• By - Siddhant Bhatnagar
  • On - 2022-06-27

Chill Out In Auli, India's Undiscovered Skiing Paradise

Auli, a village in Uttaranchal, roughly about 3 hours away from the National Capital Region (NCR), should be on your bucket list. For those who have never been to Auli, this is a winter holiday destination where you can explore the magnificent natural beauty of the state spread across great Himalayan ranges and breathtaking valleys. Staying at Auli will end up as one of the best decisions you have ever made, irrespective of your age! Today, we take a look into what makes Auli one of the most sought-after ski destinations in India and a ‘must visit’ destination for all adventure lovers!



A Skiing Getaway in Uttarakhand

Uttrakhand is known for its majestic mountains and forts, but what makes it special is the fact that it has some of the most beautiful ski slopes in India. Auli is one such place where you can enjoy a short break or even learn to ski.

Auli is located at an altitude of 3,500m above sea level and has some of the best skiing slopes in India. The place is also called “The Gateway to Heaven” because of its proximity to Nanda Devi National Park – one of India’s most famous protected areas.



The Best Time For Skiing In Auli

The ski season generally runs from January to March. However, we recommend that you travel during the offpeak season if you want to enjoy this place without the crowds. The month of March is one of the most popular months for skiing in Auli when travellers from all around India flock to enjoy the last day of snow before spring.

How To Get There?

If you are travelling by air or train, then Almora will be your starting point. You can also reach Kumaon region via road from Delhi or Dehradun and take a taxi or bus to reach Auli. If you are planning to drive your own car then make sure that you have enough fuel as there are no petrol pumps near Auli which means that you might need to stock up on fuel before starting your journey!

Where To Stay?

There are plenty of hotels, resorts and homestays in Auli where you can stay at an affordable price. Make sure that you book well in advance so that there are no problems when it comes to finding accommodation during peak seasons!

Conclusion

If you're looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, Auli is a beautiful option that's nearly perfect. It's a great getaway for families, couples, or friends, and there's plenty to do regardless of what season you visit. If the weather isn't cooperating, there are restaurants around to satisfy your appetite while you wait out the snowstorm. But if it is? Get ready to fall in love with one of the most beautiful ski towns in the world as you hit the slopes at Auli.
 

Similar Blogs

Author Siddhant Bhatnagar

Secrets of Spiti

The Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most remote and unexplored valleys of the Indian Himalayas. Though the neighboring valley of Ladakh is far more popular and more traveled, Spiti is equally attracting tourists due to its ethnically different inhabitants like the Monpa people, Buddhist monasteries, grand high altitudes, and stunning landscapes. There are not many travel sites that offer information and tours concerning Spiti. Hence, we’ll be exploring some offbeat places in this beautiful destination so that you can take your decision accordingly.

Also Read :- Good for the heart and Soul - Improve your mental health with Travel

1. Sopana Lake
Source: Vargis Khan's Blog

Sopoana Lake is a seasonal lake, formed due to the nearby glacial melts. If you're heading in early summers – you might be in for a dry lake. However, fret not. For, it is all about the journey and not the destination! You will come across some of the most jaw-dropping, magnanimous views on any trek. Add to that the views of the hardly experienced Manirang pass, which forms part of the highest mountain ranges in Himachal, and it is easy to see you're in for a treat! As if all of this was not enough of a selling point, you should keep your eyes peeled for spotting some snow leopards around the lake. The best time to visit Sopoana Lake is in the summer.
 

2. Kanamo Peak


Source: spitiholidayadventure.com

Located in the Spiti Valley, Kanamo Peak is one of the most picturesque treks that you can do in Himachal. The locals will tell you that it’s a trek for the crazy ones, but that’s not true. It’s a trek for anyone who wants to challenge themselves and get rewarded with some amazing views of the valleys.

The best time to go here is between July-August. During this time, the mountain is completely covered in snow and there are many chances of avalanches so it isn’t safe to climb. You can think about visiting this place with your friends if you want to challenge yourself.

Also Read :- Waichin Valley Guide

3. Chicham village



Tucked away in the heart of Zanskar, Chicham village is just a few kilometers away from Kibber, the point where the road ends. One can get to Chicham by cable car across River Indus or a three hour long journey on foot. In fact, it is said that walking to Chicham is easier than reaching it by cable car.

Chicham is situated on a cliff face at an altitude of 12000 feet, while Kibber is at a mere altitude of 10,000 feet. That’s 2,000 feet difference in height! In order to reach Chicham, one has to cross a jhula (a traditional wooden bridge) which is one of the biggest in the world. The villagers have been living in these heights for centuries now and have mastered the art of living amidst hardships. The settlement consists of around 80 houses and 200 people who are engaged in farming and animal husbandry among other things.


4.  La Darcha

Credits: adotrip.com

 Most of the villagers are farmers and they rely on their produce to make a living. La Darcha, the biggest trading fair in Spiti, is held once a year on the first weekend of August. This is where traders come from far and wide to buy and sell their products.

The two days of barter trade sees spectacular deals being made, with nothing but a handshake between buyer and seller as a contract! These days you will find many stalls decorated with colorful ribbons, banners, and flags set up at La Darcha. Check out the warm hospitality from the locals. You will be surprised to see that everyone knows each other here!

The locals have been celebrating this festival for centuries. And it is one celebration that you shouldn't miss!

5. Chandratal Lake

Credits: Holidify.com

Chandratal is a high-altitude lake in Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. The lake derives its name from its crescent shape (Chandra means moon in Sanskrit). It is one of the most beautiful lakes in Himachal Pradesh. It lies in the Spiti part of the district, close to the border with Ladakh. It is situated at an altitude of around 4,300 meters (14,100 ft).

The lake is located at the base of the Chandra Bhaga range of the Himalayas. The lake is accessible during summers as it lies on the road connecting Manali and Leh/Kaza that remains open between May and October. The nearest village is Batal, which is 14 km away.

Also Read :- Himalayan Dreamscape: Explore Mcleodganj In December

Conclusion

Spiti has a lot to offer if we open our minds and hearts to it. Nature can be harsh and unforgiving but at the same time, more nurturing and forgiving than we realize. It is this dichotomy that makes Spiti an interesting place. It is an intersection of old and new, comfortable yet challenging, life-giving yet also strangely desolate. And it fits this description perfectly too. Spiti is all of this at once and yet manages to come out as a whole that just makes sense to your heart.

 

Author Siddhant Bhatnagar

Plan An Amazing Goa holiday for a lifetime Experience

Goa was earlier known by various names. There is a general concatenation that Goa came from the word ‘Goa’ in Sanskrit, which means “cow”. This is the reason why we find a cow at the top of many Hindu temples and entrances to houses and caves. Goa, however, can also be traced to other origins – where the name refers to river Gomti in Lucknow, a name which Portuguese found easy to pronounce as Gove. Historians believe that the accepted Portuguese version evolved during the 15th century.

