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 can learn a few things and prepare ourselves to survive an earthquake.
If you are in a moving bus, car and any other vehicle, stop as quickly as possible and do not leave the vehicle. However, avoid stopping under or near trees, utility wires and buildings.
If you are outdoors, stay away from streetlights and buildings.
If you are indoors, stay within the building until tremors stop, stay away from any object that could crumble, such as glass windows, furniture and lighting fixture.
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 2010. The citizens who wish to meet their relatives and friends, go for sight seeing and travel for recreation in India can get the T-VoA provided they fulfill all criteria of a normal tourist visa such as a proof of having sufficient money required to stay in India and a valid passport.
T-VoA, a non-convertible and non-extendable visa, is applicable for a single entry into the country for maximum of 30 days. The visa, costing USD 60.00 per passenger, will be issued only at the airports of Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai andDelhi. In one calendar year, just two visits are permissible on the T-VoA but there should be a gap of two months between the visits.
Read the scheme at http://www.incredibleindia.org/pdf/tourist_visa_arrival.pdf.
Review Airline Seats, In-Flight Amenities before Booking
Travelers can even review their airline seats and in-flight amenities at SeatGuru before booking the flight. SeatGuru by Tripadvisor offers information about in-flight amenities and airplane seating arrangement of a number of airlines. The “in-depth comments” feature highlights seats with misaligned windows, reduced legroom and limited recline. Clickable colorful in-flight amenity icons unveil useful information.
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 to desire of participants, especially teenagers and rookies who pack a dress a day, a sweater a day, make up and shaving kits and other fancy items to look their best in no man’s land. Organizers advise do not walk like a coolie (porter), travel light, enjoy beautiful surroundings and reach the destination in time, happy and relaxed.
There is nothing wrong in looking good. However, beyond snowline, in deep recesses of forests, deserts or other similar environs where public conveniences are non-existent bathing and cleaning are itself an adventure. Then, what is the use of make-up kits? In fact, growing beard in extreme climates protect the skin from harmful effects of ultraviolet rays. Traveling light saves energy and keeps fatigue related problems at bay. Some travelers may argue that mules and porters can be hired but both require money and at many places, these luxuries may not be available.
YHAI Announces 2010 Summer Biking, Trekking Programs
Youth Hostel Association of India (YHAI) has announced 2010 summer biking and trekking programs including Sar Pass trekking expedition, the most popular program, andSarkundiPass expedition. If you want to joinSarPass trek in May 2010, book today as places get filled very fast. Booking can be done online and via traditional mail.
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 should wear ragged and old clothes. On Holi day, Indians apply colors to their friends, family members and guests for fun and joy. Some mischievous people even throw balloons filled with plain water / colored-water and / or spray colored water on passersby. If you intend to play Holi or go out on the day (March 1, 2010), be prepared to get balloons filled with plain water / colored-water, colored water sprays and / or smears of dry powder colors. It will be difficult to get stubborn stains of colors out of clothes so wear old clothes.
Kedarkanth Trek 2010: An Ideal Option for Summer Adventures
Youth Hostel Association of India (YHAI) is organizing Kedarkanth Trek from May 1 to 31, 2010. It winds through some of the beautiful sites of Uttarakhand- Juda Talao, Kedarkanth Peak, Dhundha and Talhouti-India. It is an ideal option for people who wish to trek in the Himalayas but do not want to go through the time consuming planning exercise. The YHAI camps also unfold an opportunity to interact with people from different parts of India and some times from other countries.
The 12-day expedition costs INR 3200/- per head that includes stay at Mussoorie Youth Hostel, camping, vegetarian food, forest entry fee, insurance, equipment and guidance.
Is Night Tourism viable without Proper Security Arrangements for Tourists, Travelers?
At many destinations tourists just leave after sunset for lack of interesting options. So the concept of night tourism, focusing on experiences and activities that take place after the night has set in, was introduced in different parts of the world, encouraging tourists to stay back. For instance, recent proposal of illuminatingChandigarhlandmarks in night is just the beginning. But, what about safety of travelers at night in the city where many cases of molestation and rape in daytime have come to light in the recent past?
Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation Limited (CITCO) planned to illuminate major landmarks, including Open Hand Symbol, secretariats and high courts of Haryana and Punjab, assembly hall, Sukhna Lake Islands, Rock and Rose Gardens in the City Beautiful Chandigarh to promote night tourism. CITCO will also illuminate entry points such as Panchkula, Mohali and Mullanpur. The illumination plan is a bid to encourage participants and audiences of the 2010 Commonwealth Games (New Delhi) to visitChandigarh.
Intelligent Planning Can Prevent PTD
I remember, in one of my treks to the Himalayas, a team member openly confessed that “hangovers” of these trips always last for a few days after reaching home. And you may also be experiencing the same after a nice winter holiday. These post travel depression (PTD) or post vacation blues- nostalgic feelings, loss of appetite and tiredness- are generally proportional to the length of the trip. But nothing to worry! They will disappear gradually. Sharing holiday experiences and photographs may reduce the blues.
But to prevent PTD, don’t plan something very hectic for the next vacations, take short vacations instead of one long one and return from vacation on Fridays. Do not forget that tourism / vacationing / holidaying connotes relaxation, rejuvenation, having fun instead of trying to see and do as much as possible in a short duration.
A Perfect New Year Gift for Climbers and Trekkers
Travelers who love enchanting, stark land of Ladakh have one more reason to rejoice: More than one hundred additional peaks are now accessible without “protected area permit.”