7 Interesting Places to Visit in Rabat

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The fourth largest city of Morocco, Rabat is also the country’s capital, located by the Atlantic Ocean. The city lies by the shores of the Bou Regreg and is one of the easier going communities in Morocco. Compared to the bustling town of Casablanca which is located at a short distance from Rabat, the town’s environment is essentially laid back and provides a refuge from the busy Moroccan cities like Marrakech, Fez and Essaouira etc. Being located by the Atlantic Ocean, the city enjoys a mildly warm climate with warm summers and cool winters. The city’s history is deeply rooted in the Islamic culture with a distinctive architecture and cuisine, signatory of the Moroccan culture. Let us take a look at some of the most interesting places in Rabat. (more…)

10 Most Popular Tour Packages of North India

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North India has within itself an array of picturesque locations with diverse cultural heritages. There are many locations in North India that enthrall tourists and explorers alike. The mere diversity and distinct topography in various regions of the north make it amusing for tourists to venture into the different destinations situated here. Ranging from the deserts of Rajasthan to the mountains of Himachal, each location harbors its own charm and historic relevance. (more…)

5 Must-Visit Places in Rishikesh

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Rishikesh is a small, religious and highly vibrant town set in a valley, close to the state capital of Dehradun, has gained fame for various instances over time. Named after Lord Vishnu, Rishikesh is a major religious destination for the Hindu people, as it is at the beginning of the Chota Char Dham. However, Rishikesh in itself is a well kept secret, having a lot to offer its visitors. (more…)

7 Hill Stations Of Uttarakhand

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Uttarakhand, a beautiful state of ascending mountains, is known for housing the ultimate pilgrimage in Hindu mythology, which is said to lead to the abode of the Gods itself. When one sees the large number of hill stations, each more picturesque than the last; they would certainly understand why the Gods themselves would choose to live here. (more…)

Top 5 Places To Visit In Uttarakhand

Nainital

Cradled in the majestic Himalayas, Uttarakhand is often known as Devbhumi or the Land of the Gods. The Ganga flows most of its initial course through it and each year, religious pilgrims flock to its many destinations by the thousands, and leave feeling enriched, for not only is this land rich in spiritual experiences but also has much scenic natural beauty to offer, with the topography comprising of mountains, valleys and lakes. An exploration of the Indian culture would be incomplete without a visit to Uttarakhand. (more…)

Top 7 Places To Visit In Nainital

Governor’s House

Nainital is one of the most beautiful and heavenly district, located in the Himalayan range in the state, Uttarakhand. It is splendidly situated at an altitude of 1938 meters above from the sea level, and it is also known as the “Lake city of Uttarakhand”. The oldest city of the state Uttarakhand, Nainital has been consecrated over the figure of goddess Naina Devi, and the Naina Lake that embraces the city with its magnificent aura.

The urban, but not so populated city is surrounded by a number of beautiful lakes and splendid mountain ranges, like Deopatha and Aryapatha, which carries the Kumauni heritage and culture blissfully. The city is structurally separated into two distinct parts by the Lake, Naini. The first part of the city is Mallital that is the Northern part, while Tallital is the Southern part. The temperature of the city remains ambient and pleasant, which is far exuberant to visit while winters.

During summers, the temperature toggle around 27 degrees Celsius, and if you are lucky then you can see the beautiful clouds and rains. However, in the winters, the temperature can be bone chilling, but still highly desired to witness the snow fall. Thus, the city is the most wanted holiday destinations for newlywed couples, families and travel enthusiast to spend their holiday and pop out a new aliveness in the blissful aura of the Mother Nature.

Ultimate destinations to must visit in the city of attractions: Nainital
Undoubtedly, the city is the unrivaled spot in terms of its spectacular, awe-smashing, stupendous, and astounding natural magnificence, but still the moment you won’t explore it, you won’t know it. Therefore, let us take a look into the tourist spots of the peaceful arena to fix it for your next outing. The mesmeric places of the Nainital are defined as follows;

1. Naini Lake

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Photo by Ashok Malhotra, CC BY-ND 2.0

In between the seven mountains touching the zenith of the sky, the Lake is well located in its spellbound beauty, and its deep blue and pristine water. It presents a number of opportunities for water sports, like the boating, yachting, and paddling, which all adventure lovers should explore. The main beauty to look out is during the night time, when the whole surrounding is dark and all the lights from all around the city glows and cast an enchanting reflection in the lake. It feels like the twinkling stars are flooding the valley to reach the zenith of a promised land.

