Touch-icon-iphone-76x76

Download Thrillophilia App

Book Tour and Activities on the Go!

X
  • 01

    Bored with the conventional tours? Would you rather prefer something that is adventurous? Well, then it is time for you to go old school. Why not hop on your mountain bike and explore the wilderness?

    After all, getting down to the bare basics is one of the best ways to enjoy life. Cycling is a refreshing experience. You get to engage your mind, body and soul. It is one such activity that lets you connect to nature and discover yourself. In India, nature is supreme and what better way to travel around exotic places than cycling! While some of the bicycle touring experiences offer breathtaking views of the mountains, others promise you a great time within the magical landscape of the dense forest.

    Best Places for Cycling in India:

    1. Riding along the beautiful Pangong lake circuit, Ladakh

    Image Credit: Sandeep Shande

    Riding on the beautiful lands of Ladakh surrounded by snow capped mountains and fresh air will transport you to a world of heavenly bliss. Ladakh is a cycling paradise for all cyclist. It really does not matter if you are an amateur or a hard core cycling buff. If a great time with nature is what thrills you the most, then wait no more, hit the Pangong Lake Circuits of Ladakh, ride through the mountains and the cliffs, and feel free yourself. Refresh, re-energise and rejuvenate.

    [Road expeditions are the hottest rage amongst travelers right now, Check out our jeep safari tour in trans Himalaya]

    Just watch your steps at the Chang La pass which is one of the highest and most dangerous passes in Ladakh. The ride takes you through along the shores of the lake Pangong, a stretch of road that brings the cyclist in you out in the open. With the view of blue water stretching towards a vast summit on one end and the barren mountains of the Chang Chenmo on the other side, the ride promises to be a breathtaking experience.  The circuit of the bicycle tour includes Leh - Karu - Chang-la- Durbuk - Tangse- Luckung- Spangmik and back to Leh.

    The route passes through picturesque villages of Shey and Thiksey, and touches Indus valley through the valleys of Chemrey and Sakti. And, Tangse is located just beyond the foot of the pass. However, one of the main attractions of this particular bicycle touring experience is a long basin of inland drainage that is divided by the India and China border. The entire tour lasts for three to four days.

    Distance 300kms

    2. Mountain Saga: All the way from Manali to Leh

    Image Credit: Deepak Sharma

    The thrill of pedaling down the lanes of Manali with cold breeze hitting you is worth a try. Landscapes, a perfect weather condition and the high altitude, what more can a cyclist ask for? The ride from Manali to Leh is beautiful and memorable.

    [Enhance your experience with a place nestled in the Kumaon Himalayas with our cycling and hiking tour]

    The beautiful route takes you through some of the greatest ranges of the country like the Rohtang La which is 3,979 m high, followed by Pir Panjal, Baralacha La. The great Himalayan range is a beautiful sight that makes you proud and then later comes the other ranges like the Nakeela, Lachulung La and the Taglang La all that forms the Zanskar Range. The tour usually lasts around fifteen days.

    Distance: 500 km

    3. Entering the region of lush green landscapes, Western Ghats

    Image Credit:  Motographer

    The very thought of spiralling roads, screech of the tires as they pass by the muddy slopes and the greenery that fills up every direction of your sight. These tours are generally held in later weeks of the September where the monsoons would have subsided up to a huge extent, leaving the roads less slippery and cleaner. It starts from Bangalore and covers the following destinations -- Madikeri, Kukke, Sakleshpur, Chikmagalur, Lokavalli, Koppa and Mangalore. It lasts for ten days.

    Apart from wildlife sanctuaries, coffee estates and reserve forests, you can also pass through several temples that are shining examples of architecture -- Belur and Halebidu. The cost of the tour varies from time to time depending on the number of people involved and the number of days the entire expedition would last.

    Distance: 400 km

    4. Biking through mountains of the Spiti Valley

    Image Credit: Flip Nomad

    The biker in you would definitely fancy a joyful and pleasant ride where the road is rough and challenging. The Spiti Valley is your destination. Apart from the clear skies that make your ride enjoyable, you will also witness several monks along the streets waving their spiritual flags. The weather in the Spiti Valley changes with a blink of an eye but that's the joy of riding a bicycle with such climatic changes.

