Posts

Kanger_Valley_National_Park

Kanger Valley National Park, Chhattisgarh – This beautiful park is a haven for the wildlife enthusiasts

[AdSense-A]

Located amidst the 34 km long and scenic Kanger Valley, a Biosphere Reserve, Kanger Valley National Park is one of the most beautiful and picturesque national parks of India. The beautiful park is located on the banks of Kholaba River at a distance of about 27 km from Jagdalpur (headquarter of Bastar). The park spreads over an area of approximately 200 sq km comprising mainly of hilly terrain, and derives its name from the Kanger River, which flows throughout its length. Known for its scenic beauty and the unique and rich biodiversity, Kanger Valley attained the status of a National Park in 1982. The Park also has a good amount of tribal population. It is an ideal destination for wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers, researchers, anthropologists and for anyone who wants to discover the very best of Chhattisgarh wildlife and unique tribes of the region.

Flora and Fauna – Kanger Valley National Park

The flora in the park chiefly comprises of mixed moist deciduous type of forests with predominance of Sal, Teak and Bamboo trees. In fact, the Kanger Valley is the only region in the Peninsular India where one of the last pockets of virgin and untouched forests still left. Major Wildlife of the Kanger Valley National Park are the Tigers, Leopards, Mouse Deer, Wild Cat, Chital, Sambar, Barking Deer, Jackals, Langurs, Rhesus Macaque, Sloth Bear, Flying Squirrel, Wild Boar, Striped Hyena, Rabbits, Pythons, Cobra, Crocodiles, Monitor Lizards and Snakes to name a few. The avian fauna at the Park includes Hill Myna, Spotted Owlet, Red Jungle Fowls, Racket-tailed Drongos, Peacocks, Parrots, Steppe Eagles, Red Spur Fall, Phakta, Bhura Teeter, Tree Pie and Heron among many others.

Places to see in Kanger Valley National Park: Apart from the avid wildlife, the park also has some mesmerizing sight seeing spots. These include:

Tirathgarh Waterfalls

Tirathgarh Waterfalls can be termed as “Milky Fall” because of the white colour of the water as it descends down the rocky slope giving an impression as if milk is falling. The scenic Tirathgarh Falls is one of the most magnificent waterfalls in Chhattisgarh. It is located just opposite to Tirathgarh Waterfalls. Water cascading from the beautiful hills surrounding the falls provides splendid views. Splashing streams of water comes down at an incredible speed from a height of more than 100 feet on the river Mugabahar which originates in a lake not very far away from this point. The area surrounding the fall features lush green forests that enhance the beauty of the falls.

Kailash Caves

Kailash Caves are located in the Kanger Valley National Park area near Mikulwada. Discovered recently in 1993, the caves are around 250 meters long and are situated at an altitude of 40 meters above the ground level. It features stalactite and stalagmite formations that offer stunning sight. Access to the cave is through a narrow opening and at the end of the cave is a huge stalagmite formation in the shape of Shivlinga. The hollow walls of the cave, when struck by hand, make incredible musical sounds.

Kanger Dhara

Kanger Dhara is located inside the Kanger Valley National Park. It is a very good picnic spot where individuals and families alike can spend time and have lot of fun. Nice small cascading falls, give one enough space to take a bath and enjoy. The location also presents a beautiful scene of Kanger River going through the forest.

Things to do in Kanger Valley National Park: Sight seeing is one of the best activities here worth enjoying.

Best time to Visit – Kanger Valley National Park: The best season to visit the Kanger Valley is November – June.

How to go ?

By Air

The nearest Domestic Airport from Kanger valley national park is Swami Vivekananda Airport, located in Raipur, roughly five and a half hrs drive from the location. It is very well connected to major cities of country like Delhi, Mumbai, Mangalore, Hyderabad, Vishakapatnam, Chandigarh, Bhopal, Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

By Train

The nearest Railway Station is Jagdalpur Railway Station. It is well connected with the cities like Raipur, Bilaspur, Delhi, Puri and Visakhapatnam. There are no direct trains between Kolkata and Jagdalpur. You have to halt at any of the three places: Vishakhapatnam, Bhubaneshwar or capital city Raipur. Cars are available on hire from Jagdalpur to national park.

By Road

You have to reach Jagdalpur first so as to reach the national park. There are many ways to reach Jagdalpur. It is 15 Kms from Madpal, 21 Kms from Dhanpunji, 36 Kms from Kotpad, 62 Kms from Boriguma, 114 Kms from Dabugaon, 129 Kms from Ambapani, 133 Kms from Raighar and 290 Kms from Raipur. Chhattisgarh State Road Transport Corporation (CSRTC) and some private bus operators provide good bus service between these areas.

[AdSense-B]

Where to stay ?

There are as such no hotels or resorts near the national park. You have to stay at Jagdalpur, located at a distance of 19km from the location.

Tourist Rest House (Chhattisgarh Tourism) : www.chhattisgarhtourism.net
Royal Bastar Farm: 91 9406358172, 9406356302 Website:www.royalbastarfarm.com
Hotel Akanksha: +91- 7782 225335, 225336, 222349 Website: www.hotelakanksha.com
Chetak Hotel: +91-099935 09500

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

[AdSense-C]

Corbett-National-Park

Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand – The first national park in India named after famous hunter Jim Corbett

[AdSense-A]

Situated at foothills of  the Himalayas, the Jim Corbett National Park is the first national park in the world named after the renowned hunter Jim Corbett. It was declared a national park in the year 1936. The location is a paradise of the wildlife lovers in India. This national park spans over an area of 1318.54 sq. km. The core area of the Corbett tiger reserve forms the Corbett National Park while the remaining area contains reserve forests (496.54 sq.km.) and the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary (301.18 sq.km.) The scattered flat valleys combined with the hilly ridges and along with the Park’s rolling grasslands provide an excellent view of its rich eco system.

Places to see in Corbett National Park: The popular tourist spots of Corbett National Park include:

Corbett Museum

This is a heritage museum, that is not just a museum but more than that. This is a must visit for the historians, heritage and wildlife lovers. Being a place of stay once during the winters for renowned and valiant hunter turned environmentalist Jim Corbett, this is a museum that displays amazing belongings of him. The museum contains Jim Corbett’s personal articles, like gun, cap, bag, fishing net, paintings, sketches, manuscripts and the last hunting by him. Tourists can also enjoy the spectacular view of the Corbett falls located just 4 km from Museum.

Garjiya Devi

Garijiya Devi temple is one of the famous Shakti Shrine in Uttarakhand. This is a holy temple dedicated to Garjiya Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Parwati, daughter of King of the Mountains Himalaya also known as Giriraj. Located in middle of river Kosi, atop the steep rock, Gajia Devi temple has very steep steps.

Kyari Camp

Situated in the Kyari village to the east of the river Kosi, the Kyari Camp is located in a village amidst the dense jungles having exotic locales of Kumaon region.

Sitabani Forest Reserve

A heaven for the birdwatchers the place has an ashram tucked away in the jungle. Panthers and other wildlife move to Sitabani when the tourist season is on in Corbett. It is also idyllic for doing wildlife photography.

Sitabani Temple

According to the legend Devi Sita, the consort of Lord Rama had entered into the lap of Mother Earth here and hence the place is so named. Here we enjoy a fair during Ram Navmi.

Dhangari Museum

Here you will watch the educational details about floras and faunas of Corbett Park with trophies of naturally dead animals i.e. Tiger, Leopard, Tusker, Deer, Sambhar and Crocodile etc.

Bijrani

Bijrani once formed a part of a shooting block. During the British period it was much famed for the quality of game hunting that it offered to shikaris.

Jhirna

Until 1994 Jhirna was a farming village. It was successfully relocated under the Project Tiger after this. This site is now a good home to tiger, leopard and deer. It is also a home to a no. of interesting mammals like sloth bear and wild boar. Various species of birds can also be seen here.

Corbett Water Falls

The Corbett Waterfalls, leaping from a height of about 60 feet, is spectacular. The backdrop of scenic greenish forest creates will create a spell-binding effect on the visitors. Full Moon light colored waterfall is really worth-while to observe

Sunrise Point

This is the highest peak in Corbett and its surrounding area at Bhuwankhal Village (Kath ki Nao). One can see both the rivers Kosi and Ramganga from the peak at a glance

Kalagarh Dam

It is situated at the south-western side of the Corbett National Park. It is multipurpose project to provide Irrigation, hydro electric power and flood relief. Starting in 1962 this dam was completed in the year 1975. This very dam wrecked havoc with the ecological system of the region in 1970s but now attracts a great number of migratory waterfowl in the winters.

