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.
Homestays are popular as a more affordable lodging option to the traveler all over the world. Plus it gives a more intimate local experience. It is yet to pickup in India though as we have our own apprehensions. To check the homestay experience, during a recent weekend trip from Delhi, we decided to skip conventional hotels and government guest houses and booked a homestay at Shoghi, some distance before Shimla from Delhi.
Himachal is an easy and popular destination among people from Delhi NCR. Within a few hours, one can escape the dry dusty plains of North Indian and rejuvenate in the hills of Himachal. Dharmashala is one of our favourite destinations in Himachal. The heady combination of peace / nature / tranquility / history / culture / party makes a complete Dharmshala experience. Its a place that never seems old. If you know what you want.
A stay at Neemrana Fort Palace is an indulgence. Its proximity to Delhi encouraged us to try it out. Its like a Staycation where most of the activities are in or around the fort. While one can visit the fort as part of a day trip, spending the night here completes the experience.
Sitting in the fast paced Delhi NCR, at times, one yearns for a getaway. This isn’t easy since we do not have too much time on hand to prepare, to travel, to enjoy the destination and be back on our work desks Monday morning. A way out are the mountains of Himachal. Just 6 hours drive and one is at Kasauli – 6100 feet above sea level and officially a hill station.
माउंट आबू राजस्थान का एकमात्र हिल स्टेशन है | यहाँ मंदिर, सनसेट पॉइंट, ट्रैकिंग, शॉपिंग आदि अनेक विकल्प हैं | जून के गर्म महीने में भी यहाँ का मौसम अत्यधिक मनोरम था |माउंट आबू के विशव प्रसिद्द दिलवाड़ा मंदिर विदेशी एवं भारतीय पर्यटकों में बेहद लोकप्रिय हैं
A day trip to Karna lake, about 140 Kms from Delhi, takes about 2.5 hours. Once out of Delhi, the highway is dotted with dhabas and resorts where one can stop for breakfast/lunch or even spend the night. Gulshan dhaba, where we stopped, is a somewhat modern take on dhaba which does not disappoint. Karna lake, surrounded by greenery, is a great photo op. Further, boating facilities make this a very attractive fun-do for children as well.