AMASA Demands Due Recognition to the Arunachal Everesters

The Arunachal Mountaineering and Adventure Sports Association (AMASA) expressing concern over the Arunachal’s Everesters calls for due recognition to them by the state government. Tsering Wange, the President of AMASA commented in a statement that the pity condition of Everesters was because of the lack of awareness on the great potential of adventure sports and mountaineering in the state.

Stunning trekking destination

Wange compared the recognition of the Arunachal Everesters with those of the other states and rued that the state govt. was yet to honor them and other sport personalities with land allotment, cash incentives and government jobs. He further stated, “The Assam government had honored the Everesters of Assam with 20 lakh each, while other states had also given cash and other incentives,” while informing that that state govt. has awarded the summiteers just with a certificate, a gold medal and a blanket.

Adventurer trying hard to conquer the mounatin

Adding more, Wange stated, “Our Everesters have been felicitated by the President, Prime Minister, Union Defence Minister, Union Tourism Minister, Union Sports Minister, Chief of Indian Army, Chief Ministers of Jammu & Kashmir, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur and Sikkim.” The AMASA President continued by saying that the growth of adventure tourism and adventure sports in Arunachal Pradesh depended on the proper recognition to the sportsperson, awareness campaigns on adventure tourism and opening up of trekking expeditions to the unexplored peaks.

Mountaineering is a popular adventure sport among Indians

He also added, “There is also an urgent need to formulate mountaineering policy on the lines of Nepal government to boost the local economy, opening up of international border trade with Bhutan, China and Myanmar, and speedy execution of the two-lane BRO road between Bhalukpong and Tawang.”

Top 4 Trekking Destinations in India

India has always been a center of attraction for nature lovers as well as adventure freaks. Domestic as well as international travelers always keep on searching for some great opportunities for exploring the different facets of the country. Owing to so many choices of locations, terrific climate and diverse cultures, India has become the hot spot for travelers from all corners of the world. And for adventure spirits trekking and hiking are among the most sought after activities in this wonder land. Here is our pick of top 4 Indian destinations for trekking in India:

Frozen River Trek

Famous Frozen River Trek in Zanskar valley, Ladakh

The Frozen River trek of Zanskar valley is one of the popular choices of adventure seekers in India. Situated at an elevation of 3850 mts/12628 ft, the traditional name of this trek is Chadar trek, which was reckoned as the only way to enter and exit from Ladakh during the winters. As the trek is perched on some of the most secluded regions of the Zanskar Mountains, it attracts numerous trekkers.

Kedar Kantha Trek

Kedar Kantha Trek covered with snow is a bliss for trekkers

Kedar Kantha trek is another popular trekking destination in India. Perched high in the northern region of the Indian state of Uttrakhand, it provides panoramic views of the Garhwal Himalayas. An ideal trekking spot for nature lovers and adventure spirits, Kedar Kantha Trek has it all to be counted among the best spots for trekking in India.

Snow Leopard Trek

Snow Leopard trek in Ladakh is a hot spot  for adventure enthusiasts

Located in Ladakh, Snow Leopard Trek is one of the best trekking spots in India. The trekking route is ideally situated in the external Himalayas and is one of the best winter trekking destinations in India. While trekking the Snow Leopard Trek, you can also pay a visit to the famous Hemis Nationwide Recreation place.

Dodital Trek

Dodital trek in Uttarkashi

Lying at an altitude of3307 meters above the mean sea level is the stunning Dodital Trek in the northern part of Uttarkashi. This is also a popular winter trekking destination in the country and en-route to this trek you would be overwhelmed by the pristine natural vistas and wide jungles of Rhododendron, Oak, Deodar and Fir.

 

Ladakh: A Photographer’s Paradise!

