Foot heading to the North

“Welcome to the Dev Bhoomi or at the place of God”, they said. With open arms do the people here welcome for all those visitors. Along the foothills of the Shivalik range, are these chains of hills, an area covered with the white carpet all over, is this state of Himachal Pradesh. This hill station at the north of the country is an area, which is loaded with apple orchards, snow fed rivers and many gushing lakes. You may witness here the fresh air, the apple orchards planted wide across, the green forests around, indeed a place to be visited, the pleasant nature and the never ending beauty.

Old Christ Church-Shimla

Old Christ Church-Shimla

Starting with Shimla, mostly known as a honeymoon destination is an amazing cool and attractive town that sprawls along a mountain ridge, covered are the places here with oak, pine and rhododendron forests. It’s quite famous for its colonial style buildings and historic railway, the toy train and had attraction points like the old Christ Church, Scandal Point, as well as the Viceregal Lodge, also a hub of many adventure sports at the hills. Among the other most visited cities are the Kullu and Manali. At Kullu, the pilgrimage place of Bijli Mahadev, the Roerich Art Gallery or to the Raison for witnessing the orchards.

Slopes of Manali

Slopes of Manali

At Manali, one may head towards the Rohtang, to the Gurudwara Sri Manikaran sahib but not to forget the Bhrigu lake. The beautiful, green, quite town of Dalhousie has all the housing structures with roof tops, inclined. Viewing the state through a panoramic view, with both snow-clad ranges and the others plain was splendid. One may walk here and take rides upon the ponies which are even called the khachhars (mules). Among many others is the city of Palampur, famous for its Tea Plantation or the tea gardens. Here one can pay their visit to the Newgal Park, the Neugal Khad, the Sourab Kaliya and the Ban Vihar, remember the dinning at the local ‘dhabas’. Named after the area filled with the Chapaka trees, at Chamba locate the Rang Mahal, the Bhuri Singh Museum, and the Champavati Temple for a little spirituality at the state. The breath-taking views at the Parashar Lake, or at the Janjehli for a few dangerous but fun-filled treks. Also sightseeing at the Deoli becomes a better option. Indira Tourist Park in Kufri is the place available for Yak or the pony rides, for getting an overlook at the Giri valley, tourists often move to the Fagu.
Himachal has got it all. False are the misconceptions, which say it’s just filled with snow everywhere. Hence, it has many more than just this hence a trip to the hill station of Himachal is the best option for anyone.

Enjoy trekking through the Milam Glacier in Uttarakhand

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.

Milam Trek Uttarakhand

Milam Trek 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.

Munsiyari

Munsiyari

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.

Mid and Higher Hills of HP Experience Intense Cold Wave Conditions

With winters around the corner, the mid and higher hill ranges of Himachal Pradesh are witnessing intense cold wave conditions. The tribal areas of the hill station are experiencing dropped cold wave conditions as the mercury dipped to some levels all across the state.

Shimla City

The tribal areas of the state recorded cold wave conditions with mercury dipping at 2 to 5 degrees below the freezing point. On the other hand, Kalpa and Keylong nestled in the twin tribal regions of Lahaul and Spiti Kinnaur recorded a fall of minimum temperatures at 2.9 and 4.2 degrees respectively. Manali, the popular hill station of HP was also very cold with mercury fall of 6.2 degrees while Chamba and Solan recorded temperatures at 9.7deg and 7.9deg respectively. Temperature drops of 10.5 at Shimla, 10.8 at Sundernagar, 13.6 at Nahan, 14.0 at Una were recorded since yesterday.

Shimla-Night-View

 

The maximum temperature during day time remained close to the normal with Una having the highest at 32 degrees that was followed by Sundernagar 28.3 deg, Bhuntar 28 deg, Dharamsala 26.8 deg, Nahan 26.5 deg, Solan 25.5 deg, Shimla 20.1 deg and Kalpa 17.4 deg C.

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!!

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!

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!

 

 

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.

Darjeeling Crisis Slows the Tourism Business in Sikkim

The political turmoil happening in the northern part of West Bengal has adversely affected Sikkim’s tourism business in the coming festive season. Although the turmoil is in its declining phase, the loss in tourism has already taken place and it can’t be reversed now.

scenic view of mountain in Sikkim

According to PD Rai, the only Loksabha MP from Sikkim, “The situation definitely deserves a serious consideration as our state has witnessed very high number of booking cancellations.” On the other hand T Roy, the Secretary of Eastern Himalayan Tour and Travel Operators Association, Darjeeling has already witnessed more than 80% cancellations as a consequence of political turmoil in August first week, which is the peak festive booking season. “Near 70% of travelers, arriving this region, prefer tagging up Sikkim and Darjeeling. So, any cancellation at any side causes huge business loss for both the sides,” explained R Basu, veteran tour operator and tourism advisor to Government of Sikkim.

Festival in Sikkim

While discussing about the slump in Sikkim festive tourism business, S Sanyal, Director of a major tour operating house commented, “UK or USA have issued refreshed travel alert advising all their citizens to avoid traveling in Darjeeling region. These are also creating serious impact for the entire region including Sikkim.”

Believing the estimation made by the tourism arena, Sikkim alone contributes approximately 40% of the yearly travel business volume of about Rs 400 Crore of this region. From its 7000 sq km geographic area 82% is under forest cover, 14% under round the year snow cover and 3% under Glaciers, thereby making it a sought after destination among tourists.

Beautiful view of Ralong monastery in Sikkim

The state Chief Minister Pawan Chamling said, “Sikkim’s high dependency on tourism revenue makes us keen on utilizing this potential without jeopardizing our rich biodiversity and sensitive ecology.” Under his ministry, a tourism mission targeting 40 lakh international tourists and 10 lakh domestic tourists per year by 2015 has already been formed.

Gujarat’s Saputara Monsoon Festival for One More Month

Gujarat’s one and only hill station, Saputara has always been limelight for its adventure sports and natural beauty, this time the place is in news for its monsoon festival, which has been extended for one month. Keeping in view the immense popularity of the event among tourists, the state government has increased the length of this festival till September-end. The govt. has reported a minimum of 2.7 lakh tourists in the month of August only.

Saputara in Gujarat is a popular hill station

Previous year, around 2.3 lakh tourists came to Saputara at the time of this monsoon festival and this is the third consecutive year that it has allured highest number of visitors. Gujarat hotels and resorts are doing an excellent business and around 700 rooms in the hill station were booked throughout the last month. “We had more than 90 per cent occupancy in our two Gujarat hotels at Saputara,” Dipen Shah, the group general manager of Lords Hotel reported.

On way to Saputara, Gujarat

Making the festival more attractive, the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited (TCGL) hosted various activities such as crafts mela, adventure sports, cultural shows, rides and boating. As Saputara is en-route to Shirdi and tourists take a halt here for few hours only, but with the introduction of many entertainment options, tourists are staying here for more than a day.

Dancers performing at a festival in Gujarat

Dinesh Dasa, the director in Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd stated, “Normally monsoon is considered a slack season in most tourist destinations, but it does not apply to Saputara anymore. The festival has proved to be a major attraction. So far, Diwali, New Year and summer vacation were the most favoured period to come, but now large numbers of tourists are coming even during this fest.”

Keeping an eye on the rush of tourists, the authorities have estimated that around 3.5 lakh tourists will flock to Saputara by the end of this month. Besides the vibrant hues of festival, the scenic locations of the hill resort are also fascinating tourists.