Saturday, December 15, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Area: 25 square kilometers
Altitude: 2130 meters above sea level
Currency: Indian Rupee
Language spoken: Himachali, English and Hindi
Location: 31.06° North to 77.13° East
Population: 163,000 (according to 2001 census)
Religion: Domination of Hinduism
STD (Standard Trunk Dialing) Code: 0177
Summers: April to June (16o - 28o Celsius)
Monsoons: July to September (12o - 22o Celsius)
Winters: November to February (-7o - 10o Celsius)
Time: IST (Indian Standard Time) +5.5 hours
Monday, November 26, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Ellerslie: The Himachal Pradesh Secretariat (Ellerslie building) was designed by Lt. Col. H.E.S. Abbott 100 years back. This beautiful building was constructed after dismantling an old building of the same name that housed the Military Department of the Punjab Government till 1886.
Abbot sought permission for construction from the then Secretary of the Municipal Committee Major W.P. Larson and wrote " you are aware of the intensions of the Punjab Government to pull down the house 'Ellerslie' and build on the site a new set of offices to accommodate the whole of Punjab Secretariat." The permission was granted on 28th June, 1899. The inside of Ellerslie is made of stone quarried from Sanjauli and Barnes Court (Present Raj Bhawan) and stuck together using lime mortar. The brickwork too has lime mortar cementing. The Himachal Pradesh Secretariat occupied it in the summers of 1967. In July 1972 the "Summit Hall" where the cabinet meetings are held was spruced up and was given this name as initial summit meeting for Shimla Agreement between India and Pakistan. This building with sub-basement, basement and three floors, now has 143 rooms and 31 toilets. It covers and area of about 8663 meters.
Christ Church : The most prominent building on the Mall is the yellow Christ Church, reputed to be the second oldest church in northern India. The Christ Church is the most important landmark here and is photographed by tourists. The silhouette of this can be seen on the skyline for miles around. It was designed by Colonel JT Boileau in 1844, but consecrated only after 1857. The clock was donated by Colonel Dumbleton in 1860, and the porch added in 1873.It still has those lovely stained glass windows (five in all) for which it is so famed. Check out the one that represents the virtues of Faith, Hope, Charity, Fortitude, Patience and Humility. According to Mr. Bazel Dean, the pipe organ is one of the biggest in the country and was erected in September, 1899. Its tuning was completed on September 23, 1899, and the dedication and opening recital took place on September 28, 1899.The beautiful "king of instruments" was built by Messers Morgan and Smith of Brighten (England) at a cost of Rs 23,000. It was extensively repaired in 1932.The 155-year-old church first had an organ which was erected in 1855. The major portion of it cost £ 250 and was subscribed by Lady Gomm wife of the Commander-in-Chief.
Gorton Castle : One of the most striking buildings of the British empire, Gorton Castle is a new-Gothic structure that had the famous Sir Swinton Jacob as its architect - the Rajasthan jaali work on its balconies obviously came from his forty five years of experience as the executive engineer of the princely state of Jaipur, completed in 1904, this was the Civil Secretariat of the Imperial Government of India and housed the Legislative, Lands, Education, Home Health and Finance departments. Today, this houses the offices of the Accountant General of Himachal Pradesh. This three floored building with about 125 small and big rooms became the seat of the Accountant General in 1947. This finest house in Shimla, according to Sir Edward Buck also has one floor paved with rosewood like timber blocks which were brought from Andaman Islands by B.Ribbentrop head of forest department. The site belonged to one Mr. Gorton, ICS in 1840. After changing hands thrice, it was purchased by a banker, Sir James Walker for Rs. 80,000. He wished to gift it for construction of Hospital After much discussion and persuasion the building was acquired for its officers and Sir Walker was given alternate site where Walker Hospital was constructed.
The Railway Board Building : Built in 1896-97, this unusual cast iron and steel structure once held the offices of the Railway Board and the Department of Commerce. But at a time when safety was a core-consideration for important buildings throughout the British Empire, this was designed to be structurally fire fire-resistant, and a recent blaze has testified to this in Shimla. The building was originally designated as the 'Public Works Department Secretariat Offices' and was fabricated by the Bombay based firm of Rishardson and Cruddas. Above road level, the building has four levels and with one side exposed, climbing down the hill, it has three basements. On the 10 Feb,2001 a blaze broke out in the top floor and standing testimony to its construction and to the subsequent restoration, no trace of this huge fire remains today and its facade is as imposing as ever. Presently, it houses many of the Central Government Offices.
Gaiety Theatre: The Gaiety Theatre, and a tradition of amateur theatrical remains in the stump of the once colossal edifice that was the Town Hall. The architect Henry Irwin, who built the Viceregal Lodge, designed the theatre building. In 1911, the upper portions of the building were dismantled as the structure was found to be unsafe. It was opened on the 30th of May, 1887, Queen Victoria's Jubilee Year and its God- Father was lord Bill Beresford, who saved the Simla A.D.C.(Amateur Dramatic Club) , time and again from financial ruin. The formal inauguration of the Simla A.D.C. took place in the year 1888 and since then plays have been staged in the Gaiety with unfailing regularity. The history of ADC goes back to the times when theatre was looked upon as a major and serious source of entertainment and, therefore became a cultural necessity for the English elite. Hence, Shimla became the home of amateur theatre and the Gaiety Theatre produced the best of the plays performed in London.
Woodville: Woodville is one of the oldest and finest houses of Shimla east. It became the honoured residence of the Commander-in-Chief in the year 1865, and its first occupant was General Sir William Rose Mansfield. After the year 1881 the Commander-in-Chief deserted it for Snowdon, near Lakkar Bazaar, which was burnt down some year back and the site is now taken by Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, also called Snowdon Hospital. In the year 1881 Woodville house was bought by Sir James Walker and afterwards passed on to the Alliance Bank of Simla, which used it as the manager's residence. The bank collapsed in the year 1923 and not long afterwards the house was bought over by Raja Rana Sir Bhagat Chand of Jubbal, who tastefully converted it into his summer Palace. After the Raja's death, the Palace has been turned into a hotel by one of his grandsons. The house has lovely surroundings, beautiful wooded walks, clusters of pine and deodars, and well-groomed lawns, reminiscent of a large German country-house. Woodville is an ideal refuge for people who really want peace and quietude, away from the madding crowd. The owner of the Woodville Palace Hotel lives within the estate.
Scandal Point: Scandal Point is the hub of the town's social life. Behind this, stand the wide timber-framed Post-Office in Spartan brick and the building of the Church of Scotland, St. Andrew's. Arguably the Scandal Point still echoes the sentiments expressed by Harrop,"The transmitters of gossip are ever at work and savory and unsavory secrets of our society are flashed to the uttermost limits of Simla with all the speed of wireless." There used to be a mechanical equestrian statue here. It was a clever piece of mechanism, which smiles, salutes and slaps its horse occasionally, when it shows signs of undue activity and restlessness.
The Combermere Bridge: The Combermere Bridge on the mall is the oldest British landmark of Shimla. In the words of Captain Mundy, A.D.C. to lord Combermere (1928),"Lord Combermere amused himself, and benefited the public by superintending the formation of a fine, broad, level road round the mount Jakhu, about three miles in length...worked entirely by Hill men...and skillfully done. And when finished, will be a great acquisition to the loungers of Shimla.This is the present Jakhu round, a favorite woody walk around Jakhu Hill." Across a deep ravine, a quarter of mile from the town, his lordship erected neat 'Sangah', or a mountain bridge of pines; and under it a capacious stone tank was constructed to obviate the great scarcity of water." The bridge still bears the name of Combermere and it was the first step towards the improvement of Simla. Present Day Bridge was built in 1971-72. Today Combermere Bridge is a busy spot surrounded by the lift to cart road, Indira Gandhi Khel Parisar, Fruit vendors and Pram Wallahas.
Seven Hills: Shimla is surrounded by Seven Hills; these hills offer a wide variety of trails to visitors to explore. The seven Hills are:
i) Prospect Hill in western Shimla, which has the Kamna Devi temple.
ii) Summer Hill in western Shimla, where the campus of Himachal Pradesh University is located.
iii) Observatory Hill in western Shimla, where the Indian Institute of Advanced Study is found.
iv) Inverarm in western Shimla, where the State Museum is located.
v) Bantony in central Shimla, which has the Grand Hotel.
vi) Jakhoo in central Shimla, which is crowned by the temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman.
vii) Elysium in north-western Shimla, which holds Auckland House and Longwood and reaches out towards the Bharari spur.
Bhalku and Kalka-Shimla Railway: The 95 kilometer long Kalka-Shimla Railway track, a unique feat of engineering, was laid under the guidance of Bhalku Sirmauri. He guided the engineers showing them the line, the track should take. A legend is that the track was revealed to him by the Devta. Railway line was laid exactly on the trace shown by him. It was built under the supervision of H.S. Harington, Chief Engineer. With the growth in the simla population, permanent and floating, the M.C.C. (Motor Car Co.) was not found capable enough to cope with the growth transport of passengers, luggage and the provisions of everyday consumption which had to be brought in from the markets in the plains and a necessity was felt to find a better alternative means of transport. So a Mountain Railway Project was planned in 1847. The narrow gauge track (2ft. 6 in. gauge) runs through picturesque mountain scenery ascending from 2800 feet to 7000 feet. From Kalka (at 640 m) the track rises to Simla Railway Station (2060 m) through 103 tunnels and passes through 800 bridges and 900 curves. Barog tunnel 2.8 Km long is the longest tunnel.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Dress standard Cultural sensitivity is the hallmark of considerate travelers. Dress standards vary considerably around India—eye-popping halter tops and loincloth-clad saddhus to the Victorian ankle standard—but foreigners are judged differently. For trekking, dressing conservatively with covered shoulders and long pants earns the most respect, while skimpy tops and tight leggings invite unwarranted attention. Longer shorts, 3/4 pants are fine when hot. Skirts are not required for women.
You carry a day pack with your camera, jacket, water, purifier, sometimes sandal and snacks. The horses and mules carry everything else. Duffel is easiest to pack and unpack in the tents, and fits well on the ponies. They are readily and cheaply available in Delhi, if you want to buy one there and store the backpack or roller-duffel until the end of the trek.
Expedition-style treks - what you are planning for
Basically you should plan with 5 specific climates/functions in mind:
+ Fine weather trekking in the hot high country
+ Difficult conditions when pass crossing/high country trekking
+ River crossings - on certain treks
+ Cool high country evenings
September treks are far colder than the summer treks.
India gear discussion
Down-filled bags are better. Beg, borrow or steal a good one (i.e. 4 season) because high altitude nights will be cool. A muff (an extra section around the neck) makes a big difference to the overall warmth of a bag. Add a fleece sleeping bag liner to add warmth to a 3 season or tired 4 season bag.
Sleeping bag liner
Cotton, silk or fleece. Saves washing your sleeping bag and adds warmth.
Inflatable sleeping pad
Thermarest or similar padding is great for the Spiti treks as the ground is hard, and pads add warmth. We provide a sponge foam mattress for everyone, but if you have your own Thermarest, bring it along.
This should be comfortable and a good waist band that transfers some of the weight to the hips is most important. It needs to be big enough to take a jacket, fleece, water, camera and odds and ends. Erring a bit on the larger side is better, bags cinch down.
Lightweight trekking boots are ideal, or the lighter leather models if you are going for 6000m. They need to be broken in, so a few country walks are in order.
For a happy trek you need comfortable feet. Good boots have: good ankle support, plenty of toe room for long descents, a stiff sole to lessen twisting torsion, and are light because with every step you lift your boot up. Look at the inner lining - leather is good and Cambrelle is even better, a material that eats smelly feet bacteria. Good lightweight trekking boots or light all leather boots are perfect. Boots must be lightly worn in before trekking and this should include some steep hills to show up trouble spots. The longer the trek, the better the boots you need.
In the low country your feet will be warm or even hot while walking so quality cotton mix sports socks are best. Three to four pairs are enough. Thick trekking socks are better for higher up and cool evenings, four pairs. Mostly modern trekking boots fit snugly so wearing two pairs of socks at the same time is impractical.
Good sandals such as Tevas are a necessity for river crossings in Spiti (unless you like wet boots), and a luxury for your feet at the end of the day. Running shoes double as an extra pair of day shoes, or for the evenings at camp. Flip-flops, available for cheap in India, are good for washing in the river, and dry faster then Tevas, which tend to stay wet and cold after a wash.
A luxury and unnecessary but are so comfortable for cool evenings in the dining tent. Down or synthetic work.
Most trekkers consider fleece essential, but alternatives are a thick thermal top or a light down jacket. Layering is essential as the weather can be changeable. A fleece vest or jacket is easy to carry in your daypack, and layers well over a T-shirt and long-sleeved mid-weight shirt.
Almost essential for the cool evenings. If you don't already have a jacket, inquire about renting one. A down jacket is the best option, although a vest can also be brought along.
Waterproof and breathable. Plastic ponchos or non-breathable raincoats are not suitable. Gore-tex (or similar) jackets are recommended for treks over passes or climbing trips. Lighter jackets should be a second jacket, easy to throw in the daypack for warmer days.
Good thermals, both tops and bottoms, are one of the secrets to cold weather trekking comfort. Expedition-weight thermals are the most versatile and can be worn as your high altitude trekking top or under pants on extremely cold days. Zip-up tops are great for changeable weather.
Silk-weight is lightest and warm, mid-weight is perfect. Great for warm nights in the sleeping bag!
Essential; great for the chilly evenings in the dining tent, or after unpacking camp.
T-shirts are popular but a cotton shirt or mixed yarn travel shirt is more versatile. The collar protects the back of your neck and the sleeves can be rolled up or down. Take two so you can swap damp for dry.
You will live in these. Light material, loose and dark-coloured is best. Bring a couple of pairs of pants and a pair of shorts. Again, shorts should be longer (knee-length, or just above) to avoid attracting attention (and humoring) from the villagers.
If your trekking pants are reasonably windproof then special wind pants are not needed. If you do bring a pair, it is not necessary to have Gore-tex. Similar, non-waterproof is quite OK.
They're light, so bring enough.
Nice for the evenings, hats essential for cold trekking days.
Definitely useful, especially on steep, rough terrain, but if you are not used to using them you can survive without.
Bring a good pair with UV protection, and an extra pair is good just in case.
A good pair of wind-proof gloves are essential and makes packing up camp on cold mornings much more bearable!
Should be one liter or more in capacity, able to take boiling water and be leak-proof. Nalgene or a similar brand, or European aluminum bottles, are best. You need AT LEAST 2 water bottles, or at least 1 water bottle IN ADDITION to a Camelback or hydration system.
Very useful on cold nights!
Torch / Flashlight
Petzl Tikka's and other similar torches with LED bulbs are absolutely essential. You should have one in your daypack every day. Headlamps are ideal for reading in the tent and also essential for night toilet trips.
Toiletries/odds & ends
Essentials for the month only. There are a surprising number of campsites where we can wash up, and warm washing bowl are provided in the mornings and in the evenings. We provide toilet paper, but you might bring tissues or soft rolls for the nose.
Bring only a small one trekking, or a camp towel. In the hotels in Delhi and Shimla provide towels.
Sunscreen/lip balm with SPF
The sun is strong at altitude, especially after snow. Bring at least sunscreen and lip balm with SPF 15, better still SPF 30+. And bring more than you think you will use!
A small tube for sensitive or well cared for skins. The air is dry and the sun harsh. Local apricot oil is also available in Shimla, and great for hydrating the skin.
A light baseball cap or similar is ideal. A wide-brim sun hat is also good.
Bandanas are perfect for keeping the harsh sun off the back of the neck, and scarves ideal for the Lawrence of Arabia look in the often desert-like conditions of Ladakh. Both locally available.
