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Kanatal: A dream destination in the Himalayas
Lakshmi Sharath | January 16, 2013 Tags: hill station, india travel, Kanatal, travel india, Uttarakhand
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Hotel Woodland Deluxe, New Delhi Stay for 2N from Jan 30 - Feb 01 The Park New Delhi Hotel Stay for 2N from Jan 30 - Feb 01 A nondescript town till recently, Kanatal has established itself on the tourist map There is no tal (lake) in Kanatal. Maybe it is lost somewhere in the dreamy mist that surrounds this little village or has just vanished into thin air. The locals say that there was once a lake, but the tal, as they call it, does not exist anymore. Perhaps it dried up in the mountains but the absence of the lake does not take away the beauty of the town. I reach Kanatal just as it is immersed in the rosy hues of sunset. The mountains are backlit with the crimson glow even as darkness soon descends on the little town in Uttarakhand. But what is even more spectacular is the moon rise; a tiny white curve spreading its light on the dark crevices of the mountains. Nestled close to Dehradun and Mussoorie, on the Chamba-Mussoorie highway in Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarkhand, Kanatal to many; is probably a transit town than a tourist destination. But it has slowly asserted its presence on the tourist map with its “quiet getaway” tag. I drive into Kanatal after having landed in Dehradun airport from Delhi. The journey takes more than a couple of hours as we cross Rishikesh and stop by to see the Ganges. Little chai shops on the way interrupt our journey as we stop by to refresh ourselves. The evening lights come up as we enter. Perched almost at 8500 feet above sea level, the nondescript town oozes a certain charm that can only be experienced. Incredible Home Stay Hotel Stay for 2N from Jan 30 - Feb 01 Taj Palace Stay for 2N from Jan 30 - Feb 01 Show all hotels in Delhi

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Shivpuri. with their contours overlapping each other as they either seem joined at the hip or stretching themselves out. Facebook social plugin 2 of 3 1/28/2013 2:31 PM . besides submerging towns. One can imagine a never ending line of mountain ranges. Dehradun are all located close to this idyllic town. Somewhere in the horizon shades of white emerge as I realize that I am gazing at the snow white peaks of the Himalayas. According to the locals. the dam provides hydro electric power as well. Amidst all the silence. rafting or just relax in the cool environments. The mountains are still wearing the rosy look from the previous evening that I wonder if it is morning or evening. I am wondering whether to continue on my walk or to just stop and etch the moment in my mind. While it provides water to the nearby villages and towns and facilitates irrigation.Com Travel. Jaipur Literature Festival – Woodstock of literary events Samod Jan 24. One needs to hike up a hillock to get there or you can go on a pony. admiring the views on the road and I stop at a point. Spoilt by choices. its ridges marking a thin outline against the glowing sun in the mist. India. Kanatal offers oodles of peace and tranquillity unlike the more popular hill stations I wake up to see lush deodar forests offering sneak views of the mountain peaks with mists tip toeing on them.com/travel-blogs/kanatal-a-dream-destination-in-the-h. Kanatal’s proximity to other towns helps one to plan the rest of the journey. her head fell here.Kanatal: A dream destination in the Himalayas | Indian Travel Guide | Tr. Fresh fruits are sold on the streets as I continue my journey to the highest dam in the country – the Tehri Dam. Bhagirathi and Bilangana.india.. Kanatal may lack the colonial air of Mussoorie but it does give the Queen of Hills a complex with its pristine look. 2013 Kumbh mela: What do 83 lakh people together look like? Sunetra Choudhury Jan 24. it does come with its share of controversies. joining hands. gazing at the Garhwal Himalayan range. Considered in the top 10 highest dams of the world category. They fade in and out of the milky fabric even as they merge with the mist.. There is something about sunrises in a hill station... it is built at a height of 260 metres on the River Bhagirathi.Com Travel Like 1. Mussoorie. it is believed that when Shiva was carrying the body of his consort Sati to Mount Kailash. white and even a tad bit colourless. trying to make its presence felt. Chamba. 2013 Kanatal: A dream destination in the Himalayas Lakshmi Sharath Jan 16. admiring the small houses huddled on the green slopes. as I stop by for some souvenir shopping. this vibrant market is a pleasant assault on our senses. The mountains part ways to let the backwaters of the river flow as I see the dam from a viewpoint. 2013 Planning a beach holiday: Five best beaches in India Samod Jan 19. Rishikesh. The forests welcome the birds who raise a toast to the sunshine. The trees whisper in the morning breeze but the mist unveils patches of white in the distant horizon. blue. A single peak peeps from behind them. A group of men are playing cards on the streets.892 people like India. http://travel. Time does stay still here. which gives Kanatal its own legend. dressed in all their finery. thereby making it a Shakti Peetha. One can go trekking. I decide on Mussoorie as the roads open up and another journey begins. The mountains look like a dream as they emerge out of the many layers of mist that covers them. They come in different colours – rosy. golden. where the mountains seem so close. activists have also created awareness of the potential environmental and social issues that were caused due to its construction I continue my journey. a hill station in summer and a ski resort in winter A colourful bazaar near the temple attracts my attention. I go for a little drive. The locals gather. 2013 Where to go in February Samod Jan 17. While the scenery does take your breath away. I drive on. 2013 View more travelogues Kanatal is an all weather destination. I stop by near the Surkhanda Devi temple. A small ferry carrying some locals cruises on the blue green waters reflecting the mountains and the clear sky. Harnessing the waters of the Himalayan rivers. Danaulti.

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