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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 Muslim quarters, and modern residencies, all exist alongside each other. Home to over a crore people, Delhi’s tourism is a treasure trove of historic gems, gardens, museums and a thriving food culture. Travel to the metropolis for the vibrant bazaars of Chandni Chowk that give way to Lutyens’ New Delhi, that is the pulse of the city. Among the numerous places to visit in Delhi city, for an insight into the magnificent Mughal era, go to the 16th century Humayun’s Tomb, the towering sandstone mosque of Jama Masjid, and experience the sound and light show at Red Fort. Tourists can spend mornings at the extravagant Akshardham Temple and evenings at the Hazrat Nizam-ud-din Dargah (shrine) that boasts of sufi music and delicious kebabs. Another popular attraction of Delhi city is its pulsating markets that from baubles to handicrafts, sell everything you can possibly think of. Those who have travelled to Delhi for its particular brand of food, won’t be disappointed. From hole-in-the-wall eateries and local student cafes in North Delhi to lavish restaurants and bars in South Delhi, there is no dish or cuisine you won’t find here. A huge incentive for Delhi’s tourism is its variety of public transport, wherein the Delhi Metro is the cheapest and easiest way to get around the city. Read More
Day1 : Delhi to BhuntarTickets were booked by bhai already, we reached R.K Ashram and boarded our Volvo bus and the journey started around 6:30 in the evening. Talking about various topics regarding life and philosophy, ya mostly joking about it, whenever we are together we can laugh at any topic. In between we had dinner in Punjabi Dhaba after which we slept in the Bus.
Delhi to Dhanbad on a motorcycle.Caution: Long Travelogue ahead.Me: Hi, Can you advise me a reliable hotel for a nights stay in Banaras?Friend: Banaras for a night?Me: Yes, and I need a covered parking for my Bike.Friend: You going to Banaras on bike???Me: No, I am going to Dhanbad on my bike and will stop for a night at Banaras.Friend: Are you Crazy?Me: Yes.Friend: Are you going alone?Me: Yes.Friend: I am sure you are crazy.Thus started my long awaited wish to ride from Noida to Dhanbad my hometown. It was an unfulfilled wish since 2007 when I migrated to the national capital region in search of a job. And ever since it was all about day dreaming with no concrete plan.Then I met a colleague turned friend in 2010 who till then had ridden to places like Kolkata, Ladakh, various places in Rajasthan, many places in Himachal and Uttarakhand. It all started since then and till now I have ridden to some places in Rajasthan (Jaipur, Ajmer,Bharatpur, and Bhangarh), Uttarakhand (Couple of rides to Rishikesh and Nainital) and a couple of places in Himachal and UP. However, all these were group rides except one to Agra. Hence I was skeptical about a solo ride of 1200Kms and that too when you talk about riding through Bihar & U.P. and finishing at Jharkhand a good feedback was difficult to find. I was a little concerned about it.Then there were few unfortunate people around me who had no idea about the pleasure of riding but always there to give their expert opinion about how bad the roads and people are in UP and Bihar. It wasn't an easy job to convince myself and stay motivated. I realized then how important it is to speak to the right people about the right things. And who would be better than my office cab drivers who spend almost 18 hours a day on the road. Then there were friends who have spent lacs of kilometers on the highway.I tried to search for travelogues on the internet and was surprised to see the number of people who did the Golden Quadrilateral in record time. And my route was a small part of their rides. After going through all these blogs, I finally made up my mind that this is the right time to do it or else I will never be able to do it at all. 10th Oct15 Friday: After cancelling my return tickets to Dhanbad. Called my parents and told them I will be travelling to home with a friend in his car this Durga Puja (If I did not lie I would not have been able to do it at all). After spending the entire week reading travelogues on sites like Teambhp.com, xbhp.com, BCMTouring and so on. I kept preparing for the ride, like servicing the bike and adding various accessories like reflectors, gloves, saddle bag etc. And eagerly waited for the D-day. Each passing day felt like a month, it was unbearable to stay focused at work for the entire week. 17th Oct'15 Saturday: Reached home from office at 5AM. Plan was to sleep for the entire day and start the next day early morning at 3 AM. As you will know about sleep, you never get it when you need the most, and especially before a ride. It never showed up. Spent the entire day on the couch fighting with the butterflies in my stomach. Kept getting calls from some good friends who were backing me to do it. This list includes my wife who was nervous like hell but still put up a brave face in front of me and always backed me. 18th Oct'15 Sunday: Woke up at 1:00AM, I was bit annoyed by the fact that I did not get enough sleep for the ride but now it was too late to think about it, so started packing up. Within 30mins I was done with the packing my Viaterra claw (it was a amazing bag i must say) and now with nothing to do but wait for the right time I was becoming impatient. I took my bath and tried to sleep for some time but it never worked. The thought of leaving at 2AM also crossed my mind but my better half wanted me to stay back till 4AM (I could read in her eyes that she wanted me to stay back so I could help with her nervousness, but I was fighting the same devil within me as well). So I asked her to cook something for me and she agreed. We had our share of Aloo k parathey and Curd and while doing that I told her about the people who have ridden to these places and there is nothing to worry. By now she was somewhat convinced and so was I. The clock stuck 4 and I pressed the ignition button on my CBR 250R. The destination was very clear in my mind (Dhanbad it was!). Its all going to happen finally. Its amazing how all the clutter in your mind disappears once you are on the saddle. After the customary five minutes of idling and some sips of water I was feeling like Valentino Rossi waiting for that green light to turn on. One peck of good bye kiss and I was on my way to 1200kms of date with myself. I have always found riding to be an alternative of meditation, an activity that allows you to spend lot of time with yourself and get your thoughts together. I hit the Yamuna Expressway at 4:30 AM. It was still dark and I promised myself not to go beyond 100Kmph which I was able to sustain for the next 35kms. The speed kept increasing with every passing moment and before I realized it was above the permissible limits. With the early start, high average speed and no stops I managed to save a lot of time and before I realized the expressway was over. By 6:30 AM I ended up on NH2/AH1. The bike was performing well, it was smooth and subtle. By now I was growing in confidence and started calculating my average speed and time to reach the next planned halt at Kanpur. As this was a long ride I planned to stop only at major cities (Kanpur, Allahabad, Banaras, Sasaram, Aurangabad and Dhanbad was my plan). There were no plans for even short breaks in between (This was a mistake I realized soon). The Yamuna Expressway ends at Kuberpur, and the road from there till Firozabad was a regular Indian highway with broken tarmac, hawkers