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Camels back road

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Camel's Back Road

5th Dec 16

Mall road

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The Mall

3rd Dec 16

Tip in top

Tip in top  Video Review


30th Dec 17

Ram Jhula

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Ram Jhula

19th Dec 17

Jawahar Aquarium

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Jawahar Aquarium

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26 April remain open for Valmiki Festival

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20th Oct 19

Chaubatia is a place where apple garden is situate

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Rizwanuddin Rafiq
20th Oct 19

Gun Hill Point Mussoorie

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Gun Hill

Dhruv Kalra
5th Jan 18

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Bhulla taal in morning

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Bhulla Tal

30th Dec 17

Reasons to go to Uttarakhand

1Uttarakhand is all about snow and spiritual experience
Uttarakhand is all about snow and spiritual experience

Uttarakhand is also known as the Devbhoomi of India. It is famous for its spiritual trails, nature, and adventure sports. And those seeking adventure must try river rafting in Rishikesh and skiing at Auli. Some of the most popular destinations in the land of God are Nainital, Kausani, Haridwar, Dehradun, and Auli among others. Do not miss Asia’s longest cable car ride at Auli.

Top Things to do: Skiing in Auli, river rafting and bungee jumping in Rishikesh, Kuari pass trekking, enjoy wildlife in Jim Corbett National Park, visit ancient temples like Kedarnath and Badrinath.


How to reach:

By Road- It’s easy to reach Uttarakhand via Road which connects Uttarakhand to various cities of the country.

By Train- There are few major cities with railway stations like Dehradun, Haridwar, Rishikesh, and Nainital.

By Flight- There are two domestic airports in Uttarakhand which includes the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun and Pantnagar Airport near Nainital.

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2Best of both, peace and adventure - Uttarakhand
Best of both, peace and adventure - Uttarakhand

Binsar sits on the Kumaon Himalayas, which offers spectacular views of the snowy mountain ranges of Panchchuli, Shivling, Chaukhamba, Trishul and Nanda Devi. Days can be spent by going for wildlife sanctuary tours and trekking, which will make your family’s summer vacation, an adventurous one.

HolidayIQ reviewer Yogesh Gusain says, “Club Mahindra Binsar Valley resort is so beautiful. We must visit again in future, for sure. It feels like heaven. The resort’s staff are so friendly and helpful. Rooms are so clean and smell nice. Food is also so good and delicious.”

Club Mahindra Binsar Valley resort is easily accessible by rail and road. The apartments at this resort are decorated stylishly with modern comfort but in an archaic fashion. Go for a nature packed walk with the family, head out for a village tour or simply relax by bird watching around the resort. Leave the technology behind on your summer vacation and play some board games with your little ones. Succulent spread of food is available at the multi-cuisine restaurant at the resort.

HolidayIQ reviewer Gautam Bothra says, “This resort is best to chill and relax. Go read a book, have a drink or two and go out trekking. The nearby bird sanctuary offers sights and sounds which bring you closer to nature and the trek up to the view point is worth the effort as the view from the top of the snow-capped Himalayas. It is one where you really experience nature at its best and is best explored walking up the hills.The resort has board games for the kids.”

So, get ready for a fun-filled vacation with your family and make it memorable by basing your stay at any of these Club Mahindra Resorts across top holiday destinations this summer.

A good vacation will earn you credit from your kids, make your spouse cherish you as a partner, and the most important, bring the family closer and the bonding stronger. This Summer let these Club Mahindra Resorts help you to turn that dream vacation into reality.

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3Skiing In Auli
Skiing In Auli

The vast open spaces, the snow clad mountains and the height of the skiing slopes in India are enough to pump up the adrenaline in any ski enthusiast. Auli is a ski destination in Chamoli district in the Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. Located at an altitude of almost 2500 to 3000 metres, cross-country runs of 10-20 km is also available.

HolidayIQ Traveller Donarun says, “We went snowboarding and skiing in Auli recently. GMVN organises a 7-day or a 14-day ski workshop and it is a good option for people who want to learn skiing. The best part is there is no restriction on any of the slopes.”

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4Icey white meadows at Auli
Icey white meadows at Auli

Located in the embrace of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, Auli is the idyllic hill station which is covered by a white blanket of snow every winter. This popular ski resort is a place where pleasure and adventure, wilderness and magnificent hills in its best form come alive. 