Ramnagar

It is just 5 kms from Corbett National Park, in the Nainital district of Kumaon region. Located on the banks of KosiRiver at an altitude of 345mts, and being quiet near to Corbett national park and Nainital this is a popular tourist resort. Ramnagar is the ideal spot for fishing camp.  The place is also famous for Litchi farming.

Nearby attractions from Corbett National Park: You can also visit these excursion spots while staying here.

Udham Singh Nagar

Udham Singh Nagar is one of the important districts of Uttarakhand with district headquarters at Rudrapur. It belongs to the Kumaon division of the Terai region. Udham Singh Nagar was originally part of Nainital district and it was only in 1995 that it received an identity of its own. It is surrounded by Nainital on the north, Champawat to the northeast, Nepal to the east and Uttar Pradesh to the south. It is primarily an industrial district and you can find several industry related jobs in this place. Along with establishment of industries there has been an equal growth of agriculture as well. The fertile lands and weather conditions are a perfect blend for agriculture in Udham Singh Nagar. Udham Singh Nagar is situated 32kms from Jim Corbett National Park.

Haldwani

Haldwani forms the ‘Gateway of kumaon’. It is situated at the base of Himalayas in the bhabhar region of the Indo–Gangetic plains. Haldwani is popularly known as the sharing its twin township with Kathgodam. The dusk and dawn of the Haldwani are pleasant and will make you feel that you are in the lap of nature.

Things to do in Corbett National Park: Want to explore the wilds of Jim Corbett National Park, then you must go for a jeep safari. Aside this enjoy nature walks here. The spot offers you with the golden opportunities of bird watching also.

Best time to visit Corbett National Park: Jhrina zone of the Corbett national park remains open throughout the year. But the best time to visit Corbett is from the mid of November to mid of June because during this period of time all the tourism zones of Corbett remain open for visitors and providing ample opportunities for the tourist to visit the entire national park.

How to go ?

By Air

The closest domestic airport to Corbett National Park is 50 kms away from Corbett National Park at Phoolbagh, Pantnagar. At 295 Km from CorbettNational Park, the nearest InternationalAirport is at Delhi. The major air link for tourists coming from northern parts of India is at Dehradun and Lucknow. Preferably, passengers availing flight from within India, or other parts of the world, should land down either to PalamAirport (domestic) or to IndiraGandhiInternationalAirport (International), New Delhi, accordingly. Both the airports have well facilitated air links within as well as outside India.

By Rail

The closest railway station to Corbett National Park is Ramnagar, which is 12 km from the Park. Ramnagar is the terminus of Delhi-Moradabad-Ramnagar broad gauge branch of North East Railway. Tourists coming to other parts of India have to reach the Kathgodam station, which is connected by rail routes from all parts of India. You can hire private cars or taxis from there to reach Corbett national Park.

By Road

Ramnagar is the town closest to Corbett National Park, which is famous as a sanctuary for Indian Wildlife. Ramnagar is well connected via road to Lucknow, Nainital, Ranikhet, Haridwar, Dehradun and New Delhi.

[AdSense-B]

Where to stay ?

There are some forest resorts located inside the park, which provides decent accommodation facilities along with the proper security. Some options are:

Corbett Tiger Reserve:+91-5947-253977
Dhikhala Forest Lodge: www.dhikala-corbett.com

You can also stay at Ramnagar, just 5km from the park. It is dotted with a number hotels. Some options are: 

Corbett Woods Resort: +91- 9999 10 5555  Website: www.corbettwoods.hotelscrs.com
Corbett Motel: +91-9719095769, 05947-253033

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

[AdSense-C]

Gir National Park

Gir Forest National Park, Gujarat – Renowned all over the world for being the only home for the Asiatic Lions

[AdSense-A]

The Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary (also known as Sasan-Gir) is a renowned wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat. Established in 1965, the park covers a total area of 1412 km². The park is located 43 km in the north-east from Somnath, 65 km to the south-east of Junagadh and 60 km to south west of Amreli. It is the only home of the Asiatic Lions (Panthera leo persica) and is considered to be one of the most important protected area in Asia due to its supported species. It was declared as a national park in 1975. The park’s forested hilly terrain makes it a preferred habitat for the jackals, leopards, antelope, and deer that also live there. It’s home to crocodiles and over 300 species of resident birds as well.

Places to see at Gir Forest National Park: The forest is a home to a number of wild life species. Apart from this there are seven major perennial  rivers of the Gir region namely Hiran, Shetrunji, Datardi, Shingoda, Machhundri, Godavari and Raval. There is also a man made dam namely Kamaleshwar Dam which is a home to a large population of crocodiles.

Nearby attractions from Gir Forest National Park: You can easily make a short trip to places like:

Veraval (36 km)

The fishing port of Veraval is known for its dhow-building yard where massive hand-built seaworthy vessels are made. Once a port of the Nawab of Junagadh, it has old gates and historic buildings.

Junagadh (63 km)

Historically, Junagadh is one of the most interesting cities of Gujarat. Emperor Ashoka’s rock edicts here date to the 3rd century BC and there are also ancient Buddhist cave-sites dated to the Mauryan and Gupta Fort. The Uparkot Fort of the Chudasama Rajputs rises from a hilltop and has 11th century monuments inside the imposing battlements. Mystic poet Narsinha Mehta also lived in Junagadh and his monument is in the city. By the 19th century, the Nawabs of Junagadh rose to become affluent rulers and during their reign palaces, colleges, mosques, mausoleum complexes and a quaint railway station came up at Junagadh, all of which are worth seeing specially the palace museum. The city museum has archaeological finds and manuscripts. While in Junagadh, visit Sakkarbagh Zoological Park that is captive-breeding Asiatic lions and you could see ibises and other birds in the park.

Girnar (60 km)

This 3660-ft high hill rises on the outskirts of Junagadh with temples on ridges and on the summit. The 12th century Jain Temples are specially attractive with exquisite carvings.

Jetpur (90 km)

The textile town of Jetpur is known for its block and screen printing workshops and is good for shopping.

Diu Island (95 km)

Diu Island was once ruled by the Portuguese and is now a Union Territory. Popular as a beach destination, the island also has a 16th century Portuguese Fort, the impressive St Paul’s Church, DiuMuseum and old houses. Flamingos, storks and waders can be seen at the creeks of Diu.

Things to do in Gir Forest National Park: The safari trip toboth Gir National Park (known as Gir Jungle Trail) and Gir Interpretation Zone (Devalia Safari Park) is worth. If you miss the glimpse of lion in Gir national Park, don’t worry. You can opt for shorter visits at the Gir Interpretation Zone where you are sure to spot some lions.

Best time to visit Gir Forest National Park: The most popular time to visit Gir is from December to March.

How to go ?

By Air

The nearest airport is Keshod, at a distance of 90 km from Sasan Gir; the other airport is Rajkot at a distance of 140 kms which is connected to all major cities in India like, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Bhopal etc.

By Rail

Sasan Gir has a railway station of its own, with train connections to a number of other cities and towns in Gujarat and its neighboring states. The towns of Junagadh, Veraval and Delwada have daily trains to Sasan Gir, from where the park is only about a km away.

By Road

Fairly good roads link the park to the rest of the country. Junagadh itself is only about 60 km from Gir, and there are frequent buses connecting the town to the park.

[AdSense-B]

Where to stay ?

Decent accommodation facilities are available in Gir National Park. Some options are:

The Fern Gir Forest Resort: +91- 226-739 -7777  Website: www.fernhotels.com
Sasan Gir Guest House: +91-0932-024-0024
Lion Safari Camp: +91-9971231439, +91-8826678881  Website: www.girnationalpark.in
Sukh Sagar Gir Resort, Anil Farmhouse Gir: www.girhotels.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

[AdSense-C]

Tadoba-Andhari

Tadoba-Andhari, Maharashtra – Home to the varied species of wild animals

[AdSense-A]

Often referred to as “The Jewel of Vidharba“, the Tadoba National Park lies in the district of Chandrapur in the north-eastern part of Maharashtra. Tadoba Andhari Reserve is the largest national park in Maharashtra spanning over an area of 625.4 sq. km. Located in the heart of a reserved forest, it is an infinite assemblage of innumerable species of trees and plants – and wildlife that includes tigers, panthers, sloth bears, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, bison, barking deer, nil gai, sambar, and cheatal. Besides this place is also a haven for the bird lovers. The Tadoba National Park and Andhari Wildlife Santuary together form the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve. The park derives its name from “Taru” the local deity, whereas the Andhari river that meanders through the forest gives the sanctuary its name.

