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- 5 Must-do Summer Adventure Activities in Solang Valley
Solang Valley, about 14 km from Manali, is where all the adventure activities happen all round the year. While it’s a major skiing destination in winter due to all the snowfall, in summers, it’s a hub for sports like paragliding and zorbing. Located near the banks of the river Beas, Solang Valley is a must visit if you’re on your way to Rohtang Pass from Manali.
Of all the adventure activities that you can do here, paragliding is the most thrilling. With two jump stations – on a lower and higher level – this adventure offers a scope to fly over the lush valley quite literally like a bird.
Gondola Or Solang Valley Ropeway
To access paragliding from the higher level, one has to take the gondola or the Solang ropeway ride. Though it’s not exactly an activity on its own, the short journey up the mountain in the state-of-the-art cabin is worth experiencing.
This one’s slowly gaining prominence; where you roll down the hill in a transparent ball. It can be done alone or with a loved one, and is a super fun activity to do in the lush green hills of Solang Valley in summer.
Riding an All-Terrain Vehicle or an ATV in Solang is a complete adventure experience. You can choose to go with a trained driver, or on your own if you’re a seasoned biker yourself. It’s usually a three-wheeler or a four-wheeler vehicle that goes on low-pressure tyres creating a fun momentum for the rider.
The charm of a good camp is absolutely unparalleled. Cozying up in a tent pitched right in the middle of lush green meadows, with a barbecue fire, good music and the stars for company – is stuff dreams are made of. Depending on the altitude, you can choose to amp up the glam quotient by carrying luxury camping essentials.
2.Charminar: A Quick Guide to Hyderabad’s Old City
Hyderabad’s principal landmark, Charminar, is an impressive historic structure, that stands right at the heart of Hyderabad’s main bazaar area which is also known as Charminar. You can easily devote a whole day to explore the attraction and the labyrinthine lanes crowded with food shops, stalls, markets and shoppers. While Charminar is abuzz with people all round the year, it’s a special feeling to visit the area now with the Ramadan going on.
Begin the day by having a creamy tea at the famous Nimrah Cafe in Ghansi Bazaar, with a view of the Charminar for company. After which, you must first explore the charming monument; climbing the steps to admire its intricate architecture is highly recommended. For those who love photography, the structure will give you ample scope to get some great shots of the old city.
For lunch, head to Hotel Shadab, not far from Charminar. You guessed it right; order for mutton biryani and you’ll know exactly why Hyderabad is famous for this delicacy.
For some more sightseeing, head to Chowmahalla Palace in Motigalli, about 10-15 minutes from Charminar. The palace is the epitome of grandeur and opulence; it was the official residence of the Nizams back in the day and has royal artefacts and vintage cars on display.
For evening refreshments, head to High Court for some lovely street food. From crispy jalebis to lip-smacking samosas, this place will have you coming back for more. Or you could even grab fresh juice and desserts at Milan Juice Centre.
Now, for shopaholics, there’s no better place to shop than in Laad Bazaar. From colourful bangles to all kinds of ethnic accessories, you’ll be spoilt for choice here. Last but not the least, end your day at Mecca Masjid, a delight to visit especially during Ramadan when this mosque really comes alive.
3.Top 4 travel trends that have really picked up in india
There’s been a gradual shift in the way people travel all across the globe; and those trends have picked up even in India. Multi-generational travellers seem to be more conscious today; of their impact on the environment and the people around them. Therefore, while solo trips and wellness retreats are legit trends in their own right, here are some of the most interesting ones that are doing the rounds.
One of the most interesting travel trends seen so far this year, especially among millennials, is that of responsible and sustainable travel. People today are all for balancing and maintaining the eco-system while they travel, and they do that by going plastic-free, pollution-free and by reducing their carbon footprint wherever they can.
Travel during off-season
Over-tourism has started to really bother travellers who look for peace and tranquility in their travels. So a rising trend of travelling off-season has gained momentum, where travellers don’t mind if they miss out on some facets of the destination in return for a less crowded destination.
