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Neelakurinji – Once in 12 years!

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Neelakurinji flowers

The creator with his paint brush sprays magic on the canvas called earth time and again. One is left awestruck and spell bound, every time they get a chance to witness that magic. This is one such magic, which happens once every 12 years, known as Neelakurinji.

The Blue Bloom

Neelakurinji – Once in a Blue Bloom

The Neelakurinji, literally meaning blue flower, are a rare species of flower that have a maturity cycle of 12-16 years. When blooming at its peak, it engulfs the entire stretch of the hill in the carpet of blue. The Nilgiri Hills have thus derived their name.

Blue Flowers in Green Grass!

Where to find?

The Neelakurinji are found in the southern part of India in the Nilgiri hills and western ghats. They are more prominently found in the valleys of Munnar in Kerala, since they require an altitude of 1200-2400 meters above MSL.

As one breezes past the beautiful tea estates in Munnar, you arrive at Eravikulam National Park, 10 km from Munnar town, one of the prime locations for the Neelakurinji flowering and is highly promoted by Kerala Tourism.

If you plan to go on a long weekend, make sure you book the tickets in advance online, as the National Park has a limit of 3000 people only per day. The park is open for public from 8 am to 4 pm.

Soothing Sight

Neelakurinji – The Experience

Once in a 12 year experience

A worthwhile experience is on its way as you hike along the roads of Eravikulam National Park with the beautiful blue flowers blooming at your either side. As the cool winds blow through the flowers, it makes the sight even more soothing and refreshing. Perched upon the hills, embracing in its arms, when you witness a carpet of blue, you get the feeling of Nirvana as the beauty of the place and magic of the nature makes a mark in your mind, body, heart and soul.  A must on the to-do list of nature lover, the flowers will make you feel obsessed with them.

So much so that you’ll sign off from Munnar saying, “See you in 2030, Neelakurinji!”

55 Great Treks To Take Up In India

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Treks taking a new era of interests in today’s generation. Mountains calling is the new trend. Are you also searching for good treks to do for your next plan? India is no less. There is always a new route and another beauty in every corner you go. Continue with your adrenaline rush and look up for the 55 great treks to take up in India:

1. Chadar Trek

The icy winter trek along the frozen Zanskar River.

Chadar Trek
LocationLeh-Ladakh
Duration9 Days
Altitude
3470 m
Level
Moderate-Difficult
Best Time
January-February

 

2. Valley of Flowers Trek

A must trek for the nature lovers.

Valley of Flowers
LocationUttarakhand
Altitude3505 m
Duration6 Days
LevelEasy-Moderate
Best TimeMid July-End August

3. Gangotri-Gomukh-Tapovan Trek

Look up for the source of holy river Ganga.

Gangotri-Gomukh-Tapovan
LocationGarhwal, Uttarakhand
Altitude4463 m
Duration11 Days
LevelModerate-Challenging
Best TimeMay-June, August-October

4. Singalila Kanchenjunga Trek

Trek for the marvellous view of Kanchenjunga peak.

Singalila Kanchenjunga
LocationSikkim
Altitude4940 m
Duration20 Days
LevelModerate-Challenging
Best TimeMid March-May, September-October

5. Pangarchulla Peak Trek

A mesmerizing round trail trek with a challenging summit.

Pangarchulla Peak
LocationUttarakhand
Altitude4480 m
Duration7 Days
LevelModerate-Challenging
Best TimeAll through the year except monsoon

6. Markha Valley Trek

Experience the variants from the cold desert to the tea house treks with peaceful monasteries.

Markha Valley Trek
LocationLadakh
Altitude5150 m
Duration7-9 Days
LevelModerate
Best TimeMid June-Mid October

7. Kumara Parvatha Trek

The scenic Pushpagiri Trek which is not in the north.

Kumara Parvatha
Location Karnataka
Altitude 1712 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Moderate-Challenging
Best Time October-February

8. Darcha-Lamayuru Trek

Beat yourself by this Trans-Zanskar Trek Expedition.

