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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Travel


Beauty of Homestay


WWhen you are up on adventure tours in India, you be able to decide from along with the variety of accommodation choices available. There are various options of stay such as five star, four star hotels or resort and homestay in India where you can enjoy local hospitality while you backpack to India. When you decide your adventure tours in India, make sure that you know all the require needs and select a perfect hotel or homestay which located at an ideal distance from best tourist places in India.

Homestay in India have grown to be one of the most accepted accommodation options in Indian holidays. That gives the visitors a unique opportunity to stay with a normal family in typical places. Homestay in India is preferable for the warm and friendly experience for visitors. The tourists live like a family member where they get up with them and may join their daily routine work, eat home cooked Indian cuisine and enjoy with the family members.

Homestay convey with the warmth, kindness and a personal touch that you get only at your home, it is different of the artificial and the reserved atmosphere of a hotel room. Find out more in relation to the culture, traditions, behaviours, and way of living, get few tips on local foods, travel around the villages, and take pleasure in the wilderness and the tough attraction of India in an antique farmstead and take home a few sweet memories from the far-away land.

Homestay come very affordable cost and gives you a personal touch to you holidays, it is a admired selection among budget travelers. Wayand is well-known place in Kerala, which is famous for its spice garden, coffee plant, wild life tracks are all the rage surrounded by fun and adventure enthusiastic equally. There are rugged mountain on the western ghat and the grassland which make it a perfect adventure sport destination. You can find still keepsake, relics, edicts and prescripts of the pre historic period as well as the new Stone Age or Neolithic cave.

While you get tired after lot of adventure high on travel offers you the best homestay in India, you will get lot of advantages as they are enormous traveller some of best places to visit in India. Apart from a variety of gracious benefits, warm hospitality and tasty home cooked local cuisine it set aside you to soak up the flavour of the local life from a nearer direction. The helpful hosts and their team frequently come up with remarkable tips and tricks on the local life and nearby tourists attractions. In short, homestay in India offers every best opportunity to the people visiting this place in every sense and manner.

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Posted by on January 18, 2012 in Travel


Now travel across India by air for just Rs 35,000

Chandigarh, Jan 17: One of the biggest Indian air carriers, Air India has launched a traveller centric scheme for the customers who propose to travel often across the country. According to the newly introduced scheme, the carrier has offered a 15 day travel across the country at a low-price of Rs 35,000.

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Sources from Air India said that the proposed scheme will be implemented from Apr 30, 2012. The carrier will offer two plans in place to the need of the customers. As per the scheme, a commuter can enjoy 15 days of travel across India in economyclass for just Rs 35,000. However, those customers who want to travel in business class will have to pay Rs 75,000 for 15 days.

Meanwhile, the airline will provide two plans for scheduled planned booking according to the customer’s convenience. Moreover, a travelling pass will be provided to the customers which will help in the booking process under the two schemes.

Furthermore, to get up-to-date information, customers are asked to visit the official website of Air India at Customers can also speak with the customer care associates at the toll free number 18001801407 or at the land-line number 0172-2624941, 2624943 to get detailed information of the scheme.

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Posted by on January 18, 2012 in Travel


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Markha Valley

Attractions of Markha Valley

The trekking routes
The place is a hot destination for trekkers, while the mighty valleys and passes are also covered in the itinerary of these trekkers. Starting from Zhingchan Valley, moving on to many villages and to the mountain pass of Kanda La, the trip will be an exciting trek. Many other major sites like Nyimaling Plains, Gongmaru La, form the major tourist destinations in these valleys. While roaming around on an adventurous trek here, you will come across many Tibetan monasteries, every now and then.

The Villages
A trip to Markha valley is incomplete, if you do not cross the various small but authentic villages of the area. A throng of villages are here, where you can also enjoy the cultural ethnicity of the people. The trip will cover villages like, Zhingchan Village, Rumbak Village, Yurutse Village, Shngo Village, Skyu Yokma, Skyu Gongma Villages, three villages situated close by, which are Nakdi, Sara and Chalak villages, and many other pleasant villages. Also interact with the local people here, and witness their hospitality.

