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OffBeat Trails Of India

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No malls, traffic jams or schedules…

Just misty mountains, sparkling streams and waterfalls, the wind in the trees, wild flowers and birds, clear starry skies and white rocks reflecting the moonlight.

The Himalayan Trout House in Nagini is a friendly well connected, comfortable retreat set deep in the heart of rural Himachal, India.

The Trout House Family

Christopher

Trout angler, trekker, camper, musician, alternative educator, vagrant poet and story teller, existentialist with Chriswa, the Great Himalayan Barking Dog

Shefali

Artist, traveler, jungle path wanderer, collector of stones and leaves and little flowers, part time chef and full time mother, with Thumki, miniature lhasa

Kabir

Explorer, entertainer, seeker of bliss in cupboards and in boxes, hide and seek artist, balloon master, learner of languages and perpetual prankster.

 

The Tirthan Valley in Kullu District is one of the most beautiful places in Himachal. Located within the Great Himalayan National Park , the `pucca’ road winds its way lazily along the river through forests and past fields and tiny hamlets with quaint names like Chalogi, Mungla, Nagini, Ghushaini……. numerous paths lead off the road to the snow fed river itself as it gushes its way over the rocks to drop into pools and spread itself out over flats where every stone is visible through its crystal clear waters, home to the wilder brown trout and its cousin, the rainbow trout.

The Himalayan Trout House is a friendly place for locals and visiting fishermen, trekkers, campers and other holiday makers to meet each other, exchange stories, share bonfires and eatouts, read, listen to music, play games, laze in hammocks, tan .. whatever…

 

A modern multi cuisine kitchen serves many of the delicacies available in the city including some surprises. The charming breakfast kitchen next to the gazebo boasts of a wood fired pizza oven , barbeque and crockpot stove. A speciality is, of course the fresh trout accompanied by salads , vegetables and herbs from our bio garden and seasonal fruit from the local orchards

 

The gazebo is an all day social centra for inhouse residents and has a fine selection of music and a fireplace for chillier days.

 

General club facilities provided include a choice of literature, children’s play area, relaxation areas, fishing rods and reels, a studio with art materials and a potters wheel for potters, sculptors and painters, various kites, indoor board games for rainy days and a collection of balls for those who don’t mind running down the hillside to fetch them back.

 

The Trout house offers different options of accommodation.

 

The Eco Cabin: These are light brick walled all weather cabins. They are comfortably furnished and decorated in an ethnic flavour. There are four cabins built around an efficient toilet block with four baths and four toilets.

 

The Mud Hut suites: These are large family suites with an attached bath. They are comfortably furnished and decorated again in a local ethnic flavour. The natural lighting and decor make the mud huts a unique experience to live in.

 

The Stone Cottage suites: These are larger family suites with, of course, an attached bath. They are also comfortably furnished and decorated in a designer ethnic fashion. These rooms are easily comparable with the best you will find in the district.

 

The best seasons to visit are from Mid March to June and then again from September through to November. Even at the height of summer light woolens may be required in the early mornings and late evenings. However the winters in the valley are mild (for Himachal) with many days of bright sunshine and the occasional light snowfall.

 

The Trout house is Wi-Fi enabled.

 

 

Getting There :

By Air

You could fly down to Bhuntar Airport, an hour and a half from the Trout House. There are two flights a week to and from Delhi. Taxis to the Trout House are easily available at the airport.

By Rail

If your catching a train from anywhere else in the country you might by pass Delhi and stop over at Ambala ( 8 hours by road from the Trout House) or even continue to the Railhead at Kiratpur ( 7 hours ). Taxis and buses are easily available for the remainder of the journey from just outside the railway station at Ambala. You would probably have to bargain a bit for a good price

By Road

To get to Nagini (550 kms from Delhi) one must turn off just BEFORE the Larji (Aut) Tunnel an hour before Kulu on the Manali highway from Chandigarh. From Larji ( the dam) it is 26 kms of a pleasant drive along the river via Larji, Chalogi , Bali , Manglore Targali , Sidhwa till Kundan Bridge just under Banjar. DO NOT GO UPTO BANJAR.. At this point turn left towards Goshain. The Trout House is 6 kilometres up this road in Nagini. Look out for our boards after Larji.

The best way is to drive in yourself. The roads are fine all the way. It takes me 11to 12 hours to drive up from Delhi.

Drive down in One day. An early morning departure at 4.30 a.m. from Delhi should have you out of delhi , passing through Panipat in the early morning and crossing Ambala by 10 a.m. Now unless you have a reason to go to Chandigarh you can bypass it by keeping on the double highway to Rajpura. Just 50 metres before the Rajpura toll plaza at Bunnor there is a small road to the right.. Take it.. this leads to Kharar just under Ropar. From there its Ropar – Kiratpur – Swarghat-Bilaspur-Sundernagar-Mandi-Pandoh-Larji tunnel and dam.

