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  • India is a vast and varied country, having many places to visit and explore. Hiking destinations in India is broad and vast. When it comes to hiking in India, India has plenty of places where this activity is possible. Hiking is a good way to experience and appreciate the outdoors and get in touch with nature.

    There are some oft-visited places in the country which are popular among one and all. These hiking regions witness hundreds of backpackers every year.

    Here is our list of the top hiking destinations in India:

  • Hiking the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh

  • 01The Grand Indrahar Pass, Himachal Pradesh

    The Grand Indrahar Pass, Himachal Pradesh
    Image Credit : Raman Sharma - flickr
    This is essentially a mountain pass which is also one of the top hiking destinations in India. Located in the Dhauladhar range in the Himalayan section, the trekking start off point is the Galu temple. The Galu temple is located in Dharamsala. On the way you can see Triund – which is a camping ground. You must also visit the Lahesh Caves on the way. Triund and Lahesh Caves are popular camping points for hikers through the Grand Indrahaar pass. The trek ends at Chamba.

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    The hiking expedition lets you experience the Dhauladhar range and Pir Panjal Mountains. The hiking trail is moderately difficult. On the way you hike through green pastures and navigate through dense forests. These are Deodar and Rhododendron jungles, and if you have never been to a tropical forest, then this could be an enchanting experience. You also trudge on the ancient Gaddi Shepherds trail.

    Hiking through this pass is an amazing experience. You can see the Mani Mahesh Kailash peak. The snow clad Panjal Range will never cease to delight you. The best time to visit this place is between May and October.


    Indrahar Pass Trek, 2017

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  • 02Trekking in Manali, Himachal Pradesh

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    Manali is the epicenter of adventure in Himachal Pradesh and is one of the top hiking destinations in India. There are numerous things to do and see here. Be it adrenaline pumping outdoor sports, or experiential hiking trips, Manali has all the options. The best place to start hiking in Manali is the Solang Valley. It is also called locally as Snow Point. You can trek up to this point or take a public bus.

    From Snow Point, you hike up to Dhundi passing naturalistic settings along the way. You can engage a local guide to help you get to the place. Along the way you will see the Beas River. The mountain water is icy cold on most times of the year. Purple Rhododendron flowers stand in an inviting stance throughout the hike. The Solang Valley hike in Manali is the most engaging and enlightening hiking destinations of them all.

    There are some popular day hikes in Manali. Some of them are Bijli Mahadev and Dashaur Lake. The former is a trek to Bijli Mahadev and back. The latter is a 5 km trek from Manali to the Dashaur Lake and back. For first time hikers, a day hike is recommended. And Manali presents so many options for the same.

  • 03Seven Sisters Trek, Himachal Pradesh

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    Looking to scale a peak and hoist your flag when hiking In India?  An easier option is the Seven Sisters inHimachal Pradesh. Located in the Western Himalayas, this group of peaks is one of the most wonderful places on Earth. This place is full of apple orchards and dotted with ancient wooden temples. The mountains have pleasant climatic conditions which makes it one of the ideal top hiking destinations in India.
  • 04Hampta Pass Trek, Manali 2017

    Hampta Pass Trek, Manali 2017

    About the Destination:

    Hampta Pass trek is giving each adventure lover an option to discover the unique landscape on the Manali side in Himachal Pradesh. It is a dream like an experience through the unusual and special one climbing out across the lush green valleys of Kullu to reach the overhanging mountains. From the top, you will witness the magnificent view of a different world below, the beautiful yet deserted Lahaul. The panoramic sweep of the valley from the summit will be a sight that will not leave you forever.

    An integral part of Manali’s topography, which is India’s favourite adventure zone, this trek is voted amongst the easiest of trails and most attractive to beginners. An exciting activity, being around Hampta Pass opens a whole new beautiful world. Coupled with a stopover at the eerie and placid Chandra Tal, this journey is replete with adventure and scenic moments.

    About the Trek:

    The Hampta Pass trekking package for five days has the starting point as Manali, the famous hub for all types of travel. From Manali, you will be taken to Jobra and then to Chika located at a height of about 10100 feet. All these routes will have plenty of greenery, River Rani and the mountainous stretches on one side. Dhauladhar Ranges can be seen from Chika as you climb up to reach Balu ka Ghera and the impressive journey to catch the first glimpses of some of the best peaks in the Himalayas will be tremendous. Commonly referred to as the White Range, you’ll notice the mighty towers in Dhauladhar Ranges occupy the entire frame with meadows and flower-filled valleys dotted for the company.

