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Planning your off Road Forest Adventure: Here is Your Checklist

Planning your off road adventure- here is a checklist

Off-roading can bring you fun, excitement, and just a little bit of danger. But when you have an itch to head out and hit the trails, it’s not as simple as taking a hard right turn into the open country. You’ve got to plan your trip and prepare, after all, a lot can happen out there. If you’re planning on taking the rig out on its first off-road adventure, be sure to check out this list of tip and tricks and gain a little bit of trail wisdom.

If this is your first rodeo, we should dispel a common misconception right out of the gate: off-roading is not really off-road. It’s not on paved roads, no, but it’s not a matter of heading out into the forest with no destination in mind either. What you’ll want to find are permitted off-road trails in your area where you can follow a worn path, but also have fun and test your vehicle’s limits along the way. The National Parks Service maintains quite a few paths and that’s a good place to start your search.

Street signs

We like to think of off-roading like backpacking, except in this case, the backpack is your vehicle. There are plenty of odds and ends you won’t want to be without. Flashlights, and even road flares can sure come in handy, even when you don’t plan on needing them. After all, you never plan on getting a flat, but you wouldn’t want to go off-roading without a spare tire, jack, and tire iron.

But some things won’t fit in your backpack, or your vehicle – in particular: a buddy. It’s always best to go out in a group if you can, and avoid long treks on your lonesome. Not only is it more fun but if you break down out in the wilderness, the assurance that a good friend is right there with you is better insurance than a trunk full of tools and spare parts. You can always take classes to ensure you drive your best on the trails, but no amount of know-how can replace a little bit of back-up.

Pre Designated trails will help prevent you from running hood first into a log, or ending up in a river. That said, they’re no cakewalk either. It’s important to drive fully alert and at the top of your ability. Even still, moderate to severe damages to your vehicle, especially in the front end, are always in the realm of possibilities. Your factory bumper likely won’t be of much help – which is why you’ll notice many off-roaders have elected to add an aftermarket bumper specifically suited to off-roading.

Another piece of protection a lot of trailheads go for is a set of nerf bars or running boards. These easily installed steps line the side of your truck or SUV and serve a dual purpose. For one thing, they help you and your passengers climb into your vehicle, and they bring the added bonus of knocking rocks and other debris out-of-the-way while off-roading. Whenever you’re off-roading, pebbles, stones, and other paint-scratching scraps are being constantly tossed up by your spinning tires. Dents, dings, and even cracked windows are no stranger to the trails, which is why a set of side steps can really come in handy.

Another popular name for off-roading is “mudding”, and if you venture out in wet conditions you’ll see why. Plenty of people live for getting a good afternoon of mudslinging in, and this is definitely not the time to try to keep your ride clean. In fact, driving back into town with a mud-covered beast is a badge of honor in some circles.

But we’ve found even the muddiest of mudders like to keep their interiors clean if they can which can be a difficult feat, especially if you need to get out and give your pal a push at any point. This is where rubberized all-weather floor mats really come in handy. The deep walls and thick construction of these mats can hold plenty of dirt and mud. Plus just like your vehicle’s exterior, you can just hose these off in your driveway when you get home.


Off-roading, like camping or backpacking, is one of those activities where you might feel like you could never bring too much. And yet, you’ll always feel like you’re forgetting something important. So in addition to the above mentioned items, we’ve prepared a checklist of helpful tools that you’ll always be glad you brought when the time to use them presents itself.

Check-list: – Water (one gallon per person per day)

– Food and trail rations (Twice the amount you think you’ll need)

– Extra Gasoline (Jerry cans)

– First aid kit

– Full Sized Spare Tire

– Jack and Tire Iron

– Basic Tool Box

– Hand Sanitizer

– Flashlight

– Flares

– Sun screen

– Extra clothes

– Rain jacket

– Maps

– Trash bags

– Bug spray

– Sunglasses

– Jumper cables

– Duct tape

– Utility knife

– Air pump and pressure gauge

– Rags

– Super glue

– Paper towels

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Jake McKenzie is a writer with AutoAccessoriesGarage. In addition to writing about cars, trucks, and the automotive world.

