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Srinagar City Tour for a Unique Experience

Posted on September 22nd, 2011 by Uma Malhotra  |  Comments Off on Srinagar City Tour for a Unique Experience

Last month, I got an opportunity to visit Srinagar with my cousin, who was going there for some official work. I had nothing much to do while he planned this trip so I too decided to accompany him.

Popularly known as ‘Venice of the East’, Srinagar is the capital of Jammu and Kashmir.

It lies in Kashmir valley, on the banks of Jhelum river. I had heard a lot about the lakes and houseboats of Srinagar, so that was perfect opportunity for me to explore them.

Soon, we were in Srinagar. My cousin completed his official work same day and then we had ample time to explore the city, so we embarked on Srinagar City Tour to make the most of it.

We went to see the famous sites of the area like Dal Lake and Gulmarg or Yusmarg. Besides these beautiful locations, we also visited historical places of pilgrimages like Shankaracharya Hill and the Vedic Shiva Temple. Many devotees were there to do puja among the heavy security.

The beauty of Mughul Gardens captivated me for some time. It was one of the best gardens I have seen in India. We also saw the Shri Pratap Singh Museum that had large rock sculpted idols of Vishnu and other Vedic divinities. Another famous place I visited is Shah Hamdan mosque which is dedicated to Shah Hamdan.

Following are several other attractions which became a part of our exploration during the tour:

Hari Parbat Fort

The 18th century fort is located at the Sharika Hill. This fort was constructed by Atta Mohammad Khan. Lies to the west of the Dal lake, this fort is a famous tourist attraction.

Hazratbal Mosque

Situated on the western shore of Dal Lake, it is an important Muslim religious place. Its amazing white marble elegance can be seen in the crystal clear waters of the lake.

Pari Mahal

Pari Mahal or the ‘House of the Fairies’ is located just above Chashma Shahi Gardens, which is around 10 km from Srinagar. Pari Mahal is a historic monument and a well-laid garden. It also overlooks the beautiful Dal Lake.

Tomb of Zain-ul-Abidin

The tomb of King Zain-ul-Abidin shows a clear Persian influence in its amazing domed construction and glazed tiles.

Our curiosity to explore the Excursions of Srinagar took us to following places:

Gulmarg

The valley of Gulmarg is located at an altitude of 2730 m above sea level. It is a pleasant hill town situated around 52 km southeast of Srinagar. Flowering plants, golf course and snow sports activities during winters are some popular attractions of the place.

Pahalgam

It is located 95 km east of Srinagar in the Liddar Valley. The place is famous for its several adventure sports activities like trekking, hiking and fishing.

Sonamarg

Sonamarg lies around 80 km in the northeast of Srinagar. Situated at an altitude of 2740 m above sea level, the place offers breathtaking views of snow covered Himalayan peaks.

After enjoying Shikara Ride, we came back to our hotel in late evening. Next morning, we left for home with delightful memories.

 

Last month, I got an opportunity to visit Srinagar with my cousin, who was going there for some official work. I had nothing much to do while he planned this trip so I too decided to accompany him.

 

Popularly known as ‘Venice of the East’, Srinagar is the capital of Jammu and Kashmir.

It lies in Kashmir valley, on the banks of Jhelum river. I had heard a lot about the lakes and houseboats of Srinagar, so that was perfect opportunity for me to explore them.

 

Soon, we were in Srinagar. My cousin completed his official work same day and then we had ample time to explore the city, so we embarked on Srinagar City Tour to make the most of it.

 

We went to see the famous sites of the area like Dal Lake and Gulmarg or Yusmarg. Besides these beautiful locations, we also visited historical places of pilgrimages like Shankaracharya Hill and the Vedic Shiva Temple. Many devotees were there to do puja among the heavy security.

 

The beauty of Mughul Gardens captivated me for some time. It was one of the best gardens I have seen in India. We also saw the Shri Pratap Singh Museum that had large rock sculpted idols of Vishnu and other Vedic divinities. Another famous place I visited is Shah Hamdan mosque which is dedicated to Shah Hamdan.

