Valley of Flowers : Flower’s Land !

Once upon a time, in the year 1862, a group of wanderer and nature lover British army officers lost their way to a place in the foothills of current days Uttranchal. The valley was blooming with a number of exotic and Indian flowering plants, with the aroma spread everywhere, the valley looked like a dreamland. The inaccessible valley from the outer world could not be explored earlier by anyone so the credit to discover the valley of flowers goes to the group of people.

The Valley of Flowers is a high altitude valley in the foothills of Himalaya and is recognized internationally for its uniqueness. Declared a national park in the year 1982, the valley is a identified as a World heritage Site. It gained importance as an area containing alphine flora and fauna in a single area. Varieties of perfumed flowers is the speciality of the valley. The area falls in the Zanskar range of the Himalyas with the highest point in the national park being Gauri Parbat, which is 6719 meters above the sea level. The colourful empire of the Valley of Flowers ranges upto 87.5 kilometers.


The Forest Research Institute in 1992 recorded 600 species of angiosperms and 30 pteridophytes in the valley and surroundings, discovering 58 new records for the valley of which 4 were new for Himalayan state. Of these plants, 5 out of 6 species globally threatened are not found in Nanda Devi National Park or elsewhere in Uttarakhand. Aconitum falconeri, A. balfouri, Himalayan maple (Acer caesium), the blue Himalayan poppy (Meconopsis aculeata) and Saussurea atkinsoni. Kala classified 31 species of rare and endangered categories within the national park in 1998. Further studies report that the dominant family in Valley of Flowers is Asteraceae with 62 species 45 medicinal plants are used by local villagers and several species, such as Saussurea obvallata (brahmakamal) are collected as religious offerings to goddesses Nanda Devi and Sunanda Devi. The site is designated a Centre of Plant Diversity.

The flora was surveyed and inventoried in 1987 by the Botanical Survey of India, in 1992 by the Forest Research Institute and in 1997 by the Wildlife Institute of India which found five species new to science. A research nursery and seed/rhizome/tuber bank for propagating rare plants and valuable medicinal herbs has been created at Musadhar near the entrance of the site. Rare and valuable medicinal plants are the subject of special programs.

How to Reach
To reach Valley of Flowers, physical fitness of the person is the prime requirement because it needs a trekking of about 17 kilometers to reach the location from the road. The valley is located at about 300 kilometers north of Rishikesh. Josimath is the last place, accessible by road and the rest journey needs to be covered. In between you can also cover the pilgrimage of Sikhs, hemkund Sahib. The tenth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Govind Singhji mediated at Hemkund Sahib for years. The word Hemkund literally suggests ‘Lake of snow’ and the immaculate water of this lake is as cold as snow. Hemkund Saheb is located at an elevation of 4,329mts above sea level amidst several snow capped peaks, which are collectively called Hemkund Parvat.

A star shaped gurudwara near the lake is visited by thousands of devotees every month. A temple dedicated to Lakshman, brother of Lord Rama is also located here. One must complete a trek of 6km from Ghangharia to reach Hemkund Sahib. The best time to visit this place is from July to November.


The other transit spot which comes in the way of trekking to the Valley of Flowers is Ghangaria. It is the last human vegetation center on the way. Ghangaria is a scenic hamlet perched at an altitude of 3,050mts above sea level at a distance of 13km from Govind Ghat and four kms before Valley of flowers. The trek becomes easy to moderate from this point if you are travelling towards Hemkund Sahib.

From Govindghat to Ghangaria the trek officially is 14 km but after the flood in 2013 the trek has been rerouted at many places and the total distance has been increased. Although not official but it should be approximately 16 km now. It will take almost 8-10 hours of trekking. Depending upon your stamina and speed you can trek between 3 km to 8 km one side in to the valley. The first entry is allowed at 7.00 am and you need to get out of the valley by 5 pm. The trek has become steeper since 2014 as 1 km of the trek has been rebuilt and now we need to go up and come down again. Once we reach 3.5 km inside the valley the trek is almost flat.
You can easily get ponies from Govindghat for Ghangaria. Other option is to take Helicopter or Palanquin/porter. Helicopter will fly only when weather conditions are normal.

The region is prone to heavy snowfall in winters, therefore the region remains opened from May to October. A Gurudwara, GMVN rest houses and a few more hotels provide accommodation facility at Ghangharia.

The place which is the starting point of trekking is known as Govindghat. It is hardly 20 kilometers before Badrinath and you can drive the vehicles smoothly till the place. “Unspoiled by human invasions, this imposing land lay iced up in the colder months, and burst into its majestic boom on the arrival of hotter months. During these months the valley sheds its somnolent nature with its multitudes of exotic flora. When the monsoon clouds began to drizzle, the valley shows its flowery face and the entire region would glisten like a colourful carpet”, so describes the Uttaranchal Government about the valley of flowers.

When To Visit
Valley of flowers has a cool but pleasant climate all through the year. Summers (June to October) have a cool weather with maximum temperature reaches to nearly 17 °C and is a good season for viewing the panoramic beauty. Winters (November to May) are snow covered and difficult to visit the outdoor attractions. Minimum temperature can go well down with average minimum about 7 °C.


Best Season to visit Valley of Flowers is between July to October. July to October is pleasant and ideal for the visit of the national park and is good for spotting endangered animals. August and September are eye catching months with blooming flowers. December to May is snow bound and road blocks prevent the tourist from visiting the outdoors.

