Mountains & Hills

mountains

Mountains with their majestic demeanor always present awe, mystery, a love for adventurers time and again. We see how the Great Mountaineers with their strong grit and determination, conquering summit of some of the great peaks of famous Mountain Ranges. The great Himalayas, The Karakoram, the Alps, the Andes, the Rockies, Drakensburg in Africa all speaks of the histories and legends of greatness beyond the imagination. From the distant past till the modern times we see how mountains have acted as a gateway for migration, invasion, commerce and a beckon for travelers. As much as nature, change is always a part of our lives where we see both its constructive and destructive phases. Same can be said for the Mountains, wherein we learn of their formations and still get to see their rebuilding forces. Hills in comparison to mountains are less steep and less tall. Some of the hill stations with their own scenic beauty and old world charm still serve as some of the greatest tourist destinations. Famous hill stations of Morocco, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Cambodia, India, China, Malaysia, and Nepal will always be thronged by mountain lovers with each passing generations.

Three Main Benefits From Nature

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Magic of Science, mountains, Writer's Choice, writers choice | 0 comments

Three Main Benefits From Nature

#WonderVision Desk : Expect three main benefits from nature: restoration, contemplation and inspiration. All of them are crucial for creative leaders. Nature restores us. It gives us physical and emotional health—when it comes to stress relief, breathing fresh air is as close to medicine as you can get. Being in the mountains or near the ocean directly affects our health in a good way. After just 20 minutes in a natural setting, our levels of cortisol, which is a stress indicator, decrease significantly.

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Mount Everest : “Because it’s there.” – George Mallory

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Destinations, mountains | 0 comments

Mount Everest : “Because it’s there.” – George Mallory

Why explore the depths of the ocean,sky kissing snowy mountains,Impenetrable forests?George Mal­lory who returned to Ever­est for his third attempt spoke three immor­tal words to a New York Times reporter in 1924 — “Because it’s there” — which have echoed through­out our attitude. Mal­lory lives on in the fol­low­ing bril­liantly elo­quent quotes.“BECAUSE IT’S THERE… EVER­EST IS THE HIGH­EST MOUN­TAIN IN THE WORLD, AND NO MAN HAS REACHED ITS SUM­MIT. ITS EXIS­TENCE IS A CHAL­LENGE. THE ANSWER IS INSTINC­TIVE, A PART, I SUP­POSE, OF MAN’S DESIRE TO CON­QUER THE UNIVERSE.”#WonderVision salutes...

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Charismatic Kashmir

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Destinations, Group Departure, mountains, Shooting Location | 0 comments

Charismatic Kashmir

Jammu & Kashmir has been awarded as the best romantic destination! !Yes, you read that right–the leading travel magazine brand has released its entire list of winners at the Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards 2016.We are proud being a part of Incredible India !

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Arunachal Pradesh – The Land of Rising Sun

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Destinations, eco-friendly, Group Departure, memorable stay, mountains, Valley, vilagescape | 0 comments

