We wanted to usher in the New Year 2017 with travel. The weather was conducive to explore places in the plains. Madhya Pradesh, the heart of Hindustan, is a neighbouring state. We inaugurated our travel to MP by a trip to Gwalior, a bare 6 hours drive from Delhi. The journey had a lot of surprises in store for us.
Delhi has a host of fun-dos. What makes it more fun is its strategic location. 6 years of regular travel and we still discover new places or old places with a lot of newness. There is no dearth of weekend trip options from here. Our recent trip to Chandigarh gave us pleasures similar to a full blown holiday – in one and half days.
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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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.
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.