So, if you are thinking of visiting the place, it is suggested that you postpone the visit till July next year. Meanwhile, get your fitness checked and if necessary, acclimatized yourself. It will help your trip in a pleasure.

Entry Fee
Like entry fee for most of other tourist places in India the entry fee is separate for Indian nationals and foreigners. Entry fee for Valley of Flowers is Rs. 150 for Indian Nationals and Rs. 600 for foreigners. This entry ticket is valid for 3 days for any extra day Indians need to pay Rs. 50 whereas foreigners need to pay Rs. 250. To take a professional video camera inside the valley Indians need to pay Rs. 500 and for foreigners it is Rs. 1500 for a day.

10 Most Beautiful Gardens in India

Gardens are the best-planned space for the humans to explore and feel the touch of the Mother Nature. Our country is blessed to have a wide range of world famous gardens in its vicinity, the impressive beauty and the architecture behind these gardens are unmatched.

Top 10 Most Beautiful Gardens in India

1) Mughal Gardens, Srinagar

The world-famous Mughal gardens of Srinagar are located amidst the beautiful Kashmir Valley. The gardens are a conjunction of the Shalimar Bagh, Nishant Bagh and the Chashma Shahi, the union of these forms the enigmatic Mughal Gardens of Jammu and Kashmir. The historical and architectural significance of the Mughal gardens of J&K are unmatched, the gardens do not just offer splendid lawns but a diverse Persian style architecture and way of life too.

2) Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore

The famous Yadavindra Gardens are the symbol of the gaudy Mughal rule in India, the site is located in the Pinjore city of the Haryana state of the India. The Yadavindra gardens were constructed under the regime of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The chief architect of the place is Fidai Khan, the gardens are located in the foothills of the Himalayan range.

3) Lal Bagh, Bengaluru

Lal Bagh can be regarded as the 40 acres of art and beauty, the garden is one of the most sorted gardens in the South Asia. Situated amidst the Southern part of the tech capital Bengaluru, the gardens were constructed during the rule of great Tipu Sultan. You can experience the unmatched architecture and the flavour of history here. There are more than 1,854 species of plants here.

4) Chaubatia, Ranikhet

Chaubatia Gardens are one of the exquisite tourist attractions in Ranikhet. The gardens were built during the British rule on the order of Lord Mayo. There are around more than 200 different species of the plants and flowers here. The 600-acre forest is located adjacent to Chubatia Gardens. Not many people know about the enigmatic beauty of the place, the gardens are gaining popularity day by day.

5) Mughal Gardens, New Delhi

The historical Mughal gardens are located inside the grand Rashtrapati House in the capital, the gardens are open to the public during the months of March and April only. The Mughal Gardens hold a great stance of the Mughal rule in the India. There are more than 70 varieties of flowers planted here, also different types of medicinal plants are located amidst the place.

6) Nek Chand Rock Garden, Chandigarh

Rock Garden is one of the most famous tourist spots in the Northern India, the garden was designed with love and passion by Late Sh. Nek Chand Ji. The interesting thing about Rock garden is that instead of lush green gardens, you will find sculptures, statues etc. here are made with discarded junk, small stones, bangles, broken glass. The junk was recycled into the beautiful and appealing artefacts. Recently, the French President Francois Hollande visited the gardens with PM Modi.

7) Rao Jodha Rock Park, Jodhpur

The Rao Jodha Rock Park is located in the majestic Jodhpur city of the royal Rajasthan state. The Rao Jodha Rock Park was built to showcase and preserve the diversity of the Rajput culture in the region, the park offers a splendid view of the Rajasthani culture and their architecture too. The Rao Jodha Rock Park is located in the foothills of the grand Mehrangarh Fort, the place attracts a large number of tourists.

8) Brindavan Gardens, Mysore

The famous Brindavan Gardens are located in the regal city of Mysore. The gardens hold significant historical importance for the rule of Tipu Sultan. The Brindavan Gardens are located just below the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam, the place is surrounded by lush flora and fauna. The region is blessed by mother nature, the Brindavan Gardens attract tourists from all over the India.

9) Mehtab Bagh, Agra

Mehtab Bagh is located amidst the world famous romantic tourist destination Taj Mahal. The Mehtab Bagh is one of the last garden built by the Mughals during their rule in the region. The splendid beauty of the gardens mixed with the charm of the Taj Mahal is encapsulating. One can’t just simply ignore the beauty of the place.

10) Botanical Gardens, Ooty

The famous Botanical Gardens are located amidst the heart of the gaudy Ooty city. The gardens are maintained by the Government of India, the place is located at an elevation of 2250 metres above the sea level. The climate of the region is attractive and calm. Several plant nurseries are here, Italian architecture is the main attraction of the Botanical gardens. The place was designed by Sir William Graham in 1848. The park preserves and showcases astounding 127 species of ferns. Every year Botanical Gardens of Ooty receives a huge chunk of enthusiasts.

One must visit these beautiful gardens today and discover the ancient architecture and the rich history behind it. Visit and explore the amusing blend of history and architecture now.

Kerala – God’s Own Land

Kerala is a cocktail of culture, great food and gift’s bestowed upon it by nature. From a pristine coastline, rich history, wild jungles, beautiful tea gardens to secrets like the backwaters, Kerala is a special destination when it comes to family travel. You can pack so much in a short while and nothing gets left out. Here is an ideal trip while planning a family getaway!

