I’m sure many of yours New Year resolution is more short breaks and weekend escape around your respected cities. In a country like India you can get almost everything you want to see, from snowcapped hills to beach sunset, green valleys to white deserts, Misty Reserve Forests to Salty mangrove forest and deltas. Taking inspirations from facebook posts or checking travel blogs, we have made you planning easier now. Here are the 10 weekend gateways for you.
1. Pangot: for the bird watcher inside you
Located in Nainital district of Uttaranchal, Pangot is perfect for nature lovers and bird watchers. We suggest you stay at Pangot not Nainital as crowd is one of the major reasons behind escaping, right? You will find homestays and resorts to make your holiday worthwhile.
2. Auli: Clouds, Skiing and more
Auli is popularly known as one of the best skiing destination in India. Situated in Himalayan ranges of Uttarakhand, Auli has the perfect cold for winter holidays. Awesome view with serene nature, you will find plenty of homestays in Auli.
3. Bir-Billing: Tea, Paragliding and Monastery
If you like trekking and adventure then Bir-Billing from Himachal Pradesh is a must visit. Paragliding is mostly conducted here from September to November, though trekking and camping is always there to make it a perfect weekend gateway. You can also visit the Bir Tea Factory and ancient monasteries.
4. Lansdowne: Church, Turns and Lush Pines
Lansdowne is un-commercialized, un-touched scenic beauty located in Uttarakhand. Famous for ‘The Garhwal Rifles’ war memorials this city is best for leisure weekends. You can go to the church and tip and top team point for few good clicks. The road to Landsdowne is covered with lush pine and oak tree, stiff turns and fog.
5. Chail: Cricket, history and Forest
Do you know the highest cricket pitch in the world is located on Chail, a small hill station is Himachal Pradesh. Near to Shimla, this place is best for hiking. Abounds with lush forests this place has a historical significance also. The Chail Sanctuary in Sadhupul, Chail Gurudwara, and the Chail military School are few of the tourist attractions.
6. Fagu: Stone-houses, Skiing and fog
Fagu, a little hill station in Himachal Pradesh is perfect for an offbeat weekend gateway. You can get a glimpse of the majestic Himalayan summits from here. You will find small stone houses and valley with lush green plantation. If you going in February make sure you are a part of the ski fest.
7. Darang: Birds, Mountain and Tea Garden
Another Himachali beauty, Darang is located near Mcleodganj. You will get a majestic view of Dhauladhar range of Himalayas from here. Walk through green tea gardens with the sound of chirping bird, Daran is surely a perfect weekend retreat.
8. Pithoragarh: Snow, Alpine and River
Pithoragarh is a complete package with snow clad peaks, alpine forest, perennial river and green forest. This is one place which is still unspoilt by commercialism. Do not miss on Soar valley.
9. Kausani: Majestic Kumaon
Kausani is an undiscovered Kumaoni beauty located in Uttarakhand. It is famous for the view of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Panchachuli and other famous peaks of Himalays. You can visit few famous temples that are built in 12th century temples in Bajinath. Kausani is surely one of the best weekend gateway if you are fond of Himalaya.
10. Munsiyari: Trekking paradise
Munsiyari is famous for trekking and mountaineering. You can try few small nearby trails if you visiting this place for your next weekend gateway. Munsiyari is a small town not to populated town filled with scenic beauty.