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Trekking – Long Weekend 2015 India.

Trekking – Long Weekend 2015 India.
Plan your Trekking Holidays with these Long Weekend 2015 India.
 
Plan your trek in himalayas during these long weekends 2015 India. Year 2015 is packed with three to four day weekend take few days off and you can go for perfect trek in the himalayas or on an adventure trip of your choice. Year 2015 will also give you an opportunity to plan a 10 day holiday to plan a trekking expedition or Leh Ladakh Jeep Safari for 10 days.
 
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Adventure Holiday Idea – Khati Village

Adventure Holiday Idea – Khati Village
Adventure Holiday Idea
Want to stay in a place which is closer to nature and away from all the chaos then head to Khati Village. Khati is a Village in Kapkote Tehsil in Bageshwar District of Uttarakhand State, India. It is located 20 KM towards East from District head quarters Bageshwar. 216 KM from State capital Dehradun.

Stay: Khati has PWD guest house and homestays

Best time to Go: April to Sep even Monsoons are amazing. Picture is in the month of August.

Khati is the last village on Pindari Glacier Trek and Sunderdhunga Trek

How to reach: You can hire a cab from Kathgodam Railway Station and takes around 7 – 10 hours to reach Saung Village from where one can start the trek to Loharkhet and next day trek to Khati village via Dhakuri pass and reach Khati and if road is opened then you can drive to Khati instead of trekking.

By Road
Saung to Bageshwar 36 km.
Saung to Almora 109 km.
Saung to Kathgodam 199 km.
Trek to Khati Village Base Camp Saung
Saung to Loharkhet 3 km trek,
Lohaekhet to Dhakuri 11 km,
Dhakuri to Khati 8 km,

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Trail leads to Khati Village

Water Fall Near Khati Village

Water Fall Near Khati Village

View From Pindari Glacier Trek

View From Pindari Glacier Trek

 

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Hidden Treasures of India

Best places for travel and exploring in India which are not overcrowded with tourists.

Dzuko Valley, Nagaland 

Dzuko Valley, Nagaland

Dzuko Valley, Nagaland

The Dzuko Valleyis a valley located at the border of the Indian states of Nagaland and Manipur. This valley is well known for its natural beauty, seasonal flowers and the overall flora and fauna. Dzükou derives its meaning from the Angami/Mao word which translates to “Cold Water” referring to the ice cold stream that flows through the valley. It is situated at an altitude of 2438 m above sea level, behind the Japfü Peak located in Nagaland.

Neora Valley National Park, West Bengal

Neora Valley National Park, West Bengal

Neora Valley National Park, West Bengal

Sprawling over 88 square kilometers of unexplored region, Neora Valley National Park is one of the richest biological zones in the entire northeastern belt of India. It was established in the year 1986 and till today, remains the undisturbed natural habitat of unique flora and fauna. The national park enjoys the distinction of being situated over one of the oldest reserve forests in India. Much of the region still remains unexplored, thanks to the inaccessible hilly terrains. Such is the luxurious growth in the area that even sunlight fails to seep in over some of the parts of the park.

Lonar crater lake

Lonar crater lake

Lonar crater lake

A lake created by meteor impact approximately 50,000 years ago. World’s third largest crater lake.

Gandikota

Gandikota

Gandikota

Gandikota acquired its name from the picturesque gorge (called Gandi in Telugu) formed between the Erramalai hills, which are also called the Gandikota hills.This place is also known as grand canyon of India

Abhaneri Step Well – Chand Baori

Abhaneri Step Well - Chand Baori

Abhaneri Step Well – Chand Baori

This is a lesser known tourist destination near Jaipur. Abhaneri Step Well is a water reservoir dating back to 9th century AD. It has beautiful architecture and maze of stairs. Its is around 100 kms from Jaipur in Dausa district of Rajasthan.

Sela pass

Sela pass

Sela pass

Arunachal Pradesh has several high mountain passes, but the standout among them is the Sela Pass. At an altitude of more than 13,000 feet, the gorgeous mountain pass connects Tawang to other parts of the country.

Touphema Village

Touphema Village

Touphema Village

Located about 40 km from the capital of Nagaland, Kohima is the Touphema Village. It is a cultural village where you get to know the traditional life of the Nagas in an intimate manner. You get to stay in quaint huts, enjoy bonfire dinners, cultural dances and more.

