Spiti Valley, located in Himachal Pradesh in India, is often proclaimed by those who see it to be world within a world. With an average height of around 12,500 feet above sea level, it consists of stark high-altitude alpine land.Spiti is bordered by Ladakh in the north, Tibet to the east, Kinnaur to the south east, and the Kullu Valley to the south. You are actually cut off from the world as you have no mobile network or ATM’s or people around, and absolutely no social media as well as we have a habit to constantly check our devices. Let us explore the land of enchanting beauty and eternal peace. There are two routes leading to Spiti. These are from Manali, and from Shimla.
The beauty of Pangong Lake is in itself a reason enough to plan a trip there. However, there are other things to do at Pangong Tso that will keep you excited during the duration of your stay here. One of them is camping. Camping at the Pangong Lake can be an enthralling experience. Place a bonfire, get a barbecue going and enjoy the beauty surrounding you. There are four routes that you can take for this journey. One is the traditional Leh to Pangong Tso direct route; while the other two roads are via Nubra Valley and the least traveled one is between Tso Moriri and Pangong Tso.
Silent Valley National Park
Located in the Northeast corner of Palakkad district, Silent Valley was named a National Park only in 1984. It was called ‘Sairandhrivanam’ as it was considered this was where Sairandhiri (the secret identity donned by Panchali, from the epic Mahabharata) hid along with her five husbands, the Pandavas, while escaping their cruel cousins, theKauravas. The Kunthippuzha River which feeds the entire forest was named after Kunthi, mother of the Pandavas. It is shielded by the Nilgiri Plateau to the North and the Mannarkkad Plains to the South.
You can reach to SVNP via Air from Coimbatore (60 KMS), Calicut (80 KMS) and Kochi or Cochin airport is located 135 KMS from the park. Train: Palakkad is the closest railhead 60 KMS away. Road: Mannarkkad 19 KMS, Shornur 75 KMS.
Agatti has one of the most beautiful lagoons in Lakshadweep. The airport is built on this island. From the aircraft, as one approaches for a landing, one gets a breath-taking view of the airstrip on the island. Agatti is the virtual gateway to the islands. A 20-bed tourist complex with all modern amenities has been set up here. Indian Airlines operate flight to Agatti making it one of the most accessible islands in Lakshadweep.
Malana, Himachal Pradesh
In the valleys of Kullu and Manali below Chanderkhani Pass, situated at an altitude of 276 meters above sea level, is a little hub of a hundred houses. The kind of village that can be found all over the valleys. Yet there is something special about this cluster of stone roofs. This is Malana or, as the village is popularly known in the Kullu valley, the republic of Malana. Malana is connected to the Kullu valley by three mountain passes. It can be reached from Parbati Valley, Manikaran after a 10-hour trek over the 3180-meter high Rashol Pass, or via Nagar over the 3600-meter high beautiful Chanderkhani Pass, which is a two-day trek. The easiest and shortest way to reach Malana is from the village Jari connected to Kullu valley.
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