Ladakh, undoubtedly, is blessed with the best of what nature has in store! With its picturesque locations, rugged beauty and unique tourist attractions, the place has always been a fantasy for travelers as well as photographers! In this post of Leh Ladakh dairies, I am here with some of the best picture-perfect locations in Ladakh. Here it goes:

Moore Plains

Picture-perfect Moore Plains in Ladakh

For the real photography enthusiasts, Moore Plains in Ladakh is one of the best locations to capture some excellent shots. Located on a plateau, the Moore Plain lies on a road via Pang. Ideal for landscape photography, this picturesque location would let the hidden photographer within you to show the best of its talent. Capture some amazing wide-angle shots and brilliant landscapes at Moore Plains during your Ladakh tour.

 Zanskar Valley

Eye-catching Buddhist Mani stones at the Zanskar Valley in Ladakh, India

Mostly it’s the place for people seeking some peaceful time amidst nature. But Zanskar Valley is also a stop-by destination for the shutterbugs out there. Follow your heart and make way to this mystical valley on your Leh Ladakh tour. The enchanting views of Rangdum, Zongkhul and Suney monasteries along with picture-perfect landscapes make Zanskar Valley a hot spot for photographers.

Tsemo (Victory) Fort

Amazing view of Tsemo Fort in Ladakh

 

Climb the magnificent Tsemo Fort or Victory Fort for capturing the brilliant shots of valleys and landscapes in Leh Ladakh.  This giant structure can be seen from all the corners of Leh and it lies close to another marvelous structure, the Namgyal Palace. Once you are on the top of the fort, take out your cameras and get ready to capture some of the breathtaking shots.

Pangong Lake

Panoramic Pangong Lake in Ladakh is a must-visit attraction here

The Pangong Lake, which lies at an altitude of 14,000 feet at the intersection of the Indo-China border, is one of the picture-perfect spots in Ladakh. The soul-stirring view of the lake is just awesome.  Along with enjoying the sublime beauty of nature, get ready to capture some lifetime moments in your lenses! Enjoy Clicking!!!

 

 

Activities to Get Indulged in during Leh Ladakh Travel Tour

In yet another post of Leh Ladakh dairies, here I am back with some exciting options for all those adventure spirits out there! Your travel tour to Leh Ladakh can be more fantastic if you show some daredevilry and get indulged in these exciting adventure activities:

Zanskar River Rafting

River rafting at Zanskar Valley Ladakh

Zanskar river rafting is undoubtedly one of the best river rafting expeditions all across the world. It’s completely an amazing experience to pass through the steep river-carved gorges of the great Zanskar, which is also referred to as the Grand Canyon of Asia. The river is graded as class IV and passes across the terrains of Ladakh.

Biking to Khardungla

Enjoy Biking to Khardungla

Let that adventurer within you wake up and reach new avenues! How about biking up to the Khardungla trailing while crossing the majestic snow-clad Himalayas, Zanskar, Karakoram Range and Stok range? Take out your hardy Royal Enfields and ride all the way to the challenging Khardungla. Give yourself the best gift of biking to Khardungla during the Leh Ladakh tour.

Yak Safari

Rider enjoying Yak safari in Ladakh

This vacation during your Ladakh tour, travel in style on a humble Yak. The Yak-dong is known to be the largest beast of the area. Exploring Ladakh more intimately over the back of the animal is really an out-of-the-world experience.  Though the ride will be slow, stay assured for having a closer look at the interiors of Ladakh.

Paragliding in Ladakh

Enjoy paragliding at Ladakh

On the roller coaster ride of adventure activities in Ladakh, soar in the clear blue sky and admire the fabulous vistas of the region by trying your hands on paragliding. You can paraglide from the Khardong that is reckoned as the highest motorable road all over the world. The sport is already popular among travelers and attracts numerous adventure spirits from e ach nook and corner of the globe.

Skiing

Skiing in Ladakh is an exciting adventure sport

Skiing is known to be the first adventure activity introduced in this scenic Trans Himalayan region. Speeding over the icy hills is definitely once in a lifetime experience. Panikhar to Kanji, Golab Kangri Ski Down Expedition, Drass to Sonamark and Igloo Camp and Rocket Trek are among the popular skiing routes in Ladakh region.

