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.
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.
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.
Dalhousie and Khajjiar in Himachal Pradesh are a must do for people looking for peace and quiet and a system format from city life.