Categories
Best Places Destinations India Top Lists Travel Guide Travel Tips Uncategorized

BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN TOSH

Tosh lies enroute many trekking expeditions and is a small village at the end of Parvati valley with cottagcore vibes and a slow paced life. Tosh gained prominence due to its Cannabis plantations and a strong hint of Israeli culture. Tosh has high mountains, colourful houses, quaint Israeli cafes and all that one needs for relaxing in the Himalayas. 

Best Places to Visit in Toshl are –

Parvati River

River Parvati is one of the best places to visit around Tosh, its banks are full of amazing views of the valley and the flora and fauna around it makes it even more beautiful. Camping at Tosh especially by the River Parvati is the most relaxing and rejuvenating experience in Kasol. 

Manikaran Sahib

Manikaran Sahib is situated between the rivers Beas and Parvati. Manikaran Sahib is a Gurudwara which is visited by devotees all year round. It is famous for a hot spring located within the premise of the Gurudwara the belief around the Hot Spring is that taking a dip in this holy water washes away their sins. 

Malana

Malana is one the oldest villages near Tosh and in the Parvati Valley region.  Malana is famous for its distinct culture and the temple of Jamlu Devta. The residents of Malana consider themselves to be descendants of Alexander the Great and hence the village is often referred as ‘Little Greece of India’.

Kheer Ganga 

Kheer Ganga is peak near Tosh, the trek up to Kheer Ganga from Kasol is easy, at the end of the trek when one reaches Kheer Ganga they are greeted by hot springs and one of a kind views.

Kasol

Kasol is a small, quiet and easygoing town situated in the Himalayas and a great escape from the stress of this chaotic life. It is an ideal destination for a weekend getaway for the ones who love snow. 

Chhalal Village

Chhalal Village is perched at an elevation of 5366 feet above sea level and is located on the banks of the River Parvati, like Tosh, Chhalal also has unique cafes, and one can try out some of the best Israeli cuisines at this village.

Kullu

Kullu is located more or less 50 km away from Kasol. Kullu has a number of sightseeing places, temples, historical places, rivers and much more. One can also take part in adventurous activities like trekking, yak safari and river rafting. The blend of places to visit and thing to do at Kullu makes it a perfect getaway spot away when visiting Kasol.

Manali

Manali, the twin of Kullu is at an elevation of  more than 6500 feet above sea level, it is around 80 km away from Kasol. Manali is an iconic tourist destination, it has lots of scenic beauty; renowned for its snow-clad mountains as well as many activities for tourists. Manali is also close to Rohtang Pass (51 km), a high mountain pass mostly covered with snow. 

Bhuntar

Bhuntar is a quaint town in the Kullu district and is the lifeline of all tourism in the region. Bhuntar houses the Kullu Airport which connects a lot of hill stations such as Rohtang La, Kasol, Manali, Manikaran. Cabs, buses are available here. Apart from being the travel hub of the region it also has sprawling forests and rolling hills.

Naggar 

Naggar village is a lesser known village near Toshl. It has temples, military structures and museums making it one of the best places to visit Kasol. One should explore Naggar village to experience the rural beauty of this village. The culture of this village, International Roerich memorial trust, Naggar castle and Gauri Shankar temple make this place worth visiting.

Categories
Best Places Destinations India Top Lists Travel Guide Travel Tips Uncategorized

BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN TRIUND

Triund is a stunning ridge beneath the mighty Dhauladhar range, it carries the charm of Himalayas and hosts breathtaking views. Triund Hill camp is surrounded with jungle-clad terrains and located at an altitude of 2,828 metres, the jaw-dropping beauty of sunrise & sunset views leaves one in amusement.

Triund is surrounded by other places to entertain a traveller.

Best places to visit in Triu

KANGRA FORT

The Katoch dynasty, which built the Kangra Fort, which traces its origins to the ancient Trigarta Kingdom, mentioned in the Mahabharata epic.

Kangra Fort was built by the royal Rajput family and still stands today as the largest fort complex in the Himalayas and the oldest dated fort in India. The fort was built around 3500 years ago and is located 20 km from Dharamsala, on the outskirts of the town of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh.

The fort was built by a family believed to have royal lineage and had immense power over their subjects and lands. Naturally, their home and stronghold of Kangra Fort became a subject to numerous assaults by practically all strong influential  rulers who at any point strolled India. All attempted to take the Kangra Stronghold under their influence as it was stated: ‘He who holds the Kangra fort, holds the slopes.’

The fort didn’t lose itself to anyone except Jahangir, after his father Akbar was defeated 52 times. 

The Kangra fort is said to have 21 treasure wells – each well is 4 meters deep and about 2 and a half meters in circumference-the Sultan of Ghazni looted eight wells, the British in the 1890s found five more wells. Local beliefs are that the fort still hides within its wall eight more treasure wells.

MCLEOD GANJ

McLeod Ganj is the residence of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and home to a large Tibetan population, including many maroon-robed monks and nuns. The Tibetan government-in-exile is based at Gangchen Kyishong.

Mcleod Ganj is a short bus ride away from Dharamshala and filled with activities and places.

Mcleodganj offers courses in Buddhism, meditation or yoga, trekking in the Dhauladhar mountains, shopping for Tibetan crafts, or just hanging out enjoying the alternative vibe and the plethora of good cafes.

Mcleodganj is a serene animated town which can be enjoyed to the fullest without blowing your bank balance.

DALAI LAMA TEMPLE

Tsuglakhang Temple is McLeodGanj, the Dalai Lama visits this temple twice or thrice every year to preach and bless. Thus, the temple gets its name as Dalai Lama Temple.

The temple has large statues of Buddha, Avaloktwshwara, Pamasambhava and others.

The temple is great for sightseeing and meditation. Upon entering the temple, one can find a few shops inside the complex that sell ritual items and books.

There is a memorial monument in the Temple, the main temple is beyond the monument. 

In the main temple one can always find monks in red and yellow robes  walking around in strict coordination. 

Inside the temple there is a statue of Buddha sitting on a carved pedestal. 

Pilgrims walk around the statue in clockwise direction as they rotate the prayer wheels. There is a large hall inside the temple for people to meditate.

TIBET MUSEUM

The Tibet Museum is the official museum of the Central Tibetan Administration’s Department of Information and International Relations and is located near the main temple of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tsuglag Khang.

