Nature’s Land (Coorg)

Coorg is a lovely hill station in Karnataka and is a great choice to spend a vacation. You can check out some of the places below on a holiday here:

Abbey Falls:

The Kaveri River falling over huge rocks as Abbey Falls is an admirable sight especially after the monsoons. Surrounded by coffee and spice plantations and miles of green lands, the Abbey Falls caters to the nature lover in you.

Brahmagiri Hills:

Perfectly cut out for a trek, the Brahmagiri Hills beckon with their lush landscape and heady mountain air. As you trek up you pass by sparkling waters and rich flora. If you are lucky you may spot wild life like NilgiriLangur, Giant Flying Squirrel and Spotted Deer.

Dubare Elephant Camp:

At Dubare Elephant Camp, get a chance to see elephants in their natural habitat. You can treat yourself further by watching them being fed, trained and being given baths. There are plenty of other wildlife too at the park like peacocks, wild dog, crocodiles and sloth bear.

Iruppu Falls:

The Iruppu waterfalls are formed by River LakshmanaThirtha and fall from a height of 60 feet. As the water gushes down, the spray creates a magical atmosphere. The trek up the beautiful green hills to the falls adds to the magical experience.

Chettalli:

A village set in the middle of Madikeri and Siddapur, Chettalli is a good cultural tourism spot. Enjoy a tryst with the native culture of Coorg at this peaceful retreat.

Nagarhole National Park:

A visit to the Nagarhole National Park brings you closer to the wildlife that is already rampant in the natural surroundings of Coorg. With over 270 species of birds and other animals present, the moments get exciting as you spot one exotic creature after another.

Tibetian Settlement, Bylakuppe:

Bylakuppe has the Namdroling Monastery which is the second biggest Tibetian settlement in India. Especially festive during the Tibetan New Year celebrations called Losar, tourists can have a peek into the rich Tibetan culture and architecture at the monastery.

Raja’s Seat:

The best among several sunset view-points in Coorg, The Raja’s Seat offers unmatched views of the hills and valley of the place. Additionally there is a musical fountain and an exquisite garden at the point that tourists will enjoy.

When you look at the sprawling green landscapes, hilly terrains, cloudy mountain tops and the expanse of beautiful flora and fauna, you may as well ask yourself the question, ‘Shouldn’t Scotland be called as the Coorg of UK?’

 

Camping Under The Stars at Deoria Tal Lake

A long weekend always comes with some new things. And I always try to make most out of it. An escape from the monotones of chaotic roads, concrete structures, work, and vehicles is a must if one wishes to see Mother Nature in all her grandeur like me.

Uttarakhand is full of natural resources and the views are just captivating. Nestled amidst nature’s beauty, this Himalayan state offers numerous travel destinations to break the monotony. Situated at an elevation of 2438 m, Deoria Tal is one such destination that gives maximum returns for the effort put in. This offbeat place in Uttarakhand is just stunning.

Trip Booked On HippyTraveller.com

Hippy Traveller is a community of enthusiasts travellers and specialist who creates a journey that will surpass your expectations. It is one stop destination for all your travel needs. Since I was looking for an offbeat destination in the Himalayas, and Hippy Traveller offers trips to unique destinations. So, I booked my trip to Deoria Tal with them and the process of booking was very seamless. Thank you for solving all my queries regarding this trip.

Travelling With Like-Minded People

It was friday, and I was really excited for my trip with Hippy Travellers. I reached the boarding point at Kashmere Gate Metro Station (Delhi), met my trip captain and other co-travellers. Travelling is that beautiful journey in which we connect with different like-minded people. A good company always lead into a memorable trip. After an overnight journey from Delhi we reached Sari Village at around 7am. Sari is a small village, quiet and “untouristy”. This quaint Himalayan village is still untouched from other commercialized cities & towns.We got freshen up, ate our yummilicious breakfast and prepared for the trek to Deoria Tal.

Camping At Deoria Tal

Surrounded with towering deodar and pine trees, the forest trek towards Deoria Lake is amazing. The trek is not that much difficult and fully recommended if you are a beginner. The 3 kms rugged trail will give you some breathtaking views of the mighty Himalayas. After hiking amidst woods & lush green meadows, we reached our campsite at Deoria Tal. The lake was so calm and the wide 360° panoramic view from there was simply mesmerizing. In the background, snow-capped peaks like Chaukhambha, Nilkantha, and Kedar range add to the beauty of this offbeat place. We had our lunch and spent some leisure time near the majestic Deoria Lake.

