Author Archives: Janvi Sharma
The sparkling snow-white aura in which the snowy hill station of Uttarakhand wakes after its nightlong slumber at the delightful sunrise, Auli is among the rare places in India where skiing is a major sport and pastime that draws numerous adventure lovers to its peripheries.
Auli is where impeccable natural vistas of mighty peaks are studded with huge mountainous trees creating a fabulous scenery that compels compulsive travelers to set on Auli Tours repeatedly. Though skiing opportunities are available almost year round, yet the
winter season here brings a great elevation in the number of tourists opting for tours to Auli. The thrill of sliding down the beaten snow on skis can be one of the most thrilling and alternatively the most harrowing experience; in either case the surrounding
snowy view will enchant you leaving behind a pleasing imprint on your mind.
skiing. Situated 16 kms from Joshmith, it is the ultimate winter resort where snow-covered pitch ranges from an altitude of 2519 m to 3049 m. The region is blessed with stretches of 10- 20 km of snow-covered hills ideal for skiing. The forests on the slopes helps reduce
wind velocity thereby making ideal conditions for skiing. Nestled in Garhwal Himalayas, Auli is embellished with snow-clad peaks ideal for skiing sport and often hosts the National Winter Games. It may appear as a fun sport, but is not one to be taken lightly, it
requires hours of disciplined training and months of practice before one can actually enact death-defying stunts on thin ice. Run by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam a program is organized to offer a fortnight-long skiing course for amateur skiers. At minimal
charges one can undergo another week-long course of skiing. Proper arrangements for safety and quality equipments are availed to the visitors further making your Auli tours a fun-filled memory.
But these snowy skiing slopes are not all about Auli tour packages for the region has many more pinnacles. Look around and you will be able to set your eyes upon numerous prominent sights such as Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba and Panch Chuli. The hills
draped in white snowy blanket has bounteous patches of oak forests and the panorama is worth being glanced at for hours at a stretch. The upper slopes of Auli host the longest ropeway in Asia which has ten towers of self-supporting structures.
The fun of Auli tours lie in the fact that the place offer the experience of living country life sans much of modern amenities. Hotels provide all the basic amenities of lodging, dining and recreation sans the modern modifications to let the tourists have real fun of traveling.
By eight in the morning to four in the evening one can see the skiers and adventure seekers indulging in different sports till the time it gets dark and chilly. The rest of the evening can be spent listening to their folklore and enjoying local cuisines around bonfires while soulful Pahari (mountainous) music plays in the background.
time of the year at the coastal regions of the country which makes another fascinating reason for opting traveling to celebrate winter holidays.
glitter with spark and festive spirit. Carnivals, beach parties and other fascinating events taking place every other day, the scene in Goa is quiet a spectacle in itself. Indulge in Goan festivities in true Goan spirit and enjoy all the fun and frolic that takes place in
The time for celebrations, late nights in neon lit chambers, grooving on electrifying beats and making resolutions is approaching and the only thing one wants to do is PARTY!!! To kick-start a new year, people love to hit the best party
scenes and India too is geared up to flaunt its glam and glitz. The latest buzz is that the metro cities as always will be throwing some of the best parties this season too. You can choose your new year holidays packages to have fun at some swanky club or have a blast
at rave party or even to go beach partying till dawn. Your parent’s might not allow, you might be having a hard time coping with your break-up, or you may be having exam the next morning a bash during your new year holidays is something every one deserves. So don’t wait any longer and go grab those tickets before
they are all sold off. Before you do so have a look at some of the most happening destinations to go wild this New Year’s Eve:
is the sheer Goan spirit of fun, buoyancy and friendliness that makes town’s parties so lively, colourful and energetic. Full of life, the party scene at Goa is marked with excellent music, crazy dance moves, delectable sea food and whooping
amount of fine drinks. The heavenly beaches as the perfect backdrop, company of happy go lucky people, soothing weather with sea breeze caressing your skin and right mood set by fabulous music, partying experience in Goa will sweep you off your feet.
Electrifying Metro Cities: The metro cities too offer a gala night affair at their clubs, discotheques, bars and various other venues. The metropolis best described as the ‘City that Never Sleeps”, Mumbai is packed with hip and happening party places its
discotheques will be jammed with people on the night of 31st December.
