Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Skiing – An Ultimate Adventure in Snow

Have you ever known how it feels to be surrounded by the mighty Himalayan Mountains? Do you know how it feels when you slip your feet into heavy ski boots, clamp them on to the skis and let gravity do the rest? Have you experienced travelling in cruise control down snow slopes leaving behind a blazing trail of white powder?

Go ahead, try the ultimate adventure in the snowy mountains – Skiing!

The Himalayan Kingdom spread over India and Nepal offers a number of options for an exciting Skiing adventure. For instance, Gulmarg, with the world's highest cable car is rated amongst the top 5 ski areas in the world. And there are many other places that deserve mention:

Auli: You can reach Auli via Delhi - Rishikesh - Shivpuri - Rudraprayag – Joshimath. The best time to visit is between January and March each year. Part of the state of Uttarakhand, the Auli Ski Resort is located at a height of 9,000 feet above sea level.

Solang: Part of the Kullu-Manali area, Solang is among the most scenic ski areas in India. Situated at a height of 2,800 Mts, Solang offers Ski slopes for beginners as well as experts. Manali is also connected by a 40 Kms road to Bhuntar, the closest airport with regular flights to Delhi.

Gulmarg: It is part of the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir that has often been referred to as ‘Paradise on Earth’. Located at a height of 2732 Mtrs, the city offers the best Ski resort in the country. Gulmarg is a place that has been host to several National Winter Games Championships.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Adventure in Summer Vacation

Looking for some nice adventure this vacation? You can of course go in for some routine hill station holiday, relax at some resort or explore some beaches. Or even better!

If you are the adventurous kinds and love to take on challenges, then why not go in for a Safari Adventure?

Most agencies today offer a variety of activities for an adventure holiday, such as:

Off-Roading: This activity typically involves the use of 4x4 SUV’s that are tough enough to travel through all kinds of terrains, such as deserts, swamps, snowy areas, hilly areas. This activity obviously requires exceptional driving skills, and most importantly, a spirit to take on challenges. Off-roading can include activities such as dune bashing, mudding, rock crawling, etc.

Elephant Safaris: An elephant is the best medium to explore wildlife sanctuaries and natural parks, as they can negotiate through the roughest terrains that even a jeep cannot. India and many countries in Africa can provide you with the ideal elephant safari experience.

Camel Safaris: Camels have been the preferred mode of transport in desert areas since thousands of years. So if you plan a holiday to a desert area in a country like India or Egypt, you can always try your hand at Camel Safari.

Mountain Biking: There is a huge variety of specialised road bikes available for a mountain biking experience. In most cases, the adventure company provides you the bike on rent. However ensure to remain under supervision unless you are already a veteran in this activity.

Self-drive Safaris: In case you are already a seasoned safari adventurer and have your own SUV, then you can also consider a self-drive safari. The best part is that you don’t have any interference and plan your adventure the way you want to. However, do ensure to keep a medical emergency number in handy and carry all essential medical-aid equipment.

Jack Albert is a dedicated writer, writes for MHE, which provides trekking india and jeep safaris in India

Monday, March 16, 2009

Trekking Adventure in the Himalayan Kingdom

The mighty Himalayan kingdom is one of the largest and well-known mountain ranges of the world. Himalayas separate the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan plateaux, and are home to the highest peaks including K2 and Mount Everest.

The Himalayan mountain range is spread across six countries including Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan. Some of the world's major rivers, the Indus, the Ganges, the Brahmaputra, and the Yangtze, rise in the Himalayas.

Famous for its picturesque views and heavenly locations, the Himalayas offer rich opportunities for trekking adventure. Ascending the heights and being a part of the Himalayan landscape is an experience that you will cherish for all your life. Trekking in the Himalayas is a mix of fun, thrill and adventure.

The treks in Himalayas are often categorized as easy, moderate and tough. Easy treks can be explored by amateurs in areas such as Indrahar Pass and Chandra Tal. Among the moderate treks, you can experience ‘Dalhousie-Manali over Marhu Pass’ and Dharamsala Nayagroeon Trekking. Friendship Peak and ‘Jagatsukh to Base of Deo Tibba’ are treks meant for die-hard trekkers.

If you are new to trekking in India, it is advisable to take help of a professional tour organizer. The organizers can not only manage complete logistics but also help you select the right trek as per your ability. In fact, some agencies also offer the help of Sherpas, local inhabitants who are well-versed with the mountain areas.

We at MHE provide trekking india and jeep safaris. We also provide adventural rishikesh rafting.

Contact us here-

Mercury Himalayan Explorations Ltd.
Jeevan Tara Building
Parliament Street, New Delhi - 110001, India
Tel: 011-23340033, 23346209
EMAIL: info@himalayanadventure.com

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Friday, March 6, 2009

High Adventure in North India

A Dose of High Adventure in North India

The states in North India may not be very popular on the global map. However they offer a number of exciting adventure opportunities for the adventurous kinds.

