Black Swan Experiences
Listed below are some of the experiences offered by Black Swan Journeys
Garli, Himachal Pradesh, India
A sleepy little village nestled in the Kangra valley, Garli could almost be a place suspended in time – heritage buildings, temples & shrines, local craft. But, enjoying Kangri chai next to a pond as you marvel over the reflections of the night sky gives you a different high! With elegant havelis, mansions and Italianate buildings, interspersed amongst lovely mud-plastered and slate-roofed houses, Garli is a hamlet waiting to be discovered. With an amazing diversity of architecture (some decaying & some crumbling), scenery, bio-diversity, Garli remains relatively unspoilt, giving her a medieval ambience. Recognizing the need to protect their heritage, in December 2002 the Government of Himachal Pradesh notified Garli as a Heritage Village.
Son Doong Cave, Vietnam
Son Doong cave, the world's largest cave was a best kept secret up until recently. A vietanamese local said to have accidentally stumbled upon the cave in 1991 and almost two decades later in 2009 the cave was officially discovered by British cavers. It scales at a majestic 9 kilometres length, 200 metres height and 150 metres width. It was an outcome of mountain erosion caused by the river water and hence the name - Mountain River cave. Only a part of this cave is now open to public viewing, but these dizzying views are enough to make even an atheist believe in God.
What makes this cocooned utopia even more wonderful is the forest and river that it houses- the greens bloom in their full glory due to the weak limestone that had caved in, creating huge skylights that allow the ethereal sunbeams to cut in, thus permitting the ecosystem to flourish inside. The cave hosts some of the tallest stalagmites in the world that rise up to 70 metres.
‘A stay Tailor-made for philosphers’ – Bhimtal, India
Georgia’s Wine Trail
Banana Fibre Workshop, Hampi, India
GO BANANAS on this unique & artistic journey in Anegundi, Karnataka. The workshop will introduce you to the art of banana fibre making, which involves making a wide range of handicrafts and accessories using the bark of a banana tree along with other recycled materials. Also explore a few untouched crevasses of Hampi, the UNESCO world heritage site along with a Coracle ride on the Tungabhadra river.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico
In the month of October, for almost a week and a half, the clear sky of this agrarian land in New Mexico, is dotted with techincoloured pixels that cast an interesting shadow over the luscious green Rio Grande Valley. Home to world's biggest Hot-Air balloon festival, Albuquerque witnesses many profane-fired shapes rise up in the crisp darkness before sunrise. These rather creative forms pitched against the backdrop of changing hues of dawn, offer a spectacular view that should go straight into your not-to-miss list. Even Darth Vader, looks less grotesque and more adorable in the form of a hot air balloon! In the evening glow, these balloons rise again and shimmer in the glorious fireworks display. While there, you can also enjoy the picturesque mountain-scapes of Albuquerque.