Vagamon is situated on the Kottayam Idukki border of Kerala. A small sleepy town with tea plantation as the major occupation, it is always covered in green. Located at an altitude of 1200 m(4000 ft), it has lush green hills, enchanting ravines, and serpentine small rivers to bolster its beauty.

Hi guys! We all know about God's own country i.e. Kerala, the southernmost state of India. We have heard about or seen the most famous places in Kerala. But there are still a few places in the state which are hidden from the glares of explorers and travelers alike. And they are as beautiful or even more beautiful than their more illustrious and famous cousins. One such place is Vagamon. A small but naturally beautiful hill station.

Vagamon is surrounded by small waterfalls, attractive meadows, beautiful pine forest, and lush green deep valleys. The cool fresh air of the place is a boon. It also has many varieties of flowers and orchids. It has a chain of three hills namely Murugan Hill, Kurisumala Hills, and Thangal Hills.

Vagamon, Kerala
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Vagamon has plenty of places to explore and each of them has a unique charm about it. 

Marmala waterfalls are the most beautiful place with greenery all around. This small waterfall is situated inside a private property on the Erattupetta road and was relatively unknown until recently but it has started attracting travelers now. The peaceful and serene atmosphere at this place is as good as in Vagamon itself. The tranquility you will experience here will make you come back again to Marmala waterfalls.

Marmala Waterfalls, Vagamon
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Thangalpara is another must see the place. It has some religious significance also, as it is believed to have been a resting place of revered Sufi Saint Hazrat Sheikh Fariduddin Baba. It is basically a huge rock at the edge of a precipice. But besides that, Thangalpara is one place, which offers the most beautiful view of the valley below with hills all around. The entire valley is visible from this point.

Thangalpara, Kottayam, Kerala
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Pine forest is a heaven for any forest lover. It is a man-made forest, it was created during the British era and is a popular spot for movie shootings. You can enjoy long walks in the midst of pine trees in calm and serene surroundings or you can sit and relax under a pine tree. And the best part is that Pine forest overlooks entire Vagamon valley.

Pine Forest, Vagamon
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Pine Forest at Vagamon, Kottayam
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If you love boating or rowing, Vagamon lake is the place for you. Though not very big or huge, this lake offers ample opportunities to indulge in your favorite water activity. With mountains all around, it gives a thrilling feeling, being in this lake. Vagamon lake also provides a perfect view of the amazing sunrise and sunset of the hills.

Vagamon Lake, Kerala
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Barren hills(though not in the true sense) is another magnificent place to visit in Vagamon. Barren hills are not always barren. They become green and barren in turn depending on the season. So depending on the season in which you visit this place, you can watch the hills going bare and then lush green again and back to bare. This is an amazing sight.

Barren Hills, Vagamon, Kerala
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There are many opportunities in Vagamon to indulge in adventure. You can go cycling in the curvy mountains. And lately, adventure sports activities like Paragliding, Trekking and Rock Climbing have become available for the enthusiasts. In fact, Vagamon has started hosting International Paragliding festival every year, which is becoming increasingly popular.
If you go to Vagamon, it is a must to try out some adventure sports and it is always better to have a prior booking of such activities.

Paragliding facility at Vagamon, Kottayam
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Reaching Vagamon is an enchanting experience in itself. As you meander through pine forests and lush green hills, you get a mesmerizing view of the valleys and rolling plains below.

Air - The nearest airport to Vagamon is Cochin, which is well connected to other major cities. It is 107 km (66 mi) away. You can hire a taxi or get a bus from Cochin to get to Vagamon.

Rail - Vagamon doesn't have a railway station of its own. The nearest railway station is Kuttikanam, which is 22 km(13.5 mi) away. Another station is Palai, which is 33 km(20 mi) away. A major railway station Kottayam is located 65 km(40 mi) away. You can hire a taxi or buses from any of these places to reach Vagamon. 

Road - Vagamon is very well connected by beautifully laid road to all the major cities of Kerala. You can get buses directly from Cochin, Trivandrum, Madurai, and Kottayam to reach this place.


