Thursday, June 7, 2018

Best Places for Paragliding in India for an Adventurous Holiday

Wish to soar through the air like a free bird? If so, Paragliding is the thing for you. There is one thing that human fancy about is flying. After the aircrafts was developed by Wright brothers, many wished to take it to the next level and feel something closer to the bird’s flight. That’s when some crazy dreamer invented paragliding a thrilling adventure sport. Soaring in the sky high above land gives the feeling of winged flight that is unlike any other experience. Paragliding involves Flying with the help of a harness attached to a gliding mechanism known as the wing or canopy. Anyone looking for experiences in India will hope to add a paragliding experience to their list and luckily there is no shortage of locations that encourage and facilitate this adventure sport. The only thing you require for the expedition is the spirit to fly and then the safety equipments to make sure that you have a safe vacation.

Interested in conquering the skies, here is a list of paragliding place in India to challenge the adventure junkie in you.

Goa: On this beach paradise Arambol, Anjuna and Keri are popular place to fly. On any good day between December and January you can fly for hours. It’s strictly for beach flying which make it a fun experience. You can be in the sky and land on the beach; it has smooth flying and laminar conditions making it easy for those who are aerobatics.

Sikkim is known for its remarkable natural beauty, snow and tourism since long ago, but is now gaining acclaimed as one of the best paragliding spots in the country. It is great for landing and taking off and offers training.

Lonaval is a famous place not just for chilling out but also for adventure sports like paragliding. If you are an adrenal junkie you will most certainly like it over here.

Bir Billing is set in the backdrop of the beautiful Himachal Pradesh. Bir Billing had hosted First World Cup for Paragliding. The launch site of paragliding is meadows of Billing at an elevation of 2400 mts. It is one of the most popular paragliding spots in India. Bir Billing is located Kullu and Manali. It provides spectacular view of all around, training, equipment and overall great experiences.

Kamshet Maharashtra: it situated between Mumbai and Pune at a height of 2200 ft above sea level. Kamshet offers fantastic weather conditions. This is the only place where you can fly eight months in a year. That is from October to June. Given the perfect blend of favourable weather, infrastructure and proximity to cities, it’s one of the best places in the world to learn as you don’t get that many flying hours anywhere else. There are many people coming from abroad and India every year to learn, it has the best institution in India. In Kamshet you can learn to perfect your take-offs and landings, gain height make turn and fly off for long hours.

Nainital: This is again a beautiful resort town located in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is located at the height of about 2000 above the sea level. This is the best picturesque place to go to. Paragliding in such a place has its perks too. One can view the beautiful city from a bird’s level, the beautiful pear shaped lake, Nani Lake is considered to be one of the holiest place in the world. Paragliding is offered at Naukuchiyatal. Paragliding among the fluffy clouds amidst the beautiful mountains of Nainam Dedopatha and Ayarpatha hills is truly one of the heavenly feelings. So come here if you want to have best of both world.

Yelagiri: The high mountains and the enchanting beauty of nature are the treasures of Yelagiri, Tamil Naidu. This place also gives you a memorable experience of Paragliding. The beginners and professionals can satisfy their adventure cravings by flying down the heights of Yelagiri hills. January to February and October to December is the best time to visit this place to witness the thrilling flight.

Pavana is another paragliding destination in Maharashtra which is the only place in Western India for the Para gliders. It gives an easy and big take off platforms for the Para gliders. This place is the most affordable place for the adventure lovers in India. The October to March season is the best time to visit this mesmerising place and enjoy the beauty of nature from the top.

Kunjapuri, Uttarkhand: Paragliding in this place is really amazing. The delightful dawn and dusk views are things you should not miss out. Situated among the shivalik, you get the stunning views of Gangotri and numerous different crests as you ascend in the sky.

Garhwal, Uttarkhand: Garhwal is another paragliding destination which is good for the beginners. The paragliding destination is calm, which is perfect for the individual who are going to take their first paragliding experience.

Vagamon is located in the Idukki district of Kerala. The beautiful hill station is a dream for adventure enthusiasts. Temperature ranges from 10 -23 degree Celsius on summer midday. This place is ideal for paragliding. Trained pilots are available which means tandem flights are possible.

Whichever part of India you are in, you can always choose a place for your paragliding Quest.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Beach Hacks: To Make The Summer A Blast

When the weather is hot, hitting the beach is a popular way to spend the day. When we imagine about the beach, the hot sand, the cold water of the sea and a good tan comes in our mind. But sometimes unpleasant thing can occur even on a trip to the beach and they can spoil your holiday.

