You don’t have to burn a hole in your pocket and hunt for exotic foreign locations to feed your Instagram page. We are about to reveal a small secluded village, where you can capture endless moments to colour your insta feed. Kikar Lodge in Ropar District of Punjab is the place to go for those looking for an adventure near to home.
Serene and blessed with scenic beauty, Kikar Lodge is India’s First Private Forest Reserve tucked in the Shivalik foothills in the village of Nurpur Bedi.
Let’s explore the Instagram-worthy things to do in and around Kikar.
The charming Kikar Lodge
At a 2 hour drive from Chandigarh, the Kikar Lodge offers a great escape from the hustle and noise of city life. Spread over 1800 acres of forest, Kikar Lodge is an amalgamation of modernity and rustic charms that will entice any travel enthusiast.
Kikar offers spectacular views, a spectacular glimpse of wildlife, tryst with nature, and it rejuvenates your body and mind. It’s a wonderful place to de-stress and relax by lounging near the pools or at the shack. The greenery around provides the perfect backdrop for some amazing shots.
And when you are done capturing its beauty, set your camera to the delicious food served here. Dig into the fabulous spread of flavours, colours, aromas, and textures while sharpening your food photography skills.
At Kikar, natural splendour and adventure goes hand in hand. The place is a hotspot for a host of adventure activities. Flying Fox’s 5 zip line tour is one of the most sought-after activities — rated highly by TripAdvisor users.
Don’t miss out on recording the moment as you zip high above the green forests, the longest zipline tour in South Asia, beholding the panoramic view of the Shivalik Hills. The whole zipping act of 1500m in length will leave you with an exhilarating experience.
There are several other ways to keep yourself engaged at Kikar Lodge: you can go on a night safari, quad-biking, rappelling, mountain cycling, zorbing, and play paintball.
In and around Ropar District
Ropar District provides a complete package – check out the Bhakra dam, which will delight you. Enjoy boating and water sports at the beautiful Gobind Sagar Lake.
You shouldn’t miss a visit to the holy City of Bliss, Anandpur Sahib. The sacred pilgrimage centre of Sikhs is a must-see destination around these parts. On the occasion of Hola Mohalla, the city looks radiant with colours and music. During the festival, you get to frame several martial moves, swirling of swords, and thousands and thousands of cheerful faces in their traditional dress and weapons.
Seek divine blessings at Naina Devi Temple, which is considered as one of the Shakti Peetha temples. Overlooking Gobind Sagar Lake, it gives a picturesque view for your camera.
It is also a great opportunity to enrich your knowledge about Sikh history, cultures and traditions at the Khalsa Heritage Complex, an architectural marvel.
Ropar Lake and Place of Treaty between Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Lord William-Bentick are also worth visiting to create #Roparmoment.
So, pack your bags and embark on a journey to get your fill of incredible Kikar.