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  • 01Birding Kerala Package

    Birding Kerala Package
    • d11 Daysn10 Nights
    • lCochin
    • NNNNN23 ratings
    • Kamal Der
      Supplier
      Kamal Der

    For bird lovers, this is the perfect Kerala tour. It takes you on an extensive bird watching tour through the destination. The lush surroundings of Kerala make it ideal as breeding grounds for different species of birds. Travel through the picturesque hill station of Munnar several bird sanctuaries for exploring exotic varieties. Keep your camera always on the ready for that exclusive shot in Birding Kerala Package.

  • 02Birding Kerala Tour

    Birding Kerala Tour
    • d9 Daysn8 Nights
    • lCochin
    • NNNNN25 ratings
    • K.D. Prajith
      Supplier
      K.D. Prajith

    Kerala is not just about the backwaters and the beaches. It is a destination to be enjoyed by bird watching enthusiasts as well. The diversity in flora of the destination attracts a lot of species of birds around the year. This Birding Kerala tour brings you the best of bird watching in Kerala.

  • 03Bird Watching in Goa

    Bird Watching in Goa

    Rejoice in Goa beyond its beaches and party places. With as many as 423 bird species, enjoy bird watching in this region that is a nature lover’s paradise. The experience is usually done on foot and the organisers provide you binoculars for easy viewing.

    Opt for two timings, 6 am to 9 am or 4pm to 7pm. Meet at Benaulim Beach. You can choose among the 3 options from Benaulim, Varka, Colva Goa and Madgao. Destinations such as Colva, Benaulim and Panjim, which are known for their sandy beaches and picturesque beauty are also important habitats of several bird species. 

    In this three hour activity, walk through the beautiful surroundings and spot attractive birds such as the Brahmini Kite, White Bellied Sea Eagles, Egrets, Falcons, Herons, Kingfishers, Bee-eaters, Chestnut Heron, Indian Pond Herons, Peacocks and Babblers. As many as 30 to 40 bird species can be spotted in these regions. With the able guidance of an experienced and well-trained guide, you can learn a lot about the birds and their habitat in the different parts of Goa. These walking trips are an excellent opportunity to view rare and endangered bird species of the region.

    Duration: 3 hours 

     

  • 04Bird Watching in Goa

    Bird Watching in Goa
    • d4 Daysn3 Nights
    • lPanaji
    • NNNNN41 ratings
    • Sharath
      Supplier
      Sharath

    3N/4D : Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary - Bondla Widlife Sanctuary - Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

    What will you see : Colourful Birds, Crocodiles, Wildlife, Butterflies.

    What will you do : Jungle Walk, Boat Safari. 

    Located on the Western Ghats of Goa, the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary serves as one of the best destinations for birdwatching. The sanctuary is situated near the Molem town, Goa.

    Birding in this sanctuary has an unmatched delight of its own. With the presence of more than hundred bird's species, this sanctuary also boasts of its other wildlife like Panther, Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Deer and several other exotic animals. While birding in this sanctuary, the display of various colours by the butterflies of this sanctuary will surely amaze the spectators.

  • 05Bird Watching And Photography, Bangalore

    Bird Watching And Photography, Bangalore
    • h11 Hours
    • lBangalore
    • NNNNN37 ratings
    • supplier
      Supplier
      Code: 5784199
    • 4,150

    About the Destination:

    The lush Nandi Hills are ideal to reel in the sights of rare birds and diverse array of flora. As you are amidst the soothing balms of nature, also get to learn the art of photography. This recreational activity lasts for around 11 hours.

    Description: 

    Leave from Indiranagar, Bangalore around 6 am and reach the base of Nandi Hills, an ancient fortress of Southern India by 6.45 am. The fascinating guided birding starts and take in the stunning views that abounds. The thick and rich forest cover supports birdlife, making it a popular location for birdwatchers and photographers. The avian variety usually spotted here includes Indian Pitta, Indian Blue Robin, Nilgiri Woodpigeon, Pied Thrush, Eurasian Blackbird, Blue-capped Rock Thrush, Red-breasted Flycatcher and Malabar Whistling Thrush. Break for lunch around 12 and around 2 continue the bird watching experience.

    At around 3 pm, leave for Hoskote Lake. Capture the rare sights on camera and enjoy bird and nature photography. Enriching the experience are the photography experts who give you insightful tips and teach you the basics of flight photography. Head back home completely refreshed and having honed the skill of taking still pictures. 

    Duration: Around 11 hours

    Activities: Bird watching, Learn photography, Sight Seeing

    Difficulty Level: Easy
     

  • 06North Goa Birding Trip

    North Goa Birding Trip

    Leave the beach side of Calangute and head for Socorro Plateau to see some rare and endemic species of forest birds. On this 4 hour trip, you have the chance to witness a myriad and fascinating range of avian life.

    You’ll be transferred from Calangute around 6:45am to Socorro Plateau. The birds usually spotted here areLeaf birds, Tree pies, Orioles, Munias, Drongos, Barbets, Plum-headed Parakeet, Bulbuls, Koels, Starlings, Doves, Jungle Babblers, Peafowls, Blue tailed Bee-eaters, Woodpeckers, Sunbirds, Small Minivets, Racket tailed Drongos. Those lucky can also get a glimpse of Orange breasted green pigeons.

