Bewitched with high terrains amidst the great mountain passes of the Karakorum and the Himalayan range, Ladakh and Leh are extraordinary places in India which offers trekking opportunities to all the travellers who visits this land. Ladakh trekking tour is a popular destination among all trekkers as this serene land of the Himalayan Mountains brings inescapable wonders amidst its harsh yet eloquent beauty, which is the reason as to why Ladakh is often called as the “Little Tibet” by enthusiastic adventure lovers those who come to visit India from several destinations across the world. Ladakh treks are specially meant for rigorous trekking enthusiasts those who are in the habit of exploring the wilderness found in the Himalayan Mountains by twisting their moves.
The Indus Valley trek in Ladakh, which is conducted at an altitude of 3750 meters above the sea level and takes around eight to nine days in one of the best trekking routes in this region. The Indus Valley, which is can be best illustrated and described as the soul of Ladakh, not only provides magnanimous sightseeing opportunities to the trekkers, but the Indus Valley is also noteworthy to the travelers as it offers a multitude of ancient cultural attractions on its way, which reminds us of the bygone eras several hundreds of years in the past.
As this trekking route through the Indus Valley touches the boundaries of many other neighboring countries like China, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the trekkers if they are willing can also find opportunities to explore different kinds of geographical locations which can be explored within this unique trekking tour.
Trekking through this wild and vast, mostly uninhabited heart of the Himalayan range, which comprises of many of the least explored places in Ladakh, is an experience that one cannot forget in one lifetime. The Indus Valley Trekking route passes through high mountain passes like Charatse La (3800 meters) and Phobe La (3700 meters) and also through charming distant villages of the Sham region that lies deep inside the folds of the Himalayan range. One can also travel through old nomadic routes along the hills of Temisgang and Likir and visit ancient Gompas like Ridzong, Alchi, Thiksey and Likir, which still reminds the trekkers of the ancient days.
Ladakh, which is one of the most popular tourist places in India, is a place which must be visited by all domestic and international tourists once in their lifetime to find the experience of seeing what it means by travelling through ‘Heaven on Earth’.by Akrishta with no comments yet
Mountain bicycling or Mountain biking which is also abbreviated as MTB and ATB (All terrain Bicycling) is done on bicycles specially designed for off the road cycling tracks. The mountain bikes are typically made for riding on fire roads, single track trails, logging roads and other similar unpaved road environments. The typical terrains that are often found while mountain biking in India consists of washed-out roads which are rocky or consists of ruts, loose sands, roots, gravels and are also of steep grades (both during the inclines and the declines).
Mountain bikers are often made to face obstacles like that are found in vertical drop offs, logs and impediments created by smaller boulders during the course of their journey. Tourists from all across the globe have done several all India tour on mountain bikes as the construction of the mountain bikes differs from normal bicycles that we ride in many different ways. The most conspicuous differences that found in the mountain bikes are the inclusion of suspension on the frame and fork of the bike which is accompanied with larger and durable heavy duty knobby tires and wheels, significantly more powerful brakes and a lower gear ratio that helps in travelling through steep grades with lesser traction on the wheels.
Since the development of this adventure sports which stated during the latter half of 1970’s, cross country biking, free ride biking, all-day endurance biking, downhill mountain biking are several types of mountain biking skills that has evolved with the course of time.
The MTB Himachal, which is an annual mountain biking event that is held in the state of Himachal Pradesh in north India, covers nearly 310 miles or 500 kilometers within a timeframe of 9 days. The MTB Himachal mountain biking race which regularly draws several national and international enthusiasts started in the year 2005 and is still an extremely popular event in the northern part of the country.
