Walk on the Hills and Valleys of Nainital

Amidst the sky, walk on the hills and be lost in the valleys of Nainital

General Information

The Shivalik Himalayan ranges are all awe-inspiring, characterized by the lush green sides, with brown mountains as the background, and those curvy roads that lead to the glittering jewel of the Himalayan necklace, Nainital. It is also called the “Lake District” of India. It is a popular hill station in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and lies in the Kumaon foothills of the Himalayas, situated at an altitude of 2,084 meters. The Nainital town was founded in the year 1841.



Why visit the place

Nainital is located on the foothills of the Kumaon.  Nainital is one of the most famous tourist destinations of India. In summers it has a maximum temperature of 27°C and a minimum temperature of 7°C. With a maximum temperature of 15° and a minimum of -3°C in winters, it receives snowfall from December to February. So, this duration is perfect if one wants to visit for having a snowball fight or enjoy the winters.

River rafting in Nainital

The place offers a perfect holiday spot, not to deny that everything appears to fall perfectly in place. From the adventure sports like river rafting, rock climbing, trekking, horse riding to the camping opportunities and from the wildlife photographers view to the view of nature lovers, in every criteria the wishes of the tourists are qualified.

What not to miss

There is no denial of the fact that each and every spot of Nainital is beautiful in all its might. But the most famous sightseeing spots are:

Naina Devi Temple:

River rafting in Nainital

This is represented by two eyes for the deity Maa Naina Devi. This temple collapsed in the landslide of 1880, was again constructed later on along the northern shore of Naini lake. It is one of the 64 Shakti peeth.

Naini Lake:

Naini Lake Nainital

The district name Nainital, has been name after this pristine and stagnant water body which is located at the heart of the city. The two ends northern and southern are called Mallital, and Tallital.

The Mall Road:

The busiest road of the town. There are many hotels, restaurants, bank, travel agencies, shopping centers, etc. that lay in line on this road.

Snow View Point:

Snow View Point nainital

Situated at an altitude of 2270m and can be reached by a cable car. It offers view of areas like Nanda Devi, Trisul and Nanda Kot which are covered with snow.

Naina Peak/China Peak and Tiffin Top:

Naini Peak nainital

These are the highest points in this place giving the views of the country side and the Himalayan ranges. There is a Dorothy seat at the Tiffin Top which is  picnik point.

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Land’s End:  

This gives the view of the beautiful waters of Khurpatal. This also offers the view of neighboring hill and green valley’s rural houses.

Accommodations and Transportation

For accommodations there are hotels that give the rooms ranging from Rs 500/- to Rs 10000/- as per the requirements and the facilities of a use. The rooms can be available as single, family, for a group or suites. The transport facilities include personal cabs with experienced drivers for the hilly roads. There are also Volvo buses for the transportation to and fro the city. Nainital has no direct air connectivity because of being a hill station. If you want to use train, the nearest railway station is at a distance of 34km at Kathgodham at the foothills of Kumaon hills, from where you can take a cab or a use a bus.

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Nainital is rightly said as one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the north. The views of the Himalayan ranges and that of the valleys are charismatic and spell bounding in nature. It is rightly said that beauty lies in the nature and to experience that you need to be a part of it. So visit this place be a part of it and smell the air and live the experience.

Lavasa: The First Hill-city of India

Lavasa: The First Hill-city of India is Inviting You for a Fun Vacation

Lavasa is a fantastic tourist destination near Pune that will alter your views of how a tourist spot should be. It’s a hill-station, or a hill-city, to be more precise, par excellence. The city location has been selected in a way that it will not only serve as a relaxing abode for the visitors but will also offer all the modern amenities. It is located at close quarters from Pune and Mumbai and is a great place to spend holidays with your loved ones.

lavasa hill station

Major tourist attractions

If you love to spend some relaxing time in beautiful and luxurious surroundings, Lavasa will offer you just that. The comforting ambiance of this first hill-city of India will certainly work as stress-buster in many ways. Not only will it provide the much needed rest to your body-mind but will also offer a lot of fun and entertainment to rejuvenate your spirits.



Don’t miss these fun activities

Monsoon is the time of the year you should not miss to visit Lavasa. There are plenty of natural splendors to take in, including lush greenery, splendid hilltops, sparkling lakes and waterfalls and vast expanses of green fields. Combine this with all the modern amenities and you have a perfect recipe of a wonderful holiday carved just for your delight.

lavasa waterfall

Outdoor and Water sports:

Lavasa offers high-quality sports activities including outdoor sports like golf, horseback riding and water sports like boating, in the magnificent natural surroundings of Lavasa.

