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  • Does the scintillating bottom part of oceans and seas still remain a wonder for you? Or are you one among them who have an unending desire for deep-sea adventure always? Then it would be a non-reconcilable mistake if you miss this list out. Here, you can find the 50 best scuba diving destinations in the world people have triumphantly explored and yet to explore are listed. Though it directs you to narrow down your options for finding some of the incomparable diving sites, it lets you go through the importance all these sites vehemently possess.

    The blog proudly displays the captivating islands with the colourful coral reefs, eras-old ship wrecks, abundant fish schools, rare flora and fauna representing the wild beauty of the most celebrated abysses around the world and much more. Check this list right away if you would not like to put any more pauses in your endeavors.

    Here is a list of best scuba diving places in the world:


  • 01Misool Boo Rocks, Indonesia

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    Misool is an ambiguous archipelago in Indonesia with umpteen number of diving sites including Boo Rock. This one is considered to be one of the best scuba diving places in the world. It is located on one of the islands named Raja Ampat. The two swim-through gaps have given the site its name and you can witness the mind blowing coral reefs acting as a perfect background for the turquoise water. 

    Multi coloured pinnate batfish and grunts are the regular visitors at this diving spot. They in turn create a scintillating atmosphere underwater and extending an overwhelmed feeling for the divers. Underwater photographers are seen here in plenty as the views at the bottom remain unpredictably incredible always.

    The best time to dive: From the month of October to April.

  • 02Micronesia, USA

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    Thousands of square miles of the western Pacific region is the tiny islands, Micronesia which delivers an unparalleled diving experience to those who are diligent adventurers. A compilation of different small islands is Micronesia which was prominent in the historic and cultural transitions of the world. 

    Chuuk is one of the most important ones and it was the strategic location for Japan Empire to place its naval base during World War II. Plenty of shipwrecks, attacks, destruction have caused the archipelago earn a specific space in the history. The divers will get the chance to encounter large manta birostris or manta rays while diving on yet another culturally predominant island, Yap. Likewise, multiple islands which provide proper diving experience.

    Best time to dive: Throughout the year.
  • 03Bonaire Scuba Dive, USA

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    With more than 80 diving sites, Bonaire Island or Bonaire Marine Park possesses some beautiful corals both short and long ones along with a collection of around 350 species of fish. Bonaire is an island country in the municipality of Netherlands. An undulating nature is the blessing of this island, the turquoise waters and the unsurpassed beauty of the white sandy beaches prompt the visitors to fall in love with it. 

    The names of the diving spots can be seen in yellow boards clearly from the shore. There are a number of diving providers on the island which have good and cheap packages of diving.

    Best time to dive: From December to April.

  • 04Cayman Islands, Caribbean

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    One of the most happening islands of the Carribean, Cayman Islands are a favourite divers’ spot with devilish drop-off and wreck dives across the coolest corals. It has 365 known diving sites promising an enthralling experience under water for those who head out to get embraced by pure adventure. 

    Grand Cayman is the popularized diving island though Cayman Islands have other two islands as well. The divers have to expect an average temperature of 26-28* Celsius year-round at this beautiful island that has strong and long walls arrayed in order to extend the safest diving moments.

    Best time to visit: Any time round the year.
  • 05Cancun Playa del carmen, Mexico

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    The town of Playa del Carmen in Mexico is found to be an enriched place for spending a great vacation as it is parallel to the Riviera Maya. The waters between Playa and Cozumel are inevitably suitable to do scuba diving and sport fishing. Cancun is yet another famous diving site near to Riviera Maya. 

    Cancun has the credit of holding the world’s largest underwater sculpture museum which is quite a good reason to visit this site. The two tank night dives exclusively for certified divers will reveal an eerie session at the bottom and the 55 feet reef dive is relatively challenging. This reef includes two immersions to local reefs between Cancun and Isla Mujeres.

    The best time to dive: December to April 

  • 06Sipadan and Semporna, Malaysia

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    An unrivaled scuba diving destination in Malaysia is Sipadan. It is one of the fish capitals of the world introducing many rare species of marine animals as well to the community of divers. Barracuda Point, Coral Garden, The Drop Off, Hanging Gardens, Midreef, Turtle Cavern, Whitetip Avenue and the list of dive sites on the island just continues. 

    Sea turtles and other bunches of unique algae, flora and fauna are richly present everywhere in Sipadan and in almost all the dive spots.

    The best time to dive: April to December

  • 07Bay Islands, Honduras

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    Honduras coast hosts the Bay Islands which is a compilation of eight islands and 53 small cays and these islands are one of the best scuba diving places in the world. A favourite stop for those diving and snorkeling lovers, the Bay Islands’ important three islands are Roatan, Utila and Guanaja. Here, one can witness the second largest barrier reefs in the world.

     As it has the thrilling diving spots, anyone can easily get access to take part in the activity heading to encounter with the differing underwater kingdom of life. The beaches on the islands are popularized and filled with backpackers almost all the time.

    Best time to dive: Any time round the year.

  • 08Yongala, Australia

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    Yongala is a quite famous diving spot in the Great Barrier Reef which displays the flamboyant underwater world to the adventure seekers.  It is termed to be one of the best wreck dive spots in the world. The wreck is spread across a 33 meter deep sandy bottom and diving here is meant for experienced divers as strong currents can be expected any time.

     The wildlife surrounding the wreck is just marvelous; it consists of eagle rays, Manta rays, sea turtles, sea snakes, Barracudas, Giant trevallies and much more different schools of fish and other sea animals.

    Best time to dive: Winter has warm and clear days with a visibility of 15 to 25 meters. 

  • 09Big Brother, Egyptian Red Sea

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    Featuring two wrecks namely Numidia and Aida, The Brothers are a pair of tiny islands in the Red Sea of Egypt which are actually two massive reef pillars emerging out from the depths. An undeniable attraction here is the impressive collection of marine lives especially fish types. 

