The Colorful Ladakh Festival Ends

Ladakh, one of the most sought-after tourist places in India was in news owing to the seven-day vibrant Ladakh festival since last week. The celebrations of the annual festival concluded at the famous Leh Polo Ground here on Thursday, 26th September 2013. A huge crowd of people, including travelers from different part of the world gathered here for witnessing the end of Ladakh festival.

Artist performs at Ladakh festival

A lot of travelers come for Ladakh tour, but this year the festival was postponed for increasing the tourist season in the scenic Leh in Jammu and Kashmir. The annual festival started on September 20 with a march of local people clad in traditional attire beginning from main bazaar to the Polo Ground.

Traditional dance at Ladakh festival

During this seven day festival, different kind of events including folk dances, polo match and “thanka” exhibition were conducted. It was also a delight for travelers who came for a Ladakh tour.

 

Awe-Inspiring Ooty Awaits You!!

Ooty is a rue charmer in itself! The natural delights of the place grab the attention of travelers from each nook and corner of India. This incredible South Indian hill station offers travelers with myriad of sightseeing attractions, which just add more charm to its popularity. The unadulterated beauty of the hill resort makes it the leading choice of nature lovers. Whether you are here with family, friends or your beloved, Ooty tourism has something for everyone!

Clouds coming down at Ooty

Endowed with bounty of sublime natural beauty and tourist attractions, Ooty is one of the best places to visit in a lifetime. Among the must-visit attractions, Ooty Botanical Gardens is a famous spot for panoramic vistas of sightseeing. It was established in the year 1847 and is well maintained by the horticulture department of Tamil Nadu. Home to around 650 species of plants and trees, it is a true delight for nature admirers. Another attraction of Ooty tourism is the Ooty Lake, which was created by John Sullivan in the year 1824. The lake, which was a fishing spot for British colonies earlier, is now a major tourist spot in Ooty. Boating here is one of the popular activities for tourists.

Fascinating view at Ooty Lake

Besides these, if time allows do pay a visit to the magnificent St. Stephen’s Church that owes its existence to the British period. Travelers seeking an old world charm in this hill station must visit this place. Tourists can offer prayers in the peaceful ambiance of the church and admire the skilled craftsmanship of ancient architects. Besides these, Ooty also offers several other sightseeing attractions like The Wax World or Wax World Museum & Art Gallery, The Tribal Museum, Thread Garden and Deer Park. Once you land in this amazing Indian destination, believe me you won’t be able to put your eyes off it! Ooty will surely cast its spell over you this vacation!!

CM of Himachal Urges to Increase Shimla Airport Runway’s Length

In order to make landing of bigger aircrafts easier, the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, also one of the popular Indian hill stations, has urged the Union Civil Aviation Ministry to increase the length of Shimla Airport Runway.  Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh requested for this to the Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh in a meeting here on Wednesday. He even sough sufficient amount of budget to the Airports Authority of India in order to restore the runway’s original length in a time-bound way.

Scenic view at Himachal Pradesh

Singh told the Chief Minister that it will help in landing the normal flights in Shimla before the winter tourist season. He stated that all sort of support and infrastructural assistance would be provided in restoring the actual length of runway. Virbhadra Singh informed that the length of the Shimla airport runway has been minimized from the original 4,100 feet to 3,800 feet.

Scenic view at Himachal Pradesh

He further added by saying that AAI has come up with a plan of restoring the actual length of the runway that would effectively mitigate the problems related to load factor. The minister also urged for the expansion of Kullu Airport and told that the state government has even conducted a feasibility study from IIT-Roorkee in consultation with the Airport Authority that gave the conclusion for expanding it further.  Himachal is one of the leading hill stations in India.

Get Soaked in the Sublime Beauty of Scintillating Shillong

Often dubbed as the Scotland of East, Shillong is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful destinations in the north-eastern region of India. Picturesque landscapes, lush green fields, colorful flowers, clouds resting on the top of mountains, a touch of colonial hospitality and friendly locals, words just fall short when you say anything about this exotic Indian destination. If greenery gives a visual feast to the tourists, the bustling crowd of city makes it more vibrant and lively.

Sprawling land at Shillong

Shillong once used to be the capital of earlier undivided Assam; it became one of the most sought after hill stations in India along with being an administrative headquarter for the north east. The British did a lot for this small town, which earlier consisted of three villages mainly. And with Shillong becoming a significant administrative centre for the British, many monasteries started making their ways to this scenic hill station. The strong English influence can be still seen in the hill station that attracts tourists not just from India, but from many other countries of the world.

Scenic view of Shillong

Blessed with bounty of surreal natural beauty, Shillong definitely scores to be counted among the topmost hill stations in India. Fascinating waterfalls, beautiful peaks and several interesting hideouts make Shillong a stop-by destination for vacationers all across the globe. With so much to see and explore, the place has always allured visitors. Some of the must-visit attractions here include Shillong Peak, Elephant Falls, Lady Hydari Park, Wards’ Lake and the Police Bazaar. And yes, do pay a visit to the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures, an interesting museum worth checking out in the town. If you haven’t decided where you would head to in your next vacations, Shillong is definitely the rightmost choice to make! The best season to visit here is right after the monsoons or winters, which means between the months of March-April and September-October.

