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Guptkashi

Guptkashi, Uttarakhand – Only 47km from Kedarnath, this place holds equal religious importance as the holy town of Benaras

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Guptkashi is situated 47kms before the holiest shrine of Lord Shiva, Kedarnath. It is located on the route to Kedarnath in the northern Himalayan belt on the west side of the Mandakini river valley at an elevation of 1,319mts above sea level. Guptkashi is a religiously important town of Uttarakhand as it houses ancient temples like Vishwanath temple and Ardhnareshwar temple. The prime attraction of Guptkashi is the Manikarnik Kund. It is the meeting point of the two streams of the Ganga and Yamuna meet. Gaurikund, the town from where trek to Kedarnath commences is situated 34kms ahead of Guptkashi. The name of Guptkashi has a legendary significance related to the Pandavas of Mahabharatha. According to the legend, the Pandavas after the Kurukshetra war wanted to meet Lord Shiva for seeking his blessing and wash away their sins. But Lord Shiva avoided to meet them, for though they fought for the right cause, they were the destroyer of their whole dynasty. He took the form of a bull and met them in this spot and when recognized by the Pandavas he hid his face. Guptkashi has a great importance quite like that of Kashi.

Places to see in Guptkashi: This religious town has a few sightseeing spot with religious significance. These include:

Vishwanath Temple

The main temple of Guptkashi is dedicated to Lord Shiva as Vishwanath – “Lord of the Universe”. It is built by regional stones and is situated in an enclosed courtyard. The small temple to its left is Ardhanarishvara.

Manikarnik Kund

It is a place where two streams of the Ganga and Yamuna meet. It is situated in the premises of Vishwanath Temple.

Nearby attractions around Guptkashi: There are also many spots to visit around Gupkashi. These include:

Chattrakund

Chattrakund is a small lake of sweet crystal clear water near Auli, Joshimath. Located at an elevation around 3300 mts above sea level, Chattrakund is surrounded by lush green forest. Chattrakund lake is situated at a distance of 4 km from Auli and 3 km from Gurso Bugyal.

Trijuginarayan

It is the holy place where Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati. Trijuginarayan is situated 45kms from Guptkashi. The immortal flame is still burning around which the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were solemnised.

Chopta

Chopta is popularly known as Mini Switzerland of Uttaranchal. The number of tourists visiting Chopta has increased in recent years and the region has become popular vacation spot for adventure lovers and explorers. Tungnath is the highest temple of Lord Shiva situated only 3.5kms away from Chopta which should be covered on foot or by pony. Chopta is situated 36kms from Guptkashi. The region showers tourists with natural beauteousness during winters.

Ukhimath

Ukhimath is an important destination of Rudraprayag district as this place is the home of Lord Kedarnath and Madhyamaheshwar during winters. Ukhimath is mainly inhabited by the Rawal’s who are the head priests (pundits) of Kedarnath. Ukhimath is situated 12kms from Guptkashi. Snow capped peaks of the majestic Himalayan range can be easily seen from Ukhimath.

Gaurikund

Gaurikund is the commencement point of the trek of 14kms to the sacred shrine of Kedarnath. The place is named after Goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva and a temple Gauri is also situated here. It is believed that Lord Shiva accepted to marry Parvati at this place and married her in Trijuginarayan. The place offers vivid greenery with Vasuki Ganga flowing from below. Gaurikund is situated 34kms from Guptkashi. The place also has natural thermal springs.

Things to do at Guptkashi: Trekking, hiking, sight seeing are the activities you can enjoy in Guptkashi. Named as Guptkashi or “Hidden Benaras”, this place is an abode of Lord Shiva. This pristine spot with its mesmerizing natural beauty seems to be the resting place of not only Lord Shiva but of all Gods and Godesses. Feel the spiritual ecstasy in this holy retreat. If doing nothing just sit on the green velvety grass and gaze upon the unparallel natural beauty of nature.

Best time to visit Guptkashi: The best season to visit Guptakashi is the winters and the onset of summers. The favourable months to visit the place are between October to March.

How to go ?

By Air

Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Guptkashi situated at a distance of 190kms. Jolly Grant Airport is a domestic airport well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Guptkashi is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Guptkashi.

By Train

The nearest railway station to Gaurikund is Rishikesh. Rishikesh railway station is situated 168kms before Guptkashi on NH58. Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh are frequent. Guptkashi is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are easily available from Rishikesh to Guptkashi.

By Road

Guptkashi is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Buses to Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Guptkashi are easily available from all major destinations of Uttarakhand like Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Pauri, Tehri, Uttarkashi, Srinagar, Chamoli etc. Guptkashi lies on National Highway 109 which connects Rudraprayag with Kedarnath.

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Where to stay ?

Guptkashi offers a number of hotels and lodges, comfortable for night stay. Some options are:

Mrityunjaya Palace: +91-01364 267 488
Kedar Camp Resorts: +91-9012817897 Website: www.kedarcampresorts.com
Hotel Shubham: 01364-267229, 267233

 Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Rudraprayag

Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand – One of the holy ‘Panch Prayags’ in Garhwal, named after Rudra, an incarnation of Lord Shiva

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Rudraprayag is renowned for being one of the famous five sacred prayags (Panch Prayag) of Garhwal and is located at a distance of 35 km from Deo Prayag at an elevation of 2,936 feet. Rudraprayag is named after the Rudra (an aspect of Lord Shiva). The site forms the gateway to both Kedarnath and Badrinath. Rudraprayag is located at the confluence of River Aloknanada and Mandakini. The roaring sounds of these two meandering rivers really give a thrilling effect upon the hearts of the visitors. The spectacular location is a feast for the eyes. While in Rudraprayag, forget all your tensions and anxieties and rest your soul amidst the lap of nature.

Places to see at Rudra Prayag: The sightseeing spots of Rudraprayag include mainly temple. These include:

Rudranath Temple

Rudraprayag is named after Lord Shiva and temple of lord Rudranath is situated at the confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini. According to mythology Narada Muni worshiped god Shiva here to learn music from him. The god then taught him music in his form of Rudra (Lord of Music). There used to be a rock called Narad Shila where Narada is said to have sat in meditation.

Koteshwar Mahadev Temple

Situated 3kms from Rudrprayag on the banks of Alaknanda River, Koteshwar is a cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to myths and legends Lord Shiva meditated at this place before going to Kedarnath. Large numbers of devotees visit this shrine during the months of August and September because it is believed that Lord Shiva meditated here during these months.

Dhari Devi Mandir

This sacred temple is situated on the banks of the Alaknanda River. The deity of Dhari Devi temple is Goddess Kali and this holy shrine holds great importance amongst Hindus. Dhari Devi is situated 16km ahead of Srinagar on the way to Rudraprayag. One must trek down 1km from Dhari Village on road to reach the temple. It takes half n hour to reach Dhari Devi from Srinagar.

Kartik Swami

The Kartik Swami temple is dedicated to lord Kartikeya – son of Lord Shiva. It can be reached by a 3 km trek from Kanak Chauri village, which is located on the Rudraprayag-Pokhri route, 38 km from Rudraprayag. You can have a magnificent views of the snow-clad Himalayan range from the Kartik Swami temple.

Basukedar

Basukedar (reputedly where Shiva lived before coming to Kedarnath). It’s a Shiva temple constructed by Pandava. Architecture and idols seems to be at least 1000 yrs old. A good place for meditation and dhyan yoga. This is around 35 km from Agustmuni. around 1.30 hr by drive. This is actually an old track to visit Kedarnath. It is said that Lord Shiva stayed a night in Basukedar while he was travelling to Mount Kailash ( Kedarnath) this is the reason this place is called Basukedar

Nearby attractions around Rudraprayag: The location is adorned with a no. of break out spots too. These include:

Gaurikund

Gaurikund is the commencement point of the trek of 14kms to the sacred shrine of Kedarnath. The place is named after Goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva and a temple Gauri is also situated here. It is believed that Lord Shiva accepted to marry Parvati at this place and married her in Trijuginarayan. The place offers vivid greenery with Vasuki Ganga flowing from below. Gaurikund is situated 66kms from Rudraprayag. The place also has natural thermal springs.

Trijuginarayan

It is the holy place where Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati. Trijuginarayan is situated 12kms from Sonprayag. The immortal flame is still burning around which the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were solemnised.

Khirsu

Khirsu is situated 56kms from Pauri at an altitude of 1700mts above sea level. Khirsu is situated in a tranquil place with numerous oak trees, deodar trees and apple orchards around. Located in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand state, Khirsu affords captivating views of the imposing Himalayan range.

Ukhimath

Ukhimath is an important destination of Rudraprayag district as this place is the home of Lord Kedarnath and Madhyamaheshwar during winters. Ukhimath is mainly inhabited by the Rawal’s who are the head priests (pundits) of Kedarnath. Okhimath is situated 37kms from Rudraprayag. Snow capped peaks of the majestic Himalayan range can be easily seen from here.

Chandra Puri

The village is situated at an altitude of 650mts above the sea level, on the bank of Mandakini River. The place is ideal for watching breathtakingly beautiful sunset on the bank of Mandakini river. It is only 24km from Rudraprayag.

Syalsaur

2km ahead of Chandra Puri, lies another beautiful location named Syalsaur. Syalsaur is a small, sleepy, picturesque village with the meandering Mandakini flowing through it and majestic Himalayas at the backdrop.

Things to do in Rudraprayag: The natural beauty of the spot will mesmerize you. Enjoy nature walks in this serene hamlet and explore the immensely beautiful nature with clear blue sky and lush green forests creating a marvelous contrast.

Best time to visit Rudraprayag: The best time to visit Rudraprayag is from March to October escaping monsoon months to escape heavy rain that damages road as it did this year.

How to go ?

By Air

The closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport that is located in the city of Dehradun. The airport is located around 159 km from the town. Flights from Delhi are available to the airport regularly and this makes it ideal for those travelers who are arriving from abroad.

By Train

The closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport that is located in the city of Dehradun. The airport is located around 159 km from the town. Flights from Delhi are available to the airport regularly and this makes it ideal for those travelers who are arriving from abroad.

By Road

Rudra Prayag is connected to many places such as Haridwar, Rishikesh, Tehri and Dehradun by road.

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Where to stay ?

There are both budget and luxurious hotels in Rudraprayag. Some options are:

Rudraprayag Tourist Rest House (GMVN): +91-01364-233347
Hotel Jwalpa Palace: +9109868939348  Website: www.hoteljwalpapalace.com
Shangrila Resort: +91-01364-233152  Website: www.shangrilla-resort.com
Hotel Balbir Palace: +91- 1364- 233038  Website: www.hotelbalbirpalace.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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dehradun

Dehradun, Uttarakhand – Resting at the foothills of Himalayas, on the Doon valley, this capital city offers a remarkable charm with its eternal beauty

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Dehradun is the capital city of the state of Uttarakhand. Nestled in the mountain ranges of the Himalaya, at a height of 960 m. above the sea level, Dehradun is one of the oldest cities of India. Also known as the ‘Abode of Drona’, Dehradun has always been an important center for Garhwal rulers and was captured by the British.  It is a favoured tourist destination attracting tourists, pilgrims and enthusiasts from various walks of life to its serene environs. The name Dehradun is a collection of two words “dera” meaning camp and ” dun” meaning valley. Dehra Dun is different from the most other districts in the state by the existence of very large forests comprising predominantly sal. Dehradun is located in the Doon Valley on the foothills of the Himalayas between the two of India’s mightiest rivers the Ganges on the east and the Yamuna on the west. The city is dotted with the picturesque landscape and has a pleasant climate.

Places to see in Dehradun: Dehradun offers with ample scenic locations ideal for the sight seeing. These include:

Lachhiwala

Lachiwala is situated in the suburbs of the city of Dehradun where fresh water comes from a stream. At Lachiwala the stream enters into different pools which are spread over 700mts of area. The water level is from 4ft height to 7ft in different pools.

Malsi Deer Park

It is a zoological park at the base of the Shivalik Range in Dehradun. Malsi Deer Park is well maintained and it is home of two horned deer, Tiger, Neelgai, Peacock and many other animals. It is an ideal spot for picnicking.

Assan Barrage

The wetland at Assan Barrage, is situated near the confluence of two perennial rivers Asan and Yamuna near Dehradun. The lake attracts a large number of waterfowl, both waders and divers. This is an ideal place for bird lovers, Ornithologists and Naturalists alike, who can travel easily up to the Assan barrage, and see thousands of birds who have travelled miles to be there.

Robber’s Cave

It is the most popular tourist place of Dehradun. Also known as Guchhipani, Robber’s Cave is an ideal destination to spend the holiday in an immaculate atmosphere. It is bounded by imposing hills showcasing an amazing scenario of nature’s beauty. An easy trek of 1km will lead you to the refreshing stream of Robber’s Cave.

Sahastradhara

The name ‘Sahastradhara’ means the site of ‘thousand springs’. Situated near Rajpur Village, approximately 16 km from the major township of Dehradun, it is a very popular picnic spot. The place becomes more attractive during rainy season, when there is abundance of water in the springs. The water of sulphur spring is assumed to have some medicinal properties that can help cure skin ailments.

Tiger Falls

One of highest waterfall in Uttarakhand, Tiger Falls is located at 5 km from Chakrata. Tiger Falls has an elevation of 312 ft and an uncrowed place.

Fun Valley

It is a newly developed amusement park for the people of Dehradun, Haridwar and Rishikesh. Fun Valley is located at 28 km from Dehradun and equi-distance form Haridwar Rishikesh.

Jwalaji Temple

This place is also known as Benog Hill. There is Jawalaji Temple here with Durga Devi as its deity. Benog hill is set at an altitude of 2104mts above sea level and is 9 km west of Mussoorie. It is situated on the top of the Benog Hill and looks like the crown of the hill. Surrounded by thick forest Benog Hill affords marvelous views of Yamuna Valley and Doon Valley.

Santala Devi Temple

The temple of Santala Devi is located approximately 16 km away from Dehradun, in Santur Garh. It is most crowded on Saturdays, as it is regarded to be the day of Goddess Santala Devi and Her brother.

Bhadraj Temple

There is a temple dedicated to the brother of Lord Krishna, Lord Balbhadra. Enchanting view of the Doon Valley and Chakrata ranges are captivating from this place. Bhadraj Temple is situated 15km from Dehradun.

Tapkeshwar Temple

Tapkeshwar temple is an ancient temple of Lord Shiva, situated approximately 8 km from Dehradun, on the banks of a stream, in Garhi Cant. This place holds a lot of reverence amongst the devotees of Lord Shiva.

Ram Rai Darbar

Built by Guru Har Rai’s son, it attracts many Sikh pilgrims from the nearby state of Punjab. Admission is free and non-Sikhs are welcome.

Sai Darbar Temple

This place of worship holds a high spiritual value, and is thus visited by tourists across the country.

Laxman Sidh Temple

A cremation site of holy saint, Laxman Sidh temple is located at Haridwar road at 12 km from Dehradun.

Daat Kali Temple

A religious significant temple in Dehradun, Daat Kali temple is located at 14 km from Dehradun on Shahranpur road.

The Char Siddhs

Comprises of a group of four temples around Dehradun : Lakshman Siddh (along the Dehradun-Rishikesh road 12 km from Dehradun), Kalu Siddh (near Baniyawala), Manak Siddh (near Shimla Bypass Road) and Madu Siddh (near Premnagar). Small temples are scenic. It is commonly believed that visitng all four Siddhs in a single day will fulfill a devotee’s wishes.

Nearby attractions around Dehradun: While in Dehradun, you can make excursions to places like:

New Tehri

New Tehri is the only planned hill town of Uttarakhand state which was made during the construction of the Tehri dam. Every month thousands of tourists visit Tehri to see the stagnant water of the massive Tehri Dam. The Dam is situated amidst high mountains many of which are submerged under water. New Tehri is very well connected with motorable roads. Tehri is situated 104kms from Dehradun. There are many good hotels in New Tehri.

