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  • 01Microlight Flying in Coorg

    Microlight Flying in Coorg
    • h1 Hour
    • lCoorg
    • NNNNN5 reviews
    • supplier
      Supplier
      Code: 4886973
    • 2,500

    About the activity: 

    • Experience the thrill of flying at a height of 5,000 feet and get a bird’s eye view of dreamy Coorg with a 10 minutes or 30 minutes ride.
    • Partake in this fun and exciting activity anytime between 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM. Arrive at Ponnampet. 
    • The hand glider is perfect for two people and comes with a robust machine that reaches a speed of 100 km/hr. 
    • Feel the euphoria as you fly at around 5000 feet above the surface of the earth and delight in the sights and sounds of the surrounding landscapes that pass by. 
    • Duration: 10 minutes or 30 minutes 
  • 02Surfing at Malpe Beach, Udupi

    Surfing at Malpe Beach, Udupi
    • h4 Hours
    • lUdupi
    • NNNNN1 review
    • Jungle Book
      Supplier
      Jungle Book

    About the Activity:

    Catch the waves at the Maple Beach, Udupi. The surf experts during the 4 hours of this session will get you acquainted with the basics of gliding over the waves.

    With your arrival at the beach at around 9 am, attend a briefing session about the tips and tricks of surfing and paddling; morning is the best time to get started with this session. Once this is over, step into the waters, balance yourself on the surfboard and start manoeuvring the wind. The fun and excitement of cruising through the waves continue till afternoon. With this delightful session coming to an end, relax for a while and depart the beachside.


  • 03Paragliding in Kamshet

    Paragliding in Kamshet
    • lKamshet
    • NNNNN32 reviews
    • supplier
      Supplier
      Code: 4980405

    About the Activity:

    • Embark on an exciting experience of paragliding in Kamshet with a set of certified pilots and flying enthusiasts.
    • Kamshet, is a beautiful destination located at about 110km from Mumbai and 45km from Pune that is decked with the beauty of the Sahyadri Ranges and valleys.
    • A daylong course will take you through paragliding of 3 different types namely; Classic Tandem, Instructional Tandem, and Acro Tandem.
    • A two seater plane will take you high up in the air from where you can take your paragliding flight with a certified instructor.

    Eligibility: For 15 yrs & above
    Weight: Above 45 kgs 

  • 043 Day Paragliding Introductory Course In Kamshet, Pune

    3 Day Paragliding Introductory Course In Kamshet, Pune
    • d3 Daysn2 Nights
    • lKamshet
    • NNNNN25 reviews
    • supplier
      Supplier
      Code: 4980405
    • 16,000
    About the Activity:
    • Enjoy a 3-day fun filled learning period with the introductory paragliding course in Kamshet. A team of professional pilots will train to make your skyward quest easy and rewarding. On this course, there is no prior experience needed to realize the exhilaration of free flight. Over moments of fun, challenges, and learning, you’ll be soaked with information on flying techniques, equipment usage, handling, safety measures through classroom and practical sessions including training simulator.
    • At first, you’ll start training on flat ground. Meet your course mates, instructors, and get familiar with the equipment, glider controls under strict supervision. You’ll get personal attention to help graduate to level 2. Your training will be complimented with Ground School classes to understand relevant concepts. Participating in a Training Simulator session makes it easy for you to acquire flying skills.
    • Upon clearing take-off and landing techniques, you’re ready for your first solo flight on nursery slopes with instructor support. This is the moment of truth, as you transcend to levels above the comfort of the ground below. Your instructor for certification would vet your flying and written tests to award the ‘Student Pilot’ Rating. This qualifies you for the next level, P2 (Open Sky Pilot).
    Eligibility: For 15yrs & above  

    Weight: Above 45kg

    Please note:

    • Batches start every Monday and Friday for the 3 day course.
    • Your time slot will be booked based on weather conditions  
    • Quality checked equipment with high safety measures
    • Training supervised and conducted by qualified pilots.
    • Student Pilot certification post course completion   
    • Flying site - among India's top training hills 
  • 05Tandem Paragliding, Vagamon, Kerala

    Tandem Paragliding, Vagamon, Kerala
    • lIdukki
    • NNNNN11 reviews
    • Vinil V
      Supplier
      Vinil V

    About the Activity:

    A recreational adventure sport, paragliding takes you closest to flying without wings. In the beautiful hill station of Vagamon, Kerala you’ve an opportunity to take off and land into the welcoming arms of nature. Nature here is defined as sparkling rivulets, waterfalls and dense pine forests.

