Uttarakhand

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

A Note to Readers: Mojo of Nanda Raj Jat

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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Driving challenges in Dehradun

3 Routes for Rishikesh-Nauti Drive

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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Room No 101 in GMVN Rahi Motel, Haridwar

GMVN Rahi Motel (Haridwar) Room in Disrepair

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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Lunch served at Nandakesari by DreamCatcher Adventure

DreamCatcher to Dream Spoiler: Average to No Service

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, Chamba

Hotel Welcome & a Dhaba in Chamba: Okay Budget Options

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

Porterage: Big Component of Total Cost of Nanda Raj Jat

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents September 2, 2014. Near Kaluwa Vinayak, Uttarakhand. A mule man (sitting) with his mules. 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 ...
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Is Road Building Compatible with the Essence of Adventure Tourism in the Delicate Himalayas

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents I have heard and read several times that the neo adventure tourists clamor for roads to promote high altitude pilgrimage and adventure tourism in the Himalayas. They justify their demand in the following ways: Argument 1: Roads will increase number of adventure tourists ...
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SBI ATM in Nauti, Uttarakhand

Cash, Consent, Season for Nanda Raj Jat

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents You will neither need consent of the local government nor the season for Nanda Raj Jat. The barefoot pilgrimage happens when the local community decides considering auspicious dates. The government does not levy any fee and issue permits for venturing into the restricted ...
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Complimentary bread served to the participants of Nanda Raj Jaat

Food Availability, Menu, Price during Nanda Raj Jaat

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents “Nutritious ration would reassure you.” Carbs facilitate devotional duties. Lack of food frustrates. But food costs a lot, especially at high altitude. For example, cost of 75-gram Maggi noodles went from INR 10 in plains to INR 40 in Pathar Nachauniya and INR ...
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24 Nanda Devi Raj Jat Facts that You May Like to Know

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents 7 Facts about Nanda Devi Locals believe that Nanda Devi is an incarnation of Parvati or a sister of Parvati. Goddess Nanda Devi is the principal deity of both divisions of the State: Garhwal and Kumaon. Both the divisions participate in the pilgrimage. Although ...
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Tradition of Nanda Raj Jat: A Timeline

Tradition of Nanda Raj Jat: Brief Chronology

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents The Garhwal and Kumaon Himalayas relived the tradition of Nanda Raj Jat just ten times during 1820-2014, six years less than two centuries. But two consecutive jats were never organized after 12 years gap, the interval mentioned in the jat folklores. Watch the ...
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The second socket for device charging in economy room, GMVN Bharat Bhoomi Tourist Complex in Rishikesh

GMVN Bharat Bhoomi Tourist Complex: A Mixed Experience in Rishikesh

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents Today I am sharing my impression of the economy room where I spent less than 24 hours on August 15-16, 2014. Costing INR 620 per person, per night, the room in GMVN Bharat Bhoomi Tourist Complex is located on main road in Rishikesh ...
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Pilgrims walk from Sem to Koti.

An Epitome of Determination

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents She followed unabridged faith in the pilgrimage. She lived with the bare essentials, and walked barefoot, and left the head uncovered. A small colorful shoulder bag complacently set on her head through the entire pilgrimage barring a few occasions when I saw her ...
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Sleep options along the Nanda Raj Jat route in Uttarakhand

Accommodation along Nanda Raj Jat Route

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents The Nanda Raj Jat route does not offer many accommodation options. This limitation actually has a positive side. The route has not become a touristy destination. Serenity of the trail is therefore still preserved. Do not worry. A loyal thrill-seeker can still find ...
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Food from Karn Shila Restaurant, Karnprayag. (L to R) Veg Raita, Tawa Chapati, and Dum Aloo

GMVN Karnprayag: A Reasonably Good Budget Hotel in Himalayas

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents I spent four nights in the eco room (No 102) of the hotel run by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) in Karnprayag from September 4, 2014. It was truly a budget accommodation costing INR 440 per person, per day. However, rooms required more ...
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Logo of Nanda Raj Jat 2014

22nd Day of Nanda Raj Jat: Closing Ceremony at Nauti

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents End of Reliving the Tradition September 7, 2014 Sunday Despite a weekend, the temple suddenly lost its charm. The crowd thinned out. Puja dominated the weak trances. Energy levels of the people who went into trances in the beginning of the pilgrimage fell ...
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The drummers lead the women carrying offerings on their heads to the temple.

