North India is famous for its culinary traditions with every state having its own specialty in food. Offering a wide range of dishes to give a real treat to the taste buds, North Indian states are a paradise for food lovers in real sense. Food Holidays in India is becoming quite popular as a theme for holidays these days, where people who are in love with food come and enjoy, what they love doing the most. If you are the one, prepare your taste buds for a fresh adventure on a range of food trails in Northern India.
While travelling in North India you can experience Gharwali, Kumaoni (in Uttarakhand @ Casa Dream The Resort) Himachali & Rajasthani food, and most of these dishes are not available out of these states. So if you have to experience the intricacies of these amazing cuisines, you have to visit these states for the gourmet meals they offer.
Kumaon has its own unique and impressive culture & traditions and food has important place. Well, food is an integral part of every culture and Kumaoni Cuisine has some exquisite & mouth watering dishes. While visiting these mountains, you cannot afford to miss the cuisines, having their unique style of preparing delicious and appetizing dishes. Kumaoni Cuisine is famous for being very simple but highly nutritious to suit the harsh conditions of these mountains. If you are a gastronome, you must experience the unique flavors of Kumaoni Cuisine where the use of mustard and cumin seeds not only adds a distinct taste but also act as appetizers.
Chudkani, Ras and Bhatiya are made from pulses & local spices while aloo ke gutkhe, aloo dal pakora & pakodas are some popular snacks. Food here is incomplete without dal, chutney and a sweet dish. Pua, Bal Mithai and Jhangora ki Kheer are some native sweet dishes. You can always enjoy barbeques and live grills with some great local juices and drinks.
Gharwali Food is full of diverse flavours, colours and condiments, but not very spicy due to the hard working nature of local people. It is believed that Gharwalis are descendants of Indo-Aryans and Indo-Iranians and this is the reason they have mixed food culture with equal varieties of non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes. Gharwali Cuisine is famous for the use of special local condiment – Hash (Bhaang). If you are a gourmet traveler then you must experience the endless delicacies Gharwal has to offer. You can start your day with Bhari Roti & Bhaang Jeera Chutney, which is a famous breakfast here, while Urad Pakora, Kaddu Ki Bhujji with poori can be a great lunch for you.
Rice is the staple food here and they are not very fond of tomatoes, even in chutneys they use hash seeds as main ingredient. The pulses, beverages and fruits here are quite different from other parts of India. Some typical Garhwali fruits are hisoi, kaafal (bayberry), kilmudi, mekauti (malta) and narangi (orange). Some famous juices are burash (rhododendron) juice, rose juice and malta juice.
Food in Himachal is very much similar to the rest of North India as they also have wheat, rice, vegetable, broth and lentil as main foods. But you love non-vegetarian food then you can offer a treat to your taste buds here because red meat and white bread is the most dominant part of Himachali Cuisine. Use of aromatic spices to make thick and rich gravy is the base of many delicious dishes, both veg & non-veg. Steamed momos and noodles have become famous here recently but these are not the traditional food of the state. Some of the specialties of Himachal include Manee’, Madira, Pateer, Chouck, Bhagjery and chutney of Til.
Rajasthan is the famous state of India among travelers for its amazing culture, colourful dresses, folk dances, heritage sites and most importantly – the delicious cuisine. This state plays a very important role in making India famous as Incredible India and it is a paradise for a connoisseur. Cuisine here is influenced by two major factors – the first is the war-like lifestyle and second is the availability of ingredients in arid-region. Rajasthani food could last for many days and can be eaten without heating. Scarcity of water & green vegetables has a strong effect on the style of cooking but there some wonderful delectable dishes to enjoy. The famous snacks you can enjoy here are Bikaneri Bhujiya, Mirchi Bada and Pyaaj Kachori. The most famous main course food is Daal Bati Churma and some of the sweet dishes are Ghevar, Dil Khusal, Churma Ladoo, Badaam ka Halwa, Gujia and Mawa Kachori, etc. Laal Maas is the most popolar non-vegetarian dish famous across the state.
