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Trekking In India Offers Unlimited Fun

Posted on June 16th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off

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

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.

 

River Rafting in India

Posted on May 19th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off

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

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

 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.

Chardham Yatra-Part II

Posted on February 11th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off

 Gangotri Gangotri

Early morning we set out on our journey to Gangotri. After reaching there we went for a holy dip in the holy river Ganga which is known as Bhagirathi at its origin. Gangotri is a revered Hindu pilgrimage which is also a source of sacred river Ganga. According to the legend king Bhagirathi spent several years in penance of Goddess Ganga to land on the earth. Hence the origin of river Ganga is called Bhagirathi.

We were completely mesmerized by the pristine beauty of Gangotri. Its beautiful and peaceful aura captured our hearts. Our guide told us that this destination is at an altitude of 3140 m above sea level. After Gangotri darsham we came back to Uttarkashi.

The next morning we drove to Rudraprayag and on the way we stopped at Tehri Dam where we enjoyed for some time. Rudraprayag is around 175 km from Uttarkashi. Rudraprayag is the confluence of river Mandakani and Alaknanda. We also visited the Chamunda Devi temple and Koteshwr temple which are 3 km from Rudraprayag. In the evening we checked in the hotel for a night stay.

The next morning we headed towards Kedarnath which is 75 km from Rudraprayag. We reached Gaurikund and from here one can either go on foot or by pony/Doli to Kadarnath. We opted to go by pony and the ride was enjoyable. At Gaurikund we took bath in the hot water pond and visited the Gauri temple. Gaurikund is the place where Goddess Parvati meditated to attain Lord Shiva.

 Kedarnath Yatra Kedarnath Yatra

Kedarnath Shrine is one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. It offers breathtaking views of the majestic Kedarnath range. Kedarnath town is staggeringly beautiful place flanked by snow-capped mountains. In the early morning we visited the Kedarnath shrine and then trekked down to Gaurikund. Then we drove to Rudraprayag via Guptkashi and stayed in a hotel at Rudraprayag.

The next morning we drove to Badrinath via Joshimath. It took us around 9 hours to reach Badrinath. At one point of time Badrinath was dotted with wild berries. Thus it got the name Badri Van meaning forest of berries. The next morning after taking a bath in the Taptkund at Badrinath we went for darshan of Lord Badrinarayan at Badrinath temple. It is a mesmerizing pilgrimage center located at an average elevation of 3,415 m. After attending the puja we took a stroll around the temple and photographed the blissful surroundings. The other nearby attractions (within the range of 3 km) here are Mana, Vyas Gufa, Maatamoorti, Charanpaduka, Bhimkund and the ‘Mukh’ of the Saraswati River.

After covering the Char Dhams we returned to Delhi with golden memories in our heart and peace in our mind. We were completely mesmerized by the celestial beauty of these four destinations. They are beautiful beyond words.

Char Dham Yatra-Part I

Posted on January 13th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off

 Badrinath Badrinath

This time I and my friends were thinking of planning a tour which could be different from the rest of the tours which we had already taken. I mean we were looking for a destination which can offer natural beauty, adventure, pleasure, peace, knowledge and much more-all rolled into one. I was sharing this with my mom and she suggested the Char Dham Tour. Not taking her suggestion seriously I smilingly said ‘we are too young to go for a tirth yatra’. But then later when I saw the destinations of Char Dham Yatra on internet I was speechless. They are extremely beautiful promising much more than what we wanted. I immediately shared this idea with my friends and finally finalized this tour.

According to Hindu mythologies it is believed that Char Dham Yatra is a journey to moksha. Char Dham consists of four wonderful pilgrimage sites namely Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. It is one of the most holy tours of the Hindus. These four destinations are located in the staggeringly beautiful Himalayas. We booked the Char Dham tour with great excitement.

Starting from Delhi we reached Haridwar in the afternoon. After refreshing ourselves we visited the Mansa Devi temple and participated in the evening aarti at Har ki Pauri. Haridwar is another famous pilgrimage site of India. Its evening aarti was very uplifting. There we had an overnight stay at Hotel Haveli Hari Ganga. This place is a doorway to the Char Dham Yatra.

The next day in the morning we drove to Barkot via Mussoorie. We halted for some time in Mussoorie to see the wonderful Kempty Fall. We continued our drive to Barkot and reached there in the evening and spent the night in a hotel. Barkot is 215 kms from Haridwar.

