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Make One Of These Long Weekend Getaways From Delhi Your First Vacation This Republic Day!

With the onset of 2018, travelers get to start fresh on their travel resolutions for the new year. As the country celebrates its 69th Republic Day, we believe that the overwhelming national feeling of patriotism, pride, and unity should be intertwined with the joy of travel.  So, why not make the most of it by going on one of the long weekend getaways from Delhi this Republic Day?

A new year always comes with new travel goals and this Republic Day (26th Jan) weekend is the first extended weekend of 2018 long enough to explore some wonderful jewels of the country. So, we decided to give you a handpicked list of short, medium, and long weekend getaways near Delhi to choose from. Have a look!

Manali   Mcleodganj  Jim Corbett  Kasol  Tirthan

Yes, this Republic Day weekend is a long one and you can easily go on long trips. But if you still don’t want to travel for long, there are some amazing quick weekend getaways near Delhi. These include Bir-Billing, Mukteshwar, Chakrata, Rishikesh, Kanatal, Kausani, Lansdowne, Chail-Shimla, Ranikhet, and Binsar. To cover these trips, you can leave on 26th Jan (Friday) and still be back by 28th Jan (Sunday).

radhika paragliding in Bir Billing

Bir Billing is one of the top-ranked places for paragliding in India. And why not? It was here that the first Paragliding World Cup was held. But that’s not the only reason for it being one of the most delightful weekend getaways from Delhi.

a. After all, no one would mind the salubrious environment, far away from the polluted city life.

A spellbinding view of the towns of Bir and Billing

That’s right! You get to not only beat the still hot-and-humid weather of Delhi but also spend some time in a healthy environment. Time to breathe in some fresh oxygen people!

A group of travelers resting at the take off site of paragliding in Bir Billing

b. Billing is said to be the best paragliding take-off point in the world.

finally indulging in paragliding over Bir

Located at an altitude of 2,400 m above the sea level, Billing is the perfect take off-site for paragliding. And Bir, the landing site, is located at an altitude of 1,340 m. This landing site is only a few meters from the camp area. Travelers will have to take a trek from the campsite to reach Billing, before experiencing the thrill of paragliding in Bir Billing.

A group of travelers taking a trek upto the take off site for paragliding in Bir Billing

c. Camping in Bir Billing is a wonderful experience in itself.

Girls relaxing in their tents at the campsite of Bir Billing

The campsite, like most other Himachal destinations, offers scenic views. Another thing that one can expect from camping in Bir Billing is the serenity that the twin towns boast of. Moreover, camping allows the travelers to have an amazing experience with friends and other fellow travelers. Bonfires, stargazing, live music, and snacks; yes, that’s about everything that one wants from camping. Right?

The campsite at Bir Billing

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A snap of the stepped hills at Mukteshwar with tents

Mukteshwar, a small town amidst dense & evergreen pine forests in the Nainital district, makes for a wonderful weekend getaway from Delhi. Its unspoiled beauty, splendid 180° views of the Himalayas, camping facilities, and various adventurous activities have made this off-beat destination into a favorite for nature lovers.

a. The valley offers unspoiled beauty and utmost serenity.

Beautiful Bhalu Ghat waterfall near Mukteshwar

When in Mukteshwar, make sure to check out the verdant hills, green valleys, and glittering waters of the Bhalu Gaad waterfall. These elements of nature allow for wonderful experiences of nature walks, trekking, hiking, and even bird watching.

Travelers hiking on the well-defined trails in Mukteshwar

b. Camping in these valleys is definitely fun.

Tents at the campsite in Mukteshwar

A group posing from the tent at the campsite of Mukteshwar

 

c. Adventure seekers have a lot to try in the offbeat destination of Uttarakhand.

A bunch of travelers trying rock climbing on one of the weekend trips from Delhi to Mukteshwar

Trekking, paragliding, rappelling, and rock climbing are some of the most adventurous things to do in Mukteshwar. These thrilling activities ensure that one has a lot of experiences to take back from the destination.

d. And there’s shopping and sightseeing for the less adventurous ones.

Travelers taking a heritage tour of Mukteshwar on their weekend trip from Delhi

Chauli Ki Jali, Mukteshwar Inspection Bungalow, Bhalu Gaad waterfalls are some of the major tourist places in Mukteshwar. In addition to these, there are some charming temples dedicated to the Pahari Gods. These include Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple, Brahmeshvara temple, Mukteshwar Dham, and Rajarani Temple. Also in this town are Chocohouse Chocolatiers and Kilmora Shop from where you can pick some souvenirs.

A traveler points out towards the top point of Tiger Fall in Chakrata

The scenic hill station of Chakrata in the Himalayas is often praised for its serenity and charming views. Far away from the touristy chaos & noises, Chakrata offers a few points of interest. And then, there are some other reasons that make this destination one of the best weekend getaways from Delhi for a peaceful break this Republic Day.

a. To begin with, the destination offers serenity and beauty.

Travelers relaxing in the serene valley of Chakrata

A group of travelers enjoying at the Tiger Falls in Chakrata on their weekend trip from Delhi

b. The resorts with camp facilities are idyllically located amidst the hills.

Camps at a resort in the scenic landscape of Chakrata

A bunch of travelers pose for a photgraph outside their tents in Chakrata

c. Exciting activities are available for the daring ones.

A person tries waterfall rappelling that is one of the best things to do in Chakrata

Travelers pose for a photgraph before continuing on their hike on a narrow trail on their weekend trip from Delhi to Chakrata

There are myriad things to do in Chakrata, each different from the others in the level of thrill and adventure. These include waterfall rappelling, rock climbing, river rafting, cycling, trekking, horse riding, and camping.

A view of the bus ride on the road near Tehri Dam from Delhi to Kanatal

Located very close to Dhanaulti are Kanatal and Tehri that serve as wonderful weekend getaways from Delhi for those who wish to try both water and land adventure sports. And the plethora of the things to do in Kanatal is even accompanied by beautiful landscapes & sightseeing attractions.

a. The beautiful landscape itself will leave you awestruck.

A view of the snowcapped hills from Kanatal

Sunset shot from a temple in Kanatal

You will be mesmerized by the views of the snow-capped mountains and the azure waters. And as the sun gets ready to set, the reddish-orange hues of the hill-covered skyline further add to the beauty of this place.

b. Just like the neighboring site of Dhanaulti, Kanatal too is famous for camping.

Prayer flags at the campsite of Kanatal

A night shot of the campsite in Kanatal

Most travel & adventure enthusiasts recognize this destination as a camping delight. Spend an evening enjoying bonfire & stargazing, wake to the early morning chirping of the birds, and spend a day in nature’s lap; camping in Kanatal allows all this and more.

c. And when it comes to adventure activities, Kanatal has a bundle full of it.