Fun indoor games:

Enjoy fun games at indoor gaming zones like Neo Spark like Neo arcade, Electronic darts and Photo play to keep you and your kids entertained.

Boating at Lakeshore:

Situated on the banks of Dasve lake, Lakeshore offers boating, personal jet skis, cruise boats and many other facilities.

Health centers and spas:

Join a good health and wellness center or go for a rejuvenating spa treatment at a place like The Karvi Spa with relaxing massage, aroma therapy and ayurvedic treatments for your body, mind and spirit at one of the exotic spas in Lavasa.

Culinary delights:

Don’t forget to visit one of the plush hotels or restaurants of the city including Celebrations, Earthen Oven, Chor Bizarre, Oriental Octopus, Café Coffee Day, etc. Indulge in some of the most delicious dishes ranging from gourmet cuisines by world-class chefs to mouth-watering local Maharashtrian food.

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Transportation

Various transportation options are available to reach Lavasa.

By air:

The Pune airport at Lohegaon is the nearest domestic airport at about 65 km. You can travel to the town from the airport by taxi, car or bus.

The nearest international airport is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai at a distance of 300 km.

By rail:

The closest you can get to Lavasa by railway is to Lonavala railway station which is about 29 km away.

By bus:

State transport buses are available from Mumbai, Pune and Lonavala. Private tourist buses are also available.

For getting around Lavasa it is important that you have your own vehicle as no public transportation is available till date. You can also contact your tourist service for package tours to take you around the City.

Accommodations


From cost-effective accommodations to luxury hotels and resorts, Lavasa offers an array of accommodation facilities suitable for every budget. Some of the more popular ones are The Waterfront Shaw, Fortune Select Dasve, Mercure Lavasa, Green Gate Resort, Ambrosia Resort and Spa, etc.

Lavasa has a lot to offer in terms of beautiful natural surroundings and world-class amenities. Whether you want to play golf on a hilltop or just want to chill out with family and friends, this place will certainly exceed your expectations in many ways.

Mahabaleshwar–Perfect Summer Destination in Maharashtra

Mahabaleshwar – The Perfect Summer Destination in Maharashtra

Mahabaleshwar

Looking for a travel destination for a cool break during the approaching summer? Mahabaleshwar, the queen of all hill-stations in Maharashtra is waiting just for you. Located in the Western Ghats of the Satara district, at an altitude of 1,372 meters above sea-level, the place was a favorite summer destination even during the British era and is still among the most popular ones. The word Mahabaleshwar means “Very Powerful God” in Sanskrit. The awe-inspiring majesty, beauty and divinity of the place will make you realize how appropriate this name truly is.



Major tourist attractions

Mahabaleshwar has everything nature can offer, from lush green jungles to towering mountain peaks and breathtakingly steep valleys. Major tourist attractions include,

Various points:

Mahabaleshwar is well-known for a number of points located at high altitudes including Lodwick point, Arthur’s Seat, Babington Point, Kate’s Point, Carnac Point, Elphinstone Point, 3 Monkey Point, Helen’s Point, Wilson Point, Bombay Point, etc. These locations offer a spectacular bird’s eye-view of the entire region adorned with beautiful mountains, ghats, valleys and the Balakwadi and Dhom lakes.

Spectacular waterfalls:

waterfalls in Mahabaleshwar

Chinaman’s Falls, Dhobi Falls and the spectacular Lingamala Falls with water gushing down from 600 feet, offer real treat to the eyes

Sangam of 5 rivers:

This is another popular tourist’s attraction which is a convergence of 5 holy rivers namely Krishna, Koyna, Venna, Gayatri and Savitri.

Pratapgad:

It is a well-known fort of Shivaji, the great Maratha king, where he cleverly killed Afzal Khan, the mighty tyrant of Bijapur. The fort is exceptionally built with many ponds, enormous chambers and mysterious walkways leading to secret trap-doors that open up to scary 100 meter falls.

Interesting activities

Whether you want to spend your summer holidays with your family or planning to enjoy a memorable honeymoon with your partner, Mahabaleshwar has all the fun and action that will keep you engaged and entertained throughout your stay.

Don’t miss the following activities:

Boating on Venna Lake:

Boating on Venna Lake

It is a beautiful lake surrounded by thick trees where you can enjoy boating in paddle and rowing boats, fishing and horse-riding.

