Bhutan Photo Campaign Invites You to Share Meaning of Happiness

Bhutan Photo Campaign Invites You to Share Meaning of Happiness


A boy from Chilling village in Ladakh, India


The Tourism Council of Bhutan launched Bhutan Photo Campaign. The campaign is dedicated to King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the promoter of the concept of Gross National Happiness.

The campaign accepts photographs taken within Bhutan or beyond its borders. However, each photograph should define what happiness is. A 40-character tagline is also required.

Last date to submit pictures is November 4, 2015.


Free Mountaineering Expedition for Odisha Youth

Rock Climbing

In August 2015, Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) and Sports and Youth Services Department, Govt. of Odisha planned a >6,000-meter peak expedition for students and young people (18-25 years) of the state. The department will finance the expedition scheduled for the second half of 2016 in line with its new Scheme…

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Budget trekking packages for Himachal Pradesh

Budget trekking packages for HP

Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) offers 4 affordable short trekking packages. The cost of packages ranges from INR 2,310 to 2,810 per person, per package. The cost includes boarding, lodging on quad sharing basis and taxes. The offer is valid for students till March 31, 2016.

Trekking routes:

  1. Kharapathar-Malokhar-Chunjar-Tumbdu-Kharapathar-Giri Ganga Temple-Kharapathar-Potato Farm-Kharapathar (19 km)
  2. Chindi-Mamleshwar temple (Karsog)-Chindi-Bakhrot-Shendhal-Chindi-Char Kufri-Judli-Matel Galli-Chindi (16)
  3. Rohru walk-Smoli-Munekh-Rohru-Mahendi-Rohru-Kanda-Arhal-Rohru (16 km)
  4. Rajgarh-Churwadhar-Rajgarh-Haloni Bridge-Rajgarh-Nerbag-Rajgarh (15 km)

Up to 40% discount on Himachal Pradesh hotels

Up to 40% discount on Himachal Pradesh hotels

Rains in the Himalayas compound the inherited risks, but hiking or walking in the mountain rains is a very pleasant experience too, because the mountains wear a new look. We have done this several times. We enjoyed sweet smell of wet earth and trees while walking through the forests and the hamlets. We witnessed clouds playing on the bare, green, and / or white crowns of the peaks.

A rainbow over Tibetan Colony, Bir in Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh

The verdant slopes, freshly bathed trees without any dust, and clouds embracing the roaring rivers make a beautiful landscape highlighting romance of the mountain with the elements. Capturing these intimate moments of the nature on a film and / or memory card is a challenge for photographers.

If you are lucky, a vibrant rainbow may surprise you while you are hiking, sightseeing, walking, etc in the Himalayas during monsoon.

In monsoon, not many people dare to travel to the mountain range due to extra challenges. Hefty travel discounts, therefore, “rain” during the rainy season. For example, Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (H.P.T.D.C.) is offering up to 40% discount on the hotels across the state.

The low- to high-end hotel special offers however come with strings attached.

  • Discounts do not apply to dormitories.
  • Single occupancy discounts are lesser. So, why not travel in a group to enjoy more in less?

The offer is valid until September 13, 2013.  Pack your bags to enjoy the new look of the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh.

Discounts for Himalayan holidays

Discounts for Himalayan holidays

Travel deals

Are you planning a holiday in any of the Himalayan states: Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand or Sikkim?

Yes. Browse through the following online promo codes, read the terms and conditions and make the most of these while booking the bus seat, flight ticket and / or hotel room:

Up to 50% off on accommodation 

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Use YBookMore code while booking hotels on Yatra to save up to 50%. The code expires on June 15, 2013. The online travel agent (OTA) offers accommodations in Almora, Auli, Chamba, Manali, Shimla, and many other destinations in the Himalayas.

Free shopping of INR 5,000

Enter promo code GO5000 while booking a bus seat, air ticket or hotel room on Goibibo to receive a complimentary shopping voucher (s) worth INR 5,000. The voucher offer ends on June 30, 2013.