Also Read :- THINGS TO DO IN GOA

  • Goa, known for its beautiful beaches and golden sand is also a paradise for history buffs. Old Goa is dotted with churches and convents built by the Portuguese between 1510 and 1760. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Till the 18th century, Old Goa was the capital of Portuguese India, from here the word Goanese was derived.
    Packed with historical significance, these edifices reflect a rich blend of Roman Catholic and Indian architecture. Some of them are also listed as monuments of national importance.

    The Basilica of Bom Jesus – Built-in 1594, this was the first Christian church in Asia and houses the mortal remains of St Francis Xavier (1506–1552) who was born in Goa.

    The Church of St Francis of Assisi – The most magnificent structure in Old Goa, was originally built by Portuguese settlers in 1561 but rebuilt in 1661.

    The Church of St Cajetan – This church with a hemispherical dome is named after Saint Cajetan of Thiene, founder of Theatine Order monks who built it in 1665.
     

  • Goa is an exotic holiday destination and its people are equally friendly. You can sit back and relax on a secluded beach or you can enjoy the nightlife of Goa in the coastal areas.

    Goa is a paradise for those looking to unwind and relax, as well as for adventure-seekers who love exploring locales. The beaches of Goa are one the main attractions of this city, with several options in terms of beauty. Some of the most popular beaches include Baga Beach, Candolim Beach, Palolem Beach, Calangute Beach, Anjuna Beach, and many more.
     

  • There are many temples in Goa that are worth visiting. You can spend hours wandering through them and just enjoying the architecture and the ambiance of the place. Most of these temples are ancient and built centuries ago by the kings of Goa, the Bijapur Sultanate rulers, Capuchin missionaries, and the Portuguese.
    In Goa, you can find beautiful temples dedicated to Goddess Durga, Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Shanta Durga (the goddess of peace), Devi Vitthal (the god of prosperity), Shri Datta (the god of justice), and Bhagawati Devi (the goddess of power).
    The most famous temple in Goa is the Mangueshi Temple located in Ponda taluka of North Goa district. It is situated on a hillock overlooking the Mandovi River at a distance of around 10 kilometers west of Panaji. The temple was built during 1733 AD by one Shri Chintaman Kavlekar Maharaj.

  • Goa is a place full of art and culture. It is a heaven for both art lovers and travelers. There are various places in Goa that you can visit experience and take part in the local art and culture. The following is a list of the places that one must visit when he/she visits Goa.
    * Museum of Christian Art- This museum is located at Altinho, Panaji. This museum is dedicated to the Christian art of Goa. It has many ancient pieces which are more than 500 years old.
    * National Art Gallery- This gallery is located on Dr. Cunha Road, Panaji. This gallery has a wide collection of paintings, sculptures, etc. Some of the artists whose works are exhibited here include Raja Ravi Varma, M F Hussain, MF Husain, and Tyeb Mehta.
    * Margao Municipal Museum- This museum is located at Margao, South Goa. Its main attraction is the collection of Indian antiques belonging to the 12th century AD to 16th century AD.
    * Mahatma Gandhi Museum- This museum is located at Patto Plaza in Margao, South Goa. This museum was inaugurated by Dr. Manmohan Singh

Also Read :- Why Is Goa The Best Destination In Southern India To Visit This Christmas

Conclusion

A must-visit place for everyone and anyone who would like to enjoy their vacations in a peaceful area. Goa tours are an attraction in itself, because of the rare contrast between the market in Goa and its natural surroundings.


Image Source: @chulbulpande_jiiii

Author Siddhant Bhatnagar

4 must-visit spots in Kasauli

The high-altitude landscape of Kasauli serves as the perfect getaway in winters. Both summer and winter seasons make it one of the top tourist destinations in India. Kasauli is one of the most lavish hill stations in India which lies at an elevation of 1927 meters. The best season to visit this charming little town is from December to early February when everything is covered in white frost and snowfall covers the whole region turning it into a winter paradise. This blog will help you cherish the beauty of the winter wonderland at Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh.

Also Read :- Things to do near Delhi


1. Gilbert Trail

Credits: Savaari Blog

It’s a ravishing lush green trail full of cedar trees and dense forest. This is around one and a half kilometers of trail full of entrancing natural greenery. In winters the vibes are here just heavenly. The trail is around 1.5 kilometers long and it may take around forty minutes to an hour to complete this angelic trail. The trail offers awe-inspiring views of the valley and surrounding snow-laden hills. This is also one of the best places in Kasauli for bird watching.

2. Monkey Point



If you plan to visit Kasauli, do not forget to explore the various exotic locations of this quaint hill station. One of the most intriguing places in Kasauli is Monkey Point. It is a high elevation point that offers amazing views of the surrounding hills and the Dhauladhar range.

Many people visit Kasauli for its scenic beauty and not just for the work. The Monkey Point is located at a height of 1,567 meters above sea level. The place has been named after the large number of monkeys that live in the area. There are several caves that are available near Monkey Point which prove to be ideal spots for camping.

3. Sunset Point



Located at an elevation of 2438 meters above sea level and is about 20 kilometers from Kanatal. The drive to Sunset Point is filled with excitement and fun as you pass by waterfalls and lush green deodar forest. The place offers a beautiful view of the snow-covered Himalayan ranges, the beauty of the valley below, and the misty clouds that surround the hills. This place is suitable for photography and spending some time with your loved ones.

The sunset point is an ideal location to spend some time in solitude away from the hustle-bustle of city life. From here you can enjoy magnificent views of one of the most beautiful sunsets in Uttarakhand. This place is very popular among both local tourists as well as international visitors.

Also Read :- All Things Pretty Near And Around Bangalore

4. Hawa Ghar



It is one of the most beautiful and amazing places to visit in Himachal. One can experience a lot of activities like horse riding, paragliding, and trekking from this place. Moreover, the climate is very pleasant during summer. This makes it a perfect destination for tourists who want to enjoy a summer vacation in Himachal. The road which leads to this place is also very wide and smooth. This makes it a great place for taking photos with your friends and family. Thus, one can consider visiting this place at least once in their life when they are planning to go on a holiday trip to Himachal Pradesh.

Also Read :- Himalayan Destinations For Spiritual Trekking

Conclusion

When it comes to Kasauli, stunning mountain views, tea gardens, forts, and a healthy golfing scene are the most common images that come to mind. However, if you keep an eye out for wildlife in this area you may be surprised by what you find. Whatever your interests are at Kasauli, you’re sure to find a myriad of activities and attractions to keep you busy.

