Wednesday, 25 January 2012

How to Reach Kanpur

Kanpur is connected to major Indian cities and tourist spots through air service. The nearest airport is Chakeri that is just off to the town. There are daily domestic flights to and from Kanpur to several cities in India. Apart from the state owned Indian Airlines, there are many private air taxi operators that offer their services from Kanpur to other Indian cities. 

Since Kanpur lies in the heartland of the North Indian plains, it is well connected to Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and other parts of India. Kanpur Barrack is the main Railway station in Kanpur that falls on the Grand Chord route. Various Expresses and Super Fast trains connect Kanpur to the rest of India. 

Situated in the flat Ganga plains, Kanpur has a good network of roads. Numerous public and private buses ply to and from nearby and far-flung cities. Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation runs a fleet of well-maintained buses apart from the luxury coaches offered by private operators............

How to Reach Meerut

Meerut is situated very close to New Delhi, the seat of Indian Government. Delhi Airport is 60 odd Kilometers from Meerut. Delhi is in turn well connected to rest of India and world through a range of flights operated by various private and public carriers. From Delhi, one can hire a cab and reach Meerut in an hour and half via National Highways 24 and then NH 58. 

The nearest railway station is Meerut Cantonment Station that falls on the busy Delhi-Dehradun line of North Central Railways. Several Passenger as well as super fast trains connect Meerut to other popular towns and cities in Uttar Pradesh and rest of India. It has direct connectivity to cities like Delhi, Ghaziabad, Agra, Jaipur and Lucknow

Meerut is well connected to the cities like Mathura, Delhi, Chandigarh, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Jhansi and Agra etc. Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation plies several buses to these cities. Various privately run luxury buses are also available............

Dalhousie Excursions

Subhash Baoli

Located around two kilometers away from Subhash squire in Dalhousie, the place offers a magnificent view of the snowcapped peaks in nearby surroundings. The place has historical importance, as it is linked with the famous freedom fighter ‘Subhash Chandra Bose’.

Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
The sanctuary is full of versatile flora and fauna. Ghoral, Himalayan black bear and barking deer are some major creatures that can be glimpsed in the sanctuary. Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary also offers good trekking & mountaineering opportunities to travelers, for further exploration of nature as well as adventure. 

Located around 27 kilometers from Dalhousie, Khajjiar is a major tourist attraction. The place is named after the twelfth-century, golden-vaulted temple of Khajinag. The place has picturesque lakes, magnificent meadow, and exotic architecture, which make it truly enchanting.

Gandhi Chowk and Subhash Chowk

Gandhi Chowk

Both these spots are market places, full of attractions for shopping, with historical importance. Shops and restaurant situated near Gandhi Chowk show the lifestyle of Dalhousie. Similarly, Subhash Chowk houses Himachal Handloom Industry showrooms, where travelers shop for indigenous artifacts and products.


The playground of Beas, Ravi and Chenab rivers, Dainkund is beautifully located in sub-Himalayan range of mountains. It forms the largest slope in Dalhousie. The place offers panoramic overview to the travelers. A temple dedicated to some indigenous goddess is also there............

Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh

The grassy meadow of Khajjiar is situated at a distance of approximately 22 km from Dalhousie and 23 from Chamba. 1.5 km long and 1.0 km broad, this tiny town is shaped like a saucer and has seven emerald-turf meadows surrounded by dense pine and deodar and high mountains. It even has a small lake that is fed by streams flowing through the spongy green carpet of Khajjiar. Often known as 'Gulmarg of Himachal Pradesh', it has been aptly described by Hutchinson as - "Khajjiar is a forest glade of great beauty, 6,400 feet above sea level".

In 1992, Mr. Willy T. Blazer, Vice Counselor and Head of Chancery of Switzerland in India, named Khajjiar 'Mini Switzerland of India' and put a signboard of a yellow Swiss hiking footpath that displays the distance of Khajjiar from the Swiss capital 'Berne' as 6,194 km. With this, Khajjiar became one of the 160 locations in the world that resemble the topography of Switzerland and one of its stones became the part of the stone collage around the Swiss Parliament, which represents Khajjiar as the 'Mini Switzerland of India'.

Khajjiar was a part of the erstwhile state of the Rajput rulers of Chamba. In the 6th century, it served as the capital of the Chamba rulers. Thereafter, it was taken over by the Mughals, from which the rule passed over to various Sikh kingdoms. Finally, British control was established over Khajiar and with the independence, the hill station became a part of the state of Himachal Pradesh. The picturesque beauty of the place, along with its nine-hole golf course, has given a boost of its travel and tourism industry. 

