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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.

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Uttarakhand — A Trekking Treat for Vacationers

Spiritually dubbed as “Dev Bhoomi”, or “The Land of Gods”, Uttarakhand is a true paradise for nature and adventure enthusiasts. Curvy Himalayan slopes offer electrifying track for trekkers and campers across the globe. People from all parts of the world throng in this Northern state of India to enjoy trekking and other adventure sports. It’s mystifying treks, especially in the Garhwal region, which lies in the North West part of Himalayas, are simply majestic. Some of those mind-blowing treks are:

Chandrashila Trek: It ranks amongst one of the most demanding and enigmatic treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region. The fun of trekking here simply spruces up during the snowfall season. View of various Himalayan peaks, such as Trishul, Kedar Peak, Nandadevi, Chaukhamba, would make you feel as if you’re sitting in the mid of a sea of mountains.

For more details: http://www.shikhar.com/package.asp?PackID=155

Roopkund Trek: Roopkund is a remote glacial lake nestled in the lap of Jurghati Dhar. This mysterious lake becomes centerpiece at festive times when folks from the villages bring their presiding deity to it.

For more details: http://www.shikhar.com/package.asp?PackID=50

Valley of Flowers Trek: This is virtually a fairyland busting with swarms of vibrant and vivid wild Himalayan flowers. The park is popular world-over for its stretched fields of alpine flowers and alluring natural beauty. The snow-capped peaks including Nilgiri Parbat (6474 m) stand in bold relief against the skyline.

For more details: http://www.shikhar.com/package.asp?PackID=52

Dodital Trek: Filled with Golden Trout, Dodital is a beautiful Himalayan lake carrying crystal clear waters. Surrounded with lush green meadows and high Himalaya views, this wonderful site is a real visual treat for nature lovers.

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Nag Tibba Trek: An intriguing trek that offers a good trekking option during winter when most of the high altitude treks become out of bound due to heavy snowfall in higher reaches of Himalayas. The trek is studded with typical Garhwali villages and beautiful temples.

For more details: http://www.shikhar.com/package.asp?PackID=47

Kedarnath Trek: This trek is part of the ancient pilgrims’ trail from Gangotri to Kedarnath in the tradition of vamvrata yatra that begins from Yamunotri and ends at Badrinath , after the paying of respects at the Gangotri and Kedarnath shrines.

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