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    Take amazing photos on a photography tour in India

    Photo credit: Lyle Vincent - flickr

    Travelling is all about setting out on a journey. It includes experiencing the people, food, culture, ambience, picturesque views and the indelible imprint it leaves on your mind, body and soul. The best way to do so is by capturing and immortalizing all those moments. This is what photography tours are all about. They are made for photography enthusiasts, amateurs, advanced and professional photographers, who seek to have a memory, a story or an incident immortalised in a frame.

    As we know, India is a land of billion opportunities and has an array of tours to offer to photographers in terms of culture, tradition, topography, geography, history et al. It is advisable for people to take photography tours in groups consisting so that everyone can benefit from each other’s experience and expertise along with improving skills and gaining knowledge about the places of visit. 

    Generally the duration of each of these photography tours ranges from one week to four weeks, depending on the intensity of the action chosen and the number of participants. 

    Nature photography tours in India

    1. Wildlife Photography Tours

    Wildlife is a popular genre of photography

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    Are you a wildlife enthusiast? If your answer is yes, then pack your bags and plan for a wildlife photography tour that will give you a first-hand experience.

    India can be considered as a hub of wildlife with national parks, 440 wildlife sanctuaries, 42 tiger reserves and 18 biosphere reserves. To get a chance to explore some of the magnificent national parks in the country is a privilege. 

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    Wildlife photography tours in India are conducted to give one an experience of clicking high motion pictures of wild animals and capturing the scenic beauty of the forest. Generally the duration of these tours ranges from six to fourteen days where participants not only get to click pictures but are also given a chance to debate about them and to learn about wildlife culture and its importance. So, whether a participant is an Indian or a foreign national, the tour helps them understand the concept of biodiversity and environment conservation.

    2. Bird Photography Tours in Tal Chapar

    Majestic birds are abound on this tour

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    For all you bird enthusiasts, the Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary lying in a hidden corner of the magnificent state of Rajasthan is surely a treasure. A heaven for all bird photographers and enthusiasts, this place is well known for sights of rare birds. It is also one of those sanctuaries where wildlife is respected and a strong conservation mindset is followed.

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    This well protected park is home to around two thousand and five hundred blackbucks along with being the best Indian wildlife sanctuary to watch grassland birds. This place has recorded more than three hundred birds, which include some very rare species like White-tailed Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Spotted Creeper, Red Phalarope, Yellow-eyed Pigeon, Punjab Raven and many others. On an average, this area is great for spotting raptor species such as Eagles, Buzzards, Falcons, Vultures, Harriers and Hawks.

    A bird on a branch

    Photo credit: Ali Arsh - flickr

    [Go bird watching and photograph numerous species of birds in Goa on a tour with us!]

    Apart from these, some lucky ones may get an opportunity to sight the Chinkara, desert fox or desert cat as well. All in all, this is one of the best wildlife parks to participate in photography tours in India. It gives you a taste of photographing amazing birds and wild animals. It would definitely be exciting to be in this veritable paradise and to explore the bio-diversity of this place along with capturing its beauty.

    3. Wildlife Photography Tours in Bhadra, Kutch, Tadoba, Bandipur and Gir National Park

    This is a great tour for all photography lovers, whether beginners, professionals or enthusiasts. One of the better photography tours in India, it captures the essence of Indian culture through its wildlife. These tours covers the Bhadra Tiger Reserve, Kutch, Tadoba, Bandipur National Park and Gir National Park.

    The elusive tiger is sought after by many photographers

    Photo credit: Daniel Dudek Corrigan - flickr

    The Bhadra Tiger Reserve is in the stunning green forests of Karnataka while the Gir National Park is the only place in the world where elusive Asiatic Lions are found. But it isn’t just about tigers or lions. What makes this one of the best ways to explore the wonders of photography is the fact that it offers a wide variety of flora and fauna that can help anyone learn more, trying different photography techniques to take images of animals!

    [Explore a wildlife safari and go animal spotting with our Bandhavgarh tiger trails tour]

    These regions are well known for their lush green nature, which helps wildlife photographers get better, brighter and more interesting pictures. At the same time, this tour allows them to capture elusive, endangered animals in their true environments, doing things they naturally do.

    Photographers can get images such as a tiger eating a prey or pouncing on an animal, an elephant taking a safari while travelling behind a tiger or a lion sleeping beside his family. Other images worth capturing are birds and reptiles flying and moving around as if they own the world.