Chamba

Chamba is one of the best excursion of Dehradun as the place offers panoramic views of the majestic Himalayan range and the sacred view of the Bhagirathi River. Chamba is situated 85kms from Dehradun at an altitude of 1676mts above sea level. Chamba is unlike Mussoorie as the place provides peace and tranquility. The place is quite and serene with pine and deodar trees everywhere.

Kanatal

Kanatal is situated 68kms from Dehradun on Mussoorie-Chamba Road in the Tehri District of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state. Kanatal is a picturesque lake with pristine water which was forgotten and the lake almost died. Kanatal is now emerging as a popular tourist destination. The lake stands at an elevation of 8500mts above sea level amidst forest and lush fruit orchards. The peacefulness of this place is impregnable, the reflection of the enchanting surroundings blesses the place with illusionary elements of life and the sound of the wind is the only thing that could be listened without making an effort.

Chakrata

Chakrata is perched at an elevation of 2270mts above sea level in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand state. Chakrata is a cantonment area situated between Yamuna and Tons river amidst coniferous, rhododendron and oak trees. Chakrata is a place blessed with natural beauty and panoramic views as to the east of it lies the famous Mussoorie and on the west lies Kinnaur. Chakrata is an ideal spot for nature lovers, bird watchers, adventure lovers and wild lifers as the place is more than capable of satisfying their needs. Chakrata is situated 95kms from Dehradun.

Neelkanth Mahadev

Thousands of devotees visit Neelkanth Mahadev every month throughout the year. It is situated on the summit of the mountain across the sacred Ganga River. According to mythology this is the place where Lord Shiva drank the venom produced during ‘Sagar Manthan’ which turned his throat blue and was thus the place was named as Neelkanth. Neelkanth and Mahadev are names of Lord Shiva. It is situated 66kms from Dehradun city.

Things to do in Dehradun: Enjoy sight seeing in Dehradun. Apart from this you can also enjoy boat ride in Asan Barrage. This is one of the best place to enjoy boating. Nestled at the foot hills of the Himalayas, the Shivaliks and with the lush green of Rajaji National Park and the forest for its boundaries, Dehradun also offers a no. of trekking trails for the nature lovers. The shopaholics will also enjoy shopping in Dehradun. Woolen garments are quite cheap here. Besides you can also buy the local items like cloths and fashion jewellery from the markets in the Mall Road. Garhi Cantt is also a famous market here.

Best time to visit Dehradun: The mesmerizing location, Dehradun, can be visited throughout the year.

How to go ?

By Air

Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is a domestic airport located about 20 km away from city center. Taxi cabs are available from airport to city. The airport operates daily flights to Delhi. Nearest International airport is Delhi, which is about 235 km away and is well connected to all cities in India and abroad.

By Train

Dehradun is a major railway station which is connected to all cities in the country. The major cities like Delhi (Mussoorie Exp), Kolkata (Doon Exp), Varanasi (Ghy Rajdhani), Mumbai (Dehradun Exp) and Indore (Ddn Indb Exp) are connected by express trains and super fast trains.

By Road

All nearby cities are connected to Dehradun by State owned Uttarakhand transport buses. It also connects Kashmere Gate in New Delhi with Dehradun. There are overnight deluxe A/C bus services of Uttarakhand Tourism from New Delhi to Dehradun. Buses can also be hired from Shimla and Chandigarh.

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Where to stay ?

Dehradun has a wide array of accommodation options. Some of these are:

Hotel Drona (GMVN): +910135-2652794, 2654371
Hotel Great Value: +91-0135- 3292020  Website: www.greatvaluehotel.com
Hotel Pacific: +91-0135-2712355  Website: www.pacifichoteldehradun.in
Hotel Prince Honey: +91-094120 28849

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Uttarkashi

Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand – 145km from Rishikesh, this holy town is famous for the Vishwanath temple and adorned with glittering scenic beauty

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Uttar Kashi meaning north Kashi is a holy town of Uttarakhand that is set on the banks of river Bhagirathi. It perches at an altitude of 1158 metres. Located at a distance of 145 kms from Rishikesh the place is an important stopover for the pilgrims of Gangotri. It is considered to have similar religious importance as Kashi. The famous Vishwanath temple here is dedicated to Lord Shiva. In front of the temple is unique Mahadev-ka-Vishal Trishul or Shiva’s Great Trident, made of eight major metals. It is believed Lord Shiva killed Vakasur with this trident. Other important temples are dedicated to Lord Parashuram, Lord Ekadash Rudra and Goddess Kali. With stunning natural beauty and scenic vistas, Uttarkashi is a very popular tourist spot. The site also forms a centre for adventure sports.

Places to see in Uttarkashi: The sight seeing spot of Uttarkashi include:

Nehru Institute of Mountaineering

Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) is rated as one of the mountaineering institute in Asia. NIM was established at Uttarkashi on 14th Nov 1965 to honor the great desire of Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, an ardent mountain lover. The aim of the Institute is to introduce and initiate young men, women and school children to the mountains and nature through its various Mountaineering and Adventure courses.

Viswanath Temple

The Viswanath Temple is the most important and ancient holy shrine in Uttarkashi. It is unrivalled in importance. Shiva, the presiding deity of this temple, is worshipped all day here. Every evening, visitors are greeted by the sound of bells, and the chanting of mantras by pundits at the puja.Within the courtyard of the Vishwanath temple, and to the front of it, is the Shakti Temple, dedicated to the goddess of strength.

Dodi Tal

According to mythology Lord Ganesha was born in this place. This mysterious lake is situated at an elevation of 3,307mts above sea level surrounded by dense forests of deodar, oak and rhododendrons. The pristine water of this lake is the home of endangered Himalayan Golden Trouts and many other fishes. The depth of this lake is still unknown. The 18km trek to Dodi Tal commences from Agoda. A visitor encounters splendor of nature en route Dodi Tal.

Maneri

Maneri is situated 13kms from Uttarkashi on the Gangotri route. A dam across Bhagirathi River is the major attraction of the village. The consequential lake adds exquisiteness to Maneri.

Dayara Bugyal

In regional language Bugyal means ‘high altitude meadow’. Dyara Bugyal is situated at an elevation of 3,048mts affording splendid view of the Himalayas. A picturesque small lake is also situated at Dyara Bugyal. The road to Dayara Bugyal branches off near Bhatwari and the vehicles can go up to Barsu village, from where an easy trek of 8kms commences.

Nearby attractions around Uttarkashi: Uttarkashi is also dotted with some nearby locations. These include:

Gangotri 

Gangotri is the highest temple of Goddess Ganga and one of the four dhams of Uttarakhand state. Gangotri is situated at an altitude of 3,048mts above sea level at a distance of 93kms from Uttarkashi. Gangotri offers scenic splendors of rugged terrains, gushing water of Bhagirathi River and snow clad peaks. The place holds great importance amongst Hindus. Gangotri remains opened from May and get closed on the day of Diwali festival.

Gaumukh Glacier:

Gaumukh glacier is the source of Bhagirathi River which is also known as Ganga River before the confluence of Devprayag. Gaumukh Glacier is situated 18kms from Gangotri. Gaumukh is the second largest glacier of India, first one is Siachen. Gaumukh is 30kms long and approximately 3 to 4km wide. It is source of the Bhagirathi River which is one of the most important tributary of the sacred Ganga River.

Kedartal

Kedar Tal can be reached after a difficult trek of 14kms which starts from Gangotri. Kedar Tal holds crystal clear icy cold water with reflection of snow capped Himalayan peaks. The maximum elevation that you will encounter enroute Kedar Tal is shocking 4,912mts above sea level. The lake is perched at an elevation of 4,225mts above sea level with the majestic Thalaysagar Peak providing captivating scenery.

Gangnani

Situated 46kms after Uttarkashi, Gangnani is popular for its natural thermal springs. People take a dip in this natural hot water spring before heading towards Gangotri.

Harsil

It is one of the hidden jewels of Uttarakhand offering ample scope for nature and adventure lovers. Harsil is situated on the banks of Bhagirathi River at an elevation of 2,620mts above sea level. The distance from Uttarkashi to Harsil is 72kms. You can plan a short and easy trek to Sattal from Harsil.

New Tehri

New Tehri is the only planned town of Uttarakhand state which was made during the construction of the Tehri dam. Every month thousands of tourists visit Tehri to see the stagnant water of the massive Tehri Dam. The Dam is situated amidst high mountains many of which are submerged under water. New Tehri is very well connected with motorable roads. Tehri is situated 74kms from Uttarkashi. There are many good hotels in New Tehri.

Barkot

Barkot is situated at an elevation of 1,220mts above sea level in Uttarkashi district. Barkot is one of the important destinations of Uttarkashi district with good accommodation facilities available. Barkot has an ancient temple and it is situated 49km from Yamunotri. The distance from Uttarkashi to Barkot is 68kms.

Chamba

Chamba is one of the best excursion of Dehradun as the place offers panoramic views of the majestic Himalayan range and the sacred view of the Bhagirathi River. Chamba is situated 85kms from Uttarkashi at an altitude of 1,676mts above sea level. Chamba is unlike Mussoorie as the place provides peace and tranquility. The place is quite and serene with pine and deodar trees everywhere.

Things to do in Uttarkashi: Uttarkashi is the paradise of the adventure enthusiasts. Here you can enjoy water sports like rafting in the frivolous River Bhagirathi. Trekking upto Dodhi tal( 18kms from Uttarkashi) is also quite adventurous. This apart if you are not interested in adventures, then make a visit to the nearby sightseeing locations.

Best time to visit Uttarkashi: February to May will be the best time to visit.

How to go ?

By Air

Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Uttarkashi situated at a distance of 160kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Delhi is the nearest international airport, connected to all cities in India and major cities abroad.  Uttarkashi is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Uttarkashi.

By Train

Trains to Uttarkashi can be taken till the railway station at Rishikesh/Haridwar. The railway station at Haridwar is well connected to all nearby locations and other prominent locations in the country like Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow, Dehradun, and Howrah.

By Road

Uttarkashi is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Uttarkashi is situated on NH108 which connects Gangotri. Buses to Rishikesh are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Uttarkashi are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand state like Rishikesh, Dehradun, Tehri, Barkot, Chamba etc.

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Where to stay ?

Tourist Lodge (GMVN) Uttarkashi: +91-01374-222271, 222222
Monal Tourist Home: +91-1374-222270  Website: www.monaluttarkashi.com
Hotel Shivananda: +91-01374 223 674
Geetanjali Resort: +91-098370 80427

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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chopta

Chopta, Uttarakhand – This eternally beautiful hill station is the “Mini Switzerland” of India

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Chopta, popularly known as the ‘mini Switzerland’, is an eternally beautiful hill station with phenomenal natural beauty. It is located at an altitude of 2600mts above the sea level. The place is shrouded with dense forests and has diverse varieties of flora and fauna comprising mainly Rhododendron and deodar trees. This picturesque location provides an extremely beautiful view of the snow-capped Himalayas. It is a haven for the nature lovers, ideal for relaxing away from the hustles and bustles of city life.

Places to see at Chopta: The exotic site is dotted with few sightseeing spots. These include:

Tungnath Temple

Tungnath is the highest temple of Lord Shiva perched at an elevation of 3,680mts above sea level. The sanctity of the region of Tungath is considered unsurpassed. Tungnath is one of Panch Kedar and Shiva’s arm is worshipped here. The trek to highest temple of Lord Shiva commences from Chopta. You can reach Tungnath by a 4km easy but steep trek.

Chandrashila

Chandrashila can be reached after a little more than 1km trek from Tungnath. From Chandrashila you can enjoy 360 degree panoromic views of the gigantic Himalayas. Chandrashila is the highest point of the mountain on which Tungnath Temple and Chopta are located. Chandrashila is situated at an astonishing altitude of 4090mts above sea level.

Nearby attractions around Chopta: There are also a number of places to visit in Chopta. These include:

Madhmaheshwar 

It is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, where almighty is worshipped in the form of navel – shaped lingum. It is situated at an elevation of 3,289mts above sea level. The temple architecture belongs to the north – Indian style. The natural scenery of  Madhyamaheshwar is invigorating, with deep gorges and Himalayan valleys. Budha Madhyamaheshwar is situated 1.5 km above Madhmaheshwar temple.

Deoria Tal

It is situated at an elevation of 2,438 mts. above sea level. Deoria Tal can be reached by an easy 2km trek from Sari village located on Guptkashi-Gopeshwar road. This lake has captivating surroundings with forest all round it. The reflections of Chaukhamba peak in the crystal clear water of Deoria Tal creats a magical world.

Kalimath

Kalimath is one of the sidha peeths of the region and it holds immense importance. This sacred temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. The temple is visited by devotees in large number and especially in ‘navratras’.

Gaurikund

Gaurikund is the commencement point of the trek of 14kms to the sacred shrine of Kedarnath. The place is named after Goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva and a temple Gauri is also situated here. It is believed that Lord Shiva accepted to marry Parvati at this place and married her in Trijuginarayan. The place offers vivid greenery with Vasuki Ganga flowing from below. Gaurikund is situated 50kms from Chopta. The place also has natural thermal springs.

Gopeshwar

The view of Chamoli from Gopeshwar is very picturesque. The town of Gopehswar is the administrative headquarters of the Chamoli district. There are sevaral ancient temples in Gopeshwar with great religious importance. The main attractions are the ancient temple of Lord Shiva, Vaitarni Kund and the splendid views of the Himalayas. Trek to Rudranath commences from Saggar which is situated 5kms ahead from Gopeshwar on Guptkashi-Gopeshwar road.

Things to do in Chopta: Enjoy the picturesque beauty of Chopta at Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary or Korak Musk Dee Sanctuary. Pay homage at Tungnath or Ukhimath. The alluring beauty of Chopta is best explored on foot. It is an ideal location for trek lovers. Follow some beautiful trek routes to explore the natural beauty of this tiny hill station in Garhwal region. Shoppers can pick up local handicrafts that are excellent souvenirs.

Best time to visit Chopta: The best time to visit Chopta is during the summer season, from March to May.

How to go ?

By Air

The region of Chopta lies 226 kilometres away from the city of Dehradun, which houses a major airport called the Jolly Grant Airport. This airport is well connected to the capital city of Delhi, and flights can be taken to this airport in order to reach Chopta from there. Flights from Delhi to Dehradun will be available,frequently.

By Train

Dehradun is the nearest rail head and is well connected from the rest of the country. From here tourists can either hire a taxi or take a bus to reach the valley.

By Road

Buses can be taken to the Chopta valley from Dehradun, Rishikesh, Hardiwar and other nearby locations. Buses from Dehradun to Chopta valley, and air conditioned and non air conditioned buses will be available.

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Where to stay ?

Chopta does not offer a wide range of accommodation facilities. Few options are:

Mayadeep Resort: +91-9412029486, 9927853631
Hotel Narayana n Invitation: +91-8958047108, 9410935649 Website: ww.hotelnarayana.in

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Almora

Almora, Uttarakhand – This picturesque location hemmed in the scenic landscape attracts hundreds of tourists each year

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Situated at an elevation of 1650m above the sea level, Almora has a magnificent charm, with the snow covered Himalayas, exotic greenery and rich cultural heritage. The site spans across a 5-km ridge atop Kashaya Hill. With the Pithoragarh on the eastern side, Garhwal region on the western side, Bageshwar on the north and Nainital on the south, Almora is situated upon a horse shoe shaped ridge of a mountain. Its eastern portion is called the Talifat and the western named as Selifat. This picturesque location hemmed in the scenic landscape attracts hundreds of tourists each year. Almora is one of the business hubs of Kumaon region. It remained the capital of the Chand Rajas. The location gathered its popularity during the British rule and was further developed by them. It was here where the famous Hindu saint, Swami Vivekananda.

