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Don’t want to splurge? – These pocket friendly treks are perfect to satisfy your wanderlust on a budget

The notion of traveling is expensive or a good holiday costs a lot is firmly ingrained in our minds – so much so that we often cancel our travel plans or wait for a time when we can save money to travel. To  rescue are a couple of trekking & camping sites that offer great 2-3 day trips on a budget which will not only satisfy your wanderlust but also make your wallet love you some more. Here are couple of suggestions to get your wanderlust kick-started:

International Youth Club

Founded by an ex-advertising professional, Laviral Kalra decided to quit his corporate career in Delhi to start International Youth Club, a membership based wanderlust site that offers short and long trips in Northern India. Some of the short – budget trips by International Youth Club include:

Internationa Youth Club : Trek to Triund

International Youth Club : Trek to Triund

Every day trek to Triund (ex-McLeodganj, Dharmshala) – 1 night/ 2 Days for Rs 1,500/- (Rs 1800/- for non-members).  Trip is ex-McLeodganj and includes two meals, stay on twin basis in tents & guide. Triund is situated at 9432 feet, is an easy 4 – 5 hours 9 Kms of trek and the summit offers stunning 180 degree views of the mighty Dhauladhar Himalayas , Pir Panjal range, Indrahar Pass, Lahesh Caves and the entire Kangra Valley.

Every day Kheerganga trek (ex- Kasol) – 1 Night/ 2 Days for Rs 1,999/- (Rs 2,499 for non-members). Trip is ex-Kasol and is inclusive of meals and stay. The short but popular trek to Kheerganga through the waterfalls and bridges by the tremendous river flow of Parvati will make you see the panoramic skies, vast greenery & dense forest.

Indrahar Pass Snowline trek (McLeodganj – Triund – Dharamshala) for Rs 5,999/- (Rs 7,999 for non-members). Trek is ex- McLeodganj and includes all meals, tea, snacks and stay on twin sharing basis. The trek is a beautiful walk through mixed forests of the deodar, oak and rhododendron. Triund is situated on a ridge with a beautiful view of whole Kangra valley on one side and Dhauladhar mountain range on the other side.

International Youth Club website: www.internationalyouthclub.org

Contact number: +91-8010224422 / info@internationalyouthclub.org

International Youth Club also organises transhimalyan Jeep Safari and Sustainability rides across Ladakh for longer duration trips and details are available on their website.

 

Woodrose Camp

Located within The Great Himalayan National Park, Woodrose Forest Camp offers guests  great location, including the best bird and wildlife viewing in the forest area. The camp also organises quick treks on a budget for avid trekkers:

Woodrose Camp - Pin Parvati Trek

Woodrose Camp – Pin Parvati Trek

Jalori Pass Sarloyskar Lake Trek – 1 night and 2 days package for Rs 2250/-. Trip is ex- Delhi and includes stay on shared tent basis and meals.  Located at a distance of approximately 75 km from the Kullu district, the famous Jalori Pass is seen as a gateway to the attractive Tirthan valley. Another attraction of the Jalori Pass is the Saryolsar Lake. From this lake tourist can witness an amazing view of the inner as well as outer Seraj.

Kasol & Kheerganga – Pin Parvati Trek – 2 nights and 3 days trip for Rs 3,999/-. Trip is ex- Delhi and includes stay and meals. A very popular trek, the hot springs at Kheer Ganga are extremely important for Hindu and Sikh pilgrims as well as many others who believe the waters have sacred healing properties. From Kheer Ganga to the site of Tunda Bhuj village (3285m), the Parvati Valley cuts a steep-sided gorge through the mountains and as the altitude increases, the thick, coniferous forest gradually makes way for patches of meadowland scattered with boulders.

 Kullu Rafting and Bijli Mahadev Trek – 1 night and 2 days package for Rs 2999/-. Trip is ex-Delhi (perfect for weekend) and includes night stay on shared basis, meals and Kullu to Kullu transfer, which means Delhi to Kullu could be your expense (please check website for details). The highlight of the trip is river-rafting with intermediate level trek.

Website: www.woodrosecamp.com

Contact details: + 91 8988493818 / 011-47354739

 

Triphippie

Triphippe is a unique platform connecting global adventure seeker with remote local organisers. The company organises international and domestic trips including quick weekend trips:

Triphippe : Chanderkhani Pass Trek (pic courtesy internet)

Triphippe : Chanderkhani Pass Trek (pic courtesy internet)

Kasol Camping and Backpacking Trip – 1 night and 2 day trip for Rs 1,750/-. Trip is ex-Kasol and includes stay in tents on twin/triple sharing basis and two meals (breakfast and dinner). Kasol is a heaven for backpackers with its pristine, unadulterated natural Himalayan beauty. Itinerary also includes backpacking to Manikaran and leisurely stroll through the Kasol market which is a major tourist attraction.

