10 Most Beautiful Gardens in India

Gardens are the best-planned space for the humans to explore and feel the touch of the Mother Nature. Our country is blessed to have a wide range of world famous gardens in its vicinity, the impressive beauty and the architecture behind these gardens are unmatched.

Top 10 Most Beautiful Gardens in India

1) Mughal Gardens, Srinagar

The world-famous Mughal gardens of Srinagar are located amidst the beautiful Kashmir Valley. The gardens are a conjunction of the Shalimar Bagh, Nishant Bagh and the Chashma Shahi, the union of these forms the enigmatic Mughal Gardens of Jammu and Kashmir. The historical and architectural significance of the Mughal gardens of J&K are unmatched, the gardens do not just offer splendid lawns but a diverse Persian style architecture and way of life too.

2) Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore

The famous Yadavindra Gardens are the symbol of the gaudy Mughal rule in India, the site is located in the Pinjore city of the Haryana state of the India. The Yadavindra gardens were constructed under the regime of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The chief architect of the place is Fidai Khan, the gardens are located in the foothills of the Himalayan range.

3) Lal Bagh, Bengaluru

Lal Bagh can be regarded as the 40 acres of art and beauty, the garden is one of the most sorted gardens in the South Asia. Situated amidst the Southern part of the tech capital Bengaluru, the gardens were constructed during the rule of great Tipu Sultan. You can experience the unmatched architecture and the flavour of history here. There are more than 1,854 species of plants here.

4) Chaubatia, Ranikhet

Chaubatia Gardens are one of the exquisite tourist attractions in Ranikhet. The gardens were built during the British rule on the order of Lord Mayo. There are around more than 200 different species of the plants and flowers here. The 600-acre forest is located adjacent to Chubatia Gardens. Not many people know about the enigmatic beauty of the place, the gardens are gaining popularity day by day.

5) Mughal Gardens, New Delhi

The historical Mughal gardens are located inside the grand Rashtrapati House in the capital, the gardens are open to the public during the months of March and April only. The Mughal Gardens hold a great stance of the Mughal rule in the India. There are more than 70 varieties of flowers planted here, also different types of medicinal plants are located amidst the place.

6) Nek Chand Rock Garden, Chandigarh

Rock Garden is one of the most famous tourist spots in the Northern India, the garden was designed with love and passion by Late Sh. Nek Chand Ji. The interesting thing about Rock garden is that instead of lush green gardens, you will find sculptures, statues etc. here are made with discarded junk, small stones, bangles, broken glass. The junk was recycled into the beautiful and appealing artefacts. Recently, the French President Francois Hollande visited the gardens with PM Modi.

7) Rao Jodha Rock Park, Jodhpur

The Rao Jodha Rock Park is located in the majestic Jodhpur city of the royal Rajasthan state. The Rao Jodha Rock Park was built to showcase and preserve the diversity of the Rajput culture in the region, the park offers a splendid view of the Rajasthani culture and their architecture too. The Rao Jodha Rock Park is located in the foothills of the grand Mehrangarh Fort, the place attracts a large number of tourists.

8) Brindavan Gardens, Mysore

The famous Brindavan Gardens are located in the regal city of Mysore. The gardens hold significant historical importance for the rule of Tipu Sultan. The Brindavan Gardens are located just below the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam, the place is surrounded by lush flora and fauna. The region is blessed by mother nature, the Brindavan Gardens attract tourists from all over the India.

9) Mehtab Bagh, Agra

Mehtab Bagh is located amidst the world famous romantic tourist destination Taj Mahal. The Mehtab Bagh is one of the last garden built by the Mughals during their rule in the region. The splendid beauty of the gardens mixed with the charm of the Taj Mahal is encapsulating. One can’t just simply ignore the beauty of the place.

10) Botanical Gardens, Ooty

The famous Botanical Gardens are located amidst the heart of the gaudy Ooty city. The gardens are maintained by the Government of India, the place is located at an elevation of 2250 metres above the sea level. The climate of the region is attractive and calm. Several plant nurseries are here, Italian architecture is the main attraction of the Botanical gardens. The place was designed by Sir William Graham in 1848. The park preserves and showcases astounding 127 species of ferns. Every year Botanical Gardens of Ooty receives a huge chunk of enthusiasts.

One must visit these beautiful gardens today and discover the ancient architecture and the rich history behind it. Visit and explore the amusing blend of history and architecture now.

Nature’s Land (Coorg)

Coorg is a lovely hill station in Karnataka and is a great choice to spend a vacation. You can check out some of the places below on a holiday here:

Abbey Falls:

The Kaveri River falling over huge rocks as Abbey Falls is an admirable sight especially after the monsoons. Surrounded by coffee and spice plantations and miles of green lands, the Abbey Falls caters to the nature lover in you.

Brahmagiri Hills:

Perfectly cut out for a trek, the Brahmagiri Hills beckon with their lush landscape and heady mountain air. As you trek up you pass by sparkling waters and rich flora. If you are lucky you may spot wild life like NilgiriLangur, Giant Flying Squirrel and Spotted Deer.

Dubare Elephant Camp:

At Dubare Elephant Camp, get a chance to see elephants in their natural habitat. You can treat yourself further by watching them being fed, trained and being given baths. There are plenty of other wildlife too at the park like peacocks, wild dog, crocodiles and sloth bear.

Iruppu Falls:

The Iruppu waterfalls are formed by River LakshmanaThirtha and fall from a height of 60 feet. As the water gushes down, the spray creates a magical atmosphere. The trek up the beautiful green hills to the falls adds to the magical experience.


A village set in the middle of Madikeri and Siddapur, Chettalli is a good cultural tourism spot. Enjoy a tryst with the native culture of Coorg at this peaceful retreat.

Nagarhole National Park:

A visit to the Nagarhole National Park brings you closer to the wildlife that is already rampant in the natural surroundings of Coorg. With over 270 species of birds and other animals present, the moments get exciting as you spot one exotic creature after another.

