|This summer if you want to get away from the heat and dust-to cooler climes, make sure to choose lesser known places in the hills. This is so because in the overexposed hill-stations, you'll find it hard, at times, to even get water to quench your thirst. Forget those hoardings with attractions like water-beds thrown in. Some places you'll be lucky to get enough water to brush your teeth! And honestly, last season tourists had to look around for soda for reasons other than whisky.|
|What will you do there? Of course, all those things you've dreamt of and never really got down to doing. Lie awhile, with the soft turf as a couch, a gnarled root as a good pillow, and a bubbling stream singing a soothing lullaby. Slowly but surely your thoughts drift overthe hills to the plains far away as if it were a world well forgotten. Indeed there shall be time to see the flowers at your feet: kingcups by the water forcing their way through the slush of melting snow; and add to this the promise of many more yet to come.|
|Upstream, at a point where three mountain torrents merge into each other, is HURSIL, which was once home' to Raja Wilson, who married a local girl and settled down in what is now called 'Wilson Hut'. Certainly not a hut this; but a magnificent bungalow. A harmonious blend of stone and wood, which is a permanent reminder of the freebooter F.E.Wilson from the middle of the last century. The vast tracts of virgin deodars attracted his attention.|
|Wilson's life is fit for a romance. His legend lives on and though no attempts have been made to glorify him, the residents still speak of him in awe and admiration, as if he had just passed by yesterday. Some men give their spirit to a place and become a part of its love and legend.|
|On the road between Kedarnath and Badrinath, just past Ukhimath, is a remote corner of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. You will get a clear idea of how things would have been if men had let the forests be. Mighty oaks, feathered and festooned with moss and ferns; wiry birch, pine and rhododendron; and the forest floor a veritable carpet of flowers. This is how the early Commissioners of Garhwal must have found DUGGALBETTA where they built an imperial bungalow fit for an emperor.|
Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam has hotels and Tourist Rest Houses at over 60 places in this region. From mid-April to end of June (referred to as the 'Peak Season') accommodation is on the higher side.
Your typical budget would be as:
A variety of Deluxe Coaches are available with the Nigam. A 15 seater (AC) Coach charges Rs. 3500/- per day for 250 kilometers in the plains or 200 kilometers in the hills.
Taxi rates vary according. to road conditions, so while a plain metalled road is Rs. 4/- per kilometre in a diesel car, a petrol driven Contessa is Rs. 8/- per kilometre. The rates go up in forest or rough roads.
PRO GMVN, U.P. Tourism
36, Janpath NEW DELHI
TEL: (01 1) 3326620, 3322251,3711296
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