21st Day of Nanda Raj Jat: Nauti

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents Missing Momentum of the First Day September 6, 2014 Saturday Poor presence of pilgrims produced emptiness that highlighted the lush landscape of Nauti and other aspects of the event. The sky was the same and was a sport like the first day of ...
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The dance drama continues on the 20th day of Nanda Raj Jat 2014.

20th Day of Nanda Raj Jat: Sutol to Karanprayag

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents September 5, 2014 Friday Friendly weather favored us once more. But jeep drivers did not. They successfully demanded INR 200 per person for a short shared jeep ride of thirty minutes from Sutol to Ghat. Deities and all the pilgrims continued their return ...
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The folk artists dressed as five Pandav brothers, characters from Mahabharata, present the dance drama on the 19th day of Nanda Raj Jat 2014.

19th Day of Nanda Raj Jat: Lata Khopadi to Sutol

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents Enthusiasm and Trail Go Downhill September 4, 2014 Thursday The 10-kilometer-long trail connecting Lata Khopadi and Sutol was still miry. But it was bright and the sky was blue. The pilgrims’ mood was a mix of cheer and despair. The thought of going ...
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The 4-horn ram specially selected to lead the Nanda Raj Jat 2014 awaits to be released in wild after the puja.

18th Day of Nanda Raj Jat: Shila Samundra to Hom Kund to Lata Khopari

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents A Downpour of Anxieties and Affections September 3, 2014 Wednesday Both anxiety and affection were infectious at Shila Saumdra in the morning of the Wednesday. Anxiety ascribed to desire to reach Hom Kund, the goodbye spot at 5,000 meter, at the earliest. Almost ...
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A parasol carrier from Kumaon Himalayas

17th Day of Nanda Raj Jat: Pathar Nachauniya to Shila Samudra

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents The Walk in Wilderness that Required Will Power September 2, 2014 Tuesday The Tuesday posed a tough challenge, climbing more than 1,500 meters while walking the 16-kilometer long trail connecting Pathar Nachauniya and Shila Samudra. But the high altitude trail had side attractions ...
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Himalayas from Pathar Nachauniya

16th Day of Nanda Raj Jat: A Short Trail Linking Vedni to Pathar Nachauniya

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents September 1, 2014 Monday The morning sky was clear for a while. Then it turned grey and a brief spell of drizzle followed. The moody meadow suddenly changed into the costume crafted from the mountain mist that limited the visibility. This transition from ...
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The shepherd’s wife cook dinner in her Sutol home in Garhwal Himalayas.

Stay at Shepherd’s in Sutol

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents The shepherd’s wife cook dinner in her Sutol home. On September 4, 2014, reluctance bruised expectations. Sutol was reluctant to spare a bed or a room for visitors because the Himalayan village was expecting the relatives who wanted to experience Nanda Raj Jat ...
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(L to R) A parasol carrier blows conch at Vedni. A 4-horn ram at Vedni.

15th Day of Nanda Raj Jat: Garoli Patal to Vedni

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents Revelries, Returns, Wrongs, and Rights August 31, 2014 Sunday It was the third Sunday of the pilgrimage. But because of space shortage at the small campsite on a wooded slope in Garoli Patal, happiness of the pilgrims ran out by the morning. A ...
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The palanquin of goddess Nanda Devi from Dasholi (Kurad) in Wan on the 14th day of Nanda Raj Jat 2014

14th Day of Nanda Raj Jat: Wan to Garoli Patal

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents 2 Rules of Thumb for Survival in High Mountains: Self-reliance, Self-sufficiency August 30, 2014 Saturday And the music died beyond Wan. But the trail showed us temperate forest. Delicate dwarf ferns successfully competed with tall hardy conifers, rhododendrons, and surai (Himalyan cypress) for ...
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The 4-horn ram in Mundoli

13th Day of Nanda Raj Jat: Mundoli to Wan.

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents Lifetime Penalty for Liquor August 29, 2014 Friday Mossy stones settled on the wide ascending trail were slippery when we left Mundoli for Wan. But the trail soon merged into the road leading to Lohaganj. The public square in Lohaganj experienced frenzy of ...
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A local woman from wears both bulaki and natola.

