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Temples of Khajuraho

Khajuraho- The city of Temples

Khajuraho- The temple town of Khajuraho is famous for the erotic  sculptures and often connected to the Kama sutra. It is only when you visit the beautiful town and it’s temples, you realise that the  temples of Khajuraho are much more than just “erotic sculpture temples”.IMG_3578 (1)

     Khajuraho is a small town with 20,000 people . During peak season it gets almost 600 international tourist a day, in off season this number significantly reduces. That said , it was nice visiting Khajuraho in the off season as roads are empty,  we had the temples almost to ourselves for exploring,  we cycled on the boulevards without any problem and most importantly, hotel prices are really low!

We flew into Khajuraho by the midday flight from Varanasi. A short 40 minute  flight later we arrived at the beautiful ,secluded,  quite town of Khajuraho. The airport is a 10 min drive from the “downtown” of Khajuraho – which is a 2 kms long  circular boulevard with hotels on either sides of the boulevard  and the Western Temples . Khajuraho – the name comes from the numerous Date (kharjur) tress spread around the region during the period it was built in. Now, there is not a single Date tree left in the region.

Cycling in Khajuraho. beautiful buelevard of Khajuraho. Travel to khajuraho. tour to khajuraho
Boulevards of Khajuraho

All hotels in Khajuraho have only two floors- ground and first floor. They also do not have lifts. Please request for a room specifically on the ground floor incase you cannot climb to the first floor. The airport is a 10 minute drive away from the hotels and normally Khajuraho gets 1 flight a day during off peak season and 2 flights a day during peak season.

While driving on the boulevard, you do feel like you are in the 1990 or 1980’s . This is because the hotels (the only construction you will see as you exit the airport) were constructed during those years. However, when you enter the hotels , you feel more like you are in the 2016

IMG_3579 copySince it was a nice and cloudy day, we choose to visit the temples in the afternoon. We visited the Western Temples with our guide and learnt about the history and architecture of the temples. The temples of Khajuraho were built between 950 and 1050 by the Chandela dynasty. There were originally over 85 temples which were constructed.About 25 temples are said to exist now.

Western Temples of Khajuraho
Western Temples of Khajuraho

The western temple compound consist of 6 temples; the temple of Lord Vishnu is considered the main temple. We learnt about different theories of  science and physics used to built the temple. From the angles the windows were placed at and the theory of ecology in the design to the depiction of all elements of a life, the temples were an extraordinary example of great architecture.

Khajuraho Temples
Khajuraho Temples

Later we walked around the compound and visited the other temples before returning to our hotel for some rest. In the evening we visited the temple site again for the Sound and light show. The show was nice with the temples light up in different colours. Shikhar Travels always recommends its client  to do the Sound and Light show after guided sightseeing of the temples so it is easy to keep up with the story .

IMG_3635The following morning , we relaxed at our hotel before departing at 3 pm for Panna National Park. We were excited and hopeful to view a Tiger. The National park is a 45 minute drive from Khajuraho. Our naturalist and driver , both came with a lot of experience and made the journey very exciting. We spotted one tiger, three crocodiles , numerous white spotted deers, peacock , peahens, Gray Langur, Sambar Deer and some beautiful brids.

The best part of our journey in Khajuraho was cycling- we hired cycles from our hotel and went on ride on the boulevard. The roads are always empty during off peak season and it was simply a beautiful experience, specially since we do not get to cycle at all in cities like Delhi. We visited the Eastern Temples during our ride, which were not half as exciting as the Western Temples.  We skipped the Southern Temples entirely! But the experience of cycling on the boulevard was just fantastic.

Cycling in Khajuraho
Cycling in Khajuraho

Shikhar Travels recommend Khajuraho as a two day destination. So you can enjoy the beautiful Ancient Temples and witness the Tigers at Panna National Park.

How to Plan an Adventurous Cycle Trip in India

For the adventurous souls who like going an extra mile (literally here!) for an adrenaline rush, biking is just another drug. Riding a mountain bike on the rugged terrains of the Himalayas or through the beaches of Daman, is a feat one must try to achieve at least once in life. Even couples opt for cycling tours in India often as it strengthens their bond and gives a new, interesting dimension to their relationship. Often you would hear people complaining that Indian roads aren’t fit for cycling. That’s not true. Take the example of Soumik Das, a corporate lawyer, who has recently taken a cycle trip from Kolkata to Hyderabad. It took 12 days for him to cover a stretch of 1400 kilometers.