and truckers all over the place and at timesdriving on the wrong side of the road. I decided to ride slow, 80-85 Kmph was the average speed I did till Auraiya. A small tea break of 10 mins and I was off to Kanpur here the road condition improved so did my average speed Reached Kanpur by 10:30AM as its the birth place of my love so had to take a pic of the highway signboard. The ride was very uneventful till Fatehpur where I stopped for lunch. And then it stuck me. The sleep that gave me a slip the other day was back to haunt me. The needle on the odometer went down to 20-25Kmph. It felt like I was possessed. I was desperately looking for a Dhaba so that I could rest for some time. But couldn't find one. A stop was inevitable as I was barely able to keep my eye lids open and control the handle bars. As far as I could see it was only farm lands all around me. Finally I decided to stop and sleep on one of those paddy fields under a tree to avoid slipping on the asphalt under some heavy moving vehicle. A farmer was working in the field and I asked him if he could look after my belongings while I take a nap and he agreed. I had learnt the art of power nap from one of my rider buddies and it was time to use it. A count to five was good enough to put me off. The bike was hidden between the bushes to avoid any unwanted circumstances. It was an amazing feeling sleeping beside a highway. If you are a motor enthusiast you would love the idea of passing vehicles playing a humming music and putting you to sleep. The earth beneath was indeed feeling like mothers lap and the sky above reassuring me to take a good relaxed nap. It was a good 45 mins sleep and I woke up completely fresh and looked at the time it was 3:30 PM. It was time to decide whether I should stop at Allahabad for the day or should I ride till Banaras to save some time next day. Called a friend who did Delhi to Kolkata in 2010 for the Rider Mania. It has been my experience or rather his experience that his advice about a ride has never gone wrong. So the decision was made, night halt at Allahabad was final. I was cruising slowly around 40 kms before Allahabad when unexpectedly I saw a sign board. Take left for Banaras. You take a slight left turn and an entire new world opens up to you. I read about it in the travelogues however never expected a brand new expressway with amazing greenery all around and a magnificent highway. Standing at the crossroad between Allahabad and Banaras, I quickly did a search for Varanasi on google maps and it showed 140 odd kilometers. It was 4:30 PM. At 70kmph I could do this stretch in two hours. And on top of that this was as expressway. A change in plan was evident. I took the left turn and it felt like home away from home, with the views similar to the Yamuna Expressway. It was time to test the top speed of my baby CBR. Wish I could disclose the speed on the open forum. It was another Valentino Rossi moment and I was elated to say the least. And then a thought crossed my mind (High-speed = Less Mileage). I felt like looking at the Fuel Gauge and it showed just two bars. Calculations started again and the top speed came down to 80Kmph. But wait NHAI is there to take care of your highway worries. There was a petrol pump on the expressway and that too was visible and easily accessible unlike the ones on the Yamuna Expressway where you have to keep an eye for it. A quick fill up and I was back on track gunning for Banaras. My ride was slowed down at the end of the expressway which ends at Handia and from there it was more of a state highway. With only two lanes and vehicles from Delhi and other nearby places trying to reach the holy city on a weekend it was jam packed. I lost quite some time on this stretch with the backlog of travelling whole day I was feeling tired by now and was desperate to reach the city as soon as possible. The route to Banaras is a tiresome 10 Kms detour from the highway and I reached Banaras by 7:30 PM. A quick browsing through some hotels I finally stayed at an under construction hotel named Swastik near Dasaswamegh ghat. Submitted some ID cards and Rs 500, some quick phone calls to home (my parents still knew I was travelling by car.) I quickly took out the riding gears and crashed on the bed and was gone for good five and half hours. 19th Oct15 Monday: After waking up at 1:30AM feeling completely fresh, I took a bath and decided to roam around the city. It was a pleasant ride through the vacant roads and alleys of Banaras. I went to the ghats and some temples. There were only police personnel and parking attendants along with some tea sellers all around the city. After roaming around for good two hours and couple of kulhar teas with famous Banarasi Mathis I left for NH2 at 4AM.
Lots of planning involved, Purchasing riding gears (Mostly Online), a new wind-shield for my Avy 220, convincing friends from another city, researching on routes and pit-stops, browsing different websites for better leads, Finally its the day we are on for our bike tour-o-parashar lake.3 bikes, 3 riders and 1 pillion. I think sometime its less the people more the quality memories and matching the mind-sets of all. We were on our avengers 220 from delhi to Parashar lake with a stay at Mandi (72 kms before Parashar Lake).The day of Ride:It was a hot day we started our journey to the secluded Parashar Lake in Himachal Pradesh (Indian State). We started from Noida around 02.00 pm and was at Amrik Sukhdev Eatery for our first pitstop where 2 of the riders met and continued from there onward. We started from the first pit-stop at 03.30 pm and reached Ambala City by 06.10 pm. From Ambala joined our 3 rider, with a small refreshing stop at Ambala we started our journey on for Mandi City around 07.00 pm. From there we took the route Ambala-Banur-Kharar-Ropar(Rupnagar)-Kiratpur. A beautiful highway and the sun was down, it was a blissfull ride till kiratpur. Now from Kiratpur we have to take the Manali Route till Mandi City. Its was 10.00 pm when we stopped for a tea break around Kiratpur. From then the route was Kiratpur-Bilaspur-Sundarnagar-Mandi. We had our dinner near Bilaspur at around 11.30 pm. Then on finally decided to check with someone for a hotel to stay in Mandi. Got a stock info from the Dhaba Owner that Mandi city will not entertain us during that wee hours, and suggested to stay 10 kms before that, at Ner Chowk. Finally reached Ner Chowk at around 02.00 am at called it a day around 04.00 am with 2 pegs of Old Monk.Day 02 - Ner Chowk (Mandi) - Parasher Lake
After buying a bunch of things, we proceeded to the bus stop from where we were to catch an overnight bus to Delhi which was costing us INR1,300 per person. Don’t worry it’s safe, filled with families and the quickest mode of transportation. In fact, I’d suggest you’ll to go for buses and not hire a cab for such trips. Although never, I repeat, NEVER settle for seats in the last row. You won’t be able to stretch your legs or the recliners might not work (as mine) which is basically a nightmare on a 12 hour overnight journey. But all’s well that ends well. So after reaching Panipat, I stayed at a friend’s place as I had a flight in the evening. Well, I basically slept for an hour, had a pizza and then again slept for a few hours, woke up and rushed to the airport. By the time I reached the boarding gate it was shut. Yes, again. I pleaded a little and an empty air bus escorted me to the plane. I’ve never had a peaceful boarding experience at airports till date. I don’t know why and how I’m always on the verge of missing my flights. The Jaipur trip was an exception.