    In addition to the prevailing charm, the coral reefs have impeccable contribution to beautifying the entire abyss. The Big Brother is the larger one measuring about 400 meter long that obsesses a symbol of British rule, the Victorian stone lighthouse. The narrow coral reefs suggestively open up the unrestrained way of diving.

    Bets season for diving: Any time during the year.

  • 10Great Blue Hole, Belize

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    Dissimilar to any natural beauty is the astonishing Great Blue Hole, a giant submarine sinkhole lying off the coast of Belize. As a result of various quaternary glaciation, the circular shaped hole formed that has turned out to be one of the most scenic sights in the world and a World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO. 

    It shares an impressive place among the groups of recreational divers around the world, using the chance to mingle with the enlarged circle of different types of fish and sea mammals. The hole can be approached via a boat and the turquoise water exhibits the undying beauty so well.

    Best time to dive: Round the year

  • 11Manta Ray Night Dive, Kailua Kona, Hawaii

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    Manta Ray Night Dive in Kailua Kona, an island in Hawaii is quite famous among the circles of adventure seekers as it is one among the best scuba diving places in the world. A distinct island with more than 200 resident Manta rays is Kailua Kona and the different diving providers around the island offer the best diving experience possible. 

    At night, the Manta rays are easily visible and that is the reason behind the fame night dive has been holding till date. A cruise along the bluish water offers a flamboyant view of sunset before getting deep in to the abyss to spot the giant but marvelous sea creatures.

    Best time to dive: All the year round

  • 12Tiputa Pass Rangiroa, Polynesia

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    A celebrated dive site in Rangiroa region is Tiputa Pass that experienced by many divers in the world knowing the best ways of conquering the incoming and outgoing currents. There are multiple diving sites in the same region which demand different sets of diving skills and points. 

    The Shark’s Cavern has its name from the 115 feet long cavern and here the diver needs good buoyancy control and proper instincts. The larger reef sharks can be spot at the Canyons, the Run and the Crossing, the Windmill, the Blue and the Angle are the famous, thrilling and experience diving spots adventure seekers would love to explore every other time.

    Best time to dive: January and February are the best time to dive though all the year round is recommended.

  • 13Aliwal Shoal, South Africa

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    The coast of Kwazulu- Natal in South Africa triumphantly boasts Aliwal Shoal, a rocky reef inhabited by large and short corals and subtropical fish varieties. Aliwal Shoal is frequently accepted as one of the ten best dive sites in the world because of numerous reasons. It is famous for the two shipwrecks as well but majorly an authentic recreational dive sites. 

    Grey Nurse sharks are found in large number in Shoal which is a valid reason for divers to flood in massive numbers to this spot. As it is the major tourist destination of South Africa, umpteen number of resorts, diving centres, hotels, restaurants are abundantly seen.

    Best time to dive: November to January are recommended.

  • 14Bloody Bay Wall, Little Cayman

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    Being the smallest island in Cayman Islands list, Little Cayman has the cutest spot among the Scuba diving specialists. The unsurpassed wilderness brimming with wild creatures outnumber the human population on the island. The beaches are quite alluring here but the secret beauty lies in the depths. 

    As a diver goes deep inside the waters, the parts of Bloody Bay Wall become visible which is an undersea cliff causing the place to be a breathtaking diving destinations in the world. An incomparable mustering of variety sponges unlike any other parts of the Carribean can be witnessed by one here alongside the vibrant sea lives sticking on to the cracks and crevices of the majestic wall.

    Best time to dive: All year round is best to dive in here.

  • 15U-352 Dive, North Carolina

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    26 miles of Southeast of Beaufort Inlet proudly preserves the remaining of a 218 foot long Type VII C German U-Boat commonly known as the U-352 which was sunken years ago. From the inlet, it will take around one hour and forty five minutes to reach this extravagant dive site where the conning tower of the boat rises up to 90 feet and the main part exists up to 100 feet. 

    The flocks of amberjack swimming around the U-352 carry a phenomenal vibe which makes the divers be more attracted toward the destination.

    The best time to dive: Anytime during the year is suitable for diving here. 

  • 16Biscayne National Park, Florida

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    It is surprising to know what makes Biscayne National Park a dive paradise is basically the 25 miles long coral reefs, barrier islands, estuaries and obviously the sea arraying a magnificent sights in the depth.  During the dive, one will have to encounter with the abundant and relishing marine life that consists of goliath grouper, sea turtles, manatees, lemon, hammerhead, tiger sharks etc. 

    One can dive up to 50 and 80 feet depth where a temperature level of 36 to 55 degree Fahrenheit and visibility comes up to 100 feet.  Elkhorn Reef dominates the shallow reef patch and this one is the favourite for divers as well.

    Best time to dive: June and July are the best time to do scuba diving.

  • 17White Sea, Russia

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    Scuba diving in the White Sea which is a part of the Arctic Ocean is thrilling always as it offers a different experience internally and a variant underwater world is displayed as you go deeper. This internal sea is a part of Russia with more clear water and rich in specific fauna belongs to the boreal type. 

    During diving, the more scenic picture of the abyss come visible slowly. It would be consisting of starfish, brittle stars, crabs, shrimps etc and the rock surface holds soft corals, actiniae, sponges, hydroids etc. The inmost depth the diver can go in is 340 meters and up to 50 meters of the interior would become visible.

    The best time to dive:  All year round is suitable to do diving here. In winter, winter diving will be arranged.

  • 18Tobermory Scuba Diving, Canada

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    Tobermory was named as the Scuba Diving capital of Canada because it is a plethora of multiple diving spots equally distributing chances for beginners as well as veterans.  Located at the northern tip of the South Bruce Peninsula, Tobermory is a slice of land that forms the western border of the Georgian Bay. 

    The shipwrecks that are hundreds of years old are main attractions at these sites and they are counted to be 22 in number as of now. These sunken vessels bring in more charm underwater making the destination of divers more relishing and significant. Fathom Five national marine park preserves these shipwrecks and the park takes care of the possessions still.