Not only does the region boast of a highly picturesque landscape and a colourful culture, it also offers innumerable leisure opportunities. For this reason, the area is fast gaining importance within India as well among foreign tourists.

Some of the activities that you can enjoy are:

Rock Climbing: The abundance of Rocky Mountains in the state of Himachal Pradesh makes it a favourite among rock climbing enthusiasts. The sport is however not for the faint-at-heart, and you are advised to seek professional guidance. There are many agencies that arrange rock climbing expeditions in the area, an activity that is even getting popular in corporate workshops.

Camping: You can book a camp in the forest area, on the mountain foothills or at the bank of the river Ganges. The camps at Shivpuri are very famous and offer a choice of luxury tents as well. There are a number of adventure activities that you can enjoy such as astronomy, yoga, bird watching and wild life.

Rafting: The city of Rishikesh in Uttaranchal provides amazing avenues for White-Water Rafting. Rafting in Rishikesh can be enjoyed by professionals as well as amateurs. Most operators offer the services of guides who ensure the safety of the rafters. However you are advised to exercise proper precaution and follow the instructions of the guides.

We at MHE provide rafting in india and skiing in india. We also provide adventural corporate training in india.

Contact us here-

Mercury Himalayan Explorations Ltd.
Jeevan Tara Building
Parliament Street, New Delhi - 110001, India
Tel: 011-23340033, 23346209
EMAIL: info@himalayanadventure.com

Website - himalayanadventure.com

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Fixed Departure Rafting Weekends at Shivpuri

Whitewater Rafting and Adventure Weekends at Shivpuri (Rishikesh)
Fixed departures from Delhi every weekend

Now it’s easy to organize transport for small groups and individuals for rafting weekends at Shivpuri. Every weekend between October 2008 and May 2009, Mercury Himalayan Explorations will be running fixed departures for weekend rafting and adventure getaways at our exclusive Beach Camp at Shivpuri near Rishikesh.

Travel on our bus with other adventure enthusiasts. Our trips include return AC transport from Delhi, all meals, two rafting trips, adventure activities and camping for one night in deluxe tents in our own exclusive camp on the silver-sands banks of the Ganga.
Price: Rs. 4750/- per person plus 3.09% service tax.

We are a brand adventure travel company and provide trekking in India, Nepal and Bhutan. We also provide religious tours in India.

Contact us here-

Mercury Himalayan Explorations Ltd.
Jeevan Tara Building
Parliament Street, New Delhi - 110001, India
Tel: 011-23340033, 23346209
EMAIL: info@himalayanadventure.com

Website - himalayanadventure.com

Friday, February 20, 2009

Fix Trekking Season in Himalaya

Fixed Departure Treks

With the weather warming up nicely we are gearing up for the return of the trekking season in the Himalayas. We organized the first ever trekking expeditions into the Spiti valley, the Nanda Devi Inner Sanctuary, the Siachen Glacier and the Kanchenjunga Base Camp, and today we run hundreds of treks all over the Himalayas.

To kick off, we have 2 fantastic fixed departure trips; one a popular classic, the other a more unusual trek combined with a 3-day rafting expedition.

Dodital Trek: 6th - 12th March 2009
The Dodital trek is a unique combination of adventure, temples, flora and fauna. The scenic beauty on the trails is breathtaking: situated at an elevation of 9,680 ft, Dodital lake is home to the Himalayan trout and is surrounded by dense woods of oak, pine, deodar and rhododendrons.
Price: Rs. 14,860/- per person plus 3.09% service tax

Daanda Ka Nagraj Trek and Ganga Rafting Expedition : 14th -19th Mar 09
At an altitude of 4,855 ft Daanda Ka Nagraj is a famous Nag temple in the Pauri-Garhwal region. The trek is moderate and begins at the village of Singthali, leading up to Byasghat (a fantastic camping spot) before a steep climb to the temple.
On the last day we trek down to Devprayag where the Bhagirati meets the Alaknanda to form the Ganga, and mount our rafts for three consecutive days of rafting on grade 3 & 4 rapids all the way to Rishikesh, camping out under the stars each night.
Price: Rs. 16,290/- per person plus 3.09% service tax
Shivpuri Beach Camp
Now is also a great time of the year to visit our deluxe beach camp on the banks of the Ganga at Shivpuri. Our camp is situated on the opposite side of the river from the road and has unique access only by raft. Aside from exhilarating rafting on grade 3 & 4 rapids, we also have a range of activities including kayaking, ropes courses and trekking.

