The Adventure Trek of Kasol-Kheerganga

The Adventure Trek of Kasol-Kheerganga

Himachal Pradesh is a place full of adventures. There are a lot of adventures one can do whether they are treks, rafting, bungee jumping, sightseeing, cable car, etc.

One of these adventures is the Kasol – Kheerganga Trek. The trek is one of the most popular treks in India.

Kasol

Kasol is a small village nestled in the hills of  Parvati Valley in Himachal Pradesh. It is a popular spot among hippies, backpackers, trekkers and nature lovers. The nearby village is Malana (famous for Malana Cream) and is deep-rooted in the Hippie culture. Kasol is a hub for Psy parties and every year attracts many tourists from across the World. Kasol is calm and quiet and will give you vibes of OM Shanti!

Kheerganga

Kheerganga is another small village that lies at the end of the Parvati Valley. It offers numerous waterfalls, hot springs, snow-capped peaks, and all-around lush green forests. Parvati Kund or hot spring pool is very famous among the Hindus and Sikh people as they believe the water has sacred healing properties.

Kheerganga offers amazing views of the Parvati River and the snow-covered Lahaul Spiti Valley.

The Adventure Trek of Kasol-Kheerganga

The Amazing Kasol- Kheerganga Trek

The Parvati Valley provides stunning and captivating views of the Himalayas. The trek  starts from Kasol. This 13 km long trek ends in Kheerganga and provides ample opportunities to explore the natural bounties of the region. On this adventure trail, you will pass by Rudranag, a serpent-shaped waterfall. There are numerous captivating waterfalls which are the highlights of the Kheerganga Trek.

The trek is considered as the best trek for beginners. It is a short and easy trek. It will take you through dense forests of rheodordans, oaks, and pines. You will be passing by the village of Barshaini – a small hamlet and the confluence of the rivers Parvati and Tosh. You will be treated to snowclad mountains, breathtaking views, and scenic landscapes of mountains.

 

 

A few of the villages that you will come upon on your trek:

1. Malana

A small village near Kasol, famous for Malana cream ( a drug). The place is quiet and calm with people here following the Lord Shiva. You will also start the Chandrakeni Trek from here. Malana is a village more for backpackers and nature lovers and less for tourists.

2. Tosh

It is located at 2,400 meters in elevation on a hill near Kasol in Parvati Valley. The place is famous for waterfalls and surrounded by Apple Orchards. You will see wooden architecture all over the village and captivating views of Parvati Valley. Tosh village is located close to the base of Kheergange.

3. Pulga

A small Hamlet in the trail near Malana. It is a beautiful place to visit and experience the great views of lush greenery, snowclad view of the peaks and skies landscapes.

After reaching Kheerganga, it is time to take a dive into the hot waters of the Parvati Kund. Enjoy the hot springs and relax your sore muscles after the tiring trek. And enjoy ravishing views of the valley all around.

You will see many local restaurants and cafes in small villages. Restaurants serve German, Chinese and Israeli cuisines. You can also have tea, coffee and snacks at tiny tea stalls.

Camp near Riverside and get close to nature by seeing the beautiful sunrises and starry nights. Or opt for a homestay and get a chance to explore the life of locals and their culture.

The best time to visit Kasol – Kheerganga is totally depended on your own preference. In summer, the weather remains pleasant and calm. In winter, the weather stays chilly with snowfalls. Most of the trekkers opt for the winter. Kasol is famous for rave and Psy parties and attracts many Indians and foreigners. They come here to backpack and explore the Hippie culture. Getting to Kasol is an adventure in itself with different routes and forms of transportation.

Here are some basic tips for beginners who are planning to do this adventure.

  • Beginners are advised to take a trek leader along with the trek.
  • Keep a route map with you.
  • Always keep something to eat with you like chocolates, chikki, energy bars, etc.
  • Follow the instructions of your trek leader.
  • Carry minimum weight.
  • Take necessary medicines or a medical kit with you.
  • Keep yourself healthy and fit.
  • Inform your family in prior advance.

Kasol Kheerganga is just a weekend away. Plan your next trip in the mountains and feel peace all around. Beginners will love their first trekking adventure!

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Top 7 Distinctive Locations in India For Photographers

See the world through your lens. Photos capture moments of beauty and exquisiteness in one frame. For the budding photographers out there, India is a treat in the kind of diversity it presents. From the chaos of the cities to the serenity of nature, India has it all. This list compiles some of the most picturesque places in India.

