This time we went to Rishikesh for the weekend gateway. So this post is all about my Rishikesh trip! Rishikesh “The Yoga capital of the world” is located at 230 kms from Delhi comes under the nearest gateway zone. It is famous for yoga and is also a spiritual hub attracting people from all over the world. There are various temples, ashrams, yoga centers and also good cafe`s to chill. Besides the spiritual enlightenment, Rishikesh also provides great adventure opportunities. Just few kms away from the main city you can see lot of adventure camps offering river rafting, trekking, Flying fox, and bungee jumping. It is one of the most visited places in India and one should visit this place if you are putting up near Delhi.
We took a friend’s car and drove down from Delhi – Haridwar – Rishikesh. And to your surprise I am not going to write down the details and places to visit because most of you must have visited them already.
This post is a look book which I created at Rishikesh keeping Goa in my mind. Goa nahi to Rishikesh hi sahi! because my plans for Goa got cancelled. So I carried my white dress and styled it in 2 ways here:
I paired this dress with a red printed long shirt which worked as a shrug here.
Here I have paired it with brown bag and light green scarf.
There’s a cafe called “Ganga” in Rishikesh, you can hop on there to grab tea, salad, and maggie. They also serve delicious italian food and watermelon smoothie in this season.
Take a stroll in the local market and collect some pieces, if you like. I couldn’t find anything of my taste here :P.
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Jaipur, the ‘pink city of India’ is known for its royalty and wonderful monuments. Not to forget you can drive your bohemian vibes from this city too! Jaipur has lots of shopping destinations of which you can read about on the internet. Apart from having monuments this place is a shopper’s paradise. We have listed down 5 items that you must shop if you are in Jaipur. You simply can’t resist buying these items. Here we have listed 5 things to shop in Jaipur, India.
1. Leheriya/Bandhej/Kota Doria Cotton Saree:
Jaipur is very colorful and is known for its royalty. The rich culture pretty well reflects in the colorful leheriya sarees. I am sure you can find leheriya print in your or your mother’s wardrobe. If you already have one then you can opt for bandhej or kota doria cotton sarees. They are the specialty of Rajasthan. I picked 2 kota doria cotton saree for my mom from Rajasthan handloom.
2. Kolhapuri Chappal:
Kolhapuri’s originated from Maharastra and are available throughout. You can Kolhapuris with a rajasthani touch in the local markets here. They are superb in terms of quality and price to what we get here in Delhi. I picked these for Rs.150 after bargaining from Pandey market near Hawa Mahal.
3. German Silver Jewelry:
You can get silver jewelry at Paharganj, Delhi too but why not pick it straight from the artisans. I picked these beautiful kadas for Rs. 800 and they came with a warranty card.
You can pick interesting handicraft pieces like a wooden box, jewelry box, handcrafted marble pieces etc or keychains like this:
5. Block Print Fabrics:
Block printing is famous in Jaipur. You can find block printed kurtis, bed sheets, cushion cover or even plain fabric at local markets. One can pick block printed fabric and later get it stitched as per the need. You can see one getting printed here:
Lansdowne is a small cantonment town in Pauri Garhwal district. It is approximately 280 kms from Delhi. Nearest railway station is Kotdwar. Lansdowne is 40 kms from Kotdwar on Pauri Road. This place is an ideal travel destination for a lazy weekend holiday. It is one of the most popular weekend getaway from Delhi NCR region.
It was my first time that I have visited Lansdowne and believe me I was more than happy to be there. We took a friend’s car and drove down from Delhi – Meerut – Bijnor – Kotdwar – Lansdowne.
We stayed at Sunset Villa Lansdowne and hospitality provided to us made our stay comfortable. Here are the pictures:
Weather was cold in the morning and night but it was pretty hot in the daytime, it didn’t let us miss Delhi 😉 . As it’s a hill station so you don’t have many places to explore but it does have certain places which you don’t mind checking out. If you are looking for less crowded, serene natural beauty then it is the place for you otherwise you can go ahead and roam around regular hill stations.
Places to see in Lansdowne:
Bhulla Taal: This lake is a perfect picnic spot for children & families. We did boating in lake and had breakfast at Cafe shop. There’s a small bridge over lake which is perfect for photo shoot. I liked this place.
St. Mary’s Church: It’s a small museum showcasing old pictures and stories of the pre-independance era.
Tip n Top: It is famous as a view point spot and you can have breathtakingly awesome view of hills and valley. The sunset view from here is truly memorable. It is an ideal place to spend some quality time with family and friends amidst this beautiful location.
Darwan Singh Museum: This one is must visit place to see the glory of Garhwal Rifles and if you belong to Indian Army family then you should definitely go.
Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple: A beautiful temple and a picnic spot with awesome natural beauty, temple of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati. This lord Shiva temple is ages old and it is chinar and pine trees.
Lansdowne Trip Cafe: Amazing place based on an equally amazing concept where you can read travel journals, find wonderful souvenirs and antiques to carry back home, enjoy nature at its best. I tried tea and Sandwich, they were simply amazing.
Durga Devi Temple: This temple is located inside a cave and is dedicated to goddess Durga and is considered to be one of the oldest Sidh Peeths.
Why you should visit Lansdowne:
One of the closest hill station from Delhi NCR region and a perfect weekend Gateway.
Much clean and well maintained Because of cantonment area of Garhwal rifles.
Quiet, less crowded, not over developed and relatively undiscovered hill station.
Have many old building of british colonial architecture and military history.
Perfect place to meditate and rejuvenate your soul.