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119 Kms from Gajraula
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
The capital city of India is a glorious concoction of the old and the new. Temples that are centuries old, archaic Musli...
You can also take the 'NANDA DEVI EXPRESS' as it sticks to its schedule avoiding any delays. I have had some really bad experiences with other night trains.My JourneyDay 1I opted for this train from New Delhi Nizamuddin Railway Station - The Madurai Dehradun Express (Big Mistake). The schedule departure time was 9.10 PM but the train did not reach the platform till late 10.30 PM. I boarded the train expecting to get some rest before the hike. But it did not happen due to the pilgrims traveling from South to Haridwar. All night I heard moms shouting, kids crying, men talking about politics and know what. Finally, after multiple stops, we reached Dehradun. Around 7.45 AM.
After visiting the local market in Kullu and having dinner, capturing a lot of memories we left back for Kullu to board our return bus to Delhi scheduled at 8 PM.For more pictures and my travel diaries, please follow my instagram handle @_tushar.gupta_
When we landed in Delhi, we were really hungry, so headed out to an eatery just a few minutes away from the airport called Venkatesh, which stayed open very late. After some tasty food, we headed back to the airport where I managed to rest for about two hours, with the help of a sleep mask and some earplugs!At 5:30 am, we flew on from Delhi to Amritsar, landing pretty early in the morning. We had already pre-booked an Innova car to take us from the airport to Dalhousie, which is about a 4.5 hour drive. The car cost us Rs. 26,000 and we were really glad to have had it already arranged when we landed in the airport!Seeing Himachal
Day 1 - We started from Delhi at 6 pm in the evening and reached Gt Karnal road by 8.30pm as there was a huge traffic on the way. We had good dinner at Sukhdev Dhaba and after half an hour we started towards our journey. We haven’t slept the whole night thinking our chauffeur might feel sleepy on seeing everyone one sleeping and kept our conversations on with him.
Delhi is also a food hub. If you are foody you will require days to explore food options also along with city. It is some what difficult to wander after sunset for solo traveller or women. ut every city has pros and cons which has come along with the evolution of society. If I look towards Delhi it is a beautiful with beautiful punjabi culture with tadka of mughal urdu. This is a city which has been looted and the again it was reborn with the remains of lost empires after every other century. So it holds remains of every culture which has been followed y every empire. Today it is one of the most populated cities in the world and best city to describe the world what India is about. Give this place a visit and you will know the answer why is this place the best one to represent India culturally ? Be a part of time travel and experience this lovable city.
Our journey started from the Coimbatore airport, with a pit stop in Delhi before heading to Manali. Once in Delhi, we went to visit an old friend of Amar's and have lunch with him before our bus ride, at 6 PM from Majnu Ka Tila! As every good journey has to begin and end with a beer, ours did too. Our sweet cab driver from the airport let us have a pint each during the ride to see Amar's friend. Once the formalities were done, and our stomachs filled, we were on our way to catch the bus to Manali where we met the most humble host Mr. Lovely Singh, our caretaker during the 15 hour bus ride.
Delhi, capital of India and one of the most happening cities in India. From the local street food and markets like CHANDNI CHOWK AND CHOR BAZAAR to one of the most expensive places in the world, Delhi is having every flavor of India. The city never sleeps and you will surely going to love it.
Day 10, 04th Oct, An auto at the cost of Rs. 150/- helped us reach our hotel. Our trip had come to an end and that evening we again arrived at New Delhi junction from where it originated. Really it’s a shattering feeling to say goodbye to your better half. But with times, we learnt to remain strong in awful phases like these. Whenever we get an opportunity, we do en-cash it by exploring new places. As our train kept moving in their respective directions, I was busy in casting my mind back in the moments of togetherness.Some important fine facts of our tour are as follows (for information only; not to be considered as promotion or recommendation of any kind):• In New Delhi:Hotel Smyle Inn. Address: 916, Gali Chandi Wali, main bazaar, Paharganj.Contact: 01123589107/ 9999276591Website: www.smyleinn.comemail id: email@example.com• In Palampur :Holiday Home Palampur, (Room No. 302)Contact: 01894233522/ 9816197412Website: www.holidayhomepalampur.comemail id: firstname.lastname@example.orgCab Driver: Sh. Aswini, M: - 9805735578, Pilot for Paragliding at Bir: Sh. Gopal, M: 8628808984• In Mcleodganj :Hotel Sidharth House, [Room No. 108; however the room just above us (2nd floor) have better view.]Address: Jogiwara Road, below Yongling School, McleodganjContact: 9805310685/9622880284/9858364461Website: www.siddharth-house.comEmail id: email@example.com• In Khajjiar:From Dharamshala to Dalhousie the HRTC bus fare was Rs. 342- for 2 adults.Hotel Devdaar, Khajjiar (Room No. 102)Website: www.hptdc.nic.in/ohrs/PublicPages/PubHome.aspx & www.hptdc.inCab driver: Sh. Raju. M: 9736839696 andDalhousie Taxi Operators union (relatively overpriced): 01899-242786/ 9459901001Website: www.dalhousietaxiassociation.comemail id: firstname.lastname@example.org• In Dalhousie: Hotel Rudra Inn (Room No. 210), at Garam Sadak, near Mall at Gandhi Chowk.Contact: 9816358585, 9736540000,Website: www.hotelrudrainn.comemail id: email@example.comFrom Dalhousie to Pathankot the Punjab Roadways bus fare was Rs. 210- for 2 adults.
