Conquering The Unconquerable: Mount Everest

Called as Sagarmāthā in Nepal, Chomolungma in China, the majestic Mount Everest has been captivating adventurous men and women since ages. When Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary made the first official ascent towards Mount Everest in 1953, it opened an exciting doorway, a path for others to follow.

8,848 meters high Mount Everest is located in the  Mahalangur range, and an international border between China and Nepal pass through its precise summit point.

Mount Everest trekking
Mount Everest trekking (image source: Wikipedia)

Nearby peaks include Lhotse, 8,516 meters, Nuptse, 7,855 meters and Changtse, 7,580 meters.

Mount Everest received its name in 1865 by the Royal Geographical Society after recommended by Andrew Waugh, the British Surveyor General of India.

Experience of Trekking To Everest Base Camp

There are basically two base camps, located on two opposite sides of Mount Everest. While the South Base Camp is located in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 meters, the North Base Camp is located in Tibet, at an altitude of 5,150 meters.

Trekkers can experience the unique Sherpa culture while trekking to the base camp, and visit numerous monasteries and museums along the way, which provide a glimpse of the magnificent history of Mount Everest, and tells the stories of the brave men and women who dared to conquer it.

Passing via breath-taking valleys and deep gorges, the trekker can actually feel a sense of accomplishment, as he walks the virgin paths and breathes in fresh oxygen. Around 40,000 people trek annually via Nepal and Tibet routes, and no doubt, this endeavour needs physical fitness of the highest order.

Best Time To Trek?

As per experts, the periods between March to May, and then September to December are considered as the best phase for trekking to Everest base camp.

Winters are usually harsh, and brutal, and most of the lodges, guest houses in higher altitudes remain closed. And, during monsoons, which is from July to September, there is always heavy downpour, which even hides the clouds and makes trekking a bit tough. Hence pre-monsoon and post-monsoon periods are strongly recommended for trekking there.

If you are interested to know more about Everest Base Camp Trek, then there is an excellent resource at Mojhi.com, which can clear all your doubts and apprehensions regarding the same.

Besides, you can also take their help for starting the trek, at the earliest!

What Is Kayaking & Where Can You Do Kayaking In India?

If you are an adventure enthusiast, who loves the adrenaline rush and the thrill of action, then kayaking is the sports to choose. And trust me, you won’t ever regret it.

What Is Kayaking?

In layman terms, kayaking means using a kayak to move across water. Super fast.

Just like a canoe type boat, a kayak is the ‘vehicle’ which is rowed by the paddler, and used to move ahead across water. Compared to canie, Kayaks are low to the water, wherein the paddler sits facing forward. Using the double bladed paddle, the paddler pulls front to back and then back to front on the other side. In synchronized rotation, which helps the kayak to move on the water.

Swiftly, gently and injecting adrenaline into your system.

Nowadays, inflatable kayaks have also come into the market, replacing the traditional closed deck, sit on top kayaks.

Earlier, our ancestors used wooden kayaks in rivers and seas to catch fishes. Sometimes, even whale skeletons were used for creating kayaks!

But things are easier now. If you are looking to buy kayaks in India, then there are few very good options present like Madras Fun Tools.

Where Can You Do Kayaking In India?

Kayaking as a adventure sports is now gaining momentum across India.

Some of the top destinations for doing kayaking in India includes:

Brahmaputra River in Assam: The expedition starts from Tuting, where the majestic Tsang Po River of Tibet transforms into the Siang River of Arunachal Pradesh. The hiking starts from Jedu village, and the route which forms is: Palsi village, Pango, Cherring, Geku, Yembung, Rotung Village and finally to Dibrugarh.

Kayaking in India
Kayaking in India

Rishikesh in Uttrakhand: Starting at Brahmapuri, the expedition takes you into the ups and downs of rapids which have been named as Initiations, Double Trouble, Terminator and Hilton. At the end, you reach Rishikesh, after passing via hundreds of ashrams and temples.

Devprayag, Karnataka: This expedition is conducted on the Kali river in Karnataka, which is another popular destination for kayaking fans in India. Starting at Devprayag, which is a turbulent river, you pass through Rajaji National Park and Vyas Ghat.

Kayaking in India
Kayaking in India

Andaman & Nicobar: Kayaking can be a great option in Andaman & Nicobar islands to touch and feel wildlife, natural habitats first hand. You can take help from guides, who can tell you the correct path to navigate forests, virgin islands and marine life along the way. Kayaking is normally calm here, as there are no fierce rivers with rapids. However, during rains, the sea can become a bit rough.

So, gear up with kayaks, and experience the thrill of your life! Do share your experiences of kayaking in India by commenting right here!