    [Indulge yourself in adventure sports like Paragliding, Skiing, Zorbing and Trekking while exploring Manali and Shimla]

    The tour starts from Shimla and moves to Narkanda, Rampur, Rampur, Sarahan, Reckong Peo, Kalpa, Pooh, Nako, Tabo, Kaza, Kaza-ki-kibber-kaza, Losar, Chhatra and back to Manali. The tour lasts for fifteen days. Moreover, the valley has terrain vegetation with climate that is similar to Tibet. The Spiti Valley is located in the Himalayan Mountain ranges that lies between Tibet, Ladakh, Kinnaur, Lahaul and Kulu. These trips are organised thrice a year and once in every three months.

    Distance: 600 km

    5. From deserts to monuments: Jodhpur to Delhi

    Image Credit: Michael Foley

    The cycling tour begins in Delhi where the passengers as well as their equipments are transferred to Jodhpur via train. The tour starts in Jodhpur and follows along the Sardar Samand Lake.  The ride later takes you to Narlai in the ancient town of Pali. While on one end there are hills whereas on the other there is a desert.

    Later, we visit the historic town of Kumbalgarh. The sandy desert stretches to the far end and on the other side there are small towns and villages where one can witness the beauty and culture of rural India. The tour then moves to Devigarh and ends at Udaipur. The entire trip lasts around ten days.

    Distance: 400 km

    6. Embark on a journey through a classic Kerala bike trail

    Image Credit: Jon

    It's called God’s own country, then why let it plunge to pollution? The sound of the water from far end trickles down your ears and then the intoxicating fragrance in the air makes the trip more splendid. Bike tours in Kerala are held in between August and September every year.

    The tour starts from Cochin and moves to Thattakad, Munnar, Thekkady, Vembanad Lake, Marari Beach and ends at Cochin again. It lasts for eight days. Bikers will be cycling in India through diverse landscapes, from lush green forests to breezy beaches.

    [Start off your biking trips on the off beaten paths of Kerala with Cycling Tour in Munnar tour]

    Apart from traversing through historic towns and relishing some authentic Kerala cuisine, this cycling holiday offers an opportunity to explore the spice capital of the country.

    Distance: 400 km

    7. Mountains meet the horizon: Corbett, Uttarakhand

    Image Credit: Nikhilesh Gargi

    Biking on the mountains is in itself a whole new experience. The mountain ranges nestled the greens of the Corbett is the best place for mountain biking. As you cycle by the high mountain ranges, you can explore the deep woods, some of the deserted villages and of course the aesthetic landscapes that will help you realise the incredibility of India.

    Biking here is considered a sport with instructors and guides to help you wade through the dense greenery and farmland of the place. The tour starts from Pune and covers the following places – Ramnagar, Siddheshwar Temple and Baur Bridge till you hit Gadgada Forest Check Post. There are a few mildly challenging routes on the way through forest streams and old pathways but they are enjoyable to say the least.

    [Also check out the Tiger Safari in Corbett and Rishikesh Rafting tour with our tour package]

    As a part of the tour you will also pass through tuny rustic villages, farm sides and forests in and around the park. Apart from cycling alongside the shores and forest streams, you will also bear witness to the beautiful culture of the locals. The price of the adventure tour depends on the distance you intend to travel. The entire trip lasts around eight days.

    Distance: 108 km

    Bicycle Touring Tips:

    Photo Credit : Ian Britton

    Here are some tips to make your ride better and easier as cycling in India is a challenge and you may come across many difficulties in the process

    1. Gear up your bike: Do not give your bike a chance to complain. You know the feeling of a smooth ride when the chains are new and strong. They do not tire your legs either. Give your bike that it needs to make your ride through rocky and bumpy areas, a soft ride. Your bicycle is your only companion throughout the journey. So give it the care it deserves.

    2. Be prepared: A tool kit, puncture repair kit, a mini air-pump and a cell-phone are some of the tools which could come handy anytime during the journey. Do not let these small things bother you later when you really require these instruments.

    3. Be safe: Carry a LED head light, blinking safety lights, sunglasses and some cycling safety accessories. Helmets are important too. Make sure your cycle has reflectors attached in order to caution other vehicles during times of poor visibility.

    [Imagine the joy of biking to a region which is surrounded with picturesque lush green paddy fields, Join us in Bangalore with Nandi cycling tour]

    4. Plan your trip: Don’t exert yourself in order to accomplish your goals of reaching your destination as soon as you can. Cycle how much you can and plan your path according to the terrain. Carry a map, or a GPS device to plan your journey on board.

