Hyderabad City of Love and joy

Charminar in Hyderabad

Charminar in Hyderabad

The city of smiles, of lights, of a thousand faces, endearingly called the Pearl City; Hyderabad- the capital of Andhra Pradesh offers a variety of tourist attraction. Set up in 1591, the city is one of the major metropolitan cities of the country and is famous for its IT industry, Biopharmaceutical and Telugu film industry. Starting from historical places of visit to the beauty of nature, the city has all. The fast development of the city, along with the development of adjoining city Secunderabad and adjacent municipalities has resulted in the creation of a huge and densely populated metropolitan region. With my keen interest in this cultural rich heritage city, I decided for a sojourn to Hyderabad tourism.

Charminar: Called roughly as Four Towers, it is one of the most important monuments of Hyderabad. The Charminar was built in 1591 by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah. Legend says that sultan built it to honor a promise to Allah when he prayed for an end to a plague that ravaged the new city. The building got its name from its four minarets, which were possibly meant to honor the first four caliphs of Islam. Islamic style define the arches, minarets and domes to make a unified whole. At the western end of the Charminar’s roof is a mosque–the oldest in Hyderabad and atop the building are 45 prayer spaces.

Golconda Fort: Built in the 13th century by the Kakatiya kings, the fort is located on the hill above 400 ft. It has 8 imposing gateways and is buttressed with 87 bastions rising to a height of 15 to 18 m. one of its greatest marvels is its acoustic effects- one handclap at a certain point below the entrance dome can be heard at the highest point of the pavilion almost a kilometer away. This was said to be used for warning the royals in case of an attack. The Golconda Fort used to have a vault where once the famous Kohinoor and Hope diamonds were stored along with other diamonds.

Ramoji Film City

Ramoji Film City

Ramoji Film City: Is the world’s largest integrated film studio complex over 2000 acres and has found its way into the Guinness book of world records. The Ramoji Film City is a spooky haunted place. It is believed to be built on a war ground of the Nizam sultans therefore haunted by the ghosts of the dead soldiers.

Jama Masjid: It is the oldest mosque in Hyderabad built by Quli Qutub Shah in 1857. Jama Masjid encloses an ancient Turkish bath in its premises. Every day during the prayer time and especially during the festive seasons, the Jama Masjid is crowded by numerous Muslims who come here and offer their prayers.

 

Nainital tourism a beauteous splendor

Nainital, the Lake District of India, located in the Himalayan Belt amongst the Kumaon hills is a splendid holiday spot with a rich treasure of hills and lakes. It is referred to as the lake of 3 sagas. To beat the temperature in search of a cool breeze, I made up my mind to travel to Nainital and invigorate my senses.

Naini Lake Nainital
Naini Lake Nainital

I reached Ranikhet so that I could do some sightseeing on my way up to Nainital. From Ranikhet, one can hire a cab to Nainital. The 1 hour drive to Nainital with fresh air, winding roads and marvelous scenery is enough to wake anyone from the slumber of city life. On reaching Nainital, I quickly checked in an inn, unpacked and set out on my escapade. My first halt in Nainital tour was at Naini Lake which is the most beautiful treat to your eyes. Legend says that the lake is in the shape of the eyes of Lord Shiva’s wife and hence the name Naini. One can enjoy a boat ride here amidst the emerald green water and a thrilling landscape.

After the ride you can have a light meal here. Next destination was Snow view point. What exhilarated me was the cable car ride, the best known way to access the point. Just as the name implies, one is able to view the snow laden Himalayas from the point which is breath taking! You can spend some more time atop the hill’s beauty. My next visit was to Naina Peak, the highest peak of the town. A ride on a pony or a horse can take you to the peak. It is an awe striking wonder to see the panoramic view of the Himalayas and the entire scenario with the binoculars.