So I woke up on time, all excited about my trip, took a cab to the airport and should have easily made it before time but blame my drowsy eyes or my Ola driver, I ended up at the wrong airport. YES. Can you imagine the rate at which my heart went wild? In panic, we took a u-turn and thankfully I did not miss my flight. I met my friends in Delhi and after offering them and their families a parcel of vada-pavs from Mumbai as demanded, we set off to Chandigarh. We were 6 in total, occupying two cabs, arrived at Hyatt Regency – Chandigarh and were welcomed by complimentary shots of flavoured water. The beds were too cozy to not jump-in so after a few minutes of curling up, my friends decided to explore the mall right next to the hotel and grab a bite. I wasn’t as hungry and repelled by the idea of even having to look at a mall on a trip, I chose to do what I love about 5 star hotels the most – a refreshing 2 hours long hot tub bath. And I’m not exaggerating, I guess I even had a tub nap. Out of the tub, into the pool – is what happened next. With some Jacob’s Creek by the pool, we watched the sun set.
I took an overnight train and got to my friends place in Delhi the next day and sorted the plan out. We booked our return flights from kolkata to Bangkok and sorted a place to live in Bangkok for a day. That was all the plan we made and rest we will figure out once we reach Bangkok as we always like to be spontaneous. This is how our party scene started. We also booked our flights from Delhi to kolkata as train was not an option because we were flying the next day. My other friend was meeting us in Kolkata, so he was sorting out his tickets. All we have got was a backpack, passport and some money.
Your train will return to Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station by 5:30am.Meals: Early morning breakfast (around 6:30am to 7am).Tour tariffFor October 2017 to March 2018.Occupancy type: Single, Double and Super Deluxe (SUITE).Cost (per person/night): Single costs ₹51,900; Double costs ₹39,000; Super Deluxe or the most luxurious suite costs ₹1,08,000.Total cost for 8 days per person: Single costs ₹4,15,200; Double costs ₹3,12,000; Super Deluxe (SUITE) costs ₹8,64,000Departure Dates For October 2017 to March 2018October 25; November (1, 8, 15, 22, 29); December (6, 13, 20, 27); January (3, 10, 17, 24); February (7, 14, 21, 28); March (7, 14, 21, 28).Have you travelled on a luxury train? Tell us about it on Tripoto!
190 Kms from Sirauli
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 from across the world flock to Agra all year round. Boasting of three UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Agra Fort in the city,the white marble architectural wonder of the Taj Mahal and the nearby Fatehpur Sikri. Agra is also dotted with numerous tombs and buildings that have been left behind by the Mughal empire. Agra’s tourism can also be credited to its sweeping gardens of Soami Bagh, Ram Bagh and the most beautiful of them all, Mehtab Bagh. Agra city is also swarmed by a multitude of temples that add to Agra’s vibrant character. The Balkeshwar and Kailash temple on Yamuna’s banks worship Lord Shiva, while the Mankameshwar Temple is loved by the locals for it mellifluous aarti. And while you are in Agra, you should definitely incorporate Sikandra in your itinerary. Akbar’s tomb, or Sikandra lies north to the city, and takes about thirty minutes from Agra. Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb, fondly referred to as the Baby Taj is another must visit. Read More
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:
Start your trip in Agra by visiting the Taj Mahal. An ivory-white marble mausoleum, a symbol of love and commitment, Taj Mahal is also one of the seven wonders of the world. Also check out Fatehpur Sikri, located at an hour's drive away from Agra and the Agra Fort.
Day 13We reached Agra in morning and checked in Big Brothers hostel, A very cheap AC paying guest facility with free breakfast.We Started our day with the Taj Mahal. Both of us had thought of Taj Mahal few times before, but never had the chance. Then to went to Agra Fort, then by afternoon had lunch and returned to hostel.
If you haven't seen this wonder of the world despite living in India. Stop thinking to tour the world and come right here. I am talking non other than but a wonder of world - Taj Mahal. And where is it? Agra ! No word can describe the beauty of our Taj until you see it. The lovely city of Agra where lies the beauty is itself a lovely place.Agra is almost 235 km from Delhi and reaching there isn't a tough job, no matter where you come from. Agra being a popular city can be easily reached by various trains and buses from different states. The bus stop is 13Km away from Taj Mahal. Railway station is pretty close to Taj Mahal at around 6-7Km. For people travelling from a near by place like Delhi can take their own car which would take just 4 hours via the Yamuna Expressway.
we had lunch in between in a Highway Hotel, which was an average Food, then started and reached Agra.
273 Kms from Sirauli
Lucknow or the City of Nawabs sitting on the banks of the Gomti river, is regarded as North India’s cultural capital. Uttar Pradesh’s capital, Lucknow is replete with historical elements dating back to the colonial era that are known over the world for their Awadhi-style architecture. But Lucknow’s ethos lies in its delectable cuisine and its unique Chikankaari (shadow-work embroidery) garments that are must-buys if you are in the city. Lucknow is also known for its sweeping gardens and pure Kathak dance-forms that are showcased in numerous events held across the city. The city is also thriving with a lovely Urdu poetry scene. The ginormous tomb complex of Bara Imambara is home to a stunning labyrinth and neighboured by the equally popular mausoleum of Chhota Imambara, the Husainabad clock tower and a fantastic art gallery. And while in Lucknow, feast on its delightful assortment of Awadhi and Mughlai food that comprises of everything from kebabs to the makhan malai (a saffron-flavoured local ice-cream). Read More
From Agra, leave for the capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow. A foodie's paradise, Lucknow is known for the world-renowned tunday kebabs. But there's much more to explore in this underrated city. Buildings reminiscent of the British Raj, mausoleums, and a bhool bhulaiya (maze) to get lost in this city, make it a fun place to visit.
