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Hill Stations in India Serve as Perfect Holiday Retreat

Posted on October 11th, 2012 by admin  |  Comments Off

With its picturesque hill stations, India is a wonderland for vacationers. Famous hill stations in India such as Gulmarg, Srinagar, Shimla, Ooty, Manali and Nainital beckon you for a refreshing experience.

Paragliding in OotyParagliding in Ooty

My wish to enjoy an escape got wings when I got to know that Riyon and Jesica, two of my best buddies were planning to visit hill stations in India. I buckled down and approached them for my interest in this trip and they welcomed my company this trip.

Riyon, an internet freak gathered information about the popular hill stations in India, which included:

  • Darjeeling Hill Station
  • Ooty Hill Station
  • Khandala Hill Station
  • Shimla Hill Station
  • Manali Hill Station
  • Kodaikanal Hill Station
  • Mount Abu Hill Station
  • Nainital Hill Station
  • Mussoorie Hill Station

Considering our budget, time in hand and our interests, we three agreed on second name, Ooty hill station in India. We left from Delhi by air and landed at the Bengaluru International Airport. Then, we all headed towards the hotel by a taxi.

After taking rest and filling up our stomachs with delicious food, we were all set to explore the enticing hill station in India. Enveloped in the green hills of Nilgirs of Tamilnadu, Ooty looked simply amazing with its terraced tea plantations, ochards of plums and peaches, pine and serene mountains. While gazing at the natural vistas of Ooty, I could easy understand why it served as the summer hill station of British.

Wherever you look, all you can see is the sheer natural beauty that leaves you with a refreshing feel.
Sprawling grasslands, dense forests and lofty mountains were looking like greeting us on our Ooty trip. Boating in the Ooty lake shed out stress of daily life and we were back to the hotel with a renew feel. The aromatic tea gardens also became a part of our exploration on our Ooty tour.

Jesica is truly crazy about collecting unique articles and her instinct insisted all of us to visit the Government Museum, which is another popular attraction in Ooty. It treasured the history of the Nilgiri District. The adventure spirit of Riyon took us to enjoy paragliding from the Kalhatty Ghats. Though I was bit scared as that was my first adventure, yet I completed it successfully.

Alas! We had to cancel our visit to Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary as we were running short of time. I, being a nature lover could not resist myself going to the Ooty Botanical Garden. Adorned with a variety of exotic plants, the garden helped me to relax and gain the tranquility of mind for which I always yearned for.

At the end of this mini trip, I was content with my India hill stations travel and came back with new zeal.

Nainital- The Crowd Puller!

Posted on December 17th, 2009 by Pooja Chaudhary  |  Comments Off

 Nainital Lake Nainital Lake

Traveling is the most beautiful and rejuvenating activity for me in this world. Nothing compares the pleasure of exploring new destinations. The spark of traveling in my heart never fades away and this time it took me to Nainital. Again I was ready to learn and grow, to stretch my limits and appreciate overwhelming nature fashioned by the almighty. Some of my friends came along as their world also orbits around traveling.

In the early hours of the morning when I stepped out of my hotel room, I was elated to see the calm and beautiful Naini lake. As I walked towards the lake my eyes caught sight of the rising sun whose orange rays cloaked the hill tops, making them look like a heap of gold. Enjoying the boat ride on the lake I saw a White-throated Kingfisher perched on a boat feasting on a fish. It was a sight to behold.

The lake is the most attractive feature of Nainital. It is a fresh water natural lake, which is highly picturesque. Here one can enjoy boating in three different types of boats- yacht, rowing boats and paddle boats. The road running parallel to the lake is called Mall road, which is dotted with wonderful trees, hotels and shops.

Next we went to the Naina Devi temple located on the northern shore of the lake. It is a famous temple dedicated to Maa Naina Devi ( an incarnation of goddess Parvati). The pujari of the temple told us an interesting legend associated with the temple and the lake.

Our next halt was the enchanting Naini Peak, also known as the China peak. We reached there on ponies, enjoying the journey to the hilt. The romantic, peaceful and blissful aura of the peak captured my heart and I tried my best to capture such a pristine beauty in my camera. The peak offers breathtaking views of Nainital. From there we headed towards the city for lunch. We dined at one of the restaurants named Khana Khazana and the food it served was really tasty. As we moved out of the restaurant after having a hearty lunch it started to rain.

My friend Monika commented, “it is also a part of the adventure”. We immediately bought umbrellas from the small shops lining the road, and when I saw Tahir’s umbrella I burst out laughing. He had bought a huge ‘family-size’ multi-colored umbrella. Anyway it was sheer fun to stroll through the mall road in rain with the funny umbrellas.