12th Day of Nanda Raj Jat: Faldiyagaon to Mundoli

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents Pageantry for Faith in Togetherness August 28, 2016 Thursday Although it was mainly a brisk walk along the tar road under a sunny umbrella, the procession moved through the mosaic of green fields intermittently. It took short trails exiting from the road and ...
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Puja at the temple in Salekhola on the 11th day of Nanda Raj Jat 2014

11th Day of Nanda Raj Jat: Nandkesari to Faldiyagaon

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents An Easy Road Walk August 27, 2014 Wednesday Religious signs taller than the parasols added a new dimension to the procession that started around 11 am. The path laden with tar made walking easier even under hot sun. The path stuck to the ...
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Nanda Devi from Kurad at the Nanda Temple in Nandkesari

10th Day of Nanda Raj Jat: Chepadu to Nandkesari

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents Meeting of Kumaoni and Garhwali Parasols, Palanquins, People, Prayers August 26, 2014 Tuesday On the 10th day of Nanda Raj Jat 2014, the short walk along the tar road was rewarding for three reasons. The first reason was the palanquin of the goddess ...
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A dragonfly basks in the morning sun in the fields of Kulsari on the 9th day of Nanda Raj Jat 2014.

9th Day of Nanda Raj Jat: Kulsari to Chepadu

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents A Dull Day with a Few Highlights August 25, 2014 Monday Before leaving Kulsari, I chased dragonflies in the flat broad fields full of life that will energize many lives in future. But it was a dull day because of strong sun and ...
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A local woman from Kulsari on the 8th day of Nanda Raj Jat 2014

8th Day of Nanda Raj Jat: Bhagoti to Kulsari

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents Stepping into Her Husband’s Territory August 24, 2014 Sunday Yesterday Bhagoti was abuzz, although it was dark when we reached. The devotees awaited in long queues for a glimpse of the ram and parasols because of weekend the devotees had more leisure. A ...
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The godbrother holding royal parasol dances in the meadow.

7th Day of Nanda Raj Jat 2014: Koti to Bhagoti

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents Last Natal Village of Goddess August 23, 2014 Saturday On the weekend, under the leadership of the latu from Bagoli, the parasol procession started from Koti for a long day although total distance was just 12 kilometers. The procession stopped at several villages, ...
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The villagers are overwhelmed by the departure of dear daughter on 6th day of Nanda Raj Jat 2014.

6th Day of Nanda Raj Jat 2014: Silence of Sem and Cacophony of Koti

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents August 22, 2014 Friday Music died and excitement sunk because someone died in Sem last night. The procession left the village early without any intimation like sudden death. The musicians brought the procession back to life from Ghariyal village. The narrow stony trail ...
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Devotees irrespective of the age eagerly await to enter the ancient temple in Chandpur Garhi.

5th Day of Nanda Raj Jat 2014: Kansuwa-Chandpur Garhi-Sem

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents A Day of Trances: 15+ photos August 21, 2014, Thursday Yesterday finding camping space in Kansuwa was an uphill task. Shortage of the camping space triggered arguments between some pilgrim parties and officials who were competing for the same piece of the village ...
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4th day of Nanda Raj Jat in pictures

4th Day of Nanda Raj Jat 2014: 4 Parasols Meet along Nauti-Kanswa Trail

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents August 20, 2014 Wednesday The dynamic sky favored pilgrims for the fourth consecutive day. It did not dare to drench pilgrims who were already drenched in a mix of emotions originating from the departure of a dear daughter. On Wednesday, devotees gathered again in Nauti ...
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Women say goodbye to the goddess.

Tearful Ta-Ta on Thin Trail Connecting Ida Badhani to Nauti on 3rd Day of Nanda Raj Jat 2014

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents August 19, 2014 Tuesday In early morning, mist moved over the mountain crowns. The plants bathed in drew drops and some of the devotees enjoyed a bath with buffaloes in the pond. A puja was performed at the temple in Ida Badhani. The ...
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12 Photography Tips for Nanda Raj Jat

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents Take a look at some of useful photography tips for Nanda Raj Jat. A dozen tips are divided into 4 sections: equipment, weather, shooting spot, and fitness. Photography Equipment Carry enough number of fully charged camera batteries and / or the camera compatible ...
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A picture tour of 2nd day of Nanda Raj Jat trek

2nd Day of Nanda Raj Jat 2014: 40 Frames from Nauti-Ida Badhani Trek

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents In Nauti, on August 18, 2014, morning was eventful not because it was Monday. But because it was the first stage of Nanda Raj Jat trek. The village woke up early. Or rather, I say it did not sleep at all. A few ...
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A member of the priest community tries to appease a woman devotee in trance.