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Planning your off road adventure- here is a checklist


Tribes and Wilds in Gujarat- Part 2


Continuing from my earlier post Tribes and Wilds from Gujarat

Day 11: Jamnagar

Flamingos in Gir forest-wilds in Gujarat

Early morning after breakfast, visit salt pan areas and the port area where you can find greater and lesser flamingos. After an early lunch start for Narara. Start the coral walk on the beach. Here you may see the Stingray, crabs, octopus, puffer’s sea anemones, dolphins if you are lucky.

Day 12: Jamnagar – Nakhatrana

The wilds in Gujarat

Early morning after breakfast depart for Nakhatrana, Reach nakhatrana by lunchtime take rest and afternoon depart for Nakhatrana wildlife sanctuary in Kutch. The rare ecosystem with a mix of desert, beaches hills and grassland has a lot of variety to offer. You can find striped hyenas, desert fox, porcupines, Indian civet, Indian pangolin, a variety of reptiles, venomous and non-venomous reptiles and monitor lizard and star tortoise. Chinkaras can also be found here return to resort and night halt in Nakhatrana.

Day 13: Nakhatrana

animals in gir -wilds in Gujarat

Early morning at 5: 30 AM before breakfast visit Nalia for varieties of unique birds like the Great Indian bustard is found in this region. Look around for the Black and Gray Francolin, the Spotted and Indian Sandgrouse, Quails, Larks, Shrikes, Coursers and Plovers. You can also see flocks of Indian Gazelle and wolfs spotting the entire landscape, while a drive around the sanctuary will acquaint you to the friendly nilgais. After an extensive flash of various mammals and reptiles, return to the resort by 10 AM, take breakfast and rest for the day. Night halt in Nakhatrana.

Day 14: Nakhatrana – Dhordo

The tribals with their work
The tribals with their work- tribals in Gujarat

Early morning after breakfast depart for Dhordo, check in to resort freshen up and after lunch visit the white desert, Banni Region – which amidst the Desert land of infinite dimensions, are suspended, quaint little villages. These are the last villages on the India-Pakistan border where you will come across master craft people’ exposing their traditional art, turning out masterpieces every day. Their ornaments, clothes, utensils, everything they use – will make you feel as if you have stepped into lifestyle museum leaving you spellbound. Khavda – a small village, one can visit Khatrivas to see artisans printing & selling Ajrakh. The town also has skilled Leather Craftsmen and there are some shops retailing local crafts, including leather slippers. In the evening return to resort and Night halt in Dhordo.

Day 15- Dhordo

Early morning after breakfast depart for KALO DUNGAR (BLACK HILLS) – Kaladungar also known as the Black Hills, overlooks the spectacular Rann, the view from the top is a sight that one can never forget. One can spot some rare species of white foxes these beautiful, frisky animals staying in the wild respond to the call of the temple priest as he beats a steel plate yelling “langa” to suggest that food has been laid out for them. On way the back, visit some of the more important villages Niroona (Rogan Art and Bells), Hodko and Ludiya, permission is to be taken from the check post to visit this area due to its proximity to Pakistan.

cranes- Rann of Kutch-wilds of Gujarat
Indian fox pups- wild in Gujarat
Indian Fox pups

Day 16: Dhordo – Dasada

Early morning after breakfast depart for Dasada via Bhujodi, Just 8 km southeast of Bhuj, Bhujodi is a major textile centre of Kutch, with the vast majority of the 1200 inhabitants involved in textile handicraft production. Here you can meet weavers, tie-dye artists and block printers, most of whom belong to the Vankar community. you can watch them work and depart for Dasada, reach to resort by evening and night halt in Dasada.

