252 Kms from Rakkar
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,August,September,October,November,December
A quick getaway destination for Delhi-NCR residents, Mussoorie or the 'Queen of Hills' is the most favoured place for anyone battling urban heat. It remains quite crowded from May to July, as popular hotels and hangouts such as Mall Road, Mussoorie Lake, Kempty Falls and Gun Hill remain pervaded with tourists no matter where or what you may set your eyes upon. But if you carry the spirit of an explorer within you, Mussoorie can surprise you in many ways. For instance, if you curious to check out where the man who Mt. Everest is named after, once lived, you can reach the house and laboratory through a picturesque 4 km walk from Library Bazaar or Gandhi Chowk. Ditch the customary visit to Kempty Falls and take an uplifting trek to the quiet, serene and crystal clear Jharipani Falls instead. Mussoorie, when mist free, provides frame-worthy views of the Himalayan ranges, which can be enjoyed at points such as Lal Tibba, Nag Tibba and Camel Back Road, all of which need to be trekked or walked to, with the effort being worthwhile. Devalsari, a village quietly burrowed 55 km away from Mussoorie, is the gateway to the Nag Tibba trek and a location perfect for seeing beautiful butterflies and birds in the heart of nature. For those curious to delve into Himalayan life, history, art, culture and spirituality, Soham Heritage and Art Centre gives exquisite displays of the former, through various artefacts. As for foodies, restaurants such as Neelam, Imperial Square, Meeting Point Cafe and Casa Mia bakery do justice to North Indian, European and Tibetan cuisines and also offer delicious cafe knick knacks and drinks. Read More
A quick getaway destination for Delhi-NCR residents, Mussoorie or the 'Queen of Hills' is the most favoured place for anyone battling urban heat. It remains quite crowded from May to July, as popular hotels and hangouts such as Mall Road, Mussoorie Lake, Kempty Falls and Gun Hill remain pervaded with tourists no matter where or what you may set your eyes upon. But if you carry the spirit of an explorer within you, Mussoorie can surprise you in many ways. For instance, if you curious to check out where the man who Mt. Everest is named after, once lived, you can reach the house and laboratory through a picturesque 4 km walk from Library Bazaar or Gandhi Chowk. Ditch the customary visit to Kempty Falls and take an uplifting trek to the quiet, serene and crystal clear Jharipani Falls instead. Mussoorie, when mist free, provides frame-worthy views of the Himalayan ranges, which can be enjoyed at points such as Lal Tibba, Nag Tibba and Camel Back Road, all of which need to be trekked or walked to, with the effort being worthwhile. Devalsari, a village quietly burrowed 55 km away from Mussoorie, is the gateway to the Nag Tibba trek and a location perfect for seeing beautiful butterflies and birds in the heart of nature. For those curious to delve into Himalayan life, history, art, culture and spirituality, Soham Heritage and Art Centre gives exquisite displays of the former, through various artefacts. As for foodies, restaurants such as Neelam, Imperial Square, Meeting Point Cafe and Casa Mia bakery do justice to North Indian, European and Tibetan cuisines and also offer delicious cafe knick knacks and drinks.
I reached Dehradun early morning at 5am, caught the first bus from Dehradun train station to Mussoorie, I reached Mussoorie at around 6:30am, went seen the Sunrise & went to the company garden, the road from the Mussoorie Bus Stand till the company garden is very picturesque, also seen the school students going to school
When we went there, there was a waiting for 30 mins. We were already hungry and in no mood to wait for 30 mins. We directly went to Kalsang Restaurant. You will get Yummy authentic Tibetan, Chinese food here. It's an undescribable experience to sip the hot cup soup in the chilling - 1 degree temperatures. We were done for the day and headed to Room for rest,which everyone of us were looking for after a tiring 8 hrs drive in the mountains from Sankri.
It was around 7 in the evening when we reached Mussoorie from Sankri village, which was our base camp for Kedarkant trekking. One should not miss the beautiful moonrise in the Mussoorie. The Moon rise between the mountains to a glittering Dehradun city will be one of the beautiful views.We had to find a room to stay overnight as we had not booked any online. Being a famous tourist attraction, to find a stay in Mussoorie is not at all a problem. Just had to walk in Mall Road for few mins and we got a decent room for 1000 Rs.After getting fresh, we headed to famous Mall Road, Mussoorie. The only other mall road that I visited was of Manali and after a few mins wall in Mall Road Mussoorie one can easily tell how good it is compared to that of Manali. You can find lots of shopping outlets selling Woolen materials and handicrafts. You can get them for very reasonable price if you are good at bargaining.You can witness best night view of Dehradun city from the Mall Road. I was awestruck for few mins to that view.
If you are looking for a weekend retreat, Mussoorie should be at the top of your list. Widely known as the ‘Queen of Hills’ – this paradise on Earth is everything you can hope to look for. The natural beauty attracts tourists from across the country. Situated at an altitude of 7000ft, Mussoorie will give you breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks as well as the stunning Doon valley. Within 300 km, this weekend trip leaves on the lap of the mountains with a stunning view of the majestic Himalayan ranges.
As soon as the news of snowfall in Mussorie reached us, we without wasting a second decided to visit our neighbour. The next day was sunday and thus we made a final plan. The most common way to reach Mussorie from Dehradun is via bus and thus due to the long line getting a ticket was Anyways we were able to secure our tickets and after a few hours of bus ride there she stood, looking far more beautiful than I imagined. The mist silently floating on her curves and dressed with every imaginable shades of green, Mussorie was just as royal as a queen can get. Although there was no snowfall in the city but the beautiful weather and the never disappointing ambiance made up for it. The mall road like usual was the heart line of Mussorie. The colourful shops with numerous items to buy, mouthwatering food and the cold was enough to forget all the week's hectic. Although the entire trip was pretty memorable but the two major recommendations are :1. Chick Chocolate - Amazing Cafe with great ambience. The aroma of chocolate can be smelt from a distance. The food was amazing but the handmade chcoclates are highly recommended. 2. Lovely Omelette Center - Just a little way down the lane from Chick Chocolate , Lovely Omelette Center is one small shop serving one of the best omelettes around. The omelettes are made on first come first basis due to the crowd. Cheese Omelette is recommended. Here are few pictures to help you to make up your mind to visit the place. For more amazing travel pics follow :vineet_wandetlust
7. Mussoorie, UttarakhandImagine standing beneath those majestic waterfalls while it rains! With falls like Battha and Kempty to boast of, Mussoorie is also a notable include in the places to visit in India in August. Take a drive from Dehradun for some added fun and memories and then loose yourself among the cloud- eating hills of the 'Garhwal Himalayan Range'.
The next plan was to move over to Dhanaulti for at least 4-5 days while traveling and stopping through mussoorie. So we roamed at the mall road in mussoorie, did some shopping, ate lunch at Little Llama Cafe and a friend because of his interests of collecting old valuables bought some old rare notes and coins from a shop and then we all moved on towards Dhanaulti.
My last few trips to Uttarakhand have been quite mind opening. The air up there is free of our everyday toxins. The wind flows through the body and recharges one, with each gentle, sometimes violent blow. In every direction that you see, there is greenery of varied patterns, which is mostly due to the angle of the sun. What you see as dark green right now, was a shade or two lighter a few minutes back. The skies are endless, and the clouds are sometimes relentless. The melodious birds, that are rarely seen in the cities nowadays, could be seen making the most of their aero-dynamical bodies out here. In fact, it was somewhere near Musoorie that I saw my first, as well as second and a third yellow beaked jet black crow also called as ‘Apline Choughs’, which are usually found around the Rohtang Pass en-route to Leh/Ladakh (Jammu & Kashmir) from Manali. They appeared remarkable with the fresh mountain sun reflecting off their backs. There are many more species of birds as well as an assortment of wildlife that just add more meaning to this natural settlement.
