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Walking in the Indian Himalayas

Mariellen Ward is an award-winning professional travel writer based in Toronto and Delhi. She is a journalist by profession and has written for leading Canadian and international newspapers, magazines and online sites . Her passion is travel in India, the underlying theme of my writing is “meaningful adventure travel” and she is also an advocate of women’s solo travel. Though Canadian by birth, she considers India to be her muse and her “soul culture.” She recently visited Kosi Valley Retreat and here’s what she says about her visit! Here’s how to access and enjoy the spectacular Himalayan region of India CAN YOU IMAGINE walking and trekking among the Himalayas, the mightiest mountain range on earth? Fascinating and daunting, wreathed in religious mythology and mountaineering lore,...
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A slice of heaven in untrodden corners of Almora, Uttarakhand

By Neelima Vallangi On a cold chilly morning, my frozen hands and toes feeling uncomfortably numb, surrounded by nothing but the solemn silence of the resolute mountains, watching the lofty Himalayan peaks slowly turn pink at sunrise, I made a promise to myself that I will come back to these mountains as many times as I can. Because there’s no good reason in this world that justifies staying away from the joy of getting lost in the infinite beauty of the Himalayas! In a forgotten valley between the famous hill stations of Almora and Kausani that have captured our imagination for long, I spent a week at Kosi Valley Retreat in the obscure yet picturesque Someshwar Valley where the River Kosi meandered quietly endowing the valley with all its might, impervious to all the attention...
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In the foothills of Himalayas,let Kosi Valley Charm you

By Neelima Vallangi Through the glass windows, I was looking at the night lift its cloak of darkness as a blue dawn fought its way through. The sun crept up the mountains that surrounded me as the first rays slowly flooded the room, the chirping of birds grew louder and I could hear the faint gurgle of the river below. I was still in bed as the orange light blinded me; I adjusted my position to keep the rays away from my face. While I have always loved the idea of waking up to first light gently falling on my face, it is not something that I got to experience a lot. But here at Kosi Valley Retreat, I went to bed every night anticipating waking up to bright sunshine. I’m not a morning person on most days, but whenever I’m in the hills, I become one. It is impossible not to, when your...
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Leap of Faith

In life, each one of us at some point of time have taken this bold stride to take the leap of faith and dared to trust someone else with our life. I was fortunate to get the opportunity of a lifetime this time to literally experience this leap of faith in real while Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh. Even the thought of this experience gives a gush to my brain and shiver down my spine at the same time. After a 35km drive along the banks of Ganga in Rishikesh and all bottled up excitement, we reached the assembling area where we were given a brief orientation, explaining what to expect, what to do and what not to do. A friend of ours chickened out looking at the video clipping of the bungee jump on the big screen. Every jumper is first weighed and his/her weight is written with a marker on...
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