Day 2, 26th SepI was right there at the platform no. 16 at New Delhi junction to receive my wife. Train was late by 15 mins only. We then, proceed to our hotel Smyle Inn in the main bazaar area, Paharganj side. Our request of early check-in was honoured duly by the Manager and he accommodated us in a family room available with him at that moment. The room was overall fine and importantly air conditioned. Our plan was to rest throughout the day and leave for Pathankot in the evening by 14033 Jammu Mail.The main bazaar area, where this hotel is located is very crowded but has ample options around; in terms of stay-in and shopping. We, although, dropped the plan to rove in the market considering the terrible heat outside and the extensive upcoming journey.Jammu Mail departs at 20:10 hrs from Old Delhi railway station. I expected that checking out early by 6 PM would be sufficient. But friends, when we reached there it was about to be 8 PM and the courtesy must be given to the infamous traffic of New Delhi. Here, I appreciate my ever genius wife for preferring Toto (battery operated three wheeler) over Auto and salute that Toto driver who never surrendered and ran through all the possible as well as impossible lanes of Chandni Chowk market area just for us. I, at heart, already started feeling the tempo of the adventure we were going to have, following that thrilling ride.Jammu Mail, on that day, departed almost 45 minutes late. That train did not have any pantry on board so we opted for e-catering and the service was okay.
Back to the paralyzed lifestyle till I pack my bags again.Pics- www.instagram.com/throttletravel/
188 Kms from Gajraula
Best time to visit - January,February,March,November,December
Home to the grandiose Taj Mahal, Agra’s city echoes of its bygone Mughal era days. Located in Uttar Pradesh, tourists ...
Here comes the most important and memorable day of the trip! The King of monuments, Taj Mahal! One among the 7 wonders of world. And the red fort of Agra.I was so very excited that the journey from my friends place at Noida to Agra felt very long. we had left as early as 6 in the mornong. Finally after 4 hours of journey, we arrived at Agra. From the point bus dropped us, we took Horse cart ride to the marvelous structure. There was a long que again for the tickets, four of us stood in four different ques, so that whoever gets first would buy tickets and rest come back. The place was overcrowded that we had to fight for a place for photography, even for few seconds. Everyone will just be wandering around and stumble onto the frame and don't even care about it! After some fight, here it is. The clear picture of the wonder! And the mehman khana beside it.As you get closer to the monument, you'll notice the art work so painstakingly done. Even the smallest of the details! Carved into marbles. Different stones used for colours and design. As we get inside, we see two tombs. Mumtaz and Shahjahan. Even with so much crowd, inside is so airy because of its ventilated marble design. No wonder why it's considered among the 7 wonders! After visiting Taj mahal, we were hungry and had lunch in a hotel close by. Then headed to red fort. This one is humongous fort! It takes around 2 hours just to roam around and inspire the fort and it's architecture! All the details again carved in the red stone. There are some white marble structures in contrast to red here and there inside. Especially the court and throne place. The theatre is gorgeous and brought me the thoughts of black and white movie style where Kings and queens with all their family would sit in the pavilion to witness the performance/dance(Nritya) on special occasions!There were also some racks carved in stone and given beautiful design. I wonder how people those days shown their art almost everything.Taj Mahal was visible from one set of windows of the red fort, at Agra!Apart from these there were three domes visible from the court and lawn. But for some reason, tourists are not allowed to visit that place. I capture the picture of those domes looking awesome from the lawn. The trees and the grass in the lawn created a beautiful ambiance! We spent 2and half hours in the red fort. Then it was time for us to leave for Mathura and Vrindavan.Mathura, the birth place of Krishna, in the jail. This is considered holi and the camera/phone was not allowed both in Mathura and Vrindavan. Vrindavan is were Krishna held the hands of all 16000 Gopika sthree (women) at once, by his miracle! Both these places have numerous temples and gow shalas. Visiting the pilgrimage at the end of trip, with the blessings, we returned to our homes!
Of course, there are stories about the architect being blinded or his hands being chopped. Yet, people forget about those pains as they see the captivating beauty of Taj Mahal. "Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passion of an emperor's love wrought in living stones." ~ Sir Edwin Arnold
Well, my childhood dream came true. I visited the Taj Mahal. My sister booked a cab for our whole trip - to Delhi and Agra. So we got in the vehicle, took the National Highway, took some breaks in between, and along with some mild argument with a police officer, we are on our way again. (Miraculously, that Police Officer showed us the hotel where we can stay just next to the Taj Mahal). In the morning everybody dressed up, bought a ticket and went in. To tell the truth, that way the very first time I have found my dreams actually come true. From reading about the Taj in the textbooks to seeing it face to face is one of the most amazing moments of my life.
I thought, only I am excited to see the Agra fort, but saw dad walking fast to secure us entry passes. As soon as you enter the monumental doors of Agra fort, you are going have a war with local guides. Once you succeed in the negotiations, the journey inside begins.
