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  • 01Camping and Rafting at Chillout, Rishikesh

    Camping and Rafting at Chillout, Rishikesh
    • d3 Daysn2 Nights
    • lRishikesh
    • NNNNN1 review
    • Thrill-On
      Supplier
      Thrill-On

    Situated on the banks of the holy Ganges in Rishikesh, Camp Chillout is the hub for adventure junkies. This 3 days rafting camp takes you through some of the raging and tempting rapids in the Ganges.

    Thrill and adventure begins with your arrival at the campsite. Reach around noon, attend a briefing session by the experts and check-in into your assigned tents. Post lunch, get into the safety gears and embark on the exhilarating trail with a 10km rafting session till the Shivpuri campsite. Manoeuvring the easier rapids for around 1 hour, reach the Shivpuri campsite and drive back to Camp Chillout. Arriving at the camp, unwind over a warm cup of tea and snacks. A campfire followed by dinner will keep you amused in the evening.

    On the second day, have breakfast around 7 am, get safety tips from the guides and prepare yourself for the fun and excitement ahead. Three Blind Mice, Crossfire, Return to Sender, Roller Coaster and Golf Course are some of the rapids you will cruise today. In addition to the 26km long stretch of rapids, you can also indulge in body surfing and cliff jumping in Rishikesh. Rafting for the day concludes with your arrival at the Laxman Jhula. Post this, drive back to the campsite for lunch. Afternoon can be spent by participating in a volleyball match near the campsite or a hike to the nearby village followed by campfire and dinner in the evening.

    The third day morning, post breakfast in the camp at around 8.30 am, take a 30 minute drive to Kaudiyala and prepare to row down through ‘The Wall’, which is one of the most exhilarating rapids in the country. A grade-IV rapid, it is highly recommended for the experienced paddlers and is known for flipping the rafts. However, instructions make it easy to cruise through this rapid. Upon crossing this 9km long rapid within 1 hour, return to the campsite and revitalise with a wholesome lunch. Post lunch, relax a while, depart the campsite and embark on your return journey to Delhi.

    Duration: The activities would be spread over 3 days

  • 02Rishikesh Day Tour

    Rishikesh Day Tour
    • d1 Dayn2 Nights
    • lRishikesh
    • NNNNN1 review
    • Thrill-On
      Supplier
      Thrill-On

    An auspiciously located land where the Ganga emerges from the Himalayas is Haridwar’s undeniable significance. Whilst Rishikesh is a gateway for trekkers, a bag packer’s delight, and a place for spirituality. Over two days, this tour gives a whiff of both these Himalayan stunners. Catch Haridwar’s cityscapes, its several temples, bathe in the swift flowing Ganges, offer prayers and move on to Rishikesh for a serene spiritual experience and some sightseeing.

    Your tour begins with an early transfer from Delhi to Haridwar around 6am. After a 6 hour hilly terrain drive reach Haridwar around noon, hotel check-in, have lunch and relax. Over the next five hours you’ll be guided around Haridwar to visit Manasa Devi and Chandi Devi Temples, Hariki Pauri, and take a dip in the Ganges. Return to Hariki Pauri around 7pm to see the Ganges come alive with thousands of flickering lamps burn away to light the dark skies. Stay overnight at Haridwar.

    Next morning around 9am, transfer to Rishikesh. Your sightseeing tour stretches over 5 hours. Head upstream the Ganges to visit Ram Jhula, Laxman Jhula after lunch enroute. Visit Triveni Ghat, Bharat Mandir, Parmarth Ashram to complete the spiritual retreat. Head to Delhi around 3pm and arrive in Delhi around 10pm.  

  • 03Heritage Walk, Delhi

    Heritage Walk, Delhi
    • h5 Hours
    • lNew Delhi
    • NNNNN1 review
    • Chanchal Verma
      Supplier
      Chanchal Verma
    • 499

    Lulling you with the old world charm is the quaint Old Delhi also known as 'Purani Dilli'. Catch the pulse of the dynamic city life as you saunter through the vibrant and eclectic streets. With the guided heritage walk, explore the little paths that offer hidden delights.    

