The north of India is a mix of culture yet again; a mesh of languages, food and destinations that would leave travelers awestruck. From the snow-capped mountains to the lush green valleys, a charm of its own, filled with scenic views.

Here are the places that we’ve picked for this segment of ‘19 For 2019’.

Here we go…

Malana (Himachal Pradesh)

A tiny settlement, in the valleys of Kully and Manali below Chanderkhani Pass, is this small assemblage of a hundred odd homes, that’s Malana. A society to its own, of a 1000 tribals, a unique tribe with its own unique customs. An experience to be had, as travelers interact with the locals and get a perspective of the tribe’s lifestyle, culture and cuisine.

Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Malana:

  • Chanderkhani Pass
  • Grahan Street
  • Chalal Trek Trail

Thanedar (Himachal Pradesh)

Set amidst the most picturesque apple orchards in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh, is the quaint hamlet of Thanedar. With traditional pahari lodgings overlooking the Sutlej valley, this destination is perfect for undertaking activities such as trekking, nature walks and rock-climbing.

Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Thanedar:

  • Tani-Jubbar Lake
  • Arya Samaj Mandir
  • Hattu Peak
  • Barobag

Rakcham (Himachal Pradesh)

At an altitude of 2900 meters, situated between Sangla and Chitkul, a trove of beautiful gardens, snow-laden mountain ranges and lush green trees, is a relatively unknown destination called Rakcham. A blend of Hindu and Buddhist ideologies dominate this region, this is reflected in the temples and shrines, which are present in this village.

Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Rakcham:

  • Kamru Fort
  • Tibetan Wood Carving Center
  • Baspa River

Ranikhet (Uttarakhand)

Located in the Kumaon hills, approximately 63 kilometers from Nainital, is the cool and quiet hill station of Ranikhet. Renowned for its scenic views, natural beauty of pine trees, green forests and affluent wildlife. Get amazed by the alluring beauty of the charming hill station, a perfect getaway to spend some time in the lap of nature and to have the leisure-filled holiday surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna.

Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Ranikhet:

  • Majkhali
  • Sun Temple at Katarmal
  • Sitlakhet
  • Dwarahat

Lansdowne (Uttarakhand)

Lansdowne, a clean and cute hill station in the Pauri Garwhal district of Uttarakhand. Travelers looking for a destination to literally leave behind the daily grind, Lansdowne is one of those destinations that serve the purpose of rejuvenating the mind, body and soul. Be is a party for two or a gathering of family or friends, the scenic view of the surrounding mountain ranges and snow-capped peaks will surely turn this place into one of your favorite places to visit.

Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Lansdowne:

  • Kalagarh Tiger Reserve
  • Darwan Singh Regimental Museum
  • Tip ‘n’ Top

Naukuchiatal (Uttarakhand)

Naukuchiatal, is a picturesque little lakeside village, at some distance from Nainital. Blessed with pristine panoramic views, this humble village has beautiful weather all year round; with several attractions a traveler could visit and add to the memories to bring back with them, to cherish forever.

Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Naukuchiatal:

  • Naukuchiatal Lake
  • Bhimtal Lake
  • Jungligaon
  • Mukteshwar

Chakrata (Uttarakhand)

Previously known as Jaunsar Bawar, Chakrata is a small hamlet in the district of Dehradun in Uttarakhand. Thriving with lush green and dense forests, this picturesque destination allows its visitors to relax and unwind, while enjoying picnics or treks or other activities. Trekking and skiing are the prime delight as the northern slopes are most ideal. The Kharamba peak, at a height of 10000 ft, is also quite perfect for mountaineers and adventure enthusiasts. Travelers can spend days together here, surrounded by nature’s hidden treasures and beauty.

Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Chakrata:

  • Birdwatching at Deoban
  • Budher Caves
  • Yamuna Adventure Park

Peora (Uttarakhand)

Peora is one of the finest destinations for eco-tourism, untouched by modernity, this village sits cradled in the laps of the Himalayas, at an elevation of 6600 feet. Travelers can savor breathtaking views of the Shivalik range, exhibiting all its beauty with an undisturbed 350km view of the Himalayas draped in snow.

Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Peora:

  • Peora Trails
  • Chauki ki Jaali
  • Almora

Khisru (Uttarakhand)

Situated at a height of over 5500 feet, this quaint hill station is gaining fame for its scenic splendor and the fabulous 350km wide panoramic views of the Himalayas. Khirsu provides an exquisite setting for the travelers, who get to witness the beauty of Oak & Deodar trees and Apple orchards. The best part, Khirsu is accessible all through the year.

Here are a few nearby places one must check out if Khisru:

  • Chaukamba
  • Ghandiyal Devi
  • Kyunkaleshwar Mahadev Temple

Lohaghat (Uttarakhand)

Lohaghat is one of the least explored Himalayan retreats. Situated on the bank of Lohawati river, this viridescent hill station is blessed with a bountiful of lush greenery and Pine & Oak forests. Travelers to this place get to witness and experience a serene climate; one can try their hand at fishing or other water related sports activites from here to Pancheshwar. Lohaghat, in its entirety, is an excellent combination of natural beauty, historical importance and healthy atmosphere.

Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Lohaghat:

  • Abbot Mount
  • Banasur Fort
  • Khaadi Bazaar

Binsar (Uttarakhand)

Binsar, situated at an elevation of over 2400 meters, is a haven to nature lovers. This town in the Kumaon region is one of those places where the views of the Himalayas is unparalleled. Filled with beautiful places, Binsar is a place to unwind and rest.

Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Binsar:

  • Khali Estate
  • Binsar Hill
  • Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

Hemis (Jammu & Kashmir)

Hemis, roughly 45 kilometers from Leh city, is a monatery set perfectly on the west bank of the river Indus. You can shop and purchase a variety of products which can provide a memento from your trip. The best time to visit Hemis is during the two-day Hemis Festival, which is held annually in the month of June or July. However, for those seeking some peace and quiet, visit anytime else. The sights are unbeatable and most breathtaking.

Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Hemis:

  • Hemis Monastery
  • Leh Palace
  • Thiksey Monastery

Yusmarg (Jammu & Kashmir)

Yusmarg, located in the Bagdam district, is famous for its mass of green pastures. An ideal destination to revere nature; away from the confines of the ordinary, Yusmarg is a little paradise in its own right. The eternal beauty of Yusmarg captures the heart of its visitors and compels them to return time and again.

Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Yusmarg:

  • Charar-I-Sharief
  • Nilnag Lake
  • Pakhorpora Shrine

That’s all for now, come back tomorrow for the remaining half of ‘19 For 2019 India: Northern Scapes’.

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