    4. Environmental Photography Tours in India

    Pollution in Mumbai

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    Photography is a medium where one can convey a message and spread awareness. The environment photography tour is designed for the same purpose. It is based on helping photographers realise the need for bringing a change in the environment and equipping them with knowledge about why and how the world needs to be saved.

    [Discover the double decker living root bridge on our tour in Meghalaya]

    These tours takes photographers through a variety of places and regions, wherein they can click natural beauty and learn about the hazards that the environment is facing. It is through their photos that photographers can spread a message for the ailing environment.

    5. Cave Photography in Badami

    Cave photography in Badami

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    Photographers who seek to practise and gain knowledge about different types of ancient architecture and history of India can join the travel photography tours in Badami. The region of Badami is one of those few places in the world where travellers and explorers can revel in the beauty of rock cut temples and caves. The best part about visiting this place is that it isn’t just about photography, but also about capturing the essence of Indian history and culture.

    [Travel across Karnataka visiting wildlife sanctuaries and experiencing the culture]

    Apart from spectacular scenery, the region offers numerous opportunities for every kind of photographer Badami boasts sand stones that sparkle in the sun, waterfalls, cliffs, temples cut out from the rocks and crowds of rural people. Here one can observe women washing clothes and gossiping by the lake, along with men washing their buffaloes on the opposite side.

    Monkeys huddle up for safety

    Photo credit: Karunakar Rayker - flickr

    The brilliant landscapes serve as quite an incredible factor during the whole tour. This Badami travel workshop is generally held for a period of two to three days, wherein individuals get to shoot regular images and practise indoor as well as on outdoor exploration sessions.

    Cultural photography tours in India

    6. Photography Tours in Varanasi

    Varanasi, the village of death

    Photo credit: Ken Wieland - wikicommons

    Certain places offer photographers a chance to click something unique, such as monuments, historically popular places of interest, festivals, culture or landscapes. Some places however, are able to offer everything in a nutshell. One such place is Varanasi. This region is best known for its religious reverence along with its bright culture, vivid hues and colours, elaborate traditional, cheery locals and ghats.

    [Live and explore different cultures across India with the cultural tours and experiences we offer!]

    Defined by colours, unity in diversity, death and birth, indulgence and spirituality, this place is unique for photography. The photography tour of Varanasi can easily bring out the photographer in a person. In fact, even people who believe that they don’t need a camera, will take one and click images of Sadhus, priests and ladies dipping into the holy water of the Ganges. Such is the mesmerizing capacity of this photography tour!

    Getting around in Varanasi often requires a boat

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    Photography tours in India offers a great opportunity for beginners to learn, a perfect place for medium levelers to hone their skills and a venu for advanced photographers to frame creative and unique shots. Apart from photography, tours are also a great opportunity for travellers to explore India and to learn its ancient, divine history while becoming acquainted with its unique culture and people.

    7. Photography Tours of Forts and Dunes in Rajasthan 

    Amazing forts await you in Rajasthan

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    Rajasthan is one of the premium destinations of India to visit. It is better known as the land of forts and dunes and offers its visitors diverse sights, showcasing its magnificent forts, cultural inheritance, desert safaris and much more. Most of the places covered during the photography tours in India of this region are in Jaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur. During this tour, one gets an insight into how to photograph culture, heritage sites, landscapes, fort interiors and other structures and monuments.

    Camel riding in Rajasthan

    Photo credit: Sankara Subramania- flickr

    [Experience the actual luxury and royalty of Rajasthan with our Royal Rajasthan Tour]

    Imagine the beauty of forts along with their fortified walls that go as far as the edges of the hills enclosing them. That topped with a deep orange hue of the sun setting over the grainy texture of orange dunes creates a sight, which is splendid as well as mesmerizing. The whole feel of the starry night and full moon shining over the sand of the desert creates a magical sensation. Combined with the sound of the camel’s bell, it makes the whole scenery even more charming. Since Rajasthan is a colourful region in itself, one would find people wearing colourful clothes with women in mostly red robes and long skirts walking graciously.

    The magnificence of the forts here along with their opulence and great architecture is something that would enthrall you. It is certain that by the end of this photography tour in India, most of the participants would be lingering on to get a few more glimpses of this region. 

    8. Photography Tours in Lahaul and Spiti

    Winding mountain roads

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    While hundreds and thousands of photographers have explored the beauty of popular Indian cities and regions, there are a few beauties in this country that haven’t been explored yet. One such set of places includes Lahaul and Spiti. These regions still have a lower population density than most of the hilly regions in this country.