Banner Image source: Unsplash - Zonayed Ahmed @zonayedpca

Author Siddhant Bhatnagar

Colorful Festivals of Ladakh

We bet you didn’t know this, but the festivals celebrated in smaller towns and villages are usually more grand and gala than those celebrated in the cities. That’s because they have a greater sense of pride in their culture and traditions. They’re inspired by their community spirit that gives their lives so much meaning. This makes them more festive and lively; especially, during the festivals that are celebrated with a sense of participation from each and every member of society.

While everybody knows about the adventure activities in Ladakh and its breathtaking surroundings, did you know that it is also a great place for a family vacation? As per statistics of last year, almost a quarter of the tourists in Ladakh belongs to families.

Also Read :- Hills vs. Beaches - How to plan your next vacation

Hemis Festival or Hemis Tsechu

Source: Outlook India

The Hemis festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and passion by the people of Ladakh. It falls in the month of June or July. The exact dates are decided by the lama or the head priest of the monastery. In 2020, it’s going to be celebrated on 6th July.

It’s a 2-day long festival that commences with a mask dance at the monastery. It continues for two days and ends with a sacrificial offering to Lord Padmasambhava. You can spot different monks donning masks and performing dances wearing colorful attires at this monastery during the festival.

The last day begins with a procession from the monastery to the courtyard where people start gathering in the early morning hours. Here, you get to witness masked dances followed by blessings from lamas and monks who are accompanied by trumpeters and drummers. At noon, there is an offering of Chang (a local drink) to all devotees who visit this place in large numbers to celebrate this festival.

Why is it celebrated: To celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava

When is it celebrated?

  • In 2022- Was celebrated on 09th – 10th July

  • In 2023- It Will be celebrated on 28th & 29th July

Where is it celebrated: Hemis Monastery


Ladakh Festival


Source: indianvisit

The best time to visit Ladakh is in September. The weather remains pleasant during this time. If you wish to see the diversity in culture, then Ladakh Festival is one of the best and must-see things for you. Starts any day from the first week of September- Ladakh Festival is a 15-days celebration. Locals and even travelers celebrate this colorful festival of Ladakh with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm.

Locals and travelers groove on the music and masked performers are the highlights. People perform different types of acts throughout the span of 2-weeks. A few gaming events are also conducted during the festival including archery and polo. Everyone wears colorful dresses and sings religious rhymes. If you are visiting Leh-Ladakh during September, do not miss out on attending this festival.

Why is it celebrated: The festival is a symbol of prosperity and it embarks with the harvesting season.

When is it celebrated?

  • 2022- September

  • 2023- Yet to be decided

Where is it celebrated: Leh
Also Read :- Himalayan Destinations For Spiritual Trekking

Losar Festival



Losar festival is not the only festival that takes place in Ladakh. The ‘Sindhu Darshan festival is also celebrated with utmost enthusiasm. People from all over the country come to pay homage to the Sindhu river by singing songs and performing dances. This festival is held in Leh district and it starts on 21st June and ends on 23rd June.

Buddhist Monks can be seen performing sacred acts and people can be heard chanting mantras. Tourists are also allowed to join this festival and seek blessings from the Sindhu river.

Another famous festival that people love to visit is the Hemis festival which is held at Hemis Gompa, one of the largest monasteries in India. This festival takes place on the 10th-11th day of the Tibetan calendar (July-August).

Why is it celebrated: To mark the beginning of the New Year

When is it celebrated?

  • 2022- 24th December

  • 2023- 13th December

Where is it celebrated: All over Ladakh


Tak Tok Festival or Takthok Tsechu



If you want to experience one of the best festivals in Ladakh then you should be a part of the Hemis Festival. The festival is also known as the Hemis Tsechu and it is observed for two days. It is celebrated in the Hemis Monastery which is located in Leh. This festival is celebrated on the 10th day of the 5th Tibetan Calendar month and it falls from mid-July to mid-August.

The festival goes by both the above-given names and is celebrated with great opulence. It is one of the prideful and best festivals of Ladakh because the locals and visitors get a chance to see the dance of Lamas. They perform of scared land of Takthok Monastery cave.

The festival falls when it’s the best time to travel to Ladakh for the visitors during July-August. The festival is celebrated on the 10th day of the 5th Lunar Calendar. This day is marked as an auspicious on their calendar. The entire Takthok Gompa is decorated with colorful items which elevate the atmosphere of the places. If you are traveling to Leh Ladakh during July–August try to become a part of this festival.

Why is it celebrated: To enjoy the dance of the Lamas 

When is it celebrated?

  • 2022- 7th -8th August

  • 2023 – 28th – 29th July

Where is it celebrated: Takthok Monastery


Saka Dawa Festival


Source: Tibet local guide

Saka Dawa Festival is a one-day celebration and is known to be the most sacred day of their year. It celebrated the birth of Lord Buddha in the Forth Lunar month of the Tibetan Calendar. It is generally celebrated on the full moon day or the new moon day. During the festival, none of the villages of Ladakh kill or savor meat because that’s one of the principles of Buddhism.

This festival is celebrated in June, which is also an ideal time to travel to Ladakh. So while you iterate your trip make sure to be a part of this festival if time allows.

Why is it celebrated: To celebrate the birth of Lord Buddha

When is it celebrated?

  • 2022- 14th June

  • 2023- 4th June

Where is it celebrated: All over Ladakh


Phyang Tsedup Festival

Credits : Hellotravel.com

The Dragon Dance is one of the main highlights of the Phyang Festival. The dance is performed by the monks on the second day of the festival. The dance is an eight-day dance festival that is held on the 15th day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar.

The main aim to celebrate this charming and colorful festival of Ladakh is to commemorate all the teachings of Lord Buddha. On this day, the founder of the Dringampa Monastic Dynasty is also worshipped by the natives.

The monks wear colorful and attractive clothes and robes and they perform the Cham Dance. You can spot a lot of masked dancers performing at the venue. Enjoying the festival is one of the best things to do in Phyang Monastery during these days.

Why is it celebrated: It is the festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil

When is it celebrated?

  • 2022- 26th – 27th July

  • 2023- 15th – 16th July

Where is it celebrated: Phyang Monastery
Also Read :- Himalayan Dreamscape: Explore Mcleodganj In December

Yuru Kabgyat

Credits: tourmyindia.com

On the occasion of this 2-day festival, the monks perform various religious rites and rituals. They also perform some traditional dance forms. The most popular among them consists of a mask dance where the performers try to scare away evil spirits with masks that they wear.

The festival is celebrated in the month of June and is a main attraction for tourists and visiting devotees. From dramas, stage shows, dance performances, songs to the religious teachings of Lord Buddha; the festival has multiple things on offer. So, if you plan to visit the Lamayuru monastery during these days, enjoy the festival too.

