Travel India - 'I know what to do this Summer' - Part 2

Travel India – The magnificent diversity of India is a well-known holiday destination offering unique culture, ancient heritage, pristine backwaters, rich wildlife and picturesque beaches with a historical backdrop of 5000 years. India has fascinated millions of tourists all over the world, to visit the country dotted with the awe-inspiring hills all over the country starting right from Jammu and Kashmir to Tamil Nadu, encapsulating more than 20 mountain ranges. Truly, a visit to any of these hill stations of India will certainly refresh your mind and provide unforgettable memories.

4) Dharamshala
Serenely spiritual Dharamshala is home to the largest Tibetan temple outside of Tibet. It is known for its religious iconography and has the monastery of the Dalai Lama –the Tibetan sect of Buddhism. Surrounded by dense pine trees, deodar forests, numerous streams and cool healthy atmosphere, Dharamshala is truly a piece of heaven on earth. Due to its picturesque surroundings and the presence of the Dalai Lama this town is a popular tourist destination both for Indians and foreign tourists. Summer months are better for sightseeing, trekking, mountain climbing and other activities.

Places of Interest
  • Tsuglag Khang – Is the most renowned Buddhist monument in Mcleodganj, is covered with thousands of prayer flags placed by devotees.
  • Kangra Valley - Kangra valley is one of the most pleasant, relaxing and spiritual places in the Himalayas which is famous for its scenic beauty, especially the upper Dharamshala.
  • Triund Dharamshala – It is a popular trekking spot with a perfect view of the Dhauladhar Mountains on one side and Kangra Valley on the other side.

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How to reach: Pathankot (PTK) is the nearest railway station. Then travel on road from Pathankot to Dharamshala which is 83kms and takes around 2 hrs.

5) Leh
Leh, the capital city of Ladakh lies near the eastern parts of Jammu and Kashmir, on the crossroads of the historic “Silk Route” from Sinkiang to West Asia to the plains of India. The humbling monasteries of Shey, Hemis, Alchi, Thikse and Lamayuru will nurture your spiritual needs, and the landscape of Leh provides a number of adventure activities including mountaineering, white-water rafting, and trekking along the Markha Valley. It is always regarded as an exotic tourist destination filled with breath-taking natural beauty and mystery.

Places of Interest
  • Phyang Monastery - The monastery is located 17kms from Leh, is known for its ancient wall paintings.
  • Tibetan Market – The Tibetan Market a perfect place for shopping unpolished silver, turquoise jewelry and chunky shells worn by local women.
  • Leh Royal Palace – This sixteenth-century palace, provides a spectacular view of the entire surrounding from its rooftop.
  • Khardungla Pass – Is the highest motorable road in the Ladakh region, elevation being 5,359m.
  • Magnetic Hill – 30km from Leh, on the Srinagar-Leh highway, vehicles in neutral gear can automatically move uphill at a speed of 20km/hr.

How to reach: Srinagar (SINA) is the nearest railway station. By road 434km Srinagar - Leh, National Highway 1D, takes nearly two days; most travelers prefer to take a break at Kargil. One can also take the 473km Manali - Leh road with overnight halt at Kargil.

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6) Rishikesh
The holy city of Rishikesh, in the base of the Himalayas, holds deep cultural and spiritual significance for local Hindus. The holy town has numerous Ashrams and is world famous for its yoga - is also known as the Yoga Capital of the world. The place is full of tourists all year round and there are big ashrams, centers for Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda Massage. It is believed that by doing meditation in Rishikesh and taking a holy dip in the River Ganges, one can get “Moksha” (liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth). Apart from spirituality, it is also the hub for adventurous activities such as rafting, camping, trekking, and bungee jumping.

Places of Interest
  • Laxman Jhula & Ram Jhula – Are iron suspension bridges erected over the Ganges River and is a landmark of Rishikesh.
  • Swarg Ashram – The evening Ganga Aarti at the Ghat of the ashram is widely visited by tourists.
  • Neelkanth Mahadev – Is a sacred and famous Lord Shiva temple located at 32 kms from Rishikesh, scenically situated on a hill at a height of 1330m.
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How to reach: Haridwar(HW) is the nearest railway station. Haridwar to Rishikesh is just 30km and takes 45mins by road. One can also reach Rishikesh from Dehradun which is 50kms by road.

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