Happiness is an extended weekend! Most of us have a holiday tomorrow in Delhi-NCR region on the occasion of Ram Navami. Few of my colleagues are planning an adventure trip to Kasaul, and I on the other hand will be vacationing at a farmhouse in Gurgaon.
If you too are thinking to escape from the everyday madness and sultry heat of Delhi, here’s where you can head to. Worry not, to travel to these places you need not buy an airline ticket. All you are required to do is log on to the internet to book your conveyance tickets and a room at the hotel. But we would suggest you to take the road to experience nature at its best.
Unlike several popular hill stations, Pangot is quiet and laid back. Go on a nature trail from Pangot to Kilbury forest filled with bamboo, oak, pine, cedar and rhododendron trees. If you have the energy to go further, the Naina Peak offers picture perfect views of Garhwal Himalayas. Bird lovers like me would enjoy the chirping sound of Himalayan griffon, blue-winged minla, rufous-bellied woodpecker, variety of thrushes etc. For shopaholics, the Tibetan market is an absolute heaven.
Stay: Kampland Nature Resort, Woodside Retreat, Nest Cottages Bird Valley
Activities: Bird watching, nature walks, and trekking
Distance: 6 h 33 min (304.9 km) via NH 24
In the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand lies Pithoragarh. If only I could express the beauty of this place in words. Snow clad peaks, alpine forests, green valleys and perennial rivers, Pithoragarh is the perfect retreat for nature lovers. Do not forget a trip to the Soar Valley.
Stay: Pine Resort, The Last Frontier, Hotel Himshikhar
Activities: Hang gliding, paragliding, trekking, rock climbing, canoeing, river rafting, and fishing
Distance: 11 h 22 min (507.2 km) via NH 24 and NH125
Kausani, a picturesque hill station is famous for its spectacular 300 km-wide panoramic view of the Himalayas. The hill station is also the birthplace of renowned Hindi poet Sumitra Nandan Pant, who wrote some of his memorable poems in praise of this paradise on earth. Mahatma Gandhi too had stayed here for 14 days at the Anasakti Ashram while scripting his book titled ‘Anasakti Yoga’ and was greatly impressed by its vicinity. Do not miss a visit to the Rudradhari Falls and Kausani Tea Estate.
Stay: Himalaya Darshan Resort, Chevron Eco Lodge, Himalaya Mount View Resort
Activities: Jungle trek, nature walk, bird watching, and star gazing
Distance: 9 h 39 min (408.9 km) via NH 24 and NH 87
One of the most beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh, Thirthan Valley draws its name from Tirthan River, which originates from glaciers of Himalaya. What I love about this place the most is the cool weather throughout the year. The alpine forests, apple orchards and wild flowers are reasons good enough for you to spend the weekend soaked in nature.
Stay: Tirthan Holidays Camp & Cottages, Prabhat Home Stay, Devat Farm Cottages Tirthan Gushaini
Activities: Rock climbing, rappelling, nature walks, river crossing, and trout fishing
Distance: 10 h 44 min (510.1 km) via NH 1 and NH21
P.S: The blog first appeared on GoYaNo