A group of travelers rappelling in the woods of Kanatal

A group of travelers on a speedboat in Tehri dam on a weekend trip from Delhi to Kanatal

d. Regardless of whether you’re religious or not, the Surkanda Devi Temple is a must-visit.

The Surkanda Devi Temple in the quiant town of Kanatal

A short road journey of 5 km, followed by a comfortable trek of about 2 km, will take you to the Surkanda Devi Temple. The temple dedicated to Goddess Sati lies at an altitude of 2,757 meters in the Tehri district.

The famous Bhulla Tal Lake in Lansdowne

Named after a former viceroy of British India of the same name, Lansdowne sits idyllically amidst thick oak & pine forests in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. And, for some good reasons, the destination has made its way onto the list of the best weekend getaways from Delhi. And there are some good reasons that led to the inclusion of Lansdowne in this list.

a. The destination will enchant you with its imposing peaks and lush meadows.

A shot of the green valley and hills at Lansdowne

Travelers clicking pictures of the hills at sunset in Lansdowne

b. The campsite by the river Kho is perfect for a weekend retreat.

Tourists at the campsite in Lansdowne

Girls at the campsite on a weekend trip from Delhi to Lansdowne

c. And the unique tourist place is lined with many tourist attractions.

A group of travelers pose outside a tourist attraction in Lansdowne

A popular tourist attraction in Lansdowne

There are viewpoints, memorials, water bodies, and even religious places. And each of these places to visit in Lansdowne offer a host of fascinating experiences.

Camping in Rishikesh

For a long long while, Rishikesh was believed to be only a religious destination. Its Ram Jhula, Laxman Jhula, and Triveni Ghat by the river Ganges charmed the travelers all this while. But it wasn’t long before some adventurous & other spiritual places to visit in Rishikesh emerged on the tourism scene. And much recently, the destination has become one of the most sought-after weekend getaways from Delhi for numerous reasons.

a. The Ganga ghats offer some splendid views.

A sunset view of the Laxman Jhula and the city of Rishikesh

Priests performing aarti at the Triveni Ghat.

There is an omnipresent aura of spirituality and peace in every nook and corner of the holy city. And a lot can be credited to the serene views that the destination offers. And, as the sun sets, the ghats pull one and all for the Ganga Aarti.

b. The riverside campsites are every bit of beautiful.

Girls pose for a photograph outside the tents in Rishikesh

Travelers on their weekend trip to Rishikesh enjoying in a swimming pool in the camp resort

A girl enjoying rishikesh at full blossom

c. And the destination offers arguably the best rafting experience in India.

Rafters on one of the rapids during river rafting in Rishikesh

It is hard to resist the temptation to ride the rapids of the Ganges. And depending upon the level of difficulty that you want, there are different stretches for river rafting in Rishikesh.

A group of travelers ready for river rafting on their weekend trip from Delhi to Rishikesh

d. And that’s not the only adventure activity to engage in.

ropewalk in rishikesh

Other adventurous things to do in Rishikesh include rappelling, rock climbing, valley crossing, flying fox, body surfing, and kayaking.

German coach helps a person while bungee jumpin in Rishikesh

However, the activities the daring ones have their eyes on are cliff jumping and bungee jumping. In fact, Jumpin Heights in Rishikesh offers one of the best experiences of bungee jumping in India.

A distant view of the himalayan peaks from Nanda Devi to Nanda Kot as seen at Khali Estate in Binsar

On the top of the Jhandi Dhar hills lies the little Himalayan hamlet of Binsar. Perched at an elevation of 2420 meters, the scenic Kumaon town offers a vivid splash of colors at different times of the day; owing much to the snow-capped Himalayas.

a. You will be able to catch spell-binding views of the majestic Himalayan peaks.

sunrise in binsar valley

The little hamlet in Uttarakhand offers splendid views of hills such as Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, Nanda Kot, Panchachuli, and Kedarnath. And for uninterrupted panoramic views, one can head to Zero Point.

b. The thick foliage allows several forest hikes.

making friends with fellow travelers

The tiny hill town is wrapped up in thick foliage, thereby making it a wonderful place for hiking, camping, and walking through nature. Night treks through the woods are also available. And for those who have enough time, there’s also the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary that serves as a home to the rare species of birds, animals, and flowers. Furthermore, there’s a river stream that flows at the bottom of the woods.

coming across a small stream

c. And there are myriad stay options here that are comfortable and beautiful.

A snap of the Club Mahindra Resort in the hill town of Binsar

Yes, camping in the woods is still the most preferred stay option. But the resorts in Binsar offer a range of amenities that ensure a comfortable stay in some of the most beautiful settings.

A snap of the patio at the Binsar Forest Retreat in the hill town

A night shot of the valley and hills as seen from a resort in Kausani

It doesn’t take longer than a single glimpse of the views the of the surrounding hills to convince yourself to visit the quaint hill station in Uttarakhand. After all, it is under the sheath of the crimson sun & floating clouds that the green town of Kausani lies. But for those who always want more convincing, these reasons should suffice.

a. Kausani offers a panoramic view of the massive Himalayan peaks.

A sunset view of the reddish-orange color over the snow capped Himalayas as seen from Kausani

The magical glimpses of Bandarpoonch, Trishul, and Panchachuli peaks can best be enjoyed from here. Views of Nanda Devi, Badrinath, and Kedarnath also enchant the travelers to the core. But the glory of the snow-capped Himalayas reaches its pinnacle only when the sun rays of the setting sun turn them into red-orange during sunset and an even more beautiful gold at the time of sunrise.

A sunrise view captured on a weekend trip from Delhi to Kausani

b. You can trek up to the Rudradhari falls & caves.

Rudradhari caves in Kausani

An easy trek from the main town of Kausani will take you to the scenic cave temple & waterfalls of Rudradhari in Adi Kailash Region. Another trek that you can take here is from Bageshwar to Sunderdhunga.

Hiking in Kausani

c. There are many other temples & other tourist attractions in the tiny town.

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Someshwar temple, Baijnath temple, and Kot Bhramari Temple are the other temples in the region. Other than these religious sites, there are some museums and ashrams as well. These include Anasakti Ashram (Gandhi Ashram), Lakshmi Ashram, and Sumitranandan Pant Gallery.

Anasakti-Ashram-Kausani

Houses of locals in the valley of Ranikhet

Legends talk about Queen Padmavati of Kumaon who was so fascinated by the beauty of the tiny hill station that King Sudhradev built a palace for the queen and gave this place its current name – Ranikhet. Though when the British rediscovered it years after it was lost in oblivion, no palace could be found. And the place went on to become a cantonment area. However, with the passage of time, its healthy climate and serenity of its vast green meadows started alluring the city-dwellers.

a. Camping is always fun when the destination is beautiful and less crowded.

