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5 Best Places To Visit Near Rohtang Pass

Posted by Sidhiroy on September 10, 2021

 
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Rohtang Pass is nature's greatest spectacle, located 50km north of Manali in the Eastern Pir Panjal. It connects two beautiful Himachal Pradesh valleys - Manali & Lahaul & Spiti. Rohtang, which means "ground of corpses," was given to this pass due to the many people who died trying to cross it. However, many travelers still visit it every six months, when it is open and accessible to the public.

Bikers and adventurers brave slippery roads and dangerous curves to reach Rohtang Pass, Manali. This effort pays off as you are greeted with snow capped mountains and the opportunity to breathe in the fresh mountain air while enjoying the challenge of a difficult journey.

 

These are the most beautiful places you can visit when you travel to Rohtang Pass Manali. Continue reading to know more:

 

  1. Solang Valley – The Adventure Hub

A popular destination for skiing in India, Solang valley is near Manali, hence Rohtang Pass. It is ideal for snow skiing or sliding in snowy conditions in winter. Parachuting, paragliding and zorbing are all popular summer activities.

2. Picturesque Rahala waterfalls

A popular but rarely photographed waterfall, Rahala is 16 km from Manali towards Rohtang Pass. Its breathtaking descent from 2500m above sea level is the highlight of this waterfall. The beauty of nature is a delight for shutterbugs. The drive from Rohtang to here is difficult due to the narrow roads and slippery curves. Therefore, it is recommended to hire a bus or cab.

 

3. Chandra And Bhaga Rivers - A Breathtaking Confluence

The Shivalik Ranges of the lesser Himalayas glaciers melt, and they flow down, holding their course until they become Chandra or Bhaga rivers. After their confluence, they flow across the Spiti Valley and are called Chenab. It is a spectacular view because of its perfect confluence. It is located to the southeast of the Rohtang Pass, and it is worth a visit for anyone who travels up into the lower Himalayan region.

4. Lahaul and Spiti Valley - Nature Lovers Favorite

Lahaul & Spiti Valley is reached by 2.5 hours of driving along NH 505. The drive covers 145km. The Himalayan mountain desert, located in northeastern Himachal, is the land that connects India and Tibet. The valley is home to monasteries, nature's adventures, and nomads.

 

5. Khoksar village: Find Your Cozy Home Here.

Khoksar, a charming village in Lahaul's Lahaul district located 19km from Rohtang, is Rohtang. It is also the coldest area in the region. However, it is home to some of the most beautiful dhabas in the area and is highly recommended. You can travel during summer when the snow may have melted, and Rohtang's beauty will be awe-inspiring!

 

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Top 7 Wildlife Sanctuaries in Rajasthan to Plan a Wildlife Getaway in 2021

Posted by Shiva Rathore on September 09, 2021

 
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Are you planning to enjoy an exciting vacation trip? Then what’s better than going to an exotic wildlife sanctuary in Rajasthan that makes an unforgettable journey and holiday trip with near and dear ones. With plenty of wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan that has made it an oasis for innumerable species of rare birds and mammals. Right from green forests in Mount Abu to the stunning dry grasslands of the desert, wetlands of Bharatpur to lush deciduous forests of Aravalli hills, and the varied topography of Rajasthan Tour Package attracts many migratory birds.

Treat your eyes by witnessing the birds and experience the natural retreat of the wildlife sanctuary. If you are planning a wildlife getaway in 2021, then these are the top 7 wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan Wildlife Tour for spending some time in its wilderness.

Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary, Kota –

Wildlife lovers in Rajasthan can have a lot of exciting experiences and Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary gives the best experiences of excursion in nature. This wildlife sanctuary was declared as a protected reserve in the year 1955. Formerly the land was a hunting ground for the Maharajas of Kota. The sanctuary is a home of tigers, rhinos, deers, tigers, leopards, antelope, and more.

Best time to visit – October to March

Kailadevi Wildlife Sanctuary, Karauli –

The Kailadevi Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan as an excursion to the Ranthambore Tour Package. When Ranthambore was declared as a national park in 1980, the adjacent vast grasslands were converted into a sanctuary. It serves as an example among environmentalists for forest protection resolution.  

