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ShiviAugust 28, 20198min1640

A hidden gem…Grand Canyon Of India

 

Gandikota: The Grand Canyon of India Travel Blog

 

Well, you may be surprised by what the title is all about, but trust me you will be amazed to know that a grand canyon also exists in India. Gandikota is the place, (Grand Canyon Of India) a beautiful and stunning paradise in the heartland of Bangalore. It is a weekend getaway from Bangalore. Just right on the spot, it is a destination which you would be awe-struck to visit.

In India we do not witness gorge formations, thus it is also called as the Indian version of the grand canyon or desi grand canyon. As an avid traveller, I shall refrain myself of not comparing the two as it will not be a justice to these different destinations in the world.

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So, let us know more about Gandikota Gorge formations or Gandikota Canyon:

It is a quaint and very simple village in the Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh. It is known for its panoramic gorge formed by river Pennar that pierces through the Erramala hills. This impressive piece of Nature’s design has come to be known as the Hidden Grand Canyon of India by the tourists and travellers who visit this place and get beguiled by its beauty. Thus they tend to compare the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

 

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What to do when in Gandikota

Sitting on the banks of Pennar river and enjoying breathtaking views you can’t even think how the river must have broken the cuts and formed this stunning gorge. It is believed that the river has cut the slabs over centuries now. This is beautiful to imagine how the flow of water got intruded by the river and has formed the gorge. The entire area is covered with deep dense valleys and huge granite boulders.

Going back to history – Geologists says that it has an important role to play in the history of Andhra Pradesh. Geologist P.D. Sabale studies and explains how it was formed. The River Pennar cuts the pink granite and makes abed rock here. Cutting the ingenious, acidic and hard compact mass of granite the natural decomposition of the rock took place.

 

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Adjoining the formations is the medieval fort which speaks history in itself. The fort Gandikota is named from a Telugu word Gandi which means gorge. This fort holds a fort and a temple. Once you visit you will get mesmerized with the ancient architecture. You may find the debris scattered of the ruins of temples and mosque dating back from the Qutub Shahi and Vijayanagara periods.

Other spots to visit in Gandikota are – Madhavaraya temple and Raghunathaswamy temple, Jamia Masjid of Gandikota fort, Rayalacheruvu Lake, enthralling interiors of Belum Caves, you can also do camping and other water activities.

 

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How to reach: Get a train from Gooty Junction. The nearest airport is at Kadapa 77 km. Nearest town by road is Jammalamadugu.

Lodging: APTDC Complex – it is spread at 12 acres, you can book a cottage and has an area for kids to play. For more hotels click here

Best Time: between September to February as the weather is suitable and enjoyable, else the summers are like 45-50 degrees.

Tip: there are not many food joints near the fort and temples, thus either take some munching with you or keep your stomach fill before you start your day. Carry some candies and lots of water.

 

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There are numerous other attractions in and near the village that charm visitors. The most special being the antiquated, radiant Gandikota fort that sits wonderfully on top of the gorge. Apart from the unmatched majesty of the gorge, the mystical appeal of this fort makes a visit to this village all the more compelling for history lovers and adventure seekers. For more such travel blogs and stories, head on here – Facebook, Instagram, or just scroll more…

 


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ShiviMarch 12, 20197min1404

Katal Dhar | Lonavla | The secluded and mysterious waterfall | Travel Blog Trek

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Somewhere near Mumbai or somewhere in Maharashtra, you may find this amazing waterfall which I would love to mention in this travel blog. It will not be somewhere, technically but amidst the mountains, Sahyadri, and the gorgeous standing ranges in Maharashtra, you find – Kataldhar waterfall. The name is intriguing, isn’t it? Katal means a form of rock – Dhar is the brink sharp edge of a sword or a knife. In short – “Katal” means a Rock & “Dhar” means a Waterfall.

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You must be thinking why this explanation is given here, because when you will see the pictures and would explore the waterfall with me, and you may find that how sharp and steep the waterfall is that can kill you with its awe-struck views and mesmerising sounds.


