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    A sought-after destination for holidays, India is larger than life in many ways, with a population of over a billion to its busy streets and eclectic fashion. Amidst the chaos, India is also a luxury travel destination, with a mix of old-world charm and modern sophistication.

    Known as the ‘Land of the Maharajas’, the palaces that have survived the test of time since colonial times have now (at least most of them) been converted to luxury hotels and resorts. From the Taj Mahal in Agra to the decadent palaces found in Rajasthan, opulence and grandeur can be found in abundance in India.

    Luxurious places and experiences in India

    1. Enjoy your Dinner at The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, Rajasthan

    The Oberoi Rajvilas situated in Jaipur also makes the list of luxury travel guide of India for its fine dining and drinking. The Oberoi Group of Hotels is well-known for their high service standards all across the country. This particular hotel is no exception. It offers world-class gourmet dining with an exotic spread that will leave you spoilt for choice. From Indian to International cuisines, the chefs that prepare these scrumptious meals are widely recognized for their culinary skills.

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    Enjoy a meal for two while you are served some of the best wines in the world. The Surya Mahal and Raj Mahal is the perfect place for Indian cuisine. While you dine, you can enjoy traditional Indian music. The impeccably high standards of service will make your experience a memorable one. Also, you can avail of the round-the-clock in-room dining facility where you can have your favorite cuisine delivered to your suite.

    2. Go Tiger Spotting and Stay a Night at Aman-i-Khás, Rajasthan

    Outdoor tents at Aman-i-Khs

    The luxurious Aman-i-Khás has been listed in luxury travel guides about India as it is considered by many as the best place for tiger spotting. If you love adventure, this luxury wilderness camp is the right place for you. Forests and grasslands will surround you as you dwell in big, palatial tents. The tigers here are the main attraction. Safety will not be compromised as you will be given a tour by expert guides who will help you navigate the terrain and give you the adventure you deserve.

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    Also, various bird species that can be spotted. After a day of touring and adventure, you can relax on your very own personal deck outside your tent. Enjoy the company of your fellow visitors or just relax and unwind with the stars in the sky for company.

    3. Get a Relaxing Massage at the Taj Green Cove in Kerala

    The Taj Green Cove in Kerela is considered as one of the best for anyone who wishes to get a luxury massage. Known as one of India’s finest, this beach resort spreads across a whopping 10 acres. It has small and intimate cottages with a private balcony overlooking the entire resort. Soak up the sun and enjoy the sand while you also avail of a rejuvenating massage that will relax your body and cleanse your soul.

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    The resort also has palatial suits and private villas with their very own sun deck in addition to a private pool. The Taj Green Cove is the perfect getaway for newly-weds as well as those couples who want to get away from the stresses of everyday life.

    Known for its famous massages, a full-service spa offers powerful spa treatments. Preferred among visitors is the hot coconut massage which will help exfoliate your skin.

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    4. Bathe like a King at The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

    The grand exteior of The Oberoi Amarvilas Agra

    The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra has been listed on a host of luxury travel guides of India as the place with the most luxurious bathing experience. The hotel possesses over 50 rooms with a few luxury suites. Each room in the hotel has a spacious bathroom as well as an open terrace. Nothing gets more luxurious than that.

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    There is only one master suite in the entire hotel which has its very own living, dining and dressing rooms. The bathroom has a huge bath tub which is made of the finest white marble. While you relax your body in the bath, you can also bath salts to enrich your bathing experience. There is the option of availing of the rose and milk bath which will help sooth your skin. To top it off, you can visit the spa to have a relaxing massages with the latest techniques.

    5. Experience Splendor and Luxury at Taj Lake Palace Udaipur, Rajasthan

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    Considered as one of the leading hotels in the world, Taj Lake Palace located in Udaipur, Rajasthan has a sophisticated charm that sets it apart from other landmark hotels in the world. Each room is iconic and styled differently, thereby making it unique and exclusive. You will never be in want for much as the services rendered in the hotel are world-class.

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    From fine dining to luxurious river boat rides, your stay will be nothing short of magical. This luxury hotel is also considered as the most romantic hotel in the world, and for good reason. The entire hotel is beautifully located on Lake Pichola.

    6. Luxury Spot for Gaming: The Leela Goa Cavelossim, Goa

    Luxury travel guide of India also rank The Leela Goa Cavelossim, Goa as the best luxury place for gaming. The hotel houses super-spacious and grand hotel rooms that have a view of the sea below. Also, it offers personal butler services, ensuring that you will never be in want for anything. Since Goa is considered by many as the party destination, this hotel also has a disco along with two bars.

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    Apart from all the other great amenities, this stay is most famous for its gaming facilities. For golf lovers, get you clubs ready as the hotel possesses a 12-hole, par 3 golf course. Additionally, it also houses a round-the-clock casino which has slot machines, roulette as well as derby games. For those who like to take a gamble, there is no other place like this in India. Enjoy sunny Goa and all it has to offer at the Leela Goa Cavelossim.

    7. Luxury Floating Residences: Kumarakom Lake Resort Kottayam, Kerala

    If you enjoy being surrounded by cool water, then the Kumarakom Lake Resort Kottayam in Kerala is just the right place for you to visit. Listed as the best place for floating residence on many luxury travel guides of India, this resort provides the perfect reason for you to indulge in luxury. It comprises of around 45-50 villas and suits that have their very own swimming pool. The view that the resort offers of the lake is stunning, providing visitors with a peace of mind.