Places to see at Almora: Almora offers some outstanding sight seeing spots for its tourists. These include:

Nanda Devi Temple

This temple is the prime attraction of Almora. Nanda Devi is said to have been the Goddess revered by the kings of the Garhwal and Kumaon regions. She is believed to be the destroyer of evil. Apart from Almora this temple is also located in Ranikhet and Nainital.  Fairs are held at Ranikhet, Almora and Nainital in honour of Nanda Devi and thousand of people participate.

Bright End Corner

It is situated 2 km form Almora. This site is famous for picturesque sunset and sunrise seen through the Himalayan peaks. There is a library named after Vivekananda which has numerous books on literature and teachings. You can also visit Vivekananda Memorial where Swami Vivekananda had stopped for a while on his journey to the Himalayas.

Martola

It is an ideal spot for picnicking situated amidst lush green gardens. Situated 10kms from Almora, Martola is inhabited mostly with foreigners. Buses and taxis are available up to Panuwanaula and one has to cover the remaining distance on foot.

Kalimut

It is a scenic spot dedicated to Goddess Kali, situated at a distance of 5kms from Almora. The views of the snow capped Himalayan peaks are invigorating from here.

Deer Park

Deer Park is situated just 3km from Almora. Deer Park comes in NTD (Narayan Tiwari Dewai).

Gobind Ballabh Pant Public Museum

This museum is situated opposite to the bus stand. The museum remains closed on Mondays and other Government Holidays. It is open from 10:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Simtola

The ravishing views of the mountains covered with pine and deodar trees are enchanting from Simtola. Simtola is a popular spot for camping and picnicking and it is situated 3km from Almora.

Katarmal Sun Temple

It is the second most important temple to Sun God, the first one being Sun Temple of Konark in Orissa. Katarmal is more than 800years old. Situated 7km from Almora this historical important temple is an example of intricate sculpturing.

Chitai Temple or Gollu Devta

Chitai Temple is dedicated to Gollu Devta, an incarnation of Gaur Bhairav. Situated 8kms from Almora the deity of this sacred temple is reputed to make every wish come true, provided the worshipper ask for it with a clear conscience. All he asks for in propitiation is a bell, as was evident from the thousands of bells strung across the temple premises. Anyone can even seek Gollu Devta”s divine intervention by writing to him. Stacks of letter are pinned all over the temple along with bells.

Markets of Almora

The main markets or bazaar of Almora are Lala Bazaar, Malli Bazaar, Karkhana Bazaar and Thana Bazaar. You can buy local utensils, clothes, and other things of your necessity in these bazaars.

Kasaar Devi Temple

Kasar Devi Temple is situated at a distance of 7km from Almora. This sacred temple is also mentioned in Skanda Purana and it is also said that Swami Vivekananda meditated here in the year 1920. An inscription found on a stone boulder, indicates that the temple was built by a king named Rudrak. The place affords enchanting view of the splendid Himalayas.

Nearby places to see from Almora: You can also organize short tours from Almora to some prominent locations nearby. These are:

Gananath

Located 47kms north of Almora, Gananath is famous for an old ShivaTemple. There are numerous natural caves in this region where people in ancient times used to stay while a visit to sacred shrines.

Someshwar

It houses a temple with Lord Shiva as its deity. Situated around 35kms from Almora, Someshwar was constructed by the founder of the Chand Dynasty, Raja Som Chand. The name of the temple is merged with Raja Som Chand’s and Maheshwara’s name. The temple holds great religious importance amongst locales.

Jageshwar

Situated 35 kms away from Almora at an elevation of 1,870mts above sea level, Jageshwar is an important tourist destination of Kumaon. Jageshwar is a temple of Lord Shiva situated amidst dense Deodar forest having great mythological importance. Some people believe that Jageshwar temple is the 8th Dwadasa Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. The temple is the artistic creation of medieval India.

Things to do in Almora: Just gaze at the natural beauty of the place and inhale the fresh air. This apart you can also explore the sightseeing locations of this historic town. Trekking is one of the outdoor activities in Almora worth enjoying here. The shoppers can buy unique handicrafts items from here.

Best time to visit Almora: The best time to visit Almora is during March to November.

How to go ?

By Air

Nearest airport is Pantnagar, which is about 125 km away from the heart of Almora. Taxi costs about Rs 1,600 from airport to Almora. Pantnagar is connected to Delhi on alternate days. Delhi (334 km) has the nearest international airport and is well linked to various cities across the world.

By Train

Nearest railway station is at Kathgodam. Kathgodam railway station to Almora city is about 91 km, which can be covered by nearly 2 hours.

By Road

Regular bus services are available from Delhi to Almora, the distance covered is about 334 km. State owned buses connects Almora to other cities in and around Uttaranchal.

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Where to stay ?

There are few hotels in Almora. Some options are:

Tourist Rest House (Almora): +91-8650002532
Bharthi Palace: +91-05942-220402
Hotel Shikhar:
+91-05942230253, 230156 Website: www.hotelshikhar.in

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Binsar

Binsar, Uttarakhand – An enchanting hill station, it is an ideal base to catch a glimpse of the stunning Panchachuli peak

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A beautiful and placid hill station Binsar is a popular travel destination in the Kumaon region of the state of Uttarakhand. Here you will get a chance to be close to nature. Located at an altitude of 2,412 mts above sea level, Binsar is a wonderful holiday hotspot offering majestic views of Himalayan peaks.  Binsar is an ideal location for the nature lovers and adventure lovers offering a great insight to the Kumaon culture. The magnificent five major peaks like Chaukhamba, Panchachuli, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, and Kedarnath are quiet visible from here.

Places to see in Binsar: This phenomenal hill station is gifted with some outstanding sight seeing locations. These include:

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

This sanctuary houses more than 200 species of bird, Barking Deer, Himalayan bear, leapord, fox, musk deer, langur, porcupine, flying squirrel, chital, jungle cat etc. You can easily spot an animal in this dense sanctuary. The wildlife sanctuary spans over an area of 47.79square kilometers and established in the year 1988.

Binsar Zero Point

TheZero point offers the priceless panoramic view of the spectacular Himalayan range. You can clearly see the snow-clad peaks of Kedarnath, Shivling, Trishul and the Nanda Devi from here.

Bineshwar Temple

This famous temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This place is the major crowd puller of Binsar. Make a visit to this sacred temple of 13th century. King Kalyan of the Chand Dynasty constructed this temple.

Khali Estate

Once the home of Sir Henry Ramsay, the commissioner of Kumaun from 1856 to 1884, Khali estate is an ideal place to spend some days enjoying the natural beauty. It is popularly called by British authors as “King of Kumaun”. He also built his bungalow at Binsar. Vijay Laxmi Pandit, the sister of Jawahar Lal Nehru, also lived here.

Mary Budden Estate

This estate perches within the deep heavily wooded oak forests of the Binsar Wild life Sanctuary. The Estate is located in a cozy corner of the Kumaon hills in the Himalayas, at a height of 8000 feet. Here the guests can be assured a unique experience within the estate. This estate is one of only five homes in all of Binsar. Mary Budden Estate is one of North India’s top eco-hotels harvests rainwater and is fully powered by solar energy.

Binsar Sanctuary Museum

Binsar has a museum about the flora and fauna of the region and provide good and valuable information about the Sanctuary.

Kasar Devi Temple

Located at a distance of around 9 km from Binsar, Kasar Devi Temple is said to be the house for the hippies. It was from here that the hippie culture got popular. It is a major tourist attraction for the foreigners. The temple got its first recognition in 1820 when Swami Vivekananda meditated.

Nearby attractions from Binsar: There are also some excursion spots located around Binsar. These include:

Kausani

Resting at an elevation of 1890mts above sea level, Kausani is 48kms from Binsar. This panoramic location is a very popular tourist spot in Uttarakhand. This charming hill resort amidst the several snow-capped peaks is endowed with excellent natural beauty. Mahatma Gandhi was absolutely moved by the scenic beauty of Kausani when he visited the place in the year 1929.

Bageshwar

Bageshwar is located at a distance of 60kms from Binsar. This new district is the headquarter of the center of administration of Danapur. Bageshwar derives its name from Bagnath, a famous temple in this region. Every year, thousands of pilgrims from all over the world make a visit to this place. According to the popular believe, Lord Shiva wandered here as a tiger. The site is located at the intersection of the Saryu and Gomti rivers. A popular fair called Uttarayani is held every year in January in Bageshwar. The place also forms an ideal base camp of the trekkers for Pindari.

Jaina

Situated at the height of 1677 mts Jaina is just a 59 kms drive from Binsar. This is full of orchards that produce apple, apricots, peaches, pears and other fruits.

Shiva Temple

31 kms from Binsar, this Shiva temple has a cave like structure, and rests amidst forests of oak & deodar, having its own archeological importance.

Chitai Temple or Gollu Devta

The ChitaiTemple is a temple dedicated to Gollu Devta, an incarnation of Gaur Bhairav. Located at a distance of 44kms from Binsar, this wakeful deity makes every wish of its devotees come true, if asked with a clear conscience. The reward he asks for is the ringing of the bell, which is quite evident from the thousands of bells which is hanged across the temple premises. This temple follows an unique process, anybody coming here can get Gollu Devta’s divine intervention by writing a letter to him. You will find stacks of letter which are pinned all over the temple together with the bells.

Baijnath Temple

This is the third renowned temple at Bageshwar, one of the few temples where you will find both Lord Shiva and Parvati Mata being worshipped. Located within the temple complex is a pond. You can find a variety of fish here.

Things to do in Binsar: The place is ideal for bird watching. You can also take a stroll here around the area and enjoy the scenic beauty of the location which are a feast for the eyes. Shoppers must carry crafts made from the local wood that makes a good souvenir.

Best time to visit Binsar:  Binsar can be visited throughout the year, but the best time to visit the picturesque hill station is from April to June and again from September to November.

How to go ?

By Air

Flights from Delhi will occasionally be available to the airport in Pantnagar. This is a developing airport in the state of Uttarakhand and flight services here are not so regular. However, you can try for flights to this airport in order to reach Binsar easily from here.

By Train

The town of Binsar can be easily reached through trains and buses, as buses will directly run to the major bus stand located in the town, and trains can be taken to the nearby railway station. Flights can also be taken to the nearest airport, located in the town of Pantnagar.

By Bus

Local as well as State transport buses are available from Kathgodam, Chandigarh, Delhi and other parts of the region.

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Where to stay ?

 Binsar is dotted with some accommodation options too.

The Binsar Retreat: +91-819- 192-0725  Website: www.thebinsarretreat.com
Binsar Rest House: +91-8650002537  Website: www.kmvn.gov.in
Binsar Eco Camp: 91  09412 17 0366, 9675 54 4799, 8958 13 9414 Website: www.binsarecocamp.com
Maa Anandmayee Guest House: www.anandinuttarakhand.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Pithoragarh

Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand – An extremely pleasing hill station, where Mother Nature has generously bestowed all forms of natural beauty

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Lying in the easternmost part of the Himalayas, Pithoragarh is a beautiful location in the lap of nature. The site is nick-named by the local people as Soar-Ghat. It seems as if Pithoragarh is filled with natural beauty up-to the fullest. The land is dotted with high Himalayan mountains, snow-covered peaks, passes, valleys, alpine meadows, forests, waterfalls, perennial rivers, glaciers, and cascades. The area is also rich in diverse flora and fauna. Numerous temples and ruined forts of the Chand King’s era are scattered throughout.

During the coldest month of January, tropical ridges and high location along the lesser Himalaya record an average monthly temperature between 5.5°C and 8°C. By the March the temperature begins to rise progressively till early June which is the hottest month every where. Dharchula and Jhulaghat record an average temperature between 30 – 45°C.

Places to see in Pithoragarh: The location offers some historical and religious spots worth visiting. These include:

Pithoragarh Fort

Constructed by the Gorkhas in 1789, Pithoragarh Fort stands on top of the hill in the outskirts of the town.

Dhwaj Temple

The Dhwaj Temple can be reached in two ways. It can be reached either by an adventurous trek of 4km or by driving 10kms . This is a highly revered place for  the localites. This sacred temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Maa Jayanti. From the Dhwaj Tempkle, the views of the majestic Himalayas are remarkable. The temple rests at an elevation of 2100mts above sea level.

Thal Kedar

This location is a hub of the Shaiva pilgrims – followers of Lord Shiva. Every year during the Shiv Ratri huge crowds of devotees are seen in this temple.

Kapileshwar Mahadev

Only 3km from Pithoragarh town this is a sacred cave temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The mesmerizing Soar valley with the snow laden Himalayas looks spell-binding from the Kapileshwar Mahadev.

Chandak

Just 8kms from Pithoragarh the location affords splendid views of the mighty Himalayan range. There is a Manu Temple  holding great importance amongst the locales.

Nearby attractions around Pithoragarh: You can also visit some fantastic nearby locations from here. These include:

Rameshwar  Ghat

36kms from Pithoragarh, Rameshwar Ghat is located at the confluence of the Ramganga and Saryu Rivers. Here are two principal temples of Lord Shiva and Lord Rama. During Makar Sankranti a large fair is held in this region as both the rivers play a vital in Pithoragarh district.

Abbott Mount

The Abbott Mount with a height of 2018mts  offers a peaceful and picturesque environment. Abbott Mount remains covered with the sheets of snow during winters. The Abbott Mount provides a lucrative view of the Himalayan range. This place is away from the cacophony of the city life. 13 isolated cottages are found in this hill. Abbot Mount is situated in 56kms from Pithoragarh offering tranquility with exquisiteness.

Dharchula

On the margins of the Pithoragarh district, Dharchula is located at a distance of 83kms from Pithoragarh town. It is an important destination of the Kumaon region being a part of the route to Kailash Mansarovar and Chota Kailash.

Askot Sanctuary

This sanctuary has not only diverse and rich flora and fauna it equally affords the charming vistas of nature’s beauteousness. Askot Sanctuary located at a distance of 54kms from Pithoragarh and has an elevation of 5412ft above sea level. You can see bharals, monals, snow leopards, Himalayan black bears, chirs, koklas, pheasants, musk deers, snow cocks, tahra, and chukors.

Things to do in Pithoragarh: Pithorgarh offers you plenty of activities including hang-gliding, paragliding, trekking, skiing, canoeing, river rafting, and fishing adventures. Pay homage at the various temples here. Want to enjoy something exciting and thrilling then plod along the narrow path of the thick forests to spot some snow leopards, musk deer, and peafowl. Tired after all the activity then just sit back and relax on the soft velvety grass.

Best time to visit Pithoragarh: Pithoragarh experiences pleasant climate during the summer season but during the winter season, it can get chilly, hence the best time to visit Pithoragarh is from March to June and then again from September to December.

How to go ?

By Air

The nearest operational airport to Pithorgarh is at Pantnagar, Udham Singh Nagar. It is about 250 km from Pithorgarh. Taxi services are available from the airport to Pithorgarh for a taxi charge of Rs. 2500. International travelers can get connecting flights from Delhi International airport.

By Train

The nearest railway station is at Tanakpur at distance of about 150 km from Pithorgarh city centre. Tanakpur is well connected to major rail heads in North India.

By Road

Pithoragarh is well connected by buses. State owned road transport buses connect Pithorgarh with other cities in and around including Kathgodam, Almora and Haldwani.

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Where to stay ?

There are very few accommodation options in Pithoragarh. You can stay at the KMVN tourist lodge. For booking details please contact:

Tourist Rest House KMVN: +91-8650002538

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Munshiyari

Munshiyari, Uttarakhand – Also known as ‘Little Kashmir’, this is a heaven of the nature lovers and adventurous ones

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Located at a height of 3853 Metres ( 12634 Feet) above the Sea Level, Munshiyari is known as the “Queen of Kumaon” hill range. The place is also nick-named as “Little Kashmir”. The region is the heaven of the nature lovers and adventurous ones. Catch a glance of the mesmerizing Himalayan peak, Panchchuli from here. Munsiyari is a very newly discovered tourist place in Uttarakhand. Until recently Munsiyari remained a restricted area in Himalayan inner line wedged in between borders of India, China & Nepal. Visiting the place is an unique experience and gives a completely different feeeling.