    The highlights of the experience that begins at 10am and lasts for 4-5 hours include visiting the revered and resplendent Jama Masjid. Built by the prolific Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is here that you can relive Mughal grandeur. It is one of the largest mosques in Asia and several devotees throng here to pay their respects. Also take a stroll through the spice market where the sweet aroma of the spices comes wafting through. Embrace yourself with the rich history and colourful culture of this fascinating place. Other places covered include Chandi Chawk cloth and other goods whole sale market, famous street food places, Gauri Shanker Temple, Gurudwara Sis Ganj with narrow passages of old Delhi. 

    Duration: 4-5 hours 

     

  • 04Desert Experience in Tented Camp, Jodhpur

    Desert Experience in Tented Camp, Jodhpur
    • d3 Daysn2 Nights
    • lJodhpur
    • NNNNN1 review
    • Ajit Rana
      Supplier
      Ajit Rana

    A night camp experience, touring a Rajasthani village, watching the sun set over the sandy dunes, drive over the undulating landscape and visiting the homes of two ethnic communities – all this is packed into the 3 day Desert Experience Camp. Conducted near Jodhpur - also called the ‘Sun City’ – the culturally rich and adventurous camp is a great opportunity to know more about this state while enjoying the touristy must-dos as well.

    This 3 day camp begins when you are picked up from the meeting point after lunch around 2pm and driven to the camp. A short hike up the hill and you will be witness to a beautiful sunset over the sandy horizon. The evening is spent in enjoying the bonfire and barbeque dinner after which you retire to your tents for the night.

    Early next morning, after breakfast around 8am, the desert experience drive commences over dry riverbeds and the sandy terrain. After that, come the visits to the homes of the Bishnoi and Pittal community where the hosts let you in their abodes for you to observe their lifestyles and traditions. Post a picnic lunch, another riverbed drive follows and onto a village where you will be accorded a grand welcome in a traditional Rajasthani ceremony. A walk through the village allows you to soak in the typical rural ambience as you are witness to the lives of its residents. After returning to the camp, you will freshen up before eating a sumptuous dinner and head to your tent for the night. The third day morning, you will head back to Jodhpur after breakfast around 8am.

    Duration: 2 nights and 3 days

  • 05Udaipur Country Side Walk

    Udaipur Country Side Walk

    Away from the hustle and bustle from city life, the tribal village of Sisarma is a place untouched by the effects of time. Surrounded by majestic hills, it is one of the few virgin spots left in the country.

    This tour of roughly four hours starts and ends at the Mountain Ridge between 6am to 3pm daily.  From the starting point, you can witness the untouched, pristine beauty of the valley nestled between majestic mountains. The guided walk offers you a sight of several trekking routes. View the fascinating peaks of The Brothers, up in the northwest. On the north, towering on the landscape lies The Monsoon Palace. Another route heads to the shrine of Ubeshwarji and the placid waters of the Bari Lake.

    The tour allows you to interact with the local Bhil tribe and other villagers and provides an opportunity to learn more about rural life, its belief and customs. When here, you can relax over a cup of tea and snacks at the country guest house where a host will be available to satiate your curiosity about rural India. The tours are custom-made according to the route that you wish to travel, but all roads lead you to the same goal – a time when life was simple. 

    Duration: Around 4 hours

  • 06Jaipur Food Tour

    Jaipur Food Tour

    On the guided Jaipur Food Tour stretched over 6-7 hours, you get to savour various street items and traditional dishes from carefully selected eateries. As you drop in to the oldest and best food joints in the city, you’ll stop over to admire local sights too.

    You can choose to have your rendezvous with authentic Rajasthani food either in the day at 9am or in the evening at 4pm. A pure Indian meal journey, treat your palate to different types of rabid, multigrain breads, authentic mithai(sweets), snacks like kachorisand special chai (tea) made on charcoal fire.