Tents lined up at Bay Berry Camp and Resort in Ranikhet

The destination is downright captivating; thanks to its green meadows and peaceful surroundings. Camping in such a destination is only something that every traveler would want from a weekend getaway. And, with tourism slowly starting to develop here, the destination started offering some fun activities. These include Mowgli walk, volley ball, badminton, cricket, rappelling, and valley crossing.

A river flowing through the valley of Ranikhet

b. The tourist attractions include both religious centers as well as fun places.

An afternoon shot of the perfectly green patch at Golf Course in Ranikhet

The destination also boasts of one of the best 9-hole golf greens in the country. Chaubatiya gardens, Haidakhan Temple, and Jhula Devi Temple are some other attractions of the beautiful hill station.

The popular Haidakhan Temple in Ranikhet

An evening near Christ Church in Shimla

Not much needs to be said about Shimla & Chail. Not because there isn’t much to talk about, but because you’d already know what we are going to tell. While the various places to visit in Shimla and the pleasant climate of the Himachal capital make it an obvious choice for a weekend getaway from Delhi, Chail – Shimla’s underrated neighbor – finds its way into this list for just as many reasons.

a. Needless to say, the two hill stations offer splendid views.

A beautiful shot of Shimla taken from a hill nearby

Lush greenery, breathtaking water bodies, and snow-clad hills are almost synonymous to most places in Himachal. And these two hill stations are no different. Chadwick falls, Sadhupul Lake, Jakhoo hill, Shailey Peak, Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, and Himalayan National Park in Kufri are some of the attractions that the nature lovers find alluring.

Sun rays reaching the river water near Shimla

b. The tourist places here are known worldwide for many reasons and not just their beauty

Kali Ka Tibba front view

Both the destinations have their share of natural and manmade attractions. Kali Ka Tibba, Siddh Baba Ka Mandir, Sadhupul Lake Restaurant, Chail Palace Hotel are some of the best places to visit in Chail. However, the most popular attraction here is the cricket stadium that is said to be the highest cricket stadium in the world.

Likewise, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Annandale, Scandal Point, and The Shimla State Museum are the prime attractions of Shimla.

Annandale was a favorite amongst Britishers

c. You will be surprised to find that there’s still a lot to do here other than just sightseeing.

Travelers trekking upto the Jakhoo hills in Shimla

Hiking through the forests, trekking upto Jakhoo hill or to Chadwick falls, and rafting at Tattapani are some of the best things to do in Shimla. And then there’s always the Mall Road to walk on and shop from.

Locals and tourists walking on the Mall Road in Shimla in the rain

Still wishing if only you could visit that amazing hill station in 2017? Well, make the most of the long weekend this Republic Day and strike off that destination from your bucket list. You don’t even have to apply for unnecessary work from home or call in sick to cover these weekend trips from Delhi. Leave from Delhi on the evening of 25th January (Thursday) and you can easily be back by 28th August (Sunday). Mcleodganj, Kasol, Tirthan, Dalhousie, Jim Corbett, and Manali are some of the weekend getaways that fall on this list.

Sunrise landscape view in Manali

The destination hardly needs an introduction. Located on the banks of the river Beas in Himachal, Manali is a gateway for adventure in Solang & Rohtang and trekking in Parvati Valley. And there are plenty of religious attractions in and around Manali as well. All in all, the destination gives enough reasons for travelers to go for a long weekend trip from Delhi to Manali.

a. To begin with, Manali has a lot of tourist attractions to offer.

The entrance of the Hadimba Temple that is one of the best places to visit in Manali

There’s something or the other for travelers of varied interests. Temples like Hadimba Temple, Manu temple, Vashisht Temple & hot springs, and Manikaran Sahib gurudwara & hot springs in this region attract the religious travelers. There are also many Buddhist monasteries around.

Jogini & Rahala waterfalls and Nehru Kund, along with the lofty mountains & beautiful valleys around, allure the nature lovers. And then there are museums and numerous other places to visit in Manali that keep things interesting for the travelers.

Manu Maharishi Temple in Manali

b. And it serves as a gateway to many more destinations nearby.

The road from Manali to Rohtang Pass

Solang Valley, Rohtang Valley, Gulaba, Kothi, Manikaran, Vashisht, & Kullu are all located very close by and can be covered along with Manali in the same trip. Depending upon the time in hand, you can choose to visit one or more of these destinations.

c. The thrill factor is never less; with the myriad adventure activities offered here.

Adventure Activities in Solang Valley

Adventure junkies can try a whole lot of adventure sports in Manali and around. These include river rafting, paragliding, hiking, skiing, etc.

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Nature in Triund

They say that all good things come in small packages. And the same is true for Mcleodganj often called the ‘Little Lhasa’. Its scenic location in the Himalayas, pretty monasteries, and happening markets are unknown to nobody; least of all the socially active North Indians. But those who really want to enjoy the popular weekend getaway from Delhi will have to get out of the market area and head to Dharamkot & Bhagsu or take the Triund trek.

a. The landscape is stunning and the very atmosphere; refreshing.

A shot of the sunrise at Triund near Mcleodganj

From the main Mcleodganj town to the Triund hilltop and from the Bhagsu village to the cute little village of Dharamkot; scenic views are guaranteed on a trip to this destination. Don’t forget to catch the beautiful sunrises and sunsets from Triund hill.

b. The time is perfect for stargazing.

Camping in Mcleod Ganj

The weather in August is pleasant. It is neither hot nor too cold. And the clear skies mean you can enjoy starry nights in the hills.

c. Camping in Mcleodganj, on the way to Triund, is definitely a fun experience.

The campsite on the Triund trek route

Bonfires with live music, stargazing, and gorgeous views of sunrises & sunsets are some of the attractions that make a camping experience in Mcleodganj truly worth it!

A group of travelers on one of the weekend trips from Delhi to Mcleodganj and Triund pose next a camp at the campsite

d. And let us not miss out on the Triund trek itself.

An alluring trekking destination, Triund is beautifully nestled in the lap of the Dhauladhar Range. The moderately challenging Triund trek offers jaw-dropping views of the lofty ranges on one side and the splendid Kangra valley on the other.

A group of travelers on one of the weekend trips from Delhi to Mcleodganj taking a trek to Triund

e. For the less adventurous ones, there are other tourist attractions here.

Mesmerizing Bhagsu Falls flowing in Dharamshala

Bhagsunath temple & waterfall, Namgyal Monastery, Dal Lake, and Shiva Cafe are some of the other attractions of Mcleodganj. Its monasteries, Library of Tibetan Works & Archives, Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, and even local cafes are highly influenced by the Tibetan culture.

An inside shot of the Namgyal Monstery in Mcleodganj

f. Even the eateries here are just as famous as the trek and the monasteries.

Shiva Cafe in Mcleodganj

We are talking about the famous Shiva Cafe, of course. Jam sessions and art exhibitions alone attract tourists here. And the food is delicious too.

