Honeymoon in Uttaranchal
Honeymoon in Uttarakhand (Uttaranchal)- Carved out of the hilly tracts of the state of Uttar Pradesh in November 2000, Uttarakhand is a breathtakingly beautiful destination. The awesome Himalayas which straddle the state from end to end enclose flower bedecked vales, frothy white streams, whispering coniferous forests, soft rolling meadows, bountiful orchards, serene lakes and frosty glaciers. This is also a land that infuses spirituality in the non-believer, evokes the spirit of adventure in the most passive of personalities, and draws city-tamed folks to the untamed wilds of its national parks and sanctuaries.
What’s more, apart from the popular locations that Uttarakhand is already famous for, there are a lot many destinations within this generously endowed state that are tucked away from the mainstream and just waiting to be discovered. Consider Khirsu, if you’ve ever dreamt of staying in a cottage right in the midst of a thick forest of pine, oak and deodar, and your gateway to the outside world is only through a path of apple trees, exotic herbs and wild flowers. Sit back and count at least 300 peaks that ring your little cottage. Or, if you want to be a part of the celestial playground of the Gods, take the road to Govindghat and walk into a wide alpine valley studded with a million flowers in psychedelic hues. To explore the Valley of Flowers from end to end, wade through shallow streams, walk over log bridges and sink into a palette of chest high foliage. This Garden of Eden reveals itself only during the months of July and August, so plan your trip accordingly.
If you want to pack in some adventure along with the solitude that Uttarakhand offers, head for Munsyari in the east, from where you can trek up to the Milam and Ralam glaciers and the Nanda Devi peak, the world’s third highest. Clad in soft mists that lift lazily to reveal the snow clad peaks of Trishul, Nanda Devi, Nandakot and Panchchuli is the incredibly beautiful hill town of Kausani. Having inspired the writings of many a poet, Kausani is a year-round destination nestled away from crowds, yet accessible enough from major railheads and highways.
Cutting a different picture is the bowl-shaped Chaukori where tea plantations alternate with orchards and pine forests amidst the magnificent peaks. Again, Binsar, hidden from the glare of the crowds that throng Nainital just 95 km away is a haven of peace with mesmerizing views and splendid trekking trails.
Taking a solitary road to the right at Joshimath is Auli, Uttarakhand’s skiing capital. Between January and March, Auli beckons skiers to its smooth snow covered slopes protected from the chilly winds by deodar and oak trees. Uttarakhand has all this and more – do write to us for more information on the secrets of this beautiful destination.
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