Through the Golden Triangle

April 22, 2014

Possibly the best way to discover the vibrant and colorful enigma that surrounds India, Golden Triangle circuit takes you through the historical and cultural brilliance of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. A prominent route that hosts many of India’s great cultural gems, Golden Triangle tour is the classic introduction to India offering a good spectrum of the country’s diverse people, culture and landscapes. On the map, these form a roughly equilateral triangle, some 200-250km along each side. This triangle has been dubbed “golden” for the extraordinary wealth of cultural and historical splendor on offer in each of the three cities. Read more

Ladakh: The Little-Tibet of India

April 21, 2014

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An oasis of tranquility and natural beauty, Ladakh is an ideal retreat for those living in cosmopolitan cities. Set deep in the Indian Himalayas on the western edge of the Tibetan plateau, Ladakh, or “Little Tibet”, is one of the highest and driest inhabited places on earth. Yet for centuries it was home to a rich and self-sustaining culture. Stark mountains dotted with colorful monasteries, fluttering prayer flags, rocky ridges, dry plains and tiny settlements, this is Ladakh for you. Read more

Incredible India

March 31, 2014

India takes you through a timeless land that is both exotic and intriguing. Home to more than a billion people and visited by countless travelers, India is many things. It is bustling and serene, heart-breaking and inspirational, state-of-the-art and timelessly traditional offering travelers an unrivalled diversity of experiences, sights and sensations. The subcontinent of India lies in South Asia, between Pakistan, China and Nepal. To the north it is bordered by the world’s highest mountain chain, where foothill valleys cover the northernmost of the country’s 28 states. Further south, plateaus, tropical rain forests and sandy deserts are bordered by palm fringed beaches. Side by side with the country’s staggering topographical variations is its cultural diversity, the result of the coexistence of a number of religions as well as local tradition.

India

A fusion of modernity and tradition, the vibrant colors of India are truly captivating. From the bustling cities to the sheer simplicity of villages, be touched by the spirituality of this land. Travelling through India is enriching, inspiring and unforgettable. The magic of India comes to life with its immensity, diverse people, culture, landscape, wildlife, cuisine, temples, religion, festivals, architecture, history and more. Read more

Sikkim: The Himalayan Jewel

March 30, 2014

Sikkim

A secluded Shangri-La mired in myths and legends, the small state of Sikkim genuinely welcomes travelers and pilgrims from all over. Perched between Nepal in the west, Bhutan in the east, and Tibet (China) in the north, Darjeeling (West Bengal) in the south – Sikkim is home to Mt. Khangchendzonga, third highest peak in the world. Shrouded in heavy mist, it is believed that the guardian deity Khangchendzonga protects the inhabitants of Sikkim. Various ethnic group have their own nomenclature for this enchanting land – the Nepalese call it Sukhim or new home, while Tibetans refer to it as Denzong or the valley of rice and to the Lepchas, the original inhabitants of Sikkim, it is Nye-al-Ale or heaven.

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Darjeeling: The Queen of Hill Stations

March 27, 2014

For a tryst with the Himalayas, Darjeeling is a retreat of scenic and natural beauty with its magnificent snow capped mountain peaks, dense forest cover, serene lakes and a wide assortment of flowers. The huge magnolia, pines, spruce forests and green tea estates offer the most panoramic and breathtaking views. Darjeeling, formerly known as ‘Darjiling’ is also known as the place of thunderbolt or Dorja the mystical. The Himalayan city is a popular tourist destination situated at an altitude of 6,710 ft in the Mahabharat range. The town overlooking the snow capped high hills, bedded with an evergreen forest and vibrant market arraying with traditional item shops, have been one of the ideal hill stations in India and has hence earned the status ‘Queen of Hill Stations’.

Darjeeling

For centuries the hill station at Darjeeling has provided respite from Kolkata’s fierce summer heat and also the ideal climate for tea planters to cultivate the ‘Champagne of the East’. The wonderfully cool climate, clear brisk air and the breathtaking views of the Himalayas drew the British here to escape the stifling heat of Kolkata. It is a perfect getaway for honeymooners, trekkers and travelers alike seeking to be in harmony with nature and the people. This is the land of flavored ‘Darjeeling-Tea’ revered by connoisseurs across the globe. There are over seventy tea gardens in the region with the nearest being Happy Valley Tea Estate about 1km away which is open to tourists. Read more

Explore Assam

June 26, 2013

Explore Assam’s variety of tea plantations along with breathtaking picture and thereby marvel perfect landscapes which are incredibly beautiful and extraordinarily captivating. Assam has clean air, better resources and vegetation that will enthrall you.

With its plentiful resources and natural beauty, Assam is the one place that has managed to become a privileged hub for biological diversity. It has at least four national parks along with a number of wildlife sanctuaries which serve as home to hundreds of endangered species.

Manage your busy schedule to experience the distinct culture of Assam that makes it worthy of an exploration. The culture that speaks tons about itself and about its people! Without doubt, the ruins of different dynasties still say volumes about its tradition as well as its growth.

