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Recently, I was watching a movie’s teaser and they were referring Kerala as ‘God’s Own Country’. Well, true that and why not, the place has everything from landscapes to beautiful tea and coffee plantations, endless spice gardens and hill station in Kerala. Usually, when it is about Kerala we all often make an image of its famous backwaters and beaches, you can watch those virtual images in our Instagram account Routeprints. This time, let’s explore the other side of this appealing state and check out some of the best hill stations in Kerala. Whether you’re planning a family trip or romantic date or maybe some me time, the hill station in Kerala have something for all of you. Trust me you won’t regret your decision.

Kerala Hill Station
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Hill Station In Kerala

1. Wayanad

If anyone of you is looking for something that is perfect for the weekend getaway, nothing can be better than visiting Wayanad. Thanks to those beautiful mist-clad mountains and epic rivers. The ideal time to be the guest of Wayanad is from October to May. Not just you’re going to experience the thick rainforest, spice plantations, remarkable waterfalls, and splendid beauty but you can also indulge yourself in lots of adventure sports.

Make sure when visiting the hill station you don’t miss visiting Chembra peak, Soochippara waterfalls, Kuruva Island, Pakshipathalam, and Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary. Also, you can book your stay at the amazing Vythiri Village Resort or Banasura Hill Resort. Everyone wants to know more about south India’s hill stations and we are here to five you some travel tips

Nearest Railway Station: Kerala hill stations list

Nearest Airport: Karipur International Airport

Wayanad

2. Munnar

Here comes the most famous and most visited hill station in the state that lies in the Western Ghats. Well, the hill station is just perfect for all the honeymooners out there as it has the best spice plantations, wonderful climate, and mesmerizing viewpoints. Also, if you do the planning in the right way, you can get a chance to see the valley turn blue at the time of the bloom of Neelakurinji. The unique part of visiting the valley is that it flowers only once in 12 years. Sounds like a perfect Valentine celebration, right?

The ideal time to visit this superb hill station is October to November and January to May and don’t forget to visit some of the other amazing spots like Eravikulam National Park, TATA Tea Museum, and Mattupetty Dam and Lake. Also, you can plan to stay at KTDC Tea County or Windermere Estate.

Nearest Railway Station: Ernakulam Junction

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport

Munnar

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3. Vagamon

D you know why I have added this hill station in my list? The specialty of the hill station is that it is not like any other commercialized hill station that means the place is far away from the urban culture. You get to know what the real nature means. The hill station is all covered by thee hills, forests, a combination of meadows, and with a lot of natural beauty that you’ll not get bored of praising.

Summer is the best time to visit Vagamon from March to May and when actually in Vagamon don’t miss visiting Kurisumala Dairy Farm, Thangal Para, and Mundakayam Ghat. Also, if possible try to stay at any of these two relaxing places: Vagamon Hide Out and Ayurveda Spa or Spice Garden Farm Resort.

Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam Railway Station

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport

Vagamon Hill Station
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4. Ponmudi

Trekkers pay attention, this beautiful small hill station near Trivandrum is just perfect for those who love trekking and will also let you click pictures of some picturesque views when you walk through the narrow winding pathways. Hold the hand of your loved one because you’re also going to experience a lovely array of mountain flowers, small rivulets, rich tea estates, and exotic butterflies.

The best part about the hill station is that the climate remains pleasant throughout the year and the best time to visit Ponmudi is January to March. Make sure you also visit the Golden Valley, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, and Meenmutty waterfalls.

Nearest Railway Station: Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station

Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport

Ponmudi
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We all believe that Mumbai is one of the dynamic cities where dreams come true. No doubt, the city has its own charm and beauty but the daily hustle of work life or personal life can make your schedule packed and hectic. Where visiting Marine Drive, Juhu Beach, or Gateway of India every weekend can be quite boring, why not make some new plans and too that away from the city? Hey, don’t be worried about the long travel. There are a few mind-blowing places near Mumbai, which are just few hours drive from the city, if you love oceans you can also look for beaches in Goa. Have a look at some of the utmost weekend getaways near Mumbai and let your soul escape the daily chaos of life.

Lonavala
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Nearby Getaways from Mumbai

1. Karjat

Situated on the basin of River Ulhas, Karjat is absolutely ready to give you some social media-worthy pictures of scenic natural vistas, forts, mountains, and ancient rock-cut cave temples. This beautiful small Konkan town can be a perfect choice to spend your weekends away from Mumbai. The place even offers a lot of adventure sports and trekking and the trails differ from moderately to extremely difficult, thus making it one of the best options for weekend getaways near the city.

