Planning For Perfect Weekend Getaways?

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Working and living in and around Delhi NCR has its own merits and unlike any other city, we have a host of options when it comes to weekend getaways. But many of us are wary of wasting our hard-earned weekend over long travel hours and a crowded tourist destination that mostly turns out be disappointing. For those who desperately crave to turn the usual weekends into mini vacations, there are a lot of interesting tourist destinations around Delhi and there is something for everyone.

Here are some hand-picked short trips perfect for Delhites that can be done economically. These destinations are budget-friendly as well as perfect for an amazing trip. Take a look!!!

1. Jaipur – Flaunting The Heritage Of Rajasthan

Jaipur, popularly known as the “Pink City”, and “Paris of India”, is the capital of Rajasthan state, India. Jaipur is worldwide famous for unique Architecture, Vastu, Astrology, Forts, Monuments, Palaces, Art and Craft, Culture and last but not least for unique Food.

Heritage of the year 1727 is still alive in Jaipur which is the main attraction of Jaipur tour.

Jaipur 1Jaipur is renowned on international tourism map as one vertex of Golden Triangle of Indian tourism. Many scripts and poems have been written on the beauty of Jaipur city by domestic tourists as well as foreign tourists. Countless documentary movies have been made on Jaipur in the last 250 years.

Main attractions of Jaipur tour are Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Galta temple, Birla temple, Govind Dev Ji temple and Albert hall museum for sightseeing.

In addition to this, it is best to always check the schedules of fairs and festivals of Jaipur at the time of planning your Jaipur tour so that you can witness colorful fairs and festivals of Jaipur.

Source:- http://www.jaipurthepinkcity.com

2. Rishikesh – Mountains, Ganges, And Adventure

Rishikesh is a town in the Dehradun District of Uttarakhand state in India. It has a spectacular view of jungle-clad hills and a confluence of River Ganges and Chandrabhaga. The glorious attraction of Rishikesh is none other than the great river the Ganges herself, running rapidly throughout the city.

rishikeshThe small sparkling lights floating lamps, river Ganges and auspicious atmosphere create such a magnificent view and feeling that can attract anyone to join the prayer even the visitors from outside India who can’t understand the Vedic songs.

Source:- https://haridwarrishikeshtourism.com/rishikesh.html

3. Bir Billing – Most Popular Paragliding Destination

A narrow mountain road leads to Billing, which is 14 kilometers away from Bir. If you’re all for an adventure of a lifetime, you can feel the rush of adrenaline with each hairpin bend that brings the destination closer. The adventure begins from the edge of a cliff at Billing, while the landing happens at Bir. These towns, though, made inseparable by adventure, witness a nervous tourist’s thoughts wandering to Neverland and calculating the aerial distance between them.

 Bir Billing 1Though famous for paragliding, Bir has much more to offer than adventure sports. Majestic views of the higher Himalayas, beautiful monasteries and Tibetan settlements form an intriguing aspect of Bir that is little known. Bir can be best explored walking down its narrow lanes while admiring the beauty all around.

 Bir Billing 2Small towns have a certain old-world charm to them, and Bir is no exception. With prayer flags hanging from trees to edges of cliffs, Buddhist chants emerging from the monasteries, and little monks playing around, Bir is a lot more beyond the hustle and bustle of adventure-seeking tourists. It remains edged in memory, synonymous with peace.

Source:- https://theculturetrip.com/asia/india/articles/bir-billing-the-breathtaking-twin-beauties-of-himachal/

4. Manali – Gateway To Other Heavenly Locations Like Spiti

Having invitingly secured its history in its name, Manali is associated with legends of King Manu who had the responsibility to protect human civilization after the great flood meant to destroy the world; which he successfully shouldered. If unfolding stories entwined in myths and legend is a loved way to spend holidays, Manali rouses the need to explore the Himalayas with even more intensity.

Manali 1Spirit of tourism is far from fading even after the consequence of popularity. Be it pleasantly cool months or duration of snowfall during the New Year or Christmas, this hill destination is revered by everyone with the intention or for the experience of Manali tourism.

Source:- https://www.tourmyindia.com/hill_stations/manali.html

5. Jim Corbett – Habitat Of Bengal Tigers

The perfect place that will surely attract the nature enthusiasts is the Corbett National Park, also regarded to be a perfect place for wildlife lovers. The park got its name after the famous hunter who turned into a conservationist, Jim Corbett and is a hub of excitement and thrill and is addressed as a wonderful place.