The most popular weekend getaway from Delhi would have to be Agra. Within 200kms from Delhi, it takes less than 3 hours to reach Agra via Yamuna Expressway. While it may be famous for the Taj Mahal, it is also a great weekend destination away from the bustling city. If you are a history buff, this city will definitely catch your fancy.
It was 14th August , the day of the week when most of the people are hit with Monday Morning blues (sometimes I do too) and the next day being 15th August was holiday .As usual , I had nothing to do other than to lie on bed lazily the whole day . Suddenly it occured to me that I should visit Agra . I never have had any chance to visit Agra previously . Agra is just 230 kms from Gurgaon and around 4 hours drive . I geared up and quickly booked an Activa online for 2 days . I cost me 650/- INR excluding fuel . I left the office early and picked up my ride from Wheelstreet (online bike renting plattform) . I reached my place , took a quick shower , packed the necessary items for two days and started my solo - road trip to Agra . If you go on a bike , road trip do not forget your powerbank , face mask , driving gloves , and arm sleeves . One thing to note here that if you are going to Agra on a road trip on 2-wheelers , do not take the Yamuna Expressway . Instead opt for the Palwal highway which is pretty good .In my case , I did the same opted for the latter , which is comparatively safer . I left Gurgaon at 7.30 pm after having some evening snacks .Google Map was of great help and the connectivity throughout the journey was good.I had a pit stop at one of the dhabhas along the way . The food was yum and the price reasonable . I passed through the famous towns such Gokul , Vrindavan and Mathura . Even at around 12 o'clock at night , these towns were lively and jubiliant as the next day was Janmashmi . The celebrations of this festival was in full swing and most of the relevant shops were open . At around 1 AM , I was on my bed at my Hotel Room . I had not booked it earlier , so I had to pay a little extra which I regretted . After 4 hours drive , I needed rest and I dozed off as soon as I hit the bed .So friends please , book your rooms beforehand or be ready to make a good bargain .
Sharp a 2 hour journey and at 8, we got off at the Agra Cantt Railway Station and headed towards the hotel in our pre-booked vehicle.A quick check-in, we drop our luggage and move further to have the first WOW experience, it's the Agra fort. Beautiful architecture and amazing history, we see, click, listen, learn and come out full of stories and pictures.
If you have visited Taj Mahal a thousand times and have come to believe that that there's nothing more to discover, wait till you see Mehtab Bagh on a moonlit night. Tourist guides and popular travel books will rarely tell you about this hidden treasure of Agra, simply because it's difficult to locate among the winding by-lanes of the city. But once you find it, you get a chance to enjoy a panoramic view of Shah Jehan's beloved Taj Mahal.'Wah Taj!', you will say to yourself.
The trend of backpacker's hostels has finally come to India. And who's complaining. Zostels are like the travel hostels we have all seen in the movie Queen. Clean, cheap, centrally located and secure.In addition you get to meet loads of new people waiting to be your friends. Zostel is expanding rapidly by the day. Presently, there are around 20 Zostels in India and one in Nepal.Currently, Zostel is offering a volunteer Programme where you can be at their front desk. In return they offer you free accommodation. Cool, Isn't it.Volunteer to Travel :I have been a huge fan of long trips. I barely plan 2 day trips. Short trips are for tourists, vacations are for travelers. Don't get me wrong here. But how can you capture the essence of a place, visit the offbeat places, do what the locals do in 3 days. You barely have time to rush to all the touristy places. Isliye, I volunteer. This provides you a change to contribute in your own little way during traveling and gives you an immense sense of satisfaction.Here are few of my favorite volunteer organisations:
265 Kms from Gajraula
Best time to visit - August,September,October,November
Chandigarh is India's first planned city, quite distinct from the rest of the country and considerably better organized....
DAY 09 | MANALI – CHANDIGARHDISTANCE & TIME TAKEN | APPROX. 310 KM / 8-9 HOURSMEAL | BREAKFASTEND OF BEAUTIFUL SPITI VALLEY TRIP. After breakfast get ready to drive back to Chandigarh at 08:30 am. Our vehicle will drop you at railway station or any specific point in Chandigarh by evening.TRIP INCLUDESComprehensive 8 nights 9 days Spiti Valley tour Package.8 nights stay in on Double occupancy & triple occupancy (Double occupancy for 02 members joining together and Triple occupancy if there are 3 members joining together).MAPAI meal plan: 07 breakfast & dinners.Services of NON AC INNOVA up to 6 Pax and TEMPO TRAVELER for 09 or more then 9 Pax for all major transfer and sightseeing from Day 02 to Day 09 as per tour itinerary (Sharing basis for all travelers).TRIP EXCLUDES5% GST applicable extra on total billing.Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances including medical emergencies and acts of God.Lunch during entire trip and dinner in Chandigarh hotel.Any Air fare/Train fare.Any type of transportation excluding the provided sightseeing as per itinerary.Any meals other then specified in above package inclusion.Heater charges in hotel during winter season.Travel Insurance.Monuments entry fees/camera fees/Guide fees/entertainment fees.Any other which is not specified in above package Inclusion.