Darcha Lamayuru
Location Ladakh
Altitude 5090 m
Duration 18-25 Days
Level Challenging
Best Time Mid June-Mid October

9. Roopkund Trek

Set your mysterious adventure experience.

Roopkund Trek
Location Uttaranchal
Altitude 4784 m
Duration 8 Days
Level Moderate-Challenging
Best Time May-October

10. Hampta Pass Trek

A trek to roam between two valleys known to be as Hampta pass. Also, take a glimpse of Chandratal Lake.

Hampta Pass
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 4277 m
Duration 6 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time Mid June-Mid October

11. Chembra Peak Trek

Enjoy the panoramic view and the heart-shaped lake amidst the adrenaline rush.

Chembra Peak
Location Kerala
Altitude 2100 m
Duration 1 Day
Level Easy
Best Time All through the year except monsoon

12. Kuari Pass Trek

The Lord Curzon Trail to gaze the magnificent peaks with the grace of nature.

Kuari Pass
Location Garhwal, Uttarakhand
Altitude 3814 m
Duration 6 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time November-March

13. Nanda Devi Trek

Flora, fauna, national park and nature’s epitome in the lap of mountains.

Nanda Devi Trek
Location Garhwal, Uttarakhand
Altitude 4150 m
Duration 10 Days
Level Moderate-Challenging
Best Time May-June, September-October

14. Nag Tibba Trek

Trek with stunning views with pleasant weather on a long weekend.

Nag Tibba Trek
Location Uttarakhand
Altitude 3022 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Easy
Best Time All through the year

15. Goechala Pass Trek

Reach to the base of Kanchenjunga through rhododendron forests and snow-capped peaks.

Goechala Pass Trek
LocationSikkim
Altitude4602 m
Duration11 Days
LevelModerate-Challenging
Best TimeEnd April-End June, Mid September-End October

16. Pin Parvati Trek

Explore the Spiti Valley and monasteries crossing the Parvati River.

Pin Parvati
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 5335 m
Duration 12 Days
Level Challenging
Best Time April-October

17. Dodital Trek

Trek within scenic beauty with a lake of cultural importance.

Dodital
Location Garhwal, Uttarakhand
Altitude 3307 m
Duration 6-7 Days
LevelEasy-Moderate
Best TimeApril-June, October-December

18. Stok Kangri Trek

The most magnificent treks for your higher peak treks.

Stok Kangri
Location Leh
Altitude 6152 m
Duration Challenging
Level 9 Days
Best Time May-Mid October


19. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

This is another jewel of Kashmir. Gallivant in the amazing surroundings.

KGL
Location Jammu-Kashmir
Altitude 4206 m
Duration 8 Days
Level Moderate-Challenging
Best Time June-September

20. Dayara Bugyal Trek

Sum up the best experience of your life in the green beautiful meadows of Dayara.

Dayara Bugyal
Location Uttarakhand
Altitude 3674 m
Duration 6 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time April-June, End August-December

21. Milam Glacier Trek

It is the source of river Gori Ganga. This trek is truth to the imagination of a pleasing nature.

Milam Glacier Trek
Location Uttaranchal
Altitude 3800 m
Duration 11 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time May-June, September-October

22. The Shepherd Trail Trek

If your interest is to stay and look for the secluded villages and lifestyle that is different from those in metros, then this is your destination.

Shepherd Trail
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 4450 m
Duration 18 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time Mid April-June, September-November

23. Rupin Pass Trek

It is one of the high altitudes of the trek with diversified trails.

Rupin Pass
Location Uttarakhand-Himachal
Altitude 4648 m
Duration 8 Days
Level Challenging
Best Time May-June, Mid August-October

24. Bhrigu Lake Trek

Beautiful lesser known small trek with best views.

Bhrigu Lake
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 4270 m
Duration 4 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time May-October

25. Rajmachi Fort & Kondane Caves Treks

It is a weekend destination from Pune-Mumbai. Trek to the fort and explore it whole with good nature.

Rajmachi Fort
LocationMaharashtra
Altitude827 m
Duration2 Days
LevelEasy-Moderate
Best TimeJune-September

26. Parashar Lake Trek

It is a scenic, offbeat trek. Camp beside the lake and gaze the twinkling stars, any weekend.

