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  • For nature and animal lovers there cannot be a more vibrant kaleidoscope of offerings that one finds in this country. For many travellers it is a top priority to visit at least a couple of wildlife sanctuaries of India, while on a trip to this country. You can spot at least 2000 different species of birds and over 3000 species of mammals.

    If that is not enough, there are over 16000 types of plants and an enormous number of insects in this tropical country. Add to that breathtaking landscapes, incredible rock formations and thriving water bodies and it’s no wonder we have over 80 National parks that are spread across the length and breadth of our country that offer habitat to our animals and birds

    India’s wildlife sanctuaries are renowned for their unique species of flora and fauna thriving here. For instance, several endangered species can be found in sanctuaries and forests that are home to the Asiatic Elephant, the Siberian Crane, the Royal Bengal Tiger and the enigmatic Snow leopard.

    Most wildlife sanctuaries of India conduct special tours that take you in private vans to catch a glimpse of the animals and birds up close, so that you can admire them and take pictures too for your personal collection. The serene atmosphere, abundant greenery and wild animals in their natural habitat can leave you feeling nostalgic and wanting to be in the midst of nature, more often. We list out the top 10 wildlife sanctuaries in India.

  • National Parks in South India

  • 01Mudumalai National Park, Tamil Nadu

    Mudumalai National Park, Tamil Nadu
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    This game reserve was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1940. It is situated at the crossroads of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka and is in the northwest of the Nilgiris. This sanctuary is home to a large variety of fauna and flora including tropical green forests and dry deciduous forests.

    You can expect to see tigers here apart from animals like elephants, wild boar, sambar, chital, and primates. The dholes, a dangerous animal that is feared in the jungles can also be seen here and people keep an eye out for it.

    This wildlife sanctuary is well connected by the National Highway. All buses that come from Mysore to Ooty stop at the Reception Centre at Theppakadu. It can also be approached by road from Mysore 91 km away. The nearest railway station is Ooty (67 kms) and Mysore. ( 90 km) It can also be reached from Coimbatore and Bengaluru.

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  • 02Periyar National Park, Kerala

    Periyar National Park, Kerala
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    Periyar National Park is located in Kerala, also known as ‘God’s own country’. It is one of the most famous national parks of southern India and was established in 1950, covering an area of 925 square km. Surrounded by abundant and lush greenery, this wildlife sanctuary is home to a wide range of flora and fauna and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1982.

    Situated in the Idukki district, in the hills of the Western Ghats, the Periyar National Park is blessed with verdant greenery all around, which enables several breeds of animals and birds to live in their natural habitat.

    The tiger, nilgiri tahrs and nilgiri langurs can be seen roaming in the wilderness in these parts. The main animals found here are elephants, tigers, nilgiri tahrs, nilgiri langurs, etc. you can also set your eyes on the, jungle cats, dhole, and the carmine mongoose. You will get to see several monkeys perched on top of trees and this is the abode of the famous species called the Macaque which has a long tail like the lion.


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    What’s more, the beautiful Periyar Lake and the Mullaperiyar Dam in the vicinity are amazing water bodies for wildlife to thrive here. The river Pamba also flows through this wildlife sanctuary, making it a lush landscape and a treasure trove of flora and fauna all year around.

    You can find over 300 species of birds here. The migratory birds that flock to these parts include the, Kingfisher, Hornbill, Darters, and storks. A wide variety of creepy reptiles like the King Cobra and the Python can also be found slithering in these parts. You will also find orchids, rosewood, teak wood, bamboo, eucalyptus and several ferns flourishing here.

    The nearest airport is Kochi – (200 kms) and Madurai in Tamil Nadu – (140 kms.) The nearest railway station in Periyar national park. Taxis and buses are available from Ernakulam, Madurai and Kottayam which is 114 kms away.

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  • 03Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary

    Located 22 km from Srinagar, Dachigam National Park is the northernmost placed national park and is spread over 140 sq. km. This national park is home to some of the most beautiful wildlife, which include musk deer, marten, snow leopard, and many more. One of the major attractions of Dachigam National Park is Kashmir stag or beautiful hangul. The national park is divided into two sections; upper and lower. Though the upper section is less accessible as compared to the lower ones, especially during winter months.