Places to see in Munshiyari: Munshiyari forms a good base for a number of scenic tourist location. These include:

Majestic Peak of Panchchuli 

Though easily visible from all view points in the Pithoragarh district, a close and vivid view of this most prominent cluster of five peaks we can have from Munsiyari situated in the Johar valley. The imperial beauty of this traditional home of Shauka tribe blended with the hospitality of the KMVN is what has given Munshiyari, the status of being one of the most inviting tourist destination in the recent years.

Birthi Falls

This wonderful cascade is combined with profuse greenery of nature. Falling from a height of 126 mts, this is an ideal spot for tea and lunch breaks and is located at a span of 35kms before Munsiyari.

Maheshwari Kund (Mehsar Kund)

This is also named as Mehsar Kund by the locales. This Kund is just a few kilometers walk from Munsiyari and the spot has now become a pond which offers an alluring view of nature. You can see the Panchachuli peak from here.

Betulidhar

A large garden of  Rhododendrons, Betulidhar is an ideal slope for skiing in winters. Here the sunrise and sunsets showcases beautiful tint of nature.

Thamari Kund

This exotic natural lake is located in the midst of alpine trees and paper trees. You can easily catch a glimpse of the Musk Deer here.

Darkot

A beautiful picturesque hamlet which is just 6kms from Munsiyari on Madkot road. The shop-aholics can buy pashmina, shawls and sheepwool blankets from here. This old artistic house of Darkot represent the rich cultural heritage and creativity of the localites of Kumaon.

Khaliya Top

A very easy trek, covering a distance of 10 kms from Munsiyari, will take you to the Khaliya top. It is located at an elevation of 11500 ft and the trek route offers the scenic views of the greater Himalayan ranges. Towering peaks of Panchchuli, Hardeol, Rajrambha, Nandadevi and Nandakot are clearly visible on this range. These snowy peaks are surrounded with the Khaliya Alpine meadows.  The Alpine slopes of Khalia Top and Betuldhar is ideal for skiing in the winter season.

Nanda Devi

Constructed in the ancient days Nanda Devi temple is on of the oldest temple. This temple is beautifully designed and decorated. Thousands of devotees from all over the country come here to worship the Nanda Devi Temple from the core of the heart. Nanda Devi Temple is only 3km trek from Munshiyari.

Tribal Heritage Museum

Also called the Masterji Museum, the tribal museum is constructed by Dr. S.S. Pangthi who is a retired school teacher, a trekker, traveller, author and also an authority on Bhotiyas of the area. This is a private museum with some antique collection is at his residence in Nanasen village. You can have a look at the original documents, that enabled trade between the Johar Valley and Tibet and along-with the personal effects of the traders.

Balanti Potato Farm

Located at an altitude of 9000 feet this farm grows high yielding potatoes. Covered by the lush green forests, from here one can have a magnificent view of the Panchchuli Peaks.

Kalimuni top

The Kalimuni top is located at 9500 feet on the way to Munshiyari from Birthi. It is 15 km from the Munshiyari township and has a Kali temple. The view of Panchachulli range from the Kalimuni top is amazing.

Dharchula

On the banks of river Kali, an important route to Kailash Mansarovar.

Narayan Ashram

Developed by Narayan Swami, this is a renowned spiritual and socio-economic enter in the region.

Nearby attraction around Munshiyari: Munshiyari also offers some scenic nearby locations. These include:

Didihat

Located at an altitude of 1,725 mts above sea level Didihat is a panoramic town in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand state. The location is rich in flora and fauna that offers a beautiful views of verdant valley covered by attractive ridges. The place is situated on the pilgrimage route to Kailash Mansarovar. The place is located at a distance of 89 kms from Munsiyari.

Pithoragarh

It is surrounded by Nepal to the east and Tibet to the north. The place is popular for its exquisite natural beauty and is widely known as the ‘Little Kashmir’. Pithoragarh is located at a height of 1650 mt above sea level thus offering picturesque views of Himalayas. The location has a pleasant weather throughout the year and with a beauty healing us from tension and stress. This scenic location is situated at a distance of 135 kms from Munshiyari.

Chaukori

Chaukori is a small hamlet located at an interval of 96km from Munshiyari. This location perches at an elevation of 2,010mts above sea level, and greets its visitors with enchanting natural beauty. The location is renowned for the tea gardens established by the British. This place is a heaven for the Kumaon travellers. The pristine location remains un-spoilt by the pollution and crowd. From here the views of the snow-capped Himalayan peak is really enchanting. The five sibling peaks of Nanda Devi, Chaukhanba, Trishul, Nanda Kot and the Panchachuli are distinctly visible from Chaukori.

Things to do in Munshiyari: Ideal for trekking, Munshiyari also offers a list of other things to do including bird-watching and wildlife viewing. Explore the spectacular views of the gorgeous peaks or just sit back and relax. You can also buy some fantastic hand-woven carpets or Himalayan tree saplings. Enjoy the delicious local dish Kuka. You can also head to places like Khaliatop and Betulidhar for some fabulous skiing opportunities or Goriganga for river rafting.

Best time to Visit Munsiyari: March to June & September to October is the best time to visit Munsiyari and trekking at Munsiyari.

How to go ?

By Air

The nearest airport to Munsiyari is Pantnagar Airport. Pantnagar airport is situated 249 kms from Munsiyari in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand state. Taxis are available from Pantnagar Airport to Pithoragarh, Almora, Bageshwar and Munsiyari. Pantnagar is connected to Delhi with daily flights. PantNagarAirport is well connected by metalled road with Munsiyari.

By Rail

The nearest railheads to Munsiyari are Kathgodam and Tanakpur. The distance from Tanakpur Railway station to Munsiyari is 286 kms, and Kathgodam Railway station is situated at a distance of 275 kms from Munsiyari. Taxis and buses are easily available from Tanakpur and Kathgodam to Almora, Pithoragarh, Bageshwar and Munsiyari.  Tanakpur and Kathgodam are well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. 

By Road

Munsiyari is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand and northern India. Buses from ISBT Anand Vihar are available to Champawat, Almora, Tanakpur, Haldwani and many other destinations from where you can easily hire a local cab to reach Munsiyari. Taxis and buses are easily available to Munsiyari from major destinations of Kumaon region.

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Where to stay ?

The are plenty of eco resorts and hotels in Munshiyari. Some options are:

Tourist Rest House (KMVN) :+91-8650002540
Johar Hilltop Resorts:
+91-59612- 22752 Website: www.joharhilltop.net
Milam Inn Hotel: +9159612-22633,+915962-258012, 258333  Website: www.milaminnmunsiyari.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Mussoorie

Mussoorie, Uttarakhand – A picturesque charming hill resort, located at 2000 mts above the sea level

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The “Queen of Hill stations” and one of the summer resorts of the British, Mussoorie is a treasure trove of the nature lovers. This picturesque hillstation is only 35 kms from Dehradun. This hill station rests at a height of 2000mts above sea level. Mussoorie derives its name from the plants of Mussoorie or shrub mansoor which are available in large quantities in this region. Mussoorie has a very old history dating back to 1825. In that year, a shooting lodge was constructed jointly by Captain Young, an adventurous British military officer and Mr Shore the Superintendent of Revenues at Dehradun. Mussoorie with its diverse flora and fauna, captivating snowy ranges in the north east majestic Shivalik ranges and glittering Doon valley, is said to have ‘a fairyland’ atmosphere. This charming hill resort is the hub of the tourists both domestic and international. Apart from being a tourist hot spot, Mussoorie is also an important center of education and business. Mussoorie also offers distant views of the holy and mighty river Ganga from one end of the ridge, and of the famous river Jamuna from the other; a stretch of around 19 kilometers all.

Places to see in Mussoorie: Mussoorie offers some marvellous sight seeing spots that will make your trip truly special and enjoying. These include:

Company Garden

A best picnic location in Mussoorie, Company Garden is a well maintained municipal garden located at 3 km from The Mall. A mini lake, small flower garden and an amusement park is there in Company Garden.

Jharipani Fall

It is situated at 8.5 km from Mussoorie. Jharipani is well accessible by motorable roads from where the trek of 1.5 km commences to Jharipani fall. The view of Jharipani Fall is awe-inspiring.

Nag Devta Temple

It is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, situated on Cart Mackenjee road. It is about 6km from Mussoorie on way to Dehradun. The temple is well accessible with motorable roads. This place affords enchanting views of Mussoorie and Doon valley.

Jwalaji Temple

Jwalaji Temple is also known as Benog Hill. It is situated 9kms west of Mussoorie at an elevation of 2,104mts above sea level. It is situated on the top of the Benog Hill and looks like a crowned hill. It is surrounded by thick forest having an old idol of Goddess Durga offers a marvelous view of YamunaValley.

Sri Chamunda Peeth Temple

This temple was setup in 1998 in the premises of Kashi Devasthanam, is an ideal venue for yoga, meditation rituals and religious practices. It incorporates the Shiva and Shakti temples as these mighty and majestic Himalayas are said to be the abode of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Kempty Falls

Kempty Falls are one of the most beautiful water falls in not only Uttarakhand, rather the whole of India. Enveloped by high mountain cliffs and situated at an altitude of about 4500 feet above the sea level, the falls present an awe-inspiring view as the water falls down from a high altitude and then splits into five streams. The water falling down from KemptyFalls appears to be doing a somersault before it hits the ground.

Bhatta  Falls

Bhatta Falls is a recently developed picnic spot near Mussoorie. Located at about 7 km from main Mussoorie city, Bhatta Falls is still untouched by commercialization and has natural stream of water flowing down the hills.

Gun Hill

Gun Hill is situated 400mts above The Mall and it is the second highest peak of Mussoorie. Gun Hill is set at an elevation of 2122mts and it offers a beautiful panoramic view of the mighty Himalayan ranges and Doon valley. Before independence a Gun mounted on this top used to be fired at mid-day for people to adjust their watches. Presently Gun Hill houses the water reservoir of Mussoorie. It can be reached by the Ropeway ride whose distance is 400mts or by the bridle path which forks-off from Kutchery which takes around 20min.

Mossy Fall

The fall is encircled by a dense forest and is seven klick from Mussoorie.

Camel’s Back Road

This road begins from the Rink at Kulri Bazar and terminates at Library Bazar stretching 4km. The place offers a picturesque view of the sunset and a life like resemblance of a sitting camel. One can also enjoy long walks and horse riding here. British graveyard having ancient graves on the way provides new dimension to the walk. Evening at Camel’s road is a memorable experience as it offers a ravishing sunset view in the Himalayas as sun paints the mountains in brilliant hues.

Lal Tibba

Lal Tibba is located in Landour area which is the oldest inhabited place in Mussoorie. Lal Tibba exemplifies highest point in mussoorie. There’s a 20m tall tower situated at the edge of the cliff. The tower has an old telescope. You can take a close look at tempting Himalayan range from it and it will cost you around 20 rupees.

The Mall Road

The Mall Road is one of the most crowded places of Mussoorie. The structure of the road takes you back to the colonial period of Britishers. There are numerous restaurants, hotels and shops on this road. The Methodist church is situated on the Mall and is around 100 years old.

Lake Mist

Lake Mist is located 5 km before Kempty falls and 10 kms from Mussoorie. Lake Mist is a newly developed scenic spot with good accommodation and restaurant facilities available. You can also enjoy boating on this lake.

Childer’s Lodge

Also known as “Nahata Estate” is a huge property of more than 300 acres (1.2 km2), owned by the Harakh Chand Nahata family, is also the highest peak of Mussoorie near Lal Tibba, it is situated at 5 km from the Tourist Office and one can go on horse back or on foot. The view of snow-clad mountains is exhilarating.

Jwalaji Temple

This famous Hindu temple is located at a distance of 9 km from Mussoorie. Dedicated to Goddess ‘Durga’, this temple is situated atop the Benog Hill, at a height of 2100 m. Enveloped by thick forests from all sides; the temple poses a striking picture. Moreover, one can have breathtaking view of the Himalayan peaks, Doon Valley and the Yamuna valley from this site.

Nearby locations around Mussoorie: You can also organize tours to some prominent locations around Mussoorie. These include:

Bhadraj Temple

It is situated at a distance of 15kms from Mussoorie and is an ideal place for trekking. Bhadraj Temple is located on the extreme western region of Mussoorie and thus offers a splendid view of the DoonValley, Chakrata ranges and the Jaunsar Bawar area of Garhwal Himalayas. The temple is dedicated to Lord Bal Bhadra, brother of Lord Krishna, and is situated atop a hill. Bhadraj temple organizes a fair in the third week of August (Shravan Sankranti) every year. Undoubtedly it is an important event for the locals and they look forward to it, this occasion attracts a lot of visitors as well.

Dhanaulti

Dhanaulti is 25 kms from Mussoorie on the road to Tehri. Surrounded by fragrant pine and deodar forests, this secluded resort is the ideal retreat from the hustle-bustle of Mussoorie. Fro here watching the breath taking sun rise and sunset is an experience that you will cherish forever.

Things to do in Mussoorie: Apart from sight seeing, trekking and leisurely walks through the lush green forests are some of the things you can enjoy in Mussoorie. Head for Yamuna bridge, to enjoy fishing.

Best time to visit Mussoorie: The best time to visit Mussoorie is between the summer months of March and June. The months between September and November are also pleasant with slightly cool evening.

How to go ?

By Air

Nearest airport is Jollygrant which is 60 km away from Mussoorie and is situated in Dehradun. Jollygrant airport, Dehradun is connected to Delhi airport. Delhi is well connected to all major cities in India and many cities abroad. Taxi services are available from airport to Mussoorie

By Train

Mussoorie has no railway station of its own. So one can get down at Dehradun railway station, nearly 60 km away and from there take bus or taxi to reach Mussoorie. Taxi services are available from railhead to Mussoorie. Dehradun railway station is well connected to major cities like Delhi (Mussoorie Exp), Kolkata (Doon Exp), Varanasi (Ghy Rajdhani), Mumbai (Dehradun Exp) and Indore (Ddn Indb Exp) by express trains and super fast trains.

By Road

Mussoorie is well connected with excellent bus services of state public bus services Uttaranchal State Transport Corporation. From Dehradoon and from other major cities in India private bus services are available to Mussoorie.

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Where to stay ?

Hotel Garhwal Terrace (GMVN): +91-0135-2632682, 2632683
Country Inn & Suites : +91 135-263-5601 Website: www.countryinns.com
Hotel Vishnu Palace: +91-0135 – 2632932, 2631732 Website: www.hotelvishnupalace.com
Jaypee Hotels and Resorts: 1800-11-9900 (valid only in India)  Website: www.jaypeehotels.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Champawat

Champawat, Uttarakhand – An immensely beautiful tourist location in Kumaon at 1,670 mts above sea level

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This picturesque town rests at an elevation of 1,670mts above sea level and is located in the easternmost part of the Kumaon region. The ancient capital of Chand rulers, Champawat is rich in cultural heritage. The site derives its name from Champawati, King Arjun Deo’s daughter. Here the Pandavas of Mahabharata also spend their some part of 12 years of exile. Lord Vishnu appeared in the incarnation of turtle i.e Kurmavtar here.  Champawat blessed with innate natural beauty and historic temples.

Places to see in Champawat: This beautiful and scenic town is admired with a number of sight seeing attractions. These include:

Baleshwar Temple

Baleshwar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built by the Chand rulers. The Temple is a marvellous symbol of stone carving work. There isn’t any historical manuscript that dates the Baleshwar temple, however it is believed to be built between 10 – 12 century A.D.

Nagnath Temple

This is an exceptionally beautiful example of ancient architecture of Kumaon.

Ek Hathiya Ka Naula

Just 5 kms from Champawat, it is believed to have been constructed in just one night by the one handed artisan.

Kranteshwar Mahadev

The sacred shrine atop a hill to the east of Champawat is also called as Kurmapad or Kandev.

