13 April 2010

Mussoorie - The Queen of Hills

Mussoorie is a beautiful hill station in Uttarakhand Gahwal. It is approximately 25 Kms from Dehradun. Mussoorie is termed as Queen of Hills (paharon ki rani) because of its immense beauty and natural fragrances. Without doubt Mussoorie is the Honeymoon Capital of North India. Summer or winter, our eyes are gladdened by the invariable attractive couples walking hand in hand down the Mall, planning their lives together. This Queen of Hills was established by the British as a 'Rest & Recreation' station. The snowfall here, usually in the end of December and beginning of January, attracts visitors by the thousands.

Other Sites Near Mussoorie
There are so many other beautiful places to go near Mussoorie. People who come to visit this Queen of Hills do not miss the chance to view the immense beauty around Mussoorie.

Kempty Fall
15 Kms from Mussoorie on the Yamunotri road having an altitude of 1215 mts, it has the distinction of being the biggest and the prettiest waterfall located in this beautiful valley and is surrounded by high mountains. A bath at the foot of the fall is refreshing and enjoyable for children and adults as well.

Located amidst thick, virgin forest of Deodar, Rhododendron and Oak, it has an enchanting atmoshphere created by a long wooded slopes, relaxing outdoors, cool caressing breeze, warm and hospitable inhabitants, and a fabulous view of snow covered mountains. All this combine to make Dhanaulti as ideal retreat for a relaxed holiday. Situated on the Mussoorie - Chamba route, Dhanaulti is just 24 Kms from Chamba.

Surkanda Devi
Mountain - top Surkanda Devi temple, at an altitude of 2903 mts, and ringed by dense forest, is a sanctified spot. People from all corners throng to this shrine and the Ganga Dussehra Fair held every year between May and June attracts thousands of devotees not only from Garhwal but other parts of Northern India as well. For reaching this temple one has to walk 2 Kms from the motor road at Kaddukhal which is 22 Kms from Chamba and 7 kms from Dhanaulti.

Haridwar - The Way to God

Haridwar is the one of the most sacred place on the earth. Haridwar itself means Hari-Ka-Dwar i;e, way to God. Haridwar is a beautiful city located at the bank of river Ganga. This beautiful divine city is full with temples and Ashrams.

Tourist Rest Houses

Rahi - Haridwar
Rooms : 20 (AC-3, Deluxe-16, Family Suite-1

Services & Facilities: Lawns, Canteen, Room Service

Operating Season: Round the year

Best season to Visit: Round the year

Nearby Attractions: Aarti Darshan at Har-Ki-pauri, mansadevi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Daksh Prajapati, Kankhal, Rajaji National Park, Chilla

11 April 2010

Harsil - The Nature's Blessings

Harsil is an unexplored beauty of Garhwal Himalayas. Situated on the way to Gangotri, at a distance of nearly 75 Kms from Uttarkashi, this sleepy hamlet offers immaculate beauty of the Himalayas, at an impressive height of 2620 meters above the sea-level. It is surrounded by the breathtaking splendour of the majestic Himalayan peaks.

Harsil is also known as a major apple growing Zone. A Britisher, Mr. Wilson planted here the first apple tree in the 19th Century. His Cottage was still a major attraction in the area till a major fire destroyed the cottage.
Situated amidst the incredible beauty of mountain peaks, Harsil is counted amongst some of the most beautiful places in the Garhwal region.
Harsil has a cool climate throughout and gets snow bound between December and March.

Harsil is a cantonment area. So, it is restricted for the foreign tourists. Apart from being at the way to Gangotri, it's also the entry point to the Kinnaur Himalayas in the Himachal Pradesh.

How to Reach
Air: The nearest Airport is Jolly Grant, 260 Km away.
Rail: The nearest railway station is Rishikesh, at a distance of 245 Km.
Road: Harsil is connected with the outside world through motorable roads, via Uttarkashi.

Places to Stay (Hotels in Garhwal)
Tourist Rest House - GMVN Ph: 222210

PWD Inspection House
Mini Swiss Hotel

There are several Private Hotels in Dharali, 03 Kms from Harsil. Some of them are mentioned below:

Hotel Shivalik
Hotel Aanchal
Hotel Chandralok
Hotel Snowpinch
Hotel Himgiri

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