    The best season to visit Dachigam National Park is from April to October and if you want to visit the upper section too, going in the months of June to August will be worth.

    The nearest airport is Srinagar, which is around 32 km and the nearest railway station is Jammu, which is approximately 300 km.
  • 04Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary

    One of the most visited wildlife sanctuary in South India is Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary, which is located in Thirunelvelli district of Tamil Nadu. It covers the area of around 895 sq km and is home to various beautiful wild animals, which include rusty spotted cat, Malabar giant squirrel, sambhar, spotted dear, Nilgiri Langur, Brown mongoose, Nilgiri Martin, Python, Monitor Lizard, Pit viper, sloth bear, leopard, Brown palm civet, and many more.

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    Opened in the year 1988, the best time to visit Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary is from October to January. Nearest railway station to Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary is Ambasamudram, which is just 6 km and from here you can take buses to reach the wildlife sanctuary.
  • 05Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary

    Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary
    Established in the year 1976 and located in the Anaimalai Hills of Western Ghats in Coimbatore District, the Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries of Southern India and is spread across 958 sq. km. The major wildlife attractions of Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary include chital, sambhar, giant squirrel, wild boar, elephant, and gaur. Also, the leopard is one of the most witnessed predators across the wildlife sanctuary.
    Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is also rich in the bird life and some of the famous bird species residing the sanctuary include thrush, Malabar and Great pied hornbills, Grey jungle fowl, Malabar trogon and Ceylon frogmouth.


    The best time to visit Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is from September to May.
    The nearest airport is Coimbatore, which is 75 km from where you can take taxi to reach the wildlife sanctuary and the nearest railway station is Pollachi, just 35 km from the wildlife sanctuary.
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  • 06Bandipur National Park

    Bandipur National Park
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    Once the hunting reserve for the king of Mysore, Bandipur National Park was established as national park in the year 1978 and is located in the state of Karnataka. It is primarily famous for its beautiful wildlife and varieties of biomes amidst the dry deciduous forest and is considered to be one of the best managed national parks in the country. The park is spread in the area of approximately 874 sq. km. and boasts some of the most beautiful wildlife in the country.

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    While visiting you can witness umpteen animals, some of which include grizzled Indian squirrel, striped hyena, Indian spotted chevrotian, Nilgiri Tahr, stripe-necked Mongoose, tiger, chital, gaur, dhole, hanuman langur, Eurasian, rusty-spotted cat, otter small Indian civet, cat leopard, four-horned antelope and many more.
    The nearest airport is Bangalore, which 220 km from the national park. By road, it is 80 km from Ooty and Mysore respectively and is easily accessible by KSRTC buses or local taxis.
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  • 07Kudremukh National Park

    Kudremukh National Park
    Designated as national park in the year 1987, Kudremukh National Park is located in the Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka state. With very selective species of fauna, you can find malabar civet cats, sloth, spotted deer, and wild dogs in the national park. The best time to visit the national park is from June to October.

    The nearest airport is Bangalore, which is around 300 km from where you can take KSRTC buses or local taxis to reach the national park
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  • 08Eravikulam National Park

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    Spread across the area of 97 sq. km amidst the picturesque Devan Hills, Eravikulam National Park is an amazing place to witness the biodiversity of shola-grassland ecosystem. While visitng the Eravikulam National Park, you can have the sight of endangered South Indian goat, the Nilgiri Tahr. Apart from this, the other fauna include Nilgiri langur, tiger, Indian bison, leopard, and many more. Although the national park is divided into three areas, viz. the core area, the buffer area and tourism area, visitors are only allowed in the tourism area, known as Rajamalai.
    The nearest railway station is Aluva, which is approximately 110 km from Munnar from where you can hire local taxis to reach the national park. Also, the nearest airport is Madurai in Tamil Nadu, around 142 km and Cochin International Airport, around 150 km.
  • 09Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

    Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
    Famously known for the habitat of endangered species of Giant Grizzled Squirrel of India, the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Idukki district of Kerala state. Unlike other wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala, the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary receives only two months of rainfall in the whole year. Apart from the wildlife sanctuary, its rich deciduous forests make it an ideal location for trekking too. During your visit you can have the sight of spotted deer, hanuman langur, elephants, sambar, and sometimes peacocks.

