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Experience the exciting world of Motorsport with THE Wanderers: TravelBiz Monitor, Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 11:00 Hrs  [IST]

 

 

http://www.travelbizmonitor.com/the-wanderers-introduces-motorsport-adventure-packages-25525

 

 

 

 

 

Off-beat summer adventures in India:  DNA - May 04, 2014 - by Abhik Dutta, The Wanderers

 

 

Travel to four off-beat destinations this summer, where you can lose to heat as well as the crowd
 
 
 
 
 
Kye Monastery, Spiti Valley. Image by Rishabh Shah
 

Lahaul and Spiti, eastern Himachal Pradesh


Image by Rishabh Shah

Solitude and spectacular landscapes can be found on the other side of the Rohtang Pass. Here the skies take on a deeper shade of blue, the grassy mountains are devoid of trees, the dry cold wind howls around you, the Chandra river takes on an earthy hue and the roads turn dusty. Gone are the hordes of tourists that accompanied you from Manali to Rohtang. As you turn East from Gramphoo and head towards Kaza, your first stop is Lahaul. Set up your camp at Dadarpool. When you’re ready to head to Chandertal Lake, take a diversion from the highway. You’ll see prayer flags blowing in the wind as you approach the beautiful, high-altitude lake, the source of the Chandra river. The dusty highway continues on to Kunzum Pass. Carry on to Kaza to visit the spectacular 11th century Kye Gompa (monastery) and Kibber, one of the highest villages in the world at 4,205 m. Then continue to Dhankar monastery, built on a 1,000-foot high spur overlooking the confluence of the Spiti and Pin rivers. After a night at Kaza, head to Tabo, home to the oldest operating Buddhist monastery in the Himalayas. It houses beautiful frescoes, an excellent collection of thankas (scroll paintings), ancient manuscripts, well-preserved statues and extensive murals covering almost every wall. Inhale Tabo’s cold desert air before crossing over to the verdant Kinnaur and Sangla valleys. For more adventure, trek through the Pin Valley National Park.
 

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh


Image by Arif Siddiqui


Their ‘fluty’ voices have created quite a flutter in the world’s birding community, ever since they were described as a new species in 2006. The pint-sized Bugun Liocichla, a highly endangered species, is only found in Eagles Nest Wildlife Sanctuary, an hour’s drive from the lovely meadows of Tenga. The region is known for the drive through the Eastern Himalayas over the 14,000-foot-high Sela Pass–a famous battleground in the 1962 Indo-China war–to Tawang, India’s largest monastery. It has seen a rise in ‘tourists in floppy hats with binoculars’, who come to spot this elusive bird. For others, the drive through the mountains is fascinating enough; you start from the plains of Assam, go over the Nameri National Park to the Monpa country. Pass through Bomdila, descend to a valley at 5,000 ft and stay in the pretty village of Dirang. From here, you can visit the National Research Centre on Yaks near Yewang Basti, the Regional Apple Nursery and Progeny Orchard at Rungkung, as well as a few monasteries. Also visit Mandala to meet the Monpas and Sangti valley to watch the black-necked cranes migrate over the Himalayas. Apart from visiting the high-altitude lakes of Pangong Tang Tso and Sagetsar in Tawang, take the scenic ride to the Monpa village of Zemithang (80 km away) for its wooden monasteries and a 60-foot chorten.

 

Dha-Hanu, Jammu and Kashmir 


Image by BR Sharma

About 160 km east of Leh, lie the villages of Dha and Hanu. Perched on a ledge and overlooking the Indus gorge, at Dha (or Dah) you’ll meet the Dards, believed to be of ancient Indo-Eurpean descent, often locally refered to as ‘Aryans’. They dress in colourful clothes and sometimes don impressive headgear. Walk through the orchards and narrow village alleys or buy some of their yummy apricot jam. Ethnically and linguistically different from Ladakhis, the Caucasian looking Drokpas or Brokpas have Tibeto-Mongoloid features. Locals are happy to pose for a picture, if you are courteous enough to ask. Dha’s ‘twin’ village,  Hanu is not far from here, but to explore this lesser known region of Ladakh you’ll need an Inner Line Permit (ILP), easily obtainable from your local agency in Leh. With only a few guest houses open in peak season, from June to September, accomodation is a challenge, but you can always camp here for a night to experience the region. 