Why is it celebrated: This is another festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil.

When is it celebrated?

  • 2022- 26th June – 27th June

  • 2023- 16th June – 17th June

Where is it celebrated: Lamayuru Monastery


Korzok Gustor

Credits: paintedstork.com

Korzok Gustor is a spectacular festival celebrated in Ladakh. This two-day festival is celebrated in the Korzok monastery. The celebration takes place in the month of July and is attended by a large number of people. This festival is celebrated by the monks who especially come here to attend the festival.

The gorgeous monastery offers an amazing backdrop for this colorful celebration. The highlight of the festival is the folk dance and music events that attract a lot of people from across the world. The Changpa nomadic groups also come here to attend this colorful celebration with their families and loved ones.

The traditional dance events are held on both days of the event, whereas the religious ceremony, recitation, and prayer chants are held on the first day only.[

Why is it celebrated: To celebrate the establishment of the Korzok Monastery

When is it celebrated?

  • 2022- 31st – 1st Aug

  • 2023- 20th – 21st July

Where is it celebrated: Korzok Monastery


Stok Guru Tsechu

Credit: ju-lehadventure

The festival is a new addition to the list of festivals. It was started by the then king of Ladakh, Tsewang Namgail, in honor of his father, who had passed away. The festival is marked by the performance of cham dances by the monks and lamas. There are also special dishes prepared for the day, along with a lot of music and performances.

There's a lot more to the festival than what meets the eye. Unlike other festivals where the monks and lamas perform all the rituals, in this festival, it's the common people who perform all the rituals.

Why is it celebrated: To bless the villages and natives of Ladakh by the Oracle. The same person also declares the prophecies of the upcoming year.

When is it celebrated?

  • 2022- 11th– 12th March

  • 2023- 28th – 1st March

Where is it celebrated: Stock Palace, Leh

Also Read :- Plan An Amazing Goa holiday for a lifetime Experience
Conclusion

By visiting Ladakh, You will be able to see some of the best monasteries there. You will come across some of the oldest and most beautifully sculpted monasteries that are on the verge of extinction. Just for this reason, I recommend you make a strong effort to visit these colorful festivals before they fade from your memory completely.

Author Siddhant Bhatnagar

Himalayan Dreamscape: Explore Mcleodganj In December

Mcleodganj is a Himalayan village, situated in the western part of Himachal Pradesh. The town has got its name after a British resident in Gangtok, Lt. Col. James Mcleod. Mcleod-Ganj means ‘The little town of Mcleod’ but it has now become the most significant Tibetan settlement in India and a popular tourist destination. This beautiful town situated in Himachal Pradesh is going to be your ultimate destination if you want to spend vacations in nature’s cradle!

Also Read :- Himalayan Destinations For Spiritual Trekking


If you are one of those people who find delight in the white magic of snowfalls, Mcleodganj in December is for you. With temperatures dipping below -1?elsius, this captivating hill station is ideal for honeymooners.

Being a hill station, Mcleodganj has pleasant weather year-round. The summer months bring cool mountain air, while the place receives heavy rainfall in the monsoons, and in winters, the Mcleodganj snowfall is famous for its scenic beauty!

How to reach Mcleodganj?

By Air: The closest airport to this beautiful hill station is Gaggal Airport (DHM), 13 km from Dharamshala. You can fly here from Delhi, Mumbai, and Kullu. Taxis and buses are available from the

Also Read :- A Beginner's Guide To Hiking

A lot of people desire to travel to a place that is not just cold but also has an aesthetic charm in the month of December. If you are one of them, then the hill station of McLeodganj fits your requirements perfectly. Located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, McLeodganj is a stunning hill station that has a number of beautiful places that are ideal for a vacation in December. Its beauty and serenity will leave you spellbound and make you want to visit it again and again.

If you are planning to take a trip to this gorgeous hill station, then make sure that you add the following places in your itinerary as they are the best places to visit in McLeodganj in December.
Here are the 5 best things to do in McLeodganj

1. Triund Trek

 

In the year 2017, Triund trek was listed in Lonely Planet’s must-do trekking trails around the world. Triund is a meadow at an altitude of 2825 m above sea level. This trek is one of the most popular treks near Dharamshala and usually takes about 4-5 hours from Mcleodganj to reach the top. The maximum altitude you will reach on this trek is 2850 meters. The trail offers amazing views of the Dhauladhar mountain range and Kangra Valley.

The best time to go on this trek is either in summer (March to June) or in winter (November to February), but if you want snow-capped mountains, then December is your month!

 

2. Trek to Laka Glacier

 

Trek to Laka Glacier is one of the best treks around Dharamshala and Mcleodganj. It's a perfect trek on the way to Goechala pass which leads you to the valley of Manali. The natural beauty of this trek can easily hook you up with its astonishing views and captivating charm. The enchanting meadows, quaint villages, and rolling hills will make you fall in love with it.

The main attraction of this trek is its glacial moraine in which one can see the flow of water under its frozen surface. You'll be traversing through streams, ice-cold glacier waters, snow capped mountains, and valleys. Trek on this area of glacial moraine makes your experience even better because it's home to several animals like birds and animals as well. The site for the campfire is just near the glacial moraine which gives you a magnificent view of sunsets around the open sky. You can spend some quality time with your family or friends while enjoying the mesmerizing view of mountains and glaciers along with your favorite hot beverage

Also Read :- Himalayan Destinations For Spiritual Trekking

3. Meditative Experience At Dharamkot
 


 

In the midst of the rush and bustle of your life, it is important that you take some time out to get back to yourself. There is no better place to do this than here in Dharamkot. By sitting still and listening, you can hear the sound of silence which will bring you closer to your inner self. The scenic beauty of this place will leave you spellbound.

This little village located just 14 km away from Mcleodganj is surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The rolling green hills with a sprinkling of colorful flowers are visual treats for sore eyes. On top of that, you get to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the entire Kangra Valley from this beautiful place. Dharamkot offers something which no city can offer – peace and tranquility. With its natural serenity, this place has emerged as a favorite spot among tourists as well as meditators. If you are keen on taking a break from your routine life and want to spend some time in solitude with nature, then this is the best place for you.

The main attraction here is Tushita Meditation Centre, a peaceful retreat located at Dharamkot which runs various courses on meditation throughout the year.

 

4. Visit Tibetan Museum

 

The Tibetan Museum is located inside the Tsuglagkhang complex in Mcleodganj and it is one of the most important places to visit in Mcleodganj. The museum has an amazing collection of Tibetan handicrafts, pottery, art, historical documents, and paintings. It also reveals a lot about the Tibetan culture and the struggles of the Tibetan exodus.