The Campsites
The valley, being a major tourist trek route, provides various areas for campsites, where amazing locations and convenient accessibility can be seen. These campsites are nice places to relax with clear and amazing views to enjoy as well. While on a trek in Markha, you will come across many campsites, like Lartsa campsite near Rumbak, Pentse campsite, then Lhatho campsite and Da amo campsite. Some other good camp areas are Tsigu and Nyimaling. Enjoy the serenity of these sites and adventure of the trek on a Markha trip.

Adventurous Activities in Markha Valley

An adventure trip to the Markha valley, will lead you from many mountain ranges, plateaus, exciting passes, rivers, tributaries and settlements, and you can have a time of your life in these places. Trekking through these wild and wacky places, meeting the tribal nomads in their villages, exploring an unexplored wilderness, would be some ideal things to do in Markha.

Also make sure to visit the Tibetan monasteries here, where butter lamps are lit by the elderly nuns, giving an aura of a unique culture. You get to have a rafting and camping experience also near the Markha river.

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In Markha valley, an adventure trip not only includes fun and thrill, but you can also try the Kashmiri, Tibetan Cuisine, handicrafts and cultural authenticity. The people, show you such a unique style of living and eating, that it becomes interesting on an Indian trip to explore these. You must also shop for their local outfits, antique jewelery and crafts from the village markets, and keep something for memories.

So enjoy this top adventure spot in India, and get surprised with the marvelous and adventurous places.

Ladakh Photos: Renok Adventures 


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Posted by on January 18, 2012 in Adventure, Photography, Travel


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Beyond Goa: Far Eastern Russians look at the lesser travelled path

Russians, particularly those in the Far East, are famous for their sense of adventure. They keep off the tourist track and discover real India.

Beyond Goa

Ekaterina Verin-Galitskaya took her passion for bicycling to India

When Nadia Dubinina told her friends in Vladivostok that she was planning to visit India with her boyfriend, they automatically assumed that the couple would be on a romantic sojourn in Goa to escape the brutal Primorye Territory winter. The 30-year old English to Russian translator shocked them when she said the trip involved rough travel through India’s poorest regions. Nadia, inspired by the teachings of a Buddhist monk from Denmark, decided to visit Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Nepal.

Dubinina faced the difficulties of the journey by remembering the words of her spiritual teacher who said “pilgrimage is a good way to clean karma.” The couple mostly stayed in Mahayana Buddhist monasteries and look back at the trip as a defining experience. “If I wanted a peaceful and relaxed holiday, that is not where I would like to go,” said Dubinina. “Many people in our group had stomach problems, infections, colds and fevers, but the trip was none the less wonderful,” she said, adding that it was an amazing experience to be where several lamas meditated on their path to enlightenment.

Others like Yevgeny Kovalskiy managed to gather a lot of attention, when he stayed in a yoga ashram in rural Kerala.



Learning a bit of Malayalam endeared him to the locals and there was even an article about his stay at the ashram in the Matrubhumi, a widely circulated daily newspaper. Kovalskiy, who spent over 2 years travelling across Asia, felt at ease in Kerala and now teaches yoga in Khabarovsk. “I turned vegetarian in Kerala and gave up drinking,” said the 28-year old, who also promotes vegetarian cuisine and healthy living in the Russian Far Eastern city.




Keeping off the tourist track, the Khabarovsk resident travelled by train to northern India and wanted to trek in the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, but bad weather played spoil sport. Kovalskiy is now looking to organise a “walk across India trip,” where he would lead a group of Russian Far Easterners from Delhi or Mumbai to Calcutta by foot, spending nights in small villages.


