Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Road Trip to Mukteshwar

Trip Budget:  5000/head

Total no. of Days :- 5 Days Preferably weekends

Total expenditure (Per head):- 5000 on Budget trip.

My Budget: - Trip starts from Delhi

Spent On
(Return Journey)
800 – Train
1500 –  Bus
4000 – Car
-        Nearest station is Kathgodam and Haldwani
-        Direct bust from ISBT , Delhi to Mukteshwar
-        Depends on you
Includes in Camping
Lunch breakfast Dinner
Stay + Sports
1000 / Day
Trekking, Camping, Rock Climbing, Rappelling, River Crossing, Mounting, Dancing, yoga, Mediation, sightseeing, Sunrise, natural fall, trekking, Bird Watching, Bonfire, Volleyball, Basketball, Archery etc.

Journey Begins
Day 1: Arrival (Snacks and Tea/Coffee) + Rest at Camps +Bone fire + Dance
Day 2: Trek to Water fall + Rappelling + Bone fire + Dance
Day 3: Yoga + Mediation +Archery+ Trekking to Ghena Forest + Bird Watching
Day 4:  Rock Climbing, Mountaining +Bone fire + Dance+ Farewell
Day 5:  Reach early morning to Delhi

- During Jungle Trekking you will dehydrate. Carry your own hydrating liquid.
- Leech is common in jungle. Carry Sport's shoes ( Trekking shoes proffered)+ with full leg socks and trekking suit.

It was a 5-day Jungle trip experience in Purple camp of Ghena forest at Mukteshwar.
Professional coach will teach you to tackle dangerous situation in a forest. 
It was a great experience visiting Mukteshwar.
The best part was to stay in a camp, with no lighting and basic facilities.
The place is not very crowded with almost no hotels but it is easy to commute from Delhi ISBT . 
This place offers a lot in terms of scenic beauty, tracking, adventure activities like rock climbing, rappelling, fire fox, enjoying a bath in water fall, eating lunch near the fall during track etc.
Great ambiance for sitting alone and enjoying the breeze of nature or dancing on local live music will rejuvenate you.
Here they will serve you drinks with snacks, followed by lavish dinner. Staff is very homely and respectful. You may request for tea/ coffee any number of times. Moreover, you can request for special Paratha or omelet and no one tells you "It’s not part of the package”.
I personally believe, it is a great place to visit with groups and children above 10 year of age. Not so right for elderly people as one has to walk a lot, carry own luggage etc. Temple track, Sunrise track, natural fall track is quite amazing.

Things needed
1. Sport's shoes (Trekking shoes preferred)
2. Touches.
3. One Water Bottle
5. Suns cream and Insect repellent
1. All meals.
2. Stay at Camps Twin Sharing with Sleeping bags/bed.
3. Gudied Trekker
4. Small Medical Aid.
5. Camp activity
6. Bonfire 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Trip to Rishikesh
Trip Budget:  2500 /head
Rishikesh is around 25 Km from Haridwar. Apart from is religious attribute and amazing natural beauty, it is also known for its adventure sports like Cliff Jumping, Kayaking, Rafting, bunji jumping and many more. The thrill does not end here Camping, Bone Fire and Jungle trekking add on to it.

Total no. of Days :- 2 Days Preferably weekends

Total expenditure (Per head):- 2500 on Budget trip.

My Budget: - Trip starts from Delhi

Spent On
500 – Train
750 Bus
1500 – Car
Includes Return fare from Delhi
Includes in Camping
Lunch breakfast Dinner
Stay + Sports
1400 - 2000
Camping, Bone Fire , Cliff Jumping, Kayaking, Rafting

Monday, April 10, 2017

Trip to Triund ( Impromptu getaway to ‘Land of Lamas’ )

It’s been 84 days but I can still smell the fresh air … Triund called the Trek of dreams and it is it really is (Trying to be poetic copied from Titanic Famous Dialogue).I call myself Beach person but can’t deny the fact as soon as I reach in Hills I forgot what is Beach . I love solo travelling since it gives you a chance to explore place with your own pace and you learn a lot not just about the culture but it also gives you chance to know yourself better.
Total no. of Days :- 3 Days , 4 Nights ( Friday Night Journey Start and you will return on Tuesday Morning)

Total expenditure (Per head):- 2500-3000 on Budget trip.