About the fall – This is a Natural Waterfall, which completely depends on Rains. It is close to Lonavala and can be reached from Mumbai as well. As in Monsoon Lonavala becomes the most popular destination for all the Trekkers, but apart from all these resorts and clubhouses there’s this waterfall and “Kataldhar Waterfall Trek”. This trek gives you the real trekking pleasure in rains. Imagine that you are rappelling down from this waterfall which is at the top of around 350 feet with an overhang of more than 100 feet. The most important point is the gear and clothing when you trek to this fall. Everyone, please wear Full Sleeves & Full Track pants to avoid power bite from insects. Once you reach the base the entire valley will surprise you with gigantic waterfalls of Kataldhar. The waterfall is near Lonavla in Pune district – Maharashtra. It is basically not very famous among the travellers but it is certainly secluded and worth a visit. It is also because to reach the valley is a bit tough job and you need some basic experience of trekking before exploring this place.

 

The views and the beauty of the waterfall:

As soon you enter the forest, the sound of the chirping birds would thrill you, you will forget the city’s life and all the hustle and bustle that keeps you worrying about everything. To make the way to the waterfall is really tough as you need proper maps and directions to reach the valley (see the picture in the end). The most important thing is the instincts that make you reach the spot as you will find hardly anyone there. After walking some distance, the sound of the water falling from the distance got will get you there. Ahah! Well, the view to die for…

 

 

 

When I visited My heart filled with joy and started frisking.. and I knew that it’s the waterfall which I was looking for, From the spiky bushes and botchy trails, the point to witness is a huge waterfall, with thundering water currents. But how to get this waterfall? – While walking on the route keep watching and looking for the letters coloured in White on the Big Rock as “ Kataldhar Waterfall”. One more thing there are two 2 identical mango trees that identify the waterfall way. See some of the pictures below. Keep following the path and you would find some more pebbles coloured that will exactly take you to the waterfall. For any trekker, it is worth a visit and a surreal trek to go for this monsoon.  

As a solo traveller, I would say please visit this amazing waterfall and get drenched in the views. 


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ShiviOctober 5, 201814min1294

Spiti Valley – the moment this name comes, a lot of people get amazed and ask ohh, is this in India and if yes where? This is a hidden isolated world in Himachal Pradesh which is a wonder in itself. This blog is close to my heart and you will get to read more such on Spiti valley as this place is a treasure chest for me and I’m sure many traveller enthusiasts would agree with me.

Treasure chest – just two words to say about a world that was forbidden to visitors for about 30 years. Travelling to Spiti Valley is like Time Travel, you tend to get a feeling of getting in a time machine and travel to a world and time unknown. Wow! Goosebumps.

 

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Spiti Valley – Himachal Pradesh

This blog is based on my recent 10-day bike travel to Spiti valley with a rider me being a pillion on Royal Enfield 500 cc. In particular, this blog is about 6 reasons to visit Spiti Valley – the hidden treasure of Himachal Pradesh. So let’s start by knowing the place a bit.

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” – John Muir

This all belongs to Spiti that lies across the main range of Himalayas, called the Trans-Himalaya. But hey, wait, what are those things that come to your mind when we think about Himalaya. Spiti is 13,800 square kilometres of untamed land. Lush green meadows, misty mountains with dense pine forests, snowing ranges, and soaring high snow peaks. On the contrary, if I say you won’t get to see much of these in Spiti valleys then? What I wanted to say is – Spiti is the complete divergence of all that, but just as beautiful as the other side of Himalayas.

Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley that is situated in the Himalayas – the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh. It is the land of barren hills, gorgeous lakes, grey scree slopes, rubble rocks, muddy terrains, and some of the world’s highest inhabited villages that are secluded with the least of 30 humans, and as their population and not more than 100 people in one village at the max. it is a land of beautiful monasteries hovering histrionically over its landscape. The touch of desolateness and a sense of ancient civilisation are some add-ons. The name “Spiti” means “The Middle Land”, i.e. the land between Tibet and India. Let’s find out reasons to visit this unadulterated and hidden treasure that has gradually getting transformed into an exotic tourist destination. Let’s see…

Reason 1

Spiti valley is also home to the highest motorable village in Asia – Komic it is a beautiful scenic village where the temperature dips to -30 degrees Celsius in winters. The landscapes are amazing that will leave you awe-struck.

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The world’s highest village with a road: Komik, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

 

This village has a population of around 50 to 60 people. The houses here, separated by swish lawns and green threads of the loom with wooden windows and doors, very Indo-Tibetan feel. This set up gives everyone enough room to bask in the winter sun. These houses are a welcome change from our congested city houses.

Reason 2

Spiti is the secluded terrain for many visitors yet there is a reason to visit because of plenty of homestays in this scarcely inhabited Spiti. My favourite is Solo Yolo – Kaza and for more on homestays in Spiti read next blog

The best homestays in Spiti Valley

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This gives you a wonderful opportunity to the visitors to learn about their culture and stays with locals. Most of these homestays are in the middle of the villages and at a very high altitude giving you the perfect view of the entire valley.