The journey from Bhairahawa to Lucknow marked the final leg of TON 2017. After crossing the border (which happened surprisingly quick), we traversed 360 km of Indian highways through Gorakhpur and Faizabad to arrive at Lucknow. There was celebratory ceremony marking the conclusion of this epic journey. Receiving certificates of completion made the riders ecstatic and emotional which was evident in farewell addresses by fellow mates and crew members.
The Nepal journey began from Lucknow at the Golden Tulip Hotel. It felt like déjà vu entering the hotel lobby, seeing the riders wait with their riding gear and luggage with curiousity and high hopes in their eyes. Some of the people from the Bhutan team were back again for this one and I could completely understand the excitement in their hearts as we caught up and discussed old episodes.The highlight of the team this time were the 4 female riders who had joined us from Bangalore and Aurangabad. They seemed confident, experienced and ready for the challenging ride with all their charm.Day zero was First aid training by Tarun (Rashtriya Life Saving Society) followed by tour brief by Shawn Dsouza and Rohan Pimpley (RE team) with a thorough Q&A session breaking the ice and setting the tone right for the team to kickstart the journey next day.
We started from Lucknow, aka The City of Nawabs & reached Gaya Junction, the nearest railway station to Bodhgaya after a twelve-hour journey by train. Without any delay, we took an auto-rickshaw to Bodhgaya that is around 17 km away. You can find a number of transport facilities to go Bodhgaya from Gaya Junction.Where to Stay –
Lucknow, also known as the city of Nawabs has developed over the years but hasn't lost its rich cultural heritage. The city is divided into two parts the old city and the new city . The old city primarily consists of the Imambaras (shrines), the monuments, the very famous tundey kababs. The new city has the malls and the parks. There is a startling difference between the two, the new city is cleaner , better roads and it's easier to get a mode of transportation, whereas the old city is dusty and the main mode of transportation is cycle rickshaw, electric rickshaw and shared autos, however, it has most of the places that are worth seeing.
The flight reached Lucknow at 8:25 a.m. At the airport we took the taxi for 250 rs. At the prepaid counter it was told 300 rs. You can bargain for around 200. We reached the railway station to pick up our bikes by 9:30 a.m. but the counter at the railway station opens only by 10-10:30.We paid 550 to the guy as a bribe though the actual amount is 350 for 24 hours. Checklist: A swiss knife to remove packing from bikes else you will have to pay someone to remove the packing. 5 liter empty can as bikes won't have petrol while packed and transported and in case the petrol pump is far A good cloth actually multiple number of clothes to clean bikes. A right turn from the railway station and around 3-4 km you can find a petrol pump. Our route of 324 km which we planned for this day was Lucknow -> Faizabad -> Basti-> Bhairwah->Saunali Here we took the diversion to Naugarh instead of going to Gorakhpur. Unfortunately, this route was very deserted and roads were pretty bad. We kept riding till evening and late in the night at 12 a.m. #Stay Some people suggested us Sanju lodge but we were so tired that we took the first lodge we found named Niranjana.
235 Kms from Sirauli
Best time to visit - March,April,May,October,November
Dehradun is the capital city of Uttarakhand, a state in the northern part of India. Located in the Garhwal region, Dehradun is in the Doon Valley perched the foothills of the Himalayas. Nestled between the river Ganges on the east and the river Yamuna on the west, it is well-connected and in proximity to the Himalayan tourist destinations of Mussoorie, Auli and the Hindu holy cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh along with the Himalayan pilgrimage circuit of Chota Char Dham. Dehradun is the base camp for undertaking trekking expeditions in the Garhwal Himalayas. High-quality trekking gear like rucksacks, gloves, boots, tents, etc can be bought from shops in the thriving Moti bazaar. All items are mostly made locally and the shops also supply material to the Indian army that has its primary training center in Dehradun. 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 delectable Mughlai dishes. Dehradun tourism has also gained importance because of the trekking activities which are carried out in the Garhwal Himalayan range. Read More
108 Kms from Sirauli
Best time to visit - February,March,April,May,June,October,November
Located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, Nainital is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Northern India. The stunning Nainital lake is bang in the middle of the city and offers tourists stunning sunsets and enchanting sunrises. One legend says that Nainital derives its name from the Goddess Naina, whereas another legend claims that once when the Goddess Sati was being carried by Lord Shiva, her eye fell in the area. The lovely hill station promises a rejuvenating weekend break for those who are coming from the capital city and is definitely worth a visit. Like most hill stations, Nainital has a bustling mall road, warm cafes and a very busy Tibet market. The mall road houses shops selling candles with intricate designs, wooden knick knacks and colourful woollens. Do bring back some souvenirs as keepsakes! If you have time, do visit Sattal, Naukuchiatal (for paragliding and kayaking) as well as Ranikhet for its surreal beauty. If you are looking for a quiet, carefree holiday, visit between the months of January and April. It'll be cold, but there won't be any crowd.Read More
Day 12We took a walk a around the lake. Then took Rope Way to Snow view point, but could not see anything from there for fog. Then we went to Cave gardens, but cave were all closed for rain. By afternoon we started for Agra.
Day 11We came to Nainital in morning. After some walk beside the lake we found a hotel. But rain started, which mostly ruined rest of the day. At night I took a walk in the city. City looked quite great at night with the lake and all the lights over hills.
The tiny little town established by the British around the Naini Jheel- Nainital has emerged as one of the most popular tourist destinations of Uttarakhand.We've all reveled in the vibrance of this quaint town, so much so, that most travelers return to Nainital every holiday season! Adding yet another feather to its cap, Nainital is now home to a first of its kind concept holiday resort, Abbotsford 1876. No longer do you need to jostle with the crowds on the Mall Road or trudge from hotel to hotel to find a quiet room; you can simply drive right up and stay in absolute luxury at Abbotsford and enjoy Kumaon in its pristine natural beauty. The Victorian settings and the breathtaking view will make you feel that Abbotsford is the Downton Abbey of India!ABBOTSFORD 1876
Day 5: Ride back to Delhi to catch our flight back home.
