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Peaceman Travel
  • Peaceman Travel
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review

"Shimla-kullu-manali"

  • Posted Oct 24, 2008
HIMANCHAL TOURISM
The state, with many a snow-bound Himalayan peak, has some of the most spectacular landscapes in the country. It also has some very popular holiday resorts which are easily accessible. Apart from sight-seeing, it offers immense scope for trekking, skiing and rafting. Shivalik, Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal are the major mountain ranges in the state. Tibba, Indrasan, Kullu Pumori, Leo Pargial, Menthosa, Mulkila, Papsura, White Sail are some of the peaks which rise above 6000 mts. And there are mighty rivers like Beas, Ravi, Sutlej and Chandra in which white water rafting is a rage with youngsters. There are awesome glaciers and enchanting lakes, snow-capped peaks and lush-green valleys. Clean and peaceful, Himachal has good roads .

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Nahan, Renuka, Paonta Sahib segment
There are in the segment several historically and mythologically important places. The Shivalik mountains here are indescribably picturesque. The Jagannath temple, Bala Sundari temple and Shivalik Forest Park are important places of tourist interest in Nahan. Parashuram Tal, in Renuka, is profiled like a sleeping lady. There is a wildlife sanctuary around the lake which has boating facility. Paonta Sahib, a gurudwara dedicated to the tenth Sikh guru Govind Singh, is situated on the bank of the Yamuna. Christ Church and St Michael's cathedral are two important landmarks. Kamna Devi on Prospect hill, Jakhoo temple, Tara Devi and the famous Kali Bari draw a lot of Hindu pilgrims. Chail, 43 km from Shimla, has the world's highest cricket pitch and polo ground. Kasauli, 77 km from Shimla and 35 km from Kalka, situated at an altitude of 1927 mts, has the quaint ambience of a colonial past. Hatkoti is 104 km from Shimla. It has some ancient temples. This is the place where the gods are said to have fought among themselves. Narkanda is 64 km from Shimla (2700 mts). It has slopes for skiing for both beginners as well as regulars.CLIMATE: Max temp in summer is 30 deg C, min in winter minus 4 deg C.

Activities & things to do: St Francis at Dalhousie Fairs: Winter carnival, Manali - Feb; Mandi Shivratri, Ladarcha fair, Spiti - Jul; Minjar fair, Chamba, Manimahesh fair, Bharmour; Tribal festival, Keylong -Aug; Phulech festival of flowers, Kinnaur - Sep; Kullu Dussehra - Oct; Lavi fair, Rampur - Nov; Renuka fair - Nov; Ice Skating carnival - Dec Heritage monuments: Kangra fort, Taragarh, Rampur, Nalagah, Arki and Jubbal palaces, Bhimakali temple, Naggar castle, Kamru fort, Gondla fort, Lahaul, Viceregal lodge, Christ Church, Chapslee, Woodvilla palace, Chail palace Museums: State museum at Shimla, Kangra art gallery, Dharamsala, Bhurisingh museum, Chamba, Roerich art gallery, Naggar, Sobha Singh art gallery, Andretta, near Palampur.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: HOW TO REACH: The nearest airports are at Chandigarh, Dehra Dun and Shimla. Ambala rail station is 100 km from Nahan. Dehra Dun station is 65 km from Paonta. Both the stations connect Delhi. Delhi to Renuka by road is 350 km.Shimla (Simla) SegmentAt 2130 mts, Shimla was the summer Capital of the British India. On account of its climate and accessibility, it is one of the most popular hill resorts in the country. The Mall, with its colonial architecture and shops, Lower bazaar, the Ridge, Lakkar bazaar, Tibetan bazaar, the former Viceregal Lodge now housing the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Prospect Hill, the famous Glen, Chadwick Falls, Summer Hill, Jakhoo hill are some of the spots of tourist interest in Shimla
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Madhvi Aggarwal
  • Madhvi Aggarwal
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Shilon Bagh- simply peaceful, simply pristine"

  • Posted Sep 19, 2008
Shilon Bagh is a picturesque place nestled in Himachal Pradesh, just a few kms away from Shimla.
It is a perfect destination to relax away from the humdrum of city life or that of the highly commercialized and over-crowded hill-stations as all that one experiences here is peace.
The sights of the mountains and trees and the clouds entering through your window will simply take your breath away.
It is one of the quietest places to be at. At times the ears would ache to hear the sound of any vehicle. In fact one would want to talk in whispers as the place is so quite! The only sounds that can be heard are of the winds bristling through the trees and the nearby jungles.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The only two things in Shilon Bagh apart from the natural beauty are its two resorts. There is hardly any other habitation in view. One has to be dependent on the resorts for food ( which is usually good) and there's nowhere to go for shopping.
However, Shilon Bagh has numerous options nearby.
One can visit Chail which has the famous Chail Palace ( now converted into a hotel) and the highest cricket ground in the world.
Kufri ( famous for skiing in winters) can be visited to see the zoo.
Naldehra has a beautiful golf course set amidst pine and cedar trees in the mountains.
And ofcourse there is Shimla with numerous options of food, sightseeing and shopping.
All these places are within a radius of 10- 35 kms of Shilon Bagh and easily accessible by road.

Activities & things to do: The best thing that one can do in Shilon Bagh is to sit in the balcony of the hotel room and watch the nature at its best. One can observe the mountains acquiring different hues of green moving in tandom with the sunshine.
The sky has numerous shades of grey , blue , red and orange, gradually diffusing into each other.
One can see the birds soaring below (not high as one is situated at a place higher than the birds)

Shilon Bagh also has numerous trekking options available. One can chose from short to long duration treks. Different treks take you to different places- on top of a mountain, a nearby temple, through a local village, etc.
One can request the hotel to make arrangements for the same.
Besides this, one can visit the places mentioned above.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: How to reach

By road-Route- Delhi- Karnal- Zirakpur- Panchkula- Kalka- Kandhaghat- Chail- Shilon Bagh
Total distance- 380 kms approx.
Time taken- 10 hrs approx.