Nohsngithiang Waterfalls

Nohsngithiang Waterfalls

Nohsngithiang Waterfalls

Also known as the Seven Sister Waterfalls, they are located a little distance away from the village of Mawsmai. The waterfalls get their name because they are a seven segmented fall. You can see seven separate streams of water falling down from the cliff. One of the highest waterfalls of India, they are spectacle during the rainy season, when they are in full flow.

Chemdey Monastery

Chemdey Monastery

Chemdey Monastery

This is a 1664 Buddhist monastery, approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) east of Leh, Ladakh, northern India. It belongs to the Drugpa monastic order and was founded by the Lama Tagsang Raschen and dedicated to King Sengge Namgyal.

Khajjar, Himachal Pradesh

Khajjar, Himachal Pradesh

Khajjar, Himachal Pradesh

This beautiful place bears a very striking resemblance to Switzerland’s topography, the well known romanticizing location. Khajjar is located at the foot of Dhauladkar , in the lap of Himalayas and is 2000 meters above sea

Dudhwa national Park _ Uttar Pradesh

Dudhwa national Park _ Uttar Pradesh

Dudhwa national Park _ Uttar Pradesh

Dudhwa National Park is the only National Park in the entire state. There are various species of wildlife animals and birds that can be seen here along with abundant natural resources and lush green vegetation.

Khatling glacier

Khatling glacier

Khatling glacier

Situated at the river Bhalingana’s source is the Khatling glacier , a panoramic site that just takes your breath away.From the glacier , you can see snow capped peaks and several hanging glaciers in the vicinity.

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Posted by on September 22, 2014 in Adventure, Photography, Trekking

 

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Government nod for use of satellite phones in Himalayas

To boost adventure tourism, the government is going to give the much-awaited permission for use of satellite phones by adventurers in the Himalayas on September 27, World Tourism Day.

Kedar-kantha-Trek

Kedar-kantha-Trek

“We have got in-principle approval from the Home Ministry for allowing satellite phones in the Himalayas, where there is no phone connectivity. A policy is being finalised and it is likely to be announced on World Tourism Day,” a senior Tourism Ministry official said.

With the government nod, satellite phones-equipped tourists will be able to contact their relatives in case of emergency while trekking in the remote areas of Ladakh, hiking in Sikkim, or exploring the wilderness of the Himalayas spanning across in Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Darjeeling.

There is a long-standing demand from the industry for allowing satellite phones in the Himalayas. However, the official said there are certain conditions being laid down by the Ministry of Home Affairs for allowing satellite phones like monitoring of the calls made from these areas and the type of phones to be allowed.

Adventure Tour Operators Association founder member India Ajeet Bajaj said, “It will be a game changer for Indian adventure tourism industry as it will take the adventure related activities in the Himalayas to a new height”. About the proposed call monitoring provision, Bajaj said “we have no problem at all with it.”

According to the policy to be announced shortly, the adventure tour operators will be provided satellite phones by the government authorities for use and they would be responsible for its correct use as per the established norms. According to industry sources, the Himalayas attract about 2 million domestic and foreign adventure tourists in a year who go for skiing, hiking, camping and trekking. The number will go up with the satellite permission as the Himalayan ranges are missing many global tourists due to poor communication facilities. At present, the ministry is pushing adventure tourism in the country and announced several schemes like bearing the cost of 50 per cent fee of climbers trekking the Himalayas as part of the campaign,” 777 Days of the Indian Himalayas”, launched last year.

Source: Economic Times

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2014 in Trekking

 

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Winter treks in Himalayas

Winter treks in Himalayas

Here is the list of options for trekking in Himalayas during this winter season

Chadar Trek

Chadar Trek 2015

Chadar Trek 2015

Dayara Bugyal Winter Trek

Dayara Bugyal Winter Trek

Dayara Bugyal Winter Trek

Kuari Pass Winter Trek

Winter Kuari Pass

Kedarkantha Winter Trek

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Kedar-kantha-Trek

Dodital Trek 

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Kedar-kantha-Trek

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2014 in Photography, Trekking

 

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Dayara Bugyal Winter Trek

Dayara Bugyal Winter Trek

Dayara Bugyal Trek in Winters

Bugyal in the local mountain dialect means “High Altitude Meadow”. The Dayara Bugyal trek in Uttarakhand is one of the most beautiful treks in himalayan hill state of north India The Uttarakhand, situated at an elevation ranging from 10,000 – 12,000 ft. The vast meadow,Dayara Bugyal, is second to none in natural beauty in Uttarakhand. There is an immense possibility for Nordic as well as Alpine skiing since during the winter it provides one of the best ski slopes in India spread over an area of 28 sq/kms.