The Tibetan Museum in Mcleodganj is a fine specimen of Tibetan architecture and was primarily built to preserve the history and culture of Tibet. The museum has also been a major tourist attraction from visitors all across the globe. There have been lectures and exhibitions that were conducted in the premises. The stories of the lives of people have been showcased beautifully in the form of paintings and snaps.

The Tibetan Museum in Mcleodganj is a fine example of Tibetan artwork, building style and showcases Tibetean lifestyle. The museum was basically established to protect the history and culture of Tibet. The accounts of the lives of  Tibetean individuals have been exhibited flawlessly as compositions and snaps.

BHAGSUNAG TEMPLE

Bhagsunag Falls also called Bhagsu Falls, is a beautiful waterfall near Bhagsunath Temple close to McLeod Ganj in Kangra area of Himachal Pradesh. 

Falling down from a height of 20 m, this is a fairly sized cascade. During the area’s Himalayan rains, this waterfall turns lovelier; close by is a mountain that highlights records spray painted graffiti. This region is covered with snowfall during winters. Sightseers love to swim across the fall’s water which gives a charming and invigorating experience. Trekking is a favorable activity to do in this area. 

The Bhagsu town is a well known picnic spot and furthermore home to the popular Bhagsunath Temple committed to Lord Shiva. The temple has been highly revered by the Hindus and the Gorkha Community. The sacred shrine is famed for its two pools that are believed to have healing properties. The best time to visit Bhagsunath Temple is during the annual fair that takes place here in the month of September.

GALLU DEVI TEMPLE

Gallu Devi is one of the many Goddesses in this part of Himachal and has  a small temple dedicated to her in the Gallo village with a few shops around on top of a hill that overlooks the valley on two sides with some amazing views.

Gallu Devi Temple is the base camp for trekking up to Triund. The trek to Triund is only 3 hours from here.

LAHESH CAVES

 Lahesh caves are at an elevation of 3475m and an uphill trekking distance away from Triund. Travellers visit this place for the best camping experience in Triund.

Lahesh caves are a natural rock cave shelter. From lahesh cave to Chhatta Parao. This is the bottom of Indrahar pass passing through the soft snow and icy streams.

St. John in the wilderness

The church of St. John in the wilderness rightfully deserves its name, this neo gothic style church is nestled between thick Himalayan woods.

The church boasts to be one of the oldest Anglican churches in Dharamsala/McLeod Ganj and of two magnificent stained glass panels, and a bell brought all the way from England!

The church was built in 1852, to provide a place of worship for the British soldiers posted here, and the church is full of memorial stones of those who passed away here, one is dedicated to Lord Elgin, the Viceroy of India from 1862-1863. The church also boasts of two magnificent stained glass panels, and a bell, cast by Mears and Stainbank, and brought all the way from England!

Categories
Best Places Destinations India Top Lists Travel Guide Travel Tips

BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN DHANAULTI

Dhanaulti 

Dhanaulti 

Dhanaulti is a little town and an offbeat vacation destination located at a height of about 2200 meters above sea level.

Dhanaulti is a serene place and a treat to the eyes. It has a great scenery and an unpolluted environment. Activities such as trekking, biking and camping is a treat at Dhanaulti.

The best places to visit in Dhanaulti are –

Dhanaulti Eco Park

Dhanaulti eco park, one of the major attractions in Dhanaulti spreads over an area of 13 hectares covered in deodar and oak trees. The Eco Park is divided into two forests namely Amber and Dhara which are situated at a distance of 200m from each other.

The park is at an elevation of 2800m above sea level and offers a playground for children, trekking trails and amazing views. 

A tradition known as memory sapling plantation is followed in the park as a part of which one can plant a sapling in memory of their loved ones.

It is a perfect place for the nature lovers as well as the adventure seekers to unwind.

Dashavatar Temple

The Dashavatar Temple  at Dhanaulti was built during the Golden Gupta Empire period and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his ten incarnations. Beautifully sculpted panels adorn the terraced basement just above the high plinth. The side-walls of the Dashavatar Temple are adorned with carved inscriptions of Vaishnava mythology.

Deogarh Fort

 Deogarh fort dates back to the 16th-century and is a grand fort that has well-decorated palaces adorned with innumerable murals. There are also a number of Jain temples in the area surrounding the fort.

Potato Farm 

Potato Farms are a fabulous tourist attraction in Dhanaulti. It’s a tad bit unusual but this unique activity is very educational and sheds light on how shared efforts can bear many fruits (in this case – potatoes). The farms also have amazing views and picture perfect sunsets.

Dhanaulti Adventure Park 

The Dhanaulti Adventure Park has tall Himalayan trees, luscious green meadows and breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks which make this  adventure park, one of the best tourist getaway spots in Dhanaulti. 

Here you can take treks to Top Niba and Surkanda Devi and go for mountain biking, rappelling, horse riding, and camping.

Chanderi 

Chanderi is a quaint town near Dhanaulti. This town is a reminder of the splendor of the bygone Mughal era; it is filled with Rajput and Sultanate architecture. Attractions here are Badal Mahal, Victory Arch and Koshak Mahal that make it one of the best attractions of Dhanaulti for Indian tourists as well as foreigners.

Surkanda

Surkanda Devi Temple near Dhanaulti is at an altitude of about 2756 metres and lies close to nearby hill stations of Ranichauri and Kanatal.

The story of Surkanda Temple can be traced back to the legend of Maa Sati; Sati’s father Daksha organised a massive yagna to please the Gods. He purposely did not invite Shiva and Sati. Sati believed that no formal invitation was needed for her to go to her father’s house. But when Sati arrived at her father’s palace, she was treated as an uninvited guest. Moreover, Daksha even committed the sin of insulting Lord Shiva in Sati’s presence.

Pained by her father’s ignorance and arrogance, Sati threw herself in the fire set up for the yagna. When the news reached Shiva, he went wild with rage. He picked up Sati’s body on his shoulders and started performing tandava, the dance of destruction. The stability of the Universe was threatened by Shiva’s dance, and to protect the human world, Lord Vishnu cut up Sati’s body with his sudarshan chakra.

Surkanda Temple is one of these holy shakti peeths and is believed to hold the power of Ma Adi Shakti.

A short comfortable trek of 3km has to be taken up from Kaddukhal to reach the sacred Temple.

KANATAL

Kanatal is a serene hidden getaway in Himachal Pradesh which is slowly making itself known. Kanatal offers tons of temples and amazing views that are sure to sweep the visitors off their feet. 

