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Sustainability In Himachal | Rakkh Resort

Summer is slowly approaching us and while this means that trekking in the South becomes a hassle owing to the days getting toastier, it becomes the perfect excuse to go trekking around our resort in Himachal Pradesh.

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Our Only Home: A Climate Appeal to the World by Dalai Lama - A review

From the voice of the beloved religious leader of the world-renown comes an eye-opening manifesto that empowers the generation of today to step up, take action and save our environment.

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Gaddi Jewelry | Rakkh Resort

The culture, traditions, heritage and art forms of Gaddis stand out as they are unlike any other. Rakkh Resort in Palampur is proud to showcase many of these artefacts for the benefit of art and history buffs.  In this blog, we would like to talk about a specific aspect of Gaddi life. Their jewellery and fashion, particularly the Gaddi women. 

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Summits You Must Trek To | Rakkh Resort 

Summer is slowly approaching us and while this means that trekking in the South becomes a hassle owing to the days getting toastier, it becomes the perfect excuse to go trekking around our resort in Himachal Pradesh.

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Summer In Himachal | Rakkh Resort


By far the most popular summer getaway in India, Himachal Pradesh promises a holiday of a lifetime. The summer season in Himachal Pradesh, starts from the month of April and lasts till the month of June. 

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A Romantic Getaway At Our Resort In Palampur

We have a guest column from an intrepid traveller who spent a romantic weekend at Rakkh with their partner. There is romance to be found around the hills of Palampur! 

 

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Wellness In Himachal | Rakkh Resort 

Our resort in Dharamshala is not just a place to enjoy the outdoors; the sense of spirituality that permeates through the air can be felt by anyone who travels throughout the region.

Here's a guide to what a wellness itinerary would look like, including a stop at our resort in Himachal Pradesh! 



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Adventure In Himachal | Rakkh Resort

For those that seek adventure, the mighty playgrounds of the Himachal offer the best outdoors experience, and then some. With all activities located at very convenient distances from our resort in Himachal Pradesh, there’s no reason for you to while away another weekend in the city when you could be soaring above the clouds!  


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The Kangra Fort In Himachal | Rakkh Resort

The largest fort in the hImachal Pradesh is the Kangra Fort and it is also the eighth largest in the country, spanning and covering an area of 463 acres, according to the Archaeological Survey of India.

For tourists residing in any resort in Dharamsala over a weekend getaway, this is the perfect place to visit from some historic wonder and knowledge.  

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A Library Of Tibetean Learning
Near Our Resort In Dharamshala!  

This Library is just a short drive away from our resort in Dharamshala, making this the perfect escape to immerse yourself in some learning and lessons on wellbeing straight from the source.

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Guide To Dharamshala Visit In 2021 

A new year is upon us, and with it come exciting new opportunities to explore our hills! Now that Himachal tourism has opened for 2021, there’s so many things to see in Dharamshala and the regions surrounding our resort in Dharamshala.

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Mind your way: A guide to nature walk manners 2021 

Rakkh Resort near Dharamshala, in Palampur, is blessed with innumerable trails and pathways around, some tough, some moderate, some a walk in the garden, literally, a walk in the tea garden. But with freedom comes responsibility.

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History of Palampur

Palampur got its name from the word Polum which means abundant water. It was earlier part of the local Sikh Kingdom of Jalandhar but later came under British rule during the Colonial era.

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A Temple Trail in Himachal Pradesh

Dharamshala has always been bestowed with the title “the land of spirituality”. Even before the Lama established his presence in the valley, Dharamshala and its surrounding environs have been the stronghold for spirituality.  

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Tourist Attractions in Palampur

Palampur, the land of freshwater is blessed with not just fertile earth but rich history and traditions not to mention unparalleled natural beauty. For aeons, this has attracted people, from settlers to seekers, from pilferers to pilgrims.

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In-house Activities at Rakkh Resort

Rakkh resort in Palampur is the perfect place to be if you’re looking for an experiential getaway from the hustle and bustle of the cities. For those seeking adventure, all one has to do is step out, and the towering foothills dotted with pine forests are your playground.  

Winter Foods in Himachal Pradesh

Winter foods to warm your Soul - Himachal Pradesh

The days around our resort in Palampur have gotten shorter and chillier as winter in Himachal has finally set in for the year. These pleasantly cold days are the perfect time to enjoy a steaming bowl of noodles from our inhouse Maggi station, and then some.

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Mountain Fishing in the Himalayas

The indigenous species of Mahseer thrive in the lower, warmer waters and so the British introduced the Brown and Rainbow Trouts, with the Brown Trout being an anglers nemesis. Both coldwater and fast stream fish the upper streams too became angling grounds.  