77 Kms from Rakkar
Best time to visit - February,March,April,October
The land from where once an ancient trade route to China would be embarked on, Manali is an abode for modern creativity now as much as it for withdrawal and adventure in the majestic mountains. From offering hostels, hotels, co-working spaces to the cave where once Arjun, the Pandava king had supposedly meditated (Arjun Gufa), Manali is no less than a global village. The mighty Himalayas have inspired many foreign settlements here, giving rise to popular European and Israeli cafes, restaurants and hostels, providing one a consortium of around the world cultures. This town is a true haven for adventure junkies who can indulge in river rafting, paragliding, camping, rock climbing, rappelling, zorbing at Solang Valley and Aleo. Manali has an array of breathtaking treks and sights for its nature lovers, for instance the Patalsu Peak, the Deo Tibba basecamp, Jogini Falls and the Rahala Falls. For all the solo riders out there, cruise your way through the snowy alley of Rohtang Pass while those who wish to travel back in time, can indulge in the exquisite display of culture and heritage at the Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art. Restaurants and cafes such as the Khyber Pass, Johnson's Cafe, La Plage, Drifters' Inn, The Hangout attract foodies for their culinary justice to everything from Thai to European cuisines and even some live music. If all this is too over the top for you, then reconnect with simplicity at Naggar Village, which is home to waterfalls, a beautiful castle, an art gallery and locals which have many stories to share and a cultural heritage to take pride in. Read More
The land from where once an ancient trade route to China would be embarked on, Manali is an abode for modern creativity now as much as it for withdrawal and adventure in the majestic mountains. From offering hostels, hotels, co-working spaces to the cave where once Arjun, the Pandava king had supposedly meditated (Arjun Gufa), Manali is no less than a global village. The mighty Himalayas have inspired many foreign settlements here, giving rise to popular European and Israeli cafes, restaurants and hostels, providing one a consortium of around the world cultures. This town is a true haven for adventure junkies who can indulge in river rafting, paragliding, camping, rock climbing, rappelling, zorbing at Solang Valley and Aleo. Manali has an array of breathtaking treks and sights for its nature lovers, for instance the Patalsu Peak, the Deo Tibba basecamp, Jogini Falls and the Rahala Falls. For all the solo riders out there, cruise your way through the snowy alley of Rohtang Pass while those who wish to travel back in time, can indulge in the exquisite display of culture and heritage at the Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art. Restaurants and cafes such as the Khyber Pass, Johnson's Cafe, La Plage, Drifters' Inn, The Hangout attract foodies for their culinary justice to everything from Thai to European cuisines and even some live music. If all this is too over the top for you, then reconnect with simplicity at Naggar Village, which is home to waterfalls, a beautiful castle, an art gallery and locals which have many stories to share and a cultural heritage to take pride in.
#SwipeRightToTravelSo the year end of 2015 brought me unexpected happiness . The smiles came from finding a new friend .After 2 swipes to the the right we matched on the 12th of december and met on the 19th in between my final semester exams and his week long business trip to Delhi . It was beautiful and comforting to meet someone you can sit with and talk for hours .After like a month long of just texting and some calls we met again and decided to go for an adventure trip together . We'll our planning started like 5 days before a cycling trip to Manali had to leave , and our plan to join the trip was conformed one day before the departure date . We packed in a few hours and one fine Friday evening we wore our pajamas , bottled up our excitement and jumped in the most crowded Delhi metro to go to our little adventure trip to Manali .We were with a group of 10 other travelers but did not know any of them at the start . We stayed in a beautiful cottage , ate authentic tibetian food on the streets of Manali and even rolled our bodies in some sparkling snow in Gulaba . Each night the group would get around a born-fire together and sang songs trying not to feel the January winds in the open . After some rum and some giggles i can hardly imagine anyone minding the cold .Mentioning what i feel the best part of the trip for me was a small 75 minute trek we did to the Bijli Mahadev Temple in Kullu, the very last day and the temple indeed had a legend to it . So according to the locals , every year a lightning strikes on a Shivling in the temple , breaking it into pieces . The priest the next day joins the Shivling back piece by piece using butter , and with some mystic energy its all the same again . Apparently if you stick your ears next to the Shivling , you can hear a river flowing down below in Manali .It is almost a drug for most people to hear the sound , that makes them do the trek and reach the temple . Such a beautiful experience to walk among those trees it is . That with a little motivation in your lungs and that bag of curiosity to see the top , you can do the trek , more easily than you can imagine .When i reached up , there was so much air , but i couldn't breathe , my heart just stopped looking at that extraordinary 360 degree view . I had never seen anything like that . I just sat there all alone awestruck by the mountains in my eyes .The next day early morning , we reached back Delhi . The roads where not as crowded , but something about the city seemed lost , something that you cant see or measure , you can just feel it . Maybe it is this empty feeling my brain feels at the end of a journey or maybe it was a bond that i formed with everyone in the group with so many conversations . On the addition I got to know a friend like never before . There is this electric feeling you feel with someone that makes a zoo erupt in your stomach .Its been almost an year to this journey today , and I still feel nervous around him , I still miss those mountains like I did watching them then , I still imagine Manali in certain tastes of thukpas and him and me are still very good friends .P.S. We went for another exciting trip to Rishikesh 15 days later .
We had planned for off road travelling in Manali for this day. Our guest house owner arranged for 2 Bullets at decent rate. We left our nest around 12 P.M. and went to Solang Valley. The road which led us to Solang Valley was also the route for reaching Rohtang Pass and Ladakh, unfortunately the timing was not on our side, being the month of December and Rohtang Pass lying buried in the snow the roads were blocked for outsiders. Only the residents of those places were given permit to take their vehicles. We returned back and on our back we randomly went on another road uphill which led us to a village. It was a nasty ascent and after reaching the top we had to park our vehicles. There was a small hotel where we had parked our bikes. The hotel was on the edge of the road, made of bamboos resting on pillars of bamboos and was hanging onto a cliff. We were spellbound by the lovely sunset view amidst the great mountains. The silence and the beauty of nature in the locality calmed down our soul. By this time all of us had completely forgotten all our day to day problems, office issues and workloads. I couldn’t think of any other person back home or office or any other duty left to be done. I had never felt so much of freedom in my entire life. It would be fair to say that I felt like I was in paradise. We ate dinner, enjoyed our tea and left for the village after some time.
We reached our hotel room, packed our stuff, and took a bus to next town – Manali. Our stay in Manali was for two days. We could see the mesmerising views from the bus on our way up. Our mood was already set up in rhythm with nature and we were now expecting nothing beforehand. The only thing we decided to do was to reach Manali and take some proper rest during night as we were tired of the snow fight and walks in Shimla and the driver told us it would be midnight by the time we reached there. We sat quietly, lost in the beauty of nature, constantly gazing from the window. Travelling in the hills during night is another experience. En route to Manali was the time when I could feel my inner self calming down to such an extent that I never wanted to get out of that feeling ever again. I could see tiny dots of light dazzling on a distant end scattered over a hill. The best part is you could see the lights in the shape of the hill and that too top to bottom, left to right all over the hill which made it look more beautiful. Beneath the road I could hear the splashing and gushing of the river water. It struck my ears like a soft music and the sparkling lights had set the exact tone of my mind which I needed at that point of time. The uncomfortable seats of the bus were of no more concern. The time passed and finally we reached Manali. It was -5 degree Celsius that night. We took a cab to our guest house.When we reached the guest house, we were greeted by the owner couple, and they informed us of the bonfire being done in front of our room. We wanted to reach our room as soon as possible as it was very chilly out there. We were little excited about the bonfire but actually we wanted to sleep off for the series of events planned out for the next day but we never expected what happened next.To reach our room we had to climb down few stairs, passing through a very big garden we reached the room. Out there we saw a huge terrace and a group of people around 5 people were sitting there trying to keep the fire alive, in front of our door. They invited us and offered us some wine. The group was from Thailand, they looked extremely innocent and were very polite people. We expected the party to continue not for more than an hour. P.S – This happened on the very same day – Christmas day rather 25th night. It was almost 1 A.M. – 26th December. Initially we had problem communicating with each other as their accent was a lot different. It was rather difficult to understand what they were saying. After some time we got along with the language barrier. Me and a friend while three from their side were left for the night. Once we were comfortable with our language issues, we talked about ourselves, hobbies and passion, travelling experiences. Meanwhile they definitely made sure to make us remember their names. I still remember their name as NOT, WITHIE, A-GUN. We talked for about an hour about the places we have had visited and the blissful memories from there. While talking we couldn’t even realise how much we were under the influence of wine. We started playing small games meanwhile I enjoyed the night, probably the best bonfire of my life. Apart from us talking, singing and dancing there was the sound of gushing river nearby and no other sound. On the other side we could only see the tiny dots of light on the hill in front of us. We taught each other our languages. I still remember few Thai words, but when we tried to teach them Hindi, we were literally surprised to know that they already knew few songs – all thanks to Shahruk Khan. What came as a surprise even more was that the lady A-GUN was pursuing a course in Indian classical dance and later all of us danced and sung together Hindi songs - Sharukh Khan movie songs. The blaze of the bonfire lit up the night and the wine helped us enjoy the life to its full, nothing less. It would be fair saying that their knowledge in Hindi did impress me and left me tongue-tied. Our celebration continued till 4 A.M. and then we bid good byes and slept off the night.
On my way back, I was waiting for the bus to come but all my hopes got shattered when I heard the next bus is at 3pm. So I took a courageous yet insane decision of walking down all the way till Manali town. Once again, Google maps came to the rescue. I took some shortcuts and on the way enjoyed the beautiful scenery and apple gardens showcased on the either side of the road. Standing up close to a mountain made me realize how tiny I am in front of it and how massive they are compared to western ghats mountain range. Maps showed me an interesting nearby place which was worth exploring. The Jogni falls is hidden deep inside the mountain range and their comes a mysterious tickling on your skin when you hear the sound of nothing but the waterfall which provokes you to track it down just by its noise. Upon reaching there, I witnessed a waterfall cutting a mountain into two halves and all the hippies enjoying the serenity of the moment. I decided to stay there for a while and give a rest to my tired legs. After all, I had walked more than 20 km.
