Top 10 Best Places to Visit in Shimla, India – VoyageWorldBlog

Hi there, traveler !

My name is Divanshu Kashyap, a traveller by choice, photographer by interest and writer by desire.

2017 started off with a blast for me I took a trip to shimla for the first time with my cousions. That was the time when I was done with my exams, free from anxiousness and filled with tranquilizing vibes so every travel memory is so deeply etched in my memory. I vividly remember taking a volvo Bus from Delhi to Shimla. I have pictures of myself roaming in the streets of Mall Road late at night, and loving the fresh breeze flowing over my face, delectable food and the mesmerizing views. Today, Shimla is one of the most popular hill-stations for North-Indians, and almost second nature for Delhiites to head to this charming hill-town for a quick getaway away from the city.

When hill retreats and summer getaways were being established by the British in colonial India, Shimla was definitely the favourite child. Declared the summer capital of the British Empire in India, Shimla is today one of India’s most popular hill stations and a quintessential summer getaway from Delhi. Shimla is the capital of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, in the Himalayan foothills. Best known for its Victorian architecture, reminiscent of the colonial era, and for street shopping on its famous Mall Road, Shimla offers a breadth of adventurous experiences, cultural insights, and a chance to rejuvenate in the lap of the Himalayas.

There’s a reason that Shimla is known as the Queen of Hills, and if you were take a glance at the photographs i posted below, you will know why. Regal in every season, even in bitter winters, the capital of Himachal Pradesh draws throngs of tourists year after year for its pleasant summers, hilly terrain scented by pine and signature colonial era architecture. Chandigarh is the nearest major city, but New Delhi is the most often used connecting point, about 365 kms away.

Ready to explore ?

So are you Planning a trip to Shimla ? Wondering which are the top places to visit in Shimla? Here’s my list of top 10 best places to visit in Shimla on your trip to the land of the Himalayas. Rejuvenate in the lap of the Himalayas. I hope this post will help you:


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Way to Hatu Peak


Hatu Peak is a must go place for Adventure Lovers || Adventerous Places in Himachal Pradesh, India

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Hatu peak is located at an elevation of 3400 m/12000 ft above sea level and is the highest summit in Shimla/Narkanda region of Himachal Pradesh, India. The peak is surrounded by dense woods.

Hatu Peak is one of the most popular among adventure lovers especially trekkers and bikers. Folks from various parts of the world come to Shimla and plan overnight stay around Hatu Peak. I have been hearing a lot about this place and finally went in January’2017.

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Freezed Lake


A small lake comes on the way when we go from Narkanda to Hatu Peak. There is a small road, which goes up from right side of the main highway, when we move from Narkanda. This road leads to Hatu Temple and end near the temple only. There is a small mud house near to this lake, which belongs to Gujjars from this region who move towards lower himachal in winters and come back in summers to enjoy the pleasant weather of this place.

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At Ski Point ( trekking squad )



There is no private hotel or guest house at Hatu but lot many options are available in Narkanda which is main market around this place. At Hatu, there is a HPPWD Guest House, which can be booked, but many folks prefer to come with their own tents and there are some decent grounds around the Hatu Temple. I am not very sure about availability of water, but there should be some arrangement as Temple or guest house must be having some supply.

Hatu Peak is accessible year round and proper precautions (drinking water) should be taken at all times… In winter, this area is a modest ski area, so expect heavy snow conditions. Proper gear should be worn to deal with temperatures for the season, specifically winter ascents (in December/January) will be quite cold.

When we visited Hatu Peak in January’2017, temple was under renovation and closed. It was fascinated to see most of the work was done with wood and it was quite artistic. Somehow temples in extremely hilly regions of Himachal Pradesh are quite interesting and wonderful wooden arts are used to decorate it.  Hope to visit this place again and bring back a Photo Journey with temple after completion of renovation work and when it’s open.

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At Hatu Temple ( trekking squad)


At Hatu Peak @3400 mtrs. 

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AT @3400 m – HATU PEAK


From the top of the peak, the deep furrows of the valleys make for interesting views. To the north and to the east, the white capped mountains of the Himalaya are visible, even on an overcast day. The nearby highest peaks (both within Himachal Pradesh) are Deo Tibba (6001m — approximately 120km north near Chatru) and Kinnaur Kailash (6050m — approximately 100km east near Karcham). The Nandi Devi region is to the southeast, approximately 250km.

The Hatu peak offers spectacular view of the entire Himalayan ranges, snow clad mountains and in depths are the dense forests, green fields and apple orchards. Hiking is recommended to reach the peak and that is what most of the folks do if they are not bikers. Of course Bikers would always love to ride through crazy paths in this dense forest and they enjoy it a lot.

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Some Hiking tips i would like to recommend :

  1. Dress like an onion. The Quebecois have a saying, s’habiller comme un oignon, which literally means to dress like an onion, in layers. …
  2. Start small and start early. …
  3. Bring safety gear. …
  4. Check the weather. ..
  5. Take an experienced friend. …
  6. Make tea or cocoa. …
  7. Invest in good gear.
  8. Be prepared to turn around..
  9. Treat yourself to a great meals..
  10. Here are the accessories you need : 1 woollen cap
    1 pair of water proof gloves
    2-3 pairs of woollen socks
    1 scarf (that can cover the neck and some bit of the face)
    1 pair of sun-glasses to protect your eyes from harsh sunlight reflecting on snow

A scarf is something a lot of people ignore, but it is a lifesaver. A scarf can protect your neck, your nose or work as an extra glove. This multi-utility gear is a must for a winter trek.

Keep in mind. During the day when the sun is out and you are trekking, it actually gets very warm with the layers of clothes you have on. So be prepared to peel off layers depending on the heat. At times you’ll sweat — so it makes sense to wear quick dry synthetic T-shirts rather than cotton as your first layers (which retains water longer).

The next important equipment to keep in mind is your shoe. You need a shoe that protects you from all elements and gives you grip on snow (Most crucial).

Crampons are not necessary!

2. Indian Institute of Advanced Study

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Queen of hills, Shimla is known for its scenic beauty and aesthetic importance. Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) located at Observatory Hill, Shimla adds to its glory and grandeur with its historical and contemporary significance. It is not only a renowned institute for research studies but also possesses historical and architectural heritage, national pride and glory.

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Viceregal Lodge: Shimla’s Viceregal Lodge was designed by British architect Henry Irwin and served as the residence of the British Viceroy of India. A fine display of Jacobethan architecture complete with Tudor-style arches and carved brick detailing on pillars, parapets and porches, Viceregal Lodge dates back to 1888. Historically, within the walls of Viceregal Lodge was where the Shimla Agreement was sealed.

This is a lovely gothic revival building with all the gargoyles peering over you. there is a wonderful grass lawn in front of the building, but you aren’t allowed to walk over it as what lies beneath is a water tank, as old as the building itself and so not safe to walk over it. (didn’t really understand why however – think they were fooling us!)

Very well-maintained building, right from the lawns to the wooden panelled interiors. it is all supposed to be teak wood and it still looks lovely. there is the lovely walnut wood roof that still looks gorgeous. some walls have this elaborate fabric covering which is even more special.

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This was not any old building. This was the viceregal lodge. the headquarters of the british raj in the summers, the summer capital of india… the seat of all power, all authority and all decisions – decisions that affected our forefathers.

There are interesting photo-exhibits covering important meetings that took place here… there are photos of all the leaders from nehru to sarojini naidu arriving for meetings, their modes of transport and overall look. and all the photos are very well preserved.

You can ogle at the table where the key decision makers took the call on the partition between ( India & Pakistan). yes you heard me right – this is where that decision took place. and that round table they sat around is still there. you cannot touch it or sit at those chairs, but can observe it.

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There is no ticket for getting access to Viceregal campus but one needs to buy a ticket to see it inside. various areas of Viceregal Lodge are well preserved. The room where Gandhi met other officials on Pakistan matter is well preserved along with various things used that time.
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A Bell made of eight metals which was presented by the king of Nepal was available to be admired by tourists..
The Indian Institute of Advanced Study is an ideal place of interest for photo-enthusiasts. This historical edifice, surrounded by a beautiful garden, provides ideal settings for photography.

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Most of the people coming to  Indian Institute of Advanced Study, visit here to experience its amazing history, architectural beauty and glorious ambiance.
The charisma of Indian Institute of Advanced Study has attracted historians, tourists, archaeologists and even Bollywood filmmakers.
There is a beautiful garden in the backward of Viceregal Lodge. The garden was popular among youngsters earlier and now it’s a favorite place for tourists, kids and families to have day picnics. Some of the rare species can be seen in this garden. Like maidenhair tree, Japanese maple and white mulberry…
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A closer look at Viceregal Lodge. Each part of this building is so beautiful that one can spend days to just explore it’s style is each portion of the wall, stairs, pillars etc.
It is one of the best places to observe the sunset at shimla. we didn’t wait as we wanted to head elsewhere. If you plan in advance then you can fit it into your schedule, there is also a small shop to buy souvenirs, a cafe to eat if you are hungry that is set in the erstwhile fire station! it is a short tour. you can go with a family across age groups.
tour Indian/foreigner ₹40/85, grounds only ₹20

( there are tours through the day, the last is around 4pm – get there in advance to get tickets).


9.30am-5.30pm Tue-Sun, to 7pm mid-May–mid-Jul, tours every 45min 10am-4.45pm.



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Constructed during British colonial rule,  is a popular and glazy street in Shimla. It is one of the major attractions for tourists. It is located a level  below the ridge .The Mall Road – is heart of Shimla, and best way to explore the awesome place is to just walk across the road and hitch at any place you want. You can eat, laugh, shop and enjoy! It is a hub of activities that tourists can enjoy.

While coming Back from Lakkar Bazar and Lower Bazaar there is a steep climb so rest between the climb and you will be fine. Going to cart road and back is somewhat easy due to availability of Lift managed by Himachal tourism, it costs Rs 10 per person on way…

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The town’s lifeline, the Mall Road is the main street in Shimla. It’s the centre of all activity. Over time, colonial buildings have been overrun by kitschy boutiques and buildings. Cafes, restaurants and social hangouts on Mall Road are especially popular with locals and tourists alike.

