India Active Travel: Kerala vs. Rajasthan

Multi Aktive Trip Kerala The Multi Active Trip in Kerala is created for an active holiday: mountains, sea, the backwaters and lots of greenery in the form of national parks, primeval forests, spice and tea plantations. […]

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The Little Sister of India: Sri Lanka

Pretty much exactly 4 years ago I spent a night in Sri Lanka: I flew from Bangalore to Colombo, went through emigration, slept for a few hours at the airport and flew back to Cochin in Kerala the next morning. The so-called visa run was necessary. With my former tourist visa I was not allowed […]

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Motorcycle tours throughout India

In India, the motorcycle has a completely different meaning than in  Germany. While in Germany the motorcycling is rather a hobby and the bike usually only carries a summer license plate and is used for special excursions and trips, the motorized two-wheeler in India is much more used as a commercial vehicle and mode of […]

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The 4th Ultimate Uttarakhand Himalayan MTB Challenge

India – a big country with many highlights Although I have been living in India for almost ten years now, I have still not been able to discover the whole of India. Very often I return to places that I particularly liked, or I travel with my tour groups, whereby my guests usually travel on […]

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An India Group Trip for Women only- Why?

From time to time you read in the news: India. Mass rape. Men’s dominant. Risk for women travelling alone. (More on this topic can be read here and here). At the same time, however, I and so many other women from all over the world feel a great interest in the exotic subcontinent. […]

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India is still swinging in me

A wonderful report by Elke, who travelled India with the help of Chalo!Travels. She stayed in a Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh and did a  Yoga Trek in the Himalayas. This beautiful writing deserves a place on the Chalo! Travels Blog. Dirty, noisy. I cannot stand the sight of this extreme poverty. These are some of […]

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Chalo! Travels Newsletter June 2018 : Preparing for your trip to India

This beautiful Chalo! Travels Newsletter was written this month by Gracy, our new intern, and I thought I’d post it on our blog right away. Have fun reading, Sarah A cheerful hello to the round of India enthusiasts, my name is Gacy, I come from lively Berlin and now live in India for half a […]

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Preparation tips and hints for the Manali – Leh Mountain Biking Tour

Since we have some groups for popular nine-day mountain biking tour on the 470 km long Manali-Leh Highway this Summer, it seems appropriate to give some suggestions for preparation and hints for the tour. […]

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Five days of yoga trekking and six-day mountain bike pilot tour from Dharamshala to Manali

Amelie and Marlies are not only two very ambitious sportswomen, but also very adventurous travellers. Together they have been travelling almost all over the world. While Marlies is active in outdoor sports such as trail running, mountaineering, mountain biking and climbing, Amelie is an active triathlete and trains almost every day. […]

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Yoga in an Indian Ashram in the middle of Rajasthan

Why everyone must have been in the Shri Jasnath Ashram at least once in their life! Yoga anytime, anywhere You can do yoga anywhere: in the studio, at home, on holiday – you don’t need a lot of space and equipment. A yoga mat is enough and your own yoga practice can begin! That’s what’s […]

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The Indian Himalayas

November Calendar Sheet No. 11 The Himalayas, the highest mountain range in the world. Snow-capped peaks, raging mountain rivers, deep forests, traditional mountain villages, herds of sheep, moon-like desert landscapes, furrowed glaciers, colourful flower meadows. All this are the Himalayas and so much more. […]

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In the houseboat through the canal system of the backwaters in Kerala

March Calendar Sheet No. 3 We sit comfortably in our chairs on the “balcony” of our small floating home for the next 24 hours and enjoy the fresh coconut water while we ship peacefully through the small channels of the backwaters. […]

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When dreams come true

January Calendar Sheet Nr. 1 This Christmas I gifted my grandparents an “India calendar” with photos of my travels. To each photo I will be add story every month during this year. I would also like to share these stories with you. And here is the first story of the January calendar sheet: It’s 6:30 […]

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Mountaineering in India…

Finally, the time has come! My article about our Deo Tibba (6001 m) adventure is  published on the open air blog. Oh, what beautiful memories of this unforgettable experience! This year, by the way, Hanuman Tibba (5932 m) is waiting for us in June! […]