    For this activity, rides are available from 11am to 4:30pm. Savor the joy of flying on this tandem paragliding experience of around 20 minutes. 

    Accompanied by trained instructors maneuvering you through this hillside destination, feel crisp mountain air caress gently. Over half hour, enjoy the tour and get a bird’s eye view of picturesque Vagamon. 


  • 06Paragliding Training - Vagamon, Kerala

    Paragliding Training - Vagamon, Kerala
    • d4 Daysn3 Nights
    • lVagamon
    • NNNNN2 reviews
    • Vinil V
      Supplier
      Vinil V

    Your training ground for a rapid course in paragliding with ASSTA (Adventure Sports and Sustainable Tourism Academy) is Vagamon, a verdant spot in green Kerala. Surrounded by grassy hill lands, crisp clear mountain air, the classroom for this course is situated at the Kolahalamedu Hills (4km). Over 4 days, you’ll be taking off from the second largest peak in South India, Amruthamedu. Your obstacles: a 10km long ridge with 3,000 ft from top to bottom. Under strict supervision of well-experienced instructors, at the end of course you would be able to fly independently.

    Similar to any skill-based training program, you’ll be attending theory and practical sessions on all days from 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 5:30pm, with regular breaks. This course features, active ground training including site assessment, introduction to equipment, and safety measures. Another module on ground handling will expose learners on understanding wind direction, paragliding prep checks, takeoff and landing sequence and techniques, maneuvering, and direction control.

    Also learn getting airborne, flight lessons, and theory classes on Meteorology, Principles of Flight, and Rules of Air.

    THE TRAINING

    Basic course structure:

        Ground Training
        1 Introductory talk - School instructor - risk warning health/medical conditions clothing/footwear.
        2 Site assessment
        3 Introduction to equipment
        4 Avoiding/minimizing injury

        Ground Handling
        5 Briefing - Checks - wind direction flare/stall
        6 Preparation - Checks - paragliding canopy harness helmet
        7 Inflation - Take-off - landing sequence practiced
        8 Directional control - initiating turns

        First Hops
        9 Getting airborne - take-off with good control of airspeed, canopy and landing

        Flight exercises
        10 Eventualities briefing - to deal with the unexpected
        11 Commands and communications briefing
        12 Responsibilities briefing - student becomes the pilot-in-command
        13 Flights (3) straight flights maintaining course and airspeed
        14 Flights (2) introducing turns

        Theory lessons
        15 Meteorology
        16 Principles of flight
        17 Rules of the air

    Duration: 4 days 

  • 07Hot Air Balloon Safari, Lonavala

    Hot Air Balloon Safari, Lonavala
    • h1 Hour
    • lLonavala
    • NNNNN23 reviews
    • supplier
      Supplier
      Code: 5113246
    • 12,000
    • Book Now

    About the Activity:

    • Take off on an unforgettable flight up high in the sky with a hot air balloon safari in Lonavala. A stunning hill station, it is located in the misty Sahyadris at a close distance from both Mumbai and Pune.
    • The hot air balloon ride happens at different time slots all through the year and lasts for an unforgettable hour.
    • Lonavala holds within its natural embrace a vast horizon of greenery, stunning valleys, gigantic hillocks, and luscious lakes and the sights that you will see will delight your soul with long-lasting peace.
    • The activity can be availed at the following timings:
                    Oct-Nov    6:15 AM
                    Dec-Feb   6:45AM & 4 PM
                    Mar-May   6:15AM

    Duration: 1 hour

  • 08Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh

    Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh
    • h1 Hour
    • lRishikesh
    • NNNNN16 reviews
    • Brig. Sp Singh
      Supplier
      Brig. Sp Singh

    About the activity: 

    • Experience India’s first fixed platform bungy jump destination at Mohan Chutti (52km), a pristine location tucked in the Shivaliks further ahead of Rishikesh. 
    • This day trip is bundled with a ride giving you a glimpse of the mountains, crisp air and virgin greenery.
    • You can choose from a convenient time slot between 09:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 01:00 PM and 02:30 PM. and you can opt to travel to Mohan Chutti on an A/C luxury coach. 
    • Upon reaching, you’ll meet the instructor team, understand the gear, safety tips, jumping techniques, and sign up for a memorabilia kit (photographs, DVD, t-shirt printed with pictures of your jump) if required.
    • Walk on the cantilever platform built over a rocky cliff overlooking River Hall, a tributary of River Ganga. Take your leap of faith and feel the rush. 
    • The jump height is 83m. At the end of the jump, you’ll be lowered to a drop zone with 2ft of water. 
    • Walk to the cafeteria, reminisce the experience, and head back to Rishikesh. If you wish, you could add more thrills to your adventure cart by partaking in Giant Swing and Flying Fox activities.
    • Note: INR 100 will be charged by the operator as the entry fees to the bungee sight.  
  • 09Giant Swing in Rishikesh