My favourite although was Naukuchiatal as it was a quiet and serene lake nestled in the surrounding green hills with variety of bird life.We also enjoyed a boat ride here instead of the more popular Naini lake of NainitalBy evening we returned back to our room and called it a day.
Day 2: Morning started with the majestic view of Himalayas from the room itself. Slowly we pulled ourselves out from the comfort of the room to experience the chill outside and the morning fresh air. After breakfast we moved towards Nainital. Checked into a holiday home and just spent the day at leisure , visiting the Naini Devi temple, roaming around in the mall road in the evening and savoring hot momos and thukpas and finally retiring to our room.
Not on the regular tourist hot spot list.This church is one of the earliest buildings constructed in Nainital. The church was built in 1852. Located around a kilometre from the Naina Devi Temple, close to the High Court, this Anglican Church stands as an evidence of Nainital's history and culture and a reminder of era gone by.The foundation of the church was laid by Rev. Daniel Wilson, the fifth Bishop of Calcutta (now Kolkata) and the first Metropolitan of India and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), who visited Nainital in 1844. During his visit he was forced to stay in an unfinished house situated on the edge of the forest due to his illness. Rev. Wilson had been an assistant curator at St. John's Chapel, Bedford Row, Bloomsbury. From his memories of Bedford and his stay in wilderness came the name St. John's Wilderness Church.The church is often confused with another church (more popular) of the same name located in the forests of Forsyth Ganj below Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh. Lord Elgin, the British Viceroy of India (1862-63) who died in 1863 lays buried in the Church Cemetery, after all this was his favourite location. His wife Lady Elgin had donated Belgian Glass windows to the church. The church survived Kangra earthquake of 1880 with some damages.Coming back to the Nainital church, the church is enclosed among Pine/Deodar trees (this entire area was Pine Forest area) and one can still see huge pine trees all around. St. John's parsonage has a Church, Cemetery (one of the oldest in Nainital) and a school which has grown from being a small kindergarten school (in 1970's).The church is made in Gothic style, one can still see water spouting Gargoyles (rain water drains) on the roof. The artistic windows have most of the glasses broken, the ancient wooden pews, all these still carry the old world charm. Services are held in the church on Sundays and other Christian event days. The church earlier had a very unusual feature that of a gun rack close by the door-members of the congregation encountered wild life on their way to the service and thus required something for their protection, sometimes used for hunting occasional deer etc. too. This rack is no longer there.For pictures of this beautiful location click here Nainital saw a major landslide in the year 1880 (the same which led to the formation of the Nainital Flat). The church contains a brass memorial dedicated to the victims of the landslide. Bodies of few of the Christian victims are buried in the cemetery.The church is a peaceful haven, it is not much visited by the tourists. In fact most of the local taxi operators would show their ignorance about this church, they would try and push you towards more popular destinations, some of them would tell you about the St. Francis Church (on the Mall road). Inform them about the church near High Court and they would bring you here, but would still show ignorance about the name.Must visit destination for all those who want experience an era gone by, all those who still want to experience the feel of wilderness.St. John's Church Picture Gallery. How to reach: Location Map
Nainital the city of lakes, widely famous for its 7 lakes. The city has always influenced people for a big happy family vocation. However moving over and above a bit from nainital lies a place which is set at top of mountain ranges - Mukteshwar.
247 Kms from Sirauli
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
On 1st Jan. 2017, we reported at the YHAI Mussoorie Hostel in the evening. There we met the entire group of around 50 people. We were oriented about the trek and things to remember. On 2nd January, we travelled by bus to Sankri Village in Uttrakhand from Mussorie. The drive is a delightful one as the path takes you along the Yamuna and pine forests.
#TripotoTakeMeToHimalayasMussoorie is just 40 minutes away from Dehradun. It is a very popular travel destination and there are a lot of activities like paragliding. It also has many cafes and a beautiful mountain view all around it. When I think of Mussoorie, it is impossible to actually choose a place because there are so many mountains and so many different places to stay at. With AirBNB coming out, I guess AirBNB houses are the best to stay at because they are so well furnished with a lot of different amenities and are not even half as costly at hotels.
On day 2 we had planned to visit mussoorie particularly the Kempty fall.We left the hotel early morning and started our journey towards Kempty fall which is almost 40Km from Dehradun. After having some breakfast at the road side outlets we further resumed our journey to Kempty fall.On the way to Kempty the natural beauty was awesome and mindblowing.
The serpentine queue ahead of me at the ticket counter had an entirely different story to tell. Taking full advantage of my journalistic skills, I initiated a conversation with another girl in the queue who was right behind me and asked her where she was heading. Mussoorie, she said. She also informed me that the last bus to Chamba leaves in the evening and there was no other way to reach Kanatal than hire a cab which would have emptied my pocket right away. I decided to stay the night in Mussoorie and make a move to Kanatal the very next morning. Having little hope of getting a seat in this bus to Mussoorie, we decided to book a cab. I talked to an old couple nearby who had to go to the same place too and together we got a taxi. The ride cost me around Rs 300. I gave myself a pat on the back and reached Mussoorie’s Mall Road in about 45 minutes. Mussoorie seemed overly crowded and huge, concrete buildings came in the field of vision every time I wanted to look at the mountains. Having come this far to be with nature, this was highly disappointing. However, I would like to give the place some benefit of doubt. There must be quiet, serene places in Mussoorie for sure but as soon as you enter this hill-town, it overwhelms you with tourists, buildings and the hustle-bustle, like any other city. If anything, I was looking for the complete opposite. I booked a hotel room for the night after hours of looking around, haggling and negotiating. The room I finally zeroed down upon was for Rs 800/night and seemed safe and decent enough for me to stay in. Quick tip for the foodies: If in Mussoorie, head to Cafe By the Way on the other end of Mall road for some good music, great ambiance and delicious food.The first bus to Kanatal leaves at 7am. I was all charged up and waiting at the bus stand while enjoying Maggi and chai at a small tea-shop just around the corner which offered an amazing view of the mountains. To my surprise, the bus was full in no time and everybody was quite upbeat for such an early hour. I got a tiny portion of the seat beside the conductor and started waiting for my destination: The beautiful Kanatal.