Tibetian Settlement, Bylakuppe:

Bylakuppe has the Namdroling Monastery which is the second biggest Tibetian settlement in India. Especially festive during the Tibetan New Year celebrations called Losar, tourists can have a peek into the rich Tibetan culture and architecture at the monastery.

Raja’s Seat:

The best among several sunset view-points in Coorg, The Raja’s Seat offers unmatched views of the hills and valley of the place. Additionally there is a musical fountain and an exquisite garden at the point that tourists will enjoy.

When you look at the sprawling green landscapes, hilly terrains, cloudy mountain tops and the expanse of beautiful flora and fauna, you may as well ask yourself the question, ‘Shouldn’t Scotland be called as the Coorg of UK?’


Complete Guide for Chadar Trek



“Chadar” refers to the sheet of ice that from over the Zanskar river as it transforms itself from a rapid flowing river into a white blanket of ice during winter. It ecomes a frozen spectacle of glass ice ranging from a bluish tinge to golden yellow that is seen during the few hours that sunlight reaches directly into the gorge to the milky whitish on a moonlit night – as said a trek journey like no other.

Chadar connects villages in the Zanskar valley (deep in the mountains) with Chilling (on the road to Leh) along the frozen Zanskar River. This route has been used for centuries for trade and transportation, and is most reliable in February when the ice is most stable.

Suggestive Things for Carry Chadar Trek 2018:
• Carry 2 pair of synthetic track pants. Track pants are light and when things get cold you can wear one over the other.
• Carry 2 Full sleeve tees with collar.
• Fleece jacket – sweaters are highly discouraged.
A full sleeve thick jacket.
• Carry 4 pairs of undergarments.
• Get 2 pairs of thermal inners.
• Carry 2 pairs of sports socks. 2 pairs of woolen socks.
• Woolen monkey cap/balaclava that cover the ear.
• Woolen hand gloves + synthetic glove (water proof). If you dont have Synthetic gloves, get two pairs of woolen gloves and a surgical glove.
• Hot water bottle/Bag – available at any medical store.
• Sun glasses, branded company with 100% UV protection. Curved ones will cover your eyes well.
• Sunglasses prevent snow blindness. Sunglasses are mandatory for this trek.
• Gumboot, if not purchased from Leh.
• Backpack (55 – 65 L) with sturdy straps and supporting frame. Daypack (20 L) is required only if you wish to offload your backpack to our support team. If you don’t want to carry your backpack you can give it to porter, but you have to inform us in advance and charges would be Rs. 700/- extra per day per bag. Please also do inform us about this at least 15 days in advance.
• Trekking shoes: Good standard trekking shoes are sufficient for the trek. On Chadar, which is solid ice or a slight cover of snow on slippery ice, trekkers have found to their amazement that a simple gumboot finally is the best for Chadar. Most of the outside agencies in order to impress tell about crampons. In my years of experience in Ladakh and on Chadar too, I can absolutely say that crampons are quite dicey – quite a few trekkers have injured themselves or worse broken their ankle while a crampon get stuck on the fine cracks in the ice. Gumboot is available in Leh hardware shop and can be purchased here itself. If your shoe size is 9-10, getting a pair might be tough..so start searching as soon as you land in Leh. Sports shoes are not allowed. You need traction on snow and sport shoes with their PVC soles are hardly the choice. Ensure the shoes are well broken in before the trek. Trekkers will soon learn and modify their trek to the “penguin walk” style on seeing from the porters and guide! It is a kind of dragging your foot and not lifting much.
People who wear spectacles, choose one of these: i. Use contact lenses. ii. Photochromatic glasses. ii. If either of the above is not possible, wear your spectacles and carry a big sunglass that can be worn over your spectacles.
• A woolen head-scarf or muffler.
• Trekking pole is mandatory.
• Light towel (should be thin, quick drying kind).
• Chapstick or lip balm.
• Cold cream and sun screen lotion (SPF 40+). While sun screen help prevent sun burns, a better option is to stay covered.
• 2 Water bottles (1 L each). The insulated water bottles are good but even normal water bottles will suffice.
• Personal medicine kit containing: Crocin – 6 tablets/Avomine – 4 tablets/Avil 25mg – 4 tablets/Combiflam -5 tablets/Disprin – 10 tablets/Norflox – 10 tablets/Crepe Bandage – 3 to 5 meters/Band aid – 10 strips/Digene – 10 tablets/Gauze cloth – 1 small role/Leukoplast – 1 small roll/Cotton – 1 small roll/ORS – 5 packets/Betadine or any antiseptic cream/Volini or Moov or Relispray/Diamox – 10 tablets (to be taken only if required and but not as preventive medicine/Any other medicine that you take.
• Personal toilet kit (minimal) and toilet paper.
• LED Torch with extra set of cells (head lamps are much more preferable).
Small repair kit consisting of safety pins, needle, thread and string (mandatory).
• Camera, memory-cards, batteries etc (carry enough spare batteries. Electricity is not available)
• While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes

The Big NO
X Denim or jeans – not suited for this trek.
• Snacks, colas, alcohol and personal food – No need to overburden yourself with food. Do not carry any disposable plastic bottles like (Bisleri, Aquafina), plastic wrapped/packaged items.
• Do not bring any non bio degradable material.
• After packing, weigh your gear. It should be in the range of 8-10 kg – preferably on the lighter side. Anything heavier, you will need to iterate and remove what is not essential.
• Carry light and what is essential. As an example, toothpaste should be bought in small size (that can last you 10 days).
• Some general advice about clothing: To protect yourself from cold, dressing in layers is the mantra. Two T-shirts worn one over the other is warmer than a T-shirt that is thick. 3 T-shirts worn one over the other is as good as a full sweater. This is just a guideline. If you are prone to cold carry extra warm clothing.

Along with the above list, please ensure you also carry the following documents:
An identification card (like driving license, voters ID card etc), along with a photocopy.
A passport size photo.
A medical certificate Format will be sent after confirmation.
Disclaimer certificate. Format will be sent after confirmation.

The documents are mandatory. Without them you will not be allowed to trek.

Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Available dates for Chadar Trek
13, 14, 20, 21, 26, 27,28 January’2018 and 3,4, 10,11 February’2018

2. Pricing and Variants
+ Airport transfers one way @ Rs.1000/- Per Taxi
+ Permits @ Rs.2, 300/- Per Person for Indians and Rs.2, 800/- Per Person for Foreigners(ALTOA, LAHDC,
+ Additional Night at Hotel in Leh with Central Heating and Hot running water @ Rs.1800 Per Person/Night on Twin Sharing Basis without meals to be reserved in advance.
+ Sight seeing/Taxi can be arranged from our travel desk at the Base Camp Leh on actual as per the rate of Leh Transport & Taxi Union.

3. Booking and Cancellation
All the booking cancelled before 15-December’2017 are eligible for 50% refund. There will not be any refund applicable for new bookings and existing bookings after 15th-December’2017.

4. What if someone booked the tour but the trek didn’t happen? (Refunds and operations)
In case the Chadar is not formed we will offer the alternate trek for same duration.

5. What if some natural calamities happen in between the treks?
Hippy Traveller takes utmost care to ensure safety of its members during the trekking expeditions. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, International Youth Club will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part
in the trekking and expeditions.

6. If any kind of permission required entering in some certain areas?
Any other charge that the local authority (LAHDC, ALTOA or any other) may charge development fee during the trek (which may range anywhere between 500- 3000 INR per head). All of these kind of charges are to be paid by trekkers in advance before starting the trek and not included in the package. Currently the Fee is Rs.2, 300 for Indians and Rs.2, 800 for Foreigners.

7. To and Fro transportation details?
Transportation from Base Camp Leh to Leh is included in the package as per the itinerary.
Airport transfers pick up or drop may be arranged at an additional cost of Rs.1000/- Per Taxi

8.Stay during the trip?
Stay will be in Hotels with heating and hot water facility while in Leh City.
Tented accommodation will be provided on twin/triple sharing basis while on the trek.
+ Single Supplement @ Rs.8500/- Extra (1 Person 1 Room and 1 Tent)

9. Food: What and how will it be provided?
Meals will be provided while on trek. Our cooks will be serving the simple vegetarian nutritious veg hot meals for breakfast and dinner during the camping. Pack lunch will be provided during the trek. (Rice pulao, potato, dal, local dishes, hot soups, eggs, breads, poha, sweet, tea, milk, high energy bars, dry fruits, juices etc. is the regular menu)

10. Medication
Oxygen cylinders and first aid will be there during the trek. Rescue and medical team will be available on call in case of any exigencies.

Parashar Lake (Himachal Pradesh)

I wanted to do Parashar Lake trek since a long time but I was unable as my “Friends” were not ready for this trek. Then I heard about Hippy Traveller who oragnizes Group treks every weekend and I decided to join this group. Our trip started from Majnu Ka Tila from where we have boarded the Volvo for Mandi. Volvo was really comfortable and distance got shorten with amazing group chit chats. We Reached Mandi early in the morning and checked in to hotel for fresh n up and breakfast. Hotel is budget hotel but enough to fulfill our requirements. After Breakfast we boarded taxi to reach Baggi Village from where we need to start our trek to Parashar Lake.

Parashar Lake lies 49 km north of MandiHimachal PradeshIndia, with a three storied pagoda-like temple dedicated to the sage Parashar. The lake is located at a height of 2730 m above sea level. With deep blue waters, the lake is held sacred to the sage Parashar and he is regarded to have meditated there. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and looking down on the fast flowing river Beas, the lake can be approached via Drang.

The temple was built in the thirteenth century and legend has it was built by a baby from a single tree. The lake has a floating island in it and it is said to be unclear how deep it is, with a diver not being able to determine its depth.

Let The Trek Begin

We started our trek at 11AM with one bottle of water and lots of energy. The trek  goes from Baggi village through lush green step farms into dense forest crisscrossed by mountain riverine the elevation rises regularly and at some places its steep climb to give you a great adventure taste.


Finally we reached Parashar Lake at 04PM after taking short breaks in midway. Our Maggie & Tea was waiting at the top which really refreshed us after this tiring trek. Parashar Lake view is amazing and it give you picture perfect views of Himalayan Range if you like to do photography. After sunset, we enjoyed light music and bonfire in evening. Later on a delicious food prepared by our trekking guide and over night stay in our sweet little camp.


Morning view of Parashar Lake is amazing and it’s a must visit place for every travellers.

After breakfast, we started trekking down to Baggi Village from there we transferred to Mandi by Taxi. We got fresh N up in same hotel and spend our evening in exploring Mandi by our own. We boarded the Volvo in night and reached Delhi next day.

I started this trip as Solo Traveller but ended this trip as group trip. I loved to trekking with Hippy Traveller and I recommend you also to go for this trek.

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Camping Under The Stars at Deoria Tal Lake

A long weekend always comes with some new things. And I always try to make most out of it. An escape from the monotones of chaotic roads, concrete structures, work, and vehicles is a must if one wishes to see Mother Nature in all her grandeur like me.

Uttarakhand is full of natural resources and the views are just captivating. Nestled amidst nature’s beauty, this Himalayan state offers numerous travel destinations to break the monotony. Situated at an elevation of 2438 m, Deoria Tal is one such destination that gives maximum returns for the effort put in. This offbeat place in Uttarakhand is just stunning.

Trip Booked On HippyTraveller.com

Hippy Traveller is a community of enthusiasts travellers and specialist who creates a journey that will surpass your expectations. It is one stop destination for all your travel needs. Since I was looking for an offbeat destination in the Himalayas, and Hippy Traveller offers trips to unique destinations. So, I booked my trip to Deoria Tal with them and the process of booking was very seamless. Thank you for solving all my queries regarding this trip.

Travelling With Like-Minded People

It was friday, and I was really excited for my trip with Hippy Travellers. I reached the boarding point at Kashmere Gate Metro Station (Delhi), met my trip captain and other co-travellers. Travelling is that beautiful journey in which we connect with different like-minded people. A good company always lead into a memorable trip. After an overnight journey from Delhi we reached Sari Village at around 7am. Sari is a small village, quiet and “untouristy”. This quaint Himalayan village is still untouched from other commercialized cities & towns.We got freshen up, ate our yummilicious breakfast and prepared for the trek to Deoria Tal.

Camping At Deoria Tal

Surrounded with towering deodar and pine trees, the forest trek towards Deoria Lake is amazing. The trek is not that much difficult and fully recommended if you are a beginner. The 3 kms rugged trail will give you some breathtaking views of the mighty Himalayas. After hiking amidst woods & lush green meadows, we reached our campsite at Deoria Tal. The lake was so calm and the wide 360° panoramic view from there was simply mesmerizing. In the background, snow-capped peaks like Chaukhambha, Nilkantha, and Kedar range add to the beauty of this offbeat place. We had our lunch and spent some leisure time near the majestic Deoria Lake.

The sky turned crimson as the sun was bidding goodbye. We were sitting on a chair in front of the bonfire with tea in our hands. We geared up for the bonfire and fun activities with soulful music, played few games, shared our funny travel experiences and much more. It was so peaceful, chilly and after dinner we just laid down on the grass, gazing at the glittering stars!

Sunrise In The Himalayas

Though we slept late at night, but still woke up early just to see the blissful sunrise. Deoria Tal is a paradise for bird lovers. There are so many varieties of birds that If there was a birders’ trail, then it has got to be Deoriatal. There are hundreds of birds to see and photograph especially at early morning. We had our hot breakfast and packed our bags to trek down.

Before descending back to Sari Village, we clicked some group photographs and candid shots. It was a wonderful experience with everyone, and I will definitely gonna miss every moment I had on this trip to Deoriatal. We started our journey back to Sari Village with lots of memories to cherish for lifetime. Since, the village is non-touristy, therefore you will not find much options for food. We had our lunch finally headed out to Delhi in evening.

If you are a beginner and looking for an easy trek in the Himalayas, then head to Deoria Tal for a perfect getaway away from the chaos of city life. Experience the beauty of nature in utmost tranquility and feel rejuvenated. Thank you Hippy Traveller for curating this sweet little trip to Deoria Tal.

If you are also looking for a perfect getaway, then check out www.hippytraveller.com for exciting & memorable trips.

Contributed by Sahil Singh (Travel Blogger)

An Adventure Trip to Kanatal

Uttarakhand – the Indian state where the holy Ganges originates, is the home to a number of pilgrimages and picturesque hill stations. This ‘Devbhoomi’ has something for every type of traveller and tourist. Beside popular hill retreats like Nainital, Mussoorie and Auli, this Himalayan state also offers some less known destinations.

Nestled in the lap of majestic hills, lush green pine forest, and complete serenity, Kanatal is an hidden paradise in Uttarakhand. Situated at an elevation of 8500 feet, this quaint hill retreat is secluded away from the hullabaloos of the city life.

Kanatal is a perfect weekend getaway destination to unwind amidst nature’s beauty. The name Kanatal is a combination of two words – Kana (one eyed) and Tal (lake). It is believed that once there existed a dried up lake.


Trip Planned With Hippy Traveller

After back-to-back trips to Himachal, I was looking for an unexplored destination in Uttarakhand for my next getaway. This time I planned to go with my college friends or should I say a bunch of mad people. I searched for a place where we can travel under minimal budget and for short duration.

At last, after much brainstorming we decided to travel Kanatal with Hippy Traveller, a community of passionate travel specialists who create customized leisure journeys to inspiring destinations. They provided us a personal Toyota Innova for our road trip to Kanatal.

From Delhi To Kanatal

I was really excited about this trip with my college buddies. We gathered at the boarding point (Netaji Subhash Place in Delhi) by 11pm, where we were greeted by our trip leader from Hippy Traveller community. He informed us about the trip itinerary and other necessary details regarding the tour. Finally, the journey began from Delhi to Kanatal with lots of fun and frolic. Playing songs, laughing on numerable college incidents and much more. For me and one of my best friend, this was a much awaited road trip after college. Since, we never went on a trip after that unforgettable Manali incident which took place during second year of our graduation.

After an overnight journey, we reached the divine city of Haridwar in morning. Situated on the Chamba-Mussoorie highway, Kanatal is a small village and an offbeat destination for peace seekers. We took a halt at a dhaba for breakfast and clicked some candid pictures there. The serpentine roads, lush green mountains and serene views made this journey a memorable one.

At around 10.30am, we reached at our campsite in Kanatal, surrounded with towering pine trees on one side and deep Himalayan valley on another side. The snow-capped peaks of Himalayas were clearly visible from our our campsite. Unlike Delhi’s summer heat, the weather was pleasant in this quaint hill retreat. We checked in into our bamboo cottages and relaxed for an hour or two. Staying like a local, away from the hustle & bustle of urban life, is an unmatchable experience in itself.

Forest Walk, Bonfire Fun & Music!

When everybody was sleeping, I headed out to to take a small walk around the campsite. I really loved the surreal environment of Kanatal. The beautiful vistas of Himalayan valley, pleasant atmosphere, and my never ending quench of wanderlust. After taking a small walk and capturing some amazing pictures, I returned to my campsite. We had our lunch in a small canteen which was nice. How can I forget to mention that hilarious jamming session in the canteen? Where we sang bhajans, bollywood songs, and what not.

After spending some leisure time at the campsite, we went for a small trek to Kaudia forest along with a guide. It is an easy trek of 4-5 kms amidst thick pine and deodar trees. Located at 1 km from Kanatal, the Kaudia forest range is an ideal place for nature lovers. The scenic view of huge valley and lofty Himalayas were truly enchanting. We felt so relieved while walking amidst utmost tranquility. Also, our guide informed us about different animals that are found in the Kaudia forest range. This is the most serene and charming place in Kanatal where you can feel rejuvenated.

As the day comes to a close, the sky turned crimson and grey. It was amazing to watch the blissful sunset from our campsite. I felt extremely delighted amidst mighty Himalayas, away from the chaos of Delhi. We relaxed along with some evening snacks and tea as the weather turned chilly. We really enjoyed dancing during bonfire with good music. After dinner we sat around the bonfire as it was freezing. It was so soothing to gaze at the full moon with some soulful music being played in the background. Truly, this will remain a night to remember for all of us.

Journey Back To Delhi

It was 6am in the morning, and I got up to watch the sunrise. But since it was drizzling, so I canceled my plan. We wake up around 9am and had our breakfast. We packed our bags and checked out from the cottages. Later, we went to a nearby eatery and relished upon a plate of hot Maggi. We played a small confession game and even shared our views regarding this trip while enjoying the pleasant weather and Maggi. I was awestruck to see the clouds kissing the hilltops.

After spending such great moments in Kanatal, we started our journey back to Delhi. While returning, we stopped at Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar and watched the holy ceremony of Ganga Aarti. Also, we tried out the famous aloo kachori at Mohan Puriwale and Delectable halwa puri at Mathura Walo Ki Prachin Dukaan.

Secluded away from the hustle & bustle, Kanatal offered an utmost serenity, and a much wanted solitude. Nestled in the lap of nature, this forgotten hill retreat is an ideal place to visit for a quick getaway. I had a memorable time at this hidden hamlet of Uttarakhand with my college friends. Thank you guys for becoming a part of my travel diary. In this ecstatic journey, I discovered some new bondings!

Thank you Hippy Traveller for organizing such this wonderful trip to an offbeat destination like Kanatal.

If you are also looking for a perfect getaway, then check out www.hippytraveller.com for exciting & memorable trips.

Contributed by Sahil Singh (Travel Blogger)

Rishikesh – A Weekend Gateaway by Sahil Singh

Uttarakhand is the home to numerous Gods and Goddesses, India’s largest river Ganga and great Himalayan peaks. Therefore, this Indian state is truly known as ‘Devbhoomi’. Blessed with natural beauty, Uttarakhand (also known as Uttaranchal) offers so many places to visit on weekend. One such popular sacred place is Rishikesh. A short trip to Rishikesh can be planned easily and that too under minimal budget.

Located in the Pauri Garhwal district, this holy town is famous pilgrimage site among Hindus as India’s holiest River Ganga flows through it. Rishikesh is also known as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ and finds an important place for every type of traveller.

Travelling With Hippy Traveller

Though I have been to Rishikesh many a time during childhood days but this time I wanted to experience the adventurous side of this holy city. To make it an unforgettable one I decided to travel with Hippy Traveller, a travel community of passionate travel specialists who create customized leisure journeys to inspiring destinations.

The trip started from Delhi at night. I met with my co-travellers at the boarding point and started off the journey to Rishikesh in a tempo traveller. It is always great to interact with new people while travelling. We stopped at a dhaba in between for dinner and to relax for a while. After an overnight journey of 7 hours, we reached the peaceful town of Rishikesh. We checked in into our respective camps and relaxed for an hour or two.

Let’s Wander In Rishikesh

The jungle camps were on the banks of Heval River (a tributary of Ganges) in the serene valley of Shivalik hills. After lunch, we went on the banks of Heval River to chill and capture some beautiful moments. Away from all the madness of urban life, I enjoyed some leisure time amidst tranquility.

Later on we visited Neer Garh Waterfall and the famous Lakshman Jhula in Rishikesh. This divine city is adorned with numerous ancient temples. We visited the significant Trayambakeshwar Mandir – 13 stories high temple, with each storey having idols of several Hindu deities. Outside the temple, there are few Shikanji walas (lemon soda). So, don’t miss out this refreshing drink!

As the day comes to a close, along with my co-travellers I headed towards the famous Parmarth Niketan to witness the Ganga Aarti. Daily thousands of people gather on the banks of this sacred river to thank Mother Ganga for nurturing their life.

Evening At The Campsite

After seeking divine blessings, we returned to our campsite for bonfire and music. Everybody gathered in the lawn, played foot taping soundtracks and enjoyed few snacks along with a cup of coffee Now that’s called a perfect getaway – amidst serene hills, gazing at the glittering stars and dancing with like-minded people. Away from the humdrum of the city life, the jungle camp offered a unique tranquil atmosphere simply great to break the monotony.

It was 10 pm, and the dinner was ready. The meals served at the campsite were delightful. Later on we played various interesting games and shared few spooky incidents. I was a bit nervous and excited at the same time for my next day’s river rafting expedition.

And The Adventure Begins!

I woke up early to experience the blissful sunrise amidst hills and sat for about half an hour in the lawn area with a cup of tea in my hand. We did our breakfast, checked out from the camps and headed towards Shivpuri — the starting point for river rafting. At Shivpuri, we met our two guides who gave us all the safety wears and necessary guidelines to be followed while the rafting. There were total 10 people in my raft including 2 guides. Finally, the thrilling journey began!

The Ganges in Rishikesh offers the most defined rapids for white water rafting expedition in India. Our rafting distance was of 16 kms which comprise 9 rapids of different grades (levels). After crossing the first rapid known as Shivpuri rapid we got an adrenaline rush.

The guides gave us appropriate instructions while rafting and boosted our confidence. Among all the major rapids, most thrilling one was ‘Roller Coaster’ which made us skip a heartbeat. Passing through beautiful Shivalik hills our raft took a break at Maggi Point, where we relaxed for few minutes, and clicked some candid pictures. Lazing around on the white sands of Ganges beaches offers utmost pleasure which can’t be described in words.

This amazing rafting adventure in the gushing rapids of Ganga came to an end at Lakshman Jhula. Truly, Rishikesh is an amalgamation of divinity and adventure.

Still Planning? Just Go & Experience Yourself!

This was my first white water rafting experience which I will cherish forever. I want everyone to just pack their bag and head towards this ‘Adventure Capital of India’ — Rishikesh. Last but not the least, I would love to thank Hippy Traveller for curating such an amazing trip to Rishikesh. It was great travelling with your travel community.

