Sikkim – Land of Peace and Tranquility

Mt. Khangchendzonga, the world’s third-highest peak is revered by the people of Sikkim as their protective deity and is located on Sikkim’s border with Nepal. Little wonder that this tiny former Himalayan kingdom is such a haven for travelers.

HOW TO REACH:

By Air:

The nearest airport is Bagdogra (in West Bengal). Consider booking flight tickets well in advance, for cheaper fares. I booked mine a month in advance. Gangtok is 124kms away from Bagdogra.

From Bagdogra, you can also take a TSA helicopter to get to Gangtok in just 20 minutes. However, their services depend on the weather conditions.

By Train:

The nearest railway station to Gangtok is about 148 kilometers away in New Jalpaiguri in Siliguri. The station is well-connected to major cities like Kolkata and New Delhi. From New Jalpaiguri, you can take a taxi to Gangtok or go to Siliguri Bus Station and catch a state-run bus to Gangtok, which will take you about 5-6 hours.

BEST TIME TO VISIT:

Summer (March – June) The summers are the best time to visit North-Sikkim as the weather, though on the cooler side, is pleasant. Monsoon (July – September) The monsoons, though not ideal, are a good time to visit North-Sikkim.

MY WEEK LONG ITINERARY: 

Day 1:

My flight from New Delhi landed at Bagdogra airport around 1 pm. It took me another five hours to reach to Gangtok. I checked into Silk Route Residency and after taking a shower took a stroll around the MG Road. After shopping around and quenching my crave for the much-hyped momos (that lived up to their expectations), I retired early to bed as I had to leave very early for Nathu La Pass the next morning.

Day 2:

I woke up to the news that there was some discrepancy with my travel permit (you require to obtain a travel permit to visit Nathu La. More details below). And so, instead of getting dismal about it, I decided to go and explore places around Gangtok.

  • Banjakhri Waterfalls:

    It’s a museum created around a waterfall and beautifully maintained by Sikkim Tourism. After hopping a few more typical tourist sight-seeing spots like Ganesh Tok, Tashi Viewpoint, flower exhibition center and having a nice lunch, I hired a taxi to visit monasteries.

  • LINGDAM MONASTERY: 

    It was recommended by a travel enthusiast friend. This was my first visit to a monastery, and I am not exaggerating – one of the most beautiful moments of my life! The moment I stepped inside, I was surrounded by such calm and peaceful vibes. The interiors were intricate, minimal and very detailed. Monks, draped in traditional robes, flocked the monastery, all drowned in their own activities. Some sat in prayers, some played the gyaling – a traditional woodwind instrument of Tibet – and others sat outside studying. I met two meditative cats, gray and black in color. The monastery visit left a lasting impression, and I knew at once what I will be re-visiting Sikkim for. [Always trust experienced people for alternatives!].

 


  • RUMTEK MONASTERY: 

    One of the more famous monasteries, there is a kilometer long walk to the main entrance after the taxi driver drops you. A very beautiful and enthralling walk, that would not be tiring at all. “DO NOT FORGET TO TAKE YOUR ID CARD HERE FOR ADDRESS PROOF.” After reaching the monastery, I sat on its terrace gazing at the most beautiful mountain view for hours.After the monasteries visit we came back to the hotel. I was falling in love with Sikkim a little more every day.


DAY 3:

At around 1 pm, we started for Lachen.

LACHEN :

It is a small town, about 124 km from Gangtok. From the local taxi stand, it took almost 7 hours to reach there, so I will suggest you guys leave as early as 8 am for Lachen. I spent most of the day traveling, halting the cab at some very beautiful scenic point, crossing many waterfalls, and bridges (I have literally lost the count!). The terrain is a little rough, but the view during the journey compensates.
Finally, I checked into Hotel Hill Retreat at Lachen and had a hearty dinner.

DAY 4:

I got up at 5 AM, to a beautiful Sun greeting me, and started the journey towards Gurudongmar Lake.