    5. Prepare yourself: Your cycle is definitely the tool, but you are the engine to the pedal. Do not plan a long distance trip which is beyond your endurance. Prepare yourself well ahead of time and practice some mini rides way before the main long distance ride. Pack some high energy foods like bananas and whole grain bars. Do not consume energy drinks, as they can dehydrate you sooner due to their high sugar content. Pack plenty of water instead.

    6. Take constant breaks: If you are tired, do not over-exert yourself. Don’t wait until you are thirsty. Hydrate yourself occasionally. Take constant breaks and make sure your team members are in a position to keep up as well. Ask around the locals for some nearby eateries and enjoy the trip casually. Conduct some stretching exercises in regular intervals. Your thighs need some constant stretching, which otherwise could be strenuous to them.

    Dos and Don’ts while Cycling in India:

    Photo Credit : Theen Moy

    There are a few tricks you can follow to make your trip good one; and a few things that you might want to consider that could be

    harmful.

    Dos

    · Use a bike that is right for your body.

    ·Your bike setup is extremely important.

    · Check your tire pressure and lubricate your chain at regular intervals.

    · Keep your saddle at the right height.

    · What you wear has to be comfortable. Padded cycling shorts and cycling jerseys can make a lot of difference.

    · Wear good cycling shoes.

    · Carry a waterproof jacket.

    · Wear a helmet and keep your cycle lights functioning.

    · Keep your luggage light. Carry only the important items with you.

    Don’ts

    · Don’t wear cotton against your skin.

    · Don’t overload your cycle with unnecessary items.

    · Don’t ride with badly installed parts. They can be dangerous.

    · Don’t overexert yourself.

    · Don’t use a cycle too big or too small for you.

    · Don’t ride in the middle of the road. Follow road safety.

    · Don’t use mobile phone or earphones while cycling.

    Happy Cycling!


Cycling in India

Attractions

1494505232_pangong_tso_wide.jpg

Pangong Lake

Rather, the most sought after tourist destination is Pangong Tso in Ladakh region. It is the highest among the high altitude lakes in India which is filled with saline water but provides some awe-struck moments to the visitors with the unbelievable phenomenon of changing colours quite a number of times a day.

The reflections of the towering Himalayan peaks in the water add more charm to the lake. Currently, Pangong Tso is the favorite location for tourists as the banks of the lake give soothing bed to relax and the nearby places are enhanced by the beauty of this particular lake. The quiet lake is 134 km in length and 5 km in width is situated at an altitude of 14270 meters. But the major share of the lake lies in the area of China. Now, its recognition is spread everywhere in the world because it is termed as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

The highly saline water does not accommodate any water species not even micro-organisms. But the banks of the lake give space for several birds and animals very rarely seen in the other parts of India. It is an important breeding ground for many migratory birds as well.

Height: The lake is located at an altitude of 4250 meters above the sea level.

Location: Pangong Tso is easily accessible as it can be reached after a five hour drive from Leh and the travel would be on a rough and dramatic mountain road. You will cross the villages of Shey and Gya during the tour and go through Chang La as well.

Best time to visit: The months from May to September are the ideal time to visit the lake as the other seasons may cause challenges due to the heavy snowfall.

1494510547_honeymoon-in-nubra.jpg

Nubra Valley

Something divine makes Nubra Valley close to heart and it is not an exaggeration but a fact that experienced and shared by the countless tourists visited the paradisiacal location in Jammu and Kashmir. Without touching the spectacular roads of Nubra Valley, a Ladakh tour will not be complete. The tri armed valley has Diskit Village as its capital. Ldumra, a magnificent name is the original name of the valley as the local scholars insist. Ldumra means Valley of Flowers. The large valley is formed after the merging of Shyok River with Nubra or Siachen River causing the separation of the Ladakh and the Karakoram Ranges. The valley is located 10000 feet that is 3048 meters above mean sea level and those who cross the Khardung La Pass can easily come to Nubra Valley from Leh.

