Insider’s Guide to YHAI Trekking Camps in the Himalayas

Insider’s Guide to YHAI Trekking Camps in the Himalayas

Youth Hostel Association of India (YHAI) has been hosting trekking camps in the Himalayas for several years. I have attended a number of these camps. Today, I share my experiences and observations about these camps because many people ask me, “How good are these camps?” Here is the lowdown: 1.…

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Review of Maurya Hotel in Daria, Chandigarh

Food at Maurya Hotel

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The room in Maurya Hotel was a pleasant surprise although it had a major flaw. Actually, I did not book it. I booked Preet Hotel in Daria from Oyorooms in April, 2017. But when I reached the hotel on May 19, the receptionist told me that all the rooms were…

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1 Adventure Scholarship Scheme for Poor

Youth Hostel Association of India (YHAI) offers Off the Beaten Track Siddharth Adventure Scholarship for needy thrill seekers. Prof Vijay Singh and Mrs Saroj Singh donated INR 500,000 for the scholarship in 2016. They started this scholarship scheme in memory of their son, Siddharth Singh, who promoted outdoor activities and…

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7 Interesting Facts about Himalaya

If you are reading and viewing TO ABHA, you must be smitten by the Himalaya and may like to know more and more about it. Here are a few interesting facts about the range that you may not know or may have forgotten: Mountain with Multiple Citizenship The Himalaya is…

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Do You Need Inner Line Permit for Nubra, Pangong, Tso Moriri?

Ladakh Inner Line Permit

Ladakh has reintroduced Inner Line Permit for Nubra, Pangong, Tso Moriri, and other protected areas in 2017. So all Indians wishing to travel to these areas shall get the permits from Deputy Collector’s (DC) office in Leh. Deputy Collector’s Office Timings for Permit: 10:00 am to 04:00 pm on working…

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What is a Landslide?

Neelima saw a slope full of boulders and debris from the window of Himsutra AC bus run by Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) along Chandigarh-Mandi route.  She asked her friend who was sitting next to her what was that. The friend, replied that it was a landslide. Neelima asked…

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Grass and Jute Souvenirs from Chandigarh National Crafts’ Fair

What to shop at Chandigarh National Crafts' Fair

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Chandigarh hosts the National Crafts’ Fair every year. The event showcases crafts from across the country. Many of these boast personality of unique traditional souvenirs. For example, figures crafted from grasses and jute. These figures exude Indianness. Each figure uses homegrown material, grasses (bamboo, cane…) and jute. Each figure is…

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