Let Your Hair Down in Lovely Ladakh this Vacation!!

Ladakh is lovely, lively and lustrous indeed! This amazing Indian destination has it all to bring out the hidden wanderer within you. Absolutely the Pride of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh is the melting pot of vibrant colors, rich traditions and glorious heritage. An overwhelming warm experience in this cold atmosphere is a sheer delight for all the travelers. If you are thinking that it’s is not the time to visit Ladakh, you are definitely not right as the place welcomes all of you at its annual festival, which depicts the perfect blend of rich past and colorful present.

Folk artists in Ladakh

Blessed with stunning landscapes and picture-perfect locations, Ladakh boasts of its heart-pounding natural beauty. But what adds more to the beauty of the place is when the Ladakhis adorn themselves in vibrant colors and dance to the melodious tunes of their heart. It’s their innocence that would simply take your heart away. The inviting colors and bright decorations of the monasteries and houses are bliss to watch during a Ladakh tour. Folk dances and traditional events are performed in front of the wide-eyed gathering of tourists. Keep your cameras ready to record the magical moments as various colors of Ladakh unfold in front of you.

Monks performing at a cultural event in Ladakh

Along with joy-spreading dances and events, conventional sports such as village archery and Polo matches are also held to lure and indulge tourists. The art and craft artworks and ritual instruments of the locals are also presented in the exhibition. Moreover, thanks to the Ladakh tourism industry that has put in lot of efforts for promoting the beauty, cultures and traditions of the place. Remember your childhood when even a small festival looked so colorful? Ladakh tour will give you the same experience or perhaps better than that. So, what are you waiting for! Make way to this exotic and bright Indian destination as it awaits you!

Sikkim: A True Paradise for Trekking Enthusiasts!

In the northern region of India lies an undisclosed land nestled in the lap of Himalayas-Sikkim! Bestowed with sublime natural beauty and rejuvenating climate, Sikkim is among the most-sought after destinations among travelers from all corners of the world. Besides being a hot-spot for nature lovers, the state is one of the favorite spots for trekkers, India. As you pass through the gorges and valleys, the magnetic beauty of the marvelous mountains unfolds before your eyes. The sense of crisp and fresh air lingering in the surroundings of Sikkim while trekking is just fabulous.

alluring view of Sikkim Himalayas

The place is endowed with many trekking routes and trek to Kangcendzonga is known to be the most challenging of all, but provides an excellent opportunity to explore the amazing vistas of nature in its best form. Namchi, also the district headquarters of the state offers brilliant views of majestic Kangchendzonga Mountain and is the perfect base for short treks. Another easy yet short trek in Sikkim is the Barsai Rhododendron Sanctuary, which is also home to hemlock, silver fir, rhododendron and magnolia. The trekking trail from Dzongri to Goecha La will offer you with the most spectacular vistas of nature along with the reflection of Kanchendzonga in the stunning glacial lakes.

trekker taking rest at Sikkim's trails

Each trekking route in Sikkim will unveil different natural wonders bestowed upon this magical land. Trekking enthusiasts can plan their trip in the months of March to May and September to December. Trekking amidst the splendid mountains, gorgeous orchids and colorful birds and butterflies will surely make you go head over heels for this beautiful jewel of north east India. These trekking routes pass through the captivating gompas, interesting alpine forests and colorful hamlets, giving numerous opportunities to explore the sights and sounds of the region. So, next time when you ponder over spots for trekking, India, do give a though to the spectacular Sikkim!

Coorg Calling: Things you can indulge in!

With scenic coffee plantations, sprawling lush green tea plantations, fascinating waterfalls and majestic hills, Coorg has it all to be one of the best weekend destinations in India. Often dubbed as the Scotland of India, the place is not just famed for its charming sightseeing delights. The place is a stop by destination for adventure junkies as well. If you are all set to visit Coorg this vacation, make sure you try your hands on any of these:

Trekking

Trekker at Coorg

Trekkers get ready to explore the surreal beauty of Coorg as you trek the rugged and challenging routes. While trekking, adventurers would be delighted to view the scenic waterfalls, lush green surroundings and hear the chirping of birds. Abbey Falls, the Nagarhole National Park and Iruppu Falls are some of the popular spots, home to some of the exciting and thrilling routes.

River Rafting

adventurers enjoying river rfating

River rafting is among the most thrilling adventure sports that one can indulge in Coorg! Rafting amidst the scenic surroundings is surely a lifetime experience. Special highlight of Coorg tourism, rafting here will let you taste what real adventure is! Barapole Falls is one such amazing spots for rafting here. In case you are beginner, it is advisable to undergo this adventure activity under the supervision of an expert trainer!