Except the river beds, every other place in the valley shows scant vegetation and low precipitation levels. Most of the villages in the valley are occupied by Nubra skat speakers and in the villages, one can find lush greenery and farming which happen through the regular irrigation. Diskit is the place where native people are seen in abundance and Diskit Monastery is the entre of attraction as well. The Shyok River flowing on one side of Diskit has a captivating effect on the visitors. Nubra Valley unwinds a lot of surprising sights when you visit it and an unbelievable fact is that the valley was open to the public till Hunder until 2010. Beyond Hunder, it was the greener region in the lower altitude where the Turtuk village exists. Till 2010, the Government did not allow tourists to mesmerize themselves in the magnificent beauty of Turtuk where numerous apricot trees and other vegetation along with the tribal community were preserved as a virgin.

Height: 3048 meters above the sea level

Location: The paradisiacal Nubra Valley is located at a distance of 140 km from Leh and the main road access to the valley is through Khardung La pass where you have to show the photocopies of your travel permit to the soldiers camping.

Best time to visit: The months from June to September is the perfect period to visit Nubra Valley

1494503474_maxresdefault.jpg

Khardung La

Controversies regarding the proclamation that Khardung La is the highest motorable pass in the world is not yet diminished but Ladakh travelers still believe that it is the highest and most adventurous pass in the world. Despite the controversies, Khardung La keeps on attracting hundreds of adventure seekers every year, be it bikers, trekkers or visitors. Nestled amidst the most reverberating surrounding, the ‘Pass of Lower Castle’ is located at an altitude of 17582 feet. Near to the pass, the collection of awesome valleys will lure you and along with the natural extravaganzas, the Tibetan prayer flags are an additional charm.

The pass was constructed in the year of 1976 and later in 1988, it was opened to public and from then on, the pass was inviting uncountable bikers, trekkers and tourists. It is maintained by the Border roads Organization as the pass is highly significant and important to India because it was once used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier. Recently, Khardung La became the hot potato of the town with a happy news that a ten member team of visually impaired people is going to conquer the pass through cycling in 2017.

Height: Khardung La is located at an altitude of 5359 meters. But there is an incorrect proclamation on the signboards appear here saying that the height of the pass is 18379 feet.

Location: The highest motorable pass in Ladakh is lying about 39 kms away from Leh. By road, one can reach the pass. The first 24 kms of the road are paved and from there to the North Pullu check post, the 15 kms of the road are filled with loose rock, dirt and occasional rivulets formed after the melting of snow.

Best time to visit: The season between May to October is the best time to visit Khardung La.

1494581375_parang1.jpg

Tso Moriri Lake

It won’t be exceeding at all how much you describe the beauty of Tso Moriri in Ladakh, a highly protected lake in Changthang Region and a significant portion of Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve.  It is the largest of all high altitude lakes in India especially in Ladakh and is located at an altitude of 4522 meters above the sea level. The length comes to 26 km north to south and 3 to 5 km is the width and the water is wholly brackish. 

The water to feed the lake comes from the springs and melted snow from the nearby mountains. There are two major stream systems to lead the water to the lake. One in the north part of the lake and the other comes in the southwest part. Huge, extensive marshes are seen at both the entrances of the lake. Rupshu Valley, a breathtaking area is the guardian of Tso Moriri along with an array of the lofty Himalayan Mountains in the surrounding.

The number of people come to witness the beauty of this splendid lake is lesser when compared to that of Pangong Lake. It is because of the secluded location of the lake. Hence, it is a favorite home town for many migratory birds. They come to breed here especially birds like great- crested grebe, the brown-headed gull and the Brahmin duck. The rare Himalayan hares are also abundantly seen near the lake. Thus, the declaration of the lake as a reserved area is a right option to protect these species from extinction. Less human interference would keep their lives strong.

Height: The lake is situated at an altitude of 4522 meters.

Location: You can reach Tso Moriri via road from Leh. It is 150 kms away from Leh Airport. Kalka Railway station is the nearest one to the lake. You will get buses and taxis from the station as well.

Best time to visit: May, June, July and August are the peak season when tourists come to Tso Moriri in large numbers and other months will be filled with snow and have extreme cold conditions.

1464333111_5716340845_458abb3f8d_b.jpg

Shanti Stupa

The white dome of Shanti Stupa is clearly visible from a far distance when you are on a tour of Leh. Peace Pagoda got its name like that because of many reasons mainly the silence persists in and around the pagoda always. This Buddhist prayer center is the most beloved attraction in Jammu and Kashmir. At a height of 4267 meters, the two storied stupa stands holding its head high and overlooks the bustling Leh town. The uneven mountain terrains in the surrounding gives the pagoda a remarkable shining. It is at a location which is 5 km away from Leh town and one who visits the stupa has to climb five hundred steps. The exotic view of the Himalayan peaks turns the beauty of the stupa also, a peace lover would dedicate his life to have such overjoying moments.