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    The nearest railway station is Ernakulam, around 230 km from the sanctuary from where you can hire local taxis to reach and the nearest airport is Cochin International Airport, which is around 204 km.
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  • National Parks in North India

  • 10Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

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    Located in Uttaranchal, it is arguably the most well-known wildlife sanctuary of India and the most oft visited. Established in 1936 as the first national park in Asia it lies in the two districts of Nainital and Pauri in the hilly state of Uttaranchal.

    Named after the well-known writer Jim Corbett, whose close encounters with wildlife and many adventures has made him a celebrity. As the oldest park in Asia, and also the country’s finest tiger reserve, this world renowned park is also a rich treasure trove of history and culture and has a tradition of conservation.

    You will find some of the most diverse wildlife that you will see anywhere in Asia in these parts. This is due to the immense variety of landscapes that include wet and dry plains, mountainous terrains, forests and grasslands, which lends itself well to a multitude of plant and animal species, that thrive in the natural vegetation and verdant greenery.

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    Of all the wildlife found here, the most vibrant of all is the Bengal tiger and the Asiatic Elephant as well as the 600 species of avifauna making it one of the wildlife sanctuaries in these parts.

    The closest international airport is New Delhi and by road it is 300 kms from Delhi and 400 km from Lucknow. The nearest railway station is Ramnagar which is 9 kms away.

  • 11Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve

    Overshadowed by the peak of Nanda Devi, the Nanda Devi National Park is located amidst the upper Himalayan ranges of the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The Nanda Devi National Park has one of the world's richest floral species, comprising of 312 species with around 17 rarest one.
    Talking about the wildlife, you can have a great sight of various beautiful Himalayan species, which include snow leopard, serow, Himalayan black bear, bharal, common langur, brown bear, leopard, Himalayan Tahr and many more.
    The nearest airport to reach Nanda Devi National Park is Jolly Grant, 295 km from park. Or if you opt to come via road, you can take cars or buses from Rishikesh till Joshimath from where you have to trek a little to reach Nanda Devi National Park.
  • 12Hemis National park

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    The Hemis National Park is established in 1981 and is also known as Snow Leopard Capital of India. It is mostly barren habitat and is home to around 11 species of fauna, which include some of the most endangered and rare species, and around 30 species of avifauna.  The best season to visit the Hemis National is from April to June and for some great bird-watching, September to December is the ideal time. Some of the most beautiful and rare species that you can find here include Pallas' cat, ibex, wolf, Tibetan argali and the Ladakh urial.

    Talking about the avifauna species, you can find the Himalayan Snowcock Tetraogallus himalayensis and the Chukar Partridge Alectoris chukar. The nearest airport is Leh and one can reach here by taking flights from Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar, or from Chandigarh. If road is your option, you can take taxis from Leh to reach the national park.
  • 13Valley Of Flowers National Park

    Valley Of Flowers National Park
    Sprawled across 87 sq. km in Chamoli District, Uttarakhand, Valley of flowers is paradise on earth and is situated at the conversion point of Eastern and Western Himalayas and Zanskar ranges. Though the density of wild animals is very less, but you can find some of the rarest and endangered species here. Valley of Flowers National Park is home to approximately 13 species of mammals, some of which include grey langur, flying squirrel, black bear, red fox, Himalayan Weasel, Himalayan yellow-throated marten, Himalayn goral, Himalayan musk deer, Indian chevrotain, Himalayan thar, serow and many more. You can also have a sight of common leopards in the lower parts of national park, especially closer to villages. Moreover, in the recent surveys a few snow leopards are also found in the national park. So, if you are lucky enough you may have the sight of this great rare beast.

    The best season to visit Valley of Flowers National Park is from July to October when the climate is pleasant and you spot the endangered species in the park. The nearest airport is Dehradun, which is around 300 km from where you can take local taxis to reach the Valley of Flowers National Park.
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  • National Parks in West India

  • 14Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

    Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
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    One of the biggest national wildlife sanctuaries in India, it is located about 130 kms away from the city of Jaipur between the north and central India. It lies on a sprawling 400 acres of land in the of south-eastern Rajasthan, and was once the hunting grounds of the royal family . Today this prestigious wildlife sanctuary has grown in great strides to take pride of place as a tourist attraction.

