Traversing the Heavenly Mountains of Himachal Pradesh

Travelling is my favorite activity off the busy routines and office deadlines. This time around, I planned to visit Himachal Pradesh and witness the ethereal beauty of the mountains. Staying in a metropolitan city one will come across huge building and infrastructure marvels, but out there in the foothills of Himalayas lies a beautiful world. This world is also called Himachal Pradesh which is often referred to as the land of snow. Being single, I planned my trip with my best buddies and went to every single destination that the state has to offer. It was a month long trip and we pretty much covered every nook and corner of the state. Below is a detailed account of some of the highly visited location in Himachal Pradesh and which are worth the visit.

1) Shimla

 

North Indian state Himachal Pradesh is known for its mountain peaks and cold weather. Of all the hill stations that the state has, Shimla is one of the most popular holiday destinations and remains the summer capital of British India. Situated at an elevation of about 2,200 meters, the place remains the terminus for narrow gauge Kalka- Shimla Rail line. Be it summers or winters, Shimla is the ideal travel location not just for locals staying in nearby areas like Chandigarh but also for people from far off places and for foreigners as well. During summers the place turns out to be mild and pleasant for tourists, while autumn presents a luxurious, velvety touch to the mountains drawing the attention of the travelers. Also, in winters, the area gets covered with thick snow turning the entire surrounding surreal as travelers run for experiencing the perfect skiing location. Apart from snow-clad hills, pine trees facing towards the sky and a hush mall road, Shimla has many temples and museums for spending at least two to three days. Some of the other attractions include-:

Shyamala Devi Temple

Shimla inherited its name from the deity Shyamala Devi, who was an incarnation of Goddess Kali. The temple has been constructed as reverence for the goddess and is situated on the Kali bari road in Shimla.

Jakhu Temple

Jakhu Temple is another temple located uphills Shimla on Jakhu hill. The temple is around 2 km trek from the ridge at mall road and is an uphill trek in between the deodar trees. Dedicated to Hanuman, the temple has the tallest and the highest Hanuman Idol as it is situated at about a height of 2,455 meters. Besides these temples, the best places to visit include mall road which is a colorful market for shopping, Christ church, Kalka-Shimla rail, Kufri, solan among others.

Nearby Areas in Shimla

Though Shimla is a key travel destination, it’s nearby places are also worth exploring. One such place is tattapani that is around 51 km from Shimla. The place is best for base trek, rafting and trout fishing.

Kufri

It is another hilly spot near Shimla that is known as the best skiing spot in winters. Located at a height of about 2,800 km, the place is a popular travel destination among travelers. Horse ride to Mahasu peak is one of the activities that makes it an interesting experience. The horse rides between the muddy road and traverses towards the upper hills making it even adventurous.

2) Manali

Manali is another hill station in Himachal Pradesh that is nestled between Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges. It is bestowed with dense forests with Beas tributary meadowing between mountains that creates a spellbinding scenery. From museums to temples, trekking trails to river activities, rafting to skiing, Manali is a travel magnet for tourists. Some of the best spots to travel to while staying in Manali are-:

Hidimba Devi Temple

Hidimba Devi temple is one of the most popular temples in Manali. The locals call the temple as Dhungiri temple and is located amidst the dense forest. The temple is named after Hidimba who was the wife of Bheem, the five Pandavas. This conically shaped temple attracts a lot of tourists throughout the year.

Solang Valley

Trekking freaks in large numbers throng the Solang valley that is located in Manali. The valley is famous for trekking activities and adventure sports parachuting and paragliding. This is a must visit the spot which is only 14 km from the Manali. During winters, the valley gets covered with snow which then becomes the playground for skiing activities. But as the snow melts, the place becomes an attraction for zorbing.

Manali Club House

Manali has a small clubhouse that is actually a gaming and eatery joint. The club also has river crossing activities as small tributaries of river flow from there. Inside the clubhouse, games for children, haunted house and boating activities are available for fun which keep the kids engrossed and one can also experience the natural high mountains.

Shri Manikaran Sahib

On the outskirts of Manali, there stood a Gurudwara called Shri Manikaran Sahib that is the key spot for hot water springs. The shrine is of religious importance for Sikhs and Hindus and is located in the Parvati valley in Kullu district of Himachal. The spring water that naturally occurs at this place contains sulfur, uranium and other radioactive elements that are believed to miraculously treat all diseases.