Rishikesh and Manali are two powerful magnets for adventure junkies. Each of the place has its own perks but if you are a first timer like I was few years back, start making plans for Manali. It was the cold chilly morning of December when we decided that we wanted to do rafting. The cold weather was alone enough to crack even a hero let alone stepping in water. Anyways we started our drive from Manali to Kullu, usually you will find most of the rafting organizers here.Now the thing about rafting in Manali which makes it different from rafting in Rishikesh is that Beas has been made into a rafting spot by removing the stones and rocks unlike the natural rapids of Ganga. Obviously this makes Manali a bit costlier. But still rafting in Beas is much special for first timers because here usually you are not provided with Paddles to stir the boat so while you are on the water you get every chance to look at the beautiful surrounding around you. Although this does not mean you will not get splashed by the icy cold water. The surrounding you get to see while you are in the middle of river is pure fantasy like. Mountains as high as the sky on both sides, list greenery and at top snow so white that it can make someone blind. You will be rafting along the road and occasionally pass few beautiful bridges and spots which make it even more memorable. For travel pics follow on Instagram at:vineet_wanderlust
On day 4, we visited tibetian monastery. These monasteries are home for tibetian culture, its literature & crafts. This place is famous for its hand made crafts. They also runs a school of arts & carpet weaving centre to preserve ancient tibet art. These monasteries are surrounded by several small shops selling beautiful handi crafts & carpets.And no words to express the panorama. Serene & Peacefull.After spending few minutes in Nehru kund, we continued to mall road. Between the crowd, we started purchasing traditional artefact & eating local foods. 'Never miss eating fruits from manali'. Especially apples & oranges. Apple orchards can be seen in many places of manali. It was our last day in manali. Wonderfull days. Memories are still fresh. Travelled on March 2016.Tavel Tip - Stay for minumum 4N /5D. Plan your travel. Avoid tour packages. Book an all inclusive hotel with mountain views & balcony. Pack max woolens & be ready for the Adventures.
#SwipeRightToTravelA journey to the land in a alp.It was a 12 hours long journey from Delhi.We woke up to a ravishing sunrise right up from the mountains travelling through kullu-manali highway, relishing those mesmerizing views of mountains & valleys. Away from the polluted cities, i felt like breathing fresh. Even though those roads were dangerous, we enjoyed the journey. on the way we even had to experience landslide to the roads and was blocked for almost 1 hour. As our bus stopped, travellers started capturing the pictures of those greenish valley & mountains. It was freezing outside.so we managed to take some pictures from the bus.Next big surprises was from the hotel which we pre-booked. After a week of google for good hotels in manali, we found hotel Holiday Heights Manali with all positive reviews from Tripadvisor. Booked it & we got all what we want.'A room with balcony facing snow capped mountains and breathtaking views. we were pleased & very happy to stay there for 4 nights.They also rent Royal Enfield Bikes. Now that's a great news. who will want to miss the chance to ride bullets in those land of bliss, we were very excited but sadly we couldn't coz the temparature was not more than -2 degrees. That day we spent leisure at the hotel.
The Himalayan city of Manali is super popular amongst travellers. If you are here for a romantic retreat, then find a cozy spot toward Old Manali, if you are on a backpacking journey then chill at Vashisht Village and if you want to step-up your travel game, then start your journey to Spiti via Rohtang Pass.
ROHTANG PASS TO SARCHU ( Approx .456 Kms)We started early from Manali & were able to see the snowcapped mountains of Rohtang from our parking area. It was a sunny day & view was like watching a scenery. I have attached many pictures.We took several halts in our way for meals & photography. The experience was like driving with the clouds.We took many pictures climbing up to one hill with flags.
262 Kms from Rakkar
Best time to visit - March,April,May,October,November
Dehradun is easily one of the most popular hill stations in India. Though easily accessible by all modes of transportation, taking the road would be the best way to experience this heaven. The drive will take you through dense forests on the hilly road and if you're lucky, you might even see a wild elephant or leopard pass you by. The fresh and dewy hill air will infiltrate your lungs and put you in a great mood right away. In terms of things to see, there is Robber's Cave, a river cave formation and Sahashtradhara, which is also a stunning sight of nature consisting of sulphur springs. But more than its sights, Dehradun is the perfect place for a family getaway. After all it has everything that you could need for a relaxing holiday. The town has many vintage bookshops (Natraj Publishers, The English Book Depot), college campuses with hilly backdrops, architectural marvels (such as the Forest Research Institute), alleys filled with quaint restaurants, adventure sports gear shops and forest resorts and hotels to fit every budget. Vishranti, a resort tucked away discreetly in the Sal forests of the Doon valley, deserves a special mention for its beauty and luxury. The city is a haven for foodies as Dehradun offers a lot of variety and affordability in its cuisine. Restaurants and cafes such as Doon Darbar, renowned for devour-worthy Mughlai dishes and The Buffet for its mouthwatering burgers, cutlets and coffee, are popular options. Read More
Dehradun is easily one of the most popular hill stations in India. Though easily accessible by all modes of transportation, taking the road would be the best way to experience this heaven. The drive will take you through dense forests on the hilly road and if you're lucky, you might even see a wild elephant or leopard pass you by. The fresh and dewy hill air will infiltrate your lungs and put you in a great mood right away. In terms of things to see, there is Robber's Cave, a river cave formation and Sahashtradhara, which is also a stunning sight of nature consisting of sulphur springs. But more than its sights, Dehradun is the perfect place for a family getaway. After all it has everything that you could need for a relaxing holiday. The town has many vintage bookshops (Natraj Publishers, The English Book Depot), college campuses with hilly backdrops, architectural marvels (such as the Forest Research Institute), alleys filled with quaint restaurants, adventure sports gear shops and forest resorts and hotels to fit every budget. Vishranti, a resort tucked away discreetly in the Sal forests of the Doon valley, deserves a special mention for its beauty and luxury. The city is a haven for foodies as Dehradun offers a lot of variety and affordability in its cuisine. Restaurants and cafes such as Doon Darbar, renowned for devour-worthy Mughlai dishes and The Buffet for its mouthwatering burgers, cutlets and coffee, are popular options.
237 Kms from Rakkar
This beautiful town happens to be located in Jammu & Kashmir and is an abode for those who wish to pursue Buddhism. The place is surrounded by tall mountains, clear blue water, a white surrounding and many monasteries. The people here are warm and welcome tourists. Found midway between the Karakoram and Himalayan mountains, the beauty of Leh is beyond words, making it a hotspot with the tourists. Visiting the local markets here is a treat as one will get to browse through Tibetan jewelry, carpets, woolens and much more. Be sure to carry an extra bag to fit in all your purchases.