Gurudongmar Lake:

The road leading from Lachen to the lake is almost 65 km and it took almost four hours to reach there. Again, it is always recommended to start your day early, so you can visit the lake and return by afternoon. It is one of the highest lakes in the world and is considered sacred by both Buddhists and Sikhs. The lake is blessed by Guru Padmasambhava and also by Guru Nanak, and you can start feeling the sacred vibes once you are in its vicinity.
The lake remains completely frozen during the months from November to Mid-May. China border is 5 km on the eastern side of the lake.
After spending 45 mins at the lake, I started my journey back to Lachen, where I reached at 4.

Some things to take care of:

  • As the lake is situated at an altitude of almost 18000ft. you can face breathing issues there. so two days in advance start taking medicine like Diamox [after consulting your doctor of course].
  • Kids or people with breathing issues should think twice before going here.
  • A 2-hours stretch terrain is so rough that, all your body shake and might hurt, so be prepared for that.

LACHUNG :

Lachung is 50 km from Lachen and it took almost 2 hours to reach there, including time spent at “Amitabh Bachchan waterfall”. yes, it’s a real place.
Our hotel at Lachung was ‘oh so beautiful’! Of all the places I have been to, I had the most scenic view from here. Can’t forget that moment when all I did was sit on the bench outside our room and gazing at mountains. I can go back to Sikkim just to stay in that hotel again.

 

DAY 5:

We left for Yumthang Valley at 6 in the morning!

Yumthang Valley:

Also called as, Valley of Flowers, with a river, hot springs, yaks and grazing pasture on rolling meadows surrounded by the Himalayan mountains! It took 2 hours to reach there from Lachung. Of all the time I spent in Sikkim, that half hour sitting near a bridge surrounded by numerous prayer flags will always stay with me. There was no one around and all I could hear was the sound that Teesta river made. some birds flying over and the sound that the flags created because of the wind pressure. I did not want to get up from there but I had to because I had to reach Gangtok by evening!

 


So after spending some time in Yumthang Valley, we started for Lachung. there was a different kind of silence inside my body while I was leaving that place. Such places do that to me.
After reaching Lachung we had our lunch and started for Gangtok around 3 pm. We stopped at multiple points again and reached Gangtok around 8 PM.

DAY 6:

And the second last day of the trip was everything. Adventure, emotions, spirituality, patriotism! Finally, at 8 AM, I started for Nathula Pass.

Nathula Pass:

Nathula pass is the border between China and India. It can rain/ snow at almost any time of the day making the temperature go as low as -1-degree Celsius. Nathula is 57 km from Gangtok and including the time taken to reach to the check post, it took around 4 hours to reach there. It is 14000 ft above sea level.

Few things before you plan to head out here:

  • Apply for the permit at least 4 days before. Keep multiple passport size photos and your ID proof with you for the permit form.
    wear warm clothes.
  • Carry a raincoat or umbrella.
  • Avoid traveling with your kids, because of temperature and breathing issues.
  • wear gripped shoes for snow.
  • Photography is prohibited so you can give a rest to your cameras.

Nathula Pass was the place through which the famous Silk Route used to operate until 1962. We climbed till the actual border line in heavy snowfall and everything was freezing there. Also, met Indian and Chinese soldiers. Spoke to them about the difficulty of their job. The Indian soldiers are transferred after every 3 years and they carry everything with them, even the soil of their plants, “because this is what home for them is.”

As per our itinerary, we were to leave for Darjeeling after reaching Gangtok around 6. After we started from Nathula Pass, we took a stop at Baba Mandir.

BABA MANDIR:

This temple is dedicated to an Indian army soldier Baba Harbhajan Singh who died in 1968 near the Nathu La. Indian Army personnel who are posted around Nathula Pass have come to believe his spirit protects every soldier in the inhospitable high-altitude terrain of the Eastern Himalayas. This mandir has a very different vibe, that you will feel if you will stand inside the temple!

So while we were there, one army personnel told us to hurry up as multiple landslides happened en route Gangtok. We rushed back to our cars and just after a few kilometers we were stuck because of the landslide. And as it was a Sunday, the labor was on leave so we had to wait for a JCB machine to clear the mess, that took more than 4 hours, with help from the army, volunteers and the generous local people.
Finally, I reached Gangtok at 11 PM and did not leave for Darjeeling.

