Hatu Peak is the highest summit in Shimla region and I got the chance to visit this place in the month of June. All thanks to my office, yes this was an official trip.It took us 13 hours to reach this place by bus from Noida. We started at 1:30 pm and reached there early morning. Because of the road conditions bus dropped us at Narkanda and from there we got jeeps to reach Agyaat Vaas!
Agyaat Vaas is high altitude eco tourism village. We had good time there, and they organized a hiking session for us.
After having our lunch we left for trekking to Jo bagh, an 8 kms trek. I am glad that I went for this trek. En-route we saw grassland where locals were really excited to greet us, passing that we reached Jo bagh. This place is splendid, it is like mini Kashmir. We rested their for 10 mins and after that we left for Hatu temple. Suddenly the whether changed and it started raining. Somehow we managed to come back to our base.
Second day was trek to apple orchard and trust me after the rains going there was a bad decision. We all slipped in the mud many times, got hurt, regretted our decision but we enjoyed.
You can catch the entire trip details in this video
Then again it rained all night and we had no other option then just being at the cottage and gossiping.
Crux of the story:
This is a good place to visit, it is scenic beauty and you will love the greenery around. In winters if roads are open then you can witness snowfall here.
What to do: Go for hiking, there are 2 treks, visit apple orchard and Hatu mandir.
Avoid in monsoon, road gets very slippery and risky.
Travel time : 12-14 hours, depends on route and weather conditions.
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.
Let me know how did you find this post and leave your suggestions in the comment box.
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: