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A former princely state, Mandi in the state of Himachal Pradesh is located in the banks of the Beas River. This historic city has retained much of its past glory and elegance. Steeped in the grandeur of its past, Mandi has made a flourishing changeover in to an effervescent and bustling city. Famed for its stone temples, this city has popularly called as the 'Varanasi of Hills'. Apart from the glorious monuments and amazing natural spectacles, Mandi is also renowned for its fairs and festivals. Since most of the temples in this hilly terrain are in the name of Lord Shiva, Mahasivarathri is celebrated here with much pomp and enthusiasm. A write-up of Mandi with out mentioning the much attractive Nalwar Mela would not be fair. The herd of bullocks in colorful makeup steals the show in their credit. Fast Facts :- State: Himachal Pradesh District: Mandi Famous for/as: Hill Station Languages: Hindi, Punjabi, Himachali Best Season: Apr - Jun, Sep - Nov Weather: Summer 8 to 30°C, Winter -10 to 10°C Altitude: 750 m From Delhi: 439km Nature (3) Chauntra Valley : A small village close to Mandi, the village lies enroute to the famous paragliding spot of Bir. Of recent, a small Tibetan settlement and a Tibetan University have come up, making this place a budding tourist attraction. Rewalsar Lake : A great pilgrim centre at an altitude of 1,350 meters, where coexist three different shrines of different religions, Rewalsar Lake at Mandi holds such a miracle. A Hindu temple, a Buddhist monastery and a Sikh gurdwara situates here in a wonderful accord. Sunken Garden : A verdant green garden with a thriving shopping complex Sunken Garden in Mandi is a spectacle of hill architecture. A pagoda-type structure with a clock tower is the major attraction in the garden. Behind this amazing structure there lies a heinous story of the erstwhile Mandi king. Religious (5) Ardhnareshwar Temple : Lord Shiva in the composite form of half man and half woman is the principal deity of this unique temple. Such temples are very rare in the India and the deity here signifies the beautiful ideology of Ardhnareshwar. Apart from the feeling it generates, this temple exhibits the richness of traditional. Bhima Kali Temple : The family deity of the erstwhile Bushahar rulers, Bhima Kali Temple is located on the banks of the Beas River. Dedicated to goddess Bhimakali, this temple presents an architectural marvel. This beautiful temple also houses a large museum. Bir Monastery : Between the villages of Bajinath and Mandi, is a small settlement of Tibetans. There are many monasteries here which are an epitome of the great Buddhist influence in this region. The most popular among them is the Nyingma monastery, which is known for its interiors and various thangka paintings. Panchvaktra Temple : An abode of numerous temples, most of which are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Mandi proposes a great pilgrimage center for the devotees. It is amazing to see that this small hilly area has more than three hundred temples flanking the River Beas. Almost all the temples display world-class architecture. Triloknath Temple : One among the oldest temples in Mandi, Triloknath Temple is situated at Purani Mandi. Built in AD 1520 by the then queen, Sultan Devi, Trilok Nath temple in Mandi features excellence in architecture. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple premises are enshrined with numerous images of the destroyer. Adventure (1) Trekking : Nestled in the lap of the highest mountain peaks of the Himalayas, Mandi offers tremendous opportunities of trekking to the challenge loving people. Its verdant valleys, snowcapped mountains and thick jungles are the perfect spots of a memorable trek. Trekking in Mandi needs great stamina. Miscellaneous (2) Prashar : A scenic village near Mandi, the main attraction here is the Parashar Lake. The high mountains of this pretty place houses the Parashar Lake, which is named after the saint Prashar. The lake is nourished by the tiny brooks of the mountains and the bluish water of the lake. Sunder Nagar : Placed at an altitude of 1150 meters, the gorgeous town of Sunder Nagar is famous for its dappled strides in the midst of soaring trees. A pretty surroundings of a valley and the sacred temples of Mahamaya and Sukhdev Vatika makes this city a hot spot of visitors.
