Hills

Valparai – The Hidden bliss

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A blissful hill hidden amongst the borders of Kerala and Tamil Nadu; small yet serene in its own way felt like a perfect weekend getaway. If you’d like to venture more then you could extend you trip to view the Athirampally falls or even visit the Indira Gandhi wildlife sanctuary at Topslip.

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Top reasons to visit Kashmir

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Other Other famous cuisines include: Kahwah (GreenTea) and Noon Chai. Kashmiris are heavy tea drinkers. Over 20 varieties of Kahwah are prepared in different households. One must taste the unheard “Kamal Kakri ke Pakore” near Nishat Gardens in Srinagar. Kashmir offers a vast variety of Kebabs. Non-Vegetarians must enjoy the mouth watering Chiken,Kebabs etc. But then, Nothing can beat the very own Lucknawi Kebabs! (Seriously),

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Kerala – A Tourist State

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The emphasis is on the ‘paying’ tourist and not on the spot. Well some of us definitely enjoy this ‘tourism’ but some of us want to run away from it. Having access to mineral water on a hill top is good, but more important is access to written material about the place, the history, the geography.

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Weekend Trip to Narkanda

Weekend Trip to Narkanda

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Ah! It is always good to be back :-)

It has been a long hiatus – years I guess – since I have shared by travel experience on Ghumakkar. But its better late than never. It was a not so cold December Friday when I along with 3 companions arrived at Delhi ISBT to catch our bus to Narkanda.

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An ancient church - St.John in the wilderness

McLeodganj – The mystical hub of Himachal

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We then moved to the church of St. John in the Wilderness between Forsyth Ganj and Mcleod Ganj. This neo-gothic stone shrine was made in 1852 following Anglian structure. It was named after John the Baptist. As the structure lies deep inside dense woods, during the olden times, they appropriately named it as St. John In The Wilderness. There is a memorial devoted to Lord Elgin, who was Viceroy of India during British raj.

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Dalhousie – how we made the most before the onward journey

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The church just stood behind, surrounded by tall and dense trees. It was an old Catholic church built in 1894 exhibiting elegance of Victorian architecture. This church is a look alike of a church of England. Construction of the church was financed by people posted there during that time and local inhabitants. That is why its door remains open for all.

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Winter Drive to Snowy Dhanaulti

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Few days ago, one of a reader asked me that why have I stopped writing on Ghumakkar. I had no particular answer. She told that I should again start writing.

So here I am back again to share few of my short travel tales. Starting with one of the trip which I remember was Dhanaulti which I visited in Feb’14.

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Rain Fury in Chakrata, Uttarakhand in June 2013 (Part III)

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By 7:30 in the evening the passage got cleared by JCBs, and as soon as the vehicles started to enter Damta the police authorities started announcing: Aap sabhi yatriyon ka Damta gaon mein swagat hai, apke bhojan ki vyavastha school aur mandir dharamshala mein ki gayee hai, kripya ghabrayein nahi aur bhojan grahan karein We were overwhelmed with this gesture of the authorities of this small village who were offering free food to stranded travellers. The local villagers also offered places for night stay to travellers at very nominal prices, and all the shopkeeper were warned not to overcharge any travellers for any food items. After having dinner at Sharnarthi camp, we also took the shelter in the house built over local Police Station.

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हिमाचल का अनमोल रत्न  ‘त्रिउण्ड’ : आकर्षक पर्वतारोहण क्षेत्र

हिमाचल का अनमोल रत्न ‘त्रिउण्ड’ : आकर्षक पर्वतारोहण क्षेत्र

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जिस प्रकार स्वादिष्ट व्यंजनों की चर्चा भूखे व्यक्ति की भूख को ओर अधिक बढ़ा देती है उसी प्रकार त्रिउण्ड के प्राकृतिक सौंदर्य की चर्चा ने घुमक्कड़ों की लालसा को भी बढ़ा दिया होगा. जिन्होंने त्रिउण्ड की घुमक्कड़ी नहीं की है उनके मन में अवश्य ही ये प्रश्न उठ रहे होंगे कि त्रिउण्ड कैसे पहुंचा जाए,

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चम्बा के चीड़ से धनौल्टी के देवदार तक

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धनौल्टी देवदार के पेड़ों के बीच बसा हुआ है | इस छोटे से हिल स्टेशन के हर ओर के विहंगम दृश्य आपके मन को निश्चय ही मोह लेंगे है | पूरा पार्क देवदार के पेड़ों से आच्छादित है जिसके बीच से चलने के लिए लकड़ी से रास्ते बनाये गये हैं | हम लोग उन टेढ़े मेढ़े रास्तों से होते हुए आगे बढ़ने लगे और साथ ही साथ आने वाले हर एक मनमोहक दृश्यों का आनंद उठाते रहे |

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