Reason 3

It has a beautiful monastery amidst the mountains that dates back to 996 AD. Key Gompa is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located on top of a hill at an altitude of 4,166 metres (13,668 ft) above sea level, close to the Spiti River. It is the biggest monastery of Spiti Valley and a religious training centre for Lamas. It reportedly had 100 monks in 1855. You can stay in the monastery and pray in the praying room.

 

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key gompa monastery – Spiti Valley
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key gompa monastery – Spiti Valley

Reason 4

The monasteries are one such reason for not to miss visiting Spiti. There are many monasteries in Spiti that are considered to be the centre of Buddhism; you will get to unwind your soul in this perfect place. Come to stay in monasteries and have some soul-searching.

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Komic monastery – Spiti Valley

 

Tabo Monastery in Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Tabo Monastery in Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

 

Reason 5

The glorious and stunning view of the Milky Way at Pin Valley, you get to have them at Tabo and Kaza as well. In fact, Chandra Tal shall not be missed for star gazing and this amazing view to fall in love.

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Milkyway Sight in Spiti Valley

 

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Milkyway Sight in Spiti Valley

Now that’s a sight we simply don’t get at too many places.

Reason 6

There are dozens of lakes in Spiti that are neatly tucked away in the valley for you to discover. One such major tourist destination known for some of the toughest and exciting motorable roads in India is a stop at Chandra Tal lake – the lake of the moon. It is on the Samudra Tapu plateau overlooking the Chandra River. It is at the altitude of 4,300 metres (14,100 ft) in the Himalayas. Camping by this lake under the starry skies is exactly the kind of life-changing experience you are looking for.

These are some of the reasons to visit Spiti – an offbeat travel destination in India. Here are many more offbeat destinations in India which you can choose for your next travel.

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Chandratal lake – The moon lake – Spiti Valley

 

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Chandratal lake – The moon lake – Spiti Valley

Keep reading, Keep travelling.. the world awaits you!

 

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ShiviMay 30, 201813min1110

“I don’t understand what fun do people get in hiking mountains,” asked
a friend from my office, seeing my excitement for my first trek. “Oh,
it’s serene. Surrounded by mountains, you just forget all your stress
and hustle bustle of your daily routine life,” I replied.

For me Travel in itself is exciting. Travel – that one word that can
make my world go round. The one thing that I never want to lose an
opportunity on irrespective of it being a leisure trip or an adventurous
one. The thought of exploring something new is enough for me to pack
my bags and start hunting for some beautiful memories.

So when my friend from Travel Freaks asked me to join them on a trek,
I didn’t want to say no to him. Another reason for it is that I have
never been on Treks before. So after a little thought, analyzing my
budget and effort into getting my leaves approved….I WAS ON FOR THIS
TRIP.

My checklist was with me and seeing that when my office friend
expressed her doubt over hiking, I had a very casual reply. But when I
went for it, I realized it’s more than just being surrounded by nature. A
lot more than just being in nature’s lap. You discover yourself, your
strengths and that’s what this trip did to me. Though I have been on a
solo trip before, with this trip, I discovered some new facets
about myself.

Being my first trek experience, and given the schedule I live, I won’t
say I hardly get time for my fitness. In fact, I don’t get time at
all. So before starting the trek, I had my doubts about if I will be
able to complete my first trek if my friends around me who are
regular trekkers will get hassled because of me? A part of me had its
own doubts, but the adventure junkie in me overshadowed all those and
decided…that I HAVE TO DO IT. So, this was the first thing I learnt
about myself, never give up before trying.

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We started for Kheerganga trek in the middle of the afternoon. Four of us
and two guides. And yes, I had my hurdles. I was too slow
compared to my friends. But I was given the benefit of doubt.
Moreover, I was not even in hurry. I just wanted to enjoy my trek
rather than competing it. With all those bumpy ways, I learnt a second
thing, that no matter where you are, you do find your way. There is a
way out in every situation. It may seem tough but there will be a way
out.

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So, with all my enjoyment of finding my way out, I finally reached
Kheerganga. And it was beautiful. The view around, the beautiful
sunset…it took away all my tiredness. The beautiful sunset, a cup of
chai and friends around who were smiling and laughing along with you.
It could not get perfect than this.