We reached Dehradun at 5:00AM in the morning, took a taxi from the railway station to our hotel for 1500 rupees. We stopped for Maggie, tea and omelette. Hot Maggie and tea in cold summer… that’s the kind of vacation I love!! We stayed in Dancing leaves by Sterling. The check-in was hassle free. The way down the slopes to the cottages partly by lift and partly by stairs -felt good but the thought of climbing back every time for a meal or city-visit was daunting. Day and Night both the views were mesmerizing all over, the hotel is on the top of a hill. The only problem was that there is no public transportation to the main city or I should say the famous Mall road from the hotel. It’s either hotel taxi (which is on the costlier side) or walk by foot which isn’t that tiring though. We chose to explore on our own pace and started walking. The city has a small downtown. Where you get good food and Super yummy Momos oh my god!!!! I’d go back to Mussoorie right now Just for Maggie, momos and the street soup. It was delicious!!We wandered around in the Mall road. There are plenty of street shops with variety of stuff. If somebody want to buy good woolen stuff or Pashmina. you are in for a treat!! Mall road is known as the shopping center of Mussoorie.
We decided on a rickshaw ride to the Company Garden. It is a half an hour ride by rickshaw and due to the up and down terrain, one of the riders have to get down very often and walk beside the rickshaw. I, being the girl, of course, didn’t walk. We reached the garden around 3 p.m. The garden was well maintained with beautiful flowers blooming all over the place. The place was swarming with tourists and it was difficult to take pictures. We spent an hour in the garden and happily clicked some pictures like tourists. There was still some time before darkness set in. So, we decided to cross off Camel’s Back Road from the list too. It was another half an hour rickshaw ride from Mall road. Having read so much about this place, I had great expectations but it turned out to be a hoax. On reaching the point, I was so disappointed to find only a telescope and a guide who was more than eager to show us two points on the top of the hill that looked like a camel ( Now who knows if it was real or if someone had arranged it to look like a camel) for 100 bucks. The rickshaw guy took 500 rupees from us for the whole trip. We paid and went to a vehicle rent shop where we booked a scooty for next day. There is only one such shop located near the HDFC bank on the mall road and it is run by a set of twins.We started our day early next day as we had only that day left. We took the scooty from the shop and went to Lal Tibba using GPS solely for directions. I must admit that the directions were not accurate and so we took help of locals. It is in Landour town within a distance of 5.5 km. It was part of the same hoax as the Camel’s Back Road. You reach a point where there is a telescope to look at a hill far away. The only thing I will recommend for the trip to the Lal Tibba was the scenery. I swear I saw a hillside blooming with different varieties of minuscule flowers like nature’s garden.
It was a spur of the moment decision. I had an extended holiday and needed a break desperately. So, I and my boyfriend googled the nearest places from Delhi one can visit. A number of options sprung up but we had to consider a couple of factors. The travelling time should be minimal as we wanted to spend as much time as possible in roaming and the availability of transport mode.The Planning: We zeroed in on Mussoorie as it is only a six to seven hours drive from Delhi. So, we booked the tickets through Paytm (around 700 INR) and hotel room through Oyo (around 1500 INR) and started for the trip day after. It was the month of October. We packed our stuff and went to R.K Ashram Metro station from where we were to board the bus. There were some girl groups too who booked tickets for the same bus. After reaching somewhere near Kashmere Gate, we were shifted to a smaller bus. The girls were not given the seats they booked and naturally, a hue and cry occurred. Luckily, us being a couple got seats together. We didn’t have dinner but we were so excited that we didn’t feel hungry. This was our third trip together but we were as excited as it were our first.The Journey: The journey took only six hours and we reached Mussoorie in the wee hours. A taxi took us from the bus stand to the mall road and dropped us just before no entry. We reached our hotel after ten minutes walk. It was hidden just behind the mall road and was as snug as I could have hoped for. The room was on the first floor and the view from the balcony was mesmerising. Exhausted from the overnight trip, we immediately fell asleep.We woke up around 11 and my boyfriend was already up and taking selfies. The quiet solitude seeped inside me and my mind was washed with a calmness that I hadn’t experienced for a long time. The breath of fresh air can really upgrade your mood. We dressed and left the hotel to have breakfast.The Exploration: The mall road is full of cute cafes and bakeries. You can take your pick from Chinese, Tibetan, Indian to all sorts of cuisine. We went to a Tibetan restaurant that was just around the corner. The Momos Restaurant serves amazing Chinese and Tibetan food. We ordered hot and sour soup and chicken momos and the verdict is 4.5/5. The ambience was great as the interior was done in Tibetan relics and wall hangings. The washroom was on the second floor and when I went to use it, it turned out to be quite a surprise. Part of the wall was not brick and mortar but a large chunk of the hill.Having done a google research the previous day, we decided to cover at least two tourist spots. Mussoorie is at a height of 2006 m and you won’t probably believe me but the mall road is so narrow that you can literally feel being on the edge of the hill. Fog covered the road so much that we couldn’t see beyond 5 feet distance. The air was chilly and there was no sunlight. Some tourists were cycling on the narrow lanes and so we decided to enquire about a two-wheeler. If you want to hire a two wheeler, you should do it in the morning because apparently the vehicles are rented for a whole day.
200 Kms from Sirauli
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 down from the Himalayas, Rishikesh catapulted to Western fame when the Beatles dropped by for a visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram (now closed), and the town is still known as the World Capital of Yoga. Rishikesh is also the Gateway to the Himalayas. The Char Dham Yatra (Four Shrines Sacred Journey) ideally begins from Rishikesh. Hindu sages and saints have visited Rishikesh since ancient times to meditate in search of spirituality. White Water Rafting Rishikesh is very popular for its rafting on the River Ganga (Ganges). The months from September to December and March to June are considered as the best periods for the ultimate water rafting experience. There are a lot of easy treks available around Rishikesh. Some of them take you to beautiful and hidden waterfalls. These stunning natural wonders are 2-6 kms from Laxman Jhula and are hidden in neighbouring forests. One also has the option to trek to nearby Neelkanth Mandir. Read More
Day 8: RishikeshMonsoon is off season at Rishikesh, so none of the adventure activities were open. I rented a two-wheeler from one of the many bike rentals available and spent the day at Beetles ashram, Ganga view cafes, Laman Jhula, and Neergarh waterfalls.