The exploring tour of Assam helps you to discover the beauty of Assam, the breathtaking views of Brahmaputra, the aroma of different varieties of tea and the excitement of seeing rhinos.

Your exploration schedule will be jam packed while visiting to island, a national park, grasslands as well as tea estates in Assam of North East India.

Bird watching tour in the Indian Himalayas

June 19, 2013

Browse through Himalayan Glacier’s innovative tour packages and join at unique birding trip designed to combine exotic locations in the Himalayas. This tour with us tries to bring you close encounter with Sarus, Common and Demoiselle Crane, Black-necked and painted Storks, Asian Openbill, Greylag and Bar-headed Geese and Eurasian Spoonbill, Black-headed Ibis, Eurasian Spoonbill, Pheasant-tailed and Bronzed-winged Jacanas and Oriental Darter.

Begin your bird watching tour with a visit to Bharatpur, famous for Keoladeo Ghana National Park. The National Park has some of the finest wetlands in the world and is now classified as a UNESCO world heritage site. More than 400 species have been recorded in the park.

Furthermore, the wooded area brings we all to the close proximity to the species such as Yellow-footed Green-pigeon, Common Woodshrike, Bay-backed and Long-tailed Shrike, White-eared Bulbul, Red-breasted and Taiga Flycatcher, Indian Grey Hornbill, Yellow-crowned and Indian Pygmy Woodpeckers. Circling above you may see the Grater Spotted Eagle, Red-headed Vulture or Crested Serpent Eagle, and the approaching dusk may bring us Collared Scops Owl, Dusky Horned-Owl or a few nightjars.

Upon completing the trip of Bharatpur, drive for Chambal. A morning boat cruise on the Chambal River enhances you to see Indian Skimmer, Black-bellied Tern, River Lapwing, Small Pratincole, Great Thick-knee, Lesser Pied Kingfisher as well as large flocks of migratory waterfowl, cranes, fish-eating crocodile and marsh mugger, Gangetic dolphin, turtles etc.

Another attraction of this tour is it covers Saatal, the delightful lake city and its magnificent scenery. Along the way, see a large variety of Himalayan species such as Black-throated and Rufous-breasted Accentor, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Blue-Throated Barbet, Black Bulbul, Black-throated and Green-backed Tits, Golden-spectacled, Grey-hooded, Hume’s and Lemon-rumped Warblers, White Crested and Rufous-chinned Laughing Thrush, Dark-throated Thrush, Blacklored, Rufous-bellied Niltava, White-tailed and Siberian Rubythroats, Orange-flanked and Golden Bush Robins.

The journey further extends to Pangot. On the way to Pangot, you enjoy birding at Cheena Peak, Kilbury and Timla Pani. The entire drive takes us through the forested areas of the Cheena Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury, which are the main habitats for some really superb birding.

Also capture into your camera a variety of Himalayan species along the way such as Lammergeier, Himalayan Griffon, Spotted and Slaty-backed Forktail, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Khalij Pheasant, a variety of thrushes and so many others. More than 200 species have been recorded at Pangot and in the surrounding areas. The numerous perennial and seasonal creeks are home to an amazing variety of flora and fauna including the leopard, Yellow-throated Himalayan Martin, Himalayan palm civet, ghoral, barking deer, sambhar, red fox etc.

From Pangot, connect yourself to Corbett National Park, one of the oldest and the first tiger reserve under Project Tiger. Corbett National Park is also famous for elephant safari.

The Golden Temple, Ladakh and Dharamsala Tour

May 24, 2013

The Golden Temple, Ladakh and Dharamsala are wonderful destinations for adventurers interested in exploring the spirituality.

Take a train to Amritsar where you can visit 450 year-old city and the Golden Temple. Amritsar is the most important seat of Sikh history and culture. The Golden Temple glitters with gold and marble and is one of the holiest Sikh shrines.

Afterwards, drive up into the foothills of the Himalayas stopping at the old Colonial hill station of Dalhousie before continuing on to Khajjiar. The drive offers breathtaking views and stunning hiking opportunities. Experience the base of exploration and tranquility.

Set against the backdrop of the dramatic Dhauladhar Mountains, visit Dharamsala. Perched on the high slopes in the upper reaches of Kangra Valley it is the home of Tibetan leader, His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.

Drive over a series of dramatic mountain passes stopping in the towns of Jispa and Serchu before arriving into Leh, the most important town in the Ladakh region. Nestled in a valley of the Indus River and enclosed by snow-covered environs of the Himalayas, Leh has a distinct character that transports you back in time. Today, it is a center of Tibeto-Buddhist culture.

Travel over the spectacular Khardung La Pass at 18,274 ft as you drive to Alchi to see the beautifully- preserved 900-year-old paintings. Explore the colorful temples and gompas of the area, which reflect the culture of Tibet and are home to many ancient manuscripts, images of Buddha, icons, thangkas and stupas.

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