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The Roopkund Lake is situated high up in the Garhwal Mountains in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. This lake is of much historical and religious importance. It was also called the Mystery or Skeletal Lake after a large number of human skeletons were found in it in 1942 by a Forest Officer.
Following this discovery, a number of scientists visited the lake to find out the reason for the skeletons being there and it was eventually concluded that the skeletons belonged to some pilgrims who were caught unawares in a flash hailstorm.
Due to the huge chunks of ice that came with the hailstorm, the pilgrims died due to injuries to their skulls. This story was aired in national and international media and since them the Roopkund Lake has become a popular tourist destination.
The trek to Roopkund Lake showcases the best of Himalayan beauty. The trek begins at Lohajung, which is situated at an elevation of 3200 metres and goes on for five days till you reach the lake, which is at an altitude of 5000 metres. The first couple of days will take you through beautiful villages, forests, rivers and Bugyals.
The air will get thinner and thinner as you ascend and gain altitude. So it is very important that you are in the best of health and fitness when you set out for this trek. Higher energy levels will allow you to adjust better with the changing environment and enjoy the views offered by the region. Your team leader will also offer you tips on how to cope with the changing levels of the atmosphere.
The trekking trail followed during the Roopkund trek coincides with that of the Raj Jay Yatra pilgrimage route. This is conducted during a festival dedicated to goddess Nanda Devi and the residents of nearby village participate in this festival dressed in their traditional attire.
The Pindari Glacier trek is a relatively easy trekking trail. The Pindari glacier is situated between the Nanda Kot and Nanda Devi peaks and is a major destination for tourists and high altitude trekking in India. The pristine white glacier measures 3.2 km in length and 1.5 km in width and has gigantic mountains in its background.
The Pindari glacier trek is a must-do activity for all those who wish to experience nature very closely without compromising on peace and tranquility. The journey to the Pindari glacier begins at Nainital and goes on to Lahorekhet. Usually, night camps are set up and the evening is spent in these camps. On your way to the Pindari glacier, you will also come across Dhakuri, which is a place of great scenic splendour.
On moving ahead from Dhakuri, you come to the Khati village, which is the largest village in the region. Situated on the banks of the River Pinder, the village serves as a perfect spot for a night halt. From Khati you will need to trek another 11 kms to reach Dwali. Dwali has beautiful surroundings to offer and you can relish the beauty of the place as you trek on ahead to Phurkia, situated about 6 kms away.
Pindari glacier is situated at a distance of about 17 kms from Dwali. The vista opens into a beautiful view as you reach the Pindari glacier. Your efforts are paid off with the panoramic view of the surroundings that the Pindari Glacier offers you.
Best Season: March - October
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Max. Elevation: 3627 m
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Being a combination of the conventional and contemporary Tibetan architecture, the Tibetan Museum in Mcleodganj is very unique. Located inside the Tsuglagkhang complex, the museum walls have a gentle yellow and white colour scheme that adds on to its quaint beauty.
It is a platform where one can observe and be in awe of the Tibetan historical documents, manuscripts, Thangka images, pottery and other handicraft items. Besides that there are also photographs, interviews and video records that explain and file the Chinese intervention in Tibet and the consequent migration of Tibetans. If you are admirers of art and are also fascinated by history then you could purchase paintings, artefacts and handicrafts from the Museum shops as souvenirs.
Timings: - Open from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Why to visit in winters – The capital city of Himachal Pradesh is not only the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh in winters, but this is also a hill station that is rich in its colonial history
What to do – What can be more tempting than to shop in the heart of town at Shimla, soak this winter into the surrounding area of Shimla at Ridge, or take a joyful train ride through Kalka and Shimla
What to see – Jakhoo temple has to be in the itinerary, appealing Christ church is worth seeing, get flattered by seeing the Kufri sceneries or see the tourists ski in the snow covered Kufri Mountains
The Milam Glacier is one of the major glaciers in the Kumaon region. It is situated in Munsiyari of Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. The elevation of the glacier ranges from 5500 metres to 3870 metres and is located at a distance of 15 km from Nanda Devi. The glacier was closed for trekking in 1962, but was reopened in 1994.
The best time to visit the Milam glacier is before the monsoons i.e. from mid-March to May. The monsoons set in June, which triggers landslides and roadblocks, making the area dangerous for any expedition.
The trekking trail to the Milam glacier starts at Munsiyari. You can enjoy breathtaking views of the Kumaon region and pass through places such as Nanda Devi East Base, Gauri Ganga Lilam, Martoli, Railkot, etc. on your way to the glacier. The glacier originates from the eastern slope of Trishuli and the southern slope of Kohli. The village of Milam is situated near the snout of the glacier. The trek to the Milam glacier is one of the best trails for trekking in India.