Day 4 → Chandigarh → McLeod GanjPunjab, the land of the big hearted turban wearing punjabi’s, a land of passion where people don’t hide any emotions, be it happiness (with a booming laugh) or be it anger (the loud voice becoming louder); was also a beautiful state to ride through. The highways were full of tractors and mini trucks carrying produce as well as people and green fields adorned the sides; reflecting the farming profession.Our bikes required abit of washing, greasing and tightening after the marathon runs and the sun was blazing atop our heads by the time we left Chandigarh (not before munching on pizza); we were bound to the hilly state of Himachal Pradesh and the distance was much lesser than what we covered in the past days. The first stretch through the highways was covered in quick time and after crossing the famous gurudwaras, we chose to stop at a bakery cum sweet shop for some chai and snacks.An aged uncle (of course with a turban) was sitting next to our table; he was on the slimmer side and was dressed little shabbily. When we got our tea, he addressed Kuttan and asked him something in punjabi (we assumed so, as he couldn’t make out any words); Kuttan naturally judged the person as someone pestering for money and avoided him. But, the uncle persisted with his statements. This continued for about 5 minutes; Kuttan was getting perturbed and by the time we were about to leave, i listened to the uncle carefully trying to use my little knowledge of his language (my wife is a punjabi), and realized that all he was asking was how much did the chai cost in that shop; poor guy was deciding whether to order a chai based on his budget. I answered his query and Kuttan, now all smiles, declared him as his ‘new best friend’.It was a lesson for us to not judge a person beforehand; prejudice blinded us initially before we realized our foolishness. Ahead in the day, we also met a solo rider (all the way from Kerala) on his way for 2.5 months long ride across India, Nepal and Bhutan. Our experience earlier may have helped us to talk to him. share another chai and listen to some of his adventures from his earlier trips to Spiti. During the rest of our sojourn, we met multiple strangers and never again felt an urge to judge beforehand. Our trip became much richer, thanks to this incident.
We boarded our train to Chandigarh on 9th June and then on 10th we took a taxi till Kasol. As we were on our way, we were already occupied with the ravishing view of the Parvati River. It felt as if we were not following the road instead we were running from our bustling lives to seek peace in the lapse of nature.
Manali, it was started like "fer ki dikkat h"(He (The conductor) referred it to the girl sitting nearby :D) when I asked for ticket to Manali from the conductor.Manali is a hill station nestled in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu Valley, at an altitude of 2,050 meters in the Beas River Valley. It is located in the Kullu district, about 270 km (168 mi) north of the state capital, Shimla. It is the beginning of an ancient trade route to Ladakh and from there over the Karakoram Pass on to Yarkand and Khotan in the Tarim Basin. It has become a tourist attraction in recent years.
We started our journey from Chandigarh.We rented a car for 3 days.We were total five friends.We began our journey around 11 pm from Chandigarh.We had our dinner in a restaurant near the highway.Then we covered around 300 Km till Manali and reached there in the morning.We had Tea and Snacks then we continued our journey to Prashar lake,Which is around 100 kms from Manali.
279 Kms from Gajraula
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,October,November,December
Simla is the capital and the largest city of the northern India state of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala being the other ca...
DELHI – SHIMLA (346km, 7:24hrs)Well, guys, this is the only time of your trip when you can go with luxury and by luxury, I mean Volvo bus. This is the first slot of the trip and the shortest and most comfortable one. So try to sleep as much as you can. I always take the night bus to Shimla, there are many reasons behind it. Let’s say for starters I hate day journey, also night journeys are way less tiring because I’m sleeping most of the time. Plus I love that feeling of Sleeping in one state and waking up in other. But the main agenda is to reach Shimla by or before 5 am so that I can board the first bus to Reckong Peo (@ 6 am).Bus Details: HRTC A/C(VOLVO) Seater (2+2)Time: 09:36 PM – 05:00 AMVenue: Kashmiri Gate
The himachali capital is where your venture would end. It would be hard for you to adjust to the crowds for your city-familiarised minds have witnessed something that even alzehimer's would find hard to erase.
The next morning we started our journey back to Noida, We planned to spend this night in Shimla. Again through the same beautiful mountains and view we reached Shimla in the evening. We spent some time on mall road , did some shopping and tasted some good local wine. We had friends already living there so we stayed at there place, and finally next day early morning we drove back to Noida and our memorable trip ended.
Evening in Shimla: After spending some time in hotel, we decided to explore the place in the evening. The moment we came out of the hotel, it was easy to guess the temperature is below 0. But that did not stop us from moving out. Mall road of Shimla was as good as the market of our cities. And one can spend hours shopping at this place. But the best part is food. Hot Momos combined with very hot coffee in a chilling weather in front of a beautiful church, it’s one of the best combination one can get. Shimla is said to be the queen of hills and rightly so. It was around 10 pm when it started raining again which forced us to go back to hotel. The weather was extremely cold,so we decided to call it a day.
We hired a taxi from station to our hotel Snow Valley Resort. One of the best places to stay in shimla and highly recommended. The hotel had spectacular view from the room and was very neat and clean. It’s best to have prior bookings when you are travelling to a famous destination.
Shimla: It was yet another beauty nestled in the Himalayas. With almost serene atmosphere and historical importance magnetized us with it first sights. Unlike other hill stations it was more a commercialized one. As we moved across that bustling town we came to witness one of the most spectacular sights. Yeah! it was the trademark Shimla view. The Skyline of Southern Shimla was simply awe-inspiring. Within hours we came to realize why the Britishers made it a summer capital. While it was burning hot in Delhi, it was freezing cold up here. After a long tiring journey, we decided to have a nap in the noon so that we could be active in the evening to experience the local beauty of Shimla.
