Turtle Festival

Turtle Festival

Everything you need to know about the Famous Turtle Festival in Maharashtra

Curious to witness the turtle nesting and hatchlings making their way to the sea? And if you wish so, Turtle Festival is the place to be. The Turtle Festival is a popular event that takes place once a year in Maharashtra, at some of the beaches located in the Konkan region.

Sea Turtles form a major part of the ecosystem. Olive Ridley Turtles are one of the endangered species of sea turtle. At this festival, you get to see Turtles in their natural habitat. During February and March, many Olive Ridley turtles come to the western coasts of Maharashtra and lay their eggs. To protect and conserve these turtles, various organizations such as Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra, Kasav Mitra Mandal, and Marine Conservation Society with the association of Forest department, Government of Maharashtra organize this turtle festival at the Konkan coastline every year to create awareness and promote eco-tourism.

In India, other than Maharashtra, there are several states, which are actively contributing to the protection and conservation of Sea Turtles. The state of Odisha has the famous mass nesting sites of the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. Based on these ecological conditions, certain pockets on the Odisha coast have become the sites for breeding and nesting of Olive Ridley Turtles. Another major project in India was carried out in Chennai, where the Chennai wildlife team collected and protected eggs of Olive Ridley Turtles along the Marina coast, and hatchlings were successfully released into the sea in a phased manner.

About Olive Ridley Turtles

Olive-Ridley Turtles are considered endangered because of their few remaining nesting sites in the world. Olive-Ridley Turtles face serious threats across their migratory route, habitat, and nesting beaches, due to various human activities such as turtle unfriendly fishing practices, egg-stealing, development, and exploitation of nesting beaches for ports, and tourist centers. Some of the factors like Global warming, Pollution are significantly responsible for the decreasing survival rate of Olive-Ridley Turtles.

About the Turtle Festival:

Turtle Festival is a conservation and protection event for Olive Ridley Turtles and a celebration of their natural breeding process.

 

There are some of the popular breeding sites for the Olive Ridley Turtle on the Konkan coastline in Maharashtra. While few of them are the nesting beaches, located in Raigad, Ratnagiri, and Sindhudurga Districts. There are six villages on the Konkan coastline where the Turtle Festival is organized.

When the Olive Ridley Turtles come to the beach to lay their eggs, all of them are relocated to a nest site/ hatchery, where they have a much better chance to survive. Once the eggs hatch, the baby turtles are carried to the beach and released. The interesting fact is that female turtles return to the very same beach of their birth, to lay their eggs.

 If the eggs were left on the beach, they would face many threats such as getting washed away by the tide or getting poached. Previously they were either sold in the markets or were destroyed by dogs, but now, these eggs are guarded and protected by a group of volunteers against predators. The dedicated efforts of protection and conservation by NGOs, Local villagers, and the Forest Department, helped the significant rise of the Olive Ridley Turtles.

Watching these baby turtles take their first steps and at top turtle speed, crawling to find their way towards the sea is a delightful sight at the Turtle Festival.

Locations of Turtle Festival:-

  • Velas: Velas is a beautiful town located in Mandangad Taluka in Ratnagiri. It is famous for beaches, Bankot fort, and the popular Turtle festival. Velas is one of the most popular nesting sites on the Konkan Coast.

            Velas is around 230 km away from Mumbai and a 200 km drive from Pune.

 

  • Anjarle: Anjarle is situated in Dapoli taluka of Ratnagiri district. Anjarle beach is one of the cleanest and most unpolluted beaches in Ratnagiri. It is a serene beach famous for the crystal clear water and a dense cover of coconut trees covering the little tops of the local Konkani hutment. Some of the major attractions in Anjarle are Kadyavarcha Ganpati Temple, Suvarnadurg Fort, Dolphin Safari, and the annual Turtle Festival.

            Anjarle is around 194 km away from Pune and 215 km from Mumbai.

  • Kolthare: Kolthare is a less known town, located in Dapoli Taluka of Ratnagiri District. Kolthare is famous for the spectacular and serene beach, ancient Shiva temple, and the nesting sites of Sea turtles.

            Kolthare is around 215 km away from Pune and 246 km from Mumbai.

  • Guhagar: Guhagar is a spectacular tropical town known for the dense coconut groves, mango trees, betel nuts, and the ancient temples hidden in the dense forest. Guhagar beach is one of the popular nesting sites of Olive Ridley Turtles.

            Guhagar is around 245 km away from Pune and 261 km from Mumbai.

  • Gavkhadi: Sparkling water, dense Suru(Casuarina) forest and soft sandy beach truly exemplify Konkan beauty. Gavkhadi is located in Ratnagiri taluka of Ratnagiri District. Gavkhadi beach is considered ideal for breeding and nesting Sea turtles.

            Gavkhadi is around 325 km away from Pune and 352 km from Mumbai.

 

  • Sindhudurg: Sindhudurg is a beautiful town known for the famous Sindhudurg Fort, Vijaydurg Fort, and mesmerizing beaches. The beaches in Sindhudurg are famous for their marine life and the nesting site of Olive Ridley Turtles.

            Sindhudurg is around 350 km away from Pune and 493 km from Mumbai.

Time and Duration of Turtle Festival:-

The laying of eggs by Olive Ridley Turtles begins in February and continues till April. Most of the hatching happens during March, April, and May. There are no set dates or particular times when you can witness it. It’s a process, you must come here and then wait for the process to begin. The most appropriate time to watch them crawling towards the sea is either from 7 am to7:30am or 6 pm to 6:30 pm.

Where to Stay?

This is a two to three days travel and stays if you want to experience the entire process of hatching and releasing turtles into the sea. All the destinations offer a Homestay facility

where you can stay in the local Konkani homes and can experience the peaceful rural lifestyle. You can cherish delicious Konkani cuisine and can enjoy your time in serene nature.

The Turtle Festival in Maharashtra attracts millions of tourists to these places every year from all over the world. Watching the release of these baby turtles into the ocean is quite an experience. The release of turtles takes place twice every day during the season, once in the morning and again during the sunset. So, do plan a visit to the Turtle festival In Maharashtra and carry a home basketful of memories!

