Top unexpected adventures in India (part 2)

Cycle at high altitude

Seasoned cyclists who want to escape the crowds and take a ride to new heights can take part in a high altitude adventure with Cycleit.

On this 383-mile Trans-Himalayan expedition, the strength and endurance of  participants are tested daily as they tackle high gradient climbs, navigate hairpin turns and changing terrain, as well as pedal some of the Earth’s highest motorable passes such as Khardungla, at 17,582 feet.

This challenging trip is suited to physically fit and advanced cyclists while beginners can bike the Himalayan foothills with Snow Leopard Adventures or take part in one of the weekend journeys through Himalayan hamlets, forests and hills of Cycleit.

Tour the largest estuarine mangrove forest in the world

Keep an eye out for spotted deer, crocodiles, endangered Bengal tigers, and over 250 species of birds when you cruise the West Bengal Sundarbans — the world’s largest mangrove forest of its kind.

In addition, you should make a stop at the watchtowers, taking a stroll on the caged canopy walkway, in order to safely get a view of the forest and wildlife from above.

Because of the presence of tigers, unique natural environment, remote location, life in the Sundarbans is unlike anything that you will experience elsewhere in this country.

Changing water levels during monsoon season can make it to become a difficult and even impossible journey, so you should avoid traveling to the area during the months from July to September.

Go ice climbing on Himalayan waterfalls

Outdoor enthusiasts who are undeterred by freezing temperatures can try their hands and feet at ice climbing in Himachal Pradesh. Beginners can join the Trip360 seven-day ice climbing course which allows participants to learn and practice climbing frozen waterfalls in the presence of well-experienced instructors.

Extreme weather adventurers who want to travel across frozen waterways can take part in the eight-day Indus Valley Frozen River Trek to have the chance to appreciate the harsh but spectacular Himalayan environment.

Top unexpected adventures in India (part 1)

If you’re traveling to India, a visit to the iconic white mausoleum and UNESCO World Heritage site Taj Mahal is likely on the top of your list. And you might be familiar with other popular activities like deepening your yoga practice in Rishikesh, witnessing colorful festivals throughout the country, cruising the backwaters of Kerala on a houseboat, and immerse yourself in mighty forts and flashes of color in the “Blue City” of Jodhpur or the “Pink City” of Jaipur.

However, sometimes the best travel experiences come from those that are lesser-known. Here are some unexpected adventures to take you off the common tourist trail in India.

Take a hike in tiger territory

Thanks to conservation efforts in recent years, the number of tigers as well as opportunities to spot them in Madhya Pradesh is on the rise.

Pugdundee safari in Satpura Tiger Reserve leads travelers on a multi-day and mobile camping journey through tiger territory, which allows you to track paw prints and scan the trees for wildlife by day and then fall asleep to the sounds of the forest by night.

If you prefer a luxurious resort to return after trying a half-day walk on the wild side, head for lebua Corbett – a jungle resort that locates on the rim of Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand – India’s oldest national park.

Visit a salt desert

As monsoon season ends in October with the water evaporating from the low-lying salt marsh in the Rann of Kutch, a layer of salt will be left behind, which forms one of the world’s largest salt deserts.

Located in Gujarat – the western state of India, it’s quite removed from the well-trodden tourist trail (although domestic tourism to the region has increased in recent years), so you will want to stay a few days to explore the culture of the area.

The restored Parsi heritage home Bhuj House provides a peek into the intriguing past of a city once inhabited by Parsis.

Five Best Casino In India Any Traveler Should Visit (part 1)

If you want to explore the top casinos in India, what you should do is to follow this list, in which I have brought to you five of the biggest casinos from the width and length of the country. These casinos not only have lavish properties and feature exciting games but they also offer services such as lodging, entertainment, and food, all keeping guests engaged.

There are a variety of games including Texas Hold’em, Baccarat, Roulette, Slot machines, Teen Patti, and Rummy, attracting players and visitors from all over the world. Places like Goa, Daman, and Sikkim attract thousands of players to their casinos every year. These Indian casinos provide international-level games and entertainment shows.

1. Deltin Casinos

Deltin casinos are run by Delta Corp. Its flagship casino Deltin Royale is on a yacht that is moored on the river Mandovi in Panjim in Goa. Deltin Palms, Deltin Jaqk, Deltin Caravela, and Deltin Suites are other properties of Delta Corp in Goa. These make Deltin become one of the biggest casino groups in India. It is famous for grand gaming rooms and state-of-the-art gaming machines and tables.