DAY 7:

Now I have a flight at 1 and Bagdogra is almost 5 hours from Gangtok, I took a cab around 6 and left for the airport.

Now, you can do any of the following things if you have one extra day unlike me:

  • Book a taxi and visit Darjeeling. You can do local sight seeing there. You may visit Tiger hills or Darjeeling zoo.
  • Book a taxi and go to Nepal border for shopping.
  • Visit Namchi for The Namchi Monastery, Ralang Monastery, and TendoHill. The world’s largest statue of the Buddhist Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, the patron saint of Sikkim, is on the Samdruptse hill (The Wish Fulfilling hill) opposite Namchi.

Make the choice as per availability of time!

The natural beauty of Sikkim and the warm hospitality of its people are sure to remain with you throughout your life.

If you have any query or need any suggestions, do comment below and we will make sure to revert as soon as we can!

Also, read about our last trip to Hampi here.

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Goat Village- The simple life of Bakrichaap

Its not about a beautiful property in the hills but the luxury of simple living with high thinking.

While my stay here, I realized how easy life can be if only we put our resources at the right place. The idea of making more of what we have from our natural surroundings and opportunities. The Goat Village is an inspiration for many villages and farmers, thanks to the initiative that supports successful sustainable agriculture.

The goat village is a concept of Bakrichaap people who believe in the five basic pillars of environmental conservation – earthly architecture, nutritious food, energy, water conservation and proper waste management. The Goat here is considered as the Mascot because of the Goat Farming and other Agro practices that provide a better livelihood to the locals.

The Goat Village is a 1:30-2hrs hike from base village Panchgani, Uttrakhand. The hike is easy and offers a scenic view of the valley and snow covered peaks on the other side.

Each room is equipped with a double bed plus a window-side sitting area overlooking the mountains, which turned out to be my corner in the room. The place is powered by solar energy, there is no electricity in the rooms but you will be provided with lamps and candles. For charging, one can use the common area plug points. An array of activities can be enjoyed on the surroundings, you can take a village tour, hike to Nag Tibba and ahead to Jhandi or just play the traditional games like gilli-danda, lagori, spinning tops and flying kites in the ground.

Mahesh is a warm host and takes care of guest’s comfort and convenience. He is an enthusiast part of the Green People community that supports Agro-tourism movemement with a self-sustained village. You can get in touch with Mahesh before planning your visit, as he can help with the weather and route details.

Take a break from your busy life to tread a winding path along a farmland, breath in the fresh air, soak in some sunlight and let the silence enlighten your mind. It is a place you shouldn’t commercialize but let un-commercialize you. Bring yourself back to simple living because offline is the new luxury.

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Puducherry Pleasure

It’s a place that can take you back in time where there is no rush in life, where people still sit and share a chat at 12pm, where bicycles are one of the main mode of communication even now. Pondicherry is placed on the east coast of India and has 4 beautiful beaches Promenade Beach, Auroville Beach, Serenity Beach and Paradise Beach.

It is a place to watch sunrise, relax, detox,  read/write. Or put on your headphones, play your favourite playlist and roam around on the charming French quarter streets, because nobody cares.

Puducherry holds alot of history with Dutch, Portuguese, British and French colonialists, which makes it a contrast of different cultures and architect. There are a number of old and large churches in Puducherry, most of which were built in the 18th and 19th centuries. Puducherry is also known for its eateries that cover a wide variety of cuisines. The BEST, and I mean it when I say it, THE BEST SEA FOOD.

Puducherry is a weekend getaway destination for major cities around like Chennai. It has vast option of places to stay, eat and chill. I will share the places I visited on my weekend in Puducherry and few things I missed on but you must try to go for.

