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    The stories we read during our childhood about the Maharajas and the Palaces they lived in, can now be lived without being born as a prince of a royal family. India has had a vast history of with several rulers and royalties living luxuriously in their grand palaces.

    The Maharajas really had their way in the most royal fashion, with grand lifestyles and royal places to live in. India is a diverse country with rich cultural heritage.

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    Experiencing India in great luxury is possible by staying in extravagant hotels which have everything to offer. There are several lavish hotels available to cater your needs and and some things beyond that.

    With diverse themes and exuberant packages, hotels have completed revamped their identity today. Palace hotels, fort hotels, mansion hotels and grand hotels are just the kind of luxuries you can enjoy, to name a few.

    As per tradition, Maharajas passed on their wealth and possessions to their heirs. However, their successors re-structured their assets and converted some of their prized possessions like castles into palace hotels.

    Palace Hotels in India offer you the best of Indian cuisines, no matter where you visit. Such royalty and grand lifestyle can be best experienced in these majestic palace hotels. Here is a guide through all castle hotels in India.

    We start our regal journey with Rajasthan holiday, a state that is defined by intricately designed palaces and fort hotels in India. The rulers of Rajasthan adorned the state with the most beautiful palaces in the country.

    Though these palaces have now been converted to heritage or castle hotels, the charm and grandeur continues to remain the same. Besides, Rajasthan, palace/fort hotels are located in other parts of the country like Delhi, Kashmir etc. Read on to catch a glimpse of some of the most famous palace hotels of the country.

    A Guide through various Royal Hotels in India

    1. Raj Palace Hotel, Jaipur

    Named ‘The World’s best heritage hotel’, Raj Palace Hotel has some of best facilities and services apart from offering relaxing spa experiences to even Kalari massage, live barbeques, gym, multimedia and restaurants that offer a large variety of cuisines including some authentic Rajasthani food like dal bati churma, kadi, kachori, etc.

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    The Raj Palace is also called the jewel box for the sheer amount of art on display. Regular guests in the lobby of this grandeur include the Sheikhs from Middle East and celebrities from Hollywood and Bollywood as well.

    2. Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

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    The word ‘palace’ would suffice to fill in the gap there isn’t a necessity to elaborate here. The Jai Mahal is in the middle of the 18 acres of the Mughal Gardens so wherever your neck turns, your eye will only catch the greenery in the scene. Besides offering world class facilities, the Jai Mahal Palace is one of the best places for weddings, get together etc.

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    The garden itself can accommodate up to 2000 people and then banquet and conference halls inside for other gatherings. Life size chess board is a popular attraction here along with other amenities like Badminton and Tennis Court, Pool table, Table Tennis etc.

    3. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

    If you want to know how it feels like to take a stroll in one of the most ancient palaces of India, then Rambagh Palace is your destination. Here, you will catch a glimpse of grand furniture, ornamental gardens and rooms that were once the chambers of kings who ruled the state.

    The legendary peacock suite gives a view of the Mughal terrace and garden where Holi was celebrated with great pomp and splendour. There is a lot this palace hotel offers.

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    There are 79 rooms beautifully decorated with satin and silk drapes that make you feel like a king or queen. Guide to palace hotels in India would say that has struck a balance between traditional and modern aesthetics.

    4. Samode Palace, Jaipur

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    Another beautiful palace hotel that brightly reflects the likes of the Indo-Saracenic architecture, Samode Palace in Jaipur is a perfect combination of Indian and Mughal architecture. This palace hotel will be your glimpse to the past as it 475 years old and is still going strong.

    The Bougainvillea covered courtyards capture your breath while the narrow staircase by the garden will take you through the lounges that reflect the beauty of the culture with its intricately designed arches, mirror work and decorated walls. The beauty of the place is doubled with the royal suites that go through the courtyard where each of them have their own distinct decor and design.

    5. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

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    Another blast from the past, the Umaid Bhawan Palace was built between 1928 and 1943. This is a sandstone monument that is slightly yellow and therefore stands out among the rest of the royal hotels of the country.

    Located in the desert capital of Jodhpur, our guide to palace hotels in India says that this palace is rich in history and tradition. Umaid Bhawan Palace is a huge 347 room palace that took 15 years to complete.

    The palace is a perfect blend of the eastern and the western architectural influences. There is also a 105 foot high cupola which is influenced by Renaissance. There are other towers that follow the Rajput tradition. This is one of the few mansion hotels in the country that offers you an authentic royal Rajasthan experience.

    6. Bal Samand Lake Palace, Jodhpur

    The destination is Jodhpur again. The city that has been the capital of the Marwar dynasty and houses one of the most beautiful castle hotels in the country, the Bal Samand Lake Palace. Needless to say, this palace hotel is situated by the side of the Balsamand lake.

