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Monday, January 9, 2017

Snow Fall In South India? Impossible | Be A Seeker Visit And Enjoy

Hill Village in South India where it snows
Hill Village in South India where it snows

Lambasingi Is A Tiny Hill Village In Andhra Pradesh With A Record Of Snow Fall  

This new exotic travel destination in South India is literally the icing on the cake.
If you are still in two minds about booking a vacation this winter to South India, here are some interesting facts that might make you reconsider your travel plans; for Andhra Pradesh will say 'Atithi Devo Bhava' and welcome you in a way that might be a pure stroke of serendipity.

And guess what? 

A village in Andhra is the only place in the southern region it snows

Snowfall in village Lambasingi south India
Snowfall in village Lambasingi 

Lambasingi is a small hamlet located at an altitude of 1025 meters above sea level in the Chintapalli region of Arakku Valley in Vishakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh that had once experienced snowfall in winter in the past, and if we’re lucky, we might get it this time as well! In fact, Lambasingi is also known by another name- Korra Bayalu, which, in their local language, means “if someone stays out in the open they would freeze like a stick!” But apart from being a stunning destination in the South that sometimes experiences snowfall in India. Temperatures may not go below 0 degree Celsius every year, but when it does, the hill treats you with the most beautiful snowfall.

Tribal House in Lambasingi
Tribal House in Lambasingi

Lambasingi has a lot more to offer. Surrounded by mesmerizing hills, dense forests, and a lot more, this little village makes up for a charming tourist getaway that you CANNOT afford to miss!

What adds to the charm is that while the hill station is sparsely populated, it's home to an isolated exotic tribal community that is engaged in pepper and coffee plantations where you can enjoy tasty organic coffee

The Journey By Train

Hill train to Arakku Valley
Wow! What a journey-Hill train to Arakku Valley

The best part is the train journey. In India, most of the hill trains run in a meter gauge or narrow gauge lines but this is a broad gauge. The line passes through Shimiliguda station which is the highest broad gauge station of India at 996.32 mt above MSL. 
The train line passed through 84 bridges and 58 tunnels. This broad gauge electrified line starts from Kottavalasa, a small station located between Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam stations of Howrah and Chennai main line. After crossing two small stations, the train starts climbing up the hills through tunnels and bridges. Most of the time valley falls in right side of the train while going towards Araku from Vizag and waterfalls remain at left side. On the way, you can see small and big water falls. The green valley and river combination give a spectacular view from the train. The train also passes above the World famous Borra caves, eventually reaching ARAKU in 4 hours ending your dream sequence.

What To do In Lambasingi

Visits to guava orchards, nearby hillocks and waterfalls, paddy fields were the order of the day. or just sit in the grasslands with a good book or enjoy tasty organic coffee whilst kids chased away butterflies. The people are friendly and readily accept you in their midst. Overall an excellent place to just chill and do nothing at all.........

How To Reach

120 KMS from Vizag, 40 Km from Narsipatnam.

Travel Route:
(By Hill Train)

  • Vizag- Araku- Kothapalli- Lambasingi
  • Vizag- Narsipatnam- Kothapalli- Lambasingi 

Stay At Araku Valley

1. Balaji Hotel
Balaji Hotel Garden Road, Araku Valley which was located on the main road of Araku valley, it was pure budget hotel having 12 NonAc Rooms

2. Anantagiri hill resort
Haritha Hill Resort Anantagiri Hills, Anantagiri Hills, The resort is an exceptionally beautiful property with a unique structure. Solely surrounded with the captivating and charming green beds of meadows, this hotel keeps the guests revitalized throughout their sojourn. Nearby massive and fog.

3. Haritha Mayuri hill resort
HARITH MAYURI HILL RESORT is Govt of APTDC Resort in Araku valley.This resort is. deliberately located at Araku Valley.One of the biggest resort of Araku APTDC resorts, The resort have both NonAc and AC Category Rooms with different subcategory like standard and Delux both.

4. Haritha valley resort
HARITH VALLEY RESORT, This also APTDC RESORT which having around 50 rooms. The resort is having their own swimming pool, There is three category of rooms, NonAc rooms, NonAc suit, Ac suit rooms, To find and stay in a resort that has the best view of the Araku valley, this is the one.

5. Dhimsa Resorts
Dhimsa Resorts is located at the center of  ARAKU and is centrally located and is at a walking distance towards bus stand and shopping center. The resort has got lovely ambiance with gleaming lighting and provides its guests with both AC rooms and NonAc rooms.

Replete with picturesque valleys, rich natural beauty coupled with chilling temperatures, Lambasingi is being developed as an upcoming offbeat eco-tourism destination. The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) is also making efforts to open a state-run resort with luring travel packages to welcome tourists. In fact, there has been an increase in the footfall statistics of late, owing to its proximity to Vishakhapatnam and other nearby tourist attractions.
Reports reveal that Lambasingi enjoyed its last snowfall back in 2012. But who knows? You might just get lucky this year! 

