Planning a trip to Ladakh or high Himalayas? Have you heard about AMS? This article can be the best thing to happen to your preparation for the Ladakh road trip if you are not aware of AMS   Pictures and videos of Ladakh trips induce such a great excitement to see the landscape through own set of eyes to many but what if you can not appreciate the beauty in your best form even after being there!! AMS does that to most of the people who visit Ladakh without being prepared for this acute and very common condition. Once hit, only thing a person think about is to leave Ladakh instead of capturing it’s pristine beauty through eyes and cameras. Yes, AMS can be that bad!   What the hell is AMS??? AMS or Anti Mountain Sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness or Altitude sickness or Altitude bends or Soroche or Hypobaropathy is a pathological effect of high altitudes on human beings caused by travelling to 8000 feet & above in a short period of time. As Ladakh starts from 9000 feet above sea level,you should be Aware & Alert for the symptoms of AMS as soon as you enter Ladakh region. Ladakh is located at the altitudes ranging from 9000 to 15000 feet above sea level (civilisation). Travelling to this altitude in a short period of time can lead to deranging health condition in which most common is ALTITUDE SICKNESS. This condition is due to low oxygen levels at high altitude & reduced air pressure mostly causing hangover like condition manifested as headache,vomiting,dizziness,shortness of breath,cough and sometimes diarrhoea. Eventually you can safely travel upto 8000 feet in 24 hours but beyond this you should ideally ascend only 1000 feet in 24 hours to adapt to the low oxygen levels.   YOU CAN EVEN LOSE YOUR PRECIOUS LIFE !! Yes it’s true, some severe forms of AMS like ‘High altitude pulmonary edema’ (HAPE) and ‘High altitude cerebral edema’ (HACE) can be life threatening as many lose their lives because of them every year after developing HAPE & HACE after travelling and sleeping at High altitudes (8000 feet & above). Generally AMS is not a life threat until severe and takes 1-2 days to ween off with no residual effects. Medically Altitude sickness has three forms. Mild altitude sickness is called acute mountain sickness (AMS) and is quite similar to a hangover – it causes headache, nausea, and fatigue. This is very common: some people are only slightly affected, others feel awful. However, if you have AMS, you should take this as a warning sign that you are at risk of the serious forms of altitude sickness: HAPE and HACE. Both HAPE and HACE can be fatal within hours. HAPE HAPE is excess fluid on the lungs, and causes breathlessness. It is never normal to feel breathless when you are resting – even on the summit of Everest. This should be taken as a sign that you have HAPE and may die soon. HAPE can also cause Read More
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    There is a lot to be explored in Central North part of India but weather remain bit harsh there in summers and sadly summer is the longest season here! But what can stop you when you know the land well and heat does not bother much as long as your motorcycle is running clearing the still wind! Teekamgarh is a district place in Indian state of Madhya Pradesh around 205 Kms from Gwalior and 310 Kms from city of Taj, Agra. There are a lot of ancient monuments which glorified this land in past along with a forest reserve and some cool resorts in vicinity of passing by rivers in this territory. Quiet famous place in Teekamgarh district is old city of Orcha which is said to be the city of King Ram. Here is a ancient fort type temple of Lord Ram along with various secret peaceful places to spend some quality time in nature’s lap. Orchha was founded in the 1501 AD, by the Bundela chief, Rudra Pratap Singh, who became the first King of Orchha, (1501-1531) and also built the Fort of Orchha. He died in an attempt to save a cow from a lion. TheChaturbhuj Temple was built, during the time of Akbar, by the Queen of Orchha, while Raj Mandir was built by ‘Madhukar Shah’ during his reign, 1554 to 1591. During the rule of Mughal Emperor, Jahangir, his ally, Vir Singh Deo (1605-1627) reigned here, and it was during this period that Orchha reaches its height, and many extant palaces are a reminder of its architectural glory, including Jahangir Mahal ( 1605) and Sawan Bhadon Mahal One can take a night halt at Orcha in any of the resort around main city and then can move forward to explore Teekamgarh. Teekamgarh also is host to many ponds and ancient architectural marvels. There is a famous temple of Lord Shiva around 14 kms teekamgarh called as ‘Kundeshwar’ which house a giant size Shivling. There is a local saying that shivling here get its size increased equal to one basmati rice every year! A visit to Sun temple can also be planned! Hotel White House is a good and cheap available option to stay in Teekamgarh. An AC room is available for around 1000 INR. Don’t expect much luxury though. The famous city of Khajuraho (famous as land of Kamasutra) which is around 150 Kms from Orcha, can also be clubbed in the same trip. I started from Gwalior and reached Teekamgarh on the same day crossing Jhansi and Orcha and followed the same route to return. Ride from Jhansi to Teekamgarh is awesome with good tarmac and dense forest around. Nearest Big Railway station is Jhansi and airport is Gwalior. Some pics of the ride here under:     Read More
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          Trip to La’s & Tso’s – Ladakh 2015 Chapter 1 | 13 – 25 June         CLICK ON THE ABOVE BUTTON TO CHECK DETAILS & REGISTER ONLINE     Trip to La’s & Tso’s – Ladakh 2015 Chapter 2 | 02 – 16 August         CLICK ON THE ABOVE BUTTON TO CHECK DETAILS & REGISTER ONLINE         Read More
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HMRA wishes all adventure lovers a very happy and happening new year! Three messages for 2014. Respect Nature.Respect Woman.Discover new Adventures. Read More
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