 

Following are several other attractions which became a part of our exploration during the tour:

 

Hari Parbat Fort

The 18th century fort is located at the Sharika Hill. This fort was constructed by Atta Mohammad Khan. Lies to the west of the Dal lake, this fort is a famous tourist attraction.

Hazratbal Mosque

Situated on the western shore of Dal Lake, it is an important Muslim religious place. Its amazing white marble elegance can be seen in the crystal clear waters of the lake.

 

Pari Mahal

Pari Mahal or the ‘House of the Fairies’ is located just above Chashma Shahi Gardens, which is around 10 km from Srinagar. Pari Mahal is a historic monument and a well-laid garden. It also overlooks the beautiful Dal Lake.

 

Tomb of Zain-ul-Abidin

The tomb of King Zain-ul-Abidin shows a clear Persian influence in its amazing domed construction and glazed tiles.

 

 

Our curiosity to explore the Excursions of Srinagar took us to following places:

 

 

Gulmarg

The valley of Gulmarg is located at an altitude of 2730 m above sea level. It is a pleasant hill town situated around 52 km southeast of Srinagar. Flowering plants, golf course and snow sports activities during winters are some popular attractions of the place.

Pahalgam

It is located 95 km east of Srinagar in the Liddar Valley. The place is famous for its several adventure sports activities like trekking, hiking and fishing.

Sonamarg

 

Sonamarg lies around 80 km in the northeast of Srinagar. Situated at an altitude of 2740 m above sea level, the place offers breathtaking views of snow covered Himalayan peaks.

 

After enjoying Shikara Ride, we came back to our hotel in late evening. Next morning, we left for home with delightful memories.

 

 

 

Char Dham Yatra for a Celestial Experience!

Posted on September 16th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off on Char Dham Yatra for a Celestial Experience!

Char Dham Yatra holds great significance among the Hindu pilgrims. The term ‘Char Dham’ means four places where Gods reside. Char Dham tour includes four destinations of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri. These four places are located amidst the Himalaya in Garhwal region of Uttaranchal state.

According to Hindu Mythology, the yatra is fruitful when it is done like a ‘Parikarma.’ Thus, the journey starts from Yamunotri, proceeding to Gangotri and finally to Kedarnath and Badrinath. Char Dham Yatra is also considered as a way to wash out your sins and to attain ‘Moksha’ or Salvation.

My parents wanted to go for Char Dham Yatra, I too accompanied them. Started from Delhi, we reached Haridwar, the holy city. The places we visited there Mansa Devi temple, Sapt Rishi and Daksha Mahadev temple. We stayed there to see the Maha Aarti on the Ganga bank. The scene was so beautiful that it simply made us forget our fatigue and filled us with divine peace.

Walking through Rishikesh, we headed towards Yamunotri. Dedicated to Goddess Yamuna, this holy site has a great significance. It is believed that Lord Krishna used to play on the banks of river Yamuna.
We visited the temple via Hanuman Chetty. Horses were also available on rent, offering a wonderful opportunity to view the breathtaking beauty of waterfalls.

Gangotri was our next destination. Considered as the place where Ganga merged in the earth, Gangotri has a 18th century temple. Our heart filled with great devotion when we reached this sacred site, hustling and bustling with religious activities. We also took a holy dip in river Ganga and visited beautiful places adjacent to Gangotri.

Our customized Char Dham tour package proved helpful for us as we could visit all the places we wanted to see. To experience the eternal bliss, we reached our next destination Kedarnath. After reaching there, we felt the tranquility and great peace of mind because everywhere you could listen the sound of praising God by devotees. There is a temple which was built by Pandavas. It is known as the abode of Lord Shiva.

It is said that the present temple was built by Adi Shankracharya in the 18th century. The temple has decorated inner walls in the assembly hall. A large statue of the Nandi bull stands outside the temple door. Blessed with great scenic beauty, Kedarnath is also the origin place of River Mandakini.