Things to do at Tadoba National Park: Enjoy the safari trip inside the national park to catch a glimpse of the varied range of flora and fauna.

Best time to visit Tadoba National Park: The best time to visit here is from February to May.

How to go ?

By Air 

The nearest airport is at Nagpur, about 140 km away. Flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata fly regularly to Nagpur. Taxis can be hired from the airport to reach the national park.

By Rail 

The nearest railhead is at Chandrapur, 45 km from the park. The railway station is connected to Mumbai, Delhi, Nagpur, Chennai, Hyderabad and Jhansi. Buses and taxis are available from the railway station to reach the reserve. Tourists from Kolkata have to reach Nagpur. From Nagpur you can hire private cars to reach Tadoba which is 140 km from Nagpur.

By Road  

State transports buses from Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Jalgaon do ply regularly to Chandrapur and Chimur located about 45 and 32 km respectively. Local transport can be hired to reach the reserve from Chadrapur and Chimur.

[AdSense-B]

Where to stay ?

You may stay at MTDC tourist lodge which is the only accommodation option here. For booking details please contact:

Moharali Tourist Lodge (MTDC): +91-022-2284-5678  Website: www.maharashtratourism.gov.in

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

[AdSense-C]

Bandipur National Park

Bandipur National Park, Karnataka – One of the most beautiful national parks of India on the lap of the Western Ghats

[AdSense-A]

Located amidst the picturesque surroundings of the Western Ghat Mountains on the Mysore-Ooty highway in Karnataka, Bandipur National Park covers an area of about 874.2 sq km. Bandipur National Park is regarded as one of the most beautiful and the better-managed national parks of India. It is a national park as well as a Tiger reserve. The tiger population is increasing steadily here. Resting at the foothills of the Western Ghats River Kabini, Mayur and Nagour flows in between the Bandipur National Park. The Bandipur National Park occupies a special place in India’s efforts towards Eco-conservation. Bandipur  has a sizable number of Tigers. Other natural inhabitants of this lovely forest are gaur (a type of bull), sambhar, chital, mouse deer, four-horned antelope, wild dogs, wild boar, jackal, sloth bear, panther, malabar squirrel, porcupines and the black-knapped hare. Birds like jungle fowl and green pigeon are also found here.

Places to see at Bandipur National Park: Apart from exploring the elegant beauty of the park you may also go for a number of sight seeing locations from here. Following are some of the places;

B R Hills Wildlife Sanctuary

The BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in between Western and the Eastern Ghats on the banks of river Cauvery about 5,091 feet above the sea level in Kemmannagundi district, Karnataka. The BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 540 square kilometers and covered with mixed deciduous forests. The BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is the hub of a varied species of wildlife and is rich in flora and fauna.  The major attractions of the BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka are Gaur and Chital. The most interesting thing of the BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is that you can easily spot the wild animals wandering carelessly in their natural habitat during your trip in the jeep safari.

Biligiriranga Hills

The Biligiriranga Hills, is a hill range situated in south-eastern Karnataka. The hills are located at the easternmost edge of the Western Ghats and support diverse flora and fauna in view of the various habitat types supported.

Shri Male Mahadeshwara Swamy Temple

The History of the Shrine Shri Male Mahadeshwara Swamy Temple has been extremely holly religious Institution and is famous from the time immemorial. As per Niranjana Rathnakara invisible Ganesha himself as Shri Male Mahadeshwara. As mentioned in Janapada Mahakavya Shri Male Mahadeshwara is the sone of the couple of Shri Chandrashekara Murthy and Smt. Uttarajamma and has descended to earth and has for the fist time seen near Shri Shailadha Mallikarjuna Linga, nearly 600 years ago; has come through Sutturu, Kunduru, then to the centre of Seven Hills; this place being felt to be comfortable desired to stay in the place of temple; and incarnation of Lord Eswara and kept tiger as his Vehicle. Travelled through the hills and the surroundings area, spent his childhood , youth and aged life in between the hills and on the basis of his yogi powers has displayed his various miracles.

Dodda Sampige Mara

One of the must-visits while you are on a tour to BR Hills is this unique site. This is actually a thousand year old tree. The name when translated into English means the “Big Champak tree”. The temple is situated about 4 km from BR Hills. The tree reaches upto 34 m in height and is about 20 m broad. This is a holy site. There are many lingams close to the trunk of the tree. The river Bhargavi, which is a tributary of the Kaveri, flows by the tree. The river is believed to be an incarnation of the Renuka who was the wife of Jamadagni, a Hindu sage.

Nearby attractions around Bandipur National Park: From Bandipur you can make a trip to places like;

Ooty

It is just 48 km from Bandipur. Also known as Udhagamandalam, Ooty is the “Queen of hill stations” and the capital of Nilgiris district. It is one of the most popular tourist resorts in India. Nilgiris means “Blue Mountains“. It is a land of picturesque picnic spots. Situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level, Ooty, used to be popular summer and weekend getaway for the Britishers during the colonial days. 

Wayanad

Located at a distance of 82.3km from Bandipur, Wayanad, the green paradise is nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats, forming the border world of the greener part of Kerala. Clean and pristine, enchanting and hypnotizing, this land is filled with history and culture.

Things to do at Bandipur National Park: Enjoy the Jungle safari to catch the glimpse of the different species of animals inside the park.

Best time to visit Bandipur National Park: Bandipur has moderate climate all through the year but the best season is from October to May.

How to go ?

By Air  

The Bangalore airport is the nearest airport and is 220 kms away from Bandipur. Indian and Jet Airways have regular domestic as well as international flights connecting Bangalore to the rest of the world.

By Rail

The nearest railhead is Nanjangud, 55 kms away followed by the Mysore station at a distance of 80 kms. One can easily hire a taxi or catch a bus or train from Mysore or Ooty.

By Road

The Bandipur National Park is 220 kms from Bangalore; 80 kms from Mysore and 80 kms from Ooty. The Gundulpet town is 20 kms away from Bandipur and is the nearest road head in Bandipur. The national park is well connected through road with every big or small town.

[AdSense-B]

Where to stay ?

There are very few accomodation options near Bandipur. One option is:
Jungle Lodges & Resorts Ltd (Bandipur Lodge):  91-080- 25597944, 25584111, 2559-261  Website: www.junglelodges.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

[AdSense-C]

 

 

Nagarhole National Park

Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka – A treasure trove of the wildlife and nature lovers

[AdSense-A]

Located at a distance of 94 kms away from Mysore, Nagarhole National Park, lies between the Kodagu and Mysore districts to the north-west of Bandipur National Park, with the Kabini reservoir separating the two Parks. The park has small streams, rich forest cover, valleys, and waterfalls. The forest was the favourite hunting ground of the Maharaja of Mysore. In 1955, Nagarhole was set up as a wildlife sanctuary and later its area was increased to 643.39 sq km. It became a national park in 1988 and ten years later, in 1999, it was declared a Project Tiger reserve. Along with the adjoining Bandipur National Park, Mudumalai National Park, and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagarhole National Park is part of the largest protected area in southern India, about 2,183 sq km of wilderness. Kabini’s beautiful surroundings make it an ideal holiday destination.

Places to see in Nagarhole National Park: The varied species of wild life are itself the attractions in Nagarhole national Park. The most famous residents of Nagarhole National Park are tigers, Indian bison, and elephants. Other mammals that reside here include leopards, Indian wild dogs, jackals, sloth bears, striped hyenas, spotted deer, sambar deer, barking deer, four-horned antelopes, and civets. Nagarhole National Park has been recognized as an Important Bird Area and has over 270 species of birds. You can find the “Critically endangered” Oriental white-backed vulture, and “Vulnerable” species like the lesser adjutant, greater spotted eagle, and the Nilgiri wood pigeon here. “Near threatened” species here include darters, Oriental white ibises, greater grey headed fish, and red headed vultures. Species endemic to this region include the blue winged parakeet, Malabar grey hornbill, and the white-bellied treepie. Reptile enthusiasts should look for mugger crocodiles, Indian rock pythons, Russell’s vipers, common kraits, rat snakes, and bamboo pit vipers among other species at Nagarhole National Park.