    Thanks to its rich and diverse flora and fauna it supports many rare breeds and species of wildlife and is an important example of the Project Tiger conservation efforts. There are steep crags and a large number of lakes and hills, and on the top of one of the hills is the Ranthambore fort.

    The terrain here consists of impregnable forests and vast areas of bushland, and the forests are dry with deciduous vegetation. The Padam Talab, the Raj Bagh Talab and the Malik Talao are some of the lakes here, where the tigers come for water and shelter. It is easy to spot tigers here during the day and they are often seen lazing around in these parts, and hunting the Sambar around the lakes here.

    The other species of wildlife seen here are tigers, striped hyenas, sloth bears, nilgai, macaques, jackals, caracals, sloth bears, rufous tailed hare, Chital, Long Eared Hedgehogs, Common Palm Civets, Common Yellow Bats, Five striped Palm Squirrels, Indian False Vampires and many more!

    By air the closest airport is Jaipur and by rail the Sawai Madhopur which is just 10 kms from the sanctuary is on the main line between Delhi and Mumbai. There is also a direct rail link between Sawai Madhopur and Jaipur.It is also connected by road from all the main cities of Rajasthan.

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  • 15Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Rajasthan

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    This bird sanctuary in Rajasthan was formerly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. This beautiful national park is home to over 400 species of migratory birds that flock here in winter. Just 175 kms from New Delhi, this national park is on the Agra - Jaipur road and is a 3 hour drive from the capital and has been declared a world heritage site.

    Since most of the bird species flock here in winter, the best time to visit this park would be in the winter months from November to February. This bird sanctuary is 28.7 sq km in size and comprises mixed wetland, woodland, grass and scrub land. Only 175 kms from New Delhi, Bharatpur is on the Agra - Jaipur road and a pleasant 3 hour drive from the capital.

    This bird sanctuary is truly beautiful with its paved walkways and guides in cycle -rickshaws. Easy cycle tracks and free access to birds makes this a true paradise for bird lovers. Bird watching tours provide tourists an opportunity to catch a glimpse of 150 different species of birds. However the winter flock of the migrating Siberian crane is now considered an extinct species.

  • 16Gir National Park and Sasan Gir Sanctuary, Gujarat

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    This wild life sanctuary in the South-west of Saurashtra Peninsula in Junagadh District of Gujarat is the only wildlife sanctuary in India that has Asiatic lions. It comprises 1412 sq. km of deciduous forest and steep rocky hills. Many perennial and seasonal rivers flow in these parts, providing relief for the animals here and these large water bodies are specially good for crocodiles and birds.

    This region is collectively called the Gir protected area and is spread over 130,000 hectares. This park houses at least 300 lions and also includes other animals like the chital, the nilgai, the leopards, chinkara, four- horned antelope and the wild boar, as well as a wide variety of birds and reptiles. There are also crocodile rearing farms in the vicinity.

    For those who would like to visit this famed wildlife sanctuary in India, the best time would be between the months of December and June.

    Visitors to the Gir National park will have to get their entry permits from the Sinh Sadan Forest Lodge Office. You can travel by both road and rail and the SasanGir Railway Station is very close to the wild life sanctuary.

    If you are travelling by road you can reach here from Ahmedabad (408 km). Rajkot (160 kms), Junagadh (55 Kms) or Diu (110 km). The nearest railway station is Sasan (160 Km). The nearest airport is in Rajkot (160 Km). The sanctuary is open from 16th October to 15th June every year.e Sinh Sadan Forest Lodge Office.

  • 17Sariska National Park

    Sariska National Park
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    Sariska National Park is nestled amidst the beautiful Aravali hills in Rajasthan and is spread across 800 sq. km and has mixed terrains, which include rocky landscapes, grasslands, sheer cliffs and dry deciduous forests. The Sariska National Park is mainly famous for its tiger reserve, allowing you to witness some of the greatest sights of tigers in region. Apart from tigers, the other wildlife which are found here include langur, leopard, hyena, sambhar, four-horned antelope, nilgai, rhesus macaque, wild boar, chital and many more. Also, the national park homes the largest populations of harbors quail, golden -backed woodpeckers, crested serpent eagles and peafowl in India.

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    The best time to visit Sariska National Park is from January to February and from June to October. Not only the wildlife, there are umpteen beautiful sights to see in the national park, some of which include Sariska Palace, ancient Shiva temples, the Kankwari fort etc.