The king of nightlife, Bangalore is famed for its fabulous music, its crazy crowd and classic collection of spirits and wines. As you pick Bangalore for your New Year holidays you will only find yourself in the middle of a crowd of hotshots of business world, celebs and young college buddies.
Fill the beginning of a new year with a spark, let yourself loose or go absolutely crazy to bid farewell to the year that passed by. A sensational night full of fun, music, food and drinks awaits you as you book your New Year holiday packages in any of these destinations in India. HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL!!!
Sojourn to Hill Stations Brings the Best of Kerala Tours: The clouds come down to meet you at the enchanting hill stations of Kerala. Backwaters and beaches are not the only examples of heavenly beauty in Kerala the state is also blessed with
rolling mountains, pine forests, cascading sounds of waterfalls at its gorgeous hill stations. All Kerala tours must include visit to these ultimate abodes of serenity where the mist- laden mornings are covered with the warmth of genial hospitality and
undulating forests are covered in the company of a fellow traveller belonging to another pole of the earth. These less traversed routes of Kerala tour packages are picturesque romantic settings igniting the spark of intimacy amongst lovers.
charmed by countryside magnetism, refreshing winds of its low hills, comfort of its hut style accommodation, thrill of staying in its tree houses and of course those breathtaking vistas. Some of the famous hill stations of Kerala are:
Munnar: Its valleys redolent with tea and spice plantations, crisp mountain air gushing through its rolling mountains, Munnar is where travellers visit to escape the sultry heat of South Indian lowlands. Mountains wrapped in blossoming foliage meandered by quaint
water bodies looks almost surreal. The homesick British would make it their home during summers as a result from the dense forests and gorgeous meadows the tilted roofs of Victorian style edifices are still visible. Visit to Munnar thus gives a memorable
experience to one’s Kerala tour for it adds tranquillity and old world charm to the vacation.
long aquatic experience with the state’s seashores and backwaters, Kottayam brings a refreshing change; a bookish town which appears to have emerged from the pages of a fiction book, Kottayam is flanked by Victorian architecture such as churches, seminaries
and prospering foliage.
air with sweet aroma and the cascading sounds of its waterfalls filling the valley with rhythmic sounds, Devikulam is most rightly named “Pond of Goddess”. A visit to the hill station laces Kerala tours with memories worth cherishing for life.
hill station in the region adds rejuvenation to Kerala tours. While vacationing in the region one can further enhance the experience by opting for a soul-stirring Ayurveda treatment. Ayurveda is an ancient traditionally practiced science of medicine; it has been scientifically proven that its
therapies causes no side effects and can treat various ailments. Simply enjoying an Ayurveda massage on your vacation adds delight to your languid vacations. These hill stations in Kerala too have great massage parlours
offering Ayurveda massages done with natural herbs and oils. So, on your tours to Kerala don’t forget to indulge in a beautification Ayurveda therapy for a complete effect of Keralan countryside fun.
enjoying mountain tea at our balcony and gazing at the picturesque peaks and surrounding panorama. Next day we woke up completely rejuvenated and were eager to set on our sightseeing tour.
A tiny hill station in the lap of Mother Nature, Berinag with its peaceful and gorgeous ambiance is a place worth seeing for sightseeing of Himalayan peaks such as Panchachuli and Nandadevi. Embellished with thick forests, lush valleys, gorgeous ravines and rich flora and fauna, Berinag is
gorgeous scenery. Temperature touches freezing point during winters whereas summers are pleasant. Throughout our stay in the vicinity sudden accumulation of clouds causing rains was a common feature; the gorgeous emerald hues washed in rain water would
look even more beautiful.
services efficient; other options for accommodation include private lodges.
tea plantations. Views of snow capped peaks of majestic Himalayas are a perfect eye-candy. Apart from walking in the tea gardens and enjoying the scenic scenery we spent most of our time exploring its famous snake temples such as Dhaurinag, Kalinag, Feninag,
Harinag temple and more. Also Tripura Devi Temple and Koteshwar Cave Temple were interesting sites. Other than these I particularly remember our visit to Kotmanya Deer Park which is home to abundance of musk deer. Locally called Kasturi Mrig, theseare a special species of deer with
a substance with a penetrating odour. The aroma of Kasturi (musk) filled in the air can be smelled from far distances and further enhances the angelic beauty of the town almost surreal.
