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  • Wildlife expeditions have their own charm. And what better way to spot wildlife than in India. India is the land of Asian tigers and is home to 2,226 wild tigers. Apart from being the national animal of India, tigers play a significant role in developing India’s cultural and natural heritage. This majestic species undoubtedly fascinates every eye it meets.

    With a tremendous decrease in the number of tigers over the past several years, this endangered species is on the verge of extinction. It is surely a boon to be born in this era, providing us an opportunity to witness the legend of Royal Tigers. With a fair number of tiger reserves in India, it is easy to spot these beauties untamed and in all its wilderness.

    While there are many options you can consider visiting for a holiday, a national park has its own charm. After all how often do you get to experience awe inspiring scenes of seeing wild animals untamed?

    Here is a list of best tiger reserves in India that will fascinate both tourist and nature enthusiasts.

  • 01Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttarakhand

    Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttarakhand
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    Named after the legendary hunter turned conservationist Jim Corbett, this National Park was set up in 1936. It is often considered as India’s first National Park and has an interesting variety of fauna and flora.

    It is located in the Patli Dun valley in the state of Uttar Pradesh and covers an enormous core area of 500 sq km. Situated at the base of Himalayas and on the banks of river Ramganga, this park is gifted with breathtaking landscapes. This is one few tiger reserves in India that provides a wonderful experience in nature.

    The tiger reserve has been divided into five regions with each region offering great tours. The five different tourism zones are Dhikala, Bijrani, Jhirna, Domunda and Sonanadi. Among these, the Dhikala and Bijrani also jungle tour and elephant safari.

    Each of this five regions are accessible through a dedicated gate. Every gate has different entry/exit timings and is accessible for different months of the year. It is advisable to contact park officials or refer to their website before making a visit.

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    Safari rides around this reserve provides a panoramic view of the lush grassland. The flora of this tiger reserve is highly varied and the purest forms of Sal trees are known to grow here. Many trees that cannot be spotted elsewhere in the country is easily found here.

    Corbett is home to over 585 species of birds, seven species of amphibians, 33 species of reptiles, seven species of fishes and 37 species of dragonflies. Some of the animals found here include Bengal tigers, crocodiles, leopards and elephants. The majestic Bengal tigers of this region remains camouflaged within the shrubs and one has to get lucky to spot them.

    As personal vehicles are not permitted inside the park, an elephant and jeep safari can help you explore its vast terrain. Opting for elephant that covers the core and the buffer zone of the park as well. Corbett Park also offers other adventurous activities like rafting, bridge slithering and river crossing on the Kosi river.

    Corbett was the first National Park to come under the ‘Project Tiger’ which aims at preserving this endangered species. Accommodation is never a problem at Corbett, though it is advisable to contact your travel advisors in advance. Road distance from Delhi to this reserve is 290 km while Ramnagar is the nearest railway station situated at a distance of about 50 km from the Park. The nearest airport is in Delhi.

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  • 02Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan

    Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan
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    Ranthambore is one of the country’s largest National Parks covering an area of 1,134 sq km. Located in Sawai Madhopur district of south-eastern Rajasthan, this tiger reserve was once the most sought after hunting destination of the royal Jaipur Maharajas.

    The ancient fort located in the reserve premises are a favorite spot of tigers and leopards. This reserve also homes sloth bears, hyenas, Indian foxes, jackals and crocodiles.

    This National park in Ranthambore has three lakes namely Padam Talao, Raj Talao and Malik Talao, where wildlife flocks to a great extent. This tiger reserve is famous for its diurnal tigers which are a blessing to all nature lovers and wildlife photographers. This reserve also breeds many marsh croc reptiles that include tortoises, Indian python, Russell's vipers and many other species.

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    The kachida valley located in the reserve outskirts has a generous population of panthers too. Another popular destination is the Raj-Bagh ruin that is located among two lakes. The ideal time to visit this tiger reserve is between February and March. The nearest town is Sawai Madhopur that is 11 km away and is also the nearest railhead. The nearest airport is at Jaipur, situated at 145 kilometers from Ranthambore.

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  • 03Sunderban Tiger Reserve, West Bengal

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    Covering a massive area of 2585 sq km, Sunderban is home to the much acclaimed Royal Bengal tiger. It also houses a large number of highly endangered species that include aquatic mammals and reptiles. This tiger reserve has numerous creeks and tributaries that come from three rivers namely Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna.

    A UNESCO world heritage site, this tiger reserve is located at the southern most tip of West Bengal, the place where the wetland meets the glorious sea. Apart from being the largest tiger reserve and National Park in the Indian Subcontinent, it also has the largest mangrove forest and has an unique estuarine mangrove ecosystem that has amazed environmentalists to a great extent.

    This tiger reserve derives its name from the ‘Sundari’ tree. The central area of this reserve has its own natural boundaries with the river Matla on its West, the river Haribhanga on its East and with Netidhopani and Gosba in the North. These attributes make this tiger reserve an absolute paradise, a majority of which is unexplored.

    Unlike other National Park and Tiger Reserves in India where jeeps and roads serve for sightseeing purposes, Sunderbans uses boats for transportation and sightseeing. The rivers have an overwhelming effect on the nature lovers and its unimaginable dangers leave the adventurists vigilant and prepared for everything.

