Monthly Archives: October 2010

Wishing to Explore Manali, Here are Some Tips to Enjoy the Best of it

The mesmerizing curvaceous valley of Manali has offered real visual treat to vacationist since ages. It has lofty Himalayan peaks capped with glossy snow covers in winter, picturesque landscapes, charming valley wrapped with colorful vegetation and meadows of flowers filling up the valley with their captivating fragrance, and much more. Manali is a complete tourist destination for the backpackers seeking to bask in the calmness and serenity of a hill station. No wonder, Kullu and Manali has been attracting thousands of tourists from all parts of the world every year. Regarded as the “Switzerland of India”, Manali boasts of some of the most cherishing scenic beauties, coupled with thrilling option of adventure sports and trekking. If you’re yet to explore this enthralling tourist spot in India, give Shikhar Travels the opportunity to make your stay there an immensely cozy and memorable experience.

However, touring these highly enigmatic hilly regions of Himalaya has never been a cake walk. You have to keep various things in mind in order to ensure safe and exciting touring for you and your family. There are a number of important precautions you ought to take before visiting places like Manali. Of all, physical fitness comes at the top. An excursion to hill places could turn into a nightmare if your body isn’t in a good state, especially if you plan to undertake adventure sports activities offered in Manali. These activities require sound physical and mental being. Along with the physical fitness, the route map you’d follow on these hilly terrains is also vital. However, this isn’t a big issue if you have a credible touring partner at your service.

Now let’s move on to the things you need to have in your rucksack. Always carry a fully-equipped first aid kit, which should have some basic medicines, bandages, antiseptic, among other necessities. Further, it’s always good to have a handy map of the place you’re visiting. It actually gives you an idea of the landscapes you’d get to see during your traveling course. Above all, just be prepared to get familiar with new cultures and lifestyles. There are several unexplored cultures nestling in the lap of Himalayan region and you’ll surely enjoy exploring them. In addition to being a hill station, Manali also has several religious spots. You can imagine the kind of mental composure and calmness you’d attain in performing meditation there. All in all, you’ll find Manali a wholesome destination!
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Seeking Adventure Sites in India – Count On Shikhar Travels

India has long been regarded as ‘The Land of Saints’ and people from all parts of the world throng here to attain mental solace and composure. Conceivably, expeditions to India have largely been religious in nature. However, there is a serious shift in this ever since cutting-edge technologies in the travel space have come to the fore. Today, India has become a highly sought-after destination for adventure activities. Whether it is a rafting trip through the picturesque Zanskar river gorge challenging the daunting grade III-IV rapids, or a trekking expedition to Ladakh, or a Himalayan Safari, India has a whole lot to offer to fulfill your appetite for adventure sports. Shikhar Travels is all-equipped to take you through these thrilling adventure-rides in India. We have experts for these electrifying activities who ensure a safe yet immensely exciting excursion for you.

Adventure activities in India aren’t confined solely to rafting, trekking, or Himalayan safari trips. Besides, the list goes on and on with a number of appealing entries, including Mountain Biking Tour from the curving valleys of Manali to Leh, Festive Tours, Camel Safari in Thar, keep pooling in. We also conduct mystique adventure tours to some of India’s exclusive places like havelis and forts in Rajasthan, Temples of Khajuraho, as well as holy cities of Varanasi and Allahabad. This isn’t just it, as people wishing for an exciting jungle safari would also find India a destination of choice.

We’ll take you closer to some of the world’s rarest and eye-catching creatures. Our, Valley of Flower, as well as Nandadevi and Bandhavgarh wildlife sanctuary treks would give you a chance to come across the world’s most fascinating flora and fauna. However, we also offer special interest tours for people seeking something new to spice up their life. An engrossing trip to Madhubani Paintings, Sailing Down the Water of Ganges, and Romance of Steam Loco are some of the key features of our special interest tour package.