Nearby attractions around Nagarhole National Park: The park itself is a treasure trove of the wildlife and nature lovers. Apart from this you can make an itinerary to the;

Irupu Falls

Located at a distance of 20 kms from NagarholeNational Park, the Falls are also known as the Lakshmana Tirtha Falls, derived from the name of the tributary of Cauvery which starts from these falls, the Lakshmana Tirtha River. A narrow way from the forest leads from these falls to the BrahmagiriPeak in Southern Kodagu. Irupu falls, a major tourist attraction is also a pilgrimage spot. A famous Shiva temple, the RameshwaraTemple is situated on the banks of the Lakshmana Tirtha River, that falls on the way to the Falls. This temple attracts a large number of pilgrims during the festival of Shivaratri.

Things to do in Nagarhole National Park: Unwind yourself amidst the exotic natural beauty and enjoy catching the glimpse of the engendered wild life species.

Best time to visit the Nagarhole National Park: The best time to view the animals is during the heat of March and April, when the waterholes are dry and the animals come out and visit the lake. However, the weather is more pleasant from November to February.

How to go ?

By Air

The nearest airport for Nagarhole National Park is Mysore. Mysore Airport is 95 km from the park. Mysore in turn is connected by Bangalore by means of regular flights. Bangalore is an InternationalAirport and hence easily accessible by all national and international flights.

By Train

The nearest railway station for Nagarhole National Park is again Mysore, which is around 95 km from Nagarhole and is connected to Bangalore which in turn is connected to all the major cities in India.

By Road 

Nagarhole National Park is connected to all the cities via Mysore and Coorg.

[AdSense-B]

Where to stay ?

There are a number of accommodation options in Kabini. Some options are:

The Bison Resort (P) Ltd:  +91-080 41278708, 65590271,  41125163 , 41278829  Website: www.thebisonresort.com
Waterwoods Lodges & Resorts Pvt. Ltd.: +91 99459-21303, +91 99727-43441  Website: www.waterwoods.in
Orange County Resorts & Hotels Ltd.: +91 -080 4191 1170, 71  Website:  www.orangecounty.in
Kabini River Lodge: +91- 080 – 25597021, 24, 25  Website: www.kabiniriverlodge.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

[AdSense-C]

Periyar

Periyar National Park, Kerala – The retreat of the wilds

[AdSense-A]

Periyar National Park spanning over an area of 777 sq. km is the hub of the wild animals. It is known as an elephant and tiger reserve. The place is located in between the Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills. It lies in the south of Western Ghats along the border with state of Tamil Nadu in India.  In the year 1978 Periyar was declared a tiger reserve. Periyar wildlife sanctuary has a picturesque lake at the heart of the sanctuary. Formed with the creation of the dam in 1895, this reservoir meanders around the contour of the wooded hills. This lake forms a permanent source of water for the local wildlife.

Places to see in Periyar: Apart from the varieties of wild life species there are also some spots to see at Periyar which are described below:

Kumily 

Just 4-kms from Periyar, Kumily is a growing town where tourism is fast catching up just like the spice trade, the major occupation of this small town. The town is also well equipped with the excellent hotels and resorts for accommodation.

Cradomom Hills 

Periyar and Kumily are the most convenient points from which visitors can easily explore Kerala’s beautiful Cardamom hills. There are all kinds of trips via jeep or taxi to the hills and if you can get a group together, these trips work out as a good travel value.

Nearby attractions around Periyar: The park is in itself the attractions of the area. There are varied wild life species in Periyar. Apart from Elephants, the other animals to be seen in the Periyar sanctuary are Gaur, Wild Pigs, Sambar, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Dole or Indian Wild Dog and very rarely, a Tiger. There are, now, an estimated 40 tigers here. Four species of primates are found at Periyar – the rare lion-tailed macaque, the Nilgiri Langur, Common Langur and Bonnet Macaque. Periyar also happens to be the habitat of the elusive Nilgiri Tahr, which is rarely to be seen. The birdlife comprises of Darters, Cormorants, Kingfishers, the great Malabar Hornbill and racket-tailed Drongoes. The reptilian population boasts Of Monitor Lizards that can be spotted basking in the sun, on the rocks along the lakeshore. Visitors who trek into the Periyar national park often see a Python and sometimes even a King Cobra.

Things to do at Periyar: Enjoy the boat cruises which are the best option to check out the wilds of Periyar Sanctuary. Today the PeriyarLake presents an excellent boating spot for tourists. Although it is unusual to see many animals from the boats, still you spot a family of Elephants, Wild Boar, and Sambar Deer by the water’s edge. The upper deck is best for wildlife viewing when taking a boat cruise, but better turn up half an hour early to get the best seat. To maximise you chances, take the 7.00 am boat.

Best time to visit Periyar: The best season to visit Periyar wildlife sanctuary is from the months of October and June.

How to go ?

 By Air

Kochi (Cochin) Airport is located at a distance 200-kms or Madurai in Tamil Nadu at 140-kms are the nearest airports from Periyar.

By Rail

Kottayam at 114-kms is the nearest railhead from Periyar.

By Road

Kumily, the nearest town from Periyar is well served by both state and private buses from Kottayam, Ernakulam and Madurai in Tamil Nadu.

[AdSense-B]

Where to stay ?

There are plenty of private hotels and lodges and also government guest houses available in Periyar. Some options are:

Periyar House (KSTDC): +91-04869-222026
Aranya Niwas (KSTDC): +91-04869-222589
Hotel Treetop: +91-4869, 223286, 223287  Website: www.hoteltreetop.com
Hotel High Range Residency: +91-04869224654, 09249123898  Website: www.highrangeresidency.com
Hotel Regent Tower:  +91-04869-322570, 322670

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

.

[AdSense-C]

Sariska_National_Park

Sariska National Park, Rajasthan – An abode of wild animals

[AdSense-A]

Located in north-west of Rajasthan, Sariska is 107 km from Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. The park spans over an area of 800 sq km. The core area is however of 500 sq km. Sariska being one of the major travel destinations of India, it is also a tiger reserve. It is a scenic tourist destination with Aravalli hills at its background. Sariska is a treasure trove for the wild life lovers. It offers an excellent wild life experience. The landscape is dominated by sharp cliffs of hills and narrow valleys of Aravalli. The Sariska National Park in Rajasthan, India is especially known for its population of Tigers. This park is also a home to numerous carnivores including Leopard, Wild Dog, Jungle Cat, Civets Hyena, Jackal. These feed on species such as Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Chausingha, Wild Boar and Langur. Sariska is also well known for its large population of Rhesus Monkeys, which are found around Talvriksh.

Places to see in Sariska National Park: Within the Sariska wildlife sanctuary, there are a number of tourist attractions.

The Kankwari Fort

The Kankwari Fort is a historic landmark located within the Sariska national park. It is here where the Emperor Aurangzeb once imprisoned his brother, Dara Shikoh.

The Ancient Shiva Temples

Within the area of the Sariska tiger sanctuary, Neelkanth temples, that dates back to the 6th-13th century AD, now in ruins, afford a wonderful sight to the visitors.

The Palace 

Sariska was known as the royal reserve of the rulers of Alwar. This palace built by the Maharajas of Alwar, has now been converted into a hotel.

Nearby attractions around Sariska National Park: Sariska is also adorned by a number of popular nearby locations.

Alwar

Just 116 km from Bharatpur,,this city is considered as the gateway to the royal state of Rajasthan. There are many tourist attractions here reflecting the glorious Rajput history of the place. The main attractions of Alwar are the Bala Quila and the CityPalace complex. There is a lake beside the CityPalace, a government museum and the tomb of Tarang Sultan.

Deeg

Situated 32 kms north-west of Bharatpur, Deeg was once the preferred summer resort of and the second capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Bharatpur. It was built to serve as a holiday resort for the Jat rulers of Bharatpur but also has a fort with twelve bastions. The largest of these, Lakha Burj, is mounted with cannon, even today. The buildings of Deeg form a large rectangle, enclosing a garden and two large tanks, one at each end. The largest structure is the impressive Gopal Bhawan where, even on a summer day, the air is cool and refreshing. The most striking part of the complex is the summer pavilion, Keshav Bhawan. In the days of glory, the 500 fountains around the pavilion spouted coloured water on special occasions, while fireworks lit up the night sky.