The sky turned crimson as the sun was bidding goodbye. We were sitting on a chair in front of the bonfire with tea in our hands. We geared up for the bonfire and fun activities with soulful music, played few games, shared our funny travel experiences and much more. It was so peaceful, chilly and after dinner we just laid down on the grass, gazing at the glittering stars!

Sunrise In The Himalayas

Though we slept late at night, but still woke up early just to see the blissful sunrise. Deoria Tal is a paradise for bird lovers. There are so many varieties of birds that If there was a birders’ trail, then it has got to be Deoriatal. There are hundreds of birds to see and photograph especially at early morning. We had our hot breakfast and packed our bags to trek down.

Before descending back to Sari Village, we clicked some group photographs and candid shots. It was a wonderful experience with everyone, and I will definitely gonna miss every moment I had on this trip to Deoriatal. We started our journey back to Sari Village with lots of memories to cherish for lifetime. Since, the village is non-touristy, therefore you will not find much options for food. We had our lunch finally headed out to Delhi in evening.

If you are a beginner and looking for an easy trek in the Himalayas, then head to Deoria Tal for a perfect getaway away from the chaos of city life. Experience the beauty of nature in utmost tranquility and feel rejuvenated. Thank you Hippy Traveller for curating this sweet little trip to Deoria Tal.

If you are also looking for a perfect getaway, then check out www.hippytraveller.com for exciting & memorable trips.

Contributed by Sahil Singh (Travel Blogger)

An Adventure Trip to Kanatal

Uttarakhand – the Indian state where the holy Ganges originates, is the home to a number of pilgrimages and picturesque hill stations. This ‘Devbhoomi’ has something for every type of traveller and tourist. Beside popular hill retreats like Nainital, Mussoorie and Auli, this Himalayan state also offers some less known destinations.

Nestled in the lap of majestic hills, lush green pine forest, and complete serenity, Kanatal is an hidden paradise in Uttarakhand. Situated at an elevation of 8500 feet, this quaint hill retreat is secluded away from the hullabaloos of the city life.

Kanatal is a perfect weekend getaway destination to unwind amidst nature’s beauty. The name Kanatal is a combination of two words – Kana (one eyed) and Tal (lake). It is believed that once there existed a dried up lake.

Kantal

Trip Planned With Hippy Traveller

After back-to-back trips to Himachal, I was looking for an unexplored destination in Uttarakhand for my next getaway. This time I planned to go with my college friends or should I say a bunch of mad people. I searched for a place where we can travel under minimal budget and for short duration.

At last, after much brainstorming we decided to travel Kanatal with Hippy Traveller, a community of passionate travel specialists who create customized leisure journeys to inspiring destinations. They provided us a personal Toyota Innova for our road trip to Kanatal.

From Delhi To Kanatal

I was really excited about this trip with my college buddies. We gathered at the boarding point (Netaji Subhash Place in Delhi) by 11pm, where we were greeted by our trip leader from Hippy Traveller community. He informed us about the trip itinerary and other necessary details regarding the tour. Finally, the journey began from Delhi to Kanatal with lots of fun and frolic. Playing songs, laughing on numerable college incidents and much more. For me and one of my best friend, this was a much awaited road trip after college. Since, we never went on a trip after that unforgettable Manali incident which took place during second year of our graduation.

After an overnight journey, we reached the divine city of Haridwar in morning. Situated on the Chamba-Mussoorie highway, Kanatal is a small village and an offbeat destination for peace seekers. We took a halt at a dhaba for breakfast and clicked some candid pictures there. The serpentine roads, lush green mountains and serene views made this journey a memorable one.

At around 10.30am, we reached at our campsite in Kanatal, surrounded with towering pine trees on one side and deep Himalayan valley on another side. The snow-capped peaks of Himalayas were clearly visible from our our campsite. Unlike Delhi’s summer heat, the weather was pleasant in this quaint hill retreat. We checked in into our bamboo cottages and relaxed for an hour or two. Staying like a local, away from the hustle & bustle of urban life, is an unmatchable experience in itself.

Forest Walk, Bonfire Fun & Music!

When everybody was sleeping, I headed out to to take a small walk around the campsite. I really loved the surreal environment of Kanatal. The beautiful vistas of Himalayan valley, pleasant atmosphere, and my never ending quench of wanderlust. After taking a small walk and capturing some amazing pictures, I returned to my campsite. We had our lunch in a small canteen which was nice. How can I forget to mention that hilarious jamming session in the canteen? Where we sang bhajans, bollywood songs, and what not.