Situated amidst the Garhwal Himalayas, Yamunotri in the state of Uttar Pradesh is naturally bestowed with abundant beauty and charm. At a hovering altitude of 3293 meters, Yamunotri lies adjacent to the Indo-Chinese border and is encircled by the lofty peaks on all sides. One of the holiest centers in the Hindu pantheon, this sacred abode of the Asti muni boast of so many unparallel vistas of nature. Highly revered as the origin of the majestic River Yamuna, Yamunotri is famed for its glaciers, and thermal springs that makes it one of the most important stopovers in the schedule of a Hindu pilgrim. According to Hindu tradition, Yamuna is the sister of Yama, the god of death and a holy dip in this river secures a painless death to the devotee. A thrilling and exhilarating location in the footsteps of Garhwal mountain ranges, Yamunotri proffers picturesque surroundings with the awesome shrubs, lush meadows and gushing cascades. A legendary place, which demands lots of courage and stamina to reach, Yamunotri would be a perfect place for those who love escapades. The trek to Yamunotri is magnificent, subjugated by mind stilling views of craggy peaks and intense forests. From the snow-clad summits to the turquoise lakes, Yamunothri has unbelievably romantic allures on store for those who are young at heart. Its imposing walking trails beside the gushing streams presents some of the spectacular moments that one could never forget. Apart from all, this snowy abode of Yamuna is a wildlife enthusiast dream destination. Fast Facts State: Uttaranchal District: Uttarkashi Famous for/as: Pilgrim, Trekking Languages: Hindi, Garhwali Best Season: Apr - Oct Weather: Summer 6 to 20°C, Winter -7 to 5°C Altitude: 3235 m From Delhi: 419km Nature (2) Saptarishi Kund : A natural lake that happens to be the most enthralling spot in Yamunotri, Saptarishi Kund is regarded as the origin of Yamuna River. At an altitude of 4421 meters, this scenic spot is not easily accessible and it is considered as one among the most tedious treks in the Himalayas. Surya Kund : Rice prasad being cooked in As a testimonial to the mythological belief that the Sun is the father of River Yamuna,Yamuothri houses a hot water spring whose temperature is 1900 F. This hot water spring is known as Surya Kund that lies very near to the holy shrine of Yanmunothri. Religious (2) Divya Shila : A powerful rock pillar located near the Surya Kund at Yamunotri, Divya Shila presents a ethereal feeling to the devotees. It is conventional that all the devotees should make poojas here at Divya Shila before they enter Yamunotri. Yamunotri Temple : Perched at an altitude of 3030 meters at the lofty Kalind Parvat, Yamunotri temple at the holy banks of River Yamuna is one of the four dhams in India. Originally built in the 19th century, this temple has been destroyed due to natural calamities twice. Adventure (1) Trekking : Ardous road From time immemorial Himalayas are an alluring fascination to trekkers and natural lovers. Yamunotri that lies at an elevation of 3030 meters poses not an exception. A place with picture book sceneries, Yamunotri offers some of the pictorial as well as tedious treks to the adventurous people. Miscellaneous (4) Badkot : Distant view of Bandarpoonch range from Badkot is a tiny locale that situates 49 kilometers away from Yamunotri. This hamlet is famed for one of the ancient temples. One of the holiest and prettiest shrines in the locality, Badkot offers a serene and divine ambiance to all those who came here. Hanuman Chatti : River Yamuna at Hanuman Chatti is one among the thrilling climbs in the rocky terrain and it is situated 13 kilometers away from Yamunotri. Since this serene place is spotted at the convergence of the magnificient rivers Yamuna and Hanuman Ganga, it offers awesome beauty to the visitors. Janki Chatti : One of the most exciting tourism destinations, Janki Chatti is familiarly known for its hot water springs. It is situated some 3 kilometers away from Yamunotri. This area encompasses the last village in the region and the pilgrims are provided with moderate accommodation facilities here. Kharsali : An exciting locale, located very close to Janki Chatti, Kharsali presents exciting surroundings and lovely ambiance to the picnickers. A quaint with lots of thermal springs and pretty cascades, Kharsali is one of the most renowned tourist location in this region.
