The Best of Adventure Destinations in India

The daily grind of life takes a toll on everyone. And each and every one of us despises this commonplace drudgery and constantly thinks of ways to overcome this overwhelming humdrum. We all have our ideas of fun; some prefer the quietude of the mountains and for some, there's nothing better than a solitude week…

The daily grind of life takes a toll on everyone. And each and every one of us despises this commonplace drudgery and constantly thinks of ways to overcome this overwhelming humdrum.

We all have our ideas of fun; some prefer the quietude of the mountains and for some, there's nothing better than a solitude week at forsaken beaches and towns. And then there those dictated by the spirit of adventure.

Our beautiful country is endowed with numerous bounties and opportunities, completely friendly to tourists of all sorts; from vagabonds and families and hippies to adventure enthusiasts. From the sky-kissing Himalayas to rainforests to deserts to boundless coastlines, India offers everything to those who seek. Why not make the best of this opportunity?

Today, let's check out some of the most popular Indian adventure destinations:

1. Bird Billing, Himachal Pradesh (Paragliding): Billing is a paradise for paragliding lovers. Encompassed by the ever so beautiful Dhauladhar range, Billing is the best Asian destination for paragliding. Also, it has the distinction of holding the first paragliding competition each year.

Apart from Paragliding, one can also go for parasailing, hang gliding, trekking and camping.

2. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand: Although Rishikesh is a revered holy destination, it is also regarded as one of the best adventure destinations in India, simply for the sheer variety of adventure sports it offers. A magnet for adventure junkies, Rishikesh can be visited for white water rafting, cliff jumping, riverside camping, rappelling, rock climbing and bungee jumping. It has India's highest bungee jumping podium with a height of 83 meters.

3. Manali, Himachal Pradesh: Another prominent destination in Himachal Pradesh, Manali is a wonderful hill station which is ideal for both nature lovers and those seeking adventure. Apart from the usual adventure activities like trekking and camping, Manali has one of the best trails for mountain biking.

4. Meghalaya: While not so common as compared to the rest of the sports, caving is as much thrilling as other sports mentioned in this list, if not any less. The state of Meghalaya is home to numerous caves, all of which are nested among waterfalls for verdant forest trails.

5. Auli, Uttarakhand: High elevation and untouched beauty make Auli one of the best skiing destinations in India. Auli is perched in the higher reaches of Garhwal and lies about 250 km further of Rishikesh.

6. Goa: The party capital of India, Goa is among the most revered beach destinations in the world. Do not tell me you've been to Goa and did not participate in any of the water sports. Offering water sports like jet-skiing, parasailing, and the newly launched flyboarding.

Mysore, Karnataka: Mysore is one of the few places in India where one can choose to skydive. However, you are not allowed to dive alone, an instructor will accompany you.

Visiting Mallorca

Mallorca is one of the most exotic islands, which is located in the Mediterranean Sea. It will not be wrong if we would take the liberty of saying that it is one of the most beautiful islands which is there on the planet despite offering a godly experience to those who do not believe in…

Mallorca is one of the most exotic islands, which is located in the Mediterranean Sea. It will not be wrong if we would take the liberty of saying that it is one of the most beautiful islands which is there on the planet despite offering a godly experience to those who do not believe in god, the expanse and the scenic beauty is so powerful and invigorating that it has the audacious capacity to turn atheists into believers. These are some reasons which justify that why one must travel to Mallorca or to be a little modest; places like Mallorca. To visit this somewhat cinematic place you can easily buy cheap flight tickets from any online travel agency.

To continue further we can say that Mallorca also is a culturally rich place to be in and it is a blissful place to discover offering its richness in a certain sense and the process of exploration can be fun and spiritually much more powerful on this island. Mallorca has got some of the most heart wrenching beaches, the most dramatic cinematic views and are the reasons that why you must go there at least once in your life time.

The Mediterranean Factor

It is another thing to sit at your home and watch lifestyle channels and see the celebrated chefs preparing some exotic dishes and then savoring them on one of the exotic beaches or some outside destination with a bunch of their friends and it is completely another thing to experience it yourself on first hand basis. Yes that is what we mean by the Mediterranean factor here. Experience the delight of sitting on a beach and actually eating your favorite dishes with your loved ones.

Sense of Adventure

Those who seek adventure in their lives and for what adventure is a part of their being, visiting Mallorca becomes a highly imperative place to be in and what the funny thing is that it does so by default, in a way. You get to build camps with friends and jump from the high rocks and when you are tired, lie down on the soft grass and see the absolutely mesmerizing starlit sky and engulfing your being in a sense of wonder and imagination. And what's more is the fact that seeing the light fog / mist engulfing the mountains on a bright morning gives you goose bumps owed to the terrific beauty of that place. When the sun rises, its reflection getting reflected in the mirror image of the vast ocean makes it all the more enchanting and lively.

