Accommodation and Lodging: For other inexpensive lodging options, seek out places to stay in the nearby gateway town of Mariposa. This historic Gold Rush town offers more lodging and dining options than staying in the park, as well as world-class museums. If you are traveling in a group, staying at a vacation rental or private cabin can also be a fantastic way to cook for yourself, have a private cabin and have an authentic experience at an excellent value!
If roughing it is more your style, campsites that require a six month wait to get into in summer can be easily booked for the off-season and walk-in sites are a better option as well. Just be prepared for chillier nights, especially in starting in November or early December when the first snow falls.
If you are planning your trip for summer, then backpacking in the wilderness is a great option for staying in a “million star hotel” out in the wilderness. It does take planning and some backpacking experience is recommended but for the cost of an inexpensive backpackers permit you can explore some of the most beautiful areas of the park. Or you can have a “glamping” experience at the High Sierra Camps. While not exactly cheap, you can have an incredible outdoor experience that is a good intro into backpacking at the cost of your average hotel room (typically open late June-September).
If you don’t have any equipment? You can rent almost everything you need at the Yosemite Mountaineering School.
Canada is one of the famous travel destinations home of the Niagara falls. A diverse and huge landmass from beautiful beaches in the east and west, magnificent mountains of the Calgary, rainforests of Vancouver and beautiful cosmopolitan cities of Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, pristine Montreal.
Must See: Niagara Falls, Old Quebec, Notre-Dame Basilica, Notre-Dame Basilica, Moraine Lake
Must Eat: Smoked Meat, Pâté Chinois a pie, Pierogies are parcels filled with meat, Potatoes or Cheese, Peameal Bacon sandwich.
Best time to visit: July to October.
The Philippines a surreal travel destination boasts for some of the most beautiful beaches in Asia, spectacular rice terraces, sun shining bright throughout the year and has about 7000 islands to hop, so you can find yours. There is a lot to do in the Philippines along with scuba diving, snorkeling like wandering mystic tribal villages, the rice terraces, jungles, relishing sumptuous food, strolling rustic colonial towns.
Must See: Boracay Island, Banue Rice Terraces, Palawan, The Chocolate Hills, Malapascua Island.
Must Eat: Chicken Adobo, Bibingka, Pancit, Balut, Kare-Kare
Best time to visit: November to April
Japan is one of the most amazing and travel-friendly countries, epitome for ancient heritage and modernity. This island nation is packed with stunning landscapes, beautiful palaces, castles and stunning sky scrappers. The nation equally bedazzles every traveler with the peaceful, serenity and ancient architectural marvels of Kyoto and the bustling urban city of Tokyo and nightlife of boisterous Osaka.
Must See: Kyoto, Mount Fuji, The Island Shrine of Itsukushima, Miyajima, Tokyo Disney Sea
Must Eat: Sushi, Tempura, Ramen, Okonomiyaki, Udon
Best time to visit: March to May and September to November
Portugal is one of the hidden travel treasures of Europe. Enamored with the scenic landscapes, breathtaking beaches along Costa Vicentina, picturesque beauty in the Serra da Estrela. The countryside has a startling beauty with historic and pristine villages. Portugal has more than 80 Km of coastline with magnificent end-of-the-world cliffs, beautiful islands, sandy beaches and blue waters.
Must See: Quinta da Regaleira, Lisbon Oceanarium, Ponte de Dom Luis I, Caldeira das Sete Cidades.
Must Eat: Pastel de belem, Acorda, Arroz de cabidela, Sapateira Recheada, Caracois.
Best Time to Visit: March to May or September to October.
India is a beautiful, diverse, colorful and cultural country which is every traveler's delight. It has the age old inherited ethnic, cultural diversity and as well in the bewildering landscapes from tall mighty Himalayas in the north, deserts in the west and beautiful lush green western ghats.
Must See: Taj Mahal, Rajasthan, The Ganges, The Golden Temple, Ladakh.
