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Come Celebrate Hornbill Festival with the Nagas

Seated in the lush green eastern Himalayan hills, lies the land of brave warriors, where sixteen tribes resides in peace and uniquely represent their culture, tradition and dialect.

Welcome to Nagaland! Bordering Myanmar to east, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur to the north, west and south respectively, the state is home to the erstwhile headhunters.

warriors ready for perform in Hornbill festival

The diversity among the tribes is vibrant and the culture of each and every tribe is fquite fascinating. During Hornbill festival Nagaland is the best place to visit. Hornbill is also known as ‘festival of festivals’.

The Hornbill festival is named after the state bird which is also respected globally and is an inseparable part of the Naga culture.

Most of the festivals celebrated by the tribal people are limited to their region or tribe, however it’s Hornbill which brings them all together.

Tribal group performing in Hornbill Festival Nagaland

Showcasing the rich heritage and culture, the festival is organised every year by the State Tourism and Art & Culture Departments.

Venue: The seven day fest is held at Heritage Village (also known as Khisama) which is located about 12 kilometres from Kohima on the road that was used by the allied forces during the Second World War.

The venue is significant not only because it is a tourist spot, but it is model village resembling the shape of Nagaland in maps.

Cultural dance in Hornbill Festival

What is interesting to know about it is that there are tribal houses (murongs) built to represent each tribe pointing the geographical existence of that particular tribe on the actual location in Nagaland.

The Festival

Hornbill festival gives the people of the state an opportunity to tell the world about their uniqueness. It also keeps their tribes bonded to their culture and history.

Starting from the first of December, the weeklong extravaganza not only showcases the Naga lifestyle but also serves as a platform for the locals to interact with the visitors and gives the tourist a chance to explore.

Traditional dress in Hornbill Festival

Naga tribals tour display their traditional art like paintings, wood carvings, hand woven shawls and artefacts for home decor.

The Hornbill festival starts with the opening address of the Tourism Secretary followed by the war cry.

Nagas as mentioned are warriors and hence each tribe have their way to announce the battle. The atmosphere turns electrifying. All the tribe people look stunning dressed in their traditional dress. They armour themselves with shield in their hands and carry a weapons (sphere or dao) with colourful headgear.

The festival is divided into activities like tribal dances, war tactics, local games, greased pole climbing, Naga chilli eating competition, pork fat eating competition etc.

Hornbill Festival 2016

People can also visit the permanent tribal houses (murongs) built around the venue and can interact with the tribal people, taste their cuisines and even dance with them!

As time flies by and dusk turns chilly, the Hornbill Rock Festival at the Indira Gandhi stadium back in Kohima heats up the winter evenings. It is also considered to be the biggest rock fest held in India where around 20 bands from around India and a few from abroad take part in the fest.

During the festival, the seven nights of Kohima‘s market comes alive with The Kohima Night Bazaar. Everything from traditional food to modern Naga music can be found here; from cultural handicrafts to home decor items.

Interesting Facts

If you are foodie and love to experiment with food then trying out the local food is a must. The variety served is wide and you can try bizarre food like silkworms, bamboo worms, boiled baby frogs, hornets, dried rats, eel fish and dog meat. There’s a popular joke in Nagaland that goes – “if you see a man walking along with a dog, he could be a vegetarian!”

Usually the last two days are dedicated for North East Cultural Ensemble where other states of North East India showcase their culture and familiarise with tradition and colourful dance forms in turn also promoting tourism.

Naga women dressed in their finest

As every event, Hornbill festival too has a wonderful and a must-not-miss closing ceremony. The day is filled with dance and music where you experience drumbeats and dance steps that race against your heartbeats and rare is the chance where one is not tapping his feet. Not just drums but tribal musical instruments too will cast the joyful magic on you.

As the sun starts to set, huge heap of firewood is gathered in the center and smaller ones in front of every tribe on the ground. With the magical tunes of Naga beats and the final war-cry; all the tribes encircle and dance along the fringe of the festival ground slowly lighting up the fire.

As the sky turns dark, stars appear and beautify the darkness, down here at Khisama the bonfires appear to glorify each tribe not only reminding us how brave they are but pointing out how every tribe is distinctive and yet they stay in harmony.