My Budget :-

Spent On
Includes Return fare from Delhi one side normal and one Side AC Bus, Mcleodganj to Bhagsu and Mcleo to Gallu Temple
Lunch breakfast Dinner
Hotel and Tent in Triund ( 400+300)

Dates/Season/Month/Best season : Best time to visit Mcleodganj/ Dharamshala is from September to December and Mid-March to Mid-July. Visit in Jan, if you want to enjoy snow, August is Rainy season. However if you want to go to Triund Skip Months of January and February because byway to Triund is cut off by heavy snowfall.

Starting point & time:  ISBT Kashmiri Gate , Delhi ,at 8:00 PM.

Mode of transportation: State Government Buses and Private buses from Delhi. Local Sigh seeing can be done by Taxi or Auto. One can take train from Delhi till Pathankot then hire a cab or Bus.

Places to stay:  There are hotels, catering to all kind of pockets, since mine was a low budget trip, I settled for a hotel where the tariff per night was 400 rupees. If you are looking for Cheap hotels Better look at back side of Main Market. I stayed La Familia Hotel which is next to Bella Hotel.

Places to eat at/ Delicacy: The Momos and Thupka are definitely a must try when you visit Mcleodganj. Nick's Italian kitchen and Jimmy's Italian kitchen serves some great pizzas, lasagna and gnocchi. The authentic Bhutanese and Tibetan food at Tibet Kitchen is definitely worth digging into. Mclo Café Roof Top, Carpe Diem.

Must visit Places: Bhagshu Nag TempleWaterfall Near Bhagsu Nag, Shiva Café (Near Waterfall), MonasteryTriund Trek. If you have time you can go to Bir Billing for paragliding experience and Dharamshala to See world’s Highest International Stadium.

Must Shop/Souvenirs/Shopping places: You can buy Be it paintings, musical bowls, idol of Lord Buddha, Tibetan jewelry, artifacts, music or cloths.

Points to be cautious about:- Shopkeeper will ask more Money so it’s totally depend how much one can bargain.

Additional tips:  Bir Billing can be visited for paragliding from Dharamshala by taxi. You can also take a bus to Palampur and hire a taxi from there.

Carry Big bottle of Water during Trek since buying water bottle from shops is expensive (40-50 rupee per bottle). 
Planning the trip: Carry Windcheater, Umbrella or Rain Coat, Sleeper, Trekking Shoes, One torch if your phone don’t have flash , Swiss Knife , Jacket

Please Note: If you are planning for Trekking better keep as less clothes as possible.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

My Trip to Neemrana , India

Trip Budget:  2000 INR /head
Neemrana fort is tagged as one of the oldest heritage resort.