 

The Petroglyphs of Konkan: A window into an ancient world

The Petroglyphs of Konkan: A window into an ancient world

India is home to a plethora of marvellous ancient architecture, art, and craft depicting fascinating artistry, which has withstood the test of time. Many of these wonders are yet to be fully understood. Some of the fascinating ancient ruins are full of thousand-year-old mysteries that offer a riddle to their spectators. Petroglyphs, the magnificent rock carvings, is one of the spectacular ancient art forms. Petroglyphs are one of the significant discoveries of recent times. The discovery of more than 1,000 rock carvings, in the districts of Ratnagiri and Rajapur in Maharashtra opens a window into an ancient world. Archaeologists believe that the Petroglyph could be 10,000 years old.

Local enthusiasts, Mr. Sudhir Risbud, and his two companions were the first to bring Petroglyphs to light. This was the result of almost six years of consistent efforts taken by them. These carvings depict a variety of images of animals, birds, human figures, and geometrical designs. It is expected that these Petroglyphs would provide an insight into the early history of the Konkan region.

Petroglyphs:

Petroglyphs are one of the prehistoric forms of art carved into the flat, open laterite rock surface/ laterite plateau. These Petroglyphs found in the districts of Ratnagiri and Rajapur depict numerous variety of images. They are mainly, animals, birds, aquatic Animals, Human Figures, Geometrical designs, etc.

 

Some of the petroglyphs depict rhinoceroses and hippos, two species that were never thought to be prevalent in this part of India. It raises various questions and doubts among the archaeologists studying petroglyphs. According to archaeologists, these petroglyphs, however, suggest that the Konkan may have once been a lot like the rainforests where these animals are typically found. Some of the rock carvings are life-size, for example, an elephant and tiger petroglyph at Kasheli in Ratnagiri district and some human figures.

Similar petroglyphs have been discovered in the Sindhudurg district, Usgalimal, south Goa, and Kollur, Karnataka. Other prominent petroglyph and rock art sites in India are the Bhimbetka rock shelters in Madhya Pradesh, rock carvings in Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh, and petroglyphs from the Tindivanam and Villupuram districts in Tamil Nadu and Unakoti in Tripura.

The Significance of Petroglyphs:

According to State Archaeological Department, the discovery of Petroglyphs in the districts of Ratnagiri and Rajapur could open up a whole new chapter in the history of the Konkan region. Petroglyphs are very significant from the perspective of reconstruction of the history of Konkan. These Petroglyphs reveal various unknown facts such as how the man was, how he lived here etc. However the sites of Petroglyphs are at huge risk of being lost or damaged from road construction, tree plantation, mining, and erosion (human and natural).

 

Mr. Risbud, along with his companions has started convincing the local villagers about the importance of Petroglyphs, the sites, and the need to protect them. They have built a ring of bricks around the petroglyphs and have requested the land owners to build such boundaries protecting the sites. The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporations has shown interest in developing some of the sites and converting them into a tourist circuit that would attract a lot of travellers and history lovers. 

Things to keep in mind while visiting Petroglyphs sites:

  1. The Petroglyphs sites must be well protected and conserved as they are the precious prehistoric forms of art.
  2. Do not visit the sites by yourself, as the Petroglyphs locations are on private lands. It is recommended to have a guide to show you the exact locations of the petroglyphs and help interpret carvings. One can contact the Ratnagiri tourism department or the local enthusiasts.
  3. Do not walk on any of the carvings as any human activity might cause irreversible damage to the carvings.
  4. Do not make any attempt to mark out the carvings of stone pens, chalks, or by some other method. It might cause damage to the carvings.
  5. Be aware of snakes and stick to the paths.

The petroglyphs are the hidden treasure, holding the secrets of the past.  Hence it is our responsibility to protect and preserve the ancient treasure. Do not miss to witness one of the marvellous prehistoric forms of art when in Konkan.

Rangilo Rajasthan

Rangilo Rajasthan

The Land of the Kings, Rajasthan is embellished with Magnificent Royal forts and palaces, rich and unique culture, golden sand dunes, and bustling, colourful bazaars. The mighty forts and spectacular palaces in Rajasthan speak of royalty and a glorious past. Take a tour of Rajasthan and view iconic forts and palaces and be amazed by its grandeur and craftsmanship. With GoParyatak’s Rajasthan Tour packages explore royal palaces, enjoy Rajasthani dances, and folk songs, witness puppet shows (Katputhli shows), and experience cultural treasures. The luxurious resorts in Rajasthan offer unmatched luxury, sheer comfort, and warm hospitality with their premium services. We at GoParyatak can help you experience Rajasthan tourism with our best tour packages that are available at cost-effective prices.

Ideal Duration

8 Nights – 9 Days

Best Season to Visit Rajasthan

October to March

Off-Season

April to September

Nearest Airports

  • Jaipur International Airport
  • Maharana Pratap Airport, Udaipur
  • Jodhpur Airport
  • Jaisalmer Airport
  • Bikaner Airport
  • Kota Airport
  • Kishangarh Airport

Capital of the state

Jaipur

Neighbouring states

The State borders Punjab to the north; Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to the northeast; Madhya Pradesh to the southeast; Gujarat to the southwest; Pakistani provinces of Punjab to the northwest and Sindh to the west.

