much more. But I have decided that this habit shall soon stop. Mr. Das told me to just board the train with no doubt assuring me that he would take care of it and I must say with his glib talking to the Ticket Checker I was stunned. It took no time to settle the adverse situation. The train Journey was marvelous probably because of the company that I had, The Americans with us were engrossed in playing board games such as chess and some mathematical game which was out my league but I did try my best to play and compete despite being a mathematical illiterate. The mobile network was atrocious in the train hence I couldn't speak with my girlfriend who now happens to be an ex-girlfriend, she had to mail me a goodnight message hoping I will get it by the time I reach Allahabad and I was a young man who was in love and just a message could put me to sleep and so it did indeed a tranquil sleep. I opened my eyes to the beautiful light of Allahabad's dawn and saw millions of people scattered throughout the city with a firm belief to take a dip in the living goddesses river called The Ganga or Ganges to wash away their sins or rather as they say 'It's a direct entry to heaven sir'. The campsite, our abode for the next couple of days was about an hour and half away from the railway station. For the next five days we lived like Gypsies in tents, there were people from all over the Globe. It was a land of hash, everyone just smoked joints & chillums, from sadhus to tourists. I hardly inhaled any fresh air instead it was so much hash that I myself felt like a passive charras smoking sadhu. The sadhus have a quaint way of expressing their devotion towards religion. Some of them have sacrificed their arms by keeping it in air and not cutting their nails, some sadhus tie a rope to their testicles and lift up seventy kilos of bricks; one particular sadhu applied the same procedure but tied it to pull a car with people in it. They call these acts 'Yoga' to suppress their sexual desire. Some haven't slept in a decade and just been standing. Men who aspire to become sadhus have to give up all contact with their families and become a devotee to a Guru and get their heads shaved. I was unaware that there is even a criterion for the path to spirituality. The methodology for God's creation of the Universe should be un- equivocal, God has sent each of us on earth as per our karmic deeds from our past lives. Although I don't hold any special rights to say this or to impart the limited knowledge I have but I just say what God has made me feel. We all our God's children, in-fact God is our only parent, we live our lives according to how they want us to live. To me sacrificing things to the extent sadhus do is not necessary, we could just practice the art of simplicity and be good human beings, love each other and do what we love and that's how God will be with us constantly. I'm not saying that these sadhus are wrong; after all it is their personal belief and maybe God wants them to be this way. But just looking at them was an adventure. Their dedication was inspiring that I could stay there for some more days and just contemplate them, but even they would have left. We all depart for our cocooned shelters eventually. I want to share some important information. The Maha- Kumbh Mela happens every 12 years, specifically when the planets Sun, Moon and Jupiter are in a particular alignment. The entire set up of Mela was constructed before the event, so it was a temporary arrangement, but it was so large that it could be seen from space. And the Legend says it that the rivers Ganga and Yamuna met they together met the river Saraswati and that is when the battle between gods and demons occurred and hence the drop of immortality nectar was spilled. I don't know if I learnt something from this trip, but being there made me feel as if God told me that people listen to him because God hears us all when we talk to them, And we all shall appreciate and have gratitude for the beautiful life we have.
3. PrayagTHEN: Lord Rama along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman crossed the river Ganga from here to go beyond their kingdom. The trio spent some time at the Ashram of Sage Bharadwaj here, before travelling ahead.
