Cycling in the Mangroves: Photo Blog

Cycling in the Mangroves of south Kolkata

My Cycle

bicycle costed me only INR 600

bicycle costed me only INR 600

Take a new Trail

taking a new trail is superfun

taking a new trail is superfun

Working without the fear of snakes

he was curious to know the intruder on cycle

he was curious to know the intruder on cycle

Could not click the snake

Camouflage

Camouflage

Getting closer to the village

'pukur' - bengali word for a 'pond'

‘pukur’ – bengali word for a ‘pond’

I was shocked to see this guy there .lol.
“A Happydent Smile could give the whole village some light”

wonder what was he doing up there

wonder what was he doing up there

A mother protecting her babies

the nest was in total danger

the nest was in total danger

and they all came to see the intruder

and they all came to see the intruder

Someone was happy to see me

at least someone was happy to see me

at least someone was happy to see me

Invitation did come for tea ‘Chaa as they say in bengali’

but no way to walk n enter this house

but no way to walk n enter this house

On my way back it had started raining

my bag needs a rain coat

my bag needs a rain coat

resting near a pukur

resting near a pukur

Chai time

chai time

chai time

got myself clicked too

got myself clicked too

Renting a boat to cross Ganga

River Ganga: i rented a boat to reach the city side

River Ganga: i rented a boat to reach the city side

rented a boat to reach the city side

rented a boat to reach the city side



I don’t like the city Kolkata much but the village side is worth staying for months.
The “pukurs” (ponds) are so clean in the backcountry that people from the village don’t give a second thought before going for a swim even though reptiles are found everywhere in the mangroves.

Villages covered: Rassapunja , Charaktala , Raipur & a few more !


Warm Regards
Rohit Khattar
Adventurer

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About Me

About Me

Fallen off 13000 feet – Survived!

Almost drowned in Ganga – Survived Again!

Just when I thought I had perfected the art of survival, left a high paying job at Unilever.

Fell in love with the mountains!

Flunked academic exams!

Started a venture-Failed!

Managed a management degree somehow!

Entrepreneurial itch & Hunger!

Ventured into various businesses – Failed again!

Asked for a job in a couple of trekking organizations! – didn’t get 1

And one fine day, there I was… walking on a frozen lake in the midst of the mountains sparkling like gigantic diamonds. Rays of sunlight were falling on the womb of nature. When there was no one around except wind, sun and infinite glittering crests of mountain, I found something inexplicable, ineffable; something not human but divine. I knew that was it.

Finally – Doing what I enjoy the most – ‘Leading treks & expeditions’

‘Exploring & Travelling’

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”


Warm Regards
Rohit Khattar
Founder at Himalayan Explorers Club

feel free to get in touch or to join me:
email id: khattarrohit@yahoo.com

Best Skiing Destination in India – Gulmarg

Gulmarg
Kashmir Valley

Gulmarg -‘Meadow of Flowers’, is located 55kms from Srinagar(Capital of Kashmir) and is easily accessible from the Sriningar Airport (2 hours by road)

The old name of Gulmarg was “Gaurimarg”, the name of Lord Shiva’s wife.
(source: wikipedia)

‘Gulmarg Gondola’ in Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir is the world’s second highest operating cable car. After the establishment of “The World’s Highest Gondola” and a skiable vertical of 2000 metres consisting of vast alpine bowls and awesome tree skiing it has become one of the world’s must visit destinations for adventurous Skiers and Snowboarders.

The unlikely location of Kashmir is making a name for itself as one of the world’s top ski destinations. Skiers and boarders from all over the world are now enjoying the snow powder of Gulmarg.

Heartland of Skiing in India

Heartland of Skiing in India


Season for winter adventure sports starts from late december and continues till the end of March. For beginners in adventure sports, March is considered to be the best period for Skiing & Snowboarding.

The villages around which were finding it tough to survive due to the political situation are now doing really good, thanks to the new life adventure tourism has given to the locals.Visitors are heading for the slopes in spite of the challenges faced by the tourist industry in the region.

CNN Quotes Gulmarg as “The heartland of winter sports in India”

Feel free to add more info here:

Warm Regards
Rohit Khattar
Adventurer and Co-Founder at Himalayan Explorers Club


mail id: khattarrohit@yahoo.com

Chadar Trek —- (Leh to Padum)

    Full Chadar Trek (Leh to Padum)

Zanskar Valley, Laddhak, Jammu & Kashmir, India

Walk over the frozen Zanskar river before global warming and roads catch up in a few years.


Scroll Down and you will find interesting facts/thoughts on Chadar Trek

Chadar Trek Map will make it easy for you to understand

Chadar Trek Map (leh to padum- full trek)

Chadar Trek Map (leh to padum- full trek)

monastery in padum

monastery in padum

Expected Temperatures: -10 to -15 degrees°C (day time), -25 to -35 degrees°C (night time).
Best Time: Jan-Feb (Ask me for Fixed Batches)

Itinerary that you should follow:

Itinerary of Full Chadar Trek Leh-Nyrakpulu-Zangla-Padum-Karsha-Leh (15 Days including 1 day as a back-up day).

