The wild and green North of Bali offers a vast array of interest points – still widely unexplored. Alienor, Travel Expert at Shanti Travel, went off the beaten paths to discover the Sekumpul waterfalls and spent a night in a family homestay. She shares her experience through this article.
Let’s head north towards Sekumpul, a traditional village in a remote region of Northern Bali. It is a long journey by bike from Denpasar and it gets colder and colder as we travel further and further north. After passing by the Lakes Buyan and Tambligan, we take this tiny little path that brings us in the small village of Sekumpul. Continue reading →
Over the weekend our Travel Experts based in Burma, Amandine, Bastien, and Paul, went on an adventure to discover one of Burma’s lesser known regions: Lashio.
Lashio and its surroundings are real El Dorado for lovers of natures, sports and authentic encounters. It is the largest city in northern Shan State, not far from the Chinese border and the Himalayas. Paul tells you about this wonderful experience. Continue reading →
An intense journey: trekking to Langtang…. Charlotte shares with us her experience of a trek in Langtang, the Himalayan region that has suffered from the earthquake but is now coming back to life.
160 km. 9 full days of trekking. 4600m altitude. 27 litres of water drunk. Probably as much was sweated. And thousands of stars. Kyanjing Gompa: the final push before we reach the village where we will end our day.
Eight hours of walking, eight hours of putting one foot in front of the other, sometimes alone with our thoughts, sometimes laughing or rebuilding the world through animated discussions. And all the time, contemplating the beauty of the Himalayan peaks.
If you feel like beating the crowds and the busy streets, Dharamkot is the perfect place to be! Located 2109m above sea level, you will find this enchanting little village nestled in the lush green Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Whether you feel like some time off, visiting cities and temples, taking cooking courses, or going trekking in the surrounding mountains, Dharamkot has got it all. Only 11 kms away from Dharamshala and even closer to McLeodganj, the little village is situated in the high hills just above the Bhagsu village.
Also know as the “Pink City of India”, Jaipur is the capital as well as the largest city of the state of Rajasthan in Northern India. It is home to numerous forts, palaces and monuments that are scattered inside as well as around the city. Not only is it impressive in size and population, it is rich in local culture and tradition which makes it the perfect place for an immersive experience in Indian life. You won’t be deceived as you soak in the intensity of Rajasthan and the beauty of this region.
Jodhpur, also known as the “Blue city” or the “Sun City, was built in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha, the Rajput chieftain of the Rathores. His goal and intentions were to build a new capital to replace the old one, Mandore, which can be visited at the now called “Mandore Gardens”.
The Rathore kingdom was also known as the Marwar and was the largest in Rajputana, hence the people of Jodhpur and surrounding areas were called “Marwaris”. The city was built on a strategic point which linked Delhi to Gujarat by road, enabling to city to profit from a flourishing trade in opium, copper, silk, sandals, date palms and coffee.
A very famous tourist destination, Jodhpur is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for some authentic Indian energy and experience. Rich and vibrant with a diverse mix of forts and palaces, temples and havelis, culture and tradition as well as a long history in textile making, you won’t run out of things to do!
Nestled in between a small valley located within the magical Himalayan mountain range lays the town of Kargil, a busy little place teeming with life and culture. Winding your way through countless breath-taking mountain passes, it is located a 7h drive away from the city of Srinagar and is situated on the bank of the Indus River, 8780 feet above sea level. Kargil (historically know as Purig) has for centuries been a place of transit; in the olden days it was an important hub for traders on the Great Silk Route, and a crossing point for tourists travelling from Srinagar to Leh in our modern-day times. Whether you are searching for adventure or serenity, heritage or culture, or are simply on a personal journey of inner discovery, you will definitely find one of the above.Continue reading →