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The Roopkund Lake is situated high up in the Garhwal Mountains in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. This lake is of much historical and religious importance. It was also called the Mystery or Skeletal Lake after a large number of human skeletons were found in it in 1942 by a Forest Officer.
Following this discovery, a number of scientists visited the lake to find out the reason for the skeletons being there and it was eventually concluded that the skeletons belonged to some pilgrims who were caught unawares in a flash hailstorm.
Due to the huge chunks of ice that came with the hailstorm, the pilgrims died due to injuries to their skulls. This story was aired in national and international media and since them the Roopkund Lake has become a popular tourist destination.
The trek to Roopkund Lake showcases the best of Himalayan beauty. The trek begins at Lohajung, which is situated at an elevation of 3200 metres and goes on for five days till you reach the lake, which is at an altitude of 5000 metres. The first couple of days will take you through beautiful villages, forests, rivers and Bugyals.
The air will get thinner and thinner as you ascend and gain altitude. So it is very important that you are in the best of health and fitness when you set out for this trek. Higher energy levels will allow you to adjust better with the changing environment and enjoy the views offered by the region. Your team leader will also offer you tips on how to cope with the changing levels of the atmosphere.
The trekking trail followed during the Roopkund trek coincides with that of the Raj Jay Yatra pilgrimage route. This is conducted during a festival dedicated to goddess Nanda Devi and the residents of nearby village participate in this festival dressed in their traditional attire.
The Pindari Glacier trek is a relatively easy trekking trail. The Pindari glacier is situated between the Nanda Kot and Nanda Devi peaks and is a major destination for tourists and high altitude trekking in India. The pristine white glacier measures 3.2 km in length and 1.5 km in width and has gigantic mountains in its background.
The Pindari glacier trek is a must-do activity for all those who wish to experience nature very closely without compromising on peace and tranquility. The journey to the Pindari glacier begins at Nainital and goes on to Lahorekhet. Usually, night camps are set up and the evening is spent in these camps. On your way to the Pindari glacier, you will also come across Dhakuri, which is a place of great scenic splendour.
On moving ahead from Dhakuri, you come to the Khati village, which is the largest village in the region. Situated on the banks of the River Pinder, the village serves as a perfect spot for a night halt. From Khati you will need to trek another 11 kms to reach Dwali. Dwali has beautiful surroundings to offer and you can relish the beauty of the place as you trek on ahead to Phurkia, situated about 6 kms away.
Pindari glacier is situated at a distance of about 17 kms from Dwali. The vista opens into a beautiful view as you reach the Pindari glacier. Your efforts are paid off with the panoramic view of the surroundings that the Pindari Glacier offers you.
Best Season: March - October
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Max. Elevation: 3627 m
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Being a combination of the conventional and contemporary Tibetan architecture, the Tibetan Museum in Mcleodganj is very unique. Located inside the Tsuglagkhang complex, the museum walls have a gentle yellow and white colour scheme that adds on to its quaint beauty.
It is a platform where one can observe and be in awe of the Tibetan historical documents, manuscripts, Thangka images, pottery and other handicraft items. Besides that there are also photographs, interviews and video records that explain and file the Chinese intervention in Tibet and the consequent migration of Tibetans. If you are admirers of art and are also fascinated by history then you could purchase paintings, artefacts and handicrafts from the Museum shops as souvenirs.
Timings: - Open from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Milam Glacier is one of the major glaciers in the Kumaon region. It is situated in Munsiyari of Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. The elevation of the glacier ranges from 5500 metres to 3870 metres and is located at a distance of 15 km from Nanda Devi. The glacier was closed for trekking in 1962, but was reopened in 1994.
The best time to visit the Milam glacier is before the monsoons i.e. from mid-March to May. The monsoons set in June, which triggers landslides and roadblocks, making the area dangerous for any expedition.
The trekking trail to the Milam glacier starts at Munsiyari. You can enjoy breathtaking views of the Kumaon region and pass through places such as Nanda Devi East Base, Gauri Ganga Lilam, Martoli, Railkot, etc. on your way to the glacier. The glacier originates from the eastern slope of Trishuli and the southern slope of Kohli. The village of Milam is situated near the snout of the glacier. The trek to the Milam glacier is one of the best trails for trekking in India.
The Milam glacier has an altitude of 4268 metres and is surrounded by 52 peaks. The Milam glacier serves as an axial point for high altitude treks in India. The entire distance is covered by walking along the banks of the River Gori Ganga. You will pass through dense forests with blooming rhododendrons, chestnut trees, lush green conifers etc.
