Thursday, April 18, 2019

Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley is a cold desert valley. It’s situated high in the Himalayas, in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh. "Spiti" signifies "The Middle Land”

Fast Fact
Location: SpitiNorth-Eastern part Himachal Pradesh, India
Best Time to Visit: June to October
Nearest Railway Station: Chandigarh
Nearest Airport: Bhunter Airport in Kullu
Tourist Attractions: Lahaul Valley, Kungri Monastery, Kaza, Chandra Taal, Pin Valley National Park, Komik, Dhankar Lake, Suraj Taal, Kibber, Tabo monastery, Tabo  Rock Art and Cave,

Spiti Valley that name that creates many pictures in your mind. While some picture lush green hills, mountain river, waterfalls, others think of it as a barren wasteland, a cold desert very similar to Ladakh. Whatever the picture is it attracts thousands of tourists or traveler every year because of a journey to Spiti is an experience that you will cherish for a long time, probably all of your lifetimes. The name “Spiti” means “The Middle Land” which it actually is because it is the land between Tibet and India. And because of this, it possesses a unique combination of both Indian and Tibetan cultures. A distinct lifestyle derived primarily out of Hindu and Buddhist beliefs, gelled so well that it is hard to tell them apart.
Spiti district is surrounded by high mountain ranges. The Rohtang Pass, at 3,979 meters, separates Lahul and Spiti from the Kullu Valley. Lahul and Spiti are cut off from each other by the higher Kunzum Pass, at 4,590 meters. A road connects the two divisions but is cut off frequently in winter due to heavy snow. The valley is cut off from the north up to eight months of the year by heavy snowfalls and thick icing conditions.
Spiti is one of the most rugged and remote travel spots which has always been surprisingly accessible. The real charm of this place lies in its whimsical lanes, scattered mud-brick homes, Gompas, and monasteries perched on crags. Spiti might appear to be a serrated moonscape yet the patches of green barley fields make it look slightly greener. For ardent roamers who wish to wander across its vicinities, this travel spot is a mystical desert crowned by the Spiti River. A traveler’s constant companion, the river resembles no less than a turquoise-grey ribbon running along the valley. Dotted with some of the most challenging Indian roads, Spiti beckons countless adventure freaks to throng this entrancing hub of incessant activities. For the ones who wish to experience the thrill, Spiti awaits you with wild & whacky Multi-Sport Trip Spiti, Motor Biking Trip, Hampta Pass Trek, Pin Parvati Pass, Jeep Safari, Cycling and more.

Spiti Weather: Owing to its high altitudes and sub-zero-temperatures, Spiti remains cold throughout the year. The temperature during the months of May-June barely touch between 15-20 degrees Celsius but in deep winter of December-February, it can fall as low as minus 20-30 degree Celsius in some places. April to October is a good time to visit Spiti but always pack some woolens on a journey to this land for the temperature can suddenly drop, making warm clothing essential out there. By September, heavy woolens are recommended as evenings can get really cold with temperature dropping to as low as minus 5 degrees Celsius.

Spiti Valley
Spiti Valley

Tourist Attractions:

1. Kaza: Summer is the best time to explore Kaza- the spectacular capital of Spiti. Situated on the eroded plains of Spiti River. Kaza town is encompassed by cold desert land and lofty mountains. This is one of the best places to see in Spiti in June and overjoys every tourist with its natural and cultural wonders. From lakes, goes to religious communities and villages, Kaza has everything.
Things to do: Shopping ceramic items, shawls and carpets, trek up to Chandratal, Kunzum Pass and Pin Valley National Park.

2. Chandra Taal: Situated at an altitude of 4300 meters. This is a crescent-shaped lake, located near Kunzum Pass. Literally translating to ‘lake of moon’, because of the shape & this is one of the best places to visit in Spiti valley. The color of the lake keeps changing from blue to green to reddish and orange throughout the day. This phenomenon along with clear views of the place due to June weather, make the scene more magical and panoramic. Famous as a trekker’s heaven, people hike through Lahaul ranges surrounding the lake and enjoy overnight camping.
Things to do: Trekking, photography, camping and watching clear views of peaks like Talagiri, Tara Pahar and Minar.

3. Pin Valley National Park: Tucked in the high ranges of Himalayas, Pin Valley National Park is a huge and expansive biosphere reserve, showcasing stunning and most photogenic surrounding. Famed as a home to rare as well as endangered flora and fauna, Pin Valley National Park should be on your bucket list if you’re planning a trip to Spiti valley in summer. In June, the weather is comfortable and clear, and the chances of spotting wildlife increase manifold.
Things to do: Spotting snow leopard, Siberian ibex, Tibetan gazelle Chukar partridges and snowcock.

4. Dhankar Lake: Dhankar Lake or Sar Kund Lake is one of the most picturesque lakes in Spiti. It is one of the most preferred Spiti places in June, for travelers who wish to spend some rejuvenating time, away from the city noises. Perched at a height of 4270 meters, Dhankar Lake offers unmatched natural beauty and is counted as a paradise for trekkers and nature lovers.
Things to do: Trek up to the lake to relish the wonderful view of the surrounding mountains and nearly transparent lake. This is a moderately challenging trek and not suitable for novice trekkers.

5. Komik: Komik is the most noteworthy motorable town in the World. motorable village in the World. Without a doubt, this is one of the lesser known places, but most exquisite places to visit in Spiti Valley in June. Komik is dreamlike, beautiful and has bare minimum resources like a monastery which offers accommodation to tourists and an eco-kitchen the only cafe in the village. Summer is the best time to visit, as it has bearable weather and people can enjoy clear views of the surrounding.
Things to do: Stargazing and overnight camping

6. Suraj Taal: Suraj Taal as the lake of Sun god is a beautiful natural amphitheater near Baralacha La Pass. It can be easily reached from the Manali-Leh highway. In winters, the lake freezes and as summers approach, the lake returns to its full glory with blue icy waters forming a crystal clear mirror image of the beauty of snow-capped mountains around it.
Things to Do: Photographic expeditions, nature walks, and mountain biking tours.

