New Route for Kailash Mansarover Yatra
Sikkim Tourism Department planned first Kailash Mansarover Yatra via Nathula Pass from June 2015. Pilgrims thus have two route choices for the religious adventure trip: via Lipulekh Pass (Uttarakhand) and Nathula Pass (Sikkim). The new route is relatively easier than the old one. Acclimatization center would be set up at Sherathang and 17th Mile.
The new short easy route may reduce pilgrim traffic to the old route, a genuine cause of concern for Uttarakhand. The current host mulls over strategies to retain the business. The state may introduce a sky-trek, helicopter service between Dharchula and Gunji villages in the Kumaon Himalayas for the next Kailash Mansarover Yatra.
New Canyon near Eastern Boundary of the Himalayas
In Tibet, a deep and old canyon has been discovered near the eastern boundary of the Himalayas. The Tsangpo Canyon is located along the course of the Yarlung Tsangpo River. The mountains of the Namche Barwa massif overlooks the canyon. The three-seven million years old canyon, buried under an over 500-meter-thick layer of sediments, is hundreds of meter deep at many places. The discovery compels geologists to rethink the existing theories defining quick development of steep slopes of the gorgeous Himalayan gorges.
The discovery is an opportunity for adventure travelers seeking virgin areas for exploration and new challenges to overcome.
New Luxury Hotel in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
JW Marriott opened doors of its new upscale hotel Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa in the Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand in November 2014. The hotel, located in Siya village along Kempty Fall road, features deluxe rooms and studio suites with attached balconies and modern amenities. The Mussoorie hotel has a fitness center, full service spa, and swimming pool for health conscious travellers.
New Adventure Trips by Natural Habitat
Natural Habitat Adventure, a leading US-based nature travel agent, launches three new adventure trips:
- The 13-day Natural Jewels of Bhutan and Nepal explores the Himalayan ecosystems in Chitwan National Park and monasteries in Bhutan. URL: http://www.nathab.com/asia-adventure-travel/natural-jewels-of-bhutan-nepal/
- The 13-day Exploring Nature and Spirit in Myanmar and Thailand includes visit to rare leaf monkeys in Popa Mountain National Park, snorkeling over coral reefs in Mergui Archipelago, and oldest rain forest in the world and karst hills in Khao Sok National Park. URL: http://www.nathab.com/asia-adventure-travel/myanmar-thailand-exploring-nature-spirit/
- The 8-day Alaska’s Inside Passage Wildlife Explorer, a small-ship trip, would take adventure travelers to coastal wilderness of Southeast Alaska. URL: http://www.nathab.com/alaska-northern-adventures/alaskas-inside-passage-wildlife-explorer/
20th National Sport Climbing Championship 2014
Venue: Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata, India
Dates: December 4-7, 2014
Organizer: Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF)
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