Here are some tricks to make your beach vacation pleasant, safe and fun.

Freeze your water bottles instead of bringing ice pack to keep your snacks cool. Your water will be extra cold for hours and the snacks will be fresh too.

Save a plastic peanut butter jars to store your phone and keys in while you’re at the beach.

How to avoid getting a headache: The sharp change in pressure which occurs when you dive underwater can give you a headache. Thankfully there’s a way to prevent this. Before going diving pinch you nose, close your mouth. This will create some pressure in your head for 5- 10 seconds. Repeat this process 2 more times and your body will adapt to the new pressure and you won’t end up in a headache.

If your ears become blocked: if you’ve got all the water out of your ears but they’re still blocked after sometime at the beach you need to restore the natural pressure in your inner ear. Pinch your nose while blowing a balloon. During this process you’ll hear a weak click sound indicating that the pressure in your ears is back to normal.

Turn your beach towel into a towel/pillow combo. This will make your summer beach trips a dream come true, it rolls up nice and tight.

Cool the Burn: At some point during a beach trip sunburnt is a common problem. To help cool the burning sensation don’t use moisturising lotion - use an aloe gel. Lotion will only trap the heat from a burn, prolonging the pain instead of relieving it.

Put your iphone in a plastic sandwich baggie when you go to the beach. The touch screen still works through the plastic, so you can use your phone without running it in sand and water.

Cool flip- flop: To avoid burning your feet while wearing sandals kept in the sun for hours; just keep them turned over when you’re not wearing them.

For a kiddie pool by dig a hole and line it with a cheap shower curtain liner. You can get them for a buck at the Dollar store so you don’t even have to bring the liner back, just toss it in a trash can before you leave.

To get rid of the sand stuck to your feet, use baby talcum powder to remove wet sand from your skin before you leave the beach. The talcum powder will absorb all the moisture and the sand will fall away easily leaving your legs and feet clean and smooth.

A mesh laundry bag is the perfect container for your kid’s beach toys. All the sand will be sifted leaving it at the beach instead of trailing it into your car and home.

Make sure you are fully prepared for the sand, sea and sun with this hacks.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sydney, the Sun Drenched Beaches

The natural beauty of Australia is Sydney. It is intermingling of land and sea. Take a trip to the Blue Mountains, a popular excursion among locals. There is some adventure stored in for people of Sydney. You can climb the harbour bridge, surf at Sydney’s golden beaches or fly over the city in a scenic tour. Wildlife-rich wilderness areas surround the city providing appealing day trip possibilities. Here are some of the top things one can experience during their stay at Sydney.

The iconic Harbour Bridge is a spectacular sight when looking at it from any angle. This is one of the best views Sydney has to offer. It s also known as Coat hanger and is also one of the iconic symbol of Australia. The scenery is just amazing overlooking the waters. The bridge and the river together look more beautiful and captivating. The design of the bridge is inspired from the Hell gate Bridge in New York City. USA. You don’t want to just look at it; you want to be on top of it. It isn’t cheap. It’s one of those bucket list activities that you should do at least once. The best time to visit the bridge is after dusk for capturing good picture.

Visit the botanical garden. If you are someone deeply interested in botany then you must not skip the Royal Botanical garden in Sydney. The place was opened in 1816 which makes it one of the oldest scientific institutions not only in Australia but in the whole world.

Sydney aquarium is known for its largest collection of all Australian aquatic life in the world. It features a number of habitats, 60 tanks and three Oceanariums set on the heart of Sydney on darling harbour. Go on a journey to the southern river it is a home of largest freshwater fish the Murray Cod. Take a trip to the vast southern ocean and see the fascinating little penguins, seahorses, sharks and stingrays. Visit the mermaid lagoon along with the colourful species that live in and around the Great Barrier Reef in the northern oceans.

Royal National Park is the second oldest and protected national park. This place has incredible landscapes and beaches and is the best place to explore the beauty of nature. It is also a perfect place for walking, cycling, surfing, picnicking, whale watching and bird watching.

Sydney has more than 100 picturesque beaches. Activities like snorkelling, kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle, boarding and surfing are practised. With all the variety of offer there is something for everyone.

Here are top Sydney spots to take a dip.