Another way to do it is to break journey at the Tourist Rest House in Bilaspur along the way . You could leave Delhi at 11 a.m. to be in Bilaspur by 7 p.m. in time to book in. An early departure at 6 a.m. the next morning will have you in the trout house by 10 a.m. with most of the day still ahead of you.

An alternative stopover could be Sea Star Resorts on the Satluj canal just after Ropar six and a half hours from the Trout House

Another good way is to catch a bus opposite Imperial Hotel on Janpath at 6 p.m. It stops for dinner enroute at about 9.30 p.m. and reaches Larji about 7 a.m. The overnight journey can be quite painless if you slip into the spirit of things. From there a taxi to the Trout House. Bus tickets cost approximately Rs. 500 each and the taxi, seating 5 0r 6 from Aut, another Rs. 600.

And now there is the Volvo Bus that leaves from Himachal Bhavan and cost Rs. 1100- or so.

Travelling back is much the same with the bus leaving from Aut at about 6 p.m. It hits Delhi at about 7 a.m. the next morning and after a brief rest at home you should be able to take on a days work at the office

 

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Another way to do it is to break journey at the Tourist Rest House in Bilaspur along the way . You could leave Delhi at 11 a.m. to be in Bilaspur by 7 p.m. in time to book in. An early departure at 6 a.m. the next morning will have you in the trout house by 10 a.m. with most of the day still ahead of you.
An alternative stopover could be Sea Star Resorts on the Satluj canal just after Ropar six and a half hours from the Trout House
Another good way is to catch a bus opposite Imperial Hotel on Janpath at 6 p.m. It stops for dinner enroute at about 9.30 p.m. and reaches Larji about 7 a.m. The overnight journey can be quite painless if you slip into the spirit of things. From there a taxi to the Trout House. Bus tickets cost approximately Rs. 500 each and the taxi, seating 5 0r 6 from Aut, another Rs. 600.
And now there is the Volvo Bus that leaves from Himachal Bhavan and cost Rs. 1100- or so.
Travelling back is much the same with the bus leaving from Aut at about 6 p.m. It hits Delhi at about 7 a.m. the next morning and after a brief rest at home you should be able to take on a days work at the office

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Rafting Capital

Beach Camp,Sinthali-Rishikesh @ 4000 Per Person
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The Camp 5 promises you an enchanting view of the Ganga at Rishikesh. Set with an aim of understanding nature, it offers a serene and rejuvenating environment. At the first glance, it will seem like the most romantic beach camp on earth. And, why not? Spread over more than 800 meters along the river, surrounded by thick forest, mountains and sunshine, it sure is a dream-like place. But step in, and adventure begins almost instantly. Especially at night. Amidst a starlit sky, moonlit mountains, a silver-shimmering river and a something more you will always wait for.

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The Camp makes available luxurious tents with running hot and cold water. Besides, the camp also serves a variety of cuisines, courtesy the open parachute and dining tent.

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Tariff Sheet – 2012-2013 (valid till June 2013)

1 :Package Price – per person
Price:Rs.  4000.00    
Duration:One night and two days     
1B/F ,1Lunch,1Dinner     
1Rafting (Shivpuri – NIMBeach, Rishikesh(approximately 18 kms)
 
2 :Package Price – per person
Price:Rs.  4400.00    
Duration:One night and two days     
2B/F ,1Lunch,1Dinner     
1Rafting (Shivpuri – NIMBeach, Rishikesh(approximately 18 kms)        

3 :Package Price – per person
Price:Rs.  6000.00    
Duration:Two night and Three days     
2B/F ,2Lunch,2Dinner     
Rs. 6000.00     
1Rafting (Camp – Shivpuri – NIMBeach, Rishikesh(approximately 26 kms)

Price Include
Accommodation at the Camp River Range on twin share
All meals as mentioned in the plan, lunch is veg and dinners include non veg dishes
Rafting as mentioned
Camp games / activities like
Rock climbing
Rappelling
Bonfires
Supervised body Surfing
Kayaking
AM / PM Tea / Coffee supplements with cookies
Light Snacks around the bonfire
Escorted Hikes and Walks around the camp

 

Prices do not include
Any personal expenses like soft drinks, sodas, mineral water, tele calls
Any travel or transfer expenses or pre and post rafting transfers
Any insurance or medical costs
Any taxes and service charges – The same are levied at existing precribed and prevailaing govt policies
Any cost not explicitly covered in the list of inclusions

 

Child Policy
Children below 5 years are complimentary. No extra bed.
Above 5 but less than 10 years- 50% of the printed tariff. Includes extra bed. No rafting.
Above 10 but less than 14 – 75% of the printed tariff.  Includes extra bed. Rafting Camp – Gular (approx 7 kms)
Above 14 are considered as adults.

*Special programs designed for School are available on request

To Book This Package : Call Us At +91-9818426310
Mail Us At : iamsaimahmed@gmail.com


Rafting Capital Of India

Rafting & Spiritual Capital of India – Rishikesh

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Rishikesh, nestled on the bank of holy River Ganga, is a place renowned for its spiritual connections and religious pilgrimage. The city is just 24km from Hardwar – a holy adobe of Lord Shiva, and is home to a number of places of religious importance like Triveni Ghat and Lakshman Jhula. That’s why it allures pilgrims from far and wide. However, Rishikesh has another side to it as well. Its location in the lap of mighty Himalaya and affiliation to the River Ganga make it quite a good option for those with sense of nature and adventure. From trekking to bird-watching and rafting to camping, Rishikesh offers marvelous opportunities for adventure buffs to satiate their fantasy to the core.

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Rishikesh is a great place for river rafting. It’s truly a fun, challenging and daring to undergo this sport in shimmering Ganga River in Rishikesh. The sport is mainly practiced in the upper reaches where the straight portion of Ganga flows swiftly and crashes against constrict gorges, rocky outcrops and falls at deep slopes. Sandy shores of the river allow the rafters to pull up alongside and take rest at intervals.  The either side of the river is lined up with oak, pine and fir trees, and dotted terraced fields and occasional villages, and hence provides scintillating natural beauty to explore. Apart from that, enchanting wildlife can be sighted at a distance. In short, Rishikesh river rafting is the experience of a lifetime full of fun, thrill and excitement. The best time to visit Rishikesh River rafting is between September and November and the months of March to May.

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Nowadays, many travel agencies organize Rishikesh tours. They offer tour packages with inclusion of Rishikesh sightseeing, accommodation and a well-informed travel guide to allow the travelers have a safe, pleasurable and hassle free travel experience. Deals for Rishikesh hotels are also available in varied price ranges. Searching through Internet, one can easily find a suitable travel deal.

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Lets Get One On One

Lets Get One On One

Don’t Ever Mess With Me


THE LAND OF TRUMPET, ROAR AND SONG

                                                             JIM CORBETT                                                                      

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Most people know Jim Corbett from his writings as a famous hunter who became the nemesis of many notorious man-eaters. The lucid accounts of his exploits that he has given in his books generate as much excitement in people’s mind as they did when they were written.  But besides being an articulate writer and accomplished hunter, Jim was a naturalist and conservationist, and a humble man.

A true son-of-the-soil, Jim was born in Nainital on 25th July, 1875. He grew up in Kaladhungi and Nainital, spending much of his childhood exploring the wilderness that lay around. It was here that he developed a deep knowledge of the way of the jungle.

At an early age Jim was faced with the responsibility of supporting his family of six members so he took up a job with the Railways. This was followed by a stint in the Army in World War-I. Afterwards, Jim, a confirmed bachelor, lived in Kaladhungi and Nainital with his sister, Maggie. This was the period when he was summoned many-a-time by villagers and the government to get rid of man-eating tigers or leopards.

But more than a hunter Jim was a wonderful naturalist. He had an excellent observation, was fleet-footed, and had great stamina. While moving in the forests he put all his senses – sight, hearing, smelling and unparalleled knowledge of the tract – to intelligent use. This way he could read the signs of the forests and predict movement of wildlife.

Jim was also a pioneer conservationist and was responsible for demarcating the area for the present-day Corbett National Park. He remained an active member of many wildlife preservation organisations and helped popularise natural history through his writing.

Not many people know that Jim was also an avid photographer and film-maker. He was one of the first persons to capture Indian wildlife on motion film and during his career obtained some rare and interesting footage.

Unlike most other Britishers living in India, Jim blended well with the local populace. He ate their food, spoke their language, lived with them, and was sensitive to their culture and religious beliefs.

However, soon after Independence he distributed his land and property to his associates and migrated to Kenya, where he spent the rest of his life.

Jim’s house at Kaladhungi, 28 km from Corbett National Park on the motorway to Nainital, is now a museum that attracts many of his admirers from far and wide. This museum is managed under the Uttaranchal Forest Department by Corbett Tiger Reserve.

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Even in these times Jim Corbett continues to create a fascination for Nature and all things wild. Jim’s legacy lives on through his books, articles, films, and in the National Park named in his honour.

Land Of Roar,Trumpet and Songs

 National Park has captured the imagination of many with its diverse wildlife and breathtaking landscapes. The natural uniqueness of the area was recognised long ago and so in 1936 Corbett attained the distinction as the first national park to be established in mainland Asia.

