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    Eco lodges in India boasts a wide range of amenities and activites for their visitors

    Photo credit: Pranav Yaddanapudi - flickr

    Ecological resorts, lodges and hotels have now become the new buzz word for environmental enthusiasts around the world. These eco-friendly alternatives adhere to environmental norms and continuously make improvements to its structure to reduce their impact on the environment. They follow the ‘green living’ mantra, thereby making them environmentally responsible.

    Interesting note: Most of the eco lodges in India and around the world, are located in and around forests and are usually constructed with eco-friendly building material. In these lodges and resorts, the staff is made to practise environmentally friendliness in all aspects of operation. 

    [Discover various wildlife species while exploring the Himalayan National Park]

    Also, visitors are not allowed to smoke within the confines of the lodges and resorts. The food served in these getaways are all 100% organic and are usually grown in-house. In India there are a number of ecological resorts and lodges which provide environment-friendly and ‘green’ options for travelers.

    Bandhavgarh Park Eco Lodges

    The spotted deer

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    Bandhavgarh Park lodges have been built with strict adherence to environmental guidelines. You can take a various tours through the park along with experts who will provide you with information about the species and their origin. Surround yourself with flora and fauna and become one with nature.

    [See the Royal Bengal Tiger with your own eyes while touring through Bandhavgarh Park]

    1. Tiger Trails Safari Lodge

    Have a relaxing weekend at the Tiger Trails Safari Lodge

    The Tiger Trails Safari Lodge is especially meant for adventure-seekers and ardent admirers of Mother Nature. Engage in safari trips where you will be guided by the best instructors as you catch a glimpse of the wildlife. There are camping trips where you can live in the midst of nature in a tent with modern luxuries available.

    2. Nature Heritage Resort

    Enjoy a nights stay at Nature Heritage Resort

    For wildlife lovers, Nature Heritage Resort is the place to be. Set your sights on tigers and various species of fauna. A photographer’s delight, this place will serve as an inspiration for some breath-taking pictures of nature.  The resort also provides all the necessary amenities which will guarantee that you never feel home sick.

    Corbett National Park Eco Lodges

    Birds at Corbett National Park

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    The Corbett National Park eco lodges are surrounded by lush greens and are home to over 100 species of flora and fauna. While you rest and unwind, you will also get to witness to wildlife, birds, reptiles and other mammals.

    [Spot rare wild animals and ride the wildest rivers on our tour through Uttarakhand]

    The lodges and suites available here come with modern amenities as well as a tour of the entire parkthat is famous for its rich diversity of flora and fauna. Special jeeps that come along with tour guides will keep you company on this adventure. You will also be provided with valuable information about the history of the park in addition to information about the animals and plant species.

    3. Claridges Corbett Hideaway

    The Claridges Corbett Hideaway offers an experience of a lifetime. Spread over nearly 100 acres, this palatial resort is one of the most uber-luxurious eco lodges in India. There will never be a dull moment as you can enjoy elephant safaris in addition to other attractive tours. Relax and unwind while you also avail of the relaxing spa which offers rejuvenating eco-friendly natural massages that are devoid of chemicals.

    4. Corbett Riverside Resort

    The Corbett Riverside Resort can be termed as ‘magically wild’. Surrounded by nature, this luxury jungle resort will give you memories for a lifetime. For nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts, this resort will offer you all the thrills that money can afford in addition to a relaxing vacation.

    [Get a first hand experience of nature on a tour to Corbett National Park and Rishikesh]

    Gir National Park eco lodges

    Spacious and relaxing, Gir National Park lodge is a great way for you to detach yourself from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Enjoy nature at its very best here.

    5. Maneland Jungle Lodge

    The Maneland Jungle Resort lies in the heart of a jungle

    Maneland Jungle Lodge is home to the Asiatic Lion in addition to other animal species. Enjoy tranquil surroundings while you spend quality time with your family, or even yourself.

    [Enjoy remote sites and amazing mountain views with our eco camp at Nameri]

    Escape from the daily grind and immerse yourself in the very heart of nature.