By rail- nearest rail station is at Kalka (approx 100 kms from Shilon Bagh)

By air- nearest airpad is at Shimla (approx 30 kms from Shilon Bagh)

One must make the bookings in advance if one is visiting the place during peak season as the accomodation options are limited at Shilon Bagh.

Also local transport is limited at Shilon Bagh. One will have to rely on personal transport or ask the hotel to make arrangements for taxis/ cabs.

Apart from this you just have to gear up for a trip in the mountains and you would be heading to a place for complete rejuvenation of mind, body and soul !
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Somya Chandra
  • Somya Chandra
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Away from Shimla"

  • Posted Aug 17, 2008
The town is Shoghi, about 15 kilometres away from Shimla (for those who want hustle bustle...shy away from this destination). Serene, quiet, majestic, nature's brilliance at it's best. That's how I describe Shoghi. Small Himachal town with a market of not more than may be 30 shops. Pristine beauty, a rainbow everyday and not just another rainbow...fiery brilliance in it's colors. Those who could never count the colors of the rainbow, you can do so now. A point where you can see hills almost 300 degrees. Horizon to horizon, toy train tracks to sit by, watch birds, flowers, hear the silence (do we hear silence, here you do). Walk on the roads seldom trudged, stand at points not known to any travel books and tourism. Ahh..I can go on but words are short.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: NOTHING FOR SHOPPAHOLICS. Giani's Dhaba is famous but I did not even want to stop by. Minchy's factory outlet for rare pickles, squashes and Wine (Pick from plum, peach, apricot, apple, grape, rhododendron etc.). Strange enough I had the best gol-gappas here. Road side stall run by a teenaged boy who when told has great gol-gappas hardly was happy. Like I said people are too simple to express a change in emotions.

Activities & things to do: Walk, observe, sit by the train track, see the train pass by, listen to birds, breathe, enjoy the sun one moment and rain and chilled breeze the other. Watch the people who will have few change in expression when you talk.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Warning - always carry a jacket, when you leave your place of stay you may feel that it's not required but the nature will surprise you in minutes. Diversion before Shimla road on the right.
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Aniruddha Das
  • Aniruddha Das
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 21 Reviews

"Visit of Shimla , Kulu and Manali"

  • Posted Jan 28, 2008
The tour of Devobhumi creates a lot of pleasure among us. First it will start from Kalka. A beautiful small luxuary train called Shivalik Express will take u to simla with 104 tunnels. Shimla the biggest hill station in India with a beautiful mall will give u the chance of evening roaming and then manali and manikaran and in the month of february .The manali town was full of snow.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food was extremely good. Both veg and non veg foods are availble here.

Activities & things to do: Simla sight-seeing first day sankotmochan temples,
jakhu hills, Government musuem, Institute of Advance studies, green Valley and Helipad and last but not least evening arati in Simla Kalibari.
Second day we went to Fagu and Kufri. Horse ride through snow to masu peak (Valley) and Desu peak was unforgettable. A zoo with full of snow and historical building where the simla agreement had signed are two other important sights. Definitely do some skiing in Masu Valley.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: If u like to go by train first go to kalka then take a luxury train called Shivalik Express . It was a memorable journey of 4 to 5 hours to Shimla. From Delhi , Chandigarh and Kalka Direct Buses Delux , Super Delux and Video Coaches are availble.
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Ketan Tendulkar
  • Ketan Tendulkar
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Pune
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  • 6 Reviews

"Shimla – An Indian Heritage Walk through the British Raj"

  • Posted May 2, 2006
Imagine arriving in a quaint little hillside town by a toy train where places resonate with British names like Annandale, Ellerslie, Gorton Castle, Gaiety Theatre, Wood Ville and Snowdon, the mountain air crisp and full of promise of a perfect holiday. The British would come away from the heat of the plains into this magical world, the place where Anupam Kher grew up and performed in the Gaiety theatre. Here is the Scandal Corner named so as the spot where the Maharaja of Patiala eloped with a British maiden – and where people still come together for lively gossip.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Simla is best explored on foot. HTDC conducts heritage walking tours. Places worth seeing include the grand Viceregal Lodge now housing the IIAS. It can be visited at specific times. Book lovers can visit the antiquarian bookshop at the lower bazaar for rare books. Visit the newly restored Gaiety theatre for a walk down memory lane where the Victorians would be entertained. However Simla is as Indian as anywhere in the country and Jakhu Hill Hanuman temple with its bold monkeys gives a good view. Visit the museum for good miniature paintings and the Tara Devi temple if you have time.

Activities & things to do: Simla has a okayish roller skating rink – perhaps if you have watched the 70s and 80s Hindi movies of Shammi Kappor et al you may already be on familiar terms with this place! And if you are visiting in winter it is fairyland with snowflakes sweeping down through the fir-trees and bending their branches to the ground. If roller skating is not your cup of tea an invigorating walk through the crisp mountains with lot of charted walks make it up! Take packed lunches to picnic spots, walk through the ups and downs to emerge at familiar landmarks.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: The journey to Simla is itself a heritage site on which 'toy trains' still ply, passing through 103 tunnels and beautiful wooden stations. The train journey takes six hours and lifts your soul higher with every view – don’t miss it for the world. Visit Shimla anytime during the year – each season brings a new aspect to this “Queen of the Hills”. During the monsoon, some of the best sunsets beckon you! And watch out for the mischievous monkeys who snatch food packets right from your hands – and who are quite capable of snatching the glasses off your face!
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