Spend a night watching fireflies in the jungle, sleep under the stars in the desert, learn puppetry under an ancient banyan tree or read next to an old, abandoned boat in a coastal village... Do yourself a favour. Take that trip.
Where: Old Goa
When: Throughout the year
How long: 1 day
How much: Rs 499, includes service of guide, snacks and Soul Travelling goodies
Along with its beaches, Goa is best known for its churches. However, not many tourists realise there is more to these churches than meets the eye! These magnificent monuments have astounding works of art on their walls - from simple child-like drawings made with vegetable dyes and mineral pigments to the ancient art of Kaavi, which involves a paste of soil and charcoal filled into an etched design. Experiential travel company Soul Travelling takes guests on a unique tour of the churches of Santa Monica, Our Lady of Rosary, Royal Chapel of St. Anthony and the ruins of St Augustine to listen to these ancient art walls speak.
Where: Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh
When: September 25 to October 1st, 2019
How long: 7 days (4 days of camping)
How much: Starting from Rs 10,000 per person; inclusions like camping, transport and meals depend on package chosen.
The Ziro Valley in Arunachal remains quiet throughout the year but come September it reverberates with music as one of the most unique outdoor music festivals in the country gets underway. The beautiful location, a variety of music on offer and an amazing camping experience makes the Ziro Festival of Music extra special. Good things such as the Ziro festival don’t come easy and the journey, many would tell you, is the toughest part of the trip. ChaloHoppo’s packages include those that take care of all the arrangements right from Guwahati to Ziro and back to Guwahati after the festival. So all you have to do is to enjoy the natural beauty and the wonderful muic at Ziro.
Where: near Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
When: December 13 & 14, 2019
How long: 2 days
How much: From Rs 10,650 per adult participation fee for the race depending on the race format. Fee includes relevant meals, local transfers and equipment. Accommodation is extra.
The Himalayan Adventure Challenge (HAC) is a multi-disciplinary, adventure race in which your skills are tested in three outdoor sports—Mountain Biking, Hiking and White Water Rafting. If you live on adrenaline and love the outdoors, this is an opportunity of a lifetime. You could enter as a team that may be a group of friends, colleagues or family members; if you do not have a team, the organisers will help you become part of one.
Read more: https://www.hacrace.com/
Where: Mhadei River near Valpoi, Goa
When: July to September
How long: Half day
How much: Rs1,890; includes rafting, guide, safety equipment, transport to the river and taxes.
Goa Rafting offers two river rafting trips a day (9.30 am and 2.30pm). The trip is a 10km run on class 2 and 3 rapids on the River Mhadei. The big and bouncy waves of the Mhadei are easy enough for beginners and are a great experience for a family, if the kids are over 10 years of age. A river rafting trip is an ideal means to see a different side of Goa that very few tourists explore.
Read more: https://www.goarafting.com/our-trip-2/
Where: Western Ghats of Goa and Karnataka
When: June 14 to 16, 2019
How long: 3 days
How much: Rs 18,000 per person, includes accommodation on twin sharing basis at field stations and homestays, meals, field travel, basic equipement, community fees and sessions on conservation photography, rainforest ecology and conservation science.
This photography expedition will take a small group of 4 to 5 enthusiasts through the dense rainforests of the Western Ghats in Goa and Karnataka during the monsoons to see and photograph the many amphibian and reptile species that call these forests home. The expedition will include hands on-field classes on rainforest ecology and conservation photography by herpetologist and conservation photographer Nirmal Kulkarni and his team.
Where: Western Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir
When: July 27 to August 7, 2019 and August 8 to August 19, 2019
How long: 12 days
How much: Rs 84,000 + tax; includes transfers, accommodation and camping, meals, camping, trekking and rafting equipment and services of guides, porters and other staff during the trip.
This multi-day river adventure takes travellers down the spectacular and scenic Zanskar River gorge in Western Ladakh. Apart from rafting down this incredible river, past the desolate and sheer beauty of this region, and camping on the river banks, this trip takes travellers to visits to monasteries and palaces and on hikes and treks through some of the more remote villages and scenic trails of Ladakh.