Parashar Lake
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 2730 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time All through the year

27. Har Ki Dun Trek

This trek is all trekkers delight taking them to the ancient villages between mountains and valleys.

Har Ki Doon
Location Uttarakhand
Altitude 3657 m
Duration 7 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time All through the year except monsoon

28. Indrahar Pass Trek

This trek could be done in two ways. Both the trek routes offer great experiences with the best of views.

Indrahar Pass
LocationHimachal Pradesh
Altitude4342 m
Duration 4 Days (if you come back from the same route) / 9 Days (if you descend from the other side)
Level Easy-Moderate/ Moderate-Challenging (depending on the route you choose)
Best Time May-October

29. Sham Valley/ Apricot Valley Trek

It is a sweet- small trek with varied experiences.

Sham Valley
Location Leh-Ladakh
Altitude 3750 m
Duration 3-4 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time May-Mid October

30. Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek

The twin lake trek with the heaven of exquisiteness.

Tarsar Marsar Lake
Location Jammu-Kashmir
Altitude 4115 m
Duration 7 Days
Level Easy
Best Time July-September

31. The Phuktal Monastery Trek

The most peaceful trek in a remote destination. Monastery settled over a cliff which could be reached just by foot.

Phuktal Monastery
Location Ladakh
Altitude 3850 m
Duration 7-8 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time July-September

32. Kedarkantha Trek

The best winter trek for the best chilling days with mountains.

Kedarkantha Trek
Location Uttarakhand
Altitude 3810 m
Duration 6 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time December-April

33. Deoriatal-Chandrashila Trek

Visit Chopta and Tungnath from Deoriatal to the Chandrashila Peak. List of places on the way to the summit.

Chopta
Location Uttarakhand
Altitude 3993 m
Duration 5-6 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time All through the year except monsoon

34. Brahmatal Trek

Picturesque beauty of streams with en-route challenges amidst Garhwal Mountains.

Brahmatal
Location Uttarakhand
Altitude 3704 m
Duration 6 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time Mid November-March

35. Pin Bhaba Pass Trek

A great alternative to its difficult version the Pin Parvati Pass Trek with varied experience each day.

Pin Bhaba Pass
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 4909 m
Duration 8 Days
Level Challenging
Best Time July-Mid October

36. Kodachadri Trek

Flora, fauna, amazing landscapes and pretty waterfalls with peaks to fulfill adventure thirst.

Kodachadri Trek
Location Karnataka
Altitude 1343 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time September-February

37. Triund Trek

For a refreshing weekend getaway in the laps of mountains.

Triund Trek
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 3199 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Easy
Best Time March-May, September-December

38. Sar Pass Trek

Rediscover  yourself with the beauty of majestic mountains.

Sar Pass
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 4206 m
Duration 6 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time May-October

39. Buran Ghati/ Barua Pass Trek

Pass with a story of mountains, meadows, village and forests.

Buran Ghati
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 4550 m
Duration 7 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time May-June, September-October

40. Sandakphu Trek

Take a glimpse of Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet on your trek with mesmerizing views and fauna.

Sandakphu Trek
Location West Bengal
Altitude3657 m
Duration6 Days
LevelModerate
Best TimeOctober-April

41. Pindari Glacier Trek

The easy accessible glacier in Kumaon Himayalas with package of full serenity.

Pindari Glacier Trek
Location Uttarakhand
Altitude 3353 m
Duration 8 Days
Level Easy
Best Time April-November

42. Kheerganga Trek

Mix up the spice of spiritual beliefs with adventure amidst mountains, waterfalls and lush greenery.

Kheerganga
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 3050 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Easy
Best Time All through the year

43. Kareri Lake Trek

Sight for himalayan birds with colorful orchards on the way to one of the mountain lake.

Kareri Lake
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 3650 m
Duration 7 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time May-June, September-October

44. Beas Kund Trek

Trek for the peaceful time beside the water body just as the Sage Vyas.