199 Kms from Bahraich
315 Kms from Bahraich
Best time to visit - March,April,May,August,September,October,November
A small cantonment town in the scenic Kumaon Valley, a visit here will not leave any history buff disappointed. Its renowned and ancient Katermal Sun Temple and Jageshwar Temples, including the Archaeological Museum, offer an insight into its quaint scriptures. Spots such as Zero Point here are perfect for enjoying a splendid view of the Himalayas. Catering to every adventure seeker's interests, many resorts and travel companies also organise treks to Pindari and Milam glaciers and also mountain-bike trips around the hills of Almora. Another attraction here is the Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum, dedicated to military mementos weapons, especially the decorated Indian Infantry regiment, Kumaon Regiment. One can also visit Lal Bazaar, adorned with sophisticatedly-carved traditional wooden shops from where one can shop for a variety of things. Places such as Kasar Rainbow Cafe, Baba Cake, Glory Restaurant and Bansal Cafe are known non-vegetarian, vegetarian and bistro dishes. Don't forget to try the various kinds of milk sweets here – bal mithai, choklate (not chocolate) with a fudge-like consistency and singauri, a sweet wrapped in a green Malu leaf.Read More
A small cantonment town in the scenic Kumaon Valley, a visit here will not leave any history buff disappointed. Its renowned and ancient Katermal Sun Temple and Jageshwar Temples, including the Archaeological Museum, offer an insight into its quaint scriptures. Spots such as Zero Point here are perfect for enjoying a splendid view of the Himalayas. Catering to every adventure seeker's interests, many resorts and travel companies also organise treks to Pindari and Milam glaciers and also mountain-bike trips around the hills of Almora. Another attraction here is the Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum, dedicated to military mementos weapons, especially the decorated Indian Infantry regiment, Kumaon Regiment. One can also visit Lal Bazaar, adorned with sophisticatedly-carved traditional wooden shops from where one can shop for a variety of things. Places such as Kasar Rainbow Cafe, Baba Cake, Glory Restaurant and Bansal Cafe are known non-vegetarian, vegetarian and bistro dishes. Don't forget to try the various kinds of milk sweets here – bal mithai, choklate (not chocolate) with a fudge-like consistency and singauri, a sweet wrapped in a green Malu leaf.
Located in the Kumaon hill ranges in Uttarakhand, Almora is a quiet, sleepy town nestled in the Himalayas. This hill town has a spiritual aura with a touch of mythology depicted in several old temples in every nook and corner, lined up with traditional markets keeping alive Almora’s rich cultural heritage. Surrounded by dense coniferous forests of pine and fir, Almora offers a spectacular view of the Himalayas. The town has a colorful essence with dolled up houses on the slopes, colorful attires and handicrafts. Almora with a laid-back attitude is the perfect destination to rejuvenate and thus one of the best places to visit in India in May.How to get there: Well-connected by roadways, buses and cars, as well as railways (Kathgodam - nearest railway station) from New Delhi and Dehradun.
Situated in the beautiful state of Uttarakhand and nestled between the vast Himalayan range, the horse-shaped hill station is perfect for a weekend of bliss. It is a sightseeing paradise which will appeal to you. The sunset point, walk through the traditional market and the nearby village of Kasar Devi can be the highlights of this trip. On this weekend getaway, you can also choose to visit the nearby Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary which makes for an amazing day trip from Almora.
In this world full of hectic, failure and fatigue people have forgotten a love for the place they live in. Delhi, banglore or any other mega cities are getting annihilated by the very people living in it. This picture gets totally reversed when you see a place like Almora. Almora is a small laid back town situated in the lap of mighty himalays and is my hometown. The only word that I can think of to perfectly describe this place is 'bewitching'. Every fine detail of this place is perfectly crafted to make this place feel like Rivendell. Being surrounded by the dwindling pines and old oaks, the city has a divine aura attracting many. The mighty himalays are visible almost round the year. If this heart warming picture is not enough for you, Almora give you a perfect pinch of history, ancient temples, home of chand dinesty and many other historical places are here. The people of this place are warm and kind hearted. Like any other hilly town we love to live a simple life. Many showrooms and modern joints are opening in the city but the Bazaars are still a lifeline. A thousand words are short to describe a place as royal and magestic as this but I shall leave rest for you experience. Sharing with you is my small poem about this place. Enjoy...I come from a place, Where time slows it's pace. Peaceful and calm with no one to race. The mountains here calls everyone of you. The vibrance here will always give you something new. Everything here has to offer something to life. From the rich culture to the mouth watering Bal Mithai. This place is so surreal that reality starts to cease.From Vivekanand to Gandhi, everyone got peace. There is a lot of say , but a few words left. Describing this place is not a easy quest. This place is a true blessing of God's own grace. Almora- The heaven on earth's face.
The drive from Nainital to Almora was super awesome with the river flowing on one of the side of the road. Less traffic and good roads led us to come out of our moving car and sit on edge of windows and enjoy the soothing breeze. Risky, yes but the drive and beauty of the place made it irresistible! We had our food at Hotel Shikhar in Almora. Food was good and then we started our drive to Ranikhet.
