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Nainital:  Paradise enclosed with Lofty Mountains

Why is Nainital is a heaven for nature lovers?

Nainital is one among the best hill stations enclosed with majestic sublime mountains, serene peaceful lake, suburban cottages and a web of crooked streets. The favorable climate throughout the year makes it a more favorable spot for people to roam around. Situated in the Kumaon region of Uttrakhand in India, Nainital has everything from inherited buildings to ancient temples and scenic beauty at every step, also renowned for National parks

How to reach Nainital?

By Air

You can take a flight from  PANTNAGAR as it is the most nearest Airport to Nainital (68 km) and it will take  Approximately 2  hour, to reach Nainital. This domestic airport is also connected to metropolitan cities such as Delhi and Mumbai through all leading airlines. The international airport which is nearest to Nainital is Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi

By Rail

Nainital itself has no railway station, but Kathgodam Railway station which is around 24 km is the nearest railway station from the city. This Railway Station is linked to various other major cities such as New Delhi, Jammu, Kolkata, Lucknow through UtrSamprk, GaribRath and many more. After reaching Kathgodam, you can hire a taxi or a private cab on rental or sharing basis.

By Road

The city has excellent road connectivity connecting all major cities and towns of North India. AC and non AC  Volvo buses are also available for Nainital. Overnight bus boarding is the easiest way to reach the city from Delhi. Nainital is 275 km from Dehradun, 242 km from Rishikesh, from kathgodam it is 23kms far and from Ranikhet its 55kms away by road. Daily bus service is also there from Delhi to Nainital.

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When to plan for Nainital?

The city welcomes tourist throughout the year

Summers( March- June)

The temperature at Nainital during summers is between 10 degrees to 27 degrees Celsius., which is an optimum time for enjoying sightseeing and visit various attractions such as Naini Lake, Naina Devi temple, Land’s end and caves garden.

Monsoons(July – September)

Nainital does not receive much rainfall Instead, it adds more beauty to the place.

Winters (October – February)

The temperature during the season in Nainital drops down to 0 degree Celsius. The city experiences the little snowfall and weather become too Cold. Hence, you can enjoy The Mall, Sattal, Naini Peak, Tiffin top and the snow view.

NAINI LAKE

Places to visit in Nainital

Here I am sharing a few places which you can explore during your trip to Nainital and can have everlasting and unforgetting experience of your life.

Naini LakeNAINI LAKE

 

Naini Peak

Naini Peak is the highest peak of Nainital City from where you can have the panoramic view of the Himalayas capped with snow. This peak is also called Cheena Peak or china peak. You can enjoy trekking as well as horse riding. To have the mesmerizing view of the sunset, all you have to do is reach the spot early morning. Moreover, you won’t find much crowd at the top of the peak at dawn time

Tiffin Top

Famous by the name of Dorothy seat, this hill has a stonework perch in the memory of Dorothy Kellet, a renowned painter.  This stone was perched at the height of 2290 m.

The Mall Road

For a shopaholic person, mall road is the best place to stroll in. Places like Bara Bazaar, Tibetian market, and other markets are the famous places in Nainital for purchasing apparels, handicrafts, souvenir, and artifacts. Nainital market is generally known for artificial jewelry, keychains, scented candles, and books. Therefore, you can buy lots of things to decor your sweet home.

Snow view point

The oldest viewpoint and a must visit place in Nainital. From here you can have the spellbound view of the magnificent Himalayan range. The peak is connected to the town with an aerial ropeway. Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot hill are also few peaks which are nearby, and you can delight in. . Staying at the hill is chargeable for every hour and timings to visit the mountain are from 10 am to 5 pm.

SNOW VIEW POINT

National Zoo

Pt Govind Ballabh Pant Zoo has tropical and endangered species of animals and even birds. These animals and birds are native to this region only. As this zoo is present at an altitude of 2100 m, hence many animals and birds have made it a habitat. The aquarium contains Siberian Tiger, Wolf, spot snow leopard, white peacock, Palm Civet Cat, and many more species.

 Raj Bhawan

The Governor’s house is also one of the most attractive places of Nainital which was built Northwest province’s Governor. Buckingham Palace with architecture in Gothic style.

 Naina Devi Temple

Naina Devi Temple is the place which is famous for introspection. This temple is situated over the bank of a famous lake which is Naini lake.. This is an ancient temple, and the history of the temple is related to Goddess Sati whose eye fell at this place. This is the reason this temple is called Nainadevi as naina word represents eye in Hindi. This temple is located at the Naina Hilltop.