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The Mall Road Street has many popular hotels, food hubs, chaat corners, showrooms, department stores, shops, restaurants and cafes, shops that sell woolen clothes, branded clothes, handicraft items, pottery items, jeweler  books, etc. The Mall Road is also famous for its wooden furniture shops that sell exquisite wooden articles, which look like antiques. Horse riding is a popularly enjoyed activity here. You can hop on the horse and ride across the road to enjoy the various pretty sights! Another reason why this is one of the best places to go is that no vehicles are not allowed on the Mall road; making it pollution free.

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All colonial structures are located on the Mall Road. The Historic Structures like Gaiety Theater, Town Hall, and Public Library are all on the Mall Road. You can particularly buy wooden articles, handicrafts; popular in Mall Road. A Himachal Emporium that offers handicraft products of Himachal Pradesh is also Located here.

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One can find many eating joints like Indian Coffee House, Scandal Delights, GuptaJees Bhojnalya etc while walking towards the lower Bazaar.

Walking here at night is so much fun.

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The Night in Mall Road is even more stunning. The road there goes through Deodar trees and there are lot of beautiful building on the way. In 4 days of stay at Shimla we had a most memorable and amazing time on this complete strench. 

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A Walk at Night – @Mall Road, Shimla



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The broad esplanade extending east from Scandal Point is called the Ridge and it’s thronged with strolling locals and tourists all day. In clear weather a jagged line of distant snowy peaks is clearly visible to the north.

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The Ridge is a large clearing that is centrally located in Shimla. The Ridge is considered as the heart of Shimla and is the hub of all cultural activities in the town. The Ridge is flanked by the Mall road on one side and The Lakkar Bazaar on the other side (which is a major wood crafts market). The ridge area is a reflection of Colonial era architecture that has persisted through the ravages of time and now stands as a prominent landmark in the capital of Himachal Pradesh. The ridge also provides amazing views of the surrounding verdant mountains and the valleys below which are dotted with small cottages accompanied by rhododendron trees. A walk down the Ridge is a must-do in Shimla.

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The Ridge is a road parallel to The Mall and joins it at the Scandal Point. This road has a huge water reservoir too, supplying water to the entire city. The Ridge is famous for its events, especially Summer festival and New Year’s Eve. Major attractions at The Ridge are Christ Church, a Tudorbethan-styled library building and three statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi and Dr. Y.S. Parmar. Dr Parmar was the first chief minister of Himachal Pradesh. Annadale, the famous playground of Shimla is also located nearby and hosts cricket, polo and also serves as a picnic spot.

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Spend some quality time with your companions exploring the Christ Church. Christ Church, Shimla, is the second oldest church in North India, after St John’s Church in Meerut. It is a parish in the Diocese of Amritsar in the Church of North India.

The steeple of the rist Christ church is visible from miles away because of its impressive neo-Gothic style of architecture and has become a major landmark of Shimla. The architecture isn’t the only reason why you should visit the church, but also because it contains multitudes of books and a large variety of sculptures as well. The church has 5 major stain glass sculptures displaying different Christian virtues such as hope, faith and humility. The Christ Church is one of the only major landmarks in Shimla that has not endured the vagaries of time and has maintained its clean and well maintained condition. The best time to visit is at night when you can enjoy the ethereal beauty of the church when it’s lit up.

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Ridge is actually Shimla’s heart. One must visit this to see breath taking Sunrise & Sunset. Couple of good cafe serves good food & drinks.

I would like to suggest that one must have an icecream on the Ridge it’s an amazing experience! Believe me!!

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A prominent feature in every tourist’s travel itinerary is the Jakhoo Temple that is an ancient structure that is dedicated to the God Hanuman. This temple is also the venue for one of largest celebrations of the festival of Dussehra because legend has it that Lord Ram took a break at this location whilst on the search for Sanjeevni Booti. Jakhoo houses the largest statue of lord Hanuman that stands tall at 108 ft. above the ground. The temple is situated on Jakhoo Hill that is the highest peak of Shimla, promising spectacular views of the Shivalik range and the local town of Sanjauli. You could walk up to the temple via the Ridge, or take a pony/horse ride up till the temple. One can take Taxi as well service is available from the Ridge. As far as i remember from Ridge they charge aroound 300 rupees to Jakhoo temple.

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Jakhoo Temple is located on steep hills.. if u are going by your own car then u have to park your car 750 meters before temple from there you have to take taxi because the way is very steep and narrow cable car is under construction you can see hanumanji 108 feet long statue from any point of shimla.

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Shimla’s most famous temple, dedicated to the monkey god Hanuman, sits atop its highest hill, a steep but worthwhile hike of 1.2km up from the east end of the Ridge. Appropriately, hundreds of rhesus macaques loiter around the temple, hoping for gifts of prasad (temple-blessed food offerings) from visitors. They have a habit of snatching loose objects such as hats, phones and even spectacles, so bring a stick to discourage them, or rent one (₹10) at the temple gate.

This vast statue on the top of the highest hill in Shimla is a definite place to visit but mind the monkeys. They are very skilled at stealing tourists’ glasses and then it can be difficult to retrieve them. Take your glasses off at the car park and do not put them back on until you are safely back in the car. We saw two tourists lose their glasses when we were there.


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The temple is a popular religious spot in Chail and is also known for some breath-taking views and sceneries as well as for trekking, popular in this area.

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The Bengali hut–style Kali Bari Mandir, on the hillside above the Mall, 500m west of Scandal Point, enshrines an image of Kali as Shyamala. There are good views over Shimla from here.

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The famous Kalibari Temple of Shimla is a popular tourist attraction and is situated at a very strategic location. The temple was built in the year 1845 and is dedicated to Goddess Kali who is also known as Shyamala. It is from the name of Goddess Shyamala that Shimla derives its name. The Kali Bari temple of Simla is a very well known religious place of India and people who come to Shimla never miss out on visiting this temple. The Kalibari temple was primarily located in Jakhu hill. The British brought it to its new site.

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Kali Bari Temple is a temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Shyamala, from which the hill station-and capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla derives its name. Kali Bari Temple houses a shrine of the Hindu goddess Shyamala. Shyamala has multiple aliases, including Kali and Durga.

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A wooden image of the god is worshipped locally. It is a very holy and respected place of the region.

Time Required: 45 minutes – 1 hour
Open Time: All days of the week: 6:00 AM-5:00 PM.


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Shilaroo Hockey Stadium, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, INDIA – Asia’a highest Hockey ground !!!

Hockey stadium at the Sports Authority of India’s high-altitude training center is located around 50 km from state capital Shimla. we were driving towards the Hatu Peak and Shilaroo Hockey stadium came on right side of the road…
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The Sports Authority of India Center, located at an altitude of 8000 feet and surrounded by picturesque Narkanda and Hatu peaks. It was very well maintained and colorful stadium looks more magical with snow covered peaks in the background. Hills in the background are famous Hatu peaks…
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It was really amazing to see a huge green stadium on such a height. Whole stretch is full of fruit orchards and no one can imagine that such a beautiful & huge hockey stadium will come on the way to Hatu Peak….


Chail is 44 km from Shimla. 

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Into the Wild

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Since, Maharaja Bhupender Singh, who made Chail his summer capital, was a cricket enthusiast, he built a cricket ground here, on the top of a hill, making Chail, the proud home to the highest cricket ground in the world.

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Situated at an altitude of 2144 m, the area is also used as a polo ground. This ground is now maintained by the Army since it is located in the Cantonment area. Civilians are not allowed to enter the ground, though one can look and walk around the area.

The cricket ground and a polo ground which is there at an altitude of 2,250 m was owned by erstwhile royal family of Patiala. It is the world’s highest cricket ground.

Chail is also considered as the hiker’s paradise. The area is away from the bustling life of the state capital Shimla.

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beautiful sunset at chail


Tips : 

Carry camera, torch, light and fully covered clothes, proper footwears, munchies, beverages and water along.



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Kufri is a small hill station, just 17 kilometres from Shimla. Situated at an altitude of over 2,600 metres, Kufri is nothing less than a paradise for children.

As we were short of time we didn’t get a time to visit Kufri Fun Campus & Himalayan Nature Park but i would like to suggest you to visit it, it would be fun for sure. Kufri Fun Campus an amusement park & Himalayan Nature Park, which has more than 90 hectares of temperate vegetation and several attractive animals like Musk Deer, Barking Deer, Ghoral and Tibetan Wolf in large enclosures.

The World’s Highest Go Kart Track is at Kufri Fun World so i hope you won’t miss it!

Kufri is a favourable destination when snow is in abundance in Shimla. Kufri has been a preferred destination with honeymooners for number of years.

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A tiny hill station located just 17 km from Shimla, Kufri lies at an altitude of 9000 ft, and is best known as a ski destination. Although skiing season peaks between November and February, the months between April and June warrant a visit for their lovely weather. Developed as a tourist destination by the British back in 1819, Kufri is a great place to unwind—with panoramic views of the Himalayas, adventure sports, steep hikes and even a few interesting sightseeing spots.

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Astonishing sun rise in sanjauli


Sanjauli is a main suburb of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, under Shimla district, India. Shimla is located in the north-western ranges of the Himalayas. At an average altitude of 2397.59 meters (7866.10 ft) above mean sea level.

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Sanjauli is the main suburb of Shimla. It has many inhabited places nearby- Cemetery road, HB colony, Bhatta Kuffar, Sanjay Van, Dhingu dhar, Shanan, Navbhar, Chaulanti and areas other side of the Sanjauli-Dahli tunnel. Sanjauli is situated just below the Jakhu Hill. Sanjauli has the Famous Sanjauli-Dahli tunnel made by British government during that time when Shimla was capital of British India.

Sanjauli has a very wide and long Market spread from Sanjauli Chowk to Tunnel. Apart from this Sanjauli has unique architecture of houses. Sanjauli Cemetery is the only cemetery in Shimla that is still in use. Presently it is used by the Indian Christians but originally it was started by British in 1921.