It’s not just young people from the Russian Far East that are coming to India for unique experiences. Tamara Chikova, a professor at the Sakhalin State University in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk celebrated her 71st birthday in Mysore, in awe of the 96,000 lights that adorned the city’s palace. She had never travelled outside the former Soviet Union before this trip and relished every moment in India. “Ever since I saw my first Hindi film in the 1950s, I wanted to visit India, the country of palaces, Hinduism and beautiful women in saris dancing in the rain.”

Tamara Chikova

Tamara Chikova

Chikova did visit the Taj Mahal but chose to stay off the tourist areas after the trip to Agra. “I enjoyed observing day to day life in Bangalore, a city that had good weather and was a mix of modernity and tradition.” The communist flags across Kerala also fascinated the professor, who like many in her generation feels nostalgic about the erstwhile Soviet Union. It’s nostalgia about India of yesteryear that’s making Lyudmila Greenko, a young academician in Sakhalin, want to visit India. “I know India is not just the land of temples, elephants, but my grandfather’s impressions from a trip in the 1960s have made an India trip a priority,” said Greenko, who is also excited about feeling the “new pulse and energy” of the country.


Russians, particularly those in the Far East, are famous for their sense of adventure and Ekaterina Verin-Galitskaya took her passion for bicycling to India.  Along with a friend from Khabarovsk, Verin-Galitskaya travelled from Laddakh to Manali on bicycle. The rocky terrain, which is infamous for landslides and the high altitudes didn’t deter the pair from indulging in an activity that few Indians would even consider. While her initial impressions of India (in Delhi’s Paharhanj) were not pleasant, Verin-Galitskaya enjoyed the serenity of the Himalayas and talks fondly of her visits to Srinagar’s Shalimar Gardens and the city of Leh.


It’s the less treaded path that inspires Olga Komaretseva, a film-maker, who is originally from Vladivostok. “It’s boring to come all the way to India and then get sun-burned in Airambol (a town in Goa that is very popular for Russian tourists)…I want to see beyond the stereotypes,” she said. Komaretseva is looking to make a short film on the Auroville international community near Pondicherry in south-eastern India. She is also looking at making films on topics as diverse as Tibetan monks and urban fishing communities.


The craze for the “real India,” has also hit the Internet and the blogosphere. There are several communities on the popular blogging site Live Journal that are dedicated to travel in India. One such community, which calls itself ‘Russians, who love India,’ has members who are passionate about places such as Amritsar, famous for the Sikh Holy Shrine, the Golden Temple. Since the city in Punjab is connected to Russia with direct flights, it’s a popular entry point into India. Irina Pavlova, a resident of a town near Nakhodka on the North Korean border, has been to India 7 times and not visited Agra or Delhi even once. “It’s great to land in Amritsar, spend a few days there and move on to the Himalayas, she said, adding that she is not particularly interested in visiting the Taj Mahal or Goa.


Unlike in Goa, there are few restaurants in places like Leh, Mysore or Trivandrum, which have menus in Russian or a set of people armed with Russian language skills, but that is no deterrent even for those Far Easterners who speak little English. The words of Irina Pavlova sum it up best: “If I wanted to speak Russian and eat Russian food, I’d rather stay in Nakhodka, than travel all the way to India.”


Ajay Kamalakaran was the editor of the Sakhalin Times from 2003 to 2007.


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Posted by on January 18, 2012 in Travel


Desert Safari Expedition

Renok Adventures organised a adventourous Desert Safari Expedition

Desert Safari

in Thar desert of Rajasthan near the golden city Jaisalmer. It was absolutely a life time of a experience.

We rode our own camel and riding the beast and controlling (i mean steering it) was a great fun. Rajasthan is a land of vibrant colors be it the landscape or the people or their clothes or headgear.

The Thar Desert is one of the most stunning locations on earth. We invite you for an adventure of a lifetime. A visit to the the Thar Desert is definitely an experience everyone should have at least once in their lifetime. Rajasthan is the perfect way to explore the true charm of the sleeping villages and the rustic barren trail of the Thar Desert.

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