If you are looking ahead to an excursion in India in the coming holidays you can always count on us. We vow to offer you a full array of adventure activities in India and be there for you for all your sojourn needs.

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Usher In An Ecstatic Change In your Lifestyle; Come Join Shikhar Yoga Tour

When it comes to jotting down a list of things that India has given to the modern world, the vast list would range from religious sites and rich culture, to entertaining Bollywood flicks and software applications. However, Yoga has surpassed them all to become the India’s most selling brand of late. Shikhar Travels tenders you the opportunity to explore this age-old mental and physical healing technique from India through its specifically-designed Yoga tour.

The word Yoga is derived from a Sanskrit word “Yuj”, which means to integrate or unite. Yoga is an ancient Indian science that involves specialized breathing techniques, coupled with physical exercises, that help individuals achieve mental and physical well-being. The principal idea behind Yoga is to fill body with abundant energy and prevent decay of tissues. Not only this, as Yoga is also practiced to release negative energies and pessimism. There’s absolutely no wonder that many people across the globe are relying on Yoga techniques to keep their mind and body in a healthy state. In this highly-stressed and programmed world, Yoga serves as a savior for many.

India has gradually become the hub where people from all parts of the world come to learn Yoga. However, it’s perhaps difficult to find one suitable place where you can learn the right Yoga techniques and asanas in a vast country like India. Pass on the onus to us, as Shikhar Travels has designed its Yoga tour package to address the same need. In this package, we take you to a popular Delhi-based Yoga centre where you’d find almost everything you ever needed to learn about Yoga. So come rejuvenate your otherwise stressed lifestyle with a soothing Yoga tour with us and bring in the all important change to your life.

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Shikhar Eco-Foundation – Championing Eco-Tourism In India

While there is incessant buzz over the probable impacts global warming could have on our planet Earth, environmental experts and advocates from across the globe have been pouring concerted efforts to take control of the situation. Environmentalists are busy devising ways to help people ‘go green’ in almost every aspect of their life. And tourism industry is no exception to this at all. Keeping this in mind the concept of Ecological Tourism, or simply Eco-Tourism, was brought in a few years back. Despite its immense utility, Eco-tourism is still into its nascent stages and only a few travel companies across the world have employed it as of now. Shikhar Travels takes the pride in being one of the forerunners who have championed the cause of Eco-tourism in India.

Eco-tourism, as the term itself suggests, includes implementing tourism practices that can help in preserving environment and natural luxuries, as well as fostering cultural integrity of the indigenous people. The International Eco-tourism Society has defined some guidelines that tourists need to follow in order to ensure maximum touring pleasure while causing no or minimal adverse impacts to the place they are visiting. Catching on the same, Shikhar Group of Companies has launched Shikhar Eco-Foundation. The first project of the Eco-Foundation is based in Agoda village of Uttarkashi district, Uttarakhand, on the picturesque Dodital trek trail. We have already forged partnerships with the Uttarakhand Forest Ministry and Dodital Eco Vikas Samiti to carry out eco-friendly tourism activities in the region. As a part of our Eco-tourism drive, we have already conducted a two-day program for “Lodge Owners and Trekking Guides” in August 2010, in which we imparted training on ways to keep the Dodital trek clean and green. We issued guidelines to help the lodge owners develop eco-friendly lodges as well as planting saplings in their surroundings.

We owe to the community where we work, and this is very much evident in our efforts. In addition to preserving flora and fauna, providing employment opportunities to the natives and tendering due respect to the local cultures also feature at the top in Shikhar Eco-Foundation’s priority-list. Furthermore, we also encourage the use of alternate fuels in place of wood to save the purity of the environment. Not only this, Shikhar Eco-Foundation is also promoting the use of solar energy for electricity generation, which is by far less polluting and highly economical than its thermal counterpart.

It’s high time you should start playing a proactive role in promoting the going green drive. Come explore the pristine and natural sites in India while serving the humanity with Shikhar Eco-Foundation.

