Weekend getaways from Srinagar
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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.
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.
#2Mcleod 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.
#3Leh / 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.
Situated on the Beas river it’s a gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley. It is a popular tourist hotspot for Indians in summer and a magical, snow-covered place in winter and has a reputation as a honeymoon destination and backpacking center who come for the cool mountain air and a taste of snow on a day trip to the Rohtang La. It's also a jumping-off point for paragliding, rafting, canyoning and mountaineering in the Pir Panjal mountains. Manali has everything for all adventure and nature lovers.
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.
Dalhousie is a popular hill resort situated in the Dhauladhar range of Himachal Pradesh. It is the gateway to the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. The Dhauladhar range of Himachal Pradesh had attracted the British during the period of British colonization. Dalhousie has many peaks for trekking and open way for the majestic passes. It also offers an interesting period architecture that range from ancient temples to Gothic styled churches.
The city spreads around the Tawi river with the old city overlooking it from the north (right bank) while the new neighbourhoods spread around the southern side (left bank) of river. There are five bridges on the river. The city is built on a series of ridges.
A hill station with vastly popular as skiing destination among tourists. The road climbs uphill in the last 12 km to Gulmarg passing through forests of pine and fir. Winter sports like skiing, tobogganing, snowboarding and heli-skiing take place on the slopes of Mount Apharwat reachable by a Gondola lift.
Keylong is a scenic hill station and the administrative center of Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. Lush greenery, streams and snow capped mountains and buddhist monasteries add a spiritual aura to the spectacular beauty of the surrounding valley. Keylong is famous for its monasteries that are considered as the symbol of the architectural excellence. Kardang Monastery, Shashur Gompa, and Tayul Gompa are some of the famous gompas that truly display the art and faith of the local people in Buddhism.
Yousmarg (a meadow), mesmerizes tourists with its scenic beauty and mountains comparable to European Alps. Situated amidst Sang Safed valley, Yousmarg is reputed for having some unique spring flowers. It also has some of the highest peaks in Pir Panjal range like Tatakoti 4725 mtrs and Sunset Peak 4746 mtrs. The mighty river Doodh Ganga makes this destination more thrilling. The natural slopes of Yousmarg offer skiing opportunities to experts. Last few years of large inflow of tourists into Kashmir valley has seen the diversification of tourism to this wonderful destination. Most of the travel agents include Yousmarg as a destination of one day trip in their packages.
Barot is a frequent backpacker and day tourist destination. Many trekking trails pass through Barot, including trails to Bada Bhangal, Thamsar Pass, Manali and Kullu. Most of the day tourists as attracted by the serene surroundings and cheap availability of accommodation. Barot also forms the gateway to the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary which lies across the Uhl river. The sanctuary is home to the monal, black bear and ghoral. Within it are forest rest house s at Thaltuckhod and Sil Bandhwari. Through woods of cedar and pine a trek route cuts across the sanctuary to Kullu.
Palampur is a beautiful and lush green hill station located in Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh. It gets its name from pulum meaning ‘abundant water’. Unsurprisingly, the region has innumerable streams and brooks and the water bodies are a huge boon for the tea plantations. After being established by Dr Jameson, who introduced tea plantations in the hill station, the tea produced in the town of Palampur gained international recognition and is a must buy for tourists along with the Tibetan handicrafts, carpets, and wooden handicrafts made here. And while you’re shopping, do not forget to try out Jhol, a popular local drink made of rice water. Home to some of the tallest deodar trees in the country, Palampur is the perfect summer getaway offering stunning views of the snow clad Dhauladhar ranges. Palampur also offers tourists a chance to practice some adventure sports, serving as the starting point for several treks including to Dharamsala and Kangra.
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 small town situated in the lap of Himalayas, near Shimla. 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.
Sonamarg, which means 'meadow of gold' has, as its backdrop, snowy mountains against a cerulean sky. In late April when Sonamarg is open for road transport, the visitors can have access to snow which is furnished all over like a white carpet. Ponies can be hired for the trip up to Thajiwas glacier a major attraction during the summer months. The climate of Sonamarg is very bracing. From Sonamarg, trekking routes lead to the Himalayan lakes of Vishansar Lake, Krishnasar Lake, Gangabal Lake and Gadsar Lake, stocked with Snow Trout and Brown trout and Satsar, glacier-fed and surrounded by banks of alpine flowers. A large number of Hindi movies have been pictured in the serene beauties of Sonamarg.
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.