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Apartments in Chester Hills in Solan are luxurious and refreshing homestays for Delhiites

UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 06:23 PM IST
Situated on the Punjab-Himachal Border, Solan lies on the bottom ranges of the Himalayas.
“The mountain has added to the beauty and pleasure of coming to this place.”(Unsplash)
“The mountain has added to the beauty and pleasure of coming to this place.”(Unsplash)

As winter approaches, tourists flock to hilly areas in Nepal

Kathmandu [Nepal] | By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 11:34 AM IST
As winter approaches, tourists have begun to flock to hilly regions of Nepal such as Dorje Lakpa and Jugal Himal on the outskirts of Kathmandu.
Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Connecting with our heritage in the kingdom of the Gods

By Rajiv Sharma
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2020 10:58 PM IST
For us, vacations almost always meant going to overcrowded and jam-packed hill stations in the neighbouring states. Travelling to a remote, exotic destination of historical significance, seeing heritage temples in the company of a childhood friend was something new
As soon as the weather gets pleasant in Delhi, denizens love to head to Lodhi Gardens.(PHOTO: Sanjeev Verma/HT)
As soon as the weather gets pleasant in Delhi, denizens love to head to Lodhi Gardens.(PHOTO: Sanjeev Verma/HT)

World Tourism Day 2020: Delhiites, get back to exploring the heart of the city

Hindustan Times | By Mallika Bhagat, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 11:04 AM IST
Tour guide operators, handicraft sellers and heritage walk conductors urge locals to help them resurrect their livelihood.
Javed Akhtar(Photo: Prodip Guha/HT)
Javed Akhtar(Photo: Prodip Guha/HT)

Inheritance cannot be called nepotism: Javed Akhtar

HT Mumbai | By Nishad Neelambaran
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 05:50 PM IST
A Padma Bhushan awardee, Akhtar sheds light on how nepotism cannot exist in Bollywood, and how “people have confused inheritance with nepotism”
Tourist Rush at Tikkar taal in Morni.
Tourist Rush at Tikkar taal in Morni.

Vehicle movement restricted in Morni on weekends, holidays

Hindustan Times, Panchkula | By Tanbir Dhaliwal, Panchkula
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2020 11:03 PM IST
Step taken to prevent ‘obstruction, injury and annoyance’ to local residents due to regular traffic congestion there of late
Both Darjeeling and Kalimpong have low cases of Covid-19.(Representative Photo/Getty images)
Both Darjeeling and Kalimpong have low cases of Covid-19.(Representative Photo/Getty images)

Darjeeling, Kalimpong open for tourists, Sikkim to follow suit in October

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Pramod Giri
PUBLISHED ON SEP 09, 2020 08:50 AM IST
Every year more than 10 lakh tourists visit Sikkim and the North Bengal hills that include Darjeeling and Kalimpong.
We as a people have changed and are no longer comfortable in crowds, at markets, weddings or other gatherings.(HT Photo/For representation only)
We as a people have changed and are no longer comfortable in crowds, at markets, weddings or other gatherings.(HT Photo/For representation only)

Guest column: Life before corona and after

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rakesh Kochhar
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2020 09:42 PM IST
The novel coronavirus has drastically changed our lives – the mask has become ubiquitous, files are handled only while wearing gloves, and pockets and purses always carry hand sanitisers
Tourist spots, safari parks and hotels were shut after the nationwide lockdown restrictions were enforced from March 25 to contain the spread of the viral outbreak.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Tourist spots, safari parks and hotels were shut after the nationwide lockdown restrictions were enforced from March 25 to contain the spread of the viral outbreak.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Darjeeling tourist spots, hotels open amid questions over safety

Hindustan Times, Siliguri | By Pramod Giri
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2020 04:50 PM IST
Tourists would have to carry fitness certificates to visit the Darjeeling hills. They would also be screened for Covid-19 symptoms before entering the hills, the officials said.
Those in the tourism industry, including travel and tour operators, say the decision would impact tourism industry in the whole region extending to the restaurants and the transport sector.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Those in the tourism industry, including travel and tour operators, say the decision would impact tourism industry in the whole region extending to the restaurants and the transport sector.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Hotels in Darjeeling, Bengal’s top tourism destination, to shut indefinitely from July 1

Hindustan Times, Siliguri | By Pramod Giri
PUBLISHED ON JUN 05, 2020 11:44 PM IST
Though the West Bengal government has allowed the reopening of hotels and restaurants from June 8, the Darjeeling Hotel Owners’ Association says it is not feasible to operate with only a few tourists arriving due to the pandemic.
The Centre had enforced a nationwide lockdown from March 25 to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), which led to a disruption in the supply of essential supplies to Matheran.(HT photo)
The Centre had enforced a nationwide lockdown from March 25 to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), which led to a disruption in the supply of essential supplies to Matheran.(HT photo)