Best time to visit – September to March

Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary, Chittorgarh –

The Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary is stretched over the western border of the Vindhyachal Mountains which is spread to a total area of 15290 hectares. The Picturesque grasslands and vivid landscape of the sanctuary are a real delight for nature lovers. Spot a wide variety of wildlife species like Panthers, Jackals, Hyenas, Cheetah, Antelopes, Mongoose, and Wild Boars.

Best time to visit – October to February

Jaisamand Sanctuary, Udaipur –

The stunning and pleasant city of hills, valleys, and lakes welcomes you to one of the best wildlife places to explore in the Udaipur Tour Package. The sanctuary is located on the banks of Dhebar or Jaisamand Lake – the second largest artificial lake in Asia. The shores are covered with teak forests while the fauna is widespread like crocodiles, langurs, chital, turtle, and more.  

Best time to visit – July to August

Desert National Sanctuary, Jaisalmer –

Located close to Jaisalmer, this is another famous sanctuary of Rajasthan. Desert National Sanctuary sprawls to an area of 3162 sq kilometers or area forming the largest national parks in India. The diverse desert ecosystem is also unique and filled with birdlife. Great Indian Bustard, Kestrels, Sand grouse, Laggard Falcons, are the most common birds to see in Jaisalmer Tour Package.

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Kumbhalgarh –

The Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary is one of the best places to visit in Kumbhalgarh. It is located in the district of Rajsamand and covers an area of about 578 sq km while surrounding the borders of Kumbhalgarh Fort. The animals you will see here in the sanctuary include hares, four-horned antelopes, sambhar, nilgai, jungle cats, sloth bears, etc.

Best time to visit – October to March

Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Mount Abu –

Located in Aravalli Hills, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at an elevation of 300 meters to 1722 meters. This sanctuary is home to many exotic flora and fauna species. Its diverse land comprises a variety of trees, shrubs, climbers, and tuberous plants. You will find a huge variety of animals like tigers, lions, leopards, and more other fauna species on a safari tour in Mount Abu Sightseeing Tour.

Rajasthan is best known as the land of majestic forts, royal palaces, ancient temples, and many historic attractions. It remains to buzz with tourists all around the year to see its enriched beauty and these wildlife sanctuaries enthrall everyone with their rich wilderness. So, while planning a vacation in Rajasthan, make sure you take some time to enjoy a safari in any of these wildlife sanctuaries in the Rajasthan Trip Package to plan a wildlife getaway in 2021.

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Grass root perspectives from Corbett National Park

Posted by Susan Sharma on September 06, 2021

 
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Rafting in the rapids of Ganges at Rishikesh

Posted by Deependra Dobriyal on September 05, 2021

 
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River Rafting in Rishikesh

White Water Rafting or River Rafting in Rishikesh is an extreme adventure activity for adventure seekers. The objective is to go downstream at a fast speed on river rapids on a rubber inflated raft. River Rafting is one of the most performed and popular adventure activities around the world. Rapids and water at a fast pace are essential for performing this activity. Teamwork and coordination are a must to perform this activity. People from India and other countries visit Rishikesh to experience this thrilling water sport.

Rafting in Rishikesh Stretches:

There are four popular rafting stretches in Rishikesh:

9 km River Rafting – Brahmapuri to Lakshman Jhula stretch

This River Rafting stretch is 9 km long. It is the shortest stretch for river rafting in Rishikesh. Kids, old people, and beginners can try this stretch. Brahmapuri is located 8 km from Rishikesh and takes 20 minutes to reach the rafting point.

  • Duration – It takes around 1.5 hours to complete.
  • Difficulty Level – Very Easy.
  • Grades of Rapid – I and II
  • Popular Rapids – Sweet sixteen, Black Money, terminator & Hilton and Double Trouble.
  • Cost – Rs 600 only

16 km River Rafting – Shivpuri to Lakshman Jhula stretch

16 km river rafting in rishikesh from Shivpuri

This Rishikesh Rafting stretch is 16 km long. It is the most preferred rafting stretch among people. The starting point is Shivpuri, located 15 km from Rishikesh and takes half an hour to reach.