Siliserh  Lake

Sited near the Sariska tiger reserve, is the fascinatingly charming Siliserh Lake, overlooking a marvellous palace which was built by Maharaja Vinay Singh in 1845 A. D. for his queen, Shila. The lake makes for a good picnic spot and offers options for boating and sailing. The palace here has now been converted into a tourist resort for visitors. Crocodiles are the major inhabitants of this lake.

Things to do in Sariska: Enjoy the safari trip within the lush green forest to catch the glimpse of the various wildlife species.  You can also make excursion trip to various destinations mentioned above.

Best time to visit Sariska: The best time to visit the SariskaNational Park is throughout the year. If you want to avoid the scorching heat, it is advised to visit it during the months of October to March. The park is open to public from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM but stays closed on most national holidays.

How to go ?

By Air

The Jaipur Sanganer Airport is the nearest airport from Sariska and is located in Sanganer, approximately 107 kilometers from the National Park. All major destinations are well-connected to the JaipurAirport.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is located at Alwar, 37 kilometers away from the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary.

By Road

Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is located off the Delhi-Alwar-Jaipur Road. Jaipur is located 107 kilometers away from the wildlife sanctuary and 200 kilometers from the country’s capital, New Delhi. Sariska is well-connected with Alwar, which is directly connected to NH-8.

[AdSense-B]

Where to stay ?

In Sariska you may not get abundant of accommodation facilities. However some options are:

The FortView Camp: +91-  01465- 224343  Website: www.sariskacamp.com
Sariska Tiger Camp: +91-93140 17210, 99581 26253, 93140 17110

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.
.

.

[AdSense-C]

Ranthambore

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan – A paradise for the nature lovers

[AdSense-A]

Ranthambore National Park is the biggest and one of the famous national park in Northern India. The park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, which is about 130 km from Jaipur. It was a popular and former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Today the Ranthambore National Park terrain is major wildlife tourist attraction spot that has pulled the attention of many wildlife photographers and lovers in this destination.

Stretched over an area of 400 sq. kilometer, the park has two other the Mansingh Sanctuary and the Kaila Devi Sanctuary. It is located in the mid of Aravalli and Vidhya range. The scenery changes dramatically from gentle and steep slopes of the Vindhyas to the sharp and conical hills of the Aravali. Inside the jungle stands the dilapidated old fort of Ranthambore. This tenth century fort also blends accurately with the background.  The tigers are the main attraction of the national park thus making it a tiger reserve also.

Places to see at Ranthambore National Park: Ranthambore is counted as the famous heritage site because of the pictorial ruins that dot the wildlife park. Apart from the animals and birds, the natural beauty of the park will cast a magic spell. Certainly, a visit to Ranthambore National Park is a treat for every wildlife and nature lover. The park has some interesting sight seeing locations.

Bakuala 

The National Park is covered with thick forest over a large part of its area. One of the thickly forested regions is called the Bakaula region. Bakaula consists of dense forest, with many small pools and water holes in clearings in the vegetation. Because of the excellent forest cover and availability of water, the Bakaula region in National Park Ranthambore has an abundance of wildlife. Tigresses with young cubs are often seen near the water holes in Bakaula, since the dense forest provides cool hides for a tigress and her young. Bakaula is one of the coolest regions of National Park Ranthambore, where many birds can be seen in the trees and small animals like squirrels and monkeys rush through the forest.

Kachida Valley 

This valley, consisting of many rocky outcrops and low hills, is located close to the outskirts of the park. A jeep would be the ideal mode of transport when trying to visit this area. This area contains a majority of the Panther population of the park. The panthers avoid venturing into the main jungle to avoid conflicts with tigers, who are known to kill them. This area also has a good population of beers.

Lakarda Anantpura 

These areas located in the North-Western and Northern regions of the park are ideal locations to visit if you are looking for Sloth Bears. These areas have a lot of ant hills, which are a favourite of the bears. Although very rarely seen themselves, the pugmarks of the Indian striped Hyenas are often seen here. Their numbers are not very large in the park.

Raj Bagh Ruins 

These ruins are located between the Padam Talao (lake) and the Raj Bagh Talao. These ancient stone structures like arches, palace outhouses, domes and steps give the area an aura that is not possible to find anywhere else in the world. Especially if you include the jungle surroundings and are one of the lucky few who come across one of the resident tigers. These ruins are what give the RanthamboreNational Park such a unique mixture of a wildlife reserve and a reminder of the past, which together make it one of the most picturesque parks in the entire world.

Padam Talao 

This is the largest of the lakes present in the park. The famous and beautiful Jogi Mahal is located at the very edge of this lake. When in season, the water lilies that give the lake it’s name, can be seen in plenty. In the early hours of the morning and just before sunset, animals can be seen in large numbers on the lake side. It is in the shallow waters of this lake that the famous “lake hunters” of Ranthambore operate, the most legendary of which was the tiger, Genghis. It is also along this lake’s edges that the rare sighting of the chinkara is most probable.

Ranthambore Fort 

 Standing majestically atop a hill this fort overlooks the entire park. The walk up, one of the only places this mode of transport is possible, is a very refreshing and exciting one as even the big cats have been spotted up there! The view of the surrounding keeps getting better and better as you go up but the view from the fort itself can only be described as breathtaking. It is advisable to take along a good pair of binoculars and if possible a camera with a very powerful lens when visiting the fort.

You can easily catch a glimpse of the soaring Serpent eagles, vultures and other birds. Many animals can also be seen along the edges of all the water bodies, which are all visible from here. The fort itself also offers many interesting architectural and historical sights worth viewing and photographing. A trip to the fort is a must if you are a first time visitor to the park. If you take a guide with a good knowledge of the fort’s history it is really beneficial for you.

Nearby attractions from Ranthambore National Park: There are some renowned destinations across the Ranthambore National Park that can lead you to the most investing exploration.

Agra

Agra has long been renowned as the city of the Taj Mahal. This has often overshadowed the fact that this royal Mughal has, in addition to the legendary Taj, many magnificent monuments that epitomise the high point of the Mughal architectural achievement. Not even Delhi the seat of kings and emperors for over a thousand years, can boast such a heritage of architectural and cultural splendour from the golden age of the Great Mughals.

Bharatpur

The 28.73 sq. km. lake and wetland was artificially created by the Maharaja of Bharatpur in the 19th century. In 1956 as a bird sanctuary, 1981 as a national park. A princely state in the past Bharatpur is also often called the “Eastern Gateway of Rajasthan. Keolodeo Ghana National Park is an important international bio-sphere known for its large and varied avid fauna, both local and migratory. By building small dykes and dams and diverting water from an irrigation canal, he converted this low lying area into a fine wild fowl shooting preserve. In a few years, the new wetland surrounded by marginal forests was able to support thousands of water-birds. Commonly referred to as Bharatpur, the Park is a delight for bird watchers.

Jaipur 

Founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II , Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan. It is a major attraction for the first-time visitor. Jaipur is surrounded on all sides by rugged hills, crowned with forts & enclosed by embattled walls.

The Old City (Known as the Pink City) is a great place to wander around and savour the superb architectural constructions. The whole city was painted in Pink colour by Maharaja Man Singh II when Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, visited Jaipur in 1876 AD. Today, every home within the city is obliged by law to maintain its facade. It is a very well planned city laid out in a grid pattern and was designed by a young Bengali engineer and scholar by the name “Vidyadhar Bhattacharya”.

Things to do at Ranthambore National Park: It is an ideal place of visit for the wild life and nature lovers. Staying amidst the lush green vegetation and catching the glimpse of a number of wild species is in itself a wonderful thing.

Best time to visit Ranthambore National Park: The best time to visit Ranthambore National park is from December and April when the weather is pleasant.

How to go ?

By Air

Jaipur is the nearest airport for RanthamboreNational Park. The Park is located just 180 km away from Jaipur city. One can hire cabs or avail bus services to reach the park.

By Rail

The nearest major railway station is Sawai Madhopur which is well connected to other major cities across India. One can hire a cab or avail the frequent private/public bus services from Sawai Madhopur to reach RanthamboreNational Park.

By Road

Ranthambore National Park is located just 11 km away from Sawai Madhopur and plenty of buses ply between Sawai Madhopur and the park. You can also hire cabs or taxis from Sawai Madhopur to reach your destination.