7. Kibber: Locally popular as Kyibar, this is another wonderful village of Spiti. Enrich by lofty mountains and barren stretches of the cold desert. People can enjoy jaw-dropping views and indulge in one of the most hardcore Spiti Valley trek in June. The clear and comfortable weather of summer has placed Kibber on the list of best places to visit in Spiti Valley in summer. Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary is the main attraction here, which is home to common as well as rare fauna like Tibetan Wolle Hare, Blue Sheep, Red Fox, Tibetan Wild Ass, Himalayan Wolf, Pika, and Lynx.
Things to do: Spotting wildlife and admiring the natural beauty. Moreover, this place is an important stopover for Spiti Valley Trek route.

8. Tabo Monastery: Tabo Monastery is an antiquated cloister that was set up in 996 CE. It is considered to be an important monastery and is often referred to as the Ajanta of  The Himalayas.

9. Tabo  Rock Art and Cave: On the hill facing Tabo village, one can see a series of caves with beautiful Buddhist banners vacillating outside. At first, it is difficult to make out whether these are natural or man-made caves. Some of these caves are even multi-storeyed. Incidentally, one of the caves up there is also a part of Tabo Monastery complex that is now under the Archaeological Survey of India. Tabo is a small village situated on the banks of the Spiti River. It is well known for its monastery that is more than a thousand years old and has amazing Ajanta like paintings. Its caves show that monks lived here even before there was any settlement in the area. It is, however, the carvings on big rocks that tell us that this area was probably inhabited since pre-historic times. The carvings have not been documented so the exact time period is not known.

10.Kungri Monastery: Worked in the fourteenth century, Kungri Monastery is a standout amongst the most energetic and most established religious communities of Spiti area. With wonderful artwork, silk paintings, figurines books, archives and wall paintings, Kungri Monastery showcases various traditions and culture of Buddhism. Visiting this monastery in Spiti valley in June is the best idea as one will get to enjoy local festivals and performances.

11. Lahaul Valley: This is a sprawling valley of Spiti, formed by the two rivers Chandra and Bhaga. Adorned with immense natural beauty, Lahaul Valley pulls maximum tourists during summer. Lahaul Valley is one of the most popular places to see in Spiti in June, with unobstructed views of Chandrabhaga Range and rivers. Moreover, travelers can opt for thrilling treks to Suraj Taal, Chandra Taal and Kunzum Pass. Things to do: Visit Key Monastery  the largest and oldest monastery of Lahaul Valley and enjoy Chaam festival- the annual festival that happens in June.

How to Reach:

Road: Spiti is on the other side of Lahaul. It is best reached from Shimla via the NH 22. The Highway leads straight to Tabo in Spiti. It is approx 9-hour journey and some roads are closed during the winter season. The valley is connected by road to the rest of Himachal Pradesh and other nearby states from between May to November.

Rail: The nearest Railway station is Chandigarh. From Chandigarh, you can reach Spiti via Shimla by road. The journey by road would be an approx of 5 to 9 hours respectively. Alternatively, you can also reach Shimla by train and then take a cab for the onward journey.

Air: The nearest airport to the Spiti Valley is the Bhunter Airport in Kullu. Air India is the major service provider here and has regular flights connecting Kullu to large cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, and Shimla. The airport is situated at a distance of 160 kilometers from Keylong.

Where To Stay In:


Spiti Valley Hotel
Address: Spiti valley Hotel kaza khas himachal Pradesh, Kaza, Himachal Pradesh 172114
Phone:094189 27312

Hotel Spiti Heritage Himalayan Brothers
Address: Near Police Station, Kaza, Himachal Pradesh 172114
Phone:086270 70080

Hotel Spiti Sarai
Address: VPO Rangrik, Kaza, Himachal Pradesh 172114
Phone: 094189 25003

Grand Dewachen – Kaza
Address: Rangrik, Kaza, 172114
Phone094595 66689

The Spiti Hptdc
Address: Hotel Kaza Soma, Himachal Pradesh 172114
Phone: 094180 22752

Hotel Sakya Abode
Address: Kaza District Lahaul & Spiti Himchal Pradesh, Kaza
Phone: 094595 24103

Hotel Deyzor
Address: Behind BSNL Office, Kaza, Himachal Pradesh 172114
Phone:094184 02660


Lara Homestay, Langza
Address: C/O Lara Tsering, Spiti Valley Tours, Langza, Post Office Hikkam, Spiti, Lahul & Spiti, Langza, Himachal Pradesh, Postal Code- 172114, Langza, 110070
Phone: 096502 26331

Miklam Homestay in Kaza, Spiti Valley
Address: Rangrik Kaza, Tehsil Spiti Distt : Lahaul & Spiti, Kaza, Himachal Pradesh 172114
Phone: 089881 00450

Mahabaudha Homestay
Address: Manali road, Kaza, Kaza, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh 172114
Phone: 094596 19714

All Spiti Homestays
Address: Kaza, Himachal Pradesh 172114
Phone: 080905 92440
Known for its mystical topography, monasteries, trekking routes, semi-frozen rivers, and lakes, Spiti Valley in June is a charming and quaint place. Owing to all these things, Spiti has become a popular destination for nature buffs, photographers, and adventure enthusiasts. The best time to explore Spiti valley is during summer months of May and June, as they are ideal for sightseeing and adventure activities.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Lahaul Valley

Lahaul Valley the “Himalayan Scotland”, Lahaul means the “land of Gods”. Lahaul is a bouquet of scenic mountain villages & fascinating Buddhist art and culture.