1. Sambhar, Rajasthan

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Photo by Rajarshi MITRA, CC BY 2.0

The largest inland Salt Lake in India is one of the weekend getaway from Jaipur. The area is covered by a sheet of white. I would call this region a photographer’s delight not only because of the landscape but also the many villages adjoining the area that give a glimpse of the Rajasthani culture. Hire bikes and tents from Jaipur and ride to Sambhar because the night sky here, undisturbed by the many building of the city has many secrets to show. To explore Jaipur and its nearby tourist places visit:http://www.transindiatravels.com/rajasthan/jaipur/weekend-getaways-from-jaipur/

2. Jammu And Kashmir

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Photo by Colin Tsoi, CC BY-ND 2.0

Heaven on earth is bound to give you some photos you would cherish. A walk along the Kashmir at five in the morning would show you how well the town and nature blend together. The city of Leh is the crown of the state and the artistically arresting in its charm. If you want to plan a road trip with your friends, check this: http://www.transindiatravels.com/jammu-and-kashmir/leh/tourist-places-to-visit-in-leh-laddakh

 3. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

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Photo by Nico Crisafulli, CC BY 2.0

The spiritual hub of India is submerged in chaos. The city has many temples and Ghats that are marvels of architecture which attracts thousands of tourists to visit Varanasi every year, but what is interesting about the city are the people. The area is sure to give you some marvelous portrait shots. To know the most Instagrammed places in Varanasi visit:

http://www.transindiatravels.com/uttar-pradesh/varanasi/tourist-places-to-visit-in-varanasi

4. Assam

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Photo by Bidyut Gogoi, CC BY 2.0

The tea gardens in the state paint the region green. Drained by the Brahmaputra river, the region has many beautiful sites. The state has a cultural extravaganza for three days, Roongali Festival. The cultural gala will have it all – dance, theatre, handicraft along with other events.

 5. Kerala

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Photo by Kerala Tourism, CC BY-SA 2.0

The scenic beauty in the state is an added bonus to the cultural heritage. The cluttered urban centers or the serene backwaters are equally enamoring. Mohiniyattam performers dance with their emotions and expressions. Get your photographic masterpiece while the dancers are in action.

6. Mumbai, Maharashtra

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Photo by Andy Hay, CC BY 2.0

The madhouse metropolitan Mumbai may not be a scenic beauty but its exquisiteness lay in the soaring skyline. The British Indian architecture of the city mixed with the modern Millie is picture perfect. To explore Mumbai and its nearby attractions visit: http://www.transindiatravels.com/maharashtra/mumbai/tourist-places-to-visit-in-mumbai

7. Lakshwadeep Islands

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Photo by Binu K S, CC BY-SA 2.0

Abounding with beaches and lagoons, the island settlement of Lakshwadeep is an exotic location. The coral reefs in the region are the deal stealer. The island has many ornately decorated mosques. The beauty of the region is reflected in the clear blue waters. To read more about this island:

http://www.transindiatravels.com/lakshadweep-islands/tourist-places-to-visit-in-lakshadweep-islands/

Henri Cartier-Bresson said that your first 10,000 pictures are your worst. His words are the motivation that every budding photographer needs. The beauty of India is unprecedented, so pick up your camera and get the pictures of your life.

7 Adventure Sports That You Must Try at Least Once in India

India is a land of mighty mountains, high waterfalls, fast flowing rivers, endless deserts and deep oceans. It is a place which is blessed with the beauty of mother nature. It is the best place for enjoying adventurous and thrilling sports. The country is experiencing an increase in the number of adventure tours. Here is a list of seven adventure sports that you can enjoy to the fullest in this wonderful country

1. Scuba Diving

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If you have a love for water and want to experience the life deep in an ocean, then this is the perfect sports for you. You can experience the colourful and beautiful underwater flora and fauna that will bring a smile on your face. The best place to experience this sports is Lakshadweep or Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Lakshadweep is well known for its colourful coral reefs that are home to millions of beautiful marine creatures. You will need some lessons and training before venturing on your underwater journey. This is one of the sports that you should experience while you are young.

2. Skiing

Photo by Barney Moss, CC BY 2.0

Everyone likes playing with snow, but when it comes to adventure sports, the Himalayas in India has lots to offer. In winter you can go to any of the snow camps in Kashmir and you can enjoy the amazing feeling of skiing. It will be a very thrilling moment when you go whizzing down the hill on the snow and the cold air rubs your cheeks. Shimla and Gulmarg in Kashmir are the best destinations for this sport. Heli-skiing is one in which a helicopter is used to transport people to a hill from where they come skiing down the hill. Beginners need some lessons attain balance and control. Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Manali and Auli are some of the best places for skiing in India.

