Tucked away in the Garhwal Himalayas, Chopta is like a slice of the paradise; lush green, with lofty mountain chains, velvety meadows, and awe-inspiring views. Also a great trekking and camping destination, Chopta is definitely one of those places that you readily give your heart to.
First destination: Delhi to Lansdowne
Distance: 300 km
Approx time: 6.5 hours
Sitting at an elevation of about 1700 m above the sea level amidst thick oak and pine forests, Lansdowne is a quaint hill-station in Pauri district of Uttarakhand. Named after Lord Lansdowne – the then Viceroy of British India – Lansdowne is a unique tourist place with many attractions. Further, each of these attractions has a host of fascinating things to do in Lansdowne and must-have experiences.
Things to do and see in Lansdowne:
Kanha Tiger Reserve: Imagine the thrill of exploring this tiger reserve in an open jeep where you can any moment spot a magnificent tiger, leopard, elephant, barking deer, sambar, chital, porcupines, or all of them. One can also enjoy bird watching here, as this park is home to more than 580 species of birds.
Trek to snow viewpoint: Trekking to Snow Viewpoint is the most enthralling activity in Lansdowne and is an absolute treat for thrill seekers. This rewarding short trek will let you witness the most spectacular views of mighty Chaukhamba and Trishul peaks.
Go camping: Camping under the stars is one of the most essential things to do in Lansdowne and one of the most sought after activities. The availability of open green spaces makes it an ideal spot for setting up camps and indulging in a night of bonfires, good food and good vibes.
Second destination: Lansdowne to Khirsu
Distance: 95 kms
Approx time: 3.5 hours
Things to do and see in Khirsu:
Forest walks: Khirsu draws its natural beauty from the lush green dense forest covering marrying the beautiful panoramic snow-capped Himalayan peaks. The views are nothing short of breath-taking.