The Perfect Family Trip to Experience the Best of Kerala:

Day 1. Culture and history at Kochi

Arrive at Kochi and experience Kerala’s unique history and culture. Visit the Mattancherry Palace also know as Dutch palace, the Paradesi Synagogue which was built in 1568. This place of worship is witness to arrival of the Dutch, Portuguese and then the British.Spend the evening with family on Marine Drive.

Day 2. Tea estates and excellent weather at Munnar

A 125 km drive through Kerala’s hinterland and up the Western Ghats is Munnar which is a pleasant and beautiful place. The tea estates are beautiful. Nice place to stay in town with good view of mountains. Love the home made chocolates and fresh tea. Try some soft trekking with your family, they will love the outdoors.

Day 3. Extraordinary wildlife at Thekkady

A 100 km drive through the picturesque Idukki district, you reach the catchement area of the Mullaperiyar Dam, the beautiful setting of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen forests and grass lands. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur and lion-tailed Macaques.

Day 4. The houseboat experience in Alleppey

Returning to the coast, a 135 km drive, you reach Alleppey and it’s inviting backwaters. Spending a night in a houseboat is an experience that can’t be replaced by anything else. The backwaters of Alleppey are known locally as the ‘Venice’ of India. The houseboats take you around as well as put you up for the night.

Day 5. A last day in Kochi before heading home

Spend a last day in Kochi, 55km from Alleppey, before you return home to life as you know it. Cochin is one of the most popular place in kerala. Their beaches. Their cleanliness. Lullu market is also speciality of Cochin. Marina beach is very nice beach.

Gulmarg – Heaven on Earth

Gulmarg literally means “Meadow of flowers”. Gulmarg is located 60 KMs away from Srinagar which is an hour and half journey by car. Gulmarg has attracted millions of tourists throughout its existence with the scenic beauty of the Himalayan Mountains in the back drop. One of the main attractions in Gulmarg is the Gulmarg Gondola, the Highest Cable Car in the world. The 1st phase of the Gondola takes tourists to the height of 8530 ft to Kongdori Station and the second stage of the Gondola goes up to the height of 12293 ft. Tourists can enjoy horse Riding and can go riding to the magnificent “Strawberry Valley” , Leopards Valley and ride up to “Kongdori” to see the frozen lake of “Al- Pathar”. Gulmarg in winter is a magnificent experience, fully covered in a white blanket of Snow which turns it into a skiers paradise. The natural slopes here are untouched and prove to be a challenge to ace skiers! Besides the scenic side to Gulmarg, winter time in Gulmarg is a season of festivities with celebrations of “White Christmas” and New Year parties.

Gulmarg has been a resort for the kings like Yousuf Shah Chak and Jahangir who used to visit frequently. The old name of Gulmarg was “Gaurimarg”, the name of Lord Shiva’s wife. Yousuf Shah Chak changed its name to Gulmarg, meaning the place of roses. During the early part of the 20th century the famous Central Asian explorer Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862–1943), made his home here in a tent between his expeditions. It was a favourite summer holiday destination for the British stationed in India.

Well, if you still think Gulmarg is a paradise for the thrill lovers, you will definitely be wrong as this gorgeous hill station is also the home to one of the highest golf courses in the world.

Best Time to Visit

Gulmarg experiences three different seasons in a year: Summer, Winter and Monsoon. Summer usually begins in March and continues till May. The hill station experiences a minimum of 13 degrees and a maximum of 29 degrees during this span of time. With the entire valley in its most gracious form, it attracts a large number of tourists during this period.

Monsoon usually starts by the end of July and continues till late August. The region do not experiences heavy rainfall and can also be visited during this season. On the other hand, winters in Gulmarg begins by November and continues till early March. The advent of the winters bring in an essence of wanderlust and also makes Gulmarg a paradise for all sorts of winter sports.

Places to Visit in Gulmarg

01 Apharwat Peak:

Mostly known with the skiers, the Aphawat Peak is one of the most attractive points in Gulmarg. Located within a close proximity to the scenic Alpathar Lake, this peak is around 13km from the hill station and can be easily reached. While during the winters, the peak remains cossetted with an enchanting blanket of snow, summers bring in a different grandeur. During this part of the year, the peak showcases the many different shades of the nature and wears one of its best looks!

02 Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve:

Located at a distance of 48km from Jammu and Kashmir’s capital city Srinagar, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve is the one destination, the nature lovers cannot miss at any cost! Home to some of the exotic and endangered species of flora and fauna, this reserve is more known to be the abode of the Musk Deer and a wide range of avifauna. Among the other exotic species, the reserve has a significant population of Leopard, Black Deer, Red Fox and several others. For the bird watchers, they can delight on species like Blue Rock Pigeon, Griffon Vulture, Snow Cock, Jungle Crow and others.

03 Gulmarg Golf Course:

More than a golf course, it is a dream destination for the golfers. Whether a golfer or not, a visit to this remarkable site is a must in the Gulmarg itinerary. Measuring around 7,505 yards and perched at a height 2,650m, the golf course is tucked away amidst lush and evergreen thickets; this also makes it one of the most gorgeous courses in the world.