    The best time to dive: Any time during the year

  • 19North Pole, Alaska

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    Scuba diving or ice diving at North Pole, Alaska would be ticked as one among the bucket list things of your life. Cutting through the thick snow of the Summit Lake in the tundra region of Kenai Peninsula can be declared as the toughest and the most challenging adventure activity in the world, probably. 

    The sockeye salmons are found in plenty here and the winter divers’ favourite spot is this to spot these typical variety of salmon. The lake is encircled beautifully by the Hoodoo Mountain and of course the high-alpine tundra should not be missed out of description.

    The best time to dive: The snow is thicker in the months of December through May.

  • 20Hudson River, USA

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    The Hudson River is 315 mile long that flows through the picturesque Hudson valley finally sinks into the Atlantic Ocean and it acts as a major political margin between New York and New Jersey. The river is so popular among the ice divers of the world for the appearance of the river changes according to the winter storms and currents. 

    Many of the famous divers have discovered musket balls and the remnants of wooden wrecks from the deep bottom of the river years back. The surface is blanketed with thick layer of ice sheet, which can be up to 1 to 10 inches.

    The best time to dive: The month of February

  • 21Lake Baikal, Siberia

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    Considered to be the largest and oldest fresh water lake in the world, Lake Baikal is flowing through Siberia and it comprises roughly 20% of the world’s unfrozen fresh water. It is formed of a rift which gives it the form of crescent. It is peculiar among the best scuba diving places in the world. Also, the water is much clear letting adventure lovers to indulge in a deep water diving and snorkel in this lake. 

    The visibility under the water ranges from 10-45 meters which would be possible if you are spending up to 45 minutes.

    The best time to dive: All year round

  • 22The Wall, Havelock Island, Andaman

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    The north-west region of Havelock on Andaman Islands is the favourite Scuba diving spot exists; it is The Wall. The Wall is a sloping wall up to 3.5 KM long and it provides the breathtaking sights of the interiors of the sea. Treating divers of all levels equally, the Wall is enriched with the presence of purple, yellow and red soft corals, fan corals alongside the unending flooding of Dog Tooth Tuba, Snapper, Trevally, Moorish Idols etc. 

    10-55 meters depth would be the target divers will set before they dive and it would be exciting enough to cross the moderate currents present almost on all days.

    The best time to dive: All the year round 

  • 23Netrani Island, India

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    A heart-shaped island located in the Arabian Sea near to Murudushwara temple region in Karnataka, India is Netrani Island which has another name as Pigeon Island because of the presence of pigeons in plenty. This island is quite famous for scuba diving and easily accessible from Mangalore, Goa, Mumbai or Bangalore. 

    Due to the exceeding coral reefs along with the colourful butterfly fish, trigger fish, parrot fish and many more species are abundantly found. Though divers flow toward the diving spots, the island is still remaining unexplored as it poses threat to the climbers with sharp rocky structures and steep cliffs.

    The best time to visit: Between December and January

  • 24Lago Del Naret, Switzerland

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    The only fresh water lake in the world with true ice bergs inside, Lago del Naret, a famous spot among altitude divers around the world. It is believed that the rocky shore of this lake is the reason behind the phenomenon which makes the lake gets heated fast. Perhaps, the melted ice retreats back soon because of the size of the lake, as studies say. 

    Anyhow, the lake creates enough space for divers to just slip under and enjoy being under water for long.

    The best time to dive: The month of July

  • 25East Greenland, Greenland

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    East Greenland is unfortunately one among the best scuba diving places in the world yet unexplored but surprisingly it offers one of the best scuba diving experience in the world. Covered by thick snow during winter, this Greenland place holds limited scuba diving centres also and divers come in plenty here during summer when the icebergs drift down the coast line. That is the time the majestic whales arrive in large numbers. 

    The cold water demands dry suits and much authentic diving skills as the abyss is still not familiar to the outer world of scuba divers.

    The best time to dive: The few weeks in summer 

  • 26Antarctica

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    For most of us, Antarctica is a large shield of white ice depicting the symbols of frozen lives, snow and winter always. But to be true, this is place where adventure has its best levels of deployment. Especially, the wildlife here beckons many nature lovers as well as adventure lovers in a quite huge number. Though, relatively Antarctica is less explored and inhabited, the studies regarding the water based lives and activities are appreciated worldwide. 

    Mainly, the explorers are aiming at the abundantly found penguins, whales and seals. For scuba divers, this is the best opportunity to mingle with these rare animals in a closer way.

    The best time to dive: All the year round
  • 27Hokkaido Island, Japan

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    An ice flake on Hokkaido Island, drifting down the Sea of Okhotsk in Japan, opens up enough chances to those adventure seekers dive deep in to the depths of water. The temperature under water just fluctuates between 0 and 2 degree and above, it will 30 centimeters to 2 meter thick ice which eventually make the adventure packed with thrills at its best level. 

    Scuba diving can be done after several security constraints as the danger level is quite high during winter season, the major time of diving here. The divers can experience a visibility up to 10 meters and up to fifteen minutes only as the water gets colder and the chances for many problems are huge.

    The best time to dive: Every weekend from the month of January through mid-March.

  • 28Maaya Thila, South Ari Atoll, Maldives

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    One of the divers’ wonders on the island of Maldives is Ari Atoll and described as the one place where challenging diving is second to none here. Ari Atoll does not offer long barrier reefs and thick walls but what makes it superior is ‘thilas’ where you will encounter with the submerged pinnacles from inside and outside the lagoons. 

    At Maaya Thila, the pinnacle starts around 6 meters and extends up to 12 meters and then continue to go down up to 30 meters, offering you the best visions of underwater world, colourful and magnetic more often. As you dive deeper, the more colourful, soft coral reefs come alive along with the rugged caves and overhangs.

    The best time to dive: All the year round is apt to dive at this atoll but suggested time of from December to May as the sea will be the calmest now.
  • 29Puerto Galera, Philippines

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    A splendid diving destination with over 40 challenging sites is Puerto Galera in Philippines. Expect here the wide ranges of high drift dives to wreck dives and muck dives. Those who love to do photography, this diving location will exploit them for sure. Toward the deep bottom, one come across the relishing coral reefs in a wide manner and at the bottom, it is all the sandy bed offering a marvelous sight of the underwater kingdom.