One with a religious bent of mind should visit the Hanuman Garhi Temple. Apart from a religious significance, the temple is famous for its strategic location from where sunrise and sunset are artistically visible. On the last day of my tour, I visited Pangot, a small village which is known to be the main habitats for birds. En route you can spot a variety of beautiful Himalayan species. On the last day of my Nainital tour, I explored the Mall Road which is a famous attraction in Nainital. It is a busy area lined with shops, restaurants, banks, offices. Tourists have a gala time shopping and eating here in the evening. With this my tour to Nainital came to an end; I returned back the same night. My travel to Nainital has left me with pleasant, beautiful and cool memories and I am looking forward to another trip to this wonderland.

 

Challenge your fright on India Adventure Travel

Watching an advertisement on TV reminded of my India adventure travel. It was about chasing a cold drink that led the actors passing through the hilly areas and the bumpy tracks. I had the similar experience on my adventure trip to India.

Ladakh Trekking Tour
Ladakh Trekking Tour

India is a favourite destination for adventure lovers. From trekking to rafting, from Jeep safari to scuba diving and from mountain biking to paragliding, India offers you the limitless opportunities for adventure. Water sports also form an interesting addition to adventure travel India.

Fascinated by its breathtaking beauty and interesting adventure, I visited Ladakh to satiate my thirst for adventure. Three of my colleagues-cum-friends also accompanied me. Starting from Delhi, we reached Ladakh by air. On being reached the destination, we were transferred to our already booked hotel.

The pleasant weather added more excitement to our Ladakh adventure trip. As we visited Ladakh in summers, we were able to cope with the cold because that is considered as the best time to go for an adventure travel in Ladakh.

We were eager to visit monasteries in Ladakh that had always been my fascination. The land comprises of rugged terrain and high peaks that beckon you to dare and break the limits.

Days were hot but we could not stop ourselves from trekking in Ladakh. We started a tedious trek to reach Shey monastery in Ladakh. Once we reached the monastery, our souls were contented and we did not regret on the expedition we embarked on.

The day was devoted to our visit to other famous monasteries in Ladakh like Lamayuru and Hemis. Mountain Biking was another exciting activity on our Ladakh adventure travel.

Ladakh Bike Tour
Ladakh Bike Tour

It brought us the excellent opportunities to access the roof of the world. That was one of the most challenging adventure sports that we had ever indulged in. The excitement to try on the adventure kept us energized.

The biking adventure in the Indian Himalayan region is like unwinding yourself to the mountain ranges towards higher Himalayas.

From Leh, highway turns north over the breathtaking Khardung La, which takes pride in being the highest motorable pass in the world. Beyond the pass is the flat Nubra Valley where we embarked on a Bactrian camel safari in the sand dunes of the Nubra Valley. There were old monasteries and beautiful villages around the valley.

The tour came to an end but our hearts were ready to take on another adventure. The time limit insisted us to return our homes but we left with unforgettable memories.

 

Feed your Soul with Celestial Insight on Bodh Gaya Travel

Being occupied madly in worldly matters, we never think of our spiritual uplifting. All we long for is, the enjoyment and worldly pleasures. Shaken off by my soul, I set out my tour for Bodh Gaya in Bihar.

Bodh Gaya Travel
Bodh Gaya Travel

My Bodh Gaya tour was sudden but with a push by soul in the search of tranquillity. Wishing to re-establishing my union with God, I headed on to Bodh Gaya trip. I took along my younger sister Elena with me and we started off from Delhi by train. It took us almost the whole day to reach Bihar.

The state boasts of a rich history of its remarkable culture, ancient tradition sand religious beliefs. Bihar was also ruled by some of the great dynasties in India like Magadh, Ashoka and Chandragupta Maurya. Bodh Gaya is among the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage centres in India that have added fame to the state.

On being reached Bihar, we were finally feeling being closer to the tranquillity that we had almost lost in our busy life. Sometimes I wonder how can we forget the almighty with whose blessings we have been able to enjoy all the materialistic pleasures.

Bodh Gaya is the place where Gautam Buddha, the spiritual leader of the Buddhism is known to have attained divine knowledge while meditating under an abstruse Banyan tree. I hastily went on to explore some of the iconic sites in Bodh Gaya.

