Chennai Story telling

ChennaiChennai is a fascinating city submerged under many hidden and mysterious story tales that permeate the daily life in the city. If you plan to visit Chennai any soon, we suggest you get a glimpse of the city in these fascinating story-tales narrated by the local storytellers. These experts take you in and around the city on a story-telling journey for a day as you walk through the old bazaars, narrow streets or get your hands dirty at a farm site.

The Spice Route

You don’t need to be a kitchen expert or a foodie to be a part of this culinary journey. Walking down the vegetable market in Chennai is itself a thrilling experience. Take in the aroma of those zillion smells of spices and also hand-pick some of the most famous Indian spices and vegetables with the help of the experts. Cardamom, turmeric, ginger, asafetida and many other spices that are stars of Indian cooking will be your friends on this journey. After a visit to the market, you assist and watch the kitchen experts play the magic on the dishes made in front of you while they also give you insights about Indian cooking, spices, the different vegetables, and vegetable growing in India. On this spice route you also get to relish the special meal cooked with your assistance.

Dancing Pathways

Storytelling ChennaiDance is a way of life in India. From the elegant Indian classical to the dramatic cinema style, Chennai has it all. Storytellers will take you around the city to dance institutions where they will unveil the life stories of many famous dancers’, their past, and of how dance is imperative to this city. An introduction to basic elements of “Bharatanatyam” and its varied dance gestures that are known to depict stories through an amalgamation of many simple and few arduous dance movements. And that’s not all, you also get groove to the tunes of the world renown Tamil Cinema as a professional choreographer awaits to help you swing those moves!!

Chennai Greens

Walk down the farms of Chennai and get your hands dirty in this soul refreshing experience that brings you close to the nature. A short drive outside the city takes you away from the hustle-bustle, into the lush green farms of the countryside. The day is spent to visit the farmer’s house to interact with their families and learn various traditional farming methods. You get to soil yourself in a hands-on farming lesson by the famers while they engross you into stories from village life. You can also simply enjoy a walk into the paddy fields; visit ancient village temples and sacred groves or chose to take in the fresh air and soak into the green experience.

Bazaar Strolling

Walking down the bustling markets of India is a learning experience in itself. On this stroll to the bazaa11026524194_401aa4ddb0_zrs, you visit one such earliest marketplaces of Chennai, predominantly known as one of the oldest wholesale market. Through the busy and narrow lanes in the chaos of traffic and noisy hawkers surrounded by majestic buildings, you submerse into the fascinating history of erstwhile Blacktown, ‘Georgetown’. Selling is indefinitely an art here. A potpourri of history, mythology and folkore, Georgetown today continues to be one of the busiest wholesale market.

Mystic Trail of Mylapore

The neighborhood of Mylapore steeped in many traditions and arts predates Chennai city by at least 2000 years. Every site here beholds a story that unveils the many common Hindu practices and beliefs which are an integral part of the daily life. Know about the symbolism of drawing intricate “kolams” at the threshold of a Chennai home; placing of the sacred tulsi plant in the courtyard or the reason behind nazarbattu’s hung outside an Indian house or at the back of a truck. This is an enjoyable and interesting walk that reveals stories about the local life, Gods & Demons and ancient customs that are still practiced with the same fervor and belief.Chennai Story telling


A Beautiful Drive to the Cloudy Tawang

The North Eastern part of India is known for its simple people, amusing traditions, wildlife, Buddhist culture and some of the most beautiful monasteries in the country. A 12 hour drive from Guwahati, the biggest and one of the fastest developing city of Assam, through many invisible bends, sharp turns and cloudy passes unfolds one hidden treasure in the lap of nature. Tawang, the second largest monastery of Asia and the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in India, is located in the Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh

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Not many people know about this hidden treasure, as the drive to Tawang is not for the faint hearted. One has to pass the beautiful Sela pass at a height of 14.000  feet (4300 meter) which is the highest point of the region and connects Tawang to the rest of the world. The pass is covered in snow almost throughout the year with hardly any vegetation around.  The rugged stone strewn mountain drive passes through many small villages, waterfalls and crystal clear lakes. Visitors can explore the nearby Sela Lake and Jang Waterfall, located close to the pass. The lakes in this part of the Eastern Himalayan region holds  a religious significance to the Buddhist community.