    Relish the contrasting flavors of the famous sweets and savories of the cuisine at time-tested eateries as you walk through the city’s by lanes. Take a break from yummy food and head over for some sightseeing to HawaMahal and Galtaji Temple. Continue the eating spree with a large-hearted meal consisting of breads, curries, desserts and sweet lassi. Stop over at traditional shops run for generations. Watch glimpses of daily life from rooftops of ancient havelis(mansions). With a content tummy, get dropped to your accommodation.

    Duration: 6-7 hours 

  • 07Flying 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

  • 08Neemrana Flying Fox Adventure, Rajasthan

    Neemrana Flying Fox Adventure, Rajasthan
    • h2 Hours
    • lAlwar
    • NNNNN12 reviews
    • Benedict Massey
      Supplier
      Benedict Massey

    About the Destination:

    One of Delhi’s favourite escapades, Neemrana is an ancient historical town in Alwar district of Rajasthan, situated about 100 km from Delhi. The Fort Palace is reputedly known as India’s first heritage hotel and a 5-Star location. Neemrana is also one of the best destinations that is famous for its adventure-driven activities.

    About the Activity with Details:

    Neemrana Flying Fox adventure consists of 5 zip lines up to 400m long and lasts an approximate 2 to 2.5 hours. This exciting activity lets you glide serenely over the majestic Neemrana , Aravalli ranges and offers stunning views of the Rajasthan countryside. 

    The activity 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 5 zip lines are the Qila Slammer (330m long), Where Eagles Dare (400m), Pussy Galore (90m), Goodbye Mr Bond (250m) and The Big B (175m). These zip lines soar high above the Rajasthan countryside and offer magnificent views of the Aravalli Mountains and the Neemrana Fort-Palace. 

    Activities: Ziplining

    Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours

    Difficulty Level:  Easy to moderate

  • 09Nag Tibba Trek 2017, Uttarakhand

    Nag Tibba Trek 2017, Uttarakhand
    • d2 Daysn1 Night
    • lDehradun
    • NNNNN42 reviews
    • supplier
      Supplier
      Code: 6691309

    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.

  • 10Manali to Leh Cycling Tour 2017

    Manali to Leh Cycling Tour 2017
    • d12 Daysn11 Nights
    • lLeh
    • NNNNN20 reviews
    • supplier
      Supplier
      Code: 6804037

    About the Destination:

    Fixed departure dates: 18-06-2017, 02-07-2017, 16-07-2017, 12-08-2017, 26-08-2017

    Manali to Leh cycling expedition is a scenic ride traversing through some of the highest passes in the world making it one of the most challenging rides to beat. Cutting across beautiful trails with the Himalayas serving as the perfect backdrop, one can cross Tanglang La, the world’ second highest motorable pass standing at 5280m before entering Manali. The route from Manali to Leh is straightforward with the roads either being completely dirt or tarmac.

    In the Manali Leh cycling tour explore rougher dirt tracks while making some tough climbs along with gut-wrenching descents. Everyday the distance covered ranges from 40 to 80 km traversing altitudes over 4000 m. Not only will this invigorating route comprise cycling from Leh in the Indus Valley to the alpine Kullu Valley covering a total of 470 km, but it also cuts across three mountain ranges of Zanskar, main Himalayas and Pir Panjal Range. Altogether one exceeds 29000 feet in altitude  crossing passes like the Khardung La, Tanglang La and Baralacha La (4890m). 

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    Whether on the east, west, north or south, India has some of the natural marvels that attract plenitude of tourists from across the globe. From towering mountain ranges like the Himalayas, never-ending oceans like the Bay of Bengal or Indian Ocean, thick and fascinating forests, the country takes pride of housing all of them.

    However, moving to the north of India that comprises of states like Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Delhi, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, one can find an endless list of tourist places. Each of this state has its own charm, magnificence and attractions.

    While in Delhi, one cannot miss the glorious Red Fort, Qutub Minar, India Gate and other important landmarks, Himachal Pradesh takes the pride of being one of the highest visited tourist places in North India. 


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.

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