Bonus: A good resource to buy SUP in India

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Goa Will Never Be The Same With ibis Styles Resort – Spice Up Your Travel, With Style!

ibis Hotels has launched their first ibis Styles Resort in Goa, and going by the looks and feel of it, it promises to provide an extravagant yet economical, mesmerizing and grandeur experience for tourists.

Paris based Accor Hotel, which owns ibis Hotel, has a commanding experience of 49 years in providing hospitality across 94 countries via 3700 hotels and promises an unforgettable Goan trip via its flagship ibis Styles resorts.

ibis Styles Resort in Goa - Review
ibis Styles Resort in Goa – Review

What Makes ibis Styles Resort Irresistible?

First of all, it’s the location: When you find a comfortable, economical and truly world class resort near Calangute beach, just 4 minutes away and 9 minutes from Baga beach, then it’s pure bliss.

When Tivai beach is just 750 steps from your Goan address, then it’s the ultimate convenience to have the best of both the worlds.

The actual accommodation for the traveler itself has been planned meticulously: The rooms will provide spacious 23 square meters of your own world, whereas an additional 3 square meters of balcony will assist you to have a magnificent view of the surroundings.

ibis Styles Resort in Goa - Review
View of rooms inside ibis Styles Resort in Goa

One pointer which is irresistible for the net-savvy traveler: whooping 5 Mbps Internet speed in every room, which supports 3 devices. So, you can easily upload your amazing vacation pictures, instantly, and share the joy with your friends and family.

And maybe make them envy as well!

Experience Authentic Goan Cuisines @ Spice It Restaurants

If you wish to taste authentic Goan food and culinary  delights, then you have to be present at Ibis Styles resort. Spice It Restaurant inside the resort will deal with your craving of local cuisine.

At Spice It restaurant, you can find some hard to find local cuisines such as: Caldo Verde, Mushroom Xacuti, Spicy Pork Chourico, Kingfish recheado, Chicken Cafreal, Chicken Xacuti, Prawn Balchao and Fish Ambotik.

Review of ibis Styles Resort in Goa
Spice It Restaurant @ ibis Styles Resort in Goa

If you are too tired to venture out, then you can order the food right inside your room, with special menu for late night food adventures. Then ibis Styles Goa bar will help you unwind and relax, and enjoy a calm evening of high spirits.

Eco-friendly Accommodation: Protect The Environment While You Can

ibis Styles Goa Calangute Resort is probably the first among major resorts to introduce eco-friendly rooms, known as ‘Planet 21’ rooms, which have been exclusively designed to sustain our environment with some smart planning.

By not changing the linens and towels, the laundry saving are used to fund plantation of trees, thereby helping the local Goan ecosystem and supporting the green cause.

So, if you are planning to visit Goa during International Film Festival of India (IFFI) between 20th and 30th November; or St. Francis Xavier’s Feast on December 3rd or Christmas and New Year celebrations, then you know where you need to stay in order to fully maximize your trip.

At ibis Styles Goa Resort, you can have an ultimate Goan experience – spiced up, and enthralling.

Taj Mahal To Get Free WiFi For 30 Minutes Effective June 16, 2015; Rs 30 Per Hour Charge After Free Usage

Archeological Survey of India (ASI) has partnered with BSNL to provide free WiFi service at Taj Mahal. This service will initiate effective June 16th. Once the free usage is over, users would have to shell out Rs 30 per hour to use the service.

As per reports emerging, officials from Delhi are already on their way to Agra to properly implement the project. On asked why the free WiFi service is not being extended for more than 30 minutes, an official from ASI shared that this decision has been taken to avoid ‘prolonged stay’ of tourists inside the monument.

free wifi at taj mahal
Image Source: dqchannels.com

Telecom and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will formally inaugurate the service on June 16th at a special function at Agra.

Quadgen, a Bangalore based technology company, will provide the wireless support and technological infrastructure for the WiFi service.

ASI said that they kept on receiving numerous complaints from tourists regarding the WiFi service at India’s most important tourist destination. After conducting a feasibility study, BSNL suggested 30 minutes package of free WiFi, after which a nominal charge of Rs 30/hour would be deducted.

Inside Agra, cantonment is the only area where free WiFi is currently being provided. I recently shared that besides being India’s most visited tourist place, Taj Mahal is the most popular Google Street View destination as well. 368 year old Taj Mahal attracts 45 lakh tourists or 12,000 visitors per day. It is already an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Depending on the success of this project, ASI may initiate WiFi service at other tourist destinations in and around Agra as well.