28th Septemeber 0600 hrs I was up. After a quick loo call, stepped out to the balcony with a cup of coffee. The air was crisp and cold, tempting me to spike my drink with something headier. Had it not been for the journey, I would have. Post checking emails and messages, posting the previous day pictures on social media sites, did a final bag check based on my cross examination of Arjun. Image result for leh to pangong lake road mapNo good loos on the way, so pack a roll of toilet paper, bacterial sanitizer, soap, anti-diarrheal medicines, motion sickness medicines, dry snacks including chocolate bars. I knew that 30 km of the road from Leh to Karu was great. Rest of the 120 km was "not bad" or at least not as bad as the Khardungla - Nubra road. I must confess that I hadn't done my homework as well as I usually do to be confident. My belly was sending out mixed signals, worrisome actually. By 0730 hrs we were both ready for the trip and breakfast. Had to stay light, so picked up whatever appeared to conform. Fruits and juice and a bit of cheese. After consuming it, I thought... just thought that it was possibly a big mistake. The waiting staff having discovered that we were off to Pangong, packed up a hamper from the breakfast buffet as we had hardly touched anything at all. The thoughtfulness more than the hospitality at this hotel really touched my heart. At 5 minutes to 8, I got a call, it was Arjun, he was outside. Now, that worry was ticked off from my list. "All good?" I asked. He nodded and said I should speak to "Haqqa" as Haq was addressed locally. Haq inquired if we slept well and well rested, and if there was anything that needed to be done while we were on the trip. I told him we should have dinner together and he was happy to accept. On our way, the first 30 minutes was a repeat of last evening, so I went into a light doze mode. We had to stop at Karu for submitting the permit. Arjun said that it was the last stop where one could find a decent loo. What I assumed was a 5 minute procedural stop, turned out to be a wait of 20 minutes. Arjun was nowhere to be seen. When he showed up, I asked why the wait and he said something about the road ahead being blocked for traffic until 0900 hrs. I called his bluff as I saw other vehicles proceeding and he too got in, though a bit reluctantly. Haq would hear of this, I don't like being lied to. The road condition was getting progressively worse, as was my mood. I could see road works being carried out, but that many patches of diversion and lots of mud and dust in the air. Normally, one would roll up the windows and turn on the air-con or heater as the case maybe, but in this vehicle, it was busted. Moreover, the sun rays had become strong enough to sting through the clothes. Some 10km and 20 minutes later we reached the village of Sakti. At this rate, I thought it would take longer than 5 hours to get to our destination. At Sakti, right enough, the road to Pangong was shut and the traffic was diverted to an alternate route. I say route because it was nothing but a dirt track going up hill. Windows had to be kept shut. If there was a meter to measure my angst, trust me, it would have been hovering around the danger mark. Fortunately, we were climbing and the temperature inside soon became bearable. 10 km and 30 minutes later, we were joined back to the Pangong Rd. This stretch looked well tarred and full of hope. I asked Arjun if the road from here on would resemble this surface? He responded saying mountain roads are quite unpredictable. Unlike the two days earlier, he wasn't in much of a talking mood. Maybe, bored of us, just as I was of the scenery outside. Nothing that was so exceptional for me to take pains to shoot. 22 km and 45 minutes later, we reached the military camp of Zingral. Arjun stopped the vehicle and ran to the loo. 15 minutes later he reappeared looking sick. Bad stomach he said. His disappearance at Karu could now be explained too. I gave him a tablet and asked if I should drive. He said, once we start the down hill track, he would let me drive. I discovered why soon enough. A km away, it was Khardungla all over again for the next 45 minutes covering the 12 km to Chang La (Altitude 17,500 ft 5,360 m), the supposed second highest motorable pass in India, if not the world. The climb is steep and the area an avalanche zone. That explains Mr. Arjun's "mountain roads are unpredictable" statement. Already behind time (it was 1130 hrs now), and still at half way mark (75km from Leh)I egged Arjun to drive on. There were patches of snow slush on the road, remnants the ice and snow that had slid down from a bit higher up. Arjun drove another 35 km to Durbuk, from there, I took over. There was some 45 Km of driving left, with me at the wheel 1 hr 15 min max. The road was narrow, bad in parts, but that's exactly what an SUV is born to tackle. The test of the pudding was Arjun falling asleep on the rear seat. My wife would have failed me in a driving test. She kept yelling at me to be careful, reminding us we have kids at home. I told her to focus on the scenery ahead and take some pictures. The landscape had changed and we were in what resembled a cross a cross between the Grand Canyon and Mars. We passed through a 100 mt stretch that had just been bulldozed after being shut by an avalanche a day or two earlier.At 1300 hrs, it was visible. Pangong Tso. My foot became heavier on the pedal and no amount of jumps and bumps could wake the baby called Arjun slumbering behind. Finally, we made it. Spectacular is all what I could say. One has to be an idiot to this journey, but then it's worth it. Now we had to psyche ourselves to endure the 5 hours back. A billion pictures, pee in an open to sky lav, maggi noodles and ginger lemon tea later, we hit the road. One could pitch a tent and explore the entirety of the lake. But that is for the serious adventurer. I could only set my clock backwards to take me back to Leh. Fortunately, the medicine and sleep had revived Arjun and he was back to his jovial self. The way back was just the same, except that I switched places with Arjun in the sick bay. The altitude at Chang la got me and I puked the morning fruit juice and tea that had been the cause of it. Besides that adventure, and stopping for 15 minutes on the road to act as good Samaritans to a car suffering a flat wheel, the journey was uneventful. We made it back in 4 1/2 hours. Yippee! And, Arjun was rewarded for the same. An early dinner with Haq recounting our adventure completed, we were tired and wanted to just sleep. Next morning was a flight to Srinagar, and the situation there, was reported to be too far from normal. But the hotel had called and informed us that a car would be waiting to pick us up. So it could not be as bad as being talked about - right?
The only words that seem to do justice to the timeless beauty of the Pangong Lake, are 'Paradise on Earth'.With hues that range from a brilliant turquoise to a deep blue, this shimmering patch of sky on land is the highest salt water lake in Asia.These tranquil waters are a must-see for anyone visiting Ladakh.
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02-Sep-15 Turtuk to Leh 241 Kms driven Stay at: Jorchung Guest House, Main Tukcha Road, Leh Tariff : 1800/- per room per night In Leh, there are quite a few places to visit and these can be covered in a day. We visited Zorawar Fort where all the history of Ladakh is displayed. Shey Palace was also very beautiful and it has a Buddha Temple too. We also visited 3 Idiots fame, Rancho’s school, Druk White Lotus School. You get to see many monasteries in this region. We visited the Hemis Monastery. The experience of the peace inside the monastery and to see how they offered their prayers to the God was pleasant. You must visit Shanti Stupa for a sunrise or a sunset. It gives a picturesque view of Leh and its surrounding mountains.
After non-stop journey of 24 hrs finally we reached our desination Leh at hotel Lingzi. Next day we started our journey towards Shanti Stupa, was built for peace and prosperity and to commemorate 2500 yrs of buddhism. It is considered a symbol of the ties between the people of Japan and Ladakh as both japanese and ladakhi buddhishts helped built it. The premises of Stupa offers the spectacular views of the ladakh and himalayas.
I lost myself in Ladakh to find myself. A Walk for 5-6kms from my camp in pangong lake to some village was the best time of my life. I was alone, didn't care about anything. I was lying on the ground and looking up at the sky and all I could hear is the rhythm of breeze!!!!
LEH, is one of the sexiest place I have ever been to, people are honest, surrounded by beautiful mountains, wooden art can be seen in bulk. Leh, was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, now the Leh district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Leh district, with an area of 45,110 kilometers, is the second largest district in the country, after Kutch, Gujarat (in terms of area). The town is dominated by the ruined Leh Palace, the former mansion of the royal family of Ladakh, built in the same style and about the same time as the Potala Palace-the chief residence of the Dalai Lama.
296 Kms from Rakkar
Best time to visit - March,April,September,October,November
This city has been a refuge for spiritual seekers long before The Beatles christened it with their visit in the 60's. Widely known as the pilgrimage town and also the 'yoga capital of the world', Rishikesh is home to myriad temples, yoga and meditation centres and a plethora of adventure activities. With an interesting backdrop of the rapid flowing Ganges river and iron-made suspension bridges (Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula), the city has also been a popular hub for travellers and backpackers alike. When it comes to food and drinks, Rishikesh remains a strict teetotaller and a vegetarian, even though you might find with great exploratory skills, a few restaurants not adhering to the prohibition. Some great restaurants and cafes include Little Buddha Cafe where you can enjoy your meals in a treehouse-style ambience. Rishikesh provides a spectacular treat to the eyes and music to the ears during sunrise and sunset, as sadhus (priests), pilgrims and tourists all around, prepare for the routine 'Ganga Aarti' with temple bells resonating all around and innumerable diyas or small clay pot lit lamps dancing over the river Ganga to that reverberating music, as religious offerings. Rishikesh warmly welcomes thrill seekers, who can try out a number of activities such as white water rafting, bungee jumping, kayaking, zip lining, mountain biking and rappelling. The city also annually hosts the International Yoga Festival where yoga gurus, aficionados and devotees from around the globe throng the place (popularly the Parmarth Niketan Ashram) and give various lessons and lectures on yoga, meditation and spirituality. Read More
This city has been a refuge for spiritual seekers long before The Beatles christened it with their visit in the 60's. Widely known as the pilgrimage town and also the 'yoga capital of the world', Rishikesh is home to myriad temples, yoga and meditation centres and a plethora of adventure activities. With an interesting backdrop of the rapid flowing Ganges river and iron-made suspension bridges (Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula), the city has also been a popular hub for travellers and backpackers alike. When it comes to food and drinks, Rishikesh remains a strict teetotaller and a vegetarian, even though you might find with great exploratory skills, a few restaurants not adhering to the prohibition. Some great restaurants and cafes include Little Buddha Cafe where you can enjoy your meals in a treehouse-style ambience. Rishikesh provides a spectacular treat to the eyes and music to the ears during sunrise and sunset, as sadhus (priests), pilgrims and tourists all around, prepare for the routine 'Ganga Aarti' with temple bells resonating all around and innumerable diyas or small clay pot lit lamps dancing over the river Ganga to that reverberating music, as religious offerings. Rishikesh warmly welcomes thrill seekers, who can try out a number of activities such as white water rafting, bungee jumping, kayaking, zip lining, mountain biking and rappelling. The city also annually hosts the International Yoga Festival where yoga gurus, aficionados and devotees from around the globe throng the place (popularly the Parmarth Niketan Ashram) and give various lessons and lectures on yoga, meditation and spirituality.