Reception of Ram at Rameshwar Temple in Nauti, Uttarakhand

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents On August 17, 2014, harmless clouds befriended in the blue bright sky over lovely rural setting of Nauti (1,575 meters) in Uttarakhand. Nauti temple reverberated with sounds of folk music and jagar (devotional songs) narrating stories from the life of Nanda Devi. Around ...
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A virtual tour of Nanda Raj Jat, the pilgrimage in the Himalayas

1st Day of Nanda Raj Jat 2014: Prayers, Preparations in Nauti to Receive Khadu

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents The 17th of August was not an ordinary day in Uttarakhand because commencement of Nanda Raj Jat created loads of enthusiasm and excitement in Nauti. This otherwise sleepy village, which is not very well connected to the main towns of Uttarakhand, welcomed numerous ...
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A devotee from Nanda Raj Jat

Paradoxes of Nanda Raj Jat

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents Nanda Raj Jat 2014 witnessed its share of paradoxes. The guards of khadu, the four-horn ram, fasted for entire twenty days and walked barefoot. They ate once a day but the meal was lavish. Religion is about discipline and sacrifices for them. On ...
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Nanda Raj Jat Schedule

Flip Side of Nanda Raj Jat 2014

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents Nanda Raj Jat 2014 was by and large a well-organized religious adventure. However, three major issues could have been avoided: incomplete information and misinformation, two miry trails, and common exit and in points. Misinformation Marred 17th Evening of Nanda Raj Jat Misinformation about ...
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Representatives of priest community and Additional Superintendent of Police, Karanprayag protect the khadu, the divine ram, highlight of the Nanda Raj Jat.

Guarding Divine and Devout during Nanda Raj Jat

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents During much awaited religious adventure Nanda Raj Jat 2014, police personnel had an important role to play. They did what they were supposed to do: guarding both divine and devout and maintaining law and order on easy to treacherous slopes of the Garhwal ...
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Can I fly from Dehradun to Gangotri during winter?

One of our visitors want to know cost of flying from Dehradun to Gangotri.  The flights are costly and not regular.  You may be able to fly from Dehradun to Gangotri during pilgrimage season (May-October excluding July and August). However, charter helicopter services generally do not operate during off season ...
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Jokes from Nanda Raj Jat, Chamoli, Uttarakhand

Funny Moments from Nanda Raj Jat Trek

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents I did Nanda Raj Jat trek in 2014. The trek winding through Chamoli, Uttarakhand was tough but there were a number of humorous incidents that lighten the mood for a while. Today’s slideshow features some of these moments. Do men want to become ...
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Nanda Raj Jat 2014, Chamoli, Uttarakhand, India

Traumatic Trance in Nanda Raj Jat

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents Falling into trance is common during Nanda Raj Jat organized by Uttarakhand. I noticed that some of these trances took an ugly turn. One of such trance is captured in the today’s photo story. Three Oracles of Nanda in Trance August 21, 2014 ...
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A Race to Bedni on Long Weekend

Are your heart and knees in perfect shape?  Yeah!  Then make the most of long weekends that adorn 2014 calendar. Run in high altitude terrain because running in the lofty mountains lifts adventure travelers’ spirits.  Wear your running shoes, pack your knapsack, and try to run up to Bedni Bugyal ...
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Problems You May Face during Nanda Devi Raj Jat Trek

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents The Nanda Devi Raj Jat trail meanders through rich Himalayan landscape in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, but the trek is demanding. You may face the following problems: Landslide on Roads to Nauti You may get stranded due to landslides. For example, in mid-August 2014, ...
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Many Pilgrims Misbehave during Nanda Raj Jat

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents Smooth hosting of a large public event like Nanda Raj Jat requires good cooperation and coordination between both the host and the participants. I observed that the host provided some good basic amenities during the event. The police did not use any force ...
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Beware of Rumors during Nanda Raj Jat

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine May-June 2016 Contents During Nanda Raj Jat 2014, I heard a number of rumors that I would like to share with you:  About Gender of Yatris (Pilgrims) Women under fifty (50) would not be allowed to join the yatra (pilgrimage) beyond Vedni bugyal (meadow). Then, people ...
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Do I need permission to book GMVNL rest houses in Gangotri?