So get ready to explore some great food holidays which are totally meant for foodies. It is being said that – “There is no sincerer love than the love of food”
From Delhi. Weekend getaways from Delhi offer thrilling options. From the scenic hill stations of Uttarakhand and Himachal to the Royal Rajasthan to the magnificent Uttar Pradesh, plan your holidays to relax, enjoy activities and be blessed by the divine.
One such Hill Station location is Mukteshwar (near Nainital) which is Great for
- Organic, Locally Sourced Food
Distance / Traveling Time
From Delhi: 310 kilometers / 6 h,48 m
Located in the Nainital district of Uttaranchal, Mukteshwar is a hilly region encompassed by coniferous forests and fruit orchards. Mukteshwar is another name of Lord Shiva, which literally means ‘One who offers Moksha’. The famous ‘Mukteshwar Temple’ whose main deity is Lord Shiva is a famous attraction here. Besides Mukteshwar Temple, there are many attractions in Mukteshwar such as Chauli ki Jali. The picturesque town is adorned with small homes of reddish roofs, ancient style window frames and picket walls. The region is home to Renewable Park and organic farming developed by The Energy and Resources Institute and The Indian Veterinary Institute Campus. The best hotel in this area is Casa Dream The Resort located right before entering Mukteshwar at Satbunga.
If you are a tea lover, the place is a blessing for you. Lying on the vicinity to Golu Devta temple, the Shyamkhet Tea Garden produces wide range of tea leaves including organic tea which is also exported.
Tea Estate Timings:
Summers: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Winters : 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Shyamkhet Tea Garden is about 27 km from “Casa Dream The Resort”. But you may visit it en-route when coming from Delhi to reach the Hotel Casa Dream as it comes en-route.
Munsiyari is the name of a town and a tehsil in the Pithoragarh District in the hill-state of Uttarakhand, India. Munsiyari, the center as well as the Gateway of Johar Region is situated 128 Km from Pithoragarh at an elevation of 2298 meters and is snuggled in the folds of snow clad mountains. Munsiyari is 624 kms from Delhi and around 300 kms from Nainital and Almora to Munsiyari is 192 kms.
Munsiyari’s name refers to a ‘Place With Snow’. Situated on the banks of Goriganga river, it is a fast growing tourist destination, and mountaineers, glacier enthusiasts, high altitude trekkers and nature lovers commonly use it as their hub or base camp. Munsiyari also falls on the ancient salt route from Tibet and is at the entrance of the Johar Valley, which extends along the path of the Goriganga River to its source at the Milam Glacier. It is inhabited mainly by the Shauka people. The town is surrounded by snow capped peaks, with a key attraction being the trekking route to Khalia Top.
Munsiyari is a paradise for the nature lover. The forests that clothe the lower reaches are stunningly attractive with colorful mountain vegetation that includes besides others, rhododendrons. This dense Himalayan forest is home to a variety of birds and animals such as whistling thrush, wagtail and hawk cuckoo, falcon and serpent eagle, and leopard, mountain bear and the musk deer.
History of Munsiyari
It is said that the Pandavas had set out for their final journey to heaven from Munsiyari.
Munsiyari also falls on the ancient salt route from Tibet and is at the entrance of the Johar Valley, which extends along the path of the Goriganga River to its source at the Milam Glacier. They led semi-nomadic lives actively engaged in trade with Tibet across the difficult Himalayan passes. It took them 20-25 days to reach Munsiyari from Tibet from where they carried back mainly salt. Salt consumed in the entire Himalayan region came from Tibet early days. It is inhabited mainly by the Shauka people (referred to as Bhotiya by the non-Shaukas), who are its original natives. The Shauka people are the main inhabitants of this place.
People in Munsiyari worship Goddess Nanda Devi. The locals were suddenly found without a viable livelihood when the border with Tibet was sealed in 1962 and the trade stopped completely. Agriculture has never been too developed here on account of the unfavourable climate. Most of them were therefore forced to migrate. The villages of Milam, Burfu etc., to the east of Munsyari, are largely deserted today.
Places of Tourist Interest in Munsiyari
Munsiyari is the base station for treks to Millam Glaciers, Ralam and Namik Glaciers.