Sunset in Rann of Kutch- Wilds in Gujarat

Day 17: Dasada

Early morning after breakfast depart for a safari in LRK (Little Rann of Kutch), which is well-known as the remaining habitat of the endangered Indian Wild Ass, Nilgai (blue bull), the largest antelope in India can be seen during the drives. Indian Wolf, Indian and White-footed Desert Foxes, Golden Jackal, Striped Hyena and Fishing Cat, and smaller mammals like hares, hedgehogs, gerbil and field mice are seen in the sanctuary. Return to resort and rest for the whole day. Night halt in Dasada.

At Dasada - Wilds in Gujarat

Day 18: Dasada – Nalsarovar – Ahmedabad

In the morning after early check out of 5:00 am, departed for Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, which is mainly inhabited by migratory birds in winter and spring, it is the largest wetland bird sanctuary in Gujarat, and one of the largest in India. Which attracts over 210 species of birds in the winter, and harbours a variety of flora and fauna. Thousands of migratory waterfowl flock to this sanctuary just after the Indian monsoon season. The shallow area and ponds on the outer fringes of the lake attract the wading birds that feed in the shallow waters. This migratory bird population includes Rosy Pelicans, Flamingoes, White Storks, Brahminy Ducks, and Herons.

After bird watching, you depart for Ahmedabad, check-in and after freshening up move out for Sightseeing around the city. First, visit Sabarmati Ashram / Gandhi Ashram. This place speaks volumes about Mahatma Gandhi as a leader, a mentor and as a person as well. Later move towards Adalaj stepwell, not very far from Gandhi Ashram. A “Stepwell” is a unique feature of dried western India. This particular stepwell is almost 600 yrs old and runs up to 5 stored below the ground. A MUST SEE for any architectural lover. Return to the hotel for a lavish traditional meal at the rooftop restaurant. Night halt in Ahmedabad.

brown headed gull- wilds in Gujarat
Thol -wilds in Gujarat

Day 19: Last day 

After breakfast, depart for Ahmedabad airport as per your time of Departure. Further journey with happy memories.

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Tribes and wilds from Gujarat

Tribes and wilds in Gujarat

If you like adventure, then here is a trip to the tribes and wilds of Gujarat.

Day 1:  Ahmedabad to Balasinor

Image credit- Panoramio

To begin, you need to arrive at Ahmedabad. Check-in at a hotel in Ahmedabad, freshen up, relax and in the noon, depart for Raiyoli Dinosaur Fossil Excavation Site & Balasinor Town Walk Through the Market Place – A prehistoric 65 million years old Dinosaur excavation site considered to be one of the third largest sites in the world. It is a unique experience with fossilized bones and eggs. This place was a hatchery as well as a graveyard – a one of its kind site. Raiyoli is being developed as a Jurassic Park having an interpretation centre.

Dinosaur Park, Gujarat
Dinosaur Park, graveyard- tribes and wilds in Gujarat

Day 2: Balasinor to Chhota Udaipur

Early morning after breakfast depart for Chhota Udaipur via Champaner – The transition between Hindu and Muslim culture and architecture in the late 15th to early 16th century is documented in the park, particularly the early Islamic and pre-Mughal city that has remained without any change. It was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2004. After Champaner you reach Kali Niketan Palace. You can check into a hotel and freshen up to visit the tribal area with local forests, mountains, and rivers. The main tribes are the Rathwas, Bhils, Kolis and Naiks. The Rathwas being a martial race and are the major tribe in the area. Feel the culture of local tribes. The main occupation of these tribes is farming, while the Rathwas have created an art form called the Pithora paintings, which they paint using special vegetable dyes and examples of it are evident in different villages. Their pottery work is unique to this area and worth seeing. There are colourful “HAATS” (Tribal fairs), held every day in nearby villages which are the market days for the tribal’s. In the evening visit Kusum Vilas palace and Prem Bhavan palace in Chhota Udaipur, return to palace and night halt in Chhota Udaipur.