 

Gurudongmar Lake, North Sikkim


Image by Kulin Shah


Head north from Gangtok towards Mangan, and the road snakes through beautiful valleys, pretty villages and gushing waterfalls. At Chungthang, the road bifurcates; the right takes you to Lachung and the Yumthang valley, while the left hurtles towards Lachen, a small village about six hours from Gangtok, at 2,750 m. Spend the night at one of Lachen’s guesthouses and start the three-hour journey to Gurudongmar Lake, early next morning. Look out of the window to see the enchanting valleys of Thangu and Chopta. Nestled among the snow-capped peaks of the Eastern Himalayas, and a few kilometers from the Chinese border, at 17,000 ft, this lake is one of the highest in the world. Manned by the Indian Army throughout the year, it remains frozen from end-October to end-March, after which the snow thaws revealing blue waters in an otherwise desolate terrain. Sikhs and Buddhists revere the lake, because of legends associated with Guru Nanak and Guru Padmasambhava. A Gurudwara on the banks of the lake is adorned with prayer stones and flags erected by the devout. If the lower oxygen levels haven’t left you dizzy, explore the lake. May to June and end-September to early- November are the best times to visit; later, the route gets blocked by snow. Get an ILP for this region from Gangtok

 

Full Article here:  DNA India

Source: DNA

 


 

December Getaways: Mumbai Mirror - November 25, 2013

 

No more is New Years eve synonymous with spending the night in crammed parties or in front of the television, as more and more Indians are bringing in the new year in distant lands. The Wanderers' Santa Claus Adventure was featured in an article in Mumbai Mirror that lists down off-beat destination options people can best spend their Decemeber in. 

 

 

FUN@WORK - Games Executives Play - Economic Times - 11 Feb 2012

 

We are in the news again!

Games executives play is a full page article in today's Economic Times (Page 10, Special feature, Corporate Games) on outbound activities conducted by leading corporate houses. OWL (Outdoor Wilderness & Learnings), featured extensively in this article, is an initiative of The Wanderers. 

 

 

Every once in a while,executives participate in outdoor activities that open up their minds,help them conquer fear,be innovative and understand the dynamics of teamwork,finds Labonita Ghosh  - Full Article

 

About OWL - OWL aspires to revolutionize how individuals come together as a collaborative team, using ‘Experiential Learning Methods’ in an outdoor/wilderness setting. We create experiences, that challenge participants’ assumptions about their existing capacities and abilities, magnify unconscious behavior, making it more visible, definable and actionable.

For more details contact, Rajinder Singh (Chief OWL) on  +91 98200 07365 or  Email: rajinder@owl.org.in

 

Source: Economic Times
 

 

Itchy Feet..get ready for a wild vacation

 

"Itchy Feet..get ready for a wild vacation"..Economic Times does a short story on The Wanderers in their special 2012 Edition "Firms that make fun"

 

 

A few days before the launch of a TV channel, when the company decided to take the entire team on a muchneeded vacation, it wanted the outing to be action-packed, in keeping with the content and culture of the channel. So they hired The Wanderers to plan the whole thing.  More

 

Source: Economic Times
 
Ace of Wands- an initiative by The Wanderers
 

Diwali 2010 saw us launch our Events arm of the business- Ace of Wands (AOW). We wanted to bring about a sharper focus in our travel business under the brand name of The Wanderers while expanding our scope of work in Events and Entertainment. Over the last few years, we had ventured into Events while executing our corporate orders and saw the immense scope of work in the business. We, however, felt the need to bring about sharper focus and differentiate the two brands clearly in terms of what they stood for.