Travel to influence
Travellers who are passionate about exploring the world, often want to share their experiences with as many people as they can. And social media has provided just the right platform for them. As they explore new places, sample authentic and unknown cuisines, and experience diverse cultures from across the world, travellers keep documenting and sharing them over social media. The response is often overwhelming, inspiring a large number of people to travel more often.
Travelling on foot
Avid travellers often believe that exploring every corner on foot of the place they visit is the ideal way to slow travel. That way they learn about cultures, sample food and hear stories that they never would have otherwise. Therefore, guided walking tours and city walks have really picked up, enabling travellers to observe more and delve deeper into the intricate aspects of the destination. Similarly, other latest trends include food walks, nature walks, photography walks, wildlife walks, culture and heritage walks and more.
4.why consider a trip to sirmaur,himachal’s well kept secret
Sirmaur, a gorgeous district in Himachal Pradesh, was founded in the 11-century by a Rajput king of Jaisalmer. Today, it is home to many religious and historic sites along with stunning natural beauty, thanks to its rolling hills, majestic mountains and deep valleys. Incase you’re planning a trip up there, these are the places you must have on your itinerary.
The first place to see is Habben Valley, an idyllic spot to savour the beauty of nature. The valley is covered with thick deodar forests and lush green vegetation; a real treat to nature lovers and photographers alike. The major temples here include Tokro Tibba Kali Mata Temple, Shrigul Devta Temple and Palu Devta Temple.
An ideal destination for trekkers and campers, Churdhar is a beautiful peak at 11,900 feet, that offers mind-blowing panoramic views of the Himachali landscape. Apparently, one can also see the peaks of Badrinath and Kedarnath from here. Legend goes that, this is where Lord Hanuman found the divine medicine – sanjeevni booti – for the unconscious Lord Lakshman. Therefore, it is a sacred site among Hindu devotees. The region is also rich in wildlife; you can spot a variety of plants, animals and birds here, including the moral – Himachal’s state bird.
Another important peak in Sirmaur is Haripur Dhar, home to Maa Bhangayani Temple, dedicated to a local deity. It is visited by hundreds of local devotees every year as well as offbeat travellers who go there to explore the fort built by the rulers of the Sirmaur Kingdom. There’s heavy snowfall in and around this beautiful peak during winter; a major reason to plan a visit around that time as well.
Last but not the least, Renuka Ji, a site of tremendous religious importance, is a must visit for every traveller. From lakes to mountains and hills to charming valleys, there are numerous spots here where a nice picnic can be savoured, or treks and camps undertaken. The most favourite attraction is Lake Renuka, known for its calming waters and relaxed ambiance.
5.ghaziabad : a quick guide to the gateway to uttar pradesh
Ghaziabad, also popularly known as the ‘Gateway to UP,’ is an interesting place to visit for its unique history, culture, and character. While the city has evolved into one of the most dynamic industrial cities in India, it also offers a great experience to travellers in terms of sightseeing and natural beauty.
Start your tour of Ghaziabad by visiting Dadri, known for the world’s largest power project, managed by the National Thermal Power Corporation. The city had played an important role in the freedom struggle of 1857 when King Umrao Singh Bhati had fought against the British.
If you want to explore the industrial part of the city, a trip to Mohan Nagar and Modi Nagar is highly recommended. Known for their myriad factories of sugar, textiles, vegetable oil, paint, soap and varnishes, these areas also serve some lip-smacking food in their lanes and by-lanes.
The most important temple of Ghaziabad is the Laxmi Narayan Temple, located in Modi Nagar. Sprawling over a big open space, the temple boasts of many gardens and an overall stunning architecture. Constructed in red sandstone, the colour of the temple is its most striking feature.
Like all other Iskcon temples in India, the Iskcon Temple in Ghaziabad too attracts hordes of people throughout the year. It’s a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna; and the energy here is extraordinary especially during morning and evening Aarti.
About 10km from Ghaziabad, Dasna is a historic site on the banks of river Ganga. Legend goes that, a Rajput King had once come here to cure his leprosy and had fallen so deeply in love with the place that he constructed a fort for himself on the banks.
For a rather relaxed time amidst nature, head to City Forest, a perfect place for nature lovers, cloaked in natural beauty. There’s a lake here that offers scope for boating. You can also cycle around the park, or just sit with your picnic basket during a cocktail-coloured sunset.