Karjat

2. Lonavala-Khandala

You must have heard this place a number of times in the very famous Khandala song from the 90s. Well, these twin hill resorts are loved by every Mumbaikar out there. No matter you want to be on a road trip, or a perfect one-day trip with your partner, or be in the lap of nature, these places have the solution for your stress and can make your vacay mood even better. In fact, the best time to visit the places is, December. So, be there whenever you wish to escape from your daily city routine.

Lonavala, Khandala

3. Alibaug

What would you prefer the most? Going to a place by road or by ferry? Well, the choice will be yours as reaching Alibaug is possible by both the means. The place is one of the popular beach destinations and is known for the traces of ancient history. If the ferry is the means you’ve chosen, take it from the beach near Gateway of India, South Mumbai. A number of outdoor activities are something that makes the place one of the preferred choices by the people. So, those who love to be on an adventurous trip do not miss visiting Alibaug.

Alibaug

4. Matheran

Talking about Matheran, this is the oldest hill stations and surely the best picturesque spots near Mumbai. The place sits on the top of the Western Ghats at a height of 2516 ft above sea level. What makes this place a perfect retreat for your weekend is the lush green pastures, pure and real ambiance, and of course, the calm and peaceful environment. And in case, if you actually plan to be there in Matheran, do not miss riding on the Neral-Matheran toy train because this is something you’re really going to enjoy a lot.

Matheran
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5. Kolad

If you desperately want to have something adventurous this weekend, I am sure you’ll love being in Kolad. There’s Kundalika River that flows by the little village and allows you to be a part of some fun water sports. Not just this, you’ll also be witnessing some ultimate waterfalls that emerge from the neighboring mountains. Also, the place is not only for water sports but is ideal for trekking and camping too. Try to be there in December because the month is considered the perfect time to enjoy the best of the place.

Kolad
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So, I am sure, you will visit some of the these weekend gateways near Mumbai.

If spending vacations mean spending some quality time with nature to you, Dharamshala can be the perfect decision. One of the appealing hill stations based in Kangra Valley and you will also love the KheerGang Trek in Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala is also known as Little Lhasa. Do you know what is the best part of being a guest of Dharamshala? It is the place’s mesmerizing surroundings and the peaceful Buddhist culture.

Well, the place can be visited anytime in the year and visit to Barot valley if you are in Himachal Pradesh, to enjoy every bit of this beauty but summers are more refreshing and if you love rains, monsoons can be the perfect time to be there. Still confused? Here’s a brief description of the best time to visit Dharamshala.

Weather Throughout the Year

SeasonMonthsTemperature
SummerApril-June22°C to 32°C
Monsoon July-August18°C to 22°C
WinterOctober-March04°C to 07°C

Summer Season (April to June)

Well, summers are considered the best time to be in Dharamshala and of course, the best way to beat the scorching heat on the plains. The temperature usually remains pleasant between 22ᵒ-35ᵒ C. The season is just perfect for the outing on hills, for the very famous Triund trek, and to get indulge in adventure activities like paragliding and mountain activities. Attention all the nature buffs out here. Don’t forget to take your camera along as you going to have some post-worthy pictures for your social media. This is because the flowers remain in full bloom during the summers, and if you really love nature can also check PhotoMithra.

If you’re actually planning to be here in summers, try to choose April because this is the time when Saka Dawa Festival is celebrated dedicated to Lord Buddha. Also, the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts organizes a 10-day opera along with different other cultural performances and folk dances. Shall I share a secret with you? We generally try to make a plan for weekends. Don’t, because weekends are often seen crowded and you might not want to see the terrific beauty of Dharamshala while adjusting yourself with the crowd.

Monsoon (July to August)

Monsoons in Dharamshala begin during July and remain in its full swing till August. Visiting the place in this season can be an ideal decision if you want to experience the real mountain monsoon. However, you may find good deals and offers of top-notch hotels but it is generally not recommended to be a part of Dharamshala during this season. Why? Due to heavy rainfall during this time, visiting the place can affect your plans and spoil your vacay mood. Also, there are great possibilities of landslides during monsoon. Still, if you’ve made your mood to be there in this particular season; don’t forget to visit Dal Fair. This is one of the crucial festivals celebrated in August by the locals on the banks of Dal Lake. You can even watch devotes taking a dip in the holy water of the Lake.