Goa bicycle tours

Here we discuss how to plan a cycle trip in India.

 

Plan well in advance
You will be going on a trip that will leave you exhausted and tired. Boost your body and mind before setting up the dates. Plan well in advance. Schedule the map and keep a target distance. Like Das did. He covered 150 kilometers every day as his set goal. He also covered a maximum 190 kilometers on a certain day and his average ranged from 120 kilometers to 150 kilometers. Plan the inns where you are likely to stay for the night and the eateries where you would refuel yourself during the day. Food needs to be hygienic and healthy as keeping yourself fit through journey is most important. Seek guidance from travel bloggers or veterans who have traveled the same route before.

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Choosing the bike
When it comes to selecting a cycle, you should consult someone who has traveled the path you want to go for. A full suspension bike is always better. Seating needs to be comfortable. You can customize the rest of the designs and features. Also, make sure you have a cycle repairing kit in your backpack. Make sure you have an identity card with blood group and emergency number written.

Cycling tours in Rajasthan

Keep the plan flexible
There might be days when you won’t be able to cover the desired distance. That doesn’t mean you start losing all hopes. You have shown enough courage to venture out on a cycle, so stay strong. In case of emergency, an alternative route comes handy.

Cycling the Indian Himalaya

Ask the locals
When you are cycling through villages and towns, consult a local in case of emergency. To be frank, India isn’t that technologically sound that Google could answer all your queries when on a cycle trip. So ask locals about chemists, doctors, cycle repair shops, whenever a need arises.

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Bootcamp
A week before beginning the trip, your bootcamp should start. Start having more protein and tan yourself to bear the sun as much as possible. November and March are the two best months to go on a cycle tour, thanks to the weather and visibility. You need to increase your workout, simply because you would be tearing your muscle tissues quite a lot.

cycling tours in himalayas

Never ride at night
There are highways and roads, which have poor lights and trucks drive recklessly at night. So an hour before the sunset, you should stop by some inns. Safety is vital. So do your homework well and choose the ones majority of people stay at. Use this time to refresh yourself and recharge your phone.

 

Keep it social
Social media always comes to use on travel escapades. Team up with like minded people and ask them to join you if interested. The more, the merrier. Also, once you take a quick break on a cycling tour, you can click selfies and keep your friends and family back home updated with your exact location.

 

Now that the cycling season is on, plan your trip and begin the adventure.

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Diverse ways of celebrating Navaratri in a diverse India

Navaratri is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga. The word Navaratri means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit; nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakti/Devi are worshiped. The tenth day is commonly referred to as Vijayadashami or “Dussehra” (also spelled Dasara). Navaratri represents a celebration of the Goddess Amba, (the Power) and is celebrated in a large number of Indian communities. The mother goddess is said to appear in 9 forms, and each one is worshiped for a day. These nine forms signify various traits that the goddess influences us with. The Devi Mahatmya and other texts invoking the Goddess who vanquished demons are cited. Diwali the festival of lights is celebrated twenty days after Dussehra. During this vowed religious observance, a pot is installed (ghatasthapana) at a sanctified place at home. A lamp is kept lit in the pot for nine days. The pot symbolizes the universe. The uninterrupted lit lamp is the medium through which we worship the effulgent Adishakti, i.e. Sree Durgadevi. During Navaratri, the principle of Sree Durgadevi is more active in the atmosphere. This festival corresponds to a nine-day Taoist celebration beginning on the eve of 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar, which is observed primarily by the ethnic Chinese of Min Nan linguistic group in Southeast Asian countries like Myanmar, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and also the Riau Islands called the Nine Emperor Gods Festival.wallpaper durga puja wallpaper bhavya roop maa durga

The beginning of spring and the beginning of autumn are considered to be important junctions of climatic and solar influences. These two periods are taken as sacred opportunities for the worship of the Divine Mother Durga. The dates of the festival are determined according to the lunar calendar. Navaratri is celebrated five times a year. They are Vasanta Navaratri, Ashadha Navaratri, the Sharad Navaratri, and the Paush/Magha Navaratri. Of these, the Sharad Navaratri of the month of Puratashi and the Vasanta Navaratri of the Vasanta kala are the most important. Other two are observed by Shaktas only. The Chaitra Navaratri culminates in Ram Navami and the Sharad Navaratri culminates in Durga Puja and Dussehra.