The next day at morning around 5:00 am the bus reached shimla, the roads were stiff and curvy, the hills and the scenery of house around the hill makes it look as if the hills been decorated with LED bulbs all around... It was beautiful...It was freezing cold and I quickly wrapped up myself in the winter attire. As I was getting down from the bus the taxi drivers were busy in making me feel how far and how dangerous this area and roads are.... but thanks to technology I already sort out my way from the bus stand to the hotel and its just 1.5km. Seemed easy task but it wasn't as the roads were stiff and I had a backpack on my back. But the people moving up with sack of onions, cylinders gave me the courage that I can also do that. Took help from the passers by to locate the hotel.I reached my hotel (Hotel Mahajan) which was right above the Ridge at around 6:00 am... The hotel boy was from Kashmir and he helped me a lot in my days in shimla... He helped me getting a room though my check in time was 12 pm...After getting into room I slept for the whole day... 1.5 km sounds easy but when the roads are stiff and making an angle of 70 degree with the ground, 1.5 km seems 5 km...www.instagram.com/throttletravel/EveningI woke up around 2 pm, couldn't take shower as it was pretty cold, 4' to be precise.... Had lunch from the hotel itself and at around 4 pm head out to explore Shimla...On my first spot came The Ridge and the Mahatma Gandhi Statue.The view from the The Ridge was spectacular, and there were some events going on by the kids...On further walking down begins the Mall road... Its actually the shopping hub of Shimla, variety of winter clothing shops and restaurants filled up that lane... and its splendid to walk around...There I had some fruits that I never saw in other parts of the country...On way back to hotel at around 8pm I stood by The Ridge and treat my eyes the beautiful hills with small huts (with lights on) covered all around the hills....NightWell a bachelors travel diary it is, nothing much to hope only peaceful sleep...
149 Kms from Gajraula
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 ...
On the banks of a mango shaped lake lies a town which was once the winter capital of The Raj, and is now favorite of millions of Indians.
Day 2 we had plans of visiting the zoo only to be interrupted by when my brother's friend saw a para-glider gliding in the sky.
It was nearly five years ago that we made our presence in the place. There were four of us who went on the trip- my brother, my mother, my brother's friend and me.
During 2012, it was an October evening when I got a call from my friend who was then posted in Rohtak, a small town of Haryana asking about my plans for the coming weekend. I had none, so he expressed that he would be getting bored at his house so I suggested him to come down to my place in Delhi which he felt as a usual boring stuff and proposed me his new plan to explore a new destination.We hunted on internet for some hours and then mutually locked an Uttarakhand based hill station in Kumaon foothills of Outer Himalayas i.e. Nainital. Within no time we booked train tickets on internet from Old Delhi to Kathgodam as it was the closest destination to reach Nainital since there were no trains till Nainital. Also during those days there were no such options to book hotels via apps or online methods so basically we had no plans after reaching the last station.
We boarded the train from Old Delhi railway station which is easily accessible from Chandni Chowk Metro Station by around 09:30 p.m. and reached Kathgodam railway station by around 05:00 a.m. the very next morning. Since it was the arrival of winters so the sky was covered with darkness and streets brightening with road lights but the station was full with private vehicles and passengers going to Nainital. Almost all of the cars and taxis were filled with couples. Since they wanted privacy so we had to back off but there was one car in which the couple was local to that place and they had to get midway so we got a chance to board it.After dropping our co-passengers, the driver was inquisitive to know our plans about Nainital i.e. stay and travel so as we had no strategic plans so he suggested us with one. For the first time we didn’t book any hotel as the hired car acted so where we relaxed until reaching the starting point of our main journey and also changed our attire.Within the next 4 hours we covered the below points starting and ending our journey with the beautiful Naini Lake and adjacent to it the Naina Devi Temple (one of the 52 ShaktiPeeth) via Mall Road :-• Naini Peak• Tiffin Top• Snow View Point• Gurney House• Cave GardenWe could not cover “Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo” due to lack of time.Few beautiful places near to Nainital are Saat Tal, Bhim Tal, Nauchuchiya Tal, and Mukteshwar which may need some more days to be explored in detail.After completing our trip we were dropped to Mall road where we explored the shopping area which were narrow and hyped street markets and also had our breakfast and lunch as there were a lot of food joints so we tasted a variety of them in Mall Road itself. In the afternoon we boarded a bus to “Haldwani”, one of the nearest towns to Nainital from where we to took another bus to Delhi by around 05:00 p.m. So by this way we completed our trip within one day without reserving a hotel.Nainital Itinerary :-Day 1 – If you arrive early morning, you can plan outing for complete day and cover the above mentioned points after taking a few hours rest. You can head off to the picturesque locations in Nainital, whether Snow Top or Tiffin Top, which is connected to the main town by cable cars. In the evening, you can drop in at Tibetan Market or Mall Road to acquire some shopping experience.Day 2 – Start with the holy blessings from Naina Devi, a Shakti Peeth which is on Mall Road and barely 1.8 km. from the main town of Nainital. Then, you can visit the Naini Zoo which sports a rich collection of flora and fauna. You can also enjoy the Naini lake boat ride as well. If you're a boating freak, the best time to visit Naini Lake is from 16:00 onwards.Day 3 – You can try on some trekking and other adventure sports as well.Do carry warm clothes and gloves irrespective of whichever season you are planning to visit.View of Himalayan Range is mystic so don’t miss out on that !!!