ASI has pulled up their socks in the last few months, in order to provide more access and more information about India’s tourist destinations. Last year they partnered with Google to provide a 360 degree tour of the major Indian heritage sites such as Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb , Agra Fort, Ajanta and Ellora caves, the Elephanta Caves and other 30 more sites.

You can visit here to checkout all the heritage sites across the world, where Google Streetview can be used to have a free virtual visit.

A Chance Encounter With Two Farmers At Auto Expo 2014

Just like me, these two fellows had booked their Auto Expo tickets via BookMyShow; and just like me, they were standing in a queque to collect their physical tickets.

Once we got the tickets, we started moving in another queque, to get the entry via gate number 5. The line was moving slowly, and I was feeling bore.

I started a conversation with them.

I poked them, “You know, 80,000 people had visited the expo yesterday. Today, it may cross 1 lakh.”

“Oye! Kya baat hai.. We made a right decision, it seems.”

“By the ways, visiting for the first time?”

“Yes, we have come all the way from Ambala. We are farmers.”

At that point, my eyes automatically started noticing their clothes. They were wearing shirt, pant and jacket. Polished but old black shoes covered their feet. Their head was covered by a cap, something like Salman Khan used to wear in Maine Pyaar kiya.

Awkwardly flat beak.

salman khan maine pyaar kiya

“Oh, Ambala! Great. It seems Auto Expo has some real charm, all over the country. It is already World’s second largest Auto Expo, and Asia’s biggest. Some 80 brands are showcasing their..”

The other guy interrupted me, “Yes, just read in Dainik Jagran here. Tabhi to aaye hain”

Internally, I thought, great auto enthusiasts. Must have spent some 2000 bucks on travel and tickets. Maybe this is their way of fulfilling their fantasy of watching their dream cars, so closely. They can touch them, feel the metal, and will find their orgasm.

Passion.

We all had entered by now, and the giant open space invited us for the action. People were coming in, going out from different stalls, and the cars beckoned us to enter, see the action, live. Cinema hall type screen was blazing one advertisement about how robots help maintain quality in automobile industry.

Time to depart.

I said, ‘Chalo fir. It was nice meeting you guys. Have a good time, and click lots of pics!”

“We don’t have camera”, smiled the first guy.

‘Oh.. Then watch those cars for extra 5 minutes, and capture them, entirely in your mind!”

Now the second guy smiled, “Mazak acha kar leto ho. We have come here to buy a BMW.’ Slowly, he took out a check book, and looked towards me. “2 crore ka budget hai ji. Dekhte hain.”

And the first guy indicated towards his jacket. “Down payment to kar ke jaana hai, aaj hi.”

Oops. Bad imagination, I thought. Seeing my confused state, the second guy said, “Kya hua ji? Farmers of Ambala can’t buy a BMW?”

“Oye nahi nahi sirjee. There is nothing like that. Just that, I couldn’t imagine that you guys were so rich.”

The second guy looked towards me, and said these final words, ‘Not sure about rich or poor.. But yes, BMW is something special, and so is this Auto Expo. When we went to Thailand last year, we had bought a farm in Phuket. And that was special too.”

And they both started moving towards the BMW stall…

Auto Expo 2014
BMW as seen at Auto Expo 2014

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Exclusive Pictures Of Auto Expo – New Delhi 2012

Thanks a lot to Mahindra & Mahindra,

for the goof-up.

The classic ‘technical error’ which prompted me to visit the Auto Expo – 2012 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

The story so far: I received an email from Mahindra, which suggested me to play the contest to win a free pass for the Auto Expo. I opened that link, and filled the details.

After exactly 12 hours, I received this image in my email:

The Winnner
The Winnner

I was super excited. I told everyone in my office and in my home, that I have won!

On Saturday, January 07, 2012, I visited the Mahindra & Mahindra office and collected the Free Paas, and visited the expo. I clicked few pics, which I am going to share below.

autoexpo 2012 pics
Autoexpo 2012 exclusive images

Awesome experience, and beautiful cars. Damn it my camera’s battery which exhausted right in the middle of the show. Thus, the pictures only tell the half story.

autoexpo 2012 pics
Autoexpo 2012 exclusive images
Auto expo 2012 exclusive images
Auto expo 2012 exclusive images
Auto expo 2012 exclusive images
Auto expo 2012 exclusive images
Auto expo 2012 exclusive images
Auto expo 2012 exclusive images

 

Got up next morning, that is Sunday, January 08, 2012, and this email amuses me:

The Loser

The Royal Goof-up, which was my pleasure!

So, here are the exclusive pics from the Auto-Expo 2012 @ New Delhi!

Vrrrroommm……

https://plus.google.com/photos/113135515546228127951/albums/5695127976691811281

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