It lies at the base of the great Himalayan mountain range, at an elevation of about 2,200 m (7,200 ft), and is a starting point of various treks into the interior of the range.
Tourist Attraction in or Near by Munsiyari – Visiting Places in Munsiyari – Munsiyari Sight Seeing Tourist Attraction in or Near by Munsiyari – Visiting Places in Munsiyari – Munsiyari Sight Seeing
Khaliya Top Munsiyari Khaliya Top : High altitude gentle slope meadows located at a distance of 7 kms, from Munsiyari. Ideal site for skiing and adventure sports.
Betuli Dhar Munsiyari Betuli Dhar is about 5 kms, from Munsiyari.
Madkot Munsiyari Madkot 22 kms, from Munsiyari. Madkot has hot water springs which cures rheumatism, arthritic pains, skin eruptions etc.
Birthi Fall Munsiyari Birthi Fall 19 kms, from Tejam on the Munsiyari motor road. Birthi Falls are quite spectacular for its waterfalls. Wayside amenities and fast food centre is available.
Kalamuni Pass Munsiyari Kalamuni Pass is situated near Munsiyari in Pithoragarh District. This region is surrounded by oak and birch forests. It provides an enchanting view of Panchchuli Peaks. Kalamuni Temple and Kali Temple are located here. Other nearby tourist destinations include Kalamuni Top, Thamari Kund, Birthi Falls, Maheshwari Kund, Khalia Top, Betulidhar, Milam Glacier, Namik Glacier and Ralam Glacier.
Best time to Visit Munsiyari
Munsiyari is a picturesque destination affording enchanting views throughout the year. The best time to visit Munsiyari is from April to June and from Mid September to October end.
Summers in Munsiyari: The weather of Munsiyari remains salubrious during summers and you can see unobstructed views of the Himalayas. Munsiyari remains pleasant during summers and light woollens are required. It is probably the best time to visit Munsiyari.
Trekking in Munsiyari
Till recently, Munsiyari was a restricted area in the Himalayan Inner Line, wedged in between the borders of India, China and Nepal. Restrictions have now eased, placing Munsiyari on the trekking map of the Kumaon Hills.
From Munsiyari, there is a gentle 11 km trail which extends to the famous Kalika Pass (2700 meters). It is here where a small Shakti temple is situated amidst dark pines. A more exhausting trail leads via the Matkot (12 km) village to the glaciers of the Panchuali group, to the alpine meadows of Chiplakot Bugyal (30 km), dotted with tiny lakes, and even up to the Milam Glacier and Johar Valley.
Flora and Fauna of Munsiyari
Flors includes pine, oaks, deodar, cypress, spruce, morcilla, rhododendrons, some rare herbs etc. While the fauna includes panthers, leopards, musk deer, mountain bears, whistling thrush, wagtails, finches, Cuckoo, colourful Cuckoo, hawk, wild hens, Lammergier, teetar pheasants, monal, eagle, falcon etc.
Glacier nearby Munsiyari
Munsiyari – Lilam – 12 kms; Lilam – Bagudiar – 19 kms; Bagudiar – Rilkote – 15 kms; Rilkote – Milam – 14 kms; Milam – Milam Glacier – 5 kms Munsyari – Lilam – Patan Gaon, 15 kms; Patan Gaon – Saba Udiar 15 kms; Saba Udiar – Ralam, 15 kms Munsyari – Jimighat, 10kms; Jimighat – Jimian, 8 kms; Jimian – Namik 25 kms.
Casa Dream Resort is 8 hr 44 min drive away from Munsyari.
Located at an altitude of 1,938mts above sea level, Nainital derives its name from Naini Lake, a prominent tourist spot of Nainital. Nainital is located in the Kumaon region and is popularly known as the Lake District of India.
An idyllic place to stay near Nainital is Casa Dream The Resort is located at 2438 m or 8000ft. above sea level.