Corbett National Park lies in two districts – Nainital and Pauri – in the hill state of Uttaranchal in northern India. It covers an area of 521 sq. km and together with the neighbouring Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and Reserve Forest areas, forms the Corbett Tiger Reserve over 1288 sq. km.

Its geographical location between the Himalayas and the terai, and the streams, rivers and ridges crisscrossing the terrain, present Corbett with a remarkable variety of landscapes. This vivid mosaic of habitats – wet and dry, plain and mountainous, gentle and rugged, forests and grasslands – supports numerous plant and animal species, representing Himalayan as well as plains kinds. The most famous of Corbett’s wild residents are the Bengal Tiger and the Asiatic Elephant, but with about 600 species of avifauna Corbett is one of the richest bird regions of India.

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A BLEND OF NATURE AND CULTURE

Corbett isn’t just about Nature. It is also a rich treasure of history and cultural heritage. The park has a long tradition of conservation. The fact that it is the oldest National Park of the Asia and India’s first Tiger Reserve itself symbolises that Corbett is a pioneer in efforts at preserving our natural heritage.

The great naturalist-writer Jim Corbett needs little introduction. His writings have fascinated generations of wildlife enthusiasts and he still commands no less appeal nowadays. The areas in and around the present day Corbett National Park were the stage for his exciting adventures in wilderness. Most of his man-eater hunting expeditions also took place in the same areas. Jim Corbett lived in Kaladhungi, where his house has been made into a Museum dedicated to his life and times.

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Besides being located at a biogeographic confluence, Corbett National Park is situated at the junction of two distinct hill regions of Uttaranchal – Garhwal and Kumaon. Hence, the Park represents a synthesis of cultures of both these mountain areas.

Corbett has been a haunt for tourists and wildlife lovers for a long time. Tourism is allowed in selected areas of Corbett Tiger Reserve so that people get an opportunity to see its splendid landscape and the diverse wildlife living here. 

In recent years the number of people coming here has increased dramatically. Presently, every season more than 70,000 visitors come to the park from India and abroad.

 General Information

Altitude: 385-1100 m above mean sea level

 Annual rainfall: 1400-2800 mm.

 Temperature range: 4°C in winter to 42°C during summer.

 

When to Visit

Corbett remains open to tourists from 15th November to 15th June. The main reason for closure of the Park during the rest of the year is that during the monsoons most of the roads get washed away. Repair work starts after the rains end and it is only by November that roads are back in motorable condition.

 

Getting there

The town of Ramnagar forms the headquarters of Corbett Tiger Reserve. It is well connected to important places by road and rail.

By Road: Ramnagar is connected by road to Delhi, Moradabad, Bareilly and Naintial. State transport buses ply regularly from Delhi, Moradabad, Haldwani to Ramnagar. The approach routes are:

Delhi-Gajrola-Moradabad-Kashipur-Ramnagar           (240 km)

Bareilly-Kichha-Haldwani-Ramnagar                        (160 km)

By Rail: A direct train to Ramnagar runs from New Delhi. Alternatively, one can come upto Haldwani/Kashipur/Kathgodam and come to Ramnagar by road.


Camp Rapid Fire

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No television, no blaring music, no bright lights … seem dull? Wrong. It is one of the most exciting places you could visit.

Camp RapidFire is situated on the banks of the mighty river Ganga. However as it passes by the camp, it is still the playful, impetuous child of the mountains, not the mature and steady giant of the plains.

RapidFire is a river beach camp. Which means it is situated on a large tract of white sand on the river banks. Which of course means you can spend the day sunning yourself on the beach and fall asleep listening to the melodious lullaby of the river.

Of course this stretch of the river with its playful rapids and mischievous eddies is also one of the most popular white water rafting stretches in the country. Now onder it is also called the MECCA of white water rafting in India.

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There is no electricity. We prefer it like that, and so do our clients. As the sun sets the kerosene lanterns dot the stretch of the camp, each one an island of warm cheer. Many of our clients prefer not to use even flashlights outside the tents. The stars, resplendent in their isolation from interfering city lights are usually bright enough to see by on a clear night.

River Rafting Delight

Rishikesh is rightfully called the Mecca of white water rafting in India. It is here that the sport has seen its beginnings and is coming to maturity. The river Ganga has been host to many a great white water sportsmen from all over the world and it has not been without reason. The upper valley tributaries of the Ganga, the Alaknanda and the Bhagirathi are reasonable expedition level rivers. They meet at Devprayag to form the Ganga which for the next 70 km to Rishikesh is another expedition in itself. The 35 km of the river from Kaudiyala to Rishikesh is the commercial white water hub of the country. With more than 50 riverside camps and over 150 river rafting outfitters, the sport of river rafting is growing by leaps and bounds in India by the passing years. But it is the section from Shivpuri to Rishikesh that sees the maximum number of river rafting enthusiasts every year.Image

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