While The Wanderers continues to focus on travels to lesser  known exotic destinations, Ace of Wands will bring fresh and unique ideas to the table and will stand out for its execution excellence. AOW will focus on medium to large format events. It is headed by Manoj Mallick with many years of experience in the events business having worked on 3 consecutive Filmfare Awards and IFFI Goa to name a few. AOW works from its office in 111A Kartik Complex, New Link Road, Opp Laxmi Industrial Area, Near Lokhandwala, Andheri (W), Mumbai 400053. Tel: +919819999390
 
The Wanderers have a new base camp in Pune


Pune Office image

We’re loving this new place, because it’s bigger and we now have more room to grow. Please do come and visit our new base camp in Pune, and see why we love working here as much as we do.
 
Summer Relief

At 40º C if you can’t handle the heat, it’s time to get out of the plains. But where to? We squinted at the globe, stared at the map and called the experts to come up with a summer travel menu of places that’ll re-sap your spirits. Read on for where to smell the wildflowers, listen to the stomp of wildebeest and how to jump off an aircraft so you can hurtle earthwards at 200 kmph.  Read On..

By Avantika Bhuyan, Pramila N. Phatarphekar (Openthemagazine.com)
 
The Great Outdoors

3 April 2010

Get out into the open on a camping holiday, with luxury tents and mobile camps taking the rough edges off the agenda

Imagine pitching tent on a massive plain ringed by mountains in the middle of nowhere. Having breakfast beside a stream with multi-hued red-and-green-and-purple mountains on one side and a lush green landscape on the other. That’s exactly what Poonam and Rajeev Sharma and their two sons did when they camped at Dadarpul en route from Manali to Spiti, in this article they share their mountain expericen that The Wanderers had arranged for them. Read On..

As told to Arti Dua (The Telegraph, Calcutta)

 
Paradise Unexplored

31 Jan 2009

Despite its unique selling proposition, investments into the North East are still only trickling in. We take a look at the bottlenecks it faces and how they can be tackled so that the region can witness the growth it deserves.


The North East region of India, that includes the seven states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya and Assam (the seven sisters) and Sikkim (and a brother), is the proverbial treasure trove for those in search of culture, adventure and wildlife. Read On..



By Andrea Lopez (ExpresstravelWorld.com)
Off to newer havens

25 Oct 2008

Today’s globetrotter is unwilling to be restricted by the planned itinerary of a packaged tour. Roads less travelled have a charm of their own and the well-heeled Indian traveller is exploring every exotic corner of the globe in search of unique experiences. Read On..



By Arti Dua, The Personal Telegraph
 

Is Mumbai party crazy?

Nov 2008

Whether or not they've recovered from the excesses of Diwali, many Mumbaikars are already on their way to getting ready for the next big bash of the festive season New Year's Eve


RUPA and Sajid Moinuddin believe in planning their holidays well in advance. For New Year's eve, they wanted to pack family and friends and head to Kashid beach, near Alibaug. As last minute New Year bookings are tough, they called up a holiday cottage last week. "On the website, the cottages were priced at Rs 10,000 per night. Read On..



By: Amita Amin-Shinde (Rediff.com)
 

Three friends and The Wanderers

20 June 2006

People who have close friends who they don't lose touch with in the long journey of life are truly blessed. But when friends team up to start a travel agency that specialises in offbeat holiday packages, then it's going to be one fun-filled voyage.  Read On..



By Manali Rohinesh, Moneycontrol.com
 
The Wanderers going places

21 August 2004

A chance meeting at a personal development course between two strangers, Rajinder Singh and Abhik Dutta, led to the beginning of The Wanderers -- a travel company that focuses on lesser known exotic destinations. More..



As told to Arti Sharma - Rediff.com
 

An Ode to the Majestic mountain

29 Feb 2004

Of late, a number of tour operators operating in Nepal and India offer tour packages to Kailash via Kathmandu and this is getting popular with the Indians. If you are going via the Nepal route, then the first stop would be Kathmandu. From there, the pilgrims usually travel by SUVs (Land Cruisers) to get to Kailash. The duration of the yatra from Kathmandu is 16 days. More..



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