5 best places you can reach from Delhi in September


5 best places you can reach from Delhi in September

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With the monsoon on the offset, it is time to discover the lush green northern India, far away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. Fotoplane lists out the 5 best destinations that can be reached from Delhi in September. If you have more places in mind, please do write to us in the comment section at the end of the article.

1) Srinagar


Photo by: Pooja Sharma

“Gar firdos bar-rue zamin ast, hami asto, hamin asto, hamin asto.”

The most sought after destination across the globe – Kashmir. Despite political crisis over the years, Kashmir remains the same – Beautiful and Serene. Owing to its pristine natural beauty, varied landscapes, and simplicity, Amir Khusro described Kashmir as the ‘Paradise on Earth’.

Srinagar, the political, economic, and cultural capital of Jammu and Kashmir, is one of the shining beads of the necklace that Kashmir is. The city has a lot to offer from Dal lake to snow clapped mountains and colorful plantation of saffron. Trees shedding their colorful leaves during the fall is a sight. Kashmiris take pride in their cuisine and craft. One can keep creating memories while sipping Kawah, feasting on the Kashmiri delicacies, and dipping fingers in the chill water of Dal Lake while enjoying a ride on Shikara.

How to Reach:

Road Distance from Delhi : Approx 800 KM.
Nearest Airport : Srinagar Airport.

Places to visit:

Dal Lake:
Tourists can enjoy the houseboat rides and shopping while floating.
Shalimar Bagh:
Also known as crown of Srinagar, Shalimar Bagh is the Mughal garden built during the 1600s.
Chashme Shahi:
The fresh water springs are the main attraction of Chashme Shahi, a charming garden in Srinagar city.
Pari Mahal:
Overlooking the city of Srinagar, Pari Mahal is the patronage of art of Shah Jahan and is a seven terraced garden.

2) Spiti Valley

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One of the most breathtaking valleys of North India, Spiti is situated in north-east Himachal Pradesh. A road trip to Spiti is every travelers dream. The ride to Spiti Valley is a drastic change from green pine forests to rocky mountains. The view of rugged mountainsand old monastic complexes will make the journey even more unforgettable. The best time to explore Spiti is from the month of July to September.

How to Reach:

Spiti is accessible only by road. There are two ways to reach here – Via Shimla, Via Manali. Though the Manali route opens with the opening of Rohtang Pass and Kunzum Pass around July, the route via Shimla is open all round the year.

Road Distance from Delhi: 734 KM
Nearest Airport: Kullu (245 KM, subject to availability)
Chandigarh (522 KM, open all round the year.)

Places to Visit:

Nako is a quaint village along the Indo-China border and can be accessed enroute Spiti via Shimla. One needs to have an inner line permit to travel here. The snow clad peaks and a lake at the centre of village makes the view majestic.

Situated on the banks of Spiti river, Kaza is the commercial centre of Spiti Valley at an altitude of 4000 mts. It is popular for its colorful festivals and the ancient Sakya Tangyud Monastery.

Key Monastery:
A religious training centre for Lamas, Key Monastery is the biggest monastery in Spiti. This is one of the few places in the world where you will find yourself as a part of nature.

Langza is the most beautiful village of Spiti Valley. Chau Chau Kang Nilda, the highest peak in the region is the main attraction of Langza village. Visit to 1000 year old land temple is a must.

3) Bir-Billing:

Nestled in the lap of Himalayas, Bir-Billing is a tibetian settlement in Himachal Pradesh popular for its world class facilities for paragliding and hangliding. Along with tibetians, Bir-Billing is also a fast gowing settlement of adventure enthusiasts and environmentalists. Dhauladhar range of Himalayas to the north and tea plantation to the south makes Bir-Biling a perfect place for adventure sports. Bir is ranked as the second best landing site in the world and the best way to discover Bir is on foot.
How to Reach:

Road distance from Delhi – 530 KM (Regular buses from ISBT, Kashmere Gate)
Nearest Airport – Dharamshala (70 KM)

Places to Visit:

The world class launch site Billing is situated at 14 KM uphill Bir. One can indulge in paragliding and other adventure sports here. Every year, Paragliding Pre-World cup is organized during the month of September or October.

