May 6, 2018

Jilling Sanctuary- The Perfect Getaway that Rejuvenates Body, Soul and Spirit

Jilling View
Jilling View
Jilling Sanctuary, Jilling, Bhimtal, Nainital, is one of the most visited place in Uttarakhand. The Peace of the remote Himalayas, with perfect comforts of a five star lodge, Jilling Sanctuary is the perfect getaway that rejuvenates your body, soul and spirit in the environment of a luxury resort set in the natural raw beauty of the Himalayas.


Jilling Trek to Temple
Jilling Trek to Temple
Encircled by a thick layer of greenery is the Jilling Sanctuary, nestled atop 6000 feet up in the mountains that makes it's way through the verdant terrace farms and oak jungles in Bhimtal town of Uttarakhand. The bosky backwoods of the land are engulfed by natural beauty that throws you off merrily into nature's arms. The views on one side of the property stretches down to the plains, through the foot hills and on the other side, are the iced peaks of the Himalayas, the Nanda Devi range looks up close on a clear day.

Jilling -The Glass House
Jilling -The Glass House
The resort comprises of the original stone bungalow. The rooms are simple yet luxurious with all the modern day facilities one can think of. Authentic Indian as well as continental delicacies are prepared with the ingredients sourced from their very own green houses. The conservatory is a glass building and includes an exterior viewing deck and fireplace that looks out into the hills, books and journals, state of the art home theatre system and a dining area.  There is a glass enclosed solar heated swimming pool.

Solar Heated Indoor Swimming Pool
Solar Heated Indoor Swimming Pool
Your days can be spent bird watching, trekking the different private routes inside the property, riding ponies, picnicking in the hills, swimming in the heated pool and more. Additionally you can visit the Jim Corbett Sanctuary in Nainital or the Sattal Lakes.

The Sanctuary experience is guaranteed to be one that you would cherish and remember forever.



May 4, 2018

Hatu Peak, Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh | Offbeat Hillstation

Photos of Hatu Peak, Narkanda
This photo of Hatu Peak is courtesy of TripAdvisor

NARKANDA, situated at an attitude of 2708 meters on the Hindustan Tibet road (NH - 22), Narkanda offers a spectacular view of snow ranges. An ideal retreat for the tourists who seek seclusion in mountains. You see unique view of the eternal snow line, the inviting apple orchards and dense forests. Narkanda is famous for Skiing & Winter sports. During these days the slopes come alive with skiers. The skiing at Narkanda was started in 1980 and since then HPTDC is conducting skiing courses every year. Narkanda is a gateway to apple country of Himachal Pradesh.



We were in shimla and planned a weekend getaway to narkanda. It was a 3hr drive with lot of fresh cherries and apples on our way. You get a box of cherries for Rs100 and they taste real yum.

We reached HPTDC, HOTEL HATU NARKANDA, this tourist guest house which is ideally located offering spectacular views of snow clad ranges. The lawn for breakfast and lunch was very enjoyable and food was really good just felt like home made food.According to me this place is the best for stay at narkanda. People are very hospitable and service is excellent.

The area has forests of fir and spruce, with a smattering of maple, aspen and cedar trees. The skiing slopes are close by. A wooded trek route takes you to Hatu Peak unfolding a magnificient vista of undulating meadows, snow peaks and valleys. Ahead lie the Greater Himalaya and a number of peaks - the Kinner Kailash, the Srikhand and the Kullu ranges. Hatu's flank hold stretches of apple orchards and acres of wild flowers.

Note: Hatu HPTDC Guest House Address
ADDRESS : The Hatu, Narkanda, Dist. Shimla (H.P.) -171213. Tel: (01782) - 242430, 242509 
Check availability and book The Hatu

Narkanda is a destination for a quiet holiday in the heart of nature.In winter, the temperature can hover around freezing point when heavy woolens are required. During summer, the climate is pleasant and cottons / light woolens are suggested. Narkanda receives heavy snowfall in winters. 

Well the hotel manager asked us to explore hatu peak (3300m) : 8 km from Narkanda. And we agreed, we drove through pine and spruce trees. On top of the hill, ancient Hatu Mata temple is located. The peak offers spectacular view of the entire Himalayan ranges, snow clad mountains and in depths are the dense forests, green fields and apple orchards. Hiking is recommended to reach the peak.