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Apart from these top 10 best places to visit in shimla above-mentioned i would like to recomend one more place  –

Sri Sathya Sai School Anand Vilas :

This school is situated amidst lush green verdant hills in a serene and calm environment in the queen of hills, Shimla. Shimla which is known for its pine forests and apple orchards, crisp, clean air and breathtaking views . Meandering rivulets add natural beauty to the school.

This place is so beautiful and picturesque but tourists hardly know about this place! we visited this place in a hurry as we need to head somewhere else but if you plan in advance then you can fit it into your schedule.

Here are some pictures of the Place :

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What to Pack:

  • If visiting Shimla in the winter, carry woollens, thermals and a heavy jacket. To keep warm when it snows, boots, gloves, a cap and muffler are essential.
  • If visiting Shimla in the summer, carry light cottons for the day as the sun is quite strong. The evenings require a light jacket as temperatures tend to drop.
  • Motion sickness medication is recommended for those who are prone to sickness on winding roads.
  • Sunblock and sunglasses will help shield you from the strong sun at a high altitude.


And finally, special thanks to  PANKAJ KASHYAP   & samali kashyap without whom this trip wouldn’t be possible and Bhupesh verma & vicky verma for their wonderful hospitality provided in Shimla.

So what are you waiting for? Get out and explore !

by –Divanshu  Kashyap

Travel Blogger – voyage world blog

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Top 10 Best Tips For Every Solo Traveller – VoyageworldBlog


Hi there, traveler !

My name is Divanshu Kashyap, being a newbie to solo travel, it wasn’t all easy. By experience things the hard way has helped me become a smarter and better traveler, and has given me some truly life-changing experiences along the way.

People who have never traveled alone often describe their first solo trip as an almost religious experience. To take in new surroundings unfiltered by the prejudices, tastes or preferences of a traveling companion can be heady stuff. Traveling alone gives you the chance to indulge yourself fully.

Of course, single travel has its perils too — such as safety concerns, loneliness and the dreaded single supplement. But a little preparation and common sense can save you money and get you through the rough spots.

Why Travel Alone?

Solo travel can be the ultimate in self-indulgence; you can rest when you want and pour it on when you’re feeling ambitious. Another benefit is that your mistakes are your own, and your triumphs all the more exciting. Also, you can do exactly what you want to do — all the time.

You need not be an intrepid traveller to enjoy taking a vacation solo, nor do you need be part of a group tour to discover all the cool and exciting experiences that this great big planet has to offer. Regardless of gender, anyone can vacation alone and really enjoy it—in fact, sometimes even more so than when being tied to someone else’s agenda. You just need to follow some basic guidelines. So, gather your sense of adventure, and take that solo holiday!

Traveling solo has its pros and cons — and for me, the pros far outweigh the cons. When you’re on your own, you’re independent and in control. You can travel at your own pace, do the things that interest you, eat where and when you like, and splurge where you want to splurge. You don’t have to wait for anyone to pack up, and you never need to negotiate where to eat or when to call it a day. You go where you want, when you want.

Travelling alone can seem daunting from the comfort of home. What happens if you get stranded somewhere? Can you go out at night solo? Won’t it feel weird to eat in a restaurant alone?

All these worries and more (Will I get attacked by bandits? Or my vehicle stuck in a ditch?) plague most travellers before their first solo trip, but quickly evaporate, outweighed by the innumerable benefits.

Divanshu Kashyap ( SOLO TRAVELLER ) – voyage world blog

Before you Leave to Travel Alone :

Here are ten of the most important lessons I’ve learned throughout the journey so far:


1) Pack lightly


Master the Art of Packing Light

“Have you ever gone on a trip and realized you only wore half of the clothes you originally packed? And that you were just lugging around the rest of that junk the entire time? There is no better advice than to take as little as you need with you when you travel. Not only will this free up space in your luggage and make it easier to carry, but you’ll also just feel less bogged-down.”

When travelling solo make sure all of your essentials are in your carry-on in case your luggage gets lost. That means a complete change of clothes for hot, cold, and wet weather, walking shoes, medication, and all of your identification and important technology. Split up your cash and credit cards into different spots so if you lose one set you still have another. Dress for comfort and always have some emergency cash stashed on you.

One main allure of traveling on your own is the freedom it offers. Beyond the benefit of staying flexible in case you need to adjust your plans and schlep your suitcase for longer than anticipated, paring down your suitcase to strictly the necessities is key for comfort. – DIVANSHU KASHYAP

2. Plan in advance

Do some advance planning. You don’t need a detailed plan but you should know, for the first night at least, where you’re going to stay and all the information regarding the places that you are going to visit.

Do Your Homework !!!!!

Decide on your destination. Maybe you have a dream destination or maybe you just need to get away and the destination doesn’t matter that much.

Thanks to the Internet, it’s never been easier to preview a potential destination. But remember, official tourism websites have an objective to paint only the rosiest of pictures to attract visitors. Select your destination carefully ! – DIVANSHU KASHYAP

3) Meeting People

At Palpung Sherabling Monastery

Vacationing alone is a great way to enjoy doing your own thing without restrictions, but eventually you might get lonely. A good way to meet people is to be a real “tourist” and join a group tour outing. Or seek out like-minded groups of locals that share a hobby you enjoy and attend one of their functions or go to a monastery, temple, mosque or local church service of your faith. Having something in common is a wonderful ice-breaker.

At most tourist sites, you’ll meet more people in an hour than you would at home in a day. If you’re feeling shy, cameras are good icebreakers; offer to take someone’s picture with his or her camera.

Take a walking tour of a city (ask at the tourist office). You’ll learn about the town and meet other travelers, too. If you’re staying in a hostel, check its message board — some hostels arrange group tours.

It’s easy to meet people on buses and trains.

Meet People

Walk! There is no better way to get to know a city and understand its culture than walking. It slows you down so that you can see the nuances of the society and understand how the city is designed.

Try meeting up with other solo travelers through social media. Like-minded individuals can find one another on Meetup, whose worldwide members welcome visitors to wide-ranging events such as photography walks, happy hours, and weekend skiing. Also consider joining a hospitality-exchange network, such as Servas, or CouchSurfing, its more low-key alternative. – DIVANSHU KASHYAP

4. Pack a Book

A good book, a magazine or even just postcards to write or your travel journal to jot in – are all legitimate activities at a bar or restaurant if you get to feeling a little bored/lonely/exposed, so carry one of them with you at all times. And as a last resort there’s always fiddling with your smartphone.

Read a book that makes you laugh out loud. Take a book that makes you laugh out loud and hold it so that people can see that you are reading in English. This often attracts people for a brief chat. In Palpung Sherabling Monastery I was reading Think and  Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and it got me into a few conversations.

Buy or download guide books geared to solo travelers.

The Lonely Planet guides, used by travelers of all ages, list accommodations and restaurants that will be full of other independent  travelers, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to meet a variety of people.  They also have a special section with advice to women traveling solo in each specific country. Start your research by posting a question, or just read what other travelers say about a destination. Go online to The Lonely Planet Thorn Tree Travel Forum.

Don’t bury your head in a book

It’s easy to be daunted by travelling alone. Retreating into the pages of a good novel can feel like the perfect way to escape curious stares on public transport or in restaurants, but it’s the worst thing to do. Going solo means you have a chance to really take in your surroundings, meeting locals and travellers alike along the way; be content to be by yourself, but confident enough to introduce yourself to people when you want to be sociable. – DIVANSHU KASHYAP


5. Beware of safety


Travelling solo can be both safe and rewarding, but be mindful of safety concerns as you would travelling in a group or couple. Take care in large cities at night, watch your drinks, be aware of any local scams and keep a close eye on your valuables. Being alert is a skill that every traveler should learn. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to be paranoid or shelter yourself from all harm, but you do need to be vigilant, especially in areas notorious for crime. Don’t dress like an obvious “tourist” (fanny packs, cameras swinging, and home country flag patches) and don’t flash money, expensive technology or wear pricey jewellery. Be aware of your surroundings and stick to main roads and well-lit areas when possible, but walk with confidence and purpose if you end up in unsavoury locations.

Protect your identity on the road. If you’re going to be using public WiFi on your travels or if you expect you’ll need to do some online banking or use your credit card, it’s advisable to use a VPN.


Walking Around
My goal is not to blend in as a local (there are too many subtleties that I cannot learn), but I do aim to look as if I live there and know what I’m doing. My best hope is that thieves think I’m an expat and shift their attention to someone who looks easier to rob.

I have a very tattered bag that goes over my shoulder. On travel days, it carries my laptop, camera, and iPod, but you would never think electronics are in it because there are no special brand names on it or fancy padding. It’s a bag that has been torn and patched many times and never signals “expensive things are inside.”

Never wear your iPod while walking around. Not only does it make you less aware of your surroundings, but it makes you a target for thieves who will either pick pocket you or just confront you with a weapon.

Carry small change and larger bills in one pocket. Never flash big bills to anyone.

If you need to look at your map, never do it in a street. Pop into a store or restaurant—anywhere but on the corner.- DIVANSHU KASHYAP



6. Choose friendly accommodations

Book solo-friendly accommodation. Book a homestay, hotel, hostel, B&B or small inn that is particularly good for solo travelers.

Look for room rentals in an apartment, which gives an automatic connection with residents when you’re travelling alone. Even if your landlord doesn’t take you out on the town, you’ll at least scoop up a few local tips.

A five star hotel or chain hotel is not your best choice. Sometimes what really happens is that you select a fancy chain hotel based on their band’s reputation, the photo of the doorman, and how nice their linens were but you’ll end up in an impersonal hotel filled with couples and business people, totally isolated from other solo travelers.  I would have been much happier in a family-run pension where I would have eaten breakfast with other independent travelers and had interaction with the staff who could give me a head’s up about local places as well as safety issues.  When looking for accommodations, watch for words like “lively”, “friendly”, and “family-owned”.  After reading your guidebook, double check the hotel on and filter the reviews by solo traveler. – DIVANSHU KASHYAP

7. Eating Out

Eat Alone and Enjoy It !

Dinner can be one of the most difficult times for the solo traveler. Here’s how to enjoy eating alone.