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The next day once again we were ON with our trekking shoes, ready to
go down our way to Barshaini. So, we start walking back again and this
time I was too slow considering I was feeling a little dizziness. My
friends obviously concerned about me slowed down and got me some
energy drink. I didn’t like it, them getting bothered because of me.
They gave my bag to the guide. I felt so weak, mentally. Because as an
independent person, I always liked to do things on my own and hated
to depend on somebody. And as a rule for me, I never allow anyone to
carry my bags. But I had to give in to my friend’s order. Jokingly my
friend also teased me, that if he didn’t have to walk with me he would
have been much faster. And this didn’t go down well with my
egotistical streak, and next thing I started walking with all my
energy and walking way ahead, not looking back and there I realised
the third point, the confidence of going all by yourself. A solo trek
which I might not have done solo.

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In between, we came across this beautiful village and beautiful
people, celebrating Baisakhi. Those innocent faces with a welcoming
smile, I joined them in their local dance and tried few steps with
them. Yes, that’s another part of a journey that every travel freak
love to, i.e, explore the local culture.

My friends caught up with me soon and from there on we walked along,
laughing, joking, poking fun at each other and finding our way out.

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Dinesh, Neha and Himanshu, Thank You So much
for making my first trek so special and memorable for me. It would not
have been same without you guys. Love you all. Hugs.

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She is traveller friend, she is a sweetheart .. to read more about her travel stories go to https://soniadiariesblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/20/discovering-me-with-first-trek/

And to know who the #SpiritedBlogger is – click here – https://www.facebook.com/SpiritedBlogger/

 


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ShiviAugust 19, 20179min1220

Travelling is exploring your inner being. It always fascinates me as it brings a lot of challenges and expedition in my kitty. This time when I was planning my next trip, the third highest peak of Maharashtra named Ghanchakkar that is positioned beautifully amidst the Sahyadri ranges came out from my bucket list. 

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Overview of the destination:

These ranges offer an opportunity to observe the beauty of nature and lush green terrain that is perfect for hiking and trekking. Of course, any traveller would love to visit this place. SO, here I decided to take a plunge to the Ghanchakkar peak.

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The topography of Ghanchakkar plateau in the western India is a rugged terrain with stunning mountains amidst the Sahyadri mountain ranges in Maharashtra. Ghanchakkar plateau is the third highest peak in the Western Ghats of Sahyadri mountain ranges. It stands beautifully, guarding the two small villages and the flora and fauna, at the height of 1532 meters ( 5,026 ft). 

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Two base villages surround ascents of the peak, out of which we visited Shirpunje village, which is positioned around 22 kilometres from Rajur on the northern side of the Sahyadri Mountains. Taking this village, a base one can trek the Ghanchakkar peak in around 2.5 hours.

Let’s begin our journey:

I would love to begin my journey with letting you guys a bit about this rugged topography and Rocky Mountains of Ghanchakkar peak. Although, the region is surrounded by gorgeous views, waterfalls, lakes and an extensive forest region that are the virtual paradise for camping, trekking, climbing etc. This region provides an array of choices for outdoor adventures and nature lovers.

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It’s indeed a pleasure to illustrate the whole experience of the trek on a canvas of magnificent mountains standing high, stunning waterfalls and nature at its best. The group of around 24 adventure enthusiasts went crazy just with the thought of going on different type of trek and camping.  This gusto led me to take a wrong train, Alas! But, I managed to get on the train to move ahead. 

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Well, wait, the journey to the base camp was thrilling as the monsoons added an extra charm to our trip. The lush green vicinity and the roads all drenched with rains made the view awesomely great.  Not just this, the when a 7-year-old kid sat on the top of the jeep, everyone went awe-struck, she enjoyed immensely in the rains while on the top of the jeep with other travelers. 

Unforgettable trek experiences

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Accommodation: When we travel accommodation becomes an integral part, thus here, I had a home stay this time, which was in the heart a small remotely located village surrounded by the peaks and waterfalls. Yes, visualizing it is divine! The base village was actually a very tiny village that is not developed with a lot of modern amenities and lifestyle; rather I loved the place because of their immense welcoming attitude and treasured culture, which ideally, I was unable to experience in my urbane and chic lifestyle.