If you are also looking for a perfect getaway, then check out www.hippytraveller.com for exciting & memorable trips.

Contributed by Sahil Singh (Travel Blogger)


Acclimatization is one of the important things to prepare for while planning trip to Ladakh. The fact that Leh and most of the places in Ladakh are located above the altitude of 10,000 feet, visitors may suffer from dizziness, headaches or even acute mountain sickness (AMS). So planning to acclimatize to the high altitude condition becomes one of the most important things to take into consideration while you are planning your trip to Ladakh.

The best thing about going to Ladakh, nestled amidst the mountain ranges of the Himalayas and The Karakoram, is the breathtaking view. But there are some issues which travelers to such high-altitude face. They complain of vomiting, dizziness etc. these symptoms do not give you a chance to enjoy yourself. Some people can deal with them while the others really suffer because of them.

If one flies or drives to a higher altitude directly, then sickness during Ladakh trip is pretty common. One has to experience quite extreme consequences. If one goes higher, things can get more serious. Therefore, before you set your foot out of your house to go to Ladakh, you should be aware what altitude sickness is and how to save yourself from it.

Acclaimed and Acute Mountain Sickness

Following are the scales of Altitude:

High (8,000 – 12,000 feet)
Very High (12,000 – 18,000 feet)
Extremely High (18,000+feet)

Many times people go up to 8000 feet without any problems, the problem comes when the altitude increases. The intake of Oxygen becomes less and therefore the breathing rate becomes higher. The level of Oxygen in blood remains the same as is required at the time doing some daily household activity. When one spends more time in high altitude and accustoms himself with such Oxygen changes, this is called as Acclimatization. Different people will acclimatize at different rates and thus there is no comparison.

Acute mountain sickness (AMS) starts above the altitude of 10,000 Feet to most of the people. AMS becomes severe as the elevation becomes higher. Try to avoid going to such high altitudes directly. The condition can get worse when one sleeps, since the body respiration decreases.

If you can acclimatize properly- great, if not- move down. Nevertheless, there preventive AMS medicines too which can be consumed after consulting a doctor as there might be side effects.

Try a test to check for Ataxia. Ask the person to walk in a straight line, placing toe to toe. If he is unable to do that, immediately move down.

Tips for Better Acclimatization

Below are a few tips that will certainly help you in better acclimatization:

1. Gradual Increase in the altitude

If one goes by acclimatization rules, they state that after 10,000 feet, one should stay overnight after completing 1000 feet and for a complete day, after 3000. If things go fine, it means that you will be able to enjoy yourself in the mountains.

2. Keep hydration levels in your body proper

Consume plenty of ORS water or other fluids such as soup, milk, tea and juice. Instead of plain water, consume garlic flavored water by keeping garlic in your water bottles. This keeps the oxygen level, normal. Avoid too much of coffee or black tea.

3. Over hydration is a complete no-no

Do not force anyone to drink water, if they are not thirsty or they will vomit or worse, can develop cerebral edema (hyponatremia, confusion, weakness, seizures or coma).

4. Try not to sleep at high altitudes

When one sleeps, respiration in our body decreases. It is advisable that after spending a day at a high altitude, move down in the evening.

5. Do not over- exert

Avoid any kind of over exertion or unnecessary physical activity.

6. Stay away from anti-depressant drugs, alcohol, smoking and tobacco

Stay from anti-depressant drugs (like sleeping pills), alcohol, smoking and tobacco. You will face more respiratory troubles.

7. Keep-up the body warmth

Keep-up the body warm by weaning woolens. Your clothes should be dry as well.

8. Consume Carbohydrates

Consume a diet that is rich in carbohydrate as you get around 70 percent of your calories from it.

9. not sleep during the day

Avoid sleeping during day time and try to indulge in one or the other activity.

10. Try Sleeping in upright position

Try and sleep by resting your back against the wall or try to keep your head on an elevated level from the body. Your head will feel much lighter.

11. Carry preventive medication

Do not forget to pack AMS preventive medication but make sure you consult a doctor before consuming them because of the possible side effects. To check for possible allergies, you can try them a week or two before the trip.

12. If condition worsens, quickly move down

If symptoms of the AMS increase, you must move down at once. This is the last and the best solution.

Symptoms of AMS

Following are the category of symptoms for the levels of AMS with their cure:

Is taking kids or babies to high altitudes safe?

According to studies, it is safe to carry an infant, at least 3 months old. The baby should not have any illness or should not be premature too. Along with this, there are other tips too, which a doctor can tell better.

Whatever has been given here is enough, however it is always advisable that before planning a trip to a region such as Ladakh, which is located on extremely high altitudes, one should always consult a physician. These are important suggestions but a doctor or an expert can guide you better.

So now you ready for the trip?

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An unforgettable Road trip to Leh Ladakh: Exploring it the Raw Way!

Spectacular. Magnificent. Unreal and More~ I can fill this blog with every adjective that I know of to describe what I have experienced, but I will try to keep this one brief and informative. When I decided to join this road trip of 10 days, I did a bit of googling and asked couple of questions, but still managed to get lot of surprises…so I am peppering this blog with all the information which I felt I should have known before!

Ladakh, land of high passes is a region in Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Leh is the biggest city in Ladakh.

So Why Leh? Because it is a perfect destination to Escape. Escape from work pressures, pain of a broken heart, space from family members, daily grind and 24X7 connectivity! It all started with my search for a place to escape, a friend recommended this ‘Raw way to experience Leh Facebook page’ and I decided in an instant to be part of it! So find your escape here with the most stunning sights, in the simple conversations with warm locals and in the stimulating debates with the fellow bikers. This was my reason..what is yours?

Who did I go with? A group of 9 strangers who I first met on the day our Journey started from Majnu Ka Tila, New Delhi.

Travelling with friends and family is regular, travelling Solo is Passe… travel with strangers and see what magic happens!

What to expect while you try to get Leh’ed?