Bhimtal Lake

Apart from Naini lake, there are various other lakes in Nainital which are also worth visiting. One among them is Bhimtal Lake,

BHIM TAL

Eco cave garden

Kids especially love eco cave gardens. There is a park which includes seven caves. These are the best place to hang out with your family with kids. These caves are interconnected with a narrow and winding road. Ticket costs for an adult are Rs 35 and for kids is Rs 20.

Binayak 

Binayak is the famous place of Nainital where people go for trekking. This place is famous for Himalayan adventure trekking. Also one can go for a long walk in pine trees.

Gurney House

The colonial magnificent building in the ancient castle of Nainital. This place is a luxury resort, earlier it was the residential place of Former writer and hunter conversationist, Mr. Jim Corbett. This place is located near Nainital lake.

Sattal Lakes

Nainital is not all about the hills, but the magnificent lakes also add beauty to the place.  Sattal is also called Sat tal which means seven Lakes in Hindi. It means that this lake is interconnected to seven ponds of freshwater, situated in the lower range of Himalayas. This lake is located near bhimtal town in Nainital. Just like other lakes, Sattal is also surrounded by peaks of splendid Himalayas. Pine and oak trees surround this lake also have artistic churches around the lake. Lake is dotted by bungalows. This is the reason this Nainital is also called “Lake District of India”. AndSattal is all about pines, hills, and lakes.

Hanuman Garhi

For devotees of Lord Hanuman, Baba Neem Karauli established the Hanuman Garhi in 1950. He built a beautiful statue of Lord Hanuman at the top of the hill From here you can have a magnificent view of sunrise and sunset. Besides the beautiful view, people can have a leisurely walk as situated above sea level at an altitude of 6,401 ft.

NEEM KAIROLI BABA

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A Trip to Dalhousie/Khajjar – Heaven on Earth

A Trip to Dalhousie/Khajjar – Heaven on Earth

A Trip to Dalhousie/Khajjar – Heaven on Earth

 

Why is Dalhousie the best place to visit?

Last week I decided to explore the beautiful Himalaya again and picked up Dalhousie this time. The mesmerizing old world and natural beauty of Dalhousie quickly show you why it is the most popular hills station in Himachal Pradesh. Dalhousie was named after Lord Dalhousie who was viceroy to India during the British era. You will find amazing places to explore in Dalhousie to add to your bucket list. This place offers you Calm and pollution free environment far away from crowded city life. If I talk about the accommodation options, it ranges from the budget to the luxury options. And the options for food here are in abundance. Tiny cafes provide you with the amazing flavor of coffee or tea that you crave.

Kalatop Sanctuary is among the top wildlife centuries, Khajjar is famous for the beautiful khajjar lake and known as Mini Switzerland of India, Mall Road can be Explored if you are a Shopaholic,  St John Church is the perfect place for those who are seeking peace and positive vibes.

Best time to visit Dalhousie

Dalhousie in summer (April-June)

In summers the temperature always remains below 30 degrees Celsius. At the beginning of summer you will find weather, cold, however, for the rest of the summer, the weather remains extremely pleasant.  According to most people, this is the best time to visit Dalhousie.

Dalhousie in Monsoon (July-September)

Dalhousie does not receive heavy rainfall in the monsoon. Normally, rainfall received is 180 mm and the temperature in monsoon varies between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius. Furthermore, it does not rise above 25 degrees Celsius.

Dalhousie in winter (October-February)

The winter starts in Dalhousie around the month of October; however, you can enjoy the snowfall probably in the month of December.  This is the time when most people visit this beautiful place to explore.  I would suggest this is the best time to visit Dalhousie.  In winters normally the temperature ranges from 1 to 10 degrees Celsius. The  month of January and February is the right time to visit, In case you want to experience the snowfall and want to see Dalhousie covered in the white sheet of snow,

How to reach here Dalhousie

By Bus

Travelling by bus would be the most pocket-friendly mode to reach there. Cities like Chamba, Amritsar and Shimla are well-connected to Dalhousie. State transport departments and private tour operators’ offers the excellent bus services that make a Dalhousie trip a pleasurable one.

By Train

If you are looking for an affordable and comfortable, the train is the best option for you. However, you will not get any direct Dalhousie trains, you have to reach Pathankot, as here is the nearest railway terminal from Dalhousie and from there the tourists can hire a bus or taxi that are available from Pathankot to Dalhousie on a regular basis.

By Flight

Dalhousie by flight is not a tough task as the nearby cities like Amritsar and Jammu and Kashmir have excellent terminals and facilities to reach Dalhousie. Or you can take a flight to Pathankot Airport, which is 75 km away, and get to Dalhousie by bus or cab. Also, the flights are available from Gaggal in Kangra district as well.

