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 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.
Mcleodganj is a destination for the young with its cafes, parties and being the base camp for some trekking adventures. The town is famous for Tibetan Buddhism, culture, art and crafts. Situated on the foothills of Dauladhar, Mcleodganj opens the gateway to many trekking spots such as Triund, Indrahar and Kareri Lake. The Tibetan culture has highly influenced the living in the town. The monasteries are the praying place here and many travellers come here to visit the monastery only. Mcleodganj is also a shopping destination 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.
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.
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.
Kanatal is a small village located on the Chamba-Mussoorie road. The surroundings of this place are set perfectly by the outlining mountains and rivers, providing a breathtaking view of the landscape. You should take a trip to Kanatal if you’re looking for a destination that is calm and unexplored. Kanatal mainly serves as a weekend getaway for the people living near Delhi NCR. For the tourists, Kanatal provides you with various places of interest such as the dense and enriching Kodia jungle, the holy Surkanda Devi Temple which includes a wonderful trekking experience. Not to forget, the Tehri Dam situated here makes for an interesting visit too. Come to Kanatal and enjoy nature’s bliss in its pure form. You can spot a few wild animals by taking a ride through the jungle in a jeep, and you can also see many natural springs that are quite prevalent in the region.
Barot valley is a unexplored remote beauty of Himachal and a backpacker paradise. It offers many trekking trails, including trek to Bada Bhangal village, Thamsar Pass, Badagran, Rajgundha, Palachak, Manali and Kullu. Barot valley has a unique thing, its changes its colors from season to season from Green to pale brown to dark brown to snow white in case of snow. Travel every season to enjoy different view of nature. Barot village is also the gateway to the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary, which lies across the Uhl river. 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 many adventure activities from angling, rock climbing, river crossing, trekking and camping here.
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.
Mukteshwar is an elevated, calm and secluded town, with a hilly and rocky topography. The 350 years old Mukteshwar Temple of Lord Shiva is the key attraction of this town, it is even called as 'Mukteshwar Mahadev'. The hill top, where this temple is situated, offers you a scenic view like no other hill top does. You will love to camp in Mukteshwar and know that this place is besieged by fruit orchards. This enchanting town is bliss in the Kumaon region with its breathtaking views, fresh breeze and a scenic splendor as the place turns magical during snowfall. Camping here is the most special thing to do when you are here. Rejuvenate and relax here in the camps at this enchanting retreat from large chaotic towns. 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 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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