Day 0: Left Delhi in a Volvo from Majnu Ka Tila with a 60 ltr rucksack, a sleeping bag (5 degree-10 degree), sleeping mattress and one shoulder bag.

Day 1: Enjoy the Manali Trance!

We reached Manali at 12:00 pm and stayed at Brahma Guest house in Old Manali. Now, Old Manali is a little piece of heaven and after almost 14 hours of bus journey, we were rewarded with sunny weather, chilled beer, gurgling stream, feet dipping in freezing river, lip smacking food, cycling and shopping. You may stroll around the bazaar area or go for a walk in the forest area. Head up to the hot water springs at Vashisht, a small village 3 km from Manali. There is also the option of heading up to Solang for adventure activities.Try some authentic Israeli and delicious Italian food. I definitely recommend People Cafe for karoake, live music and sushi, Chopstick for Thupka and momos, Sunshine Cafe for English breakfast and Lazy Dog for your Italian dinner.

Day 2: Experienced first view of Snow, Emerald lake and bone chilling cold

Manali – Rohtang Pass – Jispa – Surajtal – Zing Zing Bar

We departed for Sarchu early in the morning at 6:30 am and crossed the Rohtang Pass and got our first glimpse of snow. Rohtang literally means pile of corpses due to people dying in bad weather trying to cross the pass.Though very touristy and dirty patches of slushy snow, we did not really went in there as we did not had those rented jumpsuits and rubber boots. I would suggest that if you are going in the peak summers, you better wait for Baralach La pass to enjoy the snow.

After crossing Jispa, enjoy this gorgeous view of Surajtal, the beautiful emerald like lake that lies just below the Baralacha la pass and is also the third highest lake in India. We made a pit-stop at Zing Zing bar and enjoyed the community camping. This was the coldest place that we came across with temperature going below 5 degree, so carry your warmest jacket, woolen caps and gloves. We were lucky enough to enjoy the full moon night. Experience the sleep in tents under a blanket of stars on this night.

Day 3: Experience being at 17000 feet, encounter the jagged mountains and the winding roads that can only be in Leh

Zingzing bar – Patseo – Baralach La pass – Taglang La pass – Sarchu – Leh City

We left the Zing Zing bar at around 7:30 am for the rustic and remarkable city of Leh. Enjoy the high mountain pass of Baralach la with the view of snow hugging the sides of the road. Get a mandatory click at Tanlang La Pass which is known (though incorrectly) for being the world’s second highest motorable pass.

And then, experience the Gata Loops which literally took our breath away! These are a series of twenty one hairpin bends in the Manali and Leh highway, no photo can prepare you for it. This filled us with awe and wonder.

Day 4: German bakeries, Biker cafes, shopping and everything Ladakh

We stayed at the Home stay Chandan guest house at the most happening lane of Leh City- Changspa lane. Enjoyed the Kashmiri kebabs and Tabak mass on Old Fort Road for dinner and a breakfast of fresh apple juice, Yak cheese sandwich and nutella pancake! After serving on Wai Wai noodles and dal chawal for the entire road travel, It was time to treat my stomach!

Day 5: Pangong Tso Lake and hospitality of Yokma house

We left the rucksack in the guest house and left for Pangong early morning with a smaller bag as we planned to stay overnight at Pangong. This iconic highest salt lake is divided between China and India. This place was an oasis of calm and such a brilliantly hued color palette. We stayed at a home stay-‘Yokma’  and our day here reminds me of delicious chicken curry, warm bottle of old monk, cosy beds, hot tea and the wrinkled happy faces of our hosts! And this place was as serene as it looks…

Day 6- 3 Idiots school, Rancho’s cafe and a night in the city

We left Pangong at around 11 am after getting all typical shots of jumping and getting clicked in the midair, we reached Leh City to enjoy a relaxed evening with some bonfire, music and conversations! Check out the 3-idiot fame Rancho school too (Druk White Lotus school). They have 15 minute guided tours in the school for visitors to show you the shooting point and also why is it awarded by BBC for innovation. Reach there before 5 and carry some cash to buy ‘All is Well’ fridge magnets or other souvenirs from the school!

Day 7- Our Leisure and sightseeing day in Leh

This morning was supposed to be our leisure day after covering some 1200 km and 17000 ft in few days, but our overexcited group decided to do rafting on Zanskar river. Get prepared to change into bodysuits which are mandatory to wear to save your body from freezing water! So carry an extra pair of clothes and enjoy the 16 km rafting as we did in Rs 1400 including lunch. On our drive back, we stopped at Magnet Hill. This was a bit of an anti-climax as we were expecting to see a car being pulled towards a hill, then we were told it is an optical illusion and nothing more! But this highway is beautiful, though my advice, do not go there only to see this ‘spot’.

Day 8 – Aaj hum upar, aasmaan neeche!! cheesy…but hell….yes!

After spending a night in the Leh City again, we left early morning for Nubra Valley with one change of clothes. On our way to Nubra we crossed Khardung la Pass, the highest motorable road in the world. Stop for a cup of tea or a plate of Maggie at the highest cafeteria in the world.

Nubra, is a high altitude cold desert. We reached our guest house-Gharyok by 4:00 pm and got delighted to see our rooms right next to a gushing stream.  It is like a small village nestled in the middle of nowhere. Walk to discover this quaint small place. We followed the path to a ‘Yak farm’ but couldn’t find any Yaks..instead we found a gem of a place serving chilled beer in small private areas in an open ‘restaurant’ (no food though), think of it as Gurgaon’s Machan! Speak with the locals and they may just take you there!

Day 9: Exploring the desert of Ladakh-Nubra Valley

Next morning, we visited the Diskit Monastery. It is a long walk uphill, I will suggest hitchhike or ride till the vehicles are allowed and then start walking. After your prayers, visit the tea room which offers tea to all the visitors. This place encourages you to be silent and will bring you sense of peace. It did to me.