Where I stayed:

The Promenade, is located on the Promenade street which is like the Marine Drive of Mumbai. It has a seascape view so you can watch the sunrise every morning in the comfort of your bed. It has a touch of French architect and a small pool for leisure. The Hotel consists of 3 restaurants:

  1. BlueLine:The 24 hour restaurant, overlooking the sea, serves Indian, Oriental & Continental cuisine as lavish buffets or a la carte.
  2. Risque:Relaxed leather seating and contemporary music make this sea facing lounge bar a great place to laze. There is an amazing range of exotic cocktails, international wines, draught beer, mocktails and exclusive blends of coffee to serve your mood.
  3. Bay of Buddha,Lighthouse:Serves Pan-Asian cuisine paired with stunning ocean views and the town’s ancient (and now unused) lighthouse to give you a table setting that’s unforgettable. Open for dinner only.

Places to eat and chill:

  1. Baker Street: Bakery with flavoursome desserts, pain au chocolat, baguettes and quiches.
  2. Cafe des arts: Really really cool place to chill with very reasonably priced menu. Must try crepes and waffles.
  3. Le Dupleix: Candle light dinner kind of place with French vintage charm.
  4. La Villa: Garden sitting, serves exquisite fish
  5. Villa Shanti: For a North Indian lunch treat
  6. Cafe Xtasi and Tanto: PIZZAAAAAAA!!

 

Activities:

  1. Wake Up Pondy Cycle Tour: Roam around on the streets on Pondicherry in hand-painted vintage bicycles, an initiative by Sita Culture Center http://www.pondicherry-arts.com/en/
  2. Water Sports and Scuba Divivng with Temple Adventures http://www.templeadventures.com

 

 

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Road trip to Palampur !

If at all you are planning to visit Kasol, McLeodganj or any other destination like this again, here I am giving you all the reasons to change the plan and explore something new!

About Palampur :

Palampur is a small green hill station in Kangra Valley and is beautiful as anything!It is surrounded by tea gardens and pine forests that merge with Dhauladhar ranges. One of the main reason I loved it to my core because of the resort we stayed in! It was a small village in itself with waterfalls, river , trees ! I will write about it in details later on.

How to reach :

By road : We went by our own car and it took us about 10 hours to reach there! The way upto Palampur is smooth so we had no difficulties. It is 486 kms from Delhi.

Also, there are numerous buses that you can find of HRTC.

By Train : Palampur has its own Railway Station named as Palampur Railway Station which is connected to the major cities of Himachal Pradesh. It is is linked with the cities like Pathankot, Kangra and Palampur.

By Air : The nearest Domestic Airport is Dharamsala Kangra Airport, Gaggal, roughly one hour drive from Palampur.

 Places to Stay :

Palampur has beautiful villas if you would like to stay in private! You can get them booked in advance. One of them that we checked out was Noor villa. We couldn’t get any room here as it was booked. But we loved it and hope to stay there on our next visit. You can search for  other properties , just get them booked in advance.

Himachal Heritage Village :

This is the place I was talking about! We stayed at this beautiful place. It is in village Thalla, near Power Project. It has four houses with UNA, Kangra, Barot and Khaniara style. We stayed in Kangra Hut. And it was beautiful hut with three rooms. Two on ground floor, and one on first floor.

Here is the link to know more about this place and rooms, http://www.himachalheritagevillage.com/

Best time to visit this place :

September to June.

Places to visit :

  • Chamunda Devi temple : Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The walls of the temple are decorated and painted with scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana.
  • Baijnath Temple : It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was founded by local merchants named Manyuka and Ahuka in 1204 A.D. The structure of this temple reveals about Nagara style of temples.
  • Tea Gardens : It is widely referred as ‘Tea Capital of Northwest India’. Tea of this area is very famous and is available in the market with different names like Bageshwari, Darbari and Bahar.
  • Kangra Fort : Also known as the “Nagar Kot”. It is presently preserved by Archaeological department.
  • Uttrala : It is a small village with beautiful drive that you will fall in love with just the trek!

 

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Avalon, Kanatal- AirBnb Property Review

Kanatal is a small, less-commercialized hill station in Uttrakhand. It is 38kms ahead of Mussorie, and has decently broad roads for a drive-way. It is majorly know for a temple, dedicated to Sati Ji. As per our mythology, Kanatal is where Shankar Ji brought the dead body on his trishul from Haridwar. Located at a height of 9995 feet, you get a 360-degree view from the top of the temple. One has to trek 2 km on foot to the little temple.