Have you ever felt Adrenaline being rushed through your veins..? Have you ever experienced a free fall? Do you want to feel the chill and force of River Ganga. Then you must head to Rishikesh, right away.! How to Reach : Rishikesh is well connected through road train and air. Nearest Railway station is Rishikesh Railway station, but convenient one will be Haridhwar (Hw). Jolly Grant airport of Dehradun is the nearest airport. You will get enough overnight and day buses to Rishikesh from Delhi ISBT as well. Bungee Jumping :Bungee jumping in Rishikesh was in my mind from long time. After some online research I understood that they at Jumpin Height is what I'm looking for. Jumpin from 83 mtr height will be one crazy thing that I would do in my life. Co incidentally, I had planned for other things in Uttarakhand and found out that I had 2 days to spend at Haridhwar n Rishikesh. Right opportunity for trying Bungee I thought. Jumpin heights at Rishikesh also offer Gaint swing and Flying fox along with Bungee Jump.I wanted to try all 3. It costed me 8000 including taxes.How to reach Jump Site : Jump site, is located at around 25 km from Rishikesh town. Jumpin heights have their transport to the jump site for which you have to pay 400 per person. You can also hire cabs to Mohanchatti village, where the Jumpin heights is located, from famous Lakshana Julha of Rishikesh. Just ask them to take you to jumping site.. They will understand. Jumpin heights is famous you see. After some bargain, Taxi guy agreed for Rs1200 return with 3 to 4 hr waiting. Prices may differ during peak season.. :DOnce you reach their site you have to pay 100 Rupee per head as entry fee. (I don't know why though). After which you will have to wait in the in cafe for your turn. When it's your turn they will show you a video guide and check your weights and perform other formalities.For Bungee and Gaint swing, the platform is same, which is located around 100 mtr from the office and for flying fox you have to go to another platform which is around 50 mtr. After each activity you will have to walk back to office and collect ticket for next event/Jump. First we were sent for Gaint swing. Most people here come for only Bungee. Hence the crowd for Other activities will be comparatively less. The Gaint swing.. Wha.. It was really a mind blowing experience. Especially the first few seconds of Free fall. Really thrilling. I, initially though, the rope and weist grip will hold you frok the beginning. Free fall was like sudden surprise and chilling experience. After the Gaint swing, We had to walk back to Office to collect Flying Fox coupons. They say you can experience 150KMPH speed in flying fox. But, personally,I would say, it was not worth the money. Next on The menu was much anticipated Bungee. We headed to Bungee platform. I had all the plan in the world for a photogenic jump from the platform. I was all calm and composed through out. It was my turn next. Every plan in the mind changed once I stood on the cliff of the platform for jump. It was like the inner me is stopping me from the jump. Used all my courage and did a jump on first count itself. Whoa.. It was really a life time experience. I could feel the blood being rushed and my heart beats during the free fall. It was really a fantastic experience. The organising team at Jumpin Height are very friendly and they look technically sound. Though, I should say, the amount they charge should have been reduced. They will take videos of your activities. You can watch them in their office or cafe. If you want them, again you will have to pay Rs 500 per video. After the activities, we headed back to Rishikesh with un forgettable experience. River Rafting in Rishikesh :River rafting was not new to me. But, Rafting in Ganga is surely is. You might have done 100s of Rafting but 101th will always be different. River rafting in Ganga at Rishikesh is quite famous and you can find so many packages with camping overnight along with river rafting for a reasonable price online. If you have not booked for any camping or Rafting online.., need not to worry. Once to get down in Rishikesh, there will be atleast 10 people asking you if you are here for Rafting. After that it's upto you to bargain and find a reasonable price. Usually, 18km Rafting will cost you around 400 to 500 per person during weekends or peak seasons. We opted for 18km Rafting. After the payment, they will take you to Shiva Puri Village, from where 18km Rafting starts. They have different starting point according to the distance of Rafting. All the initial safety instructions will be given to you by the guide. Rafting in cold Ganga water is life time experience. In 18km Rafting, you will get atleast 9 rapids, of which Golf Course being 4+ level. I don't know how they have kept the name for rapids. Even the guide didn't know about that. In between there will be a break point where you can order Maggi Tea coffee and there is a point for cliff jumping also. Our guide gave formal instructions to cliff jump. There were already people doing that and hence I thought it will be easy task. But, again, once I stood on the cliff, I felt that fear. It was expected, since I have not jumped from any cliff and most importantly I don't know how to swim. Chilling Ganga water added more fear factor. I jumped.. I don't know how.. But, I think I didn't jump properly. I could feel the pain in hand and crouch for some time after jump. Started again from the breakpoint. 3 more rapids were waiting for us. The guide will allow you to jump in to the water whenever the water is calm. You will go below Ram julha lakshana julha during Rafting and the view of setting sun over the Rishikesh city was adding more beauty to our Rafting. Totally, Rafting in Ganga was one great experience and I decided, that I'll do it whenever I visit Rishikesh. Advice:Carry water proof or quick dry cloths for Rafting. For Rafting videos, there will be people from CamOnCliff. They will charge you around 1500 per group. They have their people along the course of River and shoot you beautiful video of the Rafting. You can book for Bungee at:http://www.jumpinheights.com/
Now I had decided to stay one night in Rishikesh only, & after long search I found one Bengali Dharamshala in Rishikesh I had kept my luggage in the room, I was relaxed & was talking to the Dharamshala Manager(4) & suddenly in between the talks Nainital came to my mind as one of my friend from Pithoragarh had told me about Nainital that it is very beautiful & I must go there, so I just asked the Dharamshala manager that can leave for Nainital now, he told me no problem provided you get a Bus from Haridwar as it is little late now, He also didn’t asked any money from as I had to stay there for one night (I was going to pay money on check out)I immediately went to Haridwar from Rishikesh, luckily I got a Tata Sumo in Rishikesh for Haridwar and I told the Tata Sumo Person(5) that I want to go to Nainital by Bus from Haridwar, he also co-operated very well & dropped me at Haridwar Bus Stand at sharp 9 pm & as we reached Haridwar the Nanital Bus was in front of me leaving for Nanital & the Tata Sumo person immediately told me that this is Bus to Nanital, so I immediately ran towards it & caught it, it was an absolute relief catching the bus to Nainital. When I was in the Bus at around 12am I saw one sign board with Corbett National Park written on it & I was curious to go to Corbett after Nainital. While reaching Nainital the cold was very high
Our next destination was Rishikesh. We had to leave from Kasol to Manali as our bus was booked from there to Rishikesh. It was hectic. There is no need of going to Manali as we could have easily got down at Kullu since all the bus from Manali go via Kullu. We travelled whole night in the Roadways bus and reached Rishikesh next day by 3 P.M. The journey was painful yet peaceful. It was our last destination as we wanted to finish off our trip in style by doing bungee jumping and flying fox. Rishikesh hosts the highest bungee jumping platform in India of 83 metres which is operated by the operators from New Zealand. By the time we reached there it was late and almost after an hour the place was going to be closed. We hurried yet it was of no use – Bungee Jumping was in high demand and because we could complete our event earlier they told us to do Giant Swing. Giant Swing and Bungee Jumping were hosted from the same platform. The two seconds of free fall is a feeling which can only be experienced when you are free falling. It can’t be put in words. For the readers if you happen to go to Rishikesh do not miss out on this chance of experiencing the thrill of free fall. We stayed in Rishikesh for a night and left for Delhi next day from where we had to go back to our hometown for new year eve. We couldn't get any pictures from here as we weren't allowed to take any cameras or mobile phones inside during the activities. They have their own arrangements for video recording and pictures for which they charge something around 700 INR.I would like to conclude with the quote from Tripoto –“If life is a journey then let my soul travel and share your pain.”