First one was the famous Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya. This architectural wonder also serves as a blessed pilgrimage site. This famous tourist attraction in Bodh Gaya is also listed in World Heritage Sites.

Mahabodhi Temple Bodh Gaya
Mahabodhi Temple Bodh Gaya

Expelling the divine energy flow, the site also took me along to a celestial world. Sharing his knowledge, our guide told us that it was built by the Buddhist emperor, Ashoka. The Mahabodhi temple also houses a diamond throne shrine. It is home to a leviathan black statue of Lord Buddha, sitting cross-legged.

I was too excited to see the Bodhi Tree. That was the place where Lord Buddha is believed to have meditated and attained supreme knowledge. He attained enlightenment after seven days. Another platform, called “Chankramanar” adorned with 19 lotuses is also established to commemorate his walking meditation. I felt blessed and the existence of some divine energy was so powerful that I could not resist it for a moment.

The time constraint did not allow me to explore other places in Bihar. The innate peace that I felt during my Bodh Gaya travel filled my mind with celestial joy.

 

Soaking in the Bliss of Nature with Kerala Travel

My friend Sandy is getting married next month. Before her D-day, she wanted to enjoy her remaining few days to the fullest. She wished to get away from the noise and pollution of the city and totally wanted to submit in nature. And hence, she came up with the idea of travelling to Kerala.

Padmanabhaswami Temple
Padmanabhaswami Temple

I met her at Delhi airport at 8: am and together we boarded flight for Thiruvananthapuram. On reaching the city, we hired a cab that took us to the hotel which she had already booked. The journey from the airport to our hotel was short but a smooth ride.

On reaching the hotel, we freshened up ourself. We were so tired that we slept after having a lavish meal that included mutton curry, fried chicken and some vegetable items.

The next day we woke up excited about our Kerala travel plan. It was just a one-day trip so we had already chalked out where we wanted to go.

We started our Kerala trip with Thiruvananthapuram since we were already in the capital city. Padmanabhaswami temple, the Hindu temple devoted to Lord Vishnu, was the first stop of our Kerala’s exploration. We were surprised to see so many devotees lined up outside the temple to make an entry and seek Lord’s blessings. We joined the long line too. When finally our turn came, we went in and offered our prayers. Sandy prayed for a long time. I guessed she might be praying for the well-being of her husband-to-be. The ‘Prasad’ offered to us was tasty. After making rounds of the temple, we set out for our next destination – Kovalam.

It is a beach town, lying about just 16 km from Thiruvananthapuram. The meaning of Kovalam is ‘a grove of coconut trees’. And I must say the town has been given the right name. There were limitless coconut trees, which surrounded the three small beaches. Lighthouse Beach is the most popular one. We enjoyed sunbathing and water scootering at the beach. I had hydrophobia but let me tell you after enjoying some wonderful time at the beach, I shed off my fear.

Backwaters of Alleppey
Backwaters of Alleppey

There were innumerable resorts, providing Ayurvedic massage and treatment. We went to a nice hotel offering Ayurvedic massage. The magic fingers of the lady massueser completely rejuvenated us.

Feeling relaxed, we headed for Alleppey, which is about 155 km from Thiruvananthapuram. I have always dreamt of enjoying the scenic beauty of Kerala on houseboat. Finally, it came true. For the first time in our lives, we stayed in a Kerala houseboat and enjoyed the breathtaking backwaters of Alleppey aka ‘Venice of the East’. It was a different feeling for us altogether. It felt great getting lost in the nature, far from the madding crowd. Sandy said she wanted to comeback to Alleppey for her honeymoon. The chef in the houseboat treated us with lip smacking Mughlai food. We particularly liked Mutton Biryani and Galouti Kebab.

After spending couple of hours exploring the natural beauty of Alleppey town, we returned to our hotel. Though our journey was short yet we had a great time.