Bombay HC allows vehicular access for essential goods thrice a week to Matheran

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By K A Y Dodhiya
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2020 04:28 PM IST
Earlier, the interim monitoring committee of the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) had mandated that the local civic body could allow Bharat-IV compliant vehicles to transport goods once a week to Matheran residents.
The ghats of Varanasi on March 19, 2020.(Rajesh Kumar/Hindustan Times)
The ghats of Varanasi on March 19, 2020.(Rajesh Kumar/Hindustan Times)

The Lockdown Diaries: Biswanath Ghosh, author of Aimless in Banaras

Hindustan Times | By Bishwanath Ghosh
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2020 04:32 PM IST
The first in a series of personal essays by different authors on being locked down
There’s more to this beautiful hill station than just tea estates and a picturesque setting. Here’s a guide to the enchanting Darjeeling.
There’s more to this beautiful hill station than just tea estates and a picturesque setting. Here’s a guide to the enchanting Darjeeling.

Still Queen of the Hills: A guide to picturesque Darjeeling

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Sneha Mahale
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2020 01:11 PM IST
There’s more to this beautiful hill station than just tea estates and a picturesque setting. Here’s a guide to the enchanting Darjeeling.
Pushkar ad Gayatri hit the jackpot with their film, Vikram Vedha.
Pushkar ad Gayatri hit the jackpot with their film, Vikram Vedha.

Vikram Vedha director duo to helm an original series for Amazon

Hindustan Times | By Karthik Kumar
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2020 12:47 PM IST
Vikram Vedha duo, Pushkar and Gayatri will direct an original series for Amazon. Details here.

Chandigarh shivers on coldest December night in 5 yrs

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rajanbir Singh, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 30, 2019 12:47 AM IST
Minimum temperature drops to 2.9°C in wee hours; sunshine brings some respite around noon; similar conditions likely today

Chandigarh colder than Manali on Christmas

By Rajanbir Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2019 12:35 AM IST
Mercury took a plunge, giving locals the chills amid cold winds blowing at speeds up to 10km/hour
Perfectly nestled in the Pir Panjal mountain range, Sar Pass is completely surrounded by high-rise mountains, waterfalls, and lush green forest.(Unsplash)
Perfectly nestled in the Pir Panjal mountain range, Sar Pass is completely surrounded by high-rise mountains, waterfalls, and lush green forest.(Unsplash)

Sandakphu, Jawai Hills and more: Offbeat destinations for year end getaways

Indo Asian News Service | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2019 01:53 PM IST
This holiday season, treat the traveler inside you with offbeat destinations nestled in the lap of refreshing natural landscapes.
The litfest movement in India springs from the pioneering JLF. Starting as part of another festival in 2006, and becoming a stand-alone event in 2008, JLF has grown into the world’s biggest literary festival(Prabhakar Sharma\HIndustan Times)
The litfest movement in India springs from the pioneering JLF. Starting as part of another festival in 2006, and becoming a stand-alone event in 2008, JLF has grown into the world’s biggest literary festival(Prabhakar Sharma\HIndustan Times)

What litfests mean to writers and readers | Opinion

By Mark Tully
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2019 07:53 PM IST
Litfests perform the very important function of promoting reading. In this visually-saturated era, when many think that television has killed books and radio, it’s important to keep both of them alive to stimulate our imagination
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Direct bus service to Nanakmatta Sahib from Ludhiana

Hindustan Timjes, Ludhiana | By HT Correspondent, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2019 10:18 PM IST
Will ply from Ludhiana bus stand daily at 4pm and reach Nanakmatta Sahib in Uttarakhand the next day at 7:20am
To talk about only a few places in Sikkim will be doing a gross injustice to it because the region is so beautiful, so spiritual, and so full of peace that to set foot here once is like a divine experience.(Unsplash)
To talk about only a few places in Sikkim will be doing a gross injustice to it because the region is so beautiful, so spiritual, and so full of peace that to set foot here once is like a divine experience.(Unsplash)

Sikkim: A beautiful Himalayan sojourn and the first fully organic state of India

Hindustan Times | By Saurav Ranjan Datta
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2019 11:52 AM IST
Sikkim has one of the most diversified repertoire of flora and fauna in India with the Khangchendzonga National Park and biosphere reserve (an UNESCO World Heritage Site) occupying a major portion of the state.
Mahabaleshwar is currently the wettest location in the country this monsoon with over 8,000 mm rainfall in less than four months.(HT image)
Mahabaleshwar is currently the wettest location in the country this monsoon with over 8,000 mm rainfall in less than four months.(HT image)

MSRDC set to develop New Mahabaleshwar

Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2019 03:57 AM IST
The state urban development department issued a notification on Friday under the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act, 1966, appointing MSRDC as a “special planning authority” to develop the hill station across 52 villages of Jaoli, Patan and Satara tehsils in Satara district.
Lamaj, a small hill station in Satara district situated on the backwaters of Koyana dam, has crossed 10,000 mm rainfall mark this monsoon and emerged as the “rainiest place” in the country.(HT FILE PHOTO/ REPRESENTATIVE)
Lamaj, a small hill station in Satara district situated on the backwaters of Koyana dam, has crossed 10,000 mm rainfall mark this monsoon and emerged as the “rainiest place” in the country.(HT FILE PHOTO/ REPRESENTATIVE)