  • Become a regular. Dine in the same place regularly so that you become friendly with the staff.
  • Take your restaurant meal at noon. If you want to dine at a fine restaurant, do so at noon. It’s the same executive chef and quality of food but the prices are lower, the lights are higher, and the crowd less romantic.
  • Eat at the bar or a communal table. A table for two or four leaves no opportunity for a solo traveler to be social. Eat at the bar or in a restaurant with communal tables and you could be mixing with the locals in no time.
  • Be obvious. Place your camera, travel guide, or map on the table, making it obvious that you’re a tourist. Some people are concerned about looking like a tourist and therefore looking like a mark. In a restaurant there is a certain amount of safety. Yes, you should still be discerning in who you talk with but in most cases the person will be not only safe but also interesting.
  • Take a book. It will not only occupy you but also signal to other solos that you travel alone.

And most importantly –

Eat Healthy While Traveling !!!!  – DIVANSHU KASHYAP

8. Stay connectedaddtext_com_mtcwnte4mtq1ndaz

Save on phone charges

Consider buying an unlocked cell phone so that you can buy a SIM card for your phone in each country as you travel. This will save you lots of money.

Use Skype
Load Skype onto your phone so that you can connect with friends and family for free when you have access to the Internet.

Take advantage of other useful apps
Download useful apps to your phone such as a GPS, a translator, a currency converter and some travel guides.

9. Travel Alone and Go Out at Night




Safety first
Some people are concerned about going out at night alone. It’s such a shame as it can be a great time. Before getting on to what to do at night, I want to mention a few safety tips on how to go out at night.

Plan your transportation wisely. If it’s light out when you go you likely won’t need a taxi to get there but traveling by taxi back when it’s dark is advisable.

Confirm that it’s safe. Before leaving, ask your concierge or the desk clerk whether the place you’re planning to go to is fun and safe.

Stay sober. Drink very responsibly so that you have your wits about you.

Leave a note. In your hotel room leave a note as to where you’ve gone and when you expect to be back.

Connect with the staff. Chat with the bartender or your server. They’ll have your back.

Be a bit coy. If a conversation starts, introduce yourself with your first name only. Leave by yourself and by taxi and don’t tell people where you’re staying.

Keep your valuables safe. Know where your purse is – or better yet, don’t carry one.

 10. Travel Alone But Not Lonely


Travel Alone But Not Lonely, What this really means :

Smile. It means the same things in every language. It means you are happy, friendly, approachable, kind. A smile opens many conversations.

Learn a few words in the local language. Making an effort to communicate in the local language is always appreciated and often returned with an effort to communicate in your language.

Go to a local, independent coffee shop. Look for coffee shops with large communal tables or coffee bars along the window and sit near someone. I’ve often had great conversations with locals by positioning myself in this way.

Be curious. Ask questions and conversations begin.

Go far off the beaten path. Travelers who find each other where there are few tourists are more inclined to talk to each other. Meet someone on a hike or in a specific museum and you already know that you have an interest in common.


Have fun ……… !!!!!


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Top 10 Best Movies Every Traveller Must Watch – VoyageworldBlog

There are movies that make memories. Movies that make us reflect. And those that make us fall in love. But then there are the movies that make us want to get up and “Travel“.

You can watch these films over & over again, and never get sick of them. Nothing gets me more excited to travel than a good travel film. It gives you the inspiration and the motivation to a new destination.

I started to realize I had a travel obsession when all my favorite movies were based on crazy travel adventures. Once I’ve finished watching any of these films, I feel the instant urge to pack up everything and head out to explore the world. Great travel movies like these have inspired me a lot for my own personal travel goals over the years.

Sometimes the best way to experience a destination you haven’t been to is to watch a movie that takes place there.

So here is my personal list of the best travel movies of all time that will make you want to travel all over the world.. Which ones are your favorites?



“ Into The Wild is the true story of Christopher McCandless, a recent college graduate who gives away his live savings and hitchhikes to Alaska. He meets all kinds of people along the way, each with their own stories. In Alaska, he heads out into the wilderness to live on his own. His life is filled with random adventures and experiences while he makes his way up to “The Last Frontier”. This is what travel is all about to me. Experiences, good and bad, make you who you are. And long term travel is FULL of new experiences. The key is to not completely get in over your head (like Christopher did). ”Divanshu Kashyap

Synopsis :

After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. (148 mins.)

Director: Sean Penn

Stars: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener, Marcia Gay Harden



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“ Reese Witherspoon donned a pair of ill-fitting hiking boots and a giant backpack for her role as Cheryl Strayed, a writer who trekked 1,100 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail after the devastating loss of her mother. (The film is based on Strayed’s best-selling 2012 book of the same name.) Strayed crosses the dusty Mojave, crazy forests, snowy fields, and muddy trails, losing toenails but gaining mental clarity—or at least self-acceptance—along the way. ”Divanshu Kashyap.

Synopsis :

A chronicle of one woman’s 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent personal tragedy. (115 mins.)

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée

Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann, Michiel Huisman.

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“ In 1941, three men reach India from Tibet, having walked 4000 miles after escaping a Siberian gulag. The film tells their story and that of four others who escaped with them and a teenage girl who joins them in flight. The group’s natural leader is Janusz, a Pole condemned by accusations secured by torturing his wife, spent much of his youth outdoors, and knows how to live in the wild. They escape under cover of a snowstorm: a cynical American, a Russian thug, a comedic accountant, a pastry chef who draws, a priest, and a Pole with night blindness. They face freezing nights, lack of food and water, mosquitoes, an endless desert, the Himalayas, as well as many moral and ethical dilemmas throughout the journey towards freedom. Written by ”DIVANSHU KASHYAP


Synopsis :

The story revolves around three refugees, who successfully flee from the Siberian gulag in 1941. The movie features their jaunts, as they walk 4000 miles from Tibet to INDIA for freedom.

Siberian gulag escapees travel 4,000 miles by foot to freedom in India.

Director:  Peter Weir

Stars:  Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, Dragos Bucur.

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“ Where It Takes You: Western Australia Standing in for real-life writer Robyn Davidson, Mia Wasikowska travels across the breathtaking landscape of Western Australia with only four camels and a beloved dog for company. Her occasional human visitors include a photographer for National Geographic (Adam Driver), an indigenous Australian elder named Mr. Eddy who guides her through sacred lands, and various tourists who come to gawk at the so-called Camel Lady. Davidson’s solo trip was beyond the pale for a woman in the ’70s, but it’s still incredibly inspiring today. We’ll just leave the camel-training to someone else. ” Divanshu Kashyap.

Synopsis  :

A young woman goes on a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her faithful dog. (112 mins.)

Director: John Curran

Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Lily Pearl, Philip Dodd.

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If I had to pick a frontrunner of all the films on this list, it’d be this one. The ultimate adventure story of two friends searching for themselves as they travel South America, it’s sometimes easy to forget this is in fact a true story of the trip that made Che Guevara take up a political life.

The Motorcycle Diaries won Academy Award for Best Original Song.

“ Essential Visuals: Miramar, Buenos Aires, Argentia; Caracas, Venezuela; Patagonia; Nahuel Huapi Lake; Machu Picchu; Atacama Desert

Where It Takes You: South America

This awe-inspiring film is based on the memoirs of Che Guevara, from a time before he became an iconic Latin American revolutionary. Guevara (Gael Bernal) and his friend Alberto “Mial” Granado (Rodrigo De la Serna, Guevara’s real-life second cousin) climb atop a motorcycle and ride across South America for eight months and over 14,000 kilometers. The trip inspired the rest of Guevara’s incredible life. The movie will inspire you to learn more about the incredibly beautiful continent. ”Divanshu Kashyap.

Characters fixing a bike in the travel movie: The Motorcycle Diaries

Synopsis :

The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life’s calling. (126 mins.)

Director: Walter Salles

Stars: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De la Serna, Mía Maestro, Mercedes Morán.

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Academy Award: Best Original Screenplay

This best original screenplay winner is the story of an unlikely bond between two Americans who have traveled to Tokyo for different reasons. Bob Harris, an aging actor, arrives in the Japanese city to film an advertisement, while Charlotte has accompanied her celebrity photographer husband on assignment. Culture shock strengthens their relationship, as they attempt to navigate a contemporary Japanese environment and the complexities in their lives. Shot on location in Japan, the setting for Lost in Translation was largely inspired by director Sofia Coppola’s many visits to the country.

“ Where It Takes You: Japan

Essential Visuals: Tokyo; Daikanyama; Shinjuku Park Tower; Heian Jingu Shrine in Kyoto; Nanzen-ji Temple’s Sanmon gate

Lost In Translation is based on two separate travelers, Bob & Charlotte, visiting Tokyo at the same time. They meet each other and form a friendship as they experience confusion and hilarity in a strange and curious city. Bob is an aging actor starring in commercials, while Charlotte is the bored wife of a photographer there on business. They are an unlikely pair, experiencing a degree of loneliness in a foreign city filled with millions of people. This is another beautifully shot film that also shows how funny and interesting traveling in a new country can be. The many little random experiences that present themselves while traveling are often the most memorable. ”Divanshu Kashyap.

Synopsis :

A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo. (101 mins.)

Director: Sofia Coppola

Stars: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris.

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Speaking of Wes Anderson movies, this one paints India as incredible as it really is. So many people travel to India to discover themselves but this film reminds you that, to do so, you must first discover others. And it reminds us that someone should really start a train service called the Darjeeling Limited.

“ Essential Visuals: The Himalayas; temples in Jodhpur; Indian railways
Where It Takes You: INDIA

The Darjeeling Limited is a wacky film about three wealthy, spoiled brothers taking an overland train trip through India. They haven’t spoken in a year, and the trip is supposed to heal and bond them again. Initially it all goes wrong as they bicker and fight with each other. They are all suffering from depression, and pop pain killers like candy. When it seems like nothing is going right, their crazy experiences along the way finally put things into perspective. The ultimate goal of healing and rejuvenation starts to happen. They finally start to grow up and turn into men. The movie is hilarious, and beautifully shot too. It will make you want to visit India. ”Divanshu Kashyap.

Synopsis :

A year after their father’s funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other. (91 mins.)

Director: Wes Anderson

Stars: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Amara Karan.