Trekking:

For adventurous souls, there are many trekking trails to explore.

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Sunrise and Sunset Points:

Sunrise and Sunset Points in mahabalashwar

For beautiful sunrises head to Wilson Point and Kate’s Point while Bombay Point and Elphinstone Points are best for spectacular sunsets.

Shopping and eating:

Strawberries, mulberries, carrots, jams, crushes, honey and chikki (a special kind of sweet made of jaggery and nuts) are some of the specialties. Beautiful leather footwear will be a great takeaway. Good hotels and restaurants like Hotel Templeview, Mapro Garden, Hotel Center Point, etc. are also available with sumptuous local and international menus.

Transport and accommodation


Depending on your preference and budget, you have many options to get there.

Air:

Pune is the nearest airport which is about 120 kilometers away from Mahabaleshwar.

Railway:

Pune is the most convenient railway station to get to the hill-station, however, Wathar is the closest one.

Road:

State Transport has regular bus service between Pune-Mahabaleshwar and Mumbai-Mahabaleshwar.

You can move around the city and visit important places in and around Mahabaleshwar in a taxi or cab at a very affordable rate.

You can also find excellent accommodation facilities in many hotels, resorts and guesthouses that are suitable for every budget, ranging from economic ones to 4/5 star hotels. Some of the popular ones include the family-run heritage hotels, the pure vegetarian Hotels,

October to June is the best time to plan for a relaxing trip to this beautiful hill-station of Maharashtra. The breathtaking nature will blow you tensions away and recharge your batteries. The fond memories of the trip and the fun moments shared with your loved ones will stay with you forever.

Khandala and Lonavala Tourist Locations Near Mumbai

Khandala and Lonavala – The Twin Hill-stations to Spend Great Holidays

Khandala and Lonavala are popular hill-stations in Maharashtra in a close vicinity of about 5 km from each other. They are at about 64 km from Pune and 96 km from Mumbai. This makes them two of the most popular spots for people in Mumbai and Pune to find some relaxing space away from their hectic lifestyles.

Enshrouded with lush greenery they attract many travelers from India and overseas throughout the year.

Popular tourist attractions in Khandala and Lonavala 

If you enjoy exploring the hidden treasures of nature, there are way too many beautiful spots in the vicinity that will keep your mind and camera busy all day long.

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Bushy Dam:

Bushy Dam Lonavala

A favorite spot for picnic at about 6 km from Lonavala. When the water spills over the dam it forms a small waterfall. Visitors have fun sitting on the steps allowing the water to flow over them.

Nagphani or Duke’s Nose:

Nagphani or Duke's Nose

Traditionally known as Nagphani which means resembling a raised hood (phani) of a cobra (Nag), this cliff was later named after the Duke of Wellington resembling his nose.

Karla and Bhaja Caves:

Karla and Bhaja Caves

Carved in the mountain rocks of Lonavala, these caves are a beautiful epitome of the ancient Buddhist tradition and art.

Korigad Fort

Korigad Fort

This is a beautiful fort near Amby Valley that towers about 3050 ft. above the sea level. It is a great destination for trekkers, travelers and nature lovers to explore the bounty of flora and fauna of the region.

Lohgad Fort:

Lohgad Fort

One of the historical forts in Maharashtra, this fort attracts visitors from all walks of life from historians to college students to enjoy the lush forests and the massive stone-built walls and architecture of the fort.

Tiger’s Leap:

Tiger's Leap

The intriguing title is derived from the fact that, from a distance, the spot looks like a tiger leaping across the valley. The echoes generated by falling rocks into the crevasse are also a major attraction

Rajmachi Park:

Rajmachi Park

A beautiful park and picnic spot near Lonavala with a spectacular view of surroundings including the two towers of the Rajmachi fort.

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Not to miss activities in Khandala and Lonavala 

There are many activities for adults as well as kids to enjoy in these beautiful hill-spots.

Trekking:

The mountainous region with steep cliffs and deep valleys is a perfect destination for the adventurous souls.

Camping and Picnicking:

The thick forest covered mountains as well as beautiful gardens and parks are a great way to spend your evenings around a campfire singing, dancing and having a great time with your friends and family.

Shopping and eating:

Don’t forget to grab a bagful of chikkis which are a favorite local sweets made of jaggery and nuts. Other local delicacies include chivda, wafers, sev and canned jams.