Arunachal Pradesh – The Land of Rising Sun

Trip Tips for Arunachal Pradesh from the ‘Wonder-Visionists’ ————————————————— 1.Don’t forget your authorized permit,the visitors other than natives of Arunachal Pradesh are required to obtain an Inner Line Permit ( ILP ) to enter Arunachal Pradesh. These can also be obtained from Resident Commissioner’s office / Deputy Resident Commissioner & Liaison Offices. Office Location:New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Dibrugarh, Tezpur, North Lakhimpur & Jorhat;Visiting hrs.-Mon-Fri:10:00 A.M – 1:00 P.M. 2. must have some cash in hand, although ATM services were available in Tawang or Dirang.Take necessary precautions against Vertigo.Expect expense. The rate of food is generally 120-150 INR for basic vegetable thali/meal. 3.Check about photography permissions/video filming at any monument.It may not always be possible to view the tribal festivals of Arunachal Pradesh unless it is being celebrated in the local town hall or community grounds. 4.Don’t bye articles made from rare/endangered species of animals which are banned. 5.Advisable to shop at the Govt. Emporia/Fixed Price Shops to ensure quality and reasonable prices. Try to buy from Government stall only for genuine handicraft. 6.Arunachal Pradesh is yet to be connected with the rest of the country by the Rail. The nearest railway station is Harmutty (near Banderdewa) in Assam only 23 km from Naharlagun & 33 km from Itanagar. However, the nearest convenient railhead is North Lakhimpur in Assam, 50 km from Naharlagun & 60 km from Itanagar. For other important places, the nearest railway stations are Silapathar for Along, Tinsukia for Tezu, Balipara for Bomdila / Tawang and Margherita for Namdapha. However AST buses also connect Itanagar to Shillong, Ziro, Guwahati, Balijan, Poma, Lilabari, Jote, Raga, Sagalee, Pasighat, Dibrugarh, Tezpur, Bombdila, etc 7.Losar Festival is held by the Monpas in December and even though it is a little cold, this is a festive time to take part in. 8.Be security conscious. Do not forget to keep the contact numbers of the local representatives and the police stations.Keep yourself up to date with climate, political situation. 9.Major circuits:TEZPUR- SEIJOSA -BHALUKPONG-TIPI-TEZPUR TOURIST CIRCUIT;ROING – MAYUDIA – ANINI TOURIST CIRCUIT; TEZPUR-BHALUKPONG-BOMDILA-TAWANG TOURIST CIRCUIT;ITANAGAR-ZIRO-DAPORIJO-ALONG-PASIGHAT TOURIST CIRCUIT; MARGHERITA-MIAO-NAMDAPHA TOURIST CIRCUIT,TINSUKIA-TEZU-HAYULIYANG TOURIST CIRCUIT & many more unique ones. 10. In Tirap district don’t miss beautiful blue Vanda (Vanda coerulea).Sessa, 24 km from Tipi, has an Orchid Sanctuary which boasts of beautiful white Coelogyne nitida, the tree borne yellow; Cymbidium elegans and Dendrobium chrysanthum.In Dirang Orchid Sanctuary, Paphiopedilum fairieanum – The “Lost lady slipper orchid” is very rare, endangered and endemic orchid. # N.B.-In 1992, a major change considering tourist policy took place. The Union Home Ministry agreed to allow foreign tourists to visit Arunachal Pradesh and they are allowed to trek, raft and fish on certain selected natural...

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Leh- Land of Luxury & Festivals

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Activity, adventure, Camping, Destinations, Journey, mountains, Treking | 0 comments

Leh- Land of Luxury & Festivals

While planning a trip to Leh, just check for upcoming festivals. If your trip coincides with a festival, then there is nothing like it. Colourful dances, delightful delicacies and the festive spirit will ensure you know what party at an altitude of 3524 feels like. Losar Festival Come new year and Leh is ready to celebrate. Although there is no fixed date for this festival held either in January or December. It’s a 15 day festival with 3 main days of celebration. With preparation starting a month in advance, Losar is a festival the people wait for. They dance, sing and decorate their houses. On one day there is a huge procession of lively people in the streets and bazaar area. This festival is full of rituals too. This is your chance to be a part of the rich culture and traditions of Leh. Also, don’t forget changkol (local form of beer), it helps double the festive fun! Ladakh Festival If you want to travel to Leh in September, plan your trip between September 1-15. These 15 days are kept aside for the Ladakh Festival. Excitement reaches a new level and the sound of music fills the air. It’s an experience watching performers in flashy jewels and turquoise headgear on the street. Even the monks join in the fun with brightly coloured masks and dance to the beats of traditional music. GIven a chance, be a part of this festival and take home a colourful moment from Leh back home. Hemis Festival Have you heard of the mask dance? Now get ready to witness it live! The Hemis Festival (sometime in June-July) is dedicated to lord Lord Padmasambhava. The festivities take place around open rectangular courtyard. It is a unique set up where the lamas sit to eat while music plays in the background. It is a very organised affair full of intriguing ritual performances. Show...

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Director’s Choice

Posted by on Jul 24, 2016 in mountains, Shooting Location | 0 comments

Director’s Choice

The picturesque-post- card splendor of Sikkim had always magnetized the Hindi cinema to capture its unmatched gorgeousness. It was 1967 Dev Anand starter Jewel Thief that manages to have an everlasting impact of the natural beauty of Sikkim recorded on Hindi celluloid. Jewel Thief ,shot at Gangtok, is regarded as one of the milestones of Hindi cinema. Other film Romeo in Sikkim directed by Harikrishan Kaul was released in 1975 and had the central character of the movie played by Shyam Pradhan, a noted name in Sikkim. Can we forget that Twinkle Khanna shoot her debut film ‘Uff Yeh Mohabbatat’ in gorgeous  Gangtok. The actor opposite her was Abhishek Kapoor. The film had very beautiful songs especially the song “Utra nah dil mein koi” shot at Rumtek Monastery. Other than that bewitched Bollywood  was ‘Raja Ki Ayegi Baraat’ by  Rani Mukherjee and Shadbad Khan, son of Amjad Khan. Let’s not forget Sikkim’s own idol  Danny Denzongpa whose successful Nepali venture Saino shot at various places of Sikkim was highly accepted by the audience. It was later remade in Bengali and after that converted into much famed Hindi serial “Ajnabi” where Danny Denzongpa himself acted. Today more and more commercial Nepali, Bengali and Hindi films are shot in Sikkim with production units coming from Nepal, thus promoting Sikkim...