Exciting Treks in Ladakh

The irresistible fascination for Ladakh tour seems like growing in me! In fact, there would be many out there who are allured by this amazing destination of India. For all those adventure spirits, what does a tour to Leh Ladkah means, I can completely understand! With so much to see and explore, this natural treasure trove of India is sought after by many nature lovers and adventure junkies.

Ladakh is home to many amazing treks and covering these rugged and challenging trails is definitely a phenomenal experience. And in this second post of Leh Ladakh diaries, here I am with some of the popular trekking routes:

Jhunglam Trek

Jhunglam Trek, one of the challenging treks in the Ladakh region

Are you brave enough to challenge your limits? If yes then Jhunglam trek would definitely satiate the adventurer within you. It is known to be among the difficult trekking routes in the Ladakh region. August to October is the peak season for trekking this route that stars from the vibrant Hemis monastery.

Kang Lat Se Trek

Kang Lat Se Trek in Ladakh is among the popular trekking routes in the region

The trekking route from the Kang Lat Se to the Annapurna trek would lead you to explore the virgin beauty of the stunning hidden valley. The trekking route would provide you with the panoramic vistas of the Nar and Phu villages with the scintillating Himalayan backdrop.

Spituk Stok

Spituk Stok in Ladakh

If you are seeking for some relatively easily traversable treks in Ladakh, a trekking trip to the Spituk-Stok would be the perfect choice. Ideal for trekkers of all ages, this trekking route stretches from Leh to spituk by a jeep thereafter foot-trudge to Kandla through Zingchen and Larsta.

Lamayuru Zanskar Trek

Adventurers resting between Darcha to Lamayuri trek in Ladakh

For all those lion-hearted, Lamayuru Zanskar Trek is one of the must-visit trekking spots in Ladakh. This trekking route originates from the Western Himalayas and serves as a link between Darcha in Lahaul and Padum in Zanskar and Lamayuru in Ladakh. The route is punctuated with many colorful monasteries along with vibrant flora and fauna. Battling nature and taming the wildlife while passing through the Lamayuru Zanskar Trek is definitely once in a lifetime experience.

 

Leh Ladakh Diaries: Monasteries to Visit during the Tour

The dream destination of many, Ladakh is known to be among the highest inhabited places throughout the world. It’s the land that exhibits the diverse religious and cultural influences from India, Tibet and Central Asia. If you are lucky enough to get a chance of visit this amazing destination of India, make sure you come back with tons of those OMG moments!!

In this first series of Leh Ladkah diaries, I have listed some of the must-visit monasteries during your tour to this wonderland. Here it goes:

Shey Gompa Ladakh 

Shey Gompa Monastery in Ladakh

Shey that once used to be the summer capital of Ladakh is home to the renowned Shey Monastery of Gompa. Established in the remembrance of Singay Namgyal, it is famous for the big copper statue of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is known to be the largest statue in the entire Ladakh and should be in your check-out-list of Leh Ladakh tour.

Phyang Monastery

Festival Celebrations at the popular Phyang monastery of Ladakh

For people seeking peace, beauty and solace altogether, Phyang Monastery is the right place to visit. This awe-inspiring monastery is strategically located at a short distance of around 15-16/40 kms to the west of Leh in the Ladakh region. The monastery was built in the year 1515 and is known to be major center of the Djung teachings in the area. The place also houses a 900 year old museum that is packed with huge collections of idols and Mongolian, Chinese and Tibetan weapons.

Diskit Gompa

Panoramic view of Diskit Gompa

Situated in Ladakh’s Nubra Valley, Diskit Gompa is known to be the ancient and largest monasteries here. It is reckoned as the sub-gompa of the Thikese Gompa and was founded in the 14th century by Changzem Tserab Zangpo. Home to a giant solemn Maitreya statue, this monastery is a must-visit place during your Leh Ladakh tour.

Spituk Gompa

Interiors of Spituk Gompa Monastery in Ladakh

Dating back its root to the 11th century, the Spituk Gompa is a consequence of the envision of Od-de the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od. The Dukhang or the main temple of this three chapel monastery has a seat reserved for the Dalai Lama. And the Gustor Festival celebrated here is two-day spiritual delight for pilgrims and travelers.

