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Trekking Opportunities in Gujarat : Polo Monument and Vijayanagar Forest

Polo Forest is a haven for Eco-friendly nature lovers and the adventurous. Polo-one of the most ancient historical sites in Gujarat, is also unique for its picturesque surroundings, Forest & Mills serving as refuge for fascinating flora & fauna. It is a Bird Watcher’s Delight being a sanctuary for over 200 species of Rare Birds. It also is an abode for Jungle fowl and a host of other species which are yet grimly holding on to this last habitat, thoroughly adorned by flowing rivulets and an unsullied lake. The area is surrounded with archeologically important Shiv Temple at Sarneshwar, Sadevant Savlings Deras, Surya Mandir, Lakhena Temple, Jain derasar, the ancient Polo Jain Nagri.polo-forest-vijaynagarThe Polo Camp site is located in Vijayanagar taluka of Sabarkantha districts and is near to Vanaj Forest area, Harnav River and Damsite. It is 150 km from Ahmedabad and 70 km from Himatnagar. Presently at Polo Campsite, Nature Education Camps, Wild Life training and seminars are organized.

The ancient Polo city, a gateway to Rajasthan, was once used as a hiding place for rulers, concealed from enemies, citizens, angry wives, even from the sun, tucked between sacred hills on the east and west. It was built around the river Harnav, an ancient water body spoken of in the Puranas. It is believed to have been established in the 10th century by the Parihar kings of Idar, and was then conquered in the 15th century by the Rathod Rajputs of Marwar.  The name is derived from pol, the Mapolo_vijyanaga_jaintemple_vijaynagarrwari word for “gate,” signifying its status as a gateway between Gujarat and Rajasthan. It was built between Kalaliyo in the east, the highest peak in the area, and Mamrehchi in the west, considered sacred by the local adivasis.  Together they block sunlight for most of the day, which might provide an explanation for the otherwise mysterious abandonment of the ancient city.

The 400 square km area of dry mixed deciduous forest is most lush between September and December after the monsoon rains when the rivers are full, but at any time of the year it provides a rich wildlife experience. There are more than 450 species of medicinal plants, around 275 of birds, 30 of mammals, and 32 of reptiles. There are bears, panthers, leopards, hyenas, water fowl, raptors, passerines, and flying squirrels (mostly heard, rarely seen), all living under a canopy of diverse plants and trees. During winter, all manner of migratory birds occupy the forest; during the rainy season there are wetland birds

The life of the adivasi settlements are still rooted to the forest, and they sure can teach us a lesson or two in listening to the deep hum of the world that envelops these scattered whispers of human constructions.The fig trees, when in fruit, are good places to look out for the endangered Grey Hornbill and Brown-headed Barbet who will come to nibble. Grey Hornbills can also be found at a Banyan tree near the campsite, when it is out with its bright red fruit. On another tree on the other side of the camp look for woodpeckers, and fruit birds and prey birds at the top, especially during a particular half hour in the afternoon (the exact time of which changes).

Until recently, this area was not well-known, and saw very few visitors. The numbers have increasedpolo-forest2 dramatically in the last few years, thanks to a few individuals working to promote its beauty and the following activities:

  • Trekking on jungle trails alongside the pristine lake and rivulets
  • Climbing mountains over 800 meters height.
  • Exploring 1500 year old ruins
  • Star gazing at night
  • Bird watching, morning short walk in the natural greenery
  • Herbal outings, river swimming

This increased flow comes with a price, however. It is important to remember, as visitors, to approach each destination and its inhabitants, human or otherwise, humbly, openly, and with the awareness that every interaction, no matter how slight, carries its own impact on the area whether we know it or not.

Blind School visit to A Village Retreat – AVR stretches a friendly hand to underprivileged children

Shikhar Group, as a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, organized an interactive session with the Blind school students at A Village Retreat in Gurgaon. During the session, the students shared their interests, likes and dislikes, ideas, and everything they’ve gathered in their short yet hard-fought life. We tried to offer them an environment where they can enjoy and learn at the same time.

 

This is the second consecutive year that the Blind school students/teachers came to A Village Retreat.  Their visit initiated Shikhar’s Corporate Social Responsibly at A Village Retreat for this season. Seven groups of underprivileged students were hosted at A Village Retreat last season comprising of over 500 students.