    Giant Swing in Rishikesh
    • h2 Hours
    • lRishikesh
    • NNNNN1 review
    • Yogendra Rawat
      Supplier
      Yogendra Rawat

    About the activity: 

    Brilliant environment, enchanting weather, clear skies, and crisp mountain air provide just the right platform to take on a sport like Giant Swing in Rishikesh. 

    The jump height of 83 m is from India’s first fixed platform and highest bungee jump site and you get to spend exhilarating time at the drop zone in Mohanchatti, a quaint village across the LakshmanJhula.

    Choose time slots available from 09:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 pm and 02:30 PM and you can take a half hour bus ride on an AC Luxury Coach to the game point. 

    Move on to the bungee platform, where you’ll be fitted on to a seat with chest harness.

    Feel the initial free fall as the ropes take over to give you a smooth swing similar to a pendulum. 

    After a gutsy jump, you’re filled with enthusiasm to last lifelong. The end of the swing lowers you to 2 feet deep water below, from where you’ll walk to the nearby cafeteria. 

    Recollect the episode, collect memorabilia and Dare to Jump Certificate, and head back to Rishikesh.

  • 10Flying Fox, Jodhpur

    Flying Fox, Jodhpur
    • h1 Hour
    • lJodhpur
    • NNNNN15 reviews
    • Benedict Massey
      Supplier
      Benedict Massey

    About the Destination:

    The Chokelao Garden, where the Flying Fox booking office is located in Jodhpur, is a sanctuary of sprawling greens, shady trees and fragrant flower borders which proves to be a haven from the desert sands of Marwar.

    About the Activity with Details:

    This enthralling Jodhpur flying fox activity consists of 6 zip lines up to 270m long and lasts an approximate 1 to 1.5 hours. This exciting activity lets you glide serenely over the majestic Mehrangarh fort and offers stunning views of the Blue City of Jodhpur along with an aerial experience of two desert lakes and the Rao Jodha Eco Park.

    The Flying Fox Jodhpur begins with your arrival at the starting point where you get a comprehensive verbal and written safety brief and a practice session on a short trial zip line. The 6 zip lines are the Chokelao Challenge (115m long), Ranisar Rollercoaster (170m), Chhota Wallah (70m), Jai Jodha (270m), Rajput’s Revenge (160m) and the Magnificent Marwar (300m). These zip lines soar high above the Rajasthan countryside and offer magnificent views such as those of Chokelao Palace and Garden, Mehrangarh Fort, Balsamand Lake Palace, Ranisar Lake and the Rao Jodha Park.  

    Activities: Ziplining

    Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours

    Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate

  • 11Flying Fox, Rishikesh

    Flying Fox, Rishikesh
    • h1 Hour
    • lRishikesh
    • NNNNN1 review
    • Brig SP Singh
      Supplier
      Brig SP Singh

    About the Destination:

    Replete with surreal natural beauty, Rishikesh in Uttarakhand enchants with Ganga River, woody hills and serene atmosphere. All this makes your experience of adventure sports all the more memorable.  Shivpuri Village is a quaint little village, 15 minutes’ drive upstream from here forms the perfect base of Rishikesh Flying Fox adventure.

    About the Activity with Details:

    Feel the excitement as you flit away over River Ganges with a rip-roaring round of Flying Fox Rishikesh adventure.

    In this activity of around 1 hour, you will glide down a sequence of ultra-strong cables or zip lines, attached by a harness and pulley.Assemble at Shivpuri Village. Post prepping you up with safety guidelines and necessary equipment, two zip lines send you across the white water rapids at Shivpuri. Savour the view of the mighty Himalaya’s and feel the pleasant wind on your face.