Little monks ready for morning prayer..

Situated at  a height of  approx, 10000 ft,(3000 Mts), this mesmerizing Buddhist citadel comprises of residential buildings inhabited by Buddhist followers, mainly the Monpa, Tapka and Tibetians. The monstery was founded in the 17th century AD by the Mera Lama Lodre Gyasto, as by the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama, Nagwang Lobsang Gyatso.

The Tawang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh is a center for Buddhist cultural studies where little lamas everyday come to pray and study at the in-house library consisting of an invaluable collection of 400 years old manuscripts.


The 3-storied building also houses an assembly hall, a temple and an 8.3 meter high golden Buddha.  Hundreds of illuminated butter lamps and the chanting of mantras in the tranquil environs of Tawang fill the air with a spiritual zing.


A frozen lake in Tawang

Other attraction in the area:  Visit the Bhumla Pass which is about 40 kms away from Tawang. The road to Bhumla pass from Tawang is a difficult one but scenic. The pass is at the India China Border where Indian Military welcomes visitors with a warm heart even in the biting cold weather.

From Doon to Manali – Weekend Getaway!!

It was 25th March 2015. The journey began early morning from a School in Dehradoon, as Sashi, Shikhar tour representative, arrived with a bus to pick up 10 children and their school teacher. The excited children did not take much time at all to bid goodbyes to their parents and the school administration.

The first stop was at Paonta Sahib for a breakfast by the River. The kids were refuelled after the breakfast and filled the bus with buzzing energy. In no time, we arrived Chandigarh where we stopped for a mouthwatering lunch.

Our first overnight stay was at Sundernagar approx. 165 kms – 5 ½ hrs. drive from Chandigarh. Sundernagar means a “Beautiful Town” as the name depicts. This small town is an education hub, as it is home to many technical colleges of Himachal Pradesh and also has a manmade lake used to generate electricity from stored water. The evening here became pleasant as the sun went down.

The boys at Pandoh Dam

The boys at Pandoh Dam

Next morning, Manali was just a few hours away. The Beas River welcomed us into the lap of Himalayas. En-route we stopped at Pandoh Dam, an embankment dam on the Beas River to generate hydroelectric power. It was lovely to watch such majestic man-made creation making use of nature’s gift to give mankind a better life. The kids bombarded Sashi with questions about the dam, which he was more than delighted to answer.

After reaching Manali, the boys checked into their rooms and enjoyed lunch. Afterwards, they were taken to Hadimba Devi temple.

Hadimba Devi Temple in Manali

Hadimba Devi Temple in Manali

It was a beautiful sight as hazy sunbeams passed through the long deodars, encircling the temple, reflected on the walls of the temple. We headed to Van Vihar where the kids enjoyed a quiet time away from the hustle of Manali town, sitting beside the Bear river, listening to the sounds of humming birds breaking the silence of woods. After spending some time by the river, we headed back to the town, where kids explored the markets and mall road in Manali.

Next day, the kids were up by 7am, thrilled for their day trip to Solang Valley. As we approached closer to the valley, the

Solang Valley, Manali

Solang Valley, Manali

sight of snow-clad mountains put a smile on everybody’s faces. Apple orchids on the way added the extra charm. And then, there was snow. The Solang valley was covered by almost 7-8 feet of snow. It was time for the kids to have some fun. Skiing, Snow scooter rides, paragliding, a pelothra of activities awaited for them. Sashi ensured that the boys stayed in the vicinity whilst having fun in the snow activities in Solang.