Connecting ourselves with divine during our tour, we reached Badrinath, the last destination of our tour. It is situated in the lap of Nar-Narayan Parvat, at an elevation of 3,133 meters above sea level. Badrinath is considered as the most sacred religious site of Hindu. This pilgrimage site boasts of Tapt Kund and Surya Kund, which are the springs of natural hot water.

The silent and tranquil atmosphere seems to resound with the names of God as the devotees advance towards their destination. We felt immense tranquility by getting the spiritual blessings of Lord.
Apart from offering great spiritual experience, the journey also enabled us to enjoy the scenic natural beauty scattered all around the sacred sites.

Based on our experience, I would strongly recommend that one must go for Char Dham Yatra at least once in his life!

Char Dham Yatra holds great significance among the Hindu pilgrims. The term ‘Char Dham’ means four places where Gods reside. Char Dham tour includes four destinations of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri. These four places are located amidst the Himalaya in Garhwal region of Uttaranchal state.

 

According to Hindu Mythology, the yatra is fruitful when it is done like a ‘Parikarma.’ Thus, the journey starts from Yamunotri, proceeding to Gangotri and finally to Kedarnath and Badrinath. Char Dham Yatra is also considered as a way to wash out your sins and to attain ‘Moksha’ or Salvation.

 

My parents wanted to go for Char Dham Yatra, I too accompanied them. Started from Delhi, we reached Haridwar, the holy city. The places we visited there Mansa Devi temple, Sapt Rishi and Daksha Mahadev temple. We stayed there to see the Maha Aarti on the Ganga bank. The scene was so beautiful that it simply made us forget our fatigue and filled us with divine peace.

 

Walking through Rishikesh, we headed towards Yamunotri. Dedicated to Goddess Yamuna, this holy site has a great significance. It is believed that Lord Krishna used to play on the banks of river Yamuna.

We visited the temple via Hanuman Chetty. Horses were also available on rent, offering a wonderful opportunity to view the breathtaking beauty of waterfalls.

Gangotri was our next destination. Considered as the place where Ganga merged in the earth, Gangotri has a 18th century temple. Our heart filled with great devotion when we reached this sacred site, hustling and bustling with religious activities. We also took a holy dip in river Ganga and visited beautiful places adjacent to Gangotri.

 

Our customized Char Dham tour package proved helpful for us as we could visit all the places we wanted to see. To experience the eternal bliss, we reached our next destination Kedarnath.

After reaching there, we felt the tranquility and great peace of mind because everywhere you could listen the sound of praising God by devotees. There is a temple which was built by Pandavas. It is known as the abode of Lord Shiva.

 

It is said that the present temple was built by Adi Shankracharya in the 18th century. The temple has decorated inner walls in the assembly hall. A large statue of the Nandi bull stands outside the temple door. Blessed with great scenic beauty, Kedarnath is also the origin place of River Mandakini.

 

Connecting ourselves with divine during our tour, we reached Badrinath, the last destination of our tour. It is situated in the lap of Nar-Narayan Parvat, at an elevation of 3,133 meters above sea level.

Badrinath is considered as the most sacred religious site of Hindu. This pilgrimage site boasts of Tapt Kund and Surya Kund, which are the springs of natural hot water.

 

The silent and tranquil atmosphere seems to resound with the names of God as the devotees advance towards their destination. We felt immense tranquility by getting the spiritual blessings of Lord.

Apart from offering great spiritual experience, the journey also enabled us to enjoy the scenic natural beauty scattered all around the sacred sites.

 

Based on our experience, I would strongly recommend that one must go for Char Dham Yatra at least once in his life!

 

 

 

 

 

Palace on Wheel Train Tour – An Euphoric way to Explore Indian Heritage

Posted on July 22nd, 2011 by Uma Malhotra  |  Comments Off on Palace on Wheel Train Tour – An Euphoric way to Explore Indian Heritage

India, the kaleidoscopic land is known throughout the world for its unique cultural, natural, regional, religious and geographical diversities. I always dreamed to explore incredible beauty of India in a royal manner. I have heard and read about this mesmerizing land several times which inflamed my curiosity of India visit. Basically I belong from Australia so I have planned my India tour during vacations and fortnight Christmas vacation was the most ideal time.

