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When we think Himachal – we usually tend to think of the most famous places like Shimla, Manali and Dharamshala. These places to visit in Himachal Pradesh have a strategic closeness to city areas while offering a perfect blend of nature and life in the hills. The negative effect that the tourism has on these...

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‘A walk in the clouds’ – that’s exactly how one would describe the picturesque settings of the state of Arunachal Pradesh  – no wonder the Eastern neighbour wants it really bad. Ouch! Jokes apart, Arunachal is a land steeped in the mysticism of an ancient Buddhist culture as well as an awe-inducing natural habitat that...

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From being a private hunting preserve of erstwhile rulers of Panna, Chhatarpur and Bijawar states to being declared a national park in 1981, Panna National Park is now a prominent Tiger Reserve and is the 22nd of its kind in India. Located a mere 25 kilometre away from the world heritage site of Khajuraho, Panna...

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Pangot

Welcome to ‘Birdwatchers Paradise’. A small village tucked away within the Kumaon hills, magical forests echoing the songs of hundreds of colourful birds with little trails that disappear into sunlit glades – that’s Pangot for you! Although just 15 kilometres away from Nainital, Pangot definitely deserves more than just a day trip away from the...

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Stunningly beautiful throughout the year, the road to Sangla is certainly paved with good intentions. Loose rocky terrain makes most of the drive to Sangla seem like an adventure in itself with gorgeous apple orchards and ‘hanging’ villages on the other side of the gorge. The valley’s largest inhabited settlement, Sangla has interesting Tibetian eateries...

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The most elusive part of the great Himalayan Mountains is, perhaps, located in Bhutan. Also known as the “Mountain Fortress of the Gods”, the only surviving Buddhist kingdom is home to some of the highest unclimbed mountains in the world. Naturally, no trip to Bhutan can be complete without a salute to the many renowned...

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During the planning of most of Ladakh holidays – the decision of visiting the Khardung La Pass is almost unanimous. Everyone wants to see the world’s highest motorable pass. While this is one of the most popular things to do in Ladakh, once you cross the pass, you’ll reach Nubra Valley. It is one of...

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The-Blue-Lagoon Iceland

Iceland is, for lack of a better adjective, Nordic Nirvana. Everything that world is craving for right now, Iceland already has. From egalitarianism to sustainable living, you name it, they thrive in it. Satisfyingly unique in its beauty and inspiring in its relentless endeavour to make it better year after year, Iceland is as warm...

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Hatu Peak View

Everyone loves Shimla, and what’s not to like? However, maybe it’s time you took a step away from the madding crowd? Somewhere close but not too far? A mere 60-km drive from Shimla takes you to the town of Narkanda. Higher reaches, plentiful summer sunshine or vibrant white winters in abundant apple orchards – all...

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Nainital Nakki Lake

Apparently built on the lines of Cumbrian Lake District by the British, Nainital is one of Uttarakhand’s most popular hill stations. With majestic views, Nainital is set in a valley around an eye-shaped lake, where according to legend, the Goddess Sati’s eyes had fallen. Bustling markets with spectacular views of the hills essentially make Nainital...

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