[AdSense-B]

Where to stay ?

There are adequate lodgings facilities available in Ranthambore. Some options are:

Hotel Vinayak (RTDC): +91-07462- 221333
Hotel Jhumar Bawri: +91-07462-220495
Hotel Ranthambore Bagh: +91-07462-221728  Website: www.ranthambhore.com
Hotel Anurag Resort: +91-07462-220751

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.
.
.

[AdSense-C]

pench-national-park

Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh – The land of Rudyard Kiplings’ famous fictional character “Mowgli”

[AdSense-A]

Pench is one of the renowned wild life sanctuaries of Madhya Pradesh. Recently the tourist visit here has increased at a huge rate. It lies in the Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh border. Pench Tiger Reserve comprises the Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park, the Mowgli Pench Sanctuary and a buffer. The Park perches in the Southern slopes of the Satpura ranges of Central India. The river Pench, which splits the National Park into two, forms the lifeline of the Park. The area of the present tiger reserve has a glorious history. A description of its natural wealth and richness occurs in Ain-i-Akbari. Several natural history books like R. A. Strendale’s ‘Seonee – Camp life in Satpura Hills,’ Forsyth’s ‘Highlands of Central India’ and Dunbar Brander’s ‘Wild Animals of Central India’ explicitly present the detailed panorama of nature’s abundance in this tract.

Who can forget the famous fictional character Mowgli, the pint-sized ‘Man-Child’ or Bagheera, the Black Panther and the unforgettable the inimitable Sher Khan? These characters taken from “The Jungle Book” are the eternal creation of Rudyard Kipling.  Kipling wrote his Jungle Book, inspired by the luxuriant forest cover of Pench teeming with an astonishing variety of wildlife. Pench was declared a sanctuary in the year 1977. It was declared a National Park in the year 1983 and was also made a Tiger Reserve in the year 1992.

Places to see at Pench: Pench National Park is named after Pench river, meandering through the park from north to south is one of the tourist attraction. The beautiful Totladoha Lake also flows from within the Jungle. Explore the Jungle which is a den of the numerous species of wild animals. Here Mother Nature rests at her original and purest form.

Nearby attractions from Pench National Park: From Pench National Park you can visit to places like

Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park is spread at Vindhya hills in Madhya Pradesh. It is known for the Royal Bengal Tigers. The density of the Tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India. BandhavgarhNational Park was the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa and at present is a famous natural hub for White Tigers.

Kanha National Park

Kanha National park is located in Banjar and Halon valleys in the Mandla / Balaghat districts of the state of Madhya Pradesh. KanhaNational Park is one of the India’s finest tiger reserves. It’s an outstanding national park and wildlife reserve of Central India, noted for its last remaining population of the hard-ground race of the Swamp Deer (approximately 380). Spotting wild animals is always a matter of luck, but Kanha is so rich in wildlife that the odds are titled in your favour. Most people are keener to meet Kanha’s most famous citizen: the Tiger.

Nagzira National Park

Nagzira National park is situated in the Gondia district of Maharastra. The wildlife sanctuary is having the beauty of the nature with its picturesque landscape, luxuriant vegetation and serves as a living outdoor museum to explore and enjoy the best of the nature. The sanctuary is a miraculously preserved “Green Oasis” and has a great importance from bio-diversity conservation point of view. Nagzira is home of many endangered species. The vertebrate category of animals including, more than 34 species of mammals, approx 166 species of birds including migratory land and water birds, about 36 species of reptiles and about 4 species of amphibian and a number of fishes. This sanctuary is notable for its wealth of birds and is indeed a bird watcher’s paradise.

Tadoba National Park

Tadoba is situated in the Chandrapur district of the Maharashtra State of India. The Reserve contains some of the best of forest tracks and endowed with rich biodiversity. It is famous for its natural heritage. Tadoba Tiger reserve was created in 1995. Often referred to as “The Jewel of Vidharba”, the Tadoba National Park lies in the heart of a reserved forest, it is an infinite treasure trove of innumerable species of trees and plants – and wildlife that includes tigers, panthers, sloth bears, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, bison, barking deer, nil gai, sambar, and cheatal.

Things to do at Pench: Explore the immense forest and wild life of Pench.

Best time to visit Pench: February to June although cool season (October to February) is much more comfortable and still very good for wildlife. 

How to go ?

By Air

Nagpur is the nearest Airport only 88 Km. by road 2 – 3 hrs. Jabalpur is also another Airport only 200 km, by road from Pench, Jabalpur well connected with Delhi and Mumbai, another many city of India.

By Rail

Nagpur is the nearest railway station from Pench National park, Nagpur Junction is well connected to all the city of India.

By Road

Nagpur is only 88 km from Pench via Seoni (NH No. 7). Nagpur is well connected with all the Major City of India.

[AdSense-B]

Where to stay ?

There are many hotels and resorts located at Pench. Some options are:

Tuli Tiger Corridor: 1800 209 9050 (toll free), +91-07695-6653666 Website: www.tulihotels.com
Kipling’s Court: +91- 07695- 232830,  232850,  232855
Pench Jungle Camp: + 91- 9999742000,  07695-26119096

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.
.
.
[AdSense-C]

Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh – A retreat of the Royal Bengal Tiger and various other wild species

[AdSense-A]

Stretching over an area of 940 sq km  Kanha National Park is one of the biggest park in Madhya Pradesh, India. The sal, and bamboo forests, the rolling grasslands and meandering streams cover the majority of the area of the National Park. This national park which is also a Tiger Reserve is located in the Mandla and Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh, India. In the 1930s, Kanha area was divided into two sanctuaries, Hallon and Banjar, of 250 and 300 km² . Kanha National Park was created on 1 June 1955. Since then, a series of stringent conservation programmes for the protection of the park’s flora and fauna has given Kanha its deserved reputation for being one of the finest and best administered National Parks in Asia, an irresistible attraction for all wildlife lovers and a true haven for its animal and avian population.Together with a surrounding buffer zone of 1,067 km² and the neighbouring 110 km² Phen Sanctuary it forms the Kanha Tiger Reserve. This makes it the largest National Park in Central India.

The park has a significant population of Royal Bengal Tiger, leopards, the sloth bear, Barasingha and Indian wild dog. The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel “Jungle Book “.

Kanha national park has species of tiger, leopards, wild dogs, wild cats, foxes and jackals. Among the deer species Swamp Deer or Hard Ground Barasingha is pride of the place as it is the only sub species of swamp deer in India (Cervus duavcelli branderi). The animal is adapted to hard ground unlike swamp deer of the North which live in marshy swamps. Kanha National Park has been instrumental in rescuing the “Swamp Deer” from extinction. Indian Gaur (Bos guarus), belonging to the ox genus, is found in Kanha but seen mostly as winter ends. In summer gaur inhabit meadows and water holes in the park.

Other commonly seen animals in the park include the spotted deer, sambar, barking deer and the four-horned deer. The latter can be seen at Bamni Dadar climb. Recently, mouse deer have also been discovered in the tiger reserve.

Black buck were once found in Kanha, but became very rare for unknown reasons. They vanished completely, but have been reintroduced recently inside a fenced area in the park. Nilgai can still be seen near the Sarahi Gate, while the Indian Wolf once commonly seen at Mocha is a rare sight now. Hyena and sloth bear are seen occasionally. Langurs and wild boars are common, but the pugnacious rhesus macaque is seen less often.

Nocturnal animals like fox, hyena, jungle cat, civets, porcupine, ratel or honey badger and hares can be seen outside the park confines.

Reptiles like pythons, cobras, krait, rat snakes, vipers, keel backs and grass snakes are nocturnal animals, and are therefore rarely seen. There are many species of turtles as well as amphibians found in or near the water bodies.

Kanha and Satpura forest being a part of Gondwana, now famous as tiger reserve, once upon a time were ruled by wild Indian Elephants.

Places to see at Kanha National Park: Forest Department guides accompany visitors around the park on mapped-out circuits which enable viewers to see a good cross-section of Kanha’s wildlife. The best areas are the meadows around Kanha, where blackbuck, chital and barasingha can be seen throughout the day. In the 1930s, the Kanha area was divided into two sanctuaries, Hallon and Banjar, of 250 and 300 sq km each. Though one of these was subsequently disbanded, the area remained protected until 1947. Depletion of the tiger population in the years that followed led to the area being made an absolute sanctuary in 1952.