    However, if you wish to experience greater luxury, then you can opt for a houseboat cruise. Almost 80 feet long, these houseboats are fully air-conditioned, which comes along with a living room, dining room as well as a kitchen (hence being a house on the water). Boatmen navigate the waters for you while you relax and unwind.

    You can hire a personal chef on board to whip up famous delicacies to whet your appetite. Spa treatments are also available on board as well.

    8. A Luxurious Tiger Safari: Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan

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    The Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve is the best place to go for a tiger safari. Listed on luxury travel guides of India, this place is a great option for those who wish to seek adventure. Considered by many as one of the largest national parks, this reserve is home to some to the royal tigers of India.

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    You can experience life in the outdoors by staying in one of their 25 luxury tents that are elegant and spacious. Experienced guide will be take you through the tiger safari. You do not have to worry about safety as all the necessary precautions will be put in place much before the safari even begins. After a day of adventure, you can relax by pampering yourself to a spa treatment as a fitting end to a long day.

    9. Go Luxury Yachting in Goa

    Luxury Yachts in Goa are a common sight

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    Luxury yachting in India is a new concept which is slowly gaining momentum. Popular in the West, the concept of yachting is definitely meant for those who enjoy the finer things in life and are not afraid to meet the expenses.

    The luxury travel guide of India informs us that luxury yachting for the elite will soon be introduced in India by the end of the year. This experience will be well worth your money, as you sail the high seas in comfort.

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    These yachts are especially designed for those tourists who enjoy a casual traveling experience. Also, the yachting experience will also be open to weddings and parties. Groups can also charter one of these luxury yachts for board meetings.

    10. Unwind at the Wildflower Hall Spa, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

    The view at Wildflower Hall Spa Shimla is like no other

    The Wildflower Hall Spa, Shimla is also a staple on the luxury travel guide of India, and for good reason too. Shimla has always been synonymous with peace and tranquility; therefore, it is only fitting that a spa will help further that experience. Surrounded by mountains, embrace the spirit of the Himalayas.

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    With a setting so wonderful, you can then indulge yourself in luxury by availing of the spa treatment at the hotel. The therapists will ensure that they do their best to soothe your weary body with the best treatments possible. The ritual followed is steeped in Indian tradition and have been in practice for countless number of years. This, along with the incorporation of Indian techniques will surely give you the rest and relaxation you need.

    The spa suites and pavilions on offer provide a breathtaking sight of the lush green forest that surrounds the hotel in addition to a spectacular view of the Himalayas. After your spa treatment, you can get rid of your tension in one of the hotel’s few heated pools.

    11. Travel Through Rajasthan with Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

    Travelling has been made luxurious with Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

    Rajasthan has always been synonymous with luxury and opulence. Therefore, the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is a fitting tribute to the land of palaces and maharajas. The train service which is listed on many luxury travel guides of India will take you on a 7-day tour of the best of Rajasthan, while providing you with all the comforts that money can afford. The starting point of this luxurious ride on wheels is Delhi, where you will progress through famous cities in Rajasthan.

    During the journey, you can enjoy the services of a personal butler who will provide all that you need to make your journey a pleasurable one. The interiors of the train have a contemporary yet traditional design. While on your journey, you can choose from a wide array of delicious meals and fine wines. The beds are draped with the finest silk and the cushions here exude a certain warmth.

    12.Take a Trip on the Golden Chariot Luxury Train Experience from Bangalore

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    The 7-day journey on the Gold Chariot Luxury Train which starts from Bangalore will provide an experience you will surely not forget. Take a historic ride through some of the most famous places in the Southern part of India. As you relax and unwind, take in the sights and sounds of the beautiful scenery that will unfold outside your window. The plush interiors will make you feel right at home.

    Even while your journey progresses through the South, you can choose from a bevy of scrumptious food options that will be delivered to you by your very own personal butler. The train is replete with all modern amenities; however, the spectacular view on offer will ensure that you will not require a television.  For your on board entertainment, you will witness dance performances and live music shows. What better way to travel in style and see beautiful India than on a luxury train ride!

    13. Pay a Visit to Umaid Bhawan Palace, Rajasthan

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    The Umaid Bhawan Palace is considered as among the last great surviving palaces in India. Situated above the vibrant city of Jodhpur, this palace spreads across over 20 acres of lush green gardens. The palace is a fine mix of traditional India and the modernity of the West. This juxtaposition makes it a favorable travel destination for India as well as foreign travelers.

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    The interiors of the palaces are decked with mural and paintings that follow the Art Deco style and exudes luxury and opulence in a minimalist way. The palace also house over 50 suites and rooms combined which overlook the sprawling green expanse.

    You can avail of a tour of the city of Jodhpur in one of the palace’s many vintage cars along with a personal butler. A dinner beneath the stars can also be arranged along with music to complement the wide spread of food on offer.

    14. Party the Night Away at Marbela Beach Resort, Goa

    Be the life of the party at the Marbela Beach Resort Goa?

    The Marbela Beach Resort in Goa will help you experience heaven on earth. Officially declared by many of its visitors as one of the chicest hotels in Goa and listed in numerous luxury travel guides about India, the resort provides just the right amount of tranquility without compromising on the Goan party experience.

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    With a more contemporary feel that the other resorts in India, it possesses lux interiors that are sleek, modern and sophisticated. The suites and rooms at the resort offer a stunning view of the wide expanse of water.

    Therefore, let the cool breeze greet you every morning as you wake in picturesque Goa. For private dinners and parties, makeshift tents can be set up on the beach by request. Also, you can experience the famous Goan nightlife at the disco which is open to all guests at the resort.


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.