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    The Bal Samand lake palace is built on red sandstone in the authentic Rajput architectural style and it was the summer residence of the Maharajas of Jodhpur. The lake is artificial but it used for the garden landscape of the Palace Hotel. The Bal Samand Lake Palace houses all the modern amenities required to make your stay pleasant and peaceful.

    7. Ajit Bhawan, Jodhpur

    Palace hotels in India - Ajit Bhawan, Jodhpur

    Rajputs have indeed laid the foundation for perfection with respect to architecture in the country. That is what makes us go back to Jodhpur yet again. Ajit Bhawan palace hotel is a true portrayal of the Rajput legacy and is the pride of the country today. The Ajit Bhawan Palace hotel is intricately developed in order to live up to the legacy of the Rajput era.

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    The light of the Heritage always keeps burning in the restaurant and every room is decorated with the grandest of amenities. Some of the attractions of the Ajit Bhawan Palace Hotel include the café, Garden restaurant, a food banquet called ‘Dhani’ where food is served the authentic Rajasthani style, the Prince bar, etc. It occupies pride of places amongst guide to palace hotels in India.

    8. Fort Chanwa Luni, Jodhpur

    Fort Chanwa Luni is another luxury and heritage palace hotel located in the streets of Jodhpur. Though the rulers of the place left long back, the fort continues to keep the charm alive and bubbling. This is one of the few fort hotels that continues to live up to its glory and pride as it was owned by Maharaja Dalip Singh and Rani Madhu Devi.

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    This place is a crowning glory on all the other royal hotels in Jodhpur. Like all other Fort hotels, Chanwa Luni is now a popular destination among tourists for its perfect blend of traditional and modern aesthetics.

    9. Sardar Samand Palace, Pali

    Another lake view awaits you at the Sardar Samand Palace. This was actually a hunting lodge built by the Maharajas of the 1930s. The architectural features of the palace have not been changed since the time it was constructed but the interiors have been carefully constructed. To sum it up, this is one of the best ways to relax and have fun.

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    The view from the palace is phenomenal. The breathtaking view of the lake has a soothing effect on all senses. The restaurant specialises in continental and Indian cuisines. You can laze around with your dinner plate by the lake or inside.

    10. Devi Garh, Udaipur

    Udaipur, a popular destination for royal hotels in the city, houses another remarkable architectural marvel, the Devi Garh Heritage hotel. A palace built in the 18th century, Devi Garh is located on a stunning hilltop and has been intricately carved into a house of luxury.

    This is an all-suite luxury hotel with the best of facilities and consists of 39 grand suites with each of them being designed intricately. Every suite reflects the perfect blend of traditional aesthetics with contemporary mannerisms.

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    The whole palace hotel has a neat carpet of marble flooring with a 12-feet tall tower made blocks of uncut marble. The Devi Garh palace hotel is spread across a massive 1200 sq ft, with an enchanting swimming pool that has black marble flooring.

    11. Fateh Prakash Palace, Udaipur

    Revisiting the glorious past of ancient India with Fateh Prakash Palace in Udaipur. The place sheltered the Maharanas of Mewar who ruled the place from 1884 to 1930. The Fateh Prakash Palace shares it grounds with the banks of the Lake Pichola and it looks like the Palace has been constructed for a fairytale.

    Everything here is regal, from interiors to beautiful display of armors and weapons. The Durbar Hall Sabah Nagar and Crystal Gallery reflects the wealthy state of the dynasty.

    12. Lake Palace, Udaipur

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    The thought of living in an island is quite exciting, isn’t it? Think of a palace rising nestled in an island. You will need to take a boat ride to the Lake Palace hotel that is surrounded by Aravalli hills while other palaces of the city serve as the backdrop. The palace has suites built in the Chandra Prakash style which literally means the ‘gleam of the moon’.

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    There are gilt moldings, marble columns with neat sculpted inscriptions and the softest of drapes that run through the Lake Palace hotel. There are 17 suites and 66 rooms all of which offer stunning and impeccable view and then all around you is a décor that engulfs you with a feeling of being royalty.

    13. Shikarbadi, Udaipur

    A visit to the dynasty of Mewar will treat your eyes to the view of Aravalli hills and animals from the wild like the spotted deer, the Nilgai, the wild boar and peacocks. The lake that surrounds the Shikarbadi Palace hotels brings birds here from their natural habitat.

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    All the suites in Shikarbadi Palace face the deer park and you can see most of the sanctuaries and hills that surround the place. You will find yourself transported to a completely different era when the royalty and grandeur engulf you in this palace hotel in India

    The attractions of the Shikarbadi Palace Hotel include a private airstrip, a farm that breeds the best of the Marwari horses and a cricket field. Doesn’t that include everything that is reminiscent of an ancient and modern era? Every moment becomes a memory at the Shikarbadi Palace.