Homestay facilities are available in Vagamon. Besides you can get hotels to suit your budget.

You cannot feel Vagamon by just reading or listening about it. It has to be experienced. Blessed by nature, the amazing beauty of the place will give you a memorable experience and will make you visit again.



Gaganbawada is a beautiful hill station in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra state in western India. It is located in Sahaydri ranges or western ghats at an altitude of 3000 ft. The main feature of this place is that it gets maximum rains during the monsoons.

Hello friends! You must have been to many hill stations and each of them has a unique charm of its own. But most of them are crowded and sometimes do not offer the kind of experience, one is looking for. However, there are a few places, which are relatively untouched and give you ample opportunities to satisfy your exploratory instincts. One of such places is Gaganbawada. A very less explored but an extremely beautiful small hill station, it has something for everyone.

Gaganbawada is probably the only place where two ghats originate at one place and move into different directions from here. The two ghats are Karul Ghat and Bhuibawada Ghat. While Karul Ghat moves towards Talere Kankavali, the other one i.e Bhuibawada Ghat moves towards Kharepatan-Rajapur.

Gaganbawada, Kolhapur
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Gaganbawada is an ideal place for natural sightseeing and of late has become a favorite spot for film shootings. It offers an awesome view of the Konkan coast and the greenery spread all over is a treat to the eyes. This beauty is glorified during monsoons when the place is in full bloom and offers a majestic sight.  The place has a comfortable and serene climate in the midst of nature. There is a number of places in and around Gaganbawada to explore. There are ample opportunities for sightseeing as well as indulging in the adventure. 

Some of the more prominent places in and around Gaganbawada are:

1. GAGANGAD FORT - Located at just 1 km from Gaganbawada is the Gagngagad fort. It is believed to have been built by Raja Bhoj of Shilhara dynasty in the year 1190. However, British demolished it in the year 1844, but even the ruins of the fort are a treat to watch. You get an amazing view of the Karul Ghat, Bhuibawada Ghat, and surrounding valley, from the top of the fort. A small mosque and a Bhawani temple exist inside the fort. Then there are natural caves here. It is said that Gagangiri Maharaj used to meditate inside these caves. You can add adventure to your visit to Gagangad fort by trekking to this place from Gaganbawada. There is a comfortable trekking trail to reach here.

Gagangad Fort, Kolhapur
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2. PANDAV CAVES- Situated 8 km(5 mi) from Gaganbawada are Pandav Caves. Located near a small village called Palsambe, these caves are commonly called Ramalinga Caves. It is believed that Bhim of Mahabharata carved these caves in just one night. These caves are located in a small gorge, which has been created by a stream. There are three structures here, which are said to have been used for meditation in earlier times and are generally referred to as "Sadhana Ghar".

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3. MORJAI TEMPLE AND PLATEAU - This is a place for hiking enthusiasts and religiously inclined. Morjai plateau is situated 8 km from Gaganbawada at a height of 980 m. Just drive down to the base of the hike and then hike up. The hike is not very steep and you can cover the distance in roughly 45 minutes.  Once you are on top, you will find a beautiful cave temple of Goddess Morjai. People here believe that Morjai is the Goddess of peace. They solve all their disputes in the temple, in front of the Goddess. At the end of the monsoon season, the plateau is carpeted by wildflowers and its scenic beauty is to be seen to be believed.

Morjai Plateau, Maharashtra
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Morjai Temple, Gaganbawada
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4. GAGANGIRI MAHARAJ MATH - This is a place where Yogi Gagangiri Maharaj used to do his meditation. This is basically a cave temple. Pictures of Lord Rama, Sita, Laxman, and God Hanuman are carved on the outer walls. The place inside the cave temple, where Gagangiri Maharaj used to meditate and perfected his tantrik skills, is known as Garbhagiri. The temple now serves as an ashram of the devotees of the Yogi. Many devotees of Ggangiri Maharaj visit this ashram to seek spiritual blessings and to meditate. Yoga programs, Hindu teachings, and Meditation courses are offered in the Math. Datta Jayanti is one of the main festivals of Gaganbawada town and a large number of devotees visit Gagangiri Maharaj Math during this festival.