    To reach Sariska National Park, the nearest airport is Jaipur from where local taxis can be taken to reach the destination. The nearest railway station is at Alwar, which is just 37 km from the park.
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  • National Parks in Central india

  • 18Samode Safari Lodge, Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

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    There is yet another luxury jungle lodge near Bandhavgarh National Park which will make your stay more exciting while you explore the wildlife. Samode Safari Lodge is the perfect spot for you and your family. Surrounded by the vast green forest this resorts serves as the most exotic retreat during your adventure. Whether it’s the architecture or the cosy rooms this lodge is the best at everything.
    Samode Safari Lodge has 12 independent villas which will house you in comfort on your stay. The interesting thing about this lodge is the setting for your exquisite cuisine in outlandish spots.
    The lodge is 15 minutes’ drive from the Tala gate. The nearest railway station is Umaria, 32 km. If you are taking a flight than the Jabalpur airport is just 188 km away.

  • 19Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh

    Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh
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    This is one of the most beautiful and well maintained wildlife sanctuaries in India. Located in Madhya Pradesh, Kanha National Park was established in the year 1955. This wildlife sanctuary also forms the heart of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, created in 1974 under Project Tiger.

    This park came into the limelight due to the unwavering efforts to save the rare and fast disappearing Barasingha or the Swamp Deer. One of the highlights of the Kanha National Park, is Bamni Dadar or the Sunset Point, from where you can see the happy sight of cattle grazing in verdant greenery.

    The rare beauty, sal and bamboo forests , ravines and many meadows of this wildlife sanctuary of India, inspired the well-known writer Rudyard Kipling’s novel called the Jungle Book. Today there are stringent conservation programs that protect the park’s fauna and flora, and this has made the Kanha national park one of the best and most well maintained in Asia. Here you can spot a wide variety of wildlife and avian species.

    Apart from that, you can also catch a glimpse of tigers here. You will also see the panther, sambar, black buck, gaur and jackal in these parts. Among the reptiles you can spot the Indian Cobra, the Python, the Russell’s Viper and the Indian Monitor amongst others.

    There is also a large number of fish here. You will get a glimpse of about 300 species of birds here like the Blossom Headed Parakeet, Pond heron, common teal, woodpeckers and pigeons to name just a few.

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    Nagpur (266-kms) is the nearest airport and is connected by various domestic airline services from Mumbai. If you are travelling by train then Jabalpur at 169-kms is the convenient rail head to visit Kanha. It is also connected by road with Jabalpur 175-kms, Khajuraho 445-kms, Nagpur 266-kms, Mukki 25-kms, Raipur 219-kms. There are bus services available from Jabalpur to Kanha.

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  • 20dudhwa national park

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    Stretched from Lakhimpur Kheri to Bahraich districts in Uttar Pradesh, the Dudhwa National Park is spread across the area of 1,284.30 sq. km. and shares its northeastern boundary with Nepal. Dudhwa National Park is yet another destination in India, after Kaziranga National Park, where you can find one-horned rhinoceros. Apart from this, wild elephants, hispid hare, nilgai, wild boar, sloth bear, jackals, etc. can be witnessed during your visit to Dudhwa National Park. You can also get the sight of some of the most beautiful birds like the Tawny Fish Owl, storks, Great Horned Owl, the Brown Fish Owl, the Forest Eagle Owl, Brown Wood Owl, the Jungle Owlet, Dusky Horned Owl, the Collared Scops Owl can be seen easily. Apart from these, you can also find the incessant calls of Indian Nightjar and Franklin Nightjar on cold Dudhwa nights.

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    The nearest airport is Lucknow, which is around 238 km and nearest railway station is Dudhwa just 4 km from the park. If you are traveling by road, the nearest town is Palia, which is 5 km and you can reach by taking UPSRTC buses from Lucknow, Shahjahanpur, Bareilly, and Delhi.
  • 21Pench National Park

    Pench National Park
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    Located in the southern sections of Satpuda Hills in Madhya Pradesh, Pench National Park is yet another famous national park in Central India. It is named after the river Pench, which passes through the park from north to south. Some of the amazing wild animals that you can find here include Barking deer, jackal, leopard, wild dog, wolf, sambar, nilgai, Gaur, Chinkara, Sloth bear, Chousingha, small Indian civet, jungle cat, hyena, porcupine, tiger and many more.