Must Eat: Pani puri, Masala dosa, Pav Bhaji, Biryani, and Tandoori, Idli sambar
Best time to Visit: October to March.
New Zealand an island country is called adventure capital of the world, a must on every adventurers and travelers bucket list with activities from skydiving, bungy jumping, hiking, caving, and skiing. It also offers beautiful and pristine landscapes with captivating, peaks, thick forests with 14 National parks, world-class vineyards.
Must See: Milford Sound, Bay of Islands
Must Eat: Roast Lamb, Seafood, Fergburger, Mussels, Hokey pokey
Best time to visit: February to August and October
Cambodia recently gaining popularity among travelers this small and beautiful land has its own unique cultural identity and one of the most famous an ancient UNESCO heritage sites at Angkor Wat and beautiful white sand beachscapes, ancient temples, lush green jungles.
Must See: Siem Reap and temples of Angkor, Phnom Penh Royal Palace, Tonlé Sap Lake, Bamboo Island, Sihanoukville.
Must Eat: Fish amok, Khmer red curry, Nom Banh Chok, Samlor Machu Trey, Lort Cha.
Best time to visit: November to March.
Kenya is amongst the most favored destinations for the African safaris for the famous Masai Mara. The safari is famous for the big games Elephants, Rhinos, and Lions. Kenya is on the west coast of the African continent with encompasses savannah, Lakelands, the dramatic Great Rift Valley and mountain highlands. The Kenyan Safaris start from the Kenyan capital Nairobi safaris visit the Maasai Mara Reserve, known for its annual wildebeest migrations, and Amboseli National Park, offering views of Tanzania's Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
Must see: Masai Mara, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Amboseli National Park, Mount Kenya, Diani Beach.
Best time to visit: June to October.
Switzerland is a travel addiction, the most beautiful and popular travel destinations. It is often skipped being the costliest European travel country. Switzerland has that hallucinatory landscapes, breathtaking mountains and picturesque, famous peaks, beautiful lakes. Switzerland has a rich contemporary culture with perfect rural beauty and vibrant cities. Switzerland Alpine adventure has a lot of adventure activities in winter like skiing, snowboarding, snowshoe trekking.
Must See: The Matterhorn, Mount Pilatus, Gornergrat Bahn, Lake Geneva, Lake Luzern.
Must Eat: Rösti, Swiss Fondue, Raclette, Älplermagronen, Swiss chocolate.
Best Time to Visit: June to September is the peak, December to March for Winter activities.
Nepal locked between China, India, and Tibet is rich cultural, diverse land mass with snow capped Himalayas, grasslands, subtropical forests. It has scenic landscapes and stunning architectural marvels, colorful and exotic cities. There is a lot for solo and group travelers Nepal has to offer from wildlife to hiking in the Himalayas and extreme river rafting.
Must See: Garden of Dreams, Pokhara, Chitwan National Park, Shrines, Marvel at Bodhnath.
Must Eat: Ema Datshi, Jasha maru, Momos, Red Panda Beer
Best time to visit: September to November
Italy a unique unrivaled travel destination is breathtaking beauty, soul-stirring art and sumptuous food. The vibrant cities famous heritage sites, art, famous museums, great nightlife, restaurants Rome, Florence, and Milan the top travel cities await. Italy is blessed with the natural diversity, the most stunning landscapes, glittering waters of the oceans, sprawling vineyards, and the awe-inspiring beauty of the landscapes of Tuscany.
Must See: Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica, Patheon, Grand canal of Venice, Tuscany.
Must Eat: Pizza Margherita, Pasta, Lasagne, Ribollita, Gilato.
Best Time to Visit: April to June, August to October. August is the best.
Peru is one of the most famous North American tourist destinations. Travelers visit Peru for the famous Inca Trail and see the famous Machu Picchu heritage site. Peru offers a lot of adventure, heritage, natural scenery of the Amazon forests and the beaches. There are a lot of exciting activities to undertake in Peru like trekking trails of ancient heritage sites and whitewater rafting, paragliding, hurtling through the desert on dune-buggy rides.
