Saturday, 30 August 2014

Nathula Pass..

Nathula Pass was a major corridor of passage between India and Tibet before it was closed in 1962. Located around 56 kms from Gangtok at an altitude of 14450 ft, the road to Nathula passes through the Tsomgo lake. It is one of the highest motorable roads in the world and is richly surrounded by alpine flora. On a clear day you can even see the road winding down the Chumbi valley. Tourists are allowed to go close to the international border from where you can see Chinese soldiers on the other side of the barbed wire.

  Nathula is open for Indian nationals on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays. The visitors have to get the permit to visit the place by applying to the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department through a registered and recognised Travel Agency. Foreign nationals are not allowed to visit Nathula. Photography is strictly prohibited. One can find ATM facility here which is the worlds highest Automated Teller Machine (ATM).

Nathu La Border

The Nathula Pass is marked by Entrance gates of both countries (India and China) and military bunkers on both sides of the gates. On the Indian side, you would find some fortified military bunkers, a war memorial, an army exhibition centre, a military canteen serving hot tea and fresh snacks to tourists.

What to see in Nathula Pass:

The winding Gangtok – Nathula Highway is one of the most beautiful mountain roads of the world. Nearly, 70 kms from Gangtok, crossing the azure blue Tsomgo Lake (also known as Changu Lake) and the new Baba Harbhajan Mandir, the road is an adventure itself. The border checkpost at Nathula Pass is marked by the Border Gates of India and China, a war memorial and an Exhibition Centre of India Army. On a clear day, you can also enjoy great views of Mt. Chomolhari from Nathula Pass. Even though Nathula Pass is a border checkpost, there is no “No Mans Land”. In Nathula Pass the border consists of a barbed wire where armies of both India and China, guard their side of land. Tourists need to abandon their vehicles, few paces away from the Nathula Pass to reach the actual border. Due to the Indo China War, this legendary trade route was closed down in 1961. Recently, after a negotiation between the two countries, trading on some commodities has been resumed recently.
You have to climb around 90 steps to reach the border gates and memorial. Climbing this high altitude pass is quite tiresome. So, it is advised not to rush up the stairs, as you may go out of breath after sometime.  As you get close to the border, you can see Chinese armed forces shielding their side of the border. You can sometimes shake hands with the Chinese soldiers across the border. Contrary to popular belief, tourists are allowed to take photographs in and around this high altitude pass. Soldiers from both sides pose with the tourists. The Nathula Pass stays fully closed for tourists usually on Mondays and Tuesdays. However, on other days of the week, it closes by 1:30 pm.

Best time to visit Nathula Pass:

Nathula Pass experiences heavy snowfall during winter. The temperature of the region may drop down to a sheer -25 degree C. However, if you are fond of snow, you can visit Nathula Pass in winter with proper garments. The sight of the snow capped mountains and snow covered valleys on all sides will make you feel out of the world. May to mid November is the summer time in Nathula, when the temperature ranges around 10 degree C.

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Friday, 29 August 2014

Local beverages of India Drinks that will quench your journey

Indian beverages have so much to offer to a thirsty soul! I do not want to blabber much, but hey! The truth can never be ignored. The aromatic drinks with the tongue slurping flavour and the authentic Indian touch to it works out magic; especially in the times of summers in India.

These local beverages are the main part of the Indian food, which is renowned across the globe for the inclusion of copious amount of spices and herbs; offering a zesty flavor unlike anywhere. What more would you like to pair your superb spiced Indian cuisine with? Well, it definitely has to be one of these refreshing and luscious drinks of India! In order to get the real taste of India, drive to highway dhabas in Indialate night of course and you might quench your thirst with some local liquors.


Each state of India has its own famous drinks which are not only good in taste but healthy. There is a drink for every season, be it summer, winter, monsoon or spring. Here is a list of the top local beverages across India.

Fenny, Goa


A favorite local drink in Goa, Fenny is available in two flavors- “Coconut Fenny” and “Cashew Fenny”. It is an exhilarating drink made from either juice of cashew fruit or coconut. It is famous all across the globe for its refreshing taste and distinct smell. It can be relished neat or you can mix it with lemon juice or cola.

Kyat, Meghalaya

Rendering verve to any celebration, Kyat is one such drink of Meghalaya without which no occasion is complete. Every bar of this place serves this refreshing and tasty drink which is made from fermented rice. Tourists flocking to this place also like to taste this drink called “Kyat”.