    What awaits you next are the gradual slopes until you reach the mighty Hampta Pass and on the way, Hampta Village will be your host for some time. Discover the serene calmness that surrounds the valley, you might meet shepherds at this high altitude pass who visit the valley to nourish their sheep with the special grass that grows around the area.

    Your trek to the massive Pir Panjal Ranges and the ultimate destination of the trek is the beautiful Chandra Tal located amidst the pristine surroundings dominated by the white peaks and clouds above. A confluence of three paths – Hampta Pass, Spiti, and Rohtang Pass and the green paradise will accompany you to achieve the height of about 14,100ft.

    On the fifth day of Hampta Pass Trek, you will travel from the lake directly to Manali after crossing Rohtang Pass and the humid Kullu Valley and the arid Lahaul and Spiti Valley and conclude the trip with multiple memories created in the midst of such a splendid serenity.


    Quick Facts:

    Temperature:  Day: 13°C-18°C and Night: 0°C- minus 7°C

    Trekking Distance:  34km

    Maximum Altitude: 14,100ft

    Difficulty Level: Moderate 

    Airport: Bhuntar airport which is 52 km away from Manali

    ATM: You will find ATMs in Manali

  • Hiking the Himalayas in Uttarkhand

  • 05Kedarkantha Trekking, Uttarakhand 2017

    Kedarkantha Trekking, Uttarakhand 2017
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    About the Destination:

    Situated in the Garhwal Himalayas, Kedarkantha trekking in Uttarakhand is an amazing experience for those who enjoying spending time in nature. One of the often visited locations, the area’s natural beauty is complemented with quaint hamlets, unending lush green meadows, and some terrific sights of the towering Himalayan peaks.

    The snaking trail to the 3,850m tall summit goes through Govind National Park, which offers an exclusive glance of the Himalayan flora and fauna. With views of peaks like the Swargarohini, Banderpooch, Black, and Ranglana, the highlight of the trail is undoubtedly sunsets against the backdrop of impressive snow-capped mountains.

    Altitude: 3,850m

    Temperature Range: -5 to 20 degrees celsius

    Total trekking distance: 36km


  • 06Kuari Pass Trek 2017, Uttarakhand

    Kuari Pass Trek 2017, Uttarakhand

    Fixed departure dates to join a group are 

    December:24,25,27,30
    January: 6,13,20,27
    February: 3,10,17,24

    About the Destination:

    Kuari Pass, a place with a lot of mesmerizing sights to relish is situated in Garhwal Himalayas. If you are a beginner in treks, then Kuari Pass trek would be the right step to start with. On the route, you will find numerous beautiful forests which are really old with blooming rhododendron and oak trees. There is an interlude of meadows which gives the forest entry so beautiful every time. The region is used extensively by the local shepherds, and it is a great activity to explore one of the richest meadows in the Himalayas to get a full view of the splendid snow-clad peaks. Their imposing and scenic presence can be witnessed from atop Kuari, which literally means “a getaway”.

    The mountain views coming to your from the first day of the trek are the major attraction about Kauri Pass trek. Mount Nanda Devi, Dronagiri and some other peaks are the first ones visible and as you climb more, the array of several mountains will come to welcome you. It is always a splendid sight to gaze at the sky with the mountains touching the clouds every other time.

    The campsites are also a pleasing inclusion every trekking expedition to Kuari Pass has. After each day’s trek, the camping will be the time which lets you get refreshed and prepare for the next day’s expedition. The Chitrakantha campsite amidst the thick forest or the Khullara campsite letting watch you the peaks rising in the background will be equally suitable to have a rejuvenating stay while Kuari Pass trek is processing.

    About the trek:

    Kuari Pass trek for six days would enable you to witness the holy destinations in the Himalayas and it starts once you reach Haridwar and then the drive to Joshimath will be a beautiful one showcasing the pilgrim spots located at different places. Devprayag, Bhagirathi and Alakananda confluence, and Joshimath will take you to the enthralling moments with their unbeatable naturalness. 

    Chitrakantha and Chaukhamba will be arranging the most exotic sights to surprise you with their enjoyable serenity and the valuable views of the Himalayas from the summits. Leaving Chitrakantha to reach the Tali Top will be a difficult one but what are waiting for you atop Tali will definitely let your hearts bewitched. Lush meadows and well-defined tracks can be clearly seen from Tapovan and staying in the middle of alpine meadows would soothe your heart surely. 