Deltin Royale features Whiskeys Lounge, Vegas Restaurant, and Sky Bar, all of which offer great top-class food, drinks, ambiance, and entertainment as well. In terms of games, they offer a lot of games such as American Roulette, Indian Flush, Texas Hold’em Poker, Baccarat, Slot Machines, Black Jack, 3-card draw poker, 5-card poker, Casino War, Money Wheel, and Mini flush.

2. Casino Pride

Casino Pride Group has 2 offshore casinos in Panaji, Goa. The original Casino Pride can host up to 500 guests at a time and offers games such as Texas Hold’em, Blackjack, Roulette, 3 card poker, flush (Teen Patti), and more. It also has fun slot machines. The second one is called Casino Pride 2.

The group also has Casino Palms in Baga, in Goa and Casino Paradise in Provorim. Casino Pride, the most trusted brand of casino in Goa, offers the best gaming in India.

The Best Places in India That Every Tourist Must Visit (part 2)

3. Kashmir

Kashmir Valley is considered as ‘Heaven on Earth”. It is India’s northernmost state that is famous worldwide for its majestic beauty. The valley of Kashmir offers a lot of important tourist hubs including Srinagar, Pahalgam, Gulmarg,  and Jammu.

Jammu is not only famous for the pilgrimage tour to the temple of Vaishno Devi but also famed for its natural splendor. Another shrine is Amarnath, a famous pilgrimage location that offers breathtaking views of Mt. Kailash and Himalayan snow-peaks along the trek route. In addition, Kashmir Valley’s Gulmarg is one of the most popular ski resorts in India and also is home to the highest green golf course in the world. You can also experience the picture-perfect Pahalgam and Sonmarg as well as a boat ride in the blue waters of Dal Lake in Srinagar.

4. Uttarakhand

Locally known as Devbhumi, Uttarakhand – a small north Indian state in the Himalayan region – is home to a large number of Hindu shrines. Uttarakhand has four very famous and beautiful shrines including Badrinath, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, and Gangotri. Besides shrines, it is also famous for its magnificent hill stations, the most visited of which are Almora, Mukteshwar, Kausani, Mussoorie, Pithoragarh, Nainital, Auli, and Ranikhet.

The state is also home to the Nanda Devi National Reserve, offering views of the snowcapped peak of Nanda Devi, and the Valley of Flowers National Park, which is famed for its meadows of various alpine flowers. Both these parks are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Moreover, Uttarakhand has a number of trekking trails. Dehradun, the capital city of this small state, is a beautiful town in itself. Nainital is a small hill station that is well-known for the Naini Lake. Auli, a small village, is a popular skiing destination in Uttarakhand, also offering a panoramic view of the lofty Himalayan peaks. Situated at the foothills of the Himalayas, Mussoorie is widely known as the “Queen of the Hills’ for its scenic beauty.

The Best Places in India That Every Tourist Must Visit (part 1)

Choice of India’s vacation destinations seems to be infinite; from historically and culturally soaked sites to scenic destinations, from destinations offering laid-back and relaxed stays to cities bustling with chaos and confusion. Here is a list of the best places in India that travelers should consider visiting.

1. Leh-Ladakh

Leh-Ladakh is located in the eastern region of the picturesque state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is a wonder at about 2,300 to 5,000 meters above sea level. Leh-Ladakh is notably beautiful with picture-perfect Buddhist gompas and monasteries and arid mountains. It is a perfect tourist destination, especially for adventurers and mountain-lovers. The inhospitable terrain and rough climatic conditions only add to the charm of this place. The surreal Pangong Lake, peaceful Shanti Stupa, highest cold-desert Nubra Valley, the awe-inspiring Magnetic Hill, and Khardung-La Mountain Pass are just a few places in this land of dreams. With snow peaks, gushing streams, mountain passes, and many stunning trekking trails, Leh is a travel spot that is too easy for visitors to fall in love with.

2. Himachal

Himachal Pradesh is a small mountain state located in Northern India with an overflow of natural beauty. It is best for skiing and trekking. It has scenic mountain towns, resorts, Tibetan, and Buddhist monasteries. Plunging river valleys, limpid lakes, eternal snow peaks, snow-covered mountain passes – Himachal offers it all. There are a lot of great places to visit in this small state such as Kullu, Shimla and Manali, Solang Valley, Palampur, Chamba and Khajjiar, and the Dharamsala and Dalhousie regions.