Chaang, Sikkim

To really enjoy some true sikkimise beverage, go for Chhang which is served in wooden mugs during the winter time. It is a truly outstanding beer, made to complement the food, tradition and heritage of Sikkim.

Thaara, Harayana

It is a brewed alcoholic drink made from sugarcane and is often consumed by poor people in many parts of India like Kanpur, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Nasik.

Mahua, Chattisgarh


A beautiful flower used in making distilled liquors, Mahua is the main drink of the people of Madhya Pradesh. The flower has a unique smell and renders livelihood to hundreds of thousands of people. One must not miss out on this tasty drink while holidaying in the charming state of Madhya Pradesh.

Lassi, Punjab


A famous, healthy and luscious drink of Punjab, Lassi comes in several varieties like mango lassi, chocolate lassi, salted lassi, sweet lassi etc. It is a delight to the taste buds and one must give it a shot when in any city of Punjab. It is generally served with Chole Batura and parathas, two most delicious Indian Brunches that you will often come across whenever you stop by any Punjabi dhaba.

Chaach, Rajasthan


One of the smoothest, yummiest and best drinks to relish, Chaach is an astounding natural thirst satisfying drink. It is made from curd and is good for a healthy digestive system. It is a Rajasthani drink and is usually taken during summers.

Thandai, Rajasthan


A renowned Rajasthani chilled beverage served during the summers to beat the scorching heat, Thandai is a creamy mixture of milk, dry fruits, spices and rose petals. One must relish this refreshing drink during the festival of Holi and Shivratri.

Gulab Sarbat, Rajasthan


A superb concoction of lemon juice, cardamom seeds, rose petals and sugar, Gulab sarbat is a traditional beverage of Rajasthan and is relished in the summer season, especially when  the temperature level soars. It helps cool your mind and body.

Toddy, Madhya Pradesh


One drink that one must try when in Madhya Pradesh is Toddy. It is an alcoholic drink made from various palm plants. It is white colored beverage with a unique taste and contains around 5 % alcohol. Fresh coconut toddy has medicinal properties which is good for health.

Kokum Sarbet, Maharashtra

A summer coolant, Kokum Sarbet is a very famous drink in Maharashtra. It is also known as garcinia indica and helps improve the digestive system. It is used in many dishes to add sour flavor.

Sol Kad, Goa


Made with coconut milk and served as an appetizer, Sol Kad is a pink colored drink offering cooling effect after a tiring day. It has a different taste and one should try this drink in Konkan region of Goa.

Handia, West Bengal

Native to West Bengal, Handia is a famous drink amongst the tribals of this state. It is prepared by fragmenting rice with a mixture of around 25 herbs. This drink has also become a source of income for jobless folks of the region. Give it a shot to beat the heat!!

Chauk, Tripura

Consumed on main events of any Tripura rite as a ritual, Chauk is a beer made from rice and relished by both the locals and the tourists who throng the state from all over the world. You can relish it the same way you relish traditional Indian liquors.

Bejois, Kerala


The best selling drink of Kerala, Bejois is a celebrated brand owned by Jagdale industries. The industry is planning to add many other flavors like apple, orange and pineapple beverages to its existing array of grape, mango and guava drinks. Having it would be the best experience of lifetime.

Sonti, Jharkhand

An alcoholic drink, made from rice, Sonti is called Nihonshu in Japanese and rice wine in English. It is a great drink that can act as a counter against thirst and high temperature. It is found in many parts of Orissa and Karnataka.

Falooda, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab


A sweet beverage made by adding many ingredients like milk, rose syrup,jelly pieces, ice cream and vermicelli, Falooda is a great drink considering the many health benefits it brings to the table . Besides this, the basil seeds added in it acts as a source of nutrition. So relish this drink after having some spicy food!!



Tendering energy and easy to digest, Sattu is famous in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. It refreshes one’s mind and body. Sattu is a yummy beverage which is best to consume in the scorching summer days.

Mandia Pej, Odisha

Keep your body cool with a refreshing drink called Mandia Pej which is a popular tribal drink of Odisha. It is made at homes and can be consumed by people of all ages.