    Sunderbans is home to 400 tigers.The aqua fauna also includes a diverse array of fish, crabs, crocodiles and Ridley sea turtles. In fact, Sunderbans’ highly productive ecosystem also acts as a natural fishing nursery.

    There are about 248 bird species that can be found here including a large number of migratory birds that visit the park during winter months every year. Thus, a healthy bird population makes this destination ideal for bird watchers and bird photography.

    This is one of the few tiger reserves in India that is open for tourist access from the months of September to March. The finest time to visit is between December and February.

    It is during this time that migratory birds make a striking appearance and enthrall spectators. The nearest town to this reserve is Gosaba which is about 50 km away. Canning is the nearest railhead that is 48km away from the reserve. The nearest airport is at Calcutta, 112 km away.

  • 04Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

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    Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the most popular tiger reserves in India. It has the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers and it houses ancient Bandhavgarh Fort which has great historical importance. Located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh National Park covers a distance of 820 sq. km.

    Apart from the highest number of tigers, Bandhavgarh is a popular breeding spot for leopards and various species of deer. It has a rich historical past and a large biodiversity. The park has been divided into three major zones named as Magdi, Tala and Bamera out of which Tala attracts a large number of tourists by offering numerous tiger sighting opportunities.

    Spread in the Vindhya Hills of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh boasts of large and beautiful tigers. A tigress named Sita, the second most photographed tiger of the world once appeared on the cover of National Geographic. A magnificent trip to Bandhavgarh will surely take you to rich and tranquil grasslands, sharp hillocks, undulating forest and open meadows and the 39 historical caves of the Bandhavgarh Fort.

    Best time to visit: February to June (closed from July 1 to October 15)

    Park timings:
        -Winter Timings: 6:00-11:00am & 3:00-6:00pm
        -Summer Timings: 5:30-10:30am & 3:30-6:30pm

    Safari cost: INR 5500-6500

    Location: State Highway 10, Near Petrol Pump, Bandhavgarh, District Umaria, Tala, Madhya Pradesh.

  • 05Sariska Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan

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    Situated at a distance of only 200 km from Delhi and 107 km from Jaipur, Sariska National Park provides tourists and nature enthusiasts an opportunity to spot Bengal tigers, Indian leopards, and Crocodiles. This tiger reserve is located in the Alwar district of Rajasthan and comprises of dry deciduous forests, rocky landscapes, hilly cliffs and scrub thorn forests.

    Sariska Tiger reserve has a rich flora and fauna and is a habitat of relocated Bengal Tigers. It is also home to breeding tigers and plenty of reptiles and birds. Apart from its wildlife, this tiger reserve offers many attractions such as Kankarwadi fort, located at the center of the tiger reserve. 

    The top of Kankarwadi fort provides a panoramic view of flying Egyptian vultures and eagles.Set against the backdrop of Aravalli hills, Sariska Tiger Reserve houses the ruins of the medieval temples of Garh-Rajor belonging to the 10th and 11th centuries. 

    The Siliserh Lake on the edge of the park is home to a large number of crocodiles. Also, it is the only tiger reserve which is in close proximity to both Delhi and Rajasthan, which makes an ideal weekend getaway.

    Best time to visit: Mid October to January

    Park timings:
         -7:00 am to 4:00 pm in October- February
         -6:30 am to 5:00 pm rest of the year

    Safari cost: Jeep- 500-600 INR per person

    Vehicle Entry Fees (INR):
         -Bus: 200
         -Motorbikes/Two-wheelers: 15
         -Tonga: 20
         -Cycle Rickshaw: 5.

    Entrance fee: INR 20 for Indians and INR 100 for foreigners.

    Video camera fee: 200

    Location: Near Kraska, Alwar District, Sariska, Rajasthan
  • 06Panna National Park,Madhya Pradesh

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    Panna Park, the best maintained national park of India, is located in Panna and Chattarpur districts of Madhya Pradesh. Situated at a distance of 57 km from Khajuraho, Panna National Park covers an area of about 543 sq. km.

    Panna National Park is home to some of the best wildlife species in India including tiger, leopard, wolf, hyena, wild dogs and sloth bears. Apart from these, Panna has over 200 species of birds, a variety of reptiles including rock python and rich floral species.

    Every year thousands of visitors turn up exclusively to witness the famous Pandav Falls. The Gorges and falls across the course of River Ken offer a beautiful and beholding view. There are about 8 species of crocodiles in the Ken River that runs through Panna National Park.

    Situated on the Vindhyachal Ranges, Panna is rich in beautiful scenic views and waterfalls. At the footfalls, there are some ancient caves, perennial local springs and lush green surroundings. Due to its closeness to the popular tourist attraction of Khajuraho, Panna remains a popular stop-over destination.