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With few fellow trekkers we stayed for a night and relished local cuisine, home cooked by the villagers (Staple Maharashtrian food), in fact, we all helped them and learned about the local food that they eat. Moreover, it was great fun to cook with them as well. Wow! What a thrilling experience with the entire team and the co-trekkers. The stay was warm and cozy with mesmerizing views from the windows, needless to mention it was raining, thus the lush green grass and the tiny ponds made us felt like kids again. The whole idea of connecting and gelling up with the villagers paid off when we played with the kids of the villagers. It was indeed an unprecedented experience.  Of course, selfies can’t be resisted! 

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Trek and Trail: We went for a night trail to enjoy the cool breeze and the serenity that this place has to offer. The team had fun at a huge lake that was approachable with an interesting small trek. The panoramic views and the rains was a terrific experience.

Come let’s go #solo and #gocrazy 

#spiritedblogger 


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ShiviFebruary 28, 201711min1621

Why fly, if you can swirl the road with your wheels and can explore any destination, any remotest place you wish to! For me as a traveler, road trips, highways are just the thing! In India, there are some amazing highways to get on with your beast and be greedy! Every traveler has its own choice for the road trips, but here’s have a look to some of the best road trips a hitchhiker in India can grab next.. You will not be disappointed for sure! Ahah, and if you the right companion, Ohh My … Bang On!

Nomads can decide to wonder about the “living extensions” in Cherrapunji, taste mixed drinks on the shoreline in Goa or gape at the greatness of the Himalayas. These entire great stimuli are enough to take off the Jack out!

SO, drop the Pegman on a course on Google Maps, and you can look at all encompassing perspectives and shots starting from the earliest stage. Here is the rundown of 6 best trails for freak drivers and highway lovers. India is exceptionally acclaimed by road trips aficionados — where one can cover everything from desert to evergreen woods, mountains to drifts, mud streets to six path interstates.

Mumbai to Goa

From the hustle-bustle to the blue waters is around 677 kms

This road trip can be considered as the “father of all the road trips”. Consistently, a huge number of Mumbai’s bothered obsessive workers head to the shorelines of Goa to de-stress. The NH17 is one of the great highways in India for long drivers especially on weekends, going through the Karnala Bird Sanctuary and offering some really fine perspectives of the stream Vashisti and its marshlands.

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In the midst halt to take a chance to visit the untainted shorelines of Ganpatipule, and investigate the town of Malvan, which brags the notable Sindhudurg fortress constructed by Shivaji. In case you’re going amid mango season that is now heading near I challenge you not to get twelve Ratnagiri alphonso mangoes along the way.

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Vroom: Given the smooth thruway, suggests making the excursion with your mates in the Audi A3 or a good XUV maybe Mahindra or the best can be your ThunderBird.

Guwahati to Tawang

Flavor of Northeast Untouched India around 521 kms

The east is essentially under spoke to in terms of travel. In any case, the territory’s rich social legacy and characteristic magnificence make for a terrific outing. On this course, you can visit the wettest spot on the planet, Cherrapunji in Meghalaya. While there, stare at the “living scaffolds” assembled of the developing foundations of trees.

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Visit the World War II burial grounds in Imphal. Top off the excursion by stalking the imperiled one-horned Indian rhino at Kaziranga National Park and going by the Tawang cloister in Arunachal Pradesh.

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Drive by: There’s no preferred car or bike for this excursion over the strong Range Rover. Engulfing the undulating landscape and rough terrain fixes, that you shall or would need a SUV OR XUV for this kind of drive. The Range Rover is doubtlessly up to the errand.

Manali to Leh

Rugged terrain to a sequestered world is around 474 kms

The exemplary Himalayan road trips not to miss out probably with your beloved. Manali to Leh is one of the hardest and most noteworthy streets to explore on the planet. The Manali-Leh road is open only in June when the Border Road Organization (BRO) starts clearing snow. The best time to take this excursion is in the two-month window from August through September (so arrange ahead).

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The Rohtang Pass offers perspectives of the Beas and Chandra streams. The most astounding pass you’ll experience is Taglang La at 5,359m, after which you start the plummet to Leh. Spend your first night at KeylongKeylong to adjust. The tent camps in Sarchu are a prevalent stop for the second night.

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Vroom: If you need to do it right, the Royal Enfield is the best way to ride over the mountains. I would suggest swinging a leg over the Continental GT 535. Indeed there’s space for one and only on it, yet a few things are best sought after solo (haaaaa). Keep in mind to save petrol with you as motorbikes blaze through more fuel than regular at higher heights.

