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Treks & Trails – Pakistan Travel Agency

The previous year was a breath of fresh air for Pakistan in regards to the tourists’ attention. Because of this remarkable response and promotions, Pakistan has made it to the top three destinations in the entire world that almost everyone wants to pay a visit to. Consequently with this growing amount of visitors a lot of people are looking for a travel agency with which they can plan their trip all over Pakistan.

However with increased number of options it can be overwhelming, what to choose, which company to go with. One of the best possible options is ‘Trek and trails- Pakistan.

Why Choose Treks and Trails?

While searching for the tourist company to travel with, the most tempting thing for a traveler is affordable price. You want to come across something that you will be able to enjoy but most importantly also pay for it without putting a burden over yourself. Treks and trails get this concern of the travelers and provide them with the most competitive and economical trips which they can not find anywhere else. It comes up with packages that are so intriguing and have incredibly fair costs that make you want to book a trip right away.

There is more to the fun, together with modest prices there are several other activities which are a part of packages that you can book. Activities are region specific and anything that is a specialty of that place or region is included in the package of that area. Whether its surfing, cliff jumping, jet skiing, trekking, enjoying traditional events, tasting all kinds of conventional cuisines, or any other fun activity which you can think of will be a part of your experience.

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While traveling away time management is the most important factor to take into account. Having late departures or arrivals or having your time being wasted out there is something no one wants to experience. This is exactly why treks and trails’ staff takes special care and put their maximum efforts in planning  trips in a way that you get to visit maximum number of places in appropriate amount of time and the trip goes as planned.

While traveling, a crucial element that plays a key role in a person’s entire experience is people around and the company one has. Having a rigid or dull staff around can lead to an unpleasant or poor experience. However, if you choose to travel with treks and trails you do not have to be concerned at all then. The staff is open, adaptable, accommodating, cheer-full and fun to be around.

Treks and trails come up with a wide range of packages including one day trips, weekly tours or more. Not only that, customized trips can be flexibly planned according to the convenience of the travelers.

Don’t believe it? No worries, you can go to their Facebook page and take a look at the authentic reviews from all the people who have chosen treks and travels and had remarkable experiences. This will help you in making the right decision of choosing you next travel agency to go with. So, choose the right package, get ready and happy traveling!  

Explore Washington DC in Low Budget

If you are planning on visiting Washington DC for a day and you are on a limited budget then you landed at the right place. The below mentioned is the firsthand experience and a step by step guide to spend 24 hours to explore Washington DC in Low budget. Roam around and stay in hostel which is under 50 dollars and some more to do things that you should consider before you plan your next visit.

Places to Visit

Union Station

Opened in 1907, Union Station serves as major train station, transportation hub and leisure destination in Washington DC. Arrive by any major bus services or by train in the morning and get mesmerized by the architectural design of both of its interior and exterior. Therefore, one can easily spend 45 minutes to 1 hour in Union Station, enjoy its food court or take pictures in waiting hall or outside the building near the fountain.

Library of Congress

The best way to reach Library of congress from Union Station is through a 20 minutes walk while passing through many famous buildings like ‘Hart Senate Office building’ and ‘Supreme Court of the United States’.

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with a collection of more than 32 million cataloged books in many different languages. The library of congress consist of three buildings on Capitol Hill with the Thomas Jefferson as the main building. The entry to all the three building is free and one can easily pass his time in exploring the library of congress. So, take pictures of this historical architectural beauty which is a best way to explore Washington DC in Low budget.

United States Capitol

The best way to reach Capitol from the Library of Congress is through 5 minutes walk.

The United States Capitol or the Capitol Building is the home of the United States Congress. The all white exhilarating building is a marvel of history which embed in itself great lessons from the past. The building has a big dome like structure with Statue of Freedom on top of it. The Capitol offers free daily one hour guided walking tour to the visitors while they enrich themselves with the history of the United States.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

The best way to reach Air Space Museum from Capitol is through 2 minutes walk.