Best time for Dayara Bugyal trek:

Post Monsoon

Dayara Bugyal will be covered with lush green grass and alpine flowers of different varieties, if you are a person who loves greenery then from September to Mid October is the best time to go for Dayara Bugyal trek.

Dayara Bugyal in October starting

Dayara Bugyal in October starting

Dayara Bugyal Trek in December

If you want to enjoy the frozen waterfall, lake and solitude then this is the perfect time for Dayara Bugyal Winter trek.

Dayara Bugayal Trek

Dayara Bugayal Trek

Dayara Bugyal Trek Map

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Posted by on September 8, 2014 in Mountaineering, Trekking

 

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A Special Trek To The Valley Of Flowers

By Jai (written for Kissan’s Nature’s Friend Contest)

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The trek to the Valley of flowers is an experience you can enjoy with your family as the trek is along a well laid. Till Ghangaria the trek route is the same for the Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. So, if you want to do this trek with kids you will get porters on the way who can carry them in a Palki(a sort of Palanquin). Your kids can sit in them or you can put your daypack and other supplies in them.

The second batch of Valley of flowers batch was a special one for me. There were two families who were joining us and they were bringing their kids along with them.

One family was from Gurgaon and were bringing their 8-year-old daughter Gauri and the other family from Nashik were bringing their son Avadhut who was 6 years old. Initially I was a little skeptical because this was the first time I would take kids for the Valley of Flowers trek. But I soon realized that my skepticism was ill-founded as the kids, to my surprise slowly but surely fell in love with the beauty of the Valley of flowers.

avadhut

avadhut

We started our trek early and hired Palki’s for the children. Throughout our trek both of them were very talkative and kept telling me stories about their friends and school. But after we crossed the first village,Bhuyandar, on the trek they started telling us that they wanted to get off the Palki’s and wanted to trek. So we relented as you so often have to with kids and they started the trek to the valley of flowers. But soon they realised that the trek was beyond their limits and we put them back in their Palkis again. After some time we stopped at a safe point where you can feel the river water. This was the time where I became acquainted with the exploratory traits of Avadhut. As soon as he was out of the palki he was unstoppable. He was jumping from one rock to another.

Through the trek I became very protective of him and always kept an eye on him. Generally I have seen that kids are afraid of ice cold water but Avadhut  was enjoying getting wet in the ice-cold water of the Laxman Ganga River. After spending about half an hour resting we continued on our trek to the Valley of Flowers. Avadhut was sitting comfortably in his palki while Gauri was walking slowly with her Mom and Dad during this phase of the trek.

 

The next day we continued on our trek to the Valley Of Flowers and after a short trek reached the starting of the national park(a big boulder and a stream marks the starting point of the Valley Of Flowers National Park). At the starting point Avadhut and Guari quickly got off their palkis in excitement. Their faces were blooming like all the flowers around us.The children one moment were dancing and playing in the drizzle in their ponchos and another moment were staring at the beautiful flowers in the park..They were so enamored with this Himalayan version of the Garden of Eden that they  threw a fuss when we were leaving.

 

blue-poppy-on-our-trek-to-the-Valley-Of-Flowers

blue-poppy-on-our-trek-to-the-Valley-Of-Flowers

This was a memorable trek to the Valley Of Flowers for all of us but especially for me as I had always been skeptical about kids that age being able to really appreciate nature. I was wrong.

