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Garhwal Himalayas – A Perfect Tour Destination for Family Trekking

Garhwal is believed to be among the most scenic and beautiful places of Asia. It is also a very famous and popular spot for trekkers. It is not just restricted to professional trekkers but even families can come and enjoy trekking here. There is a wide range of family trekking tours in Garhwal Himalayas. You can chose among the many routes and trails available here. Some of them are listed below:

Valley of Flowers Trek:

valley of flowersThis is considered one of the best treks among all Garhwal Himalayas trekking options. Valley of flowers is a riot of colors, sharp in contrast with the pure white of snow. The trek is over a 20 km stretch. Continue reading Garhwal Himalayas – A Perfect Tour Destination for Family Trekking

5 Best things to do in Himachal Pradesh

The biggest attraction of nature lovers and height lovers, Himachal Pradesh stands as a crown of the country welcoming tourists throughout the year. This amazing green state is enriched with so much of happening events and places that make you crave for another visit. The 5 must do’s in Himachal Pradesh are:

1. Trek to Saru Tal:

Trek Saru TalIn the capital district of Shimla trek of Saru Tal is at a height of 3600mt giving you a clear distal view of Gangotri range and proximal view of Swaragrohini, Kalanag and Banderpunch ranges standing with pride since centuries. Trek is still unexplored by many, less viewed and most delving trek of Himachal in Pabbar valley, Shimla. To have a clear natural view of lovely forested valley and a very natural carpet of wild flowers spread all around by Mother Nature, all you need to do is to plan up a trip full of energy and eagerness and experience the nature at its best in the months of June and October. Continue reading 5 Best things to do in Himachal Pradesh

5 Top Adventure Destinations in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is renowned as Land of Gods (Devbhumi), though at the same time, it is also famous for the adventure activities it offers. Trekking, mountaineering, rock climbing, White Water River rafting, camping and many more are the fascinated adventurous sports which you can enjoy in the Himalayan hills of Uttarakhand. It is a nature paradise for travelers and offers unique beauty of this lovely earth.

Here are the top five most adventurous places in Uttarakhand, which are waiting for your steps and ready to thrill you…

1. Roopkund:

roopkund-trek-uttarakhand-himalayasRoopkund is a mysterious glacial lake, situated at an altitude of 5029 m above sea level and located amidst Trishul and Nanda Ghunti peaks. Surrounding snowy environment and a difficult trek make this place first on the list of travelers. Another most attractive thing which’ll attract you is the mystery behind the story of this lake. It is said that over 500 people were killed due to a hailstorm around the lake and skeletons of these people can be seen there. Continue reading 5 Top Adventure Destinations in Uttarakhand

Top Ten Peaks to Climb in the Himalayas

Climbing in the Indian Himalayas is an adventurous and challenging task for every adventure seeker. Indian Himalayas offer great opportunities to climb different peaks for adventure enthusiasts and explorers. There are hundreds of peaks available for climbing in different regions of the Indian Himalayas.

We have identified top ten peaks for you to choose from:

1) Mount Kun
Mt_KunKun is located north of the peak Nun in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Kun peak is separated from Nun by a snowy plateau of about 4 km (2.5 mi) in length. The height of the peak Kun is 7077m (23,218ft.) and this peak was the first to be conquered in 1913 by Italian mountaineer Piacenza. The best time to travel Kun is from early June to October, June-August being the main climbing period. Continue reading Top Ten Peaks to Climb in the Himalayas

Places to visit in Shimla

ShimlaShimla, originally called Simla, is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. A popular tourist destination, Shimla is often referred to as the “Queen of Hills” (a term coined by the British). Located in the north-west Himalayas at an average altitude of 2,205 metres (7,234 ft). The city is named after the goddess Shyamala Devi, anincarnation of the Hindu Goddess Kali.

Shimla is one of the most popular hill stations of the country. There are several tourist spots in this district that are worth exploring. Like for instance, the travellers can visit its popular pilgrimage sites – Christ Church and St. Michael`s Cathedral, Sankat Mochan Temple, Tara Devi Temple and more. Other main attractions of the district include Mall, Prospect Hill, Summer Hill, Annandale, Viceregal Lodge, Himachal State Museum and Library. The fairs and festivals are added attractions offered by Shimla District. Shimla is an ideal destination for adventure lovers. Continue reading Places to visit in Shimla

Places to visit nearby Shimla

Karali LakeKarali Lake Shimla Himachal Pradesh (1)

It is located on the Chhota Shali hillock just on the other side of Shali peak. The size of the lake is almost equal to the size of the Annadale ground of Shimla. The water of the lake is not very clean but from a great way up the hill, its first sight between the trees is unforgettable, because of, it is shining like a big emerald in the Sun. The location of the lake is beautiful and worth a visit. Continue reading Places to visit nearby Shimla

Our First “Women Only Travel” Trip to Srinagar

Six ladies from New Delhi,  India have recently booked 8 Nights/ 09 Days,  Srinagar Tour with us. Today, it is the second day of their trip and the ladies

have headed towards Pahalgam. They are having a wonderful time and are enjoying the breathtaking views & beauty of Kashmir. Infact, they have emailed us a picture of their trip which shows that they are enjoying and having a lot of fun.

For us at Shikhar Travels, the security and safety of our clients is of utmost importance. With the successful launch of our first women only trip we are moving forward to promote the individuality and  freedom of women travelers within India and abroad. Continue reading Our First “Women Only Travel” Trip to Srinagar

Uttarakhand Crisis: Shikhar’s NRI Gangotri Gaumukh trekking group back to safety

Uttarakhand - Rescue WorkOur Gangotri Tapovan Trek was a memorable experience for six NRI guests from United Kingdom . The group was led by experienced tour escort Passang Sherpa, Shikhar’s kitchen staff who have been working with us over years and the porters. The group started their journey on 11th June, 2013 for the Tapovan Trek along the holy River Bhagirathi.

The group trekked through the entire routes and finally reached Tapovan via the source of the river Ganges- popularly known as Gaumukh (Cow’s mouth) at the base of the Gangotri glacier. An achievement could be seen in the eyes of the group for the trek’s success. On 15th June, it was the last camping night at Chirbasa, before the final decent to Gangotri . All were celebrating and happy unaware of the destruction and crisis that was standing ahead. At 9:30 pm of 15th June, 2013 it started raining in the camp area (and other regions of the Gharwal Himalayas) . Continue reading Uttarakhand Crisis: Shikhar’s NRI Gangotri Gaumukh trekking group back to safety

Chopta Chandrashila Trek

hopta Chandrashila trekkingA popular trek in the Garhwal Himalayas, Chopta Chandrashila is a great way to discover joy in the Indian Himalayas. It is certainly a paradise for vivid trekkers. An impressive vantage point that offers 360 degrees panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas. This is a beautiful trek, with difficulty level rated as easy to moderate.

Chopta Chandrashila trekking provides tremendous views of some of the prominent peaks in the Indian Himalayas including Chaukhamba, Kedarnath, Nandadevi, Trishul, Massif, Neelkanth, Bandarpuch, Yellow Tooth, Kalanag. This trekking in the garhwal Himalayas is often combined with Chopta, Tungnath, Chandrashila along with Deoria Tal. Places on the way of this trekking tour are Rishikesh, Rudraprayag, Augustmuni, Ukhimath, Sari Village, Chopta.
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