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A Traveller's Guide To Himachal Pradesh

If you are an individual who loves the never-ending cold climate, peace, tranquility, a little potful of adventure and a whole lot of fun, then the hill paradise of Himachal Pradesh is the right travel destination for you.

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Snowfall Stories of Himachal Pradesh

If you love snowfall, then there is no better place in India to visit than Himachal Pradesh, the land of the snow!



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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Around Himachal

There are a total number of thirty eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the land of India. Of these thirty eight sites, two of the most beautiful sites are in Himachal Pradesh, the kingdom of snow.

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The Rakkh Guide To Birding | Rakkh Resort In Palampur

So you’ve read our previous posts about the beautiful birdlife in the Himachal region, and hopefully are enamoured enough to try and become a birder yourself. But where do you begin? Depending on your interest levels and more, the art of birding can either be a weekend hobby or a lifetime passion. Here’s a small, straightforward guide to get you started.  

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Where The Wild Things Are!

For millennia, the hills that surround our resort in Palampur have harbored a natural world of great magnitudes. Indeed, the mighty Himalayas support one of the world’s oldest ecosystems, from millions of years ago. Rakkh resort in Dharamshala is a part of the Indian Himachal Reserve, a popular biodiversity hotspot.


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The Village Walk At Rakkh: Among Friendly Faces And Timeless Tradition

Have you ever wondered where our resort in Palampur got its name from? As it turns out, Rakkh resort owes its name and indeed its persona to the quaint and charming village of Rakkh, a short distance away. In a world of fast paced lives and deadlines, we could all learn a thing or two from the humble residents of Rakkh village

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On The Path To The Spiritual: Norbulingka Monastery In Dharamsala

As we’ve iterated in our previous posts, Dharamshala has always been a center of spirituality and worship along with being a fine winter destination for those from the plains. Today, most of these centers are still very much active places of worship, each with their own special story and place in history. There are a good number of monasteries in Dharamshala.

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Tantalizing Tapestry: One string at a time

Himachal Pradesh has a rich history of textile in various materials from cotton to wool to even hemp owing to a rich diversity of land and seasons, facilitating and necessitating the mastery of this art form. The cold weather of winter is prohibitive and requires warm clothing as a survival essential. Moreover, the winters could be drab with the sun hidden for weeks on end.

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Soar Above The Clouds: Go Paragliding In Himachal!

Well an idyllic village deep in the mountains of Kangra, Himachal Pradesh is one of the world’s most sought after paragliding destination with amateurs, enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike flocking by road only to take wing in the thermals around Bir-Billing.
Bir-Billing although intertwined together forever due to the sport of paragliding, Bir and Billing are two separate villages

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Himachal Artforms

Himachal Pradesh is blessed with pristine natural beauty. All this nature has led to people of Himachal Pradesh being inspired by the environment around them and developing their own form of art and crafts.

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Guide to Himachal Sights

Himachal Pradesh is a land of majestic mountains, sprawling green landscapes, picturesque valleys, and flowing rivers. There are a multitude of attractions and destinations that are all within short distance of Rakkh...

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Tea Time Treats: Snacks and Street Food Of Himachal 

There’s a vast variety of evening snacks that belong to the hills that are either sweet, savory, hearty or sometimes all three (depending on your palette).

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Summit A New Peak: 3 Treks Around Kangra That You Must Try

Being a part of the Himachal region means that every mountain and every peak has an adventure in store for you on your Himachal trip over the weekend. Located conveniently in the vast Kangra district, Rakkh is an ideal resort in Dharamshala.

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Diwali in Himachal

Celebrate the festival of lights in the solitude and peace of the Himalayas, in the company of the Dhauladhars that oversee our active resort in Palampur.

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Namgyal Monastery In Dharamsala

We’d like to showcase a few more monasteries in Dharamsala that are just a short drive away from Rakkh, our resort in Palampur. As with every monastery or general place of worship, each has its own unique story.

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Saluting Himachal’s Conservation Efforts! 

As a small boutique resort in Palampur, we at Rakkh have always been friends of the forests and its denizens. The multitude of wildlife that makes these hills their homes is something that locals are proud of and strive to protect. 

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Spiritual Sojourn: A Few Of The Best Temples In Dharamshala

Some are ancient, some are relatively modern, but each location is conveniently located from Rakkh, one of the best resorts in Dharamshala, and all the chosen places of worship make for a perfect holistic addition to your Dharamshala sightseeing experience. 

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What the Himachali Dhaam Consists Of When you stay at this Resort in Palampur

One of the Himachal’s most signature culinary experiences that’s a speciality at our resort in Palampur is of course the Dhaam!
No celebration in the hills is complete without a traditional dhaam...

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Why you should not visit Rakkh?

Well, for starters it's the land kept by Gods. So if you have not been a ‘good boy’ then you might anger the gods...