How to Reach:

Air (Dimapur): Since Kohima does not have an airport one has to land in Dimapur, but flights are less and are only available from Guwahati and Kolkata. Guwahati is the nearest domestic airport connected by all major cities in India and Kolkata is the nearest international airport.

Rail: Dimapur is Nagaland’s only city connected by Indian Railways, a shared or a private taxi or state transport bus will take you to Kohima. Dimapur to Kohima is a 3 to 4 hour drive depending upon the road conditions.

Road: It is recommended to keep your base in Guwahati (Assam) since it is very well connected by air, rail and road. A road journey to Kohima is of 350 kms via Dimapur on National Highway 37 and 36 it may take upto 8 to 10 hours depending upon traffic, meal breaks and road condition.

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New Destinations to Discover in India

India will soon liberalise rules for foreign tourists visiting remote areas across the country.

In an effort to boost tourism and related employment generation in several remote parts of the country, India is set to ease the entry of foreign tourists to restricted areas. The idea is being discussed at various levels and among ministries and authorities tasked with the developing tourism as well as in charge of homeland security, defence, law and order.

A decision is likely to liberalise the entry of foreigners in restricted areas. As per the Foreigners (Protected Areas) Order, 1958 and the Foreigners (Restricted Areas) Order, 1963 permission is required for foreigners, and in some places for Indians too, to visit remote areas. However, the permissions limit the duration of the visit to the restricted place from one day to a week or maximum ten days. Significantly, the permits are given only to groups and not to individuals. Relaxation is likely to be made for issuing permits to individual tourists in coming weeks.

The Union home ministry which issues the permits is planning to facilitate and expedite the issue. The decision is likely to increase foreign tourist arrivals in these areas which remain off the itineraries for the moment.
List of Restricted Areas:

Assam– Manas Bird Sanctuary, Kaziranga National Park, Kamakhya Temple, Jatinga Bird Sanctuary, Guwahati & Sibsagar

Arunachal Pradesh– Itanagar, Ziro, Along, Pasighat, Miao, Namdapha and Sujesa (Puki) Bhalukpong

Manipur-Imphal, Loktak Lake, Keibul Deer Sanctuary, Waithe Lake and Moirang.

Mizoram– Vairangte, Thingdawl and Aizawl

Himachal Pradesh– Gompa-Kaza, Poo-Khab-Sumdho-Dhankar-Tabo, and Orang-Dabling

Nagaland-Dimapur, Kohima, Mokochong and Wokha districts

Sikkim– Rumtek, Gangtok, Zongri in West Sikkim, Phodang and Pamayangtse.

Uttarakhand– Uttarkashi Districts, Niti Ghati and Kalindi Khai in Chamoli and Nanda Devi Sanctuary and adjoining areas of Milam Glacier

Rajasthan– Western Side – Indo-Pak border and villages Jaisalmer: Amarsagar, Ludrawa, Kuldara, Bada Bagh(black bar), Akal, Sam & Unda.

Andaman Islands at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea restricts regulates entry to Port Blair; Havelock Island; Long Island; Neil Island; Diglipur; Mayabunder; Rangat, Jolly Bouy, Red skin, South Cinque, Mount Harriet, Madhuban.

Lakshadweep Islands Located in Arabian Sea-Wellington Island, Agatti, Kadmat and Bangaram.

Lastly in scenic Kashmir the restricted areas include various divisions of Leh and Ladakh

Foreign tourists’ arrivals were to the tune of 8 million in 2015. This was 4.4pc more compared to previous year when it stood at 7.6 million year.

According to India’s Tourism ministry the US topped the list of percentage share of foreign tourists’ arrivals among the top 15 source countries with 18.67 per cent, followed by Bangladesh (11.64), UK (11.60), Australia (5.25), Canada (4.23), Russian Federation (3.68) and Malaysia (3.13). Germany’s share was 2.61 per cent while that of China was 2.48 per cent, followed by Sri Lanka (2.39), Singapore (2.01), France (1.99), Japan (1.85), Thailand (1.68) and Pakistan (1.60).