Surf at Bondi Beach: The beach is a Part of a large moon shaped bay of white sands and breaking surf. It is fringed by parks and apartment that overlook the blue waters .Surfing a wave at Bondi Beach should be on everyone’s bucket list if you’re rusty with a surfboard; book in for a class at Let’s Go Surfing. Apart from this beach there are Bronte beaches, Gordon’s bay, Manly, Palm Beach, Balmorals beach.

The Blue Mountain: Away from the city and the coast, Blue Mountain is a world of its own. You can get lost wandering in the charm of old town streets or exploring the variety of scenic trails. The beauty of this region is constantly shaped and reshaped by the forces of nature like the mist on top of the Sublime Point. Every scenery is pure and every opportunity unique.

Vivid is the largest winter festival in the world. Each year Sydney gets geared up for the world’s biggest festival of light, music and ideas. Vivid Sydney starts from May 25 – June 16.It is a 23 days festival of light, music and ideas.

Vivid Sydney host a lively and eclectic range of live performances and ground breaking musical collaboration from local and international acts performing at the iconic Sydney Opera House to other large venues and small bars.

Getting around Sydney is very easy, with the metropolitan area servicing a great network of public transport, roadways and walking paths.

Enjoy some of the world’s best food and wine on some of the most scenic location on earth and dine at award winning restaurants and attend some shows on your trip to Sydney.

Friday, May 18, 2018

El Nido Palawan, A Tropical Paradise

 El Nido Palawan
El Nido is a dream place to spend your vacation because it is known for its blue lagoon, its white sand beaches, its clean and clear water, its welcoming and friendly people and sunny weather. It’s a cluster of 45 small islands. But sometimes as you know nothing is perfect in this world. There are few things you need to know before you arrive at El Nido to avoid any disappointment or inconvenience.

There is no Atm in El Nido, so see that you bring in enough money with you in the first place. It will save your time and trouble.

Find a place, where to stay is not that easy so it is better to book in advance your hotel stay.

For sure not everything is perfect in El Nido but the most important is that you will find there what you’re coming for beauty, friendliness and a pleasing sense of simplicity. El Nido is famous for island hopping. One must disappear into the heavenly marine reserve that is Bacuit Bay. It is truly and inspiring place.

Many activities like cliff climbing, waterfalls, kayaking, cave exploration, windsurfing, hiring a motorbike can be enjoyed.
 El Nido Palawan

Vigan and Snake Island. The name Snake Island was given to the place because of the fine natural S shaped sandbar that looks like snakes off its shores. The sand pit is clearly visible but when the tide is down. Along both sides of the sand pit is shallow swimming area.

Paradise Beach: with its fine white sand beach lined by coconut trees, the paradise beach is a perfect example of a tropical island. Paradise beach is a place for picnics. Good swimming site especially for beginners are available on the beach. Dive sites are located on the west and south sides of the island.

Swim through the hole to Secret lagoon: The Secret lagoon is located on a small island reminiscent of the movie the “Beach” surrounded by limestone cliffs. Once you enter in a small hole, you will see a massive caldera that was once a cave which had collapsed and now is surrounded by cast cliffs. In the centre is a lagoon. Grab your kayaks and get rest for the most breathtaking, jaw dropping. As you head out to Bacuit Bay, the most popular spot for Kayaking. There are three spot for adventure big lagoon, Small lagoon and Minilic Island.

Stare into the Turquoise waters of the large lagoon: the large lagoon in El Nido is a magical place. The water is one of a kind colour surrounded by tall rock formations. It’s nothing short of breathtaking. It’s a paradise.

Zip line: This is one of the activities in El Nido to go with your family or with a group of friends. There is 750 m zip line joining Las cananas to snake island.

Watch the beautiful sunset of El Nido: El Nido town is facing to the west so every night you are blessed with an amazing sunset to finish your action packed day in El Nido. The best place to watch the sunset is on Caalan Beach.

Party on the beach: there is actually only one place to go for a little party and that is in the Reggea bar on the beach where all travelers meet after too many beers. For a best atmosphere Sava Beach bar is a great hangout. The El Nido Party boat is a good attraction with unlimited alcohol, carefree travellers and world class scenery all under one roof. One can enjoy his booze on top of the boat .The cruise visits 3 to 4 beaches in El Nido where you can jump off and play around, there will be a BBQ on board and snacks all day snorkel, dance, swim and make some new friends during the next boat trip ever.