Activities :
1.Fun:Flying Fox: Zipping over the top of the fort was the amazing experience. The fort’s entrance itself will give you a royal feeling, the guards all dressed up in traditional dresses and the fort’s view from the bottom gives a majestic shadow to start your journey up.
About my Trip
I planned a trip to Neemrana  (I am myself surprised too) with my office colleagues which are more of my friends. We opted for this location as it is nearby and is the most apt location for a quick getaway to spend quality time with friends apart from office work.
Wiki says, Neemrana is an ancient historical town in Alwar district of Rajasthan, India, situated at 122 km from Delhi and 150 km from Jaipur on the Delhi-Jaipur highway in Behror tehsil. It is situated in between Behror and Shahajahanpur.
The center of attraction in Neemrana is the 15th century heritage hotel which is reconverted from Neemrana Fort Palace (also known as Desert Fort). It is among the most popular resorts near Delhi, Gurgaon and Jaipur for weekend breaks. It is a dream site of history which makes it an ideal place to invent your past.
Some distance from Neemrana is another fort, Kesroli in Alwar district, It is also one of the oldest heritage sites.     
You can visit Neemrana all year around, but due to the fact that it’s in Rajasthan, winters and monsoons will serve as an ideal time to be there.
Get Going…    
A one day trip to take a break from the Hustles and Bustles of Delhi and Millennium city- Gurugram (aka Gurgaon) started from HUDA City Centre Metro Station. People from different areas assembled there at sharp 6:30 in the morning. We, a pack of eight fun-filled members; decided to drive on our way to the destination via NH8.  
It’s approx. 2 hour stretch by road from HUDA but we took more time as we stopover a Dhaba to have our breakfast and some selfie
From Gurgaon continue along the NH8, once you reach Shahajahanpur toll, Neemrana village is just 4 kms away on right side. You can follow the direction signs there to reach the Neemrana Fort Palace. You will get the space for parking at the Fort.
Adventure Arena!
Besides having the acclamation of India’s first heritage hotel, Neemrana is now a destination for adventure sports in India.
Here comes the most interesting part of this Trip- Flying Fox.
It’s a thrilling 5 zip wire adventure which takes near about 2 hours and starts with trekking of 750m. Before starting our first zip lining adventure, a mock drill and a safety brief was done to teach us how to travel through rope.
After this we were set to fly across Aravali hills and landed back at fort around 11:30 am with a huge smile. This was the most amazing thing I had ever done in my life, that adrenaline rush.-all worth experiencing.
 Some Do’s and Don’ts     

Ø  Pre-booking online is always advisable for Flying fox to ensure guaranteed spot and discounted rates.
Ø  Consumption of Alcohol is strictly prohibited while going for the adventure activity.
Ø  Ensure that you arrive at the Flying Fox site office in sufficient time – i.e. 30 minutes before the start time of your tour.
Ø  Dress appropriately according to the weather condition and avoid wearing clothes like sarees or skirts.
Ø  Participant should wear closed toe shoes not flip flops or open-toed ones.
Ø  Carry E-ticket as a proof of your booking confirmation otherwise you will not be allowed to enter fort.
Being a Flying Fox customer, you are allowed to spend 2 hours inside the fort apart from zip.
One hour we spent at fort exploring the panoramic views of greenery and the beautiful fort. Of course, we clicked lot of photos too.

Summer Splash
Another thing to confess, I don’t know swimming and I was reluctant to go into swimming pool. But my friends dragged me in. Everybody swam so well, to me it seemed that they are all professionals.
There were lots of firsts in my life because of this trip. Planning a trip without family, swimming, zip lining and even drowning.
Yes, you read it right-drowning. In my attempt to catch a throw inside the pool I almost drowned but then a friend came and picked me up and took me near to the wall. But never mind, all’s well that ends well (not pasting pool pics here )
Spending almost 2 hours in the pool, playing TT and carom we dint realize that it was 5:00 pm in the evening and we have to move really quickly.
Before this trip I didn’t have the idea that one can do so much fun, masti along with adventure in just a single day. With some amazing people this amazing tour costed only 2000 rupees per head (a very reasonable amount) and the memories we got in return are priceless. Technically, ROI preceding investments means we were at profit.
Memorable Memories
Well, this is not the end… a beginning it is. I just fell short of word to continue describing my experience. Indeed, this trip is so far the most memorable one for me. A day well spent it was!
I may not have words but a picture is worth thousand words so hoping this scrapbook might convey what words failed to express.
What Next??
In Solange Knowles’ words- You get educated by travelling.
Not just fun but a positive change this experience brought in me. Now, no more being couch potato. Instead of sitting at home and engrossing in mobile, laptop or television, I’ll look out for opportunities to explore and travel.
While writing this, I have come up with the name of my next destination- Rishikesh. Will soon plan to visit it with my friends which mean more enjoyment is waiting for us to grab.
 Contact me if you want this trip to happen again : 9953938606