About Best Himalayan Adventures (ABHA) Magazine
Volume 3, Issue 1 | March 2018

12 Ideas for Activity Based Holidays in the Himalayas

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Magazine Cover

On the Front Cover

August 2017. Ganderbal District. A water channel links Vishnu Sar (Background) and Krishan Sar (Foreground) in Jammu Kashmir, India.

On the Back Cover

June 2017. Prashar. A young oracle (gur) performs a ritual at Prashar Fair in Himachal Pradesh, India.

A Note to Readers

Business Information

5. Meet ABHA

8. About Magazine

10. TO ABHA Digital

Excerpts

Meet ABHA

This is the first commercial issue of ABHA, a new magazine exclusively dedicated to the travels in the Himalayas. The acronym ABHA stands for About Best Himalayan Adventures.

Let me explain why I started it. Like me, many love the Himalayas because of affordability and numerous opportunities for action packed leisure. The action comes in variety. Barring a few pockets, it is not crowded yet. True adventure destinations are many. A true adventure destination means a place where amenities and services are unavailable or only the bare basics are available. For example, Prashar Lake, Ringdom, and Manman Top offer just bare basics. Some maiden adventures are also possible. For example, virgin peaks and /or virgin faces of the peaks, unexplored valleys, uncharted white waters.… Moreover, I did not find a travel magazine dedicated to the Himalayan adventures.

What does “Best” stand for in ABHA?

Best is subjective. Here, best does not mean luxury because adventure means to undertake risk; to see unexplored, least explored, unfamiliar, and/ or unusual; and to travel with less. Best means doing physically and mentally demanding leisure activities in challenging, serene, and natural environments.

Two tag lines of the magazine publisher, The Off: About Best Himalayan Adventures (TO ABHA), reflect these perspectives:

  • Be adventurous more than once.
  • Your Himalayan heart is in your feet.

The theme matching logo visualizes the tag lines, especially the second one. How? Two feet holding a heart denote H that means Himalayas. The best mode to explore the high Himalayas is on foot. The red shining heart says that the best adventures require both fitness and passion. The misaligned feet show action full of movements and moments to remember.

The first tagline inspires to go on adventures again and again to know the mountain range and oneself better....

Photo Features

Angling

Mountain Cycling / Driving

12. Anglers at Sukhna

18. A Drive to Manman Top

28. Road to Ringdom

Mountaineering

45. ABCs of Nun

Rafting

53. Meet Immortal Zanskar before Inflating Raft

Rock Climbing

60. HAWS, the Inspiration

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Trekking

63. Cover Story: Promises of Great Kashmir Lakes Trail

127. My Reasons to Express Gratitude to Valley of Flowers Trail

93. Pingbacks from Prashar

141. Vasudhara Falls Trail: A Half Day Hike along Alaknanda

107. Cheery Chanderkhani

First Impressions

157. Surprises from Suru

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Himalayan Key

Celebrations

177. Religious Revelry at Prashar

Fauna

207. Golden Marmot

Flora

213. Treasured Rhododendrons

Hamlet

218. First Look at Sonamarg

Monument

228. Baroo Khanqah: A Symbol of Sufism

Simple Platter

232. Chhurphe: A Chewing Gum from Ladakh

Gear

237. Boots Notes

Mountain and Your Body

240. High VO2 Max Maximizes Joys of Adventures in High Altitude

The Funnies

242 Correctly Incorrect!