KODIA JUNGLE

Kodia Jungle at Kanatal is a heavenly picnic spot. The jungles are nestled between rolling Himalayan hills and valleys.

One can trek a distance of around 6-7 km in the Kodia Jungle and enjoy the beauty of untouched greenery, amazing views of the hills and valleys at Kanatal. This trek in Kanatal at Kodia Jungle is dotted with natural springs.

One can spot animals like musk deer, kakar, wild boar Ghoral etc and many species of birds at the Kodia Jungle. 

Tehri Dam

The Tehri Dam is the highest dam in India and one of the highest in the world. 

It is a multi-purpose rock and earth-fill embankment dam on the Bhagirathi River in Uttarakhand, India.

Tehri dam is a short hour drive away from Dhanaulti, the roads are well maintained as New Tehri is the only well planned town of the state, a drive up to Tehri dam from Ranichauri gives amazing views of the high mountains from all sides. 

TEHRI LAKE 

Perched at an elevation of 1,700 meters, Tehri Lake is an artificial dam reservoir that came into existence during the construction of Tehri Dam when the water from the Bhagirathi River was diverted to fill the dam reservoir. 

Mussoorie

Mussoorie gained popularity as a hillstation back in the colonial era and came to be known as Queen of The Hills. It stands at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level and has a cool, pleasant climate throughout the year.

Mussoorie’s colonial roots are reflected in its Neo Gothic and Greco-Roman architecture style. These styles are followed in quaint cafes, alluring churches and other buildings.

The colonial era beauty is on full display at Mall Road, Mussoorie. Mall Road is a boulevard with eateries and other shops lining its entire stretch. Everything down to its lamp posts, Mall Road is tinged in colonial flavour. 

CHAMBA

Chamba is another hillstation near Dhanaulti at an altitude of 1676m above sea level. It offers a view of  the snow-clad peaks on one side and an awe inspiring view of the valley. Chamba is lush with greenery and tall Himalayan trees of Pine and Deodar. 

Dhanaulti is a little town and an offbeat vacation destination located at a height of about 2200 meters above sea level.

Dhanaulti is a serene place and a treat to the eyes. It has a great scenery and an unpolluted environment. Activities such as trekking, biking and camping is a treat at Dhanaulti.

The best places to visit in Dhanaulti are –

Dhanaulti Eco Park

Dhanaulti eco park, one of the major attractions in Dhanaulti spreads over an area of 13 hectares covered in deodar and oak trees. The Eco Park is divided into two forests namely Amber and Dhara which are situated at a distance of 200m from each other.

The park is at an elevation of 2800m above sea level and offers a playground for children, trekking trails and amazing views. 

A tradition known as memory sapling plantation is followed in the park as a part of which one can plant a sapling in memory of their loved ones.

It is a perfect place for the nature lovers as well as the adventure seekers to unwind.

Dashavatar Temple

The Dashavatar Temple  at Dhanaulti was built during the Golden Gupta Empire period and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his ten incarnations. Beautifully sculpted panels adorn the terraced basement just above the high plinth. The side-walls of the Dashavatar Temple are adorned with carved inscriptions of Vaishnava mythology.

Deogarh Fort

 Deogarh fort dates back to the 16th-century and is a grand fort that has well-decorated palaces adorned with innumerable murals. There are also a number of Jain temples in the area surrounding the fort.

Potato Farm 

Potato Farms are a fabulous tourist attraction in Dhanaulti. It’s a tad bit unusual but this unique activity is very educational and sheds light on how shared efforts can bear many fruits (in this case – potatoes). The farms also have amazing views and picture perfect sunsets.

Dhanaulti Adventure Park 

The Dhanaulti Adventure Park has tall Himalayan trees, luscious green meadows and breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks which make this  adventure park, one of the best tourist getaway spots in Dhanaulti. 

Here you can take treks to Top Niba and Surkanda Devi and go for mountain biking, rappelling, horse riding, and camping.

Chanderi 

Chanderi is a quaint town near Dhanaulti. This town is a reminder of the splendor of the bygone Mughal era; it is filled with Rajput and Sultanate architecture. Attractions here are Badal Mahal, Victory Arch and Koshak Mahal that make it one of the best attractions of Dhanaulti for Indian tourists as well as foreigners.

Surkanda

Surkanda Devi Temple near Dhanaulti is at an altitude of about 2756 metres and lies close to nearby hill stations of Ranichauri and Kanatal.

The story of Surkanda Temple can be traced back to the legend of Maa Sati; Sati’s father Daksha organised a massive yagna to please the Gods. He purposely did not invite Shiva and Sati. Sati believed that no formal invitation was needed for her to go to her father’s house. But when Sati arrived at her father’s palace, she was treated as an uninvited guest. Moreover, Daksha even committed the sin of insulting Lord Shiva in Sati’s presence.

Pained by her father’s ignorance and arrogance, Sati threw herself in the fire set up for the yagna. When the news reached Shiva, he went wild with rage. He picked up Sati’s body on his shoulders and started performing tandava, the dance of destruction. The stability of the Universe was threatened by Shiva’s dance, and to protect the human world, Lord Vishnu cut up Sati’s body with his sudarshan chakra.

Surkanda Temple is one of these holy shakti peeths and is believed to hold the power of Ma Adi Shakti.

A short comfortable trek of 3km has to be taken up from Kaddukhal to reach the sacred Temple.

KANATAL

Kanatal is a serene hidden getaway in Himachal Pradesh which is slowly making itself known. Kanatal offers tons of temples and amazing views that are sure to sweep the visitors off their feet. 

KODIA JUNGLE

Kodia Jungle at Kanatal is a heavenly picnic spot. The jungles are nestled between rolling Himalayan hills and valleys.

One can trek a distance of around 6-7 km in the Kodia Jungle and enjoy the beauty of untouched greenery, amazing views of the hills and valleys at Kanatal. This trek in Kanatal at Kodia Jungle is dotted with natural springs.

One can spot animals like musk deer, kakar, wild boar Ghoral etc and many species of birds at the Kodia Jungle. 

Tehri Dam

The Tehri Dam is the highest dam in India and one of the highest in the world. 

It is a multi-purpose rock and earth-fill embankment dam on the Bhagirathi River in Uttarakhand, India.

Tehri dam is a short hour drive away from Dhanaulti, the roads are well maintained as New Tehri is the only well planned town of the state, a drive up to Tehri dam from Ranichauri gives amazing views of the high mountains from all sides. 

