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By-Kavita Bajeli Datta

Heli-skiing in Auli, paragliding in Manali, Bunjee jumping in Rishikesh, trekking in mighty Himalayan range, ice climbing in Garhwal and many more adventurous sports that winter offers us.

The harsh winter is no more a hinderance to a great holiday.

Winters is a time when tourism industry comes alive, offering a wide range of activities for an adventure enthusiast.

Film editor, Sandeep Singh, is awestruck by the snow-capped landscape and cold winds exhilarating. For this travel junkie, winter is best suited to pack bags and set off to a new destination.

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“I love travelling during the winter. I take off to the mountains. The biting cold seems to open up all my senses and makes them sharper,” said Singh, an avid traveler.

“Be it para-gliding, trekking or bunjee jumping, I do it all. My wife and friends are game for it. Winter certainly is the best time for such adventure.”

Winter travelers are by no means rare species anymore. Be it Leh or Patnitop or Gulmarg, travelers find their way.

With all the adventure sports, travelling in winters has become more thrilling and exciting. This might be the reason why men along with their families are attracted to snow filled mountains.

The travel industry is exploiting the season with attractive packages.

“A winter break has become almost as mandatory for Indians as vacationing in the summer. In fact, Indians have started exploring not only domestic but also, international destinations during the shorter winter break,” Sharat Dhall, president of Yatra.com said.

The popular travel portal claimed that its bookings raised 132 percent more than the previous winter season.

Ranjeet Oak, Chief Business Officer-Holidays of MakeMyTrip.com added: “Winter tourism as a concept has picked up in India.

“With the growing popularity of adventure tourism in India, winter snow sports have become a hot tourist attraction. Gulmarg (Kashmir) is considered one of the best skiing destinations in the world.”

Interesting packages like “Alluring Gangtok” (starting from Rs.10,650) to “Manali Super Saver” (starting from Rs.5,999) and “Hilly Escapades in Himachal” (starting from Rs.10,900) are offered by Yatra.com to allure travelers.

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Assocham) acknowledges that winter is the best season for the tourism industry’s growth.

Assocham secretary general D S Rawat told that winters were ideally the best season across India.

As per Assocham estimates, over 15 lakh domestic and foreign travelers have visited winter attractions across India(December-February).

Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh captivated the most number of tourists.

Adventure travel is the biggest attraction among couples.

Hari Nair, founder and CEO of Holiday IQ, said 52 percent of adventure travel business goes to couple-travelers. Families comprise 21 percent and only nine percent are single tourists.

The top 10 winter activities included trekking, wildlife safaris, paragliding, skiing, rock climbing, jet skiing, river rafting and surfing, he added.

So get ready because winters have a lot in the bag for you! (IANS) (Image source: happytrips.com)(Kavita Bajeli-Datt can be contacted at kavita.bajeli@gmail.com)

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Here’s How You Can Protect Your Scalp From Getting Itchy, Dry

Gaurang Krishna, Specialist Hair Transplant Surgeon and Consultant Dermatologist, Director at MedLinks, suggests:

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Get Picture Perfect Hair, Make up in Easy Ways. Pixabay

Winter brings dry and itchy scalp, but incorporating few things like increasing your probiotics intake and minimising hair wash can do wonders.

Gaurang Krishna, Specialist Hair Transplant Surgeon and Consultant Dermatologist, Director at MedLinks, suggests:

* Minimise stress level: Stress impacts various aspects of our health and well-being. While stress doesn’t directly cause an itchy scalp, it can aggravate the symptoms.

* Wash your hair less often: Excessive use of shampoo can strip your hair of lucrative moisture and leave it even dryer. Washing your hair less often will help regain your hair’s lustre. Incorporate a mild, pH balanced, sulphate-free shampoo with a hydrating conditioner in your hair care routine. Oiling the scalp an hour before your head wash will also soothe your scalp.

Regular use of hair dryers dulls the hair. Pixabay

* Increase your probiotics and water intake: Probiotics enhance the immune system, which in turn helps the body fight fungal infections that contribute to dandruff or dry scalp. Moreover, drink at least eight glasses of water to improve your scalp health and future hair growth.

* Avoid overuse of heat/ beauty treatments like heating curling tongs, straighteners and dryers: Hot styling products should not be applied to the scalp at all. While using these tools, make sure they are kept away from the scalp. Overuse of heat styling tools seeps all the moisture out of your hair and leaves it dry and brittle.

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Blossom Kochhar, Chairperson, Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies, shared:

* Switch to a gentler and hydrating shampoo and make sure that you rinse your hair properly. Aggressive shampoos strip your hair of lucrative moisture. Shampoos containing sodium can be harsh on the scalp and further lead to dryness and itchiness. It is advisable to carefully read the ingredients of the shampoo and see what suits you. Furthermore, it is recommended to avoid using hot water while rinsing your hair.

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Find a misting product or nourishing treatment for your hair. Pixabay

* Opt for a moisture boost scalp treatment for rehydrating benefits. A generous application of oil and massage is extremely beneficial before washing your hair. You can create a special massage oil of your own by mixing one tablespoon of coconut oil, castor oil, sesame oil and lavender essential oil.

Warm the oil by placing the container in a bowl of hot water and gently massage it onto your scalp. Wrap a hot towel around your hair and leave it on for half an hour before shampooing your hair. For lustrous hair, use a few drops of Ylang ylang, and apply to freshly washed hair. It will give your hair an instant shine and keep the split ends at bay.

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* Be careful with hot styling products.Such styling tools should not be applied to the scalp at all. When using these tools, make sure they are kept away from the scalp as it will lead to withering of the skin.

* Completely avoid scratching, since this can abrade the scalp tissue and cause further aggravation. Apply a soothing scalp toner to ease the irritation. (IANS)