When I was doing my Pre-Trip Research on this place, I came across an AirBnb property called the Avalon that took my heart at the first look itself. It is a Nature Lover’s Dream with old world’s charm and a very sweetly preserved decor. It is where the skies seem a brighter blue and the mountain views are almost surreal in their majesty. The log cabin–style house that occupied the site is actually a summer house of a family that mostly stays abroad. The owners have little souvenir, antiques, toys and family pictures all around the place. It will not only make you feel like home but would also make you feel like a part of everything around. The house has wide spread lawn and a deck offering panoramic vistas across the valley to the Mussorie Mountains and beyond. The home certainly has its showstopping moments, for us it was when we saw the sun rise from our room window. Looking at the house very carefully, it has a discerning approach to texture and color and sophisticated vintage and contemporary pairings aligned perfectly with their own sensibilities. It offers two twin-sharing bedrooms on the first floor with attached washrooms. The ground floor has living area with dining table and a double bed. The house is good enough to accommodate 6-7 people.

From the property you can walk almost 2kms and reach the forest area. Kanatal has a deep forest of oaks, and the walk in between will revitalize your mind that is always running otherwise. We took the forest walk from Club Mahindra till almost 3kms inside the forest area. You can find few picnic spots where you can relax for a while and cherish the sunset.

 

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Rajasthan- Land of Kingdoms

If Game of thrones is to shoot in India, i dont think there is a better place than Rajasthan. I covered most of the Rajasthan in October’14. And it was a Road trip again!

We followed :

Delhi – Ajmer (390 km)
Ajmer – Pushkar (15 km)
Pushkar – Chittorgarh (207 km)
Chittorgarh – Udaipur (117 km)
Updaipur – Jaipur (419 km)
Jaipur – Delhi (260 km)

So yeah, it was a week long holiday for us 🙂

Where to Stay :

As all of these are tourist places, you will get all the hotels, very easily, from 1 star to 5 star almost at all the places. And as a matter of fact, its Rajasthan, i am sure you have your friends/family staying there too!

Outings :

* Ajmer : We all are aware about Dargah, Ajmer Sharif. It is too crowded anytime, any week, any day of the year. But, But, But, its a must must visit. The sense of calmness you will feel in between that crowd cannot be felt anywhere else. Also there is, Ajmer Jain Temple, its a one time visit too.

* Pushkar : I can write endlessly about this place. To my surprise, it is one and only Hippiest place of Rajasthan. You can find Muchi-pagdi wale uncles to firangs to photographers there! Of course, most of them are chilling holding chillum or pipe 😉
Sit by the ghats at night and check the serenity of this place. basically, forget yourself in midst of ghats.

* Chittorgarh : This city is famous for largest fort in India, the Chittorgarh fort. And also, many mughal stories are related to this place of wars, weddings, sacrifice and all that can fascinate a history lover ! I am not one of them so yea, google the rest.

* Udaipur : The city of lakes, Ya i know, city of lakes in rajasthan ! This royal land has 5 lakes that make it one of the most beautiful destination of India. Also, while you are here, you can get the best view of sunset from Monsoon palace. Number of tourists and specially photographers gather here to get a glimpse !

*Jaipur : Capital and largest city of Rajasthan. Beside visitng Hawa Mahal, Johri Bazaar, City palace, Chokhi Dhani Resort, do visit Amber fort and catch the Light show here and you will be awestruck!

When to visit :

October to March as it stays extremely hot rest of the year.

FOOD :

Rajasthani food is so delicious that you can visit here just for the sake of delicious Rajasthani cuisine ! DO DO DO try the food at any local rajasthani hotel for the real taste ! Natraj Lodge , Udaipur particulary is famous for the Thaalis!

 

 

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Neemrana Fort Palace

Neemrana fort palace offers a vibrant site for magical weekend getaways, feasts, celebrations, and is also an amazing option for the trending destination weddings.

