THE HIDDEN GEM IN INDIA

Owning an Indian passport is not a novelty. There are only about 60 countries you can travel without a visa or visa on arrival. It is frustrating because India is the second-most popular market for Instagram, and when everyone around the world is posting beautiful travel pictures on Instagram, we think India being such a large market is lagging.
But there is a place in India which seems to be a country on its own.
Surely the gods live here, this is no place for men, were the words described by the famous English journalist and author, Sir Rudyard Kipling.

Not as if we know what heaven feels like, but it must surely be like this. You don’t attain salvation after the seventh realm, you attain Manali. Yes, Manali it is. Nestled at an altitude of somewhere about 2000 meters in the state of Himachal Pradesh amidst lush green Deodar trees, it is a hidden gem. The snow-capped mountains and the lush green trees remain silent but observe each tourist of their desires and purpose of the visit, therefore, conveying the message to the omnipotent presence. Hence, the on-arrival Visa is granted, but the visitors are not aware of it.

A magical location in the Indian Himalayas exuding freshness and a vibe of divinity, after all, it is situated near Kullu valley, the valley which is often referred to as the ‘Valley of Gods’.

Instead of a destination, Manali has become a notion interpreted in many ways, some of which are – The drugs and hippie capital of India, a major holiday and drive destination of North India, some strongly boast about the breathtaking natural beauty being the hallmark of this valley, the part of high Himalayan mountains which hold the last snow ranges of the region, a place with thick forests amidst beautiful foliage and flowers and the gastronomical capital of Himachal Pradesh.

The things you can do in Manali:

Adventure Sports- Mountaineering, trekking, rock- climbing, mountain biking, river rafting, bouldering, camping. People from around the world come to Manali for such sporting activities. 

Food- Manali is well known for its variegated cuisine, it is the gastronomical capital of Himachal Pradesh. From cozy cafes to themed restaurants, the local food freshly cooked in the guest homes and Israeli shacks with Hebrew written on its entry, you can find the most exotic dishes to savor.

The secret parties- only if you are lucky enough, you would manage to uncover groups that host wicked parties in the mountainous region. And, once you are invited, you will remember the party forever.

Hindu Temples- there are significant temples, each holding its importance and they are sure not to be missed out on. Some of them are, Hidimba Devi Temple, Manu Temple, and Vashisth Temple.

Manali is a hidden gem in India which you can’t afford to miss. For queries related to travelling or different adventures in and around Manali, contact us at theinneroutdoors@gmail.com

Jayant Jayneel is a wanderer by soul and a writer by heart. He had read Robinson Crusoe when he was ten in 1999, and did his first trek in 2000, Sitlakhet/Ranikhet circuit. Since then he has been on foot, mostly in the Indian Himalayas looking for stories. A Bachelor of Arts graduate in Tourism & Hospitality management from Raffles College, Singapore. He has completed 24 treks and has been to 12 countries, and has also dived in the middle of Atlantic Ocean, just for the thrill. He has worked with the best adventure travel company of India – Snow Leopard Adventures and Himalayan Caravan Adventure in Old Manali leading groups and promoting outdoor education. He has worked in the field of Travel, Tourism and Hospitality building and motivating dynamic teams focused on accurately administering company programs through writing content, copy and conceptualizing ideas. Jayant has also worked with Decathlon Sports India in their mountain sports brand – Quechua

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WHAT IS OUTDOOR EDUCATION?

Do you want to study engineering, medicine or law? Get employed with a handsome salary and benefits, get married and have children?

Well, the chances are you will either drift away in search of following your dreams midway because let’s be serious, most of us Indians don’t want to become engineers, lawyers or doctors in reality now, since there are several career paths to tread on.

For a community who heavily relies on Bollywood, we didn’t learn a thing from the movie “Taare Zameen Par” and for a country that offers such a versatile landscape, we Indians are not fond of exploring the outdoors.

We mentioned in our last post that India has a lot of experiential activities like; trekking, hiking, mountaineering, mountain biking, surfing, wildlife, river rafting, climbing, and learn a lot about the vast flora and fauna. Albeit, the world of social media has got us rattled and parental pressure mentally deteriorates us.

As we are about to finish the second month of 2020, we want everyone in India to go out, start small.
Go for nature walks, learn about birds, learn to predict the weather looking at the sky, be inquisitive about different flowers and smell them, and as you progress slowly, prepare yourself for the next step.

To go for Hikes and trust us, we say this with experience, you will always be enveloped with a marvelous sense of well being. You will feel physically and mentally strong, you will understand the importance of eating healthy, and not indulging in habits like smoking.
We are starting an online outdoor course so for any queries regarding the course, do contact us at theinneroutdoors@gmail.com

ECOTOURISM

Tourism has great potential to change the world. Tourism is an industry that continues to grow. Over 1.4 billion tourists are expected to travel internationally in 2020 bringing with it the opportunity for cultural exchange, economy building, and what’s becoming increasingly important – “sustainable development”.

Tourism is in a very special position to benefit local communities, economically and socially, and to raise awareness and support for conservation of the environment. Within the tourism sector, economic development and environmental protection should not be seen as opposing forces—they should be pursued hand in hand as aspirations that can and should be mutually reinforcing. From employment of local people, increase of cultural pride, educating the tourist, and commuting through local transport will steadily boost the purpose of Ecotourism and give immense confidence to local people from these several pristine ecotourism spots.

It is important to understand the environment. Everyone and everything that surrounds us, deserves to live, breathe, and be respected.