Rajasthan is famous for

  • Historical Royal Forts and Palaces

  • The Thar Desert

  • Wildlife Sanctuaries

  • Fairs and Festivals

  • Village Safaris

  • Sand dunes

What to buy when you are in Rajasthan

  • Jewellery and Gemstones
  • Traditional Paintings
  • Ethnic Carpets
  • Blue Pottery
  • Puppets(Kathputli), Stuffed Dolls, and Toys
  • Rajasthani Fabrics
  • Traditional Metal Craftwork
  • Aromatic Spices
  • Jodhpuri Juttis

Experiences

  • Desert Camping

  • Jungle Safari

  • Hot Air Ballooning

  • Zip Lining

  • Trekking

  • Camel Safari

  • Elephant Safari

  • Kite Festival

What to carry while travelling to Rajasthan

  • Medical kit (Including the Band-Aids, Medicines for a headache, fever, stomach ache, cold and cough syrup, vomiting/dizziness, enough supply of any special medicine that you require.)
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Light cotton clothes for the days
  • Sweaters, hoodies, or jackets for nights
  • Torch with extra cells
  • Insect repellent
  • Caps
  • Umbrellas
  • Shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sanitizer
  • Water Bottle
  • Snacks
  • Phone Charger
  • Adapter
  • Power Bank
  • Spacious bags
  • Enough Cash
  • Tissue papers
  • Mouth Fresheners
  • Flight tickets
  • Detailed Itinerary.

Famous Places to visit when you are in Rajasthan

  • Jaipur: Known as, ‘The Pink City, Jaipur is the Capital city of the state of Rajasthan. The city is famous for its Royal legacy, traditional craftwork, gemstones, fabrics, etc. City Palace, Jantar-Mantar observatory, Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Albert Hall Museum, and Birla Mandir are some of the top places to visit in Jaipur.
  • Udaipur: Udaipur is one of the most popular cities in Rajasthan. The city is adorned with a rich legacy, vibrant culture, spectacular palaces, and gleaming lakes. Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar Lake, City Palace, Monsoon Palace, Vintage Car Museum, Jagmandir, and Maharana Pratap Memorial are some of the places you must visit in Udaipur.

 

 

  • Jodhpur: Located at the base of the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur is one of the most beautiful cities in Rajasthan. Jodhpur bursts with the traditional blue color and charms every traveller with its marvellous architecture. Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jaswant Thada, Mandore Gardens, Royal Cenotaphs, Ghanta Ghar, Sadar Bazar, Balsamand Lake, Masuria Hills, and, Sardar Samand Lake & Palace are some of the best places to visit in Jodhpur and you must include these places in your Jodhpur holiday packages.
  • Jaisalmer: Located in the heart of the golden Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is one of the prominent cities to visit in Rajasthan. Beautiful havelies, golden sand dunes, magnificent forts, and, palaces allow you to witness the majestic charm of Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon-Ki-Haveli,  Bada Bagh, Gadisar Lake, Thar Heritage Museum, and Salim Singh Ki Haveli are the places you must visit in Jaisalmer.
  • Sam Sand Dunes in Jaisalmer: Located on the outskirts of Jaisalmer city, it is one of the popular tourist spots in Jaisalmer. Tourists can enjoy Camel safari, jeep safari, traditional folk dance, and music shows. There several options for adventure lovers like Quad biking, Parasailing, Para Motoring, Dune bashing, etc., to explore while enjoying the desert safari.
    • Pushkar: Pushkar is a small town in Rajasthan, popular for the world-famous ‘Pushkar Mela’ and Brahma temple. The heritage of marvellous architecture makes Pushkar a must-visit place on the Rajasthan tour. The Pushkar Mela attracts tourists from all over the world with its fascinating celebrations. Adventure activities, cultural and musical events, camel safaris, and a stay in the traditional yet modern camps are the major attractions of Pushkar Mela. The Pushkar Mela is a treat for those who wish to experience the vibrant culture and traditions of Rajasthan.

Things to keep in mind while travelling to Rajasthan

  • Avoid alcohol and smoking.
  • Protect yourself from the cold and the sun (Carry a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion).
  • Kindly appoint licensed guides for sightseeing who owns a valid ID card.
  • The tour confirmation voucher in printed format is necessary for check-ins at the hotels.
  • The entry tickets and activity charges at sightseeing places will have to be avail by a guest on his/her arrangement and expenses.
  • The meals included in the package will start from the dinner on Day One which will be served at the restaurants of the hotel of stay. The enroute meals have to be avail by a guest on his/her arrangement and expenses. 
  • There are many hotels along the way, most of which cater well to vegetarian travellers.
  • Once the package is booked & confirmed no refund will be entertained.
  • The guests are advised to maintain the schedule given for the sightseeing/transfer.
  • We reserve the right to make changes or omit any place of a visit, if it becomes necessary due to bad weather, bad road conditions, etc.
  • The guests are advised to inform if the guests are senior citizens or have health-related issues (like arthritis, heart problems, etc.) or any such matter which might need special arrangements. Some itineraries will not be suitable for them.
  • The security concerns, driver’s working hours, etc. will be kept in mind while planning the tour and sightseeing. 
  • We try to ensure that the sightseeing points do not fall on a closing day. In case due to an inevitable situation, if the sightseeing falls on a closing day, it will have to be left out. Conducting that particular tour or sightseeing point the next day will be subject to time availability.

Things to avoid while travelling to Rajasthan

  • Do not carry unwanted baggage.
  • Avoid Smoking and drinking.
  • Do not swim in rivers, lakes, or glaciers.
  • Avoid the use of slang and touching the locals while talking and maintain a healthy distance when in and around the city.
  • Do not point at people.
  • Avoid wandering alone at night.
  • Stay away from drugs

Local languages used in Rajasthan

  • Hindi
  • Rajasthani
  • Marwari
  • Mewari
  • Brajbhasha
  • Bagri
  • English

ID Documents to carry while traveling to Rajasthan

  • Indians: Four passport size photos and Original Photo ID proof with photocopy like passport, voter’s ID card, driving license.
  • Foreigners: Passport, valid visa, Overseas Citizen of India (OCI).

Regional public holidays in Rajasthan

The Sightseeing point remains closed on

  • Central Government and Bank National Holidays
 

Himachal Pradesh –The Land of Snow

Himachal Pradesh –The Land of Snow

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live”.