     Puerto Galera has its best offers during night dives as the tubeworms are spotted very clearly and relatively in a large number.

    The best time to dive: From April to September when great visibility and good sea conditions and warm water.

  • 30Poor Knights, New Zealand

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    Calling the Poor Knights an internationally recognized dive sites will not be surprising among the real adventure divers out there. It is the highlight of the Tutukaka island of New Zealand where 11 million year old history is depicted with the number of caves, walls, arched and tunnels. The depth of the sea is made colourful with the rare species of marine plants and animals.

     A reverberating Maori history lies within this island and here is the world’s largest sea cave can be found and these are the reasons why it is listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been under the list of to be protected sites.

    The best time to dive: From the late summer to winter.

  • 31British Columbia

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    There are enough reasons for British Columbia to gain a prominent place among the best scuba diving places in the world; the long coast line of about 17000 miles, glacier-chiseled fjords, sunken vessels etc and the list goes on. 

    The multiple dive sites namely Race Rocks which carries rugged boundaries always nourished by chilled sea water and protecting the tiny rockfishes and sea urchins in plenty, Renate’s Reef that holds coral reefs and shipwrecks along with some dangerous pinnacles, Porlier Pass with a load of rare marine lives including colourful dahlia, plumose and brooding anemones, basket stars, blue-clawed lithode crabs and much more.

    The best time to dive: Fall and winter 

  • 32Similans, Thailand

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    Famous for the bouldering Manta Rays and Whale sharks, Similan Islands are ranked as one of the most popular diving destinations by National Geographic Society once. Similan is an archipelago of 11 islands; all of them are located in the area of Mu Koh Similan National Park. The major attraction is the crystal clear turquoise waters beautified by the rocky shores and colourful coral reefs. 

    Divers from different parts of the world flood toward the island just to explore the unique and fragile marine lives. Anita’s Reef, Beacon Point, Boulder City, Breakfast Bend, Chinese Wall, Coral Reef etc are a few of the exciting diving sites around the island.

    The best time to dive: Except monsoon any other time round the year.

  • 33Grand Bahama, Bahamas

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    Sea Hunt, a 1950 movie is the one which made Grand Bahama famous among the schools of adventure divers across the world. From then onward, the site has been considered to be the paradise of divers as the deep sea possesses an unrivalled sets extending happiness and satisfaction to the explorers. A wide garden of multi colored coral reefs and dolphins turn the abyss splendidly on. 

    Underwater Explorer’s Society UNEXSO is one of the major service providers here and the Diving Program offered by them eventually take you to the very rare opportunity to dive with dolphins.

    The best time to dive: October to June 

  • 34Whale Rock, Galapagos Islands

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    Whale Rock or commonly known as Roca Orca on the Galapagos Islands is a famous and one of the best scuba diving places in the world for many years. This small rock formation spreads its space across the Northwest Coast of San Cristobal and it proudly boasts its unending magic shows underwater. The diver can simple expect an average depth of 6-27 meters and a proper visibility up to 10-15 meters. 

    Moreover, the rich schools of rare fish and marine animals are the specific feature of this dive site. Since there are chances for huge currents, the site is usually suggested for experienced divers.

    The best time to dive: There are two main seasons; dry and wet. Dry season is from July through December and wet season is from January through June.

  • 35Blue Corner, Palau Islands

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    If you are looking forward to have an action oriented diving experience, then expect no more pause but head to Blue Corner on Palau Islands. You will be witnessing 13 different species of sharks roaming near you. Currents inside are unpredictable but the dive site is open for novice during the absence of any currents and for experts during high currents. 

    The location is easily accessible as it is just 25 miles gresouth west of Koror, northwest end of Ngemelis Island. The divers will come across anthias, butterfly fish, Napolean wrasse etc just cruising around you.

    The best time to visit: The all year round is suitable.

  • 36President Coolidge, Vanuatu

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    Apt for a sport diver at heart is S.S. Presdient Coolidge in Vanuatu which is a luxury liner once used as a troop ship during WWII. 198 meters is the length of the wreck and it is one of the largest accessible wrecks in Vanuatu expecting only those adventurous hearts. The divers can easily access the wreck from a boat or shore itself and in the beginning, there is a short walk needed directly to the bow of the ship. 

    15 to 35 meters of beautiful abyss and the calmest sea attract novices as well as experts in large numbers throughout the year. A wide collection of personal belongings and military possessions is the captivating sight at the bottom in which the Lady and Unicorn deserves a quick drift of your eyes from others.

    The best time to dive: Any time during the year is suitable 

  • 37Great White Wall, Tavieuni Fiji

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    A unique combination of drifting along a gorgeous wall enhanced by the presence of soft coral and several swim throughs brings in more beauty to the Great White Wall in Tavieuni Fiji and it is because of this, the site is considered to be the favourite diving location on the islands of Fiji. 

    The magic show of the corals let you feel that it is all white in colour in the first meters but through the deep side you dive, you will come to know it is the purest form of reflection of light and the colour is purple only.

    The best time to dive: May through December.

  • 38Scotts Head Pinnacle, Dominica

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    The name Scotts Head Pinnacle itself is interesting for those who are eagerly searching for the unexplored diving sites around the world. This site located in Dominica beckons those hearts in search of pure adventure and thrill underwater and with the desire of encountering the unique sets of mammals in the deep sea. 

    As the diver swims along the blue waters, the visibility of a pinnacle, a 120 foot drop off comes alive and here one can expect several swim-through. But this challenging pinnacle need practiced and expert divers because the adventure level is quite unpredictable.

    The best time to dive: July 

  • 39Mnemba Island, Tanzania

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    Mnemba Atoll located on the northern side of Zanzibar, Tanzania, is a pear-shaped island carries several unique features to make it the best diving site of Tanzania. Being a preserved spot, Mnemba Atoll is proudly displaying a rare collection of marine life in which two species are the heroes; the dragon moray eel and the Djibouti Spanish dancer. 