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Get Geared For A Ravishing Himalayan Expedition With Shikhar Travels

Had enough of strolling around those big flashy shopping malls satiating your itchy shopping urge and seeing those man-made concrete skyscrapers? It’s time to go for some holistic entertainment package this fall. It’s time to explore the real world skyscraper, the Himalayas – The Abode of Snow. Scenic landscapes, picturesque sights, a journey full of nerve-chilling adventures, curving valleys, serpentine rivers, are among those delights a Himalayan odyssey has to dish out to you. Take your family to an enthralling sojourn at the world’s highest mountain ranges, and you don’t need to be a specialized mountaineer to do that, as Shikhar Travels is there to take you through.

Encompassing a rare blend of diverse cultures, and some of the world’s most picturesque gifts that the mother nature has bestowed upon, the Himalayas have everything to catch the eye. Since time immemorial, mountaineers have been swayed by the enigmatic Himalayan ranges and kept exploring them every now and then. Shikhar Travels offers you a chance to step into their shoes and unravel trekking adventures to the fullest. Your relishing ride doesn’t end here if you are a real adventure enthusiast, as Shikhar Travels takes you on a date with the vibrant Himalayan rivers. Hone up your rafting skills and simply enjoy challenging those daunting Himalayan river waves.

It’s not just the natural vegetation, scenic landscapes, or thrilling adventures that grab your attention, but different cultures in the Himalayan abode would keep your eyeballs engaging. People seeking mental solace find the Himalayan ranges a place of choice. Shikhar Travels organizes pilgrimage tours through the Himalayan region to offer you an opportunity to get familiar with various cultures and figure out their characteristic ways of attaining composure. The Himalayan region is home to bevy of Buddhist monasteries where you’ll discover Buddhist practices and ways of leading life with immense tranquility.

Whether you are an independent backpacker, or a group traveler, the Himalayan range will be the perfect place for your holiday excursion this fall. So, what are you waiting for, just pack your bags and give us the precious opportunity to make your Himalayan trip an unforgettable experience.

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SHIKHAR INDIAN DANCE EXTRAVAGANZA – Your window to India’s remarkable culture

Why does India have a rich culture? What keeps Indians closely bond despite so many cultural diversities? Why is India one of the greatest countries of the world? There is but one simple answer to all these questions – India is a land of diversity and a rich country in culture and heritage. The great Indian culture comprises of Indian music, Indian dance, Indian cuisines, Indian costumes and Indian festivals which have played a remarkable role in the unification of India. You can now find your own answers to all these questions with Shikhar Travels during our variety of cultural tours.

If you have a keen mind, and want to explore the true Indian way of life, you need to embark on a cultural tour of rich India which will give you a great opportunity to learn about its history, languages, religion, art and crafts, dances and cuisines. Shikhar Travels brings you the INDIAN DANCE TOUR, a unique opportunity to be a part of rich, colorful and dynamic Indian culture. Our sixty minute Indian dance event, is a unique selection of various classical, tribal and folk dances of India which will spell bind you and will be your window to India’s rich cultural reservoir.

During this captivating dance event, you can relish the peppy folk dances as well as can appreciate the grace of classical Indian dance forms. Each show will be performed by a troupe of 20 renowned artists. The extremely stylized gestures, elaborate make-up, masks and the splendid costumes of these dancers will bewitch your sense, the euphoria of the event will move you into another world. This truly unforgettable, mystical experience will be your mirror to India’s rich cultural reservoir.

So, increase your understanding of the rich and colorful Indian culture and be entertained on Shikhar Travels Indian Dance celebration.

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Shikhar Travels’ Temple Tour : Visit to the abode of Gods

Perhaps, one element that makes Delhi so special and gives her a distinct identity from rest of the Indian cities is its wide mix of culture and deep spiritual, religious faith of its people.