Nainital is a famous tourist destination of India, attracting hundreds of both domestic and foreign tourists every year. It shines as a glittering jewel in the Himalayan Mountains and is surrounded with lakes and nature’s bounty. Some of the important places in the district of Nainital are Haldwani, Kaladhungi, Ramnagar, Bhowali , Ramgarh, Mukteshwar, Bhimtal, Sattal and Naukuchiatal.
Nainital is famous for the Naini Lake where it is believed that Lord Shiva performed his tandava. The Naini peak or the China peak is the highest in Nainital with a height of 2611mts. Some of the other places of tourist interest are the Mall, now known as the Govind Ballabh Pant Marg. You can find restaurants, offices and hotels all located in the Mall. Nainital Zoo is a very important tourist spot where you can find rare species of snow leopard, steppe eagle and the Himalayan black bear. The Governor House of the Raj Bhavan with its sprawling gardens is one of the few Raj Bhavnas open for public viewing. Nainital’s latest attraction is the Eco Cave Garden where your children can learn about ecosphere.
One can also do horse riding here.
Nainital is also famous for its various schools and research facilities. The Observatory or the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) is located 9kms from Nainital on Manora Peak and is the center for astronomical studies and optical tracking of artificial satellites. It also proudly houses many renowned schools some from the British period. Important and famous schools in Nainital includes Sherwood College, St Joseph’s College, and Sainik School. Nainital is also one of the campuses of Kumaun University.
Nainital Climate and Weather
Nainital enjoys a temperate climate with the maximum reaching 27 degree C and the minimum at 10 C.
Nainital is about 22 km from Casa Dream The Resort. It takes around 70-80 min to reach there. The directions to reach there are given below in the map.
Ramnagar is situated in the Nainital district of Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state on the banks of Kosi River at an elevation of 345mts above sea level.
Ramnagar is not only the commencement point of Kumaon hills but it is also one of the gateways of renowned Jim Corbett National Park.
Ramnagar has successfully lured tourists and adventure lovers and it is capable of drawing attention. Ramnagar town was established in 1856 by Commissioner H.Ramsay. Ramnagar is situated in the rich farm belt of Terai, on the southeastern fringes of the great forests.
The busy market town of Ramnagar is the main administrative centre for Corbett National Park and Project Tiger. Ramnagar is connected with motorable roads as well as railway networks. Its proximity with Corbett National Park and Nainital makes it even more popular destination.
Ramnagar is the ideal spot for fishing camp and the place offers as an administrative centre for Corbett national park. Ramnagar is home of some of the best and popular hotels of Uttarakhand. Explore wildlife and enjoy bird watching in Ramnagar. You can do fishing in the Kosi River or do jungle safari in Corbett national park. Ramnagar is also famous for Litchi farming. The best time to visit Ramnagar is from Mid November to Mid June.
Ramnagar is about 85 km. from Soulitude in the Himalayas.
Binsar is a scenic, sleepy and a cut-off travel destination, situated in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state, which will bring you much closer to the nature. Located at an elevation of 2,412 mts above the sea level, Binsar is situated amidst Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. The main attraction of Binsar is the 300 kms of majestic and panoramic view of Himalayan peaks from Zero point.
Binsar is an ideal destination for writers, nature lovers and adventure lovers. The views of major peaks like Chaukhamba, Panchachuli, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, and Kedarnath are distinctly visible from here.
Binsar Hills known as Jhandi Dhar, rise to a height of 2412 mts and offer an excellent view of Almora town, Kumaon hills and the greater Himalayan valley.
If you are a die-hard nature lover then prepare yourself to add Binsar in your bucket list. It is an ideal place for Bird watching and wildlife photography. There are several popular excursions in proximity of Binsar. Take peaceful and serene walks at Binsar, enjoying the unmatched beauteousness of nature.
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary was setup in 1988, is spread over an area of 45.59 km and is situated at an altitude varying 900 to 2500 metres with an average height of 2412 mts. Binsar is rich in its flora and fauna due to the proximity with Binsar Wild Life Sanctury. The slopes have a varying expanse and the terrain has been shaped by the action of running water.