Jim CorbettThere is the densest deciduous forest that has haldu, sal, Rohini, ipal, and various another kind of trees covering an area close to 73 percent of the entire park. This refreshing place is house to 50 species of mammals, 110 tree species, 25 reptile species, and 580 bird species. The excellent way to see the park is by consideration of a Corbett Tour.

Jim Corbett 2
There are many exciting features of the park that come with never-ending beauties.

Source:- http://www.corbettnationalpark.in/blog/jim-corbett-national-park-an-infrastructure-built-by-nature/

6. Shimla – Colonial Charm Amalgamated With Nature’s Pristinity

Named after Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Kali, Shimla has emerged as a well-developed city. Yet, the touch of Nature could be felt everywhere one goes too. The beauty of the hill could be summarized by uttering the name of this place. It is no wonder why the film Industry took to this city when shooting for someplace abroad.

Shimla 1Shimla tourism encompasses a complete experience, where entertainment, culture, sights like British architecture reminiscent of the colonial era, temples and palaces could be spotted interspersed on its landscape.

Shimla 2
There are few popular adventure-activities organizers who schedule days with activities like rock climbing, Rope walking, valley crossing, forest treks, rappelling, etc. For those who love to zip-zap-zoom on snow, Kufri serves all ski and ice skating intentions. Another exhilarating experience of adrenaline pumping is paragliding and hand-gliding from Bir and Billing peak in Kangra Valley.

Source:- https://www.tourmyindia.com/hill_stations/shimla.html

7. Agra – The City Of The Taj

Located just outside the city of Agra in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, the Taj Mahal is among the most beautiful architectural masterpieces in the world. A symbol of love and tragedy, the iconic mausoleum was ordered by Shah Jahan, a Mughal ruler, to be built in honor of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.

Agra 1The architectural style is the main attraction at the Taj Mahal. It is a unique combination of Persian, Central Asian, and Islamic architecture. Highlights include the black-and-white marble checked floor, the four spectacular minarets at the corners of the mausoleum’s plinth standing at 40 meters high, and the surreal middle dome.

Agra 2
Take your time to examine the small details and you will not be disappointed.

Source:- https://www.musafir.com/Blog/beauty-of-the-taj-mahal

8. Kasol – Laid Back Yet Energetic

Beautiful places are often hidden away in the most easily accessible of places. To those of us with less money than enthusiasm, Himachal is like a gift from God. To escape the stresses of a mundane life, Parvati Valley in Himachal is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Starting at the confluence of River Parvati and River Beas, the valley is famous for its pretty as a picture coniferous forests and crystal clear mountain streams.

Nestled in these sylvan hills is the charming village of Kasol. Resplendent in natural beauty, Kasol is fast emerging as a hub for backpackers, trekkers, and nature lovers.

Source:-  https://www.makemytrip.com/blog/5-things-kasol

9. Udaipur – Forts & Lakes Narrating Tales Of History

Udaipur is one the most beautiful places in Rajasthan which have a surrounding of Royal Heritage and Culture-wide over its territory.

The most beautiful time for Udaipur visit is during the winters, as of winters has the most amazing glow of nature and the windy climate is soothing.

Udaipur 1
Udaipur is always a charming town where you will find joy in walking through its beautiful streets and sites and wandering in the hidden alleys. It is always interesting to meet the locals explaining religious beliefs, stories of the kings, living heritage, rituals and artisans engaged in jewelry making and pottery.

Source:- https://www.visittnt.com/blog/travel-guide-discovering-beauty-udaipur/

From arty heritage sites to nature and wildlife, there is a lot on your plate and it’s about time you started exploring!!

Your Full Go-To List For Super Decadent Desserts In Delhi!!!

A glimpse of sweetness can make someone’s life a little miserable and brightens up their day. You don’t need a reason to eat desserts and no particular occasion to consume it. It’s enough to feed our soul and taste a little bit of heaven on earth. People eat sweets simply because they want some sugar and sugar is an excellent source of energy. It is no wonder why we are full of energy after indulging ourselves into a sumptuous chocolate cake or any sweet dessert we prefer. 

Why Should We Eat Desserts?

Eating excessive volumes of sweets is not good for our health. It can potentially lead to a range of health issues. Take a bite of your favorite chocolate or ice cream. Eating in moderation is not bad, and we can allow ourselves to have it at least once a week. Don’t deprive yourself, instead reward yourself with it occasionally.

 Whether a work promotion, birthday or any other celebration. Desserts put everyone in a good mood especially when shared. So, you could say that it’s not that bad to eat desserts after all.

If you love desserts as much as I do, then these desserts should be on your bucket list!!!