The Milam glacier has an altitude of 4268 metres and is surrounded by 52 peaks. The Milam glacier serves as an axial point for high altitude treks in India. The entire distance is covered by walking along the banks of the River Gori Ganga. You will pass through dense forests with blooming rhododendrons, chestnut trees, lush green conifers etc.
The trekking trail takes you past the Nanda Devi and Hardeol peaks. You will also come across the Ragash Kund, a shepherd shelter and a pond. The trek is a slightly difficult and will test your physical fitness and strength as you gain altitude. The best part of the journey is that you get to view the best of Himalayan beauty amidst majestic mountains and gurgling waters.
Best Season: May - September
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Max. Elevation: 4268 m
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The Padam Darchcha Valley trek is an exhilarating experience. The trek involves a long trek from Darcha which is situated in the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh to Padam, located in the mystical land of Zansak. Besides the thrill and excitement of trekking in the snowy slopes of the Himalayas, the trekking trail allows you to enjoy the beauty of the initial trail from Manali to Leh.
You can visit interesting Hindu temples in Manali which speak volumes about the history, culture and traditions of the region. This trek is a beautiful combination of adventure and sight-seeing and hence can be called one of the most exciting experiences of trekking in India.
The trek begins at Chalang Tokpa, from where you will move on to Ramjak and Chumikanakpo. The trek from Ramjak to Chumikanakpo will give you a fabulous trekking experience by testing your strength and skills. From here you will move on to Lakong and pass through Kurgiak and Purne before reaching Padam, Leh. The most interesting change that you will notice on reaching the destination is the transformation of the landscape.
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Traveller Tales from Shimla
30 November 2016
Beauty can't be described in words but pictures do very well.
06 June 2015
This 7 night trek was a dream come true for all of us and we had a truly amazing time with all our friends. The serenity of the hills is beyond compare and we will never forget this trip for a long tim
07 May 2015
How easily we forget ourselves in the luxury of city life…something I realized while I was in Bhabha Pass, what a place, and how happy the people who live there were…give yourself a break and re-discov
04 May 2015
Fun, adventure, thrill and mental peace...everything is there in the Bhaba Pass trek. It truly opens the doors to the gorgeous beauty of Himachal Pradesh. While the duration was not long enough, there ...
14 April 2015
After we gave a thumbs up to the Bhaba Pass trek in Himachal Pradesh, we all were like what to and what not to do! Its difficulty gradient were a bit challenging for us. But, 'where there is a will, th...
08 April 2015
If you are an adventure freak then trust me Bhaba Pass is definitely your cup of tea. I’m really glad that I took this trip. Hills, rivers, natural bridges… perfect ingredients to spice up the adventur...
11 February 2015
Conquering the 4850m peak was like a dream come true for me. Comapred to my other treks; Pin Parvati, Hemkund and Roopkund, I would rank this one as the best. I was luck enough to join the trek at the ...
13 November 2014
Bhabha Pass Trek was a really nice experience. However, what seemed to be a moderate level trek felt a little complicated. Thanks to the climate changes. The trek itinerary was scheduled nicely for 8 d...
15 October 2015
Bhabha Pass Trek is another nice trek that anyone who is visiting Manali can take. It is a splendid experience.
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Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, is located in the foothills of the Himalayas. Named after a Hindu Goddess Shyamala Devi, this place is very close to nature. Shimla was also called the summer capital of British India. It is one of the most visited hill stations of India. If you are looking forward to spend a peaceful summer vacation in the lap of nature, Shimla is definitely your paradise. There are a lot of places that are worth visiting in Shimla. It is a home to a number of temples and educational institutes. The most fascinating places in Shimla are Jakhu Temple, Shimla Christ Church, Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, Tara Devi Temple, and many more. We shall be discussing them in details below. The delicious Himachali cuisine is almost forgotten. You will not find any Himachali food in any restaurant across India, but trust me, they are delicious. The traditional dishes of Himachal are mainly vegetarian. They have dishes called Mahini -which means a spicy curry, Mandra- which is a vegetable and yoghurt curry, Rainthla-which is a date and spinach curry, and lot more. Meetha chawal is a famous Himachali rice preparation. The interesting part about Himachali cuisine is that they are served in Pattals, which are broad leaves of a tree. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Shimla has a number of markets for the shopaholics. The Mall in Shimla is the most happening place of the town with a lot of shops, restaurants, cafes, theatres, etc.
Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, is located in the foothills of the Himalayas. Named after a Hindu Goddess Shyamala Devi, this place is very close to nature. Shimla was also called the summer capital of British India. It is one of the most visited hill stations of India. If you are looking forward to spend a peaceful summer vacation in the lap of nature, Shimla is definitely your paradise.
There are a lot of places that are worth visiting in Shimla. It is a home to a number of temples and educational institutes. The most fascinating places in Shimla are Jakhu Temple, Shimla Christ Church, Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, Tara Devi Temple, and many more. We shall be discussing them in details below.
The delicious Himachali cuisine is almost forgotten. You will not find any Himachali food in any restaurant across India, but trust me, they are delicious. The traditional dishes of Himachal are mainly vegetarian. They have dishes called Mahini -which means a spicy curry, Mandra- which is a vegetable and yoghurt curry, Rainthla-which is a date and spinach curry, and lot more. Meetha chawal is a famous Himachali rice preparation. The interesting part about Himachali cuisine is that they are served in Pattals, which are broad leaves of a tree.
Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Shimla has a number of markets for the shopaholics. The Mall in Shimla is the most happening place of the town with a lot of shops, restaurants, cafes, theatres, etc.
If you are fond of shopping, you will definitely find really fancy woollen items in Shimla markets but don’t forget to bargain hard.
Do not carry precious jewelleries and gadgets while you are on your tour.
Though the crime rate in Shimla is low, pickpocketing is common. Take care of your purse.
Keep your necessary medicines with you. Prepare a first aid box and carry wherever you go as Shimla is a small town and you might not get the desired medications.
Do not take banned things which can get you into trouble.
Keep away from overfriendly strangers. They might not be what they pretend to be.
Never eat cut fruits beside the roads. They can make you fall sick.
Carry your own water bottle with you and if required, buy sealed water bottles only.
Please visit the nearest doctor in case of health emergencies.
Respect the local traditions and culture as Shimla, being a small town, is pretty conservative.
Carry your identity proofs wherever you travel. You may require them at any point of time.
The minimum age for the consumption of alcohol in Shimla is 25 years. Below that, drinking is illegal. You can get a lot of choices in alcohol in Shimla.
The minimum age for the consumption of alcohol in Shimla is 25 years. Below that, drinking is illegal. You can get a lot of choices in alcohol in Shimla.
This temple is one of the oldest places in Shimla. This is a Hanuman temple where festivals are organised on Dussera every year. To reach the temple, you can climb up the hill or you can hire a horse. You can book taxis too. Watch out for the monkeys there.
Located on the Kalka Shimla National Highway, this temple is a major tourist attraction. The deity inside is Hindu Goddess Tara Devi. It is believed to be around 250 years old.
Built in 1845, this Hindu temple holds a prime position in Shimla’s history. The deity inside the temple is Goddess Shyamala, an incarnation of Goddess Kali. It is believed that Shimla is named after Goddess Shyamala.
This is one of the busiest places of Shimla. You can find fancy shops of collectibles, wine, garments, etc. in this mall and at the same time dig in to delicious delicacies of Shimla is the restaurants and cafes present here. Don’t forget to use the best of your bargaining skills while shopping.
Lower bazar is an old market with very old buildings and narrow lanes. This market is also called the sabzi mandi, which means vegetables market, in Hindi. This market is just below the mall road. This chaotic place is the best for them who like street-side shopping.
If translated, Lakkar Bazar means wooden market. And as the name suggests, you will get a lot of wooden things in this market. A must visit for all.
Another chaotic market which is full of life. This is a market for those who love Tibetan items such as fancy woollens, bags, boots, etc. you need to bargain hard, though.
Weather: This cool and chilled place is definitely going to change your summer holidays. You need heavy woollen clothes to escape the cold here. And if you are planning to visit Shimla during the winters, you might witness snowfall. People: The locals of Himachal are really simple and friendly. They love their tourists as tourism is a major source of income of this place. Food: You can enjoy the local Himachali cuisine or can dig into pizza, pasta, lasagne, baked goodies, momo, and what not. You get everything in Shimla. Mountains: You are definitely going fall in love with the snow -capped mountains all around you. The queen of hills will attract you again and again. Flowers: If you love gardening and flowers, you must visit Shimla to see the beautiful varieties of flowers here and there. So much colourful, so much lively, they will surely boost up your mood. Markets: As mentioned earlier, you will get the best woollen clothes in Shimla directly from Tibet. Cushioned jackets, woollen scarves, Tibetan jewellery, fancy footwear, you get everything in Shimla markets. Architecture: Shimla holds a prime position in the history of British Raj. The buildings constructed by the British are spectacular and will surely amaze you.