The sanctuary has been declared an ‘Important Bird Area by Bird Life International‘. as there are more than 200 species of birds in the sanctuary, including Forktail, Blackbirds, Laughing Thrush, Kalij Pheasant, Nuthatches, Parakeets and Monal.
The dense Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is the home of 200 bird species, Barking Deer, Himalayan bear, leopard, fox, musk deer, langur, porcupine, flying squirrel, chital, jungle cat etc.
Binsar Sanctuary Entry Tickets
An entry ticket of Rs. 40 per person and Rs. 50 for a car has to be paid at the entry point of Binsar. Electricity is limited in Binsar region so as to prevent the exploitation and degradation of natural beauty.
It was the capital of rulers of Chand Dynansty, which ruled over Kumaon, from 11th to 18th centuries AD and enjoyed their summers at Binsar.
Binsar is also noted for mythological warfare between King of Binsar and Golu Devata. Due to some confusion Golu Devata was beheaded and his trunk fell at Gairad Dana Golu, near Binsar national Park and his head felled at Kaparkahan near Binsar. Both these places have ancient temples of Lord Golu.
Binsar Weather (Best Time to Visit)
Binsar offers salubrious climate throughout the year. During monsoons Binsar offers varied greenery and receives snowfall during winters. The climatic conditions prevailing in the Binsar sanctuary range from temperate to sub-arctic.
Summers in Binsar: Climate is moderate but pleasant, extends through the months of April, May and June. Maximum temperature is around 30°C and a minimum temperature is around 15°C.
Monsoons in Binsar: The rains makes the surroundings of Binsar completely green with mist and clouds all around. This time is one of the best for couples for a romantic getaway at Binsar. The season extend from July to September
Winters in Binsar: Binsar winters are very cold, and the maximum temperature during the winter months will range around 24°C. and the minimum temperature can go up to 0°C. Winter months are: October, November, December, January and February. This time is best for nature lovers, bird watchers and honeymoon couples.
Best time to visit Binsar: The best time to visit Binsar is during summers and during the month of October and November.
Cloths: Light woolens are recommended during the summers whereas heavy woolen should be carried during the winter season.
SHRI KAINCHI DHAM MANDIR
Kainchi a placed at an altitude of (1400 MT) On the Nainital – Almora Road, at a distance of 9 Km from Bhowali and 17 Kms from Nainital is a modern pilgrim centre. This place has achieved recognition owing to the ashram of the famous Shri Neem Karoli Baba Maharajji.
Many hundreds of people visit the temples here every day, in season. Each year, during the June 15th Bhandara, reportedly, more than one lakh (100,000) people are fed.
Kainchi is a term used for two sharp hairpin bends of the motor road in local dialect hence the name. It has NO relation with scissors.
Founded by the famous Maharaj Neem Karoli Baba in 1962 and is very well maintained and kept neat and clean.
The concept of this place came into existence in 1942 when Maharaj Neem Karoli along with Shri Poornanand of the Kainchi Village proposed building an Ashram here dedicated to Sombari Maharaj and Sadhu Premi Baba who used to perform yagnas in this very place. Later in 1962, their dream materialised and the forest from this area was cleared and a rectangular platform was constructed. After due permission from the Forest Conservator, Maharaj Ji acquired the lease of this land and constructed a Temple devoted to Lord Hanuman over that rectangular platform and adjacent to it is the Kainchi Temple and an Ashram built for devotees.
The Hanuman temple is built over the platform mentioned above. His devotees started coming from different places and a chain of bhandaras, kirtans, bhajans started. The Pran-Pratishtha of idols of Hanumanji and others was performed on 15th June in different years. Thus, 15th June is celebrated every year as Pratishtha Divas when a large number of devotees come to Kainchi and get Prasad. The number of devotees and the associated vehicular traffic is so large that the district administration has to make special arrangement to regulate the same. Accordingly some changes have been made in the whole complex so that people do not face any difficulty in movement.
Steve Jobs, the charismatic Apple Founder and CEO. Steve Job’s success with Apple iPod, iPhone and iPad; are buzzing in tech world.
