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ShiviMarch 12, 20197min1524

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, 20189min1400

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, 201814min1424

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

 

Chandratal lake - The moon lake - Spiti Valley
Chandratal lake – The moon lake – Spiti Valley

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

 

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ShiviApril 1, 20163min940

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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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ShiviMarch 13, 201611min1192

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 15, 20161min1140

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