Day 7: Joshimath to RishikeshI checked out early and took a bus to Rishikesh. There are only early morning buses available, so you will need to start early. I took a bus at 5.30 A.M. and reached Rishikesh by 3.30 P.M. I checked into a hotel and rested for the day.
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Day 2I spent most of the day in local sightseeing, covering Laxman jhula, Ram jhula and Goa beach. Rishikesh is best explored on feet, and moreover these places are not too far away from each other and from Tapovan, so I did not need a taxi. While you are at it, there are many cafes near Laxman jhula that provide great food at nominal rates, that you can try. Pick the ones with a river view to unwind and relax.
When we reached the rafting point, we came to know that we got our personal raft. We four and two guides, and that’s it. We were extremely happy. And that was our gift of waiting so long otherwise; at least eight people sit in one raft but got for our own. That was the best for us. Once we reached the rafting point from where we would start our rafting journey, we got two guides, Shivam and Krishan. Shivam told us all do’s and don’ts of river rafting. He told us how to row raft, what to do on any accident, how to save others etc. We paid attention to all things carefully. Finally the moment came when we touched the ground. Rishikesh river rafting was going to thrill me endlessly. Travelling to Rishikesh wasn’t too less thrilling.Rishikesh River Rafting: My First ExperienceBefore this, I have never been to such place. It was my first time experience. We were all equipped up. We got our helmet and life jackets. We held our paddles and sat on the raft. Shivam told me how to sit and how to get into water. He also told us how to get into raft back again from water. We started our river rafting journey from Shivpuri, Rishikesh. We started to row our raft with paddles. I may not be able to do justice by mere words with the experience I had when I did my first paddle into the water. The clear, calm water was so thrilling that it gave me goose bumps. We all together started to row our raft ahead.Shivam told me how to row and he gave us some commands like forward, get in, deep forward etc. And we were to row according to his command. Our trip to Rishikesh River Rafting was coming to some amazing beginning. Finally, from here our white water rafting in Rishikesh started. With every paddle I rowed, I was getting filled with great enthusiasm and endless happiness. We were shouting, hooting, competing with other rafts. We were moving ahead, leaving others behind. The adrenaline rush in my body was to its peak which gave me immense pleasure. River rafting in Rishikesh is really a novel experience. And we were enjoying it to its fullest at that moment. Rishikesh River Rafting has distance of almost 16KM from Shivpuri to Laxman Jhula, but we moved ahead of it and reaching to few more kilometres far from it.Ours must have hit at least 18KM or may be more than this. We crossed around 13 small and giant water rapids in Rishikesh River Rafting. Passing through the rapids was truly among the best experience of Rishikesh River Rafting, I can say. Some of the famous rapids in Rishikesh River Rafting were Cross Fire, Roller Coaster, Golf Course, Club House, Double Trouble etc. On the way, there was a Maggie Point where everyone stopped and relaxed for around half an hour. Everyone stopped there and climbed a small height where there was small shop of Maggie and other snacks. Next to it was cliff jumping point. There was a cliff and people were jumping from it into the water. Everyone from small kid to boy girls was jumping off the water into the cliff. Rohan, Tanuj and Bhupender too jumped. It was me who couldn’t jump. Yes, I couldn’t, I tried twice but I couldn’t. And later on everyone started to make fun of this. After getting refreshed, we started our journey back and moved into the water. We jumped into the water, holding a rope attached to the raft. I really enjoyed swimming into the water (I don’t know swimming but the life jacket was playing its role). We spent long time in the water. It was cold but we enjoyed.After hours of river rafting, our river rafting journey came to its end. We left everyone behind and came far ahead. From there we were taken to the campsite in the cab. We reached our campsite at around 4:30PM. We were literally hungry. But there was no food in the kitchen. The only thing we got was bread, pickle and tea. We were told that we would be served some light snacks at 7PM. We were all tired and hungry but we had no other option. So we waited till the time. At around 7PM, we were served snacks, pakodas. And we ate a lot as we were hungry. It started to get darker. We brought our Bluetooth speaker with us and played song it. It started to get darker and darker and we were told that the dinner would be served at 10PM. Till than we enjoyed snacks, cold drink and music. The dinner time came and we were offered dinner which included chapati, paneer veg, kheer and salad. After dinner, we kept on sitting for long. We talked with other people in camps. Music was always on. At midnight, we went to the water side and danced there. One guy played music in his car and all danced. We were already tired of long river rafting, and after dancing, we got more tired. We went inside our camp and slept.We got up in the morning at around 7. We just washed our face and head in the water and got ready to leave. We had breakfast, aloo parantha and curd with pickle. We packed our bag and came out. We got some snaps clicked. I wanted a group photo and asked someone to do it. He did four shot and all of them were waste. We left from there and came out on the main road. From there, we took a bus to Rishikesh bus stand. And from there we got a bus to ISBT Kashmiri Gate. We reached Delhi at around 6PM.
You can explore the temples & the sights of the local markets! There’s so much to offer. After reaching the Laxman Jhula, which is quite a sight in itself, you can go to explore the temples. A great architectural marvel here is the Kailash Niketan temple which has 13 storeys! Even if you’re not religiously inclined, you must go here just for the scenic view of Rishikesh from the 13th story!
Rishikesh can be easily covered on foot! There are two bridges, Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula which connect the two hills where Rishikesh is spread. If your resort is a bit far away from both the bridges, consider walking to the main road and taking autos. These autos are the best budget option as they regularly ply between the slightly remote areas to the main market place of Rishikesh. The best part is it's only ₹ 10/ ₹ 20 per head, depending on the distance!