Vanasur-Ka-Kila (7 kms)

This fort was built during the medieval times. It is said that the legendary Vanasur, was assassinated here. The Lohawati river originates nearby.

Nearby attractions around Champawat: There are ample attractions around Champawat too. These include:

Lohaghat

This historical town is 14 kms from Champawat is set on the banks of river Lohawati and is noted for its natural beauty and mythological legends.

Mayawati Ashram (9 kms)

Jus 9 from Champawat, this pristine location with a beautiful ashram, amidst scenic surroundings attracts large number spiritualists from all over the world. Swami Vivekananda decided to shift the publication office of ‘Prabuddh Bharat’ from Madras to Mayawati during his visit to Almora in 1898.

Abbot Mount (8 kms)

The beautiful site is idyllic for a holiday resort thus offering the breathtaking view of the Himalayan peaks.

Devidhura (45 kms)

The charming site is known for the Varahi temple, where a unique tradition of Bagwal (organised stone throwing between two groups) is practiced on Raksha Bandhan. Jim Corbett’s tale ‘TempleTiger’ is associated with the Devidhura temples. It is also an excellent site for trekking. More about Devidhura.

Pancheshwar (40 kms)

Located at the confluence of river Kali and Saryu on the Nepal border, Pancheshwar is famous for the Shiva temple of Pancheshwar, where Jaat of Chaumu is worshipped as protector of animals.

Meetha Reetha Saheb

An important Sikh pilgrim centre, it is just 72 kms from Champawat. According to the story saint Guru Nanak, the first Guru of the Sikhs came here and had spiritual discussions with Gorakhpanthi Jogis. The Gurudwara here stands at the confluence of Lodhiya and Ratiya rivers, near village Deyuri.

Purnagiri Temple

Enshrined atop the Poornagiri hill, this temple is only 20 kms from Tanakpur and 92 kms from Champawat. Large number of devotees visit the shrine from all over the country, especially during the Chaitra Navratri in the month of March – April. The temple affords awe-inspiring views of the expanse of river Kali, its islands, the township of Tanakpur and a few Nepali villages.

Shyamlatal

The holy and famous Vivekananda Ashram located on the banks of the beautiful Shyamlatal lake attracts countless number of devotees here. The blue waters of the lake sprawl over an area of 1.5 sq. kms. The place derives its name from this spectacular lake. Shyamlataal is only 56 kms from Champawat.

Tanakpur

Tanakpur is located at an elevation of 837 ft above sea level. The location stands at a span of 73km from Champawat. It is amongst the few places of Uttarakhand which has Rail Connectivity with Bareilly. Tanakpur lies on the riverside of Sharda River. The main attraction of Tanakpur is the Purnagiri Temple, which is believed to be one of the 108 Siddha Peeths attracting thousands of devotees every month.

Things to do in Champawat: The location offers excellent views of Himalayas. Savour the mesmerizing natural beauty of the location. Sight seeing is all you can enjoy in Champawat.

Best Time To Visit: October-March is the best time to visit Champawat.

How to go ?

By Air

Pantnagar is the nearest airport at a distance of 155 km. Regular flights operate between Delhi and Pantnagar. Delhi, well connected to most cities within the country and abroad is the nearest international airport. It is 412 km from Champawat. Taxis can be hired from Pantnagar airport to reach Champawat. Some hotels also arrange pick-up services from Pantnagar and Delhi.

By Train

Trains can be taken to the nearest railway station, Tanakpur. This is however a minor railway station having trains only to very few destinations like Lucknow, Shahjahanpur and Philibhit. Trains can also be taken to Kathgodam, from where you can reach Champawat easily. Kathgodam is connected to all major rail heads in India.

By Road

The town of Champawat is well connected to many destinations around the state through regular buses. You can also opt for trains or cabs from any particular destination in order to reach Champawat.

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Where to stay ?

Champawat has not many but very few accommodation facilities. Some options are:

Hotel Shiva Residency: +91-05665 230 004
Hotel Mount View: +91-099271 67905
KMVN Tourist Rest House: +91-8650002550

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Ranikhet

Ranikhet, Uttarakhand – Famous for its stunning Golf course, this panoramic location is admired for spectacular terrace farms and lovely alpine forests

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Perching at 1,829 mt above the sea level, Ranikhet refers to “Queen’s Meadow”. The place got its name after a legend. King Sudhardev won the heart of his queen, Rani Padmini, thus subsequently choosing the area for her residence, and gave it the name of Ranikhet. It is an ideal location for the golf-lover enthusiasts because of the beautiful green velvety golf course.

In 1869 the British established the headquarters of the Kumaon Regiment here and used the station as a retreat from the heat of the Indian summer. At one time during British Raj, it was also proposed as the summer headquarters of Government of India, in lieu of Shimla. In 1900, it had a summer population of 7,705, and its corresponding winter population was measured in 1901 as 3,153.

Ranikhet becomes very cold in the winters and remains moderate in summers, and is best enjoyed from March to October. Ranikhet gets snowfall in the winter season, mainly in the months of December, January and February. But in the rest of the months the weather of Ranikhet remains pleasant.

Places to see in Ranikhet: The sight seeing locations of Ranikhet include:

Chaubatia Gardens

It is situated 10 kms from Ranikhet and is renowned for apple orchards. Ranikhet is popular for its juicy apples, apricots, peaches and various alpine fruits. Apart from fruits you can also buy fresh juices and honey from Chaubatia Gardens. The picturesque views of the snow capped peaks of majestic  Himalayan range can be seen from Chaubatia Gardens.

Golf Course

This is one of the prime attractions of Ranikhet. The Ranikhet Golf Course is one of the highest golf courses of Asia, located 5 kms from main Ranikhet City. Ranikhet Golf Course is a 9-hole course. The green meadow of the golf course at such high altitude is awe-inspiring. The golf club provides membership plans for outsiders as well.

Ashsiyana Park

Ashiyana Park is situated in the midst of Ranikhet town. The Park is specially designed & developed for children on jungle theme by Ranikhet Cantt.

St. Bridget Church

It is an old church in Ranikhet town.

Tarikhet

It is located at a distance of 8 Kms from Ranikhet and is well known for its Gandhi Kuti, and the temple of Golu Devta, venerated in the Kumaon region.

Mankameshwar Temple

This temple is attached to the Nar Singh Maidan (Ground), constructed by the Kumaon regiment. Opposite to the temple is a Gurudwara and a Shawl  factory.

Majkhali

Located at a distance of 12 kms. from Ranikhet, on the way to Almora, Majkhali offers a close view of the snowy Himalayas with peaceful surroundings. It is a picnic spot on the Ranikhet-Almora road.

Haidakhan Temple

Situated 4 kms from Ranikhet, Haidakhan Temple (Hairakhan Temple or Chilianaula) is dedicated to Lord Shiva made by Shri Haidakhan Maharaj who is said to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva. The splendid views of the gigantic Himalayan peaks are clearly visible from HaidakhanTemple.

Jhula Devi Temple

The Jhula Devi Temple was built in the 8th century. It is a temple dedicated to Goddess Durga and is only 7 kms from Ranikhet. The people of Uttaranchal have strong belief in the Jhula Devi Temple. Ram Mandir is situated very close to Jhula Devi Mandir.

Syalikhet

It is a scenic spot with unparallel beauty situated at a distance of 25kms from Ranikhet. Syalikhet is located in the amidst green forest and apple orchards. The famous temple of Syahi Devi is situated in Syalikhet.

Binsar Mahadev

The artistic structure of the Binsar Mahadev Temple and its deity Lord Shiva both adds positive vibes to our mind and soul. A beautiful stream flowing close to the Binsar Mahadev Temple adds amazement to the natural beauteousness of this sacred place. Binsar Mahadev Temple is situated amidst beautiful pine and deodar trees. Apart from the temple an ashram, Binsar Mahadev also has lovely cedar forest surroundings.

Katarmal (SunTemple) 

It is the second most important temple to Sun God, the first one being Sun Temple of Konark in Orissa. Katarmal is more than 800 years old. Situated 25kms from Ranikhet this historical temple is an example of intricate sculpturing.

Bhalu Dam or Baludham

It is an artificial small lake blessed with natural bounteousness, panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountains and placid surroundings. The small but beautiful garden nearby the dam is marvellous. The dam site is open for all the tourists throughout the year. The views of the massive Himalayan peaks are enchanting and ravishing from Bhalu Dam. It is an ideal spot for camping and picnicking.

KRC (Kumaon Regimental Centre) Museum

KRC Museum was established in the 1970s, this Regiment Museum showcases the history of Kumaon and Garhwal regiments. It also displays valuable treasures like Rani Jhasi’s silver scepter, Chinese rifles from the 1962 war, a World War-II Japanese wireless field telephone and documents related to the Kargil War.

Nearby attractions around Ranikhet: From Ranikhet make a visit to places like:

Chaukuthia

Chaukhutia is a small town located on the banks of Ramganga in the Almora district of Uttarakhand state. The town of Chaukhutia is situated at the meeting point of four picturesque and important places of Uttarakhand. It’s name is derived from a Kumaoni word Chakuta which means four feet in four directions, where first direction is towards Ramnagar, second towards Karanprayag, third towards Ranikhet and Almora and the fourth direction is towards Tadaktaal and Kheera. The entire region of Kumaon and Garhwal is easily accessible from Chaukhutia. It is situated on NH87 which meets at Karnaprayag with NH58 to reach Badrinath Dham. Chaukhutia’s historical past and religious significance can be seen basking in its glory in the nearby areas. Kali temple, Vaishno Devi’s temple, ancient fort and ruins of Katyuri dynasty all makes Chaubhutia an explorer’s delight.

Dwarahat

Dwarahat is situated in Almora district of Uttarakhand, 37kms from Ranikhet and is popular for a group of 55 ancient temples. It is quite a small place in the centre of Ranikhet and Garsian at the intersection of Ranikhet -Kasauni road and Almora-Badrinath road. As the name suggests, Dwarahat means way of Heaven where Dwara means way and Hat means Heaven. A visit to Dwarahat gives you a feeling of closeness with God. Dwarahat is famous for its ancient temples which were constructed mainly by the Katyuri kings and its architecture resembles the Gurjari School of Art. Maa Dunagiri temple located at a distance of 20km from Dwarahat belongs to the mountain brought by Pavandev. Eevery night of navratri is dedicated to none different forms of Goddess Durga. They are Maa Shailputri, Maa Brahmachaarin, Maa Chandraghanta, Maa Kushmaanda, Skand Maa, Maa Kaatyayini, Maa Kaalratri, Maa Chaamunda, and Mata Sidhidaarti. To reach the Durga temple or Paban Maharaj Ashram on the highway, you have to climb 500 steps on the top of a hill.

Majkhali

Majkhali offers a magnificient view of snow capped Himalayas with natural biosphere. It also hosts a forest nursery where they have different variety of Flora and Fauna species. There is also a Birla Girls School situated at Majkhali. Golf Course is one of the famous picnic spot located at a distance of 6 kms from Majkhali on road to Ranikhet. The salubrious atmosphere makes visitors fond of the place.

Things to do in Ranikhet: Trekking, fishing and golf are some of the things to do in Ranikhet. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Nanda Devi – Himalayan peak or pay homage at Jhula Temple and Kali Devi Temple. Take a trip to Chaubatia Orchard that features variety of exotic flowers or Bhaludham – an excellent picnic spot. Shop for stuff like Kumaoni Shawls, woollen Fabrics, weed Shawls and Baal Mithai or head to places like Almora, Nainital, and Manila for some fun, and frolic near Ranikhet. Radiating an old world charm, Ranikhet is a perfect holiday destination in the lap of nature.

Best time to visit Ranikhet: Summers are the peak season when everyone wants to escape the heat on the plains. The best time to visit Ranikhet is from September to November and again from April to June, when the weather is bracing. If you dislike the crowd, visit in the winters when the cold discourages the usual tourists. If you like the rains, visit Ranikhet in the early monsoon and walk through the lush green hillsides. It can be invigorating.

How to go ?

By Air

Pantnagar airport is the nearest domestic terminal, which is 119 km away. Pre-paid taxi services charge about Rs 2000 from Pantnagar to Ranikhet. Pantnagar airport is connected to Delhi by daily flights. Delhi is the nearest International airport, which is 350 km away from Ranikhet. Delhi airport is well connected with major cities within the country and abroad.

By Train

Kathgodam Railway station, about 80 km away from Ranikhet, is the nearest railhead. Pre-paid taxi services are available from Kathgodam to Ranikhet which costs about Rs 1500. Regular train services are available from Kathgodam to Delhi and also to other cities in India.

By Road

Ranikhet is well connected with nearby cities like Nainital (54 km), Almora (49 km) and Bareily (181 km). Tourist and State owned bus services are available from Delhi to Ranikhet, covering the distance of 350 km.

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Where to stay ?

Ranikhet is admired with a number of hotels and resorts suited to the budget.

Tourist Rest House Ranikhet (KMVN): +91-8650002533
Parwati Inn: + 91 5966- 220325, 61  Website: www.parwatihotels.com
Hotel Moon & Restaurant: +91 5966 -220382  Website: www.hotelmoonranikhet.com
Woodsvilla Resort:+91-05966- 240369, 240374, 240381 Website: www.woodsvillaresort.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Nainital

Nainital, Uttarakhand – A celebrated hill station with the alluring Naini Lake located at its heart

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A precious stone in the Himalyan necklace, Nainital is blessed phenomenal natural beauty and diverse natural resources . Nainital is populated with lakes, and has earned the epithet of  “Lake District” of India . The habitations of Nainital has developed around a deep, green volcanic lake named Naini lake and hence is named as Nainital. It is Kumaon’s largest town and a favourite destinations of the tourists.  The place is situated at a height of 2,084 metres (6,837 ft) above sea level upon a valley containing the pear-shaped Naini lake.

Places to see in Nainital: The sightseeing locations of Nainital include mainly lakes. However there are some other tourist destinations too.

Naini Lake

Tal means lake, the town of Nainital is named after this lake. This is a pear shaped covered by green mountains. It’s the key attraction of this hill station. The lake is tourists’ hub who enjoy boating, yachting or paddling here. As night descends the lake reflects the lights from houses and hotels surrounding the lake making it appear magical.

Naina Devi Temple

A renowned place of worship in Nainital, the Naina Devi temple is situated upon the Naina hill,  attracting lots of devotees each year. As the myth says, Goddess Sati’s eyes fell exactly at the same spot where this temple is situated. The top of the temple can be reached by climbing upto the top of the Naina hill. Besides the main idol of Maa Naina Devi, inside the temple there are two idols, one of Mata Kali Devi and the other of Lord Ganesh.

Snow View Point

This view point is located at an altitude of 2270 m, and can be reached either by foot or by another option of the ropeway. From the top the breathtaking views of snow capped mountains can be seen and one can also visit the small temple dedicated to Dev Mundi. Further ahead is the Gadhan Kunkyop Ling Monastery.

Naina peak or China peak

The highest peak of Nainital, the Naina peak is placed at an altitude of 2611 m. Just 6 km from the town, a horse ride or trek will take you to the Peak. The Peak gives a magnificent and panoramic view of the snow capped Himalayas and an excellent view of the Nainital city.

Nainital Zoo

One km from the bus stand, the zoo is a one of the animal lovers paradise. It contains the animals like the Snow Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Barking Deer, Siberian Tiger, Palm Civet Cat, Silver Pheasants, Rose ringed Parakeet and many other Himalayan birds.

The Governor’s House (Raj Bhavan)

It is built for the Governor of North West Province, and forms the current residence of the Governor of Uttarakhand serving as a guest-house of the state guests. You need a prior permission for the stay. The place is a well maintained beautiful property with swimming pool, golf links and a grand garden.