Tibetan Museum is open from Monday to Sunday from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM and the entry fee for Indians is INR 25 for adults and INR 15 for children.

Also Read :- Good for the heart and Soul - Improve your mental health with Travel

5. Visit Tibetan Handicraft Center

 

The Tibetan Handicraft Center offers a variety of home decor products. One can find table mats, wall hangings, cushions, and carpets. The center also includes an in-house restaurant where tourists can enjoy Tibetan cuisine. Another interesting thing is that the center also offers courses to learn the craft of weaving carpets and making Thangkas. The courses are popular among tourists and people from all over the world come here to take classes.

The Tibetan Handicraft Center has been established in Mcleodganj for several years. The resort is located in a Tibetan colony and is surrounded by lofty mountains with the Dhauladhar range on one side and Kangra Valley on the other.

 

Conclusion

 

McLeodganj is a town of many contrasts, set against the backdrop of the mighty Himalayas. McLeodganj is also a small hill station with a population of 8500 and still retains more than a bit of that old-world charm. While you're in town, be sure to check out the Tibetan influence and have yourself a nice cup of chai.

 

Author Siddhant Bhatnagar

Why choose van life?

Do you love mountains, beaches, desert-like sand dunes, and green forests? Then, you must be planning to travel after all this lockdown period of Covid-19. But, do you know how to travel safely in such a crisis? A caravan is the safest way to travel by road where you need not book a hotel or eat in a restaurant (cook your own food in it). Also, follow social distancing norms as per guidelines. Moreover, it is a cost-effective medium for you to pack your favourite dishes on board and enjoy at your destination.
 


 

Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or have never even left your hometown, road trips can be the most beautiful thing you do in a lifetime. They are adventurous, provide an opportunity to make new friends, and are a great way to explore the world. I know that I’ve made friends with people I would never have spoken to if it weren’t for the fact that we were stuck together on a long journey.

Road trips allow you to travel places that either isn’t meant for public transport or are just plain inconvenient to reach by bus or train. You can go at your own pace, stopping as often as you want, and visit places other forms of transportation don’t allow you to see.

While road trips can be fun activities for all ages, there are some precautions that should be taken before taking children on long car journeys. Road trip games should be created and brought on board to keep them entertained during the journey. It is also important to have activities that will keep them busy when they get bored of the games, such as books and art materials.

One of the major benefits of vacationing in a caravan is that you don’t need to worry about where to spend the night! Most road trips have to be meticulously planned with pit stops at which to spend the night, because, even if you want to drive the entire night, it is often not physically possible or advisable. Driving on highways rarely guarantees you a decent place at which to spend the night; there are sometimes no hotels or motels for hundreds of kilometres on more remote routes. Travelling in a caravan gives you a safe space to be comfortable in 24 x 7; and, of course, you can sleep in it!

Another benefit of RVing is that your vacation will be cheaper than staying in hotels every night. Of course, there are costs associated with maintaining your caravan and travelling by road, but many people find they save money even after all expenses are accounted for.


 

This is particularly true when you travel further from home and use your caravan as accommodation. There are thousands of campsites around Australia (and around the world) that offer basic facilities such as bathrooms and electricity in exchange for a small fee per person per night. Staying at these sites will cost far less than staying at a hotel.

The great thing about travelling in a caravan is that you have total control over your experience. If you want to take a trip to an unfamiliar place, you can do so without the risk of being exposed to someone else’s lifestyle. You can sanitise your environment and only interact with people when you want to. This freedom allows for a more personalised experience; the comfort of knowing exactly what will happen before it does.

Whether you’re travelling from town to town or city to city, having the freedom of a caravan provides personal safety and enables travel without having to be exposed to outside influences.

In the end, why not just go? Rent yourself a caravan and embark on the road with all of your might. Being away from home will make you appreciate it twice as much when you return. It’s time to join a community. It’s time to do something that changes your life, even if it changes it for only a few weeks at a stretch.
Go live!

 

Author Siddhant Bhatnagar

Himalayan Destinations For Spiritual Trekking

Himalayan Destinations For Spiritual Trekking

The breathtaking views, glaciers, the river valleys and of course, the snow-laden mountains. Tourists come here to seek self-discovery or spiritual retreat amidst a serene setting. From Hindu temples to Buddhist monasteries, from Gurudwaras to holy lakes, long spiritual treks in India will not only let you attain blessings but also give you an opportunity to witness a variety of cultures.

There is nothing more spiritual than the Himalayas. Let’s explore some of the best spiritual treks in the Himalayas.

  • Shrikhand Mahadev Kailash Trek, Himachal

  • Ladakh Monastery Trek

  • Source of Ganges Trek, Uttarakhand

  • Amarnath Trek, Jammu and Kashmir

  • Satopanth Lake Trek, Uttarakhand
     

  1. The Path to Heaven is Shrikhand-ious!



    The Shrikhand Mahadev Kailash Trek is one of the most challenging pilgrimage treks in India. It is a long route that starts from the base point Jaon or Sinhgad village in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh to the peak of Shrikhand Mahadev, where a rock-made Shivling is around 75 feet in height. The trek begins with a steep climb up to 4,200 meters above sea level and then follows an easy route through forests, rivers, waterfalls, and villages until it reaches the base of the mountain.

    This pilgrimage trek is considered sacred by Hindus for its religious significance. On reaching the peak, you will be able to see many other peaks like Trimurti Parbat and Satopanth Parbat from your vantage point.

  2. Ladakh Monastery Trek


    The Leh Palace Festival: This festival takes place every year during March in honour of Guru Padmasambhava who brought Buddhism to Ladakh. It is also known as the Tibetan New Year celebrations. During this festival, you can witness traditional dance performances along with a variety of other activities like horse racing and archery competitions.

    The Tse-Chu Festival: This festival takes place at every village in Ladakh on 8th day of Tibetan New Year celebrations. During this festival, people offer prayers at their home shrines and then visit each other's houses to ask for blessings from their elders who have retired from daily work life by now!
     

  3. Source of Ganges Trek, Uttarakhand



    Source of Ganges Trek, Uttarakhand, India

    The Source of Ganges trek is one of the most popular treks in Uttarakhand and India. The trek takes you through lush meadows and forests filled with wildlife such as leopards, tigers and elephants. The trail begins at Gangotri Glacier which is considered to be one of the holiest spots on earth because it is where Goddess Ganga (the Indian name for the River Ganges) originates from. The trail ends at Gaumukh Glacier where you get to see the source of the River Ganges directly from its source. This trek also passes through Yamunotri which is another holy site dedicated to Goddess Yamuna (another name for Mother Ganga).