 

Dalhousie tour – A visual delight of Dalhousie

When the scorching heat of Delhi was too much to take for us, me and my three friends packed our bags and took a trip to Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh. The journey was long and tiring but on reaching our destination, we were fully re-enegised. We freshened up and relaxed in a nice hotel.

After taking rest for a couple of hours, we set our for Dalhousie tour. One glance at this gorgeous hill station and I was enchanted by its breathtaking landscapes, centuries old temples, lush green forests of pine, cedar and deodar.

Nestled on the western side of the Dhauladhar mountain range of Himalaya and surrounded by snow-capped peaks, Dalhousie is a visual delight. It is in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. The buildings, and churches of the town are highly influenced by the Scottish and Victorian architecture.

Dalhousie Tour
Dalhousie Tour

Founded by the British Viceroy Lord Dalhousie, it is a popular destination established by the British Empire in 1854 as a summer retreat. Blessed with scenic splendour, natural beauty, and a pleasant weather, Dalhousie tourism attracts hordes of tourists every year. It is a perfect location for honeymoon couples as well. Couples choose from a wide range of attractive honeymoon packages in Dalhousie.

We went for trekking in Dainkund peak, the highest mountain in Dalhousie. Fresh mountain air, captivating landscapes, I completely got lost in this blessings of nature. From its peak, we had the bird’s eye view of the city. The cool gentle breeze flowing through the trees sounded like a musical note to my ears. We clicked many photos in different poses on this peak. Pholani Devi temple on this peak is really amazing. The river flowing through the stunning valley made our trekking in Dainkund an enjoyable experience.

In the evening, we set out for a brisk walk round the Bakrota Mall in the Bakrota hills. This hill is just five kilometer from Dalhousie. Bakrota mall offers a popular walking circuit around the hill. From here, we had splendid view of snow clad peaks.

Next day, we decided to go for shopping. We went to Gandhi Chowk, formerly known as GPO, the most popular shopping destination in Dalhousie. There are numerous shops, delectable eateries, government buildings, and some cool restaurants. It is definitely a happening place in Dalhousie. A small Tibetan market near GPO attracted us instantly. We bought decorative items, jewellery, handicrafts, jackets, souvenirs, bags, from Tibetan Market.

On the last day of our Dalhousie tour, we visited Panchpula, some three kilometres away from Dalhousie’s General Post Office. Panchpula means five bridges. This place offers a picturesque landscape of the mountainous region of Himachal Pradesh. On our way to Panchpula, we came across the Satdhara springs gushing down from Dainkund peak. We had heard about the curative power of this spring, and so one of my friends filled her bottle with this spring water. She did it more for fun than to discover about its healing power. There’s also a memorial monument of revolutionary Sardar Ajit Singh in Panchpula. It is most frequented tourist spot and a very attractive place of our Dalhousie Holiday Packages.

Bakrota Hill
Bakrota Hill

We relaxed in the restaurant there and enjoyed some good food. After spending some time in Panchpula, we headed for Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary to have a glimpse of Himachal Pradesh wildlife.

Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary, an animal sanctuary at Kalatop and Khajjiar in the Chamba district, draws a lot of tourists. It is about 6 km from Dalhousie. Dense deodar and fir forest covered more than half of the sanctuary. We were not very lucky to have a sight of animals but we managed to capture some migratory birds in our camera.

I must say we had a wonderful time in Dalhousie. I would love to make a trip to Dalhousie again and explore those places which we have missed out in this Dalhousie tour.

 

Sight Interesting Creatures with Wildlife in Goa

Last month, an opportunity to visit Goa hit me. I jumped at it and embarked on Goa trip with a group of my colleagues. I was very excited about the trip as it was my first wildlife tour in Goa.

Racking my brain and moving my fingers on internet, I finally got the details of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in Goa. These included:

  • Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
  • The Mandovi-Zuari Wildlife Sanctuary

We were all set to explore the enticing wildlife of Goa. After reaching there by fight from Delhi, we all were in a mood to relax at the hotel. So we headed to the already booked hotel where we shed our fatigue amidst the warm hospitality and calm ambiance.

Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

Soon, we left for Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, which was located in north district on Charao Island. It was situated just 5 km from Panaji city. The location can be gained access by a ferry from a place called Ribandar jetty on the southern bank of Mandovi.

On being reached there, we found that the sanctuary had 14 unique varieties of mangroves. The sanctuary provides a natural habitat to birds. We could enjoy the exotic flora and fauna along Mandovi which was well worth to watch. The wonderful sight of many local birds like eagles, kingfishers, kites, egrets, tailor birds, common sandpipers and red-wattled lapwings made us delighted on our visit to Goa wildlife sanctuary.

We could also spot the migratory birds like storks, cormorants, purple moorhen, pintail ducks and mallards. Apart from bird-lovers, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a wildlife reserve that attracts all types of visitors. We could take utmost delight in exploring the park by a binocular that helped us to enjoy the bird closely.

The accompanying guide told us that the sanctuary was named after an eminent ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali. Though it is a small wildlife sanctuary of Goa covering an area of 1.8 sq km yet you can enjoy maximum adventure there.

The rich wealth of birds did not disappoint us and our wildlife tour to Goa was fruitful.

 

Stay Blessed with Natural Healing at Kerala Ayurveda Resort

Perplexed by my busy schedule for several months, I thought of an escape in an Ayurveda Resort in India for complete rejuvenation. The implementation required the search of the best India Ayurveda Resort where I can shed my fatigue and move ahead with a refreshed soul.

John, one of my colleagues had been a great help to me. He joined me on this trip. After extensive research on internet, he provided me with the list of some famous Ayurveda Resorts in India, which included:

  • Ananda Spa Resort in Uttarakhand
  • Devaaya – The Ayurveda Resort in Goa
  • Athreya Resort, Somatheeram, Keraleeyam and Ayuryogashram in Kerala

Well, I decided to visit Kerala Ayurveda Resort as the destination abounds in lush greenery, serene ambiance and natural hub of medicinal herbs. My wish to make the most of Kerala Ayurveda tour resulted into a visit to Somatheeram Ayurvedic Health Resort.

Somatheeram Ayurvedic Health Resort
Somatheeram Ayurvedic Health Resort

Kerala Ayurveda has got worldwide fame in recent few years. ‘Ayur’ signifies life and ‘Veda’ stands for knowledge, so Ayurveda means the knowledge about life. Practiced for ages, this ancient healing system has been used as an alternate form of medicine.

Soon, we were transported to Kerala by air and to reach Somatheeram, we had to move 9 km south of the Kovalam beach in Trivandrum. Renowned as the world’s first Ayurvedic Resort, Somatheeram was located on Chowara beach on a hillock and sprawled over 15 acres of greenery around.

Built with Eco-friendly material, the accommodation facilities just made me realize that I was going to step in a truly blissful world. It offers rooms in categories like Standard Room, Garden Cottage, Special Cottage, Kerala House Standard, Kerala House Deluxe (A/C) and Kerala Deluxe Suite (A/C). Fortunately, I got an excellent room with the beautiful garden view in front of the room where I could see the myriad faces of nature, which was really soothing.

I inquired about the therapies and packages at the resort and I came across the following options that are provided in this popular Ayurveda Resort in Kerala:

  • Rejuvenation Therapy/Body Purification Therapy
  • Slimming Programme
  • Ayurveda Anti-Ageing Programme
  • Beauty Care Programme
  • Stress Management Programme (Manasanthy-Body, Mind & Soul)

After consultation with expert Ayurveda practitioners, I chose the foremost one and enjoyed complimentary services including Yoga sessions and boat tours in backwaters. I was given rejuvenation therapy and massage by an expert massasure who was well-aware of the minuteness of massage. It relived all my stress and I felt completely energized.

Rejuvenation Therapies
Rejuvenation Therapies

Based on my experience, I would recommend that one should undergo such rejuvenation therapies frequently that truly touch your soul and leave you refreshed. Following are some of the Ayurveda treatments that are offered at the resort.