Nearby places to visit form Nainital: From here you can make a visit to places like:

Sattal

Only 21km from Nainital, the place is named after a group of seven lakes clustered closer to each other. Here you can witness nature’s true beauty at its best. This seven Lakes are: Panna Tal, Purna Tal, Nal-Damyanti Tal, Sita Tal, Ram Tal, Laxman Tal and Sukha Tal.

Ranikhet

A drive of 55km will take you to a truly beautiful town dotted with pine trees, orchards, temples and the joy grounds. Ranikhet means Queen’s meadow in Hindi and the place got its name from a local tale, that Raja Sudhardev was victorious in receiving the heart of his queen, Rani Padmini at the very place.

Bhimtal

Just 18km from Nainital, Bhimtal is a stunning lake and biggest lake located around Nainital. In the centre of this blue water lake is a small Island, which can be approached by a boat and at the island is an aquarium too. Here one can enjoy boating or explore the surroundings temples on foot.

Nakuchiatal

This is a mystique lake with nine corners. This is covered by forested hills on all sides and provides peace to the tourist. It is said that whoever sees all the nine corners of the lake in one shot, attains Nirvana. Apart from the mesmerizing view of the lake, the activities like trekking, angling and paragliding are also available for tourist. It is only 24km from Nainital.

Pangot

Pangot is a charming hill station just 13 km from Nainital in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. The pleasant climate, scenic landscape has made the time come to a stand still in Pangot. It is an ideal tourists excursion spot. Though there is a heavy rush of tourists here during summers, this is also a popular holiday destination in winter too. Tourists flock to Pangot to experience snowfall during the chilling winter months.

Things to do in Nainital: If you have an adventurous bend on your mind then you can enjoy beautiful trekking trails to Naina Peak and Tiffins Top. You can also take a ride in cable car to Snow View thus enjoying the splendid view of Nanda Devi. Rock climbing at Bada Pathar is another activity worth enjoying. You can also visit the lake resorts like Sat Tal, Bhimtal, and Naukuchiyatal.  Shoppers can pick up the stuffs like candles, shawls, and sweaters.

Best time to visit Nainital: The best time to visit Nainital are from March till June and again in September-October.

How to go ?

By Air

Pantnagar airport is situated at a distance of 71 km away from Nainital but the connectivity from other cities is comparatively poor. The Delhi International airport around 280 km from Nainital is the nearest air base. Delhi is the nearest international airport (280 km), which is well connected with other cities in India and abroad.

By Rail

Kathgodam is the nearest railway station, which is 35 km away from Nainital. Delhi (Ranikhet Exp), Lucknow (Bagh Exp) and Bareilly (Bagh Exp) are directly connected with Kathgodam by rail.

By Road

Nainital is well connected to other cities by state public transport buses.

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Where to stay ?

The are an array of accommodation options in Nainital. These include:

Hotel Sukhtal (KMVN): +91-05942- 235400
Hotel Talllital (KMVN): +91-05942- 235570
Hotel Snow-view ((KMVN): +91-05942- 238570
Hotel Welcome Park: +91 – 5942-235552, 236852, 239052  Website: www.hotelwelcomepark.com
Himalaya Hotel: +9105942 – 235258, 237258  Website: www.himalayapavilion.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Shimla

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh – It’s stunning natural beauty comprising of the alluring snow covered hills, whispering streams and green carpeted fields

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The former summer capital of the British in India, and the present capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is situated in the lower ranges of the Himalayan mountains, surrounded by pine deodar, oak and rhododendron forests. Nature has whole heartedly bestowed the place with infinite natural beauties. It has got a scenic location, surrounded by green hills with snow capped peaks. The whispering streams in between the hills and the swaying fields offer even an added beauty.  These spectacular hills dotted with the structures made during the colonial era add a completely different colour and impression, thus making the place unique among the other hill resort.

Places to see in Shimla: The serene surrounding of Shimla is dotted with a no. of sight seeing destinations. These include:

Christ Church

Christ Church in Shimla is the second oldest Church in India. It is one of the prominent landmark of Shimla. The silhouette of Church is visible for miles around the vicinity of Shimla city. One of the enduring legacies of the British Raj, this masterpiece was designed by Colonel JT Boileau in 1844; but the Church was consecrated only after 1857. There is a beautiful clock adorning the ChristChurch which was donated by Colonel Dumbleton in the year 1860 and porch was added in the year 1873. Christ Church has survived partition and the subsequent political upheavals of the Indian subcontinent. It continues to be very well maintained and remains in good condition. However the mechanical appendages of the Church like the clock does not function-a natural progression of entropy through time. You could not help but notice the stunningly beautiful stained glass windows inside the Church. There are five exquisite stained glass windows in Christ Church Shimla. One of them represents the virtues of Faith, Hope, Charity, Fortitude, Patience and Humility. The Pipe-Organ of Christ Church is the biggest in the Indian subcontinent and was erected in September 1899.

Jakhoo Temple

Popular as the ‘Hanuman Mandir’ among the localities of Shimla, the Jakhoo (or Jakhu) Temple has been on the ‘must visit list’ of almost all travellers. The devotees of the ‘Pawan Putra’ – Hanuman make a frequent visit here. One would get to hear about different versions of legend behind this temple that is mainly related to the phase of the Ramayana where Lord Hanuman took rest on his way to fetch Sanjeevani Booti (a therapeutic herb) required for healing Lord Ram’s brother, Lakshman. The temple is situated on the Jakhoo Hill which is also Shimla’s highest peak (at an altitude of about 8,050 feet). While trekking up to the temple, one can see the magnificent, 108 feet tall Hanuman statue behind the deodar trees. The main temple complex has Lord Hanuman’s foot prints engraved on a marble (as believed by the devotees), paintings and statues of Lord Hanuman and Lord Ram. The pious chants (or Bhajans) and the ringing bells fill up the entire complex thus creating a spiritual ambience.

Ridge of  Shimla

The Ridge of Shimla is a large open spacious platform from where you can have a panoramic view of the mountain peaks of Shimla.  The snow capped mountain ranges engulfed in the beauty of the nature is a phenomenal view that the Ridge of Shimla offers to the crowd. The Ridge at Shimla also provides the tourists a view of the age old ChristChurch built in the Neo-Gothic style of architecture as well as the new Tudor library. These two are the milestones of the town of Shimla. The movement of vehicles is strictly prohibited here. As such the Ridge in Shimla always remains crowded with hundreds of people.

Shimla State Museum

The Shimla State Museum is another popular tourist destination housing a huge collection of magnificent paintings, sculptures, coins, handicrafts, photos, etc of not only the state of Himachal Pradesh but outside too. The state museum is a major attraction of the Mall area of Shimla built in the style of colonial edifice with sprawling lawns all around. This museum was inaugurated in 1974. The museum is open from ten in the morning to five in the evening. It is open on all days except Monday and the national holidays. The state museum of Shimla also comprises a library that is loaded with historical books and manuscripts. The Museum was erected solely with the purpose of preserving the rich cultural heritage of the state and to spread the message of cultural legacy over generations. The paintings depict the life and culture of the hilly people. Beside there is also a huge collection of Mughal and Rajasthani paintings. The museum holds the sculptural merit of the 8th century stone works of Masrur and Bajaura. Also a wide lay out of Himachali dolls are displayed here.

George Castle

Located on the highest point in the depth of the National Park, George Castle was built in 1911 by Jivaji Rao Scindia. It is a two-storey structure that was erected for an overnight halt for the King of the United Kingdom, George V. On his trip to India, George V was supposed to stay here for a tiger hunt. Imported English tiles and attractive windows were used in the construction of this exclusive castle. But, having killed a tiger on his way, the king did not stop here and the palace was abandoned. Being situated at the highest point, the George Castle offers a magnificent view of the national park. Standing at the castle one can see Nilgai, Blackbucks, Sloth Bear, Wild Pigs, Jackals and several other wild animals. The point where the three lakes, Jadhav Sagar, Sakhya Sagar and Madhav Sagar, interlink with each other is located right next to the castle.  Even though George Castle remains as a desolate building now, it is still the best place to enjoy the whole forest at a glance.

The Mall of Shimla

The Mall of Shimla is the prime attraction for the tourists as it is the centre to a large number of shops, restaurants, a heritage theatre and above all a hub of merriment. Adjacent to the Mall of Shimla are the Tibetian and the Lakkad bazaar. The Mall has a number of restaurants that offers a wide range of cuisines from Punjabi and South Indian to Chinese and Continental dishes. Besides there are also a number of good dhabas and fast food joints where you can look out for some yummy pizzas and burgers. The Mall of Shimla holds the age old amateur theatre- The Gaiety theatre. This building has a great appeal to the tourists and is a focal point of cultural activities. The Shimla Mall also owns a number of emporiums and showrooms which is the storehouse of shawls, caps, pullovers, jewelery, potteries, books and other handicrafts and toys of Himachal Pradesh. The place looks wonderful during the evening hours as the entire place glitters with lights and crowds of people. The Mall in Shimla is referred to as the ‘heart of Shimla’. The Mall extends from Barnes court in the eastern side to Vice Regal lodge in the western side. Movement of vehicles are prohibited in the Mall of Shimla.

Kalibari Temple

The famous Kalibari Temple of Shimla is a popular tourist attraction and is situated at a very strategic location. The temple was built in the year 1845 and is dedicated to Goddess Kali who is also known as Shyamala. It is from the name of Goddess Shyamala that Shimla derives its name. The Kali Bari temple of Simla is a very well known religious place of India and people who come to Shimla never miss out on visiting this temple. The Kalibari temple was primarily located in Jakhu hill. The British brought it to its new site.

Sankat Mochan Temple

Sankat Mochan Temple is a popular temple which attracts pilgrims of all age groups. Many religious persons visit Sankat Mochan Temple to pay obeisance to the deities of Lord Rama and other notable gods of the Hindu pantheon. SankatMochanTemple is adjacent to National Highway 22. SankatMochanTemple is about 5 kilometers from Shimla. The temple is the second most popular tourist spot after JakhuTemple. The temple complex houses a number of structures housing the deities of Lord Rama, Lord Shiva and also includes Hanuman. The complex also includes a three storey building, a portion of which is used for a Langer/ Prasad hall. The rest of the building are hired out as marriage halls for a nominal fee.

Nearby attractions from Shimla: There are a no. of attractions around Shimla besides the grand sight seeing spots. These include:

Chail

One would always prefer visiting Manali or Shimla, but have you ever thought of visiting the summer capital ‘Chail’ of Patiala’s Maharaja Adhiraj Bhupinder Singh. This hill station is well-known for its remarkable history. In the late nineteenth century, His Highness of Patiala was expelled from Shimla, which was then known as British Raj’s summer capital, because he misbehaved with the daughter of the British Commander-in-Chief of that time. He then promised of building his own summer capital ‘Chail’. From Shimla, Chail is just 49 kilometres away. Chail appears as a peaceful and calm place because it is far away from Shimla’s hustling-bustling life. This hill station is located in the state of Himanchal Pradesh in Solan. It is very close to Kandaghat Mandal. Chail is located at a higher altitude than Shimla. Due to this, one and enjoy the glance of snow-covered Himalayan ranges which appear as lit during the sunset and sunrise. This small hamlet is surrounded by gigantic and big deodar trees and chir pine forests.

Naldehra

Naldehra is 23 kilometers from Shimla. It has India’s oldest nine hole golf course laid out by Lord Curzon during the era of the British Raj.

Kufri

Kufri is a winter sports capital. Kufri is situated at an altitude of 2622 meters above sea level Skiing can be pursued in Kufri. It takes approximately one hour to drive to Kufri from Shimla city.

Things to do in Shimla: Walk the long and winding roads and breathe in the deodars cone scented air. Drink Coffee at Indian Coffee House, Shop at Lakkar bazaar (wood market) for souvenirs, Hang out at the Ridge in the Evening and feel the energy of the place, Climb Jakhoo peak, a hiker’s delight,

Best time to visit Shimla:  The best time to visit Shimla would be October to November and from March to May.

How to go ?

By Air

Shimla’s Jubbarhatti Airport is nearly 25 km away from the heart of the city. It is connected with regular flights from Chandigarh and Delhi. Delhi International airport is the nearest major airport. Delhi airport is connected to all major cities in India and many cities abroad. Regular buses are available from Delhi to Shimla. This apart hiring private car is a good option. Shimla is 358 km from Delhi. You can also avail the rail route from Delhi. A number of trains leave from Delhi headed to Shimla.

By Train

Shimla has a meter gauge railway station. It connects to the nearest broad gauge station at Kalka, which is at a distance of 89 km from Shilmla. Kalka has good connectivity from Chandigarh (Kalka Shatabdi), Ambala (Barmer Klk Exp), Delhi (Himalayan Queen), Mumbai (Paschim Express) and Kolkata (Howrah-Kalka).

By Road

HPRTC buses offer bus connectivity from all cities in Himachal Pradesh to Shimla. Frequent ordinary and deluxe bus services are available from Delhi to Shimla.

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Where to stay ?

You will find a number of nice resorts and hotels in Shimla. Some

Hotel Holiday Home (HPTDC): +91-0177- 281- 2891
Hotel Peterhoff (HPTDC): +910177- 281- 2236
Hotel Blue Diamond: +91-0177 -280- 3092
Hotel Dreamland: +91-0177- 265 3005  Website: www.hoteldreamlandshimla.com
Hotel Apsara: +91-0 177 -281-1652  Website: www.hotelapsarashimla.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Chamba

Chamba, Himachal Pradesh – The land of Lord Shiva, this pristine village is blessed with alluring natural beauty

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The land of lord Shiva, Chamba is where you will find nature in its pristine forms. The place derives its name from its Princess Chamba. Though small in size, Chamba is a captivating tourist destination of Himachal Pradesh, renowned for its spell-binding natural beauty. The place, located in the midst of picturesque and lush valleys, and is visited by tourist throughout the year. This sub-Himalayan range of mountains, filled with diverse vegetation, makes the visitors fall in love with the place. Its pleasant climate adds to its popularity as a tourist destination in  India.

Places to see in Chamba: The sightseeing in Chamba include destinations like:

Chamunda Devi Temple

The ancient temple of Chamunda Mata is dedicated to Goddess Chamunda, one of the incarnations of Goddess Durga. Just behind the main temple, is a small shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. Chamunda Devi Temple situated on a hilltop and offers panoramic views of the entire Chamba, the mighty River Ravi as well as the surrounding villages and countryside.

Katasan Devi Temple

Katasan Devi Temple is situated near Baira Siul Project, approximately 30 km from Chamba valley. One of the main reasons for the popularity of the temple comprises of its calm, peaceful and serene locales that offer beautiful views of the valley.

Champavati Temple 

Champavati Temple, as the name suggests, is dedicated to Goddess Champavati, the patron deity of Chamba. It is said that the temple was constructed by the father of the Goddess, King Sahil Verman. Built as per the Shikhara style of architecture, it boasts of magnificent stone carvings and an amazing wheel roof.

Vajreshwari Temple

One of the most revered shrines in Chamba, Vajreshwari Temple is dedicated to Devi Vajreshwari, the Goddess of Lightening. It has also been built as per the Shikhara style of architecture. Since there are no historical records about the foundation of the temple, it is very difficult to ascertain the year of its construction. However, it is believed that Vajreshwari Temple is more than 1000 years old.

Chowgan

A sprawling grassland and boulevard in the heart of the city, Chowgan is the hub of local trade. It is also the starting point of the procession that forms a part of the Minjar Fair. Even the weeklong celebrations of the annual fair take place here only. During that time, the boulevard witnesses a host of cultural events, shows, programs and sport activities.

Bhuri Singh Museum

Bhuri Singh Museum was inaugurated on 14th September 1908, during the reign of Raja Bhuri Singh. Infact, the museum has been named after the king only. Situated close to Chaugan town of Chamba, it was initially started with the paintings donated by Raja Bhuri Singh.

Rang Mahal

Built by Raja Umed Singh in the mid-18th century, Rang Mahal is also known as the ‘Painted Palace’. It is situated at Chamba and was meant to serve as the residence of the royal women.