Where: Shangarh, Sainj Valley, Himachal Pradesh
When: May 20-25, 2019
How long: 6 days
How much: Rs 25,000, including stay, meals and trekking guides, equipment and activities after reaching Shangarh
This trip is a hiking enthusiast’s dream. Trudge through secretive Himachali villages of the Great Himalayan National Park and be treated to the restful views from a pristine bugyal. The streams with their silvery trout will catch you hook, line and sinker and if you are lucky, the elusive tragopan will spot you too. Let local partners Sunshine Himalayan Adventures, seasoned operators working with villagers of Kullu for over two decades, walk you through the art of high-altitude hiking, while being gentle on the earth.
Where: Sarmoli, Munsiari, Uttarakhand
When: May 5-11, 2019
How long: 7 days
How much: Rs 30,000, including stay, meals and activities after reaching Sarmoli
She Moves Mountains offers a unique experience for women from urban and rural communities to come together. This trip is for women travellers who are keen to understand gender roles across urban and rural areas, care deeply about making a difference and love the mountains! Sarmoli is a remote but beautiful Himalayan village in Uttarakhand, and trip partner, Himalayan Ark, has been working here for over 20 years. The women of Sarmoli—trained homestay hosts, weavers, birders and high-altitude trekkers—will show you their world!
When: May to August
How long: 6 days
How much: Rs 32,000 per person, all-inclusive ex-Leh (food, accommodation, local transport, local guide and permits).
Apricot, known as "chulli" in Ladakh, was introduced to the arid region of Ladakh centuries ago by traders passing through the area on the Silk Route. This tour allows tourists to get a deep understanding of organic farming of apricots. The scenic beauty is unmatched and you will stay at warm homestays in some beautiful and unexplored villages of Ladakh.
Where: Hulgol, Karnataka
When: October - April
How long: 3 days
How much: From Rs 11,200, including accommodation for 3 nights in guesthouse, all meals during stay, services of private guide and road transfers from Hubli/Kumta.
Hulgol is a typical Western Ghat village, well known for spice-growing and close to the market town of Sirsi. Explore the fascinating hamlet and spice gardens with your own guide, trek to 10th century temples and forts and enjoy picnics by rivers. You stay in the Spice House, a guesthouse on the fringes of the hamlet. This comfortable traditional-style bungalow, owned and run by the community, offers three twin-bedded rooms, and the food here is made using local produce and is freshly prepared by local people.
Where: Kumaon, Uttarakhand
When: April 23 to 30, 2019
How long: 8 days
How much: Rs 46,200 per person.
This is a river expedition like no other as naturalist and river expert Emmanuel ‘Theo’ Theophilus of Himalayan Ark will be joining in. Having lived in the upper reaches of the Kali basin for the past 26 years, Theo knows this River and the inter-connected riverine ecosystem intimately and he will share his knowledge and insights with participants. The River, located along the border of India and Nepal, flows through the picturesque Kumaoni landscape. Coupled with the sparkling water and wonderful sandy beaches, this trip promises a wilderness journey of a lifetime. Participants run the river with experienced guides in the day and bask in the natural beauty of the region in the late afternoon and evening.
Where: Seppa, Arunachal Pradesh
When: November 15 to 28, 2019
How long: 14 days
How much: Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.3 lakh per person; tariff depends on variables like number of people in a group.
The Kameng River in Arunachal Pradesh, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, has been accessible for river rafting and kayaking only for around a decade. The river which winds its way through thick forests is quite remote and you will feel lucky to experience such a special area, hidden from the rest of the world. There are a few days on this trip, rafting through solid grade 4 rapids, when you will have only jungle for company and you won’t come across even the tribal villages that are the only human settlements in this part of the country. This trip is for experienced rafters and kayakers with an adventurous spirit and willingness to explore the unknown.