After lot of internet surfing I decided that Palace on Wheel Train Tour is the most royal and regal way to explore enchanting and heritage destinations of India. This train tour is the best way to feel the glory of Indian royalty and experience the interwoven charm of India scenic beauty and cultural heritage.

While booking Palace on Wheel train tour I contacted several India tour operators but the most affordable rate was provided to me by the Caper Travel Company Pvt. Ltd. I with my wife arrived Delhi a night before our luxurious journey was to begin. On the morning via complementary taxis courtesy of the Taj we reached the Delhi cantonment station where we have to embark our journey.

When we arrived the station we were received by the attendants of Palace of Wheel (POW). They garland us and apply the large red mark on our foreheads. This is a way in Indian culture to welcome guests.

Palace on Wheels is the epitome of luxury and comfort which beckons you to travel back in time to the era of raja-maharajas. It is one of the most luxurious trains in the world reflecting the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan. This train was once the personal railway coaches of the Maharajas of the princely states of Rajasthan, Gujrat and the Nizam of Hyderabad.

Every Wednesday, from September to April, 14 carriages Palace on Wheel leave New Delhi and make their way westwards into the deserted land of Rajasthan. The enchanting journey of 7 nights/ 8 days covers Jaipur (the Pink city), Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Ramthambhor National Park, Chittorgarh, Udaipur (the city of Lakes), the Bharatpur bird sanctuary and the symbol of love and romance, Agra, before returning to Delhi, the capital of India.

The 14 air-conditioned saloons of this train are equipped with all the facilities to ensure a comfortable time in the train. The elegant furnishings are specially created to appease the travellers with an imperial feel. I like everything at the first glance. The lounge is nice and cozy, and the cabin too. Here we met our cabin stewards Hari Nath and Sambhu. These guys will be at our service for the entire 7 days. Sambhu provides us all the basic information about this train and its time table. He narrated it so nicely that we don’t required to ask again regarding anything.

The Maharaja and the Maharani are the two restaurant where you can gorge on a variety of Rajasthani, Indian, Continental and Chinese dishes. There is a bar too where you can taste several Indian and International alcohol brands.

Day 2 – Jaipur
The highlight of today is the sprawling Amber fort and palace complex which is reached by a twenty minute elephant ride through a cobblestones and snaky pathways. It was the thrilling ride which gave us a majestic feeling of royalty. The fort is the architectural splendor made up of white marble and red sandstone. Maharaja Man Singh constructed this fort by combining the Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture. This fort is known worldwide for its architectural beauty, exterior as well as interior decorations, frescoes, paintings and murals based on various themes. Intricate carvings, mosaic work and minute mirror work are the most charismatic features of this imposing structure. The other captivating chambers of this fort are Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-e-Khas, Diwan-e-Aam and Ganesh Pol which will surely leaves you spellbound.

Other such arresting historic establishments which I visited in Jaipur were:

City Palace

Once the abode of the erstwhile rulers, City Palace is an outstanding architectural piece reflecting a perfect blend of the traditional Rajasthani and Mughal style of architecture. Done to perfection, the interiors of the palace are adorned with mesmerizing mirror work and beautiful paintings. The courtyards, gardens and structures of the Palace have their own unique charm. Nakkarkhana-ka-Darwaza is the fabulous gateway of the palace which is adorned with stone elephants. The other well known attractions of this fort are Mubarak Mahal, Diwan-I-Khas, Diwan-I-Aam, Chandra Mahal, Chavi Nivas, Badal Maha Shobha Nivas.

