What are some experiences from Chadar Trek

If you love adventure, India is the right place for you

India, the land of yoga and Ayurveda, is already a popular destination for wellness and health. In order to also promote adventure tourism and create awareness of the diverse possibilities, the Indian Ministry of Tourism has chosen 2018 as the "Year of Adventure Tourism".

When the monsoon rains weaken at the end of September, the main travel season begins in many parts of India. Exactly the right time to take a look at what the Indian subcontinent has to offer. India is the seventh largest country in the world, the largest country in South Asia and, in terms of population, the second most populous country in the world after China. It goes without saying that not all tourist highlights in the field of adventure tourism can be listed here.

In 2017, 10.18 million tourists came to India, 15.6% more than in the previous year. Now the Indian Ministry of Tourism would like to increasingly address adventure tourists under the motto “Find your unique self!” In order to get them excited about the nature of the Indian subcontinent. India currently has 103 national parks with a total area of ​​40,500 km², which corresponds to around 1.23 percent of the country's area. There are also several hundred game reserves. 73% of the Himalayas, the highest mountains on earth, are in India.

Unsurprisingly, the offer in such a large country is of course huge. Dramatic Himalayan landscapes in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, through which raging rivers flow, offer the perfect landscape for adventure sports such as white water rafting, climbing, skiing, trekking at different altitudes, canyoning and paragliding. Other regions in India, for example Kerala, Goa, Tamil Nadu, the Laccadives or Andaman Islands, attract with water sports such as diving, parasailing, kayaking and canoeing. The north of India, especially Ladakh, is considered the ultimate destination in the world for many adventure seekers when it comes to expeditions, trekking tours or hikes to mountain lakes and high passes. This part of the country is commonly referred to as "Little Tibet". The best travel time for trekking tours in the Himalayas is from July to October.

Five highlights when it comes to adventure tours in India

The state of Assam is the most accessible and it is home to with Kaziranga and Manas the two most famous national parks in India, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Kaziranga is the main protected area for Indian rhinos. Manas, on the other hand, which borders Bhutan in the north, is known for its numerous endangered mammals, such as Asian elephants, Bengal tigers, wild water buffalo, barasingha deer, golden langurs and dwarf wild boars.

Himachal Pradesh is the state of contrasts with lush green forest, alpine meadows, peaks covered with everlasting snow, vast barren landscapes, old Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries and mighty rivers. Manali is considered the most important base station in the mountain region for trekking tours.

Corbett National Park, 250 km northeast of Delhi is one of the most beautiful game reserves in India, best known for its tigers, leopards and elephants. (see photo above).

The chance to see tigers is especially great in the Kanha National Park, 164 km from Jabalpur in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

In the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, the western part of India, camel safaris are very popular, especially where the three historic cities of Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur form the so-called “Great Desert Triangle”.

Three of the most popular trekking tours in India

The Chadar Trek (Fig. Above) is considered to be one of the most adventurous treks in Ladakh. The 6-day hike leads over the Chadar Glacier through inhospitable worlds. It is a winter trek for experienced hikers, where the average mean temperature is minus 10 degrees Celsius. The months of January and February offer the best climatic conditions to do this tour.

The Markha Valley Trek, also known as the “Tea House Trek”, is one of the most popular trekking tours in Ladakh. The trek leads through dry, cold deserts and offers the best views of Ladakh and the majestic Zanskar Ranges. The overnight stays are partly in parachute tents.

The Stok Kangri Trek is considered one of the most difficult treks and is a technically easy high-altitude tour for alpinists. The Stok Kangri (6,153 m) is the highest peak that can be crossed in India as part of a trekking tour. The view of Zanskar and the Indus Valley is spectacular.

What to consider when traveling to India

To enter India, tourists need a visa, which is issued in the consular departments of the Indian embassies or by authorized agencies. Visa for India can also be conveniently applied for online.

In all of India, despite its size, there is only one time: Indian Standard Time (IST). The difference to Central European time is 4.5 hours (12:00 p.m. in Frankfurt corresponds to 4:30 p.m. in Delhi).

The state language is Hindi, which is understood by around a third of all Indians, especially in the north of the country. English is spoken across India.

Cheap non-stop flights from Frankfurt to New Dehli in October are currently offered by India's national airline Air India for € 542 and Lufthansa for € 877.

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