Weather: This cool and chilled place is definitely going to change your summer holidays. You need heavy woollen clothes to escape the cold here. And if you are planning to visit Shimla during the winters, you might witness snowfall.
People: The locals of Himachal are really simple and friendly. They love their tourists as tourism is a major source of income of this place.
Food: You can enjoy the local Himachali cuisine or can dig into pizza, pasta, lasagne, baked goodies, momo, and what not. You get everything in Shimla.
Mountains: You are definitely going fall in love with the snow -capped mountains all around you. The queen of hills will attract you again and again.
Flowers: If you love gardening and flowers, you must visit Shimla to see the beautiful varieties of flowers here and there. So much colourful, so much lively, they will surely boost up your mood.
Markets: As mentioned earlier, you will get the best woollen clothes in Shimla directly from Tibet. Cushioned jackets, woollen scarves, Tibetan jewellery, fancy footwear, you get everything in Shimla markets.
Architecture: Shimla holds a prime position in the history of British Raj. The buildings constructed by the British are spectacular and will surely amaze you.
Shimla is one of the most beautiful destinations which is definitely on your bucket list. If you are planning to visit this destination this time then the best time to visit this destination is duringthe month of March to June. This is the time that the snow has melted and the weather is enjoyable for those who have been trying to escape the harsh summers of the plains.
The temperature during this time usually varies between 15°C and 30°C. The weather remains quite pleasant at this time and one can also indulge in a lot of outdoor sports like paragliding, trekking, camping and rafting.
For those of you who are planning to travel Shimla from Delhi by road the total distance you will cover will be 342.8 km.According to your convenience you can take the outer Ring Road towards GT Karnal Road.
If you plab to travel by bus you can take an overnight air conditioned luxury bus from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses go in the morning or later at night but timings can vary from season to season.
For those of you who are planning to travel by flight then Jubarhati, which is about 23 is the nearest airport. There are regular flights going from Jubbarhatti to Chandigarh and Delhi. You can easily get a taxi from the airport to get to Shimla.
For those of you who are planning to travel by train then Kalka is the nearest rail head which is connected to Chandigarh and Delhi by regular trains. You can take the Kalka Shatabdi, which goes from New Delhi Railway Station to Kalka Railway Station via Chandigarh.
Some of the famous treks in and around Shimla are:
Indrahar Pass Trek:This trek offers you a chance to have a close view of beautiful Dhauladhar and PirPanjal mountain ranges. The best time to do this trek is in the month between mid May to June and September to mid October. The difficulty level varies from moderate to difficult.
McleodGanj:One of the shortest trekking trails in Himachal Pradesh is McLeodganj to Triund Trek. The best time to take this trek is during the month of May to October and the difficulty level is moderate.
Triund: Triund is a small hill in the Kangra district in the state of Himachal Pradesh which is known for its amazing beauty and surroundings. The best time to do this trek is during the months of May-June & September-October and it is a moderate trek.
Trek to Jakhoo Temple:Jakhoo is the most astounding hill in Shimla and also the original temple. This temple has the world's largest Hanuman statue, which is visible from most parts of Shimla. You can take this trek at any time of the year. It is an easy trek.
Bhrigu Lake trek:Trek to the stunning and panoramic Bhrigu Lake and get an excellent opportunity for amazing photographs. The best time to do this trek is during mid May to October and it is a moderate level trek.
Some of the best places for couples in Shimla are:
For those of you who are looking for some best places to visit in Shimla then check out these amazing places. Some of them are:
Green Valley: Green Valley is one of the most famous tourist destinations and photography points in Shimla. One can spot some rare animals such as yaks that are seen grazing and wandering here. The best time to visit this place is during the month of July to October and from February to April.
Jakhoo Hill: Covered with alpine trees this is the highest point of the city.The summit of Jakhoo Hill Shimla is some 2,455m and there is one temple which is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. It holds the world largest statue of Hanuman.
Kali Bari Temple:Built in the year 1845, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali and is another most visited attraction in Shimla. The temple is located at the Kali Bari Road, Shimla. You can visit this temple at any time of the year.
Viceregal Lodge: Another attraction in Shimla which is a must visit for you is the Viveregal Lodge.It is the most beautiful and the historically significant building of Shimla and architecturally rich. The entry price to this lodge is Rs 20.
Kuthar Fort: This fort covers an area of about 52.8 square kilometers and is located in the middle of the exotic background with pools as well as the beautiful gardens.It is surrounded by picturesque locations like the famousGurkha Fort from Subathu, Kunihar, and Kasauli hill station. You can visit this fort at any time of the year.
When you are vacationing in the most beautiful destination in the world you would definitely want to know what all things could be done. For those of you who are looking for some here are some of the things to do in Shimla.