Honeymoon in India would be a different experience altogether. Starting a journey to savor serenity of the chosen destination and the influence of diverse culture on the lifestyle in that particular region, might be an initial motivation for you and your partner.
But, after spending some time in any of its traveling destinations, you would feel growing fondness in your heart for the place you have sojourned with your better-half in those special moments of honeymoon. You would love the charming ambiance,
refreshing air, attractions and, on top of all, the hospitable dwellers of the place. There are some of the places in India, which have been touted as the best honeymoon destinations for romantic couple for various such reasons.
You can take your partner to Northern Goa to show the real charisma of places like Panaji and Mapusa. There are several churches and mansions to explore in this part of Goa. You cannot miss a visit to Church of St Francis and the Basilica of Bom Jesus
here. Spending time on the shores of Dona Paula, Baga, Candolim, Anjuna, Calangute, Arambol, Vagator and Colva beaches would be an enjoyable experience. You can take a tour of Anjuna Beach on Wednesday to browse through its foreigners market.
southern state of India as a honeymoon destination is on rise. Referred to as the “Gods Own Country” and ayurveda centre, in this part of India honeymooners get to enjoy the beauty of backwaters and delicious seafood preparations. Many couples during their
honeymoon tour in Kerala prefer to explore its age-old traditions, health care techniques and art. They also visit temples, churches and beaches to bask in the mesmerizing combination of man-made and natural beauty. If you are planning for a
honeymoon trip to Kerala, you must not give a miss to houseboat journey here.
newly wed couples. Previously, it was the summer capital of the British. Now a part of the beautiful Indian State of Himachal Pradesh, this hill station amid the Himalayan range at an elevation of 7,083ft boasts of a rich treasury of nature. The dense pine and oak jungles
spread across its mountainous stretch create a perfect backdrop for romance and love. You would enjoy its soothing cool climate that is both salubrious and healthy. You can take your partner to its ancient buildings such as Vice regal Lodge to show the
architectural brilliance of the city.
Among the best honeymoon destinations in India, Ooty has earned a special place of repute for its gorgeous landscape and soothing weather. Ooty is a famous hill
station in South India. It is nestled in the western ghats of Nilgiri mountainous ranges. Its distance from the sea is about 7,500 feet. On a travel to Ooty, most of the tourists go for the exhilarating Toy train ride, which covers places like Metupalaiyam and Udagamandalam.
It is an ideal place for anyone who loves the aroma of tea plantations and spices. Your attention will be engrossed in the mystic charm of its hills and its laid-back lifestyle.
The beauty and refreshing ambiance of this place has made it popular as the Scotland of India. Coorg is situated at an elevation of 1,525 m on the pristine Western Ghats. It can be reached from the city of Bangalore traveling about 252 kms. Here, you will come across vast
stretches of orange orchards, tea & coffee gardens and verdant forests. You and your partner can embark on trekking on the Brahmagiri hills to reach beautiful Iruppa Falls. You can also take your love to Pushpagiri or Tadiandamol for a different sort of
adventurous experience. The opportunities for white water rafting are also available here.
Floating in the cerulean water of Bay of Bengal, the Andaman and Nicobar islands have been
assigned the status of Union Territory in India. These islands are located far from the urban noise and clatters. These are counted among the famous beach destinations in India. Here, you will be able to admire the beauty of rich marine life, rare species of wildlife and plants
and corals. Few architectural landmarks can also be seen here.
located on the soothing shores of Lake Pichola. Its main attraction is Lake Palace. Here, you will also come across a large number of temples and gardens of high aesthetic values.
in the list of India’s best honeymoon destinations. The reason is simple. It has the ultimate emblem of love “Taj Mahal”.
Honeymooners from across the world visit this city to take in the pleasant views of this architectural wonder and to enjoy the unqualified moments of love and
romance. In addition,
there are many shopping malls in Agra to buy interesting souvenirs.
is surrounded by verdant greenery and is rightly referred to as the ‘heaven on earth’. Pahalgam, Jammu, Gulmarg, Leh, Ladakh, and Patnitop are some of the very popular cities with the honeymooners in India. You can take your partner to the Amarnath Caves or
the Vaishnodevi temple in this part of India in order to seek blessings for a new peaceful life. Besides, trekking, skiing and rafting can also be tried here for an adventurous honeymooning experience in India.