After spending some leisure time at the campsite, we went for a small trek to Kaudia forest along with a guide. It is an easy trek of 4-5 kms amidst thick pine and deodar trees. Located at 1 km from Kanatal, the Kaudia forest range is an ideal place for nature lovers. The scenic view of huge valley and lofty Himalayas were truly enchanting. We felt so relieved while walking amidst utmost tranquility. Also, our guide informed us about different animals that are found in the Kaudia forest range. This is the most serene and charming place in Kanatal where you can feel rejuvenated.

As the day comes to a close, the sky turned crimson and grey. It was amazing to watch the blissful sunset from our campsite. I felt extremely delighted amidst mighty Himalayas, away from the chaos of Delhi. We relaxed along with some evening snacks and tea as the weather turned chilly. We really enjoyed dancing during bonfire with good music. After dinner we sat around the bonfire as it was freezing. It was so soothing to gaze at the full moon with some soulful music being played in the background. Truly, this will remain a night to remember for all of us.

Journey Back To Delhi

It was 6am in the morning, and I got up to watch the sunrise. But since it was drizzling, so I canceled my plan. We wake up around 9am and had our breakfast. We packed our bags and checked out from the cottages. Later, we went to a nearby eatery and relished upon a plate of hot Maggi. We played a small confession game and even shared our views regarding this trip while enjoying the pleasant weather and Maggi. I was awestruck to see the clouds kissing the hilltops.

After spending such great moments in Kanatal, we started our journey back to Delhi. While returning, we stopped at Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar and watched the holy ceremony of Ganga Aarti. Also, we tried out the famous aloo kachori at Mohan Puriwale and Delectable halwa puri at Mathura Walo Ki Prachin Dukaan.

Secluded away from the hustle & bustle, Kanatal offered an utmost serenity, and a much wanted solitude. Nestled in the lap of nature, this forgotten hill retreat is an ideal place to visit for a quick getaway. I had a memorable time at this hidden hamlet of Uttarakhand with my college friends. Thank you guys for becoming a part of my travel diary. In this ecstatic journey, I discovered some new bondings!

Thank you Hippy Traveller for organizing such this wonderful trip to an offbeat destination like Kanatal.

If you are also looking for a perfect getaway, then check out www.hippytraveller.com for exciting & memorable trips.

Contributed by Sahil Singh (Travel Blogger)

Rishikesh – A Weekend Gateaway by Sahil Singh

Uttarakhand is the home to numerous Gods and Goddesses, India’s largest river Ganga and great Himalayan peaks. Therefore, this Indian state is truly known as ‘Devbhoomi’. Blessed with natural beauty, Uttarakhand (also known as Uttaranchal) offers so many places to visit on weekend. One such popular sacred place is Rishikesh. A short trip to Rishikesh can be planned easily and that too under minimal budget.

Located in the Pauri Garhwal district, this holy town is famous pilgrimage site among Hindus as India’s holiest River Ganga flows through it. Rishikesh is also known as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ and finds an important place for every type of traveller.

Travelling With Hippy Traveller

Though I have been to Rishikesh many a time during childhood days but this time I wanted to experience the adventurous side of this holy city. To make it an unforgettable one I decided to travel with Hippy Traveller, a travel community of passionate travel specialists who create customized leisure journeys to inspiring destinations.

The trip started from Delhi at night. I met with my co-travellers at the boarding point and started off the journey to Rishikesh in a tempo traveller. It is always great to interact with new people while travelling. We stopped at a dhaba in between for dinner and to relax for a while. After an overnight journey of 7 hours, we reached the peaceful town of Rishikesh. We checked in into our respective camps and relaxed for an hour or two.

Let’s Wander In Rishikesh

The jungle camps were on the banks of Heval River (a tributary of Ganges) in the serene valley of Shivalik hills. After lunch, we went on the banks of Heval River to chill and capture some beautiful moments. Away from all the madness of urban life, I enjoyed some leisure time amidst tranquility.

Later on we visited Neer Garh Waterfall and the famous Lakshman Jhula in Rishikesh. This divine city is adorned with numerous ancient temples. We visited the significant Trayambakeshwar Mandir – 13 stories high temple, with each storey having idols of several Hindu deities. Outside the temple, there are few Shikanji walas (lemon soda). So, don’t miss out this refreshing drink!

As the day comes to a close, along with my co-travellers I headed towards the famous Parmarth Niketan to witness the Ganga Aarti. Daily thousands of people gather on the banks of this sacred river to thank Mother Ganga for nurturing their life.