    As beginners are largely welcomed with the relaxing, shallow waters, experts are also satisfied by the presence of deep wall dives in between.

    The best time to dive: All round the year.

  • 40Punta Sur / Devils Throat, Cozumel, Mexico

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    Yes, this is the call for advanced divers around the world; Punta Sur or Devil’s Throat is a deep cave which pits forth adventure on a high level and those who visit Cozumel suggest this as the best diving spot and never to be missed if you are visiting Mexico any time. 

    The diving site starts at a depth of 80 feet and leads up to 135 feet and why it is adventurous is because of the obscure visibility that can be caused of the uprising sediments from the bottom and of course it is dark inside as you dive deeper.

    The best time to dive:  December to April.

  • 41Ulong Channel, Palau

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    Ulong Channel exhibits thrill at its best and it is one of the best diving places in the world and located in Palau. A diver will come across the restless water due to the unending fish actions. Known for its regular currents and seasonal sprawling, Ulong Channel surprises the divers with consistent gliding experiences and with the presence of sharks and other unique sea animals. 

    During an incoming time, the visibility becomes absolute and it would be up to 95 feet and this is the best time of your dive.

    The best time to dive: Any time during the year
  • 42Kadmat Island, Lakshadweep, India

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    Kadmat or Cardomom Islands in Lakshadweep associate with the best type of coral reefs measuring up to 9.3 feet in length and the wide lagoon which has a width of 1.5 KM. The coral reef with sea grass spreads an incomparable beauty to the entire place and divers would come across the havens of marine turtles here. 

    This tear drop shaped island has very limited inhabitants as well but always protected due to the presence of very rare marine species.

    The best time to dive: From the month of October to mid- May.

  • 43Uma Guva Reef, Goa

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    Goa is one of the famous diving destinations in India enhanced by the visual treat of coral reefs, multi coloured fish species and beautiful shells. The absence of repeated currents makes the waters of Goa ideal for beginners to learn scuba diving at the best level. Among the famous diving sites in the region, Uma Guva Reef becomes the most celebrated site as it opens up great opportunity to the advanced divers. 

    It has the visibility of 12 meters to 18 meters with a large collection of collared butterfly fish, red tooth triggers, groupers, sharks, banner fish, Moorish idols etc.

    The best time to dive: Mid- October to mid- April.

  • 44Sha'ab Rumi South, Sudan

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    The Red Sea in South Sudan bears the best coral reefs of the country and there is this favourite dive spot namely Sha'ab Rumi with a thrilling depth of 5 to 35 meters and a visibility up to 20 meters. The diver can either swim out of the plateau or just dive into the thick blues to swim along the mighty sharks roaming around.

     A distinguished set of colourful fishes such as parrotfish, Maori wrasse and many more may come your way forging into stunning formations.

    The best time to dive: From the month of March to May.

  • 45USS Vandenberg, Florida Keys, USA

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    A dive to the recent famous wreck, USNS Vandenberg which is an extensive artificial reef in the Panhandle, spreading across the South Florida Atlantic Coast is definitely one of the best adventurous activities in the Atlantic Ocean region. The vessel is a key attraction of Florida especially among the divers’ community globally. 

    Though it had a long way to go before becoming an authentic underwater ecosystem, it drags many of the divers due to the massive size and the easily accessible distance from the shore. For beginners as well as advanced divers, the wreck arrays the mind blowing sights of its remaining amid the sizzling water.

    The best time to dive: The months of September and October.

  • 46Point Lobos, Carmel, California

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    The celebrated wildlife presence makes Point Lobos an unparalleled and one of the best scuba diving places in the world. It bears beauty at its best with the rare meeting of water and land; the rich diversity of animals and birds on shore and on water should not be missed out. 

    Point Lobos becomes special among divers since it has the best ever collection of shallow reefs, deep kelp beds, walls, pinnacles, caves and sandy coves with the state's largest variety of sea stars along with a surprising marine species ranging from seals, sea lions and otters to torpedo rays, rockfish and lingcod.

    The best time to visit: Fall is the best season to dive at Point Lobos.

  • 47Pedras Secas, Fernando De Noronha, Brazil

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    Fernando De Noronha, an archipelago in Brazil has 26 dive sites and it is the famous national park in the country that quintessentially offers the views of the very unique spinner dolphins. Among the various dive sites in the archipelago, Pedras Secas remains special since this fantastic rocky structure holds the challenging tunnels, caves, canyons and arches which are seats to the most stunning marine eco system. 

    The rock formations at this site are extended up to the surface welcoming the sizzling waves all the time.

    The best time to dive: The best visibility is during September and October.

  • 48Alcyone, Cocos, Costa Rica

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    Once celebrated as the best dive spot for the hard core divers, Cocos now beckons divers of any level with its nutrient rich currents and sea animals in the deep waters. Cocos is located in the Golden Traingle, boasts of around 20 dive sites which are different and unique in size and experience. One of them is the majestic Alcyone. 

    This is the location to see hammerhead sharks; their preference is to swim below the thermocline that forces the divers to dive up to 98 feet. The exposure to the rough seas and high currents are suitable for advanced divers.

    The best time to dive: The best time to dive is between December and May.
  • 49Tiger Beach, Bahamas

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    As the name suggests tiger sharks are the highlights of Tiger Beach, Bahamas and it is extending the most reliable diving spots which are incredibly beautiful. The crystal clear, shallow water holding the white sandy bottom provides a smooth surface for divers and the majestic sharks equally and the unique flora types beside do their part in the best way possible to make the surrounding look extra ordinary.

    Moreover, you will come to see other shark species namely lemon sharks, Carribean reef sharks, nurse sharks etc.

    The best time to dive: The most suitable time to diving here is from the month of November to March.

  • 50Critter Corner, St. Vincent & The Grenadines

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    St Vincent and the Grenadine rose from the molten gurgling of the earth boasts of the multiple islands named Bequia, Canouan, Mayreau, Mustique, Tobago Cays, Union Island, Palm Island etc. Critter Corner, St. Vincent’s token much is located 600 feet off Villa Beach and also it is a private tropical cay and it is one of the best scuba diving places in the world. 