Morning we woke up to fresh snow on the mountains right in front of the hotel. Cool breeze whispered through the deodar trees directly into the rooms. Enjoying these refreshing views of Manali, after breakfast we headed back to Chandigarh for an overnight stay. Next day after a visit to Cactus & Rose Gardens of Chandigarh, we headed straight to Dehradoon.

This short and delightful Educational tour was a good mix of know how’s and fun activities. Be it 10 or 100, our team ensures that the school children who travel with us enjoy their tour as much as they learn through it.

Kinnaur’s Royal Apple Orchard Tours

Kalpa village during apple season

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, an ‘Apple orchard once in India’ means ‘Kinnaur all the way’. In the lap of blue skies and hills that are enchanted with an awesome view and the famous Kinnauri Apple, one will find tranquility here. The high altitudes of Kinnaur ranging from 2,320 mts to 6,816 mts, are a haven for Mountaineers & Fruiters.

AppleKinnaur is the northeast district of Himachal Pradesh, located about 235 kms from Shimla. Surrounded by the Tibet to the east, the region has a harmonious mix of the Buddhists and Hindus keeping the multicultural values of India alive. Places like Sangla & Kalpa are famous for the apple production. Kalpa is one of the biggest and beautiful villages of Kinnaur where river Sutlej flows through its scenic valleys.  The picturesque Sangla Valley known for rich tribal culture and traditions is perfect for a camp-night under the stars.

Stokes was the mad behind bringing the ‘Apple Revolution’ in Himachal. Explore these beautiful apple growing villages tucked in the western Himalayas.

Must Do: Walk through the Apple Orchards of Kotgarh & Thanedar (origin of apple farms in Himachal) 80 kms from Shimla

Must See: Bhimkali temple in Sarahan, 90 kms from Kalpa. The temple is a rare combination of Bhuddhist and Hindu architecture which is approx 200 years old

Best Season: March – September

Recommended Programme:

Delhi – Shimla – Thanedhar – Sangla – Chitkul – Kalpa – Sarahan – Chandigarh – Delhi

The Magnificence of Stok Kangri – 6153 Mtr

ABC 1“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.

An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”

-G. K. Chesterton

 The chill in the air might freeze you, but the thrill in your spirit will melt all fears away. Mount Stok Kangri expedition is known to be one of the simpler 6000mt treks in the world. After a hard 5 days trek and some really breath-taking views, there is going to be a sense of fulfillment that will make you forget everything else.

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Perched at a height of 6153 mtrs, StokKangri trek is popular, not so technical yet a demanding foray into high altitude mountaineering.  StokKangri is situated in the Indus Valley of Ladakh region and lies on the Karakorum ranges of the Indian Himalayas, which is the highest peak in the Stok ranges of the Himalaya.The bestmonths to ascend are July to September when it’s usually dry with few rain showers in July and August.

Day 06-Stok Base camp

A classic trek to Stok Kangri can take upto 5-6 days. The trek begins from Stok village which is about 24 kms from Leh district. From the village trek uptil Manikarmo at 4600 mt where you witness barren mountains and wilderness. Matho River Valley is a suitable place for setting up a camp.  Acclimatisation takes a lot of time so it is advised to climb to another height of about 5000mt next day, where you can set up base camp and spend another day for acclimatising and walking up to the advanced base camp to spend some time near the glacier.

Day 09-Way to summit

By fourth day, gear up to start your Stok Kangri summit trek as you pass through rock face, snow trails and catch the views of some of world’s highest peaks like K2. Flag your arrival on the snow clad peak and behold the panoramic views that will take you into a trance, but soon it will be time to return to base camp to spend another night at camp as you celebrate your conquest with your team. Return back with memories, lots of pictures, and a Himalayan adventure you have been looking for.

Day 09-Stok summit

Stok Kangri is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful peaks in Ladakh that gives a real opportunity to climb a 6150mt mountain in less than a week, which is not possible in any other part of the world!If adventure is on your mind, expedition in Ladakh Himalayan belt offers an array of adventure treks and expedition for enthu-mountaineers out there, Mt Nun&Mt Kun to name a few.