A sleepy hamlet, amazingly scenic beautiful village, surrounded by greenish and yellowish paddy fields, Mori is located on the banks of renowned Tons River. Mori is a part of the Tons valley, have a unique culture and history. Local folks boast that they are the descendants of the Kauravas and Pandavas, the mythological royal warriors and kings in the epic age of Mahabharatha. A tourist attraction for the solitude-seeking travelers for secluded destinations; Mori is a perfect holiday retreat. The tallest pine forest in Asia is among the thickly populated forest in Mori. Main attractions include the ancient historic temple, with main deity as Duryodhna and the Lunagad Creek, a fantastic place with a narrow ravine and a cute pond with a small but fascinating waterfall. Cultural diversity of Mori, full of legendary temples, architectures and mythology, is fascinating. The cutie village offers one with unusual, unique and diverse opportunities. The people in Mori are followers of Kauravas, considered as the anti heroes in epic Mahabharatha, and Mori folks consider them as gods. The people here have peculiar habits like smoke earthen pipes, coconut hookahs or bidis, women folks are fond of wearing ornaments made out of silver. An ancient temple of Karna, with a rectangular wooden structure, located nearby to Mori in Netwar is attractive. Mori is well known for adventurous water sports activities. Water rafting on the Tons River and trekking on the undulated hilly terrains are the chief activities one can adventure for. Mori is an apt place for holiday camping, to rejuvenate and relax the body mind and whole life activities. Fast Facts State: Uttaranchal District: Uttarkashi Famous for/as: Camping Languages: Kumaoni, Garhwali, Hindi Best Season: Apr - Jun, Sep - Nov Weather: Summer 9-23°C, Winter 2-10°C Altitude: 1150 m From Delhi: 398km Nature (1) Lunagad Creek : Are you looking for a spectacular holiday experience, Lunagad Creek offer this. Lunagad, concentrated by summer camps, is an amazing river side location. Enjoy the nature in its serene beauty, pristine state and unspoiled to have a quite rare experience away from today's jet set life. Religious (1) Duryodhana Temple : Mori’s local inhabitants claims or believed themselves as the ascendants of the Pandavas and Kauravas. They worship the Kauravas as the God. The Duryodhana temple, the temple for the eldest Kaurava, in Jakhol near Mori was constructed by the local folks. The main deity is Duryodhana. Adventure (4) Camping : Camping turns out to be a hobby of many merry travelers, which offers the great enjoyment of boundless natural beauty, to peel away from the stress and strains of urbanized living style. A wonderful pleasant experience, camping in Mori is awesome. Amidst the luxurious greeneries, rosy sunrise and more. Rafting and Kayaking : Tons river offers the ultimate enjoyment in rafting and kayaking for adventurous tourists. Tons is the largest offshoot of the Yamuna river, originating at Bandarpunch peak of 20,720 feet. With its exciting stream, Mori offers outstanding rush and the excitement of being with nature is fantastic. Rock Climbing and Rappelling : Mori is a school of teaching the Rappelling. One can start from kinder garten to graduate school of Rock climbing in Mori, with many natural rock faces surrounding the undulated hilly terrain. It is a very complicated exercise to have climbing in the hard granite faces of the rough rocks. Trekking : Meander around the unfriendly terrains, undulated, rocky and challenging, Mori makes you to take up the challenge of jungle trekking. The Har-ki-Dun valley and the places, dense forested greenish surroundings, around Mori have some good trekking trails. Motivated tourists can take outdoor memorable.
At an altitude of 7000 feet, there lies the tiny hamlet of Abbott Mount from where one could witness the snowcapped cliffs of the mighty Himalayas in its full glory. This momentous hilly resort on the eastern side of the Kumaon Hills unravels a passable vision of the massive peaks from the Gangotri cliff to Dhaulagiri range. Like all other hilly resorts, this hill station is also a noble venture of the progressive English men, especially John Harold Abbott, who wants a retreat from the tiresome life of the plains. Though this is established during the early part of the 20th century, it succeeded to keep its identity till now. Abbott Mount has spectacular trails and walkways that make the picnicker spell bound. Picturesque and serene surroundings of deodar and pine forest are a haven of exotic Himalayan birds whose twittering and chirping creates a melodious environ. It would be a perfect quixotic location for young couples and honeymooners. Abbott Mount encompasses a cluster of thirteen Cottages set in the midst of five acres of marvelous woods. On its pictorial ambiance, this hamlet holds a lovely church, which provides an ethereal appeal to its magnificence. You can opt for a tour to this hilly resort at any time of the year. If you prefer slower and easy paced vacation, you choose the summers when the entire surroundings would be filled with the diaphanous shades of large variety of butterflies. Those who prefer some thrilling expeditions can try out some fishing and other allied adventures. Abbott Mount is a recommended place for those who prefer to be nestled in the lap of Mother Nature. Since this resort offers the most serene and tranquil environ it would be an ideal location for creative people. Whatever be your ardor, Abbott Mount would provide you with the necessary vibes to cherish your passions. Fast Facts State: Uttaranchal District: Champawat Famous for/as: Hill Station Languages: Kumaoni, Hindi Best Season: Throughout the year Weather: Summer 17 to 25°C, Winter -5 to 15°C Altitude: 2150 m From Delhi: 384km Adventure (1) Fishing : If you plan your tour to Abbott Mount during October to June, you would be fascinated with fishing. Perhaps this might be the most exotic and thrilling activity in this sleepy hill resort. The stretch between Marchula till downstream is a permits site for fishing. Miscellaneous (2) Champawat : Former capital of the Chand rulers, Champawat is bequeathed with a flamboyant settings and delightful vistas of nature. With awesome landscapes, abundant wildlife and terraced fields Champawat offers wide range of fascinations to the tourists. Lohaghat : A town that grabs people with its great historical and mythological significance, Lohaghat in the suburbs of Tanakpur district, lies on the banks of Lohawati River. Perched at an elevation of 1706 meters this small town houses numerous lovely temples in its sprawling expanse of 4.5 square kilometers.