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Top-flight cinematography by Salvatore Totino, deftly edited by Mick Audsley, lends gravitas to Baltasar Kormákur’s tale of mountaintop disaster, based on real-life events from 1996. Jason Clarke is the leader of an “adventure consultants”’ climb beset by bad weather and overcrowding. The climbers are a mixed bag, ranging from Josh Brolin’s gruff Texan, Beck Weathers, to John Hawkes’s amiable but ailing postal worker, Doug Hansen, and Naoko Mori’s Yasuko Namba, a Japanese businesswoman dedicated to summiting the highest mountains of the seven continents.

“Never Let Go” is the tagline on posters for this movie, based on the true story of an exceedingly ill-fated trek up the title mountain in 1996. “What The Hell Are You All Doing Up There In The First Place?” might be a more apropos. The transformation of massively risky mountain-climbing, as an activity exclusively for scientists and highly-trained explorers to an adventure-tourism endurance test for the rich and obsessive, gets taken care of here in a series of three title texts at the beginning of the movie, starting with the ostensible conquest of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary’s team. Beginning with some tantalizing/troubling glimpses of the heedless and colonialist aspects of adventure tourism culture, “Everest” then gets down to business. This movie, scripted by William Nicholson and Simon Beaufoy and directed, with meticulous regard for the elements and action, by Iceland-born filmmakerBaltasar Kormákur, is a detailed and realistic depiction of climbers—of various experiences—facing the worst possible conditions, at heights and climates that seem designed to shut a human body down.

Synopsis :

Everest is a 2015 British-American biographical adventure film directed by Baltasar Kormákur and written by William Nicholsonand Simon Beaufoy, starring an ensemble cast which features Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, and Jake Gyllenhaal. It is adapted from Beck Weathers’ memoir Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest (2000).

Movie Plot :

“A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm”.

In March 1996, several commercial expeditions arrive at Mount Everest base camp to prepare to climb the summit. Rob Hall, who first popularized guided Everestclimbs, leads Adventure Consultants. Scott Fischer is the chief guide for competitor Mountain Madness.

DirectorBaltasar Kormákur.

Stars : Jason Clarke, Ang phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright.

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“ Seven Years In Tibet is about an Austrian mountaineer who heads out to conquer a Himalayan mountain in 1939. After getting captured and sent to a prison camp, he ends up breaking out with another man and sneaking into the holy Tibetan city of Lhasa. He befriends the young Dalai Lama just as the Chinese attempt to invade Tibet by force. Both men are from totally different worlds, yet become great friends and learn from each other. The character starts off as a selfish prick, but slowly changes his outlook on life when confronted with new experiences in a very foreign land. It’s a good movie that shows you how travel adventures can transform your life.
Filled with scenic shots and views of The Himalayas, Potala Palace, and other sites, most of the filming actually took place in Argentina. However, two crews allegedly secretly shot footage in Tibet, providing authentic visuals. ”Divanshu Kashyap.

Brad Pitt in a hat in Tibet staring from the 7 Years in Tibet film

Synopsis :

True story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China’s takeover of Tibet. (136 mins.)

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud

Stars: Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong, Mako.

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Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score and Best Sound.

With seven Oscars to its name, “Out of Africa” is on the high end when it comes to the most Academy Award-decorated feature films of all time (a few movies have each won 11 Oscars). The romantic drama, starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep, begins with a Danish baroness who moves from Denmark to British East Africa (present-day Kenya) with her husband and purchases a coffee plantation. The baroness falls for big-game hunter Denys Finch Hatton who refuses to settle down. With his personality underscored by their untamed African surroundings, the baroness eventually makes her way back to Denmark amid heartbreak.

“ Where It Takes You: Kenya
Essential Visuals: Ngong Hills; Shaba National Game Reserve; African savannas

Meryl Streep and Robert Redford star in this tragic love story about a married baroness who falls for a big-game hunter, based on the autobiographical novel by Isak Dinesen. Filmed on location in the UK and Kenya, including the Shaba National Game Reserve, Out of Africa feels about as epic as the doomed love affair between two very different people. ”Divanshu kashyap.

Synopsis :

In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter. (161 mins.)

Director: Sydney Pollack.

Stars: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael.

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Great movies not only entertain viewers but also transport them to another world.

The instances where getting lost in a film are most rewarding are when you’re taken to a beautiful foreign destination, places  where you’d love to travel but don’t have the time nor money. With great cinematography and storylines, these movies take you there. The above mentioned movies are my all time favourite movies….which one are yours ????? comment below !!!!!

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Top 10 Best Places to Visit in Himachal Pradesh, India – VoyageWorldBlog

Hi there, traveler !

My name is Divanshu Kashyap, I am a Travel Blogger, Photographer and Travel Expert. I always consider my self lucky that my hometown is in Himachal Pradesh the paradise of India. The literal meaning of Himachal Pradesh is Region of snowy mountains. Himachal Pradesh was anciently known as Dev Bhumi (The Abode of Gods).

Being a Travel enthusiast i’ve travelled extensively almost every place in Himachal pradesh. All my travelling experiences made me a regional expert. If traveling has given me so amazing and magnificent moments why shouldn’t I share some travel advice with you.

So are you Planning a trip to Himachal? Wondering which are the top places to visit in Himachal Pradesh? Here’s my list of top 10 best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. I hope this post will help you :

Himachal Pradesh, a northern Indian state in the Himalayas, is known for its trekking, climbing and skiing, and scenic mountain towns and resorts such as Dalhousie. Host to the Dalai Lama, Himachal Pradesh also has a strong Tibetan presence, reflected in its Buddhist temples and monasteries, cuisine heavy on noodles and dumplings, and vibrant Tibetan New Year celebration.

If you like anything and everything about snow, you may be inspired by the meaning of the word Himachal. ‘The land of snows’, the meaning, is adequate to give you an idea of what to expect here. What is unique about Himachal Pradesh is that it is one of the rare destinations in India where people head for summer holidays, family vacation, trekking and adventure sports like Para gliding and river rafting. Himachal is also one of the best place to go for honeymoon in north India. Himachal with an array of hill stations welcomes you take a nap in the lap of Mother Nature. Covered in verdant greens, surrounded by lofty valleys and encircled by gushing rivers, the sights gets etched in one’s memory for eternity.

With spectacular snowy peaks and plunging river valleys, Himachal is India’s outdoor adventure playground. From trekking and climbing to rafting, paragliding and skiing, if it can be done in the mountains, it can be done here. A convoluted topography of interlocking mountain chains also makes Himachal a spectacular place simply to explore, by bus, car, motorbike or jeep safari. Every pass crossing into a new valley brings you into a different world, with its own customs, gods and even language. Villages perched on staggering slopes enchant with fairy-tale architecture and their people’s easygoing warmth. Hill stations appeal with holiday atmosphere and colonial echoes, while backpacker magnets lure with their blissed-out vibe and mountain beauty. Such is the variety of the Himachali jigsaw that in McLeod Ganj, the Dalai Lama’s home-away-from-home, and in Lahaul and Spiti, with their centuries-old Buddhist cultures, you might even think you’ve stumbled into Tibet  – Himachal Pradesh is a backpacker’s delight !

Ready to explore ?

so, here’s a list of top 10 best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh on your trip to the land of the Himalayas :

1. Bir Billing

Bir is a village located in the west of Joginder Nagar Valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India. Bir is a noted centre for ecotourism, spiritual studies and meditation and is blessed with some refreshing climate.

If you’re an adventure seeker, Bir Billing is the mecca for adventure sports and it has to be on your list of places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.

“Paragliding in Bir Billing, Himachal”

Bir Billing is a Paragliding destination in the heart of Himalaya’s near famous tourist destination Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. Bir Billing Hosted Paragliding World cup in 2015. This was “First Paragliding World Cup of India.”

Bir Billing provides the option of Paragliding, Trekking to Himachali tribal villages, Mountain Biking, Angling and Camping.Bir Billing is located 70 km. from Dharamshala. Billing is situated north of Bir at the distance of 14 km. on the way to the Thamsar Pass trek, which is leading to Bada Bhangal, tribal region of Himachal Pradesh. Bir is mainly a Buddhist town and houses a monastery and a Tibetan handicraft center.Bir has a major Tibetan community settlement. It is also an important center of spiritual studies and meditation. The hub of adventure-sports activities in Himachal Pradesh, Bir Billing sticks to all standards of safety. Trekking lovers also can enjoy trekking around Bir Billing. Besides this, the Deer Park and the Bir Tea Factory is also famous attractions in Bir Billing.Paragliding in Bir Billing

My Experience :

” It was fantastic flying in a Paraglider to see the views of the Dhauladhar mountains and Kangra valley! And the action of it – I love paragliding, love to fly again and again !
Camp Oak view is one of the best place to stay in Bir Billing.”

Overall it is Fantastic and comfortable place to visit. Trekking was amazing, Raj gundha valley was unknown to me but after visiting once, I will trek again and more deeper in Bir Billing valley with more days in Hand.

Season for Paragliding at Bir Billing is October to Mid July. !!

Bir Billing is the mecca for adventure sports

How to reach:

The closest airport to Bir is Dharamshala airport (in Gaggal) about 30-45 minutes south of Dharamshala. Train to Pathankot + bus/taxi onward to Bir. And then Taxi from Pathankot to Bir: 4-5 hours Bir is about 12-14 hours from Delhi by bus. Take a bus to either Baijnath { which is also my hometown luckily ! } or Bir Road.

2. Lahaul & Spiti

Camping, Lahual Spiti

Located in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Lahaul & Spiti are the two remote regions of Himachal Pradesh that are quite different in character. These two Himachal valleys are a perfect delight for trekkers and tourists. Lahaul and Spiti are located at a height of 3340 meters, in the north eastern part of Himachal Pradesh. Also known as ‘Little Tibet’, the village of Spiti is encompassed by breathtaking snow-clad peaks. There are a number of other monasteries which include Kunzum Pass, Kaza, Losar, Kibber , Gondla and BaralachaLa.

This region is also famous for its high altitude lakes which require trekking. The most famous lakes are Suraj Tal near Baralacha La and Chandra Tal near Batal. Chandra Tal also happens to be a Ramsar Site. Trans Himalayan treks are also made from this region from Spiti to Tso Mori Ri in Ladakh.