So if you want to experience something which is timeless yet it is a part of this' great manufacturer '' to put it into the words of Charles Dickens and which is out of this world yet belong to it in a ravishing way, then visiting Mallorca becomes a must.
Now the question arises that when you actually do visit the island of Mallorca you would find yourself in a state of utter confusion: where to begin from? Do not worry about that. Read on.

Palma Cathedral- Palma Cathedral is one of the must visit places if you ever go to visit Mallorca. The church adds up to the cultural aspect of the islands of Mallorca.
The Road To Sa Calobra – The road to sa calobra is a delight to watch and seeing it one must think that how magnificent it would feel to drive on the smooth sunny and warm tarmac of the place. It's enough to give you a chill in the spine. Imagine how it would feel to drive a Porsche or perhaps another super car on it. However, you will not be able to speed up much owed to its zig-zag shape.

Platja des Coll Baix – It is one of the most fantastic beaches which is there on our planet. What more can be said in appreciation of this absolutely beautiful beach. So, if you have a sense of wonder and want to feel the warm sand beneath your body and the process of same sand getting cold with the passing of the day and dawning of the night under the immense sky, visit Platja des Coll Baix. Book your flights and make your reservations online. Go search, discover, find.

Think You’re Cut Out for Getting Lost in Portugal

Two soluble co-codamols taken against medical advice on an empty stomach did not help to stop the constant and horrendous noise of happy water streaming under our idyllic apartment somewhere in Portugal. Exhausted with spending the previous day reading a map which made the Mappa Mundi look like the latest cartography achievement of the 21st…

Two soluble co-codamols taken against medical advice on an empty stomach did not help to stop the constant and horrendous noise of happy water streaming under our idyllic apartment somewhere in Portugal.

Exhausted with spending the previous day reading a map which made the Mappa Mundi look like the latest cartography achievement of the 21st century, and with listening to a posh voice on the GPS that we constantly debated whether was Joanna Lumley's or not and which navigated us into deepest Portuguese countryside. We made endless failed attempts to talk to natives who did not speak any English, French, German, Serbian or Russian, religiously showing them our useless map only to be directed the wrong way. We spent six hours driving up and down green hills stopping occasionally to take amazing photos of spring in its infancy, continuing east of a bridge which was not on the map, then south of the field with lots of cows, north of a lake but we did not go west knowing full well we would end up back in Porto. The narrow roads were without any traffic signs except Romantico Ruto which we lost hours ago. We were on Horribilis Ruto and we did not need any signs for it! The villages we passed were not on the map and the ones engraved on the map were not on our route. The GPS was stubbornly showing we were on road 225. Then we decided to take a different approach – forget about “getting to know the country” and get to the main road. Any main road which luckily was the one we wanted. The relief of not spending a night in the car was replaced by utter bewilderment at spending two nights without internet at the creatively converted water mill in the middle of nowhere.

Without speaking and secretly holding each other responsible for such a blunder we went straight to bed. Luckily, I had a book on standby which was hidden deep in the luggage between the dirty washing and a rudimentary first aid kit. I read all about the author and fall sleep. My usual 1am, 3am, 5am waking ups followed by quick glances at the news, checking of emails or number of likes on the last FB entry were replaced by frustration and loud cursing of the cottage's lack of internet. The hissing noise of my overheated computer sounded like lullaby compared to the constant water rumbling under my bed.

“Where is all this water rushing to at 5 am?”

“Stop! Go to sleep. You are addicted!”

“No I am not. I just want a peace and quiet”

“But this is peace and quiet!”

Yeah, right.

Road Trip to Simlipal, Odisha

Sometimes the best adventures are unplanned. The sheer absence of what lies round the corner and the ambiguity of whether you will reach your destination. A short description of the characters Babi-Me (Impulsive, wildly adventurous, Happy go Lucky) By profession a media professional Mili- My Wife (Soft, fun loving though not a very tough adventurer,…

Sometimes the best adventures are unplanned. The sheer absence of what lies round the corner and the ambiguity of whether you will reach your destination.

A short description of the characters

Babi-Me (Impulsive, wildly adventurous, Happy go Lucky) By profession a media professional

Mili- My Wife (Soft, fun loving though not a very tough adventurer, stable in mind, calm) – School teacher at Sai International and an NCC officer

Sridhar- My childhood buddy (Practical, matured, stable minded) – Commander in the Indian Navy

Jyoti- Sridhar's wife (Fun Loving, chatter box, yet soft and demure) – School Teacher by profession

Saanjh- Sridhar's 8 year old daughter.

Sridhar was visiting Odisha to attend our old school reunion. Deciding to give his family some unforgettable memories, he left it on me to plan out a 2 day trip which would be tad different- and I banged on Simliplal. Digging up contacts I managed to book two cottages, having no idea or know how about the place, and as unplanned and impulsive as I have always been, I took this trip as any other trip and did not do any homework on the place, nor did I care to listen to instructions properly, as given by the contact I had managed in the forest department. My poor wife and my buddy and his family just assumed that I had done the needful.

There are two entry points for Simlipal Tiger Reserve-one which is through Jassipur (Chandikhole, Ghatagaon) and the other through Pithabata (Baripada route). Jassipur is recommended for tourists as it's a better road into the jungle and also close to the place recommended for stay away from tiger habitation. Pithabata route is more uncharted and one has to go through 80kms of dense jungle to reach the place of stay which is not recommended. And you guessed right – I took all of us to Pithabata entry point, that too after official hours (around 3:30 in the afternoon) since our friend's hubby asking me to reach in time.

The guy at the gate straight refused. He said (a) We do not allow entry at this time (b) You can not travel in a small vehicle (c) This route is not recommended at all to reach your place of stay. Again smart (ass) that I am, I bypassed all and caught hold of the contact that I had managed in the Forest Department and put unofficial pressure on the forester. He clearly told our contact- I am leaving due to your pressure, but (1) If something happens to them we are not responsible (2) In case they get into trouble and manage to contact, then we do not have any vehicle to rescue them and you have to send from Baripada. Our contact grumpily told me – “You did not follow any of my instructions and now my neck is on the chopping block. Please drive slowly. You have to go through 80 kms of dessert jungle.”

And we embarked on our journey only to realize the hard way what the forester had meant. Initially we could drive a bit fast but after some time we could not drive fast beyond 15Km-20Km speed. The scenic beauty was captivating. And I started sending updates to all our friends. Jyoti was miffed over my jokes and my wild excitation over the prospect of spotting a tiger. Every sound made me hopeful and I got down at the slightest pretext hoping to be lucky but alas! Slowly it started getting chillier. We took directions from two check gates and continued. And then the tracks started fading, mobiles got out of range and evening was setting in, but our enthusiasm was still up.

We crossed villages, wherein people stayed exactly like we had seen in our history books – no electricity, homes made of raw jungle materials, scattered habitation, and a language we could not understand. The roads became more perilous (by roads I do not mean pucca roads rather its all rocky, muddy thin mountainous terrain). As we progressed, excited as to what lay next, darkness had set in, our mobiles were having no network, and to our horrendous realization, we were lost in deep dry jungle with no contact point nor knowing how to make contact with anyone.

Joking and trying to keep our spirits up we continued (By that time, the guilt had started nagging into me that apart from Mili, Sri & Jyoti a little girl was in peril, thanks to my foolhardiness). We encountered some lone tribal at some points who gave us some direction which we could assume due to not understanding the colloquial language. Going ahead and moving back amid mountainous rough terrain, and twists and turns we could see the moon at one time to our right and 15 mins later to our left. The journey seemed never ending; and so was my serious comedy. I guess at a point all probability assumed that we would never make it.

As the never ending journey continued, I got down at a point just to release the tension and find some direction because we had seen some board somewhere. And that's the point I was enraptured in that magical moment.

Believe it or not- the scene was as we had read in fairy tales – the magic of nature showcasing God's creation with all its splendor; not what we humans have reduced it to. “A clear sky having a bright moon and twinkling stars; unpolluted fresh air; tall green trees and dense jungle with the smell of fresh unpolluted land. only be felt- I can not describe in words. I was one with nature. I later heard from Mili, Jyoti & Sridhar that they all felt the same, and I guess at that moment our spirits revived and we decided that we would spend the night in the car itself if required. My only worry was Saanjh.

Revived and energized spiritually, we continued with the ardous journey and as luck would have it, we reached up a forest guard (one who has no means of communication with anyone, except for sending a messenger in person like the olden days). He gave us directions, and though they were clear at every point there was confusion, as every point that we reached had two or more roads and area refused but finally we arrived at our cottages.

The welcome we received was superb. The cottages had a serenity and as if embedded in nature itself-sort of as if they have grown up from the ground. Sans telephone and electric lines, the area was unspoilt by modernity. Power generated through solar energy and climate superbly cold, we had arrived in wonderland. We were served really tasty food. And they made a bonfire for us which exclusively was enjoyed by the 5 of us. (Of course Sri & Me popped in our quota of rum while the ladies were enraptured with all the surprises that were coming up). We were told that, had we arrived a little earlier, a cultural program of tribal dance etc would have been organized for us.

The night was chilly, and we felt it despite being dressed in jackets, jeans, blankets etc, but then it was invigorating too.

The next day I get up and see the scene with the rays of dawn slowly illuminating the sky. Again I see God's wondrous creation. Sadly we did not have charging points and we could not charge our cells and take snaps. 7 AM – I still see the moon above and I take a small jog around, letting nature see into me.