    Sea urchins are seen in abundance which are believed to be the reason for the presence of reef system at the location. In a larger amount, we can spot yellowhead jawish, nimble spray crabs, snake eels, fanworms, razorfish etc as well while diving.

    The best time to dive: Any time during the year.


Scuba diving in India

Attractions

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Corbett National Park

Expanded over an area of 308 sq km, Jim Corbett National Park was established in the year 1936 and is one of the oldest national parks in the country. Situated at the base of the magnificent Himalayas, it is the first Tiger Reserve in the country and stands to be one of the most popular weekend getaways from Delhi. Though visitors are allowed to certain parts of the reserve, the park makes for a fun and exciting wildlife tour.

The national park is the perfect place for those wildlife species that seek refuge in its wonderfully green thickets. As the first national park to introduce and execute the ‘Project tiger’ campaign, Corbett national Park has been repeatedly termed as one of the best national parks in the country! So get your cameras and binoculars ready to go wildlife exploring soon!

Distance from Delhi: 254km

Best time to visit: November to June

Attractions: Bengal Tigers, Indian Elephant, Wild Buffaloes, Leopards, Crocodiles and Gharials

Activities: Jeep Safari, Elephant Safari, Wildlife Tours and nature photography

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Lal Tibba

In the local language, Lal Tibba means the Red Hill. This is said to be the oldest and the most populated place in Mussoorie. The place is known for its scenic beauty courtesy the pleasant sunrise and sunset that leave the visitors spell bound. Do carry woolens irrespective of the month of the visit.

Location: It is situated in the Landour area and lies at an altitude of 8000 metre above the sea level.

Highlights: Lal Tibba is even famous as the Depot Hill because of the presence of a depot here. Besides this there is camp of the Indian Military services, All India Radio and Doordarshan. Hills of the Lal Tibba are also popular amongst the shoppers as there are a number of markets in the nearby areas.


Best Time: The best and the most ideal time to visit Lal Tibba is the summer months of March and June. Avoid travel during the monsoon months as there maybe leeches here.
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Valley of Flowers Trek

Amongst all the exhilarating trekking in Uttaranchal or Uttarakhand, the trek to the Valley of Flowers is known to be the most enchanting and mesmeric. Discovered in 1931 by Frank Smith, a vivid botanist, explorer and mountaineer, the locals still believes the valley to be the abode of the angels and fairies.

The mystical and heavenly appearance, mesmeric beauty and the splendid outlook of the valley make it such.
Originating from Ghangria; on the foothills of the Western Himalayas, this fascinating trek comprises of rugged terrains, narrow passages, enticing views of the nearby peaks and steep climbs.

 Ascending the strenuous terrains, it takes around a few hours to reach the main valley and upon reaching the flat land, one should spend enough time exploring and witnessing the wonders of the nature.

Best season:
 Mid July to Mid August

Duration:
 6 Days

Altitude:
 3,600 m
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Rishikesh

Visit the adventure capital of India, the marvelous and thrilling city of Rishikesh on your next vacation with your friends and family!  The 'Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas', Rishikesh is located at the base of the Himalayas and is blessed with the gorgeous, thundering river of Ganga, the popular trek friendly rugged terrains, challenging peaks, strenuous rapids and dense forests! If you are an ardent traveler, then Rishikesh makes for one of the most ideal weekend getaways near Delhi.

Being one of the holiest cities in India, Rishikesh is quite famous for its scenic landscape and serves as a gateway to other important religious centers such as Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The adventurer paradise is a happening hub of many ancient temples and attractions such as Gita Bhawan, Laxman Jhula, Bharat Mandir, Neelkanth Mahadev, Swarga Ashram, Triveni Ghat amongst others! Grab your cameras and adventure gear and head to Rishikesh for an adventure packed holiday!

Distance from Delhi: 228km

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Attractions: Triveni Ghat, Ram and Lakshman Jhula, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple and Vashista Cave

Activities: River Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Camping, Rappelling, Rock Climbing and Trekking 

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Nainital

If lush green plains and misty clouds allure you to nestle in a hammock and read a good book, far away from the city life then you need to head to Nainital, a stellar getaway place near Delhi for trekkers and nature lovers alike! Situated in the Kumaon foothills of the Himalayan ranges, Nainital is also known as the 'Lake District' of India.

 It has also been termed as a pious place for Hindus and is one of the most popular hill stations near Delhi due to its fascinating hills, picturesque plains, enjoyable climate and stunning lakes.  Adventurers engage in trekking activities and hike to the top of the beautiful hills just to witness the beautiful view and the wispy sky.

Distance from Delhi: 278km

Best time to visit: March to June and October to February.

Attractions: Nainital Lake, Governor's House, Eco Cave Gardens, Naini Peak and Snow View Point

Activities: Lake Visits, Village and Wildlife tours, Cable Car Rides, Rock Climbing and Trekking

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Chopta-Tungnath Trek

Chopta Tungnath trek is a relatively unexplored trekking destination, which is known for its mesmerizing scenic beauty. The trek towards Tungnath, the 3 from Tungnath takes you to Chandrashila, which is situated at an altitude of 4,000 meters above sea level.

Chopta is blessed with rich flora and fauna as it is located in the midst of dense forests, with a beautiful floor of rhododendrons, interspersed by deodar and pine trees. During the first one and half kilometers, you will pass through a sea of brightly coloured rhododendrons and silver oak forests. Following this the vista opens to green alpine meadows which take you to the Tungnath temple.

According to folklore, the arms of Lord Shiva are believed to have emerged here. On trekking a kilometer further ahead, you will reach the Chandrashila peak from where you get spectacular views of the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas glistening in the sun rays. The grassy meadows of the region make it an ideal spot for camping too.

Chopta is well-connected by roadways connecting Guptakashi and Gopeshwar. The weather is lovely and the views are simply breathtaking.

