On the Cusp of Summer

With the cool breeze of the winter slowly dwindling down, the heat of the sun is upon us again. With clear blue skies, the occasional whisk of a cloud slowly floating by and the warm breeze that greets us and lets us know that we’re on the cusp of the summer.

Doesn’t summer bring back some amazing memories? Think about your childhood and how you longed for the summer – endless holidays, you’d play outside all day and even go on long holidays to exotic scenic locations that you’d never been to. Awesome, wasn’t it?  What’s more, many of you would have some amazing memories of visiting your relatives in distant towns and villages – where nature ruled supreme and being in proximity to God’s own creation was an experience not to be missed.

It’s hard to have such experiences in an urban setting isn’t it? With never-ending work that takes up most of your time and the remaining time devoted to taking care of your family, where is the time for you to relax and take a break? Well, if you want to go on a holiday, now is the time! The summer is the best time for you to travel to India’s northern parts where the amazing scenery and tranquility awaits you.

The northern parts of India are incredibly diverse when it comes to scenery; right from snow-capped mountains to the fleeting plains of Punjab. As a result, there are a number of places to visit. A lot of places like Shimla or Manali which are hugely popular with tourists. Hence, people from all over the country visit these places. What we thought was, since you’re someone who spends so much time working against a deadline, beating the rush of city traffic and are constantly engrossed with something or the other, wouldn’t you want to spend your holiday at a peaceful place that relaxes you? Enter Dharamshala and Binsar Valley – two of our favorite destinations which give you the change to unwind and let go of all your troubles.

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Dharamshala:

Lying on the spur of the Dhauladhar range in the Kangra Valley, this picturesque destination is surrounded by oak and conifer trees.  Snowcapped mountains enfold three sides of the town and the Himalayan Peaks are best seen from Dharamshala. Naturally, trekking to a snow-point is popular and takes only a day if you have an early start. Lying in the vicinity of the town is McLeodganj. The Tibetan Government in exile calls this town their home and there are a number of Monasteries for you to visit.

Naturally, given the two locations, wouldn’t it be great to have access to both? That’s why resorts such as Club Mahindra Dharamasala are fast gaining popularity. Here’s some more information about Dharamshala –

Quick Facts:

  • In 1905, tragedy struck Dharamshala when an earthquake levelled it completely. After its reconstruction, Dharamshala flourished as a quiet health resort.
  • Called, ‘Little Lhasa,’ the town has been home to the Tibetan Government in exile and since 1960 is the home of the Dalai Lama.
  • It’s also the home of the world’s highest cricket stadium.
  • The Club Mahindra Resort in Dharamshala is actually an historic British Era Building.
  • The resort has easy access to both, Dharamshala and McLeodganj.

Things to Do:

  • Trekking in and around Dharamshala is popular with the people who visit. The best part is that because most of the great trekking trails are close-by, you can complete them in an entire day. Start at the crack of dawn and go on some of the most exquisite treks at Triund and Ilaka, Aghanjar Mahadev Temple, Tea Garden and, Indru Nag Temple.
  • After that, what better way to unwind than paying a visit to the incredible Buddhist Monasteries and soak in the vibe of Buddhist Culture.

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Binsar Valley:

If you want a million dollar view of the Himalayas, Binsar Valley might just be the destination for you. Complete with oak forests and a wildlife sanctuary and with a view of the holiest shrines in the Himalaya, namely, Kedarnath, Badrinath and Gangotri, what more could you possibly want? The location is a haven for nature lovers and the naturally inquisitive as it does have a fair amount of history. Nestled in the heart of the Valley lies the incredible Club Mahindra resort which never ceases to astound and mesmerize its patrons.

Quick Facts:

  • It is a destination that holds utmost religious importance as per the Hindu mythology.
  • Binsar got its name from the famous Bineshwar Mahadev Temple located in the area.
  • It was the summer capital of the Chand Kings who ruled over the Kumaon region from the 11th to 18th centuries AD.
  • One of the best resorts in the valley, the Club Mahindra Resort is located in the middle of the valley surrounded by forests.
  • Psst… try to catch a glimpse of sunrise from the resort. It’s worth it; we promise.

Things to Do:

  • No stay at Binsar would be complete without visiting the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. There are over 300 species of birds and animals and a drive through the sanctuary is a must!
  • Being a place that has a lot of history associated with culture and spirituality, there are numerous temples to visit here.
  • One of our favorites is the Patal Bhuvaneshwar Tour – go to a 6000 year old underground cave complex and be ready to be amazed!
  • Another must-do activity is a visit to Chaukori. Immense Himalayan peaks, impenetrable forests and rolling tea gardens make Chaukori a fantastic place to be in. Plus the tea gardens nearby are awesome and don’t we all love tea?

To read more about Summers in Himachal, Click Here

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