Since we said we can not go too far as we are running low on fuel, our hosts said – “There is a new waterfall nearby which has not been discovered and earmarked by forest officials. Its 5kms by road (car) and 1 1 / 2 kms trekking after that “. After going for less than a km, we realized our car could not make it in that terrain. We parked the car there itself and asked the guide if he could take us completely by foot through a shooter route and he said Yes.

And then started our 2nd adventure. We first went through tracks regularly walked on, crossed an ancient village where people stared at us in amazement and then at a point the guide told us that there are no more tracks. And we got to navigate through pure jungle route – tall trees, sun shining through at places, sound of waterfalls. Our trek involved some amount of rock climbing too till we reached the point. Again I was taken in by nature. Neither my words, nor the snaps can do justice to what we experienced there. After a total of 7 Km trekking we were back.

Post lunch and bidding farewell to them we then embarked upon the Jassipur point which was closer and a better route. Again even that route was new for us and so it was another adventure. But this time we were lost in highways and finally managed to reach town in an earthly hour.

In a nutshell we embarked on a journey which was not bookmarked by the tourist department or forest officials.It is a one time and a life time experience, as next time we will never experience this since now now know the safe routes and procedure.

It is two sides of the coin, where on one side all of us were in peril due to my foolishness, and on the other side we experienced what we doubt we can ever experience again-the beauty and splendor of God's creation in the raw.

Peru: Board Sports Paradise

Peru is most famously associated with the iconic ruins of Machu Pichu, llamas and being the land where they eat guinea pigs. What people do not associate Peru with? Board sports. Due to its diverse geographical features, Peru can offer board sports enthusiasts amazing opportunities for surfing and sandboarding. Here are two of the best…

Peru is most famously associated with the iconic ruins of Machu Pichu, llamas and being the land where they eat guinea pigs. What people do not associate Peru with? Board sports. Due to its diverse geographical features, Peru can offer board sports enthusiasts amazing opportunities for surfing and sandboarding. Here are two of the best places in the country to try out these sports.

Mancora
Lima, the capital, is known as being one of the top surf spots in the world. However, the waters there are cold and the skies usually gray due to the humidity. Head to the north of Peru and you will find the small town of Mancora, only a couple of hundred kilometers from the equator. Miles of sandy beaches, waves from the Pacific and the kind of warm water that you just dive straight into without worrying about the temperature makes it the perfect hotspot for surfing. The center of the town is full of cheap surf hire and schools along the beach, so you will find surfers of all ages and experience in the water. Despite the beautiful waters and beaches, this small town is not too well known to the public, so you do not have to worry about overcrowded beaches or not finding that sweet surf spot. Do not worry if surfing is not your thing though, cause Mancora is also a wonderful place for kitesurfing and paddle boarding.

Ica
When most people think of Peru, the last thing that comes to mind is sandy desserts which is exactly what you will find in the region of Ica. Here you will see sand dunes as far as the eye can see so there is no better place in Peru for sand boarding. There are plenty of places to hire sand buggy tours for cheap, which will take you into the desert for hours of sandboarding fun. There is even a resort called 'Las Dunas' which has a sand dune inside its grounds, so guests can grab a board after their breakfast and go shred on some dunes. If you're a real adrenaline junkie, head over to Cerro Blanco, the tallest sand dune in the world, measuring in 1776 meters from base to summit. Since the sand buggies can not reach the top, you better start your journey early in the morning if you want to avoid the blistering heat on the 3-hour ascent.

Surfing and sandboarding. One involves shredding waves and the other carving down sand dunes. So if you love board sports, head on down to Peru where you can do both of these amazing sports. What are you waiting for?

The Best Time To Visit Jim Corbett National Park

What Is The Best Time To Visit Jim Corbett National Park? Find Out: Spread over finished delightful ranges of Pauri Garhwal, Almora and Nainital of Uttarakhand state in India, Jim Corbett National Park is an expansive and engaging site and is among the most established stops in India. This stop is for the most part…

What Is The Best Time To Visit Jim Corbett National Park? Find Out:

Spread over finished delightful ranges of Pauri Garhwal, Almora and Nainital of Uttarakhand state in India, Jim Corbett National Park is an expansive and engaging site and is among the most established stops in India. This stop is for the most part received for Project Tiger which is a vent on India's constructed Bengal tiger. Along these lines, it is not only a recreation center, but rather a major and eminent tiger save also which covers a zone of 1318.54 sq.km in which 520 sq. km is the fundamental region and remaining part is support region. The recreation center is named after Col. Jim Corbett since 1956.

Along these lines, the visit to Jim Corbett National Park is really huge and life-changing. It holds open from the mid of November to the mid of June months. Be that as it may, there is a Jhirna zone in the recreation center that remains parts open for year year long. The renovated Birjani zone of this stop respects the guests from mid-October to mid of June months and Dhikala zone enables guests to visit inside from November 15 to mid of June. Amid storm period, the street of Dhikala and Birjani zones escape. In addition, after the dusk, the doors of the recreation center get finished and no drive off is permitted that time.