Lahaul Valley: Fast Fact-
Location: Near Indo-Tibetan Border, Keylong, Himachal Pradesh 175132, India
Best Time to Visit: June to October
Nearest Railway Station: Chandigarh
Nearest Airport: Bhunter Airport in Kullu
Lahul to Manali Distance: 114 km
Lahaul to Spiti: 178 km
Attraction: Keylong, Kardang, Rohtang La Chandratal, Kunzam La, Udaipur, Suraj Taal, Guru Ghantal Monastery, Tandi, Gemur, Sissu, Sarchu, Gondhla, Trilokinath, Tabo  Rock Art and Cave, Tabo Monastery

A place of wide contrasts on the Manali-Leh route, Miles of high flatlands, several glaciers and high peaks, sudden surprises in patches of verdant green and eighteen Buddhist monasteries, a few secluded Hindu temples, mountain passes that carry on for miles, some high lakes and two large rivers the Chandra and the Bhaga, that combine to form the Chandrabhaga and a touch of mystery over the origins of the place-name and you have Lahaul.

Lahaul Valley

The most beautiful picturesque Cold Desert of Himachal Pradesh is this place. The Monasteries and the culture of Lamas are so mesmerizing that one can feel the eternal silence for the same. Tibetan Culture and traditions can be felt here, the place is not accessible throughout a year as snow blocks the road and this place is totally cut off from the rest of the world.

This crosses four high passes the Rohtang La (3,980 meters), the Baralacha La (4,982meter), the Lachlan La ( 5,066 meters) and the Tanglang la ( 5,360 meters). The main mountain ranges of the area are sub-systems of the Himalaya. Some are the Pir Panjal that shapes high wings on either side of the Rohtang Pass, the Shigri extend towards Spiti and the Drilbu ascends on the lower area where the rivers Chandra and Bhaga move towards their intersection. Many of Lahaul’s peaks some place are still unclimbed and unnamed. Lahaul has three primary valleys the Chandra valley, the Bhaga valley and that of the Chandrabhaga when both rivers combine into one. The last is commonly called the Pattan valley and is well cultivated and inhabited. Chandra and Bhaga ascend on inverse sides of the Baralacha Pass. The town Keylong is the administrative capital of district Lahaul - Spiti.
In Lahaul you will see snow-capped mountains, green Meadows and clouds altogether. There will no phone connectivity or poor connectivity. BSNL is the best option.

Weather: Lahaul remains cut-off from outside the world till mid-June due to heavy snowfall and closing of Rohtang Pass. There is little or no rain in monsoons. The climate remains dry and invigorating. The days are hot and nights are too cold. Heavy / Light woollens are recommended. Dressing in layers works best. Both light and heavy clothing will be required.

Tourist Attractions:

  1. Keylong: The small town of Keylong is the district headquarters of Lahaul & Spiti. Perched on the bank of River Bhaga, along the highway to Leh, the township has a small marketplace, a petrol/diesel filling station and basic medical facilities. A confluence of Chandra and Bhaga at Tandi is just 8 km away. As you approach Keylong, the landscape starkly changes from rocky mountains to blending sands in different hues of brown which dramatically give way to lush green slopes. The outskirts of the town are a vast greeny patch of fields growing barley crops.
  2. Chandratal: At a place where the Himalayan and Pir Panjal ranges meet, on a trekking path from Kunzam Pass (6 km, altitude 4337 m) are the turquoise and tranquil waters of Chandra Tal. Fed by snow waters, the meadows around the lake are spread over many acres and where shepherds are often spotted basking in the sun with their flocks scattered around. The lake and the adjoining area was declared a conserved international Ramsar Wetland site in November 2005. This reserve is a refuge for species like Snow Cock, Chukor, Black Ring Stilt, Kestrel, Golden Eagle, Chough, Red Fox, Himalayan Ibex, Blue Sheep, the rare snow leopard and others.
  3. Kunzam La: Marking the watershed divide between Satluj and Chenab river basins, this pass makes a connect for Lahaul with Spiti over the Kunzam range. From Kunzum La (4550meters) there is a majestic view of Shingri Peak across the valley. On one side of the pass Chandra river flows down and on the other side, the Spiti river is born. Spiti river meets Satluj river at Khab. This pass connects Lahaul with Spiti over the Kunzam range and the majestic Shigri peak is visible from its crest.
  4. Rohtang La: The Tibetan Roh means a ‘dead body‘ while Tang is a heap or pile. La is a mountain pass. In earlier times, many people died while crossing this pass. Legend has it that the gods have himself created the pass. The force of the lash is regarded to be responsible for the high winds still encountered there. A variation of the story comes from the epic, the Mahabharata where the strongest of the Pandava brothers kicked the mountain aside to enable his mother to cross.
  5. Udaipur: Udaipur is a fertile, low lying land with orchards of apple, walnut and apricots. Founded by Raja Udai Singh, a ruler from Chamba, it served as an administrative outpost of the principality. A temple of local goddess ‘Mrikula Devi’, sitting in the middle of the settlement, is famous for its intricate wooden carvings, especially those on the ceiling.
  6. Tabo Monastery: Tabo Monastery is an antiquated cloister that was set up in 996 CE. It is considered to be an important monastery and is often referred to as the Ajanta of the Himalayas.
  7. Tabo  Rock Art and Cave: On the hill facing Tabo village, one can see a series of caves with beautiful Buddhist banners vacillating outside. At first, it is difficult to make out whether these are natural or man-made caves. Some of these caves are even multi-storeyed. Incidentally, one of the caves up there is also a part of Tabo Monastery complex that is now under the Archaeological Survey of India.
  8. Tabo is a small village situated on the banks of the Spiti River. It is well known for its monastery that is more than a thousand years old and has amazing Ajanta like paintings. Its caves show that monks lived here even before there was any settlement in the area. It is, however, the carvings on big rocks that tell us that this area was probably inhabited since pre-historic times. The carvings have not been documented so the exact time period is not known.
  9. Suraj Taal: Suraj Taal as the lake of Sun god is a beautiful natural amphitheatre near Baralacha La Pass. It can be easily reached from the Manali-Leh highway. In winters, the lake freezes and as summers approach, the lake returns to its full glory with blue icy waters forming a crystal clear mirror image of the beauty of snow-capped mountains around it.
  10. Guru Ghantal Monastery: This monastery is located on a hill above the Tupchiling village at the confluence of the rivers Chandra and Bhaga. This gompa was founded by Padma Sambhava and is more than 800 years old. This monastery has idols of Guru Padma Sambhava, Brijeshwari Devi and several other lamas.
  11. Tandi: This has the confluence of rivers Chandra and Bhaga and here form the Chandrabhaga River and as soon as it enters Jammu and Kashmir it is renamed as the Chenab River. The Bhaga River originates from Surya taal. The other major tributary of the Chandrabhaga, the Chandra originates from the glacier close to the Chandra Taal lake in originates from the glacier close to the Chandra Taal lake in the Spiti district. The village Tandi is situated above the confluence of the rivers Chandra and Bhaga in the Pattan valley some 8 km away from Keylong.
  12. Gemur: This is a small monastery, but is held in great sanctity and is well known for its ‘dancedrama‘ enacted every July.
  13. Sissu: Sissu village, on a broad flat ground overlooking Chandra River, with vistas of willow and poplar trees, green terraces and wildflowers make the village an unforgettable feast of colours. At a small monastery, Lord Ghepan is revered as the presiding deity to protect the village from demonic powers. A ‘dance-drama’ sequence enacted every July is a good time to be in Sissu. A little short of the village is the refreshing Sissu falls cascading over a cliff that bridges two adjacent mountains.
  14. Shahsur: A prominent learning centre that attracts scholars and pilgrims from across the world, Shashur Monastery is a highly revered Buddhist temple (Gompa) just 4 km from Keylong. Established by Deva Gyatso, the monastery is an architectural gem from the 17th century. Set in the midst of a green fix of pine trees in a generally desolate scene, the religious community is protected by transcending mountains on all sides that offer tremendous magnificence of the devout focus. The name 'Shahsur' signifies 'in the blue pines.' The three-storeyed structure remaining on a slope with diminish chambers lodging uncommon thangkas and delightful wall paintings emanate a religious appeal that doesn't stop to stun guests. The celebration of Shahsur Tsesha, held in the long stretches of June/July is a decent time to observe brilliant veil and ensemble moves at the religious community that are performed by inhabitant priests.
  15. Gondhla: This seven storey House of the Thakur of Gondhla, called the Gondhla castle or fort and attracts a large number of tourists. It is said that the fort was built in 1700 A.D. by Raja Man Singh of Kullu. The castle is an example of the indigenous timber bonded stone style of the Western Himalayas consisting of alternate courses of stone and wooden beams and cemented together with wet clay. Several weapons including bows, arrows, quivers, catapults, guns and canons beside other articles of antique value can be seen rusting in the apartment.
  16. Trilokinath: Its shrine is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. The shining white temple, hanging by a cliff, is considered a pilgrimage with comparable sanctity of one to Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar in Tibet. It is the site of an important fair called ‘Pori’ held in August.
  17. Jispa: Just 4 km ahead of Gemur, near the confluence of two streams merging with Bhaga River, is the small village of Jispa. It notably has a very large dry river-bed for an extended courtyard.
  18. Sarchu: Sarchu (Sar-Chu) means ‘gold drop’, is a picturesque stopover on the Manali–Leh highway. The stopover marks the boundary of Himachal Pradesh with Jammu & Kashmir. Between the two Passes of Baralacha La and Lachlung La, Sarchu was an old trading station on the Silk Route. The barren splendour of the place is still a favourite with nomadic tribes and adventurers.

Lahaul Valley

How To Reach:

By Road: Lahaul can be reached from Manali, with the road leading to Keylong. Keylong is also the district headquarters of Lahaul. You will have to cross Rohtang Pass to reach Keylong and this road remains closed between November and May due to snowfall. It is a 9-hour journey and some roads are closed during the winters session. The valley is connected by road to the rest of Himachal Pradesh and other nearby states from between May to November.

BY RAIL: The closest Railway station is Chandigarh. From Chandigarh, you can reach Lahaul via Manali. The journey by road would be approximate of 5 to 9 hours. Alternatively, one can also reach Shimla by train and then take a cab for the onward journey.

BY AIR: The nearest airport to the Lahaul Valley is the Bhunter Airport in Kullu. Air India is the major service provider here and has regular flights connecting Kullu to large cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, and Shimla. The airport is situated at a distance of 160 km from Keylong. From the airport, Manali lies at a distance of 40 km. From Manali, the valley can be reached in 6 hours by road via cab or bus.

