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It’s time to roam around

india Updated: May 05, 2010 01:29 IST

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Is it safe to drive from Delhi to Nainital? I plan to spend two nights at Nainital, and one in Bhimtal. Can a person who usually drives in the plains manage to drive on the roads in and around Nainital? Is it possible to start on early on a Monday and return by Tuesday evening?
— Neeraj
Delhi to Nainital is an easy route and you will face no major issues. Just leave early enough in the morning, so that you can cross the troublesome Gajrola patch before the traffic kicks in. The roads are pretty smooth the rest of the way, except in the few places where flyovers are being constructed. Take the bypass toll roads all along.

If you are driving on hilly roads for the first time, be very careful and turn slowly around curves. It can get a bit tricky sometimes. The hill road section is just 35 km and will take about 1.5 to 2 hours. But the good part is that the roads are double lane and are well-maintained.

I am planning to go for a holiday with my family for one week. But I am not sure where to go. It is the first time that we are planning a long holiday. Please suggest a few good spots, as I am totally confused.

The month of June is likely to be rainy wherever you go in the western region. If you are okay with the rain, then an excellent option for you is Goa. You will not be able to get the whole gamut of experiences that is on offer during the winter, but Goa is very beautiful during the monsoon. Another great place to visit during the rains is Rajasthan. But, if you want to avoid the rains, then the only option is to go to the north in the early part of June. If you are keen on the Himalayas, then look for options in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.