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ShiviAugust 28, 20198min1640

A hidden gem…Grand Canyon Of India

 

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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 20, 201910min1204

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Holi is an ancient and prevalent Hindu religious festival distinguished throughout India. It is a spring festival, also known as the festival of colours. The colourful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which befalls around the month of March. It is the second most extensively celebrated festival of India after Diwali.

The story

This festival is celebrated as the victory of good over bad also. There are numerous mythological stories behind the origin of the festival. But, one which is in Indian traditions is about killing Holika, the sister of Hrinyakashyap. – Owing to that it is celebrated. Holi festival is also broadly related with the immortal love of Krishna and Radha. The festival also holds implication with reverence to end of winter season and the onset of the summer season. So, there are many on the charts as Indian religion is vast.

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With a long weekend coming up this Holi, it is the time to put on your travelling shoes and travel to some of the below-mentioned destinations in India for some crazy Holi celebrations. Get beaten with sticks, or enjoy a concert or join the locals in the streets as they shower gulal and water to each other or get drenched with vibrantly coloured powders and water or watch the ‘Holika Dahan’ or just calmly soak in the bewildering experience of perceiving the band of itinerant spiritualist minstrels of Bengal. Witness all this on Holi 2019 in a different than the usual way, as India is Incredible.

Just pick up any destination from the below and play your famous Holi festival in India Go Travel!

  1. Barsana, Uttar Pradesh: Holi with Sticks

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Indian men don’t always rule the nestle! The women of Barsana and Nandgaon villages near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh hit men with sticks – no wonder it is the tradition in town which is known as Lathmar Holi celebrations. Unfortunately, I being a solo traveller would not recommend the other solo travellers to come here alone due to the repulsive behaviour of men, who continue to go around assaulting women. However, you can visit it with your friends or group to experience the sight to catch the giggling women taking absolute pleasure in putting the sticks to use. The Barsana Holi is definitely the most famous places to celebrate Holi in India and will give you all the ambiences of Mathura Holi for sure!

  1. Mathura and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh: Traditional Holi

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It is one of the most additional Holi celebrated in India. Here the Holi celebrations get underway on Vasant Panchami which is the end of winter – 40 days before the main Holi-day. It is in the town of Mathura and Vrindavan – an easy four-hour drive from Delhi. Mathura is also well known as the birthplace of Lord Krishna, while Vrindavan is the place where he spent his childhood. Also to notice is that on Ekadashi before Holi, the city celebrates Phoolon wali Holi where flowers are thrown at the devotees by the temple priests. Vrindavan is also known for a unique celebration of Holi where Widow’s Holi began a few years back to break the resolution that prevented widows from playing with colours or wearing coloured clothes.

  1. Shantiniketan

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Shantiniketan is a timeworn and leading university in West Bengal, where the great Nobel laureate and poet, Rabindranath Tagore introduced the Basant Utsav to re-experience the ancient tradition. Till today the ritual is followed and celebrated in matchless enthusiasm and vigour. Inspired by Holi and springtime the students dress up in a colourful outfit and put on a huge ethnic extravaganza for the visitors. All this contentment, colours, and joy of Shantiniketan make it the best Holi celebration in India. Students wear up in spring colours and put on a huge traditional program for visitors, including dances to Tagore’s songs. This is followed by the typical throwing of colours. Basanta Utsav has become a valued part of Bengali history and culture, and it fascinates abundant foreign tourists.

  1. Jaipur, Rajasthan: Holi and Elephants

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This is one its kind in India and is celebrated with full enthusiasm and zeal. It is an elephant festival which kicks off Holi celebrations in Jaipur every year on Holi eve. Elephant parades, elephant beauty contests, traditional dances, and the tug-of-war between elephants, locals and foreigners are some of the events on this day. This destination can be covered by solo travellers as well. All this makes Holi extra fun! Please see: That this event hasn’t been held since 2012 due to pressure from animal rights groups. So, if you do not get this you can try Holi of Pushkar and Udaipur it has its own unique charm and playful atmosphere with loads of sweets to relish.