  • 12Jet Skiing and Parasailing in Goa

    Jet Skiing and Parasailing in Goa
    • d1 Day
    • lPanaji
    • NNNNN1 review
    • Lester Fernandes
      Supplier
      Lester Fernandes

    About the Destination:

    A hotspot for the beach and party lovers, Goa is often referred as the 'Party Capital' or the 'Beach Capital' of India. Situated on the coastal regions of the stunning Arabian Sea, this smallest state in of the country also serves as an ideal destination for the water sports lovers.

    A chance to manoeuvre through the magical waters of Goa along with enjoying aerial views of the scenic beaches and the waters as well, this activity is one of the most befitting packages for the water sports lovers. Starting with a powerful Jet Ski ride, this package also offers you an aerial ride.

    About the Activity with Details:

    Make it to the Mobor Beach that is located in Cavelossim to enjoy jet skiing and parasailing in Goa. Arriving at the beach, attend a quick briefing session from the activity guides and facilitators about various water sports in Goa. Post this; get geared up with the life jackets and get onto one of the Jet Skis to enjoy an enthralling ride over the delightful waves.

    Apply your manoeuvring skills and utilize the high power of the jets before you go for an aerial ride. Once done with the jets, hop into the parasail and soar through the open blue sky. Reach up to a height of 150m in no time and enjoy the stunning bird's eye views of the beach and the waves.

    Activities: Jet Ski, Parasailing

    Difficulty Level: Easy

    Paragliding Height: 150m

  • 13Paragliding in Goa

    Paragliding in Goa
    • h1 Hour
    • lNorth Goa
    • NNNNN1 review
    • Ram
      Supplier
      Ram

    About the Destination:

    Whether you are looking for fun and adventure on the land, water or air, Goa proves itself as one of the most befitting holiday destinations in the country. Located on the shores of the Arabian Sea and embraced by the stunning beauty of the pristine nature, the party capital of India attracts visitors from across different corners of the globe.

    Be it the array of water sports, adventure and fun activities, sightseeing option and places to visit, Goa never allows any dull moment to its visitors. On this exciting journey, you can participate in Paragliding in Goa, one of the most fun frolic and enthralling activities in Goa and witness the aerial view of the party capital of the country.

    About the Activity with Details:

    Arriving at the Arambol Beach during the daytime, get yourself with some of the dos and don'ts from the paragliding guides and instructors. Post this, get geared up with all the safety equipments and take your seat in the harness; an expert guide will accompany you during the ride.

    Once set with all the safety measures, take this exciting flight for around 15 minutes, fly above the picturesque Arambol Beach, witness its alluring beauty with a bird's eye view and the stunning water bodies around the beach. Enjoying a delightful and fascinating flight, land back on the ground and conclude this enthralling experience of paragliding in Goa.

    Activities: Paragliding

    Duration of the Activities: 15 Minutes

  • 14Microlight Flying in Bangalore

    Microlight Flying in Bangalore
    • lBangalore
    • NNNNN23 reviews
    • supplier
      Supplier
      Code: 5500832

    Date of activity: All Sundays. Tentative timing: 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM (exact timing will be notified a day before).

    About the Destination:

    Fondly known as the Garden City, the destination of Bangalore opens up many allures. While it is close to some great weekend getaways of South India, the city itself hosts many entertainment and engaging avenues. The activity of microlight flying in Bangalore will take place close to Yelahanka. A charming suburb of Bangalore, it boasts of a rich heritage. The locale is surrounded by lakes, out of which the two main ones are Yelahanka Kere and Puttenhalli Lake. The latter is also a bird sanctuary.

    Your setting will be Jakkur Airfield that is the only dedicated general aviation field in the city. It sprawls over 214 acres.

    About the Activity with Details:

    Give flight to your fantasy of soaring with an exhilarating round of microlight flying in Bangalore. The experience is nothing short of exciting as you rise above at 4000ft. Flight can seat 2 people in total and you would have the job of a co-pilot. Once at the top, enjoy the sweeping views of landscape below.


  • 15Acrobatics Paragliding In Kamshet

    Acrobatics Paragliding In Kamshet
    • lKamshet
    • NNNNN21 reviews
    • supplier
      Supplier
      Code: 8336750

    About the Activity:

    Tandem paragliding in Kamshet or the mecca of adrenaline junkies, is the best way to spend your weekend! Located at a height of about 2,200 ft above sea level, this adventure hub has a wide expanse of luscious, thick greens surrounded by placid lakes and hilly terrains, all combined to take your breath away! Located about 110km from Mumbai and 45km from Pune, acrobatics tandem joyride in Kamshet lures adventure lovers to the paragliding paradise for a ride of a lifetime!