3. Paragliding

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It has been the dream of man to fly like a bird in the sky since ancient times. The thrill and adventure of flying high in the sky is immeasurable. Paragliding is a sport made for this purpose. In this a para glide is used which is very light and can be used to fly in the air. Biling, Solang, Kangra, Kullu and Manali are some of the best places for paragliding in India. Some training is needed to understand and control the movement of a paraglide. The paraglide is essentially a large kite and can fly for hours and many kilometers.

4. Trekking

Laddakh, Photo by McKay Savage, CC BY 2.0

India has a large number of mountain ranges with green flora and a great place for nature lovers. India has all kinds of trekking terrain that for all kinds of trekking adventures. Manali, Laddakh, Kumaon region and the Chembra peak of Kerala are the best place to visit for trekking. Trekking is a great way to communicate and relax in the lap of mother earth and nature.

5. Rafting

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India is a country of rivers that flow with great pace. There are many rivers that come from the Himalayas and these fast flowing rivers are the perfect for river rafting sports. Whether it is Ganges in Rishikesh or Indus in Leh, this experience is unforgettable. It is one of the most dangerous as well as a thrilling experiences. Rafting is generally a group activity and proper training is needed for the sport, but the amount of joy and thrill is immeasurable. This sport requires a great amount of energy and strength.

6. Bungee Jumping

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Bungee jumping is the sport in which free fall is experienced from a great height with the help of a rope that is tied in the leg. The adrenaline rush in the body and the fear makes it one of the most enjoyable adventure sports. The feel of gravity disappears and you will experience total weightlessness. The famous spot for bungee jumping in India are Rishikesh, Delhi, Lonavala and Bangalore.

7. Windsurfing

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This water adventure sport requires great skill and is one of the most thrilling sports played on the ocean waves. A ride on the wave is an amazing experience. You have to just adjust the posture to balance your weight. Surfers can use natural as well as artificial waves created from the boat or wave pool machines. Wind surfing uses the power of the wind to propel forward. Proper training is needed before this sport is tried. In India this sport can be experienced in Mumbai, Goa and marina beach in Chennai.

When adventure is mixed with sports a whole new blend of experience is created and India can be the perfect place for these sports. These 7 thrilling adventure sports are waiting for your arrival so pack your bag soon for this wonderful experience.

 

Author Bio:

A passionate traveller and blogger, Rohit Agarwal keeps discovering unexplored places in India. An architect by profession, he keeps on writing his voyage diary on a website owned by him called TransIndiaTravels.com. Here you can find his interesting blogs on travel, tourism, and cuisines.

5 Picturesque Indian Destinations for Adventure

If you are an avid traveller and want to experiment with something new this time, adventure is the answer for you. Occasional adventure trips are really great to undertake. They help you see life from another perspective and teach you a lot of things (including risk). Needless to say, you not only get closer to nature through adventure but also become very spontaneous and confident in your personality. 

So, if you are excited enough to take on an invigorating yet simple adventurous trip for yourself with family or friends, here is a list of 5 picturesque Indian destinations for adventure for your next trip.

1. LEH and LADAKH

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Photo by Bharat Rawail, CC BY 2.0

If we are talking about adventure, you just cannot miss out on Leh and Ladakh. Not only is it known for its exceptional beauty but also for the most exhilarating adventurous trips that one can experience. So, this has to top our list. Here you can find opportunities like paragliding, hiking, trekking and even rafting sometimes. People also often take motorcycle tours from Simla to Leh, but it is not recommended for the faint of heart. Apart from adventure, if you happen to get tired, you have a great option to visit the Buddhist monasteries which are beautiful and would surely embellish your trip.

2. MEGHALAYA

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Mawphlang, Photo by Ashwin Kumar, CC BY-SA 2.0

Meghalaya? Never thought of it as an adventurous destination, right? Well, I suggest that you do not limit your adventures only to trekking and hiking. Go beyond that – caves are an excellent adventure. It is undoubtedly dangerous like any other adventurous sport, but it is a must to try if you are a hard-core reckless traveller. Meghalaya has beautiful caves with forests and waterfalls all around. This north-eastern sister state is full of nature and will give you an enriching experience. After all its capital Shillong is called the “Scotland of the East”.

3. GOA

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Palolem Beach Goa, Photo by NeilsPhotography, CC BY 2.0

Goa is more much more than partying and nightlife. It has great adventure sports that can be undertaken without mountains! Goa gives you the opportunity to have some fun with water. Water adventure sports like Fly-boarding, go-karting, rafting and scuba diving can all be given a try. Goa has amazing weather in the months from June to September and the cool waters will give you an untouchable experience. Along with water sports, you can also go for the Hot air balloon flight in Goa. You can experience high altitudes and be right there in the sky on the ninth cloud.