History

The stupa was constructed by both Japanese and Ladakh Buddhists. The construction was started in 1983, many Buddhists and Indian Government officials have supervised the procedures throughout.

Structure of the stupa

Among the two structures of the pagoda, the first level depicts the central relief of Dharmachakra which has deer on each side and the turning wheel of Dharma also has a golden image of Buddha at the center. The second level displays images which show the birth of Budhha and the death as well. In addition, both the level have smaller images of Buddha meditating. The stupa came into existence in order to spread the word of peace and harmony among people and it came into establishment as a commemoration of the valuable 2500 years of Buddhism.

Location: Any one can reach the stupa via road from Leh, only 5 kms from the town, a walk of fifteen minutes would require.

Timings: 05:00 am to 09:00 pm

Highlights: The sunset and sunrise views from the stupa are inevitably beautiful


1494509022_magnetic-hill-in-ladakh_01.jpg

Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill is still a mystery yet a famed attraction that pulls the adventure lovers on a large scale toward it. A mystifying phenomenon which stunts the science and fiction together and exists as a magic to the normal people visiting here. Magnetic Hill is a trump card of every Ladakh tour because of the awe-struck moments it would promise the travelers. There is a sign board placed which says that the hill defies gravity completely and inviting everyone to experience the magical phenomenon.

 If you keep your vehicle in neutral at a position marked on the road and wait, you will be surprised to see the vehicle starts moving uphill at 10-20 km per hour. And this is the unexplainable feature of Magnetic Hill that confuses the world of science. It is located on Leh-Kargil-Baltic Highway and on the east, the beautiful Sindhu River is flowing calmly. Near the hill there is a Sikh Gurudwara maintained by the Indian Army. Due to the natural attraction as well as the human architectural brilliance, the hill has gained popularity in a short term. 

Not just the vehicles hitting the road but the aircrafts and helicopters crossing the radius which Magnetic Hill comes in would feel the same magnetic effect. If the aircrafts are going on a slow pace, then it starts jerking while they are in the circumference of the hill. So the only solution to escape from the clutches of this phenomenon is that the crafts should move at a greater speed.

Height: Magnetic Hill is located at an elevation of 14000 feet above the sea level.

Location: To reach the hill, you can hit the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway and it is situated at a distance of just 30 kms from Leh town.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Magnetic Hill is from June to October.

1487851707_havelock_island.jpg

Havelock Island

Being one of the topnotch attractions in Andaman is the sublime Havelock Island brimming with silky beaches and exuberant greenery. A lot of tourist locations, resorts, hotels, attractions and much more are creating the perfect background to Havelock Island to host as many tourists as possible. This is the largest of all the islands in Andaman and comprises of a lot of small islands. The administration in Havelock promotes eco-tourism on a large scale.

 The lighthouse established in 2005 at the northern part of the island gives additional recognition for the island. The accommodation options on Havelock will let you be surprised. Ranging from high-end, luxurious resorts to camps with basic amenities, the stay arrangements done by the administrative people here are unbelievable.

Highlights: The long stretches of different types of beaches are the main highlight to be pointed out. Declared the best beaches in the world, almost all of them are blissfully located on Havelock Island, connected to closely to the main boat jetty on the island.  

Elephant Beach, Radhanagar Beach, Vijaynagar Beach, Kalapathar Beach which are known in numbers also are proclaimed to have the highest number of tourists every year. The green fringed shorelines, the clear sea water, the colourful marine animals, the long coral reefs, the wild fauna and flora bring forth the astounding picture of Havelock incomparably beautiful.

Activities: Snorkeling and diving are the favourite activities done on the islands though other major water based activities like boating and kayaking are frequently done.

Distance from Port Blair: Havelock Island is lying 42 kms northeast of the capital city, Port Blair. There are regular boat services by the Directorate of Shipping Services which connect Phoenix Bay jetty in Port Blair to Havelock daily.