North India

Navaratri is celebrated in different ways throughout India. In North India, all three Navaratri are celebrated with much fervor by fasting on all nine days and worshiping the Mother Goddess in her different forms. The Dussehra of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh is particularly famous in the North. In North India, as the culmination of the Ramlila which is enacted ceremoniously during Dussehra, the effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna, and Meghanada are burnt to celebrate the victory of good (Rama) over evil forces on the ‘Vijaya Dashami’ day.

Eastern India

The last four days of Sharad Navaratri take on a particularly dramatic form in the states of West Bengal and Odisha in Eastern India where they are cdurga pujaelebrated as Durga Puja. Eighth day is traditionally Durgashtami which is big in Bengal, Odisha and Bihar. This is the biggest festival of the year in these states. Exquisitely crafted and decorated life-size clay idols of the Goddess Durga depicting her slaying the demon Mahishasura are set up in temples and other places. These idols are then worshiped for five days and immersed in the river on the fifth day.

Western India

In Western India, particularly in the state of Gujarat and Mumbai, Navaratri is celebrated with the famous Garba and Dandiya-Raas dance. Since the past few years, the Government of Gujarat has been organising the “Navaratri Festival Celebrations” on a regular basis for the nine days of Navaratri Festival in Gujarat. People from all over Gujarat and even abroad come to participate in the nine days celebrations. It is also popular throughout India and among Indian communities around the world including the UK, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore and USA.B_Id_425976_Garba_

In the temples of Goa, on the first day of the seventh month of the Hindu calendar Ashwin, in some temples, a copper pitcher is installed surrounded by clay in which nine varieties of food grains are sown inside the sanctum sanctuary of the temple. All the nine nights are celebrated by presenting devotional songs, and through religious discourses. Later in the night the idol of the goddess is put in a specially-decorated colorful swing and for nine nights, this swing is being swung to the tune of temple music (called as ranavadya) by devotees who throng in large numbers to participate in the festival.

South India

In South India, people set up steps and place idols on them. This is known as golu. Photos of typical golu displayed in Tamil Nadu style can be found here.

In Karnataka, Ayudha Puja, the ninth day of Mysore Dasara, is celebrated with the worship of implements used in daily life such as computers, books, vehicles, or kitchen tools. The effort to see the divine in the tools and objects one uses in daily life is central to this celebration, so it includes all tools that help one earn one’s livelihood. Knowledge workers go for books, pen or computers, farmers go for the plough and other agricultural tools, machinery for industrialists and cars/buses/trucks for the transportation workers—all are decorated with flowers and worshiped on this day invoking God’s blessing for success in coming years. It is believed that any new venture such as starting of business or purchasing of new household items on this day is bound to bring success and prosperity.

Mysore is well known for the festivities that take place during the period of Dasara, the state festival of Karnataka. The Dasara festivities, which are celebrated over a ten-day period, made official festival of the state by Raja Wodeyar I in 1610. On the ninth day of Dasara, called Mahanavami, the royal sword is worshipped and is taken on a procession of decorated elephants, camels and horses. On the tenth day, called Vijayadashami, the traditional Dasara procession (locally known as Jumboo Savari) is held on the streets of Mysore. An image of the Goddess Chamundeshwari is placed on a golden howdah on the back of a decorated elephant and taken on a procession, accompanied by tableaux, dance groups, music bands, decorated elephants, horses and camels.[5] The procession starts from the Mysore Palace and culminates at a place called Bannimantapa, where the banni tree (Prosopis spicigera) is worshipped. The Dasara festivities culminate on the night of Vijayadashami with a torchlight parade, known locally as Panjina Kavayatthu.

In Kerala and some parts of Karnataka, Ashtami, Navami, and Vijaya Dashami of Sharad Navarathri are celebrated as Sarasvati Puja in which books are worshiped. The books are placed for Puja on the Ashtami day in their own houses, traditional nursery schools, or in temples. On Vijaya Dashami day, the books are ceremoniously taken out for reading and writing after worshiping Sarasvati. Vijaya Dashami day is considered auspicious for initiating the children into writing and reading, which is called Vidyarambham. Tens of thousands of children are initiated into the world of letters on this day in Kerala.

In Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh, people c2elebrate Bathukamma festival over a period of nine days. It is a kind of Navaratri celebration. Here Navaratri is divided into sets of three days to adore three different aspects of the supreme goddess or goddesses.

