The View from the Top: Most Popular Hill Stations In India

Freaked out by the monotonous schedules of everyday life? Need some leisure time away from work; devoted to rest and pleasure? There’s a matchless exit available for you to sway your desires of pleasure and adventure, amidst the lap of green vales and at high altitudes, are these exotic hill stations in India. One would love the divine view of these high valleys and plains. These hills have fascinated millions of tourists from around the globe to take hold of their nature and serenity. It is certainly difficult to take a pick out of the more than 20 mountain ranges, embracing a number of hill stations and each one promising to be tourist friendly! Here’s a glimpse of a few of them that can include your hunt for hill stations in India:

 

1. Nainital in Uttarakhand

Nainital in Uttarakhand

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Also cited as the Lake District of India, the hill station of Nainital impresses its visitors. Ringed by the hills, the Naini Lake attracts a lot of tourists every year. Yachting in the Lake, one can view the beauty of the city; the famous street market at one hand and the divine aura of the Naina Devi Temple at the other. The hot air balloon rides and paragliding are the attractions available for the adventure freak. The ropeway here connects Nainital to the snow-view point and is a thrilling experience.

 

2. Shillong in Meghalaya

Shillong in Meghalaya

Bara Pani at Shillong – Photo by Masrur Ashraf, CC BY-ND 2.0

 

Known as the Scotland of the East, Shillong is just a 100 kms away from Guwahati. The architecture and the food culture of this city still conveys the legacy of the British rule in India. The inspiring awe of the city of Shillong from the highest view point of the state of Meghalaya is an enriching experience. The city is a host to several lakes and waterfalls. Shillong is a home to the first golf course in India, having 18 holes within. This beautiful hill station has enormous natural caves that grab the attention of every visitor.

 

3. Matheran in Maharashtra

Matheran in Maharashtra

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Away from the pollution of the motor vehicles, Matheran is the smallest hill station in India. Declared as an Eco sensitive region, there is a ban on vehicular transport in this place, which makes every traveler walk down through its streets or enjoy the beauty of this hill station taking a horse ride. With a pleasant climate almost throughout the year, Matheran is a tableland enclosed with dense forests. The journey of the toy train on the Neral-Matheran narrow gauge is a scenic experience.

 

4. Mount Abu in Rajasthan

Mount Abu in Rajasthan

Nakki lake at Mount Abu – Photo by Koshy Koshy, CC BY 2.0

 

The only hill station in the state of Rajasthan, Mount Abu is the most sought for run away from the scorching heat of both Rajasthan and Gujarat. The best way to travel across the hill station is through a hired bike. A ride to the temples, lakes and sunset point drives away all the fatigue and energizes your mind, body and soul. Known as an Oasis in the desert this hill station homes many waterfalls, lakes and evergreen forests.

 

5. Ooty in Tamil Nadu

Ooty in Tamil Nadu

A view of botanical garden Ooty – Photo by Thamizhpparithi Maari, CC BY-SA 3.0

 

Also referred to as Ooacamund, this hill stations is a travelers’ paradise. Settled in the Nilgiri mountain ranges, this place pulls droves of tourists every year. The town has multitudes of parks that allows one to nose the scent of eucalyptus trees that surround the area. The wax museum of Ooty, put up in a century old bungalow and the stone house are the worth visiting spots in this hill station.

A thrilling drive through the hills of India, fulfils the wants of every holidaymaker. It not only connects you to nature through the high peaks but also allows you to interact with the creation of God in its eternal form.

Author Bio

Moving around to quench his travelling desires, Rohit has been to a lot of hill stations in India. In his search for solace in the hills, he has tagged some hill stations as a must visit for every traveler.  View more of his travel blogs at http://www.transindiatravels.com/.

7 Memorable Places In The First British Capital Of India -Kolkata

‘KOLKATA’; the name of the city leaves a spell of the sweet magic that this place holds. The sweetness of the Rosogollas and the Mishti Doi leaves you fascinated, while the beauty of the city that unites tradition with modernization, lures every traveller. Life in the other metro cities of India is comparatively fast moving and more commercialised than this metro city. Being the ‘First British Capital of India’, Kolkata has a long tale to tell to each of its visitors. A superficial visit to this city would rather not invoke the quest of a traveller, so let’s take a thematic approach to have an insight of this beautiful metropolis:

1.  The Traditional Kolkata

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Durga Pooja – Photo by Biswajit Da, CC BY 2.0

In the scenes of old Bollywood movies, you can see people commuted through man pulled rickshaws. You could experience this ride in Kolkata even today! The ride in the busy city on a hand-drawn rickshaw adds to the traditional beauty of this city. Your trip to the traditional Kolkata does not conclude if you miss to visit the 200 year old Kalighat Temple. The famous Kali Temple, with a tradition of goat sacrifice, is considered to be of utmost religious importance. Open for its visitors from 8 am till 9 pm, this temple is situated on the banks of river Hoogly.

