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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

    Photo credit: Sankara Subramaniam - flickr

    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.


Eco lodges 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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Haridwar

Known as one of the most ancient and sacred cities in India, Haridwar is situated on the banks of the Holy Ganga River and is one of the few places near Delhi to visit at any time during the year, and if you are an ardent devotee, then there are specific times during the year that you can visit this place.

Revered by Hindus all over the country, Haridwar is one of the seven holiest cities of India and widely known as home to the Panch Tirth (five pilgrimage destinations) and three Siddha Peetha (a place where desires get fulfilled). A pious and holy place, Haridwar is a haven for photographers who can capture the deep beauty of the place and raw Indian culture.

Distance from Delhi: 208km

Best time to visit: February to March and August to October

Attractions: Har Ki Pauri, Holy Ganges, Shantikunj, Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi Temple

Activities: Rafting, Temple Visits, Cable Car Ride, Boat Rides and Ghat Visits 

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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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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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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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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.

 

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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 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.


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