-Hans Christian Anderson

These lines truly speak a Wanderlust’s heart. Finding an escape from the usual hustle-bustle and monotonous life and experiencing some joyous moments – it’s what holidays are made for.  One of the most scenic states of India, Himachal Pradesh can be the most relaxing getaway for you. Nestled in North India, Himachal is a blend of snow-capped mountains, crystal clear rivers, lush green meadows, dazzling waterfalls, and gigantic Deodars, truly a nature lover’s delight! For the adventurer in you, you can try on various sports and activities like River Rafting, Ice-skating, Paragliding, etc. If you are looking for places to visit in Himachal Pradesh then this is a must-read. Do keep this guide handy to be sure that you don’t miss out on any of the wonderful places and experiences the state offers. We, at, GoParyatak can assist you to plan the perfect vacation in Himachal Pradesh with cost-effective tour packages.

Destination

Himachal Pradesh

 

Ideal Duration

8 Nights – 9 Days

Ideal Season to visit Himachal Pradesh

 February to June 

Off-Season to visit Himachal Pradesh

July to November

Connectivity

By Air

  • Bhuntar Airport – Kullu Manali
  • Gaggal Airport – Kangra
  • Jubbarhatti Airport – Shimla

By Road

Interstate bus /Volvo bus services are available from Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, and other neighboring cities.

Capital of the state

Shimla and Dharamshala

Neighbouring states

The state borders the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh to the North, Punjab to the west, Haryana to the southwest, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh to the south, and the Tibet Autonomous Region in China to the east.

Famous for

  • Serene lakes
  • Snow-clad mountains
  • Lush Green Forests
  • Crystal clear rivers
  • Colonial-era Architecture
  • Buddhist Monasteries
  • Churches
  • Tibetan Architecture
  • Apple, Pear Orchards

What to buy

  • Shawls, Woollens, and Blankets
  • Himachali caps
  • Traditional Himachali Jewellery
  • Tibetan Jewellery
  • Woodwork sculptures
  • Handicrafts
  • Pottery items
  • Apples, pears, and various other fruits

Experiences

  • River Rafting
  • Still Water Sports
  • Ice-skating
  • Paragliding
  • Skiing
  • Heli-skiing
  • Golfing
  • Jeep/Vehicle safari
  • Day Hikes
  • Mountain-biking
  • Horse riding
  • Camping by lakes and valleys

What to carry while traveling

  • Medical kit (Including the Band-Aids, Medicines for a headache, fever, stomach ache, cold and cough syrup, vomiting/dizziness, enough supply of any special medicine that you require.)
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Torch with extra cells,
  • Insect repellent
  • Warm jackets
  • Thermal wear/Sweaters
  • Woollen socks
  • Scarf/muffler
  • Caps
  • Umbrellas
  • Shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sanitizer
  • Water Bottle
  • Snacks
  • Phone Charger
  • Adapter
  • Power Bank
  • Spacious bags
  • Enough Cash
  • Tissue papers
  • Mouth Fresheners
  • Flight tickets
  • Detailed Itinerary

Famous places to visit in Himachal Pradesh

Snowy mountains, Pristine Rivers, lush green valleys, and Dazzling apple orchards, are all waiting to welcome you to one of the most spectacular places on this Earth. Himachal Pradesh houses some of the mesmerizing places that you must visit at least once in your lifetime. Here is a list of Top places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.

  • Shimla: Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh is known for its picturesque landscapes, marvellous colonial buildings, and Churches, built in a Victorian style. The Viceregal Lodge (Rashtrapati Niwas), Christ Church, Shri Hanuman Jakhoo Temple, Mall road, Neo-Gothic Gorton Castle, and Himachal State Museum are some of the top places to visit in Shimla.

 

  • Kufri: Located 20 km away from Shimla, Kufri is a beautiful town, surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountains and lush greenery. It offers various scenic locations and numerous adventurous sports and activities.

 

  • Kalka Shimla Toy Train: The mesmerising route takes you through lush greenery offering incredible scenic views. Embark on a journey and indulge in a spectacular view of the nature around you.

  • Thanedar:  Visit this beautiful, serene town, nestled among apple and cherry orchards to experience the raw beauty of nature. Located 80km away from Shimla, Thanedar is definitely among the Top places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.

 

  • Manali: Located in the Kullu district, Manali is a beautiful hill station with an alluring atmosphere, snow-covered mountains, Pine trees, and lush greenery. It is a popular destination amongst honeymooners and adventure enthusiasts. Places like Solang Valley, Vashisht Hot Water Springs, Hidimba Devi Temple, Bhrigu Lake, Manali Bird Sanctuary, and Naggar Castle are the famous places to visit in Manali among the tourists. Adventure lovers can indulge themselves in adventure sports like skiing, river rafting, paragliding, and trekking.

 

  • Spiti: The picturesque town, Spiti, is situated between India and Tibet. The spectacular landscapes, colorful Monasteries, and pristine lakes make Spiti, one of the top destination

 

  • s in Himachal Pradesh. Known as the ‘Little Tibet’, Spiti is the epitome of natural beauty.

 

  • Dharamshala: One of the star highlights of Himachal Pradesh Tourism, Dharamshala, is the residence of the Dalai Lama. Tall pine trees, dazzling waterfalls, and beautiful Monasteries add extra glitter to the beauty of Dharamshala.

 

  • Mcleodganj: Known as ‘Little Lhasa of India’, Mcleodganj is a beautiful serene town. When in Mcleodganj, one can enjoy shopping from markets famous for Tibetan carpets, handicrafts, Thankas, etc.

 

  • Dalhousie: A fascinating hill station, spread across five hills, Dalhousie is one of the most spectacular places in Himachal Pradesh. It houses snow-capped mountains, crystal clear rivers, lush green valleys, and marvellous Colonial-Era Architecture. Dalhousie offers a resplendent view of the sunrise and sunset.

 

  • Chamba:  Chamba, the vibrant valley of Himachal offers a breath-taking view of sparkling rivers, dense pine forests, snowy mountains, and diverse wildlife. The valley is famous for marvellous temple architecture, astonishing miniature paintings, and beautifully embroidered Chamba Rumal.