TEHRI LAKE 

Perched at an elevation of 1,700 meters, Tehri Lake is an artificial dam reservoir that came into existence during the construction of Tehri Dam when the water from the Bhagirathi River was diverted to fill the dam reservoir. 

Mussoorie

Mussoorie gained popularity as a hillstation back in the colonial era and came to be known as Queen of The Hills. It stands at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level and has a cool, pleasant climate throughout the year.

Mussoorie’s colonial roots are reflected in its Neo Gothic and Greco-Roman architecture style. These styles are followed in quaint cafes, alluring churches and other buildings.

The colonial era beauty is on full display at Mall Road, Mussoorie. Mall Road is a boulevard with eateries and other shops lining its entire stretch. Everything down to its lamp posts, Mall Road is tinged in colonial flavour. 

CHAMBA

Chamba is another hillstation near Dhanaulti at an altitude of 1676m above sea level. It offers a view of  the snow-clad peaks on one side and an awe inspiring view of the valley. Chamba is lush with greenery and tall Himalayan trees of Pine and Deodar. 

Categories
Best Places Destinations India Top Lists Travel Guide Travel Tips

BEST PLACES TO VISIT AT JIM CORBETT

Corbett National Park is named after Jim Corbett, the famous naturalist and photographer. Corbett National Park is India’s first national park and beyond any doubt, the most attractive Wildlife Park in India. The Park is located in the foothills of the Himalayas, in the midst of lush greenery and uneven mountains with varying heights, ranging from about 1300 feet to nearly 4000 feet.

The main attraction of tourists and wildlife enthusiasts to this Park is that the majestic view of Tiger with all its wildness in this Park. 

This park is a natural habitat of the rare species of Tigers that are facing extinction and wealthy flora and fauna with variety of wild animals, birds which makes it a heaven for bird watchers and people enthusiastic about camping at Corbett. It is a place that draws huge tourist inflow and offers excellent sightseeing.

But the iconic national park isn’t the only treat in the region. Best Places to visit when you visit Corbett National Park are – 

SATTAL

Sattal is a small town near Corbett National Park, it has seven interconnected freshwater lakes (hence the name Sattal). The Town is centered around a thick woodland and is a haven for migratory birds, which makes it one of the best places near Jim Corbett to visit for bird lovers.

LANDSDOWNE

The cantonment town of Lansdowne is a laid-back scenic spot  and one of most beautiful places to visit near Jim Corbett National Park. It was named after the then viceroy of India. The town still offers colonial glimpses in the local structures, there are a handful – spectacular sights with some interesting activities.

GARJIYA DEVI TEMPLE 

Garjiya Devi Temple is a famous Hindu pilgrimage site that is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and also houses idols of Devi Saraswati, Lord Ganesha and Batuk Bhairava. Garjiya Devi Temple is located on the outskirts of Corbett National Park in Garjiya village near Ramnagar. This must visit temple is built on a rock in the middle of Kosi River and it is simply a worth visiting attraction.

JIM CORBETT MUSEUM

Jim Corbett Museum is a heritage museum, the museum beholds many attractive belongings of Jim Corbett including personal articles, paintings, sketches, manuscripts and last hunt of its own. The whole museum has glorifying attractions that catch the attention of all the tourists. It is the place where animal lovers can also make some good purchase of handmade rural items and handicraft items that reflect the images of tiger and other wild animals.

CORBETT FALLS

Corbett Falls is a scenic waterfall located at 25 kms from Ramnagar. Developed as a picnic spot for tourists, Corbett Waterfalls is surrounded by dense teak wood forest which extends its natural beauty. Sound of the waterfall makes a perfect melody with chippings of the birds.

MUKTESHWAR (52 KM AWAY)

Named after the mighty Lord Shiva, Mukteshwar is a small quaint town in the Kumaon Hills of Uttarakhand. The town has a chilly average altitude of 2700m above sea level and is filled with heartwarming sights to see and enjoy.

NAINITAL (32 KM AWAY)

Nainital is known as the ‘Lake district of India’ as it houses some of the most beautiful lakes in the country. Nainital is an offbeat destination in the state of Uttarakhand. This city is famed to be one of the pristine hill stations and has been a getaway spot since the colonial days it also houses Jim Corbett’s old house – The Gunner House.

CHOPTA (105 KM AWAY)

Chopta is a small settlement and valley that is located in Uttarakhand.  The entire region is a haven of beauty, specially for the ones  who are looking for a good place to relax, without the hustle and bustle of a typical tourist hotspot. One  can visit Chopta valley and gaze in awe at the many peaks located a short distance away from the valley.

RANIKHET (40 KM AWAY)

Ranikhet, a serene hill station in Uttarakhand, literally means ‘Queen’s Garden’, and just like a queen stands poised above the others and showers those who seek her with riches, Ranikhet does the same. The air here is crisp and unpolluted with amazing views all around.

Ranikhet houses a lot of treasures and seeing them all makes a person rich with experience.

BINSAR (70 KM AWAY)

Binsar is one of the most scenic spots in the Kumaon Himalayas of Uttarakhand. At Binsar, you will keep discovering new walking trails up the mountains and down the valleys, new lookout points for another spectacular sunset. The rolling hills and hilltops can become a cozy home and here one can spot Tiger’s cousin – The leopard, making it a perfect follow up to Jim Corbett.

Categories
Best Places Destinations India Things to do Top Lists Travel Guide Travel Tips

BEST THINGS TO DO IN RISHIKESH

Rishikesh has long been a spiritual centre with tons of ashrams and temples.  An international yoga week is organized here every year by Uttarakhand Tourism between 2nd and 7th of February. 

Every soul finds peace at Rishikesh, the adventurous ones get opportunities for numerous adrenalinde inducing activities. 

The best things to do in Rishikesh are – 

GANGA AARTI

Ganga Aarti is organized and performed everyday by Vedic priests, particularly the children who are studying about the Vedas at Rishikesh. Aarti starts at 6 in the evening with chanting of some mantras, singing of bhajans, prayers. Sacred rituals take place around a fire to praise Agni, the god of fire. The fire spreads the positivity in the surroundings. You can sit calmly and fold your hands or join the singing Bhajans with them. Daily many pilgrims visit the Ganga aarti at Triveni Ghat.

RAFTING

Rafting at Rishikesh is done in the mighty Ganga river. While rafting at Rishikesh, participants guide and paddle a raft through falls and rapids. Rafting can be done in groups or an individual can join a group and steer the boat alongwith their new buddies.