2. The Mall Road

Mall Road

Photo by Sanjoy Ghosh, CC BY 2.0

Although, every prime city has a Mall Road in it, but the Mall Road of the Nainital is pretty different from others. Unlike the other crowded and busy mall roads people know, this route is also hustling and bustling but with the local shopping stores and the travellers only. The epithet of the route has been changed to Govind Bhalla Panth Margh, but it still holds the appeal, which was earlier with the name, Mall Road.

3. Zoo

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Photo by Tambako The Jaguar, CC BY-ND 2.0

The zoo of the Nainital is set at an altitude of approximately 2200 meters from the sea floor, providing an enriched collection of wildlife species, surviving in their natural habitat. The wild list includes the Leopard, Sambhar, Rose ringed Parakeet, and Silver Pheasants. The list also includes some endangered species, like the Ghoral, White Peacocks, Siberian Tiger, and the Palm civet cat for which the wilderness became the deliverer.

4. Governor’s House (Raj Bhawan)

Governor’s House

Photo by Utkarsh saxena, CC BY-SA 3.0

The government body was established in 1899 with the architecture resembling to the Victorian Gothic domestic created by an impeccable architect, F.W Stevens. The Raj Bhawan is the dome for the Governor of Uttarakhand and comprises of 113 rooms, a big garden, a floating pool and a lush green golf court. Holding the two storeys in the mansion, you can explore it by buying a ticket for just 30 rupees.

5. Tiffin Top

Beautifully inscribed on the Aryapatta hill, the place is located at a walking distance from Nainital. From the summit of the Tiffin Top, you can glare at the crawling Himalayan Range and the neighbouring countryside. As well, at the crest of the hill, the Dorothy Seat is present where you can plan the picnic with families and friend. This perch in this place was lovingly built in the memory of an English lady and a painter by her husband. So, if you are a loving couple then you can revive your love here. Though, if you are a newlywed, then you can exchange love virtues and can promise to remain in love till life.

6. Snow View Point

Standing still at an elevation of 7,450 ft, the view point offers an enthralled view of snow covered peaks of all the mountain ranges, like Himalaya, Trishul, Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot. You can click awesome pictures of the snow covered peaks, and can inhale some of the fresh and rejuvenating air, which you will never find in traffic and a kitchen.

7. Gurney House

Gurney House

Photo by Schwiki, CC BY-SA 3.0

If you love animal and have soft corner for the endangered wildlife, then the Gurney house can be an aspiration to do something better for them. The house is the private property where the former wildlife activist and author Jim Corbett, once resided. Although, it is a private acquisition, but it is nowadays open for the travellers and visitors as a museum.

So, if you are done reading the article and have generated a little spark to plan for the city, then don’t let that spark fade down. The nature’s fine aura and a trail of rejuvenating ecstasy can be witnessed, if visited. So, pack your bags and jump of the comfortable but monotonous life to travel and explore. You can reach here via the airways, trains and buses, but travelling through the connecting terrains is more advisable as you can enjoy the earthy food and culture during the passage.

Top 5 Things To Do In Rishikesh

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Few holidays make us look deep into the beauty within our inner selves. As the world becomes bigger, faster and crazier, it has become more important than ever to stop and introspect before losing yourself in the rat race. A vacation to a place which offers this luxury is not only priceless; it is also becoming increasingly vital.

Yet, it is also surprisingly within our reach. Look no further than Rishikesh, a modest city in the Dehradun district of the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. Nestled at the foot of the Garhwal Himalayas on the banks of the holy Ganga, Rishikesh hums with religious and spiritual activity, and has managed to attract people from across borders, religions and communities to its universal solace. The Beatles very famously chose Rishikesh as their spiritual retreat.

Besides being a very revered pilgrimage destination for the Hindus, Rishikesh is also known for its scenic and tranquil Ganga beaches. A holiday in Rishikesh is always fulfilling, but enriching the experience are these five things that should definitely feature on your checklist. (more…)

The Hidden Gem That Is Uttarakhand

There are many parts of India that I’ve been wanting to take a vacation too, and now I think I have a new candidate for the first place I’d like to see (although it is a tough race in mind, my top five places in India to visit seem to change from day to day!).  I’m talking about the state of Uttarakhand, which is located in the northern areas of India. There are a plethora of unique experiences, sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures, that I know I’ll never be able to experience anywhere in the world. And while I know that India has some of the most jaw dropping ancient temples in the world, the one’s I’ve heard of in Uttarakhand have a certain charm without having as many stylized works of art or colorful displays. It would seem like the architecture itself is the real physical draw, though of course the spiritual draw will always supersede a cosmetic or artistic charm.