    [Enjoy classical jeep safari manali Spiti Kinnor Shimla with us]

    Though, what gives both these regions an edge over the others is the fact that they are a valley of stunning sceneries and are complimented by snow-clad mountains. The crystal clear lakes of this region are overwhelming, while the stars and rivers can take anyone’s breath away. The tour to this region combines elements such as Jeep Safari, which will give one an idea about the region, along with short walks. Here photographers can practise and hone their skills while exploring the beauty of the villages and the pristine sights of this environment.

    Spectacular views of the valley

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    This exotic location is a perfect environment to learn several photography skills, especially the skill of taking pictures in any kind of environment and at any kind of temperature. The terrain is spectacular and will surely enthrall photography enthusiasts.

    9. Photography Tours of the Pushkar Camel Fair and Diwali in Rajasthan 

    Photo credit: Uzi Yachin - flickr

    There isn’t a doubt that when it comes to India, photographers from all over the world prefer to explore the lands of Rajasthan. This region offers something for everyone, whether in terms of culture, environment, deserts, monuments or even fairs and festivals.

    The tour is normally planned for fifteen days, wherein photographers get to experience every small and big detail of Indian culture. For instance, they can visit the Pushkar Camel Fair, a vibrant celebration of camels and the traditional mode of conveyance in this region. Photographers get to enjoy and capture a variety of vivid hues, campfires along with setting sun and hot air balloons.

    [Explore dry land of golden sand with our royal desert safari in Jaisalmer tour]

    Photo credit: Benjamin Vander Steen - flickr

    Rajasthan’s famous cities such as Pink city of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaiaslmer and Udaipur are covered in this tour. Each of these regions is known for its enthralling edifices that make for excellent pictures. And the best part isn’t the places, but how people there celebrate Diwali. This festival, which celebrates the homecoming of Lord Rama, sees different kinds of elaborate rituals and ceremonies along with prayers and bursting of firecrackers bringing light and life to the pictures of photography.

    If that isn’t enough, you can capture the beauty of tiny, traditional workshops, cultural beauty, bazaars or markets and private homes. This tour isn’t just about photography; it is also about the spirit of photography, the need for capturing incredible beauty through the lens.

    10. Photography Tours of Kumbh Mela

    The Kumbh Mela is one of those celebrations that every Indian or Hindu would love to see at least once in a lifetime. Celebrated in Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain or Nasik at least once a year, this celebration occurs at different periods of time and varies in accordance to when Jupiter enters the sun sign of Aquarius, while Sun enters the sun sign of Aries.

    [Experience short easy trekking to the high altitudes of Himalayas with our Rhododendron trek tour]

    This is the largest gathering of religious nature on the earth, which happens only four times in a period of twelve years. Hence, photography lovers should try the Kumbh Mela Tour. Not only will it help them get an idea about Hindu religion, it would also give them the opportunity to witness the largest religious gathering on the planet. The place is one of the best regions to enjoy several kinds of life form photography.

    Mass bathing in the river

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    In fact, the coverage of Nanga Sadhus or Nude Sadhus is one of the best photographs that the photographers can have in their collection. Apart from this, mass bathing and the overall colourful, chaotic aura of the region is something that the photographer would not just remember for ages. He will also take pride in showing the summary of the entire Mela through his pictures.

    During the 2013 Maha Kumbh Mela, over thirty million individuals took a dip in holy water! Now, imagine taking pictures of elated crowds taking a dip into the holy waters of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. The enthralling religious gatherings provide ample opportunities for photographers makes Kumbh Mela tour one of the best photography tours in India.

    Tribal photography tours in India

    Tribal people of India

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    For all those photographers who seek to capture the beauty of tribal people, going to Africa can be a difficult option. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t pursue tribal photography tours in India! India is one of those regions that has the largest tribal population on the planet. There are over 530 different types of tribes, which are actually a conglomeration of over 80 million kinds of tribes.

    What makes tribal photography tour in India a must-do for every photographer is the fact that tribes here are one among nature. Apart from being attractive, these tribes are also known for living in pristine environments, with special kinds of living customs and traditions that make them even more interesting.

    [Explore the tribes of Orissa on our cultural tour through tribal India!]

    Currently, Tribal photography tours  are organised in the regions of Nagaland, where over sixteen major tribes are found, including some that have close ties with Myanmar’s culture along with areas of Orissa and Manipur.

    Those who want to try something that is similar to the rest of Indian culture can simply undertake the tribal photography tour of Rajasthan, where fifteen percent of the population belong to tribes such as Bhil. Chattisgarh is another region that has royal photography expeditions, where photographers get to interact with tribes and witness them close to their roots.