Source: Mediaindia.eu

‘Experience Kollam’ to Lure Tourists

Ever been to Ashtamudi backwaters, the southern gateway to the alluring backwaters of Kerala, or experienced a unique village backwater tour around the Munroe Island? What about a trekking or camping in Thenmala or inside the Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary, a valley of green splendour at the foothills of the Western Ghats? It’s a long list of tourist attractions in Kollam district, which are yet to get a deserving place in the itineraries being offered by tour operators in the state.

Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary

‘Experience Kollam’, a first of the district-level promotional campaign by state tourism department, aims to highlight these destinations. The department, with the support of the DTPC (district tourism promotion council), hoteliers and tour operators, has rolled out a bunch of city, coastal, midland and highland tour packages, on an experimental basis.
“It will be a month-long campaign in September, the month of Onam festival, and we have already developed a microsite in our official website with details of these attractive packages. These destinations in Kollam and various tour packages will be promoted through social media networks as well,” said the deputy director in charge of the district K Rajkumar.

Palaruvi waterfalls Kollam

The tourist spots in Kollam, according to him, is remaining neglected in majority of the itineraries offered by tour operators to both domestic and foreign travellers. “Ashtamudi Lake is our prime focus along with quality village life experience we can offer at Munroe Island. Thenmala eco-tourism destination, Palaruvi waterfalls, mangrove forest at Ayiramthengu, Azheekkal beach and Paravur backwaters are among other spots which will be promoted,” he said.

Kollam Tourist Attraction

To begin with, the department will be targeting local tourists this time, who will be travelling to various destinations within the state during Onam holidays. Various events, including Kannetti boat race, a colourful and vibrant water regatta on Chathayam (4th Onam) and Kallada boat race on the Kallada River at Munroe Island (also held usually in September) will be highlighted to attract travellers.

Thangaserry beach kollam

The packages include city tours, trekking and camping programmes at Thenmala and Palaruvi water falls, both day and overnight boat cruise in backwaters and house boat packages from Ashtamudi Lake to Munroe Island, Alumkadavu, Amiruthapuri, Kuttanad, Alappuzha, Kumarakom, Vemband Lake and Thanneermukkom.

“It’s been just a couple of days since we have developed the microsite, and the tour operators are already receiving inquiries. We can really bank on this online publicity as Kerala Tourism’s official site enjoys around 15,000 hits on an average daily,” Rajkumar added.

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

12 Royal Heritage Hotels in India You Must Visit Each Long Weekend of 2016!

We take a look at 12 famous Heritage hotels in India apt to ring in your New Years’ and every long weekend 2016 promises to bring! Shikhar Travels brings to you the finest collection of luxury holidays in India and extra-ordinary experiences throughout the Indian Subcontinent, with special handling through our unique Le Concierge service.

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Some like it in company, some in solitude. Some like beaches, some mountains or some look for something different. Some like the routine drinks and dance and some like snorkeling and scuba diving.

1) Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Now if you clearly remember the gorgeous destination wedding of 2013 Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone starrer Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and if you wished to be part of the ‘Royals of Rajasthan’ here is your chance. The Taj Lake Palace is not just a heritage hotel but a palace in disguise! Hurry make your New Years’s bookings now and spend the weekend in the lap of luxury!

2) Fortune the Savoy, Mussoorie

Fortune the Savoy, Mussoorie

Everytime one thinks of Uttarakhand, one is reminded of the high mountains, the cold weather and the greenery. But did you know Uttarakhand is home to this beautiful Heritage hotel? It promises its guests an unparralled experience of traditional vs modern.

3) Kumarakom Lake resort, Kumarakom

Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kumarakom

God’s own country Kerala lives up to its name perfectly. The Kumarakom lake resort does further justice to Kerala’s unprecedented beauty. It is one of the finest luxury hotels in India. Nestled on the banks of Lake Vembanand it is serenity at its best.

4) Netuk House, Sikkim

Netuk House, Sikkim

Now how many of us have been to any of the seven sister states, forget spending New Years’ there! Here is your chance to not only explore the unexplored Sikkim but also enjoy the traditional Sikkimese hospitality at Netuk house, Sikkim.

5) Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

The Grande dame of Kolkata is one of the most celebrated Heritage hotels in India. The excellent personalized services and top notch hospitality makes this heritage hotel stand out. Some parts of the hotel serve the glimpses of colonial time heritage. Fantastic!

6) Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

Ever wondered how the Nizams of Hyderabad lived? Here is your chance to experience the Nizam style royalty at the coveted Taj Falaknuma palace. It is also popular as the ‘Mirror of the sky’ as the palace is nestled in the midst of lush greenery.

7) Maison Perumal, Pondicherry/Puducherry

 

Maison Perumal, Pondicherry

Maison Perumal is a tastefully done Heritage hotel with 10 beautiful rooms. The place is lovely and the architecture is a mix of French and Tamil style. The place offers great time and a pleasant stay for its guests.

8) Jehan Numa Palace, Bhopal

Jehan Numa Palace, Madhya Pradesh

Built in the 19th century, the Jehan Numa palace is blend of Renaissance and British colonial time style of architecture. There are 100 rooms and 6 suites well furnished with modern facilities.

9) Nadesar Palace, Varanasi

Nasedar Palace, Varanasi

Set beautifully amidst lush Marigold and Jasmine fields, the place is 175 years old! Nadesar Palace in Varanasi pays a perfect tribute to the sacred city. It was also once the abode of Maharaja Singh. The royal buggy ride takes its visitors around the palace too, cute right?

10) Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

For all the non-Mumbaikars this will remind of the unfateful 26/11 but for Mumbai it is the pride of the city! It is a historical and architectural structure and was built 21 years before the Iconic gateway of India. It offers a panaromic view of the bay with a hospitality that precedes global standards.

11) The Imperial Hotel, Delhi

Imperial Hotel, Delhi

India’s capital city too has luxury, elegance and comfort to offer in the name of The Imperial hotel, Delhi. Featuring in Fodor’s travel list of legendary hotels in 2014. Imperial hotel has won several awards because of its hospitality. The interiors boast of great royalty and ambience. World class facilities like spa, well equipped rooms and suites make is more amazing.

12) Samode Palace, Jaipur

Samode Palace, Jaipur

Located in the pink city Jaipur, Hotel Samode Palace is legendary in its own right. A lethal combination of Mughal and Indian architectural styles it is a beauty to marvel. The rooms have great furnishing and styling and the dining venues boast of Indian and World-Class cuisine and also a luxurious spa and swimming pool. Regal.

Shikhar Travels’ itineraries are carefully planned to provide a relaxed and culturally rewarding luxury holiday and offer the time to enjoy and relax as well as to explore. Interaction with local families, home visits, cultural shows, souvenir-hunting and insights into rural India — everything is selected to match the discerning tastes of your elite traveler.

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Uttarakhand – Enjoys the Comfort of the Himalayan Mountains

WHILE THE STATE OF UTTARAKHAND MAY BE AMONG THOSE WHICH ARE RELATIVELY NEW IN THAT THEY HAVE BEEN FORMED ONLY MORE RECENTLY, THEY ARE AS MUCH A PART OF THE HISTORY AND THE MAGNIFICENCE OF THE TIMELESS INDIA THAT WE ALL KNOW AND LOVE. THEY HAVE AS MUCH OF THE INDIAN SPIRIT, AND STAND FOR EVERYTHING THAT INDIA IS.

Almora Uttarakhand

Enjoys the comfort of the Himalayan Mountains which lend it as much colour, excitement and thrill that it gives to every other state. Adventure in the state of Himachal is almost as spirited as the mountains itself, with plenty of variety and several forms in which adventure can be enjoyed. The scenic beauty of Uttarakhand makes every element stand out better. The beauty of the state comes from the wonderful locales and the unpretentious beauty that surrounds it. There is so much that can be spoken of the state, and yet there is a quiet dignity it chooses to maintain. Adventure is a great experience in Uttaranchal.

India Rice paddies Uttaranchal
I differing kinds and forms, there are ranges of adventure activity that can be experienced and explored here. The support lent by nature and the state come together perfectly to allow you an experience that will always be cherished. The various forms of adventure take root in the landscape, which is mostly surrounded by hills. This is why trekking, skiing, white water rafting and paragliding are best experienced here. Apart from these, there is also camping and wildlife that must be experienced. The unique beauty of Uttaranchal is that, by way of its terrain and landscape, everything you do, from a tour of the wild to even a pilgrimage tour, all assumes the form of adventure here.