Beas Kund
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 3892 m
Duration 4 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time Mid May-Mid October

45. Siang Valley Trek

If already done with a lot many treks in the north then this could differ with location and great culture.

Siang Valley
Location Arunachal Pradesh
Altitude 1829 m
Duration 11 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time October-February

46. Kalsubai Peak Trek

Highest peak in the Maharashtra region of western ghats for a thrilling weekend.

Kalsubai Peak Trek
Location Maharashtra
Altitude 1646 m
Duration 1 Day
Level Moderate
Best Time All through the year with varied experiences

47. Shumga Trek

For a wilderness experiences in the remotest areas of Kullu Valley.

Shumga
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 3810 m
Duration 6 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time All through the year

48. Japfu Peak Trek

The lesser known yet beautiful trek in North- East region.

Japfu Peak
Location Nagaland
Altitude 3048 m
Duration 4-5 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time October-May

49. Chanderkhani Pass Trek

Walk between the deodar and pine trees with a window to breathtaking views of himalayas.

Chanderkhani Pass
Location Himachal Pradesh
Altitude 3648 m
Duration 5 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time May-November

50. Harishchandragad Fort Trek

Mixture of an architectural fort, temple, scenic views and adventure altogether at a most challenging trek in the Western Ghats.

Harishchandragad Fort
Location Maharashtra
Altitude 1422 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time October-December

51. Dudhsagar & Hivre Waterfall Treks

Amidst the beaches get some peaky adventure with water showers.

Dudhsagar Waterfalls
Location Goa
Altitude 320 m
Duration 3 Days
Level Easy-Moderate
Best Time June-November

52. Tadiandamol Trek

A beautiful serenic trek between the coffee plantations for your great weekend.

Tadiandamol
Location Karnataka
Altitude 1744 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Easy
Best Time October-February

53. Lonar Crater Trek

Go for an offbeat adventure and come back with lots of amazed facts and queries.

Location Maharashtra
Altitude 563 m
Duration 3 Days
Level Easy
Best Time October-March

54. Kudremukh Trek

This one for a forest trekking with rich sighting of flora and fauna.

Kudremukh
Location Karnataka
Altitude 1891 m
Duration 3 Days
Level Moderate
Best Time All through the year

55. Bhimashankar Trek

With lush green forests, flora and fauna this place provides a spectacular view of Sahyadri mountains.

Bhimashankar
Location Maharashtra
Altitude 1004 m
Duration 2 Days
Level Moderate-Difficult
Best Time All through the year

Every peak or mountain has its own beauty and charm. Thus, hike up more and more to reach the highest skies of thrill and experiences in your life. When done with all the adventure with mountains, also look up for Adventure in Water- Water Sports Destinations in India.

Career, Scope & Courses in Travel and Tourism in India

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All you need to know :Career, Scope & Courses in Travel & Tourism

There are a lot of questions spread across the forums regarding the available Courses in Travel and Tourism industry in India, which made me come up with this post.

Tourism and Travel are such words which catch a quick attention and interest nowadays. The generation today find it to be very cool if connected with travel, adventure & backpacking. If such things cheer you up too, then you can look up for a career in the field of tourism and travel. Field of tourism may look glamorous but requires a great sense of hard work, patience and challenges.

 

Life has become very competitive in the present era. To achieve benefits and success in future, you need to be well prepared with every aspect. Thus here we will help you with all the guidance you may need to make a career and look for Courses in Travel and Tourism.

There is a direct proportion between demand and scope of any field. As the demand increases the scope of earning and employment increases. Same is what we can see with the growth of travel and tourism sector. India is building scope in the field of tourism and hospitality. This is the reason for rising employment in travel and tourism sector.

