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Roopkund Lake Trek

The Roopkund Lake is situated high up in the Garhwal Mountains in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. This lake is of much historical and religious importance. It was also called the Mystery or Skeletal Lake after a large number of human skeletons were found in it in 1942 by a Forest Officer.

Following this discovery, a number of scientists visited the lake to find out the reason for the skeletons being there and it was eventually concluded that the skeletons belonged to some pilgrims who were caught unawares in a flash hailstorm.

Due to the huge chunks of ice that came with the hailstorm, the pilgrims died due to injuries to their skulls. This story was aired in national and international media and since them the Roopkund Lake has become a popular tourist destination.

The trek to Roopkund Lake showcases the best of Himalayan beauty. The trek begins at Lohajung, which is situated at an elevation of 3200 metres and goes on for five days till you reach the lake, which is at an altitude of 5000 metres. The first couple of days will take you through beautiful villages, forests, rivers and Bugyals.

The air will get thinner and thinner as you ascend and gain altitude. So it is very important that you are in the best of health and fitness when you set out for this trek. Higher energy levels will allow you to adjust better with the changing environment and enjoy the views offered by the region. Your team leader will also offer you tips on how to cope with the changing levels of the atmosphere.

The trekking trail followed during the Roopkund trek coincides with that of the Raj Jay Yatra pilgrimage route. This is conducted during a festival dedicated to goddess Nanda Devi and the residents of nearby village participate in this festival dressed in their traditional attire.

Best Season: August - October
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Max. Elevation: 5020 m
More Details: Guide to Roopkund Trek
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Kalka–Shimla Railway

The 2 feet 6 inches narrow gauge that takes the trains through the mountainous stations from Kalka to Shimla has a lot of admirers all over India. Thus Kalka- Shimla Railway secures its place intact among travelers of Himachal Pradesh. The relishing views of the hills and valleys of Himachal Pradesh seem to be more charming while you make a journey in one of the trains along this railway track. It was built in 1898 to connect Shimla with other parts and it is recorded that during the construction of this system, there were 107 tunnels and 864 bridges through the course of the track as well. Though the system is years old, it emerges out to surprise the visitors of Himachal still.

Pindari Glacier Trek

The Pindari Glacier trek is a relatively easy trekking trail. The Pindari glacier is situated between the Nanda Kot and Nanda Devi peaks and is a major destination for tourists and high altitude trekking in India. The pristine white glacier measures 3.2 km in length and 1.5 km in width and has gigantic mountains in its background.

The Pindari glacier trek is a must-do activity for all those who wish to experience nature very closely without compromising on peace and tranquility. The journey to the Pindari glacier begins at Nainital and goes on to Lahorekhet. Usually, night camps are set up and the evening is spent in these camps. On your way to the Pindari glacier, you will also come across Dhakuri, which is a place of great scenic splendour.

On moving ahead from Dhakuri, you come to the Khati village, which is the largest village in the region. Situated on the banks of the River Pinder, the village serves as a perfect spot for a night halt. From Khati you will need to trek another 11 kms to reach Dwali. Dwali has beautiful surroundings to offer and you can relish the beauty of the place as you trek on ahead to Phurkia, situated about 6 kms away.

Pindari glacier is situated at a distance of about 17 kms from Dwali. The vista opens into a beautiful view as you reach the Pindari glacier. Your efforts are paid off with the panoramic view of the surroundings that the Pindari Glacier offers you.

Best Season: March - October
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Max. Elevation: 3627 m
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Tibetan Museum

Being a combination of the conventional and contemporary Tibetan architecture, the Tibetan Museum in Mcleodganj is very unique. Located inside the Tsuglagkhang complex, the museum walls have a gentle yellow and white colour scheme that adds on to its quaint beauty. 

It is a platform where one can observe and be in awe of the Tibetan historical documents, manuscripts, Thangka images, pottery and other handicraft items. Besides that there are also photographs, interviews and video records that explain and file the Chinese intervention in Tibet and the consequent migration of Tibetans. If you are admirers of art and are also fascinated by history then you could purchase paintings, artefacts and handicrafts from the Museum shops as souvenirs.