Best season: May to June and August to September

Duration: 3 Days

Altitude: 3680 m

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Mussoorie

Known as the ‘Queen of the Hill Stations’, Mussoorie is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and was discovered by Captain Young in the 18th century. It serves as a perfect getaway to escape from the heat of Delhi summers and is located at an altitude of 2000m above sea level. Mussoorie has its emerald hills enveloped in thick, rich greenery and attracts tourists from all over the country!  You can explore the quaint marketplaces in Mussoorie and sightsee some of the popular landmarks in the area such as Landour Bazaar, Lal Tibba, Chaar Dukkan, Gun Hill, the Mussoorie Library and the Savoy Hotel.

Mussoorie is undoubtedly one of the best hill stations in the country. Home to some of the most stunning waterfalls in Uttarakhand, Mussoorie offers the most enchanting panoramic view of the Shivalik Ranges and the Doon Valley.

Distance from Delhi: 270km

Best time to visit: March to June and September to November

Attractions: Gun Hill, Waterfalls, Lakes, Benog Wildlife sanctuary, Tibetan Buddhist temple,  Sir George Everest's House and Nag Devta Temple

Activities: Trekking, Nature Walks, Bird Watching, Boating, Ropeway Rides and Temple Visits

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Nag Tibba

One of the most well-known treks near Delhi, the Nag Tibba peak stands in the Tehri Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. This trek over the weekend is witnessing growing footfalls, and offers splendid views of the Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Gangotri and Kedarnath mountain peaks en route.

What makes this an ideal first trek are the relatively easy routes etched along the mountain. Thick Deodar forests blanket the hill, and the best seasons to visit are between February and June, and September to December. The Nag Tibba trek route is circular in nature, and the differing starting and ending points ensure that there is no overlap at any point. The lush meadows hide patches behind them that act as serene camping sites.

Distance from Delhi: 347.4 Kilometers approximately

Nearest Railhead:
Dehradun Railway Station

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Har Ki Doon

A pristine hanging valley in the Garhwal range, Har Ki Doon is one of the simplest trekking places near Delhi—making it an ideal foray into Himalayan trekking for amateurs. Fulfilling scenes of nature’s majesty carry you through rampant alpine vegetation, glaciers and breath-taking views. For the hill folk, time has remained elusive and one gets to notice their lives from close quarters. The best season to visit is during the months from April to November, and is one of the closest places for trekking in Delhi.

Distance from Delhi: 299 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Dehradun Railway Station

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Kedarkantha Trek

Close to another marvel of nature, Har Ki Doon, lies the Kedarkantha trek passing through windy trails of the Garhwal Himalayas. A classic winter trek unravelling untouched mountain-villages on its path, it’s the perfect trek to prepare for the other more arduous Himalayan treks. 

Abound with flora and fauna, the Kedarkantha treks passes around the rim of Govind National Park and is open throughout the year. This place for trekking near Delhi is flanked by the Swargarohini peak and a hanging valley, complete with views that’ll blow your mind away.

Distance from Delhi: 428.2 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Dehradun Railway Station

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Pangong Lake

Rather, the most sought after tourist destination is Pangong Tso in Ladakh region. It is the highest among the high altitude lakes in India which is filled with saline water but provides some awe-struck moments to the visitors with the unbelievable phenomenon of changing colours quite a number of times a day.

The reflections of the towering Himalayan peaks in the water add more charm to the lake. Currently, Pangong Tso is the favourite location for tourists as the banks of the lake give soothing bed to relax and the nearby places are enhanced by the beauty of this particular lake. The quiet lake is 134 km in length and 5 km in width is situated at an altitude of 14270 meters. But the major share of the lake lies in the area of China. Now, its recognition is spread everywhere in the world because it is termed as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

The highly saline water does not accommodate any water species not even micro-organisms. But the banks of the lake give space for several birds and animals very rarely seen in the other parts of India. It is an important breeding ground for many migratory birds as well.

Height: The lake is located at an altitude of 4250 meters above sea level.

Location: Pangong Tso is easily accessible as it can be reached after a five-hour drive from Leh and the travel would be on a rough and dramatic mountain road. You will cross the villages of Shey and Gya during the tour and go through Chang La as well.

Best time to visit: The months from May to September are the ideal time to visit the lake as the other seasons may cause challenges due to the heavy snowfall.

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Nubra Valley

Something divine makes Nubra Valley close to heart and it is not an exaggeration but a fact that experienced and shared by the countless tourists visited the paradisiacal location in Jammu and Kashmir. Without touching the spectacular roads of Nubra Valley, a Ladakh tour will not be complete. The tri-armed valley has Diskit Village as its capital. Ldumra, a magnificent name is the original name of the valley as the local scholars insist. Ldumra means Valley of Flowers. The large valley is formed after the merging of Shyok River with Nubra or Siachen River causing the separation of the Ladakh and the Karakoram Ranges. The valley is located 10000 feet that is 3048 meters above mean sea level and those who cross the Khardung La Pass can easily come to Nubra Valley from Leh.

Except for the river beds, every other place in the valley shows scant vegetation and low precipitation levels. Most of the villages in the valley are occupied by Nubra skat speakers and in the villages, one can find lush greenery and farming which happen through the regular irrigation. Diskit is the place where native people are seen in abundance and Diskit Monastery is the centre of attraction as well. The Shyok River flowing on one side of Diskit has a captivating effect on the visitors. Nubra Valley unwinds a lot of surprising sights when you visit it and an unbelievable fact is that the valley was open to the public till Hunder until 2010. Beyond Hunder, it was the greener region in the lower altitude where the Turtuk village exists. Till 2010, the Government did not allow tourists to mesmerize themselves in the magnificent beauty of Turtuk where numerous apricot trees and other vegetation along with the tribal community were preserved as a virgin.

Height: 3048 meters above the sea level

Location: The paradisiacal Nubra Valley is located at a distance of 140 km from Leh and the main road access to the valley is through Khardung La pass where you have to show the photocopies of your travel permit to the soldiers camping.