Auli Skiing
Trekking is among the most popular forms of adventure here. Whether to the Milam Glacier, the Pindari Glacier, or even to the Vasuki Tal, there are several sites where the thrill can be experienced fully. The best stretch to experience white water rafting is from Shivpuri to Rishikesh. This is the most gratifying location for rafting is perhaps all of India. Auli makes a scenic location for skiing, and a great place to allow the snow to befriend you. Pitoragarh is among the most preferred destinations for the avid paragliders. The dizzying heights with the sheets of white below, the conifers that dot the lands as you cruise over them and the chilly winds that blow through you make the attempt worth the effort.

Trekking in Uttarkashi
Ensure that you are in Uttarakhand any time of the year except for the bitter winters. The summers have their own charm, while spring is when you will enjoy the cold and not be hampered by it. The climate is largely favourable through the year except for the rains which could slow you down. There are no strict regulations and government restrictions, other than places which are restricted or sites which are closed to the public. To be able to access these, it is important that you seek prior permission.

 

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Meghalaya – There is Heaven to Be Experience

THE EAST OF INDIA HAS A UNIQUE QUIETNESS AND SENSE OF MYSTERY AROUND IT. THIS IS A TERRITORY WHICH IS NOT OFTEN EXPLORED, WHICH MAKES THE EXPERIENCE ONLY MORE EXCITING. A CHANCE TO BE IN THE EAST IS ADVENTURE IN ITSELF, AND WITH THE ADDED ACTION THAT THE STATES PROVIDE, THERE IS ONLY MORE FUN BEING HERE. WITH THE WONDERFUL LANDSCAPE AND BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS, THERE IS HEAVEN TO BE EXPERIENCED.

Shillong, Meghalaya

Meghalaya is a scenic state which finds lots of help coming in from the adventure it offers. There are hills, valleys, lakes make it possible for varied activity and lots of fun. Caving is a great activity to be tried here. Since Meghalaya boasts of the largest, longest caves in all of South Asia, it would be a pity to come this distance and not have a chance to take them in completely. The caves which are generously strewn all over do not just add to its charm, but also give it its own relevance.

 

FISHING IN RANIKOR
Siju, Syndai and Mawsmai are just some of the popular ones. you can find those that you like best. The slopes of the hills make for great biking and trekking in Meghalaya. Since there is the influence of the mountains apparent here, there is bound to be adventure. However the absence of the snow makes it easier to navigate and enjoy. The Nehru Park and Orchid Lake have been developed well and allow tourists to undertake boating here. This is not just a popular hangout, but also a good place for adventure lovers to try some activities as well. There is plenty of scope for camping along these areas as well. A great sport here is golf.

SHILLONG  LAKE
The golf course is open to all, with a beautiful backdrop to enthral you while you play. This must be tried at least once when you are here, the experience is novel. Most of the year is suitable for tour with family Meghalaya, although you would want to avoid being here in the monsoon since it does restrict movement. None of the sport here is particularly taxing except that in the hills. However, those who get claustrophobia should exercise caution when they are in the caves. Most sections are fairly safe, although you must check for disturbances and restricted sections before you make your travel plans here.

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Hornbill Festival in the Naga Heritage Village Kohima

The nomenclature of KISAMA is derived from two villages namely, Kigwema (KI) and Phesama(SA) and MA which means Village, on whose land the Naga Heritage Village is established and commissioned by the State Government of Nagaland.

 

Naga Heritage Village in Kohima

Situated about 10 kilometers from Kohima, the Naga Heritage Village offers a panorama of natures, cheerful and hospitality of people. The objective of the Heritage Village is to protect and preserve all ethnic cultural heritages by establishing a common management approach and comprehensive data base for perpetuation and maintenance for promotion of tourism. It also aims to uphold and sustain the distinct identity of dialects, customs and traditions of all the ehtnic tribes of Nagland.

 

During the festivities of Hornbill Festival, the Heritage Village serves as a healthy sign, vision and encouragement for uniting the various tribes of Nagaland to showcase their rich cultural heritage and tradition under the aegis of “Hornbill Festival” in one platform where one could have a glimpse and experience into the Heritage Village, Kisama.

 

KISAMA - a heritage village in Nagaland

It also serves as a stage where different occasions and funcitons for various societies, unions are organized and taken place all round the year.