This hill station in Satara district received 10,000mm monsoon rainfall, highest in the country

Pune | By Shrinivas Deshpande
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2019 02:40 PM IST
As of September 13, Lamaj received cumulative rainfall of 10,117 mm this season, according to the data released by the district agricultural department, Satara. India Meteorological Department (IMD), Pune, confirmed the figure.
Tarun Tyagi evaded arrest over the past two years as he kept switching locations.(HT image)
Tarun Tyagi evaded arrest over the past two years as he kept switching locations.(HT image)

Man held for hacking emails, stealing money from e-wallets

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Pavneet Singh Chadha
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2019 10:06 AM IST
The police said he learned to hack from online video tutorials on the Internet and would spend the money he stole on parties in clubs, a leisurely lifestyle and frequent visits to hill stations with woman friends.
The roads along the Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani route experienced traffic blocks due to overflowing of water and logging.(HT Photo)
The roads along the Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani route experienced traffic blocks due to overflowing of water and logging.(HT Photo)

Mahabaleshwar has highest rainfall in state on Saturday

Pune | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2019 02:25 PM IST
The recorded rainfall at Mahabaleshwar was 102mm followed by Satara (38mm) and Nashik (22mm) on Saturday. Pune recorded 12mm of rainfall on Saturday, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) data.
Vehicles move slowly near the Victory Tunnel, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, June 11, 2019. Every year, the sweltering heat of the northern plains drives tens of thousands of people to hill stations like Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand(Deepak Sansta/Hindustan Times)
Vehicles move slowly near the Victory Tunnel, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, June 11, 2019. Every year, the sweltering heat of the northern plains drives tens of thousands of people to hill stations like Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand(Deepak Sansta/Hindustan Times)

Hill towns are paying a price for unsustainable growth in plains

UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2019 10:53 PM IST
Every year, the sweltering heat of the northern plains drives tens of thousands of people to hill stations like Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), Nainital and Mussoorie (Uttarakhand). This year, nearly 15,000 vehicles have already entered Manali (Himachal Pradesh) and Shimla, clogging all approach roads to these hill stations.
Noida, India - June 10, 2019: Boys on a two-wheeler cover themselves with a cloth to beat the heat on a summer day, in Noida, India, on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Photo by / Hindustan Times)(Sunil Ghosh /HT Photo/Representative Image)
Noida, India - June 10, 2019: Boys on a two-wheeler cover themselves with a cloth to beat the heat on a summer day, in Noida, India, on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Photo by / Hindustan Times)(Sunil Ghosh /HT Photo/Representative Image)

India staring at longest heatwave in 3 decades, monsoon relief unlikely soon

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2019 11:10 AM IST
The Capital, which sweltered on its hottest June day in history on Monday (48 degrees Celsius) recorded as maximum temperature of 45.4 degrees Celcius at Palam in spite of a spell of light rain in the morning.
On an average, at least 4,500 tourists vehicles enter Manali and 5,000 vehicles enter Shimla everyday.(Deepak Sansta / Hindustan Times)
On an average, at least 4,500 tourists vehicles enter Manali and 5,000 vehicles enter Shimla everyday.(Deepak Sansta / Hindustan Times)

Roads leading to Shimla, Manali choked due to heavy tourist influx

Hindustan Times, Shimla | By Navneet Rathore
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2019 12:37 PM IST
On Saturday evening, long traffic jams were witnessed on the roads leading to Shimla from Shoghi and Kufri from Dhali tunnel.
Plans to sell and buy properties at your convenience may not work.(HT File Photo)
Plans to sell and buy properties at your convenience may not work.(HT File Photo)

Home call: To buy or rent?

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Vivina Vishwanathan
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2019 11:06 AM IST
A dream home may be on top of your to-do list, but you should factor in job transferability, loan and affordability before making a decision
The 12th-century Baijnath temple complex in Garur near Kausani is believed in the Hindu tradition to be the site where the deities Shiva and Parvati got married(Photo: Shutterstock)
The 12th-century Baijnath temple complex in Garur near Kausani is believed in the Hindu tradition to be the site where the deities Shiva and Parvati got married(Photo: Shutterstock)

Where the Pandavas had their last meal: A Kausani Diary

Hindustan Times | By Prannay
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2019 05:35 PM IST
The scenic hill station of Kausani in Kumaon’s Bageshwar finds frequent mention in mythology and history, and is just the kind of place you would want to retreat to if you are in search of some inspiration.
Too many Indian strawberry farmers use high yield varieties that sacrifice taste for quantity(Getty Images)
Too many Indian strawberry farmers use high yield varieties that sacrifice taste for quantity(Getty Images)

Strawberries, cherries and the angels...

Hindustan Times | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2019 12:01 AM IST
Why do fresh strawberries often taste so thin and sour without added sugar? It has to do with the way we grow them in India
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