We all want to take time away from it all. Sometimes The ‘popular’ vacation ambushes bring with them noise and their own distinct flavour of stress that really needs to be sidelined if rejuvenation and being laid back is what you seek. Grab your camera and take a photography tour with these scenic locations with V Resorts.
Sattal is a serene hideout in the hills that has remained blissfully undamaged and appears to be the masterpiece of a great artist. The landscape is adorned by silver silk ribbons of the seven lakes, startling hills like jade hairpins, thick forests and a continuous orchestra of the numerous species of rare and migratory birds. Make your camera your best companion and capture the scenic beauty of this region even as you indulge in activities that include kayaking, trekking, birding, angling and even biking. As mist clings to the emerald hills, it is a truly elevating and ethereal experience that you can’t help but take back with you as photographs.
Another location to be ‘click happy’ is Ramgarh. It combines the spectacular landscapes, the endless peace and the surreal charm of a location that must be photographed and preserved. The region carries a mystical inspiration that urges writers and creative minds to stop here and produce masterpieces, much like parts of The Geetanjali, penned here by Rabindranath Tagore. Capture the captivating beauty of nature in your camera even as they get etched in to memory.
Auwa is a tiny heritage that is populated by a friendly community of village folk and the region boasts of an unimaginable variety and combination of natural landscapes. Ochre coloured dunes, the plains of a green earth and the high rises of the majestic Aravali hills. The region stands testimony to the martyrs who sacrificed themselves for the independence of our country as early as 1857 with the Sepoy Mutiny. The walls of the Fort Auwa still bear bullet marks and there is an old canon from the period gone by. Pick up your camera – capture the spirit of this heritage site and the gracious people of the village.
The thick lush forest of the Rajaji National Park is a treat for the senses with its multi shades of green. The sun peeps through the leaves forming a criss-cross pattern of light and dark. The misty mountains in the distance and chuckling water of the River Ganges complete the picture. Keep your camera ready as this park is home to a large number of wildlife and it’s not every day that you would come across a mighty tusker leading his herd. A wildlife safari here gets you closer to the other wild creatures like Tigers, Panthers and Bears which will make you reach for the camera. Ensure your camera battery does not die out as you excitedly photograph the over 400 species of brightly colored melodious birds in this region too. Take a biking trip if the serene landscapes call out to you and urge you to capture them in the camera lens.
Narkanda will leave you in a tizzy – the landscape changes miraculously in every season. If you prefer thick blankets of snow and heavy snowfall, head to this region with your camera in the winter. The green landscape is covered with white and capture the happy skiing moments. In summer, the delicate hues of pink and white from the cherry and apple blossoms is almost a scene out of those mystical descriptions in books. Capture this in your camera lens for happy lifelong memories.
Pauri is a tiny and hidden portion of history and culture that remains unexplored, a secretly buried treasure that awaits discovery and is almost like nature reciting poetry. It lies serenely in the hills that mischievously reflect the gold, silver rays of the rising sun adding to the hushed charm of this ‘hidden’ beauty. Steeped in culture, this town is dotted with the most awe-inspiring temples including a 1000 year old Lakshman Temple and perhaps the only one in the world. You can never put the camera away since once the day is over, the sun puts on the most spectacular performance as it sets behind the hills. The golden and bright ochre orb must definitely be captured in the camera lens before it completely disappears giving way to a silver dusted night sky.