Things to do in Chamba: Sight seeing is the major activity in Chamba. If you visit in the month of July then Minjar Fair which is a famous carnival in Chamba is worth enjoying.

Best time to visit Chamba: The best time to visit Chamba is between April and October.

How to go ?

By Air

The closest airports both 245 kms away are Jammu and Amritsar from where buses, taxis and tourist vehicles are available.

By Rail

The nearest railhead at Pathankot is 120 kms away. From here again you can get taxis and buses up to Chamba.

By Road

Chamba is approximately 613 km from Delhi. From Delhi take NH 1 towards Jalandar via Ambala. Here turn off onto NH 1A towards Pathankot. Take the SH to Chamba via Banikhet.

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Where to stay ?

Here you will find ample accommodation options. Given below are some information.

The Iravati: +91-01899 – 222671, 9418122628
Hotel Aroma Palace: +91-1899-225577  Website: www.hotelaromapalacechamba.com
The Champak: +9101899- 222774

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Dharamshala

Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh – An internationally famed holy town with some mesmerizing scenic spots

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With the snow covered Dhauladhar ranges forming the background, Dharamshala is a magnificent hill station. This exotic hill station is hemmed with oak, pine and deodhar forests with a nearby snowline. Dharamsala is also the headquarter of the Kangra district. The numerous streams and the cool crispy air enhance the beauty. It is divided into two equal parts. The lower part comprises of civil offices and business establishments and also courts. Kotwali bazar and Upper Dharamshala consists of the places with names bearing witness to its history like McLeod Ganj and Forsythe Ganj. The place is also a temporary head-quarter of “His Holiness”, the Dalai Lama and is risen to the international holy fame “The Little Lhasa in India”.

Places to see in Dharamshala: At this sacred town there are various sight seeing locations that is worth a visit. These include:

Bhagsunag Falls

Just a little far from the town of Dharamshala, this smoky waterfall is worth a visit. An old temple is also located is the surrounding.

Dal lake

The Dal lake is another spectacular spot just 10kms from Dharamshala, dotted with Deodar and Fir trees.

McLeod Ganj

Named as little Lhasa, McLeod Ganj is famous for being the residence of His Holiness Dalai Lama rather than anything else. This is a little township having the groups of monasteries together with the Buddha Statues. It is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Dharamsala.

Jwalamukhi Temple

Just two hours from Dharamshala is the famous Jwalamukhi Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of Light. In the temple there is as such no idol to worship. A constantly burning blue flame, emanating from inside the rocks, is what is worshipped. This place is one of the 51 Sati piths.

St. John’sChurch

While driving from McLeod Ganj to Forsythe Ganj, St. John’sChurch comes in between. This church also houses the tomb of Lord Elgin one of the Viceroys of British India.

Chamunda Devi

15 km from Dharamshala is the famous temple of goddess Chamunda Devi (Chamunda Nandikeshwar Dham). At the back of the temple is a cave-like scoop where a stone “Lingam” under a boulder represents Nandikeshwar (Shiva). The temple complex is an enchanting spot with glorious view of Dhauladhar, the Baner Khad and Dadh. A vast running water pool houses the statues of Lord Shiva and Saraswati. A trek of about 16 km up in the Dhauladhar ranges is the ancient temple of Aadi Himani Chamunda.

Dharamkot

Situated on the crest of hill 11km from Dharamshala & 2 km from Mcleodganj, the village Dharamkot is a picnic spot affords a panoramic view of the Kangra valley, Pong Dam lake and Dhauladhar ranges. Dharamkot village is a good base for trekkers undertaking short & long treks.

Chintpurni Temple

This Shakti-temple is located on Dharamshala-Hoshiarpur road on  a ridge. Thousands of devotees visit this temple. In addition to many religious festivals, the main fair is held during the 10 days of “Shukalpaksh” in August. There is a Yatri Niwas which is managed by Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation.

Kunal Pathri

A level 3km walk from Kotwali Bazar leads upto the rock temple of the local goddess Durga. In the temple there is stone which remains always wet. According to local belief, the moment it starts drying, it rains. The road to Kunal Pathri passes through forests and tea gardens, occasionally allowing glimpses of wildlife ranging from rabbit to agile leopards.

Kareri Lake

Kareri Lake is situated northwest of McLeodganj and is at the foot of the Minkiani Pass. This pass is one of the 14 passes in the Dhauladhar Range in the Western Himalayas. Apart from the lake’s natural beauty, the trek itself goes through beautiful forests, rural villages, and finishes at a remote temple on the banks of Kareri Lake. Kareri Lake is one of the popular locations among adventure enthusiasts.

Triund Hill

Triund Hill is located at a height of about 2842 meters above sea level and with a distance of about 9 km from McLeodganj and 17km from Dharamsala. Located in the foothills of Dhauladhar Himalayan ranges, the hill is now a very popular trekking trail and is a major attraction for hikers. The scenic beauty and the panoramic view of the Valley and Dhauldhar range is breathtaking.

Nearby places to visit from Dharamshala: Dharamshala is also a good base to visit some nearby destinations like:

Kangra

Just 17 km from Dharamshala, the Kangra valley is one of the most picturesque valleys of lower Himalayas. The valley, sheltered by the sublime Dhauladhar range, is green and luxuriant. It provides a tremendous contrast in nature of places to be visited. Dharamshala is full of Buddhist air whereas ancient Hindu Temples like Bajreshwari Devi, Chamunda Devi, Baijnath Shiv temple and Jwala Devi ji dot the country side.

Trilokpur

It is situated at a distance of 41 kms from Dharamshala and can be approached by road the natural cave temple of Trilokpur contains a stalactite and stalagamite is dedicated to Shiva. High on the ridge of the cave are ruins of a palace and baradari (audience hall) of Lehna Singh Majitha, Governor of Kangra hills during the Sikh rule.

Things to do at Dharamshala: Dharamshala offers some interesting activities for the tourists with trekking, rock climbing and also angling. The 20 km stretch of the river Beas between Nadaun and Pong Dam offers ample opportunities in angling for Mahaseer. For shopping the local handicrafts make a visit to the Kotwali Bazar. The Tibetan handicrafts and carpets are available at Mcleodganj.

Best time to visit Dharamshala: The ideal time to visit here is from January to June and September to December.

How to go ?

By Air

Gaggal airport (also known as Dharamsala airport) in Kangra valley is the nearest airport. The airport is 15 km away from Dharamsala. This airport connects domestic flights to Delhi. International travellers have to connect through Delhi Airport, which is about 520 km away from Dharamsala. DelhiAirport is connected to all major cities in India and abroad.

By Train

Nearest railway station is Kangra Mandir at a distance of 22 km from Dharamsala. All trains won’t stop here. The major rail junction is Pathankot, which is about 85 km away from Dharamsala. Pathakot is well connected to all major cities in India.

By Road

Regular bus services are available in Dharamsala connecting the nearby cities. Direct private luxury buses are available from Delhi (520 km). The private cars are also available on hire from here.

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Where to stay ?

The location comprises of a good number of decent accommodation facilities suited to budget. Some options are:

The Dhauladhar (HPTDC): +91-01892- 224926, 224927
The Kashmir House (HPTDC): +9101892 – 222977
The Club House (HPTDC): +9101892- 220834
The Bhagsu (HPTDC): +9101892-221091

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Dalhousie

Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh – Named after Lord Dalhousie, this attractive hill resort still bears the fragments of colonial era

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A captivating hill station located in Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie came into existence in the year 1854 by the British. It was their summer retreat for them. The town derived its named from the then British Viceroy, Lord Dalhousie. Dalhousie is situated at a height of about 2080m. It spreads out over the five hills (Kathlog, Potreys, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun). The town’s varying altitude shades it with a variety of vegetation that including the stately grooves of pines, deodars, oaks and flowering rhododendrons.

Places to see in Dalhousie: This historical spot offers a number of scenic sight seeing spots. These include:

Ajit Singh Memorial

Sardar Ajit Singh, a great freedom fighter, breathed his last on the day India gained independence, 15th August, 1947. His ‘Samadhi’ is located at Dalhousie’s Panjpulla, a picturesque spot with a natural tank and water flowing under small bridges from which the place takes its name. At Panjpulla, there is a ‘Samarak’ in the memory of Sardar Ajit Singh. On the way to Panjpulla is Satdhara springs gurgling with refreshing water, believed to contain some medicinal properties. Panjpulla stream is the main source of water supply to Dalhousie and Bahloon.

Kalatop

The spot commands a beautiful and grand panoramic view of the surrounding landscape and eye travels wide over hill and dale, field and forest, smooth and ruggedness, till in the direction of Jammu and Kashmir, it meets a horizon of snow peaks. Kalatop in Chambiali dialect means a ‘black cap’. A beautiful Forest Rest House with a chowkidar redidence stands amidst the thick forest. The place comes under a Wild life sanctuary known as Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary.

Lakkad Mandi

13 km. from Hotel Mount View, this small sanctuary lies in the catchment of the Ravi River, and contains patches of good coniferous and Oak forests. A motorable road to Kalatop Rest House leads from the Dalhousie – Khajjiar – Chamba road at the point named Lakkad Mandi. The track from Lakkad Mandi to Kalatop Rest House is plain and the walk through the dense forest is amazingly refreshing. To obtain permission to ply the vehicle and stay in Rest House, one can contact Divisional Forest Officer, Wildlife, Chamba.

Jandari Ghat

( 2 km ) place of the rulers of erstwhile Chamba State, is located and surrounded by tall pine trees, is a place worth visiting. Jandari Ghat commands a panoramic view of snow covered Pir Panjal Range and other surrounding hills.

Francis Church

Dalhousie is well known for its church buildings and other landmarks erected by the British. The town has old churches like St. John’s Church ( 1853 ), St. Francis’ Church ( 1894 ), St. Andrew’s Church ( 1903 ) and St. Patric’s Church ( 1909 ). St. John’sChurch, the oldest is located at Gandhi Chowk, about 2 km. from the bus stand. This church was the first to be built after the founding of Dalhousie.

Bholani Mata

Dainkund is the highest mountain in Dalhousie, at an altitude of 2755 mtrs it provides the picture book scenery of the whole valley. The amazing experience of a pliable trudge in a beautiful ambience is quite spectacular. The sweet sound of the gentle breeze puffing through the trees makes a musical serenade and so Dainkund is popularly known as the singing hill.

Sach Pass

The All year Snow covered pass into Pangi valley is a must see on a trip to Dalhousie 120 Kms from Dalhousie be in Snow all year around and enjoy majestic views of Chamba and Pangi valley on the other side the pass is located over 14000 feet in brethtaking views.

Nearby attractions from Dalhousie: Dalhousie is also admired with some breath-takingly beautiful nearby destinations. These are:

Khajjiar

20 Kms from  Dalhousie, referred as the Mini Switzerland of India is one of the finest Saucer shaped meadows lined by tall Deodar Trees and a Lake in the middle with over an 500 year old Wooden Nag Temple near to the Lake. Khajjiar has the thick forest of the Kalatop Khajjiar sanctuary surrounding its soft green grass. The moment one enters the picturesque Khajjiar, one is welcomed by a yellow Swiss sign for ‘hiking path’ which reads “Mini Switzerland”.

Bhalai Mata

32 km. from Dalhousie, the mighty Bhadrakali temple of Bhalai Mata, the local deity, is much respected and revert place of Chamba district. It is known fact that a visit to the shrine grants all wishes that one might have in mind. It is a worth seeing site and must be visited.

Chamera Dam project

30 Km. from Dalhousie, and on the way to Chamba. This is the reservoir of the Chamera dam built over the river Ravi. Chamera lake is an artificial lake came into existence as a consequence of Chamera Hydroelectric project. The Dam site enjoy very sharp fluctuations in climate between April to June. During the day it can get very hot (around 35 degree centigrade) though by the evening, temperatures fall to between 18 to 20 degree centigrade.

Things to do in Dalhousie: It is a fantastic place to trek, a ride on the ponies in Khajjiar is also worth, Enjoy long walks, Go to the Tibetan market and have a look around just for fun.

Best time to visit Dalhousie: March and June, September to November is the best time to visit Dalhousie.

How to go ?

By Air

Nearest airports are Pathankot which is about 80 km from Dalhousie and Jammu at a distance of 180 km from Dalhousie. Pathankot is connected to Delhi only, while Jammu has more frequent air services to Delhi and other destinations in North India.

By Train

Nearest railhead is Pathankot (80 km) and is well connected by rail to various cities in India, including Delhi, Mumbai and Amritsar, Kolkata.

By Road

Bus services by public transport system are available connecting to the towns in and around Dalhousie. Overnight luxury buses are available from Delhi (590 km distance).

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Where to stay ?

There are plenty of hotels and lodges available in Dalhousie. Some options are:

The Manimahesh (HPTDC): +91-01899 – 242793
The Geetanjali(HPTDC): +91-01899 – 242155
Hotel New Palace: +91-9816145265, 9805579314  Website: www.hotelnewpalace.com
Hotel MountView: +9109418010822, 09418511822, 09816040822 Website: www.hotelmountview.net

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Sangla

Sangla, Himachal Pradesh – Dotted with beautiful apple orchards, this is a spectacular destination with soothing cool breeze and pleasant climate

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The picturesque Sangla valley perches at an altitude of 2,700 mts. It is named after the beautiful and crowded village Sangla. The valley starts at Karcham and ends at Chitkul. It is also called Baspa Valley for the meandering Baspa river flows beside this beautiful town. This picturesque location will surely make you fall in love with its enchanting natural beauty.  The numerous apple orchards of Sangla valley deserve a special mention. This place is world famous for its sweet apples. Guarded by tall mountains on all sides together with the lush sceneries, this place, situated on the lap of nature is ideal for relaxing and rejuvenating yourself for some days away from the cacophony of the urban life.

Places to see in Sangla: Sangla offers a number sight seeing destinations. These include:

The Baspa River

This fast meandering River passes through the Hills Of Sangla. The beautiful surroundings of the Baspa River provide excellent opportunity to get a view of the multi coloured Rainbows and Brown Trout. The site is also a perfect place for Angling for being a haven of the vast variety Of Fishes. Crossing this River is equally attractive. This Process is includes Ride In A Basket throughout . Its Surroundings provided with the area for Camping And Trekking.

The Kamru Fort

The Kamru Fort rests at a height of 2600 M. and is at a distance of 229 Km from Shimla. This historic fort is located atop the panoramic Sangla Valley. A Large image Of Lord Buddha adorns the main entrance greeting the visitors. There is an Idol of Kamakhya Devi too installed in the Third Floor.

The Tibetian Wood Carving Centre

The Tibetian Wood Carving Centre is among the primary sightseeing spots of Sangla Valley. This popular destination is situated near the Saffron Farms in the outskirts of Sangla. The importance of the place lies in housing the items made from the Wood Carvings in the Tibetan Style. The items are exhibited both for the Display and sale purposes.

The Bering Nag Temple

The Bering Nag Temple is one of the renowned Temple And religious tourist spot of the Sangla. It is dedicated to God Jagas. The Fulaich Fair, held here annually between August and September is a famous fair. The deity to whom the temple is dedicated is the local deity of The Village and is situated in the mid of the village. This area is the focal Point of all the ceremonies, functions and religious activities.

The Sangla Meadows

The Sangla Meadows also nick named as Sangla Kanda is the spectacular natural sightseeing destination in Sangla. Shrouded completely in Greenery and encompassed by the snowy Mountain Ranges of the Himalayas, the site is also absolutely perfect to catch a clear view of the marvellous Kinner Kailash in a 180 degree view. Added to it, the place also provides a view of the Local Himachal Huts together with the the Customs & the daily lifestyle of the inhabitants.

Chitkul Village

The Chitkul Village is the last inhabited Village near the Indo-Tibet Border The village is located at a distance of 20 Km from Sangla. Standing besides the River Baspa on its right bank, the village derives its name from the local Goddess ‘Chitkul Maathi’ also known as the ‘Mata Devi’, whose temple is a must visit spot here. The devotees come from the Entire Kinnaur District to worship at this temple. Chitkul During the heavy snowfall that takes place in winters, the area becomes completely un-inhabited.