 

39 student and 11 teachers from the Blind school were invited to A Village Retreat for a day picnic on 30 November 2010. The group arrived at about 12:00 pm and stayed until 4:00 pm.

 

Some of the games and activities which were organised for them were tug-a-war, throw ball, cricket with a bell ball, and dance on latest Bollywood tunes.  Further, the children enjoyed the swings at the resort. Some of the children and teachers also enjoyed activities at Shikhar Adventure Park. They participated in various activities of the obstacle courses.  All activities were overlooked by experienced and trained Shikhar staff,  and under the guidance of Blind School staff members.

 

On arrival the group were served snacks with cold drinks/tea/coffee; a sit down lunch was arranged for them. Followed by evening snacks with tea/coffee before departure. We owe to the society where we work, and we just keep on endeavoring to pay back in the form of our Corporate Social Responsibility drive.

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Shikhar Travels Winter Bonanza – Time for a Memorable Sojourn in India

Planning for an ecstatic touring with friends this fall? How about a trip to Taj, and that too without burning a hole in your wallet? Yes…Shikhar Travels is all set to spice up your winter vacations with a bouquet of exciting offers and touring packages and the foremost of them all is a free trip to the majestic Taj Mahal for Facebook fans.

Shikhar Travels has decided to recognize and reward its Facebook fans with some fascinating tour packages and premium offers. There are hefty discounts, cool promotional offers, early bird discounts, for all those who actively engage with us on our Facebook fan page. Just participate in several exciting games and quiz contests on our Facebook page, and you could stand a chance to win huge discounts of up to 25 percent on domestic tours listed on our website http://www.thedelhitours.com. An enticing offer for all those who have been seeking to explore Indian cities in their full swing, isn’t it?

Not only this, you can also jazz up your New Year’s Eve at our A Village Retreat Resort at Wazirpur Village, Gurgoan . Our Facebook friends can avail heavy discounts of up to 25 percent on group bookings At A Village Retreat Resort around New Years.

If you’re a true vacationist and wishing to discover India in its complete form, then don’t stop, and become our “Fan of the Week” to enjoy even bigger benefits and exclusive discount offers.

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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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All about A Village Retreat, Gurgaon

Just 20 kms from the business hub of the country – Gurgaon, our resort – A Village Retreat has a classical “Indian Village set up” – spread over acres of land. The resort has an adventurous backdrop, with only rural farms adjoining the resort till as far as the eye can see. We bring to you a new, exciting experience of a camping break set amidst the beautiful, quiet landscape of the Wazirpur Village, Gurgaon.

Spread across lush green lands, are 10 Swiss cottage tents in a serene ambiance so that you can have a relaxed and peaceful holiday. These tents are spacious with attached western toilets and hot water through out.

Our unique dining experience is inspired by the concept of a “Village Chaupal”. Our multi-cuisine restaurant serves best the traditional Indian food – the Indian way!

The adventure park at A Village Retreat is perfect for a family get-away, day picnics, corporate retreats, events and more…It allows groups and individuals to participate in thrilling adventure activities.

Ever tried any of the following?

28 ft high state-of-the-art Climbing Tower

Burma Bridge

Double Rope Bridge

Tyre Crossing

Commando Crawling

High Beam Balance

Rope Ladder

Balance Beam

Bamboo Walk

Mogli Walk

Tarzan Swing

The Obstacle course consists of 13 adventure obstacles beckoning the adventurer within you!

Team Building and other fun activities are all inclusive in your stay at A Village Retreat. Whether you are here for a retreat, conference, reunion, team building or school outing. Some of the activities which you and your group can indulge in are –

Tug-of-war

Trust Fall

Musical Chair

Australian Trolley

Tent Pitching

River Crossing

Village Hike

Camel Cart Ride

Pottery making

Much More…

Team Bonding is what we offer along with sheer fun…!

As regards to your safety and security, our staff is highly skilled and well trained. All adventure activities are conducted under expert supervision and our instructors are trained from institutes like the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering

So, with open arms, we welcome you to explore the adventurer within at A Village Retreat, Gurgaon.

For more details, visit www.avillageretreat.com