  • Duration – It takes around 2.5–3 hours to complete including cliff Jumping
  • Difficulty Level– Easy
  • Grades of Rapid – I, II and III
  • Popular Rapids – Roller Coaster, Three Blind Mice, Club House and CrossFire
  • Cost – Rs 1000 only

26 km River Rafting – Marine drive to Lakshman Jhula stretch

This Rishikesh Rafting stretch is 24 km long. Marine drive to Lakshman Jhula rafting stretch is ideal for people who already experienced 16 km Shivpuri rafting. Adventure seekers crave for this stretch as it has 10 rapids. Marine drive is located 22 km from Rishikesh.

  • Duration – It takes around 4 hours to complete.
  • Difficulty Level– Medium.
  • Grades of Rapid – I, II, III and IV
  • Popular Rapids – Golf Course, Wall, and Roller Coaster.
  • Cost – Rs 1500 only | Book here

35 km River Rafting – Kaudiyala to Neem Beach stretch

Kaudiyala to Neem Beach rafting is 35 km long. It is the longest Rafting Stretch in Rishikesh. The starting point is Kaudiyala located 35 km from Rishikesh.

  • Duration – It takes around 7 hours to complete.
  • Difficulty Level– Hard, preferred mostly by people who had a great level of expertise in River Rafting.
  • Grades of Rapid – All grades I, II, III, IV, and V.
  • Popular Rapids – Daniel’s Dip, Wall, Double Trouble, Club House and Golf Course.
  • Cost – Rs 2500 only
 
 
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Best season for River Rafting in Rishikesh:

March to June end is the best time to experience River Rafting in Rishikesh as during hot summer; people crave a cold splash of river water. Rafting in Rishikesh operates throughout the year except in the Rainy season (Monsoon). Therefore, river rafting is not operational during July, August, and September in Rishikesh.

In December, too, despite the cold weather, there is a massive demand for people who want to enjoy rafting because of the zeal they have in them for this adventure activity.

 

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Kedarkantha Winter Trek

Posted by Sidhiroy on September 02, 2021

 
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DEHRADUN TO SANKRI

It is a spectacular 210km drive that takes you through the most beautiful forests of Dehradun. Sankri village is located at an elevation of approximately 2,000m. The trek takes you through the Govind Pshu Vihar National park and is possible in any season. The trek takes you through lush grasslands in summer. In winter, it gives you stunning views of snow-covered forests and high Himalayan peaks. There are many trekking routes to Kedarkantha. You can leave the trek from Sankri or Kotgaon, or Gaichawan Gaon.

 

By road: This 10-hour drive takes you through dense forests, which become engulfed by snow in winter.

SANKRI TO JUDA LAKE

Juda Lake (also known as Juda ka Talab) is a high-altitude lake between Sankri and Kedarkantha. This pristine lake is surrounded densely by forests, making it an ideal camping spot for trekkers on this route. Legend has it that Lord Shiva untwisted the locks to create the tiny lake. The road climbs steeply after crossing Sankri village. Along the route, you might see locals doing their daily chores. Winter is when the lake freezes and the surrounding area is covered in snow. Beautiful photos can be taken by stopping at streams that run through green fields during summer.

 

JUDA LAKE TO KEDARKANTHA BASE CAMP

You will leave Juda ka Talab the following day to trek to the Kedarkantha Base Camp, approximately 4 km away. It will take approximately 3 hours to get to your destination if you walk at a moderate pace. It passes through pine and oak forests along steep ridges. In summer, the route will be dotted with shepherds' huts, but it becomes a magical white land in winter.

 

KEDARKANTHA BASE CAMP TO KEDARKANTHA PEAK AND BACK TO THE HARGAON CLAMP

 

Start the next day at a 6 km pace from the Kedarkantha base camp to reach the Kedarkantha peak at 3,800m.

This section is not easy, but once you reach the summit, it will be worth it. The 360-degree view of the surrounding peaks (Kala Nag, Bandarpoonch and Swargarohini) is amazing.After a rest, you can take photographs and then descend to the Hargaon camp (Horegaon), at 2,700m. You will reach this camp by evening. Here you will be staying.

HARGAON TO SANKRI VIA JUDA LAKE

The 6-km trek takes approximately four hours. Through dense pine forests, you will quickly descend approximately 800m. Winter will bring you through deep and soft snow. You can easily slide or run down the snow because of its steepness. Local hotels are available for overnight stays.

SANKRI TO DEHRADUN

Spend the final day on your trek exploring Sankri village and the beautiful forests of Uttarakhand. Before you head for Dehradun (around 200 km), make memories.