 

1487853725_chidiya_tapu.jpg

Chidiya Tapu

As the name suggests, Chidiya Tapu is the perfect haven for unseen migratory birds and common native birds found in Andaman Islands. Recognized as the most enchanting beach in Andaman and tourists arrive here on a large scale as the beach extends the best ever sights for them including the eye catching sunrise and sunset views. This is a silent yet crowded beach encircled by evergreen forests on one side and the short hills on the other side. 

As it is considered to be the presenter of the most finishing touch of sunset and sunrise views, it is the main hub in Andaman Islands. The beach is filled with 46 varieties of endangered species of birds, and white spotted deer. There are a lot of seasonal orchids and other varieties of plants.

Highlights: The major attractions of Chidiya Tapu are the Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, the Sylvan Sands, the Munda Pahar Beaches etc. You will be able to stay at a forest guesthouse located nearby atop a hillock and from there, the panoramic view of Chidiya Tapu in detail.

Activities: Apart from sunset and sunrise views, people come in plenty toward this beach to identify the rare species appear in multiple colours and size. Even though many of the birds are commonly found on the beach, you would find it as a unique and unnatural scene to find the colourful gathering of them. Boating is an attractive activity done here as well as snorkeling and swimming are also a part of the adventure activities usually experienced by those who visit here.

Distance from Port Blair: It is located about 25 kms from Port Blair.


1488200873_discover-andaman-with-neil-island-and-batarang-island_1.jpg

Neil Island

A tiny island located to the south of Andaman is Neil Island, brimming with less explore marine diversity, coral reefs, long beaches and bewitching greenery. Being one of the tourist destinations in Andaman, Neil is so happy to become the host with revealing all what it has. A romantically silent island unlike the hustle of Havelock Island, Neil Island is termed as the vegetable bowl of Andaman. A perfect place to simply relax and chill is the beaches here and the deserted shores are favourite to those who love to relax in utmost peace.

In two hours, one can explore the island by walking around. It got the name Neil after the British Brigadier General James Neill who stubbornly dealt with the rebels during the 1857 Mutiny. The rich cultivation of paddy is found in Neil Island that belongs to the Ritchies’ Arhcipelago between Havelock Island and Rose Island.

Highlights: One of the major highlights of Neil Island is Neil Kendra, a beautiful curving bay full of white sand and holding the major jetty of the island made attracting by disarraying numerous colourful wooden fishing boats. Known to be the heart of the island, Neil Kendra has Bharatpur Beach on its left and Laxmanpur Beach on the right. The richest collection of marine lives and coral reefs have given Neil Island the peculiarity of being one of the most thrilling scuba diving sites on the island. In addition to diving, Neil Island is home to those who love snorkeling, swimming, birding, cycling etc.

Activities: Glass bottom ride and snorkelling are the major activities available on Neil Island though there are enough opportunities to do diving and other prime adventure activities.

Distance from Port Blair: The island belongs to the South Andaman district is located about 36 km northeast from Port Blair.

1487851886_radhanagar_beach.jpg

Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar Beach in Andaman has ranked 8th among the top ten beautiful beaches in the world based on travelers reviews and rating available on multiple sources and Radhanagar Beach deserves it for many reasons. One of the most ravishing beauty in Andaman with a lot of tourists visiting it every year, Radhanagar Beach is the gem of Havelock Island. 500 meters away from the beach, one can see only the expansive blue water and the lush green tropical forests but when you reach the beach, the sights are apparently awe-inspiring.

 Radhanagar is commonly called as Beach No.7 and this is one of the closest beach located near to Havelock Island ferry tier. The silky beach is kids friendly as well so that families are found in plenty on the beach to spend their vacation or a short holiday. There are nothing to be worried as the coast guards are roaming around always and the number of people here will be a pleasant sight to see.

Activities: Snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, boating, parasailing etc are some of the most commonly seen activities on the beach and among them Scuba Diving is the best as it offers the clear interaction with the wide range of marine animals and coral reefs around living in harmony. 

The turquoise water gives a rejuvenating experience while you swim across or do snorkeling and since the number of tourists are relatively higher, the Government opens more opportunities for them to spend an ample time on the beach. As it is a superb place adventure lovers also would covet, the fame it has achieved international importance in no time.

Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair it will take more than three hours to reach Radhanagar Beach as it is located about 72 kms away from the capital city.

1487852232_baratang-island-.jpg

Baratang Island

One of the aboriginal tribes of Andaman lives in Baratang Island, a highly blessed region with years-old wilderness. Earlier, the tribes did not let outside people to enter their community but presently, Baratang Island is a vibrant tourist destination as people love to spend time amidst the huge forests, limestone caves, mangrove ranges and the mud volcanoes.