First three days: The goddess is separated a spiritual force called Durga also known as Kali in order to destroy all our evil and grant boons.

Second three days: The Mother is adored as a giver of spiritual wealth, Lakshmi, who is considered to have the power of bestowing on her devotees inexhaustible wealth, as she is the goddess of wealth.

Last three days: The final set of three days is spent in worshiping the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati. In order to have all-round success in life, believers seek the blessings of all three aspects of the divine femininity, hence the nine nights of worship. During the eighth or ninth day, Kanya Puja, pre-pubescent girls are ceremonially worshipped. On the 10th day, the effigy of Ravana is burnt

In some parts of South India, Saraswati puja is performed on the 9th day. Ayudha Puja is conducted in many parts of South India on the Mahanavami (Ninth) day with much fanfare. Weapons, agricultural implements, all kinds of tools, equipment, machinery and automobiles are decorated and worshipped on this day along with the worship of Goddess. The work starts afresh from the next day, i.e. the 10th day which is celebrated as ‘Vijaya Dashami’. Many teachers/schools in south India start teaching Kindergarten children from that day onwards.

During Navaratri, some devotees of Durga observe a fast and prayers are offered for the protection of health and prosperity. Devotees avoid meat, alcoholic drinks, grains, wheat and onion during this fast. Grains are usually avoided since it is believed that during the period of Navaratri and seasonal change, grains attract and absorb lots of negative energies from the surrounding and therefore there is a need to avoid eating anything which is produced from grains for the purification of Navaratri to be successful. Navaratri is also a period of introspection and purification, and is traditionally an auspicious and religious time for starting new ventures.

South India Temple excursion – an enchanting experience for lifetime

Owing to the spellbinding natural beauty and picturesque architectural and cultural marvels, the peninsular region of South India has been grabbing eyeballs of tourists since ages. Bordered by seas and ocean on three sides, South India is home to some of the most scenic beaches in the world. Aromas of spices and coffee plantation, exhilarating wildlife sanctuaries, pristine backwater beauty, are unarguably the hallmarks of the majestic South Indian peninsular region. But, above them all, the entities that distinguish the region from the rest of the world are its splendid temples and sumptuous cultural sites. For those who have religiously oriented and have an eagerness to explore traditional Indian architectural styles and culture, Temple Tour of South India has lot to offer to them.

Southern region of the country is dotted with myriad of exquisite temples which are popular world-over for their architectural grandeur and festivities. Whether it’s in terms of reverence, or architectural glory, temples of South India ranks among the best across the globe. While the hallowed land is filled with plethora of temples and shrines, there are some that should be enlisted in your itineraries to South India. These must-visit temples include:

Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram: Overlooking the Bay of Bengal, Shore Temple has been the prime attraction for tourists. Listed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, it’s a structural splendour built way back in 8th century. The temple includes an assortment of three shrines, two dedicated to Lord Shiva and one to Lord Vishnu.

The Five Rathas in Mahabalipuram: The Five Rathas is actually a collection of five monolithic temples, each built in a distinct style. It’s also knows as Panch Pandavas Rathas – and four out of the five temples are supposed to have been carved out of the same rock.

Meenakshi Temple in Madurai: Erected almost around 2000 years ago, Meenakshi Temple epitomizes the Dravidian architecture and art. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is known as Sundareswara or Beautiful Lord, and to his consort, Parvathi, also known as Meenakshi. It contains as many as 14 wonderful Gopurams, or towers, including two Gopurams for the main deities.

Kapleshwar Temple in Chennai: Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kapleshwar Temple stands among the masterpieces of Dravidian architectural style. It also houses sixty three Saivite saint idols impeccably carved in Bronze. Constructed way back in the 8th century, it attracts thousands of pilgrimages and sannadhis every year.

Sri Parthsarthy Temple in Chennai: Located at Triplicane, Chennai, Sri Parthsarthy Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. In fact, it is one among the 108 divyadesams, or holy abodes of Lord Vishnu. Built by the Pallavan king Narasimhvarman I in the 8th century, the temple houses idols of four of Lord Vishnu’s ten avatars.

Brihadeeshwar Temple: Situated at Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, Brihadeeshwar Temple is the world’s first complete granite temple. Listed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites as a part of “Great Living Chola Temples”, it exemplifies the great heights achieved by Cholas in architectural skills and capabilities. It stands as the one of the India’s most-prized historical site.