Bir is a small town on the footills of Himalayas. Popular for its Tibetian settlement and monasteries, one can enjoy authentic Tibetian cuisine while soaking in the sun.

Famous for its tea plantation and view of Dhauladhar range, Palampur is a small town around 30 KM west of Bir. The pahadi cuisine, also known as Dham can be enjoyed here at any of the dhabas in the town. Chat Papri at the famous Joy restaurant is the best in the world. A visit to Palampur Tea factory is a must.

Moving 30 KM further to the west from Palampur, lie the town of MCloedganj. Home to His Holiness Dalai Lama, Mcloedganj serves as the capital in exile of the Tibetian Government. Set up at the foothill of Himalayas, Mcloedganj is full of monasteries and tibetian food joints.

4) Bundi:

Photo credits: Shyam Dixit

Rudyard Kipling in his book Kim describes the Taragarh Palace of Bundi as the work of Goblins rather than of men.
As soon as you step in Bundi, the chaos and intensity of fast life in cities is left behind and you will be taken over by tranquility and serenity of this small town in Rajasthan. Bundi is nestled into the base of a desert hill. Homes, shops, and temples coloured blue create a maze of lanes all over the town. Bundi’s architecture will give you the actual feel of living under a King’s rule. Every house is a palace in itself which have been converted into guest houses or hotels. There is a tea stall every half KM and tea in any of these stalls will taste the best you will ever have.

How to reach:

Road Distance from Delhi : 485 KM
Nearest Airport : Kota (40 KM)
Nearest Railway Station : Kota (40 KM)

Places to Visit:

Taragarh Fort:
Set on the Nagpahari hill, the 16th century Taragarh fort is also known as Star Fort. It houses a gallery of Bundi style of Mural painting and can be visited between 9 A.M and 5 P.M.

Jait Sagar Lake:
The Jait Sagar Lake is the most important tourist destination in Bundi. A walk alongside the 1.5 KM long lake is quite rejuvenating. With nothing much to do, just sit along the banks of the lake and feel yourself close to nature.
Raniji Ki Baori:
With about 50 stairs, Raniji Ki Baori is the largest stepwell in the town. Baori has a narrow entrance with two concrete elephant faces at the gate, it serves as a popular meeting place for the locals for religious and social purposes.

Chaurasi Khambon Ki Chattri:
Do you count well? The legend has that no one can ever count the 84 pillars at once. Situated 4 KM south of Bundi in Devapura, Chaurasi Khambon Ki Chattri is an 84 pillared double storied cenotaph decorated with the art prevalent during the 1600s, when the structure was constructed.

5) Sattal:

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The land of 7 lakes of fresh water, Sattal is situated in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand with Nainital as its district headquarter. Mythology believes Ram, Sita, and Laxman visited Sattal during their 14-year exile, which is reflected in the names of the seven lakes. With over 500 migratory and local birds, Sattal surely is a paradise for the bird watchers. If you want to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of chaotic city life, Sattal is the place you want to be.

How to Reach:

Road Distance from Delhi: 308 KM
Nearest Airport: Pantnagar Airport (61 KM)
Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam (33 KM)

Places to Visit:

Sattal Lake:
Surrounded by the lush green forest and a magnificent view of Himalayas, Sattal lake is a perfect place for you if you are a water sports enthusiast. With the water being crystal clear, boating and kayaking are the major attractions here.

Butterfly Museum:
As the name suggests, Butterfly museum houses thousands of butterflies of various species. Founded in 1940s by Peter Smetacek, the Butterfly Museum is privately owned by Mr Smetacek’s family. The entry fee to the museum is Rs 100 per person.

Victoria Dam:
Situated on the Bhimtal Lake, Victoria Dam is a tourist attraction that is maily popular for creating a beautiful backdrop for your photographs. One can have a splendid view of varied landscapes by just standing at one point of the dam.

Star Gazing (Tent Stay):
A paradise for star gazers, the starry and silent nights of Sattal will give a sense of tranquility within. An amazing night view at your disposal, staying in a tent will give you a better experience of Sattal than staying in a tent will.

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