The vast, desolate northern and eastern tracts of Himachal Pradesh are among the most spectacular and sparsely populated regions on earth. Crossing the Rohtang La from Manali, you arrive first in Lahaul’s relatively green Chandra Valley, but if you then travel east into Spiti you pass into the rain shadow of the Great Himalaya Range. Spiti is 7000 sq km of snow-topped mountains and high-altitude desert, punctuated by tiny patches of greenery and villages of whitewashed houses clinging to the sides of rivers and melt-water streams. As in Zanskar and Ladakh, Buddhism is the dominant religion, though there are pockets of Hinduism in Lahaul.

From Manali, a seasonal highway runs north to Keylong, the capital of Lahaul, over the Rohtang La (3978m), which is normally open from about mid-May to early November. From Keylong the road to Ladakh continues over the mighty Baralacha La (4950m) and Taglang La (5328m) and is normally open from about early June to some time in October, though government buses stop running in mid-September (private buses, minibuses and jeeps continue longer). From Lahaul other roads branch west to the Pattan Valley and east to Spiti over the Kunzum La (4551m), which is open from about mid-June to mid-October. When the passes are closed, Lahaul is virtually cut off from the outside world, and Spiti is connected only by the rugged road from the south through Kinnaur. Check the status of the passes before visiting late in the season – once the snows arrive, you might be stuck for the winter! The website has updates.

3 . Kullu – Manali 

Nestled in the lap of the majestic Himalayas, Kullu is a veritable jewel in the crown of Himachal Pradesh. The breathtaking beauty of its marvelous landscapes, the hospitality of its people, their distinctive lifestyle and rich culture have enthralled travelers for aeons.

The Dev Sanskriti of the valley blends faith, mythology and history to create and sustain a unique bond between the mundane and the divine. Blessed with salubrious weather throughout the year, the district is known for the internationally renowned towns of Kullu and Manali, the pristine beauty of the Parbati valley, the teeming biodiversity of the Great Himalayan National Park, the quaint temple architecture of the hills and several enjoyable trekking routes across its breadth and width.



Kullu, or Kulu, is the capital town of the Kullu District in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is located on the banks of the Beas River in the Kullu Valley about ten kilometres north of the airport at Bhuntar.

One of the most popular tourist destinations in India, Kullu is explored by many tourists as a valley of faith. Kullu is one of the most affable and magnetic tourist destinations in India. Located on the banks of River Beas, at an altitude of 1230 meters, Kullu allows tourists to witness the beauty of nature from close quarters. The valley is also famous for its exquisitely woven colorful handmade shawls and Kullu caps.

One of the best places for Eco tourism and wildlife vacation in Himachal Pradesh is the Great Himalayan national Park in Kullu. There are a lot of hiking trails that visitors could take inside this verdant park. Prior permission is required to embark on hiking and trekking inside this wildlife sanctuary.

Manali :


Surrounded by high peaks in the beautiful green valley of the Beas River, with mountain adventures beckoning from all directions, Manali is a year-round magnet. Backpackers come to hang out in the hippie villages around the main town; adventurers come for trekking, climbing, mountain biking, canyoning, paragliding, rafting and skiing; and Indian families and honeymooners come for the cool mountain air and a taste of snow on a day trip to the Rohtang La. Manali is also the main jumping-off point (between June and October) for Ladakh and Spiti. It makes sense to unwind and feed up here for a few days while organising your trip into the mountains.


So popular has Manali become among Indian tourists that this once bucolic retreat now has an estimated 800 to 1000 hotels and guesthouses in the town and outskirts, and from mid-April to mid-July, mid-September to mid-October, and over Christmas–New Year it gets pretty well overrun, with dire traffic jams along its narrow lanes and the main roads approaching town. Most travellers stay in the villages of Vashisht or Old Manali, which have a laid-back vibe and plenty of services, but semi-close for winter from about November to April.

Hadimba Temple, Manali

4. Dharamshala

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The Scotland of India’, as Dharamshala is a city in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by cedar forests on the edge of the Himalayas, this hillside city is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile. The Thekchen Chöling Temple Complex is a spiritual center for Tibetan Buddhism, while the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives houses thousands of precious manuscripts.



Dharamshala is famously referred to, has snow-clad mountains on three sides and valley on one side. The mountains being over 4000 m height, you can have an excellent view of them from every viewpoint. Pine trees and tree gardens along with snow covered mountains render magic to the air.

Dharamshala definitely has to be on your list of best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. Famous not only because of its climate but also you get to see how multicultural Indian community lives in harmony with the Indo Tibetan community.

Things to do: 

  • Enjoy a boat ride across the Dal Lake and witness the royal the Kangra Fort.
  • Pay homage to the Bhagsunath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and simultaneously enjoy the cascading Bhagsu falls.
  • Visit various monasteries, the Kangra Art Museum, the Dalai Lama Temple Complex and see the magnificent tea plantation on the foothills of Kangra valley.
  • Visit Beautiful and one of the world  highest cricket stadium HPCA.
Dharamshala Cricket Stadium, HPCA

5.  Kasauli


Kasauli is a cantonment and town, located in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

This small hill station seems to live in time warp that belongs to the 19th century. The narrow roads of Kasauli (1951m) slither up and down the hillside and offer some magnificent vistas. Directly below is the spread of vast plains of Punjab and Haryana which as darkness falls, unroll a gorgeous carpet of twinkling lights. At 3647 m, the peak of Choor Chandni also called the Choordhar powerfully dominates the lower hills and across the undulating ranges, Shimla is visible.

The upper and lower malls run through Kasauli’s length and one can enjoy longs walks. A mixed forest of pine, oak and huge horse-chestnut encircles the town. Its colonial ambience is reinforced by stretch of cobbled road, quaint shops, gabled houses with charming facades and scores of neat little gardens and orchards.

How To Reach : Kasauli is connected by road. The closest broad gauge railhead is at Kalka, 37 km away. The closest airport are at Chandigarh, (65-70km) and Shimla (73km). Nearest train station is Sonwara which is 4km away. It is 293 kms from New Delhi and takes about 7 hours. Taxis and buses for Kasauli are available from Delhi, Chandigarh, Kalka and Shimla.

CLIMATE : In winter, the temperature gets quite low and heavy woolens are required. In summer, the climate is mild light woolens/cottons are recommended.

Best time to go visit:  November – March & December – January for snowfall.


Kasauli is situated at an altitude of 1927 meters and like a few other places in Himachal Pradesh, reflects the influence of colonial rule. The views from here are spectacular. The serenity of the place is enchanting. Here are some top attractions in Kasauli.

  • Monkey Point, Sunset Point.
  • Christ Church, St. Patrick’s Church.
  • Dagshai , Gurkha Fort, The Mall.
  • Central Research Institute, Timber Trail Resort. aboutkasauli-4.jpg

6. Dalhousie

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Dalhousie is a hill station in Chamba district, in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is situated on 5 hills and has an elevation of 1,970 metres above sea level.

Retaining not only the colonial looks but also the name, Dalhousie, was named after Lord Dalhousie, who was the British governor in the 19th century. This hill station is spread across five hills. The varying altitudes of the land have a wide range of vegetation including pine, oak and deodar.

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In western Himachal Pradesh, the hill station of Dalhousie is full of old world charm and holds lingering echos of the Raj era. It covers an area of 14 sq. km. and is built on five hills – Kathlog, Patreyn, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun. It is named after the British governor General of the 19th century, Lord Dalhousie. The town’s average height is 2036 m, and is surrounded by varied vegetation – pines, deodars, oaks and flowering rhododendron. Dalhousie has charming colonial architecture, including some beautiful churches. Its location presents panoramic views of the plains and like a long silver line, the river Ravi twists and turns below Dalhousie. The spectacular snow-covered Pir Panjal Range of mountains in Jammu and Kashmir,Pangi Valley of Chamba and Sach Pass are also visible form this enchanting town.

How To Reach : Dalhousie is 485 km by road from Delhi and 52 km from Chamba. The closest railhead is Pathankot, 80 km away. The airport at Gaggal in Kangra is at a distance of 135 km . Taxis and buses are easily available from these places.

CLIMATE : In winter, the temperature can drop to freezing point when heavy woolens are required. The summer temperature are mild and light woolens / cottons are recommended.

7. Rohtang Pass


Rohtang Pass, is a high mountain pass on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas around 51 km from Manali. It connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys of Himachal Pradesh, India.


Located at a height of 3979 metres and at a distance of 51 kms from Manali, Rohtang Pass is on the highway to Keylong/Leh. In winters, the pass remains closed but is open from June to October for motor vehicles. This pass is a gateway to Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and Leh valley. The best time to visit the pass is between May/June to October/November. In the month of May, Rohtang becomes a hotspot for adventure enthusiasts. Tourists can go for various thrilling activities like snow scooter, skiing and mountain biking. Nature lovers can enjoy beautiful views of glaciers, peaks and Chandra river that flows down in the Lahaul valley.

There is a waterfall named as Rahala, which is located at a distance of 16 kms from Manali on the way to Rohtang Pass. This waterfall flows down from an altitude of 2,500 metres and looks amazingly wonderful. Photography buffs must visit this pass as they get to click one of the most beautiful pictures of nature. It is recommended to hire a local cab or take a bus, as the drive to Rohtang Pass becomes quite tough with slippery road and narrow curves.


How to Reach :

By Air – The nearest airport is in Bhuntar about 104 km from Rohtang Pass. Manali falls on the same road, National Highway 21, about 51 km from Bhuntar Airport in Himachal Pradesh. By Train – Joginder Nagar is the nearest railway station which is about 103 km from Rohtang Pass and 50 km from Manali. By Road – It is well connected by Himachal Road Transport Corporation buses that start from Manali and go as far as Leh via Rohtang Pass and then through Keylong. HRTC, Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation and private operators runs both air conditioned and non air conditioned deluxe coaches. During June to October, there are regular buses between Manali to Keylong.

8. McLeod Ganj–  The Little Lhasa

McLeod Ganj – is where India meets Tibet.