Winter Season (October to March)

Are you ready for some amazing cozy bonfire nights? YES? You can’t a better choice than to be in Dharamshala during winters. Visting Dharamshala during this season is usually preferred by those who are either true adventurers or those who are on their honeymoon because the weather looks just perfect with the heavenly fresh snow. The temperature remains between 4ᵒ-7ᵒC and the place snows around January when the temperature gets down to 0ᵒ. Pack some extra woolens and get ready to enjoy the eye-catching views of snow-clad mountains.

Have your mom and dad (like typical Indian parents) ever asked you to take them on the Chardham Yatra before they reach their extreme old age? If so then why not make it more special? How? Take them on the yatra by helicopter. Is this possible? Yes, there’s facility provided by Chardham Helicopter Service that takes you on a tour of Chardham places i.e. Badrinath Dham, Kedarnath Dham, Gangotri Dham, and Yamunotri Dham by helicopter.

We are here to provide you some important information regarding Chardham Yatra by Helicopter.The helicopter tour makes the journey to all these holy places much easier and pleasant. Sounds amazing, right?If you really want to make your travel destination a sense of peace and calm then please get to know yourself about the Chardham Yatra by Helicopter. If you want to know more about the services, continue reading it and see what do you want to know before going on the Chardham Yatra by helicopter.

Chardham Yatra by Helicopter

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Day 1: Dehradun to Yamunotri

From here, you’ll be starting your journey by reaching the state government helipad on Sahastradhara Road, Dehradun. Also, note that this would be your starting as well as the ending point of your journey. You’ll be giving all the details of do’s and don’ts by the staff. Listen to them really carefully. The helicopter will leave from here around 7:00 am and once you reach the Karsali helipad of Yamunotri, you’ll be then taken to your hotel.

Get freshen up because you’ll be taken to Yamunotri temple for darshan. Yamunotri, also known as the seat of the river Goddess Yamuna, lies on the top of Bandar Poonch Parvat. The best part about your first stop is the Goddess Yamuna and beautiful thermal springs at Janki Chatti that is about 7km away. Talking about the Champasar Glacier, it is at a height of 4421m above the sea level but is not approachable. Remember, you’ll be staying overnight at your hotel. If you traveling to Uttrakhand then you can visit for some famous places and make sure to visit in good time.

Day 2: Yamunotri to Gangotri

On the second day, you’ll be leaving for Gangotri from the Yamunotri helipad and reaching the Harsil helipad that lies amidst the fantastic lush valleys of Uttarakhand. It is usually suggested that one should visit the Gangotri temple right from the helipad, which is just 22 km from the helipad and one can reach there in around 50 minutes. The temple is situated on the banks of Bhagirathi River and the point from where it is originated is holy River Ganga.

The temple is at a height of 3100m. The name Ganga comes from Devprayag where it meets Alaknanda River. Now, talking about Gaumukh in the Gangotri Glacier, this is the starting point of Ganges River and is a 19km trek from here. After darshan, you can leave for your hotel so that you can have your lunch and rest for some time. Not to worry, you won’t be spending your whole evening in the hotel rooms. Step out and take an evening walk in the nearby villages. You can even pick some good-quality woolens from there.

Day 3: Gangotri to Kedarnath

Make sure you don’t spend the whole night wandering in the villages because you need to start early next day (day 3). You’ll be leaving from the Harsil helipad by 9:00 am and then change the chopper at Guptkashi helipad due to government by-laws to reach Kedarnath. Your new helicopter will be there to take you to Kedarnath. You’ll be reaching there by 10:00 am approx.

Kedarnath is definitely the most amazing sites amongst all the chardhams and remains surrounded by beautiful snow clad mountains. To reach the holy Kedarnath temple of Lord Shiva will take mere 15 minutes and is just 500m from your helipad. At the entrance gate of the temple, you’ll find Nandi bull statue. Don’t miss to pay your respects to the bull and the godly lingam of Lord Shiva.

Next, you’ll be visiting the ancient Triyuginarayan temple that is devoted to Lord Vishnu. It is believed that the temple is built on the same place where Vishnu saw the wedding ceremony of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. You’ll be staying for the night at Kedarnath because you’ll also be witnessing the very famous Rudra Abhishek at the temple at 4 in the morning.

