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first_imgOptions in other seasons for these states.Himachal pradesh Himachal Tourism Directorate. Block No. 28, SDA Complex, Kasumpti, Shimla; tel: (0177) 262 5924; 1800 180 8077 (toll free); e-mail: tourismmin-hp@nic.in; tourism@hp.gov.in www.himachaltourism.gov.in Spring for adventure sports: From mountain cycling, trekking, rafting, paragliding, heli skiing to angling Himachal offers all the active sports you could ask for. Rafting is excellent on the Spiti and Pin rivers, while In Manali there is the option of heli skiing and Billing is perfect for paragliding. www.himachalpradeshtourism.org.Autumn for Dussehra: When everyone in the country is wrapping up Dussehra celebrations, Kullu comes alive with the festive spirit. They begin their celebration on Vijaya Dashami, the 10th day. Some 360 deities from villages in Kullu valley are brought down to Kullu town. The processions are accompanied by trumpeteers, drummers and dancers. This year, the celebrations begin on October 6.Winter aboard the Kalka Shimla Railway: One of the best ways to reach Shimla is to take the Kalka-Shimla toy train which takes six hours to cover a distance of 93 km. It chugs through breathtaking valleys, 103 tunnels and countless bridges. During the winter season it is that much more beautiful.KarnatakaDepartment of Tourism, #49, 2nd Floor, Khanija Bhavan, Race Course Road, Bangalore; tel: (080) 2235 2828; e-mail: info@karnatakatourism.org; www.karnatakatourism.orgMonsoon at Hampi: A broken city amidst giant boulders, the ruins of the former capital of the Vijayanagara empire show that it was designed as a showpiece of imperial splendour. The temples are replete with elaborate ornamentation, stately pillars, carved stone wheels and panels that portray stories from Hindu epics. About 365 km from Bangalore.Autumn at Nagarhole and Bandipur: Nagarhole is one of the best managed wildlife sanctuaries in India while Bandipur, home to both the tiger and the elephant, is much known for its scenic beauty. Nagarhole is 95 km from Mysore; Bandipur is 80 km from Mysore.Winter at Chikmagalur: The lush greenery of Chikmagalur district has more often than not prompted even the most unromantic to spew poetry. Rolling hills, jungles, coffee plantations and splendid views at every turn… This will be one unforgettable journey.250 km from BangaloreNagalandDirectorate of Tourism  Opposite Indoor Stadium, Raj Bhavan Road, Kohima; tel: (0370) 224 3124; www.tourismnagaland.comSpring at Dzukou Valley: Also called the Celestial Valley of Charm, the scenic Dzukou Valley is a two-hour trek from Khonoma. The hills around are covered with a unique variety of bamboo shrub to give it a fairytale green carpeted look; the whole valley is coloured red, white, pink, yellow by wild flowers as the season progresses and is blanketed by frost in the winter. 30 km south of Kohima; hire a guide from the tourism department.Winter for Hornbill Festival: To see Nagaland at its most colourful and traditional best, make it to the Hornbill Festival, held every December. Morungs (Naga dormitories) are built in the varied architectural styles of the 16 tribes for the authentic feel of a village, and there’s much dancing and music along with traditional Naga food. 12 km from KohimaSikkimSikkim Tourist Information Centre; M.G. Marg, Gangtok; tel: (03592) 222 1634; http://sikkim.nic.inSpring at Yumthang Valley: The idyllic and peaceful valley of flowers in Sikkim, Yumthang will delight nature lovers. The best time to visit is in the months of April and May, when the whole place is a riot of colours. Just walking around the Yumthang Valley is a pleasure–an experience you will not forget easily. Adventure enthusiasts can opt for different levels of treks. About 140 km from Gangtok.Autumn for the lakes: Sikkim is famous for its high-altitude lakes. For a picture perfect break, visit the sacred Changu (Tsomgo) Lake, which lies high up in the mountains, 18 km from the Chinese border. Also not to be missed is West Sikkim’s Khecheopalri Lake whose jade waters are guarded by pine forests and colourful prayer flags. Changu is 40 km from Gangtok; Khecheopalri is 33 km from PellingWinter at Rumtek Monastery: Experience the sombre calm of Buddhist prayer ceremonies at Rumtek Monastery, the seat of the Kagyu or Black Hat order. Soak in the atmosphere as the rhythmic chanting rises to a crescendo around you, while swirls of incense thicken the air. Afterwards, you may just be served some butter tea. About 45 km from Gangtok.UttarakhandUttarakhand Tourism Development Board, 3/3 Industrial Area, Patel Nagar, Dehradun; tel: (0135) 272 2323Spring at Corbett National Park: India’s first national park is a wildlife experience that never loses its appeal. It is a great place to spot tigers, leopards, sloth bears, black bears and some 580 bird species and more than 20 reptile species. Spring is a great time to visit as the animals come out after the winter season. The park is open from November 15 to June 15. Visit www.corbettnationalpark.in.Autumn for tea tours: The verdant tea gardens in the state have become an added attraction and tea tours take you through Gorakhal, Champawat, Nauti-Garisen in Chamoli district, and of course Kausani that ranks numero uno in terms of both its brew and its beautiful landscape. Organised on request by Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam, Nainital; tel: (05942) 231 504; www.kmvn.gov.in.Winter for snow walking: Yes, snow walking is simply walking over the mountain sides carpeted with snow, and it can be enjoyed by anyone who loves the idea of trampling through soft, newly fallen snow. You set out with snow shoes attached to your regular boots and two balancing poles in hand, taking wider steps than usual–and the fun begins! Snow walking at Auli and Dhanaulti are great options. Call Himalayan Frontiers Adventure Tours, Manali; tel: (01902) 253 946, 250 384.advertisementadvertisementlast_img

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