Excursions from Delhi
Corbett National Park
(300 km from Delhi
to India's first ever National Park, the Corbett National Park! Located in Uttar
Pradesh and covering an area of 520 square kilometers, it is also a Tiger Reserve
Project. Initially called the Hailey National Park, it was established in 1936
on the advice of the hunter-naturalist Jim Corbett.Of course, the star attraction
of the park is the tiger. Besides the tiger, one can find other cats such as
the leopard, the jungle cat and the fishing cat. The park is also the home for
scores of other animals as well, from the deer to the Indian Grey Mongoose.
And bird enthusiasts can go wild here. With over 580 species, the park is regularly
visited by rare migratory birds.
The best time to visit the park is between the months of February and May. It
is closed from mid June to mid November.
(214 km from Delhi
several saffron clad tourists chanting and praying, imagine the pilgrim thronged
Ghats and the Ganges, flowing from her source. That's Haridwar, the holy land
of the Hindus.Haridwar is famous for its temples, bathing ghats and tanks. The
Ganges, considered as the holiest river in India, is the star attraction of
Haridwar. Pilgrims carry back the water from the Ganges, which they believe
will remain fresh forever.The Har ki Paori, is one of the most sacred ghats
in India and hundreds gather at this ghat.Haridwar is a must visit even for
the not-so-religiously inclined. It is a place, whose every corner breathes
city that co-exists along with Haridwar, with the latter's spiritual quality.
Rishikesh, is the starting point of the holy Char Dham pilgrimage. The city
is not only thronged by Indians but also by foreigners wanting to know more
about Hinduism.Lakshamn Jula, a suspended iron bridge is worth a visit. It connects
either banks of the Ganges. Triveni Ghat is considered as auspicious among the
pilgrims and you can find them every morning bathing in the Ghat.
(255 kilometres from Delhi
an ideal summer getaway or to spend a relaxing weekend, Dehradun is the answer.
Beautiful rolling hills of green, misty mornings and fresh air. Dehradun has
it all. Nestled in the Shivaliks, the hill station is 640 metres above sea level.
Once ruled by the Garhwal kings, it later became a British residential town.Dehradun
is famous for its several public schools and institutions. The Tapkeshwar Temple
is Dehradun's most famous temple. Dedicated to Shiva, the temple has a stream
flowing directly over the lingam. The other star attractions are the Wadia Institute
of Himalayan Geology and Robber's Cave.
famed 'Queen of the Hills', Mussoorie is one of the most famous hill stations
of India. With over 350 hotels, Mussoorie has the largest number of hotels among
the hill stations in India.Mussoorie had its birth when Captain Young laid its
foundations in 1823. It was initially called 'The Mullingar', but it was later
named after the widely grown in the hill station, dal called 'Masur'. Mussoorie
has several places to visit such as the Gun Hill, Muncipal Lodge, Childers Lodge,
Camel's Back Road and Cloud's End. Gun Hill has a very interesting story behind
it. Before Independence, everyday, a gun mounted on this hill, used to fire
at noon. And people on hearing it would adjust their watches! Childer's Lodge
is the highest peak, about five kilometres from the city. Garden enthusiasts
can visit the Municipal Garden. Mussoorie is a great place to visit especially
since there is so much to see and feel. No wonder she is called the 'Queen of