List of courses in travel and tourism you can choose from:

  • Bachelor in Tourism Studies
  • Bachelor in Tourism & Travel Management
  • BA in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • BBA in Travel and Tourism Management
  • BSc in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • BVoc in Hospitality and Tourism
  • Masters in Tourism and Travel Management
  • MBA in Tourism and Travel
  • Masters in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • MA in Tourism and Travel Management
  • MSc in Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Masters in Tourism Administration
  • PG Diploma in Tourism and Travel Management
  • PG Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Diploma in Tourist Guide
  • Certificate in Tourist Guide

Also, there are many certificate courses offered by many public and private institutes for the specialization in particular adventure activities. Out of them, Adventure Course is a bliss to show your love for mountains & other land-based adventure. It’s a 15-day package of activities and training. If you are one of those adventure freaks, you should definitely read my review of Adventure course at NIM. There are similar courses on water and air-based adventure activities too. Ministry of Tourism promotes all types of adventure activities and has various centers for such courses.

 There are also many generalized courses for Hotel Management, Culinary Arts, Aviation, etc.

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Travel and Tourism course description

Every course provides knowledge of the core subjects & basic functioning of the field. Just the level upgrades according to the course. Some basic core subjects in travel & tourism are:

  • Principles of Hospitality and Tourism
  • Tourism Policies and Laws
  • Transport Management
  • Air Ticketing
  • Tourism Marketing and Management
  • History, Culture and Heritage of India and World
  • Travel Agency/ Tour Operators Training
  • Tour Guide/ Escorts Training and Skills
  • PR and Communication Skills

Best university for travel and tourism in India:

Although the list is long. I will sort out few good institutes and colleges in the list which provide success in placements too.

  • Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management: IITTM is the autonomous university under the Ministry of Tourism. It is the most recognized university for courses related to travel & tourism. IITTM is known for the specialized and quality product return. It is situated in Gwalior with campuses in Goa, Noida, Bhubaneshwar and Nellore.
  • Pondicherry University: It is a Central University and is blended with perfection. Studies in southern India is always known to be best. University offers well training in the field with good job opportunities.
  • Banaras Hindu University: It is another top-ranked & government-owned central university. B.H.U brings out the best in a person. It polishes you to be a skilled professional.
  • Christ University: It is a privately owned deemed university in Bangalore. It trains students to be a perfect match of the market. Best in building a smart and active force with a great training of practical knowledge. Christ University provides opportunities to learn and expertise.
  • Kuoni Academy: These academies are IATA/UFTAA Authorised Training Centers, established in various cities of India. Kuoni Academy offers many courses in travel and tourism.
  • Lovely Professional University: LPU is one of the top-ranked private university in Punjab & central India. The university has one of the best infrastructures. LPU is recognized & accredited by approx 10 boards.
  • Thomas Cook Center of TrainingThomas Cook tops the list of the business provider in the travel industry. It also came up with the training centers to create the talented force in the field. TCCT have various courses in Travel and Tourism.
  • Amity UniversityOne of the top private & successful University in Delhi NCR. Amity has gradually reached a success place among the education organization. It helps students to groom into professionals. Amity University has also come up with courses in Travel and Tourism which got recognition from UNWTO TedQual Certification.

Also, read Nomadic Foot’s article on how you can travel and earn money.

Job opportunities in Tourism & Travel

Tourism and travel is a service providing profession. It is a vast sector and connects to many other sectors such as transports, hotels airlines etc. Therefore it demands smart and polished individual personality. It has jobs in both government and the private sector. Ministry of Tourism also looks for certified and trained professionals for the growth of tourism in India. The starting salary scope might not be much high as compared to other fields, but it provides good opportunities and higher packages with time and experiences. Few of the travel and tourism jobs are as below:

 

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List of Jobs in Travel and Tourism Industry:

Travel Jobs in Hospitality Sector:

Hospitality is another vast field which has many job opportunities for professionals from Travel & tourism industry such as:

  • Hotel Operations
  • Front Office
  • Food & Beverages
  • Accounting
  • Sales/ Maintenance/ PR
  • Security

Airlines Sector:

There is a good scope for professionals from Travel & Tourism industry in Airlines sector.

  • Ground Staffs (traffic assistance, booking, etc.)
  • In-flight Staffs (air hostess, pilots, etc.)

Every field of work demands hard work, loyalty and interest. If your heart beats for traveling then you can surely look up for a career in tourism sector irrespective of your gender, age, etc. India is growing, grow yourself! Happy Traveling!

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