Best time to visit: The months from June to September is the perfect period to visit Nubra Valley

To see the pure, rugged face of nature, One must visit Ladakh once in their lifetime.

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Khardung La

Controversies regarding the proclamation that Khardung La is the highest motorable pass in the world is not yet diminished but Ladakh travelers still believe that it is the highest and most adventurous pass in the world. Despite the controversies, Khardung La keeps on attracting hundreds of adventure seekers every year, be it bikers, trekkers or visitors. Nestled amidst the most reverberating surrounding, the ‘Pass of Lower Castle’ is located at an altitude of 17582 feet. Near to the pass, the collection of awesome valleys will lure you and along with the natural extravaganzas, the Tibetan prayer flags are an additional charm.

The pass was constructed in the year of 1976 and later in 1988, it was opened to public and from then on, the pass was inviting uncountable bikers, trekkers and tourists. It is maintained by the Border roads Organization as the pass is highly significant and important to India because it was once used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier. Recently, Khardung La became the hot potato of the town with a happy news that a ten member team of visually impaired people is going to conquer the pass through cycling in 2017.

Height: Khardung La is located at an altitude of 5359 meters. But there is an incorrect proclamation on the signboards appear here saying that the height of the pass is 18379 feet.

Location: The highest motorable pass in Ladakh is lying about 39 kms away from Leh. By road, one can reach the pass. The first 24 kms of the road are paved and from there to the North Pullu check post, the 15 kms of the road are filled with loose rock, dirt and occasional rivulets formed after the melting of snow.

Best time to visit: The season between May to October is the best time to visit Khardung La.

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Tso Moriri Lake

It won’t be exceeding at all how much you describe the beauty of Tso Moriri in Ladakh, a highly protected lake in Changthang Region and a significant portion of Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve.  It is the largest of all high altitude lakes in India especially in Ladakh and is located at an altitude of 4522 meters above the sea level. The length comes to 26 km north to south and 3 to 5 km is the width and the water is wholly brackish. 

The water to feed the lake comes from the springs and melted snow from the nearby mountains. There are two major stream systems to lead the water to the lake. One in the north part of the lake and the other comes in the southwest part. Huge, extensive marshes are seen at both the entrances of the lake. Rupshu Valley, a breathtaking area is the guardian of Tso Moriri along with an array of the lofty Himalayan Mountains in the surrounding.

The number of people come to witness the beauty of this splendid lake is lesser when compared to that of Pangong Lake. It is because of the secluded location of the lake. Hence, it is a favorite home town for many migratory birds. They come to breed here especially birds like great- crested grebe, the brown-headed gull and the Brahmin duck. The rare Himalayan hares are also abundantly seen near the lake. Thus, the declaration of the lake as a reserved area is a right option to protect these species from extinction. Less human interference would keep their lives strong.

Height: The lake is situated at an altitude of 4522 meters.

Location: You can reach Tso Moriri via road from Leh. It is 150 kms away from Leh Airport. Kalka Railway station is the nearest one to the lake. You will get buses and taxis from the station as well.

Best time to visit: May, June, July and August are the peak season when tourists come to Tso Moriri in large numbers and other months will be filled with snow and have extreme cold conditions.

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Shanti Stupa

The white dome of Shanti Stupa is clearly visible from a far distance when you are on a tour of Leh. Peace Pagoda got its name like that because of many reasons mainly the silence persists in and around the pagoda always. This Buddhist prayer center is the most beloved attraction in Jammu and Kashmir. At a height of 4267 meters, the two storied stupa stands holding its head high and overlooks the bustling Leh town. The uneven mountain terrains in the surrounding gives the pagoda a remarkable shining. It is at a location which is 5 km away from Leh town and one who visits the stupa has to climb five hundred steps. The exotic view of the Himalayan peaks turns the beauty of the stupa also, a peace lover would dedicate his life to have such overjoying moments.

History

The stupa was constructed by both Japanese and Ladakh Buddhists. The construction was started in 1983, many Buddhists and Indian Government officials have supervised the procedures throughout.

Structure of the stupa

Among the two structures of the pagoda, the first level depicts the central relief of Dharmachakra which has deer on each side and the turning wheel of Dharma also has a golden image of Buddha at the center. The second level displays images which show the birth of Budhha and the death as well. In addition, both the level have smaller images of Buddha meditating. The stupa came into existence in order to spread the word of peace and harmony among people and it came into establishment as a commemoration of the valuable 2500 years of Buddhism.

Location: Any one can reach the stupa via road from Leh, only 5 kms from the town, a walk of fifteen minutes would require.

Timings: 05:00 am to 09:00 pm

Highlights: The sunset and sunrise views from the stupa are inevitably beautiful


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Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill is still a mystery yet a famed attraction that pulls the adventure lovers on a large scale toward it. A mystifying phenomenon which stunts the science and fiction together and exists as a magic to the normal people visiting here. Magnetic Hill is a trump card of every Ladakh tour because of the awe-struck moments it would promise the travelers. There is a sign board placed which says that the hill defies gravity completely and inviting everyone to experience the magical phenomenon.

 If you keep your vehicle in neutral at a position marked on the road and wait, you will be surprised to see the vehicle starts moving uphill at 10-20 km per hour. And this is the unexplainable feature of Magnetic Hill that confuses the world of science. It is located on Leh-Kargil-Baltic Highway and on the east, the beautiful Sindhu River is flowing calmly. Near the hill there is a Sikh Gurudwara maintained by the Indian Army. Due to the natural attraction as well as the human architectural brilliance, the hill has gained popularity in a short term. 

Not just the vehicles hitting the road but the aircrafts and helicopters crossing the radius which Magnetic Hill comes in would feel the same magnetic effect. If the aircrafts are going on a slow pace, then it starts jerking while they are in the circumference of the hill. So the only solution to escape from the clutches of this phenomenon is that the crafts should move at a greater speed.

Height: Magnetic Hill is located at an elevation of 14000 feet above the sea level.

Location: To reach the hill, you can hit the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway and it is situated at a distance of just 30 kms from Leh town.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Magnetic Hill is from June to October.

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