…and we’re back with the second half of ‘19 For 2019 India: Northern Scapes’. Hope you had a fun time going through the destinations mentioned in the first half.
Sinthan Top (Jammu & Kashmir)
Sinthan Top is at 12,000 feet above sea level, an undiscovered secret near Srinagar, it is the high point of Pir Panjal mountain range. A 37-kilometer spread of zig-zag and uphill drive from Daksum, it is an adventurous journey. An emerging prime destination for mountaineers, trekkers and skiers; Sinthan Top provides a mesmerizing 360 degree view of mountains covered in snow.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Sinthan Top:
Chatpal (Jammu & Kashmir)
90 kilometers away from Srinagar, Chatpal offers the traveler a taste of the simple life, an offbeat destination with views of Pine forests engulfed partially in the clouds, set against a backdrop of the sun-kissed Himalayas and the river flowing at its base. Lush greenery dotted with a mesh of yellow and white wildflowers, a visit to this place is a rejuvenating experience in the depths of nature.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Chatpal:
- Nature Walks in the surrounding forests
- Indulge in local cuisine
Harike Wetland (Punjab)
Harike Wetlands, also known as ‘Hari-ke-Pattan’, is the largest wetland in Northern India, with Harike lake in the deeper part of it. It is an internationally recognised Ramsar site; home to several species of turtles, snakes and fish. The rare Indus river dolphin can also be seen here. During the winter thousands of migratory birds arrive from the Himalayas, Europe and Siberia, making it the best time to visit. A sublime treat for nature lovers and bird-watchers.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Harike Wetlands:
- Harike Bird Sanctuary
- Gobindgarh Fort
- Wagah Border
Patiala, infamous as Punjab’s princely state, although already a hot tourist destination, cannot be dismissed from this curated list of the Northern Scapes. With an abundance of rich cultural heritage and a fascinating history, this city is most definitely worth a visit. Home to the ‘Patiala Gharana’, pages of history of this once princely state show affluent influences of the varied powers which used to rule this place: Afghan Durrani Empire, Maratha Empire , British Raj and the Sikh Empire.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Patiala:
- Qila Mubarak
- Sheesh Mahal
- Sports Museum by the National Institute of Sports
Chandigarh (Union Territory of India)
India’s first planned city after gaining independence from British rule. Located at the foothills of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas, this city has a favorable climate throughout the year. Chandigarh has a distinct place in the pages of Indian history, presently known to have the lowest crime rate across India. The city has a lot to offer, depending on one’s liking and preference.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Chandigarh:
- Yadavindra Gardens
- The Dolls Museum of Chandigarh
- Le Corbusier Center
New Delhi (Capital of India)
New Delhi, which surely you’re aware, is the capital and the capitol of India. This city needs no introduction. Filled with a banquet of attractions and places to visit. Dive into history, or sate your palette with the delicious street-food, or just go shopping, or just visit a garden and enjoy the wisdom of doing nothing; New Delhi has it all.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting New Delhi:
- Agrasen ki Baoli
- Garden of Five Senses
- Okhla Bird Sanctuary