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.

Adventure sports in Mohanchatti village near Rishikesh

Rishikesh is one of the most popular adventure tourism destinations in north India that is located on the foothill of the Himalayas. Rishikesh is around 25 kilometers north of the holy city Haridwar, which much like Rishikesh is also another Gateway of the Garhwal Himalayas situated in the state of Uttarkhand.

Bungee Jumping at Mohanchatti village near Rishikesh

Bungee Jumping at Mohanchatti village near Rishikesh

Due to numerous Yoga centers which attracts both the domestic and international tourists to this holy land, Rishikesh is often nicknamed as the “The world capital of Yoga” since it is believed according to the Hindu mythology that a dip in the holy Ganges River that flows beside this township can bring one closer to attainment of ‘Moksha’ which in eschatological sense frees a person from the cycle of death and rebirth. In other words in an epistemological and psychological sense Moksha connotes self-knowledge, self-realization and ultimately freedom which can be painstakingly attainted through Yoga.

Part from Yoga, this holy city is also famous for adventure sports in Rishikesh, which consists of white water river rafting, hot air ballooning, bungee jumping, rappelling and others. The most popular season for white water river-rafting in Rishikesh is between the months of March and end of September, when the climate and weather conditions in Uttarkhand is most congenial for all sorts of adventure sports activities.

Of late para-sailing has also become much popular in and around Rishikesh and has become a part of the Indian luxury tours as many international young tourists really does enjoy gliding on the azure blue skies with a view of the Himalayan peaks at a faraway distance over the horizon.

Rappelling in Rishikesh

Rappelling in Rishikesh

One of the most famous extreme adventure zone which is situated near the Rishikesh Township is the Mohanchatti village, which is around 13 kilometers away from Rishikesh. Apart from other kinds of wild fun adventure sports activities Mohanchatti is famous for Bunge Jumping.

Paragliding at Mohanchatti village near Rishikesh

Paragliding at Mohanchatti village near Rishikesh

It is generally considered that a person needs to remain medically fit to perform bungee jumps, which is standardized by the fact that he or she must be above 12 years of age and should weigh at least more than 35 kilos. Apart from this bungee jumpers much like white water river rafters must not have any complications in his cardiac system or must not have blood pressure related ailments which can result in fatality during the fall. Pregnant ladies are also not allowed to perform bungee jumping or water rafting activities, though hot air ballooning is most of the time allowed during the first few months of pregnancy.

Visit to the Aru Valley in Kashmir

The Aru valley is located at a distance of around 117 km from the city Srinagar in the state of Kashmir. It is a forlorn destination which has no more than 100 inhabitants who live in this valley, most of whom are horsemen. The Aru valley is surrounded by mountains on three sides and is famous for trout fishing. One can often see animals like the snow leopards, Himalayan wolf and black bear while travelling through this uninhibited place on earth.

The Aru Valley Village

The Aru Valley Village

The Aru Valley, which is noted for the beauty of its scenic meadows, is a beautiful place for sightseeing in India and is also popular among travelers for its peaceful environments.

The Kashmiri village in the Aru Valley is the base camp for trekkers who wish to trek the Kolahoi Glacier, the Katrinag valley or visit the Tarsar-Marsar Lakes during their trips to India. The Kolahoi Glacier is considered as one of the largest glaciers found in the Kashmir Valley and is located near the Mt. Kolahai peak, which is the highest peak found in the Kashmir Valley. There are a number of cheap and economical restaurants, hotels and log huts available in the Aru Valley village, which are available for boarding and lodging of the trekkers who visit this place.

Apart from the several Himalayan peaks which one can see from the Aru valley, there are also around 20 beautiful crystal clear alpine lakes in this valley which encourages trout fishing. Some of the popular activities while travelling to the Aru Valley in Kashmir includes hiking, trekking, trout fishing in the Lidder River and of course photography.

The Aru Valley Base Camp

The Aru Valley Base Camp

The Kolahoi Glacier trek from the Aru Valley village base-camp takes around 7 days which covers a distance of 75 kilometers on foot. Once the travelers reach the Kolahoi Glacier, the trekkers can not only see the famous Kolahoi Peak but can also make a personal discovery of the birth of Lidder River which flows through this valley. The Tarsar and the Marsar Lake treks take two more days, in addition to the Kolahoi Glacier trek, and so it is always important that all trekkers and tourists must acclimatize themselves at the Aru Valley villages before attempting to perform the Kolahoi Glacier trek.

The Tarsar Lake

The Tarsar Lake

The best season to visit Aru Valley and decide upon going for the Kolahoi Glacier trek is in between the months of May to October as there are severe snowfalls in these places during the winter months.

The Chadar Trek in Ladakh

One of the most dangerous, awesome and surprisingly unconventional trekking routes in India is the Chadar Trek over the frozen Zanskar river in Ladakh. The Zanskar River is one of the north flowing major tributary of the Indus River which flows through the mighty Zanskar Gorge, which joins the Indus River near the township of Nimmu, which is situated at Ladakh.