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2014 in Travel, Trekking

 

Jaipur Trekking and Cooking

Jaipur Trekking and Cooking

Trekking in Jaipur Go fish

Jaipur too is surrounded by hills and as a trekking aficionado I though of trekking to one of the hills cook food and return. So I called few of friends and children and made a plan to trek a hill near malviya nagar with red beacon light on top of it.
All set packed my backpack with all the supplies for the maiden Jaipur trek raw chicken as our chef was very gung ho about it and all sort of spices. Four of us started the trek near the Jaipur shooting range. It was raining and we all were excited to see the Jeep Safari that to in Rajasthan till now we have seen waterfall in my Himalayan Trek – Valley of Flowers. This was wonderful. Initially we didn’t face any difficulty as we were trekking on the trails made by shephers and their cattle but after sometime it became difficult because all the trees were full of thorns. We kept walking and finally we reached our destination the Red Beacon light.
Anil & Rajesh resting after the so called hardest trek for them
Our Stove which failed and we cook our chicken on makeshift chulha
My multifuel stove which ditched us when we required it most …and then we went in to the jungle to collect wood and we were afraid that we will not get good dry wood but we were lucky we got lot of them.

Our Chef – Anil and our Chulha
Cooking and chatting It was no less then any of the best cooking shows and on top of that it was a lesson learnt in how to cook without a stove.
Yummmmmm It was fun to cook there
Our Guest
The Red Beacon light cage….first time we saw it so close
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Posted by on April 4, 2014 in Travel, Trekking

 

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How to do Valley of Flowers Trek

How to do Valley of Flowers Trek

How to do Valley of Flowers Trek

Valley of Flowers is a national park and The UNESCO world heritage site located in the Uttarakhand and about 250 Kms from Haridwar. I am writing this article because there are lot of adventure seekers like me wants to do this trek on their own but are lost in this e-wilderness of internet.

Guide to do Valley of Flowers trek on your own.

Reach Haridwar

First of all reach Haridwar from Delhi by bus or by train and best is reaching Haridwar by train start around 12 in the midnight from Delhi and reach Haridwar by early 5 am. After reaching Haridwar get fresh’n up at railway station and have tea outside railway station.

Route Map

Route Map

Reach Govindghat:

Govindghat is the starting point of Valley of flowers trek. To reach Govindghat catch a GMOU (Garhwal Motor Owners Union) operated  bus “The Vishwanath Sewa” just outside the railway station towards Haridwar bus stand and other options is to hire a taxi. It takes around 10 hours to reach Govindghat. After reaching Govindghat stay in a Hotel at Hotel Bhagat (Deluxe Rooms for Rs 1950 Ph 9412936360). Relax for next day’s trek and alternatively explore the local area.

Hotel Bhagat Govind Ghat

Hotel Bhagat Govind Ghat

Trek to Ghangaria

Start early from Govindghat to Ghangaria. Ghangaria is a small town with few hotels, restaurant and a Gurudwara which serves as the basecamp to the trek of Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. No mobile networks here. You can book GMVN hotel through their website.

Flowers in Valley of Flowers

Flowers in Valley of Flowers

Trek to Valley of Flowers

Get your lunch packed and start early to enjoy the heaven on earth. After trekking for about 1 kms there is a entry gate for Valley of flowers and pay your entry fee which is Rs. 150 per person. After this gate you will start witnessing the different type of flowers and do forget to hire a botanist with you to get the detailed information about the various flowers in the valley of Flowers. After trekking for 3 Kms you will reach first wooden bridge and there lies a big rock which marks the starting point of the valley of flowers. You can trek upto Tipra Kharak and but generally Trekkers trek upto the Margaret Legge’s memorial grave. You can have your lunch here and return to Ghangaria. Do keep a check on your time and if its raining the water level increases drastically in the streams you crossed, so keep that in mind too.

Trek to Hemkund Sahib or trek back to Govindghat

Next day you can trek to Hemkund Sahib which 6 Kms of steep trek and takes around 5 – 7 hours and remember to reach there before the “Antim Ardas” which happens at around 2 “O” Clock.

This will help you to do Valley of flowers trek on your own and the other option is to book fixed departures of Renok Adventures for Just Rs 9000 per person all inclusive from Haridwar and make trek buddies during the valley of flowers trek.

Cheers !!

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2014 in Photography, Travel, Trekking

 

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Hampta Pass Trek Blog

Hampta Pass Trek Blog

Hampta Pass Trek Blog by Jai

The Hampta Pass trek is ideal for first-time trekkers as it packs in everything from dark pine forests, open meadows, glacial valleys and an adventurous of a lifetime.

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Here is my Hampta Pass Trek blog: The last time I read about them was in dreary textbooks in school, not quite properly assessing the sheer enormity of their presence. It was only recently that everything fell into perspective.