We had our breakfast in hotel morning buffet and it had so many options to Eat. The taste was really good and the ambience of the restaurant was refreshing. We checkout at 10.A.M and left for Rishikesh.The trip from Haridwar to Rishikesh was not what we expected to be. It was Saturday and we already made a mistake to leave Haridwar late in the morning. The weather was hot and the heavy traffic. It took us 6 hrs to reach to Rishikesh. Nevertheless the serene beauty, the trees on both the sides, wonderful roads with river flowing on the banks and wood and old junk train boogies on the road side makes the view scenic.Finally we reached. So basically whatever we planned was already spoiled due to traffic. We put our bags in the room and decided to take evening walk on the roads of Rishikesh.The city was full of tourists and the flea markets make the city live. We had some shopping and continue for Laxman Jhula. The Jhula was stretched to 450 feet and the height was 70feet from the river. When we reached there the Jhula was swinging due to windy air and extra crowd. I almost skipped a heartbeat as it was scary. We just left the place and sat near the bank of river Ganga.We sat on the stone and the cold water touching the feet felt so bracing. We spent the evening on the bank of river Ganga, feeling the pure air, cold soothing water, the peaceful sound of boats and the beautiful river because of the reflection of sunset. It felt alive and free. Then we came back to hotel and had dinner. We have decided to leave Rishikesh early morning so that we will reach Delhi on time.
We reached Haridwar, what a beautiful scenery of sunrise and moreover the calmness of Ganges. Amazing, only the kal-kal of Ganga is there and the chirping of birds, that's it and nothing noisy, not at all, the silent bank of Ganges. We changes a bus for Rishikesh, what a beautiful weather it was, rain and clouds and a mild breeze and the Safar. We reached Rishikesh and then we had been through a lil difficulty dealing with the local cab drivers, as they are not agreeing with the seats(we want window seats as usual), and the second thing was they are charging us alot for hiring the cab moreover we don't want a hired cab(although i never hire a cab, i prefer travelling in local bus with localities). We moved towards the bus station, from there we took a local bus to Srinagar.As we are travelling towards Srinagar, we stuck in a little "Bhasad", a Alto got hit by our bus, not a major hit but just a small "bang". They are resolving the nature that side and I am enjoying the nature this side, the small bridge and the underneath small "Gadhera"(small sub-stream) I don't know what you guys call those sub rivers forming main river stream :).
We started from Haridwar at 3:05 a.m. in the morning and thanks to no traffic we reached Rishikesh in an hour. From Rishikesh we took the bypass road towards Badrinath route instead of going inside the city.This is when the real mountains starts and the ride gets tough, but thanks to the well maintained road, except for the literally U-Shaped turns & a total black out, we didn't find it much difficult to ride. Although there is no denying in the fact that the route looks pretty scary in darkness so don't halt anywhere before reaching Narendra Nagar.
192 Kms from Sirauli
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,October,November,December
An ancient holy town and the starting point for pilgrimages to the Kedarnath Temple and the Badrinath Temple, Haridwar is the first recipient of the mighty rapid and revered Ganges, originating from the Gangotri Glacier. Its vast mythological background, beautiful temples (Shanti Kunj Gayatri Parivar), spectacular festival celebrations and the world famous Kumbh Mela (hosted every 12 years) make it a popular destination to be visited from around the world. Haridwar comes alive during sunset, when the evening aarti (ritual of worship) starts at Har Ki Pauri, a ghat (steps leading to a river) and the main attraction of the town where both the Ganga banks are lit up with floating claypot candles and chants of devotees and priests resonate musically throughout the town. The religious city serves no alcohol anywhere and restaurants are strictly vegetarian too, some well known ones being, Big Ben Restaurant, Chotiwala and the Haveli Hari Ganga Restaurant. Read More
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.
After seeking blessings at these major temples, we returned to Har Ki Pauri. Before the aarti ritual we all took a dip in the sacred and pristine cool water of Ganga to wash our sins. If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of Har Ki Pauri you can visit Swami Sarvanand Ghat to take a holy dip which is comparatively less crowded and well maintained. Now it’s time for some food walk in this holy town. Non vegetarian food is prohibited in Haridwar. But not to worry, the vegetarian delicacies available here are excellent in terms of quality & quantity.
This was the last phase of our trip, returning from Joshimath to Haridwar and then back to Gurgaon. We checked out of the hotel by 8.30 am and after a fairly uneventful and comfortable journey, we reached at Haridwar around 5.30 pm. Got a hotel near railway station to rest before catching the train (Mussoorie Express) to Delhi at 11.15 pm.Thus came to end another enticing journey to the mountains, filled with fun, adventure, fairy tales, fantasies, mythologies and overwhelming beauty of nature. A journey that satiated my soul. The places we saw, the people we met and the stories we heard will always be a part of me as memories for life. But my memories of the Valley are not complete yet and hopefully I will come back soon to get drenched in all its colors.
1) Haridwar-Rishkesh Get a car and go all the way 200km to Haridwar. A 5 hour long ride will take you there. Visit the holy place and Get ready to travel a little more to Rishikesh. Here is where the real fun begins. From river side camping to river rafting each and everything here will get you the essential break you need. If you want more info on rishikesh you can read my dedicated blog I published some time ago.
Our journey started from Gurgaon. We took the Jan Shatabdi train to Haridwar and reached around 8 pm in the night and checked in to the hotel booked by our trip organizer "Blue Poppy Holidays".
Day 6: Govindghat to HaridwarAgain started our trip early in the morning from Govindghat to reach haridwar on time. We went Har ki paudi and had spiritual experience after attending evening Ganga Arti.
Day 1: Haridwar to Govindghat.It was just 4 hours journey to Haridwar from delhi by train, reached station around 4 in the morning and our taxi for govindghat was waiting outside. Must say it was a picturesque route for Govindghat, enjoyed and captured beautiful landscapes.Finally, around 5 PM we reached Govindghat. Stayed there at Hotel Bhagat (highly recommended for pleasant stay with beautiful view) .We spent full evening sitting there ,clicked pictures in the night, did star gazing as the sky was so clear. Yeah, it was so awesome and relaxing after such a tiring day.
We were supposed to leave for Agra next day morning but my friend’s family convinced to stay at their place for one more day. So morning we decided to spent some time in the village and then went to rajghat and ramghat for a holy dip in the river Ganga.