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127 Kms from Govardhan
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/
196 Kms from Govardhan
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Rajasthan’s opulent capital is a magical land brimming with desert camps and lakeside palaces. Sitting on the edge of ...
One of the most colourful cities in the country, Jaipur offers an insight into the royal era along with providing all the advantages of a metropolis. Despite being the capital of the state, the city offer peace and relaxation to locals as well as tourists. Founded in 1727, Jaipur is also called the ‘Pink City’ for its trademark building colour. One of the three corners of the Golden Triangle that include Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, the bustling city is a perfect weekend getaway.
Day 1: Gurugram to Jaipur drive. We left around noon and drove through NH 48. We On our way we stopped at a road-side dhaba to much on some tasty ‘aloo-paratha’ with home-made white butter and ‘chaach’ (buttermilk). The drive was smooth through small towns like Bawal, Behror, Kotputli; large industrial areas near Neemrana; the infamous Hero MotoCorp plant at Dharuhera; and the semi-arid topology. We reached by evening and checked-in to our hotel. It was located on M.I. Road, close to Jayanti market and Raj Mandir Cinema, and bustled with tourists till night. We walked the areas nearby, collected a map and Jaipur city guide to plan our itinerary, gorged on authentic Rajasthani cuisine and called the day-off.
We started at 10:30, my uncle and me after a scrumptious breakfast. We first took to the places where a traveller would go. The beautiful route had a cherry topping added to it with the stories my travel partner told me, he showed me the place where he camped in his school time and why the government banned the place.
a. On reaching Jaipur, immediately went to cover the places on my list. I covered Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jantar Mantar, Jaigarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Birla temple and Chand Baori. All along I commuted through Metro or local bus. On finishing the tour, I went to catch the train to Delhi and then to Nagpur.
After exploring Pushkar enough, we took a train to the city of Forts, Jaipur. Again it was my second time in Jaipur but this time managed to explore more places which made me nostalgic all over again. That beauty of Hawa Mahal in the evening, magical Jantar mantar and range of forts made us wonder on how they created all these miracles.
#Jaipur, the pink city of beautiful state Rajasthan is a sign of magnificence and vividness. It is a first planned city of India and largest city of Rajasthan. However, state Rajasthan is a complete place for its visitors as the beauty and essence of rich traditional culture can be found in each and every corner of the state. But Jaipur established its recognition as a versatile tourist destination as it offers superb fortresses, serene temples, amazing havelis and royal palaces. If you are a lover of culture and architecture, like me then you would surely love this royal place. Jaipur is also well-known for its handicrafts and the amazing collection of jewelleries. This fabulous landscape is a perfect blend of palaces, art, culture, and rich Indian tradition. Jaipur is the right place for photographers to capture the beauty & culture of this historical city. If you really want to know about the roots of Indian culture and tradition, then you must visit this place.#How to reach Jaipur:Jaipur can be reached from anywhere in India due to its good connectivity. Jaipur is well connected to all the major cities of India; you can either go by train, by air or by airways.>>>Through Train:You can easily get various trains for Jaipur from Delhi, Agra, Lucknow, Patna, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Kota and many other popular cities of India. Jaipur has three railway stations, Jaipur Junction, Durgapura and Gandhinagar. Jaipur Junction is a main stoppage of all trains and few trains also stop at other two stations as well.>>>Through Airways:Jaipur airport, situated at Sanganer offers frequent flights to and from many major cities of India, including the national capital Delhi.>>>Through Road or Buses:Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation offers excellent bus services for Jaipur to Delhi. You can easily get many A/C and non A/C buses on every half an hour. Apart from Delhi, many express buses are also available to and from Jaipur. Jaipur has a good and well-connected highway so you can go by car or taxi as well.#Places to visit in Jaipur:I have visited this royal city before 2 months and really this was my most memorable experience of touring Jaipur. Jaipur city has beautiful historical palaces and forts which gives the glimpse of old Indian Architecture design. Here I have listed some of the most important charms of Jaipur, that can’t be missed if visit jaipur.>>>Amer Fort: Amer Fort is one of the prime attractions of Jaipur and located 11 kilometers from Jaipur. This fort is also called as Amber Fort; a beautiful fort is well-known for its majestic surroundings and spectacular palaces. If you like to experience the Hindu and Muslim architecture together, then you would surely love it. The red sandstone and white marble pavilions are the most delightful experience of this fort.