Bengluru to Calicut 500 kms

Southern India’s roads and highways proffer everything from national parks to shorelines along the way. Head to Mysore to admire the city’s rich religious history and further take after the natural life in Nagarhole, Bandipur and Mudumalai.

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Lastly hit the shorelines around Calicut – Kappad and Kozhikode. A three hour bypass south of Kozhikode to the Pada Mardana at the Taj Malabar, Cochin will compensate you with a decent foot knead. There’s an hour long form, in any case 30 minutes is everything you need to feel shiny new once more.

In case you’re a shuddering mass of sore muscles and need some restoring, the Taj Bekal, Kerala does a brain binding and incredible, Pehalwan Maalish, with warming mustard oil.

Drive By: Some of the streets through the slopes are limited, so taking your bike along for the outing is not bad, but at the same time not enough to blow anyone’s mind. The one which I do at this course in is Harley-Davidson’s made-in-India Street 750.

Jaipur – Ranthambore

From the stunning pink city to the Land of boisterous tiger is around 145 kms

A lot of people go to Ranthambore or do the Jaipur-Jodhpur-Jaisalmer circuit. For me, the tour appeals the sandy desert, castles and additionally the richness of untamed life at Ranthambore. Time your endeavor to harmonize with one of the numerous celebrations in Jaipur (the Elephant Festival tops the rundown).

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At Jodhpur, head to the Raas haveli Raas haveli and book yourself in for the Raas Signature treatment at the natural Ila Only spa. It includes a profound tissue rub with simply enough manipulating, walloping and squeezing to get you prepared for the long excursion back home. For something all the more down to business, attempt the 30-moment back and shoulder recuperation rub. (Soothe your senses)

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Vroom: Something that is OK with kicking up a tempest in the desert – we’re on to the goliath Mercedes-Benz GL 500. Its 4-wheel drive and astounding footing control make this one hell of a ride to humor you in an episode of sand bay.

GO for the next kicking highway trip…. Review the blog if it strikes you … 

 

 


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ShiviDecember 24, 201610min994

PRESERVING TIBETAN CULTURE AT NORBULINGKA INSTITUTE – DHARAMSALA, HIMACHAL PRADESH

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#SoloTravel has always beguiled me! It was a beautiful morning, unadulterated and not to miss in life! The view from my cottage was stunningly perfect awe-struck my senses. I took my shades, got into my boots and headed down towards Dharamshala from Dharamkot passing by Mcloedganj. The destination was Norbulingka institute.

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Wondering why I’m writing on an institute that has nothing much related to me, indeed the institute needs to be talked about. It lays 6 kms southwest to Dharamshala and as established in 1998 by Kelsang and Kim Yeshi Sidhpur. The name of the institute is derived from the traditional summer residence of the Dalai Lama which is in Lhasa (the capital of Tibet)

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Getting around Norbulingka  – I got enticed the moment I entered the institute by the gorgeous artifacts and colorful walls engraved and painted with traditional Tibetan art (thangka). The moment you step in you are enthralled by magnificent and gurgling streams that smoothly run through flawlessly maintained Japanese-styled gardens. You may get astonished to see or witness different species of Himalayan birds flocking and flittering among the treetops.

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There lot to see and roam around in the institute which might take your hours to explore fully. Norbulingka institute’s main aim is to preserve the art and culture of Tibet in India. The institute comprises of a temple, stupa with deities who are worshiped in Tibetan culture, workshops for embroidery, paintings, statue making, wooden art, lush green gardens and hummingbird café for munching and chilling out!

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Workshops  – This institute will amaze you with the endurance and perseverance of the culture intact on safe hands. From, generations the artisans and craftsmen are working hard to conserve the traditional art form of paintings (thangka) and appliqué work.

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Every year thousands of visitors come and explore the Norbulingka institute and take part in the workshops. The workshops give you vivid knowledge and understanding of intricate art form and culture of Tibet. You can take the workshop as per your choice of art form; there are workshops given on thangka sketching, wood painting, wood carving and appliqué workshops. Do not worry! you are always under the supervision of experts who would make you professional in the respective art form. After the completion of the workshop if you wish you can be offered to volunteer or work as well.

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Shops  – There is a shop inside the institute that sells the hand-made artifacts, paintings, and statues, which are made in-house at the workshop in the institute. The unique collection of appliqué, wood carvings, paintings are sold here. You can take any of the meticulously created thangka painting, statues or wall paintings for your home décor way back home. It is worth!