04 Ningle Nallah:

A dazzling piece of beauty amidst the snow clad hills and mountains of Gulmarg, Ningle Nallah is located around 10km from the hill station. With the melting snow from the Apharwat Peak as its source, this enchanting stream finally meets the Jhelum River. Lush and deciduous pine forests, colourful patches of grasslands around the stream and the fascinating hills jotting the stream makes it a must visit place in Gulmarg.

05 Other Places to Visit in Gulmarg Includes:

Kanchenjunga Museum, Nagin Valley, Khilanmarg, Avantiswami Temple, St. Mary’s Church, Alpather Lake, Lienmarg, Ferozepur Nallah, Imambara Goom

Things to do in Gulmarg
Cable Car Ride or the Gulmarg Gondola
Skiing at Khilanmarg
Local Shopping
Attend Snow Festival

Other Nearby Tourist Attractions
Srinagar (50km)
Khilanmarg (6km)
Tangmarg (13km)
Palhalan (42km)
Magam (18km)
Sonmarg (126km)

Jaisalmer – Desert Camping

If camping in the middle of the desert has been on your wish list, Rajasthan just happens to be the place for you. The beautiful expanse of the golden desert, air sprinkled with sand and majestic yet humble camels around, set the scene for an exciting desert safari in Jaisalmer, the quintessential city. While it’s known for its rather hot and humid climate through most parts of the year, winters are relatively cool and pleasant enough to spend over the desert and not get sunburned. December – January are the ideals months you should visit Jaisalmer, when the nights are much cooler and days have a winter chill in the air. Along with the exciting desert safari in Jaisalmer, here are some other things you should not miss while you are in Jaisalmer.

1. Jaisalmer Desert Camping

Sam Dunes resorts are in the heart of the Thar Desert, where your actual desert safari in Jaisalmer begins! Camp out in the open with a late evening of food and drinks around the campfire. Don’t miss to spend some time star-gazing across the moon-lit sky either.

2. Jaisalmer Camel Rides across the Sand Dunes

The vehicles of the desert, Camel rides are a fun way to explore the desert through a Desert Safari in Jaisalmer desert. The rocky ride on the camel and the slight possibility of slipping and falling off in the sand, make it all the more fun. While Jaisalmer Camel rides are for short distances, you could then take a jeep desert safari to explore the sand dunes and the local life and people of the Jaisalmer desert.

3. Fort City – Sandstone Fort and Suncity

Rajasthan has a rich culture of folk arts, music being one of the prime. The Merasi Music School is a community of oppressed musicians struggling to keep their ancestral form of art alive. It aims at passing the rich musical heritage on to its children. Spending an evening here, you will experience the folk culture of Rajasthan, the mesmerizing vocals and music will enthral you beyond words. The Desert Festival is held every year in Jaisalmer, sometime in January/February which puts on a showcase of local performing arts.

5. Gadisagar Lake

The Gadisagar Lake in Jaisalmer is one of the scenic attractions of the city, surrounded by temples and shrines of Amar Sagar. Contrary to popular belief, it is not an oasis by a rainwater conservation lake that is responsible for the entire water supply of the arid city.

6. Haunted Kuldhara Village

Heading towards the ancient village Kuldhara near Jaisalmer, watch out for the caution signs and the eerie feeling you might get. This village is believed to be haunted and its history and ruins have some fascinating stories to spill.

7. Along the Border – the famous Longewala Post

Before you leave the city of Jaisalmer, drive to the border to see the Longewala Post and the famous Tanot Mata Temple for yourself which is far from what was seen in the movie ‘Border’. Though playing the songs from the movie while you drive towards the border, will of course make sense.

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Top 10 Bike Trips in India

Top 10 bike trips in India every motorcycle lover must take
If you love your motorbike, then these are 10 motorcycle trips in India you cannot afford to miss.

Four wheels move the body, two wheels move the soul. This is a popular saying among motorbiking enthusiasts. For bikers, nothing comes close to exploring a destinations on their two-wheeled buddy. India is blessed with some of the finest road routes that are just perfect for bikers. Some of these routes are known for their picturesque surroundings and breathtaking landscapes while some are popular simply for their level of difficulty and adventure. Either way, if you are a biker or a biking enthusiasts, you will be delighted to be on these routes. Here are top 10 bike trips in India every biker absolutely must take.


Known as one of the most adventurous biking routes in the world, the Chandigarh-Malai-Leh route is as picturesque and breathtraking as it is difficult and thrilling. Right till the village of Pang, the route is extremely tough making you work hard for every single kilometre. Add to it the Altitude Motion Sickness and what you have is an extremely challenging bike trip. However, the stunning blue skies and the magnificent roads after Pang make it totally worth it. The whole journey will truly give you memories of a lifetime. Once you reach Leh, you can embark on other lovley bike trips like Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso which have their own charm.


The states of Sikkim and West Bengal in India are relatively unexplored. This is a shame as they are home to some of the most scenic mountains and valleys. The lush green hills and spectacular weather here make the region a delight for nature lovers. For bikers, the Siliguri-Darjeeling-Gangtok route is extremely picturesque and the perfect way to explore this beautiful part of India. From tea plantations to views of snow-clad mountain peaks, you will find it all on this route.


The coastal Mumbai-ratnagiri-Goa route is the best road trip to Goa. Mumbai is truly blessed to be at such a short distance from India’s biggest party spot. The Ratnagiri route is extremely scenic and takes you through some winding ghats as well as lush green farmlands dotted with palm groves. You will be reminded of the amazing road trip taken by Aamir, Saif and Akshaye in Dil Chahta Hai!