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Hotel Sakya Abode
Address: Kaza District Lahaul & Spiti Himachal Pradesh, Kaza
Phone: 094595 24103

Hotel Ibex Jispa
Address: Jispa, Leh Manali Highway, Lahaul and Spiti, Himachal Pradesh 175132
Phone-094180 36860

Hotel Deyzor
Address: Behind BSNL Office, Kaza, Himachal Pradesh 172114
Phone:094184 02660

Padma Lodge Jispa
Address: Leh Rd, Jispa, Himachal Pradesh 175132
Phone:094189 11164

Yak Hotel Jispa
Address: NH3 Leh Manali Highway, Jispa, Lahaul and Spiti, Jispa, Himachal Pradesh 175132
Phone:094181 61910

Homestead Hotel:
Keshing Home Stay
Address: Thupten Dorje S/o Sh. Dharam Chand VPO Koksar, Distt. Lahaul & Spiti.
Phone: 94183-18440

Sange Home Stay Sh.
Address: Phunchog S/o Norbu Ram Vill. Shashin PO Sissu, Distt. Lahaul & Spiti.
Phone: 94186-39330

Chandra Valley Home Stay
Address: Sh. Sonam Angrup S/o Sh. Ram Chand Vill. Shashin PO Sissu, Distt. Lahaul & Spiti.
Phone: 94182-60692

Tashi Khang Homestay
Address: Sh. Tashi Ram S/o Sh. Chhering Dorje VPO Sissu, Distt. Lahaul & Spiti.
Phone: 94187-73443

Snow Town homestay
Address: Sh. Sachin Kumar S/o Suresh Vill. Shashin PO Sissu Distt. Lahaul & Spiti.
Phone: 94184-87627

Drillbu Home Stay
Address: Sh. Norbu Ram S/o Sh. Dorje VPO Keylong, Distt. Lahaul & Spiti.
Phone: 94181-02745

Lahaul Valley is a treasure of lush green fields, tranquil lakes, snow-covered mountains and mountain passes that make a paradise in the earth for nature lovers. Captured spectacular views of Bhaga river from the top of Shashur Monastery. The Bara-shigri, Chota-shigri & Sonapani glaciers are located near Lahaul. The valley is perfect for trekking, hiking and adventure drives.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Rishikesh India

Rishikesh India

Rishikesh India is a paradise for backpacker. Rishikesh the birthplace of yoga, is a popular place to meditate, do yoga, and learn about other aspects of Hinduism. The holy city of Rishikesh, in the base of the Himalayas, It is located on the banks of the Ganges River, surrounded by hills on three sides, not far from Haridwar in Uttarakhand. Rishikesh India wonderful place to relax and unwind among nature.

Rishikesh - Fast Fact:

Location: Rishikesh, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Rishikesh Best Time to Visit: Summer 21 to 42° Celcius, Winter 5 to 26° Celcius
Rishikesh Weather: September to April
Nearest Airport to Rishikesh: Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun
Nearest station to Rishikesh: Rishikesh Railway Station and Haridwar Station 21 km.
Haridwar to Rishikesh: 20 km
Attractions: Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Triveni Ghat, Laxman Jhula, Swarg Ashram, Sivananda Ashram, The Beatles Ashram, Parmarth Niketan, Rajaji National Park, Kaudiyala, Shivpuri, Jumpin heights, Narendra Nagar

                Rishikesh is the7th largest city in India and It is also known as the “Gateway to the Garhawl Himalayas”. The town is a popular tourist destination and also a major pilgrimage spot for the Hindus. The River Ganges flows through the town of Rishikesh and it is popular for its various shrines and yoga ashrams. Rishikesh India also is among the few places in India that offers a multitude of adventure sports to its visitors.
                Rishikesh, throughout the years, has turned out to be incredibly well known as the spiritual destination in the world, especially after the Beatles association with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi here in the late '60s. As it lies on the holy banks of river Ganga, this place has been a hub of Sadhus & Saints and there are numerous ashrams teaching Ayurveda, spirituality, yoga and meditation. With the traveller coming in, there has been a surge in the number of cafes and restaurants in the town and there a lot of cafes serving English and American food and beverages. However, in the last few years, Rishikesh has also been developed as the hub of Adventure Sports in India as there is a multitude of options including Bungee Jumping, White Water Rafting, Mountain Biking, etc. here. It also serves as the gateway to many Himalayan treks and is used as a popular camping site. Rishikesh is an absolute necessity visit for everybody visiting India to really encounter something new.

The Union tourism minister Mahesh Sharma declared that Rishikesh and Haridwar will be the first in India to be given the title of "Twin National Heritage Cities" In September 2015. Due to the religious significance of the location, non-vegetarian food and alcohol are strictly prohibited in Rishikesh. The city hosts the annual International Yoga Festival.

Rishikesh India

Places to Visit in Rishikesh:

1. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple: Located at 1670 meter, amidst the sylvan forest, the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is located 12 km from the town of Rishikesh. It is one of the most sacred Shiva shrines in India and also one of the best religious places to see in Rishikesh. The inside tomb depicting the saga of Samudramanthan is one of the main attractions here. The temple also has a freshwater spring which attracts many devotees and tourist for a bath.

Thing to do: Try to attend the annual festivals during February, March, July and August.

2. Triveni Ghat: Triveni Ghat is a crowded place alongside the river Ganges, with pilgrims bathing around and is one of the popular points of interest in Rishikesh. It is altogether a different view during the evening aarti. The spirituality and aura around this place will take you to a different world and you will amaze. Triveni ghat is among the most famous and sacred ghats in Rishikesh with congruence of three rivers – Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. A visit to this place will give you an insight into the spiritual beauty of Rishikesh and witness a wonderful experience.

Thing to do: Attend the famous Ganga aarti and get dazzled by the sight of floating lamps in the river and visit the nearby market.

3. Neer Garh Waterfall: 2 km from the Laxman Jhula, a visit to this wonderful waterfall will leave you awestruck. It will hold you captive in its magnificence beauty. Overall, the place is ideal for a much-needed timeout from the hustle of the hectic travelling. One of the popular tourist places in Rishikesh, Neer Garh waterfall also attracts many photographers.