Chamba: Chamba town (915 mt.) stands on the right bank of the river Ravi. As a former princely state, Chamba is one of the oldest in the country and dates back to the sixth century. It is well known for its splendid architecture and as the base for numerous excursions.
Chamba is also a district headquarters.
important shrines are- Chempavati, Vajreshwari, Sui Mata and Chamunda Devi.
Much of the original craftsmanship can still be seen.
and stone carvings.
It is also the summer home of the nomadic Giddy people.
glade, is a small lake fed by streams that traverse the green carpet. At Khajjiar there is a 12th century temple dedicated to Khajjinag. Within the temple are life-size wooden images of the five Pandava brothers.
By Road : Chamba is connected by road and is 580 km from Delhi. It is 24 km from Khajjiar (Khajiar) and from Dalhousie via Khajjiar, the distance is 56 km.
By Air : The airport at Gaggal in Kangra is at a distance of 170 km. Taxis / buses are available from these places.
It is hot in summer – upto 38° C and cottons are recommended
The best time to visit Chamba is between March and June.
Shivkhori is a famous cave shrine of Hindus devoted to lord Shiva, situated in district Udhampur of Jammu and Kashmir state in India. In Udhampur district, there are many shrines such as Mata Vaishno Devi, Sudhmahadev, Pingla Mata, Mahamaya Chountra Mata, Merhada Mata, Baba Dhandar, Siad Baba.
Shiv Khori is one of them located in village Ransoo of Pouni block in tehsil Reasi of the Udhampur district, which attracts lakhs of devotees in a year. Shiv Khori is situated in between the hillocks about 140 km north of Jammu, 120 km from Udhampur and 80 km from Katra.
Buses and light vehicles go up to Ransoo, the base camp of pilgrimage surrounded by lush green mountains. People have to traverse about 3 km track on foot which is recently being constructed by the Shiv Khori Shrine Board, Ransoo duly headed by the District Development Commissioner,
Udhampur as chairman and Sub Divisional Magistrate, Reasi as Member Secretary.
to the people is unending and believed to have led to Swami Amar Nath cave in Kashmir. As per assessment of local people, it measures nearly half a kilometer in length but Yatries are allowed to go only upto 130 meters. Rest part of the cave is still a mystery as no one could go further due to lack of oxygen.
It is believed that some Sadhus who dared to go ahead never returned. The cave is in the shape of Lord Shiva’s Damroo i.e. wide at the two ends while very congested at the center. The width of the cave is so less at certain place that a person can barely crawl through whereas at places it over a hundred feet wide and quite high too.
There are many features, which can be observed in the cave; however, the best of them is the natural water dripping from the top to the Shivlingum.
length. While entering into this mesmerizing hall one can see the natural depiction of gigantic snake like formation believe to be Sheshnag. Pigeons are also seen here like Amarnath cave. After crossing the narrow passage, yatry reaches in the main cave area where sanctum sanctorum is situated.
The open part of cave has a four feet high naturally formed Shiv-lingam at the heart of the Sanctum Sanctorum. Just above the shivlingam a cow like formation is visible believe to be Kamdhenu and can be identified by her udders. The natural water dripping from nipples of udders on
the Shivlingum symbolizes the eternity of the holy river Ganga. It is believed that milk used to ooze out during old days but turned into water in Kaliyuga.
holy feet. Along the image of Maa Parwati, Gauri kund is also visible which is always full of holy water. Image of Kartikeya is also seen in left of Shivlingam. At nearly 2.5 feet above the Kartikeya , image of five headed Ganesha is clearly visible. To the right side of Shivlingam one can see Ramdarbar
having images of Lord Ram, Lakhshman, Sita and Hanuman. The whole cave is abounds with a number of other natural images which have been described as images of 33 crores hindu deities and their vahanaas. The cave roof is etched with snake like formations, the
water trickles through these in the cave. ‘ Three pronged lance ‘ ( Trishul ) ‘ Oum ‘ and ‘ Six Mouthed Sheshnaga ‘ ( Shkshthamukhi Sheshnag ) are seen on the roof of the cave.
