North India is blessed with proximity to hills particularly Aravallis and Himalayas. The accessible parts of Himalayas are shared by Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Lansdowne is a quite hill station in Uttarakhand. Only a few hours away from NCR, Lansdowne has amazing surprises to offer.
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Summer vacation is here and people are busy making plans. Some are fortunate to travel afar. But for others, the going is not so bad – not bad at all! The ranges of Himachal, a great respite from the heat of the plains of NCR, are easily accessible from Delhi by buses, trains or private transport. Some of these places can be covered over a weekend and are still not spoilt by tourist pressure. Khajjiar is one such gem.
Agra has been immortalised by Shahjahan’s Taj Mahal – one of the Wonders of the World. But there is more to Agra than the Taj – the other mausoleums, street food, shopping and a visit to another Mughal site in the vicinity –Fatehpur Sikri. No wonder Agra features in the list for almost all tourists to Delhi. For a tourist, a convenient way to visit Agra from NCR is hire a taxi and one has a fantastic day trip in the offing.
We had come across the Katarmal Sun temple, also known as the Varaditya temple, quite by chance during our trip to Nainital. The way up was tough and we were alerted about that by the locals. We still decided to go ahead with this visit, and we regale on our decisions that we actually did.
We keep scouring for weekend getaways that can be covered over a Saturday – Sunday. Lansdowne in Uttarakhand is one such destination. We left on a Friday evening and returned on Sunday night. This is a brief account of our trip.
Every long weekend witnesses huge exodus from Delhi NCR. Thus the nearby popular tourist destinations reel under enormous pressures. Trying to find an alternative to Shimla or Nainital, our internet search revealed Shoghi, a hamlet before Shimla. We booked a homestay here and were on our way early one Friday morning.