Thing to do: Trek to the top of the waterfall and experience the tranquil beauty of this nature.

4. Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula: The 450 feet long iron suspended bridges – Laxman and Ram Jhula – are the glory of this wonderful tourist hub. The bridges are 4 km distance from the Rishikesh railway station. Apart from offering picturesque beauty, these architectural marvels are important pilgrimage spots and are definitely top places to visit in Rishikesh. One can also visit popular Trayambakeshwar temple, Ram temple, and Laxman temple, located in the vicinity.

Thing to do: Witness the mesmerising waves of Ganges river and temples nearby, visit the 13 storeyed Trayambakeshwar temple and attend aarti.

5. The Beatles Ashram: The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ashram got all around acclaimed after Beatles visited this quiet spot. The serenity and quietness of this spot will abandon you entranced and clarify why this ashram is a standout amongst the best traveller puts in Rishikesh. A peaceful session of reflection here will make you become hopelessly enamoured with its profound excellence.

Thing to do: Sit back, enjoy the calmness of this place.

Entry charges: INR 150 for Indians Traveller and INR 600 for foreigners traveller.

6. Shivpuri: 19 km from Rishikesh, this town of Shivpuri which is pure heaven. Located on the banks of Ganges, this town offers a wide variety of adventure sports options and is one of the best places to visit in Rishikesh. The primary attraction of Shivpuri is the camps by the river bank. you can choose from various adventures such as boating, rafting and trekking

7. Kaudiyala: White water rafting in Rishikesh is to a great extent thought around Kaudiyala and its banks. It is a major Rishikesh tourist spot in the holy town. This 16 km stretch of Kaudiyala is one of the best white water rafting zones in India also the world.

Thing to do: Boating, White-water rafting, camping by the river.

8. Jumpin Heights: Rishikesh is an adventurer’s paradise. There are endless options for adventure sports activities and bungee jumping happens to be one of the most famous ones. The team at Jumpin Heights offers a varied range of options like bungee jumping, flying fox, and giant swings.

Thing to do: The giant swing, Bungee jumping, flying fox are three things you try ought.

9. Swarg Ashram: Situated between Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula, lies this oldest ashram of India called as Swarg Ashram which is one of the points of attraction in Rishikesh. Built in the remembrance of Swami Vishudhanand, this place is the main sojourn. Located at an isolated river bank, it is a perfect mediation point as well. You can simply watch the sunset and enjoy the beauty of nature in this place.

Thing to do: Just sitting by the aesthetic beauty of this place is a lifetime experience, attend yoga and meditation sessions.

10. Rishi Kund: Rishikund, is a place you would not want to miss. The hot water spring with various mythological references attracts many pilgrims and traveller every year. Being part of Raghunath temple and close to Shani and Triveni Sangam, this place is easily accessible. Rishikund is one of the best places to visit in Rishikesh.

Thing to do: Bathe in the hot water spring, try your hands at photography to capture the reflection of Raghunath temple in the pond.

How to Reach Rishikesh:

 How to Reach Rishikesh by Air: 

The nearest airport to reach Rishikesh is the Jolly Grant airport, Dehradhun, which is around 35 km from the city. All the major airlines regulate services to major cities and connect them to Dehradhun.

How to Reach Rishikesh by Road: 
Rishikesh is well connected to all the major city by road and can be easily reached from all the parts of the country.

 How to Reach Rishikesh by Rail: 
Though there is a station in Rishikesh, but not many trains are operated from there, so it is advised to take trains to Haridwar and then travel further to Rishikesh. Haridwar is connected to major cities and can be reached easily from Rishikesh. There are buses, cabs and private taxis available outside of the station.

Howrah To Haridwar Train:
Train No
Train Name
Upasana Express
01.00 pm
15.50 pm
(26.50 hr.)
Doon Express
20.25 pm
04.55 am
(32.30 hr.)


Rishikesh Hotels:

1. EllBee Ganga View
Address: 355, Haridwar Road, Palika Nagar, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249201
Phone: 088826 61577

2. Hotel Neeraj Bhavan
Address: 102, railway road near Triveni Ganga ghat chowk, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249201
Phone:075791 95007

3. Soank Paradise
Address: Beside Sai Ghat, Lane No.1, Ganga Vihar Colony, Asthapath, Kolghatti, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249201
Phone: 095575 09543

4. Rishikesh Inn marketed by Petals Hotels & Resorts
Address: Badrinath Rd, Tapovan, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249137
Phone: 098998 61816

5. Vasundhara Palace
Address: Kailash Gate Muni Ki Ret, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249201
Phone:0135 244 2345

6. Divine Ganga Cottage
Address: Laxman Jhoola, Tapovan, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249302
Phone:0135 244 2175

7. Ganga Beach Resort
Address: Shesdhara, Tapovan, Laxman Jhula Road, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249201
Phone: 098217 03600

Address: Virpur Khurd Pashulok, AIIMS Road, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249201
Phone:098732 30477

9. Green by One Hotels
Address: Near Ram Jhula, Behind Parmarth Nikethan, Swarg Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249304 Phone:0135 243 1242

10. The Forest View Hotel
Address: Dehradun Road, Near BSNL Office, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249201
Phone:0135 243 6759

Rishikesh India, a most peaceful spot in northern Uttarakhand, India, surrounded by hills and separated by the wide and languid Ganges, is often claimed as the `Yoga Capital of the World'. An international yoga week is organized every year by Uttarakhand Tourism between 2nd and 7th of February and for the adventurous, there are opportunities for white water rafting on the Ganga. The climate here is the continental type but its location in the foothills gives it pleasant weather throughout the year. One can visit Rishikesh at any time of the year.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

India Railways | Royal Train in India | 8 Luxury Train in India

India Railways | Royal Train in India                                       

Indian Railways and The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation provide a variety of Luxury & Royal train travel in India. Indian Railways not only the fourth largest railway network in the world also provide royal and luxury travel experience. Eight luxury trains are owned and operated by Indian Railways.