A traveler standing outside the beautiful Shiva Cafe in Mcleodganj

Trip coordinators with a group of girls before the jeep safari in Jim Corbett

One of the most popular weekend getaways from Delhi, Jim Corbett welcomes tourists of all ages around the year. What makes it a popular name in the long list of national parks in India is the fact that there the park is home to the Royal Bengal tigers. However, several species of deer, leopards, jackals, red foxes, black bear, sloth bear, and monkeys are more easily spotted here.

a. Jeep safaris in the forest is an experience that one must try at least once.

Travelers on a jeep safari expedition in Jim Corbett National Park

Ride through the forested area in the national park in jeeps to witness a wide variety of animal species in their natural habitat. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll also be able to spot some tigers here.

Travelers after completing a jeep safari in Jim Corbett

b. And there’s also the river Kosi for those who want to chill by the riverside.

A group of girls posing in the meditation pose by the banks of the Kosi river in Jim Corbett

The tigers of the Jim Corbett National Park are the highlight of the park. But there’s also the beautiful river Kosi that flows in that area. It is perfect to relax, have a picnic, or indulge in some group activities. Located by the riverside is the Garjiya Devi Temple. Travelers can also take short treks from the river to the Corbett Waterfalls.

c. The resorts in Jim Corbett provide comfortable stay options with all modern amenities.

A beautiful resort in Jim Corbett

There are some top-notch resorts in Jim Corbett that provide all world-class facilities. Corbett Jungle Club Resort, Corbett Aamod Resort, Corbett River Creek Resort & Spa, and Corbett Leela Vilas are some of the best resorts here that ensure a comfortable stay at affordable prices.

Two girls enjoying in a swimming pool at a resort in Jim Corbett

d. The bigger the group, the more fun can be expected from this trip.

A group of travelers pose for a selfie in the bus taking them on their weekend trip from Delhi to Jim Corbett

Group outings are always fun where there are such adventures involved. If you don’t have a group of your own, you can always take a group weekend package of Jim Corbett and make new friends on your journey. And your safari selfies with new friends will give some serious selfie goals to even Dhinchak Pooja.

Girls taking selfie during a jeep safari in Jim Corbett

The last decade or so has seen a rise in the number of travelers and backpackers visiting the Parvati Valley, particularly Kasol. And, even more recently, destinations in Parvati Valley like Kheerganga, Tosh, and Chalal have slowly been attracting more & more travelers. And the reasons that inspire these travelers to visit these hamlets in the valley are way too many in number.

a. The landscape of Kasol is stunning with green valleys surrounded by snow-clad mountains.

Young travelers pose in Kasol with the beautiful hills in the background

The post-monsoon scenery in Kasol is truly beautiful. The fresh dew on the grass and the snow-fed river waters passing through the Parvati Valley never fail to allure the travelers. Similar scenes are visible in Kheerganga, Tosh, and other nearby areas. There’s also a waterfall in Tosh that is downright stunning.

Travelers walking past the waterfall in Tosh

Here’s what Isha had to say when asked about her all girls’ trip to Kasol.

b. And the rustic charm of the houses built in these villages adds to the beauty of the valley.

A bunch of travelers relaxing outside a rustic hut in Kasol

These rustic houses amidst the greens of the Parvati Valley have an aura of serenity attached to them. And the wooden-roof structures beautifully complements the otherwise green valley landscape.

An old building in one of the villages of Parvati Valley

c. Moreover, the travelers can go trekking up to to Kheerganga and Tosh.

From Kasol, travelers can go for some easy treks to Chalal, Tosh, and Kheerganga. The hiking trails pass through the forested areas and past the river & waterfall; thereby providing scenic views en route. And the hilltop views from either of these sites are just as beautiful.

Tributaries of a river merging together in the Parvati Valley

d. Though solo travelers can enjoy such trips on their own, it is always better to have a bunch of others hiking along.

A group of travelers on one of the weekend getaways from Delhi to Kasol and Kheerganga

And it is not just about safety. When you have company, the journey definitely seems all the more wonderful. After all, nobody minds some extra bit of fun, right?

A group of girls on a girls only weekend trip from Delhi to Kasol

A traveler takes a trek to a waterfall near the Tirthan Valley

It is really hard to trace the point in history that led to the rise of Tirthan as a weekend holiday destination for travelers and backpackers from Delhi. But there are reasons galore for the same. Eco-tourism, fun-filled activities, and tourist sites such as Jalori Viewpoint, Serolsar Lake, Tirthan waterfalls, Goddess Budhi Nagin temple, & Great Himalayan National Park have all contributed in making this quaint village an upcoming holiday destination in the North.

a. Care for some easy hikes through the woods? You can get them here.

A group of travelers trekking through the woods in Tirthan Valley

The moderately steep hills surrounding the Tirthan Valley are covered with tall trees through which well-defined trails pass. These trails allow the travelers to go for some short hikes and treks.

A group of travelers hiking in the Tirthan Valley

b. The valley is dotted with water bodies like Serolsar Lake and Tirthan waterfalls.

Two travelers standing next to a famous lake in Tirthan Valley

These water bodies perfectly complement the greens of the valley and the verdant hills around. Don’t you think so?

A group of travelers pose for a group photo on one of the weekend trips from Delhi to Tirthan Valley

c. There’s a lot that one can do in the lesser-known Himachal valley.

Yes! All that and a lot more! And when it comes to group trips, the fun quotient of these activities increases manifold. Don’t believe us? Read what Akanksha Jain has to say about her trip to Tirthan Valley.

Do these weekend getaways interest you? If so, start booking your seat for a group tour to one of these destinations near Delhi for a perfect long vacation around Republic Day. Bon voyage, fellas!

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The Tetra Hotels Are Coming To Magnificent Remote Locations With Its Futuristic Pod Concept

An engineering firm living in 3018, called WSP is working on a futuristic concept of hotel. The Tetra Hotel, as they call it, will be popped in some of world’s most magnificent remote locations. Consisting of 42 free-standing futuristic concrete pods, the hotel will allot 62-foot-tall, triangular pods with multiple stories, for stay. While the top floor will be having a skylight with bed under it, the level below will have restroom with shower. The level below bathroom will be living room and finally lowest level will be an office with desk provided.

TetraHotel

The common areas would be glass-encased so the guests can enjoy unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape. That’s not all, these areas will have bars, restaurant and separate areas for exhibition.

Talking about the locations, WSP has eyes on places like Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Cape Verde, Portugal, United Kingdom, Spain and Andorra. The first location, however, is to be revealed within a month or two. The pod hotels are designed to be built in remote locales, using local raw materials only; keeping in mind a sustainable development. These structures will be carbon-neutral, and are inspired by David Ajasa-Adekunle’s TetraShed modular office concept.