Packages start at R. 3500/- per person (plus 3.09% service tax) for a 1 night 2 day trip with 2 rafting sessions.
Mercury Himalayan Exploration http://www.himalayanadveture.com/

We are Leader in Adventure Travel in India, Nepal and Bhutan. We also provide Corporate Training and Jeep Safaris in India.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

White Water Rafting In India

For the most part, rafting history dates to 1869 when John Powel lead a team of explorers the Grand Canyon in small decked wooden oar boats. Similar explorations carried on for another 40 years. 40 years of explorations, innovations and accidents finally saw the launch of the first ever paid commercial expedition down the Grand Canyon in 1909. Today, Grand Canyon offers the largest commercial Whitewater section in the world.

Rafting in India surprisingly has fairly deep roots. As early as 1947, Maharaja of Patiala and a couple of his friends rafted down some of the sections of the Ganga. 1977 saw the launch of the first Indo-German expedition on the Indus. At that time it was a record in high altitude rafting. In the 80s international companies like Sobek started running trips in a few rivers in India. In 1984 the first Indo American expedition rafted down the Alaknanda and the Ganga. This was the expedition that laid the roots of commercial white water sports in the country.

Rafting started commercially around 1985 with only 150 clients throughout the year. Today, there are more than 100 operators who specialise in white water activities handling more than 1,00,000 people every year. Domestic tourism is contributing a major chunk of these earnings. With economy being liberalised , many Indian families and corporate houses are now breaking out of their shells and taking on adventure activities for recreation and human resource development.

Today commercial rafting is being carried out in many rivers around the country. We have the Ganga, Alaknanda and Bhagirathi in Garhwal, Beas, Sutlej and Spiti in Himachal, Indus and Zanskar in Ladakh, Teesta in Sikkim and Bhramaputra in Arunachal. Other rivers like Sharda, Lohit, Sindh, Lidder, Rangeet, and, Tons have been negotiated but need be developed more commercially.

The Ganga is revered as the holiest river in India and is today also become famous as the white water capital of this huge nation. Its proximity to Delhi, it’s pristine white sandy beaches and the inviting emerald green waters make for an ideal destination for weekend and short expeditions. Today there are more than 20 rafting companies with luxury camps along the Ganga, which offer simple but comfortable accommodation and a variety of rafting and adventure trips to choose from.

The Indian Association of Professional Rafting Outfitters (IAPRO) represents the entire rafting community of India and strictly controls the environment and safety standards amongst it’s members.

Today, even after the sport is more than a decade old there are still no standard guidelines adopted by any of the state governments to ensure safety of the novice client. Seeing the growth rate in white water sports a lot of fly by night operators have started operating in Rishikesh, Manali, Ladakh and Sikkim. Most of these operators do not adhere to the basic safety norms like running a trip with a backup kayak or raft for effective rescue. Checking the buoyancy of life jackets before every season, giving the safety briefing to the client and carrying first aid boxes in the raft.

It is because of this kind of negligence that we had a tragic accident early last year where 6 students died when rafting. To date, there has been no action to bring the guilty to justice. Local authorities have now gone to the other extreme where they have formed regulations without consulting anybody with experience in the field. As a result the present scenario does not, I repeat does not improve safety in any manner and at the same time stunts the growth of the industry by making it next to impossible for anybody to operate.

At himalayanadventure, we provide many services including shivpuri rafting and jeep safaris.

Written by Akshay Kumar from himalayanadventure

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Get Holiday Adventure Season

The Himalayan mountain range provides much more then scenic beauty. Besides the breathtaking views and locations, there are various activities that you can do especially if you are of the adventurous kinds.

However owing to the typical nature of the place, it is advisable to use the services of an adventure tour company.

Trekking: The Himalayan area is divided across different regions including Ladakh, Himachal, Sikkim, Garhwal, Bhutan and Nepal, and provides many exciting avenues for a trekking adventure tour.

Skiing and Snowboarding: What use are those snow-clad mountains if you cannot catch some great skiing fun? A Himalayan adventure is never complete without Skiing and Snowboarding.

Climbing: With the right kind of guidance and equipment, climbing mountains can be a very interesting activity and can be performed even by non-experts. The Himalayas offer various high mountains with exciting climbing options. However ensure that you are physically fit and under professional supervision.

Corporate Training: Conferences at our Adventure camps make an ideal, productive getaway with a lot of hard work & fun.

Rafting: With various rivers enclosed within its mighty mountains, the Himalayas are excellent for rafting expeditions. Rafting is a highly thrilling activity best enjoyed with a group of friends.

Luxury Camps: If you are the kind who wants an exotic holiday yet does not want to miss out on the comfort of a hotel, luxury camps are for you. There are many adventure tour companies that set up luxury camps in the region. Most of these caps provide regular electricity and running water.

Jack Albert is a dedicated writer, writes for MHE, which provides rishikesh rafting and Corporate Training in India.