By Car

The best pick would be traveling by car, as it makes a memorable journey if you are going with your friends or family.  Roads are linked with major cities of the state and are quite well-maintained which offers scenic views.

Best Places to Explore in and around Dalhousie

Khajjiar – Mini Switzerland

Dalhousie trip is incomplete without visiting Khajjiar. It is a small hill station just 26 km away from Dalhousie. This place is  famous for a Khajjar and Chamera lake surrounded by beautiful mountains covered with dense cedar forest. It is also known as the Mini Switzerland of India. Khajjar is named after 12th-century beautiful  Khajj Nag temple. Khajjar also offers adventure sports, as it has a lot of options like Paragliding, horse riding, zorbing, trekking etc.  However, sometimes during winters the way to Khajjiar can be closed due to heavy snowfall.

St. John Church

If you are looking for peaceful and good vibes, then you must visit  St. John church.  The architecture of the church is comparable to the Roman Catholic’s Church of England; however, the only difference is that the St. John’s Church belongs to the Protestants community. It is located in the middle of abundant green landscapes and pine valleys.

Kalatop Wildlife Reserve

The Kalatop is one of the famous wildlife sanctuaries in Himachal Pradesh. It is the best weekend gateway as it is just 8 km from Dalhousie.  This reserve is spread in an area of 19 sq.km and home to various animal species like jackal, leopard, bear.  It lies beside the Ravi river which is the main source of water supply for the park. Additionally, oak trees, the blue pine on the Kalatop hills, and the wild daisies that grow here, all make this park an attractive tourist spot.

Panch Pula

Panch pula is famous beautiful waterfall where five streams come together an make a beautiful scenic view. This place is also famous for the Samadhi of the great freedom fighter Sardar Ajit Singh. I would suggest taking a walk from Dalhousie to panch pula to enjoy the calm environment and beautiful surroundings.  Panch pula is a must visit place for trekking lovers also

 

Rang Mahal

The Rang Mahal is one of those historical structures in India that has the influences of both British and Mughal architecture. Its walls are adorned with beautiful animated paintings displaying the life of Lord Krishna. Don’t forget to buy souvenirs from handicraft shop inside rang mahal

Mall Road

Apart from beings shopping hub, the Mall Road is also a popular tourist place in Dalhousie for some more reasons. You can sit and enjoy breathtaking views of the entire PirPanjal mountain ranges.

Bottom Line

So, make sure you do not miss any of these beautiful places during your visit to Dalhousie. And do not forget to share your experience with us.

Have an Enjoyable Trip!

 

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A TRIP TO DHARAMSHALA & MCLEAOD GANJ – FOOD FOR SOUL

A TRIP TO DHARAMSHALA & MCLEAOD GANJ – FOOD FOR SOUL

 

MCLEOD GANJ

 

A Trip to Dharamshala – Food for Soul 

Traveling is something to be cherished! Only travelers can understand the meaning of freedom. If you are tired of your monotonous life and seeking peace and wants to reward yourself with the amazing trip than what could be the better place than Himachal. It is the first choice for many When it comes to travel to any hills station in India. Dharamshala is the place that tops the List for those who wants to find Solace. There are a number of places in Dharamshala to be explored like Mcleod Ganj, Dalai Lama Temple, Triund Hills, Bhagsunag Waterfalls, St John Church and many more

 

Do you know why Dharamshala is the Best Weekend Gateway?

  1. Dharamshala welcomes you with cold breeze and loads of greenery. The scenery looks mesmerizing in all seasons. It gives you a refreshing break from the ever honking and busy city life
  2. It is the best place for the adventure seekers, peace and nature lovers, religious tourists, friends, and family, etc. In short, there is something for all kinds of visitors.
  3. It is very near to major cities like Delhi and Chandigarh. The distance from each of these cities to Dharamshala is approximately 475 km and 247 km respectively.

 

How to Reach Dharamshala?

Here’s how you can reach here:

  • By Road: This is the best and fun way to reach Dharamshala. You can, book a cab, drive yourself or take a bus. Buses are available from both Chandigarh and Delhi; Volvo buses are recommended with comfort perspective, though little expensive than state-run buses. If you’re planning to drive yourself, please remember that the route can be rough and steep.
  • By Air: The close airport from Dharamshala is situated in Gaggal. It is directly linked to Delhi. Distance must be around 15km between the airport and Dharamshala. After reaching here, you can hire a cab or board a bus to reach your destination.
  • By Train: Trains are easily available from cities like Delhi. However, Pathankot is the nearest major railroad from Dharamshala, at a distance of 85 km. You can easily hire buses and taxi from outside the station.