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Julley from Leh – The six best things to do in Leh

Julley is the magic word in the northern Indian region of Ladakh. Translated, it means “Hello”, “Goodbye”, “Thank you” and “Please”. With this simple word you get through in the high mountain desert of Ladakh quite well. Everywhere you are illuminated by Ladakh faces and a “Julley” is shouted at you. […]

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India in two weeks

In two weeks through northern India as a backpacker Admittedly, two weeks for India isn’t really much and you won’t see everything of northern India in the two weeks. But let’s be honest: even I (and I’ve been living in India for over six years by now) haven’t visited all corners of India yet. But […]

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The Manali Leh Highway by bicycle – a classic

The Manali-Leh Highway: The Facts So many times we have organized the Manali-Leh Highway as a Bicycle tour and now it’s actually the first time I write something on my blog about this great bike tour! The Manali-Leh Highway: 475 km long, five high mountain passes, two of them over 5000 meters high, open only […]

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Rajasthan Round Trip

In two weeks through the Indian desert state with palaces, camel, yoga and interesting encounters Rajasthan is the main destination, along with Agra and Delhi, for many Western travellers. In fact, the great desert state, with its impressive stories of Maharajas and Mughal kings, can be traced back while visiting the mighty forts and magnificent […]

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Founder of the State of Brandenburg 2016

As part of the 10th Entrepreneurs’ Day 2016, I participated with Chalo” Travels in the competition “Founder of the State of Brandenburg 2016”. Yesterday, on May 4, 2016, the award ceremony took place. I did not win, but at least I got among the three nominees! A beautiful success after 2 years with Chalo! Travels. […]

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Interview with mountaineer, backpacker and Indian lover David Funseth from Sweden

Our first adventure with David from Sweden we had last year on our ten-day expedition to the 6001 meter high Deo Tibba. David had previously taken part in a month-long mountaineering course in Uttarkhashi (Indian mountain resort in the state of Utthrakhand) and was now fire and flame to apply his gained knowledge. The expedition […]

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Crossing India in three Weeks

The three-week student trip in March had it all: By bus, train, plane and car we toured all over India! We walked through the tea plantations of the Westerngaths, experienced the Holifest in Hampi, went by boat on tiger sight in the Ganges Delta of the Sunderbans, took part in a public yoga class at […]

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Three Weeks in India- Two Travel Itienerys

Three weeks for a trip to India is not an insane amount of time, but at least a very good time frame to watch and experience as much of India as possible. Of course, the trip must be well thought out and organized in advance. Only to start thinking about where it should go in […]

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On the bike through Kerala

a 14 days bike trip in southern India Kerala has a big advantage over other regions of India: it is relatively small and yet very versatile, so you don’t have too big distances to cover between the places and still see a lot! It’s even better: Especially between the destinations you have a lot to […]

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The world’s third toughest mountain bike race: MTB Himalaya in India

A report by the participant Sarah Appelt (more information about the Hero MTB Himalaya race) A Total of 9 days, 7 race days, 630 km, 15000 meters of altitude, 68 participants. These are the facts of the 11th Hero MTB Himalaya, which was held on from September 26th till Oktober 4th 2015. But these facts […]

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Rest day during a tour- what to do?

Days of trekking means getting up early, 7-8 hours of daily trekking, reaching the next camp in the afternoon. Then set up a tent, a short body wash, eating and sleeping. A rest day for longer tours is just right. The closer one get’s to the rest day, the more the day is longed for […]

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The village of Karzok at Lake Tsomoriri

September Calendar Sheet  No. 9 The village Karzok is located at 4500 meters, making it one of the highest villages in the world. Once upon a time, the tranquil village on Lake Tsomoriri was located on the Central Asian trade route between China and India. Today, this route is a challenging trek that leads from […]

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Over the highest passes in the world with the Royal Enfield

By motorcycle in two days from Leh to Manali I have already overcome the 470 km between Manali and Leh in many different ways: in eight days by bike, in 18 hours in a minibus, comfortably in the car and also on the motorcycle. For bikers from all over the world, the Manali Leh Highway […]

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Trekking in the monsoon time

On Khanpari Tibba (4130 m) July in Himacha Pradesh does not automatically mean days of rain! Quite the opposite. We just had a great three-day trek on the 4130 meter high Khanpari Tibba, the local mountain Manalis. High grass, lots of flowers, a few clouds, but no rain! We even had a nice view from […]

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Mountaineering or Yoga?