Angoori, Himachal Pradesh

Also known as Kinnauri in Kinnaur district, Angoori is one of the famous beverages consumed during fairs and other events held by the people of this region. In the making of angoori, green and red grapes are used.

Kahwa, Kashmir


Mouthwatering yet different, Kahwa is a traditional chai consumed in Kashmir valley. It renders relief from headache and is taken mostly when the weather is cold.  Regular kahwa is generally light brown in color, so try adjusting the ingredients in the correct way. If the color of the kahwa is dark, try squeezing a lemon in it.

Nun Chai, Kashmir


Nun Chai, a salty chai of Kashmir, is very tasty and pink in color. It is consumed a lot by the people of Kashmir. It is a green tea which is boiled for some time and then a cup of milk and pinch of salt is added to it.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Popular Mountain Passes in the Indian Himalayan Region

The great Indian Himalayan range which dominates the skyline is a marvel of human civilization and a treat to anyone’s eyes. Often many people driven by the desire to conquer the lofty heights of the Himalayan range embark on a trekking tour to the Himalayan ranges, but for lack of proper information regarding the task… only a few among them can achieve. 

It is obvious that trekking in the Indian Himalayan region often enlightens us and fills us with with vigour and zeal but still for some it remains unattainable pipe dream. But the excitement often pulls them to trace the trailing tracks to some easy treks during the peak season.

A perfect trekking expedition in the Indian Himalayan region can be successful only if the route is hurdle free. Well… don’t always expect it to be hurdle free as after reaching a certain altitude you will have to encounter boulder ridden tracks, narrow ridges, moraines and sometimes blizzards. That turns more adventurous. To snake through a mountain we often choose the shortest route to pass and hence it is called a mountain pass. These mountain passes make way through the mountain gap, saddle or col. The passes always offer a rough track making the journey strenuous and dangerous. So… here we come across a list of some of the explored and least explored Indian mountain passes… and I’m talking about those 5thousanders that often attract explorers from all over the world.

The Borasu pass


Uttarakhand has always remained the heart of adventure activities in India. This state holds the Borasu pass, which is considered one of the most popular and best trekking mountain passes in India, at an altitude of 5,450 meters above sea level in the Garhwal vista. Basically it consist of two routes one from Osla via Manandi tal and second one from Sankri covering Seema , Har-ki-Dun valley. It consumes around 7 to 14 days to final destination that ends at Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh.

Dhamdhar kandi pass

If Borasu pass of Gharwal region of Uttarakhand is the best mountain pass for trekking, then the majestic Dhumdhar Kandi pass is considered as one of the challenging treks in the Garhwal region. This pass consists of many topography disorders. This trek starts from Jhala and then following a steep section which runs along the Sian Gaad River to Durai Gaad. This pass is located at 5,300 meters above sea level. The highest point of the pass offers us the panoramic view of the Gangotri mountain ranges and Banderpoonch glacier.

Parang La


At an altitude of 5,500 meters, Parang La, best known for connecting Himachal Pradesh with Leh Ladakh, offers a thrilling trek during the peak summer days in India. It consumes around 10-12 days to complete the trail, which leads off at Karzok via Tso Moriri. Atop the pass one can capture the view of Changthang valley and glimpse of Spiti valley.

Karakoram pass


The silk route of India famous worldwide is located at an elevation of 5,540 meters. This pass has been always remarked as one of the most difficult mountain pass of India. One can find the truth behind its trekking difficulty through the view of scattered skeletons and skulls all over. Apart from the negative aspect, one of the most significant parts of this pass is the prominent trade facility offered to the traders of India and the neighboring country, China. The trekking trails from Sasoma then leads to Tulumputi La and Jhingmoche after the hard rough climb.

Saser La


When India has got silk routes it has got pass of Golden sands as well. Set at an elevation of 5,540 meters Saser La is an ancient summer caravan route from Leh in Ladakh to Yarkand in the Tarim Basin. The trek begins from Nubra valley in Ladakh via Sasoma and stretches for approximately 14 – 15 days. The trekking route is same as of the Karakoram pass.

Phirtse La


Ladakh… as we all know that it is an abode of high mountain passes and with another pass called the Phirtse La, at an altitude of 5,450 meters, the region boost the mind of adventurers from all over the world. The actual trek begins from Darcha village, which is an ideal place for camping and then continues the expedition through Baralacha La, Phirtse La and Padum valley…..gosh the passes gives me a feel of Chinese accent.