So off we went, into the wilderness of one of the most intimidating yet calming mountain ranges of all time, to witness for ourselves what it would be to be in a place of absolute calm and peace. Our journey commenced from Manali to Prini by road. Then onwards, by foot to Chikha.

As anticipated, the conditions, even for a fit person, were hard-hitting. Sleeping in tents, crossing ice cold rivers and navigating the dense forests were just the beginning of the adventure that lay ahead. When one night, while trying to catch some sleep, I heard a wolf call out, I knew we were in a place where to panic only meant pain. I felt threatened but when there is no other option, it is better to send up a quick prayer and hit the sack.

The Route: Hampta Pass Trek Blog

Day 1: The trek starts with stepping into a forest of deodar, toss, oak and maple trees. The beauty is breathtaking. Soon, we cross a makeshift wooden bridge over the Rani Nalla. On one side are tall deodars that rise to 150 feet. They are so dense that it is difficult for light to reach us. On the way, we cross numerous streams but they are not obstacles in the trek. Soon, the Rani Nalla spreads out into a wide valley. We soon find ourselves in Chikha and start climbing over the grassy ridge. After all the trekking, wholesome and nourishing dinner is served.

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The Jwara Nalah Crossing: Hampta Pass Trek Blog

Day 2: The morning is brilliant with the sparkling warmth of the sun. By 7 o’clock the camp comes alive. After breakfast, we move from Chikha to Balu-ka-Gera. We cross a stream “Jwara Nalah” and it is a best part of this entire hampta pass trek blog and start an upward climb towards the closed end of the Kullu Valley. The scenery changes rapidly. Below us, snow patches on the valley increases in frequency. Ahead, the snow-covered slopes of the Hampta Pass reveal themselves. Everything is dazzlingly white. The snow looks magnificent. On the way, a dancing stream welcomes us. I take off my shoes and step into the freezing water. The chill freezes my bones but a sense of adventure beckons.

Hampta Pass River Crossing

The Big Day Hampta Pass Crossing

Day 3: No sun, only a light drizzle. We move to Shiagoru via Hampta Pass. The serious climb starts now. It is clear that no one has ever been here before. There are no footprints. The snow is soft and virginal. The pass is a wide plateau. On its eastern flanks are the towering cliffs of the mountain side. On the west, it curves to the left and drops down to Spiti Valley. There is celebration in the air but we make it short because of the rains. We walk down and soon find ourselves in Spiti Valley. We halt and camp in Shiagoru.

Hampta Pass Trek blog

Day 4: The fourth day is a Himalayan blessing. There is no drizzle and the sky is clear. Today is the last trek of our trip. We move towards Chatru and then drive to Chandrataal. It is again a steep climb up to the main trail. The scenery is different. I was expecting it to be barren, but surprisingly the slopes are green—but they are boulder strewn. Another surprise is Chatru itself. There are only five-six houses. I was expecting it to be bigger.

Chandratal Lake

Our plans for Chandratal Lake proves to be a flop, thanks to a sudden landslide on the way to the lake. Instead, we decide to go ahead to the Kunzum Pass. It is one of the highest motorable passes across the Kunzum range at an altitude of 4,551 m. It serves as an entrance pass to the Spiti Valley from Lahaul. Goddess Kunjum (Durga/Parvati) resides in a temple on the Kunzum top and keeps guard over the pass and wards off the evil. Visitors normally do a round of the temple to seek her blessings. We then come down to Batal and set up our camps. It is a village that lies at the foot of the Kunzum Pass and serves as the resting point for tourists. Moreover, the Bara Shigri Glacier and the triangular peaks in the south can be seen from Batal.

Day 5: It is a lazy morning as we’ve partied all night. We start only by 9 am for Manali —and back to civilisation.

Thumb rules

1)One month prior to a wildlife trek, you should build up stamina, muscle strength and flexibility. Running, skipping, pushups and other forms of exercise help.

2)Travel light

3)Carry healthy food like dry fruits, and energy bars.

4)Essentials like a torch, extra batteries, first-aid kit will come in handy.

Region: Himachal (Manali)

Duration: 5 days

Grade: Easy to Moderate

Maximum Altitude: 14,100 ft.

Approx, Trekking KM: 26 km

Source: Indian Express

 

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