The trekking trail takes you past the Nanda Devi and Hardeol peaks. You will also come across the Ragash Kund, a shepherd shelter and a pond. The trek is a slightly difficult and will test your physical fitness and strength as you gain altitude. The best part of the journey is that you get to view the best of Himalayan beauty amidst majestic mountains and gurgling waters.
Best Season: May - September
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Max. Elevation: 4268 m
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The Padam Darchcha Valley trek is an exhilarating experience. The trek involves a long trek from Darcha which is situated in the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh to Padam, located in the mystical land of Zansak. Besides the thrill and excitement of trekking in the snowy slopes of the Himalayas, the trekking trail allows you to enjoy the beauty of the initial trail from Manali to Leh.
You can visit interesting Hindu temples in Manali which speak volumes about the history, culture and traditions of the region. This trek is a beautiful combination of adventure and sight-seeing and hence can be called one of the most exciting experiences of trekking in India.
The trek begins at Chalang Tokpa, from where you will move on to Ramjak and Chumikanakpo. The trek from Ramjak to Chumikanakpo will give you a fabulous trekking experience by testing your strength and skills. From here you will move on to Lakong and pass through Kurgiak and Purne before reaching Padam, Leh. The most interesting change that you will notice on reaching the destination is the transformation of the landscape.
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Trekking is a great way to enjoy the deodar-covered mountains of Shimla. There are many adventurous routes here suited to beginners as well as advanced trekkers. Some of the best trekking trails in Shimla include:
Cycling in the mountains is an exhilarating experience. There are several routes in Shimla that you can enjoy a bout of cycling on. Apart from Shimla, India has some amazing bike riding tours that are the dream of many bike riders. There is an option of taking your bicycle for a short run as on these-
Short distance tours:
Or you can immerse yourself in the magnificent beauty of the mountains as you appreciate the tough mountainous routes as on these-
Long distance tours:
Camping in the mountains of Shimla is an experience unlike any other. The rush of adventure that camping brings stays etched in your memory forever, filling your days with adrenaline every time you revisit the memories. Some great places to enjoy camping alongside some other adventure activities in and around Shimla include:
There are many glorious locations in the Himalayas that make for scenic and spellbinding experiences that stay with you forever. Starting from Shimla, there are many locations that you can head to in order to enjoy some magnificent days in the mountains. A jeep safari tour encompassing all the great destinations in the Himalayas is a unique way to immerse yourself in the beauty around you. Great jeep safari tours in Shimla include:
There is so many wonderful sights to be marvelled at in and around Shimla that there can never be a dull moment during a trip to the hill station. Some of the best sightseeing in and around Shimla includes:
The Shaily peak trek is one of the most challenging and rewarding treks near Shimla. Located about an hour’s drive away from Shimla, the 8 kilometre trek takes you through dense forests and reveals a magnificent view of the Himalayan ranges from the peak. Close by rests the Mahakali Lake.
The challenge of the Shaily trek comes from the terrain- the trek is extremely steep and challenges the fittest of people. Trekking the 8 kilometres can take between three to six hours, depending upon your fitness levels. Since the trek is so exhausting, it is recommended only for people with good fitness levels.
However, the good news about this trek is that it is also accessible on horseback and by car. This allows people of all age groups and fitness levels to enjoy the views from the top.
Shimla has one of the biggest open-air ice rinks in India, and this is the best place to go ice skating when in the hill station. Located on Circular Road, the Shimla Ice Skating Rink is a popular tourist place in the winter months. So enjoyable is the experience of skating here that the authorities organise an annual Ice Skating Carnival on the rink every January. Skates can be rented for a nominal rate at the rink.
Located approximately 51 kilometres from Shimla lies the scenic district of Tattapani- a place which draws hordes of tourists to the adventure of its river and the warmth of its hot springs. Tattapani is the best place to go river rafting in Shimla. Operators can easily be found on the route to the river. The currents in the river and strong and adventure lovers will revel in the might of the water. Once you are done with this adrenaline filled activity, you can head over to the hot springs and relax your tired muscles in the soothing water.
The Kalka–Shimla Railway is the only toy train in Shimla, so you can enjoy it when you are planning a trip to the hill station. The toy train weaves through lush green mountains covered in scented deodars and chugs through dark and narrow mountain tunnels, blowing its shrill whistle at every corner it passes. The train ride from Kalka to Shimla takes approximately 5 hours while the ride from Shimla to Kalka takes around 4 hours. It is a beautiful and memorable experience, though you may find tickets hard to procure during the in-season months. To avoid such a situation, you can pre-book your tickets online.