Day 4: Kedarnath to Badrinath

So, you’ll be again taken to the Guptkashi helipad for the change of new helicopter at around 10:15 am and will be arriving at Badrinath helipad at 11:00 am. After then you’ll be going to your hotels, complete all the formalities at the hotel, freshen up and get ready to visit the Badrinath Temple.

The holy temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu also called Lord Badri is one of the godly 108 divya desams. After taking the blessings from Lord Vishnu, you can move to the Mana village nearby Badrinath temple. The Mana village is the last one before Indo-China Border occupied by the Indo-Mangolian tribe. Stay here at Badrinath for overnight. The best part about the Badrinath Yatra is the exceptional Maha Abhishek Pooja that starts sharply at 4:00 am in the morning and continues for around 2 hours. The temple has taken care of the seating arrangements of all the devotees so that you can sit and watch all the Shringar rituals of the Holy Spirit.

Day 5: Badrinath to Dehradun

So, the last has come and you’ll be leaving from Badrinath Helipad at around 11:30 am and will be arriving at your beginning point, Sahastradhara helipad by 12:30. After attending the pooja, seek blessings of the deity from close quarters and return to Dehradun. This is where your tour ends.

If I am asked about my favorite season, I would say winters especially the month of December, without a blink of the eye. This is the season when the sun is also on a holiday, the cold breeze is all around, time for festivals and vacations, good food, your favorite blanket, and a hot cup of tea. Since I am one of the biggest travel enthusiasts in my group, I never miss traveling in this month because there’s nothing more perfect than traveling in December. In fact, there are a few places in India that simply take a new avatar with the wintry climate, lush vegetation, and of course, snow. So, here I am to tell you about some of the best places to visit in India in December.

Kerala

Ladakh

Ladakh is often referred to as adventure capital of India. You’ll be glad to know that Ladakh has the world’s 3 highest motorable mountain passes. A huge number of bike enthusiasts from all over the country visit the place in December to experience this next-level long bike ride. Besides this, Ladakh also offers their tourists to indulge themselves in cycling, climbing, trekking, jeep safari, trekking and much more.

Ladakh
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Do not worry if you’re not an adventurous kind of person because you spend a relaxing vacation in Ladakh instead. The place is full of sightseeing spots, rivers, valleys, some 16th century Tibetan architectural structures, shopping spots to name a few. One of the best part about visiting Ladakh in December is you can experience their very famous Losar festival. But remember that the festival’s date changes every year as it is based on the lunar calendar. So, make sure you check the date before booking the tickets.

Goa

We all have been making plans to be in Goa at least once in life. Who doesn’t want to live their life to the fullest when they have their friends by their side? Well, there can be a number of different reasons to visit Goa but visiting the place in December can be the perfect way for holidaying in Goa. There’s nothing amazing than celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve when in Goa. Believe it or not, you’re going to have a gala time at the year’s biggest and most happening party there. Also, the much-awaited music festival of Sunburn and the pious feast of St. Francis Xavier is something you can’t afford to miss. What are you waiting for? Mark the dates on your calendar and book the tickets before it gets jam-packed. If you really want to plan your Goa trip successfully you should have to know the weather forecast of Goa.

Baga Beach, Goa

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Jaisalmer

What if you can spend some beautiful Arabian nights in the middle of the desert, under the sky full of stars, and lovely weather? Well, you can witness all this in Jaisalmer, the desert region of Rajasthan. Camel Safari through the beautiful sand dunes and overnight stay in the luxury tents is absolutely worth spending the money. You’ll be offered exotic dinner and a chance to get indulged in many cultural activities. And not just this, but you can also enjoy a number of sightseeing views in Jaisalmer. So, if you wish to spend a romantic night with your loved one with amazing moonlight dinner in the middle of the sprawling golden desert, just go and book your tickets fast. If you are planning to visit Rajasthan then Udaipur travel guide from Routeprints will really help you.

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Alappuzha, Kerala

To spend a few days in the lap of nature and too that without being in the middle of a huge crowd can be quite difficult. But booking your tickets for Alappuzha can be the right decision to not just escape the crowd but your city life as well. Kerala is known for picture perfect backwaters and its tranquility and you’ll get to experience both in Alappuzha. Instead of staying in luxury hotels, try out the houseboats and sail through the quiet waters. The best part about being here in December is that the place celebrates a 10-day festival, Mullackal Chirap. Thus, besides being amidst the mesmerizing ambiance, you can also get a chance to know the culture of very beautiful Kerala.

Alappuzha, Kerala

Great Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

Without taking much of your time, let’s get straight to the point. There are 3 prime reasons one should definitely experience this Great Rann of Kutch in December. First, this is the only season when the whole white desert dries out, otherwise the Great Rann is submerged in water, secondly, the season is popular for the very amazing traditional festival of Kutch i.e. Rann Utsav, and lastly, you cannot have a better beginning of your New Year. Though the Utsav is known for camping and enjoying the folk performances one can even experience the night safaris in the desert. It is absolutely magical. So, these were some of the places I have tried till now and I have to admit that December makes these places worth visiting and even more beautiful. If you’re planning to be on a trip in December, try any of these places and trust me you won’t regret it.

Kutch, Gujarat

We all have been studying the varied species and the importance of flora and fauna since our school days. But with the passing time, those words remained in the books only and somehow people tend to forget the significance of those things in real life. No doubt, a number of initiatives have been taken from time to time for wildlife conservation efforts in India and have been proved really helpful in making people familiar with the value of wildlife for both humans and other species. Well, with the setting up of Jim Corbett National Park, India has been indulged in various wildlife conservation projects since the early 1930s, and here, we are going to talk over some of those successful projects by which you can understand wildlife conservation efforts in India.

Wildlife Conservation

Wildlife Conservation Projects and Programs

The Government of India has always been really concerned about its wildlife and started several different wildlife conservation projects and programs. This is done not just to protect the wildlife but also to make people aware about the same. Some of the very famous projects are:

 Project Tiger:

This is one of the most successful projects and was launched back in 1973 to help repopulate Royal Bengal Tigers in their natural habitat. The project was a huge success that not only helped in conserving tigers but also the whole ecosystem. Due to the man-made conditions, encroaching, and poaching on the wild land, the number of tigers started declining over the century. Save the tiger project helped restore the population and in fact, around 47 tiger reserves are laid in 17 regions or more.

Tiger

 Project Elephant:

The Government of India started the Project Elephant in 1922 with the motive to conserve elephants and their habitat of migratory routes. They managed to fulfill their motive by creating scientific and planned management steps. Also, under the same project, health and happiness of domestic elephants were also taken care of that also included diminishing of human-elephant issues. The project also focuses on protecting the animal from poachers and unnatural death as well.

Wildlife

Crocodile Conservation Project:

Yet another known and successful projects run by the Government of India that aimed at conserving the Indian crocodiles as the species were on the verge of extinction. The project even took steps towards the conservation in a number of different related fields. The motive of the project was to save the remaining population of the species and their respective natural habitat by creating sanctuaries. They even aimed at promoting captive breeding, enhancing management, and also by involving the locals in the project. You can check routeprints on Instagram for more images.

Crocodiles

NGOs for Wildlife in India:

You’ll be proud to know that not only the Government of India thinks about conservation of the wildlife, but there are also many non-governmental bodies that aim for the same. Some of the common situations in the country include poaching, encroaching of forest land and habitat destruction. Thankfully, there are a number of volunteer groups and corporations that are actually concerned about their flora and fauna and are making a big difference by maintaining them. To name a few, some of the famous NGOs in India are Rhino Foundation for Nature in Assam, Friends of Forests in Maharashtra, Nature Conservation Society of Amravati in Maharashtra, Bali Nature and Wildlife Conservation Society in West Bengal and many more.

Wildlife NGOs in India

Read: Barot Valley, one of the best hiddengems of Himachal

Well, prime reasons why the country is facing the danger of extinction is due to illegal trading, pollution, destruction of habitat and deforestation, and excessive poaching. If one thinks it in a bigger way, ending wildlife can disturb the whole ecological balance. Man and nature have to coexist to protect and sustain human life, thus it should be the responsibility of every individual to take up the responsibility towards the betterment of the flora and fauna.

When it comes to Himachal Pradesh, we all know that there’s Kullu, Shimla, Mandi, Chamba, Spiti and many more, which are home to scenic towns and snow-capped mountains. Why not traverse through the unexplored and unexploited landscapes of the place? I am talking about the magnificent village situated in the soothing valleys of Mandi. Barot Valley, known by a few has now become a rising tourist spot for those who have this special place for mountains in their heart. For those who don’t know that already, Barot Valley is definitely one of the best hidden gems of Himachal and I’ll be taking you on a tour of this attractive valley and tell you everything about the place. Here we go.

Barot Valley

How to reach Barot Valley?