First aid kit
We carry one with aspirin, Paracetamol, ibuprofen, decongestants, lozenges, various antibiotics for Nepalese varieties of diarrhoea and chests infections, Diamox (an acclimatizing aid drug), antiseptic, antihistamine cream, rehydration, bandages and band-aids, tough blister tape (but not moleskin) and the book Medicine for Mountaineering.
You should bring any personal medicines that you need.
A few bottles of iodine tablets such as Potable Aqua, Polar Pur or Couglans. Plain vitamin C tablets take away the iodine taste. We boil water for drinking in the evenings, which you can bring into your sleeping bag with you and then drink in the morning, but water purification tablets are ESSENTIAL during the day, as we advise drinking at least 3 liters of water daily! We carry purifying tablets with us, but it's best to have your own as well. Water filters are also good to have along, but not essential. If the water is excessively silty, you can borrow ours if you don't have one. BUT if you use one all the time, you'll need to bring your own (as the filter replacements are not available in India).
Bring a spare set of batteries or a small solar charger for rechargeable batteries. And LOTS of film, Shimla and northern Trans-Himalayas are extremely photogenic!
Either bring extra batteries or a solar charger.
Bring a few of your favorites; we have a 'library' that we bring with us and keep in the dining tent as well. You can borrow books (please take care of them) and leave your old ones for other trekkers. There are good book shops in Shimla.
Most people find wearing one while trekking is a hassle, and keep it buried in their daypack (safer than in your gear or duffel bag).
Not needed but if you have them, bring them.
Crampons and ice axe
Not needed on our treks. For additional climbing discuss with us.
Around camp, you can wear camp shoes, sandals with or without socks (for non-winter treks) or leather boots. No matter what altitude and what season, it is cool to freezing in the evenings. By far the best clothing is:
+ a down jacket, light or heavy, and/or a down vest
+ fleece pants or sweatpants
+ fleece jacket
+ silk or mid-weight thermals
+ wool or fleece hat
+ thick socks
+ down booties
We have light blankets to throw around the dining tent for the evenings, but if you have a favorite fleece blanket, bring it along. Shimla is also famous for their wool shawls in great, geometric patterns, and their cheap, bright wool shawls.
You will feel your best with plenty of good food and by keeping hydrated. We provide good, nutritious food (plenty of it!) and the water. Chocolate bars, dried fruit bars and dried fruit are readily available in Shimla & Spiti, but Clif bars, Power bars and the like are not.
We bring a wide array of food, and cook delicious Indian, Tibetan and an assortment of other foods, but 'surprise' snacks to share with the group provide a welcome variety during the trek. More about this when booking...
What is available in Delhi, Shimla & Manali
If you have extra time in Delhi, you can find a variety of boots, running and hiking shoes and sandals in Connaught Place in Delhi, as well as some clothing and gear. But supply and sizes are limited. There is a bit of gear available in Shimla & Manali, but it is best to bring your own.
We sometimes have down sleeping bags and down jackets or vests to rent. Inquire with Sanjay before leaving home.
One liter water bottles
Extra passport photos
Sleeping bag liner
Tevas and/or sandals
Light wind jacket
Sun hat/baseball cap
Down/synthetic camp booties
Our camping trips are full-service, with tents, sleeping pads, our Tibetan dining tent, cook tent, all supplies and food, ponies and a fantastic staff and guides provided. You just need to bring your personal gear, a good spirit, gear and hats to swap with Negi, and perhaps a few pounds of good cheese or a bottle of wine or two to keep Sanjay happy!
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Kamru village preserving ages old inremingled Buddhist & Hindu culture
Walking the villages and........bridge at Sangla river
Greetings from Himalayas.
This time I would like to share some pic. with my clients to Kinnaur valley from 17/08/2007 to 27/08/2007.
Kinnaur valley one of the most beautiful and secnic valley in Himachal, offers mountans, rivers, an age old tradition and culture and high Himalayan range having mountains more than 6000mts. For an adventure seeker or an avid photographer the forbidden valleys are full of thrilling experiences and nature at its best.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
welcome to the wonderland once again.
This edition takes you on the journey of some of the of beaten routes in Himalayas, enjoy the beautiful and endless mountain ranges, admire the ages old intermingled Hinduism and Buddhist culture of these areas.