This place was just awesome and we really enjoyed our time watching clear blue skies.
Watch out some latest pics from my vacations here...

Seetalvan Orchard , Kotgarh, Thanedar
Seetalvan Orchard , Kotgarh, Thanedar
If you have time you can also explore KOTGARH AND THANEDHAR.

KOTGARH AND THANEDHAR (1830m) : 17 km link road bifurcating from Narkanda takes you to the Himachal's Horticultural heartland, Kotgarh and Thanedhar, renown for apple orchards. The famous Stokes Farm is located at Thanedhar. Stokes came to India on a trip and while on a summer visit to Shimla, fell in love with its environments, which included the charming hill folk and settled down in Kotgarh. He started the apple farm which soon became renown with its Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Royal Delicious,apples. Enjoy this small quiet place and dont forget to eat bhuttas and local shop teas and matris.
Also you can explore local market for hand knit woollen clothes and shoes which are pretty cheap.

The Mud Fort Village Kuchesar

The Mud Fort Village Kuchesar
The Mud Fort Village Kuchesar
Enjoy the 18th century lifestyle with a modern touch. Located just 80 kms away from Delhi, the heritage property of Kuchesar is known for its hospitality since decades. Set in the lush plains of Ganga basin, this exotic hotel displays glories of Indian Empires. Experience history first-hand at the Mud Fort Kuchesar.



Major Attractions

» Family Picnics
» Walk through Sugarcanes and Mango orchid
» Bullock Cart Rides are real fun
» You can enjoy activities like Dip Pool, Badminton, Indoor Games, Table Tennis, Activity Room
» Visit the famous Brijghat on the ganges located at a distance of about 25 kms

Accomodation

This heritage hotel of Kuchesar has 10 huge luxurious rooms providing all basic amenities. All the rooms are tastefully decorated keeping the royal touch. And to add to the holiday mood you can enjoy wide spread green fields and cool breeze, it helps you to relax and drop the stress off.

Package Details

For package details: http://www.mudfortkuchesar.com/packages.htm

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Some Reviews
What a fantastic value for money. Place for real peace and tranquility at a unbelievable price and so near to Delhi. Hospitality is like home stay. royality at a discount !! read more

It was a fantastic experince. The food was exotic, the environment is peaceful, the service is good. The worst part is the approach. The road is too bad and its a bumpy drive....read more

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Address: Village Kuchesar, Via BB Nagar, Dist Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh - 203001, India.
Tel: 05736 - 273039
Website: www.mudfortkuchesar.com

Jilling Estate--the perfect holiday retreat!

Jilling Estate
Jilling Estate
Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas among the Kumaon ranges of Uttaranchal, Jilling Estate is the perfect holiday retreat for those who enjoy basking in the arms of nature.

Enjoy the view of Nanda Devi, walks to a spectacular ridge through the woods, camping on the ridge, bonfire nights.Spread over 120 acres of oak and rhododendron mixed forests to walk around in and a very healthy bird and animal population to view. And the snows are straight ahead with Nanda Devi, the highest peak, dominating. The height ranges from 6000 to 7200 feet above sea level and have snow in winter. 


Enjoy the natural organic vegetables and a few apples, plums, apricots and chestnuts. 

The estate has a rich and varied wildlife. There are jungle cats, mountain deer, wild boar, a great variety of Himalayan birds and occasionally bear and leopard. It is fed by a mountain spring with pure mineral water and on clear days there is a breathtaking view of the eternal snows. There are long and peaceful walks where you will have the forest all to yourself.

In the evening you may have your meal around a bonfire under the stars or besides a crackling logfire in your room. There are villages a few kilometres away and it is enjoyable to interact with the hill folk. Not being connected to the road Jilling is a peaceful haven ideal for nature lovers. Bird watchers will find it specially enriching. 

They do not take more than 4-5 couples at a time. The accommodation is dispersed and guests can roam freely and be quite alone. Sometimes, they take out small groups of around 8-15 people to the high altitude border areas for trekking tours of 6-12 days depending on the area.

The best time are from April-June and September-October. Kumaon is not very crowded with tourists and the scenery is stupendous with wild flowers in bloom stretching from the high altitude pastures to the snowline.