4. MYSORE

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Main Gate of Mysore palace, Photo by Spiros Vathis, CC BY-ND 2.0

Mysore, the cultural capital of Karnataka is known not just for its fine culture but also for various tourist attractions like monuments, temples, forts and museums. Known as the most popular sightseeing city, Mysore provides a great opportunity for sky-diving. With a proper trainer/guide, you can experience flying high in the blue skies at great altitudes and exquisite greenery below.

5. KERALA

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Kerala Boathouse, Photo by Silver Blue, CC BY-SA 2.0

Kerala is undoubtedly India’s paradise. It is a place where you can find the most exquisite greenery, waterfalls, flora and fauna in addition to sparkling beaches. Apart from Kerala’s heavenly landscape, there are a lot of adventurous activities that one can explore. Mountaineering, water-sports on beaches and most importantly flying fox are some of the fun activities. Thanks to the immensely tall trees and mountains, flying fox is a sport where via a rope tied between two opposite mountain points, you swing from one end to another. Apart from getting the feeling of a chimpanzee, you will have a wonderful time.

When in Kerala, you must also try Parasailing, where a rope is attached to parasail at one end and the other end is attached to a speedboat. As the speedboat races in the sea, the sailor becomes airborne into the sky. The speedboat controls the parasail. This is one of the most interesting activities to enjoy on a bright sunny day with a cool breeze and blue waters all around.

Adventure is a way of enjoying the other side of life which gets lost in everyday life. It brings the vigour in you to take challenges head-on and go for them with bursting thrill. It might physically exert you but will mentally relax you. You never know, you might just discover a whole new side of yourself. Going to a place at the right time of the year is always an added advantage to your trip. With proper care, planning and judgment, you can make your upcoming trip adventurous and have once in a lifetime experience.

 

Author Bio:

A passionate traveller and blogger, Rohit Agarwal keeps discovering unexplored places in India. An architect by profession, he keeps on writing his voyage diary on a website owned by him called TransIndiaTravels.com. Here you can find his interesting blogs on travel, tourism, and cuisines.

Why You Should Discover Kolkata

As a city loving traveler, there are few cities in the world that can boast the metropolitan tolerance and attitude of Kolkata. The culture here is unique in that it is such a rich and varied mix. Different nationalities, ethnicities, and faiths live side by side here. Perhaps more extraordinary is the different levels of wealth that you see on the street every day. The very poor and the very rich pass each other without a pause.

For those of you who love markets, Kolkata is certainly a city to spend time in. Local and regional produce is available almost everywhere. Street vendors provide plenty of interesting culinary delights too. Best of all, the mix of flavors goes far beyond the spices of the region. Each of the cultures that settled here has contributed to some awe-inspiring cuisine only found here in Kolkata.

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Kolkata Sweets image from Flickr

Until the early part of the twenty-first century, Kolkata was still known as Calcutta. This British legacy was finally relinquished, despite the two names sounding identical in the local tongue. This city is the capital of West Bengal and has an extensive history as a global trade center. The British first put their stamp on the region in the last few years of the seventeenth century. The English East India Company has been considered both a blessing and a curse to the area.

While the city may be well connected regarding travel, it is a city that can be uncomfortable for visitors to be in. The weather is often humid, and the pollution levels can leave you reaching for a mask. However, it’s not unbearable, and it’s not a reason to avoid the area altogether. Check the local weather forecasts to determine the best times to be in the city if you struggle.

With so many different nationalities in one city, you can imagine just how extraordinary the architecture can be. Like many big cities, some buildings have been repurposed, and others lost altogether. But there are still many gems in the area. The Dakshineswar Kali Hindu Temple is a beautiful building. It stands proudly on the East bank of the Hooghly River. It is also one of the most important temples in the region, and well worth a visit.

The Indian Museum is another building built with architectural precision and engineering excellence. It remains the oldest and largest museum in India. It’s full of the rarest collections of manuscripts and fossils anywhere in the world. You can find ornaments and Mughal paintings to view here as well. It is also home to details about the history of the building that dates back to 1814.

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Victoria Memorial image from Flickr

The Victoria Memorial is a largely marble building that also houses a museum. It opened in 1921 as a dedication to Queen Victoria who had died twenty years previously. It was considered an essential building to design and erect from locally collected funds. This part of India was still under British rule. Today the building is still highly regarded and respected despite the significant political shift.

There are plenty of fun things to do for the family in Kolkata too. There is a large water park with plenty of attractions and activities in the area. Aquatica has plenty of rides for children and adults of all ages to enjoy. It has become a popular tourist destination since it opened in 1999. Nicco Park is considered to be a more educational theme park for younger families to enjoy. It is situated within the city still, making it easy to reach. The Marble Palace Zoo is home to rare species and specimens. This too is popular with families on holiday here.