Vashisht

 

Vashisht is another hot spring spa that is located just 3 km from Manali. The place is dotted with ancients sandstone temples and is filled with travelers including foreigners. It is also famous for cheap hotels so many of the tourists like to stay here rather than spending more on other hotels. The temples find the attention of shutterbugs and are located in the beautiful surroundings of Manali.

An Ideal Guide to Yamunotri – Uttarakhand Tourism

Do you wish to experience an out-of-the-world experience? Welcome to the beautiful abode of serenity, Yamunotri for a heart-warming holiday experience. Located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, this gorgeous town is one of the most visited tourist destination in the country. It boasts of being one of the Char Dham sites, which is frequently visited by thousands of tourists. Situated near to the Indo-China border, this slice of paradise offers peace and serenity to all those who wish to get away from it all!

Legend Behind Yamunotri

Devotees from around the country make a beeline to Yamunotri to recharge their spiritual batteries. Known to be the abode of sage Asit Muni, this holy town is one of the top places to visit in Uttarakhand. Legend says that the sage used to take bath in the holy rivers – Yamuna and Ganga on a daily basis. Due to his old age, the sage was weak and unable to visit Gangotri to take bath in the waters. It is believed that a river miraculously appeared in front of the sage so that he could continue performing his daily ritual.

Why visit Yamunotri?

Going on a trip to Yamunotri will not only cleanse your body but also your soul. The spiritual aura that surrounds this place will rejuvenate your senses and energize your inner soul. Yamunotri is not only a sacred place for the Hindus but also a perfect spot for nature buffs and peace seekers. The snow-kissed peaks, salubrious climate and enchanting scenic views make Yamunotri an ideal place to spend a relaxing holiday. A trip to this holy town is a must if you wish to break your monotonous city life.

Places to visit in Yamunotri

Yamunotri is peppered with numerous temples and shrines that lure in thousands of pilgrims on a regular basis. Many come here to take part in various festivals and celebrations. If you are planning on a trip to Yamunotri, make it a point to visit these places of interest.

  • Yamunotri Temple:

Flanked by the lofty Banderpoonch Peak, this temple is the first stop in the Char Dham Yatra. Cuddled on the banks of the holy river Yamuna, this sacred place offers refuge for those seeking peace and happiness. Many people from around the country visit the temple to seek blessings of the goddess Yamuna and take part in various rituals and ceremonies.

  • Janki Chatti:

Ideal for trekking, Janki Chatti is one of the popular tourist spots in Yamunotri. The hot springs at this place lures in thousands of nature buffs and holidayers. Encapsulated by majestic mountain ranges, Janki Chatti is also a paradise for adventure buffs and thrill seekers who wish to trek the rugged mountain paths for fun and excitement.

  • Surya Kund:

Another hot water spring that is a favourite among tourists is the famous Surya Kund. Dedicated to the Sun God, the spring is visited by many pilgrims. Most of them bring raw potatoes and rice to be cooked in the spring. The devotees then give the cooked food to the shrine. Various rituals and ceremonies are held here on a daily basis and many take part in them.

  • Saptarishi Kund:

Perched at an elevation of about 4421 meters above sea level, Saptarishi Kund is a major tourist attraction in Yamunotri. It is the place of origin of the holy river Yamuna. Tourists can trek from Yamunotri to reach Saptarishi Kund. Trekking in this path is a wonderful experience as visitors can see many exotic birds, glaciers and other beautiful landscapes.

When to visit Yamunotri?

Yamunotri enjoys a pleasant climate during June when the temperate falls between 10°C and 19°C. It is advisable to wear light woollen clothes as the climate may become cold. One can expect rainfall by the end of the month, which may be a hindrance for sightseeing and trekking. The months of May-June and September-October are considered the best for visiting Yamunotri.

Hotels in Yamunotri: An Insight

When it comes to accommodation, Yamunotri provides some of the best lodging options in town. Barkot Char Dham Camp is one of the apt places to experience a luxurious stay in the caressing arms of Mother Nature. If you are a lover of nature, then this would be the apt place to stay. The camp provides waterproof tents that come with all the comfortable amenities that one can ever ask for. The placid surroundings, cool mountain air and exotic vistas make this place a haven for nature buffs.

