A Must Visit “Mela” – Pushkar Mela

The famous Pushkar camel fair-2017

The famous Pushkar camel fair describes the rich culture of Rajasthan. The enchantment of Pushkar fair cannot be compared with any other festivals in India. The drowsy tiny parish, Pushkar in Rajasthan becomes alive with a fusion of colors and energetic burst of activity at the time of the fair.

Pushkar, a small town in Rajasthan is a great place to visit for spiritually inclined people to have a glimpse of colorful mythology of the Hindu religion. It is surrounded by hills on three sides and sand dunes on the other; this sacred town of the Hindus is blessed with over 400 temples and 52 bathing ghats.

The Pushkar Camel Fair is celebrated for five days from Kartik Ekadasi to Kartik Poornima (usually between late October and November). In 2017, the official dates for the Pushkar Fair are October 23 to November 04. It is the time when Rajasthani farmers gather to buy and sell their camels, cattle and horses.

According to the hindu mythology, it is the time when the Hindu god Brahma sprung up the Pushkar Lake, On this day devotees take a bath in the Pushkar lake.

It is a majestic occurrence in which more than 400,000 people and 50,000 animals such as camels, horses, cows, goats, and sheep participate and millions of exhibitors come to enjoy in delight from all over the world. Pushkar Fair is the largest cattle fair in the country; especially meant for enjoyment and merry-making.

This annual Pushkar Camel fair brings together farmers, livestock, traders and villagers from all over Rajasthan. This huge gathering contains a Technicolor parade of dancers, musicians, magicians, dancers, acrobats, snake charmers and carousel rides to entertain the crowd. Men in huge dazzling turbans, women in pleated Ghagaras and colorful bangles give the fair an utmost charm of a festival.

Here you can take part in some fun activities, such as a game of tug of war, a cricket match, a competition for the longest moustache, a camel beauty-pageant and a turban-tying contest purely for foreign visitors.

The main highlight of the Fair is the beauty completion of decorated Camels. The camels are dressed up like a groom, they washed spanky clean, shaved and decorated with the jewelry like Silver bells and bangles, after that they entered into beauty contests. Best camel wins the Prize.

Beautifully decorated camels perform parade, race and dance to attract the buyers. In another completion the camel accommodate the maximum number of peoples on his back.

This fair would be incomplete without different stalls and arts, crafts bazaar. The stalls and sellers exhibited the picture of colorful Rajasthan in front of the curious tourists. You can also get a taste of Rajasthani food at stalls. Tourists can enjoy some delicious vegetarian food like daal baati choorama, Mirchi ke pakode, Dal Ki Kachori, Malpue etc.

Another highlight of this fair is the International Hot Air Balloon Festival. This is also held during the fair. You can witness this huge Camel fair from the sky in a Hot Air Balloon.

Body painting is also an attraction of the fair. The experts offer various designed tattoos to the peoples. The bright colored tents, traditional costumes and the sand dunes are a complete treat.

So come and enjoy this grand Camel Mela in Rajasthan.

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Rajasthan Weekend Getaway

Rajasthan is not merely a state – it is an experience. And if you live anywhere close, this place will offer you more weekend destinations than you can handle!

We present 5 wonderful weekend destinations in Rajasthan that will make you want to travel right away. Read on to lose yourself in this heavenly land where the old meets the new.


Mere words cannot do justice to the countless hues of this singularly historic city. Be it art, architecture, literature, handiwork, nature or even raw, powerful spirit—Jaipur has it all. The breathtaking Jal Mahal, the scintillating Jantar Mantar, the extraordinary Pink City and the grandiose Hawa Mahal are a few of the endless gems in the city’s treasure chest. As for cuisine, it is common knowledge that Rajasthani food is on the spicier side. Take your taste-buds on a roller-coaster ride with the spectrum of dishes this place offers.

Distance from Delhi: 269 km | Time taken: 4h 26m

Amer Fort, Jaipur

Jal Mahal, Jaipur


Cross your fingers and a tiger might just decide to honour you with its glorious presence! The Ranthambore National Park, with its silvery rivers and dreamy terrain, will leave you speechless with its equally magnificent flora and fauna. A playful deer fight, a curious mongoose, cackling hyenas—Ranthambore is throbbing with wildlife. As you stand on the crumbling ruins of the ancient Ranthambore Fort, take a deep breath and let the jungle vibes embrace your very being.

Distance from Delhi: 369 km | Time taken: 6h 45m

Ranthambore Fort

The Tigers of Ranthambore


Get your cameras and binoculars ready, as you voyage from Delhi to Bharatpur, and land right  in bird paradise. With over 230 different species of birds adorning the bright-blue skies, the Keoladeo National Park is also a coveted winter home for the endangered Siberian Crane.  Declared a World Heritage Sight by UNESCO, the park offers the unique beauty of a wetland, with a plethora of amphibians and reptiles crawling around merrily. Try to catch the splendid Brij Festival, organized every year before Holi.

Distance from Delhi: 199 km | Time taken: 3h 5m.

A Road In The Woods, Bharatpur

Exotic Birds, Bharatpur


Nestled among the mighty Aravalis, Alwar echoes with the majestic tales of the chivalrous Maharana Pratap. The Bala Quila Fort and the mysterious Bhangarh Fort are two of Alwar’s famous strongholds. Visit any of the colourful markets (the Churi Bazaar is a favourite) dotting the old town and you’ll be surprised at the sheer, gorgeous variety of jewellery and handicraft. Lastly, one does not simply leave Alwar without sampling the pride of town—Alwar ka mawa (milkcake) and Kalakand.

Distance from Delhi: 155 km | Time taken: 2h 53m

Alwar Palace

City Palace, Alwar


Known as one of the ‘painted towns of Shekhawati’, Mandawa is an embodiment of pure, unadulterated art. The overwhelming display of gaily painted havelis, with their explosion of intricate frescos, will leave your senses craving for more. As you explore the back alleys of this castle town, listen close, and you might just hear the whispered legends of its long-lost regal past. It’s no wonder that the entire town is said to be one big open-air art gallery.

Distance from Delhi: 245 km | Time taken: 4h 52m

Colorful painted Haveli in the city of Mandawa, Rajasthan

Frescoed Havelis in Mandawa village, traditional ornately decorated residence, India. Rajasthan

Convinced? Go, convince your squad, grab the bare essentials and make the next weekend unforgettable, with a little help from Rajasthan.

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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