Weekend getaways from Shimla
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Shimla is a beautiful and perhaps the biggest hill station located in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Also known as the British Himalayan town, it is usually the go to vacation spot for families and couples because of its good weather, various attractions and snow clad mountains. It is one of the least populous cities in India which makes it the perfect place to visit when you want a break from daily life. Apart from being extremely panoramic, Shimla is really famous for snow sport activities at Kufri, is 16 kms from Shimla. It was built on top of hills which are popularly known as ‘The seven hills of Shimla’. It has always been considered a treasure for the history that it holds with the British and for its eternal beauty.
Auli is considered among the best skiing destinations in India. It is a "Bugyal" which means meadow in the regional language, these green Bugyals turn into a sheet of white during winters. Dotted with apple orchards, oaks and deodars, Auli is a popular hill town with numerous ski resorts situated amidst the Himalayan range. The highly equipped ski guides will help you ski through the hills of Auli. The cable car ride from Joshimath is the only way to reach this beautiful place.
Kasol is a distinct destination and earned the tag of the Leisure Valley. It is surrounded by the mighty hills with the view of snow capped mountains. Kasol has given birth to a new era of living offering and retreat for the tired souls. Kasol is an ideal weekend vacation to relax in the company of nature. The abundant trekking and hiking options invited the adventure explorer to Kasol. The unexplored villages, treks, homely and cheap stays and world class cuisine at the cafes are the highlights of Kasol. The surprising hospitality of the hosts will fill your soul with joy and warmth.
Located few kilometres north of Dharamshala town, McLeodganj is where India meets Tibet. The place is a perfect blend of Tibetan culture with British-Indian. Starting point of many treks near Mcleodganj, makes it a perfect tourist destination. Best time to visit McLeodganj is between September to June. Home to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the town resides the monastery of Namgyal and Tsuglagkhang. McLeodganj comprises the fascinating sightseeing of Dhauladhar range and Kangra Valley. Trek to Triund, Indrahar, Kareri Lake, Dal Lake and BhagsuNag, all mountain adventure start from Mcleodganj. Tibetan handicrafts including carpets, Thangka, wooden masks, baubles etc. also attracts tourists. You can take courses in Buddhism, meditation and Yoga. Enjoy the low budget cafes and restaurant dishing Indo-Israeli-Tibetan cuisine.
Set at the base of the strong Himalayas and the Karakoram mountain ranges, Ladakh is a backpacker's paradise with numerous trekking trails, mountain biking, valleys, and picturesque lakes. The summers makes the region most beautiful with the coloured mountains, that will make you fall in love with the place. Leh city is the center of Ladakh and has the most dense population in the region. The city is very rich in culture, you will learn to stay happy with a simple lifestyle as the natives. For the food lovers, locals have preserved the ancient flavors of Tibetan and Ladakhi food. If you dare to push your limits and challenge the extreme, Leh Ladakh is the place to go.
Lying on the banks of River Jhelum with profound and hypnotizing valleys fell in sky scratching mountains and evergreen excellence, Srinagar mixes together the tints of nature, magnificence, amicability and romance. Profound and entrancing valleys fell in sky-scratching mountains and evergreen excellence, this paradise on Earth abandons you completely hypnotized. The Dal lake is among the most delightful and most prominent lakes in India and a Shikara ride there would be a life-changing background. Srinagar is additionally an imperative religious goal with the Hazratbal Mosque which cherishes 'Moi-e-Muqaddas' (the holy hair) of the prophet Mohammed. Surrounded by mountains for the audacious part to lakes for photoholics to shopping markets for the prodigals, Srinagar does not frustrate anybody.
Looking for the most thrilling water sport of all, Then Rishikesh is a perfect place to plan your next trip. Rafting in the Ganges is a experience which can't be explained in words you can only feel the adrenaline rush by indulging yourself in this adventurous activity. The river alongside is considered to be one of the holiest of all river in India and the city is renowned as a center for practicing yoga and meditation. Apart from River Rafting, Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh is the best in India.