    11. Santhals Tribe Photography Tours

    Village people dancing

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    With more than ten percent of its population designated as Tribal People, India along with Africa certainly has one of the largest tribal populations in the world. Here several tribes have been formed after the combining of over eighty million tribes.

    Although, going to different regions in India, particularly North Eastern sections can be difficult for photographers, the fact that there is a vast populations of tribal people in the country ensures that one can easily capture tribal populations in their natural habitat. The best way to do so is to opt for Santhal Tribe Tour, which allows photographers to understand different notions and ideas behind tribal living and helps them learn different customs and rituals.

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    Santhal Tribe is the largest tribal community in India and one of the significant communities in Bangladesh and Nepal. This community, which is found in central states of India, is known for its distinct looks, along with food taboos, magical beliefs as well as exorcism. For instance, Santhals are usually short in height, have darker skin tones with nose ridges quite sunken.

    Therefore, photographing them gives the learner or professional an opportunity to understand the similarities as well as diversities between Santhals and rest of the country. It also provides them a chance to depict lives of Santhals in such a manner that anyone who sees an image understands the kind of life these people live along with the customs and traditions that they follow. This tour is not just educative, but photographically relevant as well.

    12. Munda Tribe Photography Tours

    For all those who want to capture tribal populations in their true nature and environment, Munda photography tour is the best option. This tribal section of India lives in the Nagpur region and has a simple, basic arrangement.

    Photographers who love to try something different and new can opt for a tour where they get to meet, live and enjoy the traditions, lives and styles of the Munda People of India. This photography tour is enthralling for photographers who want to capture life.

    13. Khasi People Photography Tours

    Elaborate costumes of the tribalmen

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    In India, several sections of North Eastern tribal people are known as Khasi or the indigenous people, who have their own unique culture, customs and traditions. For instance, in Ka Naim Khasi, it is widely believed that sacrificing a rooster will help man get redemption for sins. It is due to such traditions, rituals and customs that a tour to the Khasi dominated regions of India can be a boon for photographers.

    [Get an authentic village experience at a homestay in Orissa]

    This is one of the best cultural photography tours in India, where people can learn about Khasi traditions, their way of living and get in-depth knowledge about their customs, taking away picture perfect memories.

    14. Angami Naga Tribe Photography Tours

    Tribal people make interesting subjects for photography

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    Nagaland is a world on its own. This stunningly state of North Eastern India is known for its uniqueness, different style of living as well as its distinct features and customs. Hence, Nagaland is a heaven for photographers, especially for those who wish to get acquainted with the Angami Naga tribe, comprising of hill people who cultivate or perform the act of farming as well as livestock rearing.

    A photography tour of Angami Tribe is sure to provide photographers with a wonderful opportunity to capture something different in India. Comprising of mostly Christians, this tribe is known for being traditional warriors and a well-knit society that can serve as a great subject for photographers who love clicking humans and life forms.

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    Angami Naga tribe doesn’t follow any kind of social stratification. Therefore, this observation can help photographers in getting some shots that truly explain the level of equality in this tribe. Apart from this, photographers can also capture the popular Angami dance festival.

    Here you can harness a beginner’s skills and provide professionals an opportunity to try something different. One can also take images of people playing Tati, a musical instrument for Angami and other such stills. They can capture kids from Angami tribe or a wedding ceremony in this tribe.

    15. Village Photography Tours

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    There isn’t an end to creativity and innovation, especially when photographers have their camera and walk towards a destination filled with colours, customs, commotion, people, places of interest and rituals. That is the reason behind the popularity of village tours in India. These tours give every kind of photographer an opportunity to hone his skill, while giving ample chances to click photographs or images that are innovative and unique in every sense.

    [Know more about rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan with our Rajasthan village tour]

    This village photography tour of India takes travellers and photographers on a voyage to different Indian villages, particularly the ones in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. Here photographers can get a grasp of vivid Indian customs, kaleidoscopic traditions and colours that will surely make for good photos. Capture a woman dancing in a ghagra choli or a woman preparing chapattis on Indian style hand-made gas burners. Or else, go creative and take shots of men in the field or something unique that goes on in the villages.

    Photo credit: Stan Dalone & Miran Rijavec - flickr

    Village tour is where photographers can capture people living life in a true spirit. For instance, women washing clothes at a ghat or a lake, young children clad in uniforms walking towards a government school, people feeding buffaloes or talking while ploughing the field. Offering a good exposure, these photography tours in India works best for beginner photographers as well as learners who seek to know more and explore something new.


Photography in India

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.