Hope you will enjoy it.
10 nights and 11 days
Shimla – Kinnaur – Spiti – Manali.
The Himalayas is one of the youngest mountain ranges in the world. Its revolution can be traced to the Jurassic Era (80 million years ago) when the world’s landmasses were split into two: Laurasia in the Northern hemisphere and Gondwanaland in the southern hemisphere. The landmass which is now India broke away from Gondwanaland and floated across the earth’s surface until it collided with Asia. The hard volcanic rocks of India were thrust against the soft sedimentary crust of Asia, creating the highest mountain range in the world.
Ranges: Main Himalayan Range, Pir Panjal Range, Dhaula Dhar Range, Siwalik Hills, Zanskar Range, Ladakh Range, & East Korakoram Range.
Shimla train station/car – Hotel – Jakhoo temple – Mall road – Hotel. (20km)
Day 01: reach Shimla by toy train or any other mode of transportation, transfer to hotel. After lunch, hike towards the highest hill of Shimla, Jakhoo temple, dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Drive back to hotel and enjoy evening strolling on the shopping Mall.
Day 02: Shimla – Narkanda – Hattu Peak – Rampur – Jeori – Sarahan. (175 Km)
Drive from Shimla enroute visit Kufri, Theog, Matiana, Narkanda hike to Hattu Peak (3135 Meter Peak) walk back to the Jeep lunch either in Narkanda / Sainj, after lunch on to Rampur, drive through Jeori reach Sarahan for a over night stay.
Day 03: Sarahan – Jeori – Wangtu – Karcham – Sangla. (92 Km)
Early morning visit the Bird Park walk for 2 hours, visit the Bhima Kali temple one of the most important temples of Kali in India where there use to be human sacrifice before 18th Century, drive to Jeori past the Wangtu bridge then drive towards, Karcham reach Sangla walk the market place if time allows visit the Kamru Fort & the Temple of the village deity in Sangla village over night in a hotel in Sangla.
Day 04: Sangla – Chitkul – Raksham/ Sangla. (46 Km)
After breakfast drive to Chitkul (3460 Meters) last village on India & Chinese border walk for half a day around Chitkul Village, return back to Sangla or an option of sleeping in Camps in Batseri is also available depending on availability or stay overnight in guest house / Hotel.
Day 05: Raksham / Sangla – Kalpa (49 Km)
After breakfast drive back through Sangla to powari visit the monastery in Reckong – Peo with a 60 ft tall statue of Buddha drive to Kalpa for a over nite stay visit the monastery & the orphanage in Kalpa. The view of Kinner Kailash 6050 meters will be an enchanting site.
Day 06: Kalpa – Nako (110 Km)
After breakfast drive through Reckong – Peo through powari, the landscape changes to Desert Mountains pass through the desert terrain drive through Puh to reach Nako for overnight stay. Visit the Lake & the Monastery of Nako walk through the Village of Nako.
Day 07: Nako – Tabo (60 Km)
After breakfast drive through the desert mountain range with villages & Desert Mountains in the surroundings reach Tabo (3050) meters a more than 1000 year old monastery visit the Monastery over night in a guest house in Tabo.
Day 08: Tabo – Dhankar – Kungri-Mud (94 Km)
After breakfast drive to Dhankar the old capital of Spiti visit the museum, drive towards Kungri monastery and have lunch on the way in Gulling, then drive towards the village Mud and stay there for a night.
Day 09: Mud – Kaza (60Km)
After breakfast have nice walk around the village Mud and then go for a long walk towards Bhaba Pass or towards Parvati Pass which are two spectular treks in Pin valley, after coming back from walk have lunch in Mud and drive towards the headquarters of spiti Kaza,overnight stay in Kaza
Day 10: Kaza—Kee monestry—Kibber (40km)
After breakfast drive towards beautiful monestry Kee, then drive towards world, s highest motrable village Kibber (4205m) have lunch in Kibber, after lunch go for village walk in Kibber, overnight stay in Kibber or in Kaza
Day 11: Kaza—Loser—Kunzum la—Batal—Chatru— Gramphu – Manali (185 Km)
Early in the morning after having tea drive towards Loser, have breakfast there, drive again towards Kunzum pass (4551m) then drive towards Batal, have lunch in Chatru, again drive towards Gramphu and reach Manali for overnight.