The temples of South India has long been venerated by architecture mavens as well as devotees around the world. They portray the most prosperous period of Hindu Dynasties and religion. Shikhar Travels offers you the opportunity to be vis-a-vis with these magnificent temples and experience the Indian culture to its best.

 

Experience Galore with North India Cultural Expedition

Are you yearning for an excursion that can offer you the rare blend of lush greenery and cultural heritage sightseeing? If so, then just pack your bags and get geared to explore the culturally and ecologically opulent land of North India. It has all the ingredients to sweep you off your feet, and add great memorable moments to your souvenirs. While the entire region is simply filled with a number of imposing tourist attractions, there are some that shouldn’t be missed when you’re touring this wonderful part of the world. These are:

Ladakh: Popularly dubbed as ‘Little Tibet’ because of its close proximity to the scenic Tibet region, Ladakh ranks in India’s least populated regions. Nestled in the Himalayan ranges, the land has glistening lofty snow-capped peaks and plunging green valleys as its hallmarks. The stark mountain landscape, with its rocky ridges, glassy lakes, is studded with vivid gompas (Buddhist monasteries), palaces, villages, and seasonal plantations.

Agra: Agra is renowned world over for the Taj Mahal – the epitome of love. Thousands of tourists from all across the world flock in Agra every year to have a feel of classic Indian architecture and arts. It’s not just the Taj Mahal, but the city has several other historical places, such as Red Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, among other architectural landmarks that would spellbind you.

Delhi: The capital city of India, Delhi, can be labeled as cultural melting pot where diverse Indian cultures dwell together. It presents a perfect combination of modern and traditional lifestyles. You’ll find a slew of wonderful spots here, ranging from cultural sites like India Gate, Jama Masjid, and Red Fort, to towering malls and other contemporary architectural wonders.

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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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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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Yoga Tour for a blissful life

The world is waking to the wonders of Yoga, what about you? Discover Yoga for your busy life.Shikhar Travel’s Yoga tour will be the last thing you will want to miss, in case you are planning India tour shortly. Lets first understand what Yoga is and what difference this ancient Indian science can make in your life?

The word Yoga comes from an ancient Hindu philosophy which means union and in this context refers to the union of finite man with the infinite god. Yoga is a physical discipline in which cycles of physical postures (asanas) and breathing exercises (prananyams) are completed to attain perfect health, serene mind and liberated soul.

There are myriads of physical benefits of Yoga. It keeps your body strong and improves endurance. Moreover, Yoga is the only science which uses body, mind and soul, all in one practice giving a practitioner perfection of health, serenity of mind and a joyous soul. It is also believed that regular practice prevents the decay of tissues, by increasing the life force, and fills the system with abundant energy.

A well designed and well structured Yoga program will unwind this eastern secret science designed for a blissful life. With our Yoga packages you can learn different kind of Yoga Asana or postures from renowned Yoga practitioners in Delhi’s popular Yoga center. We offer most flexible and genuine Yoga packages fitting in your requirements. These self transforming Yoga lessons will be the most special endowment after an eventful Indian journey.

So, experience the spiritual ecstasy of India and discover Yoga for your busy life with Shikhar Yoga tour packages !

Experience Yoga, Meditation in the power of Himalayan Mountains

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“The Body is your Temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in!”

( B.K.S. lyengar)

Originated in ancient India, Yoga typically means ‘union’ between the mind, body and spirit.As the name suggests, the ultimate aim of practicing Yoga is to create a balance between the body and the mind and to attain self-enlightenment. In order to accomplish it, Yoga makes use of different movements, breathing exercises, relaxation technique and meditation. Yoga is associated with a healthy and lively lifestyle with a balanced approach to life.

The oldest physical discipline in existence known to humankind, Yoga brings stability to the body and the wavering mind. It increases the lubrication of joints, ligaments and tendons of the body. Studies in the field of medicine suggest that Yoga is the only form of physical activity that provides complete exercise to the body, because it massages all the internal organs and glands. This in turn reduces the risk of many diseases.

The amazing thing about Yoga is that its positive effects on the health and mind 857515569_c0ecfb2c0eare visible over time. Another specialty about Yoga is its wide choice of asanas. Depending upon the stamina and overall health, you can choose from the mild pranayams, asanas to high intensity asanas. It is a medication without the actual use of medicines.