Rishikesh is a great place for adventure bugs and a great way to amp up the adrenaline is by enjoying the activity of Rafting at Rishikesh.

GIANT SWING 

Giant swing at Rishikesh is a must do activity. The Jump for the swing is done from a Bungee Platform. One is fitted with a seat & chest harness for safety, the harness is connected to fixed wire ropes. Upon jumping, after an initial free fall, the ropes will smoothly swing you like a pendulum. 

Giant Swing is just like our beloved childhood swing except it’s more fun and you don’t have to fight to get on the swing.

YOGA

At Rishikesh, Yoga is observed as a practice of disciplining the body and the mind. In this process to achieve discipline,  one begins to understand the very nature of body and mind, especially mind. Rishikesh has numerous yoga schools which helps one with this science. 

Rishikesh also has a week dedicated to Yoga; the International Yoga Festival, it grows and expands embraces more and more people from more and more countries around the world. In 2019, they had over 2000 participants from over 80 countries. It is a place to connect with like-minded, conscious yogis and paradigm-shifters from every part of the world.

CAMPING 

Camping is a great way to unwind and give your eyes and mind a change of scenery from your regular chaos and cramps of city life. And what better place to camp than Rishikesh?

Rishikesh’s weather is nice throughout the year, one can go camping at Rishikesh all year round on Hilltops, plains and river banks.

TREKKING

Do you remember the last time you walked to some place but not in a hurry and without worry. Repeating the same things over and over makes Jack a dull boy who also happens to be stuck in a hamster wheel. 

Trekking at Rishikesh is an unforgettable experience. When trekking in and around Rishikesh, your eyes get to have amazing views and your body walks through varying levels of difficulty. From Rishikesh, one can trek to the Char Dhams, Chandrashila, Deoria Tal, Kanatal, Valley of Flowers and Kuari Pass.

BUNGEE JUMPING

Rishikesh boasts of challenging cliffs and adventure-perfect landscapes. Bungee jumping in Rishikesh is a must-try for people who love indulging in spine-chilling adventures. Bungee Jumping involves a person jumping from a great height while connected to a large elastic cord via a safety harness. When one jumps, the cord stretches and the jumper flies upwards again as the cord recoils. The thrill that comes from the free fall is both unbeatable and liberating.

FLYING FOX

The Flying Fox is an exhilarating adventure sport in Rishikesh. The adventure lets enthusiasts enjoy gravity and the full speed of air flow as you fly like a hawk in your secure harness. The views are more than awe-inspiring as you fly at top speed over the mountain range of Himalayas and the holy river Ganga.

SIGHTSEEING

One should not miss out on the natural wonders of rishikesh and visit places in Rishikesh; one can go to Triveni Ghat, Neelkhanth Mahadev and various ashrams.

Categories
Best Places Destinations India Travel Guide Travel Tips

BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN RISHIKESH

Rishikesh, is a tranquil town in northern Uttarakhand, surrounded by hills and bisected by the wide and sluggish Ganges, is often claimed as the `Yoga Capital of the World’. 

Back in the 1960s Rishikesh gained instant fame as the site where The Beatles came to stay with their guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It is an excellent place to meditate and study yoga. Rishikesh is also the starting point of treks to Himalayan pilgrimage centres such as Badrinath, Kedarnath , Gangotri, Yamnotri and hence is also called the Gateway to the Himalayan Shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. 

Rishikesh has long been a spiritual centre. It is said that the sage Raibhya Rishi did severe penance here and as a reward, God appeared to him in the form of Hrishikesh, hence the name. Rishikesh has numerous ashrams, some of which are internationally recognized as centers of philosophical studies, yoga and meditation. With its location in the foothills it has pleasant weather throughout the year. One can visit Rishikesh any time of the year.

Here are the best places to visit in and around Rishikesh

TRIVENI GHAT

To be found in the heart of town, is the most famous bathing ghat, where most pilgrims take a holy dip earlier than they visit the various temples. This is done generally in the early mornings, with the pilgrims offering prayers and milk at the Ghat and feeding the fish in the water. An amazing sight here is the evening arati, a ceremony accompanied by lights, drums and chanting, with the entire ghat lit with lamps glowing from a distance.

BHARAT MANDIR

Near the Ghat, is the temple known as Bharat Mandir said to be the oldest temple here built by the Adi Shankaracharya. This 9th century temple has the deity of Lord Vishnu carved out of a single black stone popular as Saligram, and is placed in the inner chambers of the temple. The original temple was said to have been destroyed in 1398 AD. If you are lucky, catch the spring festival also called Basant Panchami 

RISHIKUND

Close to the Triveni Ghat is the very old place of Rishikund where the Saint Kubz is said to have been blessed by the Goddess Yamuna, who filled the pond with her water. The temple of Raghunath dedicated to Lord Rama and his wife Sita is sited here.

LAKSHAMAN JHULA

Lakshman Jhula a suspension bridge 450 feet long and built in 1939. Named after Lord Ram’s younger brother Lakshman, it has temples dotting its either side, including the famed Lakshman Temple at Tapovan. One more noteworthy ashram is the 13 storeyed Kailashananda Ashram, with each storey being dedicated to a different deity.

RAMJHULA

Ramjhula is situated 3Km north of Rishikesh. It’s a very popular place amongst people coming for religious purposes because it has very known Ashrams. Most known is Geeta Bhavan & Swarg Ashram and these temples are very important in Hindu society and you will see much more commotion here than at Lakshmanjhula.

NEELKHANTH MAHADEV

To be found at a distance of 12 km from Rishikesh, this temple stands at a height of 926m on top of a hill across the river Ganga. It derives its name from Lord Shiva. According to mythological belief; the cosmic churning of the oceans (Sagar Manthan) for the potion of immortality (amrit) by the Gods and the Demons; produced a venomous liquid, which was consumed by Lord Shiva at this place. As a result, his throat became blue in color, which in Hindi literally means ‘Neelkanth’ (blue throat). The place is a favorite among the religious tourists.

SWARGASHRAM

There is a cluster of ashrams on the eastern bank of the Ganges, and the place is popularly known as ‘Swarga Ashram’. Most of these ashrams provide courses on yoga and spiritual studies, and are well-known among the tourists. Some ancient temples with beautifully carved statues are also located in the place. There are a few vegetarian food joints that serve various Ayurvedic food and refreshments. A few shops are also found, that sell various trinkets and souvenirs in the form of religious tapes, books, beads, beaded garlands, shells and clothes

GITA BHAVAN

Near the Lakshaman Jhula, is the newly constructed building of Gita Bhavan. It runs a free Ayurvedic dispensary and also has a branch of the Gita Press, Gorakhpur. There are more than a hundred rooms for visitors and this edifice houses various striking paintings and statues of ancient mythological characters. The stories of the ancient epics- the Ramayana and the Mahabharata are beautifully illustrated on its walls. The place is also popular among the tourists.