    The nearest airport and railway station is Nagpur and Jabalpur from where you can take buses to reach the Pench National Park.
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  • National Parks in Northeast India

  • 22Kaziranga National Park, Assam

    Kaziranga National Park, Assam
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    If you want to see the One-horned Indian Rhinoceros, then you should visit the Kaziranga National Park in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of Assam. Situated between the two districts of Nagaon and Golaghat, this truly beautiful wildlife sanctuary in India is home to this amazing animal that breeds here in abundance.

    The park works tirelessly to conserve this rare species and it’s no wonder that it was declared as a national park in 1974. With a total area of 430 sq km, along the Brahmaputra river, you will also find many rare breeds of birds here. The Kaziranga also has the highest density of tigers that are protected here and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006.

    The landscape in this wildlife park has tall elephant grass and marshlands and shallow pools that provide plenty of water for the inmates. The best time to visit the park would be during the months of November and April. However, the park remains closed during the months of June to September. Elephant rides and jeep safaris are also conducted here.

    The Flora here includes three main types of vegetation , which are alluvial inundated grasslands, tropical wet evergreen forests and tropical semi-evergreen forests. This area is also the largest floodplain grassland of its kind, in the whole of the country. These grasslands have tall grasses and reeds that are also known as elephant grass and the shorter variety that is called ‘beels’.

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    This is one of the few wildlife sanctuaries in India that offers an amazing insight into some of nature’s finest creations. The nearest airport is Rowriah (Jorhat). If you are travelling by road, Kaziranga is 217 kms, from Guwahati and 96 kms from Jorhat . You can take a flight to Jorhat or can go by car and bus to Kaziranga from Guwahati. The nearest rail head is Furkating.

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  • 23Sunderbans, West Bengal

    Sunderbans, West Bengal
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    The Sunderbans in West Bengal forms the largest delta at the intersection of Ganges, Meghna and Brahmaputra rivers.This large and magnificent jungle is spread between two countries, Bangladesh and India. Sunderban wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of 4264 kms and is the habitat of the royal Bengal tiger.

    More than two-thirds of this sanctuary is in Bangladesh and the rest of it is located in West Bengal. The entire region is densely covered with mangrove forests and is the ideal place for Bengal tigers.

    The Sundarbans is declared a World Heritage Site. It offers comfortable accommodation, angling opportunities in the Gomor river and safari tours in the farther end of Sunderbans. The unmatched flora and fauna of the Sunderbans attract serious wildlife watchers who will not find such rare species in other wildlife sanctuaries in India.

    Sundarbans is about 110 kms from Kolkata . The nearest airport is the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport in Kolkata (112 kms). It takes around 3 hours of road journey and 2 hours of boat ride to reach Sundarbans from here.

    There are local trains to Canning from Sealdah (South) at regular intervals and takes about 1 and ½ hours. You can also go by Road from Kolkata. Namkhana (105 km), Sonakhali (100 km), Raidighi (76 km), Canning (64 km), and Najat (92 km), are located near Sundarbans.

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  • 24Manas Wildlife Sanctuary

    Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
    Located 22 km from Srinagar, Dachigam National Park is the northernmost placed national park and is spread over 140 sq. km. This national park is home to some of the most beautiful wildlife, which include musk deer, marten, snow leopard, and many more. One of the major attractions of Dachigam National Park is Kashmir stag or beautiful hangul. The national park is divided into two sections; upper and lower. Though the upper section is less accessible as compared to the lower ones, especially during winter months.

    The best season to visit Dachigam National Park is from April to October and if you want to visit the upper section too, going in the months of June to August will be worth.

    The nearest airport is Srinagar, which is around 32 km and the nearest railway station is Jammu, which is approximately 300 km.
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  • 25Kanchendzonga National Park

    It is one of the largest reserves in India and is located in the state of Sikkim. The total area that Kanchendzonga National Park covers is approximately 850 sq. km. and is one of the high altitude national parks in India, which was established in 1977. Some of the major wildlife that you can find here include Himalayan blue sheep, blood pheasants, Satyr Trago, Tibetan wild ass, wild dog, musk deer, serow, sloth bear, red panda, Himalayan Tahr, civet, snow leopard, goral, rat snake and rusell viper.
    The best time to visit Kanchendzonga National Park is from March to mid-June and again from September to November.
    The nearest airport is Bagdogra from where you can take local taxis till the Kanchendzonga National Park and nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri.