In the morning we left from Barkot for Janki Chatti via Hanuman Chatti and Fool Chatti. Hanuman Chatti is the confluence of Hanuman Ganga and Yamuna River. After reaching Janki Chatti we started the trek of 6 km for Yamunotri, one of the Char Dhams. Yamnotri is located at an elevation of 3,235 m above sea level. The views of the surroundings were mesmerizing. After reaching Yamunotri we took a holi dip in Garam kund and then headed towards the shrine of Goddess Yamnotri. After darshan and Pooja we trekked back to Janki Chatti and drove back to Barkot.

Our Guide Shankar told us that Yamunotri is the the source of the Yamuna River and the seat of the Goddess Yamuna. Yamunotri Temple was built in the 19th century by Maharani Gularia of Jaipur.

We saw several thermal springs flowing into the pools near the temple. The guide told us that among all Surya Kund is the most famous. We also worshipped at Divya Shila, a rock pillar which is worshipped before entering the Yamunotri Temple.

From Barkot we left for Uttarkashi in the morning. It is 82 km from Barkot. En route we visited Prakateshwar Cave. The journey from Barkot to Uttarkashi was very pleasurable as the road was flanked by pine trees and the path was very picturesque. It is a natural cave found around 10 years back. There are limestone formations inside the cave which resemble Shiv Linga because of which it holds religious importance. Cold water flows inside the cave making their way into a small pool. The water here is considered sacred.

We reached Uttarkashi in the afternoon and after refreshing ourselves we visited Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Later in the evening we participated in the aarti of Goddess Ganga at the Ganga river ghat. Uttarkashi is a gateway to Gangotri. Uttarkashi is located on the bank of river Bhagirathi. There are several temples located here. We also strolled through the town of Uttarkashi and retired to the beds late. The next day we had to drive to Gangotri. Till now our journey had been great, very beautiful, very uplifting.

Day 2: Corbett National Park: The Fantasy of wild encounter!

Posted on December 17th, 2010 by Pooja Chaudhary  |  Comments Off

 Tiger Tiger

Brushing aside our dismay, we went on the evening safari in the Corbett National Park with a hope to sight a tiger this time. While on our way to the Park I was wondering about the woeful plight of tigers in India. The tiger population in India is moving towards extinction faster than we can imagine. Soon sighting a tiger in the jungle and even in zoo will be a thing of the past. It is very sad to know that now only 1411 tigers are left in India.

The kids continuously kept asking about our chances of sighting a tiger this time. I tried to make them understand that we should have a keen eye for other wildlife species also. It’s fun to watch them too. So let’s not be obsessed with tiger and have love for the other species too.

As we were moving towards Dhikala we sighted a lot of wild elephants and monkeys. The kids loved the experience and my 4 year old niece asked me, “how come these monkeys are so fit? Do they exercise daily? I also want to become like them”. Hearing her sweet wish we all burst out laughing. In the next one hour we saw some beautiful birds namely darter, long-tailed broadbill, crested serpent eagle, red jungle fowl, common peafowl and booted hawk eagle.

Dhikala is one of the best places in Corbett National Park where the chances of sighting a tiger and other wildlife species are bright. This region also provides accommodation facilities. Its picturesque surroundings and ambiance will surely leave you overwhelmed. A lot of elephants can be seen here. This region is not accessible during monsoon.

Our next sight was truly breathtaking. Our guide spotted something with his eagle eyes behind the bushes. We stopped our jeep and with pin-drop silence waited to see the creature. It moved and we could catch a glimpse of it. It was a tiger. In no time it moved into the dense forest. Well sighting the tiger was no less than a miracle for us. With limitless joy in our heart we continued our safari and sighted some deer, barking deer, chital, spotted deer and some more birds.

Wilderness of Corbett National Park-Part I

Posted on December 6th, 2010 by Pooja Chaudhary  |  Comments Off

 Ghariyal Ghariyal

“Running, running incessantly at a fast pace as if a participant of a rat race. We are absorbed in the thoughts of worldly pursuits and hardly listen to what our heart says. We think that heart can wait, as of now only worldly pursuits is the bait. What about the dreams of the heart? Brush them aside, again they can wait, seems it is their fate. Stop for a second, think, of what use would be the treasure of this world if it makes us eternally numb to the matters of the heart?”

As usual I sat down to write a poem but to my surprise I ended up writing the above piece. I had nothing of this sort going on in my mind but may be there was something my heart wanted to convey. I am not a ‘worldly pursuits’ offender but I am more soft on the heart than on the mind. So after writing the above piece unintentionally, I realized that my heart desired something and I absolutely knew what it was- a break from the drudgery of daily life, a tour to a relaxing place.

Wildlife parks as a holiday destination have always been too high on my list. I decided to go to the Corbett National Park and fortunately my sister and her lovely kids joined me. We drove to the Park and were booked at the Wood Castle Resort which has been my favorite for years. Sprawling in acres of land, this resort is located on the banks of an ever flowing river. Amidst gorgeous greenery and peaceful environment we were enjoying life and nature.