Nearby attractions around Kanha National Park: Near Kanha National Park  is Bamni Dadar visited by every tourist who comes to the national park. It is the sunset point of this region from where the view of sunset is mesmerizing. The dense luxuriance of Kanha’s forests can be seen from here. Animals that can be sighted around this point are typical of the mixed forest zone: sambar, barking deer, gaur and four-horned antelope.

Kanha Museum

There is a museum at Kanha national park, showcasing the attributes and activities of the park and the tribal culture of the state of Madhya Pradesh.

The Baghira Log Huts

Located amidst the raw jungle, the restaurant of Baghira Log Hut, Kisli provides the visitors a chance to enjoy the nature at a close. In the wild, guests can take a ride to the jungle, venture further and explore the rich valley fed by rivers and lakes. In the dense sal and bamboo forests where over 350 species of birds and some rare flora and fauna flourish. One can indulge in generous dose of Birds watching, nature walks, swimming, fishing and boating and not the least tracking down the tiger in KANHA National Park.

Things to do at Kanha National Park: This destination is ideal for the nature and the wild life lovers. Here the wonders of nature will astonish you. Explore the entire site and savour the natural beauty.

Best Time to Visit Kanha National Park: The park is closed from July to mid-November during monsoon. The ideal season to visit the park is during winter which is quite pleasant here.

How to go ?

By Air

Nearest airport is at Jabalpur (156 km.), connected with regular flights from Delhi & Bhopal.

By Bus

Daily bus service available for Kisli and Mukki from Jabalpur and back. Taxis are available for hire from Jabalpur, Bilaspur and Raipur. Vehicles are not permitted within the park after dark.

By Train

Most convenient railheads are at Jabalpur and Bilaspur.

[AdSense-B]

Where to stay ?

Kanha being a popular tourist destination has plenty of hotels suited to budgets. Some options are:

Kanha Village Eco Resort: +91- 9977853263 Website: www.kanhavillage.com
Mahua Tiger Resort: +91- 07566-656456 Website: www.thewildliferesorts.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.
.
.

[AdSense-C]

bandhavgarh

Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh – A retreat of the wild animals, declared as the national park

[AdSense-A]

One of the distinguished national park in India, Bandhavgarh is located in the in the Vindhya Hills of the Umaria district in Madhya Pradesh. It is declared as the national park in 1968. Bandhavgarh spans over an area of 105 sq. km. The name Bandhavgarh has been derived from the most prominent hillock of the area of Umaria. The place is famed to have highest density of white tiger population. The park also houses the largest breeding population of leopards and various species of deer. With the passing of years the park has shown the rapid growth in the count of tigers. The white tiger tours are famous in the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve which attracts large no. of tourists.

There are three entrances in the park which are Tala, Magdi and Bamera. The Tala zone attracts the tourists most by offering the tiger sighting opportunities. The Magdi zone is also being developed by the park authorities. The elephant shows are also being organized in the Magdi zone of Bandhavgarh National Park so that the tourist may catch the sight of the elusive king of jungle i.e the elephant. You will find ample opportunities to spot majestic Indian tiger and some rarely seen animals like leopard and sloth bear.

Places to see at Bandhavgarh National Park: The national park besides being a home to no. of species of wildlife has many other tourist attractions.

Baghel Museum

The Baghel Museum in Bandhavgarh is the storehouse where you will find all the personal belongings of Maharaja of Rewa are being kept intact for display. Tourists come here and explore the royal and jungle life of Bandhavgarh. Along with that the museum also displays the stuffed body of the first white tiger being spotted by the Maharaja of Rewa. Besides this, the museum also boasts ancient hunting equipments by the Maharajas along with some of the military equipments. The museum is located 100 meters away from the reserve (park) and is being famous for keeping the belongings of Shikargarh, or a game preserve that the tourists certainly want to discover at Bandhavgarh. The timings to visit the Baghel Museum are: 10 am to 3 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm.

Village Tala

One of the locations that the tourists prefer to visit repeatedly while visiting Bandhavgarh is the TalaVillage. It gives the total reflection of an Indian village which still brings the most ethnic way of living. There are many attractive glimpses a tourist can explore while spending a day at this village. The modest dwellings, the mud clustered houses, elders smoking hookahs sitting on a cot are such magnificent scenes that brings a standstill on the time. The lowest region of Bandhavgarh, the TalaVillage is a picturesque location with landscapes all around. Along with that while visiting the village the tourists can find different hotels and resorts for magnificent accommodations in the village.

Mahaman Pond

The Mahaman Pond is located near the Bandhavgarh Fort which is being surrounded by bamboo clumps where large varieties of herding of wild creatures can be found. This place is called the “Place of Quench the Thirst” where the variety of herbivores and carnivores inhabiting the national park can be found.

Kethika

Also known as the Pendanus Point in Kethika a lump of an aromatic plant called Kewra can be found amidst the supercilious Jammu and Arjun trees. It is undoubtedly a real floral treasure of Bandhavgarh Reserve.

Climber’s Point

It is one of the most amazing place in Bandhavgarh National Park symbolizing the serene natural beauty. This location brings an aerial view of the entire park and the forest in this location is filled with Sal and Bamboo trees. Along with that the place is also being flourished with some f the best and unique species of fauna like butea superba and bauhinia wahlii along with Sal trees. This is an ideal place for the tourists to take some rest and for the peace of mind.

Bari Gufa

The Bari Gufa which means the “The Giant Cave” is showcasing the ancient monument of past. Undoubtedly it is one of the most ancient creations in the Indian history. It is being believed that the Bari Gufa is the biggest man-made cave of the reserve dating back to 10th century.

Three Cave Point

The three cave point is one of the most fascinating points in Bandhavgarh National Park that is easily visible from the Ganesh Hillock road. This beautiful location has many beautiful carvings that typically signify the perfect blend of the architectural techniques that were prevalent in the ancient times. Today, this place is perfectly being the ideal home for many wild animals including leopards, tigers and sloth bears.

Rajbahera

It is a marshy meadow which can be viewed from the Bandhaini Hillock and is the origin of the river Dammer. The Rajbahera that brings the Bandhaini Hillock view along with the glances of sorks, vultures and herds of chital, samber and wild pigs is definitely an additional attraction of Bandhavgarh.

The Shesh Shaya

The Shesh Shaya is a marvellous 11 meter long statue of Lord Vishnu in the laying position with umbrella of “Shesh Nag” along with the “Shivling” and the “Lord Brahma” are situated here. It is placed on the main entrance of the footpath, the way towards the Bandhavgarh Fort. The origin of the river “Charan Ganga” inflows from the foot of “Lord Vishnu” and so the name is being derived from. The statue is believed to be the asset of 10th century.

Cheshpur Water Fall

The Cheshpur Water fall is a natural water fall in River Johila, situated at a distance of 50 km from Bandhavgarh. It is an ideal location for the tourists to enjoy picnic here.

Jwalamukhi Temple

It is the temple of the goddess Jwalamukhi situated in the bank of river “Charan Ganga”. About 11 km away from Bandhavgarh, this temple is also 10th century founding.

Fossil National Park

About 110 km away from Bandhavgarh, the Fossil National Park s named so since it brings all its floras in the fossil form that existed in India anywhere between 40 million and 150 million years ago. This park is being spread over an area of over 274,100 square meters.

Nearby attractions of Bandhavgarh National Park: From Bandhavgarh National Park you can visit the places like the Kanha National Park, Jabalpur, Khajuraho, Panna National Park, Pench National Park.

Things to do at Bandhavgarh National Park: Enjoy the jeep and elephant safari to view the wildlife at Bandhavgarh. Jeep safaris are undertaken during the early morning hours till evening. A forest department guide is always there with the visitors on these jeep trips taken inside the park. Elephant safari trips are organized for tiger tracking early in the morning.

Best time to visit Bandhavgarh National Park: As the summer’s heat is unbearable the ideal season for the tourists to visit the park is between November and March.

How to go ?

Bandhavgarh is spread at Vindhya hills in Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh consists of a core area of 105 sq km and a buffer area of approximately 400 sq km of topography varies between steep ridges, undulating, forest and open meadows. Bandhavgarh is known for the Royal Bengal Tigers the density of the Tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India.

By Road

Bandhavgarh National Park is well connected from the nearby town & cities like Jabalpur, Satna, Umaria, Khajuraho etc. Distance & approx driving time of Bandhavgarh National Park from some of the nearby cities are mentioned below:

 By Train

The nearest railway stations for BandhavgarhNational Park are Umaria & Katni. Umaria is 35 Kms (45 Minutes drive) & Katni is 100 Kms (02 Hrs drive) from Bandhavgarh.