Must See: Machu Picchu, Centro Historico De Cusco, Sacsayhuaman, Parque de la Reserva, Plaza de Armas.
Must Eat: Ceviche, Cuy, Causa, Lomo Saltado, Aji De Gallina.
Best time to visit: May to September.
Serengeti, from the Maasai word meaning ‘endless plains.” The Serengeti National Park is one of the most famous wildlife reserves in the world. The annual wildebeest migration one of natures most spectacular phenomenon, also called “The World Cup of Life” is a visual feast to the Safari tourist where they get to see 1.5 million animals. Wildebeests, zebras, antelopes as well as gazelles migrate Serengeti every year for green pastures and water.
The Serengeti is nearly a 15,000 sq km stretch of the Tanzanian land with short grass plains. The park is divided into four different areas The Central Seronera Valley, The Western Corridor, The Northern Lobo and Kogatende areas, and The Southern Plains.
The Serengeti is known for the wildlife and the Great Migration a huge gathering of over a million wildebeest, 200,000 zebras and 350,000 gazelles. Also the large cats like lions, leopards, cheetahs plus hyenas are in vicinity following the prey. Even when the migration is silent there is dazzling game viewing on Serengeti: herds of buffalo, groups of elephants and giraffe, and thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle. It’s a treat for the eyes to watch the attacking tactics of the predators and the survival tactics of the preys. The park has numerous lions, elephants, giraffes, water buffalo, hippos, hyenas, jackals, monkeys, cheetahs, leopards, crocodiles, a Black Rhino, and many different antelopes and birds.
Game drive is the best activity and the best game drive activity in the world is at Serengeti to watch crash of Hippos, zeal of Zebras, parade of Elephants, tower of Giraffes and the pride of Lions. The best way to view and experience the wildlife in Serengeti to its fullest is camping within the Serengeti. You can stay in Serengeti or in Kenyas Masai Mara. Also now there are great balloon safaris available to have that spectacular arial view.
As exciting is the game viewing so is the scenic beauty of the Serengeti. The Serengeti plains stretching along the savannah is a scenic view of a golden horizon which turns into infinite green carpet dotted with wildflowers after the rain. wooded hills, termite mounds, rivers make the Serengeti a amazing landscape for game viewing
Best time to visit Serengeti: Serengeti is good to visit throughout the year. However, the peak time to visit is from late June to October when the dry season starts, when the migration of the wildebeest is in the western corridor in June and July.
November to May is the wet season and to see the wild predators in action, January and February is the month of calving in the southern parts of the Serengeti. March, April and May are the peaks of the wet season.
Accommodation: You will find a lot of accommodation facilities in and around the park. A lot of budget, economy and luxury hotels are available around Serengeti. Camping is also provided in the park and there are also mobile camps available with good safari guides.
Why Nepal is an ultimate travel destination?
Magnificent mountains, rich ancient heritage, marvelous palaces, fluttering prayer flags and awesome people. Nepal locked between China, India and Tibet is rich cultural, diverse land mass with snow capped Himalayas, grasslands, sub tropical forests. It has scenic landscapes and stunning architectural marvels, colorful and exotic cities. There is lot for solo and group travelers Nepal has to offer from wildlife to hiking in the Himalayas and extreme river rafting. Moreover, it is one of the economical travel destinations with less than $15 a day for a solo traveler. The country offers a wide range of accommodation options from basic rooms to luxury hotels.
Adventure- Nepal is the most favored destination for mountain adventurers with more than 10 highest peaks in the world. The most magnificent and tallest mountains like the Everest and Annapurna makes this region the trekkers paradise. There’s a lot to let your adrenaline sore with adventures like rafting the Nepali river and kayaking, bungee jumping through the deep Himalayan gorges. Trekking, paragliding and mountain biking against the beautiful backdrop of some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes.