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Mehrangarh Fort | Biggest fort in Rajasthan

Posted by Kamal on September 02, 2021

 
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Mehrangarh Museum has a completely unique importance as a repository of the creative and cultural records of the huge regions of Central Rajasthan and Marwar-Jodhpur. The museum boasts exemplary examples of seventeenth, 18th and 19th century collections for the fields of Miniature Paintings, Arms and Armours, Textiles, Decorative Arts and Furniture.

 

The Museum includes seven Period Rooms i.E Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Takhat Vilas, Sardar Vilas, Jhanki Mahal, Dipak Mahal, Moti Mahal and six Galleries namely, Howdah Gallery, Palanquin Gallery, Daulat Khana, Painting Gallery, Textile Gallery and Arms Gallery.

To visit Mehrangarh, hire a taxi service in Jodhpur and go to explore the Mehrangarh Fort.

The Museum has additionally participated in many global exhibitions all over the global, showing and sharing the rich background of Marwar, and interacting with prestigious establishments in the subject.

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Art Classes for Kid that can Really Help Your Child

Posted by Art Adventures on August 25, 2021

 
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You can even get Homeschool Programs as per your needs. We additionally provide after college programming for kids age 8- 14 seeking out greater artwork know-how in special fields. ​ Adult lessons are geared towards growing a portray talent set the use of water color and acrylics- normally that specialize in surroundings and animal portray.

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Spirit of the Kikar Trees

Posted by Neha Gupta on August 19, 2021

 
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decided then and there that I would go and visit the Mangar Bani. 

Mangar Bani is among the few remaining pristine forest areas left in the Aravali hill ranges around Delhi and Haryana, in the misst of which the Delhi-Faridabad-Gurgaon highways also run. It is also a sacred grove and a Paleolithic archeological site, that has remained relatively untouched over the years. Villages do exist close to this eco-sensitive area. Despite its sensitive and important significance, governments in the past have not done enough to protect it. As it fell under the villages' jurisdictions, as common land or Panchayat land, the locals took some care till some decades ago, but slowly with increasing commercial activity, the area began to get affected. Environmentalists who are trying to protect the Aravalis from illegal or even legal mining, various forms of development and dangers have been concerned about it. 

I knew nothing about this place till very recently. Why suddenly then did I become interested in this place? Mangar Bani entered my imagination in the past weeks because of various things that occurred around me. Some relatives of mine live in Faridabad and we drove down to meet them - we have haltingly begun to make a few visits now in these pandemic days. To reach Faridabad we pass the ridge road, that includes parts of the Aravali’s protected, and not so protected sections. The Asola Bird Sanctuary is here and access to it has been recently re-opened. Conservationists have been working to improve these parts. This part of the hills, or what remains of them, has seen much destruction because of the typical type of highway development. There has been a growth in apartments, hotels and large farms for holding weddings. A few religious centers have also opened, there are also some Gaushalas. Beer and Wine shops have been always been around. Some villages have existed in these areas since long but have expanded - some legally some illegally - as constructions began or squatting families who work as serving classes in the newly growing apartments settled down. 

Most of these working class people bought plots of land from dubious owners who had taken this common or government land, or encroached forest land and converted it into plots. This time as we were visiting our relatives, we learnt that one such village, or sections of it were being demolished as they are in unauthorized land. There was much anger and protest among the slum residents. The families are lower middle class or poor. Many fall outside the rehabilitation criteria the authorities have decided on. They say, why are you removing us after years, when we have built pukka homes. We bought these plots with our own money. Investing the few lakhs they did is no small feat for a poor family. Its not an investment they can repeat again in this generation at least. If these lands were illegal why were we not stopped earlier, they ask? Fact is, everyone knows that these purchases were dubious, but is this not how the poor buy and settle into property in cities across India? It is wrong and sad. But this is how it is. 

Part of the reason to demolish these homes is that they come under forest area. There has been growing advocacy to save the Aravali range and its reducing forest cover in the past decade. Perhaps before it is too late, to finally bring some regulation in this endangered area. As usual though the attempts to clean up the situation hit the most vulnerable first. Not that that is an excuse to let them be. Tough decisions may be needed. Yet one has to wonder if some of the hotels, marriage halls and apartments – those who had to power to convert their also illegal or less legal purchases into legal ones – will they ever face the music? After all it is they who are pulling ground water, pulling on resources and creating deeper harm. And after all where the elite and middle class go, their serving class follows. 