The first five MTB Himachal races took the route which starts from the picturesque north Indian township of Shimla and end at Manali. However from the year 2010 till as of date, this route has been altered by the MTB Himachal race association, whereby now a days the race starts from Shimla and ends at Shimla but on its course of the journey it passes through Shimla Township, Kullu Township and the Mandi District, all of which are notable places in north India for their unparalleled scenic views. Some of the participating nations who are regular members of this exotic MBT mountain biking racing event are US, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bhutan, Nepal, UK, Russia and India.by Akrishta with no comments yet
Located just 4 km away from Peermede and at a distance of around 1 km from Kuttikanam the Peru Hills in Kerala is a wonderful trekker’s paradise. Located at an altitude of 914 Ft above the sea level, the Peeru Hills got its name from the Sufi Saint or Peer as they are known in the local language, Peer Mohammed, who did spend his last few years in this idyllic place. The Peeru Hills is a paradise for all nature lovers and is also an ideal location for hiking and other adventure activities. One can also see and enjoy the wide fields of hillside plantations especially of pepper, coffee, rubber and cardamom which are grown in this fertile land.
Other than enjoying trekking through the forested hill tracks of the Peeru Hills while trekking in Kerala one can also visit the royal abode of the Diwans ( or the landlords) of the Peeru Hills which the royal family used as their summertime resort. The Peeru Hills is also famous for its eye-catching sunrise and sunsets which often mesmerize the travelers those who travel to this hilly spot in south India.
The Thrissanku Hills which is located very close to the Peeru Hills and is just a little more than half a kilometer from Kuttikanam is another beautiful place that one must never forget to visit while visiting the Peeru Hills. The rolling evergreen hills of Thrissanku is most loved by people who seek to find holiday resorts near the Peeru Hills, for there are several well managed private resorts at Thrissanku that are both economical and comfortable for weekend stays.
In order to reach the Peeru Hills one can arrive this spot by travelling in a car from Nedumbassery, which is also where one can find the Cochin International Airport, that is located around 180 kilometers from the Peeru Hills. The Kottayam Railway station which is 75 kilometers away from the Peeru Hills is another place from where trekkers and backpackers can find several buses and also private vehicles which can drop the travelers to this wonderful hillsides located inside the Idduki district in Kerala.
It is suggested that in order to enjoy the Peeru Hills, it’s best not to visit this place during the monsoon months. The best season for visiting the Peeru Hills are during the winter or summer months of the year, when the temperature and humidity of this place remain comfortable for the convenience of both domestic and international tourists.by Akrishta with no comments yet
For all adventure enthusiast nothing can be compared with the thrill and experience of free fall from a bridge or a crane while simply being attached to an elastic lifeline cord. In the Bungee jumping adventure sports, the proximal end of the thick nylon elastic cord is attached to the participant jumper’s body while the rear end of the cord is tightly secured to a stationary point at the jumping spot.
Bungee jumping is the in thing in adventure tourism especially in several summer holiday destinations in India like Goa, Rishikesh and Bangalore. There are many adventure sports organizers presently in India who are well aware of the safety measures while offering this sport. While bungee jumping is graded as an extremely dangerous sports activity but it is done in the correct manner under professional guidance bungee jumping stances can be really an exhilarating experience for all adventure sports lovers around the globe.
Shivpuri near Rishikesh in Uttarakhand is the place where one can enjoy bungee jumping in north India. While travelling through south one can visit Bangalore where there are huge cranes set up by many sports adventure entertainment organizations which are of 150 meters and are located in places like Palace Grounds and the Kanteerva Stadium in the city. In New Delhi, the capital city of India one can bungee jump at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium or travel to beautiful exotic beachside locations like Goa, where there are a few permanent towers for bungee jumping around the sea.
The best time to bungee jump in India is in-between the summer months of February till May and then again from the months of September till the beginning of the December months. However, it is best to avoid bungee jumping during the monsoon months.
Travellers are often asked to sign an indemnity bond in India before the jump which states that once something happens to the jumper, no one shall remain responsible for the accident. It’s best not to wear loose clothing or jewelleries on the day of the bungee jump. One must also make sure that their shoes are secured tied so that they just don’t fly off during the precipitous jumps.
There are certain mandatory precautions which must be followed while bungee jumping all over the globe. For example people those who have high Blood Pressure, fear of heights, back problems or are aged beyond 50 years are barred from performing this sport unless they can produce a medical certificate that they are fit enough for the jump.by Akrishta with no comments yet
Ghum which is also often spelt as Ghoom in the local Nepali dialect is a small location situated in the hilly regions near Darjeeling in the state of West Bengal. The picturesque Ghum Railway Station, which situated on the top of the hills, is possibly the highest railway station in India, which is located at an altitude of 7,407 feet above the sea level.
