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    Lesser Known destinations of Uttarakhand

    Uttarakhand is best known for its raw hills. The state may not be as colorful as its counterpart, Himachal Pradesh but its charm lies in its unpreparedness. Lack of good roads, ill planned construction work, depleting green cover on hill slopes and underdeveloped tourist places, they all add up to its uniqueness. At first glance Uttarakhand may appear to be well known for its Char Dham Yatras [Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri], main attractions like Nainital, Haridwar, Rishikesh [well known for its adventure sports], Mussorie and many small and hard treks but divert from main routes a bit and you land up in many unexplored, mysterious and serene places. Some…

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    Chakrata! Green & Serene!

    A weekend trip we made to escape the scorching peak summer heat of the Indian plains. We had heard about Chakrata and also that it is not too far off from the national capitol so we made our reservations to Dehra Dun by train. It is a short overnight journey and around 7 p.m. we were at Dehra Dun Railway Station. We took a GMVN Taxi. It is the best option as they have fixed rates, are reliable and safe and their stand is just outside the station. Also, they only charge one way fare. About 100 Kms drive via Herbertspur ┬ácosted us 1100 Rs [Approximately $16]. There were hardly…