Kumaon’s fruit basket

Snuggled in the foothills of Himalayas, the Kumaon hills will surely cast a magical spell on your senses as you step into the crisp and fresh air of the region. A 6 hour drive from the capital city New Delhi takes you to the land of wonders. The Uttarakhand state is divided in two divisions – Garhwal & Kumaon.

The Kumaon district is famous for its fruit orchards where one can visit and explore the hills enriched with these precious drops of nature like – apples, pears, peaches, apricots, plums and chestnuts, some of the common fruits grown in this region. The fertile land of Kumaon is rich and diverse in its fauna & flora and far away from the tourist rush making it a perfect escape.


The region’s richness is seen in its abundance in lakes, rivers, temples, wildlife and the rich culture of it’s people. Every district of Kumaon has a soothing beauty of it’s own. The Nainitaal district is a true treat to the eyes being dotted with several lakes. Further ahead of Nainitaal is the bustling region of Almora rich in its culture heritage and hardworking people and also Pithorgarh, an abode to the divine deities, splendid glaciers and natural reservoirs.

Take up an exceptional journey to the Kumaon to experience a quaint lifestyle amidst nature’s gifts of fruit orchards. Our specially designed itinerary assures to bring you close to the people, their village life and the enchanted views of Kumaon valleys.

Conquest the Grandeur of Mt. Kun – 7077meter

The Surru and Zanskar valley in Jammu and Kashmir attracts many passionate climbers from across the globe to ascend the imposing peaks of this valley. Mt. Kun is settled in the rugged and forbidden landscape of Zanskar in northern India. Being the second highest peak in the ranges, Mt. Kun serves as the center of attraction for all the mountaineers.

Kun Expedition

Mt. Kun

It is technically more challenging than Mt. Nun, the twin sister. Situated in the north of Mt. Nun, both are separated from each other by a 4 km long snowy plateau. Because of the remoteness of these mountain; they were not climbed very often and was fewer known summits of the world. But in recent years, Mt. Kun has gained high popularity between the mountaineers.

Mt. Kun was first conquered by Piacenza, Italian Mountaineer in the year 1913.

Mt. Kun is approachable from two different routes, that is, from Tangole (70km. From Kargil) and Gulmatongo (110km. From Kargil). Gulmatongo serves as the base camp for the start of ascending of the peak.

Kun Expedition

Kun Expedition

The best months for expedition to Mt. Kun is during the months of July, August and September. Various equipment’s are required for uneventful climbing such as fixing ropes, harness, sleeping bags, rock climbing shoes, climbing holds, hiking poles, mountain gear, climbing helmets and many more.

You shall stroll through ancient villages, green meadows and attractive valleys of Ladakh. Once you ascend the summit you will witness a hair-raising view of snow-capped peaks being beautifully kissed by clouds, it seems as you have landed on a paradise.

Mountain Kun

Mountain Kun

Some of the attractions that shall be explored during your stay in Ladakh are Hemis; the biggest and important monastery in Ladakh is built on the green hill side with the view of spectacular mountains. Situated on the crag overlooking the flood plains of Indus, Thiksey is nostalgically attractive monastery dating back to 15th century. On the east bank of Indus lays the royal palace of 16th century, Shey.

This expedition provides you with a great opportunity to explore the adventure spirit within yourself. A varied trekking across spectacular scenery to the base camp and, subsequently, an extended and attractive ascent waits for you.