Points to Ponder when Planning for a tour of Ladakh

Closely situated within the Trans-Himalayan region, Ladakh is one of the topmost destinations for nature lovers and adventure spirits. For years, travelers from all across the globe have been fascinated to this stunning landscape for exploring what all it has in store for them. Besides its natural treasures, Ladakh is also reckoned for being home to many Tibetan Buddhists.

Trekkers covering routes in Ladakh

Trekking in Ladakh would leave you with vivid and phenomenal experiences. But for a successful trekking expedition, it’s always better to plan beforehand. If you have been to any such high altitude mountain earlier, you definitely must be aware of the weather conditions. But for novice trekkers, you need to plan your trip in a good way and here’s how you can do it:

  • It is advisable to stay at Leh for the first two days of your Ladakh trekking expedition in order to get familiar with the high altitude conditions. As there are high chances for you to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), make sure that you are in the best of your physical state while undertaking a trekking expedition.

Trekkers having rest in between their route

  • As Leh is a low atmospheric region, take 24-36 hours of rest when you reach there. Increase your altitude gradually and take rests at various points of the expedition. For people with heart issues like blood pressure and asthma, it is strictly recommended not to go for Ladakh trekking tours.
  • Drinking lots of water is advisable in order to avoid dehydration, however make sure you don’t overdo it. Dehydration is not always necessary to cause AMS.

Trekker moving ahead in Zanskar , Ladakh

  • Carry warm clothes with you and keep your head covered. And yes, it is necessary that the warm clothes you are wearing are not just warm, but comfortable as well. Keeping safety in mind, control your excitement level and don’t start exploring new routes without any experienced trekker.
  • Higher the altitudes you reach, lower is the level of oxygen. This can led to shortness of breath, dizziness, headache and nausea, immediately descend down in case you are at a high level. You can carry medicines for such sickness after consulting a professional medical expert.

 

Top 4 Hill Stations in India for Honeymoon

Just got married or soon going to be married? Well, honeymoon is something that you surely must have been planning for a long time! And with so many breathtakingly beautiful destinations in India, couples would fall in love with each other all over again.

Get enchanted by the stunning beauty of pretty hill stations of India as they wait for you and your beloved. Following is our pick of the hill stations that perfectly score to be among the best honeymoon destinations in India:

Ooty- Get Close to Each Other in the Lap of Nature

Panoramic view of Ooty

Ooty is undoubtedly among the most celebrated honeymoon destinations for newlywed couples. Set amidst the gorgeous Nilgiri Hills, the hill resort has it all for the couples to start their new phase of life with lots of love. Enjoying a mountain trail or walking hands in hand in the lush green forests, Ooty is bliss for honeymooners.

Khandala- Feel Loved amidst the Sublime Beauty of Nature

stunning view of Khandala

Famed as one of the most sought after weekend destinations among tourists, Khandala lying on the Sahyadri ranges, is also a popular destination among honeymooners. Situated close to Mumbai, it is easily accessible to the city. The surreal natural beauty, misty valleys, refreshing air and pretty hills make Khandala one of the best honeymoon destinations in India.

Munnar-Cherish Your Love amidst Serenity

pretty cottage at the hills of Munnar

You seriously can’t deny the fact that hills and mountains have a charm of their own! Munnar is one such awe-inspiring hill station in the Anamalai range of the South Indian state of Kerala. This brightly painted town with a colonial touch is dotted with sprawling tea plantations, thick forests and vibrant flora and fauna. With picture-perfect locations, much-needed tranquility and pleasant weather, Munnar is surely one of the best places for honeymooners.

Kasauli-Deepen the Bond of Love among Hills

Scenic view of Kasauli

After all the celebrations, what all a couple needs is a secluded place. And honeymooning in Kasauli is just the best way to cherish the new phase of life. Exhibiting the old world charm, this stunningly beautiful hill station of Himachal Pradesh is a paradise for newlywed couples. The rich biodiversity of the place along with picturesque landscapes is just outstanding!