Kolkata offers plenty of options for accommodation. As you can imagine, there are beautiful hotels, and budget hostels in this dynamic city. Some of the theme parks have accommodation offers that you and your family could take advantage of. To make the most of the city, you’ll need a comprehensive Kolkata travel guide to help outline your choices. There is plenty to do in this bustling city, and lots to discover.
It’s not easy to make the most of city when you are on vacation. I can only recommend that you follow your heart to make the choices you need to. For me, I want to sample the local cuisine of any place I visit. I want to taste what makes the people tick. I also like to know about the food. Where has it come from and how was it grown and harvested? This insight into the local culture often leads me to the local museums where I can find out more about how these people came to be here. With Kolkata, it’s necessary to take a global look. Wars, Royalty, trade, and immigration all played their part to create this wonderful city.

 

The 5 Most Famous Temples in India

India is a land native to the saints and sages who are mentors of spirituality and holy beliefs. The Indians are enthusiasts and have their firm belief entrusted in divine and supernatural powers. The 5 most famous temples in India are among many of sacred and mythological importance. During the Puranic ages, the Indian sages established four shrines in the four regions of India and have declared them as the Char Dham for the devotees. As per the mythological belief, one should, at least once in their entire lifetime, visit these four abodes and attain salvage. Let us take you through these Char Dham and through one other temple which is believed to have equivalent significance to visiting the Chota Char Dham of Uttaranchal –

1. Badrinath Temple

Dwarkadheesh Temple

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In the region of the Himalayas – the land of meditation, the holy abode of Badrinath has been situated. In the extreme north of India and at the confluence of the Rishi Ganga and Alaknanda rivers, this temple is at a height of almost 3110 metres above sea level. Badrinath is guarded by the Nar and Narayan range near the towering Neelkanth peak. Badrinath stands first in the char dham pilgrimage as it bears the highest degree of supreme faith and dedication to God as per the Hindu belief. This temple is divided into three parts: the Garbha Griha, the Darshan Mandap and the Sabha Mandap. The chanting of Vedic hymns together with the chiming of bells, creates a heavenly atmosphere in the temple.

2. Dwarkadheesh Temple

Dwarkadheesh Temple

Photo by Scalebelow, CC BY-SA 3.0

3. Jagannath Puri Temple

Situated in the west of India, the Dwarkadheesh temple is an abode to Lord Krishna and is based near the Gomati River in the state of Gujarat. A lot of research is still on to find the original Dwarka city, which is known to be submerged in the olden times.  A plunge into the salty waters of the Gomati River and then the sight of the Idol of Lord Krishna in the Jagad Mandir, delights the spiritual being. The 52 steps that take you to the temple are surrounded with shops loaded with Prasadam (food offered to God) and idols of the deity.

Jagannath Puri Temple

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The eastern state of Orissa in India is world famous of its dham Jagannath Puri temple and its Rath Yatra that is held in July every year. Apart from being a hot tourist destination for its beaches and scenic beauty, Puri is a spot that attracts thousands of visitors; Indians and foreigners throughout the year. This place is an ideal destination for the devotees to God and to scenic goodness. The Rath Yatra or the Chariot Festival is a major highlight of this place. The three embellished chariots of the deities Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadraare pulled by over a million devotees who throng Puri during this festival.

4. Rameshwaram Temple

Rameshwaram Temple

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The fourth and last of the Char Dham pilgrimage, the Rameshwaram Temple is located in the Southern state of Tamil Nadu in India. The puja at Rameshwaram temple is a four step process; Mani Darshanam (glimpse of the emerald), followed by Samudra Snanam (a bath in the sea water), then the Teerth Snanam (holy bath with the well waters in the temple) and finally Main Pooja (offering religious rituals).

5. Patal Bhuvaneshwar Temple

This is an unusual cave temple in the Uttarakhand state of India. This temple is considered to bring in the equivalence of visiting the char dham of Uttaranchal, namely; Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamnotri and Gangotri. It is an underground caved limestone, believed to be abode of Lord Shiva thirty three crore deities of Indian belief. The spectacular view of different formations of the limestone adds to the experience of visiting this holy place of worship.

India is a reservoir of religious beliefs and is popularly known to preserve spirituality. With its aura propagating religion, India is an attraction for tourists who are admirers of religious beliefs.

Author Bio

Rohit is an individual with religious and spiritual belief. In his quest to hunt places of salvage, he has come across the holy destinations in India and loves to share them through his writings with the like-minded.