Best places to visit and things to do in India and South-East Asia
70 km from Solan is this small village in the hills of Silmaur whose lush green view would create a euphoric moment in your life. The village is surrounded by deodar forests and equipped with the rich fauna. Peacocks, Deer, Tiger, Bears, Kakkar, Kastura, Ghol are a few animal species spotted in the thick deodar forests of the area. The village is easily accessible through buses and cabs from Solan and if you are driving from Delhi you may encounter the smell of pines lined alongside the road and even try your hand at fishing. The place is full of medicinal plants, small waterfalls, wildflowers and the contentment of being at peace is abundant. If you visit this place you would love to spend a night at the forest rest houses; the habban log hut or the new forest rest house booked by DFO, Rajgarh. If you are blessed you can watch snowfall that occasionally adores the small town in pearl white. The most exciting thing is trekking trips to Banalidhar or Churdhar trails 7 and 15 km from the village respectively.
The Gangotri glacier is a traditional Hindu pilgrimage site. Devout Hindus consider bathing in the icy waters near Gangotri town to be a holy ritual, and many made the trek to Gomukh, with a few continuing on to Tapovan. One needs to trek from Gangotri to Gaumukh, passing Devgadh, Chirbasa, Bhojbasa en route. Currently accommodation is available only at Bhojbasa, although forest check posts are present at both Chirbasa and Bhojbasa.
Sang-e-Safed or ‘White Rocks’ is located at a distance of 10 km from the Yusmarg Valley. Sang-e-Safed is an oval-shaped meadow bisected by a Doodh Ganga stream. The site is visited for its various meadows which are also beautiful picnic spots. One can visit the valley by undertaking a trek through a trekking route. Valley serves as base for Mount Tatta Kutti and is abound by dense pine trees. Enroute, there are many meadows like Lidder Mar, where one can have a night's halt. Mornings and evenings are very refreshing here. Another enchanting meadow in the area is Hegin, 4 kms from Yusmarg. Surrounded by dense pine trees, the place is a famous picnic spot. Hegin (4 km from Yusmarg) and Lidder Mar meadows are neighboring places of tourist interest.
A serene meadow located in Yousmarg, Tosa Maidan is not only famous as a lush green pasture but for its historical importance as well. Bounded by dense forests, the beautiful ground of Tosa Maidan is situated about 10km from Khag in the mountains of the Himalayan range. This destination brings forth a wonderful amalgamation of nature with history. You’ll reach the attractive grazing land of Tosa Maidan after crossing the upper mountain reaches of Drang, Zakhor and other small villages. It is believed that the huge pastures located here are the ones which the shepherds from the neighboring countries used to visit in the ancient times. Another piece of history related to this place, which is quite fascinating, is that the land was given to the army in the year 1964 to set-up an artillery firing range for a period of 50 years, until 2014.
Rising from the Janapao hills of the Vindhya range this tributary of Yamuna runs 885kms before fading into the Arabian sea. Formerly draining Uttar Pradesh, Chambal also marks the boundary between Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The river has a series of beautiful gorges and several tributaries like Banas, Mej, Parbati, Kali, Sindh, and Shipra. 4 river valley project dams are established over this beautiful river and a 6 lane cabled bridge is recently inaugurated over the river in Kota. Its banks are rich in natural heritage sites like the National Chambal sanctuary. The place is popular for eco-tourism; bird and crocodile watching. On its banks, the great Indian Bustard can be seen and your tour can turn into an adventure through a trekking experience on the Chambal ghatis. Pre-historic caves, Buddhists sites of Hadoti, and birding tours make your expedition even more remarkable.The river has a prehistoric religious background in the epic of Mahabharat by the name of Chamravati. Keshoraipattan is a pilgrimage spot dedicated to Lord Vishnu situated on the banks of the river near Kota region.
The Shyok valley view from Diskit tells about this dreamland which was once known as Valley of Death. 'Shyok' in Ladakhi means Sorrow or Pain. The valley and river has caused many deaths in the past. Therefore got its name. The Shyok river here enters the Nubra Valley and Diskit passing through the Eastern Ladakh or Changthang. Enjoy the beautiful scenes and do not miss out to click the different shades of mountain.