Trek to Maldaru Lake, A Wetland in Uttarakhand

The trail sits in lush ambience consisting of meadows and forests that cannot survive without the touch of icy streams that are tricky to cross. But not all. Some of the stream sections are spanned with bridges.  The meadows spray wild flower fragrance on the trail. The ridges afford views…

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Kayaking and Rafting Profile of Tricky Tons River

Jack Morison, a famous river runner from America, rafted through the Tons  for the first time in 1980. A commercial trip covering full length of the glacial Tons, the largest tributary of the Yamuna River, was organized six years later for an extensive exploration. Jack died in 2008 but many…

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18 Rapid Names that You Should Know Before Rafting in Tons River

Geographical names are important. Because they simplify identification. Because they describe personality of the geographical feature being named. Many rivers in the Himalayas, for example, are named after local and popular deities and mythological events because the rivers are revered and pivots of survival. The Tons is one of such…

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A Note to Readers: Mojo of Nanda Raj Jat

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine by TO ABHA. May-June 2016. Nanda Raj jat. Homkund and Roopkund Trek.

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents Dear Readers, The issue contains detailed information and more than 600 images from the high altitude trek that combines physical, cultural, and religious experiences. So, you do not get bog down in lack of information and lack of preparedness. So, you can focus…

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3 Routes for Rishikesh-Nauti Drive

Driving challenges in Dehradun

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents On August 16, 2014, it was sunny when we left Rishikesh for Nauti, the starting point of Nanda Raj Jat, in a jeep around 9:00 am. But landslides due to downpour on the previous day blocked the two routes we tried before taking…

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GMVN Rahi Motel (Haridwar) Room in Disrepair

Room No 101 in GMVN Rahi Motel, Haridwar

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents On September 8, 2014, when I checked in previously booked economy room (INR 660 per person, per night) in Rahi Motel by GMVN in Haridwar, I was disappointed. So I upgraded to the next level of room by paying INR 521 more. Room…

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DreamCatcher to Dream Spoiler: Average to No Service

Lunch served at Nandakesari by DreamCatcher Adventure

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents Many doubts rose in my mind about his abilities and intentions to honor the contract when I spoke to Yogendra Joshi (YJ) for the first time in his office on August 15, 2014. YJ actually inadvertently confirmed the doubts in Nauti on August…

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Hotel Welcome & a Dhaba in Chamba: Okay Budget Options

Hotel Welcome, Chamba

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents On August 16, 2014, I spent a night in Hotel Welcome (Chamba), located on Mussoorie-Dhanolty-Chamba road, and ate meals at a nearby dhaba. Although both were busy, quality standards were non-existent. Here are more details: Hotel Welcome I walked in Hotel Welcome around…

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Porterage: Big Component of Total Cost of Nanda Raj Jat

A mule man with his mules near Kaluwa Vinayak, Chamoli, Uttarakhand

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents Porters are part and parcel of the pilgrimage. The porterage accounts for substantial part of the total cost of Nanda Raj Jat. For example, according to the estimates, about 1,500 Nepali porters earned record revenues during the 2014 pilgrimage: INR 10,500,000 in seven…

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