>>>Jaigarh Fort: This beautiful creation of Maharaja Jai Singh is just located at around 900 meters from the Amber Fort. This spectacular fort is standing on the hilltop so you can explore the entire city of Jaipur from its top. The panoramic views of the pink city can be best seen from this fort. Jaigarh Fort is also called as Victory Fort.>>>Hawa Mahal: This is a most important attraction of Jaipur, located on the southern part of the city. This amazing five storied building contains a well designed museum, depicting the past and present of Jaipur. The stunning Hawa Mahal can be best visited at the morning time when the golden rays of sun touches to it. Hawa Mahal is also known as the Palace of Winds.>>>Nahargarh Fort: This glorious fort is located on the edge of Aravalli Hills. Nahargarh depicts the royal legacy of Rajasthan. If you are a wildlife lover, then you must visit this place while touring Jaipur. It is believed that this fort was considered as a hunting residence of the kings.>>>Jantar Mantar: This is one of the most beautiful places of Jaipur, crafted with marble and local stone. Jantar Mantar is declared as a national monument where you can explore a vast collection of astronomical devices that help to foresee eclipse, find earth orbits, track stars and much more.After exploring these magnificent places, don’t forget to visit other beautiful charms of the city like City Palace, Jal Mahal, Albert Hall, Govind Devji Temple, Raj Mandir Cinema, Laxmi Narayan Temple and so on.#Nearby Places to visit:>>Bagru: This is just around 28 km away from Jaipur, located at the southern part of Jaipur. This place is mainly known for its hand printed cloth industry.>>Sanganer: This is located at a distance of 15 kms from Jaipur. Sanganer is well-known for its traditional crafts. You should also visit a beautiful temple of Lord Parshwanath.>>Ramgarh Lake: This Lake is found at the 35 km north east of Jaipur. It is a good picnic spot for tourists.>>Samod: It is situated at the 40 km northwest of Jaipur. It is an old place where you can experience the great Rajput haveli architecture.Ranthambore and Sariska are the renowned wildlife sanctuaries situated near to Jaipur. All the nearby places can be easily reached from Jaipur either by bus or taxi.#Place to Stay in Jaipur:There are many option to stay in Jaipur, you can pick any of the option as per your budget. You can choose 5 star hotel, 4 star hotel, 3 star hotel, 2 star hotel, Budget hotel, Guesthouse, Apartment and so on. All the hotels are quite luxurious and provide all essential amenities, depending on their charges.The Raj Palace is a most luxurious 5 star hotel of Jaipur but quite expensive as well. If you can afford this, then you must stay over there to live royal life. Hotel Meghniwas, Clarks Amer, Hotel Bissau Palace, Dera Rawatsar, Saba Haveli, Hotel Om Tower, Hotel Mansingh, Mandawa Haveli, Jaipur Inn, and many more are the budgeted options to stay in Jaipur.My visit to Jaipur was amazing and I am sure you will also equally enjoy this place as I did. Make sure you don’t miss the must seen places of Jaipur. Shopping was the other most interesting part of my visit; in fact it was a real treat for me. There are many fabulous places that offer many high quality items. You can visit Anokhi, Kripal Kumbh, Art Chill, Gem Palace, and Hot Pink. These are the best places to shop. So, plan your trip to Jaipur and enjoy thoroughly. But yeah i would suggest you to stay at Zostel Jaipur. It's a nice and big property, beautiful location with everything just minutes away. The common room and everything are beautifully equipped and the best part is the kitchen and the coffee machine. Terrace is nice, but would have been nice if decorated like Rishikesh zostel.Zostel is India’s first chain of backpackers’ hostels. Hostels for travellers are a popular concept across Europe (not to be confused with school/college hostels). They are budget accommodations which are perfect for people travelling on a shoe-string budget. They go beyond accommodation and focus on travel as a lifestyle. Zostel is a facilitator that helps people gather new experiences and to #LiveItNow.PS: This is not an advertisement for Zostel. I just loved staying with them. Hence sharing the experience.
71 Kms from Govardhan
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:
306 Kms from Govardhan
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.
302 Kms from Govardhan
Best time to visit - March,April,September,October,November
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 -
284 Kms from Govardhan
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 i...
Day 1 : Haridwar - The ancient cityFrom Haridwar railway station most of the places to visit is at a walkable distance. There are multiple budget hotels available in the vicinity. The life here revolves around the ever flowing Ganga. Take a walk along side the river and you will reach Har Ki Pauri, the famous ghat where Ganga Aarti is performed every evening. This spiritual ritual with bhajans and Vedic chants is a sight to behold. This enchanting ceremony takes place by 6.30 pm but the devotees start to gather as early as 4.00 pm. To get a decent view, find a good spot, buy a newspaper for 2 Rs to spread across the floor and wait patiently watching the preparations (Do not forget to pick up your paper and throw them in the bin, which many people seem to ignore). Haridwar still has the essence of mythology and divinity in every corner of the city.Places to visit: Har Ki Pauri, Bharat Mata Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Bara Bazaar, Bhimgoda Kund, Daksha Mahadev Temple, Mansa Devi Temple and Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary.