All you need to know is the most appropriate exercises meant for the structure of your body, while choosing the asanas of the activity. In addition, you need to know the right way of performing the asanas, because any wrong attempt can cause sprains and injuries.

Therefor we are very proud to present you our new and very exclusiv  Yoga and Meditations- Itenary:

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Transformation Yoga and Meditation Retreat

22nd March 2010 to 31th March 2010, Uttarkashi

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22nd March Delhi             Surface           0700 Hrs

Rishikesh

Drive to Rishikesh (225 km) via Haridwar. Rishikesh is known as “Gateway to Himalayas” and center of Yoga & Meditation. In the afternoon visit various Ashrams and Temples. Overnight stay in hotel

23rd March Rishikesh            Surface                0700 Hrs

Uttarkashi

In the morning drive (155 km) to Uttarkashi (1150 m). Uttarkashi is located on the banks of river Bhagirathi at an altitude of 1352 m above sea level. Uttarkashi is home to a number of ashrams and temples. On arrival check in at Shikhar Nature Resort ( Click here for Pictures)

The Resort is conveniently located 5 km from Uttarkashi on the way to Gangotri. The resort is spread around 4 acres of lush green terrace fields surrounded by Cliff Mountains and situated right on the river bank of Bhagirathi. The Resort is a perfect place for a cool retreat from the noise and pollution of the plains amidst refreshing natural surroundings conducive to spiritual instruction and meditation

24th March Uttarkashi          Surface

Inauguration of Yoga Festival followed by the different sessions on transformation on yoga and meditation

In the evening delegates participate in Aarti at the bank of Bhagirathi.  The Bhāgīrathī is a turbulent Himalayan river in the state of Uttarakhand, India, that is the source stream of the Ganges —the major river of the Gangetic plain of Northern India and the holy river of Hinduism.

25th March Uttarkashi

Sessions on transformation on yoga and meditation

In afternoon city tour which include the visits of famous temple and local market.

Vishwanath Temple Vishwanath temple in Uttarkashi is one of the prime pilgrimage attractions in Uttarkashi around 300 mts from the local bus stand. An ancient temple, it is said that it was first built by Parasuram. Later, it was renovated by Maharani Khaneti, wife of Sudarshan Shah in 1857. The temple has a Shivling, 60 cms high and 90 cms in circumference. No one misses this holy shrine on their trip to Uttarkashi.

Shakti TempleThis temple is just opposite Vishwanath temple. A big Trishul in this temple is the centre of attraction. The trishul is 6 metres in height and 90 cms at the bottom. Different people hold different views about the trishul, it is widely believed that the trishul is made of iron in the upper part and copper in the lower part. The epics say that this trishul was thrown at devils by goddess Durga.

26th March Uttarkashi

Sessions on transformation yoga and meditation retreat

Afternoon village tour to Maneri thirteen kilometres from Uttarkashi is this beautiful place. The place has lately emerged as a tourist attraction because of a dam being built here on Bhagirathi river. The water from here is fed through a 8 km long tunnel to turbines at Uttarkashi. A lake is formed because of the dam at Maneri which has added to the beauty of the place

27th March Uttarkashi

Sessions on transformation yoga and meditation retreat

In evening enjoy the cultural program which includes the folk dance performance by local people

28th March Uttarkashi

Sessions on transformation yoga and meditation retreat

After noon will bring you to the nature walk

29th March Uttarkashi

Sessions on transformation yoga and meditation retreat

30th March Uttarkashi                         0900 hrs

In morning depart for Day excursion to Gangotri Temple enroute visit hot water spring

Ganga is descending from heaven to earth here, it is in the midst of giant deodars and conifers, nestles the tiny settelment of Gangotri from Gaumukh to Devprayag. Ganga is known as Bhagirathi. On the right bank of the river is the holy temple of Ganga, whilst on the left bank there are few Ashrams, Hindus from all over the world show undying faith in these shrines. The temple of Ganga was originally constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa of Nepal. The word Gangotri exudes peace and divine love, it means that Ganga is descending from Heaven to Earth at this spot. Hundreds of years back, the entire stretch of land from Gaumukh to Gangotri was covered with glaciers and Ganga emerged at this place.

31st March Uttarkashi

Rishikesh- Delhi

Morning drives to Rishikesh by buses and upon arrival catch the train to Delhi.

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