Evening At The Campsite

After seeking divine blessings, we returned to our campsite for bonfire and music. Everybody gathered in the lawn, played foot taping soundtracks and enjoyed few snacks along with a cup of coffee Now that’s called a perfect getaway – amidst serene hills, gazing at the glittering stars and dancing with like-minded people. Away from the humdrum of the city life, the jungle camp offered a unique tranquil atmosphere simply great to break the monotony.

It was 10 pm, and the dinner was ready. The meals served at the campsite were delightful. Later on we played various interesting games and shared few spooky incidents. I was a bit nervous and excited at the same time for my next day’s river rafting expedition.

And The Adventure Begins!

I woke up early to experience the blissful sunrise amidst hills and sat for about half an hour in the lawn area with a cup of tea in my hand. We did our breakfast, checked out from the camps and headed towards Shivpuri — the starting point for river rafting. At Shivpuri, we met our two guides who gave us all the safety wears and necessary guidelines to be followed while the rafting. There were total 10 people in my raft including 2 guides. Finally, the thrilling journey began!

The Ganges in Rishikesh offers the most defined rapids for white water rafting expedition in India. Our rafting distance was of 16 kms which comprise 9 rapids of different grades (levels). After crossing the first rapid known as Shivpuri rapid we got an adrenaline rush.

The guides gave us appropriate instructions while rafting and boosted our confidence. Among all the major rapids, most thrilling one was ‘Roller Coaster’ which made us skip a heartbeat. Passing through beautiful Shivalik hills our raft took a break at Maggi Point, where we relaxed for few minutes, and clicked some candid pictures. Lazing around on the white sands of Ganges beaches offers utmost pleasure which can’t be described in words.

This amazing rafting adventure in the gushing rapids of Ganga came to an end at Lakshman Jhula. Truly, Rishikesh is an amalgamation of divinity and adventure.

Still Planning? Just Go & Experience Yourself!

This was my first white water rafting experience which I will cherish forever. I want everyone to just pack their bag and head towards this ‘Adventure Capital of India’ — Rishikesh. Last but not the least, I would love to thank Hippy Traveller for curating such an amazing trip to Rishikesh. It was great travelling with your travel community.

If you are also looking for a perfect getaway, then check out www.hippytraveller.com for exciting & memorable trips.

Contributed by Sahil Singh (Travel Blogger)

A Weekend To The Hills- Dharamsala: Tibet’s Lost & Found

For the people in Delhi, hills are the favourite place to be, and what better than a long weekend trip to Dharamshala? Taking the advantage of the same thing, I decided to pack my bags and go to Dharamshala with a couple of friends.

Dharamshala is all about colourful Tibetan flags, rolling prayer wheels and the collective sound of the ringing bells and chirping birds.

Dharamsala is also a shopper’s paradise which is why the rest of the day rolled out in walking uphill from the hotel, shopping from the Tibetan markets at the Temple Road and the Kotwali Bazaar, where I shopped a variety of jewellery for myself and my mum and we tried the authentic Himalayan moms filled with Pak Choi (Chinese cabbage) and Potato. Further, we continued trekking to Bhagsu Waterfall and the notoriously infamous, Shiva Café where you can find some quality questionable stuff and also momos for when the munchies strike. Hippies mill around through the day but we insist that you go for the view and not the crowd. The breathtaking view is worth the hike. The evening was spent at Dharamkot, a small village next to Mcleodganj. This is for those who have stayed away from the bustle of the city and are enjoying the the wood-fired Pizzas along with some freshly made fruit juices and late night soirees of Dharamkot. We tried their Pita and Hummus and we must accept that an entire plateful of hummus is not for the weak.

Day three saw the adventurer in me setting off on a trek to Triund, the nine kilometre trek from Mcleodganj to Triund provides a breath taking view of snow-capped mountains and the Kangra Valley. The trek gradually steepens and the roads narrow as you move up. The trek to the peak is certainly worth all the huffing and puffing. To my respite, a small snack shop midway, provided refreshments. A soothing cup of the most delicious adrakki chai  and a few biscuits later, I headed further up, making my way through a narrow, stony route that led me up to the highest point of the hill. The view from the top was better than I expected. Locals told me that it’s also called ‘Magic View Mountain’ because of the panoramic vista it offered. It took us for about 13 hours for a roundtrip trek. I spent the evening relaxing at a hidden gem at the Temple Road, The Khana Nirvana Café, an infamous place great for late night chills and excellent homely service.