 

Jantar Mantar

This is among the five astronomical observatories of India which was constructed by Maharajah Jai Singh II in between 1727 to 1734. It was used for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars in their orbits and determining the celestial altitudes of various heavenly bodies. The grand construction of this structure will surely a true feast for visitors eye.
Soon I will share my Day 3: Sawai Madhopur …

Jaipur The Princely city imbued in Royalty

Posted on June 23rd, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off on Jaipur The Princely city imbued in Royalty

A trip to Jaipur was tantamount to a journey back in time to the era of raja-maharajas. This princely city is one of the most famous tourist destinations of Rajasthan. It boasts of rich history and culture which beautifully reflects in its attractions. It is frequented by many tourists throughout the year. Most of the city is painted in pink which gives this city the title ‘Pink City’. This city boasts of amazing attractions like stunning palaces, majestic forts, monuments, heritage hotels, gardens, handicrafts, cuisine and precious and semi-precious stone.

One of the striking features about Jaipur is that it was constructed on the principles of Vastu Shastra. Which is a traditional Hindu system of design based on directional alignments. This royal destination is also a part of the famous Golden Triangle Tour of India. The other two destinations covered under this tour are Agra and Delhi. Jaipur was established in the year 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II. He built this city in the form of a nine-part Mandala known as the Pithapada. Here nine signifies the nine planets of the ancient astrological zodiac.

Attractions of Jaipur

Jaipur Palaces

The palace of Jaipur are renowned the world over for their architectural beauty, stunning interiors and glorious history. Most of the palaces of the city have been converted into heritage hotels to offer royalty to tourists. The palaces house the museums where a wide variety of royal belongings are on display. The City palace and Hawa Mahal are the most famous palaces of Jaipur.

Jaipur Forts

Testimony to the glorious history of the city, the forts are amazing attractions. Amber Fort is a must-visit destination of jaipur. Built in 1592, this fort boasts of exquisite carvings, huge courtyards, beautiful mosaic work and mirror work. The fort is located on a hill and can be reached by an elephant ride.

Jaipur Wildlife

Located just a few kilometres from Jaipur is the famous Ranthambore National Park. This park is famous for its tigers and a wide variety of other wildlife. Several bird species are also spotted here. The park also has a historic fort called Ranthambore Fort.

Jaipur tour is incomplete without going on a shopping spree in its colourful markets. The famous handicrafts of Jaipur are blue pottery, embroidered juttis, tie and dye fabric, precious and semi-precious stones, silver jewellery, miniature paintings and leather crafts.

Trekking In India Offers Unlimited Fun

Posted on June 16th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off on Trekking In India Offers Unlimited Fun

India is an incredible land which offers adventure in plenty. Adventure lovers travel to India from across the globe to set their pulse racing with its adventure activities. Trekking is a famous adventure sport in India as the country is endowed with majestic Himalayas and other mesmerizing mountain ranges. The country boasts of some of the best trekking trails in the world. So are you ready for the exciting trekking challenges? You will get to enjoy, experience and explore a lot on the trekking tour to India. On trekking tour you get a chance to pass through forests, quaint villages established on the hills, gushing streams and cascading waterfalls. The experience of trekking in India is truly beyond words.

Ladakh is considered one of the best places for trekking not only in India but in the world. This snow desert of India is popularly known as Little Tibet as its geographical features and culture resembles that of Tibet. When it comes to adventure, Ladakh tops the list of Indian adventure destinations. Boasting of the majestic snow-capped mountains, lovely valleys, arresting monasteries and adventure sports, Ladakh is a great destination for holidays.

Whether you are an expert in trekking or an amateur, Ladakh Trekking Tours have options for you. Go for a trekking trail of one day or enjoy trekking for the entire one month in Ladakh. While you are in Ladakh you can also indulge in other adventure activities like water rafting, Yak safari and cycling.

Ladakh boats of several enchanting trekking routes such as Nubra alley, Lamayuru Gompa to Chilling, Spituk to Markha valley, Likir to Temisgam, Rupshu valley and Spiti valley. These trails are popular with tourists as they are quite easy treks. If you have long perfected the art of trekking then the difficult trekking trails like Stok Kangri trek, Markha Valley, Nubra Valley, Alchi – Lamayuru Trek and Rupshu valley. The perfect time for Ladakh Trekking tour is from mid June to October. world.