 

The Heritage Complex consists of a cluster of sixteen houses of each tribe created in the indigenous typical architectural designs and concepts with significance. The tribal house is also called “Morung or Youth Dormitory”. Colorful life and culture are a vital part of 16 officially recognized Naga tribes. They are different and unique in their customs and traditions. These customs and traditions are further translated into festivals. Songs and dances form a sould of these festivals through which their oral history has been pased down genrations. Nature has been kind to the Nagas and their land by virtue of natural and scenic beauty and making it a tourist hotspot.

 

The Heritage Complex also house a World War II Museum, Bamboo Heritage Hall, Bamboo Pavilion, Kids Carnival, Horti-Scape, Food Courts and Stadium for Live concerts, Naga Idol, Beauty Pageant, Fashion Shows, etc.

 

Source: tourismnagaland.com

Sikkim – A Chance to Mix Wondrous Nature with Active Sport

SIKKIM MAY LOOK LIKE A TINY STATE WHICH IS CORNERED AND SQUASHED IN SOMEWHERE IN THE NORTH EAST OF THE COUNTRY. HOWEVER, THIS IS THE MOST SURPRISING STATE OF ALL, WITH A CLIMATE, TOPOGRAPHY AND LIFESTYLE WHICH LEAVES EVERYONE COMING BACK OVER AND OVER FOR MORE ADVENTURE. A PRISTINE STATE WHICH IS UNPRETENTIOUS AND WELCOMING, SIKKIM IS THE PLACE TO BE WHEN YOUR HEART YEARNS FOR PLENTY OF ACTION.

 

Sikkim Tours

 

Adventure in Sikkim is a chance of a lifetime a chance to mix wondrous nature with active sport, something which is hard to find at its native best. A largely mountainous locale, Sikkim bases most of its adventure around mountain activity. Not that this is crippling in any way. The sheer number of things to do can make your holiday extend beyond your belief. To begin with, there is plenty of scope for trekking, with some of the most famous peaks found in the south of the state.

 

Kanchenjunga trek

 

The most famous, the Kanchenjunga trek lies waiting to be conquered. There are several others which are just as majestic. If climbing the mountains is not enough for you, try biking through them. Mountain biking in Sikkim is a compelling activity which several people look to undertake in Sikkim. Navigating through the roads and winding upslope of the state, there is lots of fun and great thrill in just being here. The North and west of the state are the favourite haunts for bikers.

 

Adventure in Sikkim

 

If the mountains need a deserving break, there are rapids which can help you try some white water rafting as well. The rivers Teesta and Rangeet have several sections in Sikkim where this is possible, and if you have the stomach for it, it must e tried at least once during your stay. A unique experience presents itself in the form of Yak safaris. A chance to ride the mammoth yak is a chance not everyone can find in daily life. There are wonderful sites along the lake Dzongri and also Tsomgo.

 

Sikkim Darjeeling Tour

 

These allow you a chance through the mountains and also along the water bodies. Be a bird in Sikkim and try looking at the mountains and beautiful scenery below. Hang gliding is a sport people come from all over to experience in Sikkim. A chance to spread yourself and let your heart and body fly, this is a chance for you to feel free and let the rush of the winds take you over. The winters are almost impossible to bear in Sikkim.

 

Sikkim Tour Packages

 

Try the summer months between April and October to be able to make the most of your adventure. The sheer altitude and climate make it necessary for you to be in great shape to enjoy mountain activity, or any other sport in Sikkim. This is certainly not for those with heart or blood pressure related problems, or even vertigo. Those with ailments should try simple activities like yak safaris. Plan and prepare well for any adventure before you begin. Always go through a course before taking up rafting or mountaineering here since it is a very taxing experience. It is important to follow all regulations and stay within areas which are for the public. Avoid restricted sections unless you have a special permit.

 

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Rajasthan – The Most Glorious States in India

RAJASTHAN IS AMONG THE MOST GLORIOUS STATES IN INDIA, ENDOWED WITH MUCH MORE THAN JUST A SPECTACULAR LANDSCAPE. RAJASTHAN IS NOTORIOUS FOR ITS MIRACULOUS CHARM AND MAGNETIC APPEAL. IT IS THE MOST GIFTED STATE, GIVEN THAT IT HAS PLEASANT HILLS, SCORCHING DESERT AND ALSO THICK FOREST. NOT ONLY DOES IT MAKE FOR WONDERFUL VIEWING, BUT ALSO GRANTS SCOPE FOR PLENTY OF ADVENTURE.