     

  4. Amarnath Trek, Jammu and Kashmir



    The Amarnath Trek is one of the most popular treks in Jammu and Kashmir. The trek takes you to the holy Amarnath Cave, which is one of the holiest shrines for Hindus. The trek is a bit challenging, but it is definitely worth it. The views of the Himalayas fromthe trek are mesmerizing. The trek starts from Pahalgam and goes through the Lidder Valley. You will trek through forests, streams, and meadows. The trek culminates at the Amarnath Cave, where you can see the stunning ice lingam.

     

  5. Satopanth Lake Trek

    Satopanth Lake Trek is one of the most beautiful and challenging treks in Uttarakhand, India. The trek takes you through some of the most stunning scenery in the Indian Himalayas, with snow-capped peaks, green meadows and pristine lakes. The trek is quite challenging, but the rewards are definitely worth it! The trek begins at Lohajung, a small town in the Himalayas, and goes through the villages of Bedni Bugyal, Bhagwabasa, Roopkund and finally to the magnificent Satopanth Lake. The trek is about 60 km long, and takes around 5-6 days to complete. It is definitely worth taking your time to enjoy the natural beauty of the area!

    Roopkund Lake is one of the most famous destinations on the trek. The lake is located at an altitude of 16,500 ft and is surrounded by snow-capped peaks. It is said that the lake is haunted by the spirits of the people who died there in a mysterious landslide over 600 years ago. The lake is also known as “Skeleton Lake” because of the hundreds of human skeletons that have been discovered there. It is definitely a sight to see!

    The final destination of the trek is the magnificent Satopant



    Stay Tuned for more such blogs !

Author Siddhant Bhatnagar

5 Indian Bike trails you should know about: The offbeat adventure

Bike riding is the best adventure activity in India. This blog will take you to the best bike ride destinations in India. The best part about these places is that they are off-beat and unexplored by other tourists.

The Leh-Ladakh Bike Trip



The mesmerising Leh-Ladakh bike tour offers a fascinating experience, offering views of high snow-covered mountains, rugged landscape, beautiful lakes, Buddhist monasteries, etc. It is one of the best bike trips in India. Some other highlights of this trip are The Pangong Tso Namgyal, Tsemo Gompa, ZanskarValley, Nubra Valley, The Shanti Stupa, The Khardung La Pass, Royal Leh Palace, Magnetic Hill, etc. The ideal duration for a Leh-Ladakh bike tour would be 15 days or more.

The route starts from Delhi and goes through Kurukshetra and Chandigarh to Manali by road. From Manali there is an option to ride through Rohtang Pass (3120m high) or take the bus to Keylong via Rohtang pass. From Keylong it takes about 2 days ride to reach Leh via Askole village and along the Indus river bank (36 km).

Here are some highlights from our Leh-Ladakh biking trip:

Day 1: Delhi – Manali (240 km)

Day 2: Manali – Kaza (100 km)

Day 3: Kaza – Narlai (110 km)

Day 4: Narlai – Pangong Lake (170 km)


Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh Bike Trip



The Himalayas are home to several mountain ranges and valleys. One such valley is Spiti valley, which is located in Himachal Pradesh. The Spiti River flows through this region and passes through the Kibber village. This bike trip in northeast India offers another challenging experience for adventure seekers.

The capital of this valley is Kaza, situated near the Spiti River. The Hindustan-Tibet highway leads into Spiti valley. Some of the highlights of this trip are the villages of Kibber, Kaza, Tabo, Baspa, and Kinnaur regions with apricot and apple orchards, Satluj river, and monasteries. The ideal duration for the Spiti valley bike trip would be 9 days.

This bike tour starts from Manali town which is an important tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh. Several popular tourist spots like Rohtang Pass (4230 m), Solang Nallah (3300 m), Rohtang Tunnel (3100 m), Sarchu (3700 m), Chandra Taal(3600 m) etc can be visited while on this road trip in Manali

The probable routes for the bike ride trip in Spiti Valley are as follows:

  • Manali- Rohtang pass- Kunzum pass- Spiti

    • Distance covered- 196 Km (approximately)

  • Shimla – Sangla – Chitkul – Baspa – Kalpa – Kinnaur – Tabo – Spiti

    • Distance covered- 697 km (approximately)


Western Arunachal Pradesh Bike Trip



The North East is a beautiful place to visit, especially in the winter. There are so many places to explore, each with their own unique flavour. One of my favourite places is the 'Arunachal Pradesh', which is one of the most diverse regions in India.

The place has a lot of natural beauty and some amazing landscapes that can make for some great pictures. The best part about this place is that it's not very crowded and you get to see the real India here. This is one of the best places for a bike trip in northeast India with the most humbling landscape. Some of the highlights of this trip are the views of Waterfalls, lakes terraced paddy fields, alpine forests, mountain streams, small human settlements, Bomdila, Dirang, Tawang, Gorshem Chorten, Ziro, Parsuram Kund, and Namdapha National Park, Nameri national park, Kameng river, Sela pass, Tawang monastery, Zemithang valley etc

The probable route for the bike ride trip in Western Arunachal Pradesh is:

  • Bhalupkong – Dirang – Bomdila – Tawang

    • Distance covered- 300kms (approximately)

  • Guwahati – Nameri National Park – Dirang – Tawang – Zemithang

    • Total Riding Distance: 900 km approximately.

       

Kolli Hills in Tamil Nadu



The North East is a beautiful place to visit, especially in the winter. There are so many places to explore, each with their own unique flavour. One of my favourite places is the 'Arunachal Pradesh', which is one of the most diverse regions in India.

The place has a lot of natural beauty and some amazing landscapes that can make for some great pictures. The best part about this place is that it's not very crowded and you get to see the real India here. This is one of the best places for a bike trip in northeast India with the most humbling landscape. Some of the highlights of this trip are the views of Waterfalls, lakes terraced paddy fields, alpine forests, mountain streams, small human settlements, Bomdila, Dirang, Tawang, Gorshem Chorten, Ziro, Parsuram Kund, and Namdapha National Park, Nameri national park, Kameng river, Sela pass, Tawang monastery, Zemithang valley etc

The probable route for the bike ride trip in Kolli Hills is:

  • Bangalore – Krishnagiri – Salem – Rasipuram – Kolli Hills

    • Distance covered: 280 kms (approximately).

       

Kerala Bike Trip



A bike ride in Kerala; “God’s own country”, is a memorable experience with fresh beaches, beautiful lighthouses, and delightful greenery. Apart from being one of the best bike trips in India, it also offers serene views of tea and rubber plantations and paddy fields. Some other highlights of this bike trip are National parks like Eravikulam and Periyar, Wayanad, and other sanctuaries which are home to elephants, langur monkeys, and tigers.