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An essential guide to family bonding 

Family Bonding is the indispensable ingredient for a productive and rewarding life...

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Kangra, an introduction

Once the seat of power in all of Himachal, Kangra is equally renowned for its rich cultural milieus...


Himachali Dham Experience

Kangri Dham

The legendary Dhaam is a response and challenge to the royal Wazwan feast of Kashmir. Dhaam started as a royal feast for the King’s guests and slowly percolated into the local populace who started contracting the Botis.

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The Lockdown Experience

The horror-show of epidemic turning pandemic was akin to a hurricane in its scale, speed and spread. It shook the economy and forced several businesses to shut down and leaving others struggling to survive.


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It is Time for Nature at Rakkh, Always

Today as we celebrate the most precious, beautiful and enriching entity in all our lives, even as the dark clouds of a pandemic hovers above us, the unadulterated joy and bliss nature brings to us is palpable amongst all.

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Let's unlock Dream Vacations - Resorts in Palampur

However we assess it, COVID has exacted a toll on all of us and we can’t wait to get life
back to normalcy. While many pundits and thought leaders debate what that novelty is, we believe that travel is a fundamental need of humans.

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The Gaddi Tribes of Kangra

Hills of Kangra along with the upper regions of Himachal which are predominantly mountainous are home to the Gaddis who practice pastoralism for aeons, going up hills with their livestock of sheep and goats during summers.


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Dharamshala - The Land of the Dalai Lama

Entangled in a vicious cycle of work and never-ending traffic jams? You might want to break off from your busy schedule and escape to the hills. There’s nothing more rejuvenating than being surrounded by serene mountains and breathing fresh air.
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Maas, Machili, Mountains - A lip-smacking journey into Himachal

The Himachal region boasts a wide array of delectable foods of every nature; most of which are unique to Himachal. Being the Dev Bhoomi, with a rich culinary tradition, sometimes the vegetarian offering can feel overwhelming to the detriment of meat cravings.

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Staycation at Rakkh Resort in Dharamshala

There could not be a better time to visit Rakkh, an idyllic getaway in the Kangra Valley. Let your ideas of better living be changed, completely. With Rakkh’s staycation package, experience the best hospitality, cuisine and adventure that the Himalayas have to offer you. 

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The Majestic Forts and Temples of Kangra

The royal town of Kangra is a treasure trove of scenic treats, wealth and history. Historically, the kingdom of Kangra comprised of three capitals. The third capital which is tucked away in the hills, is what we know as present-day Kangra. Nagarkot, Susarmapura, Bhimkot and Katoch are names that are often associated with Kangra. 

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Ferns, Nettles and Lentils: The Uniqueness Of Himachal Cuisine

In the vast mountain lands of the Himalayas, far from the world of Rajma Chawal and Sambar, food takes on a slightly different avatar here.

Scratch that, “slightly” might be an understatement.

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Plumes of Paradise: Endemic Birds To See In Dharamshala

The Kangra Valley is home to a massive selection of bird life, with a documented 200 odd individual species, including migrants. Rakkh is located quite conveniently outside urbania, being a resort in Palampur region, thus giving you the perfect opportunity to go on the search for these beautiful avifauna.

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Check off things to do on your bucket-list at Rakkh, the Experiential Resort in Dharamshala

Rakkh, an experiential and adventure resort in Dharamshala hidden away in a quaint mountain village is also eponymous of it, Rakh an idyllic village is home to our resort in Palampur area. We encompass the spirit of Himachal within Rakkh, living and breathing the ethos of Kangra.

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Travelling to Rakkh, Himachal Pradesh in times of COVID: A first-hand experience.

This is an excerpt from the heart-to-heart between Swati Makkar, our Resort Manager and our very first guest for the season since COVID Lockdown. 

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Beautiful villages near Dharamshala

“Village is a place where you can find peace, unity, strength, inspiration and most importantly a natural and beautiful life” - Minahil Urfan

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Main attractions of Dharamshala

The amalgamation of history, spirituality, culture, and nature is what makes Dharamshala a must-visit destination. Nestled in the mystic hills of the Kangra Valley, this hill station is unlike any other

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Religious places of Dharamshala 

A lot of people from around the world travel to Dharamshala in search of peace and mindfulness. “What you seek is seeking you”, this quote couldn’t get any closer to the truth.

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Winter is the best to visit Dharamshala!

The ‘Winter Capital of Himachal Pradesh’ is a title given to Dharamshala. The reason for this is because Dharamshala is at its most beautiful self in winters. During this season, the city comes truly alive.

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Snowfall in Dharamshala- Focus on the snow Trek at Rakkh 

Dharamshala is blessed with abundant snowfall in the winter months. The snow, like a blanket, covers everything right from the mountain peaks to the valley. 


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