Poonam tells HoidayIQ “Auli is a lovely place to go with your partner. I had gone with my husband for our honeymoon. I really enjoyed the snow and then in the night it was raining. We had gone for trekking also. “ 


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5Uttarakhand Is One Of The Few States Where Forest Cover Is Increasing
Uttarakhand Is One Of The Few States Where Forest Cover Is Increasing

Uttarakhand is also well known for the mass agitation of the 1990s that led to the formation of the Chipko environmental movement. People in response to the reckless deforestation would form a group and hug a tree to prevent from it being cut down.

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Kartickswami Trek

Planning for long to trek to Kartickswami. At last, the hour came. One fine evening l found myself aboard the Doon express along with my better half. Yes, we were going to Haridwar where we stayed at Kalikamli guest house near the on Upper road at as cheap as Rs 250 per day. We had average good Bengali meal at Dada Boudir Hotel nearby @ Rs 80 p. P . Next day we set out for Kanakchowry at 7 am by a hired Indigo @Rs 2700 per day. We had our breakfast at Byasy with tasty aloo paratha. Then gradually passed Devprayag and Rudraprayag where we had our lunch at a restaurant beside Alakananda. Then we took to the left and reached Kanakchowry at about 3. 30pm. Lt was a small serene hamlet almost hanging from the hills. We stayed at Mayadeep resort(the only shelter here) booked well in advance @ Rs 1200. There were 6 well decorated tents. We roamed about the hilly roads of the village. Meanwhile, clouds started covering the sky followed by a gust of drizzle. That night it rained heavily and we went to bed with a broken heart . Next morning the rain stopped but the sky remained cloudy. We got ready for the 3. 5km trek without any guide. We started at 7am. The path was through the rhododendron forest and one or two plants had already started blooming. There was little ascends and descends but last 1km was comparatively steeper. The whole path is being covered with concrete. Anyway, after 2 hours we reached the Kartickswami temple, the only one of its kind in the whole north lndia. The Himalayas is visible at 160 degrees around the temple. Chowkhamba, Dronagiri, Banderpoonch, etc are visible. Spending half an hour there we got down to the resort. This time it took only an hour. After breakfast we started for Haridwar . . We completed this tour within 7 days from 28th February to 7th March this year in 2018.

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3 Hidden Valleys Of Uttarakhand – Nelang, Naga, Jadung