  1. Punjab

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Punjab in India is a traditional and rich state with a variant of festivals and customs. One such is Holi too! The celebrations of Holi in Punjab are by the Sikhs which differ from the entire country in many ways. The locals shout-out their hearts following their tradition. Besides, they display their martial arts on this day and have fun with colours in the evening. Delicious halwa, puris, gujias, and malpuas are eaten and served to others.

  1. Hampi

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It is sporadic to find celebrations of Holi in South India. But, it is true Hampi is one of the known destinations for Holi, people from all over the world come here to celebrate Holi. And this is because of the presence of a large number of western tourists in Hampi and this is because it is a world heritage site and quite popular among foreigners. In addition to the use of coloured powder & liquid colours, the celebrations of Holi in Hampi also include a loud riot of music and dance.

 

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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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ShiviDecember 11, 20189min1280

International Mountain Day – 11th December 

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Who doesn’t love mountains – we all do, isn’t it – and if you don’t, I’m sure the moment you get a chance to visit them, travel through them, hike them – you would fall for them forever.

 

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This international mountain day – here’s my view and some options or thoughts which I would like to share as a solo traveller.

Mountains are early gauges of climate change and as we witness a global climate change that continues to get warm, the mountain people and some of the world’s hungriest and poorest they face even more struggles to survive. The rising temperatures, of course, mean that mountain glaciers are melting at unmatched rates, heartrending freshwater supplies which are downstream for millions of people who live in mountains and otherwise.

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Do you know that almost one billion people live in mountain areas, and over half the human population is dependent on mountains for food, water, and clean energy? Yet we humans are playing around them and our mountains are under threat from land degradation, climate change, natural disasters, and overexploitation, in fact, there some far-reaching and devastating consequences. On the other hand, the Mountain communities have an affluence of knowledge and approaches that are accumulated over generations, on how to acclimatise to this climate variability – yet the life is now tough. 

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Not going on the deeper threatening mode I would like to highlight India’s oldest and the youngest mountains.

To your surprise, India is the country who has the oldest and the youngest mountains in the entire world. Woah! On this international mountain day – have a look at some of the facts about the Himalayas…. 

The Himalayas is still growing at a speed of 20 millimetres per year. Due to which landslides and tremors are frequent in the region.

The Aravalli Ranges in India is considered to be the oldest in the old step category on mountains. These types of mountains are formed from continuous and longing natural erosion of steep mountains. Earlier the height of Aravalli was at par with the Himalayas.

The Aravalli ranges are the oldest mining fields as well in the world and the archaeologists have actually found traces of copper mining dating back to the 5th century BC.

The Himalayan mountain range has nine highest peaks in the world and the highest being is Mount Everest – 8848 meters.

The highest peak of Aravalli is Guru Shikhar which is 5650 feet at Mount Abu in Rajasthan. The peak is named after Lord Dattatreya, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

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If you go north India – beyond this there lays the most hostile natural environment on earth – that is the Siberian winds. In fact, it is only because of the Himalayan range that the country does not face severe cold breeze and windy air from the north.

You should know that Himalayan mountains are the ones who are responsible to create one of the hardest deserts on earth to its north – that is Taklamakan Desert –  China also called as Sea of Death.

The Himalayan holds the third largest ice mass in the world after the artic and Antarctica. The range of the Himalayan Mountains consists of over 15000 glaciers that store almost 12000 cubic kilometres of fresh water.

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These are the facts about the Himalayas which show how rich they are and what all India is known for in the entire world. Other than this the exotic wildlife, flora and fauna are unbeatable. But all these are in danger too, thus, maybe we travellers can take a pledge to keep our Himalayas clean, safe and preserved by doing our bit in our own way so that our generations can witness the grandness of the Himalayas and our mountains.  

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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.