    Best time to visit: December to March

    Park timings:
        -Winter season: Sunrise to 11:00 am & 3pm to sunset
        -Summer season: Sunrise to 11:00 am & 4 pm to sunset

    Entry fee (all prices in INR):
        -Indian Nationals - 40
        - Foreigners (including morning and evening safari)- 500

    Jeep Rental: 1500/ half day

    Still camera: 40

    Video camera: 200

    Location: NH 75, Chattarpur, Madhya Pradesh
  • 07Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kerala

    Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kerala
    Still searching for some wildlife sanctuary then check out the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerela which is the most popular wildlife sanctuary. This Reserve forest is mainly known for its natural beauty and wildlife. The enchanting surroundings and the bio diversity is the perfect example of nature’s creation. Periyar Tiger Reserve spreads over an area of 777 sq. km. There is an artificial lake which was created by the British during 1895.

    Get stunned by the enchanting beauty of the region with the mountain scenery and the wildlife. The forest is a home to sambar, wild boar, langur, 900 to 1000 elephants. There are about 35 to 40 tigers which are very rarely spotted here.

    The Reserve is open throughout the year. But the best time to visit is during the winter months of November to February as the weather remains pleasant.
    If you are travelling by flight then Madurai Airport just at a distance of 140 km. If you are travelling by train than Kottayam Railway Station is just 114 km away from the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
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  • 08Bandipur National Park, Karnataka

    Bandipur National Park, Karnataka
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    Bandipur National Park, a tiger reserve located in the south Indian state of Karnataka, spans a rough area of 874 square kilometers. Once a private hunting ground of the Maharajas of Mysore, this dry deciduous forest is well -known for its small population of tigers. Protecting several species of India’s endangered wildlife, Bandipur forms the largest habitat of wild animals in South Asia.

    Bandipur has a variety of biomes including moist and dry deciduous forests and shrub lands. On the north flows the Kabini River and on the south flows the Moyar River. Considered as one of the best-managed parks of India, Bandipur National Park has a warm and comfortable climate. One can enjoy camping and lodging in the national park and it also offers numerous opportunities for safari tours.

    Bandipur boasts of tremendous counts of wildlife species and a wide variety of flora. It is home to a sizable number of tigers, sloth bears, Indian rock pythons, jackals, dholes and Indian elephants.

    Located between the Deccan Plateau and the Western Ghats, Bandipur National Park has a pleasant scenery to offer. It falls en route the beautiful and scenic Ooty and is only 80 kilometers from Mysore. Coorg, the Scotland of India is at a distance of only 140 km from Bandipur.

    Bandipur offers numerous activities like natural trails along the rivers of Kabini and Moyar, White Water Rappelling, Jeep Safaris and River Rafting.

    Park timings: 6:30 AM - 8:30 AM & 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    Entry fee (INCLUDING SAFARI):
        -For Indian nationals: 300 INR
        -For foreigners: 1500 INR

    Location: Gundlupet, Chamarajanagar District, Bandipur, Karnataka 571126

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  • 09Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka

    Located in the Kodagu and Mysore district of Karnataka, Nagarhole National Park is a majestic park to watch the wild run free in their natural habitat. Nagarhole has an interesting variety of flora and fauna. Officially known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, it is home to around 48 royal tigers.

    Nagarhole National Park is located in the foothills of Western Ghats and covers an enormous area of 643 square kilometers. Having a rich forest cover, hills, streams, valleys and waterfalls, this national park is home to a variety of wild animals, birds, mammals, reptiles and insects. It forms the largest protected area in southern India with the adjoining Bandipur National Park, Mudumalai National Park, and Wayanad National Park.

    Nagarhole is home to the largest congregation of Asiatic elephants in the world, and has the largest concentration of herbivores in Asia. The three major predators- Tiger, Leopard and Dhole or wild dog, co-exist here in high densities.

    It offers a plethora of wildlife viewing opportunities and pleasant temperature all year around. With its rich biodiversity and the pristine Kabini River, Nagarhole National Park is on every Nature Enthusiast’s list of must visit.

    Best time to visit: October to February

    Park timings: All days 6:00 am to 9:00 am and 4:00 to 6:30 pm.

    Entry fee:
        -Domestic Adult- 50
        -Foreigner: 150

    Still Camera Fee: 150

    Video Camera Fee: 1000

    Jeep safari:(Safaris can be booked through tour operators and resorts)
        -700 for domestic adults
        -1500 for foreigners

    Mini Bus: 100 per person

    Activities that can Done: Still Water Rafting and Boating in River Kabini, White Water Rapelling, Elephant Rides, natural trail along the shores of River Kabini and visit to Irupu Waterfalls.

    Location: Kodagu, Karnataka, India
  • 10Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh

    Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh
    There is yet another national park which is a striking one on our list. For the nature admirers and the wildlife lovers this park is a treat. Nestled in the lower southern reaches of the satpuda hills is named after Pench River Pench National Park covers an area of 758 sq km.The national park boasts of 25 tigers. They are usually seen around the Pench River, as the density of prey population is higher here. The National Park has many other species of flora and fauna. There are around more than 210 species of birds, including a host of migratory species.

    The best time to visit the park is between February and April. This park remains closed during the month of July, August and September.