While this city has a lot to offer in food, culture and fashion, repeating the same things over and over again can become really tiresome, really fast. I was starting to feel stagnated, spending much of my free time at home, away from the city’s stimuli I was oh-so-familiar with. I needed to get out of the house, see some things I hadn’t seen before, and shake off my inertia.So without thinking too much, I planned a quick getaway to Nainital, a perfect getaway that was far away from the city chaos and close to the solace found in the nature. So get out your cameras, book a bus and head here right away.
NAINITALOur Mahindra Bolero reached Tallital KMVN Tourist Rest House (TRH), Nainital at around 5.30 in the evening. We got off the car and were instantly greeted by shivering cold. Standing on the edge of the vast green pristine Naini Lake, I forgot about clicking any photo what so over.We headed straight to Tallital KMVN TRH reception and then to our rooms - which we managed to pre-book four months in advance ,from KMVN Tourist office, Kolkata. After checking in, I spontaneously reached out for my camera (my 4 year old friend, a Nikon Coolpix P510) and went on to explore the view from the balcony.
2. The multi-cuisinesBeing the major tourist destination, Nainital is the perfect spot for food. Get the taste of authentic Pahadi food, the exotic Italian and Chinese cuisines too. Momos and Thukpas come under the famous food in Nainital, that you can get from any eatery. But don’t forget to taste the traditional sweet, the Bal Meethai. The soft and chocolaty sweet is famous in the entire Kumaun region. Don't forget to visit the Maggie point.
181 Kms from Gajraula
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A quick getaway destination for Delhi-NCR residents, Mussoorie or the 'Queen of Hills' is the most favoured place for an...
Mussoorie, known as 'Queen of Hills' is another interesting destination to begin with. It is situated at a distance of around 35Km away from Dehradun. Half of the money spent on the travel is compensated by the journey from Dehradun to Mussoorie because of the breathtaking ride. You can feel the thrill from the top of it. The main attractions are Kempty falls, Gun Hills, and the market.
It was 7 am that Friday when we reached the Himalayan town. A shared taxi from Dehradun was the only mode of transport up the hill after all the government-run buses were packed full. We didn’t mind the extra expense since the taxi was faster and far more comfortable. The air was chilly at that height and we were thanking each other for reminding ourselves to pack our jackets. We were famished after our overnight bus ride from Delhi and fortunately, a small dhaba was open just at the town’s main taxi stand.
25th Mar’18After a day of exploring at Rishikesh, our journey started towards Mussoorie. The roads were narrow and the view of Mussoorie was amazing. It’ll make you amazed. We reached around 9 PM at Mussoorie with no hotel booking in our hand and somehow, we managed to get a good hotel at Mussoorie. The beautiful road trip from Rishikesh to Mussoorie made our small attempt fruitful and the mountains and hill are way better than anything. When I saw the mountains, my heart started jumping with excitement and I can’t help myself rather than thinking about Wilfrid Noyce, who was a mountaineer.“If adventure has a final and all-embracing motive, it is surely this: we go out because it is our nature to go out, to climb mountains, and to paddle rivers, to fly to the planets and plunge into the depths of the oceans… When man ceases to do these things, he is no longer man.” – Wilfrid NoyceIt was about 10PM, we want to explore nearby places of Massoorie, thanks to Google.com which was with us throughout the journey, though at times the Google map disappoint us by navigating the wrong direction and there was no sync between our destination and the directed location, still it helped us. After much R&D we headed towards the mall road, a famous place of Massoorie for street yet local shopping. The streets were full of people and other travelers. I noticed most of the people were on a family trip. There was a mix of people- young married couples with toddlers, the family of four, college gang, localities, photographers, girl gang and miscellaneous. We did few window shopping and that was the time when movie Hichiki was released. Rani being my favorite actress, I couldn’t control other than heading our tiny steps towards the theater with the night show in the chilly weather. The show completed around 12am at the night and we came back to the hotel with no food, since in masso0rie all food stall and hotel were closed by 11 PM (specifically near mall road), we ended up the day by having the Baba Ramdev’s Jhal Muri; what we carried with us from Haridawar.Ohh!!! yeah, I forgot to mention, if you are in Haridwar don’t forget to make a visit Patanjali Ashram. It’s a luxurious place expanded across horizons.
It was almost evening when we reached Mussoorie, also known as the Queen of the Hills and the abode of literary legend Ruskin Bond. It is like any other hill station you visit, with a Mall road, local eateries and hotels in abundance. While walking down Mall road, we savoured roasted corn cobs (bhutta) and hot chicken soup.We put up at Hotel Sunny Hilltop, a small place, being renovated in parts, with a quaint woodwork lounge and comfortable rooms.
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Mussoorie:'The Queen of Hills' - was no longer a dream for us.Still I remember that smile we exchanged after reaching Mussoorie safe. After a long tiring journey of 300 km we decided to rest ourselves. We found a good hotel (Hotel Premji) a couples of kilometers from the mall road and we rested there. We were not likely to have a walk or experience the local beauty of Mussoorie that day as we were tired.
