Embark on an Expedition – The New Indian Express

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Delhi was engulfed by the intense heat wave throughout the month of April with the average temperature reaching 40.2 degrees Celsius. While light rains recorded in various parts of the city have offered some respite, heat waves could return in the coming months. If you’re looking to escape the scorching heat, the most recommended place to travel right now is the mountains. However, finding the right place to explore can often be tricky. Three Delhi-NCR travel bloggers suggest some quirky places one can visit this season to beat the heat.

GO BEYOND THE CONVENTIONAL
Shimla and Manali in Himachal Pradesh remain the most popular destinations for Delhiites in summer. The influx of tourists to these spaces can ruin the experience of someone looking to spend some quality time and have a peaceful experience. Travel content creator Devesh Joshi, 32, from Faridabad, offers a tour to Hampta Valley, 7 km from Manali. “There are hardly any people. The temperature is pleasant and you can be closer to nature here,” he shares. Hampta Valley is ideal for novice hikers.

Reasons to visit
According to Joshi, the view from Hampta Valley surpasses almost anything here. Visibility in this region varies between 30 and 35 km, making it easier to get the best views of the Himalayan mountain range. “[This is] because you are sitting on top of a mountain, you can see the whole city of Manali,” concludes Joshi.

Want to experience an adrenaline rush?
Adventurers can take a trip to Rangdum, a village in Suru Valley, Ladakh, suggests Isa Khan (32), a travel content creator based in Malviya Nagar. Khan points out that visiting Rangdum is a challenge in itself – it is not well connected to the city by roads and the transport infrastructure is inadequate. However, it is an unconventional getaway destination where one can experience “serenity and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the city”.

In the heart of nature
Vikaspuri-based travel influencer Nidhi Khurana recommends a visit to Kharapathar, a village about 2.5 hours drive from Shimla. “Kharapathar has a place run by a couple who have transformed their mansion [Bhramara Orchard Retreat by Echor] in a host family. I would suggest people stay there as it will make for a different experience,” she says. Another place where “time stands still” is Shangarh, a village located in the Sainj Valley, Kullu, which Khurana says is perfect for those who want to experience a few quiet days amidst greenery.

Reasons to visit
Both Shangarh and Kharapathar offer plenty of opportunities to relax amidst nature. Khurana advises a two-day stay at these places. “In Shangarh, there are grasslands, waterfalls and a local temple. Those looking to add a bit of adventure to their trip can also opt for hikes,” she adds.

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