Gagangiri Maharaj Temple, Gaganbawada
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5. KARUL GHAT AND BHUIBAWADA GHAT - These are two of the most scenic beauties of the area. These stunningly beautiful routes originate from Gaganbawada and connect with Konkan coastal area of Maharashtra. Both these Ghats start immediately after Gaganbawada. Karul Ghat is 19 km(12 mi) in length and goes towards Vaibhavvaadi and meets National Highway 17. It has pretty good roads and the drive in the midst of natural beauty all around will leave you spellbound. Bhuibawada Ghat, on the other hand, is smaller in length. It is 11km (7 mi) long and the road condition is not that good. But again, the natural beauty all around, including hills and valleys is a treat to the eyes. It goes to Bhuibawada village. When you start fromGaganbawada on these Ghats, you will get a few spots from where you can get a beautiful view of the sunset.

Karul Ghat View
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Gaganbawada is very rich in biodiversity. The forests around it have more than 120 species of birds and 50 species of butterflies. Also, approximately 21 species of mammals inhabit the area. These forests are also home to many herbs and medicines. It is a paradise for nature enthusiasts.


Air - The nearest airport is Pune, which is 290 km(180 mi) away and is well connected to the rest of the country.

Railway - The nearest railway station is Vaibhavwadi which is 20 km(12.5 mi) away. Kolhapur railway station is the major station which is 50 km(31 mi) away. You can get taxis or state-run buses from here to reach Gaganbawada.

Road - Gaganbawada is situated on NH-115 and is well connected to other cities. The town is served by state-run buses from Kolhapur, Vaibhavwadi, and Kharepatan at a good frequency. A few state-run buses running from Mumbai and Pune to Goa also pass through this place and can drop you at Gaganbawada.

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There are hotels for all budgets in Gaganbawada. Then there is MTDC government resort which is at a convenient location and offers good accommodation.

Gaganbawada has something for everyone. While it gives a scenic view of the high mountains of beautiful Western Ghats, the lush green hills are a treat to watch. For nature lovers, this place is very rich in flora and fauna. It also has historical and mythological value. And to top it all, the serene and calm surroundings of the town are a gift.



Chanderi is a beautiful scenic town in Madhya Pradesh. From lakes to hills to forts to forests, you name it and you have it here. The exotic locations of the place will leave you spellbound. The historical forts of Chanderi showcase the richness of culture, art, and architecture during various periods. Many historical monuments built by Bundela Rajputs and Malwa Sultans can be seen here.

Hello friends! Madhya Pradesh has so many places of historical importance. And from different eras. It is a difficult task to choose the best one of these places. However, one place that stands out and has something for everyone, it is Chanderi. 

Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh
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The history of Chanderi goes back to the 11th century. Persian scholar Alberuni mentioned about this place in the year 1030. It was ruled by Sultans in the earlier years and later by Rajputs. Different religions have flourished here in the years gone by. It has a regal radiance to it and while visiting the place and its monuments, you may get a feeling of royalty. The monuments, built at different times, provide a glimpse of the art and architecture prevalent during different periods of history, here. There are at least 375 monuments here. As many as 1200 Baolis(step wells) were built here, which are a major attraction of Chanderi.


1. Chanderi Fort - This is the most beautiful and famous monument of Chanderi. Situated at a height of 71 m on a hill, you can get a very good view of the town from here. Chanderi fort was built in the 11th century by King Kirti Pal. However, it was rebuilt many times due to repeated attacks. It is built in Mughal architectural style and has three doors to enter it. The best known is the first door called Khooni Darwaza or Blood door. It is called so because it is said that criminals were thrown from this door and crushed. The third gate is the tallest gate and is known as Hawa Paur. The third gate is most weirdly named as Khatti ghatti. It is located on the southwestern part of the fort. Two of the major parts of Chenderi fort are Hawa Mahal and Nau Khanda Mahal. It lies to the southwest of Betwa river.