    The park is well connected with major places. It can be accessed by road as well as railway. The nearest rail-head is at Ramtek and a bus can be taken for the next 35 km to the Park.
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  • 11Kanha Tiger Reserve, Madya Pradesh

    Kanha Tiger Reserve, Madya Pradesh

    Kanha Tiger Reserve is situated in Madhya Pradesh and spreads across an area of 940 sq km. This wildlife reserve was established in 1955 with the sole purpose of preserving a few endangered species. The name Kanha comes from the name of a clay like soil, Kanhar that is found in the low lying land of this region.

    The mesmerizing topography which includes a horseshoe shaped valley has earned this ‘Tiger land’ an immortal depiction. The Banjar forests and the Halon valley in this reserve offer a picturesque sight. The open grassy meadows and the magnanimous forest has a mesmerizing and heart-warming effect on nature lovers and it's also regarded as one of the best Tiger reserves in India.

    In addition, the crystal clear streams randomly flowing across the landscape makes a profound impact that lasts for ages. The best location here is the sunset point called Bamni Dadar that one cannot afford to miss.

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    Apart from tigers, this reserve pets bison, gaur, sambar, chital and many more species. What deserves a special mention is the hard-ground Barasingha, also called the swamp deer, an endangered species that can be found only here.

    There are many tour packages offered in this reserve that extends from days to weeks and one can opt for a suitable package based on their convenience and availability. Tourists flock in great numbers during April, May and June.

    There are plenty of places to stay in and around Kanha. The nearest town is Mandla which is 65 km by road. The closest railway junction is Jabalpur, at a distance of 160 km and the nearest airport is in Nagpur which is 266 km away.

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  • 12Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu

    Previously known as Indira Gandhi Sanctuary and National Park, Anamalai Tiger Reserve is located in the Anaimalai Hills of Pollachi, Valparai and Udumalpet taluks of Coimbatore District and Tiruppur District in Tamil Nadu. Covering an area of about 958 Sq. km, Anamalai Tiger Reserve is a unique ecological tract in the Western Ghats.

    The climatic variations and undulating topography support a wide variety of flora and fauna. It is home to around 2,000 species of plants of which 400 possess medicinal value. From enchanting tropical evergreen forests to thorny forest and scrub jungles, Anamalai’s beautiful climate and diverse terrain support a variety of vegetation with striking differences. The Anamalai Reservoir also houses a large number of crocodiles.

    Anamalai is home to a variety of mammals and reptiles including tigers, Indian leopards, wild boar, giant squirrel, barking deer, giant elephants, pythons, cobras, vipers, wild pigs and Nilgiri langurs to name a few. Anamalai offers interesting sightseeing, trekking, boating and elephant safari opportunities to tourists. The Vaalaparai waterfalls also make for a beautiful visual treat.

    Best time to visit: May-June and October-February

    Park timings: 6:00am to 12:00 and 3:00 to 5:00pm

    Location: 176, Meenkarai Road, Pollachi, Tamil Nadu 6420
  • 13Rajaji Tiger Reserve, Uttarakhand

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    Nestled between the Shivalik Ranges and the Indo-Gangetic Plains, Rajaji National Park is home to a vivacious wildlife and broadleaved deciduous forests. Covering an area of about 820 sq. km, Rajaji National Park is most renowned for its elephants.

    Offering over 500 species of birds, Rajaji forms the first staging ground after the migratory birds cross over the Himalayas. A substantial number of tigers hoard at the Rajaji National Park due to its varied topography. The park is famous for its Himalayan black bear.

    It is at a distance of 10 kilometers from the sacred Haridwar and forms a popular stop over destination for people visiting Haridwar. This national park remains open between 15th of November to 15th of June every year. It is closed in monsoon due to heavy snowfall owing to abundant rains creating havoc and landslides. Rajaji offers naturalists, bird watchers and adventure trekkers an opportunity to soak in its dense green jungles, alpine meadows, beautiful tall grasslands and snow-capped peaks and glaciers.

    This largest protected area of the Himalayas, opens a vista of enchanting wildlife for nature enthusiasts, photographers and tourists. Rajaji National Park is a treasure trove of biodiversity and is replete with endangered species like Western Tragopan. Rajaji offers a plethora of opportunities and safaris to spot the Royal Tiger roaming with pride in the National Park.

    Best time to visit: April-June and October-November

    Park Timings:
        -November- June: 7:00 am to 10:00 am & 13:00 pm to 14:00pm
        -February-June: 6:30 am to 9:30 am &  14:00 pm to 15:00 pm

    Entry Fee:
    Jeep safari cost (INR)

    Indian nationals: 3395/person
    Foreigners: 4255/person

    Location: 5/1, Ansari Road, Mohand Range, Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

  • 14Indravati Tiger Reserve, Chhattisgarh

    Named after the Indravati River, Indravati National Park is one of the most notable tiger reserves in India. The densely forested areas, undulating hilly terrains, avifauna and its unique wildlife makes Indravati, a paradise for nature lovers.

    Located at a distance of 297 km from Jagdalpur, Indravati is the only tiger reserve in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. This national park is home to endangered species of wild buffaloes and hill Mynas. Ample varieties of tigers and animals including leopards, Indian Bison, Nilgai, Wild Boar and Flying Squirrel attract thousands of tourists every year.