Early morning we embarked on the jungle safari on the jeep. As we ventured into the forests I was overwhelmed with the colors and a distinct aroma of the park. I simply loved it as it was soothing to the senses. Corbett National Park is one of the most famous wildlife destinations of India. Covering an area of 520 sq km, the Park is located in the majestic Himalayan foothills in Uttaranchal. Established in the year 1936, the Park came under Project Tiger Scheme in 1973. The Park is famous for tigers, crocodiles and leopards. A variety of other wildlife including the bird species are also found here. The Park got its name from the renowned author and wildlife conservationist Jim Corbett who played an important role in establishing this park.

The first attraction of the Park we saw was a large herd of Spotted Deer. Among the herd we spotted a small baby deer. It looked very sweet and I was amazed at its activeness. It was jumping around playing and eating, unaware of our presence. As we moved further we were greeted with the sight of Himalayan Black bear, sambar and some peacocks. We even got a chance to see the peacock dancing. It was a sight to behold.

Majority of the vegetation of the Park consists of tall Sal trees peppered by many streams. Every now and then we could sight some or the other animal, especially the herbivores. But the kids were eagerly waiting for tiger. Our guide was scanning the surroundings with his eagle eyes and suddenly pointed towards a beautiful bird called green bee eater. It is a beautiful bird with bright green color. We also saw blossom headed parakeet, dragonflies and red jungle fowl.

As we drove deeper into the forest, trees gave way to the grassland. There we saw a herd of elephants and the star attraction of that herd was a small baby elephant. Kids were too excited to see the elephants. Then we stopped at Dhikala to gorge on some food as we had started early from the resort without breakfast. Dhikala is the best region of the park where the chances of sighting tigers and other animals are bright.

Then we continued our wildlife journey and saw wild boar, jungle cat and some more birds. Next we stopped at high banks to catch the sight of gharials lazing in the sun. We captured them in our camera. As we neared the end of our journey the kids asked me about the tiger. I smilingly said we had a bad luck on the tiger front but we must feel good that we had the opportunity to see so many different wildlife species. They smiled and said “ok, better luck next time”. This was the end of our morning safari. We left for the resort with a hope to sight a tiger in the evening safari.

Dharamshala Attractions

Posted on July 15th, 2010 by Pooja Chaudhary  |  Comments Off

Dharamshala Dharamshala

On Saturday morning we a group of seven friends from Delhi boarded a bus

for Dharamshala. In the afternoon the bus stopped at a dhaba where we had rajma, rice, butter naan and salad. It was really tasty. After lunch we slept for some time and woke up to the views of lush green landscape. We reached Dharamshala after an arduous road journey of around 13 hours. But the moment we stepped into this beautiful land all our tiredness vanished like a dream.

Dharamshala is an enchanting tourist destination of North India located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is famous for its sheer natural beauty. It boasts of mesmerizing streams, rivers, majestic mountains, ancient temples, beautiful monasteries and waterfall. We were really excited to explore all these attractions. This destination is also a home to the well known Buddhist priest Dalai Lama. Buddhism is a major religion followed here.

As we set out on our journey we were greeted with overwhelming views of the snow-capped mountains and hills dotted with pine trees. With such an incredible natural beauty, no wonder Dharamshal has been bestowed with the title of ‘Scotland of India’. It is a wonderful town with the backdrop of Dhauladhar Mountains. This town is divided into two regions: Upper Dharamshala (popularly known as McLeod Ganj) and Lower Dharamshala.

We visited the Kangra Art Museum to see the unique arts and crafts of this region. The museum houses beautiful handicrafts such as pots, paintings, sculptures which date back to the 5th century. Then we moved on to the War Memorial which was built in honor of the soldiers of Himachal Pradesh who gave their life for their nation. After praying for them we headed towards the Dal Lake which is one of the famous spots of this region. After covering a distance of 11 km from the town we reached the Dal Lake. At this picturesque lake we sat for some time to get soaked in the natural beauty. Some of the local people had come here for picnic. We interacted with them and found them really friendly.

We also visited Kunal Pathri which is famous for its rock temple dedicated to the local Goddess Kapaleshwari. It is a beautiful temple.

Post lunch, we set out on a trekking tour to Triund which is an amazing place located around 20 km from McLeod Ganj. While trekking to this place we saw some beautiful birds, goats and pigs. Our guide told us that black bear and leopard are also found here. It is the best place for enjoying trekking in Dharamshala. After reaching Triund we treated our senses to breathtaking views, gorgeous greenery and salubrious climate. It was such an overwhelming experience.