Eating out:

Many hotels and restaurants offer local and international food items to keep your appetite buzzing throughout your journey to the various destinations.

Transportation

The options are many dictated only by your taste and budget.




Air:
Pune airport is the nearest domestic airport.

Railway:

Lonavala has its own railway station on the Mumbai-Pune railway line.

Road:

You can either use the State Transport bus services or use a taxi or rent a private vehicle to reach Lonavala or Khandala from Pune (66 km) or Mumbai (104 km).

Accommodations

Many budget accommodations are available if you want to save money for sight-seeing. However, if you want to enjoy a luxurious stay, there are 4/5 star hotels and resorts too.

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The twin hill-stations of Khandala and Lonavala are great places to surround yourself with the serenity of nature and soothe your senses. And if you want some stimulating activities, you can always put-on your trekking gear and head to the cliffs.

Mount Abu – An Amazing Oasis

Mount Abu – An Amazing Oasis in the Desert of Rajasthan

Mount Abu located in the Aravalli mountain range in the state of Rajasthan, this beautiful place is also called ‘oasis in desert’ by many. Although Rajasthan is known for its desert and extremely hot and dry weather, Mount Abu offers a pleasant contrast in the form of lush forests, beautiful lakes and waterfalls along with the ultra-cool weather, as it is situated about 1,219 meters above the sea level.

Major tourist attractions

Whether it is the local people of Rajasthan who want a temporary respite from the excruciating heat of summer or people travelling from other parts of India and abroad, Mount Abu is a popular tourist destination.

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Some of the most popular tourist attractions include,

Nakki Lake:

Nakki Lake Mount Abu

Believed by the locals to be dug by gods themselves with their nails, this lake is often called the heart of Mount Abu. With almost 80% of hotels and restaurants in the vicinity, this lake is a favorite place to visit with family and friends.



Gurushikhar:

Gurushikhar mount abu

This towering mountain peak which is located at a height of 1,722 meters above the sea level is the highest peak in the entire Aravalli range. It shelters some mythical places like the temple of Guru Dattatreya and the shrine of Devi Ahilya (mother of Dattatreya).

Dilwara Jain Temples:

Dilwara Jain Temples mount abu

It is admired as one of the best jain temples in the world. It is a complex of five beautiful marble-carved temples dedicated to five Jain Tirthankars (spiritual masters) namely Mahaveer, Adinath, Parshwnath, Rishbdaoji and Neminath.

Achalgarh:

Achalgarh mount abu

At a distance of 8 km from Mount Abu, is this beautiful fort of medieval times. Surrounded by protective stone walls it offers a spectacular bird’s eye-view of the surrounding region. The Achaleswar temple with a 4 tonne statue of Nandi made of panchdhatu (five metals) is a major tourist attraction.

Sunset Point:

Sunset Point Mount Abu

Like most other hill-stations, Mount Abu too offers the spectacle of the setting sun from the mountain top.

Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Trevor’s tank and Gaumukh temple are other worthy attractions of this place.

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Not to miss activities

Trekking and Rock Climbing:

If you love to roam in mountains and forests, Mount Abu offers a great opportunity with its lush forests and about 17 nature trails and pathways. More adventurous people can go for rock climbing and rappelling on the steep mountain cliffs.

Mountain Biking:

Mountain biking is another exciting activity to enjoy with friends on the rocky pathways of the hill-station.

Wildlife and Bird Watching:

With a wealth of lush green forests and mountains, the entire region is a treat for wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers.

Boating:

Don’t miss the opportunity to take your loved ones on an exciting boating experience on the beautiful Nakki Lake surrounded by hills, trees and temples.

Shopping and eating:

A great place to shop for hand-crafted items and textile including kota sarees, artifacts made of leather, marble and wood, silver jewelry, etc. From Gujarati and Rajasthani delicacies to Continental food, you have a wide choice to appease your appetite.

Transportation

By Air:

The nearest airport is the Maharana Pratap Airport at Udaipur 185 km from Mount Abu.

By railway:

Abu road is the closest railway station at 28 km distance which is connected to all the important cities.

By road:

Government operated as well as private buses are available to travel to the hill-station from most major cities.

Accommodation

Your budget dictates whether you stay in a budget class accommodation, a 3-star hotel or a posh resort offering panoramic view of the surroundings.


With its picturesque natural surroundings and world-class tourist facilities, Mount Abu should certainly be on top of your list to spend some truly memorable moments with family and friends.