Embark on a fascinating journey to some of the exquisite temples in Delhi on Shikhar Travels temple tour. Our temple tour will enhance your understanding of mystical and diverse Indian religions as you will trace various interpretations within them.

From east to west, north to south, temples happen to be a major Indian tourist attraction thronged by hundreds and thousands, some visit temples as pilgrims and others as sheer tourists and knowledge seekers. The capital of India, Delhi, is dotted with innumerable ancient and modern temples where devotees congregate to pray and stay connected with their religious traditions. These divine temples portray an impeccable blend of exquisite architecture and reverence.

During the temple tour, you will visit The Laxminarayan temple or Birla temple dedicated to Hindu goddess of wealth – Laxmi and her consort Narayana (The Vishnu). The temple is adorned with many shrines, fountains, and intricate carvings depicting the scenes from Hindu mythology.

Shikhar Travels will also take you to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, or Sikh house of worship in Delhi, known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan. The Gurudwara is not only a place of worship but also serves as a center to promote Sikh culture and knowledge of Sikh history.

You will visit Lotus temple, another most remarkable architecture of Bahai faith. The temple looks like a lotus flower and has received recognition from all over the world for its splendid architecture and design. The temple is open to people from all religions and provides immaculate environment for meditation.

These magnificent, scared temples in Delhi depict the grandeur of spiritual heritage of India and bear the essence of different religions; be it Hinduism or Sikhism. Visit these serene spaces during our temple tour and feel the experience yourself. We are sure that the journey to these serene temples will take you to a much more divine and beautiful world of peace, happiness and self realization.

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Shikhar Travels: Developing Eco tourism

Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh, Valley of Flowers in Uttaranchal, and the Sunderbans in West Bengal are beautiful places; haven of nature lovers. Ever imagined, where will you go for vacations if these and few more breath taking travel destinations were lost?

Some of the most amazing places on earth are also the most threatened. Our natural wonders, and their unique and irreplaceable wildlife, are in jeopardy. And while common knowledge may suggest we stay far away from these landscapes and seascapes to protect them, Shikhar Travels is taking initiatives to save the world’s most precious places by visiting them in a responsible manner.

Think Eco tourism with Shikhar – Eco tourism refers to “responsible travel to natural areas to conserve the environment; provide funds for ecological conservation and improve the well being of local communities”. According to a survey there are 700 million tourists in the world annually and they generate roughly $2.4 billion a day. Eco tourism may appeal ecologically and socially conscious people and stands for power of giving back to the giving back, paying forward – empowering communities to fight against various challenges like poverty, illiteracy and help these communities in achieving sustainable development.

Eco tourism emphasizes on sustainable tourism to usually unprotected, delicate areas that

Minimizes impact on the natural environment
Build Cultural and Environmental respect and awareness
Provide positive experience for tourists and/or visitors
Provide Financial benefits for conservation and empowerment of local people
Raise sensitivity to that natural area’s environmental and social climate

Shikhar Travels initiating change – As a part of Shikhar’s Corporate Social Responsibility, Shikhar Group of companies has started Shikhar Eco Foundation which aims at giving back to the the communities which have helped Shikhar in its journey.

The first initiative of the foundation was to adopt Agoda village, in district Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, on the Dodital trek trail. The initiatives also included training programme for Lodge Owners and trekking Guides. All initiatives will be supplemented by creating a website for the Lodge owners and trekking guides of the area and cleaning the trail.

You can too contribute by making wise travel choices – Your role in ecotourism – whether you travel to relax, explore or learn – is to prepare carefully before leaving and choose responsible options. Know your destination intimately: its wildlife, unique environmental stresses, ecotourism opportunities and certified participating agencies and operators.

Ask for and choose these options at every stage of your trip, and do everything you can to protect the environment around you for future generations. So, don’t hesitate and join hands with Shikhar Travels in bringing together nature, travel and communities.