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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.


Nubra Valley

Something divine makes Nubra Valley close to heart and it is not an exaggeration but a fact that experienced and shared by the countless tourists visited the paradisiacal location in Jammu and Kashmir. Without touching the spectacular roads of Nubra Valley, a Ladakh tour will not be complete. The tri-armed valley has Diskit Village as its capital. Ldumra, a magnificent name is the original name of the valley as the local scholars insist. Ldumra means Valley of Flowers. The large valley is formed after the merging of Shyok River with Nubra or Siachen River causing the separation of the Ladakh and the Karakoram Ranges. The valley is located 10000 feet that is 3048 meters above mean sea level and those who cross the Khardung La Pass can easily come to Nubra Valley from Leh.

Except for the river beds, every other place in the valley shows scant vegetation and low precipitation levels. Most of the villages in the valley are occupied by Nubra skat speakers and in the villages, one can find lush greenery and farming which happen through the regular irrigation. Diskit is the place where native people are seen in abundance and Diskit Monastery is the centre of attraction as well. The Shyok River flowing on one side of Diskit has a captivating effect on the visitors. Nubra Valley unwinds a lot of surprising sights when you visit it and an unbelievable fact is that the valley was open to the public till Hunder until 2010. Beyond Hunder, it was the greener region in the lower altitude where the Turtuk village exists. Till 2010, the Government did not allow tourists to mesmerize themselves in the magnificent beauty of Turtuk where numerous apricot trees and other vegetation along with the tribal community were preserved as a virgin.

Height: 3048 meters above the sea level

Location: The paradisiacal Nubra Valley is located at a distance of 140 km from Leh and the main road access to the valley is through Khardung La pass where you have to show the photocopies of your travel permit to the soldiers camping.

Best time to visit: The months from June to September is the perfect period to visit Nubra Valley

To see the pure, rugged face of nature, One must visit Ladakh once in their lifetime.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


Havelock Island

Being one of the topnotch attractions in Andaman is the sublime Havelock Island brimming with silky beaches and exuberant greenery. A lot of tourist locations, resorts, hotels, attractions and much more are creating the perfect background to Havelock Island to host as many tourists as possible. This is the largest of all the islands in Andaman and comprises of a lot of small islands. The administration in Havelock promotes eco-tourism on a large scale.

The lighthouse established in 2005 at the northern part of the island gives additional recognition for the island. The accommodation options on Havelock will let you be surprised. Ranging from high-end, luxurious resorts to camps with basic amenities, the stay arrangements done by the administrative people here are unbelievable.

Highlights: The long stretches of different types of beaches are the main highlight to be pointed out. Declared the best beaches in the world, almost all of them are blissfully located on Havelock Island, connected to closely to the main boat jetty on the island.  

Elephant Beach, Radhanagar Beach, Vijaynagar Beach, Kalapathar Beach which are known in numbers also are proclaimed to have the highest number of tourists every year as there are many beautiful hotels in Andaman, to provide the ultimate relaxation in holidays. The green fringed shorelines, the clear sea water, the colourful marine animals, the long coral reefs, the wild fauna and flora bring forth the astounding picture of Havelock incomparably beautiful.

Activities: Snorkeling and diving are the favourite activities done on the islands though other major water based activities like boating and kayaking are frequently done.

Distance from Port Blair: Havelock Island is lying 42 kms northeast of the capital city, Port Blair. There are regular boat services by the Directorate of Shipping Services which connect Phoenix Bay jetty in Port Blair to Havelock daily.



Chidiya Tapu

As the name suggests, Chidiya Tapu is the perfect haven for unseen migratory birds and common native birds found in the Andaman Islands. Recognized as the most enchanting beach in Andaman and tourists arrive here on a large scale as the beach extends the best ever sights for them including the eye catching sunrise and sunset views. This is a silent yet crowded beach encircled by evergreen forests on one side and the short hills on the other side. 

As it is considered to be the presenter of the most finishing touch of sunset and sunrise views, it is the main hub in Andaman Islands. The beach is filled with 46 varieties of endangered species of birds, and white spotted deer. There are a lot of seasonal orchids and other varieties of plants.

