Interstate Bus Terminal, Badrinath, Chamoli

An Insider’s Guide to Interstate Bus Terminal (ISBT), Badrinath

Badrinath houses a small Interstate Bus Terminal (ISBT) amid green mountains. The terminal was quite clean and dark during my visit on August 27 and 28, 2017. However, gender specific urinals did not have doors. Only three-four dingy shops were serving Indian stuff, including namkeens (savories), hot tea, biscuits, and ...
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Sub Post Office in Badrinath, Uttarakhand

A Post Office in Badrinath

Badrinath at an altitude of 3,133 meters is a town of traditions. The age old tradition of pilgrimage draws huge number of pilgrims every year. Despite digital developments, the town still runs its physical post office. A sub post office in Badrinath, Uttarakhand ...
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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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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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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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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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