 

  • Khajjiar: Situated in a Chamba district, Khajjiar is fondly compared with Swiss mountain meadows. Khajjiar is a quaint settlement surrounded by snow-topped mountains and dense pine forest.

  • Palampur: Located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, Palampur charms you with its pristine natural beauty. Palampur has thousands of Tea gardens and enchanting dense deodar forests. Bajinath temple, Chamunda Devi temple, and Tashi Jong Monastery are some of the famous places to visit in Palampur. It offers various adventurous sports like river rafting, paragliding, skydiving, etc.

 

  • Solang Valley: Situated between Beas Kund and Solang village, Solang valley offers spectacular views of magnificent mountains, groves of green trees, and crystal clear streams, which is a treat to the eyes. Enjoy the pristine beauty over the picturesque valley by taking a cabin ride on a Solang Ropeway.

 

  • Manikaran: Situated deep within the Parvati Valley of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh, the Manikaran Sahib is a natural marvel. Manikaran is full of hot boiling water that is rich in Uranium and radioactive substances. The water of the spring is hot enough to boil rice and other food. The water is considered auspicious and said to have healing properties for the human body that can cure skin and other disorders.

 

 

  • Jibhi:  Jibhi is one of the hidden gems in Himachal Pradesh, located on the scenic Chandigarh-Manali highway. This quaint hamlet has some extremely beautiful Victorian pinewood cottages for people to enjoy and relax.

Things to keep in mind while travelling in Himachal Pradesh

  • The tour confirmation voucher in printed format is necessary for check-ins at the hotels.
  • Guests willing to take adventure activities are advised to inform local authorities and seek necessary permissions.
  • The entry tickets and activity charges at sightseeing places will have to be avail by a guest on his/her arrangement and expenses.
  • The meals included in the package will start from the dinner on Day One which will be served at the restaurant at the hotel of stay. The enroute meals have to be avail by a guest on his/her arrangement and expenses.
  • The guests are advised to maintain the schedule given for the sightseeing/ transfers.
  • We reserve the right to make changes or omit any place of a visit, if it becomes necessary due to bad weather, bad road conditions, etc.
  • The guests are advised to inform if the guests are senior citizens or have health-related issues (like arthritis, heart problems, etc.) or any such matter which might need special arrangements. Some itineraries will not be suitable for them.
  • The security concerns, driver’s working hours, etc. will be kept in mind while planning the tour and sightseeing.
  • We try to ensure that the sightseeing points do not fall on a closing day. In case due to an inevitable situation, if the sightseeing falls on a closing day, it will have to be left out. Conducting that particular tour or sightseeing point the next day will be subject to time availability.
  • The mesmerizing Nature and eco-friendly atmosphere are the region’s prime tourist interests. The facilities available here cannot be matched with other developed destinations.

Things to avoid while traveling to Himachal Pradesh

  • Do not carry unwanted baggage.
  • Avoid Smoking and drinking.
  • Do not swim in rivers, lakes, or glaciers.
  • Avoid the use of slang and touching the locals while talking and maintain a healthy distance when in and around the city.
  • Do not point at people.
  • Avoid wandering alone at night.
  • Stay away from drugs.

Local languages

  • Hindi
  • English

ID Documents to carry

  • Indians: Four passport size photos and Original Photo ID proof with photocopy like passport, voter’s ID card, driving license, Inner Line Permit to visit certain parts of Kinnaur district and Spiti District, etc.
  • Foreigners: Passport, valid visa, Overseas Citizen of India (OCI). Inner Line Permit to visit certain parts of Kinnaur district and Spiti District etc.

Suitable airlines

NA

Public Holidays (Regional)

The Sightseeing points remain closed on Central Government & Bank National Holidays.

Kashmir: The paradise on Earth

Kashmir: The paradise on Earth

The land of Kashmir, abundantly offers you the ultimate happiness, comfort, and, a rejuvenating experience of being in the lap of alluring nature. This land is a home to mighty Chinar trees, fascinating snow-capped mountains, serene lakes, tempting apple orchards, violet fields of saffron, pretty shikaras and Houseboats, and dazzling Tulips in spring that keeps you intrigued throughout your visit to this mesmerizing land. Behold the captivating snow- the White Mountains turning golden at the dawn while indulging the warm cup of Kashmiri kahwah Tea. For the ones who adore natural beauty, the enchanting land of Kashmir is, truly, a feast for the eyes. Experience and cherish the heavenly beauty of Kashmir with GoParyatak’s tailor-made packages. GoParyatak’s packages have carefully planned itineraries that will let you relax and cherish the surroundings.

Destination

Kashmir

Ideal Duration

8 Nights – 9 Days

Ideal Season

March to August.

If you want to visit the annual Tulip Festival, the ideal duration is from March to early April

Off-Season

August-September

Nearest Airports

Srinagar domestic Airport (Sheikh-ul-Alam Airport) 

Capital of the state

Srinagar and Jammu

Neighbouring states

The state borders the Indian union territory of Ladakh to the east, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab to the south, Pakistan to the southwest, and the Pakistani-administered portion of Kashmir to the northwest.

Famous for

  • Serene lakes
  • Snow-clad mountains
  • Lush Green Forests
  • Apple Orchards
  • Tulip Gardens
  • Saffron fields
  • Shikara rides
  • Houseboats
  • Gondola(cable car) ride

What to buy

  • Pashmina Shawls, Woollens, and Blankets
  • Rugs and Kashmiri Carpets
  • Paper Mache Products
  • Traditional Jewellery
  • Kashmir Willow Bats
  • Spices
  • Dry fruits
  • Saffron

Experiences

  • River-rafting
  • Paragliding
  • Skiing/Snowboardig
  • Hot-Air ballooning
  • Golfing
  • Camping by the lakes and valleys

What to carry while traveling

  • Medical kit (Including the Band-Aids, Medicines for a headache, fever, stomach ache, cold and cough syrup, vomiting/dizziness, enough supply of any special medicine that you require.)
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Torch with extra cells,
  • Insect repellent
  • Warm jackets
  • Thermal wear/Sweaters
  • Woollen socks
  • Scarf/muffler
  • Caps
  • Umbrellas
  • Shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sanitizer
  • Water Bottle
  • Snacks
  • Phone Charger
  • Adapter
  • Power Bank
  • Spacious bags
  • Enough Cash
  • Tissue papers
  • Mouth Fresheners
  • Flight tickets
  • Detailed Itinerary.