    Nanda Devi Peak, Rishi Ganga River, and the views of the mighty Himalayas from Kuari Pass will be stuck to your heart forever. The chilling wind at the top has something special always to drag you to the unending charm of the place and let you remain in a heaven like feeling for a while. When you come to Auli, you get a separate invitation as it is the best destination for skiing and the serenity has a lot to do here. The trek to Kuari Pass winds up at Haridwar after you reach there via Joshimath, the same route you took to reach Kuari Pass top.

    Quick Facts:

    Trip Starting From: Haridwar

    Temperature:  Day: 13°C-18°C and Night: -3°C-4°C

    Trekking Distance:  33km

    Maximum Altitude: 12,516 ft

    Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate 

    Railway Station: Haridwar is the nearest railway station 

    Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

    ATM: ATMs are there in  Joshimath.

  • 07Doon Valley Trek, Garhwal, Uttarakhand

    Image Credit : Dr. Umesh Behari Mathur - flickr

    Hiking in Garhwal is always an exhilarating experience. You trek through flower meadows and thick forests. The Har Ki Doon Valley presents you varied flora and fauna. Hiking through the Har Ki Doon Valley is a 50 mile trip. It is only for trekkers who like to hike in fair weather conditions. You will hike through a steady gradient in the valley and is relatively easier compared to Himalayan trails where you have to navigate from one valley to the other.

    Geographically it is located in the Garhwal Himalayas, the Har Ki Doon valley is cradle shaped but you cannot see its shape when on the ground! There are numerous snow covered peaks in this place. The alpine vegetation is one of the prime attractions in these regions. The valley is snow clad throughout October to March which is generally avoided. The hiking trails through this valley pass through remote villages such as Gangaad, Seema and not to forget Osla which is an overnight camping spot.

    On the way you will encounter the Tamsa River. If you are hiking here during the monsoon season, this river is swollen and flows at full capacity. Further into the trail, it bends into gorges and deodar forests. You can choose to stop at Torluka, stay at the Forest Rest House or the accommodation provided by the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam. From Torkula, the trail gets tougher. You will have to navigate through this rugged terrain to ultimately reach Osla.

  • 08Clouds End Trek, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

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    Clouds End is a resort in Mussoorie. It was initially purchased from the Swetenhams of England by Durga Ram Agarwal as their summer retreat center. He was instrumental in making this huge area a resort. Over the years, this resort has grown in popularity with hikers and campers. Wilderness enthusiasts hiking in India spend many weeks in these serene settings.

    The surrounding area is spread over more than 2000 acres offering plenty of avenues to experience some of the best hikes in India. There are thick oak and deodar forests spread across the area. There are numerous species of flora and fauna that exist here. Camping here brings you back to living in a bygone era. If you are looking for a complete lifestyle overhaul for some time, then this is the place for it. Apart from hiking, you can also do horse safaris, and numerous other adventure activities.

    There are plenty of activities that you can do here. You can climb a hill. Walk among deer. Try to entice a pheasant. You can setup a perch point and look at the Himalayan snow peaks that stretch for a distance of 250 kilometers. You can hike up to the Jwala Devi Temple. You can head off into the Benog Mountains to see quails. From here you can see the estate of George Everest. There are so many activities to do here that this place befits a mention in the top hiking destinations in India.


  • 09Nag Tibba Trek 2017, Uttarakhand

    Nag Tibba Trek 2017, Uttarakhand

    About the Destination:

    Nag Tibba trek or the trek to the Serpent’s Peak is a wonderful delight for adventure lovers from all over the world since it showcases the best serenity and exciting trekking routes through thick jungles and meadows. Nag Tibba is extensively located at a distance of about 3022 meters making it an ideal weekend getaway destination especially for adventure trekking. Many people find this very interesting to refresh themselves from routine boring work life. Comparatively it is a less explored trekking route near Mussoorie but with so much to witness and relish. Garhwal Himalayas are the pioneering protector of Nag Tibba and this is the highest peak in the range. The rich flora and fauna in the forests one will find before reaching the peak are the main attraction that keep trekkers come back to attend its reverberating beauty. It is an amazing option to enjoy the views of Bandarpoonch Peak, the Gangotri Peaks, Kedarnath Peak, Changabang Peaks and the Doon Valley.