Nelang, Naga and Jadung are the 3 hidden valleys of Uttarakhand which fall in the Harshil Sub-division. Nelang valley was the old trade route between India and Tibet. The wooden bridge through which supplies were transported using Yaks stills exists. The bridge clinging to the mountain is an inspiring scene Around 4 kilometers ahead of Nelang post towards North-East direction there is a famous temple of Shiv and Parvati. Locals here will forbid you to go ahead of this temple. It is said that people who had gone ahead simply went missing. Some ITBP Jawans have known to vanish. Mystical powers or simply folk lore- it is hard to say unless you try it for yourself. Are you up for the challenge then Jadung Valley. Jadung is the last village, the border village of India. This village served as a pitstop for trade route between India and China on this axis. It was known for its vibrant art and architecture. The village was deserted during Chinese aggression of 1962 when the people of Jadung were moved to Dunda, a small place near Uttarkashi Dunda is now famous for some lipsticking mutton momos and woollens like shawls, sweater, coats, socks, caps etc made out of special wool and knitted by women folk of Dunda Shopping Tip: When you pass by Dunda, do buy a few woollens. They are really warm. And you get to do your small bit to encourage local livelihood and become a responsible tourists There were around 70-80 houses in Jadung at that time. Each house had beautiful wooden carvings, even the stones had carving. The intricate work makes you think about the creativity and genius that resides in such far-off and small places. Here simple people reside in harsh weather conditions away from the luxury of modern amenities but their life is full of joy and contentment Only once a year indigenous people of Jadung are allowed to enter their village and perform deity worship; Someshwar Devta. It is a colourful event and an emotional one too for the pain of a displaced community is not an easy one to heal How To Reach map of nelang and offbeat, hidden valleys of Uttarakhand. These beautiful valleys of Uttarakhand are on Gangotri axis. The route towards Gangotri has some excellent sightseeing spots and a famous (charsi) baba, read all about it: 10 Beautiful And 1 Bonus (Charsi baba) Pitstops On Your Way To Gangotri. Once you reach Bhairoghati, take a left one route is towards Gangotri while the other less travelled path goes towards Nelang, Naga and Jadung Approximate Distances:. Bhairoghati To Nelang —23 Kilometers. Nelang To Naga 9 Kilometers. Naga To Jadung ——-5 Kilometers. From Nelang valley you can also trek to Sangla valley in Himachal. If you are into hardcore adventure trekking then you can go to Badrinath from here taking the NilaPaani route which is approximately 80 kilometres. Only experienced trekkers can undertake this journey The Lake Beyond Jadung. This is an extremely difficult but rewarding trek, only advised for pro-trekkers to undertake. Around 8 - 9 kilometers from Jadung there is a beautiful, almost heavenly lake called the Janak Taal. Open valley merging with sky at the horizon and shimmering lake reflecting the clear sky, that's the breathtaking beauty of this quaint place. Due to complications of permit and risky roads, only a few could witness this magic of Nature Permit Required To Pass The Hidden Valleys. Tourists are allowed till Nelang valley. Only self driven cars and preferably SUV is allowed. No, the idea behind is not elitist J The road is bumpy, landslide prone and marred with falling rocks so an SUV can handle such pressures in a better way and can keep you safe too As of now conservators haven't allowed bike ride into this area as it can get risky. There are a few stretches of falling rocks and shooting stone zones on this way Really Intrigued And Want To Go If my story on the hidden valleys of Uttarakhand has woken up the adventurist inside you and you really want to explore them but are thwarted by the Entry" and Area then there are two ways I can suggest to quench the traveller's thirst Make Friendship With A Fauji. Hell Ya! That's what I did. ITBP, Army, Border Roads, or any such uniformed personnel can help you get the permit. So, check your phone book, find a fauji friend or make one J. Connect With Where Eagles Dare. As far as I know there is only one person, Tilak Soni, who can help you get through this really offbeat location. He runs a small travel group, Where eagles Dare which is based out of Uttarkashi. He knows the place inside -out. He takes biking expeditions and is the only one to take all women bikers group across Mana Pass, the old silk route. There are many such commendable applauds up his sleeves. Check out his Facebook Group and you will know what I am talking about: Where Eagles Dare. He is trying his best to get the first ever biking expedition in these hidden valleys ( This was first published on Travel By Karma - my website) (This destination review was also published in The Times Of India)

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Uttarakhand Overview

The state of Uttarakhand lies in north India with the international borders of Tibet and Nepal to its north. It has Himachal Pradesh to its west and Uttar Pradesh to its south. The state was carved out of the hilly parts of Uttar Pradesh in the year 2000. It was called Uttaranchal till 2006 and the new name of Uttarakhand was adopted in 2007. Historically this area had two hill kingdoms of Garhwal and Kumaon, and even today people see themselves as Garhwali and Kumaoni.   The northern areas of Uttarakhand are part of the Great Himalayas range, with average heights up to 3000-5000 metres. The famous peaks are Nanda Devi (7816m), Trishul (7120m) and Panchchuli (6910m). Southern Uttarakhand has plains that are part of the Terai foothills, where temperatures are higher and towns more accessible. The state is not industrially developed and tourism is the mainstay of the economy. For the last 7 years, Dehradun, the largest town, has been its provisional capital. It has a well-connected railhead and a small domestic airport.   To most travelers Uttarakhand is associated with its ancient traditions of Hinduism that flourished in its high Himalayan reaches. The source of India's most revered and important rivers Ganges as well as Yamuna, respectively called Gangotri and Yamunotri, lie here. These two spots, along with the shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath, make the 4 holy sites (Char Dham) that Hindus aspire to visit. Snow-bound for most of the year, these are open from May to October. Lower south, along the Ganges lie the sacred towns of Rishikesh (43km from Dehradun) and Haridwar (connected by rail to Delhi).   Uttarakhand's popular hill stations include Mussourie (2000m; 35 km from Dehradun) and Nainital (2000m; 35km from railhead Kathgodam). Corbett National Park is its noted wildlife sanctuary. The combination of mountains and rivers yields opportunities for trekking, river rafting, hiking, which the state is promoting now. Rishikesh is a hub of water adventure sports. There is also a ski destination in Auli.  

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