Monday, September 23, 2013

YHAI Explore Khajuraho- 2013 : By YHAI, M.P. STATE BRANCH

YHAI  Explore Khajuraho- 2013 : By YHAI, M.P. STATE BRANCH
Date :  07 Nov, 2013, 3N/ 4D

  • Khajuraho temple is world renowned for its sculpture dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Jain deities and sexually explicit carving both inside and outside of the temples. A UNESCO world heritage site Khajuraho is believed to have has over 75 temples of which 22 remain today.
  • Orchha is town near the banks of Betwa river. The medieval city of Orchha seems to have forzen in time, its palaces and temples still retaining their original grandeur.
  • Jhansi City, situated between the rivers Pahunj and Betwa is a symbol of bravery, courage and self espect. It is said that in ancient times Jhansi was the part of the regions Chedi Rashtra, Jejak Bhukit, Jajhoti and Bundelkhand. In 1842 raja Gangdhar rao married Mannikarnika. After this marriage Mannikarnika was given the new name Lakshmi Bai, who led forces against British in 1857. She sacrificed her life to the cause of Indian Independence in 1858.
  • The Raneh Falls is a natural water fall on the Ken River, located in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh. The Ken River forms a 5 kilometers long and 30 metres (98 ft) deep canyon made of pure crystalline granite in varying shades of colours ranging from pink and red to grey. There is a series of waterfalls in the canyon. The larger and smaller falls run all through the year. Other seasonal falls appear during monsoons. It is about 20 kilometres away from Khajuraho The Ken Gharial Sanctuary is located at the confluence of the Ken and Khudar rivers further down from Raneh Falls.
  • Day 1 - Reporting at Jhansi (Hotel Om Place) by 12.00 Noon. Visit to Museum & Fort of Jhansi after lunch. (Light & sound show).
  • Day 2 - Visit to Orchha by jeep (from 8.00 to 12 Noon) with pack lunch covering Orchha Temples,Palace & Lunch at bank of Betwa River. Departure for Khajuraho by 2 P.M.
  • Day 3 - Morning session - Visit to Khajuraho temples (from 9.00 AM to 1.00 PM). Evening session - Light & sound show at Khajuraho temples.
  • Day 4 - Visit to Raneh falls by Jeep from Khajuraho. Group break after lunch at Khajuraho Hostel and thereafter participants will be shifted to Jhansi Railway Station by jeep.
  • FEE : Rs. 4950/- for YHAI Members. Rs. 5500/- for non members, The fee covers I. Stay charges at Hotel Om Palace at arrival on 07/11/2013 with boarding. ii. Stay charges at Khajuraho Youth Hostel. iii. Jeep charges at Jhansi and Raneh Falls and shifting to Khajuraho and back to Jhansi. iv. Entry fees and guide charges at all locations.
  • Note :
  • 1. At some locations authorities will be charging for still/video camera. This is not included in participation fees. Participants has to bear by themselves only. 2. At Jhansi Hotel & Khajuraho Hostel rooms will be on sharing basis (Male & female separately).
  • REPORTING PLACE : Reporting at Jhansi - Hotel Om Place, Abott Gunj, Civil Lines, Chitra Chauraha, Jhansi (U.P.) 0510-2450005, by 12.00 Noon, on 07th November 2013. Visit to museum & fort will be after lunch. (Lunch will be provided at Hotel Om Place).
  • HOW TO REACH THE BASE CAMP : Jhansi is well connected with all major cities of India by Trains.
  • HOW TO JOIN : Members desirous to join this program may apply on a prescribed registration form duly supported by a Medical Certificate, along with DD of requisite amount in favor of SECRETARY, YHAI, M.P. STATE BRANCH, payable at Bhopal & send at to:- Youth Hostels Association of India Madhya Pradesh State Branch, G-1/9, (228 Quarters), South T.T. Nagar, Bhopal-462003 (M.P.) Member can also deposit the participation fees and send the application with the receipt on the above address. Bank details are as under :- Account No.: 10275921626 IFSC Code : SBIN0007932, Bank : State Bank of India Branch : Udyachal, Bhopal. Members can also book online.
  • CANCELLATION : Cancellation notice before 15 days of starting programme: 50% of the program fee as refund, Less then 15 days notice : No refund
  • All YHAI Members are eligible to participate in the program.
    ACCOMMODATION FACILITIES : Jhansi - Hotel Om Palace , Khajuraho - Youth Hostel Kajuraho
  • FOOD & WATER SUPPLIES : Simple nutritious vegetarian meals.
  • THINGS TO BRING ALONG : Light woolen cloths as per requirement, water bottle, Small Shoulder Bag, Personal Medicine, Sports Shoes, Sliper, Plate, Spoon, Mug, Lunch Box for pack lunch.