There are also other places of interest in Yamunotri where one can experience a delightful stay. Top hotels such as Camp Nirvana, Aditya Palace and Durga Resort provide state-of-the-art comforts for visitors from all walks of life. If you are visiting Yamunotri on a shoe-string budget, you can opt for two-star hotels, one-star hotels and government properties. Some of them include Karan Palace, Yamunotri Cottages, Bahuguna Palace, and Hotel Anil, among others.

Yamunotri Travel Packages:

Travellers thronging to Yamunotri for the first time need to plan well in advance. There are many tour packages that cover major tourist destinations in and around Yamunotri. The packages cover some of the major destinations that include Sitapur, Badrinath, and Rudraprayag, among others. Guests have the options to choose from

  • Chardham Yatra – Helicopter Ride for 6 days

  • Bali Pass Trek – 7 days

  • Char Dham Yatra from Delhi – 11 days

  • Char Dham Package from Haridwar – 9 days

  • Yamunotri Char Dham Yatra – Helicopter Ride from Dehradun

The price and duration of the packages must be checked online before booking. Further, travellers must plan in advance as every package covers specific locations. To make the best of your travel, it is also advisable to book hotel rooms in advance. Booking of hotels and packages can be done online through travel portal sites.

The online travel websites come with user-friendly options where clients can choose the package and hotel accommodation within minutes. Not only this, certain packages come with discounts that come as a blessing in disguise for group travellers. So don’t you want to experience the beauty of Yamunotri? Hurry! Choose the best package of your choice today and get ready to go on a journey that will fill your heart with eternal happiness!

Weekend Getaway – Thar Desert Safari Outing!

Are you planning to enjoy a memorable tour with your family in this forthcoming vacation? Then why not plan for a trip to the desert? Not offshore, but onshore! Yes, it is all about the Thar Desert in Rajasthan that will astound you with some exclusive and mesmerizing moments. Let us get introduced to the going-to-be safari trip!

Experience the Actual Beauty and Grace of Rajasthan

India is gifted with highly remarkable beauties and grace that attract people from all over the world. The Thar Desert is among them! Its bravura citadels along with colorful and magnificent villages have made it a wonderful spot for tourists. Till date, you have heard about the rich culture and remarkable historic background.

But now, it is high time to experience the same with your naked eyes. Are you waiting to enjoy camel safari? Most welcome! A ride on the camel will give you a great exposure to the astounding beauty of the desert. In general, safaris in Rajasthan are carried out on camels. Rajasthan, as it is crystal clear from the name that it was a princely state with a wide number of:

  • Palaces
  • Richly carved temples
  • Courtyard mansions

An Ideal Guide to Gangotri – Uttarakhand Tourism

Gangotri, the origin of the Holy Ganges is a sacred place that is visited by thousands. Home to many shrines and temples, Gangotri is a place of refuge for pilgrims and devotees. Being the divine land of Goddess Ganga, Gangotri is famous for its temples that lure in millions of pilgrims from across the globe. The town is located at a distance of about 300 km from the city of Dehradun, near to the Indo-Tibetan border. Apart from being a holy town, Gangotri is also reputed for its enchanting natural vistas that siphon in many tourists from around the country.

Why visit Gangotri?

If you are looking for a place to recharge your spiritual batteries, then Gangotri is the place to be. Abode of the goddess Ganges, this serene place will warm your soul and energize your tired body cells. Legend says that this is the birthplace of the goddess Ganga who ascended from heaven to cleanse the sins of King Bhagirath. It is also a part of the Char Dham Yatra making it a very sacred spot. Apart from being a sacred town, Gangotri is also a fantastic tourist place that is ideal for family groups, holidayers and peace seekers. The snow-kissed mountains, gurgling streams, and hypnotizing environs make this place a haven for nature buffs. A trip to this enchanting place will ease your stress and fill you with celestial bliss!

Gangotri Tourist Attractions

Situated in Uttarkashi, Gangotri is one of the famous pilgrim centers that boasts of ancient shrines and temples. Apart from religious centers, there are also other places of interest in Gangotri that make it a favorite holiday spot.

Places to visit near Gangotri

During your trip to Gangotri, you can also check out some of the nearby places such as Uttarkashi, Kedartal, and Dodi Tal, among others. If you wish to experience something out of the ordinary, you need to head to Dodi Tal. It is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ganesha and holds great importance in history. Many come to this lake to bask in the spiritual aura and enjoy the stunning vistas of nature.

Reaching Gangotri is not a tiresome task as the place is well connected to other cities via rail, bus, and air. So what more do you need? Book your tour package, pack your bags and get ready to go on a journey that will make you come back for more!