Kalindikhal Pass


At an elevation of 5,947 meters, Kalindikhal Pass is the highest trekkable mountain passes in India and the trek commences from Gangotri – Chirbasa – Bhojwassa and moves through the meadows of Tapovan and Nandanvan followed by Khara Pathar, Sweta Glacier and Kalindi Bhamak. The Kalindikhal Pass Trek is one of the difficult treks in the Garhwal region… not because of the altitude but for the fatal risk covering throughout the trek. The journey, after crossing Nandanvan becomes strenuous as it turns and climbs up to the deadly glaciated tracks.

Top 12 Adventurous Activities to Relish | Holidays in Rishikesh

 Have a glance below at some of the adventurous activities that one must not give a miss during Rishikesh Tour:

River Rafting


One of the famous adventure sports, River Rafting draws thousands of travelers every year from different parts of the globe and renders them with a fantastic opportunity to raft down the River Ganga. It is a distinctive and thrilling experience all in all- rafting amid the Rocky Mountains, savoring the gentle touch of shining blue water, feeling of enjoyment and freshness in the surroundings of natural woods, moving across the unstable rapids will get your adrenalin pumping and will undoubtedly make your rafting experience a memorable one.

Cliff Jumping


Another fantastic adventure is Cliff Jumping. One has to be physically strong to embark on this thrill as it involves diving from a height of 35 ft. The adventure lovers can increase the altitude according to their fortitude and endurance. The experience of diving in the salubrious climate from maximum altitude will give you spine-chilling goose bumps. So brace yourself for the experience that you will remember for many, many years to come!



As you arrive in Rishikesh for rafting experience, don’t forget to plunge in very adventurous and stirring sport called Rappelling. Under the guidance of experts, you can be certain of secure and exciting experience of Rapelling. Equipments that will be provided to the climbers are gloves, harness, slings, ropes and helmet. It can be relished by all those who have the strength to dare the cliffs.



It can also become a part of your adventure as you relish the adventurous sports in Rishikesh. Camping brings the opportunity of staying amid the emerald beauty and tranquility of nature. Moreover, the visitors can relish impeccable service and lots of fun-filled activities along the side of sparkling blue water.


A very adventurous activity of Rishikesh, Kayaking has attained much admiration among the adventure freaks from all over the globe. The River Ganges tenders a number of superb rapids to commence on a Kayaking expedition. One can select a rapid according to his/her strength and physical stamina. The essential apparatus you will require include life jacket, kayak boat, helmet and a paddle.

Bungee Jumping


It is the most challenging activity for all those who live life without fear. One has to dive from an altitude of about 120 to 160ft. After the jump, one can relish capturing pictures of beautiful surroundings on the camera. The jumpers also get dare to jump certificates which one must not forget to collect before leaving.



Experience another very famous activity known as Swing. It is carried out from bungee site from a height of 83 meters. One needs great strength to do it, but the experience is thrilling and elating. Travelers can also purchase the t-shirt printed with pictures of the giant Swing.

Flying Fox


Do you wish to fly high in the sky? If yes, then try one of the most exciting activities- “Flying Fox”, which is carried out by three people at one time. One can also do it alone by paying extra. It is indeed a blend of adventure and excitement that travelers must attempt on their Rishikesh Tour.

Mountain Biking

About 8 miles from the beautiful city of Rishikesh lies Mohan chatty where you can savor the experience of Mountain Biking. You can go pedaling through the scenic and charming scenery that will certainly take your breath away and provide you with wholesome experience to treasure for lifelong.

Waterfall Trekking


If you desire to spend some spend time with your dear ones among nature-rich surroundings, then get ready to enjoy the thrill of Waterfall Trekking in Rishikesh. It offers you an opportunity of coming closer to nature miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life. This activity can be relished by people of all age groups. This will add spice to your adventurous trekking experience.



Rishikesh is the perfect destination to a soul soothing Yoga amidst the magnificent environs. With many yoga centers and ashrams to choose from, Rishikesh is considered as one of the most famous places for yoga and meditation in India. The yoga sessions can help with many things like motivation, stress and health problems. Among the popular yoga places are Parmarth Niketan, Omkarananda Ganga Sadan, Swamidayananda ashram and Anand Prakash Ashram.