Monday, September 16, 2013

To unexplored Waterfall near Zarwani

Hi Monsoon lovers *

is glad to announce a
Monsoon Trek on 21st September 2013, 
Saturday .
To unexplored Waterfall near Zarwani   
Event Details
Name of Event
From Bharuch
Medium ( 5 KM +  2 KM )
01 Day
Rs. 240/-  (Ex. Shoolpaneshwer Sanctury main Gate) 
Without Transportation.
Included in fees – Trek from Shoolpaneshwer 
WLS to Zarwani Water Fall with WLS Forest entry fee and 
back to base Camp, breakfast, Lunch, evening refreshment, 
Guide charges. 

You have to bring
·             Trekking or sports shoes
·         Water bottle (Min. 2 lit)
           YHAI I Card 
·         Cap, goggle if require
·         Extra clothing for Bath
·         Raincoat / rain suit
·         Personal medicine if any
·         Wrap all things (especially camera & cell phone) in polythene bags.
·         Everyone has to follow the instructions of Camp In-charge & instructors
·         No shortcut in trek
·         Smoking &  Drinking are strictly prohibited. Anyone found smoking or             consuming alcohol will be expelled from trek there and then itself.
·         This is not a picnicAll participants are requested to maintain timings meant             for the trek by leader to avoid inconvenient to all other participants

Meeting point

  • Sharp 6.00 am at New Shopping Center, GNFC Township, 
    Narmadanagar - 392015 BHARUCH on 21st September 2013, Saturday. 
    with our own vehical or Direct reporting at 
    Harisidhi Mataji Temple Parking Plot, Rajpipla, at 08.30 AM.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