Barot is situated in the beautiful valley of Uhl at a distance of 40 km from the town of Jogindernagar and about 66 km from Mandi. Reaching Barot, Himachal Pradesh is easily approachable from both Delhi and Chandigarh and you can take any means of transport, be it railway, road, or air. You can even have access to public buses from Jogindernagar, Palampur, and Mandi in order to reach Barot, and for a more adventurous moment must try KheerGanga trek if you are in Himachal Pradesh.

Jogindernagar railway station is of course, the nearest railway station and will take around 2 hours to reach the mesmerizing green valley of Barot. Kullu Manali Airport is the nearest airport from Barot and is around 3.5 hours away from your destination. Whereas, some people even prefer to go by public transport or rented cabs via the picturesque NH154 and NH3.

Best time to visit Barot?

Well, whether in Barot Valley usually remains fairly moderate that means not very hot in summers and not extremely cold in winters. If you’re planning to pay a visit to Barot in summers, choose any month in between April and June. If winter is the season you’ve decided to be a guest of this beautiful valley then make it between November to February for exploring and sightseeing this engaging place. Also, try not to be there during monsoons because the place receives heavy rainfall because of the nearby dense forests. All in all, Barot is one of the best weekend getaways and the right duration to experience this beauty and staying in there can be 3 days.

Barot Valley In Summer

What to do when in Barot?

Fishing in Uhl:

Uhl River is the one and only natural water body of the valley and is one of the amazing attraction of the place since it allows its tourists to enjoy different outdoor activities and fishing is considered the most enjoyable activities out there. Also, trout fishing is the most famous activity in the valley and the favorite place for the anglers. You need to permission in advance from the Trout Farm Office if you really want to perform this activity.

Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary:

This heavenly wildlife sanctuary is situated on the other side of the Uhl River and yet another attraction of the valley. The sanctuary is the ideal place for a wide range of flora and fauna. One gets to see various animal species here like Ghoral, Black Bear, and the Himalayan Monal. Also, the way for the trek to Kullu passes through the dense parts of the sanctuary and one can have the best experience exploring the area away from the wild animals.

trekking

Trekking:

Trekking is definitely one of the best parts you can do when in Barot because there are a number of trails around the valley that are preferred for trekking like Bada Bhangal, Kullu, Manali, Kothi, and Billing. Barot to Kothi trek is considered the best trail, which is a 13km trek that passes through gorgeous cedar and pine woods with such divine surroundings and allows you to eyewitness the real beauty of nature.

Nature Camping:

Another attraction and outdoor activity in Barot valley is nature camping. You can go for the Thandi Golai camping site, which is mere 1.5km away from the Barot’s main market. The place is the best peaceful and undisturbed area where you can just enjoy lying in the lap of nature.

So, before you leave for this beauteous valley make sure you have done the booking prior to leaving and confirm the stay. Ensure that you trekking and camping in groups. You should be readily available with your important trekking and camping gears like water, snacks, first-aid, and warm clothes.

Step into your trekking shoes, put on your jacket, and get your trekking pole because we are going to keep ourselves away from the monotonous and chaotic city life for a few days. Yes, you heard that right. There’s nothing better than be in the lap of Mother Earth’s best landscapes and Kasol is definitely one of the best getaways that work as an amazing stress-buster. Parvati Valley is undoubtedly the best place in Himachal and right there come to the most popular trek of the country, KheerGanga Trek. This fabled hash land is known for its scenic beauty, hypnotic mountains, and overnight camping with your loved ones.  

Well, wandering around in Himachal is quite easy and you’ll even find everything well-organized but the real test starts when it comes to reaching KheerGanga. One needs to do a little preparation and planning prior leaving for the trek and I’ll be helping you out in the same. To make things simpler, let’s break down the venture into two phases:

Make it to Bhuntar: For reaching Bhuntar one can have access to the Volvo Bus Services from Majnu ka Tila or R.K. Ashram Metro Station in Delhi. All the buses leave from Delhi post 6 pm and will help you reach Buntar at around 5 or 7 am in the morning. Nearest railhead, Pathankot is 150 km. If possible, make sure you travel by the Delhi-Chandigarh-Mandi-Bhuntar route.

Make it to Barshaini: This one is a small town with limited staying options, a taxi stand, wine shop, and basic dhabas. Though one can have access to the local bus from Bhuntar but you can even hire a private taxi that might cost you around Rs. 900-1,000.