Beach Volleyball


To spend your pleasure time with friends or families, Beach Volleyball is the idyllic option in Rishikesh. It brings back the reminiscences of school and college days. Moreover, it boosts your energy level and renders you an opportunity to get to know people. All those who have a wish to play it amidst the peaceful surroundings, plan a trip to Rishikesh and one will definitely find it gratifying and exciting.

A few adventure travel tips:
  • Before leaving for the desired destination, make sure you inform the closest ones.
  • Don’t be enticed to anything on the trip and try to stay within reach of the people who have come along with you on the trip.
  • Take along all the important things you require such as medication, extra clothes, sleeping mats, insect repellants and torch lights.
  • You must follow each and every instruction given by the instructors before setting off for any adventure activity.
  • If you are thinking to book the trip through a travel specialist ensure that they render you with the top and most beneficial deals.

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Where to Go for Trekking in Sikkim Himalaya..?

Evidently, trekking and hiking is the best way to see the real Sikkim. The tricky topography and the splendid landscape with green rolling hills that kiss the azure sky, the sprawling forests that often pave way to gorgeous waterfalls and sparkling lakes makes trekking all the more exciting and challenging in the Sikkim Himalaya. A popular Indian Himalaya destination, Sikkim beguile adventure enthusiasts to have unparalleled experience. Assuring some of the finest treks in India, Sikkim offers the authentic flavour of thrill to adventure seekers and bestows on them manifold options that ranges from easy hikes to difficult treks.  What we have here is a list of some enthralling treks in Sikkim that promise sheer fun and adventure:

Green Lake Trek:


Unveiling the first trek from Sikkim travel guide is Green Lake Trek. Undoubtedly one of the best treks in Sikkim, it offers imposing views of lofty peaks. Also, the blushing red rhododendrons, blue poppies and multi-hued primulas and the chance to spot different species of birds makes trekking eventful here. The trek flags off from Lachen, which is about 106kms away from Gangtok and via Talem, Jakthang and Yabuk, one finally reaches Green Lake base camp, which is situated 5050m above sea level. The best time to go on Green Lake trek is between April and May and again between October and November. On an average it takes about 11 to 12 days to complete this trek.

Singalila Trek:


Singalila Trek is a popular trek in Sikkim as it offers great views of four majestic summits namely, Everest, Makalu, Kangchenjunga and Lhotse. Also known as the Uttarey Singalila trek, this trekking expedition also offers an opportunity to explore 5 to 7 high altitude lakes in Sikkim. Flagged off from Uttarey, which is situated at a distance of about 139kms from Gangtok, the trek covers places like Chewabhanjyang, Dhor, Parey Megu, Lam Pokhari, Gomathang, Pangding, Dzongri and Thangshing. An ideal trek for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts as it covers some part of the Singalila National Park. The best time for Singalila Trek is between March and June and between September and Mid October; it will take at least 14 days to be completed.
There is another trek that is known as Everest Singalila Trek that has its base in Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. The trek is popular as it offers the view of Kanchanjunga range and Mt. Everest. Starting from Bagdogra, the trail covers destination like Hee Bermiok to finally reach Barsey. It is a strenuous trek, but the effort is worth it especially considering that you get to enjoy the breathtaking views that the trail has to offer.

Kasturi Odar Trek:


Another adventurous trek in Sikkim is the Kasturi Odar Trek. Passing through Goecha La this trek is a demanding trek and needs at least 15 days time to complete. En route Gangtok, Yuksam, Tsokha, Dzongri, Thangsing, Lamuni, Goecha La and Chamerea, one can finally reach Kasturi Odar. The rhododendron forests, Mt. Kanchanjunga, the multi-coloured Prayer Flags and Talung Glacier are the highlights of this trek. The best time to go for Kasturi Odar Trek is between March and June and between September and November.