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

Milkyway Sight in Spiti Valley
Milkyway Sight in Spiti Valley

 

Milkyway Sight in Spiti Valley
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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ShiviApril 1, 20188min2592

It is rightly called as Dalia Lama’s abode – McLeod Ganj and when I gave a thought to travel solo to this wonderful place I never realised that by the end of my travel journey I will be in love with this place evermore.

When travellers talk of heading up to Dharamsala, what they really think to visit or experience – to see the Dalai Lama, to visit the best treks with valleys, to trip high on the hippie hills – reason can be many for different kind of travellers, so as mine as a solo traveller.

Dalai Lama Temple Mcleodganj

Here’s why and how I loved McLeod Ganj why I love to travel solo to this place.

Starting with the residence of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, which is 3 kilometres north of Dharamsala town (or 10km via the looping bus route. This small place is the home to a huge Tibetan population, that includes the monks and the nuns and other locals.

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So, the Tibetan government-in-exile is based out here just at the downhill of Gangchen Kyishong. When I visited McLeod I was amazed to witness this huge part of Tibetan population that is peacefully yet unofficially residing here. This is one of the main reason why this destination attracts thousands of international visitors each year to volunteer this Tibetan community. One thing which holds my attention is the courses which you can take on Buddhism, meditation or yoga, and then of course trek in the Dhauladhar mountains, Parvati Valley and many other players lying deep on the foothills of Dharamkot and McLeod. You can shop at the Tibetan crafts, or just hang out with the firangis all around who come here and stay for long to witness this remarkable blend of culture and heritage of North India.

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Travelling solo makes you close to your soul, and helps to challenge yourself in any situation. One cool thing that I learned on my visit to Mcleod Ganj is that it is the suburb of Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh, which is popularly known as “Little Lhasa” or “Dhasa” as it has a huge population of Tibetans. Moreover, the Tibetan government-in-exile is headquartered in McLeod Ganj.

You get good homestays to stay that is cheap and comfortable all through your journey. Being a solo traveller or a “woman solo traveller” (yeah, had to quote it this way as it is India and there are some parts of India that are not easy for woman solo travellers) I was a bit sceptical on how and where to stay. But McLeod Ganj offered me the best and the safest stay during my entire vacation. The streets are colorful and perky filled with local cafe’s and shops that offer local jewellery  Apart from other stuff one thing which caught my attention is a handful of shops that offer musical instruments.

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There are some of the unbeaten places to visit in McLeod that will leave you speechless with its natural surroundings and snow-cladded mountains.  Hike to the mighty Triund Trek, it is 9 km away from Mcleod Ganj, beautiful peak and an ideal place for a solo traveller to relax and rejuvenate amidst the mesmerising meadows.

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Bhagsu Falls and Bhagsunath temple lies 3 km from the McLeod city. A beautiful walk, great surroundings, stunning pools and lush green vicinity makes it a perfect place to visit. This place has its own historical importance that dates back to Lord Shiva, Nag Devta and the King Bhagsu. Due to this reason, this place is worshipped by both Hindus and the Gorkha community.

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Other than this, I took a road to explore Namgyal Monastery, took a trail till Naddi, Tsuglagkhang (Dalai Lama’s residence), a non-gothic architecture – the church of Saint Johns in the wilderness and the list can be countless. McLeodganj has everything to offer to a tourist. For me, it is like a second home, where every time I go, I feel new and explore new things.

Best Time to Visit – September to June

How to Reach – Passengers buses are available till Mcleodganj bus stand. Then hire a taxi to reach further in the town. One can also walk the lanes. Pathankot is the nearest Railway Station.

Come to McLoed… and breathe free 🙂

 


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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 



ShiviMarch 13, 201611min1132

Few destinations are so iconic that they shall not be missed and everyone dreams to visit them once in lifetime. Again and again, every time we plan, we read books; we refer guidebooks just to make ascertain that which the destination next to move this summer is.