Apart from Ladakh you can go for trekking in North East Indian states like Sikkim, Assam, Mizoram and Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal.

Kashmir Holidays- Enjoy the treasures of paradise on earth

Posted on June 10th, 2011 by Pooja Chaudhary  |  Comments Off on Kashmir Holidays- Enjoy the treasures of paradise on earth

Are you looking for an escape route from the drudgery of your daily life? Kashmir is the best bet. Kashmir is truly a destination out-of-this-world. Its unparalleled charm has been the muse of travellers, authors and poets for centuries. Its rejuvenating natural beauty and serene environment will capture your heart. Treat your senses with breathtaking natural beauty, sow-capped mountains, salubrious climate, boat ride on Dal lake, blooming gardens and adventure sports on Kashmir tour.

Come summers and tourists from across the globe plan Kashmir Tour for pleasurable and memorable holidays. From adventure sports to peaceful settings, there is so much one can enjoy at this incredible tourist destination.

Gulmarg

 Gulmarg Tour Gulmarg Tour

Popular called the Meadow of flowers, Gulmarg is a breathtakingly beautiful destination of Kashmir. The grassy hills peppered with flowers of different hues are a treat to the soul. Relax in its wonderful surroundings and surely you will remember the experience for long. It is also a popular destination for golf. A variety of flowers can be seen here.

 

Srinagar

It is the capital of Kashmir which takes immense pride in its attractions. Dal lake and Mughal Gardens are the most famous attractions of this destination. The lake is extraordinary beautiful offering picturesque views. Enjoy a stay in a houseboat on the lake for pleasurable accommodation. Enjoy the charm of the lake on a boat ride. The Mughal Gardens overflow with colourful flowers and never fail to rejuvenate the visitors to the hilt.

 

Sonmarg

This adventure-filled destination is popular for offering great opportunities for adventure sports. Tourists from far and wide come here for plunging into the joy of skiing, camping, trekking and rafting. It is famously known as the Golden Meadow. It is ideally located at an altitude of 2,740 m above sea level.

Patnitop

 Patnitop Tour Patnitop Tour

Patnitop beckons you to get soaked in the mesmerizing natural beauty. It gives you an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate completely. Its picturesque landscape, gushing waterways, golf course, freshwater springs and snow-capped mountains attract tourists from far and wide.

 

The Magical West Bengal

Posted on June 1st, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off on The Magical West Bengal

West Bengal is a land steeped in natural beauty. It also boasts of rich culture which makes it a beautiful destination to spend memorable and pleasurable holidays. Large number of tourists from across the globe prefer West Bengal Tour to experience the charm of amalgamated beauty of nature and culture.
Some of the popular West Bengal Tourist Places are

Darjeeling
This is one of the most favoured hill stations of India known across the globe

 Darjeeling Darjeeling

for its charm of natural beauty. The pristine natural beauty earned it the title Queen of Hill Stations. Large number of tourists from several parts of the globe come here to enjoy the charm of snow-capped Himalayan mountains, Buddhist monasteries, Hindu temples and wildlife. You can also enjoy the enthralling ride on Darjeeling toy train which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of the popular tourist attractions of Darjeeling are Darjeeling toy train, Kalimpong, Happy valley tea gardens, Lloyd’s botanical gardens, victoria falls and passenger rope way.

Kolkata
This is the capital of West Bengal which was formerly known as Calcutta. It is often quoted as the City of Joy because of its interwoven charm of nature, culture, tradition and life style. This is mainly a place to be felt rather than just seen due to its liveliness and diversity. Some of the tourist places which are worth visiting in Kolkata are Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge, Eden Garden, Kalighat, Birla Planetarium, Indian Museum and Dalhousie Square.