    Nag Tibba is a circular trek which has a different finishing point from the starting point and there is no overlap on the trails you covered once to reach the peak. A contrasting landscape will be visible while you descend down from the summit. Some quaint villages and extremely beautiful Deodar forests will welcome you warmly and they will give you the refreshing atmosphere to make your tiredness go away.

    The camping experience offered with this trek would be the additional essence of the trip. Once you get the feeling of staying amidst a perfect space to look at the sky and gaze at the twinkling stars, you will surely come back to relive the moment. Also, Nag Tibba trek is highly recommended for beginners or those with reasonable physical fitness.

    About the Trek:

    This particular Nag Tibba trek package is for two days starting from Dehradun after you arrive at the railway station or bus stand and from there, you will be taken to Pantwari and then to Nag Tibba Base Camp. A drive of around 85 kilometers and a trek for 8 kilometers would be needed you to reach the base camp. Nag Tibba temple will also be covered on the first day of the trek. Then what is waiting for you would be the completely refreshing bonfire session and dinner. 

    Nag Tibba summit is just 3 kilometers away from the base camp where you will be able to watch the never aging beauty of some great peaks like Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, Kedarnath and Gangotri. Then the descending route will be different and you will need around 8 kilometers walk to reach Pantwari and then a drive to Dehradun will conclude the tour.

    Quick Facts:

    Temperature: 16-25 degrees (days) and 8-16 degrees (nights) during March, 14-22  degrees (days) and 6-14 degrees (nights) between September and December

    Trekking Distance:  15km

    Maximum Altitude: 9,910ft.

    Difficulty Level: Easy

    Railway Station: Dehradun is the nearest railway station 

    Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

    Base Camp: Sankri (10 hrs drive from Dehradun)

    ATM: You will find ATM's in Dehradun.

  • 10Snow Trek to Deoria Tal and Chandrashila Peak, Uttarakhand 2017

    Snow Trek to Deoria Tal and Chandrashila Peak, Uttarakhand 2017

    About The Destination:

    To be spellbound by the natural splendour of the Garhwal Himalayas, take a snow trek to Chopta, Deoria Tal and Chandrashila Peak, that offers you the best of trekking in Uttarakhand. Not only will you get a chance to surpass breathtaking pastures laden with snow, anyone can take this trek due to the easy terrains and comfortable trails. The first bit of the trek comprises a walk up to Deoria Tal Lake at 2438m surrounded by dense thickets all around. This trail does not comprise of much snow which explains the easy start to the trek. The sight of the lake reflecting the mighty Chaukhamba Peak, located nearby, is a vision worth marveling at.

    The next bit of the trail is the hike up to Chopta peak laden with beautiful blankets of snow in winter. Upon arriving at Chopta peak, marvel at the expanse of snow surrounding the environs. Due to the snow conditions, either camps will be set up or arrangements will be made in some homestays dotting the area. There is also the trek to Tungnath temple at 3680m, known to be the highest Shiva shrine in the world. This trail offers magnificent views of Bandarpoonch, Kedar and Chaukhamba peaks. After a 1km long trek from Tungnath is the top of Chandrashila peak at 4000m that gives a panoramic visual on the gorgeous valleys and snow-peaked mountains around.

    Adding to the serenity of this expedition is the experience of residing in the charming lodges in Kund that overlooks the Mandakini river under the Kedar peak. 

  • 11Har Ki Doon Trek Via Jaundhar Glacier, Uttarakhand 2017

    Har Ki Doon Trek Via Jaundhar Glacier, Uttarakhand 2017

    About the Destinations:

    Nestled away in the heart of a cradle shaped valley, the trek to Har Ki Doon valley is known to be one of the most stunning and picturesque treks in Uttarakhand Embraced with scenic alpine meadows and striking greeneries, the beauty and splendour of this portion of the Garhwal Himalayas is credited by snow clad peaks, panoramic views of the Himalayan Range, gurgling rivulets and much more.

    Locally known as the 'Valley of Gods', trekking through this eternal meadow is one of the best experiences and is rewarded with mesmerising views of the glaciers, mountain ridges, ancient temples, appealing caves and high altitude villages. According to the legends, Har Ki Doon valley shares its history with the age of the Mahabharata and holds an important place in the Hindu mythology.