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Read this blog ahead to know the most alluring destinations for traveling this summer. For those who love to travel and fill their wanderlust, these 7 destinations will blow your mind. Me as a blogger, personally understand that every individual has their own cliché to go on a vacation. Hmmm… well so how do you start planning? Not much effort is needed to plan your dream destination.

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I have narrowed down few fantastic destinations for you from my analysis and readers choice. These places are the best to visit to chuck off the heat this summer. All these destinations have one thing in common that is they offer the traveler the best of panoramic views, boast array of one-of-a-kind magnetism, iconic sights and distinct cuisines.

Puerto Rico

The iconic place to see is El Morro. A viable tip to save some money is if you book your travel wheel in advance – say three months, you may get a scoop of affordable rates and stunning escape to the island.

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Puerto Rico is the magnificent Caribbean island which offers something or the other to all sorts of travelers. Not a single traveler return with blank dairy. From historical sites like El Morro and chocolate box beaches to the underground caverns, everything is perfect. STOP.. do not miss the only tropical forest in the U.S. National Forest System.

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Main attraction is La Quinta Avenida. Budgeted tip is to stay away from timeshare salespeople just to save some pennies.

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The prime reason that wanderers flock to Playa del Carmen is THE BEACH. Popped on the eastern side of the Yucatan Peninsula, the beautiful shorelines and town summon to European and American beach bums with its semi sheltered position and chic resorts.

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If you get tired of sprawling on the sand, take a leisurely walk along La Quinta Avenida, the town’s main street corresponding to the seashore that offer you fashionable restaurants and a perky nightlife scene.

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Crete, Greece

Must to visit is the Vai Beach. The money saving tip is that the toiletry staples like toothpaste and shampoo are pricey in Crete, thus, be sure that that you carry your own stuff beforehand.

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The island of Crete is gorgeous and can offer multiple vacation spot for travelers. Travelers can unwind on the sandy beaches and enjoy the mouth watering seaside tavernas. Other who love adrenalin rush can opt adventurous types like hiking through the soaring mountains or camp site in the forest areas. This is not the end for the history buffs too there are ancient ruins and sites that even urbanites will fall in love.

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Vacationers can admire the Modern Greek life in the city. One is thing is sure that you will be overwhelmed with the warm hospitality here.

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Budapest, Hungary

Do not miss the Thermal baths. Money-saving tip: For about $30 USD, you can buy a two-day Budapest Card for unlimited public transportation and deals around the city.

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This Hungarian city is a favorite for those traveling to Eastern Europe. It’s full of history and Renaissance architecture in the Castle Hill neighborhood, and a diverse dining scene fit for wine lovers. But the calling card for a quintessential Budapest experience is a dip in one of the thermal baths, which are heated by natural springs.

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U.S. Virgin Islands

Not to miss is the Trunk Bay and the money- saving tip is that you shall book the hotels in advance for your travel – i.e in April or May, when the quotes are low.

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The U.S. Virgin Islands offer magnificent views and hopping at its finest for every wanderer. Travelers adore majorly the three main islands — St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix. No matter which you visit first, you will sure to get pristine white sand beaches, and parks like Virgin Islands and National Park Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge.

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Bahamas

Not to miss is the Junkanoo and my money saving tip is that – chuck off the sumptuous and chic resorts for food and choose to go for local eateries for an appealing authentic and cheaper experience.

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For me if it is a beach on the itinerary then it has to be the Bahamas. The best part of this island is that you can spend the whole vacation by just being on the divine beach. Another attraction is the Duty-free shopping at the places like Port Lucaya, and if you plan to visit over the New Year’s then you ill be blessed to experience the gorgeous Junkanoo parades.

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Barcelona

Please do not miss the Güell Park. The money saving tip from me is on the lodging and food, try to skip the hotel and get a stay in an apartment on rent.

