Weekend getaways from Shimla
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trung out along a 12km ridge, with steep forested hillsides falling away in all directions, the Himachal capital is a good appetite-whetter for the awe-inspiring mountain tracts of the state's interior. Shimla is one of India's most popular hill resorts, buzzing with a happy flow of Indian vacationers and full of echoes of its past role as the summer capital of British India.
Auli is considered among the best skiing destinations of India, it is situated in Chamoli district of Garhwal region covering an elevation from 2,519mts to 3,050 mts above sea level. Auli is a "Bugyal" which means meadow in the regional language, these green Bugyals turn into a sheet of white during winters. Auli is often compared with best ski resorts of the world by the foreigners and has also hosted the First SAF Winter Games in the year 2011.
Kasol, A unique paradise on earth. It’s like an isle in the middle of mighty mountains, where the mingling of local and alien cultures, has given birth to a new era of living offering a treat for the mind and the soul. Ideal for a vacation if you want to chill and relax in the lap of nature. There are abundant trekking and short hiking options available that take you to amazingly beautiful offbeat villages. Not all of them provide luxury stay and world class cuisine restaurants, but you’ll be surprised with the warm hospitality of the villagers. It's a place almost overrun with reggae bars, bakeries and cheap guesthouses catering to a largely hippie/Israeli crowd.
#3Mcleod Ganj -
The town is famous for Tibetan Buddhism, culture, art and crafts. Majorly shopping centre famous for souvenirs like Tibetan handicrafts, thangkas, Tibetan carpets, garments, wooden masks, metal votive objects, paper drawings, beads, baubles, etc. The most popular and interesting thing to do in McLeod Ganj is Trek to Triund and camping on the hill.
#4Leh / Ladakh -
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 place 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 food. If you dare to push your limits and challenge the extreme, Ladakh is the place to go.
Srinagar, the beautiful city was established by the Emperor Ashoka, about 2300 years ago when his daughter Charumati took a fancy to the Dal Lake during her visit to the region. Srinagar is the "Kashmiri Venice", for its unique charm of houseboats and lakes. The houseboats are the floating little hotels which can be seen on the edge of the Dal Lake or in the secluded areas of the Nagin Lake.
Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state. It has a reputation as a backpacking center and honeymoon destination. Set on the Beas River, it’s a gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley. It's also a jumping-off point for paragliding, rafting, canyoning and mountaineering in the Pir Panjal mountains, home to 4,000m-high Rohtang Pass. Manali has everything for adventure lovers.
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.
#9Great Himalayan National Park -
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 travellers who love adventure and nature. A sight of the mysterious snow leopard is a visual enjoyment for wildlife photographers and untamed life lovers. The unique ecological aspects of the Western Himalaya led to the creation of this park. Sparse human populations, exotic flora and fauna, camping and trekking adventures counts as the reason to visit here.
Karsog is a small town situated in the lap of Himalayas, near Shimla, at a height of 1,404 metres. Karsog is famous for its temples, including the Mamleshwar Mahadev, Kamksha Devi and Mahunag temples. The tracks around Karsog are among the most picturesque areas of Himachal Pradesh. There are wide valleys criss-crossed by streams and carpeted with fields of assorted vegetables and grain. From fertile floors, orchards and thick forests rise to touch snow-covered peaks. The natural surroundings are regarded as beautiful, with green forests and a pollution-free environment. 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.