Ghum is famous for tourist locations like the Batasia Loop and the Ghoom Monastry which is located near the Loop (which is a bend in the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway track) and is famous for its breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain range. The Tiger Hill is another most popular tourist destination in this area which is famous for its exquisite Sunrise and has been thronged by tourists and backpackers from all global destinations right from the pre-independence days of the British Raj.
The construction of this Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which is one of the heritage railway tracks in India, started in the 1879 and is still a pride for all who lives in this region. The Tiger Hill, which is the summit of Ghum, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is globally acclaimed for its view of the Kangchenjunga Himalayan Range along with the panoramic early morning view it offers of Mount Everest on any cloudless day.
Ghum is one of the most cheap holiday destinations in India where thousands of tourists wake up early in the morning and rush to see the famed sunrise at the Tiger Hill Sunrise Observation ground.
On any clear and cloudless day one can easily get a glimpse of the famous Kurseong hill Township from the Tiger Hill along with the Mahananda, Teesta, Mechi and Balason Rivers which meanders down the south. The Chumal Rhi mountain range of Tibet is also visible from this panoramic spot which is 84 miles away as the crow flies from Tiger Hill. One can also visualize the Chumal Rhi mountain range from Phari Jong which is located around 129 miles away from the famous Darjeeling Township which is one of the most beautiful hill station in India and is often called as the “Queen of Hills in India” in several adventure tourism and trekking magazines across the globe.
The nearest Railway Junction near Tiger Hill and Ghum is the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station which is situated near Siliguri, which is a bustling foot hill township in West Bengal, and the nearest Airport is Bagdogra Airport, which is also situated near Siliguri that lies 75 km from Ghoom and 65 km away from Darjeeling.
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If you are travelling to Bangalore and also looking for white water river rafting in India, Bheemeshwari is the place that shall definitely pique your interest. Bheemeshwari is just a 3 hours drive from the city of Bangalore, which is 100 km from the Bangalore Township off the Kollegal-Kanakapura Highway. Some of the few major tourist landmarks that fall on the way to Beemeshwari in this route are Sathnur, Kanakapura and Muthathi. The last stretch of this picturesque journey to Beemeshwari from Bangalore run through a dense forest which stretches around 10 km which is also popular as one of the most visited trekking places near Bangalore. For travelers who have not yet visit this place, it must be mentioned that this part of the journey to Bheemeshwari leads through a pretty rocky terrain and so for comfort seeking travelers; they must be ready for the bumpy ride.
The Doddamakkali Nature Camp, The Gilbore Fishing Camp, The Cauvery River Fishing Camp are certain places which are located near Beemeshwari river rafting site. Advance booking is required if one needs to stay at the Jungle Lodges, which found are in and around these locations.
The Beemeshwari white water river rafting camp site is located on the bank of the Cauvery River against the beautiful backdrop of the Western Ghats.
Though, in most places, the Cauvery River is well accepted as a gently flowing stream, but at some places this river drop at a gradient which calls for the fun of rafting in this stream. As the water of the Cauvery River hits the submerged rocks, the gently river creates a frothy stretch of water with it swift changing water currents, that provides thrill to the water adventure seekers who want to river raft near Bheemeshwari.
The Beemeshwari white water river rafting is most visited and best enjoyed from the months of June till end of September, when the monsoon hits the southern parts of India and turns River Cauvery into a roaring waterway.
The Bheemeshwari Sanctuary is also another wonderful place where travelers can get a chance to see more than 200 species of animal and birds. Some of the most famous animals found in this jungle are the Giant Malabar Squirrel, The Spotted Deer and the Indian Jackals. The Bheemeshwari jungle is also a migratory corridor of Indian Elephants those who roam freely in this land.
One can also enjoy Angling, Kayaking or Coracle rides in the Cauvery River at Bheemeshwari where time seems to stand still amidst the natural beauty of this wonderful secluded place near Bangalore.by Akrishta with no comments yet
One of the major glaciers in the Kumaon Himalayas is the Milam Glacier which is located around 15kms north east of Nanda Devi peak. The Milam Glacier falls in the Munsiyari tehsil which lies in the Pithoragarh district in the state of Uttarakhand.
