Dhangadi is a simple town, fairly crowded for its size. We stayed at Hotel Rubus which gave us a royal traditional welcome with flowers and strolls on arrival. The appeal still felt Indian as elements of both cultures reflected in transitioning territories. We also arranged local sim cards to get back on the grid. The riders geared up next morning all set for Bardiya National park.
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207 Kms from Dhangadhi
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.
149 Kms from Dhangadhi
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.
304 Kms from Dhangadhi
Best time to visit - March,April,September,October,November
This city has been a refuge for spiritual seekers long before The Beatles christened it with their visit in the 60's. Widely known as the pilgrimage town and also the 'yoga capital of the world', Rishikesh is home to myriad temples, yoga and meditation centres and a plethora of adventure activities. With an interesting backdrop of the rapid flowing Ganges river and iron-made suspension bridges (Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula), the city has also been a popular hub for travellers and backpackers alike. When it comes to food and drinks, Rishikesh remains a strict teetotaller and a vegetarian, even though you might find with great exploratory skills, a few restaurants not adhering to the prohibition. Some great restaurants and cafes include Little Buddha Cafe where you can enjoy your meals in a treehouse-style ambience. Rishikesh provides a spectacular treat to the eyes and music to the ears during sunrise and sunset, as sadhus (priests), pilgrims and tourists all around, prepare for the routine 'Ganga Aarti' with temple bells resonating all around and innumerable diyas or small clay pot lit lamps dancing over the river Ganga to that reverberating music, as religious offerings. Rishikesh warmly welcomes thrill seekers, who can try out a number of activities such as white water rafting, bungee jumping, kayaking, zip lining, mountain biking and rappelling. The city also annually hosts the International Yoga Festival where yoga gurus, aficionados and devotees from around the globe throng the place (popularly the Parmarth Niketan Ashram) and give various lessons and lectures on yoga, meditation and spirituality.
306 Kms from Dhangadhi
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,October,November,December
An ancient holy town and the starting point for pilgrimages to the Kedarnath Temple and the Badrinath Temple, Haridwar is the first recipient of the mighty rapid and revered Ganges, originating from the Gangotri Glacier. Its vast mythological background, beautiful temples (Shanti Kunj Gayatri Parivar), spectacular festival celebrations and the world famous Kumbh Mela (hosted every 12 years) make it a popular destination to be visited from around the world. Haridwar comes alive during sunset, when the evening aarti (ritual of worship) starts at Har Ki Pauri, a ghat (steps leading to a river) and the main attraction of the town where both the Ganga banks are lit up with floating claypot candles and chants of devotees and priests resonate musically throughout the town. The religious city serves no alcohol anywhere and restaurants are strictly vegetarian too, some well known ones being, Big Ben Restaurant, Chotiwala and the Haveli Hari Ganga Restaurant.
308 Kms from Dhangadhi
Best time to visit - April,May,June,July,August,September,October
Hilly deodars, gaddi dogs, buzzing markets, temples, rosy-cheeked Himachalis and a plethora of charming cottages and guest houses summarize what the once princely state Chamba is about. For a glimpse into Chamba's rich history, Bhuri Singh Museum is a must visit where one can see murals, stone carvings, copper plates, costumes, paintings and regal doorways. Adventurous spirits can take a trek to the treacherous but beautifully rewarding Manimahesh Lake and Chobia Pass. Other activities include rafting, trekking, mountain climbing and rafting over the Ravi river. One can also drive to the picturesque Khajjiar Lake and enjoy horse riding amidst the panoramic valley of Chamba or take a short but scenic trek to the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary. Chamba's centre of attraction is Chowgan, a boundless green field that hosts everything from sports, festivals and picnics. The valley truly buzzes with life during the week-long Minjar Festival, celebrated in the month of August, with folk dance, music, processions and an enormous flea market, all hosted at Chowgan itself. Local food can be enjoyed at Chowgan restaurant while Cafe Ravi View and Desa Chicken Corner serve good Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.
250 Kms from Dhangadhi
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147 Kms from Dhangadhi
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.
137 Kms from Dhangadhi
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.