Baratang is a part of the Great Andaman Chain with an area of 243 sq.kilometers and that marks it as the main island of the group. Middle Andaman is lying to the north and South Andaman in the south of Baratang Island. And it belongs to Rangat Taluk.

Highlights: The active mud volcanoes are the highlights of Baratang Island along with the abundant mangrove forests and evergreen rainforests and the limestone caves located beyond the forests. So adventure lovers find Baratang as a wise choice to indulge in mind blowing trekking and nature walk. Among the multiple number of mud volcanoes, jalki, as the locals call it, is the famous one.

Activity: Nature walk through the wild forests and the extensive mangrove forests is one of the prime activities done on Baratang Island. Boating, trekking, hiking etc are some of the other, identified activities available on the island.

Distance from Port Blair: The island is located about 150 kms north of Port Blair and one can reach the island by ferry services only.


1487852196_elephant-swimming.jpg

Elephant Beach

Settled on the sands of Havelock Island, Elephant Beach is a reveling beauty well presented by the long coral reefs and the shining shoreline. A peaceful beach with pure serenity and silent ambience will offer the visitors a soothing melody and that would be the perfect time to relax, to walk around with your love or just to do sunbathing. Among the different beach on Havelock Island, Elephant Beach has a special significance because of its friendly atmosphere and not so crowded shoreline. In addition to the adventurous activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving, tourists find time to do boating and similar activities on the beach. The clear water, the calm waves, the cool breeze and the magnificent sights on the shore have their own impacts on the number of people visiting the beach, and it increases only year by year.

Highlights: The long array of private boats, fishing boats and buoys extend a riveting beauty to the beach. Moreover, it is a kid friendly beach as well so that families are found here aplenty. The huge shoreline is the key factor behind the countless visitors appear on the beach every day. 

During monsoon also, tourists would love to come to Elephant Beach. People have reported that at times, the wild elephants from the nearby forests come to the beach and stroll along the white sandy bed.

Activities: An ideal place for snorkeling and scuba diving is Elephant Beach though boating and other fun, water based activities are also done by the visitors often. Tourists have experienced the best sea walking as well on Elephant Beach.

Distance from Port Blair: Elephant Beach is located on the famous Havelock Island. It is lying about 69 kms away from the capital city of Andaman, Port Blair. One can reach the beach via boat from Havelock jetty after reaching there from Port Blair by road or by boat.


1488275768_9d74212355c1846199f268c68829a648.jpg

Diglipur

A marvelous town in the north part of Andaman Islands is Diglipur, an amicable tiny town with a lot of good people around. For eco- friendly tourists, this town is an inevitable choice. Though the marine life is the prominent feature of this town but the cultivation of orange and rice has enormous importance in the economy of Diglipur.

Highlights: Lamiya Bay Beach is a highlight of the town, it is located a few kilometers away from Kalipur Beach. The beach is lying in the foothills of Saddle peak, the highest one in Andaman. Around 20 kms from Diglipur is the green Shyamnagar covered by thick jungles and why Shyamnagar is a priority for tourists is because of the presence of mud volcanoes here. Kalipur Beach and Ramangar Beach are the other famous beaches at Diglipur and they are famous for turtle nesting. Moreover, visitors are quite eager to visit Alfred Caves as well where a huge collections of limestone structures are found.

Activities: Since there are plenty of beaches, caves, greenery etc, Diglipur offers the visitors a huge number of activities ranging from refreshing trekking through the jungles to the water based activities like island hopping, snorkeling, boating, fishing etc. Near to Diglipur there are famous spots to do multiple activities.

Distance from Port Blair: Lying 290 kms away from Port Blair, the small town of Diglipur that can be connected by boat from both Port Blair and Mayabunder. The boat services from Port Blair are available twice a week. But one can reach the town by road via ATR from Port Blair.

1471352170_4621447541_5aa3e61f8a_o.jpg

Vijaynagar Beach

Known as Beach No.5 is Vijaynagar Beach in the north east part of Havelock Island. Very remote from the crowded locations on Havelock Island, Vijaynagar Beach is close to heart for those who love to spend time in utmost calmness. The regular touch of the sapphire blue water on the pearl like sandy beach makes no noise and it is one of the reasons why tourists chosen it as the perfect space for romantic couples and families. 