Camping on the beach is a fantastic way to be on the beach. Whether you stay with locals on Nacpan Beach or bring a tent in your kayak and come on one of the deserted islands.

Who doesn’t love a good massage? Island hopping is exhausting. Your body is craving some relaxation time along with a good massage. There are so many massage parlours along the main strip of El Nido and the cost keeps on varying.

The number of bars offer different entertainments including billiards, dancing, live music, and karaoke and of course alone at the beach front and watch the beautiful view as the day comes to a close.

Scuba diving, snorkelling, windsurfing and kayaking are some of the sports practised here. El Nido’s beaches are rich in marine life. And all over the area you will find various companies offering several adventure dive packages.

There are three ways to travel to El Nido by Air, Boat or land. Travelling by Air is the easiest and fastest way to El Nido.

Hotels rates differ from each other. There are budget friendly rooms or you can even rent an entire beach from home on airBnB.

Enchanting El Nido is truly breathtaking may leave their lives changed by this magical place.

Once you leave ElNido you’ll have only one wish: coming back.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Adventure Festival for Adrenaline Lovers

Adventure Festival
Mountain climbing to sleeping on a hammock suspended between cliffs, the Sherp has put up list of festivals which will excite, inspire and guarantee you the rush of adrenaline.

Bridge Day, Fayetteville, West Virginia: the world’s most unique festival. Bridge Day is a fantastic place to make your first jump. This festival is held in October on the third Saturday. Over 100000 people come to watch the BASE jumpers leap from the bridge that’s 876 feet above the New River. The New River Gorge Bridge is a big challenge for jumpers due to the wind conditions and a river with rapids force at the bottom. Bridge Day is West Virginia largest one day festival with largest extreme sports events in the world along with great view, food and crafts vendors. The town is a beautiful blend of old and new excitement, relaxation, mountain and valley. On the festival of the Bridge Day the traffic is shut down so that the spectators can safely and legally walk across the world second longest single arch bridge located in Fayette County, West Virginia.

Crested Butte Bike Week, Colorado: it is a four days event celebrated in the month of June. This festival consist of all activities right from mountain bike, races, bike films, and clinics, free guided rides, kid’s activities, fun tours, costumes and the chainless world championships. It is the oldest mountain bike festival in the world. This is where a rider can experience one of the birth places of mountain biking and ride miles and miles of single track. The week ends up in a party and live music in downtown Crested Cutte.

Royal Gorge white water festival, Canon City, Colorado: This festival occurs on June 22 and 23rd. The Royal Gorge White water Festival is a two day event held in Cenntennial Park. There is a very popular community Raft Race where there are crew navigating the frothing water of White water park, where spectators line the banks to cheer them on with local craft brews in hand. You will not only enjoy the festival event but also plenty of food, beer, vendors and entertainment for the entire family. It is the biggest party of the summer in Canon city and one not to be missed.

World ski and snowboarding festival, Whistler, British Columbia has been popular for the past 22 years. It’s the festival that takes the spirit of spring in Whistler and mixes it with the best of our mountain culture for 10 days of non-stop. Snow lover’s takes part in the ski and snowboard competitions, Demonstrations, action photography, theatre film and concerts. Freestyle open slope style, big air and other events keep the action going all day and non- stop night life.

Lower keys underwater Music Festival at Looe Key Reef Florida. This festival is held in July. Scuba divers and snorkelers take part in the underwater concert. The unique event showcases the colourful diversity of marine life that characterizes North Americas only living coral barrier reef plus instruments. There is actual music piped into the sea. Those planning to submerge themselves in the festival can stop by Looe Key Reef resort for a free dive clinic, buoyancy tests and equipment checks to get divers ready for the unique underwater experience. This year’s theme includes humpback whale songs and melodies like the Beatles “Yellow Submarine and jimmy Buffett’s, Fins. The audience enjoy the tunes from underwater as well. All divers and snorkelers participating in the marine musical event are encouraged to wear costumes and aim for a prize for the best dressed.

Kila Raipur Rural Olympics: the Kila Raipur sports Festival is a rural festival depicting salt-of-the-earth sport and games from Punjab. This festival attracts thousands and thousands of tourists every year. It is a 3 day event. Do not miss out on the bullock cart races, camel races, the tractor races, the horse dance and last the tug of war. If you‘re into adventure sports and are backpacking across northern India this would be an apt pit stop for you.

So enjoy at this U.S., Canadian and Indian festival that celebrates the comradery and thrill for outdoor adventure.