The road from Kannur to Kumarakom is a beautiful coastal drive that passes through the villages of Malabar region. It is one of the most popular road trips in Kerala and hence you can expect high traffic at certain points during weekends and holidays. The route is dotted with small towns such as Payyanur - where you can see the famous Kalpathy temple (the only temple dedicated to Lord Krishna) - and Tellicherry - where you can visit several churches including St. Antony's Church that has its roots back in 15th century.

The ride from Kannur to Kumarakom takes about 3 hours but if

The probable route for the bike ride trip in Kerala is:

  • Kochi- Thattekkad- Muthuvaankudi- Munnar- Periyar- Kulamavu- Kumarakom – Alleppey-Marari

    • Distance covered- 4.5 kms (approximately)

If you love biking, India is the right place to go. It offers a unique experience of biking and it leads you to unexplored terrain where you can see wonderful scenes around. If you want to ride through the Himalayas then go to Leh, if you want a coastal ride then head to Andaman Islands, if you want an off-road adventure through dense forest then plunge into Bhutan and there are many more such places.

Author Siddhant Bhatnagar

Ideas which you can't let slip from your bucket list

Are you ready for an adventure that will take you to a new world of excitement? A unique and memorable experience that will let you forget all the troubles of life? Be it a family holiday or solo trip, India is bestowed with many adventurous locations that are worth experiencing. Get yourself ready to enjoy the adrenaline rush by going on an adventure trip.

Chadar Trek in Ladakh



The Chadar Trek is a unique experience in itself. It is one of the most thrilling trekking routes in Ladakh. The Chadar Trek can be done only during the winter season as it takes place at the Zanskar River which gets freezes and gets covered with thick blanket of snow. During this trek, one can enjoy the canyon shape valleys bestowed with thick blanket of snow.

The Chadar Trek is open only during January- February and it takes about 4 days to complete the trek. This is because the route passes through a frozen river and one has to walk over it without any proper support from either side because there are no ropes or ladders here. One simply has to walk over the frozen river facing various challenges such as getting stuck in between crevices and other obstacles like rocks which might cause an obstacle in your path while crossing over to another side.

White River Rafting in Rishikesh



Rishikesh is a beautiful tourist destination which is located in the northern part of India. It is one of the most popular destinations in India and tourists from all over the world come here to enjoy their vacations. Rishikesh is also known as the “yoga capital” of India as there are many yoga centers and ashrams that you can visit.

When we think of performing river adventure, Rishikesh stands out in the league. Rishikesh is the capital of river rafting in India, where the holy Ganga River flows, offering the speed of Grade I-V. River rafting in Rishikesh is an ultimate experience one can have. Hitting the fast gushing waters of Ganges gives exhilarating adventurous sports.

While rafting on this holy river, you can enjoy the scintillating view of majestic Himalayas covered with lush green. Accompanied by professional rafters, you’ll be guided for an accident free rafting experience. While in Rishikesh one can have the tour of the most loved places of Rishikesh also!

Jim Corbett Safari- Uttarakhand



Jim Corbett National Park is a major tourist attraction in India for its exciting wildlife and rich flora and fauna. The park is located in Nainital district of Uttarakhand and has been named after the famous hunter-conservationist Sir Jim Corbett. The park was established in 1936 by the British Raj, but it was only after independence that the park got its status as a tiger reserve.

The park is spread over 13184 sq km area and is home to many endangered species of animals like Tigers, Leopards, Sloth Bears, Monkeys etc. The national park also has many different types of birds like eagles, vultures, parrots and peacocks etc.

Tourists can take a jeep safari that would take them around the entire national park. There are different zones in this national park - Dhikala Zone, Bijrani Zone, Sonanadi Zone and Durga Devi Zone - which are divided into different compartments so that the tourists can enjoy their safari in each zone separately without getting disturbed by any other group of tourists or vehicles.

Scuba Diving in Andaman

Andaman is the perfect destination for a family holiday, couples and honeymooners. The place is known for its pristine beaches, blue water and gorgeous marine life. The city has several attractions that are worth visiting.

Deep clean blue water and gorgeous marine life makes Andaman truly a magical place to explore. The marine life of Andaman is a lifetime experience to explore which is worth an adventure trip to have. From scorpion fish and Octopus to Sharks and Coral Reefs, there are many things which you cannot lose to miss. Some of the diving sites in Andaman are- The Wall (Havelock Island), Clinque Island (Port Blair) and Fish Rock (Passage Island).

If you are planning for an adventurous trip, then this is the right place for you where you can enjoy sea adventures like snorkeling, scuba diving and deep sea fishing without any doubt!

The famous Havelock Island is located at a distance of around 70 km from Port Blair by boat. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Andaman which offers an amazing view of the clear blue sea with its pristine beaches. A visit to Havelock Island will surely make your journey memorable

Roopkund Trek- Uttarakhand



Roopkund Trek is one of the most magnificent treks in Uttarakhand. This trek is located at the high altitude in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, one can trek to the elevation of 3200m.

The trek is known for energizing excursion and so which adventurers should tread this land to revitalize. Roopkund Trek is known for its magical landscape, which you’ll experience in every pass. Don’t miss the “Lake of Mysteries” which can be reached after passing range of forests and gushing brooks. One of the exciting parts of this trek is the “Mystery Lake”, also known as Roopkund Lake which is at the height of 15500 feet above the sea level and is the home of hundred skeletons.

 

 

Author Siddhant Bhatnagar

5 Best Camping Sites in India to Enliven Your Spine With Thrills

Who doesn't like to lock themselves up in the house and watch a good movie or two? I know I do. But when you don't have the luxury of locking yourself in your house, due to work and other issues, there's one thing that can make you feel at home (sort of) — going to a cooler place. Of course, I just like saying 'cooler' because it sounds much more graceful than 'hotter'. However, in order to have the best experience at this cooler place which is your camping site, there are certain important things you need to take care of. Also, depending on what your trip entails, some safety tips can be handy too. This is why we've prepared 10 must-read tips for safe camping. As always we'll attach a number so you know where to find the information in the article later on if you don't want to read it now.



Sarchu, Leh-Manali Highway

If you want to experience extreme skiing, then this is the place where you need to be. We mean it literally, as once you’ll be there, you won’t get network on your phone. The camping ground is situated around 240 kilometres away from Manali at a height of 4,200 metres. It also marks the starting point for the most sought-after Zanskar trek.

The Sarchu region is known for its extreme weather conditions and harsh terrain. It is located between Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh and offers some of the most exciting skiing activities in India. The best time to visit this place is during winters when temperatures drop below freezing point, making it an ideal destination for skiing enthusiasts.



