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Manali

From Manali, breathtaking views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges are a perennial specialty. This is the place where mountain adventures takes on a new dimension. A haven for tourists, Manali is replete with scenic quotients offering trekking enthusiasts an experience of its own kind.

Attracting visitors from all over the world all year round, this is a place for backpackers to explore the serene settings of the Himalayas. It is also the place where adventure tourists can enjoy exhilarating activities such as paragliding, rafting and skiing while on Manali to Leh Road trip.

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Shanti Stupa

One of the important Buddhist stupas, Shanti Stupa was built by a Japanese Buddhist. Located in Chandspa in the Leh district, this structure was built to promote world peace and harmony. As a testimony to the completion of Buddhism’s 2,500 years on earth, it has now become a major and popular tourist.

From this stupa, you can view most of the Leh town. The best and the most prized views are the sunrise and sunset views from the stupa.

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Roopkund Trek

Counted among the best treks in India, the Roopkund trail is a trekker’s paradise. Roopkund’s topography is complete with verdant forests, acres and acres of open meadows, trickling brooks, and the celestial snow of course. Roopkund also comprises of the eerie Skeletal Lake, and is great for one’s initiation into high-altitude trekking. Pre-monsoon and post-monsoon seasons make Roopkund one of the compulsory trekking places near Delhi.

Distance from Delhi: 308 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Kathgodam Railway Station

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Kuari Pass Trek

Kuari Pass which signifies doorway is one of the best treks in Uttaranchal. It is also known as Curzon trail as this trekking trail was discovered by Lord Curzon in 1905. The panoramic views of the eastern slopes of the majestic Garhwal Himalayas, Neelkanth, Mana, Hathi Ghori Parvat, Bertholi, Trishul, Dronagiri, Kamet and Nanda Devi peaks can be experienced on Kuari Pass Trek.

The trek has dense deodar, ok and rhododendron forests which present a picturesque view. Rare and protected flora and fauna can be found on this trail.  The trek passes via major rivers like Mandakini, Kaliganga and Dhauli Ganga .The ideal time to visit here is in summers.

Best Season: December - January
Duration: 6-8 Days
Max. Elevation: 4,264 m

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Stok Kangri Trek

Stok Kangri, Ladakh is one of the most popular places for high altitude trekking in India. Although the beauty of Ladakh draws in innumerable tourists and trekkers from all over the country and the world, the Stok Kangri trek isn’t really suited for anyone and everyone.

It is advisable that only experienced trekkers set out on this expedition as the climatic and geographical conditions of the place may not suit novice or amateur trekkers. Nonetheless, Stok Kangri is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the country. It is for this reason that the Stok Kangri trek forms an inevitable experience while trekking in India.

The trek usually lasts for a maximum of ten days. The trek begins from Leh, which is noted for its natural beauty and warm and hospitable people. During the first couple of days of the trek, you can move around Leh, go sightseeing and get acclimatized to the weather of the region. These couple of days will prepare you for the trek ahead. You will next be taken to Chang Ma via Stok Village by road.

The journey from Leh to Stok Village takes you through a route of immense natural beauty. You can see the lush greenery, glistening snow peaks and scenic splendour of the region in this stretch. On reaching Chang Ma, you reach a snow covered region, and begin trekking. You will need to climb on for about three hours. From here you will head on to Manokorma, which is at an elevation of 14200 feet.


During the trek, you will be able to view some very beautiful peaks such as the Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri, etc. The base camp of the trek is at an elevation of 16, 300 feet. From here, the journey continues till you reach the Stok Kangri. The view from the Stok Kangri is simply amazing. This rewarding feeling is what draws trekkers from all over the world to high altitude trekking in India. The trek back to Leh is a bit arduous and you may need to be careful while climbing down the mountainous terrain.

Best Season: June - October
Difficulty Level: Medium
Max. Elevation: 5000 m
Customized Your Trek to Stok Kangri

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Dodital Trek

Dodital trek is a short trek and must to do when you are on trekking in Uttaranchal tour. Difficulty ranges from easy to moderate through thick forests and across majestic Himalayas landscapes, large meadows and stream crossings.  

The trek begins from Sangamchatti (kalyani) road near Uttarkashi and completes at the Hanumanchatti. From Dodital Lake, you will need to trek uphill to reach the Darwa pass, also called as Bakaria Khaga pass. The alpine meadows of Kanasar are an ideal place for camping.

Best season: May - October
Duration: 10 Days
Altitude: 4150 m

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Visit to the Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame near Leh is actually a museum dedicated to the Indian army's heroic struggles during the war in Kargil and Siachen sectors. It's a very interesting museum displaying the weapons employed during the Kargil war and belongings of the enemy soldiers including their outfits found after the Kargil war. 

Also, on display are the different outfits of the heroic soldiers with multi-layered shoes to protect them from frostbite, their frozen foods which they warm with balls of Hexamycin tablets before dinner. Due to the excessive cold in the region with temperature hovering between -300 C to -500 C it is difficult to strike a fire. This is also the reason why there were so many deaths of our heroic soldiers during the Siachen war.

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Lachulung La

Located on the Leh-Manali route, this is a mountain pass at about 16,000 feet above sea level. From here you get undulating views of the scenery beyond. You can see the entire Ladakh plateau in some sweeping glance of your eyes. Located 54 km from Sarchu, this mountain pass is considered a relatively easy route to traverse.

There is a nala that passes through this place and simply moving alongside can accomplish your task of crossing this pass. After crossing Lachulung La, the landscape changes where the road meanders through a canyon. 

Reviews

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Agnimitra Banerjee

24 October 2015

Trekking and water adventure...what else can be so tempting especially for adventurists like me. This things give me my Kick. Wonderful place and everything is just up-to-the-mark. I'm certainly exploring more of South India now.