    From here, head for yet another bird watching session at Paithona Stream and Pilerne Lake. You’ll see some more species such as Kingfishers, Jacanas, Herons, Shrikes, Swallows, Rollers, Black shouldered kites, Sea eagles, Buzzards and Harriers. From here get dropped back in Calangute around 11am.

    Duration: 4 hours 

  • 07Bhigwan Bird Watching

    Bhigwan Bird Watching
    • d1 Day
    • lPune
    • NNNNN28 ratings
    • supplier
      Supplier
      Code: 9786380

    About the Destination:

    • Come winter, the backwaters of Ujani Dam in Pune, Maharashtra becomes the home to several migratory and regional birds. It is during this season of the year, the wetlands around the Bhigwan Bhuleshwar Temple in Pune is thronged by thousands of colourful birds.
    • Located in the Solapur district of Maharashtra, this temple site is well connected with some of the major parts of the state and can also be easily accessed. Over only one day of Bhigwan bird watching, an outing around this temple will introduce you to a delightful riot of fascinating colours that will make you fall in love with the nature at once!
    • Starting from Pune, the trip goes through Hadapsar, Indapur and reaches Bhigwan that is located 130 KM away from Pune.
    • The package includes food, transportation and exciting birding and sightseeing.
  • 08Birding & Photography Tour In Coorg

    Birding & Photography Tour In Coorg
    • d2 Daysn1 Night
    • lCoorg
    • NNNNN34 ratings
    • supplier
      Supplier
      Code: 3593520

    Coorg, also known as Kodagu, is located in the south-western Karnataka bordering Kerala. Nested in foothills of the Western Ghats, this region is the coffee capital of India. Beautiful lush-green tea and coffee estates adorn the surrounding hills, stunning hidden waterfalls and cool climate here are some of the major reasons behind the popularity of Coorg.

    Apart from sprawling coffee estates, this place is also a happy home to some of the most beautiful and rare wildlife.The lush-green thickets are an ideal abode for a wide variety of birds and animals. The breath taking view of the distant hills and diverse fauna are known for enticing tourists from all across the nation.


    About the activity: 

    Prepare yourself to bring out the shutterbug in you with this amazing birding and photography tour in Coorg! Take a walk through the surrounding lush green thickets, click pictures of world’s most beautiful birds such as Asian Brown Flycatcher, Black-naped Monarch, Dark-fronted Babbler, Rufous Babbler, Chestnut and Velvet-fronted Nuthatches, Crimson-backed Sunbird, Bar-winged Flycatcher Shrike, Bronzed Drongo, Chestnut-shouldered Petronia, Ceylon Frogmouth and the Brown-wood Owl.

    Rejuvenate yourself in the placid environs of Coorg! With bird watching in Coorg, every next turn open doors to new sceneries with a new range of stunning birds. Leave your city fatigue aside and prep up for a perfect vacation in one of the most perfect place in the entire nation.

  • 09Bird Watching in Ooty

    Bird Watching in Ooty
    • h4 Hours
    • lOoty
    • NNNNN37 ratings
    • supplier
      Supplier
      Code: 4058010

    About the Activity :

    Birding in Ooty gives the photographer and wildlife lover in you a treat of a lifetime! The vivid colours, the tranquil and dim music in the air from the beautiful birds as they circle above your head around the trees, will give your soul the peace it deserves!

    If discovering exotic wildlife in the hills enthrals you, then this near to 4 hours’ birding in Ooty is the right activity for you this long weekend! With over 200 different varieties of birds, the hill station has offered refuge to rare, precious species of the winged beauties!

    Bird watching in Ooty lets you explore the different hues, sounds and activities of the tiny chirping marvels, hidden comfortably in the thickets of bottle green trees, singing along with nature.

    On your visit to the different botanical Gardens and wildlife sanctuaries, be sure to whip your camera out and zoom in, tread lightly and patiently wait for the perfect click of the boisterous rainbow families to spread their wings and pose for you! During your four hour bird watching activity, you will have seen and rediscovered bird species like the Nilgiri Flycatcher, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Kashmir Flycatcher, White-bellied Shortwing and the Painted Bushquail among others.

  • 10Bird Watching Experience in Wayanad

    Bird Watching Experience in Wayanad
    • d2 Daysn1 Night
    • lWayanad
    • NNNNN29 ratings
    • supplier
      Supplier
      Code: 5121517

    About the activity :

    We are located in the Begur-Tholpetty Reserve Forest area after the Thirunelly Temple, on the other side of Kalindi river. The wildlife retreat is approximately 137 kms from Calicut, 121 kms from Mysore and 250 kms from Bangalore. You can reach our retreat only by road.The beautiful Brahmagiri hills and the surrounding lush green forests have made the retreat an excellent location to view birds in their natural habitat. Here you can catch a glimpse of many endemic and endangered species of birds.

    Meal Types : All 3 meals and tea/coffee. Food is veg or non veg based on guest preference and will be Kerala homemade cuisines.

    Activities : Bird Watching.

    Difficulty Level : Easy 


Birding 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 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.

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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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