"An amazing adventure, worth sharing."Adventure ContinuesAfter the rejuvenating stay at Uttarakhand , all of us were charged up to continue the escapade. It was 5-6PM in the evening, when we left from Pantwari, As I booked one and half more day to Rishkesh for River Rafting in River Ganga of course with our Lovely Nature Suraj Bhai’s kindly brother. Memories of previous day's endeavor kept all of me surrounded by an aura of optimism. Entering the lower Himalayas (Garhwal), the trip turned out to be a decent one. Whenever the road seemed free of traffic, we would race amongst ourselves, much to our fun and excitement inside thinking of old days masti in our mind and heart with memories in Nagtibba. It didn't take us more then 4-5 hrs to cover from Pantwati to Rishikesh my next Camp Side Wild-Ex Camp near Ganga. We got hard to find it but Suraj bhai’s Kind brother helped us alot he made us feel some people do’s their work not just for money near by the camp we got 1 hour to surf search for the exact camp side but he had so much patience for that. The camp was nice and which was amazing near floating river ganga the soar of water whole night while sleeping made my soul soar the sorrow within me. Being warm out again as its to cold outside near river and 10-11PM at night, our body needed nourishment to revitalize itself. After a decent Snacks and dinner, we were on our way to explore this adventurous yet spiritual place. The splendid views we came across on our way to Rishikesh was just a amazing of the beauty yet to be reviled but I was now having this inhabitate feeling, that it was not going to be easy to steer through mountainous regions, considering the slope of the road. After resting the whole night in morning with a cup of tea and buiscuits eating and seating near by Ganga river feeling that amazing feel can’t elaborate. As per arrangements we started our day eat breakfast and checkout from camp around 9 Am. It was great crowd of full of energetic peoples rushing for Bungee jumping, River Rafting, Zip lining and lots of adventure fun at spiritual place… It was hand at heart swings as water I can imagine all the rides at water parks in our cities are nothing. I had always fear of water. But there is always have some fun fear. I just forget everything We chanted in high voice all the way on the tides har har Ganga and all the way go throght good. In Mid of journey their was an spot called Maggi Corner we stopped had a break and take some more rides in river rafting which was left. We reached our destination. Ganges was pretty calm and clear, unlike in Haridwar, truly an peace of holiness, exciting all of us to take a holy dip, and get lost in oblivion."May god absolve me of my sins".After we reached our destination. We steered our way alongside the Ganges to the famous 'Laxman Jhula', an iron suspension bridge over the Ganga River. Such a narrow footbridge, cramped up, and crowded. We decided to walk our way through the human jam. The place was vibrant and lively with so much color and cultural presence. You gotta believe, being part of the slow moving crowd is an experience in itself. People trying to get their pictures clicked, and just next to you would be a cow trying to move ahead and not too far would be a monkey with a disposition towards stealth and a similar set coming towards you from opposite side. The view of the majestic Himalayas, the Ganges, Villages, and the Sun would make your heart skip a beat. After crossing the bridge, we found ourselves in the middle of a marketplace, a congregation of vendors selling varieties ranging from paintings, gems, clothes to ayurvedic medicine and religious items. It was a congested place, with a narrow road. We had to get down and reached to an office from where we had to be taken for River Rafting for 3 hours my heart is just beating high as it was my first time without any known person I am doing more than my fear. As I had a fear of water as I don’t know swimming but it was a great adventure we seen all 9 tides in our way till meggi point which was amazing experience of my life. From after that we decide to eat some street food and after doing shopping we taken tum tum and departed to Haridwar as we had train from their for my home town. We had already anticipated the beautiful view of nature, snowcapped mountains and lush green fields, the thrill was so amazing, that we gave out a cry. Since then, undoubtedly, it has been the most thrilling experience of my life.Ganges was pretty calm and clear, unlike in Haridwar, truly an peace of holiness, all of us to take a holy dip, and get lost in our innerself."I closed my eyes, thinking what more could an adventurer dream of, as I was living it now."
This small, hilly town situated in Uttarakhand is simply a paradise. It is a perfect blend of nature and spirituality. The city is home to natural beauty and pleasant weather throughout. A number of backpackers make it a point to visit this place. The wide array of adventure activities on offer makes this small town the centre for exhilarating adventure activities. White water rafting, trekking and cliff hanging are among the most popular adventure activities in Rishikesh. With 300 km from Delhi, This weekend getaway is always offers something new to explore.
• Gain flexibility with yoga in Rishikesh
Celebrated as the ‘yoga capital of the world’, Rishikesh is a magnet for spiritual seekers with its assortment of ashrams and all kinds of yoga and meditation classes.Did you know that the simple act of holding a pose on a mat a few times a week has the potential to balance your entire life? From increased flexibility, to improved respiration, a balanced metabolism and even weight reduction, yoga can do wonders to your body.Rishikesh Yog Peeth, in Rishikesh, offers one- and two-week yoga courses for beginners in India. All courses at the yoga school are carried out in a safe, private environment so learners can start practice with ease.Yoga courses for beginners in India – 2017 (Rishikesh)You can register for hatha yoga courses at the Rishikesh Yog Peeth for ₹23,917. The package includes complimentary ayurveda massages, river rafting, mini trekking in the Himalayas and local sightseeing.You can choose a slot from the following dates:» 16 January 2017 to 28 January 2017 » 30 January 2017 to 11 February 2017» 13 February 2017 to 25 February 2017 » 27 February 2017 to 11 March 2017 » 13 March 2017 to 25 March 2017 » 27 March 2017 to 08 April 2017 See the full list here.
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If you have read my previous posts you must be knowing how much I adore Rishikesh. The mighty Ganga, surrounding mountains, the blissful ambience and the heart warming people never fail to attract me. When I came back from my home to college in Dehradun, me and my friends decided to visit Rishikesh on my recommendation. Thus began our one day trip to the Holy City. We hired three motorcycles to cover the 45 Km. Our original plan included visiting Ram Jhula, Beatles Aashram, Goa Beach, Lakshman Jhula and Neergarh Waterfall but as we all know trips never go as planned. We went to chotiwala restaurant and ordered some light breakfast. If you want to have a proper Indian lunch then you have to try this place at least once but if you order sandwiches or pie like us, you will be disappointed. Our Beatles visit was cancelled due to the ₹150 entry fees as we wanted to save money. Hence in the end the trip was all about long rides, sitting by the beautiful bank of River Ganga and cherishing friendship. For beautiful travel shots find me on Instagram at :vineet_wanderlust
168 Kms from Rakkar
Best time to visit - August,September,October,November
A perfect combination of ancient and urban, this city has been deemed the most futuristic in the country, while also having been occupied by the Harappan civilisation almost 8,000 years ago. In fact, BBC has named Chandigarh as a perfect city with regard to its cultural growth, modernisation and architecture. Nek Chand Rock Garden is a unique and fascinating site, built solely by a man (after whom the garden is named), who used remnants from various demolition sites (particularly the debris while Chandigarh itself was being built) and a whole lot of scrap to build 2000 sculptures, statues, all integrated on walled paths, wherein one can also see man-made interlinked waterfalls. A short walk away from there is the artificial Sukhna lake, a landmark for families to relax and walk around while enjoying street food and keeping kids busy with quaint toys bought from vendors all around. Pertaining to Le Corbusier's (chief architect of the city) vision of Chandigarh being a garden city, Rose Garden is home to over 1,500 varieties of rose and the Garden of Fragrance is perfect for those mind-refreshing walks. Popular places to visit for an insight into Chandigarh and the entire country's history through various artworks are the Government Museum & Art Gallery and the Chandigarh Architecture Museum. Being one of the top four metro cities of the country, Chandigarh has a bustling food scene, home to every cuisine you can think of right from Mediterranean (Kelong, Virgin Courtyard) to Thai (Tao- Bar & Lounge). Some popular places for Punjabi dishes are Punjab Grill and Sher-e- Punjab. Chandigarh is also close to many hill stations such as Solan, Kasauli, Shoghi and Naldehra.Read More
A perfect combination of ancient and urban, this city has been deemed the most futuristic in the country, while also having been occupied by the Harappan civilisation almost 8,000 years ago. In fact, BBC has named Chandigarh as a perfect city with regard to its cultural growth, modernisation and architecture. Nek Chand Rock Garden is a unique and fascinating site, built solely by a man (after whom the garden is named), who used remnants from various demolition sites (particularly the debris while Chandigarh itself was being built) and a whole lot of scrap to build 2000 sculptures, statues, all integrated on walled paths, wherein one can also see man-made interlinked waterfalls. A short walk away from there is the artificial Sukhna lake, a landmark for families to relax and walk around while enjoying street food and keeping kids busy with quaint toys bought from vendors all around. Pertaining to Le Corbusier's (chief architect of the city) vision of Chandigarh being a garden city, Rose Garden is home to over 1,500 varieties of rose and the Garden of Fragrance is perfect for those mind-refreshing walks. Popular places to visit for an insight into Chandigarh and the entire country's history through various artworks are the Government Museum & Art Gallery and the Chandigarh Architecture Museum. Being one of the top four metro cities of the country, Chandigarh has a bustling food scene, home to every cuisine you can think of right from Mediterranean (Kelong, Virgin Courtyard) to Thai (Tao- Bar & Lounge). Some popular places for Punjabi dishes are Punjab Grill and Sher-e- Punjab. Chandigarh is also close to many hill stations such as Solan, Kasauli, Shoghi and Naldehra.
Chandigarh is nicknamed, The City Beautiful, and beautiful and serene it is. The city is one of the earliest planned cities in India post independence, and it is renowned, even internationally, for being brilliantly organised. Being a predominantly Punjabi settlement, the city is known for being open-hearted and fashion-savvy. Locals, though high-nosed sometimes, are unfailingly helpful. It's this beautiful melange that makes Chandigarh a truly unique city.Because it's a tiny city with an area of 114 square metres, it can easily be explored on a weekend. So for the next time you are here, I'm giving you one itinerary that you can bank upon to experience Chandigarh to the fullest.
Headed back to Chandigarh with all the good memories we made in past 10 days. Made all of us rejuvenated for daily routine work. Will be planning this trip soon via Srinagar to Leh route.THINGS TO TAKE NOTE OF :Carry winter wears, comfortable shoes & good SPF Sunscreen.Dress in layers as in every region temperature will be different.Once in Leh keep drinking lots of water even if you don’t feel thirsty.Do carry Diamox tablet & consume it before waiting to feel Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)Check into army hospital on the way if AMS gets severeCarry Medicines for headache, vomits, dehydration & fever too.
Chandigarh To Manali (Approx. 312 Kms)We left from Chandigarh at 5:00 am in the morning & taking several halts at waterfalls & enjoying scenic beauty we finally reached there by 2 pm.There we firstly went to SDM office Manali & it hardly took 15 minutes & we got the permit for LEH.In Manali, you need the permit for only 4 wheelers, out of State Vehicles. Permit Office Timing are 10 am to 5 pm from Monday to Saturday (barring Second Saturday, Sundays and Government Holidays).If traveling via Srinagar then it’s not required.The staff at SDM office was very polite & friendly .They even offered apples to the people standing in the queue.We checked into a hotel & after rest we went too see the mall road & had our dinner.As it was a tiring day all slept early because there was already a long journey awaiting us.