DEHRADUN

Nestled in the mountain ranges of the Himalayas, Dehradun is one of the most beautiful cities in the sub mountain tracks of India, known for its scenic surroundings. The name Dehradun is a collection of two words “dera” meaning camp and “dun” meaning valley.

It is also known as one of the oldest cities in India, it is believed that Lord Rama and his brother did penance here for killing Ravana, the demon king. 

Under the British, Dehradun became an elite town with many fine institutions like Forest Research Institute, Doon School and Welham Schools for girls and boys, many more, like the ONGC and Wadia Institute of Himalayan Studies, were during that time. Dehradun has now become an important tourist destination.

KANATAL

Kanatal is located in Uttarakhand, very scenic setting surrounding by mountains and rivers, with breathtaking views and scenery. This is mainly because the town of Kanatal lies near Mussoorie, which is a popular tourist hotspot. Tourists mainly flock to Mussoorie, and the town of Kanatal is mostly left untouched.

Kanatal serves mainly as a weekend getaway for the local populace. It is located at an altitude of 2600 kilometers from Mussoorie. There are many places that you can visit during your trip to Kanatal, and the Surkhanda temple is the most popular religious destination.

MUSSORIE

Mussoorie gained popularity as a hill station back in the colonial era and came to be known as Queen of The Hills. It stands at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level and has a cool, pleasant climate throughout the year.

Mussoorie’s colonial roots are reflected in its Neo Gothic and Greco-Roman architecture style. These styles are followed in quaint cafes, alluring churches and other buildings.

The colonial-era beauty is on full display at Mall Road, Mussoorie. Mall Road is a boulevard with eateries and other shops lining its entire stretch. Everything down to its lamp posts, Mall Road is tinged in colonial flavour.

RANICHAURI

Ranichauri is an upcoming destination, Ranichauri is a small hamlet, village in Uttarakhand which offers sweeping views of the Himalayas. It is a steadily-getting-popular hub for adventure activities and sightseeing.

Categories
Best Places Destinations India Travel Guide Travel Tips

BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN RANICHAURI

Ranichauri is an upcoming destination, it is village in Uttarakhand which offers sweeping views of the Himalayas.  Ranichauri is abuzz with activities like camping and offers a variety of places to visit around it.

Here are the best places to visit in Ranichauri  – 

Surkanda

Surkanda Devi Temple near Ranichauri  is at an altitude of about 2756 metres and lies close to nearby hill stations of Dhanaulti and Kanatal.

The story of Surkanda Temple can be traced back to the legend of Maa Sati; Sati’s father Daksha organised a massive yagna to please the Gods. He purposely did not invite Shiva and Sati. Sati believed that no formal invitation was needed for her to go to her father’s house. But when Sati arrived at her father’s palace, she was treated as an uninvited guest. Moreover, Daksha even committed the sin of insulting Lord Shiva in Sati’s presence.

Pained by her father’s ignorance and arrogance, Sati threw herself in the fire set up for the yagna. When the news reached Shiva, he went wild with rage. He picked up Sati’s body on his shoulders and started performing tandava, the dance of destruction. The stability of the Universe was threatened by Shiva’s dance, and to protect the human world, Lord Vishnu cut up Sati’s body with his sudarshan chakra.

Surkanda Temple is one of these holy shakti peeths and is believed to hold the power of Ma Adi Shakti.

A short comfortable trek of 3km has to be taken up from Kaddukhal to reach the sacred Temple.

KANATAL

Kanatal is a serene hidden getaway in Himachal Pradesh which is slowly making itself known. Kanatal offers tons of temples and amazing views that are sure to sweep the visitors off their feet. 

KODIA JUNGLE

Kodia Jungle at Kanatal is a heavenly picnic spot. The jungles are nestled between rolling Himalayan hills and valleys.

One can trek a distance of around 6-7 km in the Kodia Jungle and enjoy the beauty of untouched greenery, amazing views of the hills and valleys at Kanatal. This trek in Kanatal at Kodia Jungle is dotted with natural springs.

One can spot animals like musk deer, kakar, wild boar Ghoral etc and many species of birds at the Kodia Jungle. 

Tehri Dam

The Tehri Dam is the highest dam in India and one of the highest in the world. 

It is a multi-purpose rock and earth-fill embankment dam on the Bhagirathi River in Uttarakhand, India.

Tehri dam is a short hour drive away from Ranichauri, the roads are well maintained as New Tehri is the only well planned town of the state, a drive up to Tehri dam from Ranichauri gives amazing views of the high mountains from all sides. 

TEHRI LAKE 

Perched at an elevation of 1,700 meters, Tehri Lake is an artificial dam reservoir that came into existence during the construction of Tehri Dam when the water from the Bhagirathi River was diverted to fill the dam reservoir. 

Dhanaulti 

Dhanaulti is a little town and an offbeat vacation destination located at a height of about 2200 meters above sea level. Dhanaulti just takes a few hours of driving from Ranichauri.

Dhanaulti is a serene place and a treat to the eyes. It has a great scenery and an unpolluted environment.

Dhanaulti eco park, one of the major attractions in Dhanaulti spreads over an area of 13 hectares covered in deodar and oak trees. The Eco Park is divided into two forests namely Amber and Dhara which are situated at a distance of 200m from each other.

The park is at an elevation of 2800m above sea level and offers a playground for children, trekking trails and amazing views. 

A tradition known as memory sapling plantation is followed in the park as a part of which one can plant a sapling in memory of their loved ones.

It is a perfect place for the nature lovers as well as the adventure seekers to unwind. 

Mussoorie

Mussoorie, a popular hill station is a 2 hour drive away from Ranichauri.

Mussoorie gained popularity as a hillstation back in the colonial era and came to be known as Queen of The Hills. It stands at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level and has a cool, pleasant climate throughout the year.

Mussoorie’s colonial roots are reflected in its Neo Gothic and Greco-Roman architecture style. These styles are followed in quaint cafes, alluring churches and other buildings.