Diverse ways of celebrating Navaratri in a diverse India

Navaratri is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga. The word Navaratri means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit; nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakti/Devi are worshiped. The tenth day is commonly referred to as Vijayadashami or “Dussehra” (also spelled Dasara). Navaratri represents a celebration of the Goddess Amba, (the Power) and is celebrated in a large number of Indian communities. The mother goddess is said to appear in 9 forms, and each one is worshiped for a day. These nine forms signify various traits that the goddess influences us with. The Devi Mahatmya and other texts invoking the Goddess who vanquished demons are cited. Diwali the festival of lights is celebrated twenty days after Dussehra. During this vowed religious observance, a pot is installed (ghatasthapana) at a sanctified place at home. A lamp is kept lit in the pot for nine days. The pot symbolizes the universe. The uninterrupted lit lamp is the medium through which we worship the effulgent Adishakti, i.e. Sree Durgadevi. During Navaratri, the principle of Sree Durgadevi is more active in the atmosphere. This festival corresponds to a nine-day Taoist celebration beginning on the eve of 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar, which is observed primarily by the ethnic Chinese of Min Nan linguistic group in Southeast Asian countries like Myanmar, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and also the Riau Islands called the Nine Emperor Gods Festival.wallpaper durga puja wallpaper bhavya roop maa durga

The beginning of spring and the beginning of autumn are considered to be important junctions of climatic and solar influences. These two periods are taken as sacred opportunities for the worship of the Divine Mother Durga. The dates of the festival are determined according to the lunar calendar. Navaratri is celebrated five times a year. They are Vasanta Navaratri, Ashadha Navaratri, the Sharad Navaratri, and the Paush/Magha Navaratri. Of these, the Sharad Navaratri of the month of Puratashi and the Vasanta Navaratri of the Vasanta kala are the most important. Other two are observed by Shaktas only. The Chaitra Navaratri culminates in Ram Navami and the Sharad Navaratri culminates in Durga Puja and Dussehra.

North India

Navaratri is celebrated in different ways throughout India. In North India, all three Navaratri are celebrated with much fervor by fasting on all nine days and worshiping the Mother Goddess in her different forms. The Dussehra of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh is particularly famous in the North. In North India, as the culmination of the Ramlila which is enacted ceremoniously during Dussehra, the effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna, and Meghanada are burnt to celebrate the victory of good (Rama) over evil forces on the ‘Vijaya Dashami’ day.

Eastern India

The last four days of Sharad Navaratri take on a particularly dramatic form in the states of West Bengal and Odisha in Eastern India where they are cdurga pujaelebrated as Durga Puja. Eighth day is traditionally Durgashtami which is big in Bengal, Odisha and Bihar. This is the biggest festival of the year in these states. Exquisitely crafted and decorated life-size clay idols of the Goddess Durga depicting her slaying the demon Mahishasura are set up in temples and other places. These idols are then worshiped for five days and immersed in the river on the fifth day.

Western India

In Western India, particularly in the state of Gujarat and Mumbai, Navaratri is celebrated with the famous Garba and Dandiya-Raas dance. Since the past few years, the Government of Gujarat has been organising the “Navaratri Festival Celebrations” on a regular basis for the nine days of Navaratri Festival in Gujarat. People from all over Gujarat and even abroad come to participate in the nine days celebrations. It is also popular throughout India and among Indian communities around the world including the UK, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore and USA.B_Id_425976_Garba_

In the temples of Goa, on the first day of the seventh month of the Hindu calendar Ashwin, in some temples, a copper pitcher is installed surrounded by clay in which nine varieties of food grains are sown inside the sanctum sanctuary of the temple. All the nine nights are celebrated by presenting devotional songs, and through religious discourses. Later in the night the idol of the goddess is put in a specially-decorated colorful swing and for nine nights, this swing is being swung to the tune of temple music (called as ranavadya) by devotees who throng in large numbers to participate in the festival.

South India

In South India, people set up steps and place idols on them. This is known as golu. Photos of typical golu displayed in Tamil Nadu style can be found here.

In Karnataka, Ayudha Puja, the ninth day of Mysore Dasara, is celebrated with the worship of implements used in daily life such as computers, books, vehicles, or kitchen tools. The effort to see the divine in the tools and objects one uses in daily life is central to this celebration, so it includes all tools that help one earn one’s livelihood. Knowledge workers go for books, pen or computers, farmers go for the plough and other agricultural tools, machinery for industrialists and cars/buses/trucks for the transportation workers—all are decorated with flowers and worshiped on this day invoking God’s blessing for success in coming years. It is believed that any new venture such as starting of business or purchasing of new household items on this day is bound to bring success and prosperity.