8 Royal Trains in India:

While you are looking for an exclusive royal luxury experience in India, these best Indian Railways luxury trains will take you on a whole different level.

1.                   Maharajas’ Express,
2.                   Fairy Queen Express,
3.                   Palace On Wheels,
4.                   The Deccan Odyssey,
5.                   Golden Chariot,
6.                   Royal Rajasthan On Wheels,
7.                   Royal Orient Train,
8.                   The Mahaparinirvan Express

India Railways | Royal Train in India | 8 Luxury Train in India

1.   Maharajas’ Express:

Maharajas' Express has been in started operation since early 2010. The train had been a joint venture between the Cox and Kings travel company and the IRCTC. Best among all Indian luxury trains, Maharajas’ Express likewise one of the 5 most luxurious trains in the world. This half-a-mile long train boasts of professionals prepared to meet the highest quality of hospitality, fully stocked bars, wonderful luxury suites, butler services and what not.
Tourists on board get to experience the richness of the country in the most distinguished way possible.

Maharaja Express Route:

1.The Heritage of India: Mumbai – Ajanta – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Bikaner – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Agra – Delhi
2.Gems of India: Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Delhi
3. The Indian Panorama: Delhi – Jaipur – Ranthambore – Fatehpur – Sikri – Agra – Gwalior – Orchha – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Lucknow – Delhi
4. Indian Splendor: Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Bikaner – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Balasinor – Mumbai
5. Treasures of India: Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Delhi
Indian Railways run this train from October to April every year.

Maharaja Express fare:

Gems of India & Treasures of India: 4-day journeys for INR 2,57,950 (approx) + Tax each
Indian Splendour & The Indian Panorama: 8 days journey for INR 4,00,660 (approx) + Tax each
Heritage of India:  8 days journey for INR 4,58,280 approx + Tax

                Also, Visit The Maharaja Express Official website.

2.  Fairy Queen Express:

The Fairy Queen Express is one of the oldest (1855) steam locomotive trains providing luxury train journeys in India. Fairy Queen has its own charm as it rambles through to Alwar, Rajasthan. With a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records and In 1999 recipient of National Tourism Award, Fairy Queen easily makes it to the list of most luxurious trains in India.

Fairy Queen Express Route:

Delhi – Alwar – Sariska- Alwar – Delhi
Indian Railways run this train from October to March every year on 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month 1 night, 2 days journey.
Sariska: Lake Palace, Sariska National Park.
 Alwar: Alwar Museum
Train Fare: INR 8,600 Approx.

                Also, Visit Fairy Queen Express Official website.

3.  Palace On Wheels:

 ‘Palace on Wheels’ is another in the list of luxury train travel in India that was refurbished and re-launched in 2009 to promote tourism in India. Luxurious cabins, exquisite wallpapers, well-stocked bar, gracious hospitality and local culture displayed by artistic use of paintings and handicrafts – it is very much like a palace on wheels that recreates the bygone era of kings and their royal palaces. Palace On Wheels 4th best luxurious train in the world.
If you are planning a luxurious tour to Rajasthan, this is the best bet.

Palace On Wheels Route:

Delhi – Jaipur – Sawai Madhopur – Chittorgarh – Udaipur – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Bharatpur – Agra – Delhi

Indian Railways run this royal train from September to April every year, The 7 nights, 8 days journey includes 7 stoppages, where tourist are taken for city tours.


Delhi: India Gate, Lotus Temple, Qutab Minar, Humayun’s Tomb
Jaipur: Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Rajasthali, City Palace, Jantar Mantar
Sawai Madhopur & Chittorgarh: Ranthambore National Park and Chittorgarh Fort
Udaipur: Jag Niwas, Lake Pichola
Jaisalmer: Yellow Sandstone Fort and Ancient mansions
Jodhpur: Mehrangarh Fort, Grand palaces & Shopping tour in Jodhpur
Bharatpur:  Keoladeo Ghana National Park
Agra: Fatehpur-Sikri, Taj Mahal

Palace On Wheels fares: For foreign travellers: US$3500 + Tax  & Indian travelers: INR 2,10,000 + Tax

                Also, Visit Palace On Wheels Official website.

India Railways | Royal Train in India | 8 Luxury Train in India

4.  The Deccan Odyssey:

The Deccan Odyssey is a 5-star hotels on the wheels. Royal treatment for passengers, palace-like interiors of the cabins, multi-cuisine restaurants, lounges, a conference car, spa and other state-of-the-art amenities make it one of the most luxurious trains in Indian Railways and in the world as well.

The Deccan Odyssey Routes:

1. Maharashtra Splendor: Mumbai – Nasik – Ellora Cave – Ajanta Caves – Kolhapur – Goa – Ratnagiri – Mumbai
2. Indian Odyssey: Delhi – Sawai Madhopur – Agra – Jaipur – Udaipur – Vadodara – Ellora Caves – Mumbai
3. Hidden Treasures of Gujarat: Mumbai – Vadodara – Palitana – Sasan Gir – Somnath – Little Rann of Kutch – Modhera – Patan – Nashik – Mumbai
4. Indian Sojourn: Mumbai – Vadodara – Udaipur – Jodhpur – Agra – Sawai Madhopur – Jaipur – Delhi
5. Jewels of the Deccan: Mumbai – Bijapur – Aihole – Pattadakal – Hampi – Hyderabad – Ellora Caves – Ajanta Caves – Mumbai
6. Maharashtra Wild tour: Mumbai – Aurangabad – Ramtek – Tadoba – Ajanta – Nashik – Mumbai
The Deccan Odyssey journey time October to April, and 7 nights, 8 days journey.
The Deccan Odyssey fares: For foreign travelers: US$5,810 + Tax For Indian travelers: INR 3,71,900 + Tax
                Also, Visit The Deccan Odyssey Official website.