At an elevation of 18,000 feet above the sea the Milam Glacier covers around 14 sq miles or 37 sq kilometers of hill space which is approximately 16 kilometers long.
This glacier which was closed to visitors since 1962, due the Indo-China bilateral political problems has just been opened for trekkers since 1994.
The journey to the Milam Glacier, which is a predominant popular destination for all domestic and international tourists who seeks adventure trekking in India commences from a place called Munsiyari in the state of Uttarakhand.
The Milam glacier with all its natural beauties is situated on the southern facing slope of the main Himalayan mountain range.
The Milam glacier is the source of the Goriganga River. For the knowledge of the avid Himalayan trekkers it can be noted over here, that the village Milam which is considered as the base camp of this arduous trek, lies at the snout of this glacier, while Munsiyari which is another location from where this trek begins lies further down inside the Goriganga river valley.
The people those who belongs to Johar, or as by the name by which Miram Valley is locally known, were people who used to trade in between India and Tibet through the high passes of Kungribhingri La and Unta Dhura inside the Himalayan range.
However when this trading activity stopped due to Indio-China war in 1962, the once popular villages in the Milam valley are now mostly found deserted. But since the trail still exists in these high mountain passes Milam Valley trek is often found as a part of adventure tourism holiday packages in India which is indeed an exquisite location for trekking through the Himalayas.
While visiting the Milam Glacier one needs to initially trek for five consecutive days where by one can reach Pachu which is considered as the base camp area for Nanda Devi East.
The best way to reach the Milam Glacier is to reach this place from New Delhi which is the Capaital of India and then travel to Munsiyari through Almora which is a famous hill stations to visit near Delhi in the northern part of the country located within the state of Uttarakhand.by Akrishta with no comments yet
Ever since John Lennon and the Beetles team rocked up the humble ashram of the famous Hindu spiritual Guru Maharshi Mahesh Yogi late in 1960’s Rishikesh has become a magnet for spiritual healing and also adventure tourism in India. Rishikesh is nicknamed as “The Yoga Capital of the World” by all spiritual seekers who flock this small township in northern India for all kinds of yoga and meditational classes.
Most of the action that happens in this holy township happens in the northern side of the main town, which lies beside the fast flowing Holy Ganges rives and is surrounded by densely forested oak tree. During the evening hours the view of Rishikesh is also a thing to remember as the cool breeze from the Himalayas blows down the valley, setting temple bells ringing all across the Ganges riverside where tourists, local devotees and pilgrims gather to prepare for the evening ritual known as ‘Ganga-Aarti’.
The best time for white water Rishikesh river rafting activities is from the month of October till the end of March. As the weather in Rishikesh is most congenial and pleasant during this time river rafting is a wild fun for all rafters who visits Rishikesh during these months.
There are several river rafting clubs and adventure tourism agencies in Rishikesh who even offer special rafting camps during the Christmas and the New Year and also incredibly cheap river rafting packages during the holidays.
It is imperative to mention at this instance that white water river rafting in Rishikesh remains absolutely barred and closed during the monsoon months that starts from the first week of July till end of September every year.
Among the various rafting expeditions that are conducted on the Ganges river which flows beside Rishikesh – Shivpuri Rafting, Brahmpuri Rafting, Kudiyala Rafting and Marine Drive Rafting are some of the best know names used by the rafting agencies in this township which falls in different parts of the river and is named after several locations that are found beyond the Rishikesh town.
However Rishikesh is not only a place for spiritual and yogic propensity, but it is also a popular center for backpackers wherefrom the adventure tourists heads for their treks deep inside the Himalayas.
Rishikesh which is located in the state of Uttarakhand is the gateway of the Garhwal Himalayas and 25 km north of the city of Haridwar.