  • 12Roopkund Trek, Uttaranchal 2017

    Roopkund Trek, Uttaranchal 2017

    Available Group Departure:
    May 2018: 5,12,19,26

    About the Destinations:

    A trek to Mystery Lake of Uttarakhand i.e. Roopkund Lake is a must-do for an avid trekker! Battling several adversities common to the Himalayas, this water body perched in the laps of the snow-clad Mt. Trishul is situated at an altitude of 16,499ft.

    Most attractive for the human skeletons lying at the bottom of the lake, which are distinctly visible when the snow melts, the lake is swarmed by the plenitude of visitors.

    The route along this trek is a fascinating journey of discovering the most pristine of the Himalayan contribution of oak and blooming rhododendron forests. A moderate trek, the trek trails through mountainous rivers, enthralling ridges, lush forests and scenic meadows.

    About the Trek:

    Blessed with deep virgin forests, gurgling brooks, breath-taking campsites and the beckoning meadows Roopkund trek is a must do trek for you. Get a chance to taste adventure as you climb from 8,000 ft to 16,000 ft in a period of 8 days. The adventure starts for you from the second day onwards as you start trekking to Roopkund Glacial lake. Take the Lord Curzon trail starting Lohajung and follow a steady uphill trek through the Lohajung Pass and then reach the Bedni River. 

    Get a chance to admire the stunning view of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges as you trek from Didna Village to Ali Bugyal on your third day. On your fourth day, you will be trekking from Ali Bugyal to Ghora Lotani and witness the beauty of the Himalayas. Also, spot a Himalayan Magpie on the way. On your fifth day you will be trekking from Ghora Lotani to Bhagwabasa, here you will face the challenges of high altitudes, zig-zag trails and the icy cold winds. Passing through Kalu Vinayak, you will finally reach Bhagwabasa. 

    On your sixth day, you will pass from Bhagwabasa to Roopkund Lake and then to Bedni Bugyal. The uninhabited landmark in the laps of Mt. Trishul has overwhelmed many travellers with its innumerable stories. Admire the charming Garhwal Himalayas in full glory extending up to Gangotri. On your seventh day you will start trekking back from Bedni Bugyal to Lohajung and pass through the hundreds of blooming rhododendrons and then take a steep turn for the Neel Ganga and arrive at Wan. You will complete you trek on the eight day. Roopkund trek is definitely the one which will make your dream come true of trekking in the mountains.

    Roopkund Trek Highlights:

    - Feast your eyes as you see the gurgling brooks, breath-taking campsites during this amazing Roopkund trek.

    - Enjoy camping near the cascading water and the clean night sky under the billions of stars. Also, enjoy a small bonfire with your friends.

    - Trek through some of the most alpine and forests of fir, Rhododendron, and Oak.

    - Get a chance to witness the rare flora and fauna of this region as you continue your trek.

    - Feast your eyes at the majestic view of the Mt Trishul looms over the place as you continue climbing.

    - Enclosed by mountains, this is the perfect place for taking some amazing photographs.

    - Admire the imposing Chaukhamba range, Neelkanth peak, Kedarnath, Kedar Dom.

    - Spend some time staring at the might white peaks and pass through the small streams on your way.

    - And also meet the local people here and share a cup of tea while you learn about their culture.

    Quick Facts:

    Temperature: Day: 13-18°C and Night: 0-7°C

    Trekking Distance:  53km

    Maximum Altitude: 115,696

    Difficulty Level: Moderate To Difficult 

    Railway Station:  Kathgodam Railway station is the nearest railway station 

  • Hiking the Himalayas in West Bengal

  • 13Tiger Hill, Darjeeling, West Bengal

    It is from Tiger Hill that you can view the majestic contours of the Himalayas and Mount Kanchenjunga. If you tread all the way to Tiger Hill, be ready to be treated with breathtaking views. The magnificent sunrise and sunset views provides a perfect photography spot. March and June is the perfect time to visit this spot. During this time Tiger Hill is frequented by hundreds of people to experience one of the best hikes in India. In fact thousands of people climb the hill during this time every day.

    You should try to get here by pre-dawn to witness the sunrise. During this time, the mountains are painted by the sun’s rays in vivid colors such as yellow, pink and purple. After witnessing the splendid sunrise, you can hike to Ghoom – which is a scenic town. On the way you can see beautiful tea plantations that will amaze you to no end.