How to reach - We took the local bus leaving from the railway station in Dehradun. One way costs INR 60 - the fastest and cheapest way to get to Mussoorie. The bus drops you at the entrance of the town from where you can take the bus back to Dehradun.Journey - not bad at all! Drivers are familiar with the sharp turns, may speed up sometimes. But then what else can you expect from a local bus journey. While going back downhill, it hardly took us an hour. To reach Mussoorie, it took us an hour and a half in which the last 30 min was the hilly drive. Pretty safe and not at all crowded (best to come on a weekday), it is way better than paying INR 1100 one way to cabs, if you are traveling in a small group.From Delhi, it takes 5 hours by train to reach Dehradun.What all you can do in Mussoorie - Visit the Kempty Falls and Happy Valley Explore Landour Cable car from JhulaGhat to Gun Hill What we actually did - We could just manage a day trip to Mussoorie from Dehradun and had a train to catch at night. We preferred starting early around 6 pm from Mussoorie to descend safely. This left us with only 6 hours. And since I had food belly as my companion, we prioritized food over everything else - so here is our food journey:Our first stop was at a maggie point. Finger-licking good hot Maggie at INR 40. Perfectly complemented the chill in the weather.Second stop was to enjoy the best cold-coffee ever. This was at the Mountain Cafe on the Mall Road. Must go! Priced at 150, a bit over the top for just a cold coffee but then you take the first sip and realize it totally justifies the cost. This place has an extensive menu, so you can plan a good breakfast.
Day 5: Mussoorie - The queen of hillsBy night fall I boarded a bus to Mussoorie which in itself is a great task. The bus stand is near the railway station opposite to the pre-paid taxi stand. One has to wait for hours in the ticket line. Tickets are distributed only after the bus arrives at the stand. 30kms distance to Mussoorie easily takes 2 hours. During winter Mussoorie is bustling with tourists and finding any on spot accommodation is quite difficult. Wanting to stay away from the crowded areas I booked a hotel at the Landour bazar road.Along with the regular places to visit one can take a walk at the 2 km stretch of Mall road, watch the sun set behind the hills casting its hue on Mussoorie, witness the moon rise over the sparkling Dehradun, shop endlessly in Mall road, eat the famous aloo parantha from Funjabi Food, must gulp the masala orange juice and lay back on those benches and observe the city.Places to visit: Lal tibba, Kempty falls, Gun hill, Cloud's end, Camels back road, Jharipani falls, Bhatta falls, Company garden.
GOOD MORNING !!! ITS 31st December...!!! Last day of the year and and i am going to MASSOURIE HILL STATION TODAY. i woke up at 6am , got ready and moved out early and went to dehradun first(by bus), then to massourie stand and eventually to massourie (again by bus rs 60 ticket). One thing i could clearly guess was that massourie was going to be crowded bcz it was 31st december. i got there and it i at quite a height. The road up to the top is an adventure in itself.At MASSOURIE i went to:GUN HILL(a cable car runs up that hill, u can see Himalyan mountains from there )COMPANY garden(its an amusement park games ,slides,shops ,eatery,horror house etc entertainment)WAX MUSEUM (Rs 100 entrey fees , inside company garden)MALL ROAD(Restaurants,souvenirs,cycle rentals ,etc)GEORGE EVEREST(view is amazing )KEMPTY FALL (the water was ice cold and the waterfall is huge)
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Rishikesh is a small town in the northern state of Uttarakhand in India. Scenically located where the Ganges River comes...
Finally, we headed back to our cab. During the return, we stopped by at Har ki Paudi as we wanted to carry along the holy Ganga Jal to our homes. Even at the night, the place was full of people, having faith in the holy river. They were either taking baths or filling the bottles with the sacred water. After spending half an hour back we recommenced the journey back to our busy lives and reached Delhi early morning.
Get Up Early, Take a Stroll on the alleys of Rishikesh, Enjoy the Placidity AroundAfter our Bungy adventure we returned to Rishikesh and strolled around at night. Not satisfied we decided to explore the town on foot early morning the next day.
Rishikesh is famous for one of the most adventurous sports that is 'Rafting'. If you are traveling with a bunch of friends and wants to feel full adventure then Rishikesh is a perfect destination to visit. It is also near the Haridwar which is famous for its pilgrimage sites and Hindu temples.
A word of advise: Rishikesh is pretty famous with tourists, considering it is only 6-7 hours ride from Delhi. As such it is best to avoid going there during weekends or long holidays. We were returning on a Sunday from there to Dehradun, and the crowd were just honking and littering around.Bungy Jumping
The basecamp of the Dharansi Pass Trek is Joshimath, 256 km from Rishikesh and 273 km from Haridwar. You can take an overnight train from Delhi to Haridwar or Rishikesh. From Rishikesh, shared vehicles are available for Joshimath. The long, but scenic road journey passes through Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Karanprayag and Chamoli.