    6. Sinh Sadan Guest House

    The Sinh Sadan Guest House is another great option for wildlife lovers looking for a thrilling experience. Surrounded by nature and numerous gardens, this place is perfect for travelers who are on a tight budget. With decent accommodation available, all you need is a good book to keep you relaxed.

    Kanha National Park Eco Lodges

    The elegant peacock can be spotted at the Kanha National Park

    Photo credit: Sankarshan Sen - flickr

    Kanha National Park eco lodges offer a wide range of services and amenities that make your stay a comfortable and pleasurable one. These lodges are unique as they have been constructed by degradable products; making it friendly on the environment.

    They also promote sustainable eco housing in India and wildlife exploration at Kanha National Park. Despite the unassuming exteriors, the interiors are beautifully arranged and managed. You also have the benefit of tasting some of the local food in the area, which is both tasty and nutritious at the same time. 

    7. Wild Chalet Resort

    The Wild Chalet Resort is considered as one of the most famous eco lodges in India. Wildlife lovers patronize this resort as they have enjoyed the renowned jungle ambience. This resort is located close to the jungle, making wildlife viewing a lot more easier. Expert guides will give you an informed tour. You will never feel too far away from home as the resort provides television and internet facilities. Also, you can avail of swimming, angling and other adventure sports during your stay at the resort.

    8. Krishna Jungle Resort

    The Krishna Jungle Resort is known for promoting ecotourism and is also home of the Royal Bengal Tiger. Apart from wildlife, the fauna on display is breathtaking.

    [Embark on a wildlife expedition like no other in Kahna National Park]

    Enjoy a stroll down the various garden paths while you soak in the clean air that surrounds the resort. If adventure is what you seek, then you could also go on a safari.

    Kaziranga National Park Eco Lodges

    Elephant rides through the safari can be done in Kaziranga National Park

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    Kaziranga National Park is among the oldest National Parks in India. It is here that you will find various animal species, birds, mammals and reptiles in Wildlife Sanctuary at Kaziranga. Enjoy tranquil living in one of their many resorts while you relishin the amazing food along with good music. A network of buses will also keep you connected to civilization.

    9. Wild Grass Lodge

    The Wild Grass Lodge located in Kaziranga has been constructed out of sustainable material, giving it a rural feel and keeping up to its reptuation of eco lodges in India You could also get to experience what it actually feels like to go camping with the tents available for visitors who like the outdoors.

    [Get up close with elephants and rhinos in a jeep safari at Kaziranga National Park]

    Nagarhole National Park Eco Lodges

    Nagarhole National Park boasts a range of wildlife

    Photo credit: Srikaanth Sekar - flickr

    The eco lodges of Nagarhole National Park is one of the sought after eco destinations in India, providing nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts a glimpse of the ‘wildlife’ along with Wildlife Adventure at Nagarhole. The colonial style setting is an added attraction. Enjoy sightseeing and also rest in the midst of nature.

    10. Jungle Inn

    Enjoy your dinner in a hut in the middle of the safari

    The Jungle Inn will help you live in peace with nature. This inn overlooks the forest and provides various wildlife sights. Visitors can also avail of rafting, swimming, rappelling and trekking. Therefore, if you love the outdoors, this inn is a great option for you.

    [Be amazed with spectacular views when you take a trek along Brahmagiri hills]
     

    11. Kabini River Lodge

    Take a slow river cruise at this eco lodge

    The Kabini River Lodge is home to a varied selection of wildlife such as tigers, elephants, deers and other animals. Touted as one of the best eco lodges in India, the sprawling estate will give you an experience of a lifetime. The forests that surround the area are rich in flora and fauna, makingit a sought after visiting place for royalty back in the day.

    [Discover various wildlife species in Nagarhole with our Nagarhole wilderness wdventure  tour]

    A safari through the open expanse will fill you with a sense of adventure and joy. The best time to visit this place is during the monsoons when the greenery is lush and rich.

    Panna National Park Eco Lodges

    Photo credit: Brian Gratwicke - flickr

    Panna National Park in Madhya Pradesh also offers eco lodges that are surrounded by forests on all sides. Rare animal species like the gazelle and the wild boar can be sighted.  Various bird species can also be seen, making it a biodiversity hotspot.