 The last day was kept for some more excitement and thrill. We checkout out and moved to Bir Billing Palampur, where I planned to jump off a mountain cliff, which is at an elevation of about 2600M. A span of 20 minutes in the sky, flying down to Bir, harnessed to a paragliding chute, & you wish to be transformed into a bird. And while enjoying the exquisite view of the tea gardens in Palampur in the afternoon, we headed back to our starting point.

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Manali | 5 Offbeat things to do in the Hill town!

Offbeat things to do in Manali? We present five offbeat things in Manali to enhance your travel experience to the hill town.

Yes, we are writing about not so familiar activities – Paragliding in Solang, ATB bike rides, the rope way in Solang, playing in snow in Rohtang or wandering aimlessly in the Mall road or even rafting on Beas river – one does in Manali. .

These are five enriching experiences you can get when you plan to visit Manali next time.

1 Go for treks

Unless one is an avid trekker, many do not know that Manali and its towering mountains offers marvellous treks. You can choose from a bouquet of options from the highest trek to Hanuman Dibba or to Hampta pass or Beas Kund. Each one beautiful in itself giving you an opportunity to be part of Himalayas. No traffic jams. No pollution. No crowds. Only you and the mountains. It is bliss.

2 Go for drives

When in Manali, you should plan for some nice drives. You can hire a bike for these short drives or go in your car. A drive to Jana waterfalls is a pure bliss. It will take you all the way up in the mountains. The falls in itself is nothing spectacular. But the drive is lovely. Go for a day trip to Parashar lake or to Kasol/Manikaran. Parvati valley is lovely and so is the winding road leading to Parashar lake.

3. Drive beyond Rohtang

Everyone drive to Rohtang Pass to play in snow and enjoy the rides on snowmobile etc. The charm of Rohtang lies beyond the touristy and crowded areas. Get a permit to drive beyond Rohtang Pass, drive to Rohtang top at a height of 13,000 feet and drive down till Keylong or Sissu. Experience driving through snow tunnels – if there is snow – and get a 360 degree view of snow-capped mountains of Pir Panjal ranges. After descending from the pass, enjoy spectacular views of Chandra valley till Keylong. Stay in any of guesthouses/Home Stays in these places and return back next day.

4. Stay in a Himachali Homestay

Still in infant stages compared to the home stay boom in Karnataka, staying in a Himachali home has its own charms. From eating local cuisine – different from Punjabi fare dished out in all Indian restaurants in Manali – to spend time around in the village will give a different perspective to one’s travel.

5. Visit a Shawl making factory

Kullu shawls are famous. Why don’t you spend few minutes to see how they are woven? You can stop for few minutes and checkout these factories on the way to Manali. It is worth a visit.

These were few offbeat things we thought will enhance your experience in Manali. Do you have any more to add?  We welcome your ideas.

Khajjar – Mini Switzerland of India

A rendezvous with India’s Mini-Switzerland, Khajjiar, in Himachal is simply breathtaking.

“Often called India’s Switzerland, the exquisite glade of Khajjiar, 1960 m has a circumference of about 5 km. Along its fringes, thick forests of deodar climb the slopes, the snow-line rests above these woods…,” says the government run website, which intrigued and hooked me to this quaint and resplendent valley.

If you still don’t believe about the place being known as the ‘Switzerland of India’, read this: “Khajjiar was bestowed with the title of Mini Switzerland in 1992 by Wiily Blazer, Vice Chancellor and Head of Chancery of Switzerland. Khajjiar is one of the 160 places in the world that bear tropical resemblance to Switzerland.”

Still not heard of Khajjiar?

Khajjiar is tucked away in one of Himachal’s most northern fringes of Dhauladhar circuit, away from the squalor of cities and untamed urbanization. Not many tourists are aware of this valley. Usual crowd heading to Himachal would go to the done-to-death ‘Shimla—Kullu-Manali’ route. But if you want something different and quiet, you should head to the Dhauladhar circuit. The nearest commercial town to Khajjiar is Pathankot, but that’s more than 100 kms away. Pathankot is also the nearest railway head if one wants to reach Khajjiar from New Delhi.

Hence, I decided to plan our journey to Khajjiar through a combination of railway and road trips. We took the Dhauladhar express from Old Delhi railway station. The train departs at 7.30 pm and arrives at Pathankot railway station next day at 8.20 am. Quite interestingly, we had to struggle our way through Delhi’s maddening traffic to catch this train. We caught hold of the train by a whisker.  The moment we reached Old Delhi railway station, it was already 7.15 pm and we had to just rush our way through the crowd to the platform.

