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Binsar, UttarakhandTop 10 Himalayan views

Binsar has everything one can ask for- great views, beautiful location, excellent nature and easy accessibility. It is a picturesque, sleepy hamlet, easily considered as one of the most scenic spots in the Kumaon Himalayas. Pitched at the impressive altitude of 2,420 mtrs, 95 kms From Nainital it offers a majestic view of the snow covered Himalayan Peaks, The mesmerizing range Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Shivling and Panchachuli. From here on a sunny day, you can have glimpse of the holiest shrines in the Himalaya, Kedarnath, Badrinath and Gangotri. Its a fascinating spot, encircled by a vast wildlife sanctuary and many rare birds, animals and flowers. Binsar is also Trekker's Paradise. Trek in the salubrious air, amidst the misty mountain trails, towering Oak and Rhododendrons. The mantle of green hangs all around- rocks covered with unusual moss and ferns, flowers and shrubs-foliage sprouting out of every conceivable nook and corner of the hillside. Outside Binsar is the temple complex of Jageshwar (35 kms from Almora) nestled in a beautiful valley crested by majestic Deodars. You can go to Binsar Hill, known as Jhandi Dhar &offers panoramic view of the Himalayan Range. Visit Khali Estate, the erstwhile Royal palace or Gananath Temple, the holiest shrine in the region. You can also go to Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary known for the rarest species of animals, birds, butterflies and wild flowers. Baring monsoon months, when roads become prone to slides, you can go here almost anytime. Lots of staying options for all budgets are available.

How to reach: By air the nearest Airport is Pantnagar (157kms. approx.) By rail the nearest railhead is Kathgodam (120kms.approx.). By road approx. distances from the nearest major town Almora is 30kms, Nainital is 96kms away. From Delhi it is 410kms approximately.

Pelling, SikkimTop 10 Himalayan views

Around 10 kms from Gyalshing (District Headquarter), Pelling is today emerging as the second biggest tourist destination in the state after Gangtok. Although in itself it is little more than a strip of road lined with hotels, its main USP is the breathtaking view it offers of the Khangchendzonga and surrounding ranges. Viewers claim that it is the best closest, easily accessible view of Kanchenjunga peak, the highest in India. Pelling is also popular for the easy access it provides to tourist spots in the area. Pemayangste monastery is less than a kilometre from Pelling, while a 40 minute walk on the hill opposite the monastery takes you to Sanga Choling monastery built in 1697, one of the first in the state. Pelling’s serene environment and picturesque setting is perfect for nice nature walks and small treks. A destination for all seasons, Pelling has hotels and resorts catering to all budgets. Named after the guardian deity of Sikkim, Khangchendzonga Festival is held at Pelling every year. It offers a host of fun activities like white-water rafting on the Rangit, kayaking, promotional trekking, mountain biking, sightseeing, traditional sports and bird- watching. The festival also includes Flower exhibitions, traditional crafts and ethnic food and costume stalls. Cultural folk dances and music add colour and sound to the festivities. The festival is aimed at balancing all diverse aspects of the area to produce a holistic package showcasing its potential for tourism.

Tiger Hill, West BengalTop 10 Himalayan views

View of Kanchenjunga from Tiger Hill is as iconic as is the experience of being there. Millions of Indian tourists have had their first view of mighty Himalayas from this viewpoint near Darjeeling. These are few images that will freeze in your mind for ever- scores of tourists jeeps racing towards Tiger Hill daily early morning from perhaps every hotel, resort or guest house of Darjeeling in attempt to get a comfortable place to stand and then hundreds jostling each other to get the perfect view and excellent shot of India’s highest peak. Truly, all this pain is worth that grand view, changing colors from pink to crimson to orange and yellow. Actually Darjeeling and neighbouring Sikkim are all about Kanchenjunga, all sides, all views. TigerHill is the summit of Ghoom, the highest railway station on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for the panoramic views it offers of Mount Everest along with Kanchenjunga. It is 11 km from the town of Darjeeling and can be reached either by jeep or by foot through Chowrasta, Alubari (incidentally the oldest tea plantation in Darjeeling) or Jorebangla and then climbing up the incline to the summit, which takes about 2 hours at an easy pace.