Timings: - Open from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM



Why to visit in winters – The capital city of Himachal Pradesh is not only the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh in winters, but this is also a hill station that is rich in its colonial history

What to do – What can be more tempting than to shop in the heart of town at Shimla, soak this winter into the surrounding area of Shimla at Ridge, or take a joyful train ride through Kalka and Shimla

What to see – Jakhoo temple has to be in the itinerary, appealing Christ church is worth seeing, get flattered by seeing the Kufri sceneries or see the tourists ski in the snow covered Kufri Mountains


Milam Glacier Trek of the Kumaon

The Milam Glacier is one of the major glaciers in the Kumaon region. It is situated in Munsiyari of Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. The elevation of the glacier ranges from 5500 metres to 3870 metres and is located at a distance of 15 km from Nanda Devi. The glacier was closed for trekking in 1962, but was reopened in 1994.

The best time to visit the Milam glacier is before the monsoons i.e. from mid-March to May. The monsoons set in June, which triggers landslides and roadblocks, making the area dangerous for any expedition.

The trekking trail to the Milam glacier starts at Munsiyari. You can enjoy breathtaking views of the Kumaon region and pass through places such as Nanda Devi East Base, Gauri Ganga Lilam, Martoli, Railkot, etc. on your way to the glacier. The glacier originates from the eastern slope of Trishuli and the southern slope of Kohli. The village of Milam is situated near the snout of the glacier. The trek to the Milam glacier is one of the best trails for trekking in India.

The Milam glacier has an altitude of 4268 metres and is surrounded by 52 peaks. The Milam glacier serves as an axial point for high altitude treks in India. The entire distance is covered by walking along the banks of the River Gori Ganga. You will pass through dense forests with blooming rhododendrons, chestnut trees, lush green conifers etc.

The trekking trail takes you past the Nanda Devi and Hardeol peaks. You will also come across the Ragash Kund, a shepherd shelter and a pond. The trek is a slightly difficult and will test your physical fitness and strength as you gain altitude. The best part of the journey is that you get to view the best of Himalayan beauty amidst majestic mountains and gurgling waters.

Best Season: May - September
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Max. Elevation: 4268 m
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Padum-Darchha Trek

The Padam Darchcha Valley trek is an exhilarating experience. The trek involves a long trek from Darcha which is situated in the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh to Padam, located in the mystical land of Zansak. Besides the thrill and excitement of trekking in the snowy slopes of the Himalayas, the trekking trail allows you to enjoy the beauty of the initial trail from Manali to Leh.

You can visit interesting Hindu temples in Manali which speak volumes about the history, culture and traditions of the region. This trek is a beautiful combination of adventure and sight-seeing and hence can be called one of the most exciting experiences of trekking in India.

The trek begins at Chalang Tokpa, from where you will move on to Ramjak and Chumikanakpo. The trek from Ramjak to Chumikanakpo will give you a fabulous trekking experience by testing your strength and skills. From here you will move on to Lakong and pass through Kurgiak and Purne before reaching Padam, Leh. The most interesting change that you will notice on reaching the destination is the transformation of the landscape.

Best Season: June - September
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Max. Elevation: 5080 m
More Details: Guide to Padum Darcha Trek
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Gauri Shankar Temple

It is an 800 year old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva of the Hindu religion. The Gauri Shankar temple is built in a Shikhara style architecture which makes it quite popular among the various tourists that visit the place.

Location: The temple is located in the Naggar Castle road where you will also find other major attractions of the city. It can be easily reached through a small trek through the famous Naggar Castle.

Highlights: It is quite popular for all those who have religious beliefs and are Nirvana seekers. The architecture is something many people love about the temple.

Best time to visit: The temple is open from 5 in the morning to 12 in the noon and then it opens again at 4 in the evening till 9 in the night. So you can visit the temple on the given timings.

Price: There is no entry fee for getting into the temple.



Rahul Singh

30 November 2016

Beauty can't be described in words but pictures do very well.

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Harsha Bhatt

11 February 2015

Conquering the 4850m peak was like a dream come true for me. Comapred to my other treks; Pin Parvati, Hemkund and Roopkund, I would rank this one as the best. I was luck enough to join the trek at the last moment and once it started, it took me high! Those who haven't experienced the Pin Parvati, can enjoy magical views of the peak while in this trek. Pretty much better be prepared for any kind of obstacle.