  • 14Singhalia Ridge Trail, Darjeeling, West Bengal

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    Experience the Singhalia Ridge Trail in the heart of a beautiful city, Darjeeling in any month other than July to mid-September. During this time, this park is not open for the public. Darjeeling is one of the picturesque destinations in the country. When you get here, you will be amazed at the plenitude of options available. Whether it is to take a break from the hot summer season or to conduct hiking activities, the fringes of the Himalayas have plenty to offer.

    There are immense number of activities to do in Darjeeling including hiking, mountain biking, ride in a Toy train etc, that are really awesome and the breathtaking views of Darjeeling are the treat to eyes that will you a baggage full of beautiful memories.

    The most popular is the Singhalia Ridge Trail. If you are staying while in transit through the trail, you must make advance bookings in Darjeeling for accommodation. This hiking trail in Darjeeling is the most adventurous and exciting of them all. You take this trail only if you are willing to expend some thrills on the way. Local guides have expert knowledge on how to navigate the trail without a hitch.

  • 15Darjeeling to Kurseong Trek via Old Military Road, West Bengal

    Image Credit : Ankit Agarwal - flickr

    The Darjeeling to Kurseoung trail via the Old Military road is considered one of the top hiking destinations in India. This is essentially a one-day hiking trail. Due to this, it is a very popular one amongst first-time hikers. The expedition starts off in the picturesque settings of Darjeeling and ends at Kurseoung.

    The Old Military road is an amazing sightseeing route to take. One point of interest is the Mag-Dhog Yolmowa Buddhist Monastery. Also known as Aloobari, this monastery was built by Sri Sangay Lama. Construction of the monastery began as early as 1914. This was the same year that the First World War erupted. Hence, the monastery got the name Mag-Dhog – which means avoiding war.

    Apart from the monastery, the coffee plantations are worth a visit. These plantations stretch over several acres of land and offer one of the best hikes in India. These sloping lands have narrow passages for people to walk through. Along with coffee plantations, there are plenty of tea estates as well. These sprawling tea estates give off the aroma of tea leaves. 

    The freshness of the air is unmistakable. You will feel like you are in one of purest environments on Earth. One of the reasons to this is that the estate owners take special care that the environment that these plants grow in is pure and verdant.

  • Hiking the Himalayas

  • 1610 Days/9 Nights Goecha La Trekking in Sikkim , 2017

    10 Days/9 Nights Goecha La Trekking in Sikkim , 2017

    About the Destinations: 

    If you want to live a Himalayan trekking experience to the fullest, attempt the Goecha la Trekking in Sikkim. For, it takes you on a fulfilling and rich journey that has you capture the Himalayan framework like no other trek. Originating from the historic Yuksom settlement (1,780m), the trail ascends to pass through really old rhododendron forests to land at clearings formed by high altitude alpine meadows.

    With the incredible view of the Kangchanjunga, the highlight of this experience is the Goechala Pass (4,940m) from where the second tallest Himalayan peak seems just an arm’s distance away.

    Just right for a seasoned trekker, the Goechala trek in Sikkim puts forth challenges of subtropical bamboo forests, luxuriant ferns, and dense forests of oak to eventually open vistas that provide uninterrupted views of the Kanchenjunga.

  • 17Chadar Trek - Frozen River Zanskar Trek - 2018

    Chadar Trek - Frozen River Zanskar Trek - 2018
    Fixed departure dates to join a group are
    Jan: 15,17,18,19,20,22,23,24,25,28,29,30,31
    Feb2,4,5,6,7,8,10

    Bagpackers package - 17,800/-
      -  8 nights/9 days chadar trek
      -  Meals during the trek
      -  Accommodation -  7 nights in tents and 2 nights in guesthouse on Quad sharing.
      -  1 Trek guide leading the group
      -  1:3 porter to trekker ratio

    Premium package - 22,500/-
      -  8 nights/9 days chadar trek
      -  Appropriate and nutritious meals during the trek.
      -  5+ years experience Trek Leader and 2 Trek Guides leading the group
      -  Accommodation - 7 nights in tents with clean sleeping bags with outer and inner lining, thick mattresses to stop the cold, premium tents to sustain extreme temperature. 2 Nights in a premium         guest house with room heaters. Tented accommodation is on triple sharing(double sharing for a couple) while guest house accommodation is double sharing.
      -  Portable oxygen cylinders along with big oxygen cylinders during the trek.
      -  A separate dining tent, multiple toilet tents, 1 separate cook and 2 helpers for making food arrangements.
      -  All the central equipmentes like ropes, harnesses, ice-axe, etc.
      -  Both-ways transfer in cars from Leh to trek starting point
      -  Drop on the last day.