Then we visited the 30 meters Buddha statue near the monastery, lunched at one of the restaurants just outside the Monastery. Carry some cash to buy some beautiful souvenirs from the Lama shop there. And, finally see some double hump or Bactrian camels. We were lucky enough to see the entire herd on whom our entire silk route depended and out of them one closed enough to get clicked…camera friendly guy!

Day 10– We reached Leh to spend the night there after Nubra and then early morning bid farewell to Leh and headed back to Manali. Last night in Leh-we had the dinner with the amazing family who opened their houses. Their hospitality was genuine, unconditional and inspiring!

Day 11- The last day at Manali, we stuffed ourselves with every cuisine possible, sang songs on karaoke and discovered how these 10 days made 10 of us strangers into one gang of friends. And I an quoting, ’10 of us became one’.

Some last pointers:

1. We all will have altitude sickness at some point or the other, diomox is a very popular medicine among Leh travellers which helps in acclimatization. Couple of my co-travellers took it at the start of the trip, others when nausea hit them. I avoided it inspite of my asthma. I suggest speak with your doctor and only then take any medicine it. You may not need it all. Remember, the fear of altitude sickness is worse than altitude sickness! Keep your body hydrated, drink lots of water, wear good woolens and cover your ears! I followed it and remained healthy throughout.

2.. Pack smart! Carry T-shirts for day time, warm jackets. Layering works best in this kind of hot-cold-hot weather. Keep gloves, lot of socks and woolen caps to cover your ears when its very cold at night and at high altitude. Carry 2 pair of shoes, so that you have a spare one in case one is wet because of snow or water. Travel light, you will be carrying your own bags there! Carry sunscreen, wet wipes, petroleum jelly, a very very good moisturizer(weather is VERY dry) and lip balm!

3. Carry Cash- ATMs you will find only in Leh city and Manali. Do not depend on ATMs.

4. Phone connectivity- Leh city have all postpaid connections working. Wifi availability is also good. Places like Nubra, Pangong have zero phone connectivity, be prepared for that.

5. Be prepared for No toilets! or err…well..weirdest of ‘toilets’ (if a ditch, a stone, a 3×3 tin or cloth covered corner can be called that) ..but have to say, the view and the ventilation was fantastic in every one..nice and open..if you know what I mean! Infact, I can probably write a separate blog on my toilet stories.. Cos we took the locals advise of staying hydrated pretty seriously and drank water as if our life depended on it..and that made us take a leak after every 45 minutes in the most adventurous of places! Anyway, so carry lot of tissues(you do not want a UTI here) and carry on

Picture credits and inputs for this blog: Everyone who was on this trip, and let me repeat myself:

Travelling with family is regular, Travelling Solo is passe..Travel with strangers and experience Magic!

Go, get Leh’ed…and do tell me about it!

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Love travelling without much planning! Life is for travel, rest all are the fillers..the in-betweens! Greedy for food and travel..join me in my wanderlust! Know more about me and follow my blog: https://geetanjalihq.wordpress.com/ Follow me on my Instagram handle: geettravels

Camping at Chandratal Lake, Spiti Valley


The mystical, beautiful, almost always frozen Chandratal Lake is known by a lot of names – Chandra Tal, Chandra Taal, Chander Taal – all of which translates to Moon Lake, a name derived from the crescent shape of the lake.

The Chandratal Lake is believed to have been discovered by traders travelling from Tibet and Ladakh to Kullu and Spiti, who would stop by the lakeside to rest a while before resuming their journey.

Located at a height of 14,100 feet, the Chandratal Lake can be accessed only during the three months of summer. The immensely blue lake is the source of the Chandra River which flows down to merge with the Bhaga River and in turn the Chandrabhaga River which later becomes the Chenab.

The Chandra Bhaga mountain range forms a striking backdrop for the lake, which changes appearance according to the pictures painted in the sky.


Spiti Valley is located in the remote part of the Himalayas and has limited accommodation options when compared to hotels in the lower Himalayas. At Chandratal Lake, you will be staying at a comfortable and warm camp.

Here, you will be camping about 2 kilometers away from the lake as the law does not allow one to camp next to the lake. Hippy Traveller can arrange state-of-the-art high altitude camping equipment including warm minus degree sleeping bags and waterproof tents which will keep you safe, warm and comfortable in Chandratal Lake.

The camp will also provide three delicious freshly cooked meals to make it an extremely memorable part of your Spiti Valley Tour.

Contact Us to book a camp near Chandratal Lake at best local prices.


Chandratal Lake, like the weather in the rest of Spiti Valley, is very cold during winter and difficult to approach. Temperatures drop well below even – 30 degrees in the winter and temperatures hover between 0 and 20 centigrade during summer. Rainfall is almost zero and heavy woolens are recommended both in Summer Winter.

The best time to visit Chandratal Lake, weather-wise, would be between Mid-June and Mid-October.


Taking a private taxi is the most comfortable way to reach Chandratal Lake. While it is the most expensive option, it is also a valuable investment as you get to enjoy the stunning landscape of Spiti Valley on the way at your own pace.

Chandratal Lake can be driven to by taxi from two routes:
1) Manali – Kaza Road (Manali – Rohtang Pass – Chandratal Lake) – This drive takes about 8-10 hours and can be done in one day.
2) Hindustan-Tibet Highway (Shimla – Kalpa – Kaza – Chandratal Lake) – This drive takes close to 22 hours and can be split between two days with an overnight halt at Kalpa.

Hippy Traveller has its own set of comfortable cars and reliable and safe drivers to help you drive up to Chandratal Lake. Contact Us for more details.

Like the name suggests, you will be sharing a taxi (usually a Tata Sumo) with 8-10 people. If you opt for this, we can help you connect with a reliable and safe driver. Contact Us for more details.

The closest airport to Chandratal Lake is Bhunter. From Bhunter, drive to Manali and then onwards to Chandratal Lake via the Manali – Kaza road.

Daily local buses ply on the Shimla -Reckong Peo – Kaza route and the Manali – Kaza route. From Kaza, you will have to switch to another local bus / shared taxi to get to Chandratal Lake. While it is not very comfortable, it the most economical way to reach Chandratal Lake.