    Soar through the skies and enjoying the captivating aerial views! Tandem paragliding in Kamshet is the place for you to give wings to your dream of flying amidst the clouds. Join this 20 minutes enthralling flight and manoeuvre through the azure sky! Trained pilots are at the ready to take you on an adventure joyride and perform different exciting acrobatic moves in the air. To name a few, there are the SAT, Spiral, Wing Overs, Ridge Dancing and a few others based on your stamina and the weather!


  • 16Paragliding Joyride in Saputara

    Paragliding Joyride in Saputara
    • d1 Day
    • lSaputara
    • NNNNN1 review
    • supplier
      Supplier
      Code: 4984319

    About the Activity:

    • Be prepared to fulfill your dream of flying, with paragliding over this tiny, yet picturesque hill station.
    • Suitable for all types of visitors where experienced gliders fly solo, and beginners experience the rush of paragliding accompanied by able pilots.
    • The glides are specially designed to carry both the instructor and passenger for an exhilarating experience without any worry.
    • Enthusiasts are provided with a proper briefing session equipping them with the required skills and confidence for this amazing adventure!

    Timings: 08:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 05:00 PM -  07:00 PM ( Sunset)

  • 17Paragliding in Bir-Billing

    Paragliding in Bir-Billing
    • h1 Hour
    • lBir - Billing
    • NNNNN1 review
    • supplier
      Supplier
      Code: 4039754

    Bir, a small town in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh is well known for its majority Tibetan population, beautiful monasteries, educational institutions and NGO’s. Crowned in the lap of the majestic Dhauladhar Ranges in the background, this tiny town is set in one of the most picturesque setting.

    Lying 28km from this stunning town of Bir, is another quaint town known as Billing. The entire stretch joining these two towns is abundant with idyllic natural beauties. Stunning mountain hamlets and fruit orchards along with lush-green terraced fields are staple to the region. Apart from scenic landscapes, paragliding in Bir-Billing is one adventure that has been enticing tourists from all over the world.

    A perfect getaway destination for a nature’s lover, one can enthral in a quiet stroll while feasting on the bounties of nature present here. While for an adventure seeker Bir-Billing paragliding experience is something that would quench their thirst for adventure!                                                                  

    About the Activity :

    Situated at a soaring height of about 2300m, Billing is a tempting destination for all paragliding enthusiasts. With this fascinating Bir-Billing paragliding experience, get ready to witness majestic views of Dhauladhar Ranges and the entire stunning Kangra Valley!

    Your paragliding experience head starts with your drive from the Bir Village to the launch site that is located round 14km apart. Arrive anytime during daytime for an astonishing paragliding experience that provides you with stunning aerial view of the entire place!

    The flying time varies, and depends on your preference; however, before you get ready with your glider, you will be briefed about some basic and required Do’s and Don’ts of flying. Once you are comfortably tied and adjusted in your glider along with a trained professional, get ready to fly like a bird.

    The landscape around the region is ideal for flying, fly high in the company of mighty Himalayas. Feel the thrills! Cherish these wonderful moments post your paragliding in Bir-Billing experience comes to an end.

    Timings:  Anytime during the Day

    Activities: Paragliding

    Difficulty Level: Easy

  • 18Power Paragliding in Sohna, Gurgaon

    Power Paragliding in Sohna, Gurgaon
    • lGurgaon
    • NNNNN19 reviews
    • supplier
      Supplier
      Code: 9482413

    About the Activity:

    • Power Paragliding in Sohna, Gurgaon, is one step ahead, if you are done with exploring all the available adventures on land and water. Enthral in this delightful tour.
    • The resort is built with the aim of taking people back to their roots. Adventure junkies can fulfil their dream of flying high in a motored paraglide which is a powered paraglide that operates with the help of an attached motor, harness and a propeller. 
    • Fly under the expertise of trained pilots who assure you a fun-packed aerial time, rest can delight in various activities available in the resort itself with these amazing paragliding in Sohna Gurgaon.
    • Fulfill your childhood desire of flying like birds. Indulge in an exciting Air Safari that takes you on a flying tour on the suburbs of Delhi. Enjoy a stunning aerial view of lush-green grasslands and amazing farm houses while gliding in the air.
    • Glee in this amazing experience of paragliding at Sohna, Gurgaon for 30 minutes.

Attractions

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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


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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.

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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.

 

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.