If you’re not short of time, try to avoid a cab and take a bus from Bhuntar to Manikaran, which is 36 km in total and will take 90 minutes to reach. From Manikaran to Barshaini it is 18 km that will take another 40 minutes to reach. Well, you can even opt for a shared cab from Manikaran that might cost you from Rs.75-100/per person in case, you don’t have much time. Do not forget that last bus from Barshaini to Bhuntar is at 5 pm.

Trekking Routes to KheerGanga

There are 3 different routes from Barshaini to KheerGanga and the trekking distance from any of the route is around 9-10 km.

First: You can walk to the bridge after Barshaini and then make a left turn. Check out or ask any local the way to Nakthan Village and KheerGanga. This one is the easiest and most considerable route that will take around 3-4 hours for a person with average trekking speed. The most famous route falls on the left side of the Parvati River.

 Second: This one is known as the Kalga route. From the bridge, you need to take a right to hike up and reach the Kalga village. Though it is somewhat a different route to your destination but don’t worry it joins the key route halfway on the trek. The best part about this route is that it passes through the dense forests and a few trekkers opt for this route.

Third: The last trekking route for KheerGanga is from Tosh Village. An interesting thing about this path is that it joins the first route near the village of Nakthan. Usually, the route is preferred by those who wish to stay in Tosh village for the night and start trekking the next morning. Also, the Tosh River flows by near Tosh Village, which later joins the Parvati River near Pulga.

Hey, I took the second route while trekking to KheerGanga and believe me I had the best experience there. So, forget about everything and let your camera do the talking.

The hustle bustle of the city life can be taxing both physically and mentally. When the materialism, the skyscrapers and the pollution starts stifling you, you know it’s time for a getaway. Here is a consolidated list of the places to visit near New Delhi, without fretting upon the leave balance. All the below mentioned places are within 300 KMs from Delhi and therefore, are perfect for a weekend getaway.

Places to visit near New Delhi

NANITAL

Distance From Delhi- 286 KMS

Nainital, situated amidst the Kumaon hills, is recognized as the Lake District of India. The hill-town also serves as a paradise for nature lovers. The city is also renowned as the lake of three sages as the Tri Rishi Sarovar incepts from the story of three sages. Legend has it that these three sages made a halt at Nainital to quench their thirst and that’s how the famous Nainital lake was formed. There is also another legend that states that the left eye of Sati, fell in the center of the lake and made it appear as the eye shaped lake.

Must Visit– Naina Peak Nainital, Nainital Lake, snow View Point Nainital, Mukteshwar Temple, Naina Devi Temple in Nanital, Tiffin Top

Best Time to visit– March to June

AGRA

Distance From Delhi- 219 KMS

Agra is the homeland to one of the seven wonders of the world, Taj Mahal which is synonymous to limitless love. The rich architecture symbolizes the taste of Mughals and unlimited folklores attached to it. So you can pack your bags and get set for the perfect road trip without pinching your pocket.

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Must Visit- Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort

Best Time to Visit- October to March

MANESAR

Distance from Delhi-58 Kms

If you have a limited day or two then Manesar is the closest and the most convenient option for you. Manesar tehsil is part of Ahirwal Region near Delhi. It has transformed from a sleepy village to one of the fastest-growing townships in India.The picture perfect Damdama lake and Sohna lake are the highlight of this place. One can spend a comfortable weekend at one out of the many exquisite properties available.

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Must Do- Damdama Lake and Sohna Lake

Best Time to visit- November to February

LANSDOWNE

Distance From Delhi- 236 KMS

The paradise of an offbeat traveler, Lansdowne is an untouched, pristine town perfect for a weekend getaway. It is known to be home to the Garhwal Rifle regiment of the Indian Army. One can experience the utmost solitude and decompress as this town is far away from the claws of commercialization and urbanization.

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Must visit- Bhulla Lake, Tip N Top, St John’s Church, Jungle Safari

Best Time to Visit- Throughout the year

JAIPUR

Distance From Delhi- 269 KMS

The moment you set foot in the Pink City, Jaipur, you will feel like everything has come straight out of the pages of some epic novel. Majestic buildings, tales of heroic battles, resplendent forts and palaces, and multifaceted characters – Rajasthan is one of the most colourful and flashiest states in all of India, and its capital Jaipur lives up to the same reputation as well.

( @manish._.clicks ) Amer Fort

Must Visit-Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Amber Fort, Albert Hall Museum, Nahargarh Fort,

Best Time To Visit- October to March

MATHURA AND VRINDAVAN

Distance From Delhi- 147 KMS

These twin cities flamboyantly encapsulate Krishna janmabhoomi, Krishna hometown, Krishna’s childhood memories and his raasleela. Counted amongst the seven sacred Hindu cities, Mathura Vrindavan holds an important place on the world’s map.