This is a lovely old town which has been the capital of Kumaon during the British Rule. Old buildings, Churches, narrow market lanes, up and down hill roads- all at one place. Do not forget to try Chat, Tikki and Cold Coffee at Almora. Drive down hill to take a bath in serene KOSI River; still and untouched. Almora is one of the best places still untouched by tourists and with sunrise and sunset views you can not forget. The evening walk to the BrightEnd Chowraha is one of the best walks you can have in a hill. For people who love calmness, away from touristy places; do visit it; you won't forget to cherish the trip and the Hills - specially the Trishul View during sunset.
ohhh... I was counting the curves....and at one point I lost the count...it was never ending........... If you are rider, you better don't miss the ride from Nainital to Almora. Beautiful stretch will amazing scenic beauty of the hills. An ancient small hill top town with with mesmerising energy and beautiful people.....
The Almora town is located at a distance of 63 kilometres from Nainital and 380 kilometer from Delhi. It is the headquarter of Almora district. Almora district is located in the beautiful Kumaun region of Uttarakhand state in India. For its easy accessibility, Almora promises the tourists a pleasant visit. Almora is known a 'town of temples'. At the centre of the town, is the temple of Goddess Nanda Devi. Almora, unlike Shimla, Nainital and Ranikhet, which were developed by the English, is a hill station totally developed by the Indians. Almora has many fruit orchards like peaches, apricots, apples, plums, etc. It is situated at an elevation of 1638 meters high above the sea level and is spread across a 5 kilometers ridge atop the Kashaya Hill. Almora district is surrounded by Pithoragarh to the east, Garhwal region top the west, Bageshwar to the north and Nainital to the south. It is situated on a horse –shoe shaped ridge of a mountain, of which the eastern portion is called the Talifat and the western one is known as Selifat. This place is famous for its magnificent beauty, panoramic view of the Himalayas along with lovely pine and deodar trees rich cultural heritage, unique handicrafts and delicious cuisine. This place was developed by the Chand Rajas and it was maintained and further developed by the British. The renowned Swami Vivekananda also meditated in this region. The picturesque landscape of Almora attracts hundreds of peoples as it is one of the business hubs Kumaon region. Almora is known for various famous local markets like Lala Bazar, Malli Bazar Karkhana bazaar and Thana Bazar etc. where ethnic style products are available. It is the commercial town of Uttarakhand. We stayed in a hotel for a rest for a small time. The sunset scene is most attractive in Almora. We have experienced a nice moment enjoying the sun set from the hotel terrace. The deer park is another important attraction in Almora. One can witness a wide range of deers. The journey to Almora is little bit tough as one had to move up & down in the valley of the hills. There is hardly any locality along with roadside or any establishment. Only a good number of temples were seen on the way to Almora. We felt very bad as we had to leave Almora spending a short time. We had not planned it earlier. In fact, we planned it after visiting Ranikhet, as it is at a short distance. One should plan to visit for one full day to enjoy the sunrise & sunset. Then after getting back from Almora in the late evening, we got tired and reaching our hotel, we got fresh and then in the evening, we all again went to Nainital market to for shopping and roaming around the markets. It is usually remains busy for the entire evening and vehicles movement are totally restricted. The market is open usually up-to 9.00 p.m. in the evening Tourists usually roam around the lake or take rest sitting on benches. On next day, my parents said that today we will go for local sight seeing like cave parks, zoo, the famous Mall road, where the two famous films ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ and ‘Vivah’ were shot; church, etc.
304 Kms from Bahraich
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,October,November,December
Mukteshwar is a hill station in Uttarakhand that is popular for its wide assortment of adventure sports such as rock climbing and rappelling. Overlooking the peaks of Nanda Devi, Mukteshwar is also a celebrated scenic spot that is perfect for long walks and some quiet time in the closeness of nature. The Mukteshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a revered shrine of the region. Located near this temple is the Chauthi Jaali, which is a picturesque precipice of lattice rocks. These rocks present an enchanting view of the green grasslands down below. The Mukteshwar Inspection Bungalow, which is located near the temple, offers a perfect place to relax and unwind while enjoying the scenery around. The charming landscape of the Sitla Estate here is beautiful and offers seasonal fruits such as apples, peaches and plums. Mukteshwar has limited options in terms of food, but most places offer both North Indian and Kumaoni cuisine. Popular eateries include the Nirvana Organic Kitchen and The Hideout Crimson Hills. Government tourist hotels and PWD circuit houses provide accommodation facilities.Read More
Mukteshwar is a hill station in Uttarakhand that is popular for its wide assortment of adventure sports such as rock climbing and rappelling. Overlooking the peaks of Nanda Devi, Mukteshwar is also a celebrated scenic spot that is perfect for long walks and some quiet time in the closeness of nature. The Mukteshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a revered shrine of the region. Located near this temple is the Chauthi Jaali, which is a picturesque precipice of lattice rocks. These rocks present an enchanting view of the green grasslands down below. The Mukteshwar Inspection Bungalow, which is located near the temple, offers a perfect place to relax and unwind while enjoying the scenery around. The charming landscape of the Sitla Estate here is beautiful and offers seasonal fruits such as apples, peaches and plums. Mukteshwar has limited options in terms of food, but most places offer both North Indian and Kumaoni cuisine. Popular eateries include the Nirvana Organic Kitchen and The Hideout Crimson Hills. Government tourist hotels and PWD circuit houses provide accommodation facilities.