Chanderi Fort, Ashoknagar
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2. Koshak Mahal - If you are in Chanderi, you can't miss this one. Koshak Mahal is the most important palace of Chanderi. Built in the 15th century, it is said to be the brainchild of Mahmud Khilji. He intended to build a seven-story structure but only two stories could be built during his lifetime. Koshak Mahal is divided into four equal parts with each part connected to others and yet remaining separate. All the four mansions of Koshak Mahal are identical, built entirely from local white sandstone. The grandeur of the palace gives a very imposing look. The sheer vastness of the structure will leave you mesmerized.

Koshak Mahal, Ashoknagar
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3. Chanderi Museum - Opened formally in the year 2007, this museum has a lot to offer in terms of collections from history. Museum has been divided into five galleries. They are History of Chanderi, Anandam, Jain gallery, Shiva gallery, and Digpal gallery. The collections in the museum are mainly from art and architecture and date back to 10th to the 12th century. The architecture and sculpture of Jain site of Budhi Chanderi have been prominently displayed here.

Archaeological Museum, Chanderi
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4. Shri Chaubisi Jain Temple - This is an ancient and very huge Jain temple. It has big idols of all the 24 Jain Tirthankars. The idols are basically rock sculptures. The beauty of idols is that they have been built by the same color rocks as the color of Tirthankars was. This is the only temple in India with such idols. Another unique feature is that all idols have the same dimension, which speaks volumes about the sculpture's expertise as it is extremely difficult in the case of idols made from rocks.

Jain Mandir, Chanderi
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5. Shahzadi ka Rauza - This is a 15th-century memorial, believed to have been built in the memory of a princess and her lover who was a common man. It is said that the princess and her lover are buried here. It is a square building and has two levels with each level supported by beautifully carved brackets which are serpentine in contour. Outside of the monument has traces of glazed tiles. Inside there are two graves exquisitely carved. There were probably four chatris earlier but now only one remains. But still, the monument remains as pretty as ever.

Shahzadi ka Rauza, Ashoknagar
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Apart from the above, there are many more big and small historical monuments in Chanderi which will leave you spellbound.

And once you are done with the history, head straight to check out world-famous Chanderi sarees and fabric. Built from handlooms, these are lightweight and fine but still look regal and opulent. These sarees and fabric are made from both kinds of cotton as well as silk. So shop to your heart's content.


Chanderi is situated in Ashoknagar district of Madhya Pradesh. It is located at 37 km(23 mi) from Lalitpur and 128 km (80 mi) from Shivpuri.

Air - Nearest airports are Bhopal and Gwalior. Bhopal is 220 km (140 mi) away and Gwalior is 250 km (158 mi) away. Taxis are easily available to reach Chanderi.

Rail - Lalitpur, and Shivpuri are two nearest major railway stations. From these stations, you can hire a taxi or state-run buses are also available to reach Chanderi.

Road - Chanderi is very well connected to all the major towns of Madhya Pradesh by road. State-run buses and private taxis are available to reach Chanderi.


Hotels are available in Chanderi to suit all budgets. You can take your pick.

So with the weather getting better, it's time to check out some of the most beautiful and memorable monuments of Chanderi.



Situated in Chikkaballapur district of the Karnataka state, Nandi Hills, also called Nandibetta or Nandidurg, is one of the most beautiful locations in India. Located at an average altitude of 1476 m(app. 5000 ft), this place has a historical value. Arkavathy river is believed to have originated from Nandi Hills.

Hi guys! Hope each one of you is enjoying your travel. The spirit of exploration is something, that drives one to travel. And when it comes to travel, there's no place like India which has so many amazing places that it leaves everyone to ask for more. One of the most enchanting places of these is Nandi Hills in South India.

 There are many versions of how the hills got their name. Earlier, these hills were called Ananda Giri or Hills of Happiness but it is believed that it was named after Yoga Nandeeshawara. Another story says that it was named Nandi because of its resemblance with a sleeping bull(Nandi). Another version says it got its name from the Nandidurga or fort built here by the erstwhile ruler of Mysore, Tipu Sultan.