Manali-Spiti Valley

For those who think Ladakh is too cliched, Spiti is a great option to explore. It is every bit as beautiful as Ladakh and is home to some of the most scenic and thrilling roads. From lakes to valleys and clear skies to gushing rivers, Spiti has everything that will make you fele close to nature. The monasteries ere are mesmerizing and make you want to stay forever.


And then there is the hidden gem of India – the northeast. Rolling green hills, cloudy skies, gushing waterfalls and breathtaking rivers await you in northeast India. You can start your trip at Shillong and head to the wet land of Cherrapunji which is a backpacker’s delight. After checking out the famous living root bridges you can head to the lovely green Umgot river at Dawki followed by Asia’s cleanest village – Mawlynnong. The route is as beautiful as each one of these charming little spots.

Rajasthan – The Great Indian Thar desert

The great Indian Thar desert is more enchanting than you can imagine. The vast stretches of brown dotted with beautiful sand dunes instantly transports you out of your busy urban routine and makes you feel like you are in a land where time stands still. As you ride through Barmer, Jaisalmer and head to the sand dunes of Khuri, you can feel going away from your mundane life and entering a magical land of rejuvenation, relaxation and self-discovery. You can take a camel safari and camp under the stars in the middle of the desert too.


One of the most well-maintained roads in the country, the route to Gokarna is very special for bikers. Not only is it an easy cruise, the weather and the surroundings also make it a memorable experience. Gokarna is an ideal spot for relaxation and the nearby Kudle beach is great for those looking for beauty amidst nature. Its lovely golden sand and long stretch will give you the vacation of your dreams.


Remember the Athirapally Falls from the movie Baahubali? They fall on one of India’s most beautiful riding routes. Known as the best monsoon ride in India, the route from Pollachi in Tamil Nadu to Chalakudy in Kerala has amazing cloud forests and tropical rainforests. The huge amount of rainfall here leads to gushing waterfalls and several dams and reservoirs. If you are a wildlife lover, you will love this route as the Anaimalai tiger reserve or the Vazhachal forest reserve here give rise to the possibility of wildlife sightings.

Great Rann of Kutch

The Great Rann of Kutch in Gujarat is one of India’s finest wonders. The ride from Mumbai to the Great Rann of Kutch can be quite rewarding and once you reach Bhuj, you are in for a treat. The vast expanse of the salty marshland is unparalleled when it comes to beauty and marvel.

Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry

Not many people are aware of the beauty of India’s southeastern coast. Starting from Chennai to Tamil Nadu to the charming Mahabalipuram beach, you get a taste of the weather and culture in south India. the food along this entire stretch is simply mouth-watering. And when you reach Pondicherry, you can rest assured as you will be at one of the most relaxing and refreshing destinations of India.

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Bhrigu Lake Trek

A long weekend always comes with some new opportunities. And I always try to make most out of it. An escape from the hubbub of urbanisation, same office schedule, and pollution; is a must if one wishes to see the beauty of nature in all its glory.

Located at an elevation of 14,100 ft above sea level, Bhrigu Lake is one of the offbeat treks in Himalayas. Situated in the scenic beauty of Manali, the trek offers an ultimate experience at such a high altitude. The Himalayan lake is named after the very famous sage in Hindu mythology i.e. Maharishi Bhrigu. He was the author of ‘Bhrigu Samhita’ and also one of the seven great sages also known as Saptarishis.

Old Manali Trail

We boarded the Volvo bus from Vidhan Sabha (Delhi) and after an overnight journey reached Manali in afternoon. Though the journey was very tiring but the scenic beauty of Manali gave us a relief. Beautiful and verdant valleys, breathtaking views of mountains all around and the Beas river flowing down. We checked in at D County Villa, a holiday homestay in Old Manali, situated in utmost tranquility. After getting freshen up, I met my co-travellers at the homestay. Everybody introduced themselves and it was really great to meet some new people.

Old Manali is a quaint little settlement in the Kullu District. There are various famous and less known places in and around Old Manali that one must visit. The holy shrine of Hidimba Devi and Manu Temple are first on the list. Both the temples are ancient and revered by the locals with utmost faith. This beautiful hill retreat of is named after Maharishi Manu itself. A small and easy trek to Jogni waterfall is a good option if you love adventure and going for a high altitude trek. It helps you to acclimatize for your next day’s expedition.

What about spending some leisure time along the banks of pristine Manaslu River? The evenings are the best time to enjoy in Old Manali. We headed towards the famous cafes and restaurants in this quaint hamlet. These cosy cafes serve various cuisines such as Indian, Italian, Chinese, Continental and more. We enjoyed some delicious food with live music in the background and this experience cannot be described in words. The cool breeze was so refreshing with the sound of Manaslu River flowing along. It was far better than sitting in a cafe or a bar at Gurgaon or Hauz Khas. Some of the best cafes in Old Manali are Cafe 1947, Lazy Dog, Drifter’s Cafe, Garman Bakery, and Shesh Besh to name a few.

Later on we returned to our homestay and packed our bags for next day’s trek to Bhrigu lake.

Trek To Bhrigu Lake

We woke up early and did our breakfast. Later we met our trek guide who gave us all the necessary instructions for trekking. As per the itinerary, we headed towards 14 mod near Gulaba in a cab. The route from Manali to Gulaba is adorned with numerous captivating vistas of snow-clad Himalayan peaks, lush green forests and deep valleys.