Famous Places to visit

  • Kashmir has long been synonymous with vibrant nature, crystal clear lakes, lush green meadows, and gleaming rivers, warm and friendly locals. There is plenty you can see and enjoy that ensures you fly home with a basketful of sweet memories. Here is a list of “Top places to visit in Kashmir”. 
  • Srinagar: Srinagar is the capital city of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and one of the most gorgeous capital cities of India. Take a Shikara ride on the peaceful Dal Lake, stay in the cozy houseboats, and enjoy the enchanting landscapes surrounding it. Explore and shop Pashmina Shawls, Woollens, Rugs, Kashmiri Carpets, and saffron and take back home precious memories of your trip to Kashmir. Visit the Shalimar Gardens and experience the pristine beauty of nature.
  • Sonmarg: Sonmarg, truly known as ‘the meadow of gold is one of the most spectacular places in Kashmir. Taking a pony ride to Sonmarg is a great way to enjoy the real beauty of Kashmir. Nestled between snow-clad mountains, Sonmarg is surrounded by serene lakes and green grasslands. If you love camping and trekking, and adventure sports it’s an ideal destination.
  • Gulmarg: Translated as ‘Meadow of Flowers’, Gulmarg is, undoubtedly, the snow paradise of Kashmir. Gulmarg is a beautiful town located, in a district called Baramulla in Kashmir. Gulmarg is popular for a ski resort, the Gulmarg Gondola -Asia’s second longest cable car ride and the highest golf course in the world. This is the most popular destination for adventure seekers which offers various adventurous activities and sports options such as skiing, snowboarding, horse riding, heli-skiing, snow scooter, etc.
  • Pahalgam: The picturesque town, Pahalgam, is blessed with nature’s finest landscapes, dazzling meadows, and pristine water rivers that make Pahalgam, a must-visit destination in Kashmir. Visit Mini Switzerland to witness the epitome of natural beauty. Visit Aru Valley, Lidder Lake, and Betaab valley, to experience clear water rivers and enchanting deep valleys.

Things to keep in mind while travelling

  • If you’re flying out of Srinagar airport, do reach the airport with plenty of time to spare (at least three hours before departure), as there are time-consuming and multiple security checks before you receive your boarding pass. There aren’t any restrictions on cabin luggage when flying into the airport. However, airlines often won’t allow cabin luggage when departing except for laptops, cameras, and ladies’ handbags.
  • Only post-paid mobile connections work in the area of Kashmir. For temporary use, one can buy a new post-paid sim card from a local market.
  • The entry tickets and activity charges at sightseeing places will have to be avail by a guest on his/her arrangement and expenses.
  • The meals included in the package will start from the dinner on Day One which will be served at the restaurants of the hotel of stay. The enroute meals have to be avail by a guest on his/her arrangement and expenses.
  • Alcohol is not served in restaurants.
  • Most businesses shut for prayer at lunchtime on Friday in Srinagar.
  • There are many hotels along the way, most of which cater well to vegetarian travelers.
  • Due to a shortage of power or power cuts, the guest might have to bear with candlelight.
  • Once the package is booked & confirmed no refund will be entertained.
  • The guests are advised to maintain the schedule given for the sightseeing/ transfers.
  • We reserve the right to make changes or omit any place of a visit, if it becomes necessary due to bad weather, bad road conditions, etc.
  • Kindly inform us if the guests are senior citizens or have health-related issues (like arthritis, heart problems, etc.) or any such matter which might need special arrangements. Some itineraries will not be suitable for them.
  • The security concerns, driver’s working hours, etc. will be kept in mind while planning the tour and sightseeing.
  • We try to ensure that the sightseeing points do not fall on a closing day. In case due to an inevitable situation, if the sightseeing falls on a closing day, it will have to be left out. Conducting that particular tour or sightseeing point the next day will be subject to time availability.
  • The mesmerizing Nature and eco-friendly atmosphere are the region’s prime tourist interests. The facilities available here cannot be matched with other developed destinations.

Things to avoid while traveling to Sikkim

  • Do not carry unwanted baggage.
  • Avoid Smoking and drinking.
  • Do not swim in rivers, lakes, or glaciers.
  • Avoid the use of slang and touching the locals while talking and maintain a healthy distance when in and around the city.
  • Do not point at people.
  • Avoid wandering alone at night.
  • Stay away from drugs.
  • Avoid insisting your cab driver take you to the restricted areas. Follow the safety rules and protocols.
  • Avoid venturing into the old city by yourself. Find a guide who can take you to the places you want to explore.

Local languages

  • Dogri
  • Urdu
  • Hindi
  • English

ID Documents to carry

  • Indians: Four passport size photos and Original Photo ID proof with photocopy like passport, voter’s ID card, driving license, etc.
  • Foreigners: Passport, valid visa, Overseas Citizen of India (OCI).