Besides, the less-visited Spiti and Lahaul districts are widely-known among adventure seekers. Many activities such as paragliding, rafting, zorbing, and skiing are popular in Manali and Solang Valley. In addition, an excursion to Rohtang Snow Point from Manali is breathtaking. The blissful vibe of the mountains, small villages scattered on hill slopes along with the warmth of the local people, it all will make you feel enchanted when visiting Himachal.

Online Casinos: New Favourite Gamble of India

The digital gaming industry of India is experiencing enviable growth in recent years. The availability of cheaper data charges and the increased adoption of smartphones have significantly influenced the growth of the industry. Besides racing and arcade games, online casinos are making a foray into the Indian market, promoting the international games publishers to invest in the space.

Some international online casino players like LeoVegas’ award-winning live casinos that have gained maximum attention and appreciation in India. This multi-award winning online casino has been consistently recognized as one of the best ones. However, with the wide and confusing rating lists of online casinos, the best way to pick the best ones is to personally compare them.

The fast growth of social card games played for real money

There is fast growth in the number of mobile users who are playing online social card games such as poker and rummy for real money. In fact, some of them have become the top-grossing games. Because there are a small number of Indian gamers who want to pay for the games, the free-to-play (F2P) is the most favorite model. However, the number of users who download the game for free and then go for in-app purchases continues to increase. Moreover, game monetization has been possible through advertisements too.

The huge smartphone user base

The growing number of smartphone users has created a strong base for the mobile gaming sector to become the most favorite gaming platform. It is estimated to reach to 530 million smartphone users, who are constantly exploring entertainment options on their mobiles, in the current year. Many gaming companies are working on utilizing this trend to their benefit. Some of them have also co-operated with international game publishers. Online card games such as poker and rummy have been able to harness this opportunity successfully. With their mobile app version, they can offer the same experience, or sometimes even better than that of PC to their users.

The best itineraries for India first-timers (part 1)

India has such a massive space, so you will find it difficult to see it all on one trip. These following Indian itineraries can be a great help for those who are planning to visit this country for the first time.

The classics: The all-time classic Golden Triangle is the most popular India tour. For those who have a short time, this is a perfect introduction to three of India’s top destinations including Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. If you don’t mind moving every couple of days, you can squeeze it into a week. Start in Delhi, with sights like the Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb, and then hit Agra and tour the Agra Fort, Taj Mahal, and Fatehpur Sikri. After that, head to Jaipur to explore the fort at Amber and the Pink City. Finally, return to Delhi’s wonderful bazaars for a shopping spree before coming back home.

Religious sites: You can find temples everywhere in India, but particularly in the north and center of the country, you’ll be truly spoiled for choice. There’s the Konark’s rock-carved Sun Temple, Golden Temple in Amritsar, the erotically carved edifices of Khajuraho, and cohorts of Jain temples in Rajasthan and Gujarat. Temples in the south are something different, with towering and statue-covered gopuram towers such as Madurai, Hampi, Tiruvannamalai, Tiruchirappalli, and exquisitely decorated temple caves at Ellora, Ajanta, and Elephanta Island near Mumbai.

Beaches & waterways: Head south to enjoy the best beaches of India. Munch bhelpuri made with puffed rice, noodles, green mango and a tangy sauce on the Girgaum Chowpatty beach of Mumbai before drifting south to the sun and sand in Goa. Take your pick of the Goan beaches with top spots including Arambol, Palolem, and Vagator, or try the black sand beaches of Varkala and Kovalam in Kerala, as well as golden sand in the north of the state. Kerala is also well-known for its meandering backwaters, where you can hire a canoe or a houseboat and let the world glide gently by. Another option is beautiful Dal lake in Srinagar in Kashmir with the beauty of the mountains rising out of the mist from the walnut windowframe.

5 tips for first-time travel to India (part 2)

3. Escape the crowds

India has more than a billion locals, many of  which are certainly crowded. The bustle can be fun, especially if there’s a festival. Luckily, India has a lot of quiet retreats, so add some relaxing escapes into your list of destinations. To keep your batteries remain charged, spend some days in a city, then followed by some days in a small town or in the countryside. For inner and outer peace, go to the south of India to visit the beaches of Kerala, or the north to visit captivating hill stations or the valleys of the Himalaya in Sikkim, Ladakh, and Himachal Pradesh.