This 15th century heritage hotel is among the most popular resorts near delhi for weekend breaks and is ideal to invent your own past at the dream site of history. Seven palace wings built over 14 layers tiered into a hill across 2.5 hectares/ 6 acres of garden-palace, make Neemrana Fort-Palace one of the most unique resorts near Delhi ! Hanging gardens, two pools to swim out to the horizon, an Ayurvedic spa, and India’s first zip-line is what the world comes to experience ! One stay here will get you started on the discovery of the best resorts near Delhi!

Neemrana Palace offers Double sharing rooms starting from Rs. 7k to huge Vilas upto Rs. 35k.
Donot miss on the Gala Dinner, as it was one of our best experience of royal candle light dinner. It will cost you an extra 1000 bucks per person, and will be worth every penny.

How to reach?
– Neemrana is a 2hrs drive from Delhi on the way to Jaipur. The roads are well connected.

*Did you know?
The song “kehna he kya” from DilSe was shot here.

 

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Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh

Where we went?

Narkanda is located in Himachal Pradesh, 2hrs ahead of Shimla. And approximately 420kms i.e. 8-10hrs from the capital, New Delhi.

Where we stayed?

Seetalvan Orchard, is honestly the reason we went to Narkanda. The place is a home away from home.
The staff is very humble and simple pahari people. The food is great too, and I would personaly suggest you to request the cook to serve you with Pahari food atleast once while you stay.
It is actually situated in Kotgarh, which is almost 15-17kms ahead of Narkanda.
The roads are clean and safe, can be travelled mostly by car/local bus.

Tariff 6-7k per room per night.
http://www.seetalvanorchard.com/
For Bookings you can also call on 09805594069

When to go?

It is a place you can visit all through the year. It is covered with beautiful orchads in the spring season. In the months of March-April-May, you can see a magnificient view of valley covered with flowers and fruits all around you. But if you are a snow lover, you can also visit here in the months of Dec-Jan, that is exactly when we took the visit too. If only you should ignore visiting here, ignore the monsoons.

How to reach?

-By Train: You can board the Himalayan Queen from Delhi to Kalka and then a bus ahead to Narkanda. Cabs are also available at Kalka Railway Station.
-By Bus: There is no direct bus between New Delhi and Narkanda. You can take State Transport Bus from New Delhi to Nahan then take a taxi from Nahan to Narkanda
-By Car: Delhi- Ambala- Himalayan Expressway- Shimla- Kufri- Narkanda- Thandedar- Kotgarh.

What to do:

– Trekking: If adventour is your thing, visit the Hatu Peak. It has a breathtaking view of the Himalayan Range.
– St. Marys Church is a local heritage point
– Tani Jubbar is a small holy lake for seightseeing
– Saharan is a very old Indo-Tibetan temple

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Devico Cottage, Mohal- Beauty of Orchards

Before starting the story I would like to tell you that this trip was planned and booked in 2hrs. So I would like to say If you have a mate, It’s never too late. And Google is a blessing. After googling almost 25 destination and hotel option I finally came across this one.

Where?

Mohal is a small village in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. The nearest bus stop is Bhuntar. It is not a very known place and that is why it is so delightful. I went to this trip with my sister and we were looking for a place that can give us a break from the heat in Delhi and should also be safe. To our surprise we came across not even a single tourist at this place but only local village people who were sweet and helpful. It is a place where you can relax and read. Enjoy morning walk in the Orchard. Visit the village people and share a smile.

How to Reach?

– By Bus/Car: The Distance between Delhi to Bhuntar is 740kms drive by road. The bus takes around 10 hrs to 14hrs to complete this journey depending upon on the operator, type of bus, stoppage, and traffic conditions. Buses from Delhi to Bhunter are available from 4:30 to 10PM. Traveling can be comfortable and easy as there are many types of Buses available for Travelers such as HIMSUTRA (VOLVO/ISUZU), HIM Gaurav Tata AC, Non-AC Seater, Volvo AC Seater and SemiSleeper, Volvo AC Semisleeper. For Bookings, you can go through HRTC website or Makemytrip Private bus services.