Alternately, they take out motor trips with camping gear and food, and guests can bed down in comfort at scenic locations away from crowded rest houses etc. Apart from visiting beautiful and interesting places like historic temples, caves etc., you can also incorporate light activities like hiking and fishing. 

Jilling is a 2 km walk up from the road head. 

A 9 hour drive from Delhi (or an overnight train) makes it an ideal weekend getaway if you need some time off to rejuvenate.

There is nothing like a firsthand experience to find out what Jilling is all about. 

To see pictures of jilling estate cottages view jilling estate photogallery

Apr 28, 2018

Weekend Jungle Retreat at Corbett

A weekend retreat at Corbett Wild Iris Spa & Resort, Ramnagar.
A weekend retreat at Corbett Wild Iris Spa & Resort, Ramnagar.

A weekend retreat in the midst of Jungle away from the city at Corbett Wild Iris Spa & Resort, Ramnagar.

The resort is located near village Kyari Kham in Ramnagar, Uttarakhand. We had a rejuvenating experience in the swimming pool, and enjoyed our buffets at restaurant facility. It was pleasure of discovering true nature with its rich nature surrounding ambiance with our local walks around the village and the jungle.

Exploring a rich jungle of the reservoir with all the rare species of reptiles and birds near our resort was a great adventure and beautiful birds voices were meditative to the ears and mind. This place is a dream destination for the bird watchers and wild lovers, and we had a perfect experience of  Jungle.

Evening Nature Walk

A Local Canal near Corbett Wild Iris Spa & Resort

Fun time with Family at the Swimming Pool
Fresh Sugarcane Juice for High Energy Rush after a Trek
Gazing @ Fishes and Froggies

Evening Tea Stall, Kumaoni Chai with Pakoras
Local Mango Kyari
Survival Game-- Baby Chicks Trapped for Sale

Now some chai at local chai shop

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Apr 11, 2018

Pangot A Small Paradise for Bird Watching, Nanital

Pangot, A small paradise, Nanital
Pangot, A small paradise, Nanital
Pangot is a village in the Kosiyakutoli tehsil of Nainital district in Uttarakhand, India, and a tourist destination at a height of 6,300 feet. Pangot is located about 13 kilometers from Nainital, which is a popular hill station. The drive to here passes through the forested area of Cheena Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury, which are birding spots.





The main attraction of Pangot are its birds; around 580 bird species have been recorded in this area. One can see a variety of Himalayan species along the way such as lammergeier, Himalayan griffon, blue-winged minla, spotted & slaty-backed forktail, rufous-bellied woodpecker, rufous-bellied niltava, khalij pheasant, variety of thrushes etc. Almost 150 bird species have been recorded at Pangot and the surrounding areas. The numerous perennial & seasonal creeks are home to a variety of flora and fauna including leopards, yellow-throated Himalayan martens, Himalayan palm civets, ghorals, barking deer and sambhar.

If you are a bird enthusiast or love the serenity and peace of hills, then you would love this place.
You would love to listen, different bird's call, the more one concentrates the more one hears a beautiful symphony going on. Then you will have interesting forest trails waiting to wow you. While you hiking in the surrounding areas you will meet shepherds grazing their herds. This place would give you an opportunity to capture magical sunsets and sunrises. Holiday together with friends, family and pets. Be with Butterflies, birds, Fireflies, tadpoles, crickets, ladybirds upon your arrival at Pangot, see nature unfold its ways of life to you.

10 Offbeat Trips Near Delhi

  1. Pangot- A birdwatcher’s trove A charming little hill town located in the Nainital district of Uttaranchal
    Pangot is like a paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers. With around 580 bird species been recorded in this area, you are bound to encounter a few fluttering colourful feathers. Even though it’s counted as one of the offbeat places around Delhi, the resorts here are gorgeous and will make your holiday worthwhile. 