4. Stay healthy

India has a notorious reputation amongst travellers for somewhat Delhi belly (an upset stomach). Particularly if you’re on a short trip, you should take steps to avoid a dodgy tum. Avoid drinking tap water, and remember to steer clear of any food which may have been washed in it. You should also avoid ice, ice cream, fruit, and salads that you haven’t just peeled yourself. Before launching into a mega-spicy street food feast or buying street food, let your stomach acclimatize for a few days.

Many travellers go veggie while in India because a bit of meat may be more harmful than undercooked vegetables. Moreover, many Indians are vegetarian, so perhaps, this country offers the most fabulous choice of vegetarian food in the world. If you eat meat, make sure it’s well cooked, and only choose stalls and restaurants which are packed with locals.

5. Pick the perfect route

India has a massive space, and you will not have enough time to see it all on one trip. So, think about what you like doing and how much time you have. Instead of trying to see the whole country, you should concentrate on the south, or on the north of the country. However, internal flights, or long-distance trains are plentiful and inexpensive so that you can easily hop from north to south if you want a taste of both.

5 tips for first-time travel to India (part 1)

India is an exotic destination! It has historical monuments, beaches and other attractive tourist spots that you can easily find out from Tripadvisor or a tour company. Some travelers came there for some weeks, some stayed for years and they were even not sure how long they are going to be there. If you know important basics and your expectations are set correctly, you can start enjoying the country!

Whether you are planning to travel to India for a short or long period of time, start with our tips for first-time travel to India.

1. Keep your cool

India has an often deserved reputation not only for its beauty and wonder but also for touts, scams, and other hassles. There are some ways for you to reduce the chances of being cheated or overcharged. However, it is hard to avoid having a few encounters with scammers on your trip. Especially, be careful of taxi or rickshaw drivers who insist on taking you to specific shops, hotels, or travel agencies because you will have to pay for their commission.

The most important advice for any India first-timer is trying to keep calm, no matter what happens. The key to enjoying your time in India is being able to control your frustrations that usually easily boil over in this country, just take a deep breath and move on. If you’re stressed about being scammed or losing some money, consider how much you’ve really lost and it’s worth getting that fussed about or not.

2. Slow down

Many people try to visit too many places in India and subsequently burn out. To enjoy the best trip, instead of trying to tick off as many spots as possible but not having time to appreciate any of them, you should concentrate on just a few ones and see them slowly. Spend a few days in one place and you’ll gain a deeper understanding of where you are and have more time to know about the people you meet. Your exchanges with hospitable locals will certainly create some of the most memorable moments of your trip.

Great Places In India For Adventure Sports (part 2)

6. Andamans (Scuba Diving)

The Andaman and Nicobar group of islands is a union territory of India and considered as one of the top beach destinations in Asia. The beaches are beautiful with crystal clear blue waters and white sandy shores. There are various sites across the islands offering scuba diving and snorkeling. The islands are also well-known for the amazing views of the coral reefs.

7. Mysore (Skydiving)

Skydiving is not so popular in India due to the amount of risk involved and conservative mentality of the people. Located in the Indian state of Karnataka, Mysore is a famous historical town with various forts and monuments and also offers thrill seekers a chance to experience skydiving, tandem jumps, and accelerated free-falls.

8. Rishikesh (Bungee Jumping)

The Holy town of Rishikesh is also famous for providing various adventure sports. Travelers here can take a chance on flying fox, bungee jumping, and giant swings.

9. Goa (Water Sports)

The State of Goa is best-known for being the beach capital of India with various exotic  beaches. Water skiing is available across various beaches and at various sites throughout the State along with training camps to attract adventurous travelers.

10. Pushkar (Hot Air Ballooning)

Pushkar is considered as the holiest of all India’s pilgrim spots and is also home to the illustrious Pushkar Camel Fair which attracts a lot of visitors from across the country and abroad. Hot Air ballooning is offered during the fair and may be the best way to view the exotic colors of the Fair.

Although India is not very familiar with adventure sports, extreme adventure sports are offered generally in various towns which are highly regarded as pilgrim spots. This creates a unique combination when it can offer the visitors both a spiritual and thrilling experience at the same time.