Dalai Lama temple in Mcleod Ganj

McLeod Ganj is a suburb of Dharamsala in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is known as “Little Lhasa” or “Dhasa” because of its large population of Tibetans. The Tibetan government-in-exile is headquartered in McLeod Ganj.

When travellers talk of heading up to Dharamsala (to see the Dalai Lama…), this is where they mean. Around 4km north of Dharamsala town – or 10km via the looping bus route – McLeod Ganj is the residence of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and the site of the Tibetan exile community’s main temple. The Tibetan government-in-exile is based just downhill at Gangchen Kyishong, and McLeod is home to a large Tibetan population, including many monks and nuns. It’s also, along with Manali, one of the two big traveller hang-outs in Himachal Pradesh, where thousands of people come each year to volunteer with the Tibetan community, take courses in Buddhism, meditation or yoga, trek in the lofty and beautiful Dhauladhar mountains, or just hang out and enjoy the low-budget spiritual/alternative vibe. McLeod has many budget hotels and guesthouses, cafes and restaurants offering Indo-Italo-Israeli-Tibetan food (with free, erratic wi-fi), travel agencies and shops selling Tibetan souvenirs, all crammed into just a couple of blocks, like a mini-Kathmandu.

Named after Donald McLeod, Lieutenant-Governor of Punjab, McLeod began life in the 1850s as a civilian settlement outside the British garrison of Dharamsala. It was devastated by the 1905 Kangra earthquake and sank into obscurity after Independence – until the Dalai Lama arrived to establish his base here in 1960. Since then, McLeod has become a vibrant centre of Tibetan culture and Buddhism. With an interesting mix of travellers, volunteers, maroon-robed monks and nuns, the international dharma crowd and an increasing flow of Indian tourists, you are never far from an interesting conversation here.


The monsoon (late June to early September) is particularly wet here, and warm clothes are useful between November and March. Many shops and businesses close on Monday.

9. Khajjiar


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Khajjiar is a hill station in Chamba district, Himachal Pradesh, India, located approximately 24 km from Dalhousie. Khajjiar sits on a small plateau with a small stream-fed lake in the middle that has been covered over with weeds.

Also referred to as the ‘Mini-Switzerland of India’, Khajjiar is small and beautiful hill station, set amid thick green forests and fields. Offering complete treat to the eyes with its breathtaking locations, Khajjiar is a must visit for nature lovers. It is a great option if you wish for a rejuvenating holiday.Set at a distance of around 23 km form Dalhousie, Khajjiar is located at an elevation of 6,430 ft. A great retreat to beat the heat in summers, Khajjiar is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh. Take a stroll around those thick pine forests and soak in the scenic beauty of the destination.

The exquisite glade of Khajjiar (1960m) has a circumference of about 5 km. Along its fringes, thick forests of deodar climb the slopes, the snow-line rests above these woods. At Khajjiar there is a 12th century temple dedicated to KhajjI Nag. Within the temple are life size wooden images of the five Pandav brothers.


ACCESS : Khajjiar is connected by road and is 23 km from Dalhousie and 26 km from Chamba. It is 520 km from Delhi. The closest railhead is at Pathankot, 120 km. The airport at Gaggal in Kangra is at a distance of 180 km. Taxis and buses are available from all these places.

CLIMATE : In winter, the temperature hovers around freezing point with snowfall and heavy woolens are required. In summer, the climate is mild and light woolens / cottons are recommended.

To enjoy the most of this destination, it is best to visit in between the months of July and December when the weather remains cool and pleasant. It is the perfect time to enjoy sightseeing

10. Shimla


Shimla is the capital of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, in the Himalayan foothills. Once the summer capital of British India, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway, completed in 1903. It’s also known for the handicraft shops that line The Mall, a pedestrian avenue, as well as the Lakkar Bazaar, a market specializing in wooden toys and crafts.


One of the most famous hill stations of Northern India – Shimla which is the right mix of Indian glory with British is consecrated stunning landscape and fresh climate all through the year.

The British empire may have ceased to exit, but its echo lingers on in Shimla (2205m). As the Summer Capital of the British in India, Shimla was the country’s focus for the better part of every year and now, is the state capital of Himachal Pradesh. Today, it has well developed facilities, easy accessibility and numerous attractions making it one of India’s most popular hill resort. Situated in the lower ranges of the Himalayan mountains, it is surrounded by pine deodar, oak and rhododendron forests. Towards the north lie the snow-covered high-ranges, while the valleys breathe whispering streams and swaying fields. Within the town are host of splendid colonial edifices, quaint cottages and charming walks. Shimla offers a variety of shopping, sport and entertainment activities. Here are the leading destinations in Simla :

  • Jakhoo Hill, Simla State Museum, The Ridge, Summer Hill, Daranghati Sanctuary.
  • Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Naldehra and Shaily Peak, Chadwick Falls.
  • Kufri, Christ Church, Annandale, Wild Flower Hall.

ACCESS : The airport is at Jubbar-Hatti, 23 km away. Shimla is connected to Kalka by an enenchanting narrow gauge railway line where even a quaint rail car ply. By road, Chandigarh is 117 km, Manali is 280 km, Chail is 45 km and Delhi is at a distance of 370 km. From Delhi, Manali and Chandigarh, luxury coaches and taxis ply to Shimla. During tourist season HPTDC also operates regular deluxe buses from Delhi and Manali to Shimla.


CLIMATE In winter, the temperature can drop below freezing point when heavy woolens are required. Summer temperature are mild and light woolens/cottons are recommended.

So what are you waiting for? Get out and explore !




byDivanshu Kashyap

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Top 10 Best Places to Visit in Delhi, India – VoyageWorldBlog


Delhi, India, is a giant city that contains an overwhelming amount of history, culture, life, food, temples, and everything else you could possibly imagine. You turn a corner and suddenly a multistoried building gives way to an ancient ruin—much like Rome. Delhi is dotted with remnants of mosques, forts and gardens from the Mughal era (1526 to 1757). Being the capital, it’s also a city of migrants. People from all over India come in search of fame, fortune or simply a livelihood and the population is a heady mix of north, south, west and east. The multicultural vibrancy is reflected all over the city in myriad ways, but especially in the markets, where you will get to see, hear and taste all the various shades of India. Spending some time in this melting pot? Here’s how to go about it
Throughout this guide of things to do in Delhi I’ve listed each attraction, given them all a brief introduction, and then shared my notes and personal visiting tips, which I think you’ll find useful.

1.  The Lotus Temple (Bahá’í House of Worship)

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Among the numerous recognizable landmarks which are scattered all around Delhi is the remarkable Lotus Temple. Designed in the shape of a sacred lotus flower, there are 27 flower petals which are constructed of marble and make up the structure.
Though it’s dedicated to the Bahá’í faith, it’s a religious worshipping grounds for people of all religions (as such is the philosophy of the Bahá’í faith). As you approach the temple, you’ll walk through some nicely manicured gardens and then have an opportunity to place your shoes in the free and secure shoe deposit room. You’ll then be given a 2 minute briefing by a volunteer, mainly about turning off your cell phone and keeping silent, and then you’ll be free to enter the sanctuary and sit in pure silence for as long as you’d like.
How to get there: I took the Metro to Kalkaji Mandir station and from there it’s about a 10 minute walk to the entrance gate – you’ll see the giant lotus from the Metro as you approach.

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 9 am – 7 pm, closed on Mondays
Price: Free

2. Indian Mountaineering Foundation in Moti Bagh

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Bored of films, food and coffee? Then head to one of the most fun places in Delhi – the Indian Mountaineering Foundation! Famous for adventurous and fun activities in Delhi, the sport climbing wall should definitely not be missed! It has anything and everything you would want to do on a ‘fun’tastic day out.

When i was a kid, I always thought it would be epic to climb Everest. The chapter on Bachendri Pal – “ The first Indian woman to climb Mt. Everest”, almost made school textbooks ‘cool’ {that and the chapter on Angoolimaal, your regular finger-collecting demon}. Over the years that spirit got lost somewhere, and recently I found myself shuttling between work and home, with little time for anything else, forget adventure.

The artificial rock climbing wall at IMF reminded me of that lost sense of excitement and adventure. Hidden uphill on the Satya Niketan Market road, the Indian Mountaineering Foundation’s {IMF} artificial rock climbing wall is a great place to test your strength and endurance levels, while learning a great new skill.
Timings: 9.00 a.m to 1.00 p.m and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m
Cost: INR 150 /-per session
Opening Days: The activity is available from Tuesday to Sunday.


 3. “Delhi Eye” at Kalindi Kunj

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Amusement parks sure fall on the list of fun places in Delhi. Imagine spending a day on wild rides and water games. Check out the exciting rides at giant Ferris wheel aka Delhi Eye at Kalindi Kunj.

“Delhi Eye”, the amusement park has given a brand new definition to adventure. Wearing the medals of huge success in other parts of the world, Delhi Eye is a milestone in the Indian Entertainment Industry. This 60 meter Giant Wheel surely holds the attraction to pull masses by offering never-seen-before views of almost half Delhi. Needless to say, just one ride of “Delhi Eye” matches a summarized tour of Delhi. Encashing on this USP of “Delhi Eye”, the company is marching strong towards a fortunate future.

Address: Kalindi Kunj Park, Okhla, New Delhi
Hours:  11AM–8PM

4. Listen to Qawwalis at ”Nizamuddin Dargah”.


Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, the resting place of one of the world’s most famous Sufi saints, Nizamuddin Auliya, attracts Sufi devotees from across the world. On Thursday evenings, its courtyard erupts with the soulful sound of live qawwalis(Sufi devotional songs) accompanied by traditional Indian instruments, which serenade the audience into a trance. One of the families that perform the qawwalis has been singing there for hundreds of years.

Nizamuddin Dargah is located in the Nizamuddin West neighborhood of New Delhi, surrounded by a bustling market, near Humayun’s Tomb. Get there just before sunset. Prepare to walk through alleyways and face large crowds, and touts and beggars if you’re a foreigner. Do dress conservatively and you may wish bring something to cover your head with (although it’s not compulsory if you only enter the courtyard). You’ll need to take off your shoes just before you go inside. Ignore the shopkeepers who will insist on minding them for a fee.