YHAI Odisha Sea Beach Expedition-2013

  • YHAI Odisha Sea Beach Expedition-2013
  • Date : 20th December 2013 to 31st December 2013
  • BREIF DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAM : The long coastal belt of Odisha offers some of the finest white sand beaches in the world. Virgin & unspoilt, it is not surprising that they are becoming a regular haunt for avid beach combers & worshippers. Trekkers can enjoy the beauty of the coastal region in a trekking program devised for the area between Puri & Satapada that covers interesting terrain, sand dunes, aqeous swamps & dense casuarinas forests add variety & a piquant novelty to the trek. The surrounding countryside is rich with flora & fauna & the sighting of black- buck or the giant sea turtles or the playful Irrawaddy Dolphinscavorting in the Chilika Lake give the entire experience a delightful fillip.
  • CHILIKA ; It is the largest brackishwater lagoon in Asia with estuarine characyer & a welcoming wintering ground for millions of migratory avifauna. About 52 number of rivers & rivulets drain into the Lake. It has a mouth linked with the sea on the eastern side. The area of the lagoon varies between 1165 & 906 sq. km., during monsoon & summer respectively. Based on its highly productive ecosystem, rich biodiversity & socio- economic importance, Chilika was designated a Ramsar site in 1981, under the Convention of Wetland of International Impoortance. It has a rare, threatened & endangered species, including the limbless skink & Irrawaddy Dolphin.
  • PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM : The purpose of the program is o create in the minds of the youth, a sense of love for the countryside by way of offering them an outsoor recreational activity with the aim of promoting National Integrtaion by bringing them together from all parts of the country.
  • PROGRAM FEE : Rs 3,500/ (for Non-members Rs.150 extra), including accomodation, food, guidance, equipment, insurance group, transportation & boating charges.
  • REPORTING PLACE : Youth Hostel, Puri.
  • REPORTING DATES : Any day between 20th December 2013 to 31st December 2013. , The batch size is 40 people on each reporting date. Booking will be done on first come first serve basis.
  • HOW TO REACH THE BASE CAMP : The base camp will be at Youth Hostel, Puri.It is within 1 km from Puri railway station. It is well connected with train and road from every point of India. Nearest airport is Bhubaneswar, 60 km from Puri.
  • Day 1: Reporting before Lunch & Oreintation.
  • Day 2: Trek to Bali Harichandi – 9km
  • Day 3: Trek to Lunapani – 14 km
  • Day 4: Boating-Trek-Boating to Brahmapura. – 7km
  • Day 5: by boat to Satapada- visit museum, return to base camp by Bus
  • Day 6: Visit to Konark –Sun temple,Dhauligiri- Shanti stup, khandagiri & Udayagiri ,Nandan kanan Zoo and Bhubaneswar back to Puri.
  • NOTE:
  • 1. Participants have to pay their entry fees where ever applicable.
  • 2. Monday there is no entry to Nandan kanan Zoo.
  • 3. On 6th day if the Participant desires to get down at Bhubaneswar after the visit, then they have to inform in advance.
  • 4. Program route & schedule are subject to change with or without prior notice.
  • WHO CAN PARTICIPATE : Participant above 12 years of age and having sound health can only participate.
  • HOW TO JOIN : Members desirous to join this program may apply on a prescribed registration form duly supported by a Medical Certificate, along with DD of requisite amount in favor of SECRETARY, YOUTHH HOSTELS ASSOCIATION OF INDIA, ODISHA STATE BRANCH, payable at ANGUL. This can also be downloaded from the website. The forms are to be sent on the address below : Youth Hostels Association of India, Odisha State Branch, Gandhi Marg, Amalapada, Angul. Odisha-759122. Members can also deposit the participation fee & send the application with the receipt, on the above address. Bank details for deposit of participation fees : BANK OF BARODA, Cuttack ,Odisha-753001 IFSC code BARB 0CUTMAN.
  • NOTE : Participants have to submit the Admit Card & Medical certificate at the time of registration at the Base camp.
  • ACCOMMODATION FACILITIES : Base Camp:- Youth Hostel- Puri, Higher Camp No 1 :- Tented accommodation, Camp No 2:- Tented accommodation, Camp No 3 :- Building with rooms.
  • FOOD & WATER SUPPLIES : Simple nutritious vegetarian food available at all places.
  • WHAT PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING ALONG : Ruck Sack(if you have own)cotton shirt,pants/jeans, hunter shoes, light jacket/sweater, two pair of cotton socks, sun caps, sun glasses, mugs, plates, spoon, torch, Cold cream/vaselline, adhesive plaster, lunch box, water bottle, soap, toilet paper, towel, medicines.
  • For Offline booking & further details, please contact the below: Programme Director:Mr. Padmanabh Dave – 9437061774, Programme Co-odinator: P. Ch.Pattnaik : 9937890166. Youth Hostels Association of India, Odisha State Branch, Gandhi Marg, Amalapada, Angul, Odisha-759122.

Friday, September 6, 2013



International Youth Hostel Manali, Prini Village, Himachal Pradesh - 06 Sep, 2013 - 15 Dec, 2013
4D/ 3N (Fee:Rs.4999+Booking Amt:Rs.375) 
Inclusive of stay at International Youth Hostel Manali, Breakfast, Dinner, Delhi to Manali commuting by VOLVO, transfer to Hostel, Local Taxi & Bus Transfer (Excluding Sight Seeing).

YHAI introduces the 3 Nights & 4 Days Manali Package at the International Youth Hostel Manali, which is located far away from the cacophony of the city, and offers a calm & tranquil environment. It is located at the base of the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas and one can wish to visit the beautiful Beas, flowing silently nearby. The Hostel is set to offer you the best of hospitality in terms of services & guidance........and all of this at unbelievable prices!
Don't miss your chance to rejuvenate as this is a limited period offer!
All YHAI Members are eligible to enroll for this package.

Rs.4999/- per person, on twin sharing basis. The fee includes stay at International Youth Hostel Manali, Breakfast, Dinner, Delhi to Manali  commuting by VOLVO, transfer to Hostel, Local Taxi & Bus Transfer (Excluding  Sight Seeing).
Interested members can book for the package online through 'SCHEDULE & SEATS' section of the program.
3 Nights/ 4 Days
6th Sept’ 2013
15TH Dec’ 2013 (Rooms may be blocked during Family Camping & Manali  Biking Program. Subject to availability.)