Right Season to Plan Your Visit to Jim Corbett National Park

Winter Season – Within October to February

In winter season or a time of October to February, you will discover this stop a genuine homestead delightful and concealed feathered creatures. Along these lines, for birding, this is the most spellbinding period as right now, you will meet inconspicuous assortment of winged creatures there. Other than winged creatures, you can locate superb Bengal tiger meandering around the recreation center in the winter season. Along these lines, there are high opportunities to have a characteristic sight of imperiled tiger at that point. Generally around evening time, the temperature of this stop goes down to 5 degree Celsius. In any case, the day time is very soothing and wonderful. In the day time, creatures turned out for lazing around in sun; so you can spot them effectively there.

Rainstorm – During July to September Months

Despite the fact that the rainstorm season is not that engaging time for guests to come over Jim Corbett National Park, yet we recommend you to visit amid this time on the off chance that you do not incline towards going by this site in swarm. In this season, for the most part the group gets declined. In this way, we should state that it is a perfect season to have astonishing trekking knowledge. Around then, the general climate has an engaging emanation as the temperature drops. It is said that in stormy season, the creatures make the most of their mating time. Along these lines, voyagers can get involvement of this minute too. In spite of the fact that we bought not neglect to say that meeting this season goes with an incredible danger of avalanches and soil disintegration. Consequently, it can be a little unsafe too. In any case, the magnificence will be at its top with intriguing greenery and stunning vegetation around.

Summer Season – During March to June Months

The time from March to mid of June is called summer season in India. Amid the late spring season, the temperature remains very high. In day time, the climate turns out to be excessively hot and singing that may go up to 40 degree c. Along these lines, in this time, the creatures and different tenants of the recreation center experience the ill effects of the outrageous warmth of sun.

This season is called to be the best going to season as it enables guests to get the large portion of the creatures occupying in the recreation center. Come amid this season here and appreciate stream boating and have an exceptional meeting with imperiled creatures and winged animal species intently.

What to Expect on a Picturesque Serengeti Balloon Safari

If you've been wondering what to expect on a Serengeti balloon safari, it does not surprise me. Well, you've probably read or heard a lot about this fascinating excursion through the skies of famous African territory, but I can assure you there's no need to mull over it anymore. This article will aim to take…

If you've been wondering what to expect on a Serengeti balloon safari, it does not surprise me. Well, you've probably read or heard a lot about this fascinating excursion through the skies of famous African territory, but I can assure you there's no need to mull over it anymore. This article will aim to take you through the actual experience, so that you know exactly what to expect on a picturesque Serengeti balloon safari.

Your Serengeti balloon safari begins in the wee hours of the morning on the day of departure. As a valued guest of the excursion, you will receive a wake-up call in your tent camp or lodge. You will then get stuck in with a hearty breakfast, with local teas and bites on the menu. As your curiosity and expectations for the trip reach fever pitch, you will be whisked to the site of departure of the grand hot air balloon.

You can expect around 12 to 14 people to enter the balloon's basket. Typically, those are the numbers per balloon safari. You will be advised to wear warm clothing and to bring along a camera and sometimes a notebook to take notes of the animals and the vast expanse of safari attractions below as you fly overhead.

Once on board, the pilot will light up the banners and as the flames flare, the balloon will begin to inflate and eventually rise to the skies. What with the basket suspended beneath the balloon, you'll get to enjoy an unobstructed view of the wildlife, landscape, and the rivers and lakes beneath. It is an experience like none other.

What is truly amazing and magical about the balloon safari, is the tranquility, stillness and silence as it glides through the skies. Occidentally, you'll hear sounds from below: from elephants bustling through the bush, baboons screeching from trees; and you'll even hear lions roar. After being in flight for an hour, the balloon will return to base and you disembark to an awaiting celebration with champagne and delicious bites. And for having had the opportunity to fly in a hot air Serengeti balloon safari expedition, you will be awarded a certificate. What a splendid way to end an unforgetable voyage that has been around for literally centuries. Its intrinsic historical value alone is worth the experience. So, if you've been contemplating a trip on a hot air balloon, now you know what to expect.

Top 3 Possible Reasons Why Lions Climb Trees In Manyara National Park

I wonder wherever – you, like many safari enthusiasts – are fascinated with the prospect of seeing tree-climbing lions in Lake Manyara; for which the Manyara national park on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania has become all the rage. It would seem rather feasible when people want to see lions in trees and…

I wonder wherever – you, like many safari enthusiasts – are fascinated with the prospect of seeing tree-climbing lions in Lake Manyara; for which the Manyara national park on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania has become all the rage. It would seem rather feasible when people want to see lions in trees and Leopards on the ground. Paradoxically, some seem to think it is a marketing ploy invented by Tanzanian tour operators to generate interest in this particular safari destination. Well, there is divided opinion right across the board, and that's why this article will look at the top 3 possible reasons why lions would climb trees in the first place. So let's take a closer look at the lion in their natural habitat, so we can begin to figure out why you'll find them languishing lazily on top of a tree.