Address: New Delhi, Delhi 110013
Hours: · 5AM–10:30pm

5. Humayun’s Tomb

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Humayun’s Tomb combines Persian style with local craftsmanship, and is surrounded by the fiercely symmetrical Mughal gardens: take a stroll here at dusk.
Located near the crossing of Mathura road and Lodhi road, this magnificent garden tomb is the first substantial example of Mughal architecture in India.

It was built in 1565 A.D. nine years after the death of Humayun, by his senior widow Bega Begam. Inside the walled enclosure the most notable features are the garden squares (chaharbagh) with pathways water channels, centrally located well proportional mausoleum topped by double dome.
There are several graves of Mughal rulers located inside the walled enclosure and from here in 1857 A.D; Lieutenant Hudson had captured the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah II.

Location: Opp. Dargah Nizamuddin, Mathura Road / ( Metro Station: JLN Stadium )
Open: Daily / ( Timings: Sunrise to sunset )
Entry Fee: Rs.30 (Indians), / Rs.500 (foreigners)
Photography Charges: Nil / (`25 for video filming)

6. Visit Asia’s Largest Wholesale Spice Market


“Khari Baoli”  is a street in Delhi, next to Fatehpuri Masjid at the western end of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi,(popularly known as Delhi-6 ) is home to the biggest wholesale spice market in india as well as in Asia known for its wholesale grocery and Asia’s largest wholesale spice market selling all kinds of spices, nuts, herbs and food., India known for its wholesale grocery and Asia’s largest wholesale spice market selling all kinds of spices, nuts, herbs and food products like rice and tea. Spices are what connected India to the West, and it’s been in business since the 17th century! However, Gadodia Market (which is on the south side of Khari Baoli and is where many of the spice shops are) was built in the 1920s by a wealthy local merchant. You’ll get to see huge sacks of spices being transported and sold. As fascinating as it is, the spice market is also super congested and you’re likely to feel overwhelmed trying to navigate through its interior alleyways by yourself. If you think the mayhem could be a concern, it’s a good idea to see the market on a tour such as this Old Delhi Group Tour or Old Delhi Night Tour from Viator. Do note that the market is closed on Sundays.

Address: Khari Baoli, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi (state) 110006

7. The Haunted Agrasen Ki Baoli


Agrasen’s Baoli (Agrasen ki Baoli) in Delhi, is considered haunted and is placed at 10th position in the list of ten most haunted places in India. consisting of 103 steps made of red stone. The Baoli was originally built by Maharaja Agrasen, in the Mahabharat era, and later rebuilt by the Agrawal community in the 14th century, most probably during the Tughlaq period.

There are stories that Agrasen Ki Baoli is haunted and that the ‘black water’ of the baoli invited people to jump into it and commit suicide. How much of it is true is actually difficult to say. The baoli nowadays remains almost waterless. The very little water that is there in the well is anything but black. There are hundreds (definitely not thousands) of bats inside the baoli but all they do is create a ruckus, which can be heard as you walk down the steps to the bottom.
Going by the legend about the suicides there should have been a high number of incidents reported in newspapers. However, in the past many years, there seems to have been just one report. It happened in June 2007 and was reported in the Hindu newspaper. Even at that time the level of water was “just four to five feet deep.”
These stories have only added to the popularity of Agrasen Ki Baoli and given it a place in the numerous lists of the top haunted sites in India. Most stories seem to be the result to very fertile imaginations or derived from the old photos of Agrasen Ki Baoli.
The occurance of supernatural activities and existence of the evil one is controversial and has been debated every now and then. The loud and shrill cry of the bats definitely add up to the evil reputation of the Baoli, and may play a role in increasing eeriness inside the monument. Some believe that the haunted tales are a myth, while some claim to be eye witness to these shocking stories. The mystic architecture definitely needs your visit. Come and experience the sensation of being alone in the Baoli.


How to Reach Agrasen Ki Baoli ?

The monument is open all days of the week, from 7 AM to 6 PM and the entry is free. It is located conveniently and almost equidistant from all major hotels in central Delhi like Le Meridien, The Imperial, Shangri La and The lalit. Walking down to the monument is a good option.

The Janpath and Barakhamba Road Metro Stations lie closest and again are a walking distance away (if you like walking, that is). Connaught Place Metro Station is another option but is not as close as the other two stations are.

8. Akshardham Temple


Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi epitomizes 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom an d bliss. It brilliantly showcases the essence of India’s ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages. The Akshardham experience is an enlightening journey through India’s glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind.

The Swaminarayan Akshardham complex was built in only five years through the blessings of HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) and the colossal devotional efforts of 11,000 artisans and thousands of BAPS volunteers. Heralded by the Guinness World Record as the World’s Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple, the complex was inaugurated on 6 November, 2005.

What to Experience ?


. Akshardham Mandir :

A traditional mandir (temple) dedicated to Bhagwan Swaminarayan that reflects the beauty and spirituality of India’s ancient art, culture, and architecture

. Nilkanth Varni Abhishek :

A hallowed spiritual tradition in which prayers are offered for world peace and continual peace for ily, and friends oneself, famwith the water of 151 holy rivers, lakes and ponds of India.

Exhibitions :

Hall 1 – Hall of Values (50 mins) :

Experience enduring human values through films and robotic shows that depict the ideals of nonviolence, honesty, family harmony, and spirituality.

 . Hall 2 – Giant Screen Film (40 mins)  :

Discover India through the incredible story of an eleven-year-old yogi named Nilkanth that brings to life the culture and spirituality of India’s customs, the majesty of its art and architecture, and the unforgettable sights, sounds, and power of its awe-inspiring festivals.

. Hall 3 – Cultural Boat Ride (15 mins) :

Sail through 10,000 years of India’s glorious heritage. Learn about the discoveries and inventions of the rishi-scientists of India, see the world’s first university of Takshashila, sail through the caves of Ajanta-Ellora and discover India’s contributions to humanity through the ages.

”Musical Fountain” Circle of Life  (Evenings at Sunset – 15 min.)

A spectacular musical fountain show that depicts the cycle of birth, life, and death as described in Indian philosophy.

musical f akshar

Garden of India :

Sixty acres of lush lawns, gardens and exquisite bronze statues, honouring India’s child heroes, valorous warriors, national patriots and great women personalities who inspire values and character.

Lotus Garden :

A lotus-shaped garden echoing spirituality as expressed by philosophers, scientists, and leaders throughout history.

garden akshar

ADDRESS : Swaminarayan Akshardham
NH 24, Akshardham Setu, New Delhi 11009.



Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi Mandir, generally known as the ISKCON Delhi temple, is a well known Vaishnav temple of Lord Krishna and Radharani in the form of Radha Parthasarathi.

Iskcon, East of Kailash has developed Vedic Expo , Asias only technology center promoting Vedic Sciences and culturewherein a very high technology usage of Audio ,visual presentation of Bhagvat Gita is depicted with lights and sound used for creating historical effect and a very interesting tourist attraction.

ISKCON Temple, designed and built by Achyut Kanvinde who in 1993 agreed to accept a pro-bono commission to build this temple complex for the followers of Srila Prabhupada,[1] is one of the largest temple complexes in India. It comprises numerous rooms for priests and for service renders. It has many halls that are used for its administration purposes and various seminars. It is divided into four broad sections. The whole ambience of the temple is very attractive with ongoing devotional chants, fountains and gift shops. At Iskcon temple, Govinda’s restaurant serving high quality vegetarian food and has become land mark for foodies in Delhi.

Iskcon in Delhi has eight temples across Delhi and it’s main temple at East of Kailash which is known as “Glory of India-Cultural Center” is spread in 3 acre area .Today Iskcon temple has around 10 lakh people who visit our Temple in a year. Iskcon is present in 77 countries with over 600 temples, 65 farm communities, 30 education centres and more than 100 restaurants

Worship of Lord :

As Vaishnavism, ISKCON has very high standard of worship, daily routine of temple is:-
Six aratis are offered to the Deities everyday, starting from Mangala Aarti at 4.30 am, but the most pleasing aarti is Darsan Aarti at 7.15 am (Very Beautiful).

Timmings :

The temple is open all days through out the week.
The main temple hall is closed between 1 pm to 4 pm.

How to reach ?

Nearest Metro station is Nehru place which is around 1.5 km.


10. Red Fort


Much sightseeing in Delhi centers around Mughal monuments, of which the Red Fort in Old Delhi is a prime example.

The Red Fort was the residence of the Mughal emperor for nearly 200 years, until 1857. It is located in the centre of Delhi and houses a number of museums. The Red sandstone walls of the massive Red Fort (Lal Qila) rise 33-m above the clamour of Old Delhi as a reminder of the magnificent power and pomp of the Mughal emperors. The walls, built in 1638, were designed to keep out invaders, now they mainly keep out the noise and confusion of the city.

The main gate, Lahore Gate, is one of the emotional and symbolic focal points of the modern Indian nation and attracts a major crowd on eachIndependence Day.

The vaulted arcade of Chatta Chowk, a bazaar selling tourist trinkets, leads into the huge fort compound. Inside is a veritable treasure trove of buildings, including the Drum House, the Hall of Public Audiences, the white marble Hall of Private Audiences, the Pearl Mosque, Royal Baths andPalace of Color.

An evening sound and light show re-creates events in India’s history connected with the fort.

Diwan-i-Khas – ( RED FORT )

If heaven can be on the face of the earth,
It is this, it is this, it is this.
— ”World Heritage Site – Red Fort, Delhi; Diwan-i-Khas”

diwan e khas red fort
Diwan – i – khas, Red Fort

How to Reach ?

Location: Netaji Subhash Marg, ( Metro Station: Chandni Chowk )

Open: Tue-Sun; Mondays closed, ( Timings: Sunrise to Sunset )

Entry Fee:  35 (Indians), / 500(foreigners)
Photography: Nil ( 25 for videofilming)

[ Sound & Light Shows: 6 pm onwards in English and Hindi
Ticket: Rs.80 (adults), / Rs.30 (children) ]


With so much to choose from the city of Delhi is the perfect combination of culture, old and new to turn any day into unique and unforgettable. So what are you waiting for? Get out and explore!

                                                                      – by DIVANSHU KASHYAP

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