Indeed, Rishikesh is an awesome place to stay and enjoy the backpacker’s life. Again, the road trip from Haridwar to Rishikesh, I can’t explain by words. We both were so excited for the adventures like Bungee Jumping, River Rafting, which we had planned at Rishikesh. It was a sweaty summer still the breeze was so chilling and helped us to explore the city More. Rishikesh had the number of tourists, that to too many from foreign shores. Ohh, I wanted to do the Bungee jumping but unfortunately, I couldn’t make that happen, I failed to get a ticket. We move ahead for the sport for which Rishikesh is famous i.e. River Rafting. It was an amazing experience to be on the raft on the natural water flow of river Ganga for 2-3 hours, paddling over the amazing roller coaster rapids one after other, it’s a must try for everyone who visits Rishikesh. The team was amazing and made sure we enjoy our ride to the most. We dip into the water. It was scary but it’s a must try event if you’re planning your trip to Rishikesh.
Cliff Diving in Rishikesh, UttarakhandRishikesh has the most ‘developed’ cliff-diving spots in India. Cliff diving is included as a part of the popular river-rafting expedition people take. During the rafting expedition, the tour guide may give you more than one opportunity to jump off a cliff. Just 2 kms from the iconic Laxman Jhula, while rafting at the Brahmpuri stretch there’s a cliff from where you can take the plunge. Simply park the raft on the shore, get on top of the cliff and boom, jump right into the holy waters of Ganga. Cliff diving in Rishikesh
After finishing office on Friday, we planned on leaving for Rishikesh. We have decided to reach by Bike and I was very excited because first time I was visiting Rishikesh.Rishikesh is an ideal weekend getaway from Delhi. The place leaves you completely rejuvenated, and helps you conquer your fears and fulfill all your adventure fantasies. So, the best tip for a Rishikesh tour is to leave on Friday evening or early morning on Saturday.Bike Journey to HaridwarMe and my friend planned a short 2day bike trip to Rishikesh and start our journey on 7th April@4:30Am.We have a single bike and two bags with us.Day 1 Delhi to Haridwar-RishikeshAs we start early in morning @4:30 AM. we cross Delhi within 50 minutes and manage to cross outskirts of Delhi within 1 hours via ISBT - Raj nagar extension road. We took a break at a dhaba named Shiva Dhaba we took some rest as i was very tried.Reached Haridwar around 10:45…We just stopped near a tea stall and we had tea and after 15 minutes we again started our journey because I just wanted to reach Rishikesh as early as possible because I was tried likeanything. we decided to move towards Rishikesh.Reached Rishikesh Shivpuri Camp around 11:45..There are so many options to stay in Rishikesh but we decide to stay in a camp in Shivpuri nearby Rishikesh. (around 10 km from Rishikesh.)After some rest we have decided to visit that connecting river which was near by our camp you can say on a walking distance.River was so clean the crystal clear water attract me and my friend to take a dip in that particular clear water.We have enjoyed a lot natural views in lap of Ganges.Around 4 pmAfter enjoying with water we headed to Shivpuri market because we were hungry near Shivpuri, there is a bridge to cross Ganges, we had a Maggie there that was delicious after the evening snacks we again came back to our camp.Around 7 pmWeather starts changing and started raining the view was mesmerizing we had a tea and pakodas and enjoyed rain in our camp.Roaring Clouds was taking my heart away.The sound of rain is great for helping one to fall asleep.Day 2 Rishikesh to DelhiAs the day start, after breakfast we pack our bags to ride towards rafting.That was awesome experience.One of the third I guess major rapid the raft completely turned towards the right, My friend once thought that l might fall off, but somehow I survived. The warm weather and cold water made for a strange combination. It was at least 10 minutes of fast rowing that pulled us out of the gigantic rapid the quite water followed with few minor rapids.We start rafting @ 01:30 pm (18Km trek). It had around 10 rapidsBody Surfing & Cliff jumpingI was totally scared I didn’t wanted to go in water somehow my friend managed and after sometime I was enjoying that moment in water which was really clean.Cliff jumping is not at all as easy as it looks to be. It scares the hell out of you I didn’t do that. He has done cliff jumping. You can jump in the water at different places where you will jump directly into river from around 15-20ft height. That feels so good. Around 04:00 pm we reached Rishikesh and completed our raft journey.Laxaman JhoolaAfter rafting we headed towards laxaman jhoola and roaming in the markets where divinity was being sold in various forms. We had little shopping as well.After all the adventure we headed back towards Delhi around 07:30.Love Rishikesh
Just as you get off the bus, all the rafting and camping operators would start approaching you with packages. Now be aware if you look online these same deals are close to double the price which is on offer here. For Rs.1500 almost every operator has almost similar package to offer. They include rafting, cliff jump,overnight stay in tents around the river or forest , snacks, dinner and breakfast. Now again do not pay more than this at all. Some might sell you idea that their tents are exactly on the river bank but in reality none are exactly on the bank and government has banned anything from being built on banks. Some people who have private properties from long back near bank are the ones to look for. Being a group of seven , we got this price down to Rs.1300 per head and got an extra meal as well ( accidentally). One has option to do full distance rafting of 16-18 km or just opt for 10-12 km option. We took the 18 km one being overly excited! Rafting starts from Shivpuri ( famous for water sports) or nearby that depending on distance.
This time we went to explore Rishikesh, a town situated in the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges River. While the river is considered holy and be worshiped, the city is renowned as a center for studying yoga and meditation. Rishikesh is home for many temples and ashrams and is a pure scenic wonder. See for yourself -