Mysore is well known for the festivities that take place during the period of Dasara, the state festival of Karnataka. The Dasara festivities, which are celebrated over a ten-day period, made official festival of the state by Raja Wodeyar I in 1610. On the ninth day of Dasara, called Mahanavami, the royal sword is worshipped and is taken on a procession of decorated elephants, camels and horses. On the tenth day, called Vijayadashami, the traditional Dasara procession (locally known as Jumboo Savari) is held on the streets of Mysore. An image of the Goddess Chamundeshwari is placed on a golden howdah on the back of a decorated elephant and taken on a procession, accompanied by tableaux, dance groups, music bands, decorated elephants, horses and camels.[5] The procession starts from the Mysore Palace and culminates at a place called Bannimantapa, where the banni tree (Prosopis spicigera) is worshipped. The Dasara festivities culminate on the night of Vijayadashami with a torchlight parade, known locally as Panjina Kavayatthu.

In Kerala and some parts of Karnataka, Ashtami, Navami, and Vijaya Dashami of Sharad Navarathri are celebrated as Sarasvati Puja in which books are worshiped. The books are placed for Puja on the Ashtami day in their own houses, traditional nursery schools, or in temples. On Vijaya Dashami day, the books are ceremoniously taken out for reading and writing after worshiping Sarasvati. Vijaya Dashami day is considered auspicious for initiating the children into writing and reading, which is called Vidyarambham. Tens of thousands of children are initiated into the world of letters on this day in Kerala.

In Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh, people c2elebrate Bathukamma festival over a period of nine days. It is a kind of Navaratri celebration. Here Navaratri is divided into sets of three days to adore three different aspects of the supreme goddess or goddesses.

First three days: The goddess is separated a spiritual force called Durga also known as Kali in order to destroy all our evil and grant boons.

Second three days: The Mother is adored as a giver of spiritual wealth, Lakshmi, who is considered to have the power of bestowing on her devotees inexhaustible wealth, as she is the goddess of wealth.

Last three days: The final set of three days is spent in worshiping the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati. In order to have all-round success in life, believers seek the blessings of all three aspects of the divine femininity, hence the nine nights of worship. During the eighth or ninth day, Kanya Puja, pre-pubescent girls are ceremonially worshipped. On the 10th day, the effigy of Ravana is burnt

In some parts of South India, Saraswati puja is performed on the 9th day. Ayudha Puja is conducted in many parts of South India on the Mahanavami (Ninth) day with much fanfare. Weapons, agricultural implements, all kinds of tools, equipment, machinery and automobiles are decorated and worshipped on this day along with the worship of Goddess. The work starts afresh from the next day, i.e. the 10th day which is celebrated as ‘Vijaya Dashami’. Many teachers/schools in south India start teaching Kindergarten children from that day onwards.

During Navaratri, some devotees of Durga observe a fast and prayers are offered for the protection of health and prosperity. Devotees avoid meat, alcoholic drinks, grains, wheat and onion during this fast. Grains are usually avoided since it is believed that during the period of Navaratri and seasonal change, grains attract and absorb lots of negative energies from the surrounding and therefore there is a need to avoid eating anything which is produced from grains for the purification of Navaratri to be successful. Navaratri is also a period of introspection and purification, and is traditionally an auspicious and religious time for starting new ventures.