– By Flight: There are direct flights to Bhuntar Airport. Mohal from airport is a 15-20mins drive.

Where to stay?

– We stayed in the Devico Cottages, with mesmerising valley view surrounded by Orchard farms all around it. Devico Cottages offer 2 cottage options: 1. Double occupancy cottage with living space, Fire place, Clean big washrooms and a sweet little open kitchen, 2. Family Cottage, with 2 huge bedrooms, living space, seperate washrooms and everything for your comfortable stay. Devico serves home cooked food as per your request. Abhinav Sikka, the owner is quiet a gentlemen. He will not only take care of everything you need but will also help you with Taxi and Bus bookings.
http://www.devicocottages.com/cottages.html
– Another option is the Apple Valley Resorts, it is located on the main road and has River Side view. We went here for Lunch on our last day, and I can say a dinner on its open restaurant is something you must have.

What to do?

– Nature Park: Is a well-maintained park on riverside. You can enjoy your evening tea or maggi here, watching little ones play in the park.
– Tirthan Valley: You can drive down to Tirthan valley for trout fishing, as it is only an hour’s drive. Tirthan Valley also has waterfalls and trek options like Jalori Pass.
– Jalori Pass: At an altitude of 3120 meters, and is known as the steepest to drive in Himachal separating Kullu valley and Shimla valley. When here, you can enjoy a meal at Shringi Vatika.
– Sarloskar Lake: is a lake 5kms from Jalori Pass, and can be visited if you manage your time well.

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Ramgarh, Uttrakhand

On a trip where i see a shooting star, is a trip I always remember.
Ramgarh is an angelic place for a quiet long weekend. I absolutely loved the simplicity of life at this place with not much hassel and busyness. But if you wish to wander around, Bhimtal and Nanital are at 1-2hrs drive.

Where to go?
Ramgarh is a small secluded hill station at the height of 1789m above sea level. It is situated in the kumaon region on the way to Mukteshwar in Nainital, Uttarakhand,India. It was once the cantonment of the English army. The hill station carries the legacy of some ancestral buildings, used as inspection bungalows and temporary stay palaces for officers, dating back to British colonial period. It is renowned for its orchards of apricot, plum, peaches and apples.

When to go?
Well Ramgarh is one of the all season kind of destination but you can avoid months of winters like Nov, Dec, and Jan.

How to reach?
– By Car: Delhi to Ramgarh is 292kms. It is a 6-8hours drive.
– By Bus: Buses are easily available from Delhi-Haldwani. A taxi can be hired for the way ahead.
– By Train: Kathgodam Railway station is the nearest railhead to Ramgarh, at a distance of 45kms. Taxis and buses are easily available from Kathgodam to Ramgarh.
– By Air: Pantnagar airport is the nearest airport, which is located about 76kms from Ramgarh. Taxis are easily available at the airport.

Where to stay?
Well Ramgarh has quiet alot of options, but I am going to mention the 2 where we stayed:
1. Cedar Lodge: An unobstructed view of the snow-capped ranges of the Himalayas from this place can be seen. We were flattered by the delicious food and service. Cedar Lodge has total of 7 rooms so it is advisable to make prior bookings.
2. Ramgarh Bungalow: is a delightful property by Neemrana group of Hotels. The property is divided into 6 parts: The Cliff House, Ashok Vatika, Writers Bungalow, Rose Cottage, Vista Villa and Old Bungalow.
If you are planning to go for a family vacation, we personally recommend the Cliff House. It has 2 rooms, living space and a balcony with the charming valley view.

What to see?
– Nathuakhan: is a clammed up point where you can enjoy nature walks, meditation and can relax in the beautiful gardens.
– Mukteshwar: got its name from a 350year old temple Mukteshwer Dham whose presiding deity is Lord Shiva. Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, Nandaghunti, Trishul and Panchachuli are the major peaks visible from Mukteshwar.
– Bhimtal: has the beautiful view of the lake with some fun activities like parasailing and Waterball.

 

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