June 18 (TravelAndy): The troubled north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir organised a familiarization trip for five foreign travel writers earlier this month, Greater Kashmir reported.
The writers from Australia and the UK visited Leh and Srinagar during their trip.
At the end of their trip, the visitors met the state’s tourism minister who told them about the wonderful experiences that the mountainous state had to offer. They were also made aware of the steps the authorities were taking to ensure safety of tourists. Continue reading Trouble-torn Kashmir seeks to attract foreign tourists
WHY I WENT
I was flying into Leh and staying in the region for six days (I had a wedding to attend). So, I didn’t have much time for acclimatisation. I had two day to spare before the wedding and the choice was between Pangong lake and Nubra valley (where Hunder desert is situated). The latter made sense because it was at a lower altitude than Leh and it decreased the chances of me getting ill with altitude sickness.
WHY YOU SHOULD GO
First, Hunder has the coolest out-of-the-world landscapes. It’s this cold desert of white sand surrounded by the incredible Karakoram mountains. Second, this is the only place in India where you get to see (and ride) the double-humped Bactrian camels.
July 20 (TravelAndy): Adventure tourists and trekkers are in for some very exciting news, as the Indian army is organising a 13-day trek to the mighty Siachen glaciers, for civilians, said reports.
A team of 45 trekkers will be selected for the expedition by the army, who will be guided to a 60 km journey along the highest mountain passes in the Karakoram Range. Continue reading Indian army to organise Siachen trek for civilians
June 8 (TravelAndy): This summer, road trip enthusiasts can benefit from the most cost-effective means to reach the beautiful Ladakh in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state.
Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) started operating a bus service between Delhi and Leh on Monday, with one way tickets priced at INR1353 per person.
This nonstop journey of 1050km, across the some of the highest motorable mountain passes of the world, will take approximately 33 hours. Continue reading Delhi-Leh bus service begins
Adjectives pitter-patter like a steady drizzle during my chat with three friends who have just returned from a trip to Ladakh in north India.
Mesmerising. Beautiful. Mind-blowing. Unbelievable. Incredible…
I realise that though they are describing landscapes for the most part, the adjectives are usually about the contrasting colours of Ladakh. The sky, the mountains, the deserts and the rivers mix to emerge as this delectable cocktail that gives you a high no alcohol can match. Continue reading Ladakh is primarily about colours
August 7 (TravelAndy): A flash flood in the pristine Leh district of India has hit tourism.
Twenty-three British trekkers, who were stranded in Leh because of the flash flood, have been rescued, said reports.
At the moment, the tourist season is at its peak in Leh, which attracts a large number of visitors from across the country and abroad.