6.bordi : a quick guide for weekend getaways for mumbaikars
About 153km from Mumbai, and 17km from Dahanu, Bordi is a gorgeous seaside hamlet in Maharastra. If you’re a beach lover, and need a break from the busy city life, this is just the place for you. Apart from beaches, this place is also known for its temples, caves and dams and stunning chikoo orchards.
While there are no luxury resorts in this small town, there’s no dearth of simple home-stays that give you ample rustic feel. The main beach here is the Bordi Beach, surrounded by extraordinary natural beauty. The golden sand of the beach is ideal for a long stroll or to catch a surreal sunset.
Another great attraction is the Kalpataru Botanical Garden, located in Umbergaon. While the garden is a treat to the eyes throughout the year, they’re especially delightful during the monsoons. The famous Vrindavan Studios are also in Umbergaon, where bulk of the TV epic Ramayana was shot. You can also pay a visit to the Mallinath Jain Tirth Kosbad Temple, nearby.
About 8km from Bordi, Bahrot Caves on the Bahrot Hills are popular and for good reason. The hills at located at a whopping 1,500 feet and are considered to be sacred by the Parsi community. A celebration is held inside the cave every year to commemorate all the brave men who had once sacrificed their lives to save Iran Shah Atash Behram.
One of the biggest lakes in Bordi, the Depchari Dam and Reservoir is well known for its calmness and serenity. Asavli Dam, too is a must-visit, for its gorgeous green lake and the rolling hills on all sides. Famous as a picnic spot, it’s construction is said to be similar to the Great Pyramid of Egypt.
Bordi is also famous for its lip smacking seafood. The surmai, pomfret and Bombay duck with sol kadi are highly recommended dishes to try.
7.take a 6 days tour to northeast india with irctc this summer
Indian Railways initiative IRCTC has just come up with a special package for travellers this summer; one that takes them from Bagdogra to the Eastern Himalayas. Keeping to the idea that people mostly like to travel to the hills during summers, this tour package has been planned accordingly.
Three package dates have been announced till now: May 23, May 28 and June 8. It’s an all inclusive package where you don’t have to worry about anything; everything from both side economy travelling flight tickets (Delhi to Bagdogra and back), daily dinner and breakfast, deluxe rooms in Darjeeling, Gangtok and Kalimpong, AC SUV for transfer and sightseeing as well as permits and taxes will be included.
It’s a 6-day tour, where the itinerary looks roughly like this:
Day 1: Delhi-Bagdogra-Kalimpong
Day 2: Kalimpong – Gangtok
Day 3: Tsomgo Lake and Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial
Day 4: Gangtok local sightseeing (Rumtek Monastery, Do-Drul Chorten, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom)
Day 5: Darjeeling local sightseeing
Day 6: Darjeeling-Bagdogra-Delhi
The approximate cost for twin and triple sharing packages are INR 32,480 and INR 30,540, respectively. That’s quite a good deal given that a lot of major attractions are being covered on the tour along with airfare, two meals daily and accommodation. Plus, why miss a chance to explore northeastern India, also known as the land of blue mountains, green valleys and red rivers.
The northeast beckons those who need to relax and unwind, and those who yearn for adventure and excitement. There is a mystery and romance in exploring the wild side of nature – the gushing streams, cascading waterfalls and picturesque mountain ranges – in the golden trio of Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Gangtok.
So, give the beaches and the hills in North India a miss and head for a rather off-beat travel experience to the Northeast with IRCTC’s complete package.
8.7 must-haves for travel enthusiasts this summer
The sweltering summer heat is quite something to reckon with, but it has its own set of joys as well. One of the best feelings during this time of the year is an escape to the mountains. However, to have a seamless experience, here’s a list of essential items you must carry with you.
A good backpack completes the trip. Opt for a hiking bag that has a capacity of 45-60 litres and has several small pockets. A bag made up of polyester is usually comfortable and durable.
A 7w solar light is a perfect partner for sparsely lit pathways, hiking or camping at night. They works for 6 hours when fully charged.