  • Pizhichil
  • Njavarakizhi
  • Dhara
  • Vasthi
  • Sirovasthi
  • Udvarthanam
  • Abhyangam
  • Nasyam
  • Snehapanam
  • Kizhi
  • Dhanyamla Dhara
  • Yoni Prakshalanam
  • Kativasthi
  • Ksheeradhoomam
  • Thelam
  • Lepanam
  • Marma Massage
  • Lekhaneeyam

On the end of my Ayurveda tour, I realized that alone rejuvenation therapies and massages alone cannot do until you get the soothing and tranquil atmosphere such as I found at the resort. The sheer tranquility, the well-qualified Ayurveda practitioners and the invigorating therapies truly helped me to regain my energy and refreshed my agitated senses.

 

Experiencing Different Flavour of our Countryside-Golden Triangle Tour!

What an enchanting click of mind by eminent faces of tour operations to have made possible to Golden Triangle Tour in India! The perfection of splendid architectural buildings, forts & palaces, caves, customs and traditions, art and culture had triggered my interest to visit in the addresses people ought to name it Golden Triangle tour exclusive to us. Last year, I became one of them to share special about Golden Triangle tour, but it came exclusive more after it befriended with Pushkar tour.

Golden Triangle Tour
Golden Triangle Tour

Having been the luckiest one to get in this flip book-like tour, I had a long row of my office-mates to go. So, what’s different more there on? I contacted to one of the leading tour operators to queue us for good golden triangle tour attractions.

On the first day, we stepped in cashing this trip that started with the sightseeing of Old Delhi. The tour began with a visit to Raj Ghat, the Red Fort and continuing to the Jama Masjid by our tour operators. Truly there are no words to the tour executive, Amit to guide us excellently. We also enjoyed riding of Rickshaws at the congested road of Old Delhi. After visiting Old Delhi, we moved to other attractions in Delhi, such as Qutab Minar, India Gate and Parliament building on. Amazing! Stepping in Delhi ascertains to anyone to know why it is called as the capital city of India.

On the second day, we reached at the Delhi airport to Agra. Here, it became to us smell in essence of Mughals. The evergreen moments of Mughal artistry at Agra are truly accountable all over the world. On third day of our visit, Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fathepur Sikri and Buland Darwaza compelled me to click more the memorable moments thereby.

There we also met to locals and sufis at these historical monuments to tell us the past of Agra and its buildings. As they told us that two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire.

Today a visitor like you to Agra names this state as a home to Mughals flawlessly. There are also huge numbers of hotels to perpetuate the hospitality as the most style of Mughals’ customs that we knew staying at the hotels after visiting to Agra completely. So, we would say to Agra the most part of this tour, in concern to discern the Mughals and their style of living.

On day four, we had our steps to Jaipur. We first checked in hotel assisted by tour operator. Again applause for our tour planner goes meaning a lot. The blend of Mughals and Rajasthani architecture brought us near to great amity of India. People in Jaipur were friendly to tell us about their cultures and customs well. Elephant ride experienced us perfectly the royal status of Rajasthan.

On fifth day, the eternal sightseeing of Jaipur, such as City Palace, Amber Fort Palace, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal left me as to read my 7th standard history book. I captured many photos that complement my travel appetite.

Pushkar Fair
Pushkar Fair

On sixth day, we got together with another major attractions of Rajasthan that was none other than an explosion of fun, frolic, and laughter to me. Yes, I am to introduce you with Pushkar fair rajasthan.

Dance competitions, Dance performances, Camel race, Sports matches, Local Artist’ performances, Safed Chithi, Camel dance competition, Horse Dance competition, Pushkar Parikrama, Shilpgram- exhibition for traditional handicrafts, Turban tying competition and Moustaches Competition provided some wonderful photographic opportunities to me at Pushkar festival tour.

On the seventh day, we moved to Delhi after having Breakfast at Pushkar. With the limitless amusement at this golden triangle tour India, I would say you all have a must-visit by Golden triangle tour with Pushkar tour that will answer why Indian culture is visited constantly by tourists.