Seeing all this I felt a sense of pain for this beautiful Aravali range and people in it. As a child I loved our drives though these hilly roads, it felt like a picnic. A mini trip to the hills without getting out of town. There are Nilgai, foxes and jackals, peacocks and porcupines living in these trees of kikar and babool – the trees that can survive and give coolness even in the harsh desert-like heat of Delhi. Migratory birds visit and even leopards were known to cross certain corridors here. Its not all about the forest area though. Even the village life adds a charm to the area. Even now one sees more local cow varieties, surely healthier and cleaner cows than usual, an occasional banjara family, people clad in local clothes heading about their business. Yet too, it is sad, that human interests and nature’s interests which can be one, are now against each other. We are made to choose, between people and trees - such has been our style of development – with no plan, no vision, everyone grabbing what they can, while they can. 

Just a few days later I read another breaking news about this area. In Mangar Bani - a different section of the Aravalis from the area getting demolished - Prehistoric cave paintings which appear to be dating to the Upper Paleolithic age have been found. That means that they are perhaps 20,000 to 40,000 years old (Before Present), older than Bhimbetka’s caves in Madhya Pradesh that are 10,000 years old. It is ironic indeed. In this one last bastion of undisturbed forest of the urban Aravali, this new finding has arisen. To some extent it is good – because finally there may be reason for governments to actively protect and preserve this area. But who knows, even this is after all human intervention. What shape will it take? 

The last few days it has been raining. In the pandemic we hardly go out anyway, and the humid rain wraps everything in a gentle and comforting mist. Sitting at home everything feels in balance. When you step out, the madness of the road is scary. Things were mad before too, and I even liked the hub-hub of the streets. Now it feels different. With much of the world in climate chaos, everything feels false, ready to break apart. As I look for new jobs, most seem so meaningless now. Why would anyone put their energies in selling a product, doing some new fancy research and what not. Where is life itself?

So Mangar Bani pulled me with a vague sense of meaning-ness. I met Rajeev (name changed), who works for a Wildlife Club, and has photographed the area a lot and actually was among those who ‘discovered’ the now exciting cave paintings. They had existed before the eyes of the villagers for decades but are now suddenly national news. We both walked among the path that his organisation takes people on nature walks for. The yellow, dry sand is now sticky after the rain. For a while at least. The trees drip a little. There is also plastic here and there, though it reduces as we go in. I wonder what will be the destiny of this area 10 years from now? As we approach the parts close to the sacred grove, our sense of wonder grows. The memory of another age, when man adjusted to nature, rather than the other way round. When there was a silence which today’s children know nothing of.

Maybe even then human hearts beat with a sense of longing and desire to know the world. Maybe they too fought the forest, feared it and attacked it. So maybe they weren't any better than us. For us though both those humans and the trees have become one, a combined and maybe constructed nostalgia whose ochre imprints are drawn as ancient art on the cave walls. 

We both meet here the friend who walks with us always, but whom we hear not. The silent companion, the communion of humans and nature, because we are one, both in our coexistence and our destruction.  Humans fight each other, rich often get away and the poor suffer. But the poor too are violent. What else will they be – this is the structure of our world. Conquer to survive. All because we cannot hear our constant friend. In the sacred grove we meet and we can hear. The spirit of the Kikar trees. Of a Delhi that has seen so much destruction that is has become numb to it. In the mist of the rain during the pandemic we can feel it. It tells us that all things are in a web and if we saw this, felt this, we will just stop in awe. But how can we?

In the Aravalis still the cacophony remains – hotels, farmhouses, miners, wine shops, slums, gaushalas,  ashrams, masjids. So many agendas, even  well-meaning, yet so divided. And here do emerge these prehistoric paintings. Such beauty, where will it find place in this ugliness? Is its discovery a celebration or an ugly joke? We three wonder silently. 

Note: This is a fictional story. I did not actually meet anyone (only in spirit). Also, since i wrote this piece, there have been initiatives to even take action against other illegal structures in this area, not just the slum. Date: 8th August 2021http://redpeachtree.blogspot.com/2021/07/spirit-of-kikar-trees.html?m=1

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