Highlights: The major attractions of Chidiya Tapu are the Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, the Sylvan Sands, the Munda Pahar Beaches etc. You will be able to stay at a forest guesthouse located nearby atop a hillock and from there, the panoramic view of Chidiya Tapu in detail.

Activities: Apart from sunset and sunrise views, plenty of people come for an Andaman and Nicobar trip to see this beach, to identify the rare species appear in multiple colours and size. Even though many of the birds are commonly found on the beach, you would find it as a unique and unnatural scene to find the colourful gathering of them. Boating is an attractive activity done here as well as snorkeling and swimming are also a part of the adventure activities usually experienced by those who visit here.

Distance from Port Blair: It is located about 25 kms from Port Blair.


Neil Island

A tiny island located to the south of Andaman is Neil Island, brimming with less explore marine diversity, coral reefs, long beaches and bewitching greenery. Being one of the tourist destinations in Andaman, Neil is so happy to become the host with revealing all what it has. A romantically silent island unlike the hustle of Havelock Island, Neil Island is termed as the vegetable bowl of Andaman. A perfect place to simply relax and chill is the beaches here and the deserted shores are favourite to those who love to relax in utmost peace.

In two hours, one can explore the island by walking around. It got the name Neil after the British Brigadier General James Neill who stubbornly dealt with the rebels during the 1857 Mutiny. The rich cultivation of paddy is found in Neil Island that belongs to the Ritchies’ Arhcipelago between Havelock Island and Rose Island. One should add this Island to their itinerary if they planning a trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Highlights: One of the major highlights of Neil Island is Neil Kendra, a beautiful curving bay full of white sand and holding the major jetty of the island made attracting by disarraying numerous colourful wooden fishing boats. Known to be the heart of the island, Neil Kendra has Bharatpur Beach on its left and Laxmanpur Beach on the right. The richest collection of marine lives and coral reefs have given Neil Island the peculiarity of being one of the most thrilling scuba diving sites on the island. In addition to diving, Neil Island is home to those who love snorkeling, swimming, birding, cycling etc.

Activities: Glass bottom ride and snorkelling are the major activities available on Neil Island though there are enough opportunities to do diving and other prime adventure activities.

Distance from Port Blair: The island belongs to the South Andaman district is located about 36 km northeast from Port Blair.


Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar Beach in Andaman has ranked 8th among the top ten beautiful beaches in the world based on travellers 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 is 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. Andaman honeymoon packages itinerary always includes Havelock Island.

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 snorkelling 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. You must book a Andaman tour including snorkelling, to make your holiday much more special.

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.


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. For a comforting stay after a day full of activities, you must check the resorts in Andaman.

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.


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. You must check other islands of Andaman consisting of great beaches and make your tour marvellous by visiting them.

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.



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.


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. Don't forget to check the resorts for couples in Andaman.

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.


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.


Hemis Monastery

The biggest monastery in the North India is Hemis Monastery, one of the must visit attractions in Ladakh region. Set on the foothills of Indus, Hemis Monastery has 200 branches and over 1000 monks are staying there. It belongs to the red sect Brokpa of Buddhist order. Here the young Lamas are trained for the royal monasteries at Leh, Shey and Basgo.


Hemis Gompa came into existence 17th century and it was built by Chapgon Gyalshas and from then on the gompa was getting the royal patronage of Ladakh till now. But there is a saying that the monastery was founded by the first incarnation of Stangsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso. After the missing of the head Lama in 1956, a young 12 year old boy from Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh has been recognized as the head Lama of the gompa.

Structure of the monastery

The biggest monastery in the region has a surprising architecture and the building is quite appreciable. There are a lot of big statues and stupas decorated with stones and also the splendid collection of thankas. The collection of thankas is believed to be the largest and it would be shown to the public once in 11 years.

Location: Hemis Village is located 43 km south of Leh town and it is very easy to reach the monastery by bus or jeep.

Timing: 08:00 am to 01:00 pm and 02:00 pm to 06:00 pm

Entry fee: INR 100

Highlight: Hemis Festival is the prime attraction at the monastery which celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche. The tenth day of the Tibetan lunar month every 12th year is the date of festival.

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