Hawa Mahal Jaipur

If adventure is what you need when you are in Rajasthan, look for plenty of ways to be entertained and suitably occupied. In its many forms any states, adventure in Rajasthan is the greatest draw for tourists from all over. Dusty pleasures and thrilling feats are the certain winners in the land where adventure is the unmistakeable undertone. Almost every kind of activity conceivable in India can be experimented with in Rajasthan. In addition, there are several unique activities which you can look to try your hand at.

Lake Palace Udaipur

Trekking is a great sport here. Given the vast expanses of the Aravalli Hills, there is a range of different places where you can try trekking, and also where you can partake the view of the magnificent surroundings. Camel and horse sports are something that not every other state can allow. However, you can not just watch, but also partake in. Horse and camel polo are fantastic ways to share the thrill of the outdoors with great beasts.

Aravalli Hills Rajasthan

Jodhpur and Jaipur are the best places to try and get access to some parasailing and ballooning activity. They offer some wonderful stills of the cities below and also give a great ambience and winds. Rajasthan may have the desert, but it is also generously endowed with several lakes. This makes it possible for several kinds of water based sport which include fishing, swimming and boating.

Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur

Adventure in Rajasthan is fairly easy on everyone, since it has a largely slower pace and makes fewer demands. Unless it is heavy activity in the hills or parasailing or paragliding, you would need to be in better shape. Otherwise, this is something that is convenient and accessible to all. If you are among those who are looking for slower forms of adventure you could also try some golf or even bicycling. However, it is best to get yourself checked before you look to take up any of the adventure activities in Rajasthan seriously.

Desert Festival in Jaisalmer

Plan well before your trip and ensure you make all preparations required. There is almost no restriction on any of the adventure, other than that you must register with an authorised institution when you plan for sport like paragliding or parasailing. It is also best to travel with a guide or instructor so that you are in the safest hands.

 

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Trekking in India – There is No Better Place for You to Be

THE NUMBER OF ADVENTUROUS, EXHILARATING AND DOWNRIGHT MIND-BLOWING TREKS THAT INDIA OFFERS ARE ENDLESS. IF YOU’RE AN ENTHUSIASTIC HIKER AND TREKKER THEN REALLY, THERE IS NO BETTER PLACE FOR YOU TO BE.

 

Markha Valley Trek

 

There are several places in India which are excellent for trekking in India. Needless to say, most of them are based out of the high altitude areas like the Himalayas and Karakoram ranges. The most popular and most frequented trekking destinations in India are Ladakh, Garhwal, Sikkim, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal. All reliable companies divide their tours by abilities and cater to beginners, novices and experts alike.

 

Roopkund Trek

 

In addition to the adventure factor treks in India also offer a solid cultural element. This means that while you’re getting your adrenalin fix, you’ll also be experiencing local life firsthand in the remote corners of India. You’ll find yourself enthralled by the friendly locals you’ll speak with, the tiny hamlets you’ll pass and the elusive monasteries that’ll make you want to stick around a little while longer. India offers a lot of high altitude treks and some of these treks require a certain amount of fitness level.

 

Dodital Trek

 

Make sure you inform your tour operator of any health restrictions and that you are comfortable with the altitude levels of your trek. It is important to remember that treks in the northern slopes go through snow capped terrain which can be quite difficult to navigate. While the winters are extremely bitter and the cold is unrelenting, the warmer months make the conditions more conducive and the climate more charitable.

 

 

Across most locations, the ideal time to undertake this expedition would be between June and October. There are several safety considerations that must be taken into account when discussing trekking in India. Apart from knowing your health conditions well and ensuring acclimatization during the trek, it is important to carry all necessary medication throughout. Lots of treks go through remote stretches so carrying adequate food is also vital.

 

Beas Kund Trek

 

Although there is no strict regulation around trekking in India, it is important to ensure that they are led by registered and recognised tour guides and leaders.

 

Source: www.atoai.org