 

Visit Kasauli Hill Station to Witness God’s Live Painting

I have always been a travel freak. Every year, I explore a new region. Following my self-made ritual, I finalised Kasauli, Himachal Padesh as my next destination.

There were two reasons behind choosing Kasauli. First, as it is a hill station in India, it will give me a break from the burning summers of Delhi and the second reason was, I had never been to the place. I found it a perfect place to enjoy a break from my routine life and summers of Delhi.I packed my bags after confirmation of the trip with Mala, my best buddy.

Kasauli Hill Station
Kasauli Hill Station

To ensure the comfort during the trip, we booked Kasauli tour package with a renowned travel company. I always prefer to choose the same company as I just love the services by their executives. Choosing them lets me concentrate on fun, the sole idea of taking a break.

The day arrived. I told Mala to keep everything ready as we were supposed to meet outside my office. After winding up my work for the day, I asked Mala to reach my office. We took an auto and reached the decided pick up point.

After loading our bags in the cab, we left for the destination. During the journey, the only thing that was running in our minds was the abundant natural beauty of this popular hill station in India. After few hours journey, we were in Kasauli. It was early morning. We checked in the booked hotel and rested for a few hours as the journey was followed by a tiring day at office.

We got up at 11 and had breakfast in the hotel. Traditionally decorated, the hotel was a beautiful place to stay. Laden with all the amenities, the hotel was a quite decent place.

The first attraction we explored in Kasauli hill station was the Monkey point. It is the highest point in Kasauli. Although, we had read all the information about this beautiful place yet being there was completely different. The point offers the amazing views of Chandigarh region. It was really hard to take off the eyes from the sight. Beautiful Satluj was looking like a silvery trail. Mala was just clicking the pictures to capture the beauty of this hill station in India, but live views are something out of the world experience.

We also visited a small temple at Monkey Point. The temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and has a legend attached with it. According to the legend, while returning from Himalaya, foot of Lord Hanuman touched the hill.

From Monkey point, we moved towards Barog, another place to enjoy the arresting natural views. Breathtaking views of Choor Chandni made us felt spell bound. Also known as the ‘Mountain of the Silver Bangle’, Choor Chandni is beautiful beyond imagination.

After spending a couple of hours at Barog, we left for the hotel. We were so lost in the views that we forgot to have lunch. We realised it when we were moving towards hotel. After reaching hotel, the first thing we did was ordering dinner. We went in the room to freshen up ourselves.

Our next day was packed for Sanawar and Dharampur. These both are in the vicinity of Kasauli hill station. After having breakfast, we left for Sanawar, around 6 km from Kasauli. It houses one of the best schools of the country, also a heritage attraction. For both of us, it was a unique attraction but for Mala it was something more than what it was for me. For her, this around hundred years old school was a blend of culture, tradition and heritage.

According to the planned route, our next destination was Dharampur. Located around 15 km from Kasauli, Dharampur is amazingly beautiful. Healthy air of the fragrant pines and lush green surrounding made us felt like we are in heaven. It was really hard to leave Dharampur. Even at a point we thought to elongate our plan but duties in office were not allowing us to do so.

Terrace Farming Kasaulir
Terrace Farming Kasauli

We we back to the hotel in the evening. The last day in Kasaauli, the charming hill station in India, was for shopping as visiting a place and not buying any souvenir is not at all acceptable for both of us. So, we shopped a lot in Upper and Lower malls. We bought handicraft items as souvenirs of our Kasauli trip. As we were having the evening in our hands, we decided to explore terrace farms in Kasauli.

Amazingly beautiful, the terrace farms in Shivalik hills were looking like a beautiful painting. Due to shortage of time, we could not enjoy the views for long and returned to hotel. After reaching the hotel, we packed our bags and came back to Delhi on the same day.

The trip to Kasauli hill station was amazing. We were obviously not happy to be back in our routine life but definitely our hearts and minds were filled with unforgettable memories.