Want to experience the true essence of Incredible India? These experiences will surely take you closer:
1. Living Roots Bridges, Meghalaya
Meghalaya is not only home to Cherrapunjee, the wettest place on earth but is also home to a marvel of bio-engineering: living root bridges. The local Khasis have perfected the art of creating living root bridges using rubber tree roots and betel nut trunks. These bridges take over 10-15 years to grow but last around 500 years and get stronger with time as the roots grow! The Umshiang double decker root bridge is the only one of its kind in the world. One has to cross over 3,500 steps across hills, move over steel bridges across rivers and rickety rope pathways to reach this beautiful place. It’s all totally worth it!
Base for the activity: Cherrapunjee Holiday Resort
Watch the sun set over the Khasi hills and valleys, with the twinkling lights of Bangladesh laid out below. This hotel is lovely, simple and superbly run. There are two buildings housing the resort’s rooms. The newer building’s Executive Rooms are a stone’s throw from the main structure. The standard and deluxe options are in the main building and their doors all open onto the central, circular dining room, which would be great for groups and large families.
The property is run by a family with most of the staff being women and they are always happy to arrange drivers, guides for the trek, maps, anything you might want your trip memorable.
2. Chadar Trek, Ladakh, J&K
Chadar trek is one of the most thrilling and adventurous trek and totally one for your bucket list. The Chadar trek is basically performed on a frozen river called the “Zanskar River”. During summers, this river doesn’t disappoint the enthusiastic tourist as it becomes a perfect location for river rafting expedition; and during the winters, it transforms into an ice sheet (a “chadar” of snow) where the famous trek is performed. The trek covers the distance of approximately 105 km on foot, an average trekker completes a distance of 15-17 km each day. The best time to do the Chadar trek is January to February, when the temperature during the winters drops sometimes to -30 to -35 degrees which makes the Zanskar Lake look like a mesmerizing crystal lake. The views are simply breathtaking and the experience is a lifetime memory!
Base for the activity: Ladakh Sarai
Come live as nomads do! Perched above the raging Indus River and resting quietly below the massive Ladakh range exists a peaceful green oasis – the serene grounds of the Ladakh Sarai. The Sarai is Ladakh’s premier eco resort, a tribe of 16 yurt-style bungalows and 6 mud hut cottages nestled in a beautiful grove of willow, poplar, apricot and apple trees. The Sarai is situated comfortably apart from bustling Leh town, just a 10 minute (7 km.) scenic drive away through winding streets, quaint bazaars, and desert stretches. The Ladakh Sarai was created in 1978 by the British adventure travel pioneers, Tiger Mountain. They have maintained the rustic and unique feel of private, cozy yurts, while adding the comforts of attached baths.
3. Desert National Park, Jaisalmer
Desert National Park is situated in Rajasthan near the town of Jaisalmer. This is one of the largest national parks, covering an area of 3162 km². The Desert National Park is an excellent example of the ecosystem of the That Desert. Sand dunes form around 20% of the Park. It is a spectacular representative of the desert ecosystem with exceptional beauty with endless expanse of sand, sand dunes, broken rock formations and an interesting array of unique flora and fauna. The best way to explore the lifestyle of the countryside and the magnificent wildlife at the Desert National Park is by setting out on an adventure filled camel or jeep safari.
Base for the activity: Suryagarh
Suryagarh occupies a bluff atop a low hill. Right from the entrance — with its large doorways, water bodies and arches — it transports you to the age of royalty. And, much like the fort, the hospitality, too, is grand. As you enter, rose petals gently waft from the rooftop to greet you; the rhythmic beats of large drums are almost hypnotic; folk artists create an interesting spectacle; a pandit blesses you and a smiling general manager ushers you in. The hotel has been planned on a sprawling scale: the property, with three floors, has 62 rooms and suites; a spa called Rait; a fitness centre called Akhara; restaurants Nosh and Legends of Marwad; Draksh, the bar; Tash, the cards and billiards room; and Neel, the indoor swimming pool. All this is in the midst of lush gardens, elegant courtyards, lakes and other water bodies. A visit to Suryagarh ensures retro revival with a contemporary twist..besides, a vacation can’t get more royal than this.
4. Rafting on the Ganges
Rishikesh is quite famous for its white water rafting on the holy Ganges river. About 30 kms from Haridwar, an important pilgrimage center in India, Rishikesh also is a holy destination for Hindus. But for adventure lovers, Rishikesh offers not only grade 4+ rafting, but many other adventurous options like rock climbing, bungee jumping, kayaking etc. The thrill of entering going through rapids never dies down, no matter how many times you undergo rafting on the Ganges! This is one experience you would want to have multiple times and yet enjoy it equally each time!
Base for the activity: Atali Ganga
‘Atali Ganga’ offers an array of interesting outdoor activities for adventure enthusiasts of all ages. The activities range from rafting, wall climbing, mountain biking, hiking, astronomy, yoga, kayaking, world-class high-ropes course or even camping out for a night within the property. The activities are conducted by our Active Officers with a separate outdoor schedule for kids while using world-class equipments. The resort also boasts of an alfresco swimming pool overlooking the valley and indoor play area for kids with a collection of board games and books. The USP of ATALI, is a High Ropes Course, Altitude@Atali, one of the fastest growing outdoor and team building activities across the globe. It will challenge you, inspire you, and at times, humble you!
For the discerning guests, the resort offers gastronomic Indian and Continental cuisines at its 60 seater White Water Café, with options of both indoor and outdoor dining. The White Water Café offers glimpses of India’s wild rivers, off thundering rapids, and artefacts from India’s hidden corners.
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