5. Golden Chariot:

Golden Chariot connects major tourist place in states of Karnataka, Kerala, Goa, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry. The Golden Chariot is one of the superb luxury trains in India that takes you to some of the most popular tourist places in South India. Golden Chariot launched in 2008 and is well known for its impeccable hospitality. The train has AC chambers with royal interiors, bars, restaurants serving multi-variety cuisines, mini gym, ayurveda spa and other 5-star facilities on the wheel. One of the most royal train in Indian Railways.

Golden Chariot Routes:

1. Pride of the South: Bangalore – Kabini – Mysore – Hassan – Hampi – Badami – Goa – Bangalore
2. Southern Splendor: Bangalore – Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Thanjavur – Madurai – Thiruvananthapuram – Alleppey – Kochi – Bangalore.

 The Golden Chariot runs from October to March every year, 7 nights, 8 days Journey.

Golden Chariot fares: Pride of the South: For Foreign travelers- US$8,260 + Tax For Indian travelers- INR 3,08,000 + Tax

Southern Splendour: For Foreign travelers- US$9,130 + Tax For Indian travelers- INR 3,50,000 + Tax
                Also, Visit Golden Chariot Official website.

 6. Royal Rajasthan On Wheels:

Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is one of the luxury trains in Indian Railways known for offering supreme quality of comfort and an everlasting travelling experience which a traveller can just imagine until he or she actually gets aboard. Having 14 luxury cabins modelled on erstwhile royal palaces, multi-cuisine restaurants, bars and spa services on board, this train satisfies its name and stays in incredible interest for extravagance train travels in India.

Royal Rajasthan On Wheels Route:

Delhi – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Chittorgarh – Sawai Madhopur – Jaipur – Khajuraho – Varanasi – Agra – Delhi
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is run every year from October to March. 7 nights, 8 days Journey.


Jodhpur: Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada
Udaipur: Forts, palaces, and hotels of Udaipur
Chittorgarh: Vijay Stambha, Gaumukh Reservoir, Rana Kumbha Palace
Sawai Madhopur: Ranthambhore Palace and Ranthambore National Park, Amareshwar Mahadeo Temple
Jaipur: City Palace, Hawa Mahal
Khajuraho: Khajuraho Temples and
Varanasi: Ganga Ghats, Sarnath
Agra: Taj Mahal

Royal Rajasthan On Wheels fares: For Foreign travelers: US$9,450/ Cabin + Tax & For Indian travelers: INR 5,67,000/Cabin + Tax

Also, Visit Royal Rajasthan On Wheels Official website.

7. Royal Orient Train:

Embark on a royal & luxury journey by the Royal Orient Train and enjoy a wonderful experience of travelling to popular tourist destinations onboard one of the best luxury trains in Indian Railways in India. Journey Adventure by this train is a mix of supreme gallantry and incredible richness.
The magnificent comfortable cabins, multi-cuisine restaurant with the “Watering Hole” Bar, spacious baths, efficient hospitality professionals, a library and almost all facilities that come to your mind while you think about the 5-star hotel – Royal Orient Train has them.

Royal Orient Train Route:

Delhi – Chittorgarh
Udaipur –Junagarh, Veraval- Sasan Gir
Dilwara – Palitana- Sarkhej- Ahmedabad- Jaipur- Delhi
Indian Railways run The Royal Orient Train through all year round, and 7 nights, 8 days Journey.

City attractions:

1. Delhi – Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate Chittorgarh
2. Udaipur – Chittorgarh Fort, City Palace, boating in Lake Pichhola, Shilpgram and Royal Gardens Junagarh
3.Veraval – Darbar Hall Museum, Ashokan Rock EDICT of 3rd Century BC, Mausoleum of Nawab Mahabat Khanji, Somnath Temple
4. Sasan Gir National Park – Lion Sanctuary
5. Dilwara – St. Paul’s church and Mandir Beach
6. Palitana – Jain Temple atop Shatrunjaya Hills
7. Ahmedabad – Gandhi Ashram, Calico Museum of Textiles, Sidi Aayyad’s Mosque
8.  Jaipur – Amar Fort and elephant ride, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar (observatory)

Royal Orient Train fares: October-March: For Foreign travellers: US$200/ cabin + Tax  For Indian travellers: INR 7,480/ Cabin + Tax

April-September: For international travellers: US$150/cabin + Tax For Indian travellers: NA
Also, Visit The Royal Orient Train Official website.

8. The Mahaparinirvan Express:

The Mahaparinirvan Express launched 28th March 2007 IRCTC to attract Buddhist pilgrims. The Mahaparinirvan Express travel to Buddhist Sites North India.

The Mahaparinirvan Express route:

                Delhi- Budhagaya- Nalanda- Varanasi- Lumbini- Kushinagar- Sravasti- Agra Delhi
The Mahaparinirvan Express Fares: For Foreign travellers: US$165/person + Tax  For Indian travellers: INR 12080/Person + Tax
Also, Visit Mahaparinirvan Express Official website.

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So whenever you think or plane travels in India or visit in India think about the Indian railways those 7 royal and luxury trains.