As part of our Go Beyond series; we bring to you some cool adventure options to beat the summer heat this season. – from trekking down the valleys of Darjeeling to Kayaking through the rapids of the Ganges to navigating your way through the untouched jungles of Cherapunjee to reach the only double decker natural roots bridge in the world.
The Tathagata Experience!
Location: Darjeeling, West Bengal
Qacco Partner: Tathagata Farm
Leave the Darjeeling chaos and head to this heaven if you are in search of great food, comfort and more importantly, lovely people. Tathagatha will transport you to a different world and make you feel like living like one among the Darjeeling residents in the hills. Imagine waking up to the tweeting of birds and to a view of a large expanse of green overlooking a valley and Himalayas, drinking hand-brewed tea, walking through a sun flower laden path to an open kitchen for breakfast and hiking to a river-stream for a fresh dip early in the morning. Tathagata Farm has received the Best Homestay Award from Lonely Planet & Multiple Certificate of Excellence Awards over the years from Trip Advisor making it one of the Top Rated Homestay/Farm Stay options in the country.
Description: If you think Darjeeling gives you the grand experience of living in the mountains then wait till you reach Sandakphu and realize the ultimate grandeur of life in the high mountains where nature is at her pristine best. Of course you will have to make an effort and trek uphill to experience this ‘top of the world’ feeling but surely it is worth all the effort.
Located at an altitude of 3,636m, Sandakphu is the highest peak of the Singalila Ridge or infact in the entire state of West Bengal; no doubt you will have the most visually stimulating view here. Four out of the five highest mountains in the world – Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Lhotse; all these peaks appear at the horizon and baffle your eyes. The grandeur of snow capped mountains, battalions of colourful wild flowers like primulas, rhododendron, magnolias, orchids and many other sub-alpine flowers, the melodic chirp of birds filling the air and the fresh green smell will elate all your senses.
Package Components: Stay at Tathagata Farm; homestays en-route the trek; all meals; trek guide
Alternate Options: Instead of the long (5N 6D) trek, you can also choose a basic dwelling down the valley trek (2N 3D) which is a great way to see how the locals scattered in the villages of Darjeeling hills live their lives. An adventure that takes you to walk the paths normally not known to tourist, homestays that are slowly opening their doors to the travelers, generally shy in nature these farmers will show you how they live and your guide will tell the story of Darjeeling as you dwell down the valley.
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The Atali Experience!
Location: Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Qacco Partner: Atali Ganga
Atali offers amazing options to make memorable, the camaraderie with friends and family. Delicious meals, a fantastic location, and a host of activity and leisure options make it one of the top holiday options in north India. Atali with its range of activities has become a top rated destination in itself!
A wonderful, private, quiet weekend in the valley of India’s holiest river, the Ganga! A 12– hour activity schedule offers you options ranging from yoga, birding, rafting, climbing wall, kayaking, mountain biking, high ropes challenges! Enjoy campfire sun downers at their lovely deck and delicious meals served at the White Water Cafe!
Adventure Offering: Kayaking on the Ganges (2N, 3D)
Description: A smashing new dimension to the whitewater experience! Guide your own inflatable kayak (IK) through the rapids of the Ganga, either alone or with a partner. The kayaks that they use are quick, maneuverable, and very stable if paddled with an aggressive spirit. Their experienced guides will lead your group down the river, and will give you tips for safe whitewater inflatable kayaking. An Inflatable Kayak (IK), or Ducky, is more stable than a hard shell kayak and easier to master.
Package Components: Stay at Atali; inflatable Kayak; experienced guide; all meals
Alternate Options: ‘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, world-class high-ropes course or even camping out for a night within the property. The activities are conducted by their Active Officers with a separate outdoor schedule for kids while using world-class equipments.
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The Cherrapunjee Experience!
Location: Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
Qacco Partner: 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.
Adventure Offering: Double Decker Roots Bridge Trek (2N, 3D)
Description: 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 3500 steps across hills, move over steel bridges across rivers and rickety rope pathways to reach this beautiful place. It’s all totally worth it!
Package Components: Stay at Cherrapunjee Holiday Resort; all meals; vehicle pick up & drop from the property to the trek starting point; local trek guide; evening performance by local artists at the resort.
Alternate Options: There are various short treks and river crossing through rope/iron bridges options also available to suit every kind of adventure seeker.
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