But just as Jobs is known for his addresses at Apple product launches, his historic Stanford speech and his passion for innovation and curve jumping thinking, something which turned Apple from bankruptcy to the world’s biggest tech company; he’s also known for his views and comments about another revolutionary, the Microsoft Founder Bill gates.
From time to time, Steve Jobs – once a Hare Rama Hare Rama (ISKCon) Sunday meal hungry college dropout; has reflected upon his thoughts about Microsoft founder Bill Gates; something which many think shed a great deal of light on Jobs’ past and pre-Apple days.
In one such occasion, reports WSJ, Jobs told New York Times in a 1997 interview referring to Gates:
“I wish him the best, I really do. I just think he and Microsoft are a bit narrow. He’d be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger,”
According to people who have followed Jobs’ life closely, he didn’t say the above, just for the sake of saying. Jobs’ actually recommended Gates the mantra, which he did when he was young and continued trying till now.
Late Apple founder Steve Jobs and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg | image source: www.businesstoday.in
Deeply influenced by the Indian spiritualism in 70s; Steve Jobs born February 24, 1955, visited India in 1974 as a hippie (the same hippie connection which makes many connect Steve with untidiness even now) for what he calls “spiritual retreat” and a philosophical quest. The move many psychologists, link to Jobs being adopted by foster parents right after birth; but later his biological parents(Steve jobs born as Steven Paul Jobs to an American mother and a Syrian father in San Francisco, California) happened to tie the knot and gave birth to and raised a child, Jobs’ biological sister. how he funded his India journey, by taking a job at Atari.
While at Cupertino Junior High School and Homestead High School in Cupertino, California, Steve, who always had inclination towards computers, used to attend after-school lectures at the Hewlett-Packard Company. After his graduation from high school in 1972, Jobs enrolled in Reed College in Portland, Oregon, but dropped out after first semester (first three months). Instead he enrolled himself in non degree Calligraphy (beautiful handwriting) classes; and stayed with friends in their hostel room. Monet skint, as he had ditched college degree, jobs used to audit classes at Reed, returned Coke bottles for food money, and didn’t refrain from getting weekly free meals at the local “Hare Krishna” temple (this is the Sunday free meal connection at Hare Rama Temple).
Jobs returned to California in 1974; and took a technician job at popular video games manufacturer Atari, primarily to save money for visiting India in search of spiritual enlightenment. Spending time there as a hippie in quest of eternal knowledge (experimented with psychedelics, calling his “acid” or Lysergic acid diethylamide experiences “), Jobs returned from India in the same year as a “Buddhist”; if not in practice but at least in appearance.
In 1976, Jobs founded Apple along with his college friend Steve Woznaik; with whom he used to attend after school Hewlett-Packard Company classes as well. According to Steve, he got the inspiration to found Apple, during his stay in India. In India, Steve visited Kainchi Ashram, in Nainital, in the state of Uttarakhand (the Ashram of Baba Neem Karoli or Baba Neeb Karori, considered a reincarnation of Lord Hanuman, a monkey God in Hinduism); and it’s where he is believed to have got the vision to create Apple.
During PM Narendra Modi’s recent US visit, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg mentioned that he had visited a temple in India during the initial days of Facebook on the advice of late Apple founder Steve Jobs, according to an Economic Times report.
The temple Jobs was talking about is Kainchi Dham Ashram in Nainital, Uttarakhand. He himself had visited the temple during the 1970s.
Kanchi Dham is about 34 km from Casa Dream The Resort, Mukteshwar.
Content Credits: www.euttaranchal.com & www.nainitaltourism.com
A great way to enjoy bird watching is by going to festivals—they’re organized to get you to great birding spots at a great time of year, and they’re a great way to meet people.
Experts and locals help you see more birds, and you’ll meet other visitors who share your hobby.
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Thanks to its diverse, high-elevation boreal habitat, Casa Dream The Resort is the breeding ground for many Neotropical birds. Hardwood and Spruce forests, grasslands, and wetlands welcome a wide variety of species. Species include:
- Scarlet tanagers
- Baltimore and Orchard orioles
- Chestnut-sided and Black-throated Green Warblers
- And more!
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