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Reasons Why A Weekend Trip To Kausani Will Totally Spoil You

Kausani has been rightly titled as the Switzerland of India by Mahatma Gandhi. This picturesque hill station is a haven that satiates wanderlust and takes you away from the monotonous city life.

Snuggled in the Himalayas, Kausani is a part of Kumaon region in Uttarakhand which is bestowed with rich biodiversity. While there are many reasons to visit Kausani, we have listed the top 9 that you won’t be able to resist.

But before we move ahead with the list of reasons to visit Kausani, here’s a quick run through some important information that will help you plan a trip a Kausani.

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Summer season is the best time to visit Kausani, when the weather is pleasant and offers respite from scorching heat. However, the lovely hill station can be visited anytime of the year. If you love snow, winter is also a good time to visit Kausani.

Kausani Weather

  • April to June: With temperature ranging between 10 degrees celsius and 27 degrees celsius, the three summer months are considered to be the best time to visit Kausani. This is also the peak season. So, make sure you book accommodation and transportation well in advance.
  • July to September: Monsoon brings average rain showers in Kausani, eventually leading to a greener vista and pleasant weather.
  • October to February: During winter months, temperature in Kausani ranges from 0 degree celsius to 15 degree celsius. Average to heavy snowfall turns the whole landscape into a white wonderland. Don’t forget heavy woolens at home if you’re visiting Kausani in winters.

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Cemented trail covered in mist

Kausani is easily accessible via different modes of transportation.

  • By cab: Car rental and cab facilities to reach Kausani from Delhi are easily available. If you want to drive to Kausani, go for ZoomCar and Cars On Rent. You can reach Kausani from Delhi in a cab/car in 10 hours 30 minutes. If you’re coming from Chandigarh, the journey is 12 hour 30 minutes long.
  • By bus: Direct buses from Delhi to Kausani are not yet available. One has to board a bus from Delhi to Haldwani and then from Haldwani to Kausani. Estimated time to reach Kausani from Delhi, in bus, is 10 hours.
  • By train: If someone prefers train, he needs to take train from Delhi or Chandigarh to Haldwani and then from Haldwani board a bus heading towards Kausani. Estimated time to be taken to reach Kausani from Delhi, in train, is 12 hours 30 minutes.
  • By air: Nearest airport from Kausani is located in Pant Nagar, 178 km away (5 hours). This domestic airport is directly connected to Delhi. From Pantnagar, one can opt for a bus ride or cab to reach Kausani. Estimated time to be taken to reach from Delhi to Kausani, via air, is 8 hours.

Easy connectivity, and all-year-round pleasant weather too are the reasons to visit Kausani. But the most compelling ones are as follows:

1. It is a quick weekend getaway from Delhi and is blessed with pristine beauty.

Road to Kausani

Kausani is among the most beautiful weekend getaways from Delhi for people in search of sheer tranquility and pristine natural beauty. The hill station is located in Uttarakhand, and has been called ‘Switzerland of India’ by Mahatma Gandhi, owing to stark similarities of the mountainscape. With pine groves strewn through, Kausani is a great place for nature walks. And while you explore the deepest secrets of its woods, you’ll attain sheer tranquility.

Distance from Delhi: 412 km (9.5 hours)

2. Kausani is a trekker’s paradise.

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For those who love to lose themselves in nature’s lap, Kausani is a treasure. You can choose from the lighter ones like treks Rudradhari Falls & Caves to the slightly challenging ones like the trek to Pindari – the options are plenty. On treks of higher altitudes, there are fair chances for you to spot animals like Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, and Blue Sheep.

Trekking places in and near Kausani: Rudradhari, Kafni Glacier, Baijnath Temple, Pinnath, Pindari, and Sunderdhunga Glacier

3. You get to camp under the stars in Kausani.

Camps in Kausani

Camping in Kausani is done in unexplored surroundings that give a peace of mind, by keeping you closer to nature’s beauty without compromising on basic necessities. If you’re a peace lover, stargazing, nature walks, and bird watching tours will engage you. Adventure-seekers can indulge in various activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, and rappelling.

Best camps in Kausani: Eco Adventure Camp, Padampuri Camps, and Camp Kalsi

4. Winters in Kausani turn it into a wonderland.

Snowfall in Kausani

Winters in Kausani bring snowfall, which eventually make the mountainscape look like a wonderland. Snow covered hills and chilling weatherthat too in a tranquil hill-station like Kausaniisn’t something you’d want to miss.

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5. A delight for the ornithologists and the bird lovers, Kausani will surprise you with colorful bird population.

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Birdwatching is one of the best things to do in Kausani. As you’ll wander through the walkways embraced by bushes and trees, the birds will keep you company in Kausani. Peacock, Great Hornbill, Grey Winged Blackbird, Safed Teetar, Common Hill Partridge, and Red Billed Blue Magpie are some of the birds you can expect to see here.

6. The tea estates will leave you hanging around, both for the taste and the views.

 Tea Estate in Kausani

The Kausani Tea Estate, one of the top tourist attractions in Kausani, is spread across 208 acres of area and can be counted as that perfect chilling heaven for a tea-lover. The staff members of the estate guide the visitors and tell them about the tea manufacturing processes. Also, tourists can taste and buy Darjeeling-style long grain & other kinds of teas at affordable price.

7. Rudradhari Falls and Caves form the ultimate backdrop you want for your selfies.

Rudradhari Waterfall near Kausani

Located amid the paddy fields, terraced farms, and rich pine-covered woods, Rudradhari Falls & caves combine to form one of the most beautiful places to visit in Kausani and thus make a perfect backdrop for your selfies. It’s located just 12 km away from Kausani, in Adi Kailash Region, and can be reached through an easy trek. As per the legends, this place is associated with Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.

8. There are ashrams that tell inspiring tales of history.

Anasakti Ashram

While in Kausani, you’ll come across ashrams like Lakshmi Ashram (also known as Sarla Ashram) and Anasakti Ashram. Lakshmi Ashram was built back in 1964, and it serves as an orphanage for girls. Tourists visit this place for the views, history, and inspiration.

Right next to Lakshmi Ashram is Gandhi Ashram (Also known as Anasakti Ashram), which mainly is a museum built as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. He once visited Kausani and fell in love with its scenic beauty. His book Anashakti Yog was written here. Many of Gandhi’s books and pictures are kept on display for public viewing.

9. Religious shrines in Kausani cast magic.

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The spiritual aura of Kausani is yet another of many reasons to visit Kausani. Baijnath Temple, Katarmal Temple, and Bageshwar Temple are among the most famous temples in Kausani owing to the legends and history. Also, the panoramic view adds on as a bonus.

Baijnath Temple is located on the banks of Gomti River. This 12th century is a visual treat as the sculptures and carvings showcase excellent artistry of the olden era. Bageshwar Temple holds Uttarayani Fair every January and attract a huge crowd. It’s nestled near the confluence of Saryu and Gomti. The 9th century Katarmal Sun Temple is acclaimed for its history and metallic carving and sculpture.