  2. Binsar- Towering peaks to roaring predators Zero point in Binsar, Uttarakhand
    Binsar is breathtakingly surreal! From the vivid view of the Trisul and Nanda Devi to its lush wildlife sanctuary, Binsar has it all to lure your wanderlust. Perched up at 2400 meters above sea level, it is one of the highest hill station in the Kumaon region. It’s still one of the fairly offbeat destinations around Delhi that is not yet commercialised by tourists. 
  3. Fagu- A hamlet of stone houses in Himachal Pradesh
    Fagu is an enchanting little hill town in the Kufri region of Shimla. You can have a glimpse of the majestic Himalayan summits from here. Dotted by little stone walled houses and lush green plantations, it’s definitely one of the most charming offbeat weekend getaways near Delhi. Make sure to be a part of the ski fest if you’re here in February. 
  4. Darang- A whiff of freshness and refreshment
     The tea gardens of Darang in Himachal Another Himachali beauty, Darang is located near Mcleodganj on the road to Palampur. Walk through lush tea gardens rolling over the hills and mesmerise to the sound of toads and chirping of birds. It is one of the offbeat holiday destinations near Delhi from where you can view the majestic Dhauladhars standing tall over the delightful hamlet 
  5. Pithoragarh- Where the gods dine
     The beauty of Pithoragarh is beyond explanation Pithoragarh district is located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. The beauty of this place is beyond explanation. Surrounded by towering snow clad peaks, alpine forests and green valley and perennial rivers, it is definitely one of the most gorgeous offbeat places near Delhi that is still unspoilt by commercialism. Make sure to visit the mesmerising Soar Valley. 
  6. Kausani- Charming meadows adorned by pine and oak trees
     View of the himalayan peaks from Kausani Another undiscovered Kumaoni beauty, Kausani is the best place to view the majestic massifs of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Panchachuli in their full glory. There are a few 12th century temples in Bajinath that you can visit and the view points from where you can witness the mountains. It n of the offbeat weekend getaways near Delhi in Uttarakhand that has managed to retain its natural form. 
  7. Munsiyari- Gear up for Panchachuli View from Munsiyari
    Munsiyari is a popular destination among mountaineers and trekkers, but it’s still counted as one of the offbeat destinations near Delhi since it’s not yet frequented regularly by tourists. The best part about this quaint little hamlet in Uttarakhand is that you can have a vivid view of the Panchachuli peaks from here. It is also the starting point for the Milam glacier trek. 
  8. Naukuchiatal- The lake with nine corners
     The surreal lake in Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand Naukuchiatal is a surreal destination in Uttarakhand. Flanked by Bhimtal and Nainital on either sides, this picturesque hill town is best known for its placid and beautiful lake which is the deepest in the region. Another amazing feature of this place is the independent art and music festival, Escape. 
  9. Kanatal- For a little adventure and tranquility
    View of the majestic peaks from Kanatal Situated between two extremely popular and commercial hill stations Mussoorie and Chamba, Kanatal is so far one of the offbeat places near Delhi that offers absolute tranquility and peace. There are a few awesome properties by famed hoteliers like Club Mahindra and there are also few adventure camps that offers exciting activities amid the hilly terrains. 
  10.  Dausa- Stepwells, palaces and royalty Chand Baori in Dausa, Rajasthan
    Did you know, the bewildering step well that was featured as the ‘Pit’ in “The Dark Knight Rises”, is located in a small village in Rajasthan? That’s Dausa for you, a quaint traditional village located near Jaipur with many other historical marvels like Bhadrawati Palace and Khawaraoji. It’s one of the offbeat destinations near Delhi that you can visit with your family.

Apr 9, 2018

A Perfect Getaway Golf Resort Gurgaon Karma Lakelands

Karma Lakelands, Golf Resort, Gurgaon
Karma Lakelands, Golf Resort, Gurgaon

Karma Lakelands, The Golf Resort

Karma Lakelands, The Golf Resort is a perfect family getaway located in Gurgaon near Manesar and Delhi NCR. If you are stressed out, need a quick weekend break away from city noise then this is the place in the lap of nature yet in heart of city life.





A meticulously planned resort with colourful winding Bougainvillea lanes, 9 hole golf course, animal farming,organic garden,children's park, swimming pool and tastefully decorated Chalets makes it an ideal weekend break for couples & families. Nevertheless the wonderful staff with their warm infectious smile takes the stress away from urban minds. Morning starts with meditation at the Isha Yoga centre,followed by nature walks & sumptuous breakfast. A must visit destination to return with a bag full of memories.

Cycling, Bee Farming, Organic Farming are some of their other activities. The resort is very peaceful and offers tranquility. Food is good and can be customised to your choices.

It's a kids friendly resort and kids have lots of activities to do to keep themselves busy through the day.

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