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Meet the humans

One of the best things you should not miss while visiting the institute is meeting the humans here. OMG! They are the wonderful people one can have all the pleasure knowing them. Every manager, artisan, craftsman, worker, tour guide has their own story to depict with the pain of being a refugee in India. The hard times they faced as refugees in India or caught hold by the military or stuck with kids and no food and no shelter. From my eyes out of many meet the two –

KALSANG KYPA – THE TOUR GUIDE – A great chap with sincerity towards whatever he does. He was a great help to me for all the time I was in the institute, exploring and learning new things about Tibetan culture. His journey was terrible but after being patient and having faith in oneself he found he is safe in Nepal and then he came to India. Wanted to say thank you!

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DASAL – THANGKA PAINTER – He is a terrific thangka painter, since childhood he would draw mountains, valleys and hills. But as he learned more about Tibetan culture he now loves to paint only Buddha and thangkas.

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Getting Here Norbulingka is situated in Sidhpur, a suburb of Dharamsala, about 30 minutes from McLeod Ganj.

By Air – nearest airport is Gaggal, around 20 minutes from Norbulingka. Alternatively, you can take flight from Jammu or Amritsar, both are around 4 hours from Dharamsala.

By train – Pathankot is the nearest station. 2 hours from Dharamsala. Booking in advance is recommended.

By Bus – One of the most cost-effective and reliable way to reach is by bus. Volvo and Himachal Tourism buses ply on a timely basis; you can check the schedule online.

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Not many hikers know about Kugti Pass in Himachal and on a serious note it is not surprising, though! You know why? Because it is virtually uncharted terrain and perhaps a pie in the sky in terms of beauty and landscapes!  It is one of the mysterious and unheard treks of India, yet it manifests the grandness of any great Himalayan trek. If you adore trekking, then the Kugti Pass is a trek in Himachal that needs to be precedence in your treks for the future.

Kugti Pass is beautifully positioned near the scenic hamlet of Kugti which is at an altitude of around 5,050 m above sea level. This terrain is a part of Pir Panjal range of Central part of Himalayas, and certainly a faultless destination for trekkers. Uphill this pass, one can attain the Duggi Plain, a meadow land, and an idyllic camping ground. Putting oneself at the summit, one can view the extravagant Manimahesh Kailash Peak and Dhauladhar ranges. The snow-capped mountains ranges make you crazy that are beyond the Lahul valley.

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The trek starts from Brahmaur of Chamba District. The nearest town is Brahmaur.

How to Reach – There are many ways to catch up here, one is via Banikhet and Chamba while the other route is via Khajjjiar and Chamba. From Dalhousie too it can be reached which is just 4 hour drive.

Via Air the Kullu Manali Airport at Bhuntar is the nearest. Pathankot is well linked with all the important cities in India.

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Triund is the coronet gemstone of Dharamshala, positioned in the lap of Dhauladhar Mountains, it has the faultless view of the Dhauladhar mountains on one side and Kangra valley on the another.

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Triund is a very fashionable trekking spot. Triund creates a center of attention to a lot of tourists every year from India and all over the globe. With my last trip to Triund trek, I can definitely say that it is mesmerizing peak in ode of nature and can be portrayed as a serene trek which can be effortlessly consummate by roughly all age groups.

Triund has an unmistakable byway which goes through a striking mix of the forest of oak, deodar and rhododendron. Trek is moderately easy for the first five kilometers but the last one kilometer is a bit of a toil and tough trek. This last one kilometer has some “22 curves” as it has rigid and stony 22 tiring curves prior reaching the final leap of the trek to Triund.

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Alongside the trail one can find many old chai shops – small one where one can find good chai and refreshing Maggie. During the hike traipse is a merit and has a panorama of snow caddied ranges, lush green meadows. Triund is breathtaking and enlivening. Your Trip to Triund can be glossed diversely.

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The Dhauladhar is an unendingly interesting extent. This high, rough edge is sufficiently broad and sufficiently imperative both in its profile of rising and its relative closeness to the fields to be a noteworthy Himalayan range. It is a topographically dynamic district, set on a noteworthy push zone of the Indian plate. This is one of the essential and capable territories in the Himalaya where the weight cast by the Indian subcontinent plate on the Eurasian plate is at its most grounded.

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While the Indian mass wedges itself more profound under the Asian Plate, the Dhauladhar reach is one where you can see a working topographical model of the Great Himalayan Range when all is said in done. When you cross the watershed edge of the Dhauladhar from Kangra to Chamba or the other way around, you go through each Himalayan Climato-natural belt conceivable from tropical good countries of the considerable Himalayan waterways to the sub cold squanders at the highest point of the edge.