The best way to visit Riskhikesh is to hire a car from New Delhi, which is the capital of India. There are also several frequent bus services between Delhi and Rishikesh which are both economical and comfortable for all those who wish to visit this holy land.by Akrishta with no comments yet
There is an inborn desire in all of us to feel ourselves fly like birds. Aero sports activities like paragliding, parasailing, hand-gliding, hot air ballooning and hang-gliding provide us with such opportunities in different forms. As with several other places all across the world, aero sports activities which are also part of adventure tourism is a major attraction for tourists those who visit Ranikhet, which is located in the state of Uttarakhand.
Perhaps with the exception of hot air ballooning, the risk involved in aero sports activities is always a bit too dangerous in all parts of the world. One needs to be totally physically fit and also mentally prepared to enjoy these kinds of recreational sports activities in the air.
Due to the varied topographic conditions and climatic zone which is found all across the length and breathe of the country, India is one place which caters to aero sports activities in some place or the other throughout the year. Except for a few classified locations, there is no prior permission required to take up aero sports in India, which can make one feel exhilarated while they soar above in the sky like a free soul.
The essential and basic equipments those that is needed in paragliding consists of a glider and a harness which attaches the aero sports enthusiast safely and firmly to the pilot. In addition to that one always requires a light and sturdy helmet (specially manufactured for gliding), a reserve parachute and a Variometer (with GPS), which gauges the up and down movement of the glider. A great amount of caution is always observed in all paragliding centers located in Uttarakhand and also elsewhere in India, as while floating thousands of feet up in the air, even a minor glitch can always result in terrible consequences.
The Ranikhet para-gliding camp is located on the road to the Goluchina area, which is 12 km ahead of the Ranikhet Township. Accompanied with a breathtaking panoramic view of the earth and the sky, this camp is situated at the edge of a beautiful oak forest, and it does also provide lodging facilities to all the tourists those who visit Ranikhet for enjoying the best of adventure tourism in India.
Ranikhet, which is one of the most popular week-end gateway destinations of north India, which can be easily accessed from New Delhi by car in about 8 to 10 hours.
The Ranikhet paragliding camp is located around 350 km away from the New Delhi city and can be also accessed by train whereby one has to alight at Kathgodam Railway Stationby Akrishta with no comments yet
Ladakh is a place which is unlike any other places that one can see in India. Enshrouded by the two of the world’s mightiest mountains the Karakoram and The Greater Himalayas, the land of Ladakh is more popularly known as- The region of numerous passes and also as the land of the mystic Lamas.
Ladakh is located in the northern most part of India at an altitude of 9000 to an elevation of 15170 feet above the sea level. This is most probably why the region of Ladakh is also known as- The roof of the world.
Ladakh is one of the highest inhabited lands found in this planet which is a place of Medieval Monasteries and the holy abode of the peaceful Buddhist Lamas.
While passing through this arid and cold Himalayan landscape one can visit pretty villages with fluttering prayer flags, high passes along with dramatic mountain scenes and a view of the rugged hilly countryside.
While doing bike tour in India as part of Indian travel packages, Trans-Himalayan bike rides through the wild terrains of the Ladakh Mountains is one of the most thrilling and adventurous bike tours that one can find in this country. During this tour, one can explore and experience the highest motorable roadways of the world which lies at an altitude of over 5700 meters above the sea level.
Holiday packages in India which incorporates Ladakh in their tour itineraries let the travelers not only visit and enjoy the company of ancient Buddhist Monks in secluded age-old Monasteries, but also let the travelers get a glimpse of the visiting Tibetan nomads who often pass through these high altitude passes accompanied with their caravan of Yaks and legendary Pashmani goats.
If one has a true adventure seeker in his soul and has a quest for finding new thrills, exploring Ladakh on a motorcycle is a perfect tour for all these nature loving enthusiasts. In fact, this is one tour that all adventure bikers must do at least for once in their lifetime.
Visiting Ladakh, where the land and the sky meet at its pinnacle, is not only a wonderful experience but it is truly a memorable experience that one just cannot forget in their lifetime.
The best time to visit Ladakh is during the months of June to September when the temperature in this region varies between 10 to 25 degree Celsius.
The journey covered in these fortnightly bike trips are anywhere in-between 1200 to 1500 kilometers once you are set to cover Himachal Pradesh and then move towards Ladakh through several beautiful passes that fall on the way.by Akrishta with no comments yet