As the summer blossoms, we are introducing to you a unique destination which is old in it’s existence but young in spirits- Dehradun, explore the 7 must-seeplacesof this buzzing town, a luxury nature resort to stay at and a tangy treat to yum-up your summer evenings. Also read about the most beautiful festivals of all – Tulip festival.
We hope this edition tempts you enough to choose and see India like never before.
Indian Zing Team
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Vishranti Nature Resort, Dehradun
Sprawling and beautifully landscaped grounds quietly nestled in the Sal forests of the Doon valley in northern India, Vishranti Resort and Spa greets its guests with the perfect ambience of habitats that are intrinsic to nature itself.
Reserve an idyllic cottage that is designed in the style of a colonial countryside bungalow with sloping roofs and wide verandas. Indulge in the inherent serenity of the immediate environment while relaxing in a state of blissful comfort. The farmlands where they grow all the organic produce, the plush plantation, the Flori-culture project and the exotic birds that inhabit the area permanently will keep you preoccupied for hours at length.
The resort is located approx 30 km from the Jolly Grant Airport, and 28 km from the Dehradun Railway Station.
Tulip Festival, Kashmir
SirajBagh or the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, on the foothills of the Zabarwan Range in Srinagar, Kashmir, unfolds its greatest spectacle during the month of April, (the dates vary depending on when the tulips are in full bloom). This is the time when Tulip Garden in Srinagar holds a Festival, an occasion for tourists both national and international to flock to holidays in large numbers.
The festival is a huge hit for various reasons. On the one hand is the breathtaking beauty of the Zabarwan Range and the Dal Lake on its foothills. On the other is the spectacle of hundreds of thousands of blooms spread over an astounding five hectares of land on the shores of the lake – creating a riot of reds, yellows, pinks, whites and the most spectacular of blues and purples. Visitors can take long romantic walks among the flowers as they admire them – a sight that usually encourages the whipping out of the camera ever so often.
When:April every year Where:Srinagar, Kashmir
A historic town in the lap of the majestic Himalayas, this pretty town is now the capital of the newly formed State of Uttaranchal. The city offers endless options for a traveller – a trip close to nature, shopping, strolling at the local bazaars, visiting museums and a lot more! Get there and you will understand what good weather means and how it feels like to live in a cosy and soft town as Dehradun
Forest Research Institute
It’s one of a kind of forestry research institution in India and is worth spending more than half a day. Take a tour of this Roman architecture set in an extensive green, well-manicured lawn spread over 450 hectares and it will sweep you off your feet. To top it up, Himalayas form the backdrop of this beautiful Colonial piece of art.
Malsi Deer Park Road
This zoological park conserves the natural environment of the Himalayas. A stroll around the entire place will lead you to a variety of deer – spotted, double-horned, wood-owls, peacocks, Neel-Gai or the Indian antelope, birds, rabbits and more.
Cafés & Bite corners
A number of funky cafes and great eateries are sprawling all over the city. With numerous cuisines and choices, momos are a must-try!
Looking for some unconventional shopping? Head to the local shopping bazaar ‘Paltan Bazaar’, south from the landmark ‘Clock-Tower’ for a congested but good walking experience and take back some souvenirs.
It’s a one of its kind natural cave with rivers flowing inside it!This 600 meters long cave is sectioned into two, with a broken fort-wall structure at the center.
Bordering Rajaji National Park, it is a unique township with several bars, restaurants, hotels and the beautiful Tibetan Campus with its Mindrolling Monastery, the world’s largest Stupa – World Peace Stupa.
Khalanga War Memorial
The famous Khalanga War Memorial constructed by the Britishers to honour and depict the brave story of Gorkhas, against whom they fought battles.
From the Kitchen...
Ghugni Chaat is a popularly available street food from the Northern and Eastern parts of India. Made of dried peas, this is an ultimate “healthy snack idea as well as a perfect curry to go with most breads.
1 1/2 cup cooked Yellow dried peas
3/4 cup boiled, diced Potato
3/4 cup + 1/2 cup finely chopped Onions
1 cup chopped Tomato
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp Cumin powder
1 tbsp red chili powder
1/2 tspgaram masala
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
3-4 tbsp Mustard oil (Or vegetable oil)
Salt to season
Upto 1/2 cup of water (or the cooking liquor, the water in which peas were cooked)
Garam masala powder
Chopped green chilies
Lemon for garnish
Heat the oil in a pan. Add the ginger-garlic paste & the 3/4 cup of diced onions and cook till they turn translucent.
Add the diced tomatoes and cook till the oil separates out.
Now, add the turmeric powder, cumin powder, red chili powder, garam masala and salt. Mix well.
Add the diced potatoes and the cooked peas. Mix lightly.
Add about a quarter cup of water.
Cook on medium high heat until the ghugni thickens. If required, add more water.
Garnish with diced onions, cilantro, chopped green chilies (optional) and lemon juice (optional) just before serving..