    Previously known as Kutru National Park, Indravati is a major tourist attraction for bird watchers owing to its large collection of birds. Rare species of sloth bears, dhole or wild dog, striped hyena and freshwater crocodile are prominent collections of the Indravati National Park.

    The lush green forests, undulating terrains, alpine hills and the pristine Indravati River flowing through this park, makes it an irresistible destination that would leave you asking for more. It provides an array of adventure activities to visitors, like boating in river Indravati, natural trail along the banks of the river, jeep safari, etc.

    Best time to visit: Mid-December to Mid-June

    Park timings: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

    Location: Bijapur H O, Bijapurdistrict, Dantewada, Chhattisgarh
  • 15Manas National Park, Assam

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    Located in the foothills of Eastern Himalayas, Manas National Park, is also a UNESCO world heritage site and a project tiger reserve. Manas National Park is abutting with the Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan and lies in the Himalayan Foothills. With a core area of 500 sq. km, Manas National Park extends from Sankosh River in the west to Dhansiri River in the east.

    Manas has a rich biodiversity with pristine Terai grasslands merging with Bhabar grasslands and 543 species of plants. Manas is considered a site of what Earth probably looked like before the arrival of man.

    It is predominantly famous for its tiger and elephant reserve, and boasts of an endangered and rare wildlife. This park is named after Manas River, a major tributary of Brahmaputra River, which flows through the heart of the park. Manas National Park enchants you with its unique natural beauty and scenic landscapes set against the foothills of the ever-mesmerizing Himalayas.

    The Manas River gushing from the heart of the park, lush green hills, rugged terrains, and tropical evergreen forests along with the wildlife, offers a unique experience of wilderness to the nature enthusiasts and tourists. Manas National Park is probably the only national park that offers night excursions to explore wildlife. Manas offers a number of activities like Tiger Spotting, Elephant Ride and Boating in river Manas.

    Best time to visit: October to April

    Park timings: 5:30 am to 6:30 pm

    Entry Fee:
        -Indian citizen- 20 INR
        -Foreign National -250 INR

    Still and video camera charges: 50 INR and 100 INR respectively for Indians and 500 for foreigners

    Jeep entry fee: 300 INR

    Safari charges:
        -Indian- 120 INR
        -Foreigner- 750 INR

    Boat ride (8 seater) – 8000 INR

    Location: Fatemabad- Mathanguri Road, Jyoti Gaon, Assam.
  • 16Achanakmar Tiger Reserve, Chhattisgarh

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    Covering over 557.55 Sq. km, Achanakmar Tiger Reserve is a biosphere reserve located in the Mungeli district of Chhattisgarh. It is also a confluence point of three rivers namely Sone River, Johila River and Narmada River on Malakal hills, offering a thrilling experience to trekkers.

    It is one of the most well-equipped tiger reserves in India with a coffee house, a restaurant, and many other facilities. Located at a mere distance of 60 km from Bilaspur, Achanakmar Tiger Reserve is home to 35 Bengal Tigers and many other animals including Indian leopard, sloth bear, Indian Jackal, black buck, wild boar and Nilgai to name a few. With the meandering Maniyari River flowing through the heart of Achanakmar Tiger Reserve, tall bamboo vegetation, and the wild tropical deciduous forests, it forms the most sought after national parks in Chhattisgarh.

    Achanakmar has over 500 medicinal plants and boasts of over 100 species of migratory birds during winters. Apart from these, Achanakmar has a robust leopard population, which makes it the ideal park to spot leopards. With its extraordinary beauty and rich biodiversity, Achanakmar attracts thousands of nature enthusiasts and tourists every year.

    Best time to visit: November-June

    Location: Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh.
  • 17Tadoba National Park, Maharashtra

    Tadoba National Park, Maharashtra
    For the wildlife enthusiast who are seeking for some adventure and want to take some good pictures of the tigers then Tadoba National Park is the perfect place for you. The national park is one of the largest and the oldest National Park which has various species of animals and trees. Tadoba National Park is situated at the core of a reserved forest and coners an area of 1725 The whole firest is overshadowed by teak and bamboo. Get amazed by the magical landscape of the marshlands, lakes and the rigged cliffs. You can find a variety of wildlife like panthers, tigers, hyenas, sloth bears, wild dogs, jackals, barking deer, bison, sambar and deer.

    Explore the wildlife with the Gypsy and Jeep Safaris which are always available in Tadoba National Park. To get the real taste of the wildlife the best time to visit is from February to May, Gaurs, tigers, herd of deer and other animals can be spotted at this time of the year.

    If you are taking a flight then Nagpur (140 Km) is the nearest airport from where it takes 3 hour taxi rides to reach the park. You can also take the train to Chandrapur (49 kms) from the reserve.
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  • 18Satpura National Park, Madhya Pradesh

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    Your wildlife exploration would not be complete without visiting the Satpura National Park in Madhya Pradesh. This national park was established in the year 1981. Satpura National Park is located in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh in Central India and spreads over an area of 1427 This wildlife is famous for the tiger which roams around freely. For the wildlife lovers this place is the best option for you. There are variety of other wildlife like 50 species of mammals, 254 species of birds, 30 species of reptiles, 50 species of butterflies and much more.