First, Manyara is not the only place you'll find these beautiful animals in trees. However, it is more likely that on a very hot day, they would seek refuge in trees … just to catch a bit of breeze and, ubiquitously, some much-needed shade. I must hand it to them though, they are pretty smart. That being said, I have seen lions in trees in many other parks, so it is not synonymous only with Manyara and Ishasha. The other two most plausible reasons why you'll spot tree-climbing lions in Lake Manyara is what I want to discuss next.

Possibly, the second reason why lions in Manyara and Ishasha climbs trees more often is because these parts sometimes do get very wet. And lions tend to dislike walking on wet ground. So when there are very heavy rains and the lakes are flooding, it is quite probable that they will want to climb trees to keep their feet dry. And the third reason why lions would climb trees would be to get away from the awfully manyothers flies. You only need to see the volume of flies that surround these animals at times, to empathize with them.

And to conclude this article, I felt it would not be fair if I did not touch on the spectacular birdlife in Manyara, because that alone justifies a visit to the park. The topic of birds describes an article specifically dedicated to it, but since we're talking about Lake Manyara National Park, if you love birds, you'll be guided to know that there are over 300 bird species in this area alone, including Eurasian migrant birds, acacia associated birds, raptors, and 3 endangered Tanzanian species. Lake Manyara National Park and Lake Natron also offer great opportunities to watch Flamingo gathering in flocks of tens of thousands to even several hundred thousand on the shores of the lake. Lake Natron is the breeding ground for flamingoes, while Lake Manyara in Tanzania is their feeding ground.

Thus, tree-climbing lions in Lake Manyara are not the only attraction. You'll find some breathtaking views of birds in trees and in picturesque splendor all over the shores of the lake too.

Trekking the Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal – Travel Guide and Information

The Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal is one of the most famous trekking journeys in the country. Nepal is famous as “the Land of the Himalayas” and albeit it's relatively small size, the country has the encompassment of a wide range of diversities that pertain to geography, culture and wildlife. Among the ten tallest…

The Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal is one of the most famous trekking journeys in the country. Nepal is famous as “the Land of the Himalayas” and albeit it's relatively small size, the country has the encompassment of a wide range of diversities that pertain to geography, culture and wildlife. Among the ten tallest mountains in the world, Nepal has eight of them, including Mount Everest- the tallest mountain peak on the planet. As such, trekking in Nepal has become one of the most thought-after adventure to do among enthusiasts travelers and trekkers all over the world. The country has many amazing trekking destinies that vary from each other in terms of topography, their cultural prominence and landscape. Every year, thousands of trekkers and travelers visit the country to enjoy its many natural, cultural and traditional hallmarks. Among all the trekking destinations of Nepal, the region of Everest is considered the most famous, and the Everest Base Camp Trek is the most widely done trekking journey responsible for a large portion of revenue generation in the tourism sector of the country.

One would think that trekking to the base camp of the world's tallest mountain peak is something that requires much effort and money, but that can not be much farther than the truth. Everest Base Camp Trekking is cheap, super affordable to do, can be done at all times of the year and by people of all demographics. It can be done by novice first-time trekkers as well as experienced mountaineers. The base camp trek journey is a great opportunity to experience the Everest region's (also called the Khumbu) many amazing features and aspects, like rich Sherpa culture, beautiful mountainous landscape brimming with river valleys, gorges, moraines, glaciers and mountain rivers and magnificent views and sights of the Mahalangur Himalayan range that consist of some of the tallest mountains on the planet. The Khumbu is a prime Sherpa settlement of Nepal and the region has a very rich and strong concentration of Sherpa tradition and practices that is not found anywhere else in the country. The legendary Sherpa people are also famous for their mountain-climbing ability and their agility in the Himalayas. As the indigenous mountain people mostly follow their own unique form of Buddhism, the Khumbu is ornamented with many chortens, Gumbas, small stupas, monasteries, prayer flags and Mani stone wall carvings. The trekking trail of the base camp trek to Everest goes through many villages of the Khumbu and also follows major mountain rivers that drain the region. Furthermore, the path to the base camp is decorated with alpine woods, forests and pastures in the low-lands and snowy acreages as the elevation rises. The views of cerulean mountain peaks like the Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Thamserku, Kongdi Ri and many more are also constant presence as one treks on the amazing trail that goes through the heart of the Himalayan region.