 

Top things to do in Dharamshala

BHAGSUNATH WATERFALL

The Bhagsunath waterfall is one of the best tourist attractions in the region. It starts at the base of Dhauladhar valley, which is also considered as a holy spot. It is Located on the main road which connects McLeodganj and Dharamshala.

TRIUND HILL

If you love trekking, this place you must visit. Triund Hill is located in the laps of Dhauladhar Mountains. It allows you to experience the heavenly view of the Kangra Valley on one side and Dhauladhar Mountains on the other. You can visit here for the most part of the year, except in the months of January and February, when the lane to Triund is cut off by heavy snowfall.

DALAI LAMA TEMPLE

one must Visit the holy town famous for the Dalai Lama Temple” Mcleodgang” in Dharamshala worth your time and money. The Dalai Lama Temple is located at the main temple road. You will find the residence of the holy Dalai Lama right next to the temple.

KALACHAKRA TEMPLE

The Kalachakra Temple is located next to the famous Tsuglagkhang Temple. It is open to the public as the center for pilgrimage. The paintings and architecture of the temple represent Tibet’s ironic spiritual and artistic ethnicity. This temple is used as the center for public teaching by Dalai Lama.

ST JOHN CHURCH

St John church is one of the popular tourist attractions in the region that you must visit. The Belgian stained glass windows of this church give it a certain degree of a European look. The wife of British viceroy Lord Elgin donated these famed glass windows to the church authority.

 

Best Time to Visit Dharmashala

Dharamsala in SUMMER- From March till June

Visiting Dharamsala in summers because is preferable for those who love outdoor activities like sightseeing and trekking, and it also provides an escape from the pollution and noise of the cities. In this month, temperature ranges from 20° C to 35° C.

Dharamsala in MONSOON – From July till September

Visiting Dharmashala in monsoon allow you to enjoy the romantic weather. You will find the greenery around the hills at this time. The temperature normally ranges from 18° C to 22° C. The weather will remain cold in the evening, but the humidity remains high. Most tourists do not prefer to visit this time as the roads get jammed at times due to heavy rainfall.

Dharamsala in AUTUMN – From September till November

The autumn starts once the monsoon rains, around mid-September. The pleasant weather is perfect for various outdoor activities including sightseeing. The weather gets cold in night, so it is advisable to carry clothes accordingly.

Dharamsala in From DECEMBER TILL FEBRUARY

In winters the temperature in Dharamshalanormally ranges from 4° C to 7 ° C. Therefore, this chilling winter season is the best time for honeymoon trips,  enjoy the view of the white-blanketed town.  And you can enjoy the snow till the month of January.

 

So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and travel the Himalayas

Have a memorable Journey!

 

 

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TOP TEN BEST AND MUST VISIT PLACES IN GOA

TOP TEN BEST AND MUST VISIT PLACES IN GOA


 

ANJUNA BEACH

 

SUNSET IN GOA
BEAUTIFUL SUNSET

 

PANAJI
BEAUTIfUL HOME STAYS

PANAJI

PANAJI

 

BAGA BEACH
BARDEZ BAGA BEACH

“TOP TEN BEST AND MUST VISIT PLACES IN GOA”


*” _You must visit Goa and let your spirit buzzing around with truly Goan Fun_ “*

This city is blessed with some stimulating beaches like Baga Beach, Anjuna beach, Calangute beach along with historical churches and vibrating culture, Lip-smacking Food making it a paradise on the earth.

 

*_Best time to visit Goa_*

The ideal time to visit Goa is between November and March when the horizon is clear with a cool sea flurry sweeping through. Goa is convenient through all modes of transit such as the International Airport, various railway stations and the numerous buses which run in and around the state.

Once you reach the Goa, the best mode to commute is

  • Rent the local taxi to your destination.
  • There’s no Uber and Ola available.

 

*_TOP TEN PLACES TO FIND YOUR SOUL IN GOA_*

While visiting this tourist paradise, the best places to explore are

    • Dudhsagar Falls
    • Panaji
    • Baga Beach
    • Basilica Of Bom Jesus
    • Aguada Fort
    • Colva cemetery
    • UNESCO Sites
    • The Museum of Christian Art in Old Goa
    • lighting a candle at the Basilica of Bom Jesus
    • A river cruise through Goa’s backwaters.

