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A dream Trek : Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India

 
 
 
 

A Dream Trek : Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India

Chadar Frozen River Trek

 
 

This trek is considered as one of the most exciting and unique treks – a very special and an extraordinary trek on shiny ice on the bank of Tsarap River. This trek is so exciting that even Discovery and the National Geographic channels have both made films on it.

 
 

Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India, TheTourPlanners.com, TTP, The Tour Planners

Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India

 
 

* The word Chadar means blanket and is used to refer to the trek along the frozen Zanskar River.

* The most amazing thing about the frozen river is how unfrozen it is.

* Spring water prevents the blanket from completely smothering the river which in places retains it rapids.

* All the more fear some in temperature of -30ºC the trek goes by shuffling along the icy path.

* It allows one to penetrate this isolation and also to examine some of the villages along the Zanskar River in the midst
of winter and thus catch a glimpse of the life cycle during this unique time of the year.

* A spectacular and at times challenging trek across the Zanskar with opportunities to savour ancient Buddhist monasteries and remotes villages nestled in the depths of deep gorges valley of Trans Zanskar ranges.

* Chilling and Lingshed are the only sizable villages on this trek until Hanamur and Pidmo before Pishu and Zangla in Zanskar, all the rest are names of places and caves along the route.
 
 

Frozen Waterfall on Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India

Frozen Waterfall on Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India _ Photograph by Vani Maradi


 
 

You will be dropped by a vehicle at Chilling Sumdo (crossed road) then your trek leads in a narrow valley filled with breath-taking views of ice-peaks and unexpected hanging icicles that will attract your gaze for some time. You will spend the night at cave camps with the help of a born fire that will keep you warm and relaxed.

Reference Link : Chadar Trek


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Frozen Pangong Tso (Tso:Ladakhi for lake), Ladakh, India

 

Frozen Pangong Tso (Tso:Ladakhi for lake), Ladakh, India

Frozen Pangong Tso (Tso:Ladakhi for lake), Ladakh, India (Picture : RKBharat)


 
 
* It is a high altitude brackish/salt water lake situated in the himalaya at a height of about 4,350 m (13,900 ft).

* It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to Tibet. The lake is supposedly 5 km wide at its broadest point.

* A third of the lake lies in India while two thirds of the the lake lies in China.

* During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water.

* The lake is in the process of being identified under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance. This will be the first trans-boundary wetland in South Asia under the convention.

* Pangong Tso is about five hours drive from Leh, most of it through spectacular valleys.

* The road also traverses the third-highest pass in the world, the Changla pass, where army sentries and a small teahouse greet visitors. The Tea is FREE.

* Road down from Changla Pass leads through Tangste and other smaller villages, crossing river called Pagal Naala or “The Crazy Stream”.

* An Inner Line Permit is required to visit the lake as it lies on the Sino-Indian Line of Actual Control. While Indian nationals can obtain individual permits, others must have group permits (with a minimum of three persons) accompanied by an accredited guide; the tourist office in Leh issues the permits for a small fee. For security reasons, India does not permit boating.

* Bollywood 2010 movie, 3 Idiots (Aamir Khan) last scene was shooted here.
 
 

Reference Link : Know Your Destination


Elephanta Beach (highly recommended for Snorkelling), Havelock, Andaman & Nikobar

 

Elephanta Beach, Havelock, Andaman & Nikobar Island

Elephanta Beach, Havelock, Andaman & Nikobar Island

 
 
* Elephanta Beach is located on Havelock Island. It is further north from Radhanagar beach.

* Beach can be reached through Beach #7 on feet or through fishing boat from the eastern side of island.

* You can enjoy watching elephants being trained and swimming in the sea as well.

* Tourists can indulge in other adventure activities like snorkeling and scuba diving apart from sight seeing.

* This beach is extremely popular with Indian tourists.

* Here the shoreline was mostly swept away by the tsunami in 2004 and this beach is a part of what it used to be earlier.

* Despite the fact that most of the corals got destroyed during the Tsunami (2004), it still looked awesome above and under the water.

* Elephant Beach is amongst the greatest day trip opportunities, you can take a boat trip for one hour and reach this unpopulated beach having waters where marine life and coral reef gardens are nicely dotted or you can also take a hike on a jungle.


Gulmarg (means Meadow of flowers), Baramula, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Saturday February 11th, 2012 in Adventure Sports, India | Be the first to Comment »

Gulmarg in Summer (Picture: Copyright shahbasharat@flickr)

 

* It is a majestic hill station in the district of Baramula of Jammu and Kashmir in India.

* The hill station, at an altitude of 2730 m, was earlier known as Gaurimarg, where Gauri stands for Goddess Parvati the wife of Lord Shiva. The name Gulmarg was given to this place by the King Yousuf Shah Chak.

* Nestled with stunning peaks in the Himalayan ranges, Gulmarg is a spectacular picnic spot attracted by all kinds of tourists with its lush green backdrop, beautiful landscapes, flowering gardens, serene lakes and pleasant climate during the summers and falls.

* This imposing hill station was a pleasure resort for kings and royal family members and a summer retreat for the British officers during the British rule in India.

* Gulmarg is an eye catching place with picturesque surroundings, beautiful gardens with mind blogging flowers and fragrance.

* This is one of the best ski resorts in India as it gets heavy snowfall, especially during winter.

* Some of the highest ski slopes in India lies in the sloppy Himalayan regions in Gulmarg.

* Gulmarg is credited with the longest and highest cable car project in Asia.

* The experience in this cable car is breathtaking and really memorable.

* Gulmarg was spotted as one of the potential location for 2010 Winter Commonwealth games.