Khajjiar is one of the 160 in the world which preserves tropical resemblance to Switzerland. The place is blessed with natural beauty and pleasant climate. Ferociously vast expanse of green meadows and mildly dense forests with a glimpse of the glorious snow-clad Himalayan peaks make Khajjiar a perfect destination among tourists and travellers. The Gulmarg of Himachal Pradesh is another name used by locals to represent Khajjiar and serves as the starting point for treks to Chamba, Dalhousie and Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary among others. Indeed, trekking is the best way to explore Khajjiar. Not much is written about Khajjiar's history but temples from the 12th century still intact and presents magnificent grandeur here.
Amritsar (also called Ambarsar), very close to the border with Pakistan. At the center of its walled old town is the gilded Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib), considered the holiest gurdwara, or religious complex, of the Sikh religion. It’s at the end of a causeway, surrounded by the sacred Amrit Sarovar lake, where pilgrims bathe. This culture rich town gives lot of options to explore, famously known for the delicious food and loving people. The tourist places like Harike Wetland, Bathinda Fort or Pul Kajari are located within close proximity of Amritsar and give the travellers enough of options to choose from for a day trip from Golden Temple.
Barot valley is an unexplored remote beauty of Himachal and a backpackers' paradise. It offers trekking trail to Bada Bhangal Village, Thamsar Pass, Badagran, Rajgundha, Palachak, Manali and Kullu. From green in spring to snow white in winters, Barot Valley weather provides unique views of hills in every season to the travellers. Barot village of Himachal is also the gateway to the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary. One of the Barot Valley attractions, the sanctuary is home to the monal, wild boar and ghoral. Through woods of cedar and pine, a trek route cuts across the sanctuary to Kullu. You can enjoy the famous Himachal adventure activities like angling, rock climbing, river crossing and trekking. Camping in Barot Valley is something you would relish on the adventure trip in India. Such Experiences make Barot Valley one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.
The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) as a natural site has been inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage list. Mystical glaciers and unique ecological conditions of the Western Himalayas were salient features responsible for the park. The rare and endemic nature of many animal and plant communities at GHNP are of great interest to the travelers who love adventure and nature. A sight of the mysterious snow leopard is a visual enjoyment for wildlife photographers and untamed life lovers. Sparse human populations, exotic flora and fauna, camping and trekking adventures counts as the reason to visit here.
Karsog is a green delight of Himachal. The natural surroundings of Karsog are regarded as beautiful, with green forests and a pollution-free environment. A nearby getaway to Shimla is definitely a gift of nature to the travellers. It is a place crafted by the nature with fertile floors, wide valleys criss-crossed by streams, orchards and thick forests rise to touch snow-covered peaks. Karsog has some famous temples of Himachal including the Mamleshwar Mahadev, Kamksha Devi and Mahunag temples. The small villages and their age-old architecture give expression to the phrase ‘Picture Perfect’. Legends and folklore abound, and every one of the temples is a repository of local culture and an example of remarkable building skills that you will be able to see here.
Sonamarg is a town surrounded by majestic glaciers, serene lakes and snow-covered flower-laden fields, which cast subtle spells on the visitors. Bounded by natural beauty, breathtaking glaciers and serene lakes the place is a popular tourist attraction of Jammu & Kashmir. Sonamarg is translated as 'The meadow of gold', at an elevation of around 2800 km from sea level. Various mountain lakes such as Gangabal, Vishansar, Gadsar, Satsar and Kishansar are situated in and around Sonamarg. Vishansar and Krishnasar Lake is another scenic eye catching lake which is popular for fishing with beautiful species such as the trouts. It is pretty famous for its quick rapids and tall pine trees. Hiking, trekking, horse riding, fishing, skiing, angling, river rafting and sledging are all available here for adventure enthusiasts.