The sun was shining brightly and we were all geared up for the trek to Bhrigu Lake. Situated near Gulaba, the level of this high altitude trek is moderate but can be done by a beginner also. The trail passes through forests and over green meadows. While trekking we got mesmerized by the enchanting views of Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges. The Solang Valley can also be seen from here. The journey became even more beautiful with like-minded people.

With portable speakers in one hand, playing various soundtracks; we set out on this exciting trail to Bhrigu Lake. Initially, the trail is a steep ascent and then gradual ascent till campsite passing through two freshwater streams.

Camping At Rohla Kholi

In evening we reached our campsite at Rohla Kholi, situated at an altitude of 12,500 ft. Located at 7 kms from Gulaba, the Rohla Kholi camp site offers some of the great vistas of majestic Himalayas. We relished upon a plate of Maggi and hot tea. It was a treat to our stomach in such a cold weather. Nearby there was a stream of freshwater suitable for washing dishes and drinking. As the day came to an end, we went for the bonfire where we were joined by other travellers as well.

After having dinner, I went to the cooks at the campsite and thanked them for the scrumptious meal they cooked for everyone in such a challenging environment. We went back to our camps as we had to wake up early for the Bhrigu Lake trek.

Trek To Bhrigu Lake

We woke up at 5 am and it was so cold. We did our breakfast and quickly left for Bhrigu Lake by 6.30 am. This sacred lake is situated at a distance of 4 kms from Rohla Kholi campsite. There are few places with some steep ascend but it’s easy. We cheered up each other which made the climb possible. The last half of the trail was completely rugged and thus challenging. But thanks to our trek guide who helped us out in completing this amazing trek.

At last we reached Bhrigu Lake, situated an elevation of 14,100 ft above sea level. This oval shaped lake is considered very pious especially by the natives of Kullu. One can see few beautiful lotuses along the lake. The panoramic vistas of mighty Himalayas were treat to the eyes. We took blessings from the holy lake, captured some amazing moments and returned to our campsite at Rohla Kholi.

After relaxing for an hour, we did our lunch and left for Manali with unforgettable moments. Truly, this trek was a complete package of adventure and some great memories with the people I met on this trip. Experience the beauty of nature in utmost tranquility and feel rejuvenated. Thank you Hippy Traveller for giving me moments to cherish for lifetime.

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Contributed by Sahil Singh (Travel Blogger)

7 Most Exciting Road Trip Near Delhi

Being the capital city of India, Delhi is a place where modernity mingles with contemporary culture. Living in and around this metropolitan city gives Delhiites enormous options to travel and especially for those who want to escape the madness of city life. We have listed some amazing road trips around Delhi where you can visit with your closed ones or even solo.Being the capital city of India, Delhi is a place where modernity mingles with contemporary culture. Living in and around this metropolitan city gives Delhiites enormous options to travel and especially for those who want to escape the madness of city life. We have listed some amazing road trips around Delhi where you can visit with your closed ones or even solo.

Here are 7 exciting road trips from Delhi you just can’t miss:

1. Mukteshwar – Situated relatively nearest to Delhi, Mukteshwar derive its name from Lord Shiva. The drive from Kathgodam to Mukteshwar is very scenic with captivating views of verdant valleys. Nestled in the Nainital district, Mukteshwar is known for adventure sports and breathtaking view of Nanda Devi Peak. this hill retreat of Uttarakhand is adorned with vividly colored trees and beautiful fruit orchards. Mukteshwar is a great option for an exciting road trip from Delhi.

2. Mcleodganj – Popularly known as the home to His Holiness Dalai Lama, Mcleodganj is a picturesque hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Situated in Dharamsala, this place is highly influenced by Tibetan community. The hill retreat was named after Sir Donald Friell McLeod, a Lieutenant Governor of Punjab and thus a little British effect can also bee seen here. Mcleodganj is the starting point for various adventurous trekking trails and camping expeditions in Himalayas such as Triund, Kareri Lake, etc.

3. Bhangarh – Do you love watching horror movies and TV shows? The spooky havelis and forts shown in that can be experienced in real at Bhangarh. Bhangarh is a small village famous for its historical Bhangarh Fort and regarded as the most haunted place in India. The Archaeological Survey of India has banned the entry into the ruined-haunted fort after Dark. Plan a thrilling road trip from Delhi to Bhangarh with your friends.

4. Barog – Situated in the beautiful Solan district, Barog is a small hill station in Himachal Pradesh. This little but peaceful place is gaining popularity due to its closeness from Delhi. Nestled in the lap of Shivalik Himalayas, Barog is a perfect option for road trip from Delhi with your someone special in utmost tranquility.

5. Kanatal – Situated on the Chamba-Mussoorie highway, Kanatal is a less travelled and offbeat destination in Uttarakhand which offers peace. A series of narrow and serpentine roads surrounded by beautiful deodar, pine and rhododendron trees leads you to this little hamlet. If you’re a wildlife and photography lover head to the nearby Rani Chauri Forest. Choose Kanatal for an unforgettable road trip from Delhi.

6. Vrindavan – Vrindavan is a place that is popularly known for its association with the blue God i.e. Lord Krishna. It is a holy place in Uttar Pradesh, situated on the banks of Yamuna River. Among several temples, the beauty and divinity at Bankey Bihari Temple in Vrindavan can be described in words. Plan a small road trip from Delhi to the holy place where Lord Krishna grew up.