However, after we stepped onto the train, we actually thought, our trip to Khajjiar is still on. The train was surprisingly on time and we arrived at Pathankot for our onward journey to Khajjiar. We had arranged for a pick up through our hotel (Mini Swiss, Khajjiar); and as we stepped out of Pathankot station, we occupied the cab. Some friendly conversations ensued with the driver and in a moment, we could see the beginning of the hills.

After an hour’s drive, we stopped at a Dhaba (restaurant) for our refreshments and breakfast. We didn’t have much though – just a hot piping Aloo Parantha, dipped generously with butter – and a cup of tea. Zarak, our two year old had to have his mouthful as well and his mother generously helped him have his baby food. The uphill journey began to unveil gradually, as we curved our way through pine and deodar covered forests and ridges in the Himalayas.

After a drive of over 90 kms we realized, we have reached Dalhouise. We knew that this hill station was on our itinerary and hence we didn’t quite get down to hover around a bit. Our excitement was obviously palpable and we managed to hold on to it tightly. At 1.30 pm we arrived at our hotel in Khajjiar. Hotel Mini Swiss is not one of those three or four star hotels that packs in all amenities and facilities, but nonetheless provides a comfortable accommodation, with friendly staffs. It is one of the very few resorts in this area – Hotel Royal Residency and the government owned resort – being the other ones. A quick shower in the mildly cold waters, a cup of tea and we were ready to head to the majestic meadows of Khajjiar valley. The meadows were in fact a stone’s throw from our hotel and comes across as a pristine undulating landscape with a lake at the centre.

The meadows were surrounded by a sheath of deodar trees throughout and buzzing with activities (I was told this ground looks completely different and covered by snow in the winters). It was a bright sunny noon and quite expectedly, tourists have thronged this place from nearby state of Punjab, Delhi and far off places such as Kolkata and Tamil Nadu. One could stroll around this verdant landscape for hours, have food or snacks from hordes of roadside stalls or take a slow pony rides. We bargained for it and got a deal of Rs 200 for a roundabout trip of the meadows.

The lake at the centre of this landscape looked quite dry and could have been managed well by the tourism department. It appeared bit scruffy. Tourism plays a vital role in Himachal’s economy. It is one of the three major mainstays for the state’s gross domestic product, the first two being hydro-power and horticulture. 

Nonetheless, we spent a good two – three hours here and enjoyed the sun, breathed in the fresh air and experienced the mist and the clouds. We gave another activity – zorbing – a miss though.

Next day, we headed to the heart of Chamba valley. The town, at a distance of 26 km from Khajjiar, has a brisk population and we could see exciting people in the festive mood. It was Dusherra and locals were seen gathering in large numbers in the main market ground.

However, we parked our cab, got down, and went around the town. Our first disappointment – the Museum was closed as it was Dusherra; dejected we went around strolling to see the Lakshmi Narayan temple. It looked quite resplendent, and we did manage to click few images capturing its architectural magnificence. There were few steady tourists around and they chatted blithely, taking selfies.

We began our day next, early with a quick breakfast and headed for the trekking point in Khajjiar. The trek was marked distinctly and by the time we reached, we could see a bevy of tourists already lined up for the trek. The trek was a sharp 4 km up hill and we joined in our excitement to reach the peak. All the hard work and efforts paid off when we got to see the view of the nearby hills and forest cover from atop the misty and cloudy peak.

 Done with our adventure and achievement, we headed straight to the historical town of Dalhousie. The town had an insane old world charm to it – the post office, church, schools and the ambience was magical. The weather was brilliant to say the least.  It seemed, we are walking on the clouds. We got down at the chowk and took a stroll sampling a dish of locally made Momos.

 A walk down little further and we spotted Sunil. He is the town’s most popular ‘two wheeler restaurant’. If you have been to Dalhousie, chances are you may have come across Sunil. He can be easily seen selling fast food items at a brisk pace to tourists near the Dalhousie chowk. He usually sells omlette, french toast and hot piping noodles in his humble mobile scooter. He doesn’t have a printed menu, unlike a physical restaurant. All his food items are named in the body of his yellow scooter. He proudly flaunts a framed article of his interview given to a popular Hindi newspaper.

Sunil was surrounded by customers, when we caught hold of him. How long have you been selling here, I asked, curiously?
“20 years,” pat comes his reply. In Dalhousie, you can also spend time and shop at the local Tibetian market and visit the Church.