    About the Activity:

    - Ladakh has always captivated visitors with its magical charm and beauty. Be it the picturesque mountain peaks, azure lakes or the challenging trekking trails, this scenic valley is known for all. While during the summers, the region adorns the most vibrant colour of the nature, during the winters it is embraced with heavy snowfalls that cuts off the entire region from the rest of the world.
    - Nestled deep within the whirly passages of the snow-clad mountains, this frozen river also entices thousand of trekkers from different corners of the world.
    - Popularly known as the 'Chadar Trek' due to the formation of the thick blanket of the snow, it is considered as one of the challenging as well as tricky treks in the world. 
    - In some places, there may be cracks in the ice and when this happens, the only way to continue with the trek is to hike through the snowy rocks and boulders beside the river. 


    Quick Facts:

    Temperature: -15 to -20 degrees (during the day) and -25 to -35 degrees (during the night)

    Trekking Distance:  75km

    Maximum Altitude: 11,123ft

    Difficulty Level: Difficult 

    Airport: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh

    Tips for Chadar trek

    1) Prepare your mind first: This is a difficult trek that comes with a lot of extremities. From the weather to physical requirement. Train your mind to expect and accept the sub-zero level. Do bear in mind that there is life which exists there as well; for centuries Chadar is used as the only way to commute to Leh during winters. Your mental strength will signal your body to withstand the cold climb.

    2) Be Warm: Next is to keep oneself warm as the temperature falls severely on this trek. To keep going and not be deterred by the weather conditions, use 4 layers for the Torso that includes ,a jacket and a wind sheeter which is waterproof and has a fleece lining. For the bottom, a base layer, thermal underpants and waterproof pants with a fleece lining, should suffice. Make sure your fleece and jackets have zips down the front so that you can unzip them as the day grows progressively warmer.

    3) Keep a woolen cap and gloves (a must).Essentially you need to sleep well during the night to keep you fresh for the next day of trek. Keep an insulating water bottle to keep your sleeping bag warm during the night. Use Silk liner inside your bags to keep it warm enough.

    4) Footwear: Hiking shoes + Gumboots At occasions, trekking on the Chadar involves wading through knee-deep cold water. Though hiking shoes are highly recommended, gumboots help keep your shoes and feet secure from the icy cold water. It is practically impossible to dry anything at Chadar, so gumboots are a compulsory and a crucial addition to the footwear.

    5) Expect sweet pain: The Chadar is a glossy, slippery sheet of ice and will never let you walk carelessly. But no matter how careful one is, everyone falls and slips more than once on the Chadar. If you fall, just get back up by rolling on your knees and keep walking with confidence. Gumboots might give you shoe bites, but you’ll get used to it as you walk.

    6) Observe and keep moving: The locals can give you a firsthand training of how to cross the lake on your foot. On a closer observation, you would notice that they walk fast and take Penguin like strides on the ice. As you watch them, you will learn their ways of manoeuvring around on the ice blanket and learn when it is wiser to wait than to carry on or the reverse.

    7) Keep your electronics warm: Extreme cold climate can ruin electronics. Hence keep them warm by keeping them safe by tucking them into your pockets closer to your body it will keep them warm and long-lasting.

    8) Protect your fingers and toes: In sub-zero temperatures, fingers and toes are the most exposed and can be frozen resulting in bad pain when camping. Carry waterproof woollen socks and gloves. An extra pair of socks would help as they gather moisture while wearing gumboots.

    9) Warming pads: Warming pads are very helpful for those who feel cold sooner than others. These are exothermic pads to be slipped in your gloves and socks. They release heat and keep you warm for up to 10 hours.

    Do's and Dont's on Chadar trek

    Do’s of Chadar Trek

    - Needless to say that one should inform one’s family before coming for this trek, so in case of any emergency, they can come for help.

    - The temperature extensively drops down in the region. Therefore, it is advisable to keep warm clothes and shoes at hand. The shoes should also be waterproof.

    - As there won’t be any pharmacies on our trek, please do carry required medications and a first aid kit, in case of any bruises or cuts.