    12. Ken River Lodge

    Ken River Lodge offers a splended view of the safari

    The Ken River Lodge resides at the very heart of nature. This paradise offers luxurious living in addition to the rich and diverse flora and fauna which surrounds the place. The hospitality is great and the ambience is simply breath-taking.

    Pench National Park Eco Lodges

    Pench National Park eco lodges offers views of various plant species in addition to other animal species.

    [Enjoy exploring various wildlife with our Wilderness jungle retreat in Kerala tour]

    For sightseeing, a tranquil walk around the area is suggested. A wildlife tour is a must as it gives you a lot of information about the various animals found in the surrounding area.

    13. Pench Jungle Camp

    The Pench Jungle Camp is suited for nature lovers who enjoy spending time outdoors. The camp experience will thrill adventure lovers. You have the option of staying overnight in these camps in the jungle. For security reasons, your tent will be manned by a personal guard. You will also be provided with all the basic items required to keep yourself from getting bitten by bugs and insects.

    14. Mowglis Den Resort

    Mowglis Den Resort is spread over a large area and is home to tigers and other animal species. The forest surrounding the area is famous for teakwood. Enjoy your stay at the homely cottages that provide all the basic amenities while remaining eco-friendly in the services it provides. The food served at this resort is purely organic and fresh. For clean and balanced living, this resort is the perfect resting place.

    Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Eco Lodges

    Go bird spotting at Periyar

    Photo credit: Raja Selvaraj - flickr

    Eco Lodges of Wildlife Sanctuaries in Periyar are a great way to enjoy nature at its very best. The lodges are built from sustainable material so that they do not pose a threat to the environment. This wildlife reserve also boasts numerous bird species, attracting scores of bird watchers year round. A guided wildlife tour is something you should definitely enroll for, especially for those who are keen for some adventure.

    [Enjoy bird watching? Come join us we travel through Kerala to various bird sanctuaries]

    15. Spice Village Hotel

    Take a river cruise to spot animals

    The Spice Village Hotel is a great getaway for you and your family. Surrounded by nature, this hotel provides an escape from the busy city life. Enjoy a relaxing stay in a hotel which prides itself on its staff service, whichcan be customized as per your requirements as well.

    16. Taj Garden Retreat

    Taj Garden Retreat has a colonial feel to it. Nestled in the lap of nature, this palatial resort will give you enough reasons to relax and unwind.  Even the water that fills up the large swimming pool in the resort is recycled so in order to conserve the water.

    Ranthambore National Park Eco Lodges

    Ranthambore National Park is of the largest and amongst the most famous national parks in Northern India. About 130 kilometres from Jaipur, its was once the former hunting gounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Today, the national park is a well known tourist destination, attracting nature lovers and wildlife photographers. The best of the eco lodges in India are in this park.

    17. Ranthambore Wildlife Eco Lodge

    Ranthambore Wildlife eco lodges are great for adventure seekers and wildlife enthusiasts who also wish to enjoy the tranquility that nature provides. Surrounded by lush lawns and dense greenery, it is the ideal place for travellers to relax, unwind and appreciate nature.

    [Spot tigers on our tiger adventure in Ranthambore tour]

    18. Tiger Den Resort

    The Tiger Den Resort offers amazing views of the mountains

    Tiger Den Resort which is situated in Ranthambore National Park will provide you with deluxe lodging facilities that ensure only the best accommodation possible.

    [Explore tiger and leopard spotting in a Ranthambore Pugmark jungle adventure]

    Like other eco lodges in India, great hospitality, wildlife and world-class amenities make this residence a traveler’s delight. Also, you can opt for a wildlife safari which will enable you to take a more extensive tour of the entire area while you spot a few tigers along the way.


Attractions

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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 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 entre 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

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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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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. 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.

 

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Chidiya Tapu

As the name suggests, Chidiya Tapu is the perfect haven for unseen migratory birds and common native birds found in 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.


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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.

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Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar Beach in Andaman has ranked 8th among the top ten beautiful beaches in the world based on travelers 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 are 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.

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 snorkeling 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.

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.

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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.

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.


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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, and it increases only year by year. For a perfect honeymooning in Andaman, you should must visit this beach.

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.


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Diglipur

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.

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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. 

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.

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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.

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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.

History

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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