If you’re a side-sleeper, the travel pillow might not offer much cushioning but if you’re happy to just lean back into your seat, this pillow will stop your head falling to the side.
A multi-pouch travel organizer is ideal for storing toiletries. If you travel with lots of travel-sized beauty and toiletry products, you can’t miss out on a multi-pouch carrier. It allows you to pack your cosmetics, toothbrush, sanitiser, shaver kit, makeup and various other accessories that might otherwise get lost.
A portable Bluetooth Speaker is a must-have for travelling so that one can listen to their favourite playlist while hiking or sitting beside a bonfire with friends.
Whether it’s a crazy adventure shot, or just photography on a rainy day, GoPro cameras are every traveller’s dream. While DSLRs are water shy, GoPro is waterproof. They come in a waterproof casing and can easily withstand rain.
A great selfie stick is designed to give flexibility to the traveller; to be able to take selfies no matter what the location. With an incredibly adjustable body that extends upto 31.5 inches, a lot can be fit into every frame. The head of the selfie stick can be adjusted to 270 degrees to enable taking pictures at almost any angle.
9.why visit chail-home to the highest cricket ground in the world
One of the prettiest hill stations of Himachal Pradesh, Chail is known for it’s stunning natural beauty. Located at a height of 2,250m above sea level, the town was put on the map for its cricket ground – the highest in the world – used also for playing polo. The dense forests of Chail offer trekking, hiking and camping opportunities to travellers and much needed quiet to anyone looking for a peaceful holiday.
Although you cannot enter the Cricket Ground, but can take a good look at it from outside, it is still worth the effort. After all, it’s the highest cricket ground in the world, located at 2,444m above sea level.
For those interested in history and architecture, a visit to Chail Palace is also a must. Built by the Maharaja of Patiala during British Raj, it served as a summer retreat palace in the bygone era, and stands today as a heritage hotel. The architecture is said to transport the onlooker into the Victorian era. A stay here is highly recommended when in Chail.
What was once the hunting ground of the royalty, Chail Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a number of rare animal and bird species such as the Himalayan black bear, European red deer, common langur, sambar and black-napped hare. It’s a perfect place for bird-watchers and animal lovers, and commands a visit if want to spend some time amidst wildlife.
Among the temples, Sidh Baba Ka Mandir and Kali ka Tibba are worth a visit for their intriguing history and location. While Sidh Baba Ka Mandir is said to be built where Sidh Baba had meditated for years, Kali ka Tibba is dedicated to Goddess Kali. Though it’s a bit of a trek to Kali ka Tibba, the gorgeous views of the Shivalik Range from the top make it worth the effort.
10.neermahal or the water palace is an architectural marvel in tripura
In the year 1930, the ruler of the then princely state of Tripura commissioned a British company to construct a summer resort for him. The Maharaja got his palace – which was called Neermahal – nine years later. It was built right in the middle of Rudrasagar Lake. Ever since, it’s been a major attraction for those who visit Tripura.
Human activities around the Rudrasagar Lake in the past 50 years have however affected the water level drastically. It is believed that the lake has shrunk by more than 40 per cent in the last half a century. Most of it is due to the rising population level in the adjoining areas: there were only 12 families living in the vicinity of the lake when the company handed over the palace to the Maharaja. Today more than 200,000 people are dependant on the lake. Therefore, the problem of the lake vanishing completely in some decades loom large, and before it gets wiped out from the face of the earth, you must pay it a visit.
This summer residence was inspired by the Mughal style of architecture. Interestingly, every year in the month of August a big festival is observed by the locals called Neermahal Water Festival. The festival goes on for 3 days and many colourful cultural programme and event take place in the evening. A big attraction of the Neermahal Water Festival is the boat race that happens in lake. Different kinds of boats participate in the competition. Apart from that, there’s a swimming competition too which is organised during the festival.
The palace is divided into two parts: the western side is known as Andar Mahal. It was made specially for the royal family.The eastern side is an open-air theatre where drama, theatre, dance and other cultural events were organised for the enjoyment of Maharajas and their families. The palace has 24 rooms in total. Neer-Mahal has two stairways leading down to a landing on the water of the Lake. The Maharajas used to travel to and from the palace by hand powered boats.