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Here is a great night photo of the “Gopi Nath Temple Gopeshwar” in Uttarakhand. I think the light being focused on the temple itself really accentuates the aesthetic qualities of the beautiful temple. If you look in the background, you can actually see some of the mountain ranges, hidden in the dark. © Neeraj Rawat.

I don’t think I’ve properly hyped up Uttarakhand enough yet, but I should mention that it has been called “Land of the Gods” because of the series of Hindu temples and the beautiful landscapes. In fact, in the hill station town of Nainital, near the foot hills of the Himalayan Mountains, the landscape is so stunning that the name definitely suits it perfectly. Considering that the population hovers below ninety thousand people, I’m surprised that the town hasn’t been heavily urbanized with the thick tourist traffic. I suppose I’ll want to visit there soon, since so many beautiful places often feel too congested once they become popular.

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This photo is of one of the many enormous mountainous landscapes that encompass many parts of the horizon around Uttarakhand. A photo is gorgeous indeed but I can just imagine what the scale must feel like to actual see a Himalayan mountain up close with my own eyes… © Mahindra Homestays.

I know I’ll likely just stumble around with a camera, looking like an obvious tourist, but I doubt I’ll feel self-conscious since I’ll have the experience of a life time all around me!

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Here is an elegant photo of some of the lush and rolling (almost wave-like) hills and plateaus that one can find in Uttarakhand. It’s so beautiful it seems like a fictional fantasy world with elves… Which reminds me, don’t spoil that new movie for me, I haven’t seen it yet! © rajkumar1220.

Why tourist still wants to visit Nainital?

Mountain View From Nainital

Nainital, no wonder, is rich in natural beauties and lakes. Situated few hundred kilometers from Delhi, it is one of the top most visited hill stations near Delhi. The climate is favorable all year and that is the reason why it gets visitors all year long. If you’re in mood to visit Nainital hill station, just pack your bag and get off to road for a wonderful trip. It is just 5 hours (280km) drive from Delhi.

Mountain View From Nainital

Snow point view, Nainital. Image Credits @ draskd

Though there are many alternatives one can opt. for to get away from their daily hectic life but Nainital is still not bad as I have described it in my previous post – “Naintal – Used To Be A Wonderful Place”. There are many places to visit in Nainital. Lake, mountains, sanctuary, zoo, caves, church, temples etc. Nainital summons all the beauty nature can offer.

Being pocket-friendly destination with all facilities and comfort; both Foreign and Indian tourists find it quite affordable. It may not offer the night life of clubs and disco for those who like to “party all night” but it is a perfect get away for peace & silence with family, friends and alike. One can enjoy boat ride in Nainital Lake, astonishing view of Himalayas, an insight into Cave and some prayers at Church. Getaway from noise to silence, from war to peace!

Nainital – Used To Be A Wonderful Place!

Nainital

Most of Indians would agree that their first choice for a honeymoon destination would be “Nainital”. We have been hearing that since 80’s, 90’s and late 20’s. However, things have changed! People have changed! Places have changed! And so has Nainital!

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Naini Lake, Nainital

Nainital in Uttarakhand State of India being one of the nearest hill stations from Delhi (Capital of India) is now not the same place that it used to be. It used to be more greener, more pleasant and more peaceful place. Maybe I was not in the right mood when I visited this place few months back. The place, usually, remains chilly even during summer season which was not even close to chilly this year. We were wearing T-Shirts and sweating under the hot Sun on the month of June in 2014. The place which our parents have traveled, which our grand-parents would have loved to travel is now not the place our grand-children would like to travel to; unfortunately.

WHAT HAPPENED? WHY PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO TRAVEL TO NAINITAL ANYMORE?

Well, the prices! The Indian economy has gotten weaker. The currency is weaker. We’re paying more than what the price actually needs to be. At the same price of 30k we can visit Dubai (UAE) or Singapore or Thailand or Malaysia which nowadays luckily includes the return flight costs too; it was too expensive druing 80’s to 20’s. Another reason to add up is to see something new, we always wanted to see the world. Most of us have never even traveled half of the states of India but have traveled like 20 or more countries. The language is no barrier anymore as it used to be as now everyone can speak in English quite fluently. The state of Uttarakhand, which is located in the northern areas of India

Maybe the another reason while our parents visited Nainital was that at that time their was language and food barriers. No good transportation or cheap transportation, no good money or for the love of country. But today, right this moment, it is not the case. New generation don’t think of skin-color, religion, culture etc. They just want to  live happy, enjoy the life and the nature!

However, Nainital is still visited by thousands of people every month and is one of the most beautiful places I have been to. But now, there are good alternatives, so choose wisely! Incredible India or Incredible World?