The hill station of Uttarakhand which took its name from the an old temple of lord Shiva, it is even called as 'Mukteshwar Mahadev'. Adventure sports are the center of attraction here. The hill station is full of deciduous forests, fruit gardens at a height of 7500 feet. Crafty little cottages and homes are there which are built in colonial style. There are so many local festivals in Mukteshwar during month of April. Greenery is at its peak during the monsoon season in Mukteshwar. The place is delight of nature and adventure lovers as Nandi Devi, India's second highest peak is also visible from the hills of Mukteshwar, it is also a hotspot for rock climbing, trekking and Paragliding. The beauty of Mukteshwar lies in enjoying nature, bird watching, meditation and seeking peace.
The second highest village in the world which is connected by motorable road and is the highest habitat village in the world which has its own polling station during elections. Watching the night sky from Kibber is an amazing experience. The place where you should step down from your vehicle when you reach and take a tour of the village, meet locals and have food at cafes which serve mountain food. The village is popular among adventure enthusiasts as well. Dandmachan peak here is popular with trekkers and mountaineers. The barren landscape, rivers and mountains and gompas make it a photographer’s paradise.
Kaza, The largest town of Lahaul and Spiti Valley sitting huddled toward the edge of Himachal Pradesh is a serene getaway on the banks of the Spiti River. Its rugged terrain and perfect regions attract visitors who want to feel the adrenaline rushing through adventurous activities and spiritual well-being alike. It is the base camp for trekking, mountaineering, and different undertakings. Pin-Parvati, Parang-La, and Pin-Bhaba are some of the popular trails which start from Kaza. A gentle stroll to villages around Kaza can also be an interesting experience. So Kaza is a dream destination for every adventurur.
Sarahan is a small picturesque village, located halfway up a high mountain side, the road to Sarahan winds past flowering Pine trees that give way to stately Oaks. This sparsely populated tract is steeped in ancient legends and here is the famous Bhimakali temple regarded as one of the Fifty One sacred Shaktipeethhs. This hamlet is a base camp for numerous treks and is the gateway to Kinnaur. It is a place of pilgrimage, a heaven for nature lovers and the temple complex attracts a variety of admirers that offers extraordinary travel experience.
Komic village also pronounced as Komik or Koumik village is renowned for being the highest village with a motorable road in Asia. This tiny and serene village is also believed to be the highest in the world. The views of the Komik village from the monastery with the snow capped mountain ranges in the background, the play of light & shadows on the mountain slopes, the furiously fluttering prayer flags were awe-inspiring to say the least. Next to the Komic monastery is a small hill with prayer flags on it. The prayer flags are clearly visible from the monastery area. We suggest that everyone should spend an afternoon sitting on this hill and see the sunset.
The picture perfect landscapes and scenery will make you fall in love in Hemis. The spellbound beauty of the mountains will end every noise in your mind and give your soul a rejuvenation. The village is at the edge of Hemis National Park which gives you a chance to spot the Snow Leopard here and other animals such as langurs, wolves, marmots, deers, red foxes etc. Apart from spotting Snow Leopard, Hemis is famous among the cultural explorers for it Losar celebrations. Losar (Tibetan New Year) is celebrated at Hemis in grand fashion for 2 weeks in December and January.
The most majestic views of the Nubra Valley start from here. Diskit is the headquarter of the Nubra Valley region. The town is situated on the banks of Shyok river and unlike the other barren regions in Ladakh it does have green fields to add the beauty of the valley. The major attraction here the Red Maitrya statue, from there you will have the bird's eye view of the town. To complete your Ladakh itinerary you will need to stay here for one night and enjoy the weather and clear sky. Diskit is also a nice spot for star gazing as with moderate temperature you can easily step out at night.
The village that gives you the perfect picture of Tso Moriri. Karzok village is a perfect example of how civilization is inhabited in High Himalayas. Many of the native here are the Changpa Nomads. Karzok is observed as one of the India’s highest permanent villages. Summer is the time when Changpa Nomads put up the camps at various places in their robos(small tents) and look after their flock to earn their bread. Their sheep produce the famous Pashmina, one of the costliest varieties of wool. Korzok meaning is “Middle of the Mountain” and it’s an excellent location to enjoy the lake side. The 500 years old monastery at karzok lies on the traditional trading route between Spiti and Ladakh, it was visited by many of the early explorers.
Places to visit near Shimla
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