Sandakphu, West BengalTop 10 Himalayan views

Sandakphu 3636 mtr. is 58 km. from Darjeeling and commands one of the most spectacular views of Himalayan ranges as seen from India. Only place in India where you can see four of the top five peaks in world just in front of you. In the foreground is a great basin set in the midst of the hills, the slopes covered with rhododendrons and silver fir trees. In the background is continuous barrier of snowy mountains, the most prominent of which is Kanchenjunga-28156 ft. 8598 mts. towering up in gigantic height and breadth with its attendant peaks Kabru 7338 mts. 24,026 ft, Jano (Kumbhakarna) 7710 mts 25,294 ft. and Pandim 6691 mts. 22,010 ft. clustering closely round it. Kabru is foreshortened and does not present the same graceful outline above the spectacle with its lofty peak standing up like a great icy horn. Far off to the west at a distance of 160 km. among a group of other snowy mountain rising from graceful peaks of Everest group can be seen, behind the crest of Mt. Makalu, which looks like a great armed chair of snow; and further to the west towards Nepal, there is a wonderful square mass of mountain looking like a wall of snow Chamlang 7317m-24006 ft. The contrast between Everest and Kanchenjunga is very marked. Kanchenjunga is remarkable for its imposing bulk and massive proportions while Everest soaring above a series of valleys and its ridges, is more graceful and majestic. The space between the two is occupied by snowy ranges. Three Sisters which cluster together if you look towards east beyond Kanchenjunga you will see Narsing and then the Dongkya and Chola ranges of the Tibetan frontier with Chumalhari lifting up to its heads in the rear. The whole snowy ranges of Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal about 320 kms in length; is visible, but the panoroma is completely dominated by the Kanchenjunga and Everest group. Sandakphu is accessible through a two to three days moderate trek from Manyebhanjyang (28 kms from Darjeeling by road). Alternatively one can also go to Sandakphu hitch-hiking a drive in specially modified World War II Landrovers. Tough one, but a great experience. There are tourist huts, hotels almost whole way upto Sandakphu and Phalut.

Kasar Devi, UttarakhandTop 10 Himalayan views

For those who don’t want to travel to Binsar to have the grand view of Kumaon Himalayas, Kasar Devi is as good the option. Kasar Devi is a village near Almora, Uttarakhand. It is known for the Kasar Devi temple, a Devi temple, dedicated to Kasar Devi, after whom the place is also named. The temple structure dates to the 2nd century. Swami Vivekananda visited Kasar Devi in 1890s, and many others too. It is also a place known for Crank's Ridge, just outside the village, which was popular destination during the Hippie movement of the 1960s and 1970s, and continues to attract trekkers and tourists, both domestic and foreign. But for the lens freaks, this is a place to get a great view of Himalayas, that can’t be enjoyed down in Almora. Only difference Kasar Devi has from Binsar’s view is that Panchachuli ranges in the far right are hidden here except for Panchachuli 2. Kasar Devi is situated on a hill top, on the edge of a ridge off the Almora-Bageshwar highway on the Kashyap hills of Kumaon Himalayas. As it is situated above the ridge of Almora town, it is accessible through eight-km hike from Almora or 10 km by road. One km away is the village of Kalimath popular with tourists. Also close by is the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, which lies 30 km away.

Kalpa, Himachal Pradesh Top 10 Himalayan views

Rarely will you find a view like this. You come out of room in the open and see the mighty Kinner Kailash peak standing right in front of you in full glory. Situated at the height of 2758 m above the sea level and 110 km from Sarahan, Kalpa is a beautiful and main village of Kinnaur, just above the Reckong Peo town which is headquarters of the Kinnaur district. The majestic mountains of the Kinner Kailash range are just across the Sutlej river. These are spectacular sights early in the morning as the rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and golden light. The Shivling peaks rise up to 20,000 feet (6,000 m). Again this view is easily accessible. Nearest Airport (267 km) and Railhead (244 km) is at Shimla. The route is on NH - 22 (The Hindustan Tibet Road) which bifurcates to Kalpa from Powari. Buses and Taxis are available at Shimla and Rampur. One can also reach Kalpa via Manali - Rohtang Pass - Kunzam Pass - Kaza (400 km). There are daily buses from Shimla to Reckong Peo. There are also multiple staying options at Kalpa and Reckong Peo.