Jim Corbett, the famous Hunter came here for shooting a Tiger and got mesmerized by its beauty. It has dense forest on one side and open Mountain View on the other. Watching Sunset while sitting on the cliff of Chauli ki Jali is something one ca cherish for years. A religious reason to visit might be the 350 year old Shiva Temple on the highest point of the town.This is just a 7 hour drive from Delhi, easily doable on a weekend. Can be considered as calmer alternative against Nainital as is on the same altitude and same distance from Delhi. Lot of staying options available here suiting everybody’s pockets.
About 25 kms from Ramgarh, is Mukteshwar, another beautiful town in the Himalayas. There is an old temple here, and on the way there are an array of adventure sport activities on offer. Ziplining, mountain climbing, rappelling, and so on. The place offers amazing views of the valley, and has a host of scenic and organic cafes and restaurants. On the way back to Ramgarh, is a place called Bhalu Gaad waterfalls. It is a 1.5 hr trek from the parking lot, and provides picturesque views of flora and fauna in the hills. Once you reach the waterfall, the beauty of the place is mesmerizing. A dip in the pond is not advised, it is freezing cold, and the depth is deceiving.The next day, our hotel guide advised a trek to Garhganchal, a 5 km trek to the top of a mountain, which has a temple. The trek is pretty steep and provides quite an exercise for the lungs. The peak of the mountain offers a breathtaking view of Bhimtal, The Sainik School, and Almora. The temple here is managed by Yogi Ranganathji, and his hospitality is simply outstanding. Tired by the trek and with the sun shining down upon us with no mercy, the Yogi offered us a refreshing cup of tea, along with dhurries to rest ourselves on, and gain energy for the trek back to the hotel.
Ramgarh lies in the proximity to some very popular hill stations like Nainital, Bhimtal, Mukteshwar, Naukuchiatal within a mile radius of 35 kms.We began our day early in the morning with a leisurely walk amid the nature and watched the sky change its color with the sunrise. The magical spell castes during the sunrise and sunset adds more charm to the place. We got back to the hotel for a warm breakfast and some rest. Later in the day, we headed to the famous orchards of the area. I suggest you to carry your own food as there might not be many options on the way. Next stop was Nathuakhan, a small hamlet where we wandered and wandered in the wilderness. We also visited Mukteshwar Dham, 350-year-old temple to Shiva in Mukteshwar.
Mukteshwar, UttarakhandThere’s no place better than Mukteshwar if it is a distant yet compelling view of the Himalayas that you seek. Climb up to the highest point and you’ll be surrounded by the Garhwals, and the Himalayas will stare at you from a distance. And if you happen to catch the sunset – oh! Get away from the city and find some peace. And it is best when you are surrounded by deodar forests.
Dont miss the main attraction, Muktheswar Lord Shiva Temple. Highest point from where you can have glimpse of Himalayas beneath all those green and blue hills, layer by layer like a painting..If you are lucky you will be blessed with snow fall even in summer...
This is a place where nature is at its best. Splendid countryside, beautiful valleys, amazing people, great views of the snow capped peaks, and not to forget the landmark for which the place is famous for, the Mukteshwar Dham. Located at the highest point of the town, it is a place which provides one of the best spiritual experience. The entire area is known as tapovan and its one of the most peaceful place I have been to. A small trek around the town provides a great experience. Then do not forget to capture the sunset from the Dakbunglow gardens. Overall an heavenly experience. A great getaway from the crowded tourist destinations. Very calm, peaceful, spiritual and pure.