Now that you’re convinced. Get set to and explore this lovely paradise. Don’t forget to share your experience.

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Ditch The Long Road & Fly To Kolhapur From Mumbai Within 90 Min!

Traveling To Kolhapur from Mumbai just got easier! Thanks to Air Deccan the duration of travel has reduced to about 6 hours to 90 minutes. The Mumbai-Kolhapur flight has come as a boon for the travelers, and in fact the services are frequent, operating three times a week; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays.

The flights will take off from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at 1:15 pm and will land at Kolhapur Airport by 2:25 pm. The return flight from Kolhapur, will leave at 3:05 pm and will land in Mumbai at 4:05 pm. The aircraft is an 18-seater Beechcraft with ticket prices as low as INR 2,500; as 50 percent of the seats are reserved under Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme by the Government of India, launched with an intent to connect regional destinations by air.

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With passing time, increase of frequency to six times will be under the plan. The airline, Air Deccan is indeed vigorously working on connecting regional destinations with major cities. Soon, Delhi will be connected to places such as Agra, Shimla, Dehradun, Pantnagar, Kullu and Ludhiana by air. Recently, Air Deccan connected Shillong with Agartala, Tripura through its low-cost air service. They are also serving to connect other smaller towns such as Jamshedpur, Nashik and Jalgaon.

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This Cliff Camp 60 Feet Above English Channel Is Not For Faint Hearted

An adventure-enthusiast, Eddy Young has introduced a B&B in Dorset that puts all the adventure stays to shame. Here, you’ll be sleeping on a hammock suspended 60 feet above the English Channel. And of course you won’t dare to toss and turn while you sleep!

This unique cliff camping experience, or portaledge, is described as “a tent in the world of vertical life.” Young’s Adventure Solutions, the company mentions on their website “a sense of adventure is most important,” and we couldn’t agree more. “The clients will stay tied to a harness and the portaledge sinks a bit in the middle to stop you rolling off,” says Eddy Young.

Cliff camping in Dorset

Talking of the pricing, it would cost you around 640 USD for a single guest/adventurer to stay overnight, the cost of dinner is included in the tariff. But if you are traveling with another like-minded traveler, the cost comes down to 355 USD per person. And if there are more than three people in the group, Young’s Adventure Solutions need to be contacted directly for arrangements.

However, if staying overnight sounds a lot for you, you can opt to have lunch and behold sunset from the hammock B&B. It would definitely cost a lot cheaper. Until now, according to a report by Daily Mail, this cliff camp has hosted just 6 people. Even though the whole experience, even a sight of it, makes us wonder how dangerous it would be, Young assures it indeed is safe and comfy.

Cliff Camp 60 Feet Above English Channel

Don’t know about others, but if you are already smitten by the idea of cliff camping with Young’s Adventure Solution, make sure you carry warm and comfortable clothing, shoe, prescribed medications and other essentials you think you cannot go an adventure-filled day without.

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Luxury Coaches In The All New Tejas Express To Go SMART! Indian Railways Is Zooming @200 Kmph

Indian Railways is taking a giant leap forward and this has been clearly evident in the recent advancements. This development comes in the form of all SMART and luxurious coaches of Tejas Express. The new futuristic trains from Indian Railways will take customer experience to another level. And the snapshots of the supposed development would leave you stunned. As the coaches turn smart, the definition of Indian Railways journeys is all set to be changed from convenience to luxury!

The onus has been put on the improved experience and safety of passengers. To ensure all of this, they have introduced an array of ultra-modern facilities in the Smart coaches. In coming times, the Indian Railways is already looking to escalate the introduction of similar smart coaches in trains.

Indian Railways's new train Tejas to be flagged off from Mumbai for Goa tomorrow, arrived in platform number 18 of CST on Sunday morning. Express photo by Nirmal Harindran, 21st May 2017, Mumbai.

To see all this taking effect smoothly, the Rail Coach Factory (RCF) Kapurthala has been assigned the responsibility to deliver around 107 SMART coaches in the current financial year. SMART or Specific Modified Aesthetic Reform Travel coaches will be unveiled to the world with Tejas Express and will flaunt modern aircraft-like features thus ensuring optimum comfort. The manufacturing cost of one coach would come around 3 crore rupees which will vary depending on the class (executive class or chair car) of the coach.

“SMART coach will have all the features of Tejas, this is a project that was given to us by the Railway Board and we have taken it up as a challenge. Last year, the Tejas Express that was rolled out between Mumbai and Goa had SMART coaches but this year’s coaches will have many more features,” says Satya Prakash Trivedi, GM of RCF

“Basically we are manufacturing Tejas coaches, which can also be called SMART coaches. The second Tejas rake will roll out in May and third will be ready sometime in June or July. In total we will make 107 SMART coaches this year, that is roughly 6 train rakes,”

“Based on the feedback that we received for the first Tejas Express, we have added features such as Venetian blinds on windows, automatic interconnecting doors between coaches that will either open/close automatically or passengers will have to press a button next to the door. We have also changed the color-scheme of seats a bit. The overall experience would be completely aircraft-like,”

Highlights of the SMART coaches of Tejas Express

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  • Ergonomic seating with improved cushioning and upholstery
  • New color scheme and anti-graffiti vinyl sheets
  • Attendant calling buttons
  • Wi-Fi facility
  • Smart windows with automatic Venetian blinds
  • Adjustable and personalized reading lights
  • Dust sealed gangways, fire and smoke detection and suppression system
  • LED lighting
  • CCTV systems
  • Vending machines for tea and coffee
  • Integrated Braille displays, toilet occupancy indicators
  • Bio-vacuum toilets with modular sensor-based fittings
  • Electronic Passenger reservation chart

The Tejas Express train which will be second of its kind with SMART coaches is believed to run on the Delhi-Chandigarh route. The first one was operated between Mumbai and Goa!

Indian Railways is making rapid as well as remarkable advancements and we couldn’t get any happier!

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A Virtual Tour Of The Resort Where You Can Meet Asiatic Lions In The Lap Of Luxury!

Shaggy brown mane, golden paws, and a mighty roar, this describes the great Asiatic Lion; and if you’re an enthusiast, Woods at Sasan, located on the fringes of Gir National Park is going to be your wonderland.

Created by 1000 Island, this is the first ever hand-crafted eco-boutique luxury and spa in Gir Forest, and the only place where one can see the gorgeous Asiatic Lions in the wild. With minimal intrusions to the wildlife, the resort is built within an 8-acre mango orchard and offers ultimate luxury.