Kausani, UttarakhandTop 10 Himalayan views

Kausani is a dream destination, the vantage point for a breathtaking view of the Nanda Devi mountain range, amidst dense pine forest. One can feel the proximity of the snowy Himalayan peaks Trishul, Panchachuli, Nanda Ghunti and Chaukhamba from here and immense yourself into the scenic grandeur. Mahatma Gandhi spent some time here, while he was writing the book "Anashakti Yoga" a commentary on Bhagwat Gita. The "Anashakti Ashram" was founded here by his disciple Sarla Ben (Katherine Heilemen). From an impressive height of 1,890mtrs the Himalayas can be seen in their towering glory. Below is the Gomti river rushing into the Katyuni valley. Kausani is also the birthplace of famous Hindi poet Sumitra Nandan Pant. Chaukori: 97kms from Kausani, a picturesque tourist spot, amidst mighty Himalayan peaks. Additionally you can see Anashakti Ashram where Gandhi ji stayed. His spinning wheel (Charkha) and other items are kept here. You can also plan a trip to Bageshwar which is starting point for Pindari, Sunderdhunga & Kafni glaciers. Baijnath is just below Kausani and is famous for Parvati Temple.
How to reach: By air the nearest Airport is Pantnagar (approx.177kms). By rail the nearest railhead is Kathgodam (approx.103kms). By road it is connected by good network of roads, with all the important centres in the region. The roads remain open throughout the year.

Surkanda Devi, UttarakhandTop 10 Himalayan views

The Surkanda peak lying at an altitude of 2,750 m. in the western part of tahsil Tehri, and is famous for the temple of Surkanda Devi. It is about 8 km. from Dhanaulti on the motor road running from Mussoorie to Chamba and is connected with Narendra Nagar which is about 61 km. and with Tehri which is about 41 km. by motor roads. To reach the temple one has to leave the Mussoorie-Chamba road at Kadu Khal and climb a steep ascent of about 1.5 km. on foot. Amazing place to have some remarkable view of Garhwal Himalayas, Chaukhamba peaks and Trishul peak. Actually Surkanda peak gives you an excellent 360 degree view. On clear day, you can see peaks of Kumaon (upto trishul) and all major Char Dham shrines as well.
How to reach: Go to Mussoorie and take the road to Chamba. Cross Dhanaulti and eight kilometers from Dhanaulti at Kadu Khal is the base of the peak, it is 1.5 kilometre trek (30 to 40 minutes).

Chitkul, Himachal PradeshTop 10 Himalayan views

Well known as the last village before Tibet. Many travelers have taken that iconic photograph that depicts a sign board saying- Hindustan ka akhiri dhaba. Chitkul has a beauty that needs to be seen to believe. Not too many tourists go there because it is off the main Kaza road deep inside the Kinnaur valley. But good part is that it is drivable to the last point, though roads are narrow, hilly and serpentine. Chitkul is located in the Baspa valley, with river flowing below and the snow clad mountains spreading their wings just in front of you. There is no way ahead except for some trekking routes that take you to Har-ki-Doon valley and Yamunotri. View of snow-clad mountains is so refreshing that you just feel to run and climb over them. This is an amazing experience of watching Himalayan ranges so close to you as if inviting you. Chitkul has a few resorts nearby and a PWD rest house as well. While going from Shimla to Reckong Peo we need to take a right turn towards Sangla from Raksham Dam. Chitkul is another 20 kilometres from historical Sangla.

Chakrata, UttarakhandTop 10 Himalayan views

Chakrata known for its serene environs and pollution-free atmosphere, is situated at a distance of 98 kms from Dehradun at an elevation of about 7000 ft (2118 mts). It is having a cantonement township and the northern part of Chakrata sub-division provides a fascinating landscape for trekkers and nature lovers. Virgin forests of conifers, rhododendrons and oaks are best suited for long walks. A vast dense forest, dotted with attractive villages of the Jaunsari tribe, the area has the 10,000 ft (3084 mts) high peak of Kharamba. On its northern slopes is situated Mundali 9000 ft (2776 mts) where in the months of November to April skiers can enjoy sking. From Devban and Chilmiri Neck, you can have magnificent view of Himalayas. Actually from Chakrata, there is a road going to Mussoorie. Being dubbed as Chakrata-Mussoorie highway this route was used by Britishers. On this road we pass through Viraatkhai and Lakhwad and cross Yamuna and climb to Mussorie. Especially from Viraatkhai we can have a glorious view of Garhwal Himalayas. What else, Chakrata and Viraatkhai are just six to seven hours drive from Delhi and you even don’t need to go to Dehradun. Viraatkhai area has some eco-camps while Chakrata has many stay options. This Jaunsar-Bawar area is also known for its distinct culture claimed to be inspired from Mahabharata.

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