    Once you reach the reserve you can enjoy jeep safari, elephant safari, walking safari and boat safari.

    Satpura National park is close to Pachmarhi hill station and can be easily travelled by road from cities like Bhopal, Jabalpur, Chindwara, and Nagpur. If you are travelling by train than you can take the Sohagpur station which is about 20kms from national park.
  • 19Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra

    Located at the Northeastern corner of the Bhandara district lies the Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary. This reserve covers an area of about 152 sq. km. This reserve forest is garlanded with a picturesque landscape with a variety of wildlife. The Wildlife Sanctuary has 34 species of mammals, 166 species of birds, 36 species of reptiles and four species of amphibians. Some of the main wildlife of this sanctuary are the tiger, bison, wild boar and wild dog.

    Although the sanctuary is opened all year round but the best time to visit this sanctuary is during the month of April and May.

    You can drive from Sakoli which will be about 22 km. If you are taking a flight then you can take the flight to Nagpur airport. 



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 favorite 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 the 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


Havelock Island

Being one of the topnotch attractions in Andaman is the sublime Havelock Island brimming with silky beaches and exuberant greenery. A lot of tourist locations, resorts, hotels, attractions and much more are creating the perfect background to Havelock Island to host as many tourists as possible. This is the largest of all the islands in Andaman and comprises of a lot of small islands. The administration in Havelock promotes eco-tourism on a large scale.

The lighthouse established in 2005 at the northern part of the island gives additional recognition for the island. The accommodation options on Havelock will let you be surprised. Ranging from high-end, luxurious resorts to camps with basic amenities, the stay arrangements done by the administrative people here are unbelievable.

Highlights: The long stretches of different types of beaches are the main highlight to be pointed out. Declared the best beaches in the world, almost all of them are blissfully located on Havelock Island, connected to closely to the main boat jetty on the island.  

Elephant Beach, Radhanagar Beach, Vijaynagar Beach, Kalapathar Beach which are known in numbers also are proclaimed to have the highest number of tourists every year as there are many beautiful hotels in Andaman, to provide the ultimate relaxation in holidays. The green fringed shorelines, the clear sea water, the colourful marine animals, the long coral reefs, the wild fauna and flora bring forth the astounding picture of Havelock incomparably beautiful.

Activities: Snorkeling and diving are the favourite activities done on the islands though other major water based activities like boating and kayaking are frequently done.

Distance from Port Blair: Havelock Island is lying 42 kms northeast of the capital city, Port Blair. There are regular boat services by the Directorate of Shipping Services which connect Phoenix Bay jetty in Port Blair to Havelock daily.



Chidiya Tapu

As the name suggests, Chidiya Tapu is the perfect haven for unseen migratory birds and common native birds found in the Andaman Islands. Recognized as the most enchanting beach in Andaman and tourists arrive here on a large scale as the beach extends the best ever sights for them including the eye catching sunrise and sunset views. This is a silent yet crowded beach encircled by evergreen forests on one side and the short hills on the other side. 

As it is considered to be the presenter of the most finishing touch of sunset and sunrise views, it is the main hub in Andaman Islands. The beach is filled with 46 varieties of endangered species of birds, and white spotted deer. There are a lot of seasonal orchids and other varieties of plants.

Highlights: The major attractions of Chidiya Tapu are the Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, the Sylvan Sands, the Munda Pahar Beaches etc. You will be able to stay at a forest guesthouse located nearby atop a hillock and from there, the panoramic view of Chidiya Tapu in detail.

Activities: Apart from sunset and sunrise views, plenty of people come for an Andaman and Nicobar trip to see this beach, to identify the rare species appear in multiple colours and size. Even though many of the birds are commonly found on the beach, you would find it as a unique and unnatural scene to find the colourful gathering of them. Boating is an attractive activity done here as well as snorkeling and swimming are also a part of the adventure activities usually experienced by those who visit here.

Distance from Port Blair: It is located about 25 kms from Port Blair.


Neil Island

A tiny island located to the south of Andaman is Neil Island, brimming with less explore marine diversity, coral reefs, long beaches and bewitching greenery. Being one of the tourist destinations in Andaman, Neil is so happy to become the host with revealing all what it has. A romantically silent island unlike the hustle of Havelock Island, Neil Island is termed as the vegetable bowl of Andaman. A perfect place to simply relax and chill is the beaches here and the deserted shores are favourite to those who love to relax in utmost peace.

In two hours, one can explore the island by walking around. It got the name Neil after the British Brigadier General James Neill who stubbornly dealt with the rebels during the 1857 Mutiny. The rich cultivation of paddy is found in Neil Island that belongs to the Ritchies’ Arhcipelago between Havelock Island and Rose Island. One should add this Island to their itinerary if they planning a trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Highlights: One of the major highlights of Neil Island is Neil Kendra, a beautiful curving bay full of white sand and holding the major jetty of the island made attracting by disarraying numerous colourful wooden fishing boats. Known to be the heart of the island, Neil Kendra has Bharatpur Beach on its left and Laxmanpur Beach on the right. The richest collection of marine lives and coral reefs have given Neil Island the peculiarity of being one of the most thrilling scuba diving sites on the island. In addition to diving, Neil Island is home to those who love snorkeling, swimming, birding, cycling etc.