The main part of cave roof has round cutting mark
signifying construction of cave by Sudarshan Chakra of Lord Vishnu. In the second half of the main chamber Mahakali & Maha Sarswati is present. The potsherd of Mahakali is always full of holy water, which devotees use to sprinkle on themselves. Little above from the Mahakali, Panch -
Pandava are present in natural rock form (pindies). Infront of the Mahakali on other wall of cave, natural rock image of Lord Shiva lieing down on floor is visible. A holy foot of Maa Kali is also visible on body of lord shiva. The whole environment inside the cave is so mesmerizing that a devotee feel himself
in abode of god’s place and whole nature appears turned spiritual.
Guru Govind Singh. It is situated on the bank of river Chenab near about 20 km away from Reasi. Thousands of devotees all over the State and neighboring States visits this holy Shrine Dera Baba Banda Bahadur throughout the year and especially on the
occassion of Baishakhi, when a three day mela is also held here during the month of April. Number of Buses and other light vehicles are available from Reasi and Katra for this place.
The Aghar Jitto is situated on Reasi Katra road about 6 kms from Katra and is a religious place where thousands of devotees irrespective of caste and creed or colour visits throughout the year. A 3 day fair is also held here during the month of June on
the occasion of Jeshta Pvmitaa in the memory of Great revolutionary farmer Baba Jitto and his daughter Bua Kouri. Buses and other light vehicles can be haired from Katra and Reasi to reach this place.
situated quite on the Reasi Katra road about 8 kms away from Katra and 19 kms from Reasi. The Shrine is a naturally formed Nine Pindies symbolised the Nine Avtar of MahaShakti. Thousands of devetees especially the pilgrims of Shiv Khori visit this place throughout the year.
Buses and other vehicles are available from Katra to reach this place.
abovt 1 km distance by foot to reach this place. Thousands of devotees especially The shivKhoii devotees hailing from various parts of the country visit this place throughout the year. There is natural Shiv Lingam existing and droplets of water are automatically trapping on it. Buses and light vehicles can be had from Kata and Reasi to visit this place.
Chail : When Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala,was expelled from Shimla – the `summer capital’ of the British in India – he decided to create his own capital for the hot months. The little village of Chail was perfect. It lay surrounded by magnificent deodar forests, Shimla was in direct vision and
most important, the hill of Chail at 2226 m was somewhat higher than British-controlled Shimla. Today the Maharaja’s creation can be experienced by everyone. Whether you are on a honeymoon or in search of seclusion or wish to organise a conference and demand all facilities, Chail has it all .
Then, there is good sight seeing and the possibility of some fishing and trekking. Chail also has the world’s highest cricket pitch and polo ground.
Machan-like sighting posts have been built near Blossom and at Khariun.
with breathtaking view.
Trails Iead upto the Choor Peak and to Shimla. Skiing can be done at Narkanda during winters. There is fishing on the Giri river at Gaura , 29km away.
By Road : Chail is connected by road. From Shimla via Kufri the distance is 45 km and via Kandaghat this is 61 km. Kalka is 86 km away. Regular buses for Chail leave from Shimla, Chandigarh and Delhi.
drop below freezing point when heavy woollens are required. In summer the climate is mild and light woollens/cottons are recommended.
fascinating in autumn when the fields and the forests are covered with a cloak of russet and gold and, of course, in winter it is nothing less than paradise. Everything about this place is as perfect as perfection can possibly be. The air here is crisp, invigorating and there is some kind of warmth in the snow.
Vikas Nigam (GMVN) offers a fortnight-long skiing course for the amateurs. There is also a weeklong course for the tourists.
chair, which also has a storm-warning device attached to it. Another comfortable scientific contribution to this highland is a state-of-the-art ski lift.
Auli has a string of GMVN guest houses at strategic points, with reasonable tariff rates for lodging and boarding. Private accommodation and campsites are also available.
to take overnight train from Delhi and have a cab pick you up from Haridwar in the morning for onward journey to Auli.
km from Rishikesh.
By road: Auli is only 13 km drive from Joshimath. State transport and Union buses play regularly between Joshimath and Rishikesh (253 km). Local Transport Union Buses and State Transport buses operate between Joshimath and Rishikesh (253 km), Haridwar (277 km),
Dehradun (298 km) and Delhi (500 km). From Joshimath onwards, both bus and taxi services are available for Auli.
When to Go
Auli can be traveled round the year. but its better to plan your tour between, December to March as this is the most ideal time for all visitors.