Adventure

A solo Ladakh Bike Trip from Kolkata

We have been to Ladakh twice – once to see what Ladakh actually is. Why did travellers so like the place? That was way back in 2013. We went, saw and were stunned. Ladakh conquered us! The next time it was in January 2014 to do the Chadar Frozen River Trek. Since then we had this dormant itch to do a Ladakh bike trip. It is definitely on our bucket list! So when our dear friend Sujay informed us that he had done a solo bike trip from Kolkata to Ladakh, we were elated. We wanted to know about...

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Kudremukh Trek – Western Ghats

Kudremukh is so beautiful! It was the first thought that came to my mind when I got a first glimpse of the peak. In the Kannada dialect “Kudre” means horse and “mukha” means face. And it happens so that the Kudremukh or Kudremukha peak appears like the face of a horse. Rolling green hills with the descending fog and mist, the place was simply beatific; and we were quite glad that we came for the trek. And more so, because we came just after the monsoons. Everything around us was green and fresh as if nature has painted a...

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Baamikonda and Kalchukki Peak Trek – our Sahyadri Sojourn

Trekking and hiking have been our passion since long. After our overwhelming experience in the Himalayan treks, we wanted to go for hiking at the Western Ghats. The Baamikonda and Kalchukki Peak Trek is one of the unexplored trails in the Kudremukh range of the Western Ghats and is also a beautiful one. The picturesque beauty of the Sahyadris was quite evident in this short hiking trail. And it left us wondering why we did not trek here before! The Western Ghats or the Sahyadris are one of the most beautiful ranges in India. Though it does not have...

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Latpanchar – The Home of Hornbills

Latpanchar is nearly perfect- a place tucked in the hills and the home to some exotic and rare Himalayan birds. Latpanchar can be a perfect weekend destination from Kolkata for both the mountain lovers and bird enthusiasts alike, but the place is mainly known for the hornbills and other Himalayan birds. Latpanchar is quite a big village. As we reached the place traversing the winding, uphill and broken hilly roads (the hill roads in this locality are all the same), we already became aware of the presence of birds. We could hear them chirp, but the sight eluded us....

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Rupin Pass – an epiphanous journey

There is something inexplicably romantic about trekking the mountains of the Uttarakhand Himalayas – Rupin Pass is no exception. Trails through alpine forests, walking through the meadows with the snow clad peaks playing hide and seek with us, and crossing a pass – all are so impressive and fascinating. After completing the Roopkund Trek, Rupin Pass was on our bucket list and finally this May, our wish to do the trek was fulfilled. Incidentally, this Rupin Pass trek would be our first trek where we would be crossing over a pass, so the enthusiasm was also a bit higher...

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Barsey – a walk among the rhododendron trail

A short trek amidst the canopy of greenery, a riot of colours and grandiose views of the Kanchenjunga range – the Barsey or Varsey trek has it all. So when we had an extended weekend, we decided that the best way to spend it is by taking a short trip to Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. Not only would it give us some respite from the scorching heat, but also quench our thirst for the mountains for a while! With our backpacks, we boarded Padatik Express to New Jalpaiguri. After reaching NJP, we took a shared jeep to Jorethang and from...

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Sundarbans – a visit to the wilderness

Sundarbans had been in our bucket list for a long time. Somehow it eluded us for some reason or the other, but this year we managed to squeeze a couple of days for a trip to the Sundarbans which finally turned to be quite a memorable event! Our trip started from the Science City from where we boarded the bus. After travelling for over three hours, we reached Godkhali near Goasaba. From Godkhali, it was a boat ride followed by a van and then again by boat, we reached the village of Satjelia. It was going to be our...

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An unforgettable experience in the mountains

The vast mountains are my place of solitude, a place to experience my inner self. They never fail to surprise me by their sheer magnificence. And if the place is Ladakh, they make a heady cocktail.  Ladakh is a place which never fails to awe its visitors. The colourful mountains make the place even more interesting.    Trekking the Chadar has been perhaps the most unforgettable experience in my life. The Chadar trek is perhaps one of the most alluring treks for all the trekkers. There are more difficult treks than Chadar, but those who did Chadar trek seem...

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The legend of Tunganath – the highest of the Panch Kedar

What is so special about Tunganath? The fact, that it has the highest temple of Lord Shiva at a height of 3680 metre. Or the fact that it offers a completely stunning, mesmerizing panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. It might also be the fascinating legend behind the Tunganath shrine. Tunganath is about 3.5 km from Chopta, the mini Switzerland of India. An easy uphill trek will take you to one of the five Kedars (Panch Kedars) or Tunganath. Start of the trek to Tunganath The legend of Tunganath is very intimately related to the epic Mahabharata. Mahabharata tells...

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On top of the world at Chandrashila – the Moon Rock

Chandrashila literally means the “Moon Rock”. It is the summit of the Chandranath Parbat on which the Tunganath Temple is situated.  Legend has it that the Moon God Chandra spent time here in penance. Another legend says that Lord Rama meditated here at the Chandrashila summit after defeating the demon king Ravana. Whatever be the legend, the peak offers stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges of Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda Devi peaks, Kedarnath, Kedar Dome, Gangotri and Yamunotri peaks. Perched at a height of 12077 ft above the sea level, there is a temple dedicated to the Ganga at the...

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Visit Ladakh – nothing can substitute the experience

Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a story teller.  – Ibn Batuta   Leh must be visited once in your lifetime! This is something which I have heard about Leh often. Majestic, grand, surreal and many other adjectives adorned the speech of anyone who has visited Leh. So finally an impromptu decision brought us to Leh and then began another love saga!! Nestled between the Himalayan, Zanskar and the Karakoram ranges, Leh is not a place for the faint hearts. It stands at a height of 10000 to 15000 feet above the sea level and...

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The Pilgrimage – Amarnath Yatra

Amarnath is one of the holiest shrines of Lord Shiva. So before venturing in the Amarnath Yatra, I just thought to share the beautiful legend behind it. Lord Shiva, the immortal hero was asked by his wife Parvati why he wears a garland of human heads. To this he replies that every time Parvati dies, he adds a head to his garland and it continues to increase. Parvati then wanted to know the secret of immortality (Amar Katha) so that she could be with her hero forever. Though Lord Shiva was reluctant to divulge the immortal secret of the...

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