The property is just 60 km from the ancient Portuguese settlement of Diu and 40 km from Junagadh (a medieval town). Besides the big beast, the Gir is also home to over 300 species of wild birds. It could be the best place to lose yourself in the wilderness and be at peace.

the beautiful woods at sasan resort amid green field

The gorgeous Woods at Sasan amid a vast green field!

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This wildlife experience comes with some serious luxuries.

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Inside the minimalistic yet gorgeous restaurant at Woods at Sasan

a gorgeous living room of a resort

A classy and uncluttered living room for those lazy moments

a gorgeous bedroom with national park views

A tastefully designed bedroom with views of the wild world!

an open air restaurant at woods at Sasan

An outdoor restaurant for a cup of coffee amid the serenity

making mud pots

And if you’re bored waiting for the lions to appear from their dens, you can try your hands on pottery while your kids learn some cooking lessons.

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A Look Inside Kew Gardens’ Revamped Temperate House

The world’s largest Victorian glasshouse, the Temperate House, at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew opened its doors following a 5-year restoration project costing £41 million. First opened in 1863, the reopening of the Temperate House marks the 155th anniversary of this iconic structure.

After reopening, the glasshouse contains over 10,000 plants from 1,500 species, including some of the rarest and most threatened plants on Earth.

In 2011, a government report said that a renovation was required within three years if the structures were to survive. 155 years is a long time and the structure started showing major signs of ageing. So a grand restoration project started in 2013 and the greenhouse was covered in a large tent.

The renewed Temperate House is opened with about 69,000 elements removed, cleaned, and restored/replaced, and 15,000 new panes of glass installed.

people holding plat pots in Temperate house

A photo by Chris J Ratcliffe

A photo by Jeff Eden

A photo by Jeff Eden

A photo by Olivia Heath

A photo by Olivia Heath

a beautiful view of Temperate House

inside the grand Temperate House

Richard Barley, the director of horticulture at Kew, said in a statement released by The Guardian: “It’s been amazing watching this project unfold, the building emerges gloriously and some of the world’s rarest plants safely reach their home.”

The project’s lead architect, Aimée Felton said: “The restoration of the Temperate House has been a complex and immensely rewarding project, recalibrating contemporary understanding of Victorian architecture and the development of past innovations,.”

Although it may take decades for the plants to grow fully, it’ll be a great opportunity for those who have been waiting for the renovation to end. It’ll also be a good chance to see the plants in a new light for tourists as well as the local community.

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Rachna’s Sri Lanka Family Tour Will Make The Wanderer In You Envious

They say traveling leaves you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller. But what would you expect when a writer embarks on a vacation?! Well, the narration will be your own gateway to the places she set foot, food she savored and the experiences she’ll cherish till the end of time. Rachna Prabhakar went to explore Sri Lanka with her husband and kid for five memorable days. Her story is surely something that will spark envy, but the little details she provides will be your first-hand guide to Sri Lanka. Right from the places she visited, to shopping, hotels and more, you’ll find key takeaways if your Sri Lankan vacation is around the corner too! Let’s dive to her voyage now.

When you travel, you escape from routine and responsibilities. And that’s exactly what our Sri Lankan vacation gave us – a drift away from emails, calls, messages, chores etc. We booked this 5 days 4 nights Sri Lanka family tour package and Travel Triangle helped a great deal in getting us in touch with travel operators from planned our destination. And we are glad we chose Amara Lanka. Right from the contact person and our driver-cum-guide, to the choice of itinerary and service- it was all perfect!

We chose to travel on 25th December during the peak tourist day and season in Lanka. We reached Colombo really early on 25th and met the representative at the airport. Our itinerary began from Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. And because we spent our earlier night at Bangalore Airport and we reached Colombo at an unearthly hour; we snored through our travel to Pinnawala. Sri Lankan roads and perfect driving skills helped us sleep like babies.

Trip Type: Family
Duration: 4 nights 5 days
Dates: 25th December – 29th December 2017
Total Trip Cost: INR 37,000
Agent Name: Amara Lanka Tours
Inclusions: Breakfast, airport transfer, sightseeing, entry fees
Exclusions: Flights, visa

1. Pinnawala

Enjoying in Pinnawala

Our journey began from Elephant Orphanage, one of the places to visit in Sri Lanka. Contradictory to common belief, the elephants aren’t kept in bondage, making it a happy place to spend time and play with elephants and their babies.

The elephants were so friendly, we couldn’t really get enough of them. So, after the orphanage we went ahead for an indulging elephant ride, arranged by a privately-run organization. We were greeted by a lovely elephant, a 75 year old Raja, on a little high mound above the lake. The idea was to go down to the lake, get in the waters and climb back up. It may sound easy, but doing so riding an elephant was indeed thrilling.

Shopping experience
Being a place that’s majorly about elephants, you can find many shops in Pinnawala selling merchandise made out of elephant dung, like elephant dung paper for those who are interested in such novelty. But that’s not all, you can bag other handicraft items as well, but I would say they are certainly on the expensive end.

2. Sigiriya

Rachna's family in Sigiriya

After Pinnawala was a 2-hour long journey to yet another gem, Sigiriya or Sinhagiri as it’s also called. We travelled through narrow pathways in tall grasslands, and when you begin to doubt the possibility of civilization this far, you suddenly chance upon a few cottages. This is the place you come to when you crave an escape from city’s humdrum for a little while, so you can connect with nature without having to compromise with basic necessities.

In the evening, we climbed the iconic Lion Rock. The climb was long, extremely crowded but we still had fun since it was a different experience. The flight of stairs, as it takes you upwards, allow you a magnificent view of the surrounding, and you may stumble upon monkeys and friendly dogs as you make your way towards the top.

Distance between Pinnawala and Sigiriya: 98 km (2.5 hours approximately)

3. Dambulla

Rachna Dambulla

On the way to Dambulla, we visited Premadasa Gems, watched a quick film on gem mining and shopped for couple of knick and knacks. However, if you want you can buy masks, paintings and other handicrafts, but you may find them expensive. Getting back on the road, we finally reached Dambulla Cave Temple in another 15-17 minutes. The climb to this marvel is short, the interiors are enchanting, and oh, the views! The scenic panorama will have your jaws dropped. There are a number of Buddha statues and the rooms capture sunlight and illuminate the entire place very beautifully.

Distance between Sigiriya and Dambulla: 19 km (half an hour approximately)

4. Kandy

Rachna's click in Kandy

Since shopping is one of the best things to do in Kandy, we went ahead for it. After a good shopping session, we visited the Temple of Tooth Relic. The Buddhist temple is a part of the royal palace complex of the erstwhile Kingdom of Kandy.

We got free by 8:30 pm and decided to go somewhere for dinner. But it was rather disappointing to see that many restaurants were either closed or almost closing, but KFC came to our rescue and that’s where we had our dinner.