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People who have lust for art and antique stuff will be glad to see what all Barcelona will offer. Gaudi’s renowned architecture places like Güell Park offer the city a beautiful feeling of castle in the sky while lively areas like Las Ramblas gratify visitors towards a dose of local culture. Do not miss the tinge of local flavor at the Boqueria market.

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ShiviFebruary 17, 20161min904

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ShiviFebruary 12, 20168min1490
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Annapurna Ranges

 

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Well, it is always stunning to travel and be at peace with you! My recent visit to Nepal in Jan 2016 felt solace with my soul….

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Annapurna Ranges – Himalayan Ranges from a charter view

 

It was a chilly season full of unexpected weather, snow, rains and of course smokes. No to miss is the wondrous Himalayas and gigantic Annapurna ranges.I would love to relish more on food today! Nepal is rich in food and variants of ingredients used to cook such mouth watering dishes. The food in Nepal is scrumptious. From my first meal, that is – breakfast I was cheery. As belonging to a country where there is are a bountiful diversity of food, here I got different taste and culture.

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Nepal offers you food that has huge influences of Thai, Indian, Tibetan and Korean and European cuisines.To try the dishes are – Traditional Thali, Nepali Dal Bhaat, Tarkari Bhaji and of course, the momos.

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Come have a look with me the array of cuisines, we ate in Nepal. The long walk on the streets on Kathmandu, exploring Thambel where we stayed in a beautiful Hotel – Hotel Vaishali, came across quite a good cafeteria and restaurants. I enjoyed an assortment of food that in indulged in the aura of Western meals.

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Soothing Aura of the Restaurants

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I personally loved the fresh cold potato and sauté tomato served with breakfast, which is startling. Moreover, I was a fan of the spiced chutney served with quite a number of dishes. It has a tangy, yet sour, yet spicy taste. An Icing on the cake are the omelets, they were the winner all the time. Especially the cheese soaked to the skin often served with the crispy roll.

Momos are not traditionally Nepalese food, but you will be amazed to see momos of different flavor here. They were available from the high-end cafes to the local market. Veg and Non-veg both.

 

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Haaa. I with my kiddo went momo mad. Again the added up flavor was the chutney and the sauce, Oh my-my.

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Coming to Dinner. Dal Bhaat, tarkari, vegetable fried rice were common. A proper Newari dish. I relished it at Gorkhana House Kathmandu

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Gorkhana House – Traditional Dish

I went mad to try out all kind of dishes, then finally tried pork, beef, various meat dishes, baked veggies, and not to miss are the burgers…Nepal has a very different savor of bakery items, the huge veg burger made my stomach full for almost the entire day. I had it in Pokhara..OMG

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I tried eating at almost every café, and then in Pokhara it started raining while walking on the streets full of colors, to hide ourselves from chilly weather, entered a European style cum latin architecture café –Lake side Pokhara, where we had hummus with Nan. Ahah, for a coffee buff like me.I happen to have my cuppa of coffee in Pokhara. The instant and the espresso were appealingly nice. In Pokhara I saw Himalayan Arabica beans, went over-excited to have it, trust me guys, it was a blessed day! Then I tried caramel coffee the – Illy Coffee, went gaga over it again …

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For the rest of my stay in Nepal, I choose caramel coffee over anything. Relishing it on the lake side cafes and shacks on the banks of dazzling Phewa lake in Pokhara.  The view was gorgeous.

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Last but not the least, there were banana pancakes and cakes in Pokhara. Now as I’m gaining some pounds, I tried to resist but no use, raging sweet-tooth and die-hard cake aficionado, the view made me greedy.

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Banana Pan Cake

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Out-of-the-way are the rooftop with twinkling pixie lights speckled all over the cafes and restaurants. Apart from food Nepal is all about a pretty, petite and cute cafe with marvelous views, eye-catching interiors and the bustling lake scene. Nepal is a great place to linger over your food.
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Do pay a visit to magnificent Nepal!

