Category Archives: Nature’s Lap

Nature, Adventure, Wildlife Tours

Journey Aravali Hill to Penang Hill

So it was a small but unforgettable time spent in penang hill as part of very well organised trip by Ghoom Lo Duniya.

GhoomLoDuniya is finest venture of human expertise launched by Monks & Monkeys Travels to make the abroad trips easier for Indian Nationals.

Coming back to the Penang Hill where we with a group of 56 explored Malaysia. It was Penang Hill which took the highlight. Set 821m above Penang’s capital, islanders call it Bukit Bendera and it is generally about five degrees cooler than Georgetown. It is the last patch of tropical rainforest in Penang so the flora and fauna here have been protected since 1960. It does not have the same prominence as Genting Highlands, Fraser’s Hill or Cameron Highlands but it is one of Penang’s best-known tourist attractions due to its fresher climate.

There is a food court called Sky Terrace where we sat 800 mtrs above the city and have some beer, where the live music was played as per our choice, there were other shops such as fruit and souvenir stalls, some gardens, an exuberantly decorated Hindu temple, a mosque, a police station, a post office: the original funicular train, built in 1897, is also on exhibit here.

 

Views from The Top From the top of Penang Hill.

On a clear day you can see the mountains of Langkawi and north Kedah but it is the night time sight of lit-up Georgetown that is especially rewarding. Most people simply come to enjoy the cool, unpolluted air and walk under 30 m-high trees along the nature trails. Additionally, over 100 species of birdlife, ranging from ordinary garden species to exotic deep forest inhabitants, call this hillside home. Two kilometres away from Bellevue Hotel is the Canopy Walk: this 220m walkway suspended between towering trees 30m above the dense jungle offers great views of the hillside. Opened in 2003, it was operational for a short time, and since then, due to its failure to attract sufficient customers, it has opened and closed without much announcement.

I hope you enjoyed reading the blog. Other videos and pictures would uploaded on the next blog. Stay Tuned.

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Satellite phones in tourists trekking areas…!!

Hello everyone!!!

Monks n Monkeys travels with bombastic news,:-

“Soon, tourists trekking in areas where there is no connectivity may be allowed to use satellite phones for any emergency.

Indian government is going to allow the use of satellite phones for adventurers, which is most likely to boost tourism in destinations where there is no phone connectivity. Now tourists can contact their near & dear ones in case of emergency while trekking in the remote areas of Ladakh, hiking in Sikkim, exploring the wilderness of Himalayas or doing other such activities in any of the remote areas of India.

This decision is an outcome of the meeting held between home affairs and tourism ministries. Thuraya satellite phones were banned few years ago as it was becoming difficult for intelligence agencies to keep a track of these phones. But now, the home ministry has given its nod to remove the ban on the use of these phones.

Approximately, 200,000 foreign tourists come to India for indulging in adventure and the number of domestic tourists is even higher.

For some years, adventure tour operators were requesting the authorities to lift the ban after tourists witnessed many lethal accidents and life-threatening situations.  “8 out of 10 trips are in the no-connectivity areas like jungles and hills. And it becomes very difficult to contact the outside world for help when tourists suffer from bad health. In these situations, every second is crucial and sometimes we have to wait for 24 hours before someone could actually inform the Air Force about the requirement of a chopper.”

“It is a move that could finally put India on the map as a destination for adventure enthusiasts, the government is likely to lift the ban on use of satellite phones for tourism purposes. This means that tourists trekking in the wilderness in the north-east or skiing in the upper reaches of Himalayas where there is no connectivity can use satellite phones for any emergency.”  -says, Dr Sharad Kumar Jindal, MD, MNM Travels Pvt Ltd. 
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Andaman’s tourism towards higher growth…

IATO sign MoU with Andaman’s Association of Tour Operators to boost tourism

Here comes grand good news for the tourism of Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

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A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) and the Association of Tour Operators, Andaman and Nicobar Islands to collectively work towards increasing tourist arrivals to the destination. President of IATO, Subhash Goyal, announced this at a recent IATO Interactive Luncheon Meeting in The Park Hotel, New Delhi.

M Vinod, President, Association of Tour Operators, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, said, “We wish to promote Andaman and Nicobar Islands as a year-round tourist destination with the support of IATO members. It is due to lack of awareness that we are still left behind in spite of being home to picturesque landscapes, pristine beaches, and one of the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world. We met the Minister of Tourism recently in Delhi. To address the challenge of exorbitant airfares to Andaman and Nicobar Islands, we aim to launch some integrated tour packages.”

Vinod also revealed that they will be meeting with airline officials along with the Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lt General A K Singh. The Association of Tour Operators, Andaman and Nicobar Islands will assist IATO members in designing the packages and Vinod hopes to capitalize on the next peak travel season to the union territory.

Being a member of the IATO, we are happy to announce the above news on our blog. We admire the beauty of picturesque islands here.

When was the last time you have been overwhelmed and awestruck by the sheer beauty of a destination?

Visit Andaman & Nicobar Islands and you have your answer. Situated to the East of India in the Bay of Bengal, this chain of islands offers some unparalleled and picturesque sights of nature you could ever imagine. It is home to some exotic marine life, both flora and fauna, and boasts numerous locations of architectural and geographical interests.

What is an island without beaches? This place abounds with beautiful, scenic and serene beaches entertaining almost every type of individual who just wishes to unwind in his own way. Come, visit Andamans and be a part of nature and its unassuming beauty!

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Manali – Leh Highway opened on 13-06-2015

Manali – Leh Highway opened on 13-06-2015

Manali to Leh Route: Manali – Rohtang – Gramphu – Kokhsar – Keylong – Jispa – Darcha – Zingzingbar – Baralacha La – Bharatpur – Sarchu – Gata Loops – Nakee La – Lachulung La – Pang – Tanglang La – Gya – Upshi – Karu – Leh

Route

Best Time to Visit: June to September is the best time to travel down this route. If travelling by road, a person will take at least 2 days with adequate stops for rest.

Manali to Leh Distance: The approximate distance from Manali to Leh 474 km. out of which 350 km, does not have any civilization. For 365 km on this highway, there is no fuel pump as well.

Every year bikers from across the world plan to ride on one of the best routes to ride in the world, the 490 kms long Manali – Leh Highway. This year Manali – Leh National Highway opened & which will last in mid-October. Rest of the year this route remaining closed due to heavy snowfall.

Manali to Leh road trip, an unforgettable journey into enchanting valleys, rugged terrains, picturesque mountains and scenic landscapes! The distance can be covered in two days typically with overnight stay options at places such as Keylong, Sarchu or Pang to name a few.

Traversing through winding roadways and into mountain passes, you will be amazed at the ecosystem that thrives here. Almost touching the skies, the high altitude of these regions gives it a distinct look and feel. Fantastic scenery, historical trade routes and breath taking views are highlights of this trip.

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Enroute high altitude passes:

Rohtang Pass: 3980 Mtrs / Baralacha La: 4890 Mtrs / Lachulung La: 5079 Mtrs / Taglang La: 5328 Mtrs

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Acute Mountain Sickness

AMS is common at high altitudes at elevations over 10,000 feet as oxygen reduces by roughly 40% at such heights. The first syptoms of AMS is headache, dizziness and shortness of breath. If you experiance any of this make sure you stop at Keylong and get it attended to.