Nandi hill is a photogenic location. If you are a nature lover and appreciate the scenic beauty, this is the place for you. It boasts of some rare flora and beautiful, serene scenery. The cool breeze of the hills and the peaceful surroundings will fill you with renewed vigor. It's a paradise for nature lovers and a photographers' delight. You can get innumerable amazing spots, to click to your heart's content.

Nandi Hills, Bangalore
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1. Tipu's Drop - It is a cliff at the top of the hills, where you can get the most comprehensive view of the hills and the scenic beauty around. It is situated 600 m above the elevated ground and is a must-see for nature lovers. You will get a panoramic view of the city from here. This place, however, doesn't have a pleasant past. It is said that this place was used by Tipu Sultan to push his prisoners to their death.

Tipu's drop, Nandi Hills
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2. Tipu Sultan's Fort - The fort on Nandi hills was started by Haider Ali but was completed by Tipu Sultan. The fort depicts the amazing art and architecture of that era and hence is also called Tashk-e-Jannat meaning Heaven's envy. It stands proudly on top of the hills. The arches numbering five and the minarets are a treat to watch. The construction in the fort is mainly of wood but the paintings engraved on walls and ceilings are a major attraction. Around the fort, you will find many trekking trails which pass through scenic surroundings. So trekkers have an added incentive to visit Tipu Sultan's fort.
Tipu Sultan fort inside, Nandi Hills
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Tipu Sultan's fort, Nandi Hills
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3. Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple - Situated at the base of Nandi Hills, this is a 9th-century temple with amazing architecture and design. The grandeur of the temple is actually mesmerizing. It is one of the oldest temples in Karnataka and is currently under the Archaeological Survey of India(ASI). It is also one of the few temples which have been well preserved over the period of time. The intricate carvings and the design of the temple will simply take your breath away. It is difficult to imagine how the craftsmen of that time could build such structures without the aid of modern tools. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has been declared a monument of national importance. It has intricately carved black stone pillars, which depict stories about Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Lord Vishnu, Goddess Lakshmi, etc. Taking a stroll in the temple premises and admiring the beauty and architecture of the place is a perfect way of spending some quality time, for all age groups.

Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple, Nandi Hills
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4. Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple - Situated at the top of Nandi hills, this is a twin of Bhoga Nandeeshwara temple. Karnataka has a history of building twin temples, one at the top and other at the bottom of a hill. A huge statue of Nandi, the bull, right at the entrance greets you and gives a glimpse of what to expect, once you are inside the temple. This temple is again dedicated to Lord Shiva and is yet another masterpiece of architecture. The main attraction in the temple is the monolithic stone pillars which are intricately sculpted with images of deities. It houses three temples dedicated to Arunachaleshwar, Uma Maheshwar and Yoga Nandeeshwar representing youth, marriage, and renunciation of Lord Shiva. Two Dwarpalaks guard the entrance of the temple.

Yoga Nandeeshwara temple, Nandi Hills
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5. Amrita Sarovar - A beautiful water body formed by perennial springs, translates to "Lake of Nectar". It is also called Lake of Amrosia. It is the major source of water in the region. A visit to this place at night will leave you stunned when you see sparkling clear water in the moonlight. There is a chabutra near the Sarovar and it is said that Tipu Sultan used to come here to pray.

Amrita Sarovar, Nandi Hills
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6. Cycling - This is one activity, which anyone can indulge in around Nandi Hills. Lush green surroundings, the beautiful landscape, the curvy terrain, and the altitude make it an ideal spot for cycling. You can have your most memorable cycling experience here. 

Cycling experience in Nandi Hills
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7. Paragliding - Nandi Hills is one of the few places in Karnataka where Paragliding is available. You can enjoy the sport in the midst of breathtaking scenery and peaceful surroundings to have a bird's eye view of the place.

Paragliding in Nandi Hills
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Air - The nearest airport is Hindustan Airport, which is 42 km(26 mi) from here. Mysore airport is 165 km (100 mi0 from here. From both these places, you can either catch a train or go by road to reach Nandi Hills.