Activities: Glass bottom ride and snorkelling are the major activities available on Neil Island though there are enough opportunities to do diving and other prime adventure activities.

Distance from Port Blair: The island belongs to the South Andaman district is located about 36 km northeast from Port Blair.


Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar Beach in Andaman has ranked 8th among the top ten beautiful beaches in the world based on travellers reviews and rating available on multiple sources and Radhanagar Beach deserves it for many reasons. One of the most ravishing beauty in Andaman with a lot of tourists visiting it every year, Radhanagar Beach is the gem of Havelock Island. 500 meters away from the beach, one can see only the expansive blue water and the lush green tropical forests but when you reach the beach, the sights are apparently awe-inspiring.

 Radhanagar is commonly called as Beach No.7 and this is one of the closest beach located near to Havelock Island ferry tier. The silky beach is kids friendly as well so that families are found in plenty on the beach to spend their vacation or a short holiday. There is nothing to be worried as the coast guards are roaming around always and the number of people here will be a pleasant sight to see. Andaman honeymoon packages itinerary always includes Havelock Island.

Activities: Snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, boating, parasailing etc are some of the most commonly seen activities on the beach and among them Scuba Diving is the best as it offers the clear interaction with the wide range of marine animals and coral reefs around living in harmony. 

The turquoise water gives a rejuvenating experience while you swim across or do snorkelling and since the number of tourists are relatively higher, the Government opens more opportunities for them to spend an ample time on the beach. As it is a superb place adventure lovers also would covet, the fame it has achieved international importance in no time. You must book a Andaman tour including snorkelling, to make your holiday much more special.

Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair it will take more than three hours to reach Radhanagar Beach as it is located about 72 kms away from the capital city.


Baratang Island

One of the aboriginal tribes of Andaman lives in Baratang Island, a highly blessed region with years-old wilderness. Earlier, the tribes did not let outside people to enter their community but presently, Baratang Island is a vibrant tourist destination as people love to spend time amidst the huge forests, limestone caves, mangrove ranges and the mud volcanoes.

Baratang is a part of the Great Andaman Chain with an area of 243 sq.kilometers and that marks it as the main island of the group. Middle Andaman is lying to the north and South Andaman in the south of Baratang Island. And it belongs to Rangat Taluk. 

Highlights: The active mud volcanoes are the highlights of Baratang Island along with the abundant mangrove forests and evergreen rainforests and the limestone caves located beyond the forests. So adventure lovers find Baratang as a wise choice to indulge in mind blowing trekking and nature walk. Among the multiple number of mud volcanoes, jalki, as the locals call it, is the famous one.

Activity: Nature walk through the wild forests and the extensive mangrove forests is one of the prime activities done on Baratang Island. Boating, trekking, hiking etc are some of the other, identified activities available on the island. For a comforting stay after a day full of activities, you must check the resorts in Andaman.

Distance from Port Blair: The island is located about 150 kms north of Port Blair and one can reach the island by ferry services only.


Elephant Beach

Settled on the sands of Havelock Island, Elephant Beach is a reveling beauty well presented by the long coral reefs and the shining shoreline. A peaceful beach with pure serenity and silent ambience will offer the visitors a soothing melody and that would be the perfect time to relax, to walk around with your love or just to do sunbathing. 

Among the different beach on Havelock Island, Elephant Beach has a special significance because of its friendly atmosphere and not so crowded shoreline. In addition to the adventurous activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving, tourists find time to do boating and similar activities on the beach. 

The clear water, the calm waves, the cool breeze and the magnificent sights on the shore have their own impacts on the number of people visiting the beach. You must check other islands of Andaman consisting of great beaches and make your tour marvellous by visiting them.

Highlights: The long array of private boats, fishing boats and buoys extend a riveting beauty to the beach. Moreover, it is a kid friendly beach as well so that families are found here aplenty. The huge shoreline is the key factor behind the countless visitors appear on the beach every day. 

During monsoon also, tourists would love to come to Elephant Beach. People have reported that at times, the wild elephants from the nearby forests come to the beach and stroll along the white sandy bed.

Activities: An ideal place for snorkeling and scuba diving is Elephant Beach though boating and other fun, water based activities are also done by the visitors often. Tourists have experienced the best sea walking as well on Elephant Beach.

Distance from Port Blair: Elephant Beach is located on the famous Havelock Island. It is lying about 69 kms away from the capital city of Andaman, Port Blair. One can reach the beach via boat from Havelock jetty after reaching there from Port Blair by road or by boat.



A marvelous town in the north part of Andaman Islands is Diglipur, an amicable tiny town with a lot of good people around. For eco- friendly tourists, this town is an inevitable choice. Though the marine life is the prominent feature of this town but the cultivation of orange and rice has enormous importance in the economy of Diglipur.