A 15-minute complementary yoga program for trekkers, mountaineers, mountain bikers and climbers When the mountain sport season starts in Manali in April, my yoga mat disappears more and more often and is rolled up below my bed for longer periods. From October to March I am a diziplined and regular yoga practitioner. Hardly a day […]

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Deo Tibba Expedition June 2015

A ten-day expedition to the 6001 m Deo Tibba got 8 successful climbers up to the summit! There were ten hard but good days in which we learned not only a lot about mountaineering techniques and the Himalayas, but also a lot about ourselves!  Climbing the mountain is not only physically, but also mentally exhausting: […]

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Friendship peak in 3 days

Once you have started climbing summits, you can’t stop! In any case, mountain sports have grabbed me and now I am drawn from one summit to the next. After the successful Deo Tibba expedition we took advantage of our acclimatized condition and climbed the Friendship Peak (5289 m) in alpine style in three days! A […]

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Short Himalayan Holiday- By motorcycle to Lake Chandratal

February Calendar Sheet No. 2 Admittedly, the mountain village of Manali in the green Kullu valley is a beautiful place, but somehow I had the urgent need to leave for a short while, I was here now  for three months continuously and just wanted to get out for a few days. […]

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Nine points to ask the Trekking organizer before booking a trekking tour

Here is a checklist that everyone should make sure of before booking a trek: The porters: Are there separate porters or do the employees have to do double work and additionally work as a guide or cook? How much weight do the porters carry? More than 20 kg per person is no longer humane. Is […]

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Delhi Sightseeing by Bike

Anyone who has ever been to India or perhaps seen one or the other documentary on television, knows  India is richly populated and especially in the cities there is a lot of crowds on the streets. Another special feature of the traffic in India is of course the driving style of the Indians themselves. Here […]

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Expedition to Hanuman Tibba Summit-Small Insights

Since a few treks (and there have been many this season) I feel that I am now ready for more: more height, more adventure, more challenge. And what just happend? We got a booking for the expedition to Hanuman Tibba and I can come along! Hanuman Tibba is the highest mountain in the Dauladhar mountain […]

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Day 3 and 4 of the expedition to Hanuman Tibba

Day 3 From Base Camp to Camp 1 Now the expedition would actually start. Completely on our own, we left the Base camp and made our way up to the first camp heavily loaded. Of course, we were aware that we were far from carrying the entire load, because we had already carried up our […]

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Day 1 of the Hanuman Expedition: From Manali to Lake Beaskund/ Day 2: From Manali to Camp 1 and back again

Day 1 To Lake Beaskund (Base Camp) With big heavy backpacks and three porters and ready for an adventure we started in the morning by car to Dundhi to get from here with a five-hour trek to Lake Beaskund. I was quite tense, because I was on the road with four strong men, three of […]

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Old Manali – the perfect starting point for trekking, mountain biking, adventure and to get to Spiti and Leh

Old Manali is a small tourist area located 3 km up from Manali Town in the Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh. Unlike many other villages in this region, Old Manali is very well developed for tourism and serves as a small oasis for many long-term travellers to distance themselves from the “real India” for a few […]

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12 days trekking tour from Spiti Valley to Ladakh

A few days ago I returned to Manali safe and healthy from my longest and highest trek yet!It was a unique experience and I had become very accustomed to the seclusion and solitude of trekking! I enjoyed that for almost two weeks nothing else was important but to walk, eat, sleep and only be in […]

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From the first Himalaya Trek to a trekking organizer

And so the circle closes… When I was still working as a volunteer in Delhi, I made my first trek with a friend and my father during the summer holidays exactly four years ago. I always enjoyed hiking and during our summer holidays we did many day trips, but I had never done a multi-day […]

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