Pulkit Gurnani

14 April 2015

After we gave a thumbs up to the Bhaba Pass trek in Himachal Pradesh, we all were like what to and what not to do! Its difficulty gradient were a bit challenging for us. But, 'where there is a will, there is a way' got proved and we finally completed the trek so nicely. A huge amount of the entire credit goes to the experienced crew of guides. Their encouragement and support made it possible for us.


Aditya Singh

04 May 2015

Fun, adventure, thrill and mental peace...everything is there in the Bhaba Pass trek. It truly opens the doors to the gorgeous beauty of Himachal Pradesh. While the duration was not long enough, there were challenges within the trek. One has to be careful at certain places and then they can enjoy the charm and appeal of this trek as much as they want.


Anagha Gunjal

08 April 2015

If you are an adventure freak then trust me Bhaba Pass is definitely your cup of tea. I’m really glad that I took this trip. Hills, rivers, natural bridges… perfect ingredients to spice up the adventure thrills. I’m definitely ready for a second trip, only once my legs stop aching.


Dev Narayan

07 May 2015

How easily we forget ourselves in the luxury of city life…something I realized while I was in Bhabha Pass, what a place, and how happy the people who live there were…give yourself a break and re-discover yourself. I did!

What You Should Know More About Shimla

  • About the Destination

    Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, is located in the foothills of the Himalayas. Named after a Hindu Goddess Shyamala Devi, this place is very close to nature. Shimla was also called the summer capital of British India. It is one of the most visited hill stations of India. If you are looking forward to spend a peaceful summer vacation in the lap of nature, Shimla is definitely your paradise.

    There are a lot of places that are worth visiting in Shimla. It is a home to a number of temples and educational institutes. The most fascinating places in Shimla are Jakhu Temple, Shimla Christ Church, Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, Tara Devi Temple, and many more. We shall be discussing them in details below.

    The delicious Himachali cuisine is almost forgotten. You will not find any Himachali food in any restaurant across India, but trust me, they are delicious. The traditional dishes of Himachal are mainly vegetarian. They have dishes called Mahini -which means a spicy curry, Mandra- which is a vegetable and yoghurt curry, Rainthla-which is a date and spinach curry, and lot more.  Meetha chawal is a famous Himachali rice preparation. The interesting part about Himachali cuisine is that they are served in Pattals, which are broad leaves of a tree.

    Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Shimla has a number of markets for the shopaholics. The Mall in Shimla is the most happening place of the town with a lot of shops, restaurants, cafes, theatres, etc.

  • Travel Advice

    • If you are fond of shopping, you will definitely find really fancy woollen items in Shimla markets but don’t forget to bargain hard.

    • Do not carry precious jewelleries and gadgets while you are on your tour.

    • Though the crime rate in Shimla is low, pickpocketing is common. Take care of your purse.

    • Keep your necessary medicines with you. Prepare a first aid box and carry wherever you go as Shimla is a small town and you might not get the desired medications.

    • Do not take banned things which can get you into trouble.

    • Keep away from overfriendly strangers. They might not be what they pretend to be.

    • Never eat cut fruits beside the roads. They can make you fall sick.

    • Carry your own water bottle with you and if required, buy sealed water bottles only.

    • Please visit the nearest doctor in case of health emergencies.

    • Respect the local traditions and culture as Shimla, being a small town, is pretty conservative.

    • Carry your identity proofs wherever you travel. You may require them at any point of time.

  • Drinking Laws

    The minimum age for the consumption of alcohol in Shimla is 25 years. Below that, drinking is illegal. You can get a lot of choices in alcohol in Shimla.

  • Our Recommendations- Things you can’t afford to miss?

    Viceregal Lodge
    Also known as Rashtrapati Bhawan, this building is a great work of architecture. Formerly, it was the residence of the Viceroy of India. This well-maintained place is one of the major attractions in Shimla. You will get to see beautiful flowers all along the walk-way.

    • Jakhu Temple
    This temple is one of the oldest places in Shimla. This is a Hanuman temple where festivals are organised on Dussera every year. To reach the temple, you can climb up the hill or you can hire a horse. You can book taxis too.  Watch out for the monkeys there. 
    • Tara Devi Temple
    Located on the Kalka Shimla National Highway, this temple is a major tourist attraction. The deity inside is Hindu Goddess Tara Devi. It is believed to be around 250 years old.