Walking in Shimla can be a very pleasurable activity. The roads are clean and easy to traverse and there is a lot you can see around the city. The best way to explore Shimla is on foot since traffic might make travelling slower in a car. The best walking tours to enjoy in Shimla are:
Shopping in Shimla is a wonderful activity since there is so much variety to explore there. Beautiful woollen garments, exclusive wooden artefacts, interesting Tibetan curios, and much more can be had at the shops that are scattered around the hill station. Some of the best places around Shimla to indulge in shopping are:
Shimla is a city that enjoys its parties. There are many fairs and festivals held in the city throughout the year, which turn the city into a place of joy and excitement. If you are looking to visit Shimla during its festivals, there is a variety of choice available to you.
The months from September to January in Shimla are filled with a riot of colours. A succession of festivals is celebrated here at this time starting from Navratri and followed by Diwali, Christmas, and New Year. The city is a beautiful and excitement filled place to be in during these months. And the chill in the air only adds to the enjoyment.
Since ice skating is such a popular affair in Shimla, the city hosts an annual Ice Skating Carnival every January too. This carnival is a great way to enjoy the cultural sights and sounds of the city and see it glow with ice and excitement. The Lavi Fair is another very important fair in Shimla and is held in late November. Many cultural shows are organized in Shimla at this time. The Bhoj fair is also held here in November and attracts thousands of people from all over the country.
However, if you wish to go to Shimla in the summer, the Shimla Summer Festival is a good festival to build your itinerary around.
Shimla is an interesting place to spend time in. There are many great places to see and many wonderful markets to visit within the city itself. But there is a lot more to Shimla than the places inside it. The district of Shimla Is vast and full of marvellous locations that are worth visiting when you are in Shimla. Some of the best places around Shimla include,
Yes, you can go on a road trip to Ladakh from Shimla very easily. It would be an adventurous undertaking, and a long one. But the sights you will see along the way will make every minute of the journey worth it. The journey can be divided into two stages:
Shimla to Manali- 250 kilometres approx.
Manali to Leh- 480 kilometres approx.
If you wish to enjoy stopovers, you can stop in between at Kullu on the way to Manali in the first stage of your journey. On the second stage, you can enjoy stopovers at Gulaba, Khokhsar, Keylong, Jispa, or Sarchu apart from other small villages on the way.
The entire distance you will cover from Shimla to Leh is well over 700 kilometres. It will take you at least 3 to 4 days, and quite possibly more, to drive all the way up to Leh, first because the terrain is challenging and secondly, because of the many beautiful places you will wish to stop by on the way.
Adventure activities in Shimla are a pleasurable way to add zest to your holiday. Paragliding and zip-lining are popular activities in Shimla and can easily be enjoyed in the following places:
Traveller Tales From Shimla
30 November 2016
Beauty can't be described in words but pictures do very well.
11 February 2015
Conquering the 4850m peak was like a dream come true for me. Comapred to my other treks; Pin Parvati, Hemkund and Roopkund, I would rank this one as the best. I was luck enough to join the trek at the ...
14 April 2015
After we gave a thumbs up to the Bhaba Pass trek in Himachal Pradesh, we all were like what to and what not to do! Its difficulty gradient were a bit challenging for us. But, 'where there is a will, th...
04 May 2015
Fun, adventure, thrill and mental peace...everything is there in the Bhaba Pass trek. It truly opens the doors to the gorgeous beauty of Himachal Pradesh. While the duration was not long enough, there ...
08 April 2015
If you are an adventure freak then trust me Bhaba Pass is definitely your cup of tea. I’m really glad that I took this trip. Hills, rivers, natural bridges… perfect ingredients to spice up the adventur...
07 May 2015
How easily we forget ourselves in the luxury of city life…something I realized while I was in Bhabha Pass, what a place, and how happy the people who live there were…give yourself a break and re-discov
06 June 2015
This 7 night trek was a dream come true for all of us and we had a truly amazing time with all our friends. The serenity of the hills is beyond compare and we will never forget this trip for a long tim
13 November 2014
Bhabha Pass Trek was a really nice experience. However, what seemed to be a moderate level trek felt a little complicated. Thanks to the climate changes. The trek itinerary was scheduled nicely for 8 d...
15 October 2015
Bhabha Pass Trek is another nice trek that anyone who is visiting Manali can take. It is a splendid experience.
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