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Tea Break at Himalayan Foot Hills

Posted by on Jul 17, 2016 in adventure, eco-friendly, jungles, mountains, Tea Leaf | 0 comments

Tea Break at Himalayan Foot Hills

North Bengal  is not your typical tourist destination; you could call it “off the beaten track”. The Hills, the jungles and the serene beauty of undulating tea gardens spread to the horizon from the low lying agricultural fields to the High alpine Mountains of Sandakphu- it would be a good place to visit. For a good proportion of the journey you’ll find yourself ascending higher and higher into the mountains, wondering how the bus manages to pull itself up. Your ears may pop, you’ll be surrounded by trees and a feeling of “freshness”, and on your descent back down you’ll start to see real villages and bamboo huts. The  tea garden bungalows  are really  stunning – around 1500 a night for a massive room with a bath, and breakfast included. I’d recommend it, apart from one thing – if you’re going back there after dark, it’s down a bit of a dark, scary road.Getting around North Bengal tea garden is a little tricky. Your options are to rely on travel agents like us to avoid touts and harassment. Our main aim was to find some of the expat volunteers and workers and train them about eco tourism and behave with dignity to our guests. Relax, order some drinks and snacks, and  get ready to be joined by cute hilly puppies. Wander  around  Dam Dim Tea garden, Rongo, Rongu, Birpara, Hantapara,Bagracote, Marybong,Gungaram. At Dam Dim, there are lush flowering gardens to stroll, benches among the bushes, a garden swing for two, winding walking paths, a covered gazebo, and even a tree house that offers a glorious bird’s eye view of the tea fields that stretch out for miles. In and around the town there are many enchanting spots, noteworthy among them are Dam Dim Tea Estate, Gorubathan, Gorumara National Park, Bindu, Murti, Samsing and Lataguri. After a nap walking around– a café and fair-trade handicraft shop & art that supports the locals tribes. Burmese food at Bordeline café.The jungle restaurant certainly has beautiful décor – all the charm of the jungle without the danger or mosquitoes. Well-that’s the spirit of...

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Home Land of Nilgiri Tahr

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in jungles, mountains, Valley | 0 comments

Home Land of Nilgiri Tahr

Eravikulam National Park is one of the famous forest  destination around Munnar Hills known for the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. Spread over 97 sq. km., this park holds the largest viable population of Tahr, several other species of rare animals, birds and butterflies and offers a rich biodiversity amidst  the lash green backdrop. The magnificent view of the tea plantations surrounded with the rolling Nilgiri hills offers smooth and mystical canvas. It becomes crazy when the canvas got enriched seasonally with the mesmerising colours of flowers….Truly a dream...

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Sikkim..Small but Beautiful

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in falls, lakes, mountains | 0 comments

Sikkim..Small but Beautiful

Sikkim, the land of the mystique is the home of about 5,000 species of flowering plants, 515 rare orchids, home of about rare birds, butterflies, flora and fauna. Situated in the lower Himalayas it is one of the ecoregions of India. Guarded by Guru Rinpoche this wonderful state has friendly and honest people and a sense  of peace all over this land.Nestled between Nepal and Bhutan Sikkim provides a viewer’s paradise of great ecological diversity from snow clad Kanchanjunga to the various famous waterfalls or great lakes like Tsomgo,Gurudongmar and Khechiperi. Buddhism plays key role in the general population so we can find some of the famous monasteries like Pemyangste, Rumtek and Enchey.Apart from usual tourist destination there are options for trekking, river rafting,paragliding, mountain biking giving adventure lovers purpose to visit. Sikkim, with its discipline, peaceful atmosphere and honest hardworking people will make people fall in love on the first visit earning to return...

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Munnar Hill Stations

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in mountains | 0 comments

Munnar Hill Stations

‎Munnar‬, the famed ‪‎hillstation‬ of ‪south‬ ‪‎India‬, is a ‪‎romantic‬ locale where natural beauty is everywhere to visit, explore and to enjoy. Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams – Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala – and the word ‘Munnar’ means three rivers in...

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