Kangra is microcosm of India herself With a mix of Hindu, Gaddi, Gujjar, Nepali and Tibetans all calling the Kangra region home, this area is as diverse as its inhabitants. The play of the valley is enacted amidst the backdrop of the mesmerising Daulhadhar range. Just as the mountains swiftly rise up from the plains, the diversity of wildlife each populating their own niche amongst the glacial fed lakes, grasslands, alpine forests are calling out to be seen. The richness of this region enticed the likes of Alexander, Ashoka and Mohammad of Ghazni, whilst centuries have passed the richness remains along with the enticement.Read More »
Mukteshwar is a beautiful hill town in the Kumaon region. The name is derived from Lord Shiva, one who offers Moksha(salvation). The famous Mukteshwar temple with main deity as Lord Shiva is a famous attraction here. It has some mesmerizing views of the peaks such as Trishul, Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi among others. Mukteshwar is blessed with some amazing trails for trekking, and is a popular spot for cycling in the beautiful through the scenic forest roads and villages. Rock climbing and rappelling are popular here as well.Read More »
Rishikesh is a multi-faceted town with temples and religion, yoga and spirituality, music and the Beatles, and more. But Rishikesh is synonymous with adventure sports not only in Uttarakhand, but also in whole of India. One of the best places for whitewater river rafting, the place is also popular for bungee jumping, giant swing, flying fox and more. Surrounded by hills and bisected by the mighty Ganges, there is no scarcity of natural beauty. Rishikesh has something for any kind of traveler. All this makes it a vibrant and convenient getaway.Read More »
Uttarakhand for a long time was the home of the legendary hunter and conservationist Jim Corbett. And it is befitting that the one of the largest and densest national parks be name after him. The National Park has some 600 species of birds, and equal no. of animals and around 488 different species of plants. The tiger is of course the most popular of them all. At the edge of the park is the old residence of Jim Corbett, which is now converted into a museum. It is highly recommended to visit the same.Read More »
Mussoorie, Queen of the Hills is one of the popular hill stations in India. Developed during the days of the British Raj, there is a significant colonial legacy that adds to the charm of this beautiful hill station. The modern bungalows, malls and well-laid gardens located on the small hills around the area are enough to attract any tourist. The town has unavoidable romance in the air – an excellent breathing space for tourists and people who seek relief from the hot sultry conditions of the plains. Mussoorie boasts of some spectacular views of the some of the Himalayan peaks such as Bandar Poonch, Srikantha, the Gangotri group and the Chaukhamba. If you do not want to stay in the town, there are many options in the outskirts or nearby towns such as Kanatal and Dhanaulti that are peaceful and tranquil offering you an undisturbed stay.
It is an amazing weekend getaway.
Nestled in the Himalayan mountain ranges Dehradun is a beautiful and convrnient getaway from cities such as New Delhi and Chandigarh. It is the capital of Uttarakhand and is the gateway to many of the popular and beautiful destinations. The name Dehradun is formed by combining two words – “dera” meaning camp and “dun” meaning valley. It is one of the oldest cities in India. It is believed that Lord Rama and his brother did penance here for killing Ravana.
Popular with the British during the colonial times, one could find lot of buildings and places influenced from that era along with the many prestigious boarding schools that are located here.
Agra is synonymous with Taj Mahal and why it shouldn’t be. This 17th century monument of love built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan is exquisitely beautiful and deserves a visit any number of times. Conveniently located from New Delhi one could do a day trip and soak in the beautiful history and experience of the place. Beyond Taj Mahal, one could also visit the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, which is not too far away. Beyond the monuments, places of interest it is the rich heritage, marketplaces and the people that defines the experience, which is so enriching.Read More »
The city of Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Jai Singh II, the Raja of Amer who ruled from 1688 to 1743. During the rule of Sawai Ram Singh, the city was painted pink to welcome Prince Edward VII. Most of Jaipur is still pink, due to which it’s known as the Pink city. Jaipur is a magical city which has so much to see and explore. There are innumerable forts to visit, ancient ruins and temples to explore, markets to be visit, gastronomical delights to be tasted and Rajasthani hospitality to be experienced.Read More »
Ranthambore National Park is located in Sawai Madhopur, about 130 kms from Jaipur. It is one of the biggest and most renowned national park in northern India where you can see the majestic tigers in their natural habitat, they can be easily spotted even during the daytime over here. The sanctuary is home to variety of flora and fauna, some of the major wild animals which are present in this sanctuary are leopards, nilgais, wild boars, sambars, hyenas, sloth bears, grey langur, rhesus macaque and chital. One of the largest banyan trees in India can be found here.Read More »