BOGO for domestic flight tickets 

Purchase a domestic airline ticket from MakeMyTrip and enter discount code FlyFree to get one free ticket. You should book your free ticket within thirty days of purchasing the original ticket. Travel using free ticket by July 31, 2013. Read complete terms and conditions of the buy one get one (BOGO) offer at

Cashback of INR 1,000 

If you are lucky, you may get INR 1,000 cashback on travel bookings made on MakeMyTrip from 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM IST. Use the code Freedom15 while purchasing the travel services. The OTA’s system draws a lucky winner every fifteen minutes.

15% off on adventures in the Himalayas 

Explore the Himalayas with G Adventures and avail 15% discount on select trips booked by May 30 or June 13, 2013. Use discount code DSHIMALL0513 while booking.

3 free options for volunteer travel in Himalaya

3 Free Options for Volunteer Travel in Himalaya

Mountain Biking (MTB) Himalaya: the toughest bicycle race in India

Do you wish to explore the Himalaya?

Yes. But you don’t have enough money.

Don’t worry. You can still do it.

Today, we would talk about three businesses that offer an opportunity for volunteer travel in the Himalaya. You can exchange your leadership and management skills for the Himalayan experience. The most interesting thing is that neither charges a fee to join the volunteer program.

1. Connect with Himalaya (C.W.H.)

C.W.H. offers an opportunity to explore the Himalaya as a volunteer. You can work as a group tour escort for the company. The responsibilities of the escort include managing trip finances and interacting with its local partners offering different travel services. For your managerial skills, Connect would sponsor your travel in the mountain range. The trip calendar for 2013 is already on the website.

2. Mountain Biking (MTB) Himalaya 2013

You can volunteer for MTB Himalaya 2013, the premier bicycling challenge of India. The race, scheduled for September 27-October 3, 2013, takes place in Himachal Pradesh, India. MTB is looking for volunteers who can help in accommodation, nutrition, office and stage management, and other departments. MTB would provide accommodation, meals and some transport during the race days for all volunteers.

3. Youth Hostel Association of India (YHAI)

YHAI hires volunteers to manage the adventure camps. The association is organizing national and state level trekking programs and adventure camps this summer also. You can join the programs as a camp leader. The camp leaders who meet the specific criteria may also get some perks, such as shoe allowance and second class sleeper rail fare. Apply online to volunteer as an adventure camp leader at 


Up to 50% discount on heritage hotels

Up to 50% discount on heritage hotels

Castle Naggar: a heritage hotel in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (H.P.T.D.C.) introduced “Live Like a King at Normal Rates” packages to boost heritage tourism in the state. The corporation announced up to 50% discount on accommodations in heritage properties, including Castle Naggar and the Palace Chail. The offer is valid until February 8, 2013. Get more information about tour package from


Nepal reduces Everest royalty for mountaineers traveling alone

The Government of Nepal approved the Mountaineering Expedition Regulation- 2059 (2002 A.D.) to replace the 1979 Regulation, which was amended in 1984 and 1985. Highlights of the 2002 regulation follow: Minimum age for climbers is 16 years. Royalty for a 1-climber Everest expedition from Southeast ridge route reduced from US…

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Travel in group to save on Himalayan trips

Travel in group to save on Himalayan trips

The Himalayan Adventure Company, mentioned in Rough Guides’ Clean breaks: 500 New Ways to See the World (2009), offers one complimentary place when you buy its adventure holidays for a 10-member group. So, travel with friends and family to save expenses of one person. Contact the company, based in Northern Ireland, for more details at

Up to 15% discount on Himalayan adventures for seniors

Up to 15% discount on Himalayan adventures for seniors

Do not worry if you are a senior citizen who loves the Himalaya, as there are many travel agencies catering to both young and old travelers. For instance, Himalayan Respo Trek organizes treks for seniors, including solo trekkers, in the Nepal Himalaya. The company offers special discounts for seniors: 15% off on a 5-10-person group trek and 10-15% on a solo trip of over twenty-one (21)-days. If you book trips online, you may be entitled to more discounts. Browse through the available treks at