(Day-01) – Fly from Delhi to Leh (3500 m). Local sightseeing in Leh. Stay in hotel.

(Day-02) – Acclimatization, Local sightseeing in leh. Purchasing & Packing. Stay in hotel.

(Day-03) – Leh – Chilling – Tilath sumdo (By Road)–Shingrak (Trek 2-3 Hrs.) Night Stay in Camp near cave.

(Day-04) – Shingrak – Muska La – Choumo Cave (By Trek) Night Stay in Cave / Camp.

(Day-05) – Choumo Cave – Tipouma – Dib Cave – Nyrakpula Village (By Trek). Night Stay in Camp / Home stays in Village.

(Day-06) – Nyrakpulu Village – Charkdo (By Trek) Night stay in village / Camp. (Long Trek).

(Day-07) – Charkdo – Hanumil – Pinamo – Zangla (By Trek) Night Stay in Zangla village. (Long Trek).

(Day-08) – Local Sightseeing in Zangla. And then trek to padum via Pissu Village (By Trek) Night Stay in padum village (Headquarter of Zanskar).

(Day-09) – Rest & local Sightseeing in Padum – Karsha Monastery (By Car). Night Stay in Karsha village.

(Day-10) – Karsha – Charkdo via Padum – Zangla (By Car). Charkdo to Nyrakpulu Village (By Trek) Night Stay in Nyrakpulu Village.(Long Trek).

(Day-11) – Nyrakpulu – Tipouma (By Trek) Night Stay in Camp.

(Day-12) – Tipouma –Muska la (By Trek) Night Stay in Cave & Camp.

(Day-13) – Muska la – Tilath sumdo – Chilling (By Trek). Leh from Chilling (By Road). Night Stay in Hotel.

(Day-14) – Fly from Leh to Delhi by early morning flight.

Note- 1 extra day required for backup/emergency (bad weather or anything unpredictable)

zangla fort - full chadar trek

zangla fort – full chadar trek

festival in padum

festival in padum

Gear info – You must carry your own personal gear like – warm inner wears, Jacket, Gloves, Woolen Cap, Lower, woolen cloth, trekking shoes .
If you don’t have all these then it can be arranged on per day hiring basis from leh/delhi/bangalore.

Feel free to get in touch.

Warm Regards
Rohit Khattar
Adventurer
Himalayan Explorers Club

email id: khattarrohit@yahoo.com

KheerGanga Trek – ‘Parvati Valley’

Kheer Ganga Trek – Photo Essay

Parvati Valley (Pictures from Summers & Winters)

Level : Easy

Best time: Summers(April to September)

If you want nobody on the trek route then first check the pictures below and then decide if you would like to go there in the off season or not.

slipping - not allowed

slipping – not allowed

en route kheerganga

en route kheerganga

A hot bath in the sulphur springs sounds ultimately relaxing after a long trek.

risky - yes it was

risky – yes it was

Closest Town to Kheerganga: Bharsheni

rest at nakthan village

rest at nakthan village

hot-spring at kheerganga  with snow all around

hot-spring at kheerganga
with snow all around

temple at KheerGanga

temple at KheerGanga

Kasol is famous place for Marijuana and you need to stay away from all the hippies who are there in huge numbers all throughout the year. No prizes for guessing ! It is cheaply available.

You can even enjoy hot springs at ‘Manikaran Gurdwara’ which is about 15 minutes walking distance from Kasol and do try the tasty “Langar” at the Gurudwara. KheerGanga (hot springs)is the best place for a hot bath after a day’s hike in the woods. Options of staying at KheerGanga for a night or two are definetly there. Soup, tea, noodles or a proper meal will keep you warm.

we stayed back in a small cottage for a night--

we stayed back in a small cottage for a night–

How to reach KheerGanga Hot Springs: Take a bus from Delhi and Reach “Bhuntar” —- 12-13 hours Take a local bus from Bhuntar to Kasol —– 30 minutes Take a local bus from Kasol to Bharsheni Village —- 30 minutes From the Barsheni Village your trek for Kheerganga would consume maximum 3 to 5 hours depending upon the conditions and your level of fitness.

Summer Additions :

kheerganga weekend trek

Kheerganga Weekend Trek

kheerganga trek

kheerganga trek

kheerganga trek camping

kheerganga trek camping

Join me on short weekend treks if you are from Delhi-NCR & I will help you break away from your boring routine.

Warm Regards

Rohit Khattar
Adventurer & Founder at Himalayan Explorers Club
email id: khattarrohit@yahoo.com
Mobile :+91-7602865245