The International Youth Hostel Manali is located in Prini Village, on the Manali Naggar Highway. Naggar is a heritage village of Himachal Pradesh, and has been an old capital of Kullu Kingdom, for about 14 centuries. The Naggr Castle is built on a hillside as royal residence offering a panoram,ic view of the upper Beas Valley.  Adjacent to it is a flat slab of rock known a s’ Jagati Pat’ amongst the locals.
The famous ‘Roerich Art Gallery’ is close by, above the hill. It has served as the home for the world famous painter- Roerich, for about 18 years.
After Naggar, one can continue to travel through thick forest towards the Janna Water Fall, where you can enjoy local delicacies on the way to Bijli Mahadeo.

Manali to Naggar via left bank offers a fascinating & satisfying trip. Every village falling in between has its own temple dating back to the 7th & 8th centuries. Shuru Prini, a 3 km drive from Manali is known for excellent ancient temples. Nearby is the Arjun Gufa ( Only for trekking), where the famous Pandava meditated during their clandestine stay in the Himalayas. 6 km from Manali is Jgatsukh, the former capital of the Kullu Kingdom. It is famous for the 7th centur Gaurishankar & Sandhya Devi temples.

The Hadimba Temple is situated on a little hill in a grove of magnificent cedars. Built in 1553, the temple is in pagoda style, with 4 superimposed pent roofs. The fa├žade is decorated with elaborate wood carving in the ancient style of Western Himalyas. The temple is dedicated to Hadimba Devi of the Mahabharata age, who made an excellent marriage with Bhima, the Pandava. Closeby is a gigantic deodar tree decorated with tin effigies & iron knives of all sorts & sizes, which is worshipped as a seat of powerfull Ghatotkach, the son of Hadimba & Bhima.

Situated at Old Manali, the temple is dedicated to Rishi Manu, house boat landed here, after the Great Deluge. Manu is believed to have formed a treatise on the social code of conduct, here in Manali. It is perhaps the only temple of Rishi Manu, in India. Manali has derived its name from Manu + Alaya, the home of Manu.

Overlooking the Manali Township is an ancient Shiva Temple. It is a unique combination of Pagoda & Chalet architecture. Wooden carving of exquisite quality is seen to be believed. Legends say that the marriage procession consisting of Ganas of Shiva stayed overnight at this place on their way to Kailash.

Situated at the heart of the township, these monasteries give a gigantic status to the statues of Lord Buddha, Padam Sambhav & other holy persons. Thanka paintings of Tibetan art can also be seen in these mobasteries. Thus one can have a fair glimpse of the art, culture & religion of Tibet. Manali has a Gurudwara too, which has been catering to the spiritual needs of the faithful for the last 50 years.

Hardly 3 km across the Beas River, is located the ancient village of Vashishth. It is famous for sulpher hot water springs endowed with medicinal properties & have twin temples of Lord Rama & Vashishth Rishi. The village represents a panoramic view of the entire upper valley from Solang to Naggar.

On the way to Rohtang Pass, top for a while to quench the thirst by drinking ice- cold but natural, crystal clear spring water of the Nehru Kund. The place is named after Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, who used to drink water from this very mountain spring during his sojourns in the valley.

A quiet spot to rest & enjoy refreshments. The legend has it that a unit of Sikh Regiment of the Indian Army perished to a man owing to sudden snowstorm. The Laddakh bound expedition was caught unaware in the blizzard. Thus, the place derived its name from Marhi, the death house.

At Rohtang Pass, one can have a tete-a tete with nature’s beauty & might, around the waterfalls, snow peaks & running runnels of clear & pure water. Situated at an altitude of 13500ft., the Pass is a gate way to the inaccessible land of Lamas. Rohtang Pass means the heap of human bones. It symbolizes the death of countless human beings while attempting to cross this treacherous Pass over the years. Near the Top is the Beas Rikhi, the original source of river Beas. Paying respects by visiting the small shrine dedicated to Beas Rishi, the author of the Mahabharata is a must for every visitor crossing the formidable pass.

Manali to Manikaran is a full day trip towards Kullu. One can start early in the morning, can enjoy the adventure of River Rafting, in the river Beas. Vaishno Devi Temple is also a beautiful temple before Kullu on the bank of River Beas. After diverting towards the left, along river Parvati, Kasol is also a small but beautiful attractive spot. From here, Manikaran is just 6 km. Manikaran is famous for Historic Gurudwara, Shri Ramchandra Temple & natural hot water springs. The water is so hot that one can even prepare food from it.