Toy Train Ride: The toy train ride from Kalka – Shimla is something which you should not miss here. The old railway line along the mountains paints a tranquil picture of the place. The best part comes when you get to see the toy-train moves like a snake on the curved tracks right from your window.
Ice skating: This is another thing which you should do while in Shimla. Head out for an ice skating in the open air ice skating rink in Shimla. The ice on the rink is formed by a special technique that the British taught the Garhwali highlanders. The best time to visit this rink is between 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM and the cost will be around Rs 100- Rs 200.
Rafting: For those of you who are looking for some adventure with fun they can head out for a rafting experience in Tattapani. This place is located 50 km from Shimla and is popular for its natural hot water springs, lush green valleys. You will have the best of times here. The approximate cost for rafting is Rs 1500 per person.
Visit the Chadwick Waterfall:Chadwick Waterfall cascade deep down a gorge at a height of approximately 86 m. Enclosed by thick green trees of Pine and Deodar this waterfall is known for offering some great picturesque views. Spend some time exploring the beauty of the region and relax for sometime here.
Visit the famous Kuthar Fort: While in Shimal don’t miss your chance to visit the famous Kuthar Fort. With an exotic background with pools and beautiful garden this fort attracts a lot of tourist. The fort spans over an area of about 52.8 square kilometers
Some of the best adventure sports to be done in Shimla are:
Paragliding: Paragliding is one of the most favored adventure sports in Shimla. The undulating hills and the surrounding is an ideal place for this sport. Some of the places in Shimla where you can head out for this activity are Bir and Billing, Shivapuri, Bilaspuri, Barot etc. The best season to try this activity is during the month of March to May and October to November.
Rafting: Another adventure activity which is a must do for you in Shimla is rafting. The Sutlej River which runs at a high pace makes the sport more thrilling. This activity is something which you would not want to miss here.Tatthapani is one of the famous place where you can head out for this sport. The best season to visit this place is during the month of September to June.
Mountain Biking: This is another adventure activity famous in Shimla. Biking through the steep rocks and facing the challenging roads is something which you would not want to miss. The best route for biking in Shimla is the Leh to Manali route. For the ones who are looking for some easy spots then you can go for Narkanda and Kasauli.
Trekking: Another adventure sport in Shimla which you should indulge in is Trekking. There are a lot of treks which you can go for while in Shimla. Some of them are Chharabra (2,953m), Naldehra (2,044m), Narkanda (2,700m) and Tara Devi temple
Camping: Enjoy camping in the lap of nature’s vast wilderness with the mountains and streams. Spend your night counting the billion stars and marvel at the sight of the enchanting surroundings. The best season to visit this place is during the month of April to August, December to January
For those of you who are looking for some amazing shopping experience then this places are a must visit for you. Some of them are:
Some of the best restaurants in Shimla are:
Some of the best resorts in Shimla where you can enjoy a comfortable stay are:
Shimla is one of the beautiful destinations in the world. While you are travelling to this destination there are few things that you need with you. Some of them are:
At least two Copies of PhotoIDs for all members
Smoking and drinking is not allowed in public areas. You can go to a pub where you can enjoy a drink and smoke. Also you should be 21 years old.
Those of you who are looking for some other amazing places to visit in Shimla you will definitely love these places. Some of them are:
Chail is located at a distance of 55.2 km from Shimla. Some of the most visit place in Chail are:
Mashobra is located at a distance of 12.7 km from Shimla. Some of the best place to visit here are:
Some of the things to do in Mashobra
Kufri is located at a distance of 16.8 km from Shimla. The easiest way to reach Kufri from Shimla is to take a taxi. There are also private AC and Non-AC buses. Some of the things to do in Kufr are:
Horse Ride to the Mahasu Peak: Make your adventure a little bit more interesting while you head out for a horse ride to the highest peak in Kufri. The muddy road is best traversed on horseback makes it an interesting experience.
Kufri Fun World: Head out for that fun filled adventure at the highest amusement parks in the world. This is a beautiful park situated at amidst the mountains.
The Himalayan National Park: Get in touch with the wildlife of Shimla while you visit this amazing Himalayan National Park in Shimla. The Park has about 180 species of birds and variety of mammals.
Skiing: Head out for some exciting skiing while you visit Kufri. This is another thing that attracts a lot of tourist around the world.
Jakhoo Hill is believed to be the highest peak in Shimla and stands at a height of 8000 feet. This temple is a heaven for all the nature lovers and pilgrims. One can also see the 108 feet tall Hanuman statue at the Jakhoo temple. Yes, this place is worth visiting. You can visit this hill from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.