Dzongri Trek:


Offering the best view, Dzongri trek lets you explore an essential and scenic part of Sikkim. This easy trek begins from the mesmerizing Yuksam and covers destinations like Bakkhim and Phedang and runs through Oak forests that are mostly festooned with rhododendron, magnolia pine and maple. The trek is often tagged as the paradise for trekkers because of its impeccable beauty. The view of Mt. Pandim, Thangsing River and Mt. Kanchanjunga makes it one of the best trekking trails in Sikkim. The best time for trekking in Dzongri is between Mid March and May and from September to November. The trek takes around 7 to 8 days to complete.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek:


It is one of the most difficult treks in Sikkim but at the same the most fascinating one as well. Paying off well to the courage and zeal of the trekkers this trekking trail offers splendid views of Sikkim and Mt. Kanchenjunga. The trek is flagged off from Yuksom and the trail runs through Bakkhim, Dzongri, Bikhbari, Doodhpokhari, Chaurikhang and Rathong Glacier. Waterfalls, Rivers, Alpine Forests, Mountain Peaks, Viburnum Gardens, Laxmi Pokhari Lake and Wild Yaks are the highlights of this trek. The best time to go for Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is between March and May and from September to November. The trek takes approximately 8 days to be completed.

Kanchenjunga Trek:


One of the most popular treks in Sikkim, Kanchenjunga trek is a 15 to 25 days expedition (depending upon the number of destinations included). The trek is strenuous yet it offers unmatched view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, colourful floral showcase and opportunity to view different bird species. Flagged off from Yuksom, the trail traverses through Tshoka, Dzongri, Thangsing, Lamune, Samiti, Goecha La and Kokchurung. It also covers the Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve. The best time for Kanchenjunga trek is between March and May and again between September and November.

Goecha La Trek:


Reckoned to be one of the most romantic treks in India, Goecha La is an unforgettable trek for many trekkers. The walk through the Tshoka rhododendron forests along with the blue water of Samiti Lake and the sprawling meadows in Thangsing are the highlights of this trek. When you walk through the icy trail that finally leads to Goecha La, there is no better feeling than that! The trail covers destinations like Yuksom, Sachen, Tshoka, Phedang, Dzongri, Kokchurang, Thangsing and Lamune. It is a 9 days trek and the best time to go for it is the period from March – May and also from mid September – November.

Sandakphu Trek:


A short yet absolutely adventurous trek is Sandakphu Trek. Offering the vistas of spectacular natural beauty that Sikkim is blessed with, Sandakphu trek starts from Manebhanjan (Darjeeling). The awe-aspiring view of Kangchendzonga, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu along with the walk through the oak forests that is naturally decorated with varieties of rhododendron is the major attractions of this trek. Starting from Manebhanjan, the trekking route further follows Meghma, Tonglu, Tumling, Gairibas, Kala Pokhri, and Bekhey and finally leads to Sandakphu. This trek only takes 4 to 5 days to complete and the best time for it is between March and May and again between Mid September and November.

Sikkim Kanchenjunga Trek:


As an adventure buff, one keeps pushing his limits and for such adventure freaks Sikkim Kanchenjunga trek is appropriate. It is a tough trek but worthy of all the efforts with the breathtaking view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and the opportunity to traverse through some of the most beautiful destinations of Sikkim. The trek takes up 20 to 25 days to complete and begins at Yuksom. The trekking trail runs through Tshoka, Dzongri, Thangsing, Samiti Lake, Lam Pokhari, Kasturi La, Kasturi Odar, Labdang, Tashiding and Martam. Witness the majesty of several glaciers, appreciate the beauty of semi-tropical forests and marvel at the graceful Tibetan monasteries; Sikkim Kanchenjunga trek indeed promises a lifetime experience!

 Varsey Trek:

varsey trek

High altitude lakes, orchids and variety of birds, sprawling tea gardens along with splendid natural surroundings, Varsey trek offers the best trekking opportunity in Sikkim! It takes about 10 days to complete this trek that is full of adventure and sheer excitement. The trek begins from Rumtek and cuts and runs through Themi Tea Estate, Pemayangtse and Phur Cha Cho (Sulphur Water Spring).  The best time for Varsey Trek is anywhere between April and May.