Malana Chanderkhani Pass Trek – 3 nights and 4 days trip for Rs 5,500/-.  Trip is ex-Kasol and includes guide, stay in tents on sharing basis and all meals. Trip is of ‘challenging grade’ and recommended from April to November months. Chanderkhani Pass is one of the most beautiful and serene pass, at an altitude of 3660 m located in the Kullu valley. Chanderkhani Pass offers fabulous views of the Deo Tibba peak, Pir Panjal and Parbati range of mountains. The trek begins from Kasol, located about 21 km from the town of Manali. The popular trek route of Chandrakhani Pass involves a route from Kasol to Chanderkhani Pass and back to Manali via Malana
Malana Trek & Camping from Kasol – 1 night and 2 day trip for Rs 1900/- Trip is ex-Kasol and includes homestay at Malana, two meals in a day and transportation from Kasol to Malana and back. Kasol is famous for its hippie culture and presence of Israeli population. It is the most attractive place in Manali to the traveler who loves to explore hidden jewels of Himalaya. Malana is a quint and heavenly beautiful village near kasol which is a perfect weekend trek destination.

Website: www.triphippie.com

Contact details: support@triphippie.com/ +91 9819891996

 

Blogger note: I travelled to Ladakh with International Youth Club this year and can add confidently that being a part of such trips is quite fun, you get to meet new people and see some great landscapes, so time to leave the ifs and buts behind this year and kick-start 2017 on a happy traveling note with quick-budget trips! PS: I will also do a sequel to this post so please keep visiting the blog! Cheers

 

 

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{Photo Essay}: Back in time village walk – Castle Combe: The prettiest village in England

The fairytale village: Castle Combe

The fairytale village: Castle Combe

Castle Combe is a village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England, about 5 miles northwest of the town of Chippenham. Castle Combe has been called ‘The Prettiest Village in England’ and with good reason; visitors have been coming to enjoy its charms for at least a century and the small street leading from the Market Cross down to the By Brook is as picturesque today as it ever was. Castle Combe’s history goes back much further than this though. Originally it was a British hill fort which became occupied by the Romans due to its proximity to The Fosse Way. By the Middle Ages the village in the valley had become an important centre for the wool industry. The spinsters and weavers lived in the cottages (hence names such as “Weaver’s House”) and the river, still known as By Brook, provided the power to run the mills.

In more recent times the village has played host to many filming activities, the most famous of these being ‘Doctor Doolittle’ filmed in and around the village in 1966. More recently the village has had a major role in ‘War Horse’, ‘Stardust’, ‘The Wolf Man’ and an advert for Solvil et Titus.

The village houses are all of typical Cotswold type, constructed in stone with thick walls and roofs made from split natural stone tiles. Castle Combe is situated on the southern-most edge of the Cotswolds and is approximately 12 miles from the Georgian city of Bath. Nearby there are many sites of historical interest such as Avebury, Stonehenge and the Wiltshire White Horses. (info courtesy: Castle Combe official website)

In my last visit to England, we were lucky enough to stop by this beautiful village on our way to the Stonehedge and true to its name this little town is the prettiest town we ever walked. Words will not be able to do justice to the beauty of this town, hence I will let the pictures do the talking. Do let me know if you have any questions about our visit. We visited manyother small towns and I will be posting about them soon…cheers

Picture: Walking to the village………..

A walk to the Village itself is so pretty.....

A walk to the Village itself is so pretty…..

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Gorgeous autumn fall in the Village

Gorgeous autumn fall in the Village

A pretty graveyard came our way as we walked along....

A pretty graveyard came our way as we walked along….

 

A beautiful little town shop....

A beautiful little town shop….

 

A picture in my favourite part of the town with the Brook flowing by....

A picture in my favourite part of the town with the Brook flowing by….

Town information courtesy : Castle Combe official website

I have to add that ours was a 3-4 hour stay and we had our own car but I could see many buses stopping by. The official Castle Combe website informs there are hotels in Castle Combe as well, so it may not be a bad idea to stay put one day to explore the beautiful surroundings of this town :)

Cheers,

PINKBIKER

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