    - The area of this trek has hardly any shop to stop for food or drinks, hence it is advisable to carry water and energy giving food like energy bars and other eateries to be had at regular intervals. We also travel with plenty of water.


    Dont’s of Chadar Trek

    - It is the responsibility of every trekker to maintain the serenity of the surroundings. Thus, one should not litter anywhere and spoil the magnificence.

    - The wonderful waterfalls should not be contaminated by the use of shampoos and soaps. Thus one should avoid using them. The local habitat tribes use this water for drinking purpose so one should keep it as clean as one expects its drinking water to be.

    - When meeting monks or other locals on the way, pinpointing is not advisable as they make take offense.

    - Respect the serenity of the shrines and thus one should never disturb the monks or prayers in the monasteries on the route.

    - Trekking in the Frozen River is certainly a difficult task and thus, one should not try to be over-smart. Following the tips and guidelines is a must to carry out this trek safely.

    You can choose from 2 different packages this season for your Frozen River Trek:



  • Hiking the Eastern Ghats

  • 18Nagalapuram Trek, Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh

    Image Credit : Ravi S. Ghosh
    Nagalapuram has grown in popularity with hikers over the past decade and has become one of the top hiking destinations in India. It has become a favorite destination for chronic trekking enthusiasts given its proximity. The clean water pools and trekker-friendly environment is what became Nagalapuram’s claim to fame. There are many well-known trekking trails in this place. One of them is Nagalapuram Hills.

    Nagalapuram Hills is a vast place spread over more than ten thousand acres. Here the trails run along streams. At all times you will be walking beside streams and jumping across them from boulder to boulder. There is another exhilarating trek that connects Nagalapuram and Tada. This is locally known as marathon in mountains given its difficulty level.

    That is why Nagalapuram is one of the toughest hiking destinations in the country. But the difficulty in hiking is compensated from the sights that are on display here. The scenic charm of the place is outstanding. The mountains of Nagalapuram have so many scenic delights that they look straight out of an adventure travel movie.


  • 19Araku Valley Trek, Andhra Pradesh

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    Araku Valley is located between Vishakhapatnam and Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh. This place is known for its verdant greenery and has some of the best hikes in India. There are plenty of hills, thick forests, and waterfalls in the Araku Valley. The valley is spread across an area of 36 kms. The valley is located on the Eastern Ghats of India. There are many ethnic tribes living in this area still.

    The hiking trails in Araku are moderately difficult. When in transit you will see the tribal habitation and their culture in full display. Hiking routes take you through these tribal villages. Along the trail you can also see the Barezolla Park. Then there are the Bora Caves which is a popular spot. The Bora Caves to Katiki Water Falls hiking trail is a popular one too. In the Araku Valley that you will see the Jindhagada Peak. This mountain is the highest in Andhra Pradesh and is one of the top hiking destinations in India. There are separate hiking trails to this mountain and beyond.


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, plenty of people come for an Andaman and Nicobar trip to see 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. One should add this Island to their itinerary if they planning a trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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. For a perfect honeymooning in Andaman, you should must visit this beach.

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.

Rejuvenate your soul and be a water baby: Explore best of Andaman here!

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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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Hemis Monastery

The biggest monastery in the North India is Hemis Monastery, one of the must visit attractions in Ladakh region. Set on the foothills of Indus, Hemis Monastery has 200 branches and over 1000 monks are staying there. It belongs to the red sect Brokpa of Buddhist order. Here the young Lamas are trained for the royal monasteries at Leh, Shey and Basgo.

History

Hemis Gompa came into existence 17th century and it was built by Chapgon Gyalshas and from then on the gompa was getting the royal patronage of Ladakh till now. But there is a saying that the monastery was founded by the first incarnation of Stangsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso. After the missing of the head Lama in 1956, a young 12 year old boy from Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh has been recognized as the head Lama of the gompa.

Structure of the monastery

The biggest monastery in the region has a surprising architecture and the building is quite appreciable. There are a lot of big statues and stupas decorated with stones and also the splendid collection of thankas. The collection of thankas is believed to be the largest and it would be shown to the public once in 11 years.

Location: Hemis Village is located 43 km south of Leh town and it is very easy to reach the monastery by bus or jeep.

Timing: 08:00 am to 01:00 pm and 02:00 pm to 06:00 pm

Entry fee: INR 100

Highlight: Hemis Festival is the prime attraction at the monastery which celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche. The tenth day of the Tibetan lunar month every 12th year is the date of festival.


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