Yes. You need permission of the Forest Department of Uttarakhand to book Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited’s (G.M.V.N.L.) rest houses located in Gangotri. If you want to stay at the rest house of G.M.V.N.L. in Bhojwasa, you will also require permission from the department ...
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How to reduce accommodation expenses of Kumaon trip

If you are planning a trip to the Kumaon Himalayas in Uttarakhand, you can stay longer for less. As Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (K.M.V.N.) exempts service tax on the tariff of its tourist rest houses. The exemption is valid between  October 17, 2013 and March 31, 2014.   ...
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Wintry delights of Munsyari

Where to travel The wintry delights of Munsyari embrace skiing, Johar culture and the Himalayan vistas. Unfrequented ski slopes at Betuli Dhar and Khulia Top await spunky travelers like you at Munsyari that is tucked away in the Kumaon Himalaya in Uttrakhand, India. To cash in on these delights, the ...
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Ski in Kush Kalyan, Uttarakhand

Where Do Bandarpunch, Jaonli form Backdrop to Skiing Slopes?

Where to travel Walking the daylong steep trail hemmed with thick vegetation, linking Malla to Kush Kalyan (Khush Kalian), is rewarding for three reasons. From the rolling pastures of Kush Kalyan, the first glimpse of Jaonli Peak in the northeast and the Bandarpunch peaks in the north west will enthrall ...
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4 websites to find home stays in Uttarakhand

The Uttarakhand (U.K.) Tourism Development Board (U.T.D.B.) unveiled the Home Stay Development Scheme to offer accommodation in local houses along several trekking routes in the upperHimalayas. For instance, the Munsiari Home Stay Program offers an opportunity to enjoy traditional hospitality. In collaboration with Mahindra Holidays, the state has also launched ...
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Mundali beckons professional skiers

Where to travel  Are you a professional skier? Yes! Then, Mundali ski slopes in Dehradun District, Uttarakhand, Indiaare perfect for a winter adventure. The Himalayan range forms an impressive backdrop to the slopes. When you get tired of sliding on the skis, watch and capture the sky-kissing peaks on film ...
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Ski Kedar Kantha Peak

Where to travel  Kedar Kantha (Kidarkanta) Peak (3,790 meters) rises from lush forests of oak and pine in Uttarkashi District,Uttarakhand,India. If you are a seasoned skier, ski down the peak this winter.  What to do & see:  The Kedar Kantha mountain ridge separates the Tons and Yamuna rivers. The Tons ...
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Ski, snowboard, make snowman, gaze at Himalayan Peaks

Where to travel  The highest ski resort in the world, Auli in Uttarakhand,India is a perfect place to enjoy snowfall, make a snowman, gaze at the Himalayan peaks and / or ski. What to do & see:  Auli, a high altitude meadow in Chamoli District, doubles as a ski ground ...
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Dayara Bugyal, Uttarakhand

Discover Dayara

Where to travel  Dayara Bugyal is about ten kilometers from the trailhead Barsu in Uttarkashi district, Uttarakhand. A bugyal means an alpine pasture stretching between the snowline and tree line (3,600 meters to 2,727 meters) in local language. You can explore flora of the meadow in summer, participate in the Butter ...
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Trek to Mussoorie

People from nearby towns and big cities rush to Mussoorie (Dehradun District, Uttarakhand) in both private and public vehicles on weekends and /or in holidays, creating a traffic chaos. To escape this, you can even walk up to Mussoorie and enjoy the nature and a glimpse of theDoon valley. The ...
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5 helicopter companies for religious adventure trips in Uttarakhand

Shrinking shrine distance Winter has faded. Shortly, Badrinath, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Yamnotri temples (Uttarakhand, India) will welcome pilgrims again. The pilgrimage to all four shrines in the lap of the Himalaya requires courage and physical stamina because buses and helicopters do not drop you at the shrine. You have to ...
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Budget accommodation amid Himalayan forests

If you are planning to explore forests of Garhwal and Kumaon Himalaya, you can stay in forest rest houses (FRHs) managed by the Forest Department Uttarakhand. The department offers over 200 affordable FRHs located across the state. Many of these FRHs occupy heritage buildings. Highlights of these lodges include spacious ...
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How to Join Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

The Ministry of External Affairs (East Asia Division), India organizes Kailash Mansarovar Yatra (pilgrimage) every year between May / June and September for the Indian citizens between 18 and 70 years of age. This time-consuming arduous religious journey needs advance planning and excellent health and fitness. The process starts in ...
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