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Devi Chattopadhyay

23 October 2015

This was a really nice trip. Firstly, this place is close by Bangalore and very much in driving distance. Secondly, the adventure activities are well-organized. They are safe too. This way it is very easy and convenient for us to blindly trust and do this. Also, most of the adventurous activities didn’t require much background skills like swimming or gym training. It was meant for everyone.

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Jitender Chattopadhyay

29 June 2015

It really matters what you are expecting from the spot. Best time is go just after rainy season to enjoy fog & green carpet over the mountain. Good trekking area. We saw few peacocks crossing road and went into shrubs. We still regret that we could not trek to peak; due to chilled weather and we didn’t equipped for the trek also. Trekking through secluded villages, evergreen forest teeming with waterfalls and streams and open grassland patches was a once in life time experience.

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Deeptimay Jain

11 November 2015

An amazing experience. For the first time, I got the chance of river rafting and I loved it alot. Thanks you my lovely friends for insisting me to go on this trip.

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Rajinder Butt

15 August 2014

Kudremukh is an amazing peak and so far I had just heard about this place but finally I get to see it. Amazing place - loved the trekking experience. What an experience. I'm going again.

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udit kumar

26 September 2014

It was my first trekking and had loads of fun :) Planning another trip with thrillophilia grp very soon.

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What You Should Know More About India

  • About the destination

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  • Travel Advice

    • There are a number of foreigner tourists visiting India and hence, there are a lot of scammers who try to fool tourists by selling souvenirs, local dresses, jewelry and a lot of other things. So, do not speak to strangers easily.

    • Always carry sufficient cash with you but take care of it because incidences of pick pocketing and stealing are very common here.

    • Do not trust any tourist agency unless you check for their authorization. Usually book your tour facilities from an authorized tour agency.

    • Do not travel alone at night in lonely areas.

    • Carry your passport and other identity proofs at all times.

    • Try to find fellow travelers from your city/country and keep in touch with them if you are a solo traveler.

    • People can fool you and send you to wrong addresses and hence, carry a map and GPS device and trust only the given directions.

  • Drinking Laws

    The drinking laws in India are different for every state, being from 18 years to 25 years, but in most of the states and Union territories, it is 21 years.


  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Ranthambore Tiger Safaris
    Tiger, the national animal of India rules this arid national park in the state of Rajasthan and if you wish to have some of the best tiger sightings, Ranthambhore National park is a must visit place as you will see a tiger at the closest distance in this park. Other famous tiger sanctuaries are Jim Corbett National Park, Bandhavgarh national park and Pench Tiger reserve.

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    If you want to see the real royalty of India, you have to visit Udaipur and Jaisalmer. Udaipur, the city of palaces will show you the best architecture of India, along with giving you an essence of the most colorful Rajasthani culture. The grand palaces, sparkling golden desert sand and colorfully dressed people showcasing their art and culture will leave you mesmerized.

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    Agra is the home of Taj Mahal, a tomb which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Agra also has another specimens of grand Mughal architecture like the Agra fort. Also visit Mathura to feel the sense of devotion towards Krishna and other Gods.

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    Known as heaven on Earth, Kashmir is a nature’s miracle bestowed upon this part of India. The serene lakes, mountains, snow glaciers and houseboats to live in are an experience worth taking. There are a number of sight-seeing places in Kashmir which will not only show you something new, but will show you something worth remembering for life.

    Goa-West Coast
    Goa is an internationally famous holiday destination. One of the party capitals of India, Goa is a place flocked with foreigner tourists as it offers different things from glamourous night clubs and casinos to calm and serene beaches to just sun-bathe and relax.

    Rishikesh-Haridwar
    Two of the most holy destinations located on the banks of the most worshipped river of India, the Ganges, these places will make you witness the real devotion Indians have for their Gods. If you are looking for a spiritual and peaceful yet fun experience, you should definitely visit these places. Rishikesh is also a hub for white river rafting and other water sports in India.

    Kerala Backwaters
    If you love lush green landscapes and rainy atmosphere, Kerala Backwaters is the right place to visit. It gives you a chance to witness the traditional south Indian culture while staying in the backwaters of Kerala and have sheer experience of tranquility.

    Trekking in Himachal Pradesh
    Himachal Pradesh has some of the most adventure filled trekking routes in the world. Roopkund, Valley of Flowers, and Triund are some of the most famous treks in Himachal where you will have the most thrilling experiences of your life and will remember your trip to India forever.

  • What you will like there?

    Welcoming people
    The people of India are very helpful and welcoming. The people here never make tourists feel like outsiders because they follow a principle called ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’, which means ‘Guests are our Gods’, and most of the people here indeed treat you that way.

    Stunning Monuments
    The architecture of India is no less than a wonder. The palaces, carvings and intricate paintings on walls of temples, ancient cave paintings, tall standing forts and sea fortresses and a lot more! You cannot stop admiring the grand architecture of India.

    Diverse Culture
    India is a country packed with rich cultural heritage and diversity. With every 5 miles you move, you will find people behaving, speaking, dressing and eating differently. Hence, no matter how much you try to understand or keep a track, you will forget what you first saw or witnessed in India until you leave from here. With this, you will surely have a lot of stories to tell when you go back.

    Tourist facilities
    India is flocked with tourists all over the year and hence, there are enough tourist facilities like accommodation, public transports, frequent flights, multi-cuisine restaurants, booking agencies and other convenience facilities because of which, you will not face any difficulties or inconvenience while you are on a tour to India.

  • Recommended reads for destination

    Website :

    Incredible India Website

    Forum :

    India Travel Forum

    Books :

    Lonely Planet India (Travel Guide)