Darjeeling to Kanchenjunga Trek:


Perfect for adventure enthusiasts who like high altitude treks, Darjeeling to Kanchenjunga trek is the stretched adventure holiday! Starting from the Manay Bhanjang (Darjeeling), the trek offers impeccable mountain sceneries, view of Kanchenjunga, Jannu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyo and a closer look at numerous traditional villages en route. This trek is a gateway for the detailed exploration of the surreal landscape and culture of Sikkim. The trail runs through Tonglu, Garibas, Phalut, Raman, Rimbik and then follows one of the most popular trekking routes in Sikkim that include destinations like Tshoka, Dzongri, Thangsing, Samiti Lake, Labdang, Tashiding and Martam. This trek will take at least 20 days to complete and the best time for this trek is between March and May and again between September and November.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

7 Destinations That You Must Visit Before Turning 30

ladies and gentlemen, before you turn 30, you have to take out time to explore some splendid destinations. I wrote ‘before 30’, because I believe that energy, zeal and time develop a serious disliking for you when you reach that age. This is the truth guys! Life hits us bad. Anyway, here are those destinations:

1 – Ladakh – A Picturesque Land Beyond Himalayas

What makes Ladakh a favored destination of young guns is the presence of trekking routes that guarantee adrenaline rush. Zanskar, Padam Darcha, Frozen River and Rupshu Valley are some of those treks. Another reason is the opportunity of biking through the valley while marveling at the creations of nature around. Petrifying mountain passes, less air and dearth of resources often make biking trips challenging and that is why such trips are only recommended for young, wild & adventure-seeking spirits.


2 – Kashmir – The Brightest Gem In The Crown Of India

Kashmir, with its awe-inspiring natural charm, is of course the brightest gem in the crown of India. But hey, are you going there just to sit back and admire nature like old people do? Common guys, you are not even 30. Go, hunt adventure and feed it to your reckless soul. Make the most of the camping, mountaineering, rafting & trekking opportunities in the region. You could also think about skiing if you are in or around Gulmarg during the months of December and January.


3 – Goa – The Beaches, the Booze and Your Carefree Spirit.

Now I don’t need to mention why every under-30 guy should visit Goa. Oh, so you want me to mention? Great! Goa introduces you to the REAL FUN. Hey, don’t give me that fishy smile. Real fun means majestic beaches, exciting water sports, spectacular sunset, beach volleyball and amazing food.

Did I miss something? Oh, sorry booze lovers. Forgot to state that Goa serves a large & exotic variety of alcohol with feni (local produced liquor) being the most popular one. And please don’t consume too much of it, else you will miss staring that girl your friends were going gaga over or that boy whose abs have earned him a number of admirers. Always remember that Goa might not be an incredible town but it has all the elements to make your sojourn incredibly incredible.


4 – Darjeeling – A New Hub of Adventurers

Don’t be surprised by the inclusion of Darjeeling in this list. Though it is a calm & laid-back town, it offers electrifying adventures, ranging from mountain biking and rock climbing to paragliding and kayaking. And no thrill seeker would want to miss white water rafting on Teesta River. Flowing down the valley, this bubbling river will put you across different grades of rapids whilst providing many opportunities to marvel at the flora and fauna of the region.


5 – Solang Valley, Manali – The Abode of Adventures

Visiting Solang Valley means entering a world where adventure is eaten, adventure is breathed and adventure is drunk. From skiing and parachuting to skating and horse riding, you can quench your thirst for adventure through any of the outdoor activities. Zorbing deserves a special mention here as it is a very unique outdoor activity wherein a person rolls down the hill inside an orb, which is a large hollow ball made of transparent plastic. Though it is somewhat risky, the excitement involved makes it worth trying.

Adventures relished at this valley with your closest buddies will surely give you memories for lifetime. And you can always renew those memories by again planning a tour to the valley with same friends and with the same craziness.


6 – Rishikesh – Your Gateway To Thrill

“I should have come to this place in my 20s”. This is what most of the uncles think while staring at the group of young rafters from the shores of Ganges. And they are right because that is the only time when you have the energy to match the spirit of adventures like kayaking, bungee jumping and rafting in Rishikesh. Such adventures are more of a task when you try to relish them in your 40s and their real taste can only be savored by untamed wanderers.


7 – Kerala – Quaint and Charming

The reason why I am including Kerala in this list is that there is a group of under-30 that feels happier amid the incredible creations of nature. And Kerala seems to be a perfect destination for them. Adorned with placid backwaters, tall swaying trees and dense forests, it offers quantum of solace and presents ambiance that is sure to rejuvenate tired minds.

And in case the adventurer sleeping within these under-30s wakes up and demands for its yearly dose, then they can always head towards Kozhikode for savoring parasailing or towards Trivandrum for paragliding.


These seven destinations are what I think one should visit before turning 30. And I guess most of the young spirits would agree with me. And let me know if you think I missed out your favorite landmass for losing yourself in the arms of thrill.

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