Things to do in Sangla Valley: Apart from the sight seeing, here you can enjoy activities like trekking and angling. If you want an idle time just doing nothing, then enjoy a leisure stroll to explore the scenic beauty of the place.

Best time to visit Sangla Valley: The best time to visit the place is from Mid-March to October.

How to go ?

By Air

The nearest Domestic Airport is Jubbarhatti Airport, Shimla, 194 Kms from Sangla. The second nearest Domestic Airport is Bhuntar Airport, roughly three and a half hour drive from Sangla. It is very well connected to major cities like Dharamshala, Chandigarh and Shimla. Cabs are available from the airport to Sangla.

By Train

The nearest Railway Station is Shimla Railway and is located at a distance of 194 Kms from Sangla. Shimla Railway Station is well connected with Kalka Railway Station and with the cities like Gumman, Kumarhatti, Sonwara, Barog, Kandaghat, Kathleeghat, Taradevi and Summer Hill etc. Taxis are available on hire from here. Sangla is 313km from Kalka.

By Road

There are many ways to reach Sangla by road. It is 35 Kms from Purbani, 37 Kms from Telangi, 42 Kms from Nachar, 143 Kms from Kumarsain, 167 Kms from Banjar, 199 Kms from Bhuntar and 209 Kms from Kullu through Himachal Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (HPSRTC) and some private travel services.

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Where to stay ?

The site is dotted with a number of hotels, resorts and homestays. Some options are:

Sangla Resort: +9101786 -242 401
Hotel Mount Kailash: +9101786 242 527
Cedar “N” Snow: +9101786-242602
Banjara Camps & Retreats Pvt. Ltd.: +91- 011- 65152334, 5, 6  Website: www.banjaracamps.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Kalpa

Kalpa, Himachal Pradesh – Resting at an altitude of 2758 m, this spectacular hamlet is a piece of heaven on the earth

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Located in the lap of  the snowy Kinnaur Kailash peak, Kalpa is a dreamland. This nature’s wonderland rests at an altitude of 2758 m and is 110 km from Sarahan. Kalpa is the main village of Kinnaur dotted with ancient villages having tribals cultures. Here you will find a blend of natural beauty with snow capped mountains and profuse greenery. Previously the place was named as Chini. The majestic mountains of the Kinner Kailash range stands face to face with the river. The spectacular sights of the sunrise in the morning will enthral your heart, when the golden rays of the sun touches the white snowy mountain peak, forming the natural crimson colour. This sight will cast a magic spell on you leaving a long lasting impact.

Places to see at Kalpa: The scenic location of Kalpa is adorned with a number of sight seeing destinations. These include:

Recong Peo

Only 13 km from Kalpa, the Recong Peo is the head quarter of district Kinnaur resting at an altitude of 2670m. The mountain of Kinner Kailash is well known for being one of the mythical homes of Lord Shiva. Here you will find a 79 feet high rock formation resembling Sivalinga. The Sivalinga changes its colour in accordance with the position of the sun during the different hours of the day. From here, the peak of Raldang (5499 m) is also visible.

Kothi

Kothi is a religious destination having a temple dedicated to the goddess Chanadika Devi. The place is 3 km from Recong Peo.  With the mountains and graves of the deodar forming the background, this temple is adorned with an uncommon architectural style together and intricately carved sculpture. A magnificent gold image of goddess decorates the sanctum of the temple.

Riba

Riba is a beautiful place situated at a height of 2745M famous for the vineyards and the local wine ‘Angoori’ is manufactured from the grapes.

Jangi  

This is the starting point of the famous Kinner Kailash Parikarama Trek. The trek route also touches the Morang, Thangi and Kunocharang villages and enters the Chitkul village in Sangla Valley.

Puh

The local name of the place is Spuwa. This village Puh is admired with the lush green fields, apricot, almond and also grape orchards. It is just 58 km from Powari along the NH-22. The place offers Puh rest house and basic hotel facilities for the tourists.

Nearby attractions around Kalpa: Moorang is located above the left bank of river Satluj, just few km away from the Tirang sangam and is 39 kms from Kalpa. This beautiful village can be approached from the narrow path within the apricot orchard. The valley is encompassed by the lofty mountains on all sides. Only the western part of the valley is open to the Satluj, on the bank of which stands an old fort believed to be constructed by Pandavas. Having a square structure resting upon a knoll it overlooks the Satluj. The main gate of the fort is approached by a detached ladder. The roof is flat. The name of the local deity is Urming and there are three structures dedicated to the deity each existing in Thwaring, Garmang and Shilling. The ark of the deity however remains inside the fort making these structures empty. On a holy day this ark is taken to the above mentioned places. The ark has got 18 ‘mukh’, made of silver, gold and brass. The 18 mukh represents the 18 days of the great Kurukshetra war of the epic Mahabharat.

Things to do in Kalpa: Kalpa offers a lot of activities for its visitors. If you are an adventure enthusiast then go for trekking and rock climbing. Also enjoy the river rafting, angling, jeep safaris here. You may also organize the fun filled picnics here. If doing nothing just lie down upon the soft green grasses and gaze at the charming natural beauty. Don’t miss to carry the excellent quality Chilgozas and Kinnauri Shawls. Try to organize your trip during the months of September and October to be a part of the great Phulech Festival celebrated with the colourful flower garlands and great enthusiasm.

Best time to visit Kalpa: June to August offers pleasant climate and is the best time to visit Kalpa.

How to go ?

By Air

Shimla’s Jubbar Bhatti airport is the closest at 260 kms. From here there is a 10 hour journey by road to Kalpa either by private taxi or bus. You may halt at Sangla, located at a distance of 50 km before reaching Kalpa. Sangla is dotted with some really beautiful sight seeing spots.

By Rail

Shimla is the closet railhead at 240 kms. Take a bus or hire a taxi to make the arduous but very picturesque drive up to Kalpa. You may halt at Sangla, located at a distance of 50 km before reaching Kalpa.

By Road

From Shimla, taxis or jeeps can be hired and a bus service is available for Rekong Peo, 14 km from Kalpa, a journey of about 11 hours. If driving in from Delhi, it’s convenient to break journey at Shimla or Narkanda.

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Where to stay ?

Kalpa is dotted with plenty of accommodation facilities. Some options are:

Hotel Rolling Rang: +91-098166-86789, 094180-92894, 098161-85518, 094596-14014  Website: www.hotelinkalpa.com
Hotel Apple  Pie: +91-8860688496, 8894579727  Website: www.hotelapplepie.com
Hotel “The Grand Shangri-La” : +91-01786-226134  Website: www.thegrandshangrila.com
The Kinner Kailash (HPTDC): +91-01786 – 226159

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Manali

Manali, Himachal Pradesh – The Queen of the hill stations, this nature’s wonderland is one of the famous tourist destinations in India

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Only 40 kms away from Kullu to the north, Manali is situated near the end of the valley on the National Highway leading to Leh. Here the breathtakingly beautiful landscape will greet you. Manali is one of the important hill stations of the state of Himachal Pradesh. Situated at a height of 6,398 ft., it lies at the end of the Kullu Valley. It has a rich cultural heritage for being known as the home of Saptarshi. Manali has an extra appeal for the clean and beautiful River Beas that flows through the Himalayan valleys. This place derived its name from the word ‘Manavalaya’ which means the abode of Manu. It is an ideal place for the holidays and the a favorite resort for trekkers. Added to it the picturesque sight-seeing spots also add to the attractions.

Places to see in Manali: The prime attractions of Manali include:

Jagat Sukh

Located on the left bank on Beas on the road to Naggar, Jagat Sukh is famous for very old temples of Lord Shiva and Sandhya Gayatri in Shikhara style and hence its name. These are worth a visit.

Arjun Gufa

This cave is situated near Prini village just 1km above the road where Arjun had meditated. This is good 1/2 a day excursion with charming view of the brilliant mountains.

Rahala water falls

This scintillating water falls is just 16 kms on the way to Rohtang pass. If one goes to Marhi on foot from Kothi from the old road, the sight of the falls is fascinating. It is a good picnic spot as well.

Solang Valley

This is a splendid valley resting between the Solang village and Beas Kund. Solang valley offers the view of glaciers and snow capped mountains and peaks. It has fine ski slopes. The Mountaineering Institute has installed a ski lift for training purpose. Located here is a hut and guest house of the Mountaineering and Allied sports Institute, Manali. Now a few hotels have also come up. The winter skiing festival is organised here. Training in skiing is imparted at this place.

Nehru Kund

Just  5 kms. on the National Highway to Leh, this natural spring of cold clear water is named after Pt. Jwahar Lal Nehru, who used to drink water from this spring during his stay in Manali. This spring is believed to originate from the Bhrigu lake situated high-up in the mountains.

Vashist

This small village Vashist is located on the left bank of river Beas towards Rohtang pass and is worth visiting. It is renowned for its hot springs and temples. Nearby is the pyramidal stone temple dedicated to Vashist Muni. There is another Temple of Lord Ram here. Natural hot sulphur springs with two separate bathing tanks for gents and ladies are always full of tourists. Turkish style showers fitted baths have also been built nearby. Hot water from the nearby spring is provided for bathing.

Mountaineering Institute

Located 3 km on the left bank of river Beas towards Kullu, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports Manali, organises basic & advance training courses, in trekking, mountaineering, skiing and water sports. Skiing and trekking equipments can be hired from here by booking in advance. There is also an interesting showroom here.

Tibetian Monastries

There are 3 newly constructed colourful monasteries, where visitors can buy carpets and other Tibetan handicrafts. Two are located in the town and one at Aleo on the left bank of Beas river.

Club House

2 kms from the town, the club house has indoor games facilities which has been located on the left bank of Manalsu Nallah. There are some picnic spots near it.

Manu Temple

3 kms. from the main bazar in old Manali lies the temple of MANU RISHI. It is believed that this is the only temple of Manu in India, who was the creator of human race on the earth.

Hadimba Temple

Manali has many attractions but the chief centre of interest, historically and archaeologically, is undoubtedly the DHOONGRI TEMPLE dedicated to goddess Hidimba, the wife of Bhim of the Mahabharat fame. It has four-tiered Pagoda shaped roof and the doorway is carved with legendary figures and symbols. This temple is located amidst wooden forest of deodar and is about 2.5 kms. from the tourist office. It is a pleasant experience to stroll in the temple complex which was built in 1533 A.D. A large festival is held here in May.

The great Indian National Park

The National Park with an area of 754 sq. km. is located in Kullu District and has the representative area of temperate and alpine forests of Himachal. It has some the virgin coniferous forests of the State. Vast areas of alpine pastures and glaciers cap this park. This area has many important wildlife species of Western Himalayas, like Musk deer, Brown bear, Goral, Thar, Leopard, Snow leopard, Bharal, Serow, Monal, Kalij, Koklas, Cheer, Tragopan, Snow cock etc. Trekking of Rakti-Sar, origin of Sainj river and camping in alpine pastures is unforgettable. Similar is the trekking route to Tirath the origin of Tirthan river. Visitors can contact Director, Great Himalayan National Park at Shamshi or Range Officer wildlife at Sainj or Range Officer Wild Life at Sai Ropa (Banjar) for assistance and guidance. Camping equipment and guides are provided by the Forests Department.

Manali Sanctuary

This sanctuary starts about 2 km from Manali town. A bridle path from Manali log huts/ Dhungri temple passes through dense Deodar, Kail, Horse chestnut, Walnut and Maple forests. Night stay in tents at Lambadug or Gallant thatch is an unforgettable experience. Alpine lush green pastures and glaciers beyond Galant thatch are a romantic attraction for the enthusiastic but enduring visitors. One may see Musk deer, Monal and Brown bear digging or ploughing the land and also pug marks with scent of Leopard or Snow leopard. Those who venture up to snows can see herds of Ibex in the glacier zone in summers.

Nearby attractions from Manali: Manali is also admired with a no. of nearby spots. These include:

Rohtang Pass

RohtangPass (3979 m) is 51kms. from Manali on highway to Keylong/Leh. It offers a panorama and spectacular mountain view. The pass is open from June to October each year although trekkers can cross it earlier. It is a gateway to Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and Leh valley just as Zojila pass is a gatway to Ladakh. There are beautiful sights of glaciers, peaks and Chandra river flows down in the Lahaul valley. Slightly to the left are the twin peaks of the Geypan. During summer(mid June to October) regular buses ply between Manali-Keylong/Darcha, Udaipur, Spiti and Leh. Rohtang Pass is best visitable between May/June to October/November.

Kullu

Kullu was probably the most ancient state next to Kashmir and Kangra. Kullu valley is gifted with every thing that you can imagine. The Marvelous landscapes, hospitable, peaceful & co-operative people having distinct life style & culture are some of the points that separate Kullu from rest of Himachal Pradesh. The place is located at a distance of 42 km from Manali.

Manikaran

It is located in the Parvati Valley between the rivers Beas and Parvati, northeast of Bhuntar in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. 79 km from Manali this is an esteemed pilgrimage of both the Hindus and the Sikhs. The place is famous for the hot springs. The water is so hot that dal, rice & vegetables etc. can be cooked in it.  Thousands of people take a holy dip in hot waters here. It has many temples and a gurudwara. There are temples dedicated to Lord Rama, Vishnu and Krishna. There is also a tempe of the Great Maratha Raja Shivaji. According to an old legend, Manikaran is connected with Lord Shiva and his divine consort, Parvati, who lost her ear rings here, which gave birth to hot waters on the bank of Parvati river.

Naggar

Situated on the left bank of river Beas at an altitude of 1851m, Naggar – an ancient town commands extensive views, especially to the North West of the valley. Naggar was the former capital of Kullu. It was founded by Raja Visudhpal and continued as a headquarters of the State until the capital was transferred to Sultanpur (Kullu) by Jagat Singh in 1460 A.D. Today this ancient and beautiful Palace is a popular tourist spot.

Kasol

Kasol is located at an altitude of 1640 meters above sea level, and is known for its enormous scenic beauty. With wide open clearings which slope down to wide expanses of clear white sands at the Parvati River.

Things to do in Manali: Take a stroll around to view the mesmerizing surrounding that will surely cast a magic spell on you. Enjoy the sight seeing trip and make a visit to the HidimbaTemple, which is the prime attraction of Manali. Sit on the stony banks of the frivolous and restless BeasRiver, forgetting about all tensions and worries completely loosing oneself to nature. The adventurous can organize trekking. Manali is the starting point for numerous multi-day treks. While in Manali, do make a visit to Manikaran and take a dip in the pristine hot spring which is a blessing of the God.

Best time to visit Manali: September to June is the best time to visit Manali.

How to go ?

By Air

Bhuntar, which is 50 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Bhuntar is connected to Delhi by air. Delhi is the major nearest airport, which is about 565 km away from Manali. Delhi airport is well connected with all major cities in India and many cities abroad.

By Train

Joginder Nagar is the nearest railway station to Manali, which is nearly 50 km away.  Joginder Nagar is a narrow gauge railway station, hence connectivity is not so good.  Other closest railheads are at Chandigarh (310 km) and Ambala (300 km). Kalka train station is near Manali and distance is 279 km. This is connected to some major train stations like Howrah, Barmer, Bandra, Shimla.

By Road

Manali is well connected to other tourist destinations near by in Himachal by private deluxe bus services. State owned services are also available connecting Manali to other cities.

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Where to stay ?

 There are numerous hotels, resorts and lodges in Manali. Some options are:

Log Huts (HPTDC): +91-01902 -253 226
Hotel Beas : +91-01902 – 25228  Website: www.hotelbeasmanali.com
Hadimba Cottages (HPTDC): +91-01902- 252334
Shingar Regency: +91 01902 -252251-52  Website: www.shingarregency.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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