Suitable airlines

NA

Public Holidays (Regional) Tentative*

The Sightseeing point remains closed on

  • Central Government & Bank National Holidays.
  • Jumat-ul-Vida (7th May)
  • Shab-i-Qadr (9th May)
  • Mela khir Bhawani (18th June)
  • Urs Shah-I-Hamdan sahib (16th July)
  • Eid-ul-Azha (20th and 21st July)
  • Ashoora (19th August)
  • Urs Sheikh Noor-ud-din-Sahib (4th October)
  • Eid-i-Milad-ul- Nabi (19th and 22nd October)
  • Shab-i-Miraj(1st march and 4th march)  

Leh-Ladakh

Leh-Ladakh

Ladakh, a Union territory located in North India is a high-altitude cold desert. Crystal clear lakes, snow-covered mountains, blue skies, bright rainbows–what’s there not to love? The land of Leh is blessed with enchanting landscapes, astounding scenery, marvellous Tibetan architecture, and Monasteries, a place to visit at least once in a lifetime! Capture and experience the happy moments of majestic land along with GoParyatak Leh-Ladakh tour packages! Just send us a message and we’ll help you plan your itinerary for Leh and Ladakh

Destination

Leh-Ladakh

Ideal Duration

8 Nights – 9 Days

Ideal Season

April-July

Off-Season

November to February

Nearest Airports

Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh

Capital of the state

Leh and Kargil

Neighbouring states

The state borders the Tibet Autonomous Region to the east, Himachal Pradesh to the south, and both the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the Pakistan-administered Gilgit-Baltistan to the west.

Famous for

Serene lakes, Snow-clad mountains, Buddhist monasteries, Tibetan architecture

 

What to buy

Tibetan Handicrafts & Wares, Ladakhi stone Jewellery, Pashmina Shawls and Woollens, Rugs and Kashmiri Carpets, Apricots

Experiences

Camping by the lakes and valleys, Witnessing enchanting Buddhist festivals like the famous Hemis Festival (June-July), River-rafting, Parasailing, Quad- biking, Ice skating/Ice Hockey, Jeep Safari, Double hump camel rides, etc

What to carry while traveling

Medical kit (Including the Band-Aids, Medicines for a headache, fever, stomach ache, cold and cough syrup, vomiting /dizziness, enough supply of any special medicine that you need, Sunscreen lotion, Torch with extra cells, Insect repellent, Warm jackets, Thermal wear, Sweaters, Woollen socks, Scarf/muffler, Caps, Jackets Umbrellas, Sunglasses, Sanitizer, Water Bottle, Snacks, Phone Charger, Adapter, Power Bank, Spacious bags, Enough Cash, Tissue papers, Mouth Fresheners, Flight tickets, Detailed Itinerary.

Famous Places to visit

  • Pangong Lake
  • Tso Lake
  • Thiksey Monastery
  • Khardung-la Pass
  • Markha Valley
  • Nubra Valley
  • Tso Moriri lake
  • Hemis National Park
  • Diskit Monastery
  • Royal Leh Palace
  • Shanti Stupa
  • Namgyal Tsemo Gompa
  • Magnetic Hill
  • Alchi
  • Zanskar Valley
  • Chadar Trek

Things to keep in mind while travelling

  • Ladakh lies at an elevation over 3,000 metres above sea level. Hence the altitude must be carefully taken into account when planning a trip in the region to prevent Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) or altitude sickness.
  • Try to adapt to high altitude gradually. It is advised to carry tablets for altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
  • It is advised to rest for 24 to 36 hours to reduce the risk of AMS once you reach Leh or Indus valley.
  • Stock up on water and snacks including dried fruits, nuts, and cookies before the road trip.
  • Drink plenty of water (at least 4 litres per day) and keep yourself well hydrated.
  • Avoid excessive physical activities, walk slowly, and take enough rest.
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking.
  •  Eat well, high-calorie and high-carbohydrate meals.
  • Protect yourself from the cold and the sun. (It is advised to use a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, and Clothes.)
  • Only post-paid mobile connections work in the area of Leh and Ladakh. One can buy a new post-paid Simcard from a local market for temporary use. Airtel and BSNL connections work in Leh City and most major tourist centres in Ladakh including Pangong Lake, and Nubra Valley. Mobile connectivity is extremely infrequent in Ladakh. After the town of Kargil, connectivity is extremely sparse. There is no 3G/4G connectivity, so it’s impossible to browse the internet using your mobile phone.
  • The meals included in the package will start from the dinner on Day One which will be served at the restaurants of the hotel of stay. The enroute meals have to be avail by a guest on his/her arrangement and expenses
  • There are many hotels (shacks) along the way, most of which cater well to vegetarian and vegan travellers.

Things to avoid while traveling to Sikkim

  • Do not carry unwanted baggage.
  • Avoid Smoking and drinking.
  • Do not swim in rivers, lakes, or glaciers.
  • Avoid the use of slang and touching the locals while talking and maintain a healthy distance when in and around the city.
  • Do not point at people.
  • Avoid wandering alone at night.
  • Stay away from drugs.

Local languages

  • Tibeto-Kanauri
  • Bodish
  • Tibetic
  • Ladakhi–Balti
  • Ladakhi
  • English
  • Hindi

ID Documents to carry

  • Indians: Four passport size photos and Original Photo ID proof with photocopy like passport, voter’s ID card, driving license, etc., Inner Line Permit (ILP) to travel to the remote places of Ladakh
  • Foreigners: Passport, valid visa, Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), Inner Line Permit (ILP) to travel to the remote placesof Ladakh. 
  • An Inner Line Permit (ILP) is an official travel document issued and stamped by the Indian authorities. This document is compulsory to visit Restricted Areas which are valid for a maximum period of 15 days for foreigners and a maximum period of 3 weeks for Indian citizens. There is no limit on the number of times you enter a Restricted Area.
  • The Restricted Areas are located near the Line of Control (border with Pakistan) and the Line of Actual Control (border with China). There are several check posts on the roads leading to these areas. You need an Inner Line Permit to visit the following places:
  1. Khardung La Pass, Nubra Valley and Shayok
  2. Chang La Pass, Tangtse and Pangong Lake
  3. Chumathang, Tsaga La and Tso Moriri Lake
  4. Dha-Hanu Valley and Batalik

Suitable airlines

NA

Public Holidays (Regional) Tentative*

The Sightseeing point remains closed on

  • Central Government & Bank National Holidays.
  • Mela Dosmochey (21st and 22nd February)
  • Tangpe Chongya (9th March)
  • Hemis Tsechu (30th June and 1st July)

The Emerald Islands of India- Andaman, and the Nicobar Islands

The Emerald Islands of India- Andaman, and the Nicobar Islands

Tranquil shores, astonishing landscapes, lush green interior, thrilling snorkelling andscuba, and a scenic widespread location, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a perfect stress-free tropical getaway. Situated in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are the most spectacular destinations for every traveller in India. The breathtakingly beautiful island is a favourite destination for honeymooners! At GoParyatak, the Andaman and Nicobar packages are perfectly crafted to provide you with an unforgettable vacation. Explore the picturesque Islands with the best Andaman and Nicobar packages available at GoParyatak.