The lower northern part of the Zanskar Gorge which is extremely popular during the summer months for white water river rafting adventure sports activity which starts from Chiling and end at Nimmu remains totally closed during the winter months. However in spite of the inaccessible road conditions when travel to Zanskar remains closed during the winter season, the overland route to Padum, which is the administrative center in Zanskar, can be accessed by walking through the frozen Zanskar Gorge along the frozen river-floor which is a several-days trek and is so known as the Chadar (The Sheet of Ice) trek.

Walking over the Frozen Zanskar Gorge

Walking over the Frozen Zanskar Gorge

As this awesome trekking route shall soon get obsolete with the next couple of years once the road from Chiling to the township of Padum is completed so one must explore this beautiful trek within the next few remaining years to remember an adventure which one is likely not to forget in one’s lifetime.

During this Chadar Trek, travelers visit the small hilly towns of Pidmo, Pishu, Stonde and Zangla which houses some of the most impressive Gompas and also hill forts which were built several centuries ago by different monarchs who ruled these regions.

The Chadar Trek is rated as a Grade 5 trek in the Ladakh region as this trekking expedition becomes unconditionally hostile once in while every year due to the unpredictability of the weather windows in this region. Also the remoteness of the areas that are visited during the Chadar Trek makes this trekking dangerous as it is often considered as one of the toughest treks by the tour and travels operators those who act as guides in this treacherous trekking route.

One of the many Frozen Water Falls seen on the Chadar Trek

One of the many Frozen Water Falls seen on the Chadar Trek

The amount and thickness of ice deposited on the Zanskar River determine the permissibility of trekking on this route, and to tell the truth, it is never consistent on two different days. So since while trekking through the Chadar Trek the ability to maneuver and maintain a flexible attitude is essential, it is recommended that this trek is more suitable for someone who has some amount of mountaineering experiences. It also needs to be mentioned over here that one has to frequently use ice axe and crampons while walking on steeper ice sheets and do remain prepared to put up with temperatures as low as -35°C which is most often found in this trek during the night hours.

Enjoy your trip to Pachmarhi in MP

If you are in search for Hill station In Madhya Pradesh, Pachmarhi, which in Hindi means the land of five caves and is located on the large plateau of the Central Satpura range, is an ideal place for visiting in the Hoshangabad District in MP. Pachmarhi is situated at a height of 3550 feet from the sea level, and this place is surrounded by low lying rugged hills, beautiful forests, ravines along with quite glades and serene pools which are found all around this township. There are also 12 very popular and breathtaking waterfalls in Pachmarhi Hill resort which are often visited by all travelers who visit this land.

The Pachmarhi Valley in Madhya Pradesh

The Pachmarhi Valley in Madhya Pradesh

Pachmarhi is a beautiful city in India that the UNESCO added to its Biosphere Reserve in 2009 the credit of which goes to the Pachmarhi Park, which is located very close to the Pachmarhi Township. There are a lot of hotels which can be found at Pachmarhi that can fit all budgets, which are situated mostly in the Pachmarhi market area. However if one is seeking for a peaceful recluse, one can also avail the cottage type resorts which are located 3 to 5 kilometers away from the Pachmarhi Bus-stand.

Apart from the scenic beauty of this location, there are also several ancient cave paintings inside many of the Pachmarhi caves, where a few of them has been carbon dated as much as more than 10,000 years old. The most popular cave in Pachmarhi is the Pandava Caves, which is actually of Buddhist origin.

Pandav Caves Wall Carvings

Pandav Caves Wall Carvings

The Pachmarhi Hill resort is located around 150 kilometers from Itarsi Railway station and 54 kilometer from Pipariya Railway Junction. The nearest airport for visiting the Pachmarhi Hills is the Bhopal Airport, which is 210 Km from this hilly township. Pachmarhi can also be accessed by car from other airports in the state of Madhya Pradesh like Jabalpur, Indore and also Nagpur.

The Satpura Tiger Reserve is located adjoining the Pachmarhi Township, which one of the most popular national wildlife sanctuaries in India.

Ancient Cave Paintings at Pachmarhi

Ancient Cave Paintings at Pachmarhi

Some of the most notable tourist destinations near Pachmarhi are Dhupgarh, Chauragarh, The B-Hill and The B-Falls, The PanarPani, The Sangam which lies behind Dhupgarh, The Jatashankar and Mahadeo caves, The Silver Falls or which is also known as the Rajat Prapat and Big Fall, The Apsara Vihar, The Duchess Fall, Lady Robertson’s View, The Picadilly Circus, The famous ‘Mid-Point of India’ and others.

Although Pachmarhi is a favored destination for tourists throughout the year, the best time for visiting this hill resort is between the months of October till late February.