    14. Shiv Niwas Palace, Udaipur

    The Shiv Niwas Palace that once housed the court meeting of the victorious king Maharana Fateh Singh can now be your holiday destination.  This crescent shaped palace is a stricture from the 20th century which was once reserved only for visiting dignitaries and is now considered among the best heritage/royal hotels in the country.

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    The palace has some of the best suites to offer and each one is different from the other. The view from the suites offers a panoramic view of the beauty of Udaipur. The Shiv Niwas Palace is a popular venue for some of the biggest events of the country.

    15. Gajner Palace, Bikaner

    Gajner Palace hotel located in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan is beauty personified. The palace is filled with suites and rooms decorated with royalty and extravagance. The distinctive feature of the Gajner Palace are its terrace and balconies.

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    The view from here will treat your eyes to the beauty of Thar Desert. Besides, the Gajner Palace offers some really special deals like nature walks, boat rides, sanctuary dinners and desert safaris.

    16. Laxmi Niwas Palace, Bikaner

    Bikaner houses one of the most palace hotels in the India, the Laxmi Niwas Palace. With its intricately sculpted walls, mesmerising marble flooring and domed rooftops; all you have to do is enjoy lavish experiences while your hosts cater to your needs round the clock. Apart from a spa, bookshop, two restaurants and a reading room, a beautiful swimming pool and a billiards room are also provided as a part of the services.

    17. Bikaner House "The Palace Hotel", New Delhi

    The heat of the deserts of Rajasthan could be balanced only with the chills of Mt. Abu. After all, that is where most of the rulers of the Rajasthan went for a holiday. The Bikaner House at Mt. Abu could be your ideal holiday destination. The Palace Hotel as it is was called earlier has now been classified as a Heritage Hotel.

    The palace hotel is a treat to your eyes for the yellow pillars and sleek sculptures instill a sense of royalty. The Palace hotel consists of 33 rooms each one decorated with fervour and vibrancy. Traditional meals are served throughout the day.

    18. Neemrana Fort Palace, Alwar

    According our guide to palace hotels in India, Neemrana Palace is one of the most unique. Since aesthetics and beauty continue to remain a primary factor, Neemrana offers some of the most magical weekend gateways, celebrations, feasts, festivals and conferences.

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    The Neemrana is a seven wings palace which is built over 12 layers stretching across a vast 2.5 hectares of lush green gardens. To make the experience better, there are hanging gardens, two swimming pools, an ayurvedic massage and India’s first zip line.

    19. Udai Bilas Palace, Udaipur

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    Udai Bilas Palace is nestled in the blue waters of the Gain Sagar lake on one side and on the other is a cove of the private forest reserve. This is a living paradise that has tinges of royal charm in it.

    The melodious chirping of birds, verdant surroundings and exquisite architecture make this place one of the most sought after places in India. This palace has nothing but beauty entwined in rich culture and tradition.

    There are many other Royal Palace hotels in India like Fernhills Palace, Kasmanda Palace, Wildflower Hall, Deogarh Mahal, Chandra Mahal Haveli, Lalitha Mahal Palace, Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mansion Hotels like the one in Kashmir and the Ajit Mansion, Jodhpur to name a few.


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, people come in plenty toward 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.

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.

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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Markha Valley Trek

Adventure lovers always had an affection to Markha Valley and still it fulfills the dreams of a trekker or adventure seeker with the unrivalled collection of natural spectacle. Long day trekking tours are offered by a lot of tour providers all over India which promise a journey through the most scenic locations and villages. The awesomely exciting feature of this trek is that it will let the trekker cross two high altitude passes in Ladakh; Gandala La at 4980 meters and Kongmaru La at 5276 meters.

 Being one of the diverse treks in Ladakh region, Markha Valley trek offers a lot of adventurous moments throughout. The barren land of Ladakh and the Buddhist temples found throughout the journey make the trek special. The route winds past the Ladakhi villages and it goes to Hemis National Park where the chances to spot some rare wildlife species are comparably high. The nomadic groups of people will be a unique picture to keep in heart. The symbols of Buddhism like ‘chortens’, stupas, multi colored prayer flags and numerous monasteries narrate the story of Buddhist culture embraced Markha centuries ago. Another interesting fact heard about Markha Valley trek is that it is also called ‘tea house trek’ due to the accommodation provided in parachute tents in most of the villages during the tour.

Maximum altitude: 15000 feet is the maximum altitude the trek will cover.

Location: In most of the cases, the trek starts from Leh. The trail usually goes through Chilling, Skyu and then to Markha. From Markha it would take the trekker to reach Hankar and Nimaling and finally return to Leh. The ideal trekking distance is 75 kms and it would be graded as difficult.

Best time to visit: The months of June, July, August, September and October are recommended as the best time to do Markha Valley trek.