Destination 

Andaman and Nicobar Islands 

Ideal Duration

8 Nights – 9 Days

Ideal Season

October to March

Off-Season

June to September

Nearest Airports

Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair

Capital of the state

Port Blair (South Andaman)

Location

The islands are situated at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea i.e. Bay of Bengal is on the Western Side and the Andaman Sea on the Eastern. Andaman and Nicobar groups of islands are separated by the Ten Degree Channel

 

Famous for

Exotic beaches, Tropical rainforest, white surf, waterfalls, Marine life, Coral reefs, Cellular Jail National Memorial, Anthropological Museum, Naval Marine Museum

What to buy

Seashells jewelry, Pearl jewelry Sarongs, Hats, Wooden/Cane artifacts

Experiences

Elephant safari, Surfing, Scuba-Diving, Snorkelling, Para-Sailing, Sea Walk, Banana ride, Speed Motor Boat, Glass Bottom Boat, Jet Sky

What to carry while traveling

Insect repellent, Caps, Umbrellas, sunglasses, Medicines (Prescribed by doctors), Sanitizer, Water Bottle, Snacks, Phone Charger, Adapter, Power Bank, and Spacious bags, Enough Cash, Tissue papers, Mouth Fresheners, Flight tickets, Detailed Itinerary

Things to keep in mind while traveling

 

  • We recommend carrying enough cash for food/any extra activities like snorkeling/diving etc

 

  • Valid Photo ID is needed for check-in to the hotel and while entering the port area hence guests need to carry a valid Photo ID Proof.

 

  • Limited tickets are issued per agent for MG National Park, Ross Island Sound and Light Show, Cellular Jail Sound, and Light Show. Sometimes due to heavy rush tickets becoming sold out, we reserve the right to change the trip to an alternate itinerary.

 

  • Some Budget Hotels do not have a generator and only an inverter for power back up and in case of load shedding only fan and light will work on back up and that too for a few hours.

 

  • NO WiFi/Internet Facility is available at any Hotel at Havelock and only Deluxe/ Luxury/ Premium Hotels have WiFi/ Internet facility and that too in lobby only.

 

  • Please share the exact names as per valid Photo ID if there is a mismatch in the Ferry ticket and ID proof, a new ticket will need to be made and guests will need to pay for the same.

 

  • Elephant Beach/ Light House visits are decided by the Boat association subject to weather conditions.

 

  • It is prohibited to carry Alcohol on board the Inter-Island ferry (Private & Government).

 

  • The meals included in the package will start from the dinner on Day One which will be served at the restaurant of the hotel of stay. The enroute meals have to be avail by a guest on his/her arrangement and expenses.

 

  • Guests are requested to be soft & gentle with their drivers.

 

  • The Andaman Islands have a tropical climate and a light layer of clothing should be carried always. In monsoons, it is advisable to carry raincoats and umbrellas.

 

  • Ferry Cancellation happens sometimes (4-5 times) a year due to rough seas. It will be collected directly as per the actual expenditure incurred.

 

  • People with knees, heart, and blood pressure problems and having children below 10 years should avoid going diving unless they are carrying a MEDICAL Certificate from their doctor.

 

  • There are telephone lines but due to cable fault and weak signal, it is often out of order. Vodafone, Airtel & BSNL operates better in Port Blair, and at Havelock/ Neil Airtel and BSNL work Better. Mobile internet seldom works and is very slow.

 

  • Being a small island run by the Governor, many times Public Holidays are announced at a short notice for which we have no prior information due to which most Sightseeing Places are closed.

 

  • The guests are advised to maintain the schedule given for the sightseeing /transfers due to a shortage in space for parking.

 

  • We reserve the right to make changes or omit any place of a visit if it becomes necessary due to bad weather.

 

  • The security concerns, driver’s working hours, etc. will be kept in mind while planning the tour and sightseeing.

 

  •  We try to ensure that the sightseeing points do not fall on a closing day. In case due to an inevitable situation, if the sightseeing falls on a closing day, it will have to be left out. Conducting that particular tour or sightseeing point the next day will be subject to time availability.

 

  • Once the package is booked & confirmed no refund will be entertained.

Things to avoid while traveling to Sikkim

  • Do not carry unwanted baggage.
  • Stay away from drugs

Local languages

Hindi, English

ID Documents to carry

  • Indians: Two passport size photos and Original Photo ID proof with photocopy like passport, voter’s ID card, driving license, etc. ( PAN card will not be accepted as ID proof.)

 

  • Children: They will have to be accompanied along, with their parents and should have a Photo ID issued by the school authority. It is also advisable to carry a photocopy along with the original Birth Certificate of them children traveling alone.

 

  • Foreign Nationals – Apart from a valid visa a tourist requires a ‘Reserved Area Permit’ (RAP). These are issued only for 30 days and can be extended with valid reasons for 15 days but no foreign national can stay in Andaman and Nicobar islands beyond 45 days. Reserve Area Permit is available free of cost on arrival at Port Blair airport or Port Blair harbour. The permit can also be obtained from foreign registration offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, or Kolkata.

Ideal for

Honeymoon, Family

 

Suitable airlines

NA

Holidays

Sightseeing point remains closed on Central Government & Bank National Holidays.

The points which are closed
  • On Sunday – Chatham Saw Mill and Forest Museum.
  • On Monday – Cellular Jail (Light and Sound Show in the evening is open), Anthropological Museum, Naval Marine, MG National Park, and, Baratang.
  • On Wednesday- North Bay and Ross Island and Fisheries Museum.