A Quick Guide To Char Dham Yatra

The Char Dham of Uttarakhand are known as the four important pilgrimage sites which are a must to visit for Hindus. These places are Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath, and combined called as Char Dham Yatra. In each of these places, you can find the most magnificent idols of the presiding deity, inside a temple structure that is centuries old and which are visited by thousands every year.

What Is The Uttarakhand Chardham Yatra All About?

The Uttarakhand Char Dham Yatra usually begins in the Yamunotri temple from where it proceed to the Gangotri temple, and then moves over to the Kedarnath temple and culminates at the Badrinath temple. The reason why the route of the Chardham is given in this manner is to stress on the fact that pilgrims from make a visit to them together on a journey that begins in the left and then moves to the right.

Important Points About The Uttarakhand Chardham Yatra

A key aspect to note about the Chardhams is that they are not related to just one God, but to many. During the journey, the pilgrim will visit a Vishnu temple, Shaivite temple, and two Devi Temples. Hence it is not one to be undertaken by a single sect but many sects. The journey done by the pilgrim will help attain liberation from the cycle of birth and death or Moksha. All along the route, pilgrims get to enjoy places of scenic and spectacular natural beauty that cannot be found anywhere else.

It is to be noted that the number of pilgrims who undertake this journey, more than two million and this includes those from the country and abroad. Due to the large influx of people, the Central Government, as well as the State Government, have opened various types of infrastructure such as air, road and rails facilities, improved highways and also medical care provisions.

The Kumaon Region: Almora

The district of Almora is reputed for its scenic beauty and enchanting environs. It is home to two popular tourist spots namely Binsar and Ranikhet. Various temples and shrines dot the entire city and many devotees visit these places to spend a relaxing holiday. Apart from the temples, Almora is home to various bazaars, restaurants and other tourist attractions that include

  • Temple of Kasar Devi
  • Nanda Devi Temple
  • Govind Ballabh Pant Public Museum
  • Katarmal Sun Temple Almora

Almora is speckled with various hotels that offer a comfortable stay to the guests. These hotels are crafted to perfection keeping in mind the requirements of every traveler. From star hotels to budget hotels, you can pick one of your choices and enjoy your holidays to the fullest.

Before planning your trip to Kumaon, you can check out the hotels that provide excellent tour packages for adventure buffs. These packages can be customized to suit the individual requirements of every client. If you love waterfalls, you can book a tour and get going to some of the top waterfalls in the region of which a few are mentioned below.

  • Kempty falls
  • Mossy falls
  • Bhatta falls
  • Tiger falls
  • Jharipani falls
  • Sahastradhara  falls
  • Vasudhara falls

Tour to Uttrakhand : The Kumaon Region

Captivating natural views, exotic environs, and cascading waterfalls make Kumaon Region, of Uttarakhand, heaven on Earth. Thousands of people from around the globe make a beeline to this holiday hotspot to witness the changing melodrama of Mother Nature. This surreal place holds an important place in history as it is said to be the place of the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The name Kumaon is derived from the word “Kurmavtar” that translates to the tortoise avatar of the mighty Lord Vishnu. This holy land is situated in the Indian state of Uttaranchal, bordered by Nepal on the East and Tibet on the North.

The region of Kumaon is ornamented by crystal-clear lakes, snow-clad mountain ranges, and picturesque landscapes. The entire region is segmented into six districts that include Almora, Bageshwar, Nainital, Champawat, Pithoragarh and Udham Singh Nagar. With a total area of 21,035 sq. Km, Kumaon is cuddled by both the lesser and the greater Himalayan ranges. This makes it one of the best hill stations to spend a rejuvenating holiday. The people of Kumaon speak various languages such as Urdu, Hindi and the native language Kumaoni. Before your trip to this enchanting place, you need to get an insight into the major districts and the places of interest. Given below are a few of the top picks.

Kumaon region is blessed with the bounty of nature making it a perfect hideout for all sorts of wildlife. Apart from this, you can go shopping, sightseeing and enjoy taking part in adventure sports. Shopaholics who throng to Kumaon must take home some of the top items that include

  • Woollen clothes and scarves
  • Spices and pickles
  • Juices, jams, and wines
  • Copperware
  • Wooden crafts
  • Waxwork
  • Handicrafts
  • Ringaal handicraft