Friday, July 13, 2007
The Pir Panjal Range lies south of the main Himalaya at an average elevation of 5,000m. From Gulmarg in the North west it follows the southern rim of the Kashmir valley to the Banihal pass. Here the Pir Panjal meets the ridgeline separating the Kashmir valley from the Warvan valley. From Banihal the Pir Panjal sweeps south-east to Kishtwar, where the combined waters of the Warvan and Chandra Rivers meet to form the Chenab River, one of the main tributaries of the Indus.Passes In Pir PanjalThe main passes over the Pir Panjal include the pir panjal pass due west of Srinagar, the Banihal pass which lies at the head of the Jhelum River at the southern end of the Kashmir valley, and the sythen pass linking Kashmir with Kishtwar. In Himachal Pradesh the main passes are the Sach which links the Ravi and the Chandra valleys, and the Rohtang, which links the Beas and Kullu valleys with the upper Chandra valley and Lahaul. Roads are constructed over all these passes. The Banihal is now tunnelled and another road has been made over the Sythen pass in Kashmir and the Sach pass in Himachal Pradesh. For trekkers there is still the attraction of the Kugti, Kalicho and Chobia passes between the Ravi valley and Lahaul, and the Hampta pass links the Kullu valley with Lahaul.
Friday, July 6, 2007
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
Greetings from Himalayas.
This time I would like to give you an introduction of Shali just an hour and half of drive from north of Shimla.
Day 01: Shimla –Mashobra - Sipur - Thaila - Gulthani - Deola.
In the morning after breakfast depart Shimla at 9 A.M. by jeep. Reach Mashobra which is the starting point of the trek. Mashobra is a small village which holds a magnificent view of the valley.
From Mashobra descend into woods and after walking for 2 km you are in a thick pine forest and nearby to it is about 500 yrs old Shiva temple (Sipur). Continue descending down through villages to the river Thaila.
From Thaila the uphill journey through lush green pastures will take you to village Deola. Have lunch. In the evening visit the local deity temple in the village, walk through terraced fields. Overnight camp with bonfire.
Day 02: Around Deola.
After breakfast, in the morning walk down a small rivulet through small terraces to explore the rich flora of Himalayas. Walk back to guest house for lunch. For evening walk up to the to of a hill near the guest house which offers rewarding views of Sunsets. Walk back with bundle of woods for a bonfire. After dinner know about the bygone history from the elderly people.
Day 03: Deola - Khatnol - Shali.
Start early in the morning to Shali . Stop at Khatnol, a small hamlet, offering nice views of Shali. Walk for here takes a turn and we get into a very beautiful forest of Himalayan Cedar, Himalayan Spruce and endless wild flowers. Stop for lunch on the way. Walking more takes us towards the Shali peak and on can see the deep valleys down. Enjoy evening tea at Shali. Overnight camp Shali.
Day 04: Shali – Karyali Lake.
Start late after having breakfast to Karyali down through thick oak and pine forest. Reach Karyali late afternoon for lunch. Later explore the village. Overnight camp at lake.
Day 05: Karyali – Tattapani – Shimla.
Drive to Tattapani for lunch, enjoy hot sulphur bath. Later in the evening drive back to Shimla.
To book this tour please mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or Call 0911 - 9816366111.
Greetings from Himalayas.
This season we have planned a very special adventurous journy, in the Himalayas for you.
One of the most scenic high altitude treks in Himachal Pradesh, it takes one to the crystal clear waters of Chandertal and then through the high passes of Baralacha-La. Culturally, it's the threshold to the mystical Buddhism practiced in Spiti, Lahaul, Ladakh and Tibet. The barren landscape in the upper regions and the green valleys below, make the trail awe-inspiring and one of the must-experience ones in this part of the Himalayas.