The Everest Base Camp Trekking Trail

The journey to the base camp of Mount Everest usually begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. A plane journey from the capital of the country to Lukla takes about 30 to 40 minutes and is considered as one of the most dramatic short plane journeys on Earth. The Lukla Airport is also a very fascinating airport that is situated on a cliff and has a single runway that drops off to the gaping valley below as the runway ends. It is surrounded by tall green hills and mountains, and the terrain at Lukla is quite different from Kathmandu. This change is felt immediately as one lands at Lukla. From the village of Lukla, the trekking trail then proceeds to go through villages like Phakding, Monjo, the Sagarmatha National Park, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche and Gorakshep before finally reaching the Everest Base Camp. Usually, the trekking journey lasts for two weeks, but this duration can be adjusted to suit the trekker's requirements and conveniences. The duration from one location to the next takes about 5 to 6 hours as the distance between two consecutive villages in the Khumbu is about 10 to 12 kilometers. Acclimatization to the high altitude terrain is usually done in the famous mountain town of Namche Bazaar and Dingboche.

Best Time for Everest Base Camp Trekking

The trek can be done at any time of the year and is available to do through the year. Nepal mainly experiences four main seasons- autumn (September to December), spring (March to May), winter (the end of December to February) and summer (June to August). The autumn and the spring seasons are considered the best seasons for trekking the base camp trek because the weather conditions during these months are vastly favorable and suitable. The clouds tend to dissipate and the views of the mountains are clear. Summer and winter are not ideal for trekking, but the journey can still be gone through with. The monsoon occurs in the summer months and trekking trails become muddy and slippery with the constant rain. The views of the mountains are also not as clear as the autumn or spring seasons. In the winter, high passes in the mountains tend to become blocked due to heavy snow and the region experiences extreme cold temperatures. That is why autumn and spring are considered the peak trekking seasons as most of the trekkers to Everest arrive during this time and hotels and plane tickets become booked quickly.

Essential Trekking Equipment

Essential trekking equipments for the Everest Base Camp Trek include proper trekking boots, sleeping bag, duffle bags, hiking poles and appropriate hiking clothes. It is important to have trekking boots that you are comfortable with and have “broken into”. Trekking in boots that you are not comfortable in can result in blisters on the foot and just an unpleasant journey constantly ruined by the feel of uncomfortable boots in the mountainous terrain. That is why having good and comfortable trekking boots (of any brand, as long as you are comfortable wearing them) is important. It is also highly recommended to pack as light as possible. Packing lightly will result in fewer hassles and chances of losing things. In the mountains, porters are generally hired for carrying duffle bags. A porter is capable of carrying up to 25 kilogram of weight between two people. So packing a duffle bag that does not exceed the weight of more than 12 kg is the most appropriate way to go. Hotels in Kathmandu also provide services of safety storage lockers where you can store your extra luggage not really necessary for the trek. There are many shops in Kathmandu that sell trekking and hiking equipments. You can rent / hire them once you arrive in the city as well before you start the trek. A proper Down Jacket is necessary, but if you are trekking during the autumn or spring, the temperatures during the day remain mildly warm and you can comfortably ride in T-shirts and hiking shorts. The temperature does drop down a notch or two as the sun sets and the atmosphere becomes chilly, so warm caps, wool socks and jackets come in handy. Other essential items can include sunscreens, sun-glasses and hiking hats.

The Accommodations and Meals during the journey

Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels ranging from three-star to five-stars categories. But once the trek commences, the availability of the accommodations in the mountains can be limited to guesthouses, tea-houses and lodges. Places like Namche Bazaar, Phakding and Lukla do have the availability of guesthouses that offer more services, but the rest of the places present basic guesthouse accommodations. That is not to say that the accommodations are not comfortable. On the contrast, the guesthouses and the lodges are very comfortable and breakfast and dinner are served there. Typically, twin-sharing lodge-to-lodge accommodations are available in the mountains and trekkers are sometimes required to share the room with other trekkers (of the same gender). Electricity is available at all guesthouses and some even have the service of wifi. Laundry services are not really available, except at Namche, Lukla and Phakding and extra amount have to be paid to use hot water.

Regarding meals, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals are available. Breakfast in the guesthouses can vary from oats, toasts, eggs, pancakes and juice to dumplings, noodles and pastas. For dinner, trekkers generally have rice and vegetables. Lunch is served along the journey from one destination to the next in the afternoon. Drinking water can be bought from the shops in the mountains. The cost of a liter of water during trekking is about USD 100 or 150. Trekkers can also bring water-purifying tablets with them. This method is the best for drinking water because it is less harmful to the environment as opposed to buying plastic water bottles in the mountains and is easier to carry and execute. There are many springs, wells and pumps in the villages in the mountains and filling up the bottle and purifying it with the tablet makes it appropriate for drinking. It is important to know that the tap waters are not suitable for direct consumption, and using precautionary measures like water-purifying tablets are necessary before consuming the water during trekking.