Santiniketan
This is a famous tourist attraction of West Bengal situated near Bolpur in the Birbhum district. It is a university founded by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore to combine Indian traditions with the other cultures of the world.
This open air school is popularly known as Visva-Bharati which attracts scores of tourists, scholars, artists and eminent personalities from across the world. The serene and peaceful ambiance of this place give tourists a chance to feel nature at its best. Some of the popular attractions which can be visited by tourists during Santiniketan tour are China Bhavan, Chhatimtala, Kala Bhavan, Bichitra and Uttarayan Complex.

Sunderbans
This is a beautiful jungle situated in the southern tip of West Bengal where land meets the sea. It is renowned across the globe for its exotic and diverse collection of wildlife species. It is a part of the world’s largest delta renowned for its mangrove forest and rich biodiversity which make this place a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sunderbans National Park is the foremost tourist attraction of this place which is a paradise for wildlife lovers and nature enthusiasts. This wildlife reserve is famous for its 58 species of mammals, 55 species of reptiles and around 248 bird species.

River Rafting in India

Posted on May 19th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off on River Rafting in India

River rafting is one of the popular adventure activities among adventure lovers. It is full of fun, thrill and excitement. The foothills of the Himalayas is the perfect place for water rafting because of unstable currents of the mountain streams. Large number of tourists prefer white water rafting as it provides unlimited fun and enjoyment. The untamed mountain streams form an intricate network which passes through rocky banks and crevices. Some of the rivers which are known for rafting are Mandakini, Zanskar, Kalisor, Bhagirathi, Teesta, Indus, Alaknanda and Bhilangana.

The famous destinations for White Water Rafting in India are

Rafting On Zanskar River

 Zanskar River Rafting Zanskar River Rafting

Zanskar River is the most difficult and exciting white water rafting River Rafting In Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir Ladakh is the popular destination for white water rafting because of the presence of several mountain streams. Indus River and its major tributaries are the best places for water rafting. Indus river between Spituk and Saspol is the ideal place for enjoying the fun of rafting. Beyond Saspol the river becomes more turbulent which makes it difficult for beginners to indulge in river rafting. But for skilled and trained rafters it is a good place for enjoying the fun of this adventure sport.

destination in India which calls on good number of skilled rafters from several parts of the globe. This river has spectacular gorges between Padum and Nimo region which heightens the fun of rafting. This turbulent river is for the skilled and trained rafters. It is suitable only for well organised white water expeditions.

Rafting On The Ganges River
Garhwal region in Uttaranchal is the best place for water rafting in the sacred

 Ganga River Rafting Ganga River Rafting

river Ganga. This river is a good place for both professional as well as the amateur rafters. Ganga near Rishikesh is a popular spot for white water river rafting. This place has 36 km long stretch for rafting which begins from Kaudiyala and ends at Rishikesh. Large number of tourists come here to enjoy the fun, thrill and excitement of this adventurous activity.
Rafting in River Tons
River Tons is the biggest tributary of Yamuna which originates from the  Bandarpunchh Mountain range at an altitude of 20,720 feet above sea level. This river is counted among the most challenging white water rivers which attracts rafters from several parts of the world. The river passes through dense forest and deep gorges which provides tourists an opportunity to feel the charm of nature.

Travel to enchanting Uttaranchal

Posted on May 13th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off on Travel to enchanting Uttaranchal

Uttaranchal is a wonderful tourist destination of North India where tourists come from across the globe. It is a land of mountain beauty and adventure sports activities. This land is affectionately dubbed as ‘Dev Bhumi’. It is endowed with sheer natural beauty and salubrious climate. It is also known for its rich flora and fauna. Tourists can indulge in a variety of adventure sports such as river rafting, boating and trekking. Uttaranchal tourism boasts of mesmerizing attractions such as mountains, rivers, wildlife, glaciers, valley of flowers, forests and pilgrimage sites. There are several famous tourist destinations in Uttaranchal. Almora, kasauni and Mukteshwar are some of them.