Heritage and Culture- Nepal’s history dates back to more than 2500 years, and remains unknown. Nepal also boasts for some of the most ethnic, sacred cities Kathmandu, Pokhara, Patan and Bhaktapur. The Kathmandu valley is world famous for its seven heritage sites or architectural monuments, marvelous palaces and artistic buildings. The seven sites include Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu), Patan and Bhaktapur, the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhu and Bauddhanath and the Hindu temples of Pashupati and Changu Narayan. The other national sites include Lumbini as the birth place of Buddha, Chitawan National Park, Sagarmatha National Park known as “the top of the world.”
Wildlife- Nepal also has a lot for a wildlife lover, with dense and lush green The Royal Chitwan National Park covering 932 square km, with more than 700 species of wildlife. The Narayani-Rapti river system with tributaries and lakes has 113 recorded species of fish and mugger crocodiles. The park is home to more than 68 species of mammals from tigers, elephants and over 600 rhinos, highest population of around 200 sloth bears. The jungle is also an habitat for foxes, linsangs, honey badgers, wild dogs, jackals, jungle cats, leopard cats and gaurs. Furthermore, the adjacent Parsa Wildlife Reserve has some 112 animals and elephant bulls enter Valmiki forest to search cows for mating. There are also good Bardia National Park and the Sukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve.
Must see: Garden of Dreams, Pokhara, Chitwan Natonal Park, Shrines, Marvel at Bodhnath, Kathmandu Valley Heritage sites.
Best time to visit: September to November.
Airport: Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)
Must eat: Dal bhat, Momos, Chatamari, Dhindo, Juju Dhau.
Transportation: Buses and cabs.
Acomodation- Budget rooms to luxurious hotels.
Climate: Spring March to May with rain showers and temp avg 22o C, Summer is between June to August gets warmer and can get 30o C and more heat waves. Autumn from September to November is peak for adventure because of clear skies and cool climate. Winter is between December to February gets very cold.
Currency: Nepalese rupee.
Visa: Visa on arrival for most countries, for $25 to $100, check your visa requirements here http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/.
Ladakh is an exotic location in India with lot of high passes, known as ‘La’ in the Ladakhi Language and therefore Ladakh means a ‘Land of Passes.’ Ladakh lies in the greater Himalayas at the altitude of 9000 ft to 25170 feet, at this height you are on the roof of the world. Here you will find the highest motor able roads, traversing through high passes and taking you through beautiful scenery. Ladakh is pure fantasy where you see nature conspiring to treat you with magical picturesque landscapes, blue skies, deserts, bright sun, snow capped peaks and this seems beyond reality. The snow capped peaks proudly soar in blue skies on a bright sunny mornings, and at some heights it appears as a bridge to the sky from earth. The region is isolated from the modern world like a lost kingdom. A land with intense spirituality following the traditions and customs of Mahayana Buddhism. It is a common sight in Ladakh to see villages carved out of mountains, Stupas kissing the skies and monasteries hanging from the cliffs. You also see colourful flags fluttering on roads, stupas, hotels, mountains, rivers, the belief is that these are prayer flags and the prayers are carried by rivers and winds to the people where they pass.
Must do in Ladakh and Turn Ons:
Driving the highest Motorable road to Nubra Valley.
Zanskar Rafting, chilling and one of the highest river rafting in the world.
Nubra Valley Stay.
Ladakh an unforgatable adventure
For years we had heard about Ladakh and its highest motor-able roads, traversing through high passes and deep valleys, and snow covered mountains. So it was the only destination came to our mind, when we planned all boys adventure road trip for mountains. We were 7 friends, myself, Jeevan, Ajay, Dinesh, Sourabh, Gururaj, Nilesh planned this weeklong trip. We took Pune to Delhi flight and from Delhi to Srinagar. From Srinagar to Ladakh we took the road trip.