A day at this divine land of Haridwar will amaze you with how faith can be so mesmerizingly beautiful!! An overcrowded “Har ki Paudi” was such a clumsy and “non favorable” affair before the chants of the Ganga Aarti started. So much crowd, people pushing each other away and loud noises was a huge turn off, then came a voice on the loudspeaker “Har Har Gangey” and begins the famous Aarti. To my surprise, the entire crowd got still and quiet, all eyes on the Pujaris performing this glorious and riveting ritual! I somehow managed to sneak a few clicks of this sanctified act. You can’t really understand the greatness of this Maha-Aarti until you witness it live!
The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun.The nearest railhead is Haridwar which is well connected with all the major cities of India. You can also reach Haridwar by Volvo buses from Delhi Kashmiri Gate ISBT.Badrinath is about 320 km from Haridwar. You can take early morning buses from haridwar to reach Badrinath. It will take about 11 to 12 hours to reach Badrinath. From Badrinath, you have to take a jeep to Mana village.Best Time to do Satopanth Lake Trek:The best time to do this trek is May and June and September and October. The Garhwal treks are best to be avoided in the monsoon.
Day 1: Haridwar to Joshimath 6700 ftThe trek starts from Joshimath in devbhoomi Uttarakhand. The easiest way to reach there is by taking a taxi from Rhishikesh or Haridwar. The total distance of 250 kms will take 12 hours of drive with breaks. For most part, the roads are well maintained except for the occasional maintenance by BRO(Border Road Organisation). You will get the views of Devprayag (confluence of Bhagirathi river and Alaknanda river), Rudrapryag (confluence of Mandakini river and Alaknanda river) and Karnprayag (confluence of Pindar river and Alaknanda river) on the way.
The Bus from kashmiri Gate left us at Haridwar at 5 in the morning. And the bus going to uttarkashi was at 6’o clock which left us with some spare time.‘How are you,’ I asked.Cold, Arjun said. Let’s have a hot cup of Tea.While having that tea it came to my mind if it is so chilling in Haridwar, what will happen to me on the trek? Then I thought never mind, it had been worse & it is not the first time we did something stupid. Well we got on the bus & wow what a journey it was, half of the people were puking on one side and other half on the other side, this is the best thing I find about roadways. In order to distract myself I covered my entire face with my muffler & slept for the entire journey. It almost took us 7 to 8 hours to reach uttarkashi & 1 extra hour to bhatwari from where we hired a jeep which took us to raithal where the trek starts.The sun was almost about to hide & we did not had much time left in our hands. Bending under the weights of our packs we started hiking and within half an hour found a place near water source to pitch our tents.‘You pitch the tent & I will prepare the dinner,’ Arjun said.Alright, I replied.It was already dark and very silent & I could hear every sound including my own heartbeat which becomes really creepy and terrifying sometimes, although the dinner was perfect & we slept.
Day 2: The Bus departed at 6:00 and after a long 8-9 hrs journey we were finally at Rudrapryag. Now I didn't had a clue on how to reach deorital, I asked some taxi drivers and I'm telling u don't even dare to ask em they were asking for ₹1500 to ₹3000. And then I found out that there was a bus at 14:30 hrs that cost us just ₹60. At 18:00 hrs we started the trek to Deorital. But the action was left to happen. At around 19:30 hrs it started to rain and and the visibility was near zero we all had our headlamps on, by 20:00 hrs it was raining heavily and we were yet to set the tent. By the time the tent was ready to take us in I was soaked now it's sleep time ... Atleast that's what I thought and expected.
I just bag packed and left from Delhi via Noida to Rishikesh at 11:30 AM. It was Friday, the first time I was driving all over from Delhi to Noida that is not more than 30 km and then suddenly Bang! I hit my swift to a divider. I managed to reach Noida and my friends joined and I handed over the driver seat to him.Now the Trip Starts from here Delhi-Noida-Haridwar-RishikeshOn the way we take some snacks-popcorn, chips and cold drink to munch. Since it was Friday the perfect weekend so there was too much traffic on the route. We reached Haridwar at 5:30 P.M and decided to reach Harki pauri as it was the time for Evening Aarti and we do not want to miss that. We reached Harki pauri and the place was teeming but the view was amazing. The flow of river Ganga, the evening sunset, the beautiful glittering diyas floating and the chanting of mantra to appease the god that embraces “Jai maa gange jai jai gange” in a recurring voice is a sight to behold. The tiny diyas bedecked by flowers appears as if thousands of lamps are set to float in the river. We stay there till the Aarti end.Since it was late in the evening we decided to stay in Haridwar only. We searched for hotel and finally decided to stay in Hotel Crystal Ganga Heights that was hardly 2km from the Harki Pauri. The Hotel was cosy and the rooms were comfortable. We had our dinner in the hotel and the food was wonderful. In the midnight we celebrated my birthday and that too was great.
