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PLAN A TRIP TO THESE HILL STATIONS AND ENJOY THE BEST MONSOON

By Nanki Ahluwalia . 25th July 2018 02:00pm
PLAN A TRIP TO THESE HILL STATIONS AND ENJOY THE BEST MONSOON

Everybody loves to travel these days, this weather is considered the best to travel and have a trek to the mountains. Not only because of the cool weather, but also because of great off-season discounts. Rainy season gives you an atmosphere of fresh air and lush green landscapes which are enticing. Here’s a list of 5 budget-friendly destinations near you. Head to these places to enjoy the best of monsoon. Kasauli [caption id="attachment_43662" align="alignnone" width="800"]kasauli Source[/caption] Pretty and quaint Kasauli is actually ‘right next door’ to Chandigarh. Most city folks don’t even plan a Kasauli trip in advance –they just drive up for the day, enjoy the cool weather and make their way back home in the evening. Established as a British cantonment, it is a typical ‘Raj’ style hill station – you will recognise the surviving British legacy in the architecture, the names of roads and establishments and even in some dated signboards and furniture. Rishikesh [caption id="attachment_43663" align="alignnone" width="696"]rishikesh Source[/caption] Rishikesh is home to ancient temples, sadhus, ashrams and iconic bridges that sway over the Ganga. It is now also known for its hip cafes and adventure tourism. Made famous by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and the Beatles in the 60’s, Rishikesh still reverberates with a spiritual vibe. Located on the banks of the Ganga, it is dotted with meditation centres, Ayurveda clinics and yoga ashrams. Being in the Himalayan foothills makes it an ideal river rafting spot. Rishikesh is also a base for many trekking and biking routes into the mountains. Kasol [caption id="attachment_43664" align="alignnone" width="700"]kasol Source[/caption] A remote village in the Parvati Valley, Kasol is a hub for backpackers and trekkers. It is also a settlement of young Israelis taking a break after their compulsory army stint – which is what explains the multiple signboards in Hebrew, the international food joints and accommodation establishments. Shimla- Kufri [caption id="attachment_43665" align="alignnone" width="960"]shimla Source[/caption] With a moniker that defines its status, the hill station known as ‘The Queen of the Hills’ is a crowd favourite. Vacationers throng the city through the year – in the winter for the carpet of snow; in the summer for a relief from the simmering heat of the plains; and in the monsoon months for the pretty sight Shimla makes when the clouds wrap up its ranges. Dharamshala – Mcleod Ganj [caption id="attachment_43666" align="alignnone" width="696"]Dharamshala Source[/caption] When one plans a visit to Dharamsala, it is actually Mcleod Ganj that one is talking about. Lower Dharamsala is all bus stand, markets, main streets and offices while Upper Dharamsala is the little town of Mcleod Ganj which has become a spiritual centre and traveller hangout. The difference is apparent – with the obvious alternative vibe, saffron robed monks, food cafes serving international cuisine, yoga and meditation centres.