December 21 (TravelAndy): If you have an eye for equestrian beauty, as well as an appetite for adventure, Maharashtra’s Sarangkheda is the perfect destination for you this winter. Sarangkheda village in Nandurbar district, like the past 300 years, will host ‘Chetak Festival’ through January 8, 2019, to celebrate the best horse breeds, and the legacy surrounding them.
Datta Jayanti Festival marks the beginning of the festival on the banks of the Tapi River, that is said to have been visited by the great Maratha ruler, Chhatrapati Shivaji.
Visitors get a chance to experience over 2,300 magnificent horses of five breeds participate in races, shows, and competitions during the month-long festival, organised by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. and Sarangkheda Committee.
December 19 (NITN): The tour operator members of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) have named Italy the most popular or “hot” destination for travellers in 2019, a recent survey by PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) revealed.
The top 10 “hot” destinations for the coming year also include Iceland, which ranked second, followed by Japan, Vietnam, Australia, France, Spain, Colombia, Cambodia and Portugal.
USTOA members also identified their top 10 off-the-beaten path or emerging destinations that they see gaining popularity in 2019: Iceland ranked first, Cambodia ranked second, followed by Croatia, Colombia, Vietnam, Portugal, Bhutan, Bolivia, Myanmar, and Ethiopia.
July 9 (TravelAndy): If you’ve already managed to face your fears while crossing Vancouver’s iconic Capilano Suspension Bridge and are looking for a new challenge, you’re in for a treat! This summer, a new 427-ft-long (130 metre) suspension bridge will be opening at the peak of Whistler Mountain.
This suspension bridge is located at an elevation of about 7,200 ft above sea level, making it one of the highest elevated suspension bridges in the world. Located a 2-hour drive away from Vancouver, it may be worth the day trip!
Vancouver and the surrounding areas are no strangers to suspension bridges. If you want to make a day of it, consider making an effort to complete the “suspension bridge trifecta” complete with a trip to Capilano Suspension Bridge, the Sea to Sky Gondola Suspension Bridge, and now – the suspension bridge at the peak of Whistler. Continue reading New suspension bridge opening at Whistler
April 21 (TravelAndy): The government of Sikkim, a 7,096sqkm state nestled in the Himalayas in northeastern India, is developing backpacker-friendly homestays around an upcoming adventure eco-resort in the midst of the Temi tea garden.
In what is being touted as then first public-private partnership with a non-Sikkimese partner in this sector, West Bengal-based Priya Entertainments has signed an agreement with the Sikkim government, which owns the Temi tea estate, for the resort project.
The King of Sikkim had established the Temi Tea Estate over 376 hectares with elevation between 4,800 and 6,400 feet to provide employment to Tibetan refugees. Among India’s smallest states, the land-locked Sikkim has Tibet in its north and east, Bhutan in its east, Nepal in its west and the Indian state of West Bengal in its south. Continue reading Adventure eco-resort amid tea garden in Sikkim
March 7 (Notintown.net): RAW: Churchill, a unique culinary and adventure experience in Churchill, Manitoba, in Canada, kicked off this weekend and will run through to March 11.
Created to serve the growing market of food tourists who may otherwise never think of visiting northern Manitoba, RAW: Churchill is a partnership of Frontiers North Adventures, the creators of the award-winning RAW: Almond pop-up restaurant in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Parks Canada.
This year, to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary, three Canadian chefs— Mandel Hitzer, Emily Butcher and Gus Stieffenhofer-Brandson — have crafted a meal inspired by this Canadian milestone. Continue reading Chefs celebrate Canada’s 150th at 58° North
There were two local guides in the water helping visitors cross a narrow and waist-deep part of the river. It had been raining and the current was very strong — practically impossible for anyone to cross the stretch without help, especially when you have bags with you. The four of us stood there and wished we had hired a guide at the entrance.
“I went there this morning with people from my hostel and it was great fun. Because of the rain over the past few days. parts of it were deep waist-deep and we had to swim through. It was so exciting,” she had said. Continue reading Hidden Canyon: Quite an adventure near Ubud, Bali
December 16 (TravelAndy): India’s northeastern state of Arunchal Pradesh is hosting the Dambuk Orange festival that started yesterday and will continue till December 18.
The Orange Festival of Adventure and Music is a popular music and adventure festival.
Several rock bands will perform at the festival. These include Delhi’s Menwhopause and Kolkata’s Ganesh Talkies as well as Shubhangi Joshi Collective from Mumbai. Itanagar-based hard rock band Tani is also included. Continue reading Music, adventure at Arunachal’s Dambuk fest
December 12 (TravelAndy): British explorer Mark Evans along with two of his Omani colleagues are setting off for a trek across Empty Quarter, the world’s largest continuous sand desert, said reports.
The desert is located in the southern side of the Arabian peninsula.
Mark Evans, the 54 year old adventure traveller, is looking forward to trace the 1300 km stretch beginning from Salalah in southern Oman to Doha in Qatar, in approximately two months. Continue reading Trekkers look to conquer largest desert