    • Kali Bari Temple
    Built in 1845, this Hindu temple holds a prime position in Shimla’s history. The deity inside the temple is Goddess Shyamala, an incarnation of Goddess Kali. It is believed that Shimla is named after Goddess Shyamala. 

    The Ridge
    It is a large open space which is the hub of various cultural activities. There is a large water reservoir which is the only source of water in Shimla. You can roam around here and enjoy the scenic beauty of Shimla. 

    Christ Church
    It is also one of the oldest places in Shimla and the second oldest church in north India, the first one being St. John’s Church, Meerut. Built in 1857, this Elizabethan style church is a great example of beautiful architecture. Worship is done in both English and Hindi. The place is neat and very well-maintained. Unfortunately, the big clock outside the church does not work anymore. 

    Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex
    This is a beautiful old Victorian theatre in the heart of Shimla at the Mall Road. You can witness papier mache all along the theatre which is the main reason behind echoing of sound over there. 

    Amod Resort
    This is a park and resort where you can try a lot of exciting and adventurous sports such as nature trek, rappelling, mountain biking, rock climbing, net bridge, balancing rope, tyre swing, etc. Covered with greenery all around, this place is for adventure-seekers.

    Annandale Walk
    Visit this place and you will witness the best walk of your life. Believe me; this place is so much blessed by nature. Tall trees on both the sides, pin drop silence everywhere, this place is a treat for your eyes.  Lush green forest will get the stress out of you and you will be lost in peace. 

    Annandale Army Golf Course
    This is a beautiful golf course with greenery all around. This 6,600 yards golf course will surely amaze you with its natural beauty.

    Army Heritage Museum
    Situated in Annandale near the Ridge, this museum has collections which relates to our very own, Indian Army. You will be truly mesmerized seeing the old weapons and other collectibles that are neatly and strategically presented in a particular order. 

    Toy Train
    If you are in Shimla, you definitely cannot miss the Toy Train ride as it is so much fun. You can’t find toy trains in rest of the India except very few places like Darjeeling in West Bengal. 

    Markets in Shimla
    • The Mall
    This is one of the busiest places of Shimla. You can find fancy shops of collectibles, wine, garments, etc. in this mall and at the same time dig in to delicious delicacies of Shimla is the restaurants and cafes present here. Don’t forget to use the best of your bargaining skills while shopping.
    • Lower bazar
    Lower bazar is an old market with very old buildings and narrow lanes. This market is also called the sabzi mandi, which means vegetables market, in Hindi. This market is just below the mall road. This chaotic place is the best for them who like street-side shopping.
    • Lakkar bazar
    If translated, Lakkar Bazar means wooden market. And as the name suggests, you will get a lot of wooden things in this market. A must visit for all.
    • Tibetan market
    Another chaotic market which is full of life. This is a market for those who love Tibetan items such as fancy woollens, bags, boots, etc. you need to bargain hard, though. 

    Cedar circuit house
    This is another example of great architecture. Built by the British, this place is full of beautiful flowers all around which will definitely look unreal, but they are all natural. 

  • What will you like there?

    Weather: This cool and chilled place is definitely going to change your summer holidays. You need heavy woollen clothes to escape the cold here. And if you are planning to visit Shimla during the winters, you might witness snowfall.

    People: The locals of Himachal are really simple and friendly. They love their tourists as tourism is a major source of income of this place.

    Food: You can enjoy the local Himachali cuisine or can dig into pizza, pasta, lasagne, baked goodies, momo, and what not. You get everything in Shimla.

    Mountains: You are definitely going fall in love with the snow -capped mountains all around you. The queen of hills will attract you again and again.

    Flowers: If you love gardening and flowers, you must visit Shimla to see the beautiful varieties of flowers here and there. So much colourful, so much lively, they will surely boost up your mood.

    Markets: As mentioned earlier, you will get the best woollen clothes in Shimla directly from Tibet. Cushioned jackets, woollen scarves, Tibetan jewellery, fancy footwear, you get everything in Shimla markets.

    Architecture: Shimla holds a prime position in the history of British Raj. The buildings constructed by the British are spectacular and will surely amaze you.

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