The beauty of the beach has been praised so much by those who visited it. It is always better to come here freely, just to roam around, or to float on the shallow water, or to read under the large shade given by the huge trees on the shore or to do sunbathing. The collection of Mahua trees and palms is the significant ornament making the beach a splendid place to sit back and relax as much as time one wants to. This is one of the magnificent attractions in Andaman.

Highlights: A photographer's paradise is Vijaynagar Beach; especially the sunrise views from the beach is incomparably magnificent. When the sun’s fresh rays spread all over the wide sea, the entire atmosphere starts blushing in all possible colours and there is no better sight from the beach would satiate a photographic mind. The native birds appear during the fresh mornings add effective colours to the sunrise pictures.

Activity: The beach is recognized for relaxed swimming and sunbathing. Adventure activities are not yet a fashion on this inevitable part of Havelock Island.

Distance from Port Blair: Vijaynagar Beach is located at a distance of about 38 kms from Port Blair but from Havelock jetty the beach is lying 9 kms away only.

13149806365_8ab970f108_b.jpg

Chadar Trek

For some years, adventure seekers all around the world have been talking about Chadar Trek in the Zanskar Region. Until this year, hundreds of people have experienced the thrill hidden and the mind blowing sights around Chadar frozen river. In fact, Chadar Trek is the most sought after and one of the breathtaking treks in the Himalayas. The winter trek is so special for those who are ready to have adventure at the maximum level. 

The river trek starts from Chilling where the river begins to freeze and mostly, travelers choose February as the best time to cross the frozen river as the ice sheets will be comparatively stable. The precarious snow-flakes would pose severe threats during the trek but in some other time, the challenges would be kind to the trekker. The surrounding of the river are completely vertical cliffs tall up to 600 meters. The Zanskar River is a tributary of the Indus and is 5 meters long. 

A trekker would have to cover 16 kms per day to complete the Chadar Trek. Usually, people opt for 10-15 days of trek depending on the climatic conditions persisting here. The temperature at Chadar will come to the lowest at -35 degree Celsius during winter and thus Chadar Trek becomes more intimidating. Approximate trekking distance one would have to cover in total is 75 kms.

Maximum altitude: 11123 feet is the height at which Chadar Trek would lead you to.

Location: To take part in Chadar Trek, one should arrive in Leh and from Leh, the journey starts and goes to Chilling, the beginning of the Zanskar River in the frozen state. From Leh it would take about 65-70 kms to reach Tilad via Chilling, the base camp of the trek.

Best time to visit: January end to February is the best time suitable for trekking in the frozen river of Chadar. Quality and safe trekking gears and highly warm clothes are required.

1494572216_markha-valley-trek.jpg

Markha Valley Trek

Adventure lovers always had an affection to Markha Valley and still it fulfills the dreams of a trekker or adventure seeker with the unrivalled collection of natural spectacle. Long day trekking tours are offered by a lot of tour providers all over India which promise a journey through the most scenic locations and villages. The awesomely exciting feature of this trek is that it will let the trekker cross two high altitude passes in Ladakh; Gandala La at 4980 meters and Kongmaru La at 5276 meters.

 Being one of the diverse treks in Ladakh region, Markha Valley trek offers a lot of adventurous moments throughout. The barren land of Ladakh and the Buddhist temples found throughout the journey make the trek special. The route winds past the Ladakhi villages and it goes to Hemis National Park where the chances to spot some rare wildlife species are comparably high. The nomadic groups of people will be a unique picture to keep in heart. The symbols of Buddhism like ‘chortens’, stupas, multi colored prayer flags and numerous monasteries narrate the story of Buddhist culture embraced Markha centuries ago. Another interesting fact heard about Markha Valley trek is that it is also called ‘tea house trek’ due to the accommodation provided in parachute tents in most of the villages during the tour.

Maximum altitude: 15000 feet is the maximum altitude the trek will cover.

Location: In most of the cases, the trek starts from Leh. The trail usually goes through Chilling, Skyu and then to Markha. From Markha it would take the trekker to reach Hankar and Nimaling and finally return to Leh. The ideal trekking distance is 75 kms and it would be graded as difficult.

Best time to visit: The months of June, July, August, September and October are recommended as the best time to do Markha Valley trek.