1. Black Jalebi at Jama Masjid


Price: Rs 30 per 100 gms

Where: Sultan Ji Sweets, Shop no 112, Bazar Matia Mahal, Jama Masjid.

2. Coffee Ice Cream at Big Chill

Coffee Ice Cream
Price: Rs 110 + per cup
Where: DLF Place Mall, Saket.

3. Brownies at Theobroma.

Brownies at Theobroma.
Price: Starting from Rs 70+
Where: Multiple outlets across Delhi NCR

4. Chocolate Tart at Wengers

4. Chocolate Tart at Wengers
Price: Rs 80+
Where: A-16, Connaught Place, New Delhi

5. Hot Chocolate Fudge at Nirula’s

Hot Chocolate Fudge at Nirula's
Price: Rs 180+
Where: Multiple outlets across Delhi NCR.

6. Brownie Sundae at Giani’s

Brownie Sundae at Giani’s
Price: Rs 125+
Where: Giani’s outlet across the city.

7. Chocolate Lava Cake at Chili’s Grill & Bar

Chocolate Lava Cake at Chili’s Grill & Bar
Price: Rs 315+ per plate
Where: Multiple outlets across Delhi NCR

8. Red Velvet Cake at Amour Bistro

 Red Velvet Cake at Amour Bistro
Price: Rs 295+ per piece
Where: 10/48, Malcha Marg Shopping Complex, Chanakyapuri

9. Sitaphal Ice cream at Natural’s Ice Cream

Sitaphal Ice cream at Natural’s Ice Cream
Price: Rs 65 per scoop
Where: Multiple outlets across Delhi NCR.

10. Jalebi From Old Famous Jalebi Wala

Jalebi From Old Famous Jalebi Wala
Price: Rs 500 per kg
Where: 795, Dariba Kalan Road, Dariba Corner, Chandni Chowk

11. Shahi Tukda & Mango Ice Cream at Cool Point

Shahi Tukda & Mango Ice Cream at Cool Point
Price: Rs 40+
Where: Cool Point, Opposite Karim’s, Jama Masjid, Old Delhi

12. Black Ice Cream at Crème Borne

Black Ice Cream at Crème Borne
Price: Rs 150+
Where: 57, (Right near Kake-Da-Dhaba), Municipal Market, Connaught Place

13. Lovely Chuski at India Gate

Lovely Chuski at India Gate
Price: Rs 30
Where: India Gate, New Delhi

14. Stuffed Kulfi at Kuremal Mohan Lal Kulfi Wale


Price: Rs 200 per piece
Where: 526, Kucha Pati Ram, Bazar Sita Ram, Near Chawri Bazar Metro Station, Chawri Bazar

15. 10-Layer Cake at The Cake Company

10-Layer Cake at The Cake Company
Price: Rs 250 per piece
Where: A 55/13, Behind DT Mega Mall, DLF Phase 1

16.Carrot Cake at Elma’s Bakery, Bar and Kitchen

Carrot Cake at Elma's Bakery, Bar and Kitchen
Price: Rs 280 per slice
Where: 31, 2nd Floor, Hauz Khas Village

17. Kulfi at Roshan Di Kulfi

Kulfi at Roshan Di Kulfi
Price: Rs 120 per piece
Where: 2816, Ajmal Khan Road, Karol Bagh, New Delhi

18. Mille Feuille at The Oberoi Patisserie And Delicatessen

Mille Feuille at The Oberoi Patisserie And Delicatessen
Price: Rs 300+ per piece
Where: The Oberoi, 443, Phase 5, Udyog Vihar, Gurugram

19. Kulfi Falooda at Giani di Hatti

.Kulfi Falooda at Giani di Hatti
Price: Rs 80
Where: 651/52, Church Mission Road, Fatehpuri, Chandni Chowk

20. Gulab Jamun at Gulati

Gulab Jamun at Gulati
Price: Rs 205+ per plate
Where: 6, Pandara Road Market, New Delhi

Dessert is a happy food, and they lighten anyone’s mood.

McLeod Ganj – A beautiful suburb

When travellers talk of heading up to Dharamsala , this is where they mean.  Three kilometres north of Dharamsala town lies a beautiful home to large Tibetan population- MCLEODGANJ, a suburb of Dharamshala in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. Also known as Dhasa or Little Lhasa, McLeod Ganj got this name due to the huge Tibetan population residing here and in Dharamshala.