 By Air

The nearest Airport for Bandhavgarh National Park is Jabalpur & Khajuraho. Jabalpur 200 Km / 04 Hrs Drive & Khajuraho 250 Kms / 05 Hrs Drive from Bandhavgarh. One can get regular flights for Jabalpur & Khajuraho from all major airports of India.

[AdSense-B]

Where to stay ?

There are many hotels to stay at Bandhavgarh National Park. Few options are:

WhiteTigerForest Lodge: +91 (07629) 265366, 265406
Tiger Inn: +91 (07627) – 265425, 265424, +91 9425-194-766
Greenwoods Resort : +91 9981038846, 9826150017
Junglemantra Resort: +91-9425331207

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

.

[AdSense-C]

tiyabon-resort

Tiya Bon, North Bengal – Located in the middle of tea gardens and forests

[AdSense-A]

Located near the Khariar Bander Forest, Tiya Bon is 63 kilometers from Siliguri. This place is located in the mid of tea gardens and forests. This destination is idyllic for both the adventurous and nature lovers. The Tiya Bon Resort extends for an area of 2.33 acres and offers the spectacular views of the surrounding forests and gorgeous hills. Tiya Bon provides with the combined essence of wild Dooars and Gorumara Forest. Besides Tiya Bon also shares close proximity to Chapramari, Khunia, Gajol Doba, Sakham and hill stations like Samsing, Suntaleykhola, Jhalong and Bindu.

Places to see around Tiya Bon: The Gorumara National Park is located near to Tiya Bon in the Dooars region, in the district of Jalpaiguri. In 1949, this small forest area was declared a wildlife sanctuary and in 1994, it was proclaimed a National Park.  The National Park spans an area of 79.99 square kilometers and houses a variety of flora and fauna. It is also famous for being the home to the Great Indian one-horned rhinoceros and the Indian Bison.

tiyabon-resortNearby attractions of Tiya Bon: The other famous forests that can be visited from Tiya Bon are Chapramari forest and Jaldapara Sanctuary. The Chapramari forest is situated near National Highway 31 and can be easily reached by crossing the river Teesta and following the route that leads to Dooars. The Jaldapara Sanctuary is also situated near National Highway 31 and is at a distance of 80 kilometers from Tiya Bon. The other forested areas located nearby are Khunia and Sakham. The birding site of Gajol Doba, which is famous for the annual visit of migratory birds is also located nearby.

You can also visit a number of hill stations from Tiya Bon such as Jhalong, Samsing and Toto Para. The hamlet of Jhalong is situated at a distance of around 47 kilometers from Tiya Bon. The valley, Bindu is on the banks of Jaldhaka River and is encircled with the hills of India and Bhutan. Samsing is located at a distance of around 25 kilometers from Tiya Bon and the route offers the most picturesque landscape. The journey takes around 30 minutes, by car. The small village of Toto Para is located on the banks of TorshaRiver, near Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary and Bhutan border. The place is famous for housing the slowly disappearing ‘Toto’ tribe. Besides this tribe, Dooars also houses several other tribes.

Things to do at Tiya Bon: You can opt for a variety of adventure activities such as rock-climbing, trekking, tree climbing and angling in nearby areas of Tiya Bon. You can also visit the nearby craft villages or tea gardens to see the tea production process or can opt for jungle safaris at the nearby forests.

Best time to visit Tiya Bon: Though the resort can be visited throughout the year, it is better to avoid the rainy season if you want to visit the forests.

How to go ?

Tiya Bon is located in Chalsa on NH31. You have to cross Mal tourist Lodge and reach Chalsa. Chalsa is a few kilometers from Malbazar on the way to Dooars from Siliguri. Tiya Bon is around 70 kms from Siliguri.

[AdSense-B]

Where to stay ?

The Tiya Bon Resort provides excellent accommodation and dining facilities in wooden cottages to the tourists at very reasonable rates. There are Deluxe Rooms, Ethnic Standard Rooms and Six Bed Huts at Tiya Bon Resort, which arranges activities like trekking, rock climbing, angling, tree climbing and rope traversing for its guests.  From Tiya Bon Resort, you can enjoy jungle safari at GorumaraNational Park, Chapramari and other nearby forests. Visits to tea factories in tea gardens and nearby crafts villages can also be arranged by Tiya Bon Resort. For booking details you may contact:

Tiya Bon Resort
9831018135, 9432647740
Website : www.tiyabonresort.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

[AdSense-C]

Betla_national_forest

Betla, Jharkhand – Shrouded by lush green forests, hills, valleys & waterfalls

[AdSense-A]

Located at a distance of 170 kms from Ranchi, Betla region is shrouded by lush green forests, hills, valleys and waterfalls. It is a tranquil tribal village located in the Palamau District of Jharkhand bordering the jungle. The mesmerizing beauty of the Betladestination, famous for towering Sal trees, bamboo groves and Betla Tiger Reserve will cast a magic spell on you. Belta, the most ancient forest areas in India spans over 226 sq. km. stretching from Kechki till Neterhat. The forest is an abode to 970 species of plants, 174 species of birds and several other species of reptiles and animals including tigers. The elephant safari or guided jeep safari organized in the Belta National Park to spot wildlife and birds is truly exciting. There are five watchtowers in the sanctuary, which offer unobstructed views of animals. Nearby Daltonganj, Lodh Falls and the ruins of Betla Fort are few other things.

Places to see at Betla: Betla is well known for its wildlife reserves. You will be truly overwhelmed by visiting the famous Betla National Park, situated on the Ranchi-Daltonganj Main Road. The park boasting an exotic collection of flora and fauna spans an area of around 1026 sq. km. It is regarded as one of the first National Parks across India, which later became a tiger reserve under Project Tiger. Basically, Betla National Park was an extension of the Hazaribagh National Park during 1960s, which was later developed under Project Tiger as one of the prime Tiger Reserves of India. Palamau Tiger Reserve, which is an integral part of the Betla National Park, was also developed under this project.

BetlaThis reserve is a safe haven of around 45 tigers, along with other animals like wild dogs, horned antelope and jungle cats. Moreover, since 1989, Betla National Park also incorporates around 63 sq. km of the Mahuadar Wolf sanctuary. This national park is well accessible through Belta Village. You can savour the splendour of the wilderness by availing the jungle safari or jeep safari, organized by the local forest authorities at this national park. The northern part of the Betla village is flanked by the Koel River and its tributaries. The ruins of Betla Fort located within the Betla National Park are another great destination. It is one of the early forts ruled by the Chero kings.

Nearby attractions around Betla:  Want to explore further afield, then you must make a visit to the confluence of Koel and Orga rivers, popularly called Kechko Sangam, that is 18 km from Daltonganj. Nearby Daltonganj, there is a place called Barwadih, which houses an age-old temple of Shiva. You can also visit the Suga Bandh or Dam, located at a distance of 60 km, featuring an attractive reservoir. The breathtaking views of the famous Lodh Falls and Mirchaiya falls are truly enchanting. The picturesque green surroundings of the waterfalls are ideal for a day’s excursion. Another sought-after destination around Betla is the Talah Hot Water Spring, renowned for its remedial properties.

Things to do at Betla: The elephant safari or guided jeep safari organized in the Betla National Park to spot wildlife and birds is Betlatruly exciting. There are five watchtowers in the sanctuary, which offer unobstructed views of animals. The ruins of the ancient Betla Fort built in the 16th century by the Chero rulers are worth exploring. You will truly admire the converging point of River Koel and River Orga, popularly called Kechko Sangam. The place is ideal for organizing picnic. You can also indulge in swimming and boating here. The enchanting surrounding of Lodh Falls and Mirchaiya Falls are also perfect for a day’s excursion.

Best time to visit Betla: The ideal time to visit Betla for exploring the Betla Tiger Reserve is between October and April. The weather also remains pleasant from November through March. However, it is better to avoid the rainy season, which stretches from June to September. The most popular time to make a trip to Betla is during the months of October and November.

How to go ?

There are several options to reach Betla. The nearest airport of Betla is located at Ranchi, which is facilitated by frequent flights from Kolkata. You can avail taxis from the airport to reach Betla. Bus services are also available from the town of Barwadih