Highlights: Lamiya Bay Beach is a highlight of the town, it is located a few kilometers away from Kalipur Beach. The beach is lying in the foothills of Saddle peak, the highest one in Andaman. Around 20 kms from Diglipur is the green Shyamnagar covered by thick jungles and why Shyamnagar is a priority for tourists is because of the presence of mud volcanoes here. Kalipur Beach and Ramangar Beach are the other famous beaches at Diglipur and they are famous for turtle nesting. Moreover, visitors are quite eager to visit Alfred Caves as well where a huge collections of limestone structures are found.

Activities: Since there are plenty of beaches, caves, greenery etc, Diglipur offers the visitors a huge number of activities ranging from refreshing trekking through the jungles to the water based activities like island hopping, snorkeling, boating, fishing etc. Near to Diglipur there are famous spots to do multiple activities.

Distance from Port Blair: Lying 290 kms away from Port Blair, the small town of Diglipur that can be connected by boat from both Port Blair and Mayabunder. The boat services from Port Blair are available twice a week. But one can reach the town by road via ATR from Port Blair.


Vijaynagar Beach

Known as Beach No.5 is Vijaynagar Beach in the north east part of Havelock Island. Very remote from the crowded locations on Havelock Island, Vijaynagar Beach is close to heart for those who love to spend time in utmost calmness. The regular touch of the sapphire blue water on the pearl like sandy beach makes no noise and it is one of the reasons why tourists chosen it as the perfect space for romantic couples and families. Don't forget to check the resorts for couples in Andaman.

The beauty of the beach has been praised so much by those who visited it. It is always better to come here freely, just to roam around, or to float on the shallow water, or to read under the large shade given by the huge trees on the shore or to do sunbathing. The collection of Mahua trees and palms is the significant ornament making the beach a splendid place to sit back and relax as much as time one wants to. This is one of the magnificent attractions in Andaman.

Highlights: A photographer's paradise is Vijaynagar Beach; especially the sunrise views from the beach is incomparably magnificent. When the sun’s fresh rays spread all over the wide sea, the entire atmosphere starts blushing in all possible colours and there is no better sight from the beach would satiate a photographic mind. The native birds appear during the fresh mornings add effective colours to the sunrise pictures.

Activity: The beach is recognized for relaxed swimming and sunbathing. Adventure activities are not yet a fashion on this inevitable part of Havelock Island.

Distance from Port Blair: Vijaynagar Beach is located at a distance of about 38 kms from Port Blair but from Havelock jetty the beach is lying 9 kms away only.


Chadar Trek

For some years, adventure seekers all around the world have been talking about Chadar Trek in the Zanskar Region. Until this year, hundreds of people have experienced the thrill hidden and the mind blowing sights around Chadar frozen river. In fact, Chadar Trek is the most sought after and one of the breathtaking treks in the Himalayas. The winter trek is so special for those who are ready to have adventure at the maximum level. 

The river trek starts from Chilling where the river begins to freeze and mostly, travelers choose February as the best time to cross the frozen river as the ice sheets will be comparatively stable. The precarious snow-flakes would pose severe threats during the trek but in some other time, the challenges would be kind to the trekker. The surrounding of the river are completely vertical cliffs tall up to 600 meters. The Zanskar River is a tributary of the Indus and is 5 meters long. 

A trekker would have to cover 16 kms per day to complete the Chadar Trek. Usually, people opt for 10-15 days of trek depending on the climatic conditions persisting here. The temperature at Chadar will come to the lowest at -35 degree Celsius during winter and thus Chadar Trek becomes more intimidating. Approximate trekking distance one would have to cover in total is 75 kms.

Maximum altitude: 11123 feet is the height at which Chadar Trek would lead you to.

Location: To take part in Chadar Trek, one should arrive in Leh and from Leh, the journey starts and goes to Chilling, the beginning of the Zanskar River in the frozen state. From Leh it would take about 65-70 kms to reach Tilad via Chilling, the base camp of the trek.

Best time to visit: January end to February is the best time suitable for trekking in the frozen river of Chadar. Quality and safe trekking gears and highly warm clothes are required.


Hemis Monastery

The biggest monastery in the North India is Hemis Monastery, one of the must visit attractions in Ladakh region. Set on the foothills of Indus, Hemis Monastery has 200 branches and over 1000 monks are staying there. It belongs to the red sect Brokpa of Buddhist order. Here the young Lamas are trained for the royal monasteries at Leh, Shey and Basgo.


Hemis Gompa came into existence 17th century and it was built by Chapgon Gyalshas and from then on the gompa was getting the royal patronage of Ladakh till now. But there is a saying that the monastery was founded by the first incarnation of Stangsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso. After the missing of the head Lama in 1956, a young 12 year old boy from Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh has been recognized as the head Lama of the gompa.

Structure of the monastery

The biggest monastery in the region has a surprising architecture and the building is quite appreciable. There are a lot of big statues and stupas decorated with stones and also the splendid collection of thankas. The collection of thankas is believed to be the largest and it would be shown to the public once in 11 years.

Location: Hemis Village is located 43 km south of Leh town and it is very easy to reach the monastery by bus or jeep.

Timing: 08:00 am to 01:00 pm and 02:00 pm to 06:00 pm

Entry fee: INR 100

Highlight: Hemis Festival is the prime attraction at the monastery which celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche. The tenth day of the Tibetan lunar month every 12th year is the date of festival.

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