Where Do Bandarpunch, Jaonli form Backdrop to Skiing Slopes?

Ski in Kush Kalyan, Uttarakhand

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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Discover Dayara

Dayara Bugyal, Uttarakhand

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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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 guestrooms with high ceilings and wooden construction. However, do not expect modern amenities. Some FRHs do not even have electricity, while in some you may find LPG for cooking and geysers for hot water.

Some of these are located along popular trekking routes, such as Loharkhet FRH on the Pindari Glacier trekking route and Agora and Dodital FRHs on the Dodital trekking routes. FRH room tariff depends on season. During peak tourist season (December 20 to January 1, April 15 to June 30 and September-October), tariff varies from INR 75.00 (US$1.50, €1.09, £0.93) to INR 600.00 (US$11.98, € 8.72, £7.47) per night. In the remaining part of the year, the rent ranges between INR 75.00 and INR 400.00 (US$7.99, €5.81, £4.98) per night. Get more details about Himalayan forest rest houses.

How to Join Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

rp_ReligiousAdventuresFinal.pngThe 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 December / January every year. The 27-day yatra is led by a liaison officer appointed by the ministry. Extra three days are required for visa, medical examination, financial formalities and other formalities.

The yatra cost includes INR 27,000.00 to be paid to Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN), INR 5,600.00 towards medical examination conducted by Delhi Heart and Lung Institute and USD 750.00 to be paid to the Chinese government. Two medical tests are conducted: one atNew Delhi and other at Gunji (Uttarakhand).

It requires a bit of luck to be selected for the yatra, as the participants are selected based on a “computer-generated random gender-balanced process”.

You can browse through leading national newspapers for yatra advertisements and / or the ministry website in December and January for the details.