The colonial era beauty is on full display at Mall Road, Mussoorie. Mall Road is a boulevard with eateries and other shops lining its entire stretch. Everything down to its lamp posts, Mall Road is tinged in colonial flavour. 

CHAMBA

Chamba is another hillstation near Ranichauri (10 km away) at an altitude of 1676m above sea level, Chamba is like a big sister to Ranichauri and just like her she is an unexplored, untouched beauty too. It offers a view of  the snow-clad peaks on one side and an awe inspiring view of the valley. Chamba is lush with greenery and tall Himalayan trees of Pine and Deodar. 

Categories
Best Places Destinations India Top Lists Travel Guide Travel Tips

BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN BINSAR

Binsar is one of the most scenic spots in the Kumaon Himalayas of Uttarakhand. At Binsar, you will keep discovering new walking trails up the mountains and down the valleys, new lookout points for another spectacular sunset. The rolling hills and hilltops can become a cozy home, Camping at Binsar is bliss.

Binsar is not only a hub of activities but also a full on feast for the eyes and the mind, here are the Best Places To Visit In Binsar.

Bineshwar Mahadev Temple

Bineshwar Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was constructed more than 800 years ago by King Kalyan of the Chand Dynasty and offers a refreshing spiritual ambience that is marked by rich culture and heritage of the past. 

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary surrounded by oak, pine and rhododendron trees. The sanctuary sits on top of Jhandi Dar Hills where one can easily spot Leopards, Himalayan bear, jungle cat, and fox and more than 200 species of birds. Furthermore, this cozy sanctuary hosts 25 types of trees, 24 types of bushes and 7 varieties of grasses.

Zero Point

Zero Point, is a vivid happening place in the serene town of Binsar. Zero point is located in the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary and reaching this point requires an uphill trek of two kilometers. The trek is amidst the grand flora and fauna of Binsar. Upon reaching Zero Point one can see the majestic Himalayan ranges but can also spot famous peaks like Kedarnath, Shivling, Nanda Devi, and Trishul.

Golu Devta Temple

Golu Devta temple is around 4 kilometer away from the main gate of Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary and is dedicated to the  main deity of Kumaon region. The way of worship at Golu Devta Temple is as unique as the town of Binsar; devotees write their wishes on paper and tie the paper to brass bells, the brass bells are then offered to Golu Devta who then takes care of his devotees’ wishes.

Kasar Devi Temple

The Kasar Devi Temple at Binsar , as the name suggests, is dedicated to Kasar Devi. Swami Vivekananda meditated at this very temple in the decade of 1890. The cultural and architectural impact of this temple is very significant to the locals. A large fair, known as Kasar Devi Fair, is held at the Kasar Devi temple on the occasion of Kartik Poornima. The main shrine of devi is situated inside a cave-like formation by the huge rocks. City buses , taxis and cabs can take you there at suitable prices . But it can also be reached by hiking and trekking. The pine forest around only adds to its ambient vibe.

Khali Estate Binsar

The Khali estate was once owned by Sir Henry Ramsay, who was the commissioner of Kumaun from 1856 to 1884, Sir Henry Ramsay was called by British authors, “the King of Kumaun”. He built a bungalow at Binsar. Vijay Laxmi Pandit, the sister of Jawahar Lal Nehru, also lived on this estate for a while. Other prominent people who have been guests/owners of this estate include Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Mahatma Gandhi.

Categories
Best Places Destinations India Top Lists Travel Guide Travel Tips

BEST PLACES TO VISIT AROUND DEORIA TAL

Apart from splendid natural beauty and Himalayan peaks, an ancient enthralling Mahabharata legend surrounds Deoria Tal.

The legend is from the time when the Pandavas were in exile; once upon a time, the Pandava band was very thirsty. The youngest of them Nakul set out to get some water for all. He saw this beautiful lake (Deoria Tal) and walked towards it to drink some water. Just then he heard the voice of a Yaksha who told him that he is the owner of this lake and hence Nakul can have the water only after he answers the questions asked by Yaksha. Nakul ignored Yaksha and began drinking the water, upon drinking the water and ignoring the yaksha’s warning, Nakul dropped dead just after a few drops. 

His brothers started looking for him and one by one reached the lake and upon seeing the crystal clear waters decided to quench their thirst and drank the water – all ignoring Yaksha’s command. Sahadev, Arjun and Bheema dropped one after the other. Finally, Yudhisthira landed there and was in shock seeing all his brothers lying beside the lake and agreed to answer Yaksha’s questions – the questions of life! He answered them all correctly, begged for forgiveness and hence brought his brothers back to life.

Deoria Tal is just as captivating as the stories surrounding it, Deoria Tal is an unpolluted lake located around 3 km away from Sari village at an altitude of 2300m above mean sea level. One can experience peak serenity and peace as well as panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks. Another way to amp up the enjoyment is to camp at Deoria Tal.

To experience the beauty in around Deoria Tal, the following places are a must to see and experience.

SARI VILLAGE 

Sari Village, also known as Saari Gaon is a majestic Himalayan village near Chopta. It is the base camp for Deoria Lake trek. Sari gaon is located at an elevation of 7800 feet. The village is well-connected to the major spots of Chopta and can be easily reached via road. 

ROHINI BUGYAL

Rohini Bugyal is covered with the dense Himalayan fauna of Chopta Valley, “Rohini Bugyal” literally means a green meadow. One can visit this bugyal while trekking to Chandrashila peak via Deoria Tal.  The meadow is filled with adventure, scenery and tall towering trees.

CHANDRASHILA 

Chandrashila is the summit of the mountain where Tungnath Mandir and Chopta is situated. Chandrashila is perched at an altitude of 4000 meters above sea level. Here, one can have a 360-degree view of the highest Himalayan peaks, including Kedar, Nandadevi, Chaukhamba and Trishul peaks.

According to ancient legends, Chandrashila is the place where Lord Ram meditated after defeating Ravana.  You can also visit the temple which is dedicated to goddess Ganga atop Chadrashila.

CHOPTA

Chopta also popularly known as ‘Mini Switzerland’ of India, is a small settlement and valley that is located in Uttarakhand.  The entire region is a haven of beauty, especially for the ones who are looking for a good place to relax, without the hustle and bustle of a typical tourist hotspot. Chopta is the window to Deoria Tal and Chandrashila treks and the epicentre of all the other places one can visit around Deoria Tal.