McLeod Ganj experiences extremely pleasant summers with the temperatures hovering around 25 degrees. The best time to visit is during the months of September to June. It is best to avoid July and August due to the heavy rainfall it receives. You can get some bits of snowing in McLeod Ganj or Dharamkot by end of January/early February

LITTLE HISTORY ABOUT THIS UPPER TOWN

McLeod Ganj has a population of about 10,000 people, including local Indians, Nepalese, exile Tibetans, and foreign expats. It is predominantly inhabited by a hill tribe, the Gaddis. The Nepalese community began after a Gurkha regiment was moved here by the British in the late 1800s. After the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, fled to India with thousands of followers. He was initially sheltered in Mussoorie, but on 30 April 1960 he came to McLeod Ganj, where he established the Central Tibetan Administration. Since then McLeod Ganj has risen to an important international destination.

A PERFECT HOLIDAY DESTINATION

McLeodganj attracts thousands of international visitors each year to volunteer with the Tibetan community, take courses in Buddhism, meditation or yoga, trek in the Dhauladhar mountains, shop for Tibetan crafts, or just hang out and enjoy the low-budget spiritual vibe and family friendly restaurants dishing up Indo-Italo-Israeli-Tibetan food.

BEST PLACES TO VISIT AND EMBRACE THE SCENIC BEAUTY

One cannot take its eyes off from heavenly monasteries, museums, temples, waterfalls, lakes, and Tibetan settlements located in this region.

Mcleodganj sightseeing tours include Namgyal Monastery, Tsuglagkhang (the residence of Dalai Lama), Bhagsu Falls & Bhagsunath Temple, and Tibetan Museum which makes McLeod a popular tourist destination.

  • Dalai Lama Temple 

Known for its calm and serene atmosphere, this place is actually the official residence of DALAI LAMA- Spiritual leader of Tibetans.There are many large statues of Buddha, Avaloktwshwara, Pamasambhava and others. You can also find numerous ancient books related to the religion. People visit this temple for meditating and rituals. Once you enter the main area of the temple, you can find people praying and chanting with prayer wheels or prayer wheels. Some people take a relaxed morning walk or evening walk around the temple.

IMPORTANT ADVICE!!
If you are visiting during Dalai Lama’s visit, you ought to buy tickets through online sites for hearing his teachings.

Mobile phones and cameras are allowed inside the temple, So make sure that you do not disturb the rituals and other pilgrims.

Footwear is not allowed inside the temple.

  • The Enchanting Bhagsunag Falls

Just about a km walk from the temple are the Bhagsu waterfalls,considered to be among the top 20 must visit waterfalls in India. You can cover this trek only on foot and find plenty of outdoor cafes for taking breaks as you wind up the steep stairs to the scenic falls.


An evening stroll to this place before heading to the market would be a perfect end to a day at McLeod Ganj.

  • Tibetan Museum

The museum tells the story of Tibetan history, the Chinese occupation and the continuing Tibetan resistance and exodus, through photographs, video and clear English-language display panels. It also covers the Dalai Lama and his life’s work. A visit here is a must.

  • Trekking & Camping

Adventure lovers too can fine their piece of cake if they indulge in the long and short walks along with trekking in the McLeodganj. The most important walk will perhaps be to the Tsuglagkhang Complex, where live the patron Buddhist saint, Dalai Lama. Take a short trek from McLeodganj to Triund-Laka.

During this trek you would be crossing a lot of glaciers and villages that will help you to know the town from proximity.
Trekking is must if you desire to experience nature’s glory at its peak.

 

  • Library of Tibetan Works & Archives


When in McLeodganj, you should visit the Library of Tibetan Works & Archives, that stores almost 40 % of the original Tibetan manuscripts making it a depositary of the rich Tibetan culture. The library has a photographic repository.

This place is a heaven for shopping lovers. It is one destination where people are enthralled in excessive spending.  To peruse more..

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LEISURE SKILLS < UNCORNERED MARKETS

How Can You Miss Eateries

Mcleod is stuffed with little restaurants  on its narrow streets, each with a view that kills any love for polluted metro cities. The food available is mind-boggling, hot and delicious in its simplicity. It is lined with shacks, eateries, bakeries and cafes that offer a selection of cuisines, from Italian, Tibetan, Bhutanese to Indian and draw buzzing crowds all day long.

 

 

   

Carpe Diem is one that I would suggest. A chilly evening is best spent on the rooftop of this restaurant with a warm oven-baked pizza and awestruck view of the mountains.

And when it comes to dessert , they’ve got it absolutely right – A chocolate cake to satisfy your little tummy!!

Here, in this beautiful hill station of Himachal Pradesh, you don’t have to splurge to find accommodation, food or for that some good time. Everything comes at a price that fits your budget just right.