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Old 5th September 2008, 11:24   #31
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Classic Hill Top Resort Chamba, Chamba Hotels, Chamba Resorts, Chamba Near Mussoorie, Garhwa
this is same group as the Auli resorts
60kms from Rishikesh
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Old 14th July 2009, 11:38   #32
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Hi Delhi BHPians,

Presently I am in Noida for an official visit. I would like to know any good weekend holiday places I can visit, please provide your suggestions. I am looking for good hill stations, as last time I have visited Agra, Jaipur etc. Places in my lists are Shimla, Manali, Musoorie etc..

Please provide your suggestions with best travel methods. I may have to hire some taxis or travel in train or Bus, and I have only 2 days to spare.

There were many good suggestions already read in this thread, but I would like to know any recent changes.


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Hi Delhi BHPians,

Presently I am in Noida for an official visit. I would like to know any good weekend holiday places I can visit, please provide your suggestions. I am looking for good hill stations, as last time I have visited Agra, Jaipur etc. Places in my lists are Shimla, Manali, Musoorie etc...Thanks
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I would suggest McLeodganj in HP. It is a beautiful place if you don't mind the crowd on the weekends. It is a overnight journey in a comfortable Volvo bus that leaves Delhi's Kashmere Gate or you can book at HPTDC office at Janpath. You will leave around 6 in the evening and reach around 8 in the morning. Same timings for return trips also.

Places to see are aplenty there. You can visit Dharmshala, Palampur - both are not very far off. In McLeodganj, you have the Dalai Lama temple, Bhagsunag and some interesting treks to some waterfalls around.

Places to stay are plenty ranging from 500/- to 3000/-.

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A good option is Corbett, which is 4-5 hours from Delhi, but is closed in summers and rainy season.
Corbett is not closed in the summers. It closes around June-15th or so, or the first rains. If anything, the summers are the best time for sightings.

Delhi-Moradabad stretch is by no means bad unless things have changed substantially since feb 2009 when i was last there. The worst part of the journey on this road is getting out of Delhi, but that is true for any non-Delhiite goin in any direction! Last time around, i had a fellow biker ride ahead till that bridge across the yamuna towards GZB and i was out of Delhi in a frikking 15 mins! I would say that if you leave Delhi by 5 you should be able to beat the nasty traffic and be in Nainital by 1130 or so.

Lansdowne is nice and charming. But there is a place called Ranikhet which is a personal favorite: not too crowded on a weekday and perfect B-M-W (Baby making weather) . around 8 hours by bike, perhaps shorter by car.
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I just came back from Corbett and it is not closed. Some gates get closed like Dhikala. But Gate like Jhirna are open through out the year and yes it is fun! and the monsoon makes the jungle look so lively.
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Thanks a lot travelwriter, rhandle and COUGAR,

Corbett is ruled out as I am not interested to see national parks. One of the member in our team is from HP, and he don't want to see HP again, so finally decided to go Dehradun and Musoorie. Booking a Qualis/Tavera/Innova for us (6guys) and leaving on Saturday late night and coming back on Monday eve. I hope as monsoon started in north, its off-season for these places..!! Any recent update on accommodation? Also will the climate be cold?

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Things changed in the last minute. Finally we decide to go to Nainital. Will start tonight 10pm from Noida in my college's car.
Hope the climate will be okey, not much monsoon. Also being the off season now hotels can be cheap. Any suggestion on hotel?

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Old 22nd July 2009, 21:51   #38
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I maybe a li'l late onto this thread. However, I'd strongly recommend to drive past Nainital to Pangot. It is about 15-20kms from Nainital (an hour's drive because of the road condition). It is delightfully blissful and far from the mad rush of touristic Nainital. Of course, you can choose to spend a few hours at the Naini lake. PM me if you need more info.
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It is still not off-season. Yes, the vacations have ended, hence the tourist inflow would be lot less. But weekends will be crowded. The plain sin the North are still hot, and monsoons in the hills is a sight to watch..

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Also being the off season now hotels can be cheap. Any suggestion on hotel?

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@ abk and gd1418, Thanks for your feedbacks.

I am back in Delhi on 20th July'09. It was a nice trip. Monsoon was about to touch Nainital and the climate was very good. The clouds were touching the lake, and boat journey was fantastic. Few of the snaps are below. Will post a detailed travelogue once I am back to Bangalore.
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2-3 hours Drive: Neemrana
4-5 hours Drive: Jaipur / Agra (best between October and March)
7-8 hours Drive: Lansdowne, Naukuchiatal, Rishikesh
8-9 hours Drive: Kasauli, Shimla, Chail, Almora, Mussoorie, Dhanaulti
10-12 hours Drive: McLeodganj, Dharamshala

The hours I have written are only rough estimates and actual driving time will depend on traffic / weather (rains = delays) / time of the day. I recently did Delhi - Naukuchiatal in 8 hours. There was a 1 hour long traffic jam at Garh Mukteshwar, otherwise it was a pretty clear highway. The roads were bad between Gajraula and Garh Mukteshwar, but pretty good after Moradabad.

Happy Driving!
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Any good hotels to stay in Nainital ?

specially on the Mall Road and facing Lake, please suggest

Max budget per night 4-5k.
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Any good hotels to stay in Nainital ?

specially on the Mall Road and facing Lake, please suggest

Max budget per night 4-5k.
My favourite is The Grand, though they close down during 'low season'.
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6 months and nobody wants a weekend getaway from Delhi??
Ok back to my point. We are a group of 11 college friends and desperately need a break from our usual lives (budding engineers). Now we want to go some place not very far off and approachable by train. And i would personally love to stay in a tourism waalon ki dorm (have memories of jumping on 11 beds before going to sleep ).
We plan to go in the first week of Feb. What say people?
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Try campsites around places like Sattaal and Mukteshwar in Uttarakhand. Wildrift runs some pretty decent camps there.
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