7. Amer – Located in Jaipur, Amer showcases the magnificent of Rajput culture mainly through the Amer fort (Amber Fort). This heritage structure is a perfect blend of Rajput, Hindu and a bit of Muslim style as well. Regarded as UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Amer Palace is nearly seven centuries old. Experience the rich heritage of Rajasthan by planning a road trip from Delhi.

Looking for some more weekend getaways? Checkout the budgeted trips offered by Hippy Traveller.

Contributed by Sahil Singh (Travel Blogger)

Diwali Festival Around the Country

It’s that time of the year when our surroundings are adorned with glittering lights and joy. A week long celebrations, donning new clothes, eating delicious food and praying to the Goddess of wealth. This is what the festival of lights – Diwali is all about.

The best time to travel to a place is during a festival or any other regional celebration. It gives you a close insight into the culture and lifestyle of that place. Celebrated widely across India with utmost happiness, each city adds a unique feature to Diwali and makes it their own.

For those who are looking to make use of the long Diwali weekend to travel, here are a few places you can visit with your family or friends:

Kolkata – The city of joy lights up into a dazzling place during Diwali. The markets and homes are decorated, new clothes are bought and greetings are exchanged. On Diwali night Kolkata worships Goddess Kali and offers sweets, rice and hibiscus flowers to their most beloved deity. People go for pandal hopping during Kali Puja in West Bengal. It is one of the best time to enjoy the street culture of Kolkata and taste traditional Bengali cuisines with festive vibes all around.

Varanasi – Being one of the ancient cities in the world, Varanasi celebrates the festival of lights in complete traditional manner. Start your day in Varanasi with a holy dip in River Ganga followed by exploring the bustling streets of the city. Pay homage at the famous temples in Varanasi such as Kashi Vishwanath. In evening, don’t forget to visit the Ganga Ghat for special Diwali Aarti. The shores of the river illuminated by numerous floating diyas is a sight to behold. So get mesmerized by the spiritual aura of Varanasi during Diwali.

Amritsar – The city of the sacred Golden Temple is a treat to visit especially at the time of Diwali. Sikh community celebrates this day as Bandi Chhor Divas which marks the return of Guru Hargobind Ji from Mughal imprisonment. The Golden Temple in Amritsar is decorated with lights and devotees are served with delightful langar. Beautifully lit up with candles and earthen diyas, the sight is simply magical. Club the festive mood with the famous Amritsari Kulcha near Golden Temple.

Jaipur – With Diwali, comes delectable food and in that case Jaipur will never disappoint you. Diwali celebrations in Jaipur starts on Dhanteras, the first day of five day long festivities. The pink city offers some great toothsome sweets and Rajasthani thalis to make your festivities memorable. How you can you miss the tasty dal baati churma, besan burfi, mawa kachori and sohan papdi. As the day comes to an end, experience the enchanting beauty of illuminated walled city at Nahargarh Fort.

Purushwadi – Away from the chaos of city and firecrackers, celebrate a quiet Diwali at Purushwadi. It is a small village located on Mumbai-Nashik highway. Families in this small village light a bonfire on Diwali night, females decorate their courtyards with colorful rangolis and children move from door to door, inviting each household of Purushwadi to pour oil into their diyas. Isn’t it something different?

If you are looking for other favourable places to travel in India during Diwali weekend, checkout the available trips and itineraries here.

So here’s the team of Hippy Traveller wishing you a very Happy Diwali.

Pocket Guide for Pondicherry Trip

Best places to visit in Pondicherry

1. Paradise Beach: A Perfect Place to Observe the Beauty and Vivacity of Puducherry

Around 8 kms from the city of Puducherry lays a beach named Paradise. It’s a place you surely wouldn’t want to miss, in fact, the place make an important part of Puducherry tourism, and thus, is definitely a must see. The shoreline, horizon, food are simply aesthetic at Paradise, and an enthralling. Ferry ride is the major means of transportation to reach here. The water is very clear and there is no litter in or around the coast because the travelers are not allowed to bring eatables to the beach. Swimming is permitted close to the shore only and one can also enjoy a game of volleyball on this beach. So, in a nutshell, you can count on this place in making your vacations fabulous.

2. Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: An Exemplary Epitome of French Architecture

Situated in Subbiah Salai; Puducherry, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is one of its kind. This church is a perfect example of Neo-Gothical architecture which was built by the French missionaries back in 1908. This structure has a very healthy history. Moreover, the visitors find peace in the premises of this tranquil and beautiful church in Puducherry.

3. Auroville: A Place to Search Your Soul and Then Purify it With Golden Ideals

Auroville is an experimental township and a popular tourist place, which is situated in the Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu. Some part of this is also located in Puducherry. It was made with a purpose of human harmony. Roger Anger built this place so that men and women from any part of the world could come here and live peacefully. If you are on a family tour to Puducherry do not skip visiting this beauty. People many times come here to devote themselves in serving others. For this they disconnect themselves from all the worldly and personal desires. People do meditation to strengthen themselves from inner self inside the famed Matri Mandir. This gives them a positive approach in life. They even volunteer to keep the place clean, prepare meals and guide the tourists.

4. Promenade Beach: An Amazing Place to Spend Quality Time With Family

Now when your travel guide takes you to the Promenade Beach, we cannot justify its beauty in words, the place is inexplicable. The view and the landmarks will speak it all to you. Stretching for approximately 1.5 kms between Puducherry turf and Bay of Bengal, this beach is humongous in area. War memorial and statue of Joan of Arc are some of the magnificent landmarks here. Promenade Beach is also amongst the most kid-friendly attractions in Puducherry, so expect your children to have a gala time here. One can enjoy sports activities like volleyball and swimming during the evening at this beach.

5. Gingee Fort: Offering a Walk Back in the Glorious Times

Located in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu on a hilltop and 71kms from the city of Puducherry, Gingee Fort is one the most magnificent architecture in that place. It is commonly called as Senji fort but the British gave it the name as “Troy of East”. Due to its ancient art, this fort has become a popular tourist attraction.

6. Goubert Avenue: Perfect for Encountering Vividness and an Incredible Sunset

Goubert Avenue is one of the sightseeing places which have heavily attracted the tourists recently. People come here to soothe their eyes, experience the pleasant breeze and view the beautiful sunset in the horizon. The traffic is stopped and the road is closed in the early hours of the day and then later in the afternoon. This is done to provide a free passage to the tourists, so that they can enjoy the walk.

Now let’s talk about the things to do in Puducherry

1. Witness Villianur Temple Car Festival

If you are still thinking of the best time to visit Puducherry, then choose the month of May. There is a festival named as Villianur Temple Car Festival, which is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. On the day of full moon, the deity of famous god Thirukamemswara Kukilambal is taken out of the temple for a procession in a decorated chariot. People from around the world come here and attend this occasion.

2. Try Hands or Let us Just Say Feet at Surfing at Serenity Beach

A water sport with which almost everybody is familiar. In the region of Villupuram there is a surf school named as Kallialay surf school. They give you quick classes on how to surf, post this training; people are allowed to surf at the Serenity Beach. The beach makes Puducherry best holiday place to enjoy.

3. Enjoy the Best Bird Watching Experience

Approximately 10 kms from Puducherry is the Ousteri Lake. People come here for mostly bird watching. It has a stunning picturesque as well as vital freshwater artificial lake. A minor part of this lake is in the Tamil Nadu region. Due to the travel experiences of the tourists, this place has turned out to be one of the reasons to visit Puducherry.

4. Plunge in the Crystal Clear Water for Scuba Diving

There are many thrilling activities to do in Puducherry. One of them is Scuba Diving. People enjoy the depth of water with scuba diving. The eastern coast of Puducherry is the scuba spot. The locals also take diving classes here so that they know what to do at time of emergency. PADI centre is a well known place to take scuba diving classes in Puducherry.

5. Enjoy the nightlife

Being a small place, people often underrate the nightlife of the Puducherry. But trust me! This is not true. Puducherry offers amazing nightlife for those who are in hunt for cheap liquor and lively dance and music scenario under one roof. People can enjoy the night in pubs and lounges. Bamboo bar, Paradise Lounge is some of the well known places that amaze people at nights. They also provide accommodation options.

6. Bonfire, Romantic walks and Sunrise at beaches

Talking about a beach and leaving behind romance is not a good thought. The couples can have a night with bonfire and a long walk and romantic talks in Paradise Beach. It is always a good idea to stay beside your partner and see the setting sun. So, don’t forget to use the paradise if you are on a honeymoon trip.

7. Feel the Adrenaline While Canoeing and Kayaking

Puducherry has other thrilling activities up its sleeve. They are the ones especially popular amongst those who have a lot of love for the water sports. The Karaikal Beach provides canoeing and kayaking sport. The currents rapidness and roughness will determine the fun and thrill you will experience. So, stop thinking and plan your holiday in Puducherry.

8. Shop to Your Heart’s Content

When you are in one of the finest honeymoon destinations, your beloved will always want to go out for shopping with you. So, you should just listen to her and try out the retail therapy. Some of the places that you can go are geetanjali store, La boutique d’ Auroville, when you go out for shopping in Puducherry city. Apart from this, Saram China market is also a place where you can go. You can buy some eye catching decorative items and A-grade Chinese goods here. The market has some products that are used in daily life frequently but at very reasonable prices. Just brush up your bargaining skills before you go out for shopping in Puducherry.

9. Relish Cycling on the Well-Maintained Paths

One of the greatest attractions of small place is cycling. No need of hiring any automobile, you can rent cycles and go out for sightseeing tour. There are companies who have taken up initiatives to promote cycling in Puducherry, and the name of their campaign is Pondy Cycle Tour. My vintage Bicyclette is a store from where you can hire your cycle.

10. Volunteer at Auroville

To experience something unique, a lot of people volunteer to serve in Auroville, which is indeed an important point of tourist interest in Puducherry. Without even thinking of where to stay, what to eat, they just serve. Not only is this, apart from Auroville, there are many NGO’s where people serve. They teach, cook, mop and do many household activities for their own pleasure and happiness.

Truly, Puducherry is an experience that can make a lasting impression on its visitors. We hope you liked our blog; it will be nice if you give us a big thumbs up and share the blog with your friends and family. However, if you are thinking on how to plan your Puducherry trip, then Hippy Traveller has an answer to it as well. Call us at +91-9999098154 or email us at, and we ensure to offer you the best travel packages at the budget of your choice.