TUNGNATH TEMPLE

Tungnath Temple at Chopta is the highest Shiva temple in the world, Tungnath Temple is at an elevation of 3680 meters. Tungnath is also one of the famous Panch Kedar shrines of Uttarakhand. One has to trek to Tungnath, but it is one of the easiest treks recommended for beginners. At the temple, one experiences an aura of spirituality and mesmerizing views of the Himalayas. This village is surrounded by evergreen forests of pine, deodar, and rhododendron.

UKHIMATH

Ukhimath houses the mighty Lord Shiva when Kedarnath shuts down during winters. Ukhimath is situated at an altitude of 1300 meters. A lot of devotees visit the temple every year and are blessed with an easy trek, amazing views of the Himalayan mountains and an unwavering spiritual connection. 

KANCHULA KORAK MUSK DEER SANCTUARY

Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary is situated on the Chopta-Gopeshwar road. The sanctuary spreads over a sprawling area of 5 sq. km and houses many exotic Himalayan birds and animals. The park earns its name from and houses the rare Himalayan Musk Deer. One can get up and close to wildlife and enjoy a relaxing time surrounded by natural beauty.

MADHYAMAHESHWAR TEMPLE

Madhyamaheshwar Mandir is also known as Madmaheshawar, devotees worship Lord Shiva’s abdomen at Madhyamaheshwar. The temple is situated at an altitude of 3200 m above sea level and is surrounded by the snow-covered Himalayas from one side and alpine green meadows from the other. You can also see the Neelkanth and Kedarnath peaks from this temple.

OMKAR RATNESHWAR MAHADEV

Omkar Ratneshwar temple is dedicated to Nag Devta, the king of serpents according to Hindu mythology. The temple is known for its unique architecture designed with reference to its mandap and main garbhagriha. 

KALIMATH

Kalimath is a powerful temple close to Chopta, as the name suggests, the temple’s patron goddess is the ferocious Maa Kali and according to folklore, this is the place that maa Kali, after killing the demon named Raktbeej.

BANIYAKUND 

Reaching Baniyakund takes a short 15 minute trip via road. At the end of the hour’s quarter, one witnesses the quintessential captivating beauty of Uttarakhand. Baniyakund is located in Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary, overlooking the wide horizon of Garhwal Himalayas and is a serene retreat for all nature lovers.

Categories
Best Places Destinations India Top Lists Travel Guide Travel Tips

11 BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN CHOPTA

Chopta also popularly known as ‘Mini Switzerland’ of India, lies 29 km from Ukhimath and 162 kms from Rishikesh on the road from Gopeshwar to Guptkashi. Chopta is a small settlement and valley that is located in Uttarakhand.  The entire region is a haven of beauty, specially for the ones  who are looking for a good place to relax, without the hustle and bustle of a typical tourist hotspot. One  can visit Chopta valley and gaze in awe at the many peaks located a short distance away from the valley.

The best places to visit in Chopta are

TUNGNATH TEMPLE

Tungnath Temple at Chopta is the highest Shiva temple in the world, Tungnath Temple is at an elevation of 3680 meters. Tungnath is also one of the famous Panch Kedar shrines of Uttarakhand. One has to trek to Tungnath, but it is one of the easiest treks recommended for beginners. At the temple, one experiences an aura of spirituality and mesmerizing views of the Himalayas. This village is surrounded by evergreen forests of pine, deodar, and rhododendron.

CHANDRASHILA 

Chandrashila is the summit of the mountain where Tungnath Mandir and Chopta is situated. Chandrashila is perched at an altitude of 4000 meters above sea level. Here, one can have a 360-degree view of the highest Himalayan peaks, including Kedar, Nandadevi, Chaukhamba and Trishul peaks.

According to ancient legends, Chandrashila is the place where Lord Ram meditated after defeating Ravana.  You can also visit the temple which is dedicated to goddess Ganga atop Chadrashila.

UKHIMATH

Ukhimath houses the mighty Lord Shiva when Kedarnath shuts down during winters. Ukhimath is situated at an altitude of 1300 meters. A lot of devotees visit the temple every year and are blessed with an easy trek, amazing views of the Himalayan mountains and an unwavering spiritual connection. 

KANCHULA KORAK MUSK DEER SANCTUARY

Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary is situated on the Chopta-Gopeshwar road. The sanctuary spreads over a sprawling area of 5 sq. km and houses many exotic Himalayan birds and animals. The park earns its name from and houses the rare Himalayan Musk Deer. One can get up and close to wildlife and enjoy a relaxing time surrounded by natural beauty.

SARI VILLAGE 

Sari Village, also known as Saari Gaon is a majestic Himalayan village near Chopta. It is the base camp for Deoria Lake trek. Sari gaon is located at an elevation of 7800 feet. The village is well-connected to the major spots of Chopta and can be easily reached via road. 

DEORIA TAL

Deoria Tal is a heavenly lake located around 3 km away from Sari village at an altitude of 2300m above mean sea level. One can experience peak serenity and peace as well as panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks. Mythological stories say that this place is the spot where the Pandavas were asked questions by Yaksha. 

ROHINI BUGYAL

Rohini Bugyal is covered with the dense Himalayan fauna of Chopta Valley, “Rohini Bugyal” literally means a green meadow. One can visit this bugyal while trekking to Chandrashila peak via Deoria Tal. It serves as a perfect location for camping at Chopta. The meadow is filled with adventure, scenery and tall towering trees.

MADHYAMAHESHWAR TEMPLE

Madhyamaheshwar Mandir is also known as Madmaheshawar, devotees worship Lord Shiva’s abdomen at Madhyamaheshwar. The temple is situated at an altitude of 3200 m above sea level and is surrounded by the snow-covered Himalayas from one side and alpine green meadows from the other. You can also see the Neelkanth and Kedarnath peaks from this temple.

OMKAR RATNESHWAR MAHADEV

Omkar Ratneshwar temple is dedicated to Nag Devta, the king of serpents according to Hindu mythology. The temple is known for its unique architecture designed with reference to its mandap and main garbhagriha. 

KALIMATH

Kalimath is a powerful temple close to Chopta, as the name suggests, the temple’s patron goddess is the ferocious Maa Kali and according to folklore, this is the place that maa Kali, after killing the demon named Raktbeej.

BANIYAKUND 

Reaching Baniyakund takes a short 15 minute trip via road. At the end of the hour’s quarter, one witnesses the quintessential captivating beauty of Uttarakhand. Baniyakund is located in Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary, overlooking the wide horizon of Garhwal Himalayas and is a serene retreat for all nature lovers.