Altitude Sickness and Acclimatization

Altitude Sickness is a condition of the body that occurs when the body is not able to adjust to the high altitude conditions in the mountains. The occurrence of this sickness varies from person to person. If the symptoms of the sickness are not taken care of properly, the condition can even turn serious. That is why having proper and adequate acclimatization time is important while trekking to let the body adjust to the altitude difference. Plowing through the trek without properly acclimatizing is strictly advised against, especially for novice trekkers. Some of the symptoms of the sickness include headache, loss of sleep and appetite. It is important to stay properly hydrated while trekking and eating contently for energy. Going slow and steady in your own comfortable pacing is recommended. Medicines for the sickness can also be taken to reduce its chances. Medicines like Diamox helps. Some trekkers even take the medicine from the very beginning of the trek from Kathmandu itself. If the symptoms of the sickness occurs and one is not able to continue further on, then it is advised to stay and rest until one notices better before continuing on.

Money

There are many money exchange centers in Kathmandu where you can exchange foreign currency. Taking foreign currency in the mountains is not advised because it can prove to be a hassle. Instead, replacing money before the trek starts is the best way to avoid unnecessary hassles while trekking. Local currency also lets one buy things and pay for services in the mountains easily.

The Everest Base Camp Trek is a journey that takes trekkers and travelers out of their comfort zone, but that is one of its many appeals. It is a journey that immerses the trekkers in a profound sense of accomplishment as one reaches the base camp of the tallest mountain peak. The journey contains many highlights as well, like the vantage point of Kalapatthar which is famous for its panoramic view of the entire Mount Everest massif, the holy Tengboche monastery, the Khumbu Glacier and Icefall, the town of Namche Bazaar also referred to as “the Gateway to Everest “, the Sagarmatha National Park, verdant rhododendron forests and of course- the Himalayas. It is great way to observe Sherpa culture and to enjoy the mountainous landscape of the Khumbu. It is a journey that has to be done at least once in life!

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The Stairway to Heaven, Hawaii Otherwise called the Haiku Stairs, The Stairway to Heaven is a great climbing trail on the island of O'ahu, Hawaii. There are a sum of 3922 stages through the Ko'olau mountain go that offer climbers staggering perspectives over the drift line. Development on the stairs began in 1942 as an…

The Stairway to Heaven, Hawaii

Otherwise called the Haiku Stairs, The Stairway to Heaven is a great climbing trail on the island of O'ahu, Hawaii. There are a sum of 3922 stages through the Ko'olau mountain go that offer climbers staggering perspectives over the drift line.

Development on the stairs began in 1942 as an approach to get to the high mountain ranges for the US Navy to work radio interchanges all through the pacific. In the mid 1950's the stairs were updated from wood to metal.

As of now access to the Stairway to Heaven is unlawful and encompassed by “no trespassing” signs anyway it is regular for sharp climbers to disregard this and finish the climb. Alert must be gone up against the stairs as there was critical caused caused in a noteworthy tempest that went through Hawaii in 2015.

Mount Everest Base Camp, Nepal

Mount Everest Base Camp is apparently outstanding among other climbs on the planet, and this is consolidated. Mount Everest is located in remote Nepal in the Himalayan Mountain Range.

The climb to Base Camp is astounding and explorers will wander through remote towns and valleys while taking in the method for the sherpa.

The sharp climber can expect hard physical effort, world class view and a stunning social affair.

Explorers can expect hard physical effort, world class view and an astonishing social ordeal.

Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

For the that adores the sentiment achieving the highest point of a mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro is genuinely extraordinary compared to other climbing experiences on the planet. Mount Kilimanjaro is the most elevated mountain on the Africa landmass.

Situated in Tanzania, East Africa, Travelers can encounter the epic view of the mountain after touching down at the air terminal as it is in the open African planes. Explorers can hope to move through rainforest, snow capped terrains lastly a rough highlight before achieving the summit of 5895 meters (19340 ft)

The Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea

The Kokoda Track is a steep yet lower climb that extends more than 96 kilometers through remote Papua New Guinea. The track is single document and takes climbers through rough scenes while being presented to the chilly, wet and moist condition.

This climb is not for the cowardly however explorers will encounter a lowering and serene trip and be faced with the feelings of war.

The Kokoda Track was the site for various fights between the Allied Forces and the Japanese through World War II. Explorers will visit war remembrances and pick up an everlasting appreciation for the warriors who battled in this remote and threatening area.

Mount Toubkal, Morocco

Achieving the summit of a Mountain is a really astonishing enterprise. One of the best climbing undertakings is Mount Toubkal, Morocco. Mount Toubkal achieves a summit of 4167 meters (13671 ft) and set inside the Atals Mountains.

Climbers will go through little mountain towns, surge fields and shocking edge lines and will be compensated with sees over the Atals go and even the Sahara Desert.