The Air Space museum is one of the most visited museum in the United States. It contains the Apollo 11 command module, the Friendship 7 capsule which was flown by John Glenn, Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, the Bell X-1 which broke the sound barrier, the model of the star-ship Enterprise used in the science fiction television show Star Trek: The Original Series, and the Wright brothers’ airplane near the entrance. One can easily spend one to two in hours in exploring the museum and enjoying the activities in contains.

Washington Monument

The best way to reach Washington Monument from Air Space Museum is through 5 min walk while passing by other Smithsonian Museums.

The Washington Monument structure is like an obelisk stand tall in the center of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., which was built to commemorate George Washington, who was the first President of the United States.

World War 2 Memorial

The best way to reach World War 2 Memorial from Washington Museum is through 2 min walk.

The World War 2 Memorial is situated near to the Washington monument in National Mall. It is dedicated to the Americans who served in the armed forces during World War 2. It is surrounded by many pillars and a pair of triumphal arches along with a different fountain pools that looks awesome when lit at night. Resting beside the pool in peaceful day make you feel both comfortable and take you back into the past while watching all the war portraits.

The White House

The best way to reach The White House from World War 2 Memorial is through 10 min walk while passing The Ellipse Park.

The White House is the official residence of the President of the United States. In order to visit The White House you should book your free slot 3 months in advance. Otherwise you can only take photos of the back of White House from ‘Ellipse’ side and the Front from ‘Lafayette Square’.

White house

DuPont Circle

The best way to reach DuPont Circle from The White House is to take Metro from Farragut North to DuPont Circle Station. 

Located in the ‘Old City’ of Washington, DC and is bounded with populated neighborhood. The DuPont is famous for its as well as all the local eateries around. You can take away your food from any of the local restaurant and sit in the circle while enjoying the food and the chattering of the crowd.

Georgetown

The best way to reach Georgetown from DuPont Circle is to take Bus from P St+20th St to Dumbarton St + Wisconsin Ave

Famous not only for high class shopping but also for scenic views, restaurants and many charms of being the oldest and beautiful town of Washington DC. You can easily spend all your day involving in different entertainment and commercial activities for instance shopping, eating or any of the spa/saloons it offers.

Potomac River + Georgetown Cupcakes

Bring some cupcakes from the Georgetown oldest bakery shop and enjoy them eating while sitting beside the beautiful Potomac river and enjoy the sunset while breathing in the fresh breeze.

The Wharf and Georgetown Waterfront

Hop onto any water taxi and explore the DC’s riverfront communities from Georgetown to Wharf. Enjoy viewing many attractions and live music while at The Wharf.

Jefferson Memorial

The best way to reach Jefferson Memorial from The Wharf is through 10 mins walk.

The Jefferson Memorial is a presidential memorial containing the statue of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. 

 Jefferson Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

The best way to reach Lincoln Memorial from Jefferson Memorial is through 10 mins walk.

The Lincoln Memorials has all its glory under the white marble of most prominent building to view from the Potomac River side. The building is all lit at sunset, therefore, present one of the best views. It is open throughout the day and one can easily go inside at night. You can enjoy the beautiful night view of National Mall while sitting on the stairs of the memorial. This night experience is totally mesmerizing and one would fall in love easily.

Place to stay

Highroad Hostel 

Located in the heart of Washington DC and in a legendary neighborhood called Adam Morgan. This is the best hostel with all modern amenities with most affordable rates of just under $50 a night. 

Transportation

The best way to roam around Washington DC is to use local transport which include Uber Pool or Lyft. If you want to visit more places in less time then use e-bikes or rental scooters. For long distances use Metro which is a much cheaper and feasible option.

Famous Places to Eat Out

The local eateries where you can enjoy low cost but tasty food are as follows:

  • Halal Guys near DuPont Circle
  • Sakina Halal Grill near City Center
  • Georgetown Falafel
  • Gyros near Georgetown
  • Shawarma from District Chicken

To sum up visiting Washington DC not necessarily mean to spend a hefty amount. One can easily experience this place with limited cash in hand. Surely a treat for all those who are always looking to visit new place.

Har ki Dun: A trek to the Himalayas!!