 

*_Best budget Hotels in Goa_*

After docking the land, the best-budget places to stay are at

  • Angoda beach
  • The region of Anjuna
  • Calangute
  • Colva beach.

There are lots of hotels in Goa, Cheap Beach villas ( Goan Shacks) available on rent in Goa and if your budget allows you could own a Private Beach also.

 

*_Best Lip-smacking Goan cuisine_*

You can enjoy the awesomeness of local food in this funky region of the city. Haji Ali Shawarma serves shawarma grills with a tempering of spicy marinade. Costa’s is the absolute area for cutlet pao and other zesty delights and for spicy desi chats, one should head towards Sundha Bhel Puri Centre at Vasco da Gama accompanies by other zesty streets foods to tingle your taste buds.

 

*_Best place to shop in Goa_*

After followed by indulging in the local flavors, the best places to gratify your shopping desires can be full-filled at

  • Anjuna flea market
  • Calangute market square
  • Mackie’s night bazaar
  • Baga market and some other exciting shopping arenas.

 

*_Travel Tips for Goa_*

Before visiting Goa there are some travel tips to keep in mind

  • Go for a Homestay in Goa rather than booking a hotel room.
  • Don’t forget to rent a bike to explore new hubs.
  • Always carry plastic money rather than hard cash.
  • Don’t indulge in Illegal activities just for the sake of Fun Moment else u will definitely end up in jail.
  • Goa is full of Scamsters, so beware of them.

The star tip for the Goa trip is to have a conversation with the localities over a cup of coffee as they are Goa’s soul.”

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WHY KASAULI IS A MUST VISIT TOWN

WHY KASAULI IS A MUST VISIT TOWN

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CHRIST CHURCH

 

CHRIST CHURCH
CHRIST CHURCH KASAULI

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BEST HILLS STATION NEAR CHANDIGARH

Kasauli a small and a must-visit cantonment hills station. This majestic town just 50 km away from Chandigarh on Chandigarh Shimla highway enveloped by the Himalayan oak and lush natural scenic beauty.  It can be only accessible by the road via Chandigarh Airport, Sonwara Railway station, and Parwanoo Bus Stop. The must visit places includes Christ church, Monkey Point, Gilbert Trail, Mall Road, Tibet Market.

 

*_Best time to visit Kasauli_*

The absolute season to hit Kasauli is from March to November when you can get lost in the long nature walk between the tree-lined avenues.

 

*_Best and must visit places in Kasauli_*

 

  • CHRIST CHURCHThis is the oldest Church in Himachal Pradesh and is a Famous landmark on Mall Road near Kasauli bus stand. Christ church was started by Thomas John Edward in 1853 and what makes this church unique is its Design and Green colored mirror work.
  • MONKEY POINT–  This famous temple is located on the hill which is in the association of Hindu mythology and dedicated to Lord Hanuman.
  • SUNSET POINT–  This point is set at the end of Upper Mall, extending the picturesque glimpse of dawning experience of sun and horizon.
  • SCANDAL POINT – This spot allows the fascinating view of the dawning sun occurrence and a clear view of the surrounding mountains.
  • THE GILBERT TRAIL– This is the perfect pathway of nature with flora & fauna, to get indulge in the scenic beauty of the surrounding.

Other famous tourist hubs are Lawrence School Sanawar, Lower and Upper Malls, Toy Train Ride and many more.

 

*_Best budget Hotels  in Kasauli_*

After landing this mystical land, the best-budget places to stay are at:

  • Sadar Bazar
  • Parwanoo Kasauli Road
  • Jubbar
  • Jagjit Nagar

There are various luxury resorts around the Kasauli are available for the extended stay.

 

*_Try out Best Himachali cuisine_*

The goodness of food is quite renowned among the Himachali region. Tannu Halwai is famous for frying delicious Band-Samosa. Gupta Provisional Store and Daily Needs Store offers exotic wines, jams, pickles. Pulao admirers can head towards Kasauli Regency restaurant which serves delightful Himachali pulao. Don’t miss worldwide famous Dumpling on the streets.

 

*_Best place to shop in Kasauli_*

  • Tibetan Market
  • Mall Road
  • Kasauli Upper Mall

 

*_Travel Tips for Kasauli_*

  • Check weather conditions Before heading towards Kasauli.
  • Kasauli  town is a vehicle-free zone, so get a better  pair of shoe to cover the land by feet
  • Always carry Id proofs along with the list of emergency numbers.
  • Carry peculiar medication because of higher altitude of the region.
  • Understand all the guidelines before heading towards the cable cars.
  • All the shops closed  by 8 pm so Don’t linger on after dark in the region
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