Tribal art in Gujarat- tribes and wilds in Gujarat

Day 3: Chhota Udaipur

Sloth bear Ratan Mahal Sloth Bear Sanctuary -tribes and wilds in Gujarat

Early morning after breakfast depart for Chhota Udaipur via Ratan Mahal Sloth Bear Sanctuary spread across 56 sqr km. Ratan mahal on the Gujarat-Madhya Pradesh border is the only exclusive sloth bear sanctuary in Gujarat. And sloth bears are just part of the attraction: nature fulfils herself in many other ways; the River Panam crisscrosses beautiful small hamlets on the foothills of this sanctuary covered with lush green and thick woods full of natural goodness. Some of the animals found are sloth bears, panthers, large-size monkeys, jackals, antelopes, and hyenas, besides other numerous jungle cats, foxes, honey badgers, hare, porcupines, and reptiles. Over 120 different varieties of birds can also be spotted. Depart for Chhota Udaipur and Night halt in Kali Niketan palace.

Chota Udaipur- Gujarat- Tribes and wilds in Gujarat

Day 4: Chhota Udaipur to Saputara

Early morning after breakfast depart for Saputara. Check into the hotel, freshen up and visit GANDHI SHIKHAR, Saputara Tribal Museum, Honey Bee centre and in the evening free time for boating in Lake and Boating Club. Return to hotel and night halt in Saputara.

Saputara- tribes and wilds in Gujarat

Day 5: Saputara – Dang – Saputara

Tribal art- tribes and wilds in Gujarat

Early morning after breakfast depart for Dang, Engage into any of these routine activities: Milking cattle, Breaking shell of the paddy by traditional way, making floor using chakki (a pair of cylindrical stone), Dung Flooring, Bamboo artwork, Chopping wood, etc. See the tools of traditional hunting (the tribes have stopped hunting now since they have started realizing the importance of showcasing wildlife in natural habitat as a tool for generating income. Participate in the preparation of authentic organic dinner with tribes (learn insights of making food in a traditional way). Return to Saputara and Night halt in Saputara.

Day 6: Saputara – Dang – Vadodara

Vadodara- tribes and wilds in Gujarat

Early morning after breakfast depart for Baroda via Dang. In Dang, take a walk to Forest Trek – Tribes will showcase forest resources used for their living. Plant a Tree or Water to the plantation done for conserving the forest and get a chance to see the wildlife into the natural habitat. Realize the importance of Sustainable living by going through the living habits of tribes – Use of Fish Tank (to avoid mosquitoes), The Organic way of Preserving Grains, Organic Farming Techniques, Conditions in Wedding, etc. In the noon depart for Baroda (288km driving), Night halt in Vadodara

Day 7: Vadodara – Lothal – Velavadar

Lothal, important sites of the Harappan or Indus Valley Civilisation excavated in India.- tribes and wilds in Gujarat

Early morning after breakfast depart for Velavadar, via Lothal – it is one of the most important sites of the Harappan or Indus Valley Civilisation excavated in India. The site and the museum offers an interesting insight into the town planning, industries and trade of Lothal when it was at its peak from 2400-1600 BC. The museum is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm except for Fridays. After Lothal sightseeing depart for Velavadar, check in to hotel freshen up and after dinner night halt in Velavadar

Day 8: Velavadar – Gir Forest

The Blackbuck, tribes and wilds of Gujarat
The Blackbuck is capable of achieving high speeds when leaping over the plains of Velavadar.

Early morning after breakfast visit Velavadar National Park for blackbuck safari, which has India’s largest population of Blackbuck, the elegant Indian antelope. One of the fastest mammals in the world, the Blackbuck is capable of achieving high speeds when leaping over the plains of Velavadar. India’s largest antelope, the Nilgai or Blue Bull, is easily seen in this national park. You may also hope to spot the endangered Indian Grey Wolf, the nocturnal Striped Hyena, Indian Fox, Golden Jackal, Jungle Cat and many small mammals like the hare, gerbil, field mice, mongoose, and hedgehog. After the safari, depart for Sasan Gir (235km Driving), Check into the hotel, freshen up and night halt in Gir.