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Must Visit- Peepleshwar Mahadeo Temple, Birla Mandir, Yum Yamuna Temple, Barsana Temple, Nandbhavan, Nidhivan

Best Time to visit- October to March

KASAULI

Distance From Delhi- 286 KMS

Kasauli is a small town in the south-west part of Himachal and is on the relatively lower edges of Himalayas. Nestled amidst beautiful woody forests of pine and cedar trees, Kasauli owes its mystical and serene ambiance to the lavish Victorian buildings built by the Britishers who resided here years back. It is Located on the way from Chandigarh to Shimla, this cantonment town makes for an ideal peaceful holiday location, away from the rush.

@karvaan27 ( Kasauli )

Must Visit- Timber Trail, Monkey point,  Mall Road

Best Time To Visit- Throughout the year

RISHIKESH

Distance From Delhi- 232 KMS

Rishikesh, situated in Uttrakhand is the Yoga capital of the world and is home to pilgrimage, Yoga and Adventure Sports.The city situated besides the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges River is the perfect getaway if you are scouting for a more commercial option. The city offers myriad thrilling activities, including rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, rappelling and hiking.

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Must visit- Ram Jhula, Bharat Mandir, The Beatles Ashram, Neergarh Falls

Best Time to visit-  March to April, September to October

Now that we have listed down the best places to visit near New Delhi, you know how to make the most out of your coming weekend.

Going by the latest facts and figures, Kunchikal Falls, Karnataka is the Highest Waterfall in India. Located in Agumbe, it is also the second biggest waterfall in Asia and without a surprise is the wettest place in South India

But apart from that, there are other waterfalls which are at their prime once monsoon hits them and are a delightful sight to be at. Lush green forests around them, the mellow chirping of the bird, the eye-pleasing landscape and the these few of the highest waterfalls in India make for a perfect view.

Highest Waterfall In India

Kunchikal Falls, Karnataka

It is the highest waterfall pertaining to India and if we talk about Asia, it is the second highest. Located in Agumbe in Shimoga district of Karnataka, it is 1,493 ft tall. Agumbe valley in itself is a picturesque location which receives ample rainfall and is rich in flora and fauna. It is formed by Varahi river and overall is located in the Western Ghats.

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Nohkalikai Falls, Meghalaya

Located near Cherrapunji, Nohkalikai is one of the highest waterfalls and is also located in East Khasi Hills district, Meghalaya. Going by the numbers, with the height of 1,120 ft, it is the third highest waterfall in India. Nohsngithiang falls and Kynrem falls are a few other waterfalls famous in Meghalaya. Nohsngithiang falls has an overall height of 1,033 ft.

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Dudhsagar Falls, Goa

One of the prime tourist locations for tourists in Goa is the Dudhsagar waterfalls. It is also known as they The Sea of Milk and has an overall height of 1017 feet. By figures, it is the fifth highest waterfall in India and is a delight from all the beaches that you are bound to be surrounded by in Goa.  It falls under top hundred waterfalls of the world.

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Meenmutty Falls, Kerala

The tallest waterfall in Kerala is the Meenmutty falls and is one of the best locations to visit. It is falling from a height 980 ft and is located in the Wayanad district, Kerala. It is one of the famous tourist spots in south India.

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Thalaiyar Falls, Tamil Nadu

Thalaiyar Falls, is also known as the rat tail waterfall and is located in Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu. Falling from the height 974 ft it is listed amongst one of the tallest waterfalls in India. It is one of those offbeat places where you will find utmost serenity and comfort at. So, if you are looking for solitude, then this is the place to be at.

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Jog Falls, Karnataka

Formed by the Sharavathi river, the Jog waterfall is located in the Sharavathi valley of Shimoga district in Karnataka. It is mesmerizing when it falls from the 829 ft and forms one of the highest plunging waterfalls in the country. It is a sight to witness that one will never forget.

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Barehipani Falls, Orissa

The Barehipani is located in Simlipal National Park in Mayurbhanj district of Orissa. With a height of 712 ft, it is the second highest waterfall in India. It is covered between lush green trees and plants and is located in the Bay of Bengal. It is one of the most popular tribal locations in Orissa and is one of the biggest tourist magnet in Orissa.

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