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Monday, January 2, 2017

If Not Visited Zuluk, Sikkim You Are Lousy Tourist

Exotic Zuluk from Thambi point
Exotic Zuluk from Thambi point

Why are you a third-rate tourist

1. You follow the beaten path where thousand have gone
2. You are not a tasteful
3. You love urban life and not interested in exotic, hidden and less traveled places
4. You are impatient and always in a hurry
5. You take holidays because of compulsions and not because you love traveling and nature
6. You are NOT a discoverer
 Change your life before you die!

See India and visit exotic Zuluk in Sikkim before run-over by mediocre tourists

Why Zuluk

Or Dzuluk is a small hamlet that resides amongst the serene, beautiful landscape of the Eastern Himalayas. At a height of about 9800 ft, this perfectly painted village is still virgin for it is a newly discovered tourist destination and remotely accessed. The natural beauty which Zuluk offers is a treat for one's eyes. With a population of about 750 people, the tranquility of Zuluk is in the air. One can feel the rejuvenating freshness in spite of the chilly wind that travels from the Himalayas.
Zuluk is an abode of peace. Situated at an altitude of around 10,000 ft above the sea level and perched on the rugged terrain of the lower Himalayas in East Sikkim, Zuluk is a hamlet close to Indo-China border. Zuluk is located on the famous Old-Silk-Route. Zuluk is a relatively new offbeat destination of Sikkim and has a primitive charm.

Zuluk is the name of the valley with a small hilly village and famous for the zig-zag roads which is a definitely an eye-catching landscape. Zuluk offers an excellent view of the sunrise on the Himalayas. There is a place called Ganek, which is situated at the height of 10600 ft which is famous for its exquisite view of sunrise at dawn.The rising of the sun is a phenomenon which is beyond description. During the sunset, the landscape view becomes more breathtaking. The snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas along with the guardian of the Sikkim, Mt. Kanchandzongha make an excellent showcase in the entire north.

Winter is severe in Zuluk with heavy to very heavy snowfall and freezing temperature while summer is wet and foggy. During the summer, Zuluk and its surrounding hills are covered with thousands of blooming rhododendron. Zuluk during these months is a riot of colors due to the variety of rhododendron that can be seen here.

In the travel circuit, this territory has been opened to the tourists very recently. Even now most of the route is restricted area due to its international boundary with ( Tibet) China and the route is controlled by the Indian Army named as – “ Cloud Warriors”.

Zuluk is full of nature’s boon

Mt Kangchenjunga view from Zuluk
Mt Kangchenjunga view from Zuluk

Surrounded by virgin wild forests, it has a large diversity of the Himalayan fauna. It’s quite common to get a view of the variety of birds such as Monal Peasant, Blood Peasant, Snow Peasant, Khaleez Peasant and others. Viewing Red Panda is a rare luck in Zuluk. Himalayan Weasel are also can be seen in the capering mood.

In Zuluk, there is no conventional Hotel or Resort. Some home-stays are there which run by local people with attached bath and basic necessities. But those homestay cottages are clean and hygienic. Room Heater or fire Places which are called “ Bukhari” in local language arrange by home-stay owners to make bedroom warm and comfortable.

Tourist Places Around

1. Lungthung, Zuluk

Lungthung, one of the well-known sightseeing, is at an elevation of around 12,400 ft above the sea level. The site offers abode to different species of pheasant such as monal pheasant, khaleez pheasant and blood pheasant. Along with this, tourists can also spot red panda, the national animal of Sikkim, at this site.

Tourists can also explore the famous Laxmi Chawk, which lies in the proximity of Lungthung. It is a dense forest that houses mosses, lichens, rhododendrons, and ferns.

The village of Lunghthung-Dhupidara located at almost 11,500 feet is perched on a hilltop with panoramic views of Mt. Kanchenjungha on one side and the winding roads of Zuluk on the other. This shot has been taken from winding roads of Zuluk near Thambi
About 4 kms ahead of Lungthung is Tukla, known for the battle of Tukla. A contingent of British army led by Lt. Col Francis Younghusband invaded Tibet through this route in 1903. They faced fierce resistance from the Tibetan fighters and the battle of Tukla ensued. The Tibetan soldiers suffered heavy loss in the face of British firearms. It is said that close to 2000 Tibetan soldiers lost their life in this battle. There is a memorial here remembering the British soldiers who fought and fell here.

2. The Thambi View Point, Zuluk

A beautiful sight of sunrise along with the eastern Himalayas
A beautiful sight of sunrise along with the eastern Himalayas

The Thane View Point, which is located at a height of 11,000 ft, is another popular attraction of Zuluk. One can catch a beautiful sight of sunrise along with the eastern Himalayas
Gnathang Valley, Zuluk
Gnathang Valley is a famous tourist attraction, which is situated at a height of 13,000 feet. The valley is being developed as a skiing point in the Indian state of Sikkim as it is often covered with snow.

3.The Kalpokhari Lake 

Kalpokhari Lake
In summer Kalpokhari Lake

It falls on way to Adi Baba Mandir. Wild ducks swim in the transparent water oh the Lake which freezes during the winter. The Adi Baba Mandir is a memorial built in the honor of Sepoy Bhajan Singh (23 Punjab ) who met with a tragic accident in this area and died. His Samadhi was constructed near Chhokhya Chho but was later shifted to the Watershed Memorial near LOG BR. Wreath lying ceremony is held at this site in the memory of all those Valliant soldiers who laid their lives at the Watershed defending their motherland. The road to Gnathang Valley is very often covered with snow. This area is being developed as a Ski point in Sikkim. Chinese Water Towers on Jelepla are visible with naked eyes.