 

2.  The Colonial Kolkata

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Interesting Architecture –  Photo by McKay Savage, CC BY 2.0

The colonial aspect of this city is well recognizable through its General Post Office, the country clubs for Golf and not to miss, the Kolkata Race Course. Built in 1820, this is one of the biggest race course in India. The splendour of the horse races commencing between the months of July till September and then again from November till March magnifies the beauty of the lush green surroundings of the vicinity which also witnesses the game of Polo during the off seasons.

 

3.  The Engineered Kolkata

Serving the city with the first underground metro railway station in India, Kolkata has marked a place of significance in the history of India. Also to add to the list of most marvellous works of engineering, the Howrah Bridge also known as the Rabindra Setu enhances the value of the city. Occupying a team of engineers for 7 years, this bridge was constructed during the British regime and proudly holds traffic of around 60,000 vehicles and numerous pedestrians each day.

 

4.  The Conserved Kolkata

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Indian Museum – Photo by Biswarup Ganguly, CC BY 3.0

Being the largest repository in India for the age-old treasure, Kolkata is a host to the geographical, zoological and archaeological resources which are well preserved in the Indian Museum in this city. Also termed as ‘Jaadu Ghar’, this place is a store of around 100,000 species of ancient times. Except for Mondays, this plethora of artefacts is open for visitors from 10 am till 5 pm.

 

5.  The Multi-Cultural Kolkata

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Bandel Church – Photo by Biswarup Ganguly, CC BY 3.0

While being profoundly known for its Hindu deities, Kolkata is also a home to multi-cultural belief. Be it the Bandel Church that is a Portuguese remembrance, famous for fulfilling wishes by the grace of Mother Mary or the Belur Math which is open for offerings for the people of different religions, Kolkata has a place for multiple cultures and religions. A visit to both these places evokes the spiritual aspect of every visitor.

 

6.  The Aesthetic Kolkata

 

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Victoria Memorial – Photo by KenWalker, CC BY-SA 4.0

Who can ignore the aesthetic aspect of this city, which is proud of displaying its vibrant idols of goddess Durga at the most famous Durga Puja festival of Kolkata? The Birla Art Museum is another showcase of the modern-day art of this city and homes several exhibitions of paintings and sculptors. Even the Victoria Memorial hall is a host to the aesthetic Kolkata and holds a gamut of preserves of paintings, books, sketches, miniatures, etc. of the past.

 

7.  The Appetent Kolkata

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Sandesh Sweet Of Kolkata – Photo by Biswarup Ganguly, CC BY 3.0

No one visiting Kolkata can keep away from the famous Bengali Sweets. The mouth-watering sweet delicacies like the Rosogulla and the Sandesh are the must have desserts in this city.

Having a lot to offer to each of its visitor, the tourist spots in Kolkata are one of the most famous travel destinations in India. So visit it to explore it!

 

Author Bio:

Rohit Agarwal is a beholder of natural beauty and writes travel blogs at http://www.transindiatravels.com/. In his hunt for places of natural treasure, he was fortunate to explore Kolkata. Here, he shares his experiences of this city with fellow travellers.

Spicy Beef with Bamboo Shoots – International Recipes CHINA

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Ask anyone who’s  traveled anywhere what their favorite part of the trip was and it’s unlikely you’ll find someone who doesn’t mention “local food” somewhere in that list.  Like most people it’s hard to find the time and money to venture off to every delectable destination just for the food, so we’ve decided to bring a bit of these worldly recipes to you.

Spicy Beef Pork with Bamboo Shoots, or YÜ-HSIANG-NIV-JOU, is a fiery Chinese delicacy that definitely packs a punch!  If you like your food with a little kick, I definitely recommend this recipe.

Enjoy!

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1. Round the troops!  You can cook this in either a wok or a large skillet.

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2. Heat vegetable over medium heat for about 2 minutes.

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3. Chop up your green onions and sauté until transparent.

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4. Add 1/3 of your beef to the pan and stir-fry over high heat until browned, 1 to 2 minutes.  Afterwards, remove beef from pan and repeat with remaining beef strips in 1/3 increments.  Once all beef is removed, heat remaining oil.

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5. Cut up your peppers as thinly as possible!

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6. Bamboo!  Drain and chop like your life depends on it.

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7. In they go; stir-fry peppers and bamboo shoots for 2 to 3 minutes.

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8. Throw in the remaining garlic, ketchup, soy sauce, salt and red pepper; cook for 2 minutes.  Afterwards, add the beff and stock/broth and heat through.

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9. Plate it and sprinkle on cilantro or parsley. Serve with transparent Chinese noodles and a bean-sprout salad.  Yum!

Ingredients:
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 green onions, finely chopped
2 green or red bell peppers, cut into thin strips
1 lb. beef top round, cut into thin strips
1 8-oz. can of bamboo shoots, drained & chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tablespoon ketchup
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red cayenne pepper
1/3 cup chicken stock or broth
2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro or parsley

Best with: transparent Chinese Noodles and bean-sprout salad
Servings: 4.