After 6 hrs, I reached Chandigarh and I was waiting for bus the to Mcleodganj and before boarding on that bus I purchased some junk food to conquer my hunger.It had been 45 minutes since I reached there and I saw a dilapidate bus coming towards the bus platform but i ignored until it stopped in front of the Mcleodganj board. I rushed to to catch that bus and I was fortunate to have a seat as it was crammed. As the bus engine roared to life for Mcleodganj I was also super excited to be there. After few miles I dozed off and I woke in the middle of night and I witnessed the most breathtaking view from the window of the running bus. It was like Stars on Earth. Just in few minutes I fell asleep.
I just transformed myself as bagpacker and ran towards Gurgaon bus stand to mounted on a bus to Chandigarh. As it was not scheduled trip i looked the detailed chart of bus service on net ,as would luck have it i got the bus.It was an awesome journey upto Chandigarh but i was palpitating to get there as my bus leaving road ribboning behind me.Eventually, i reached to my destination, Chandigarh, I congregated with my other cronies who had formed a clique and were waiting for me.I greeted them and just rushed to catch bus for Shimla. During the my way to Shimla i come across some amazaing sights which had not bargained on.I chanced upon to places like Parwanoo, Barog valley, Sanjauli , Shoghi ,fagu Khatlee ghat railway station and ice on on cake was the TOY TRAIN; just right along with the bus and it was reminiscent to part of one's film shoot.At Last we de boarded the bus at Shimla ISBT. We took a small break to douse our starvation and jumped to another bus which led to kinnaur enrouting Narkanda.The bus was packed like a suitcase but somehow i maintained my cool and after 2 hrs and I reached Narkanda, truly heaven.
Chandigarh has been rated as the wealthy city in India, it’s known as one of the best experiments in urban planning and modern architecture in the 20th century in India. The city is divided in 56 sectors each measuring 800 meters by 1200 meters having all modern facilities. The most modern city of India is now on path of becoming a 'Smart City'.
157 Kms from Rakkar
Best time to visit - April,May,June,October
Chail has slowly gained popularity as a weekend getaway in Himachal. Away from the chaos of Shimla, this lovely town is home to the highest cricket ground in the world (a great sight even if you are not a cricket fan). The popular Chail Palace built by the Maharaja of Patiala is the perfect place to spend a leisurely afternoon. Do carry a picnic basket since food here is slightly expensive. Unlike Shimla, Chail is a quiet town without a mall road or fancy restaurants. What you will certainly get here is a variety of homestays to choose from and delicious dhaba food. For adventure enthusiasts, there are tons of trekking routes; some of the more popular ones are Kandaghat – Chail, Chail – Rajgarh and Chur Chandni and Chail – Shimla via Junga. Do ask the locals before planning your trekking routes since they know the area the best. Read More
Chail has slowly gained popularity as a weekend getaway in Himachal. Away from the chaos of Shimla, this lovely town is home to the highest cricket ground in the world (a great sight even if you are not a cricket fan). The popular Chail Palace built by the Maharaja of Patiala is the perfect place to spend a leisurely afternoon. Do carry a picnic basket since food here is slightly expensive. Unlike Shimla, Chail is a quiet town without a mall road or fancy restaurants. What you will certainly get here is a variety of homestays to choose from and delicious dhaba food. For adventure enthusiasts, there are tons of trekking routes; some of the more popular ones are Kandaghat – Chail, Chail – Rajgarh and Chur Chandni and Chail – Shimla via Junga. Do ask the locals before planning your trekking routes since they know the area the best.
This quaint little village on three green hills is a 25 minute (45 km) drive from Shimla. A hi-tech or non-AC Himachal roadways bus to Shimla are not a bad choice when you can breathe in the freshness of the mountains at this ideal place to visit near Delhi. Shimla is the spot to board a bus to Chail via Kufri. Hotel charges won't exceed Rs.1000 a day if you only need a decent place to sleep after you stop stargazing. And you won’t stop. You can’t.
Do you happen to love cricket? If yes, then this Shimla itinerary has been tailored just for you. Chail boasts of world's highest cricket ground and given its scenic backdrop it is a must visit for you.
The place is known as the summer capital which is located 49 kilometers away from Shimla and it appears as a peaceful and calm place because it is far away from Shimla’s hustling- bustling life. Chail is located at a higher altitude than Shimla and it is very close to Kandaghat Mandal and due to this, people can enjoy the glance of the snow covered Himalayan ranges as it is mostly visible during the sunrise and sunset. This hill station is well known for its remarkable history. It is said that in the late nineteenth century, his highness of Patiala, Maharaja Adhiraj Bhupinder Singh was expelled from Shimla, which was then known as British Raj’s summer capital, because he was said to be flirting with the daughter of British Commander-in-Chief Lord Kitchener. He then promised to build his own summer capital. Chail is called as the perfect village surrounded with thick, gigantic and majestic deodar trees and soothing scented chir pine forests. This village is like the Mother Nature’s most beloved child and this place has never been heard of any deforestation and pollution ever. Chail has a very beautiful feature and well known as an architectural palace where the Patiala’s royal family used to live and now this heritage property has been converted into a hotel named as ‘Palace Hotel’. This palace is surrounded by lush greenery and hills and beautiful gardens with swings and beautiful flowers. We sat in the garden for few minutes under the sun and then we went inside for tea break. We saw the interiors which had a collection of old depictions like old paintings, show pieces, etc. Chail is also a favourite honeymoon spot as this slice of heaven has the magic to turn people into a poet and transforms into the most romantic person. On 11th April 2006 - We came across the ‘Green valley’ road, which is been surrounded by deodar trees. This road is also known as ‘Hasan Valley’ road as this valley is related to a sweet story. It is said that ‘Hasan’ is the name of a driver who used to drive on the roads of this valley for the tourists and who has been of friendly nature with the tourists. It is been said that the driver ‘Hasan’ was in love with a beautiful girl who used to love him equally and she was considered precious to him for her love and care. But her sudden death left him alone and since that day, the road has been given another name as ‘Hasan Valley’.
143 Kms from Rakkar
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,October,November,December
Once known as Shyamala, synonymous with Goddess Kali, Shimla has been a summer retreat long before India even gained independence. This famous hill station similarly has a lot of places and things to see untouched by time. For instance, take a vintage joy ride from Kalka station to Shimla in a charming toy train that will take you through towering Deodars, hills and villages. Shimla truly comes alive during winters when a blanket of snow covers it all over making every nook and corner gleam and glisten. One such place is the ice skating rink (natural ice) near Lakkar Bazaar that opens from November to December. More winter sports include skiing, which can be enjoyed 21 km from Shimla in Kufri. Adventure activities such as rafting at Tattapani or a trek to Shali Tibba and Pabbar Valley are also worthwhile experiences. If you are fond of haunted stories and interested in having your own spooky adventure, you'll love Shimla. A lot of people including the renowned Rudyard Kippling (in 'My Own True Ghost Story) have written various eerie stories set around Shimla. A place known most for giving many people the jeepers-creepers is the Charleville Mansion. Another time travelling portal is the antique bookstore, Marina Brothers, located on Mall Road, which is truly a reader and collector's paradise. There are many luxury and budget hotels here, meaning you'll never fall short of options. Popular places to eat include Wake & Bake, Ashiana, Cecil and Minchy's that serve commendable Indian and multi-cuisine dishes and delicious gourmet food.Read More
Once known as Shyamala, synonymous with Goddess Kali, Shimla has been a summer retreat long before India even gained independence. This famous hill station similarly has a lot of places and things to see untouched by time. For instance, take a vintage joy ride from Kalka station to Shimla in a charming toy train that will take you through towering Deodars, hills and villages. Shimla truly comes alive during winters when a blanket of snow covers it all over making every nook and corner gleam and glisten. One such place is the ice skating rink (natural ice) near Lakkar Bazaar that opens from November to December. More winter sports include skiing, which can be enjoyed 21 km from Shimla in Kufri. Adventure activities such as rafting at Tattapani or a trek to Shali Tibba and Pabbar Valley are also worthwhile experiences. If you are fond of haunted stories and interested in having your own spooky adventure, you'll love Shimla. A lot of people including the renowned Rudyard Kippling (in 'My Own True Ghost Story) have written various eerie stories set around Shimla. A place known most for giving many people the jeepers-creepers is the Charleville Mansion. Another time travelling portal is the antique bookstore, Marina Brothers, located on Mall Road, which is truly a reader and collector's paradise. There are many luxury and budget hotels here, meaning you'll never fall short of options. Popular places to eat include Wake & Bake, Ashiana, Cecil and Minchy's that serve commendable Indian and multi-cuisine dishes and delicious gourmet food.