Has it ever happened that you plan for a Trek and you end up completing some other Trek? Well, Pangarchulla was something like that. We had planned for a trek to Bagini glacier on 25th of April, we started for Haridwar via New Delhi. It was already late evening when we reached Haridwar-the city of gods. After checking into the hotel we decided to take a walk along the river bank, which i must say was clean these days.
97 Kms from Govardhan
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
Situated close to the vibrant city of Jaipur, Alwar is a perfect weekend getaway. Home to the wonderful Sariska Tiger Re...
From Delhi to Alwar
Alwar City:I was surprised to discover that Alwar has so much to offer to the discerning traveler. There is so much to see in Alwar which is just half an hour away from Alwar Bagh. Be it Moosi Maharani ki Chatri or pristine Siliserh lake or the many cenotaphs that dot the landscape, Alwar stunned me with its understated beauty.
3. Alwar, Rajasthan : One of the oldest kingdoms of Rajasthan, Alwar is a relatively lesser known gem of the state. It is home to a plethora of palaces and forts that are nothing less than architectural marvels. Alwar is a wonderful little town to live in if in case you are looking to get away from chaos. Bhangarh Fort with its haunted stories is a good 90 kilometres away.
162 Kms from Govardhan
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
If history, art and architecture spell a perfect holiday for you, Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh is definitely a must visit! ...
Dominated by its majestic hilltop fort, Gwalior is a perfect starting point for the exploration of Madhya Pradesh. Where Gwalior Fort defines the city's skyline, the elaborate Jai Vilas Palace defines the growing importance of the city after independence. The towering Jain sculptures and humble archaeological museum are places of great interest.What to see1. Start your day by visiting Gwalior fort. Known as the pearl of Indian fortresses, this fort is majestic and exquisite. There are two entries to the fort: the eastern side is an uphill trek, which gives you a formidable view of the fortress while you can take the car up the western side, all the way to the Urvai Gate. You can stop and see towering Jain sculptures en-route the western gate entry. Entry fees for adults is ₹75 and for children is ₹40. The fees for foreigners is ₹250. The visiting hours are from 8am to 6pm.2. Visit the state archeological museum next. Housed in the 15th-century Gujari Mahal palace, the museum's entrance is flanked by extraordinary 14th-century sardulas (mythological man-lion creatures) and inside are large collections of Hindu, Jain and Buddhist sculptures. Entry fees is ₹10 for Indians and ₹100 for foreign nationals. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, between 10am to 5pm.3. End the day with a fascinating sound and light show at the Gwalior Fort. It is an excellent way to make your kids learn about the proud history of this culturally-rich city. There are two shows, 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Hindi and 7.30pm to 8.30pm in English. The cost is ₹75 per person.
The best time to travel in Madhya Pradesh is during the winter season. Like most of the states in Central India, MP suffers with extreme summers and traveling during May and June is walking through burning fire. So I took a train for Gwalior at 10:00 PM in the night and in six hours I was standing at Gwalior station surrounded by autowalas.Batesar is 35 kilometres away from Gwalior. The name Batesar is not of a village but actually the valley where these temples were found. The name derives from the biggest temple of the lot, The Bhuteshwar temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This region also lies in the heart of the Chambal region that was once ruled by the dacoits. Time has passed by, some of them still wander in this region and if you hire a local vehicle from Gwalior, your driver will end up telling you some interesting stories.
Gurudwara Data Bandi Chhor is one of the most important gurudwara in India. It is situated near Manmandir Palace and Sas bahu temple in Gwalior fort.This documentary was made for a college assignment.
City at a glance Half a day had already passed in a six hour super-fast train journey from Delhi to Gwalior. Should I fill my stomach in Gwalior and then go places or do the other way around? The dilemma hovered around my head for quite sometime, but was solved when I soon found myself amidst the bustling streets of Naya Bazaar, the oldest market in town. Following the incessant cramming of people on the way, it was hard to stop for a meal. Luckily, a hygenic restaurant Vyanjan Family restaurant, caught my eyes. It stood enroute to Jai Vilas Palace - a palace that depicts the royalty of Scindia family in the most incredible manner, stretching across with the big lawn and a stunning variation in interior decor over the generations.
Travel Itinerary :Left to Jhansi from Orchaa by share auto - 30-40 minsJhansi to Gwalior by train - 4 hrsExpenses :Auto to Jhansi - Rs 50Train ticket to Gwalior from Jhansi - rs 110Food - Close to Rs 100 per meal. Fortunately, ate at a friends place in Gwalior