Fishing and Angling

Fishing at Coorg is widely renowned

Another attraction of Coorg tourism is fishing or angling. You would find plenty of fishing camps where you can sit back and enjoy fishing while admiring the scenic delights of nature.  The Valnur Fishing Camp is one of the popular fishing spots in Coorg, which is organized in the lap of nature.

Visit the Tea Plantations

Coorg is home to scenic vistas of tea and coffee plantations

From the maddening crowd of cosmopolitan cities, you can escape and visit the sprawling lush green tea and coffee plantations of Coorg. Moreover, it’s the perfect way to enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful vistas of this exotic place. Stroll through the deep trails of tea plantations and give your eyes a visual treat in Coorg this vacation!

 

 

Kullu Police Demands Satellite Phones, GPS for the Safety of Trekkers

In the wake of safety of trekkers, the Kullu police department has asked the state government to provide them with satellite phones and global positioning system (GPS). This would help the police during search operations for the missing trekkers in the hills of Kullu.

RS Jamwal, the additional superintendent of police stated, “We have sent a proposal of seven satellite phones and 24 global positioning systems (GPS) to the state government for the safety of trekkers in the district.” He further added by saying that, “Due to tough geographical conditions in the interiors, landline as well as mobile phones often does not work due to poor network. In the situation, satellite phone would prove an advantage to locate the location of trekkers.”

Trekkers using satellite phones

Jamwal further commented, “Lack of communication network and no other way to find the exact position of the missing trekkers has proved a biggest hindrance in carrying out effective search and rescue operations. Keeping this in mind, we have submitted a proposal to the state government to procure satellite phones and satellite-linked GPS.”

He was of the view that with the help of satellite phones and GPS, they can find the clues of missing trekkers who come to explore travel and tourism in India. As per Jamwal, the use of satellite phones was not allowed in Himachal Pradesh, but keeping in view the safety issues of trekkers it has been decided to fix a certain range of frequency of the satellite phones. He stated, “It will be used during emergency by the trekkers and no international call would be allowed. These phones would be allotted to the group on rent and only after depositing security.”

Trekkers making way to the final destinations

However, the use of satellite phones of commercial as well as personal use restricted in the country. Legally, only the defense forces and security agencies can use it in India. According to the data collected by Hindustan Times, since 1991, 20 international visitors have been missing during trekking expeditions at Naggar, Manikaran and Parvati areas. The serene Kullu valley contributes a lot to the tourism in India.

Ban Lifted from Rafting and Paragliding in Kullu, Himachal

Here is something interesting that would surely grab the attention of adventure lovers! The Kullu administration has lifted the ban it had imposed on aero and water sports, two months ago. With weather conditions returning to normal, the administration has lifted this ban.

All set to paraglide

From September 17, visitors coming to Manali will be able to enjoy river rafting, paragliding, river crossing and other water and aero adventure sports. Keeping in view the safety of tourists, travelers were not allowed to go for these activities from July 15 to September 15, when the level of streams and rivers is above the normal along with high-speed winds that make it risky for paragliders.

adventurer challenging the rapids of water at Manali

According to Ashwani Kumar, the district tourism development officer, “Both paragliding and river rafting are starting officially from Monday. Now the water in rivers has come down to safe levels and weather is pleasant for paragliding.” He also added that in order to keep a check on all the adventure activities, specialized teams have been made.

Scenic view of so many paragliders in the sky!

The Kullu Administration had put bans on paragliding under the Himachal Pradesh Aero Sports Rules, 2004 and river rafting under River Rafting Act 2005. Ashwani further stated that, “Steps have been taken for the safety of the tourists. All service providers need to have valid license to operate rafting and paragliding. Many more officials have been empowered to challan the illegal service providers.”

Light Rains Drop Himachal’s Temperature

With light showers of rain, temperature in various hill stations of Himachal Pradesh has fallen down, said a Met Official on Monday. He further stated that while Manali and Shimla experienced light rain, other hill resorts including Dharamsala, Kangra, Kasauli and Palampur witnessed thundershowers on Sunday evening.

Scenic view of Shimla before rains

Places like Narkanda and Kufri witnessed moderate rains as compared to Shimla, which experienced a light spell of rain. The temperature of Manali dropped by 8.2 degrees Celsius on Monday and recorded 5.2 mm of rain. The night temperature of the town was recorded to be 11 degrees Celsius Sunday. On the other hand, the town of Kangra, lying at a distance of around 225 km from Shimla, received 21.2 mm of rain that was highest in the state. Keylong and Sundernagar witnessed 1 mm and 7.8 mm rain respectively.

travelers enjoying rain in Shimla

The state capital Shimla that received 4.6 mm rain had a temperature drop of 10.6 degrees Celsius, which was a fall from 15 degree Celsius of Monday. According to Met reports, tourist destinations such as Chitkul and Rohtang Pass also witnessed light snow making the weather more pleasant.