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ShiviJanuary 12, 20163min1092

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Never been to height! Scared? Don’t Be! Join Hands with me and explore one destination for now!

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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Blessed Travelling!



ShiviOctober 16, 201510min890

Treehouses are the ground level houses that are sexily build to appeal the travelers round the globe. At present the construction of the current tree houses as a rule begins with the formation of an inflexible stage on which the house will be set; later this stage can be inclined and potentially come up with new era formats too, maybe on a trunk or branches.

These beautiful craft works are prominent possibility for building eco-accommodating houses in remote woods ranges, on the grounds on on the trees which ideally don’t require a clearing of a sure region of woodland. The natural life, atmosphere and brightening on ground level in ranges of thick close-shade woodland is also alluring. 

A Treehouse Costing Just $4,000

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Dave Herrle’s cute Treehouse

The first in the bucket list is Dave Herrle’s cute Treehouse . He is a woodworker who guaranteed his wife one inebriated New Year’s Eve that he would manufacture her tree house. So he did and it turned into their second home. The undertaking expense $4,000 and took six short weeks to develop. Herrle says, “It is a definitive getaway that fills our imagination.”

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The Minutest One With Less Than a Cost of $12,000

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Minutest One With Less Than a Cost of $12,000

The small house development is about all scaling back your way of life so that we can carry on with an all the more satisfying existence without a great deal of obligation hanging over your head. This tiny house will make you feel unruffled away from hussle – bussle.

A Dome-Shaped Concrete Homes Costs $3,500

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Dome-Shaped Concrete Homes

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These vault formed small homes are called Binishells. They are built utilizing a procedure that is like making a paper mache inflatable. For this situation, cement is poured over an overwhelming obligation pneumatic machine bladder and steel rebar. When the solid is set up, the bladder is flattened. The last result is a modest, versatile home that can face compelling conditions like quakes or magma.

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A Little One Again is Approximately Begins With $3,500

Joshua Woodsman pin house

In case you’re an urban tenant, who fantasizes about building your own modest summer home, then listen up. Joshua Woodsman is a modeler who needs to make your fantasy turn into a reality. He’s the author of Pin Up Houses, an organization that makes simple to-manufacture house arranges. The Cheryl Cabin appeared above is a 107-square foot summer home with a 47-square foot yard. The evaluated development costs for this magnificence is $2,900.

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The Transforming Tiny Home Costs a Person $500 to Assemble

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The Transforming Tiny Home is an 83-square foot staying fabricated by Scott Brooks for a negligible $500. To slice building expenses, he built the comfortable Pacific Northwest house of rescued materials.

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An Isolates Treehouse in Atlanta, Georgia Take a Toll of $350 Every Night

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This Treehouse is comprised of three obsolescent filled rooms joined by rope spans and it’s (shockingly) situated inside the city’s furthest reaches of Atlanta. Wake up to the sound of twittering feathered creatures and afterward take off for a day in the city.

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A Geodesic Arch Lodge in Aptos, California Costs $110 Per Night

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This peculiar lodge sits on 10 sections of land of area for you to probe with your canine — pets are permitted! Make certain to look at the “Hummingbird Airport” on the property, where you’ll see armadas of Anna and Rufus hummingbirds snatching a nibble.

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A Storehouse Studio in Tyringham, Massachusetts is Offered at a Cost of $225 Every Night

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You’ll feel like you’re breathing in a dream story ensuing to registering with this gorgeous chiseling studio situated on the Santarella Estate in Massachusetts.

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An Exceptional Cob Cottage on Mayne Island, British Columbia (Canada) Costs $115 Per Night

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Cab Cottage Canada

Do you like the earth? Do you like adorable creatures? If yes, then this cutest of all homes will make you feel the warmth of Mother Earth. This small house is constructed with distinctive attributes and economical materials. Sheep live is the remarkable thing on the property!

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ShiviOctober 13, 201511min775

Pic 1 Indrahaar Pass Trek

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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