Rail - Nearest railway station is Oddarahalli, which is 16 km(10 mi) away. Another nearby station is Dodballapur which is 17 km away. Chikkaballapur is 19 km(12 mi) away. All trains coming from Bangaluru stop here.

Road - Nandi Hills is just 60 km from Bangaluru, so you can drive or hire a taxi from there. State-run buses are also available from Majestic bus station to Nandi Hills. Roads are good and drive is comfortable and pleasurable.


There are not many options for an overnight stay in Nandi Hills as only one state-run guest house is there. But there are hotels around the hills where you can plan to spend a night.

So if you are going to Bangaluru or Mysore, do not miss the charm of Nandi Hills. Enjoy the beautiful, pollution free, serene morning in the fresh air.



Chitkul, situated in Kinnaur valley of Himachal Pradesh is a small village and is supposed to be the last inhabited village in India on the Indo - Tibetan border. The Indian side of the road ends at Chitkul. Located on the banks of Baspa river, it is the last point in India where one can travel without any permit.

Hi friends! There has been quite a gap since my last post. Some other engagements kept me away from writing my blog post. But I am back. And this time I bring to you, one of the most scenic places which have been least explored but provides a memorable and exhilarating experience as far as traveling is concerned. Chitkul is one place which will mesmerize you with its beauty and simplicity.

Chitkul, Sangla

Chitkul is situated at an altitude of 3450 m (11300 ft) and is clad in snow throughout the winters. Once you enter the village, you will be greeted with enchanting beauty, widespread lush green landscape, and serene and calm environment. Mountains, river, Orchids, Grasslands, and jungle all combine to give Chitkul, it's own uniqueness. Your first sight of the village will take you back in time. To a distant past. Chitkul has no mobile coverage, no ATMs and no markets. There are a few small home run shops, selling basic necessities. But more importantly, it has peace and serenity.

Beautiful Chitkul in Kinnaur
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Houses in Chitkul are made with slate or wooden plank roofs, which is a chief attraction for any visitor, though of late some schools and army barracks have started using tin roofs also. Villagers believe that the slate roof protects them from earthquake and lighting. With an estimated population of around 600, it is a very sparsely populated village and hence provides a very peaceful ambiance. 

People here are generally devoted to the Goddess of the village, whom they believe to be very powerful. They believe that their Goddess is related to the deity of Gangotri and even now they carry their Goddess on foot through high Himalayan ranges to Gangotri.

Mathi Temple in Chitkul
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When you are in Chitkul, you can feel to be a part of nature. You can walk around the village to explore it and then come back to the center, where the temple of Goddess Mathi is situated. Those into photography will have ample opportunities to capture some of the rare shots. The villagers are very simple and friendly and whenever you encounter any on your way, they will greet you with a smile.

Snowfall in Chitkul
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A stroll on the bank of Baspa river or in the woods is an ideal way to unwind and rejuvenate yourself. There are many campsites by the side of the Baspa river. You can enjoy camping also. The natural beauty that Chitkul is blessed with, is unique in its own way and can't be compared with any other place. Many trekking options are also available here. And there is plenty of natural treasure around here to hold you back.

Baspa River, Chitkul
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Chitkul is about 575 km(360 mi) from Delhi. From Delhi, you can reach Shimla, Reckong Peo or Sangla. From there, you can either hire a taxi or catch a Himachal Roadways bus to Chitkul which is 28 km(17.5 mi) from Sangla. While a taxi is the fastest mode to reach Chitkul, HRTC bus is the most economical. Drive from Sangla to Chitkul is an experience in itself. You can see snow clad Himalayan peaks on one side of the river Baspa while on the other are orchards and wooden houses, which makes for an eye-popping scenery.

Panoramic view around Chitkul
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Chitkul has a few small hotels and guesthouses, along with some homestays run by local villagers. These are a little costlier. So if you prefer, you can stay at Sangla and drive down to Chitkul. Also, there are not many eating options here. There are a few Dhabas and restaurants run in hotels.

Best time to visit Chitkul is from March to October, which is considered to be the summer months. But even during these months, thick woolens are recommended.

So what are you thinking? Just go and be one with nature.