You need to pre-arrange special permit for visiting this restricted area that is issued from a place called Rangli. The permits are also issued from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. At the time of writing this article, Sikkim government has not come out with a clear policy on tourism in the area. Hence the permit related issues keep changing and please consult our travel experts for the latest update on Zuluk permit.

How to Reach Zuluk

A memorable zig-zag road to Zuluk
A memorable zig-zag road to Zuluk

  1. Zuluk is about 4 hours from Gangtok (90 km). Technically you may travel from Gangtok to Zuluk through Tsongo lake and Baba Mandir, but the permit for this route is relatively difficult to get. The more common route goes through Pakyong and Lingham.
  2. If you are traveling from any other place, such as Darjeeling, Pelling or NJP / Bagdogra, you have to first travel to Rongpo, the entry point of Sikkim. From here a less trodden route will take you to Dzuluk through Rorathang.
  3. People traveling to Dzuluk from East Sikkim adjacent Bengal region, that is the Kalimpong subdivision, would do better to travel through Pedong, Reshi, Aritar route.

The travel time and distance from different major destinations 

The actual travel time will depend on prevailing road condition at the time of travel. Trying to guess travel time based on distance and average vehicle speed mostly proves futile in this region.

  • From Gangtok – 90 km, about 4 hours
  • From NJP / Bagdogra - 160 km about 6 hours
  • From Kalimpong – 90 km, about 3.5 hours
  • From Pelling – 150 km, about 7 hours
  • From Darjeeling – 140 km, about 5 hours

Places to Stay

In my view, the best place is:


  • +Dilmaya Resort-Phone:098301 07780
  • Zuluk Sojourn Homestay-Phone:099032 95920
  • Palzor Home Stay-Phone:097341 50546
  • +Snow Lion Homestay-Phone:081018 27279

Monday, December 26, 2016

Prohibited Places In India For Indians | 6 Exotic Tourist Spots

Tawang Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang Arunachal Pradesh

India has emerged as one of the world’s prime tourist attractions. More and more Indians and people from foreign countries are visiting India to witness its splendor. Be it the stunning architecture of India’s historic monuments or the natural beauty of its hills, mountains, beaches, and rivers, there is something alluring for all kinds of travelers here. places to visit in India before you die.

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However, there are 6 amazing exotic destinations in India where irony is even Indians need a special permit to enter, in spite of 60 years of freedom! 

They need a permit! 

Inner Line Permit is an Indian official travel document that allows the Indian citizen to travel into a protected area of the limited time period and a number of people. The borderline area of Indian geography required the special permit for domestic tourist and foreign travelers, such as most of the northeast states, Itanagar, Aizawl, Nicobar Islands and Rajasthan border area.

Here is the list of 6 most beautiful and stunning places where you need an inner line permit to visit.

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Tawang is both historically and naturally endowed. It is located at a distance of 183 Kms from Bomdila and is situated at an altitude of 3500 meters above sea level. The natural beauty and solitude of Gudpi and Chong-Chugmi ranges, Tawang-chu River and Tawang valley are very mesmerizing. The inhabitants of the districts are all of Monpa tribes except Shyo village which is dominated by people of Tibetian origin.

 Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

 Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

Ziro Valley is one of the most beautiful hill station and a favorite town for World Heritage Site for its stunning natural beauty, mountainscape, and picturesque locations. The prettiest landscapes of Ziro Valley is located in the Lower Subansiri District in the state of Arunachal Pradesh and know for Apatani Tribe, Swayambhu Shivalingam, and Music festival

Aizawl, Mizoram

Aizawl, Mizoram

The capital city of Aizawl is known for Mizoram State Museum, ethnic Mizo people, Durtlang Hill station, and Baktawng Village the home of world's largest existing family. Places of interest in Aizawl also includes Khuangchera Puk, Berawtlang Tourist Complex, Bara Bazar and Reiek Tourist Resort also Football is the most popular sport in Mizoram.

Loktak Lake, Manipur

Loktak Lake, Manipur

The largest freshwater lake in North -East India, Loktak Lake is famous for the floating phoo midis and also known as the only floating lake in the world. The only floating Keibul Lamjao National Park is home to the endangered sangai or Manipur brow-antlered deer and designated as one of the most important Ramsar wetlands sites in India.

Kohima, Nagaland

Kohima, Nagaland

The hilly capital of Nagaland is the land of the Angami Naga tribe, located on the top of a high ridge. Kohima is also known as the Switzerland of Asia and one of the leading attractions in the state.

Changu Lake, Sikkim

Changu Lake, Sikkim

Lake Tsomgo or Changu Lake is one of the glacial lakes in the East Sikkim and the lake remains frozen during the winter season. The frozen lake of Sikkim is surrounded by steep mountains and located in a restricted area so all Indians visiting the area require permits.

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