Snow Capped Dhauladhar Ranges

Trek close by rhododendrons and oaks, and camp in a cavern makes it a best way out from the hussle-bussle.

 Triund Trail

Found 18 km from Dharmshala, Triund makes for an alluring trekking destination, with all around characterized woods trails and amazing perspectives of the whole Kangra valley. The evening’s perspective sky from Triund is a sufficient motivation to set up a portable shelter here for the night. The trek’s length makes it adept for a weekend.

Triund Trek

In spite of the fact that the trek from McLeodganj to Triund is a precarious climb of more than 1,100 meters, it is very much remunerated by invigorating strolls amongst rhododendron and oak trees. There is no shortage of eating choices as there are a few bistros in transit, similar to Magic View, Scenic View and Snowline Café.

Flora and Fauna

The town of McLeodganj (otherwise called little Lhasa) accommodates a terrific chance to encounter the lively Tibetan society. The trekking scene here is all around sorted out and one can leave on numerous treks of longer term here, in particular Indrahar Pass, Minkiani Pass, Kareri Lake and the distance to Kuarsi Pass and Mani-Mahesh. On the off chance that you have a day to extra, favor trekking from Triund till Lahesh Cave and investigate the knolls underneath Indrahar Pass.

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Trek Description

This is a little and a simple trek, which should be possible either from McLeodganj or Dharamkot, which is 2 km in front of McLeodganj. The trail is 7 km from Dharamkot and passes Galu Devi sanctuary. From this sanctuary, it takes around 3 hours to reach Triund. The starting portion of the trek is a steady slope and the last 2 km from Snowline Café include a lofty climb the distance till Triund (2,975 meters).

  • Bhagsu/Dharamkot to Triund by means of Galu Devta:
  • Height: 6,184 ft to 9,760 ft
  • Separation: 7 km
  • Time taken: 3 hours

 Dharamkot

Bhagsu and Dharamkot are two towns arranged around 2 km up the edge from McLeodganj. These two can be considered street heads. The trail from Dharamkot is seemingly the more pleasant one as it trips through the thick crown of pine backwoods over the town. Stroll up through the woodland for around 15 minutes before you get to the Galu sanctuary clearing.

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There’s a little tea shop here, just underneath the holy place. From here, one trail goes south-west into the woodland to the town of Naddi. Another backwoods trail goes north-west, to the stream that plunges from Laka. The principle trail to Triund proceeds with straight past the little sanctum. The trail is a tenderly rising one, through oak shrubberies and crosses the lofty side of the Laka edge, taking after its shape. Dharamkot and Bhagsu lie straightforwardly underneath this trail.

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Roughly most of the way up the trail is a profound crevasse that crosses a precarious area and rises on a rough goad. The primary Dhauladhar range goes out of perspective as you rise from Dharamkot, swings into perspective here, the pyramidal crest of Mon seeming overwhelming.

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This whole extend is ideal for birdwatchers, as the timberlands here are truly swarming with different sorts of larks. Past the Magic View Café, the trail gets more extreme. As of right now, the Dharamkot goad of the Laka edge meets the Triund edge at right points, making a progression of steep gorges that end up in thickly lush gaps.

The trail proceeds through a progression of steep bends. It climbs the Triund edge through thick shrubberies of rhododendron and oak trees. It’s a charming, if marginally strenuous move from here to Triund in great climate. Watch your stride when it’s down-pouring, as the way transforms into mush.

 Kangra Valley

The last couple of curves bring you out of the rhododendrons and out onto the Triund edge. It’s an open verdant edge that extends a decent kilometer toward the south, before diving into the Kangra valley. There are a lot of spots to camp. You could even get a few procurements at the four tea shops here.

Kangra Valley

From Triund, wonder the faultless perspectives of Dhauladhar reaches, in particular Mun (4,610 m), Rifle Horn, Arthur’s seat and Slab (4,570 m). Water is rare and is accessible somewhere in the range of 1 km before Triund.

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The perspectives from here are superb. Toward the east, the Dhauladhar edge ascends in a progression of tops, the most conspicuous of which passes by the neighborhood name of Narwana. Beneath, falsehood the green verdant edges of Triund and just adjacent to the trail is profound lush abysses through which run the different streams that deplete the southern face of the Dhauladhar.

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