Places to See:

Khajinag Temple (Golden Devi Temple)
The town of Khajjiar has been named after its ancient temple of Khajinag. Situated near the famous Khajjiar Lake, this temple dates back to as far back as the 12th century. The temple stands adorned with a golden dome and spire, which has led to the temple often being called as the 'Golden Devi' temple. It has wooden sanctum with intricate carvings. The 'mandapam' of Khajinag Temple has images of the Pandavas and the defeated Kaurvas, seen on the roof of the circumambulatory path of the temple. The temple attracts many devotees and tourists alike.

Khajjiar Lake is a small lake, surrounded by saucer-shaped lush green meadow and a floating island. The dense growth of weed called 'vacha' has made its earth spongy. Now the banks stand covered by a thick layer of earth, formed by the years of dust settling down on the weeds.

Golf Course
One of the major attractions of Khajjiar is its huge nine-hole golf course. People visiting the valley of Chamba make sure to visit Khajjiar and enjoy the sport for a while............

Khajjiar Lake

Located at an altitude of 1900 meters, in Chamba district, the lake is perfect for indulging in sight seeing. It is situated in the center of large Khajjar glade, arpund 16 km from Dalhousie and 25 km from Chamba. Khajjar Lake gets water from many tiny streams. Apart from being known for its scenic beauty, the lake has religious relevance too. Hindus believe that the lake belongs to the Lord Khajjinag. This is the reason why Hindu devotees come around this area, in large numbers, to worship the Lord.

Tourists from all across the world flock in to see this lake, which remains full of water in all the seasons and does not require rainwater for survival. The lake is like a magical paradise, especially with its lush green mountains, diversity of flora and fauna and more importantly the tranquil surroundings it provides to the tourists. The place is so beautiful and gives such a panoramic view that sometimes back; Swiss Ambassador called Khajjiar a ‘Mini Switzerland.’ 

Thick forest covering the Khajjar Lake adds to its magnificent look. The forest, which has been turned into a sanctuary, houses many wild animals. Migrant birds flock at this place and give it a wonderful diversity in fauna. Many villages, scattered in distances from each other, surround the place. These villages have still preserved their tradition and culture. Travelers can visit these villages for further experience of life and culture of Himachal.

Any sunny day in Khajjar Lake is perfect for horse riding. Moving through the lush green valley on horseback is a fascinating experience. Travelers can also see the famous ‘Panch Pandava Tree’. It is tree that has the same root, but its base divided into five sections. Kailash Mountain, the abode of God Shiva, is falls near Khajjar Lake and on a sunny day, travelers can easily have a glimpse of it from the embankment............

How to Reach Khajjiar

The nearest airport from Khajjar is that of Gaggal in Kangra, situated at a distance of 180 km. Travelers can take a flight till Gaggal airport and from there, board taxis and buses available for reaching Khajjar. After the Gaggal airport, the ones in Jammu and Amritsar are the next best options, especially with their connectivity with the rest of India.

Khajjar is well connected with most of the cities of the state with well-developed and sophisticated roads. This place is easily accessible by road and is hardly about one and a half hours driving from Dalhousie and Chamba. Himachal Road Transport Corporation operates bus services, connecting Khajjar with the major cities in and around the state.

Pathankot is the nearest railhead for traveling to Khajjar. The place is situated at a distance of 80 km from the hill resort. Almost all the main stations of India are connected with this railway station. Buses and taxis could be boarded to reach Khajjar from Pathakot. Chandigarh and Delhi are two big cities near Khajjar, you can start your journey from............

How to Reach Dalhousie

Air journey to Dalhousie is time saving and comfortable, in comparison to other two modes of transportations. As there are no airports in Dalhousie, near by cities offer excellent network of airports, from where tourists can take road transport for reaching Dalhousie. The nearest air terminal from Dalhousie is located in Gaggal, in the Kangra district, at a distance of 135 km from. Amritsar and Jammu and Kashmir are other near by airstrips that can be availed.

Traveling to Dalhousie by train is cost effective and experience enriching, for you meet and interact with diverse people and enhance your horizon by knowing their culture and tradition and language. Pathankot is the nearest railhead from Dalhousie. From Pathankot, a large number of trains are available to different cities of India. Once at Pathankot, tourists can hire taxis or buses, available at regular intervals, from here to Dalhousie.

As Dalhousie neither has an airport nor a railway station, roads are the only available modes of direct transport. The place is well connected with other major cities of the region, with well-maintained roads. Dalhousie is 145 km from Chamba, 190 km from Amritsar and 235 km from Simla. It has excellent bus service, offered by state transport departments and private tour operators, for reaching all the key cities with and outside the state............
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