Trekking Opportunities in Gujarat : Polo Monument and Vijayanagar Forest

Polo Forest is a haven for Eco-friendly nature lovers and the adventurous. Polo-one of the most ancient historical sites in Gujarat, is also unique for its picturesque surroundings, Forest & Mills serving as refuge for fascinating flora & fauna. It is a Bird Watcher’s Delight being a sanctuary for over 200 species of Rare Birds. It also is an abode for Jungle fowl and a host of other species which are yet grimly holding on to this last habitat, thoroughly adorned by flowing rivulets and an unsullied lake. The area is surrounded with archeologically important Shiv Temple at Sarneshwar, Sadevant Savlings Deras, Surya Mandir, Lakhena Temple, Jain derasar, the ancient Polo Jain Nagri.polo-forest-vijaynagarThe Polo Camp site is located in Vijayanagar taluka of Sabarkantha districts and is near to Vanaj Forest area, Harnav River and Damsite. It is 150 km from Ahmedabad and 70 km from Himatnagar. Presently at Polo Campsite, Nature Education Camps, Wild Life training and seminars are organized.

The ancient Polo city, a gateway to Rajasthan, was once used as a hiding place for rulers, concealed from enemies, citizens, angry wives, even from the sun, tucked between sacred hills on the east and west. It was built around the river Harnav, an ancient water body spoken of in the Puranas. It is believed to have been established in the 10th century by the Parihar kings of Idar, and was then conquered in the 15th century by the Rathod Rajputs of Marwar.  The name is derived from pol, the Mapolo_vijyanaga_jaintemple_vijaynagarrwari word for “gate,” signifying its status as a gateway between Gujarat and Rajasthan. It was built between Kalaliyo in the east, the highest peak in the area, and Mamrehchi in the west, considered sacred by the local adivasis.  Together they block sunlight for most of the day, which might provide an explanation for the otherwise mysterious abandonment of the ancient city.

The 400 square km area of dry mixed deciduous forest is most lush between September and December after the monsoon rains when the rivers are full, but at any time of the year it provides a rich wildlife experience. There are more than 450 species of medicinal plants, around 275 of birds, 30 of mammals, and 32 of reptiles. There are bears, panthers, leopards, hyenas, water fowl, raptors, passerines, and flying squirrels (mostly heard, rarely seen), all living under a canopy of diverse plants and trees. During winter, all manner of migratory birds occupy the forest; during the rainy season there are wetland birds

The life of the adivasi settlements are still rooted to the forest, and they sure can teach us a lesson or two in listening to the deep hum of the world that envelops these scattered whispers of human constructions.The fig trees, when in fruit, are good places to look out for the endangered Grey Hornbill and Brown-headed Barbet who will come to nibble. Grey Hornbills can also be found at a Banyan tree near the campsite, when it is out with its bright red fruit. On another tree on the other side of the camp look for woodpeckers, and fruit birds and prey birds at the top, especially during a particular half hour in the afternoon (the exact time of which changes).

Until recently, this area was not well-known, and saw very few visitors. The numbers have increasedpolo-forest2 dramatically in the last few years, thanks to a few individuals working to promote its beauty and the following activities:

  • Trekking on jungle trails alongside the pristine lake and rivulets
  • Climbing mountains over 800 meters height.
  • Exploring 1500 year old ruins
  • Star gazing at night
  • Bird watching, morning short walk in the natural greenery
  • Herbal outings, river swimming

This increased flow comes with a price, however. It is important to remember, as visitors, to approach each destination and its inhabitants, human or otherwise, humbly, openly, and with the awareness that every interaction, no matter how slight, carries its own impact on the area whether we know it or not.

Outdoor Expedition for Students | Photography Tour ~ Fixed Departure 2014

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Outdoor Expedition for Students “An Experience of A Lifetime”

Program Highlights:

  • Learning Photography Techniques by Professional Photographer.
  • Rope Course and Lecture on Outdoor Education by Our Outdoor Expert.
  • Classes of Yoga and Meditation by professional Yoga Teacher.
  • Sightseeing and A Spiritual Tour of Gangotri Temple.
  • Bird watching and Nature walk in Himalaya.
  • Survival Course, Height Gain and Fire Drill.
  • “Clean the Himalaya” Movement in Agoda.
  • Village Attraction & Cultural Exchange.
  • Adventure and outdoor Activities.
  • First Aid Course by Doctors Team.
  • Leanings, Feedback and many more.
  • Trekking and Camping.

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