The hidden treasure or beauty of the Himalayas, Har ki Dun is a great adventure in the Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand. Garhwal hills always offer some thrilling adventures to experience the best of nature. The amazing beauty of the Garhwal Himalayas will make you fall in love with it.

Har ki Dun means “ the valley of gods” which is nestled in the heart of Govind Wildlife Bird Sanctuary. The valley offers great ravishing views of the less explored and untouched valleys and forests.  Har ki Dun is surrounded by snow-covered mountains and exotic vegetation. The valley is a popular trekking destination in Uttarakhand. The landscapes painted on the incredible canvas of nature is amazing and tremendous.

Being a famous trekking destination in the Himalayas, Har ki Dun trek passes through lush meadows, dense groves of pine and oaks, glacier basins, quaint villages, tricky paths, tranquil rivers, along with the snow-covered mountains. The trek starts from Sankri village which serves as a basecamp to so many treks like Kedarkantha, Roopkund, etc.  From Sankri, it leads to several hamlets that are incredible and presents a different lifestyle from urban areas. Quaint hamlets like Osla, Taluka, Seema, will be passed by you on the trek. Har ki Dun is a long trek that will test your endurance level and strength. It is easy to moderate but perfectly suitable for beginners. With gradual ascends and descends, the valley offers a great experience to beginners and teach them new skills of trekking. With each step and every turn, the landscapes are enchanting and the color-changing atmosphere will surprise you.

Har ki Dun offers captivating views of the Swargarohini, Bandapunch, and Kala Nag peaks of the Himalayas. Also, get a chance to witness the Jaundhar glacier and feast your eyes with the views of the Ruinsara peaks. Har ki Dun valley is best to explore and experience the tranquil environment and take a rest in the laps of mother nature.

According to mythology,  Mahabharta characters have a great influence on the valley. It is believed that Yudhishtr one of the Kaurava went heaven through Swargarohini Parvat with a dog. The Pandavas and Kauravas lived for several years in the valley. Village Osla has a Duryodhana temple which is still a mystery whether it is dedicated to Lord Shiva or Duryodhana. A lot of ancient stories are associated with the valley that’s why it is called Valley of Gods. Take out some from the trekking trip and explore the villages and listen to the old stories by the villagers and get a chance to know about the incredibility of India.

The best time to visit Har ki Dun is round the year adventure. In the summer season, you will see the blossoms, sparkling streams, wild flora & fauna, and pleasant weather. In the winter season, from October to March, the valley gets cover in snow and you will get a totally different and amazing picture of the valley with snow-covered trails, captivating views of the Himalayan peaks and frozen streams.

It is advised to avoid trekking in the monsoon season. The valley receives heavy rainfall and landslides are very common in the area. The trail gets muddy, slippery, and dangerous to hike on.

How to reach?

The trek starts from Sankri village which is very near to Dehradun. Dehradun is well-connected to all the major cities.

By Air: Take a direct flight from Delhi to Jolly Grant Airport and reach Dehradun. Take a bus or taxi and reach Sankri which is 230km from Dehradun.

By Bus: There are a lot of buses available from Delhi to Dehradun. You can also take buses from major cities and towns of Uttarakhand which are well-connected to Sankri village.

By Train: The nearest railhead is the Dehradun railway station which is 215km from Sankri. Then take a bus or taxi to reach Sankri.

Things to carry for Har ki Dun trek:

  • Backpack
  • Durable good-quality trekking shoes
  • Camping shoes for crossing streams
  • Thick woolen socks
  • Thermal innerwear
  • Heavy fleece clothes
  • Torch
  • Whistle
  • Covers to store used/wet clothing
  • Winter jacket
  • Trekking pants
  • Woolen cap, gloves, etc.
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion and other toiletries
  • Water bottle
  • Trekking pole
  •  First aid kit
  •  Personal medication
  •  Swiss knife
  • Snacks
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Power bank and extra batteries

Har ki Dun adventure is one of the best adventures in Uttarakhand. You will be amazed by the beauty of the valley which is surreal and pure. Feast your eyes with the perfect picture of nature and mountains. Plan a week-long trip to the valley and spend some time in the laps of the mighty Himalayas.

Live. Travel. Explore!!