Top 4 Skiing Destinations in India

Does snow excite you? You love speeding over the snow-clad hills? If yes then skiing is definitely your cup of tea! India offers some of the finest places when seeking spots for this exciting adventure sport. The northern part of the country, where the mighty Himalayas stand high, is certainly counted among the favorite skiing spots.

Here’s our pick of the top 4 skiing destinations of India:

Pahalgam in Jammu and Kashmir

panoramic view of Pahalgam in Jammu and Kashmir

Nestled in the Anantnag district of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Pahalgam is one of the favorite skiing spots among adventure junkies. It is reckoned as one of the major skiing places among all the Western Himalayas’ regions. Along with the sport, the scenic vistas of Pahalgam make it a popular place among skiers as well as trekkers. December to March is the best time to visit this destination for skiing.

Solang Nala in Himachal Pradesh

Ski enthusiasts ready for skiing in Solang Nala

Solang Nala is situated in the popular valley of Manali in Himachal Pradesh. The place is renowned for organizing a variety of winter sports in India, especially skiing. Besides this sport, parachuting, zorbing, paragliding and skating are also held in this place. Adventurers can make their way to this thrilling destination at any time of the year.

Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir

Tourist skiing in the Gulmarg valley of Jammu u and Kashmir

Gulmarg, located in the Baramula district of Jammu and Kashmir is yet another exciting spot for skiing in India. Famed as the heartland of winter sports such as skiing in India, this beautiful little place is among the top skiing destinations of Asia. Ski lovers can make their way to Gulmarg during the months of December to March.

Munsiyari in Uttarakhand

Munsiyari is a hot-spot for skiing in  Inida

For adventure lovers, Munsiyari in the Indian state of Uttarakhand is definitely not less than a paradise. Located on the banks of River Goriganga, it is often dubbed as the place with snow. The place is being recognized as one of the fantastic tourist destinations and is used as a base camp or hub by the glacier enthusiasts, mountaineers, nature lovers and high altitude trekkers.

Seems like all these destinations are calling me!  Well, I have started to plan my itinerary. What are you waiting for! Taste the real adventure this season!! Enjoy skiing!!!

 

Kerala: The Best Family Holiday Destination

Kerala, the tropical paradise of India is counted among the best family getaway destinations in the country. People seeking a refreshing experience in the lap of nature can head to the scintillating state of Kerala. This gem of the South India has always been a haven for honeymooners, but when it’s about holidaying with the little ones, the focus is more towards the likes and preferences of kids. Being one of the best travel destinations in South India, Kerala has a lot in store for vacationers of all age groups.

Let your little ones rejoice and have the best time of their vacations in God’s Own Country, Kerala.

Admire the Beauty of Nature

Vibrant wildlife of Kerala

Kerala is home to some of the best wildlife reservoirs and national parks including the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, thereby making it the rightmost place for kids to enjoy. Your little ones would surely love watching the colorful wildlife of the state in its natural habitat. What else can be more exciting for kids than to wait for catching a glimpse of tiger!

Get Close to the Culture

Artist dressed for Kathakali dance of Kerala

The ancient culture of Kerala exists in complete harmony with the unspoiled beauty of nature.  From the culture of locals to the cuisine, the state offers kids with an entirely new place worth exploring. Passing through the local villages is one of the best ways to know the ethos of cultures, traditions and lifestyles of locals.

Enjoy the Water Activities and Beaches

Breathtakingly beautiful sunset view at the Varkala Beach in Kerala

With a 600 km long coastline, Kerala perfectly scores to be counted among the best travel destinations in India. Kerala beaches are known to be relatively untouched and are ideal for family vacations. Besides admiring the amazing sunsets and sunrises by the panoramic beaches, you and your little one can get indulged in various water sports or beach activities such as volleyball, wind surfing and parasailing. The Cherai and Kovalam beaches are widely popular for such activities.

Kerala is among the few Indian destinations where one can enjoy with his/her family. In Next vacation surprise your kids with a travel package to this gorgeous holiday spot.