Enjoy River rafting at Byasi

Of late the township of Rishikesh has suddenly become of the main centers of white water river rafting in India. River rafting is an adventure sports which calls for riding through the fast flowing turbulent rivers at the foothills on an inflatable rubber boat which are reinforced with nylon fabric on the base of the boat which make them tough enough to withstand the battering. In north India especially near Rishikesh, river rafting is best enjoyed with the help of professional trainers and rafters while indulging the comfort of offered by the rafting companies those who provides excellent tent accommodations for staying at the white sand beach that lies next to the river.

River Rafting at Rishikesh

River Rafting at Rishikesh

The township of Rishikesh is situated in the laps of the lower Garhwal Himalayas and is hence surrounded by beauty of the hills on its three sides. The sacred river of India Holy Ganga flows through this township. Apart from being popular for the rafting camps in Rishikesh, this township is also considered to be sacred as it has been believed over the ages, that meditation at this sacred land does lead to the realization of salvation.

One can see and visit several ancient Hindu temples at Rishikesh, most of which are found along the embankment of the Holy Ganga River and its tributaries. The township of Rishikesh is also the home for many important religious institutes and centers which teaches Hindu religious thoughts and ancient Indian metaphysical philosophy. People and tourists also visit Rishikesh as this city is often nicknamed as the “Yoga center of the World” as there are several institutes and Ashram (Hindu Monasteries) in and around Rishikesh, which teaches Yoga for curing chronic diseases and for enlightenment of the soul.

The trekking India magazines also often talks about a certain place called Byasi which is a small hamlet that is situated between Badrinath Highway and Rishikesh Township which is famous as a rafters paradise. In Byasi, one can hear the roaring earth moving sounds of the famous rafting rapid which is known as “The Wall” and is one of the most treacherous and dangerous Grade 4+ rapid found in north India.

River Rafting Camp at Biyasi Village

River Rafting Camp at Biyasi Village

Byasi which is a pretty unknown and desolate camp site is around 34 km away from Rishikesh and 265 km away from NewDelhi, 85 km from Dehradun and only 60 km away from Hardwar, which is another famous pilgrimage near the township of Rishikesh in north India.

While Rishikesh can be accessed from any part of the north Indian townships by bus and private cars, the closed International Airport in proximity of this holy township is the New Delhi Airport, which is again the Capital city of India.

Visit North India while enjoying slashed airfares on Super-Holi air ticketing schemes

Northern India, which strategically speaking, is one of the most important part of India with the Capital of India at New Delhi has helped astonishingly in the evolution of Indian history and culture over the course of last 3500 years. Starting from the origin of India’s most sacred river The Ganges and the Yamuna to the formation of the three main religions that are found in this country- Hindu, Muslim and the Jain, north India is the place where all of them originated in the past.

The Taj Mahal at Agra

The Taj Mahal at Agra

The most colorful and the most vivacious state in India, which is also the most sought after destination in India- Rajasthan, also fall in the north-western borders of the country. Known for its numerous forts and palaces Rajasthan encompasses heritage hotels, historical monuments, rural desert culture and traditions which makes it as one of the best tourist places in north India.

Some of the most talked about historical sites in India starting from the Red Fort in Old Delhi to the Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb and the famous Qutub Minar along with Taj Mahal at Agra, which is one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” are all located in the northern part of the Indian peninsula.

If one is looking for adventure trips India while visiting north India, one can visit the Himalayas of Leh and Ladakh or make a trip to the states of Jammu and Kashmir, both of with are as beautiful and picturesque as a slice of Paradise on Earth.

Of late airlines in India such as Spice Jet and Indigo are offering massive discounts to their travelers under the guise of their “Super Holi Scheme” which are providing cheap air tickets to all passengers who are flying during the present month.

It has been also found that people and tourists those who are availing for three months advance booking are capable of finding even 75% discount on their air fares which is simulating the market on selective routes, most of which are popular tourist destination found in north India.

Forts in Rajasthan

Forts in Rajasthan

It is indeed true that with the various tourist destination in north India which are tempting in their diversity shall always shroud our hearts with pleasure and leave us spellbound with a memorable tour that shall keep us remembering about the tour throughout our lifetime. The best time to visit north India is both during the summer and winter months which depends primarily on the places that you want to visit during the tour.

Trekking through the famous Indus Valley while travelling in Ladakh

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.

Trekking through the Indus Valley in Ladakh

Trekking through the Indus Valley in Ladakh

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.

Ridzong Gompa in Ladakh

Ridzong Gompa in Ladakh

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’.

Participate in the MTB Himachal Mountain Biking race while travelling through India

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).

View of MTB Mountain Biking race track in India

View of MTB Mountain Biking race track in India

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.

A full suspension Mountain Bike

A full suspension Mountain Bike

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.

Mountain Biking in the Himalayas

Mountain Biking in the Himalayas

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.

Enjoy trekking in the Peeru Hillsides while visiting Kerala

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.

Peeru Tea Estates in Kerala

Peeru Tea Estates in Kerala

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.

The Cematory of Peer Mohammade in Peeru

The Crematory of Peer Mohammed in Peeru

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.