Children enjoying at the sanctuary- tribes and wilds in Gujarat
At the Gir forest- tribes and wilds in Gujarat

Day 9: Gir Forest

Lion safari at Gir Forest-tribes and wilds in Gujarat
Image credit- Vijay Cavale

Early morning after breakfast depart for LION SAFARI in Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary which is famous for Asiatic lions and it comprises 1412 sqr km of deciduous forest interspersed with semi-evergreen and evergreen flora, acacia, shrub jungle, grasslands and rocky hills. Fed by perennial and seasonal rivers and streams, the sanctuary has large water bodies like the Kamleshwar Dam that are good for crocodiles and birds. In the evening return to the resort and free time for bird watching in Resort. Night halt in Gir.

Day 10: Sasan Gir – Jamnagar

Fauna at Gir forest- wilds in Gujarat

Early morning after breakfast depart for Jamnagar, Check into the hotel and refresh after lunch by 3: 30 in the noon, depart for the Khijadiya bird sanctuary where you can find storks, ducks, and many migratory birds till sunset, return to hotel and night halt in Jamnagar.

To be continued…

Tribes and wilds in Gujarat


Warm the Trip Up with Trekking at Ranikhet

A trip to Ranikhet

People who frequently indulge in trekking, know that this is not just an adventure sport. It takes you to the deepest secrets of the natural environment of a region. When you enter in a natural habitat, the place presents all of its offerings to the person and one can feel those offerings through all of his six senses.



Yes, six senses! The aroma of the green plants and trees melts with the oxygen and become a delight for your nose. The ears hear the sound of the inner soul among the singing birds and waving breeze. Eyes get the benefit of seeing all the vivid colors of mother nature, while the skin revives itself with the touch of soft petals of flowers.

 On the other hand, the trekkers can taste the juicy fruits offered by the trees. But the most amazing is the unexplainable peace that the sixth sense gets during the whole experience. The peace which only trekkers can understand.

 The experience of trekking enhances the beauty of the region you choose. And Ranikhet, also known as the Queen’s field, offers some of the most beautiful trek paths in the country. The valleys and mountain ranges around this town are like the heavenly gifts sent by the God for trekkers only. One gets a lot of options here and different levels of difficulty offer a chance to experience the region even to newbie trekkers.

 When you plan to trek in the region, stay at any Ranikhet resortso that, you can easily reach most of the following trekking sites.

 1. Pindari Glacier Trek

 Located in the Kumaon region, this trekking site has a moderate level of difficulty, so, even amateur trekkers can have fun in the snow-capped mountains. The glacier offers beautiful views of Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot Mountains, and the wildlife of the southern Nanda Devi Sanctuary.

 2. Ralam Valley and Birje Ganga Pass Trek

 It is a porter based trek and the route brings the views of the beautiful peaks of Rajrambha, Chirang, and Chaudhara, and Suitilla. The trek starts at the Munsyari, which is in the Kumaon region too.

 3. Sunder Dunga Trek

‘Sunder’ means beautiful and ‘Dunga’ means stones. As the name suggests, the valley of Sunder Dunga gives the mesmerizing views of Maktoli and Sukhram glaciers from both the sides. This one also has a moderate level of difficulty and lures trekkers from all around the world.

 4. Panchchulli Glacier and Darma valley Trek

 Situated in the eastern Kumaon Himalayan region, this trekking site is famous for the snow-capped peaks and extraordinary scenic beauty of Darma valley. People looking for a great experience of the natural offerings of the trekking can choose this trek with their eyes closed. The site brings you a combination of all possible beauty that nature can offer.

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 So, plan your trekking trip with your friends and family. Or, come alone to get lost in the beauty of Ranikhet. You can stay at a Ranikhet hotel too. They also offer various trekking trips around the region.


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