Next day around 8 am one of our friends woke up and I could hear his loud voice waking us up and to see the snowfall. But another one shouted back and told everyone to go sleep and told him not to wake us up by giving false news. After few moments the other guy himself saw snowfall from the misty broken window, which had started few moments ago. When he confirmed this news, it felt like a spring was tied up in everyone’s feet and all of us rushed out just to get a glimpse of it. I had never felt so energised and happy for a very long time. I could feel the sudden rush of hormones in my body. Everyone in the room got dressed as quickly as possible and we ran out of our hotel room. By the time we got out of our room, snowfall got heavier. We were thrilled by the sudden change of weather. Whenever I recall the next three hours, I can only say that it was the moment of my life. I was never that happy and excited ever in my life. We could see half Shimla covered in white.
The best experience you can gain from travelling is from the extremes of conditions mixed with warmth, love and socializing with people. My trip started with three more friends who joined me in Delhi. We had planned a trip to explore Himachal Pradesh. Fortunately, all four of us are nature lovers so, we planned all the destinations accordingly. Our trip started from Delhi and the first destination was Shimla, capital of Himachal Pradesh. We chose this as our first destination merely to celebrate Christmas as our friends suggested this place. We booked seats in roadways bus which is available almost all the time. It doesn’t matter whether you are rich or poor, travelling with friends in roadways buses gives you a whole another level of feeling and experience. No doubt the journey was physically painful as the seats weren’t comfortable, but emotionally it allowed us to connect with each other and the fellow passengers. Our bus journey was in night and during the journey, the back seats were vacant. We used those vacant seats to lie down and sleep. ( Bumpy nights ). We started our journey for Shimla early morning before dawn and reached the destination by evening. We were right on time before Christmas night, we expected snowfall, unfortunately there was none. We were very tired and highly disappointed because of no snowfall. After some rest we went out on the roads of Shimla, to our surprise we had never seen a town so quiet, peaceful, well organised and smoke free. Drivers appeared to have their own sense of mutual understanding – consequence of which there was no honking at all. Everyone looked content, happy and was busy with Christmas eve preparation. We walked through the markets, high court and the church in mall road. Never had I seen such a beautiful church in my life. We expected some sort of celebration at midnight as we had heard the Christmas is best celebrated here. But adding to our despair, there was none and no doubt we were disappointed again. It felt like we had wasted our time going there. We slept off that night.
Delhi - ShimlaSo finally it was happening, after a year of reading and researching about Spiti with a fail attempt to make it worse, I was sitting in the auto to Kashmere Gate and hoping this time it's a success. I was late and had to call for the bus to wait 5 minutes as I procrastinated the whole day and got ready late in the evening, but, the people were kind enough to wait!____Probably slept for a couple of hours in the entire bus journey as the excitement was just increasing. Reached Shimla around 5am and had to wait for 4 hours to catch the bus to Kalpa!
Gaziabad to Shimla around 380 km - 8 hours journey - Two road options, one from Meerut and other from Panipat. Both are good roads. I personally used Panipat road, excellent high way good for eateries (specially good quality of oranges find on the road side sellers).
And while riding I will speak to roads and said "I will definitely came back because I know that is lot many you want to say to me, for the sake of conversation i ll be there again soon" This is the all time favorite question by traveler friends and colleagues. They often ask me "hey Nick. What your budget?" "How many Bucks you have this time?" "Please don't say wallet less" This type of question i go through most frequenty on my facebook page nickthevagabond and that's the reason I have to make it clear this time about our budget and how we manage. The only thing which I don't like about solo traveling that its almost double expensive then if you go with the group. Yes when you were travel with group everything divides like hotel rent, you can share a cab, share the food, sometime I share the Ice-cream too. So if you travel with the group of 2-3 people it will probably half your budget. Our budget is very tight it doesn't means that we skip our dinner or lunch, or we sleep on the roads. No nothing like that happen we are always have a choice to save or spend. we stay in total 5 Dhabas, 3 hotels and you didn't believe one hotel is three star which is at Pokhara(Nepal) which is the most expensive one but actually the fact is that, Pokhara is our last destination in Nepal and we already save a lot of Nepalese currency. As we plan to spend all the Nepalese currency into the Nepal itself. So we took a amazing hotel and it's too very cheap i.e. 700 Nepalese rupees i.e. around $12. And we did Rafting, and ate special Nepalese sea food and even they didn't know the name it doesn't matter, I am so Hungry at that time, so least Interested in having a name of the dish which i am eating. (but it was good) After crossing the border we stick to our Budget and proud of ourself. But at Lucknow there is a place called Tunde kababi(a famous restaurant ), it's the most Famous for Tunde ke kabab, Beef, biryanis and many more, its a restaurant in the messy street of Aminabad, Lucknow. Never ruin your Travel experience, for the sake of fucking money. "Money" that we ll make it. But we never be able to make those moments which we leave for that fucking $10 to $15 or $50 sometimes. So at last we are happy spending and it don't matters whatever our Budget is but one thing I would like to say that we didn't miss anything accept the Para gliding at Pokhara, but there is always a next time. Nepal does not have a distinct cooking style. However, food habits differ depending on the region. Nepali food has been influenced by Indian and Tibetan styles of cooking. Authentic Nepali taste is found in Newari and Thakai cuisines. Most Nepalis do not use cutlery but eat with their right hand.The regular Nepali meal is dal (lentil soup), bhat (boiled rice) and tarkari (curried vegetables), often accompanied by achar (pickle). Curried meat is very popular, but is saved for special occasions, as it is relatively more expensive. Momos (steamed or fried dumplings) deserve a mention as one of the most popular snack among Nepalis. Rotis (flat bread) and dhedo (boiled flour) also make meals in some homes.
Shimla, as fresh and as Nostalgic to our memories for every traveller, who's childhood family destination to the hills only meant a car, bus or train to the city.
6. Shimla Civic Centre, Himachal Pradesh – The pretty side of our colonial pastWhen the British turned their attention to Shimla as a potential summer retreat, a slew of colonial style buildings were erected which gave the town its unique look. This included the Christ Church, the Telegraph Office and the greystone Town Hall. But over the years, unplanned development and lack of proper maintenance has turned the colonial hill town into an urban eyesore, which is sad because otherwise it is a picturesque place. The Civic Center in Shimla is one of the four Indian buildings to be featured on World Monuments Fund's "at risk" list.
I boarded a bus to return to Shimla (not to Kufri, of course) and reached there around midday. The poor research before undertaking this little expedition of sorts had already given an unpalatable experience. And all I wanted to do was to rush back to Delhi for some peace of mind and also for equipping myself with the relevant information before I go on to travel afterwards.So, I booked a Volvo ticket for returning to Delhi from the Shimla bus stand.Since there were over three hours before the bus would leave, I thought of visiting Shimla’s Mall Road, the only place that I was familiar with. I booked a cab to go there. The very sight of Mall Road lifted my spirits so much so that my entire stress and exhaustion of the preceding day and night frittered away.There was a sense of freshness in the Mall Road and its surroundings. There were ice cream parlours, fine dining restaurants, benches where tourists can sit and relish the panoramic beauty in the backdrop. The place was a little crowded but being a Delhiite, the over-populated places make us rather feel comfortable, and not out of place.Visiting around the Mall Road was the only time when I felt like staying back for a couple of more days. But I wondered that it would be unwise to do so when I already had booked the ticket and the bus was set for departure in a couple of hours from then.After spending around two hours in Mall Road, I telephoned the cab driver and boarded the cab to return to Shimla Bus stand.As the Delhi-bound bus rolled on, I looked back in the direction of Mall Road thinking that I must return to the hill town later on for a relaxed, stress-busting and most importantly a well-planned holiday, preferably with a friend (s) to make the most of my travel.
We hired a room for 2 days and for market hopping fo exploring culture. Narkanda is not huge but it has something which makes it aloof from others.After hopping we got in touch with a resident of it and explored inside the woods for 4 hrs and it was just incredible.We just went berserk post beholding a mesmerising view of flora and fauna and we had not intention to leave that jubliant jungle.But we had lots more to visit.It came to our attention on the very next day that there a peak called Hatu Peak , which open only for 5 sundays in a year and that sunday was one of it .Hatu peak is a temple devoted to Ravana's Wife Mandodri and it is belief that by heart whatever you hankers for definated she will cater you.That's it ,Our face lit up with hope and we trekked to hatu peak which 7 kilo meters Stretch during the course with met with some awestruck cliffs and winding road accompanying Oaks ,pine and Deodar trees and it was supreme.After reaching to Hatu peak,we prayed there ,took the offering and witnessed how does it feel to be at highest peak of district ?. It was cold ,spine chilling weather and we were tanned badly but that did not deter our spirit.After admiring the breeze there we headed towards our last task that is meeting localites. Localites we so warm by nature there techniques were ancient to boil water , paid visit idyllics abodes and a local govt. school and it was awesome.As we were getting late ,we just landed at our room.Last night of our unplanned and wanted to make it memorable .