Almora

 Almora Almora

It is a fascinating hill station of Uttaranchal. Attracting tourists from far and wide, it is a perfect holiday destination. It is located at an altitude of 1,650 m above sea level. It is popularly known as the cultural capital of Uttaranchal. The forests of pine and fir against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks makes this destination look like a fairyland.Its scenic beauty never fails to capture the hearts of tourists. Several colorful fairs and festivals are celebrated here every year. It is also a home to 1000 year old Nanda Devi temple. Almora can be visited from March to June or September to November. Some of the famous attractions of Almora are Bright End corner, State museum, Chitai temple, Siyahidevi temple, Katarmal temple, Deer park and Simtola.

Kausani

 Kausani Kausani

Nestled in the Kumaon hills, Kasauni is located at an altitude of 6,075 feet above sea level. It is a small hill station soaked in sheer natural beauty. It offers breattaking views of the snow-capped peaks. It is also the place where Mahatama Gandhi lived for a long time in the year 1929. It is the birthplace of the famous poet Sumitra Nandan Pant. This picturesque hill station is dominated by dark pine forest. It is popularly known as the jewel of the Himalayas. It is located only 53 km from Almora. Kasauni attractions include Oant museum, Lakshmi ashram, Pinakeshwar (trekking area), Baijnath, Someshwar, Anasakti ashram and tea gardens.

Mukteshwar

 Mukteshwar Mukteshwar

Located in the enchanting Nainital district, Mukteshwar is a wonderful destination. It offers captivating views of the Himalayas. Its serene environment, pleasant climate and natural beauty will surely leved you spell bound. You can enjoy trekking, mountain climbing and rock climbing in Mukteshwar.

Visit Uttranchal During This Summer

Posted on April 29th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off on Visit Uttranchal During This Summer

 Uttranchal Uttranchal

Uttaranchal is a wonderland of India where tourist attractions galore. It is a beautiful state where tourists come from across the globe. This destination is a big hit with adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. It is famously known as the land of Gods as it is peppered with many pilgrimage centres. The major attractions of Uttaranchal are staggering natural beauty, snow-covered mountains, beautiful valleys and enchanting wildlife. A variety of adventure sports can be enjoyed here.

Some of the famous attractions of Uttaranchal Tourism are:

Rishikesh
It is one of the holy cities of India which is blessed with sheer natural beauty. Located on the banks of the holy river Ganga, this city is famous for yoga and meditation and adventure sports. It is popularly known as the place of sages. It boasts of glorious history. It is known for adventure sports activities such as river rafting, trekking, mountaineering and canoeing. The beautiful temples and ghats are among its major attractions.

Joshimath
It is another enchanting destination of Uttarnachal. It is a wonderful hill station where nature lovers come from far and wide. It offers pleasant climate and sheer natural beauty. The legend goes that the sage Shankaracharya established one of the four piths (centres) for sanyasis at this destination. It is believed that lord Vishnu resides in Joshimath during winters. The temple of Narshimha and Naina Devi national park are the must-see attractions of Joshimath.

Valley of flowers
Visiting the valley of flowers in Uttaranchal is like visiting heaven on earth.
It is extremely fascinating and refreshing. It is a famous national park roosted in the Himalayas. It is known for arresting meadows of endemic alpine flowers and sheer natural beauty. It boasts of more than 500 species of flowers. It is also a home to a variety of wildlife including some endangered species such as Asiatic black bear, snow leopard and blue sheep.

Nainital
It is a renowned hill station of North India steeped in mesmerizing natural beauty. Located in the Himalayan foothills, it is popularly known as lake paradise. Nainital attractions include Naini lake, Bhim Tal, Naini peak and snow view point.

Mussoorie
It is another famed hill station of North India. Gifted with picturesque surroundings, it is located at an altitude of 2,000 m. It is very popular among honeymooners. Kempty Fall, Gun hill, Lake Mist and camel’s back road are some of the famous attractions of Mussoorie.

Uttaranchal tour is the best bet for rejuvenating holidays. Travel to Uttaranchal and you are bound to come back completely mesmerized.