Ladakh – Day 1
On day 1 when we reached Leh, we were welcomed by a frosty and chilly morning, and believe me that was not at all easy for us to acclimatize. We had planned lot to cover in seven days. We wanted to make sure that we capture each and every thing that this trip has to offer. We took first day to get use to weather and the harsh conditions. Just as it happens with young blood, we had come to Ladakh and everything was getting planned on the move. After spending initial few hours getting used to weather, we went to a local monastery and later to stupas and the Leh Palace.
Grand Canyon of Himalayas – Day 2
Day 2 was full of rafting adventure, at the Zanskar river known as the Grand Canyon of the Himalayas. None of us had any rafting experience, and here we were doing the rafting on top of Himalayas. Sheer excitement of the adventure had overpowered all the caution and fear. We spent some time in quick lessons from the guide and then went into bone chilling water. The whole experience was very scary and emotional. It was rough in the start but once we made it downstream towards the end, it became easy and we were all pumped up. We challenged each other to swim in that cold water and yes we did swim for 10 – 15 minutes in the river. On the way back we spent time at various stops to admire all the natural beauty and optical illusions created by rising and descending terrain.
Mountain Biking in Ladakh – Day 3 and 4
On the day 3, we went on exploring Ladakh on motor bikes. Driving the bikes on some of the highest roads in the world is an experience you will not find anywhere else. We rented four bikes at Leh, and I was lucky enough to get my hands on old Royal Enfield bike. It was not in a good shape and did not even have a proper fuel tank lid, but it was Enfield, and that was it. We drove to Nubra Valley through Khardungla Pass, the highest pass in the world, and had tea and Maggi at the highest café in the world “Ringchen”. I believe that was the best Maggi I ever had in my life.
Kargil and Tiger Hill – Day 5 and 6
On day 5, we Started for Srinagar in a Sumo. The drive was hectic as we drove on narrow roads with a lot of sharp curves. Our driver was one great guy driving all the way changing gears and accelerator with finesse and honking in between. On the way we drove through some of the most beautiful landmarks like Lamayuru Monastery Lamayuru in Kargil District. Lamayuru is a small village in Ladakh, midway between Kargil and Leh on NH1-D, the Srinagar-Leh highway. Its also called Moon Land because of it Moonlike landscapes. We did stop at multiple points to sip Ladakhi chai, made of green leaves brewed in bamboo cylinder, adding butter and salt. That night we stayed at Drass ‘The Gateway to Ladakh’ a town in Kargil District.
On day 6 after breakfast early morning we went to Tiger Hill point, Gulmarg. The Tiger Valley War Memorial is a key and Strategic Army base, a not to miss spot. War memorial, is covered with inspiring quotes, photos and some memorable war stories. Later in the day we moved to Gulmarg, a beautiful hill station and popular ski destination.
Srinagar and Dal Lake – Day 7
We spent that evening in SriNagar. The biggest challenge in Srinagar and Kashmir apart from everything else is, getting booze. There were only two known liquor shops one in Leh and the other in Srinagar that we had noticed during whole week stay. Myself and Sourabh ventured out to buy some drinks in the evening and it turned out real adventure. There was a crowd of around 200 people standing in queue to buy the liquor from the shop that opened only for 30 minutes, 08:00 pm to 08:30 pm. With lot of struggle we could get some bottles which were good for 2 days. Later we had sumptuous local Kashmiri food with Kashmiri chai “Kawah” brewed with green tea, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and saffron.
On Day 07, early morning we went to the famous Shankaracharya Temple, and later we went for Gandola rides, it was beautiful.
Last day of our trip we spent local in Srinagar, visiting the markets and doing lot of shopping and enjoying the beautiful views of majestic Dal lake. And that is how this all boys trip came to end, with lot of memories and adventures, that we will remember all our life. We took SriNagar to Delhi flight and later Delhi to Pune to came back. But we had lost our heart and soul forever, to those beautiful valleys and mountains of Ladakh.