Practical Information for Himalayas

Variants of 50 Rupee Banknote that Are Still Legal Tenders
You have already learnt about new fluorescent blue 50 rupee banknote printed in 2017 and the old banknote that was printed in 2015. Both these banknotes are legal tenders. Today ...
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Although the old 500 rupee banknote seized to be a legal tender, look at both the notes for better understanding of the local currency and reducing chances of getting cheated. Here ...
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Obverse of New 50 Rupee Banknote
Recently, India introduced new banknotes in denomination of fifty (50). However, the old banknote of fifty rupees still a legal tender. So, you have two types of the banknotes with ...
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Rs. 200 note from India
Do you know that India introduced a two hundred rupee banknote for the first time in 2017? On September 13, 2017, when I gave a new 200 rupee banknote to ...
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Budget accommodation for Prashar Lake trek in Himachal Pradesh
No. It is the time for a reality check about rest houses managed by the Forest and Public Works departments of Himachal Pradesh. Although I have seen boards stating that ...
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Rs 2000 Note, India
The new Indian Rs. 2,000 note may not pass a graphic design test because of ignoring the basic principles. For example, the note has too many fonts and misaligned elements ...
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If you cannot camp, climb, raft, and/or trek in the Himalayas, especially in remote areas, without your camera, laptop, smartphone, and / or tab, lack of efficient portable chargers may ...
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You can browse Air India (AI) flight route maps at its Interactive Route Map website http://www.airindia.com/RouteMap/RouteMap.aspx. The website offers route maps for both direct and code-share flights. This simple online ...
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India accounts for more than seventy percent of the loftiest and youngest mountain range, the Himalayas. Accommodation choices in the Indian Himalayas, however, do not match its size and area ...
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Yesterday’s gang rape of a tourist in Manali, Himachal Pradesh is an unfortunate incidence. We sympathize with her and hope that the police would appropriately punish the culprits. To avoid ...
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Dhabas, the road-side eateries in north India, are common along the highways, including those connecting the Himalayas with the rest of the country. Since fine dining options are almost non-existent ...
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A budget accommodation limits comfort level, but the hotel should not deny the basics. Ask the following questions before booking a room in a budget hotel.  Then decide, are you ...
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Since temples are ultimate destinations of many treks meandering through the Himalaya, we thought of discussing age-old and modern temple etiquettes. The temples expect proper decorum from all the visitors ...
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Last week I paid electricity bill at one of e-Samparks, the counter boy did not return balance of one rupee. When I demanded, he returned one rupee but he was ...
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We do not want to discourage you. But, high altitude adventures are not for everyone. Especially, the following five groups of people should not undertake the travel at all: Beauty conscious ...
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Fog generally wraps the Himalaya and the states during winter. Fog may last long, reduce visibility and disrupt air, rail and road transport. While planning your winter adventures in the ...
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Benefits of a home stay accommodation.
You can sum up the benefits of a home stay accommodation as “MEETS.”  The acronym means Mingle with locals: Staying with a local family offers more opportunities for direct interaction ...
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Mapstor sells topographic maps of the Himalaya for a nominal price. The online store has two sets of the mountain maps: 1:200,000 and 1:100,000 scale maps.  The price of the ...
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Are you planning to explore the Garhwal and Kumaon Himalaya? Yes! Then, prepare yourself for abstinence from meat in several towns located along the popular trek routes in Uttarakhand featuring ...
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Kala Nidhi Reference Library of Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts (IGNCA), located in New Delhi, India, boasts an extensive collection of an assortment of resources focusing on the ...
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Since many plucky travelers say their prayers in the temple before starting and after completing the Himalayan adventure, they should know that leather goods are banned in many Himalayan temples. For instance, ...
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Sitting on the top of the bus plying within the Indian Himalayan states is fatal and prohibited for the safety of travelers. So, avoid it at any cost. The bus ...
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Accurate maps are one of the essentials playing a decisive role in the success of a climbing and / or trekking expedition to the Indian Himalayas. But where to buy ...
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Driving in the Himalayas, a challenge in itself, requires special skills and experience to negotiate its thin snaky roads. In fact, unmetalled and dirt roads are common in the mountain ...
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Some of the Himalayan roads remain closed during winter due to thick snow cover. However, some of these are very popular among tourists. For instance, Manali-Leh, Srinagar-Leh, Manali-Keylong and Kaza-Keylong ...
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Do you like to travel by bus? Yes. You can book bus tickets online like airline and rail tickets. Thanks to Internet savvy entrepreneurs! redBus.in offers bus tickets for several ...
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Today I read a useful article containing tips for travelers to survive natural calamities like the recent Haiti earthquake. Travelers having travel insurance policy should contact round-the-clock medical assistance service ...
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25-paise coins (India) Chavani, the 25-paisa coin (one fourth of the Indian Rupee), has become an artifact. The coin, unveiled in 1950, is not a legal tender anymore. Sad demise ...
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Poel Piet and Gruys Rogier (2002). Mild and Mad Day Hikes around Thimphu. The Royal Society for the Protection of Nature, Thimphu (Bhutan), the Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators (ABTO), ...
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Bhutan and Nepal are nestled in the lap of the Himalaya, whereas the mountain range forms the northern boundary ofIndia. Rugged topography of the range probably deters from laying the ...
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I have come across bee nests in a number of monuments. And on one Sunday, I had to return fromSukhnaLakewithout enjoying morning walk as some body had stirred a bee ...
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What is Minimum Daily Tariff?  The Bhutanese Department of Tourism has fixed a minimum daily tariff for all travel packages. However, tourists can plan their own itineraries. The tariff includes ...
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This post may be awkward and/or funny for some of the readers but it discusses an important aspect of climbing / mountaineering / trekking (C/M/T) holidays, especially those spent in ...
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How to Survive an Earthquake? During February and March, powerful earthquakes shook parts of Chile, Japan, Indonesiaand Turkey. Predicting earthquakes is quite difficult so we cannot avoid them. However, we ...
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GOI Introduces T-VoA The Government of India (GOI) introduced Tourist Visa on Arrival scheme (T-VoA) for the citizens ofSingapore,New Zealand, Luxembourg, Japan and Finland in view of the Commonwealth Games ...
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Don’t Walk Like a Coolie, Carry only the Essentials In all my big and small adventure expeditions to remote areas, organizers ensured that participants should carry only the essentials contrary ...
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Why Should You not Wear New Clothes on Holi? Generally, festivals are the best time to flaunt the best clothes and accessories. However, on Holi, the festival of colors, you ...
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