Shopping experience
You’d be bewitched looking at colorful crafty items arrayed in the market, and if you are looking for practicing your bargaining skills Kandy’s markets would be a great place to go for it. Our driver took us to a small art and craft place called Skilled Hands. They had a pretty decent and good collection of masks, the very famous paintings on velvet, artifacts, fridge magnets and other knick-knacks. We picked up a few masks and paintings as souvenirs.

We also visited Kandy City Centre as the shopaholic in us just wasn’t going lazy. The mall has some interesting places to shop in such as Glitz. Many items were quite reasonable and good in quality.

Distance between Dambulla and Kandy: 73 km (2 hours and 15 minutes approximately)

5. Nuwara Eliya

Rachna's kid in Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya is a beautiful hill station with picturesque locations. Our first stop was at Hanuman Temple; where, as per the legend, Lord Hanuman stayed before he went for rescuing Sita. Later, we had lunch at a humble vegetarian place just outside the temple called Hotel Annapurna offering good food and great hospitality. Next, we visited Ramboda Waterfalls and the Tea Factory. As the day was coming to an end, we dined at Indian Summer restaurant for dinner and were pleasantly surprised by the wonderful Indian flavors.

Distance between Kandy and Nuwara Eliya: 77 km (2.5 hours approximately)

6. Sitavan and Bentota

Temple in Sri Lanka

The next morning we left for Bentota but before that, we drove though Nuwara Eliya and visited Seetha Amman, a temple of historical and cultural significance. The stark contrast of the color of the temple against the dark green trees of Ashok Vatika was a sight to behold. If you are driving to Bentota from Nuwara Eliya and are an adventure enthusiast; you must try river rafting and other watersports on the way. It was the longest drive and so we slept through the exhaustion of packed days.

Rachna in Sri Lanka

We passed through the town of Avissawella and had a fabulous Sri Lankan lunch at Avissawella Rest House. This was like one of the hidden gems and if you happen to pass through this town; do step in here for Rice and Curry. We reached Bentota in the evening and checked in to Hotel Laluna Resort.

Distance between Nuwara Eliya and Bentota: 520 km (5.5 hours approximately)

Rachna and her husband in Sri Lanka

7. Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery and Ambalangoda (Bentota)

Kasgoda Turtle Hatchery

On the way to Ambalangoda; we went to the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery that is worth a visit. If you are interested in arts; you must pay a visit to Ambalangoda Mask Museum and also the Batik Factory where you can get a glimpse of how the very popular masks and batik work are done.

Ambalangoda Mask Museum

8. Colombo

Shopping in Colombo

We then drove down to Colombo and reached the city around 3.45 PM on the last day of our tour. We had lunch at Manhattan Fish Market and really enjoyed the food. We drove around the city, checked out the malls and shopping centers but they were all too expensive to pick up anything from.
Distance between Bentota and Colombo: 83 km (2 hours approximately)

RHO Sigiriya by D – Sigiriya

RHO SIGIRIYA

Image credit: RHO Sigiriya Facebook

RHO has a lovely swimming pool overlooking a serene lake and the owners had also set up a wonderful barbecue for the evening. We were so overwhelmed with RHO Sigiriya. Come night, we were exhausted and slept like logs until 9 am in to the next morning. We were served some amazing Sri Lankan breakfast and thereafter, we bid goodbye to the place. We enjoyed the stay here most of all. RHO Sigiriya is a property in the middle of a tranquil locality, blessed with lush greenery.

Hotel Liyya Residence – Kandy

liyya Residence.

Image credit: Hotel Liyya Residence

We checked in to Hotel Liyya Residence where rooms were small but neat and comfy. The hotel’s interiors are made to look classy with warm tones. If you are looking for more privacy, the Deluxe Room would be a perfect choice as the rooms also feature a private balcony.

Hotel Serene Bungalow – Nuwara Eliya

Serene Bungalow

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The only downside in our vacation was the stay at this hotel. For starters, it didn’t seem like a hotel; forget the 2.5 stars the travel operator marked them with. But since we were there already; we stayed put for the night and got out first thing in the morning.

Hotel Laluna Resort – Bentota

Laluna Resort

The resort overlooks the backwaters. We were staying in one of the rooms in the first floor and hence the views from the patio were scenic, tranquil, and beautiful. We visited the beach in the evening and had loads of fun.

  • Sri Lankan restaurants and most shopping places close early for the day. Hence, be prepared for such eventualities.
  • If you are shopping in Sri Lanka, make sure you bargain because most often you will be surprised to know that the final price you pay is much less than half the originally mentioned price.
  • Check for authenticity of handicrafts if you are interested in picking up only originals.
  • Don’t underestimate the traffic conditions, especially when in Kandy. We were to watch the Kandy Cultural Dance Show but unfortunately traffic was so bad that we couldn’t get to the place on time.
  • You may get charged at least four times more than a local would for visiting any place in this country. Make sure you interact with locals to confirm the prices of different items, even estimate transportation tariff charged by drivers.
  • Spending time with the elephants in Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and riding an elephant to take the tour around the lake
  • A challenging yet beautiful climb to the Lion Rock
  • The artistry in and views from Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Souvenir shopping in Kandy’s Skilled Hands
  • Watersports enroute Bentota
  • Our time at the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery
  • We missed a few activities due to lack of time
  • Madu river safari
  • Floating market of Pettah
  • A few places in Colombo like Gangaramaya Temple and Barefoot Gallery
  • Kandy Cultural Dance Show

Rachna had the best time of her life while she was on her Sri Lanka family tour. It’s time you too gift yourself and your loved ones the priceless gift of travel with a customised Sri Lanka tour package by TravelTriangle.

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Foreigners Can Now Travel To Nagaland, Mizoram & Manipur Without A Permit!

The Home Ministry has decided to relax the 6-decade-old PAP or Protected Area Permit regime from Nagaland, Mizoram & Manipur for 5 years, which is undoubtedly a great news for foreigners planning to visit these 3 states in the near future.

However, it does not apply to the foreign tourists travelling to India from Pakistan, China, and Afganistan. Under
Foreigners (Protected Areas) Order, 1958, all the areas that fall between the Inner Line and the International Border of some states were declared as protected areas.

Those protected areas include the entire Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur, Sikkim, some parts of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, and J&K.

In Sikkim, there are some parts that fall under protected area regime or are restricted. In order to promote tourism in these 3 states, the government keeps exempting such restrictions time to time.

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One of the officials said, “A review is underway to lift the PAP from other areas too.” As per the guidelines, a foreign national is not normally allowed to visit a protected or restricted area unless the government is satisfied that there are extraordinary reasons to justify his or her visit.

In normal cases, foreigners (except the citizens of Bhutan), who wish to enter the protected areas are required to obtain a special permit from a competent authority having the power to issue such permits.

Necessary powers have been given to various authorities to issue such permits without the prior approval of The Ministry of Home Affairs to facilitate foreign tourists subject to the certain exceptions.