Chandra Taal Lake, Himachal Pradesh

The excellence of Spiti Valley doesn’t need much introduction. With snow-capped mighty hills, rich flora and fauna and chilled winds, Lahaul and Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh are the dream destinations of many travel buffs. The crescent-shaped Chandra Taal Lake is located at a height of about 4300 metres above sea level. There are many campsite around the lake where you can pitch your tent for a night or two to enjoy its serenity.

Chandra Taal is one of the most popular camp sites in Spiti Valley, which is also known as Moon Lake because of its shape resembling that of the moon. It lies in the Lahaul-Spiti region at an elevation of 4,300 meters above sea level. The lake is surrounded by high mountains with snow-clad peaks on all sides making it look more like a lunar landscape than an earthly one! This makes it one of the most scenic sites in India and people come here just to witness nature’s beauty at its best!

Purulia, West Bengal

Khijadiya Campsite is a well-known camping site near the Chambal River, near Agra. You can enjoy some exciting activities like river rafting and rock climbing at this place. It is known to be one of the best places for adventure seekers as it offers a wide range of activities that can be enjoyed with your friends or family members. The place also has several other attractions like temples, dargahs and monuments from where you can take amazing photographs.

Kanha National Park is one of the most famous wildlife parks in India, which boasts of an abundance of wildlife and bird life at its best. This park is situated in Madhya Pradesh and covers an area of about 10,000 square kilometres (3,861 sq mi). The park has been named after the Kanha River that flows through it, which gets its name from the Sanskrit word for ‘jungle’ or ‘forest’ (????). It is home to tigers and leopards.



Sonmarg, Kashmir

Sonmarg can be a great pick for summer camping, to escape the scorching heat of the torrid cities. It is just a couple of hours drive from Srinagar airport. The WanderBug camp has a mind-boggling location, right beside the Sind river. You can stay in the camp, treating your eyes on the scenic beauty of the vistas around it, or step out to drench your feet in the river water. The decor of each luxury tent at this campsite has a Kashmiri touch along with sit-out facilities. Noteworthy places to visit in Sonmarg are the Thajiwas Glacier and alpine lakes like Kishansar Lake, Gadsar Lake and Vishansar Lake. You can visit Sonmarg at any point of the year, except during the harsh wintertime. You might also like to visit the nearby Kalaroos Caves, about four hours away from Sonmarg.

The best time to visit Sonmarg is from June till October (summer). In winters (December till March), it gets extremely cold here so make sure that you pack warm clothes if you plan on visiting then.



Pushkar, Rajasthan

The Great Indian Thar Desert: Pushkar is surrounded by three deserts - the Great Indian Thar Desert, Great Rann of Kutch and Little Rann of Kutch. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of this desert while enjoying the cultural charm of Rajasthan at the beautiful Royal Desert Camp at Ganaha village, around 600 metres from Pushkar. There are ample places to explore in the historic town of Pushkar like Brahma Temple, Rangji Temple, Sri Panchkund Shiva Temple and Man Mahal Palace. You can also take an adventurous camel ride through the sweeping desert. Try to make your plans during.

Conclusion

We were amazed how diverse India's terrain is. Whether you're a nature or history lover, or just like to chill at a relaxing and beautiful spot, there's nothing that can stop you from enjoying your time off away from urban hustles. So get your backpack, grab your camera and go exploring! Take these tips with you! And, if you come up with something even better while camping in India, then please let us know. We'd love to hear your thoughts!



 

Author Siddhant Bhatnagar

Trekking: health-friendly sport or way to strengthen the character?

Trekking: health-friendly sport or way to strengthen the character?

Trekking is a sport that has no age limit. For example, in the Pyrenees you will sometimes find young people who enjoy doing treks but also older people who keep themselves in shape by walking and trekking everyday. To succeed at this experience, it is essential to have all the information about it before embarking on this type of holiday. These are the sites we selected for you to help you have a pleasant holiday, learn everything about trekking, from techniques to special equipment.



The benefits of trekking

Like all physical activities, trekking is beneficial for your health: develop your bones, reduce the risk of osteoporosis, increase your cardiovascular and respiratory capacities, strengthen your immune system, improve your muscular capacity. Not to mention the ventilative quality of fresh air, a change in pace and place promotes the reduction of stress.

Disconnection from everyday life really helps to take a step back from mundane worries and connect with yourself.

Trekking has its specific benefits because the majority of trekkers walk long distances, and/or several days in a row, on sometimes demanding terrain in terms of altitude, with a bag on the back often quite heavy and a pair of poles as a best friend. All these elements contribute to an increase in heart rate which makes it possible to burn more calories per minute than during other sports such as running or swimming.



It's good to walk

The benefits of walking are numerous, but most of them are related to improving your cardiovascular health. Walking is one of the best exercises for building strong bones and muscles and maintaining a healthy weight.

Walking is also a low-impact activity, so it's suitable for all ages, even babies!

If you want to get into the habit of walking regularly, here are some tips on how to make it more fun:

Find a place where you can walk alone or with friends. Look for quiet paths with beautiful scenery and no traffic or other distractions that might keep you from enjoying the walk. Make sure that the path is well-maintained and free of debris, such as broken glass or sharp objects that could cut your feet or ankles. You might also want to avoid walking outside during peak times if there are lots of other people around (such as when school lets out).

Get some new walking shoes! Your feet will thank you later!



" Need a friend? " - Your Trekking Pole

Although the poles can help you walk more comfortably, some people use them for a specific purpose.

Poles are not only for people with reduced physical abilities or balance problems. On the contrary, their use not only allows you to walk longer and with a better position but they will also bring you other things!

They increase the strain on all the muscles of the upper back, shoulders, arms, and forearms. Thus, you tone or even build muscles (depending on the physical level of your trek) on all the upper parts by making sure that your back is always straight whether you're on a slope or a climb.

These poles allow you to have a more balanced workout for the whole body, continuously soliciting the arms, simultaneously with the movements of your legs. This also helps to avoid wrong movements which are later reflected through back pain especially because you have a big back on your back.

Conclusion

In the end, your experience of trekking will heavily rely on you; it will be up to you to decide how far you are willing to go. I think that everyone should go at least once in their life time and they will be glad they did!

Author Siddhant Bhatnagar

Adventure Travel In India ... What Exactly It Means And What You Should Know

Delve into India’s superior natural beauty by savoring different types of adventures in this diverse country. Whether you want to go on biking, trekking or paragliding holidays , India will not disappoint you with its rich flora and fauna and boundless artistry of culture and traditions. Over the years, adventure sports have rapidly gained popularity all over India. This is owing to the fact that our nation is endowed with a varied range of seemingly ideal destinations which are perfect for various adventure sports. From unparalleled trekking trails to lavish lakeside camping sites, our land has it all!