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What is Haridwar ?

What is Haridwar ?

Haridwar is a pilgrimage in northern part of India. The place is famous because of river Ganges and different batching points beside the river. The town is located in the exit of Himalayan foothills and Ganges pass through with a pleasant current here.

This place is like 200 KM from Delhi and the best time to visit the place is throughout the year but make sure that when you are travelling you avoid occasions like full moon nights to avoid big crowds, but if in case you are actually travelling to check on these locations on these special occasions, then such full-moon nights are the best time to visit these locations.

When I visited the place I was overwhelmed by the shear number of people that were actually travelling to this place and actually bathing in this holy river Ganga.

The numbers were huge and wherever you see , you can find boys in almost bare-body bathing and old ladies and girls mostly drenching in the holy river by the chains (security chains).

The place was crowded by almost all the country , mostly people from nearby states and cities. Another charm of Haridwar is the evening AArti (Aarti is the prayer offered at a particular time in the evening , mostly before 7 PM).

 

Here are few suggestions

  • If you are a vegetarian and looking for descent food , a very famous food chain in Haridwar is the Chotiwala chain, and in fact the fame of this chain is so much that you may find a chotiwala restaurant in every kilometre .
  • Another important point to keep in mind is that Haridwar is a holy city , so dress aptly.
  • Also Haridwar being a town of god host lot of mithaiwalas (sweet shops ) so mark your list to visit a authentic sweet shop to have some for yourselves. (soon i will share the exact name of the sweet vendor , could not remember at this point of time)

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Nainital : Mark your travel list with these must visit places in Nainital

Nainital as the name suggests is the Lake District of India. There are 7 lakes in and around Nainital but the most popular is the “Naini lake” named after the goddess “Naina Devi”.

Nainadevi temple

The Nainadevi temple is just adjacent to the Naini lake. With Hindu Gods and Goddesses idols, this temple will link you to your inner spirituality.For the spiritual bees , you cant start your expedition with a good luck prayer from the temple.Mark your bucket list with the following beautiful attractions in Nainital

 

Naini Lake 

It’s a clear freshwater lake which scintillates in the natural light amongst the massive mountains. It’s clean and serene providing to and fro boat rides to enjoy the chilling serenity.

From a descent height the Lake tends to look like a mango and therefore the name is also Mango Lake.Any view point of this lake will never let you down.When we reached there , we could see pro photographers doing different marriage photo-shoots at this point.Al tough the point is so steep and small that the time to have a click here can be merely 2 – 3 mins.

What attracted me the most was the mall road adjacent to the lake with local markets and restaurants. From pizza to local cuisines everything was available. Also you can shop for winter wear, caps, decorative items, candles (Nainital is famous for candles) and many more. Towards the end I will share some best places to buy candles (made in India) and best places to eat and buy sweets.

To sight the beautiful colours of sunrise, book a hotel opposite to the Nainital lake.

Same Formula for the hotel selection goes with the Hotel selection , but just mind the direction of the hill as you can see only one either a sun rising or setting.

I know I am reiterating but yes for a gorgeous night same selection will make you have awesome view , make sure to have a balcony

        Himalayan view point

Now a interesting thing here is there are three ways you can reach here , a cable car, Car and a tool given by god. But its a humble advice to use the prior two options  🙂 .

About 8 kilometres above the Nainital lake, there is a view point from where you can see Himalayas, the Himalayan view point. Grab your favourite snack from the eatery there and enjoy the breathtaking view of snow clad mountains.

Also don’t miss the biggest lemon’s juice ( If you are 1st timer in these hills, the Lemons are huge)

Cave garden

This garden, as the name suggests, has variety of caves. From tiger, leopard, flying fox, there are a variety of caves in the garden which showcases a different challenge each time for the adventurers. Some of the caves are pretty tough, so just give it a thought before diving in.

This is eco park and the caves inside are not very huge but yes , good for some exercise tough.

There are many caves in the eco park and it depends on your personnel stamina for the choices that you make here.

Raj Bhawan

Raj Bhawan, also called as Governor House is a British era building, out of which some areas have been open as a tourist attraction. The building looks like a British palace and the tourist guide there will explain you the relevance of the place.

Now this beautiful place is a regular miss by people who visit Nainital (which i don’t understand). The palace is made on the ground-works like the Buckingham palace.(I am believing what my guide told me)The route itself was very interesting once you start your way to Raj bhawan.

And Once you start the 200 meter walk to the main gate , your guide will tell you that how this place was shot in the bollywood mivie “Koi mil gaya” ( Actor – Hrithik Roshan , Actress – Preity Zinta).

Welcome to the history

Don’t miss the awesome Trishool tree (photo on the left side) . This single tree is actually 100 years old or even more. This not it , the best part is the shape , as you can see there are three trees coming out of one single huge trunk.

The architecture is amazing and historical. The garden outside the Bhawan is picturesque with the great landscapes and flowers. There is a 100 year old tree miraculously shaped like ‘Trishul’ (Trident)

Woodland waterfall

It’s a small trek leading to this beautiful waterfall.

 

Before I say any further , let me stress on one thing ” Right Hotel choice can give you the following”

                

As promised ,  Best place to eat – Shiva Dhaba in the main market. Munna sweet shop for best sweets

and finally the best and great deal candle shop is Mahrotra candles in  main market.

Looking forward to see you there ! Leave a comment and let me know if you need more info

 

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Statue of Unity |Bike | Car Ride | to | One side of the Golden Quad | 1000 KM | Delhi – Jaipur | Udaipur | Ajmer | Vadodara | Narmada Bank | Statue of Unity | 3 K average cost

STATUE OF UNITY

 The World’s Tallest Statue, 182 Metres

Ride Plan

Delhi — Jaipur — Udaipur — Vadodara — Narmada bank — Statue of Unity

Boys & Girls Welcome

Jaipur 1 day stay –>  Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jal Mahal

Udaipur 1 Day stay — > Forts & sight seeing

3 rd day –> Completing trip to Narmada banks – Statue of Unity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the reader might be wondering what is the complete golden quad, please find the map below

Right from Delhi  — > Mumbai –> Kolkata –> Delhi

Return trip may have inclusions like Bhangarh , Sariska depending upon the travelling groups preference.

For details visit : http://www.statueofunity.in/

 

We will keep updating the post. For regular updates keep visiting.Comment below to show interest and availability.

 

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    Jaipur the wonderland in Rajasthan India

    We all have seen advertisements of Rajasthan by Incredible India campaign but the question actually is , Is it really that incredible?

    I started my Rajasthan exploration from Jaipur, the capital, to forage for these answers.

    It was a family road trip from Noida to Jaipur, and I kept it unplanned, trying to seek pleasure from unknown roads to a mysterious dhaba.

    What amazed me the most, were the roads, which appeared to be carved exactly for road trips. It was the Delhi-Jaipur expressway, which should be given credit to make up a good initiation of the trip.

    We were lucky to have slightly rainy weather in the month of July, but my suggestion would be to plan your exploration between early November and February.

    Continuing with the travel story, our first stop was “Basant Dhaba” in Bilaspur, Haryana at around 10 pm. It is around 30 kilometres from Gurgaon. (To know more about Gurgaon visit, Gurgaon, the millenium city).

    While travelling, I prefer to have basic food like “Dal Roti” and believe me it was both simple and tempting. Also the washrooms were very clean.

    At around 1 AM ,crossing all the flashing city lights, we reached Neemrana. We stayed there for the night in Cambay Sapphire Neemrana. Though the rooms were good, I didn’t find the service to be apt but nevertheless it was just a one night stay. If you are exploring Neemrana, you should book your stay at Hotel Neemrana Fort palace.

    From Neemrana to Jaipur is again a stretch of awesome road and many food joints , but the best that we found and can suggest was between two small hills and you will find this place at a nice  location near petrol pumps. The food was brilliant and all other facilities were apt and clean

    Then the best place to be is on the Amer road , whichever hotel you stay make sure you get a wonderful view of the jal mahal because who knows Kya  dikh Jayee ! 

     

    If you plan well this is what you can view from your windows

    Nihargarh Fort

      

    A distinctive view from Nihargarh , make a point to visit here in the night too. There is a cafe here in Nihargarh which is open in the night and gives awesome view from the fort hill.

    Here are some clicks from the day

           

    Make a point to visit the roof of the fort , as this is again a amazing view point

       

    Photoes from a museum in the fort and let me tell you the breeze from the forts small windows was amazing , make a point to enjoy the breeze

     

    Amer Fort is a interesting place to be , find below a shot

     

    Some random clicks

     

         

     

    TO summarise ,

    1. Visit Hotel highway king on your route after covering 120 odd KM’s , you have a subway , a hill view , petrol pump
    2. Stay near Jalmahal , preferably a place with jal mahal as a viewpoint
    reasons:
    * Nahargarh fort , Amer fort , Jaigarh and all other interesting places are near to this belt as in the map below
    * Visit Nahargarh in night for a cafe there from where you can have amazing views
    * Jaipur have some amazing roof top restaurants in the city , make a point to visit one while having a dinner or a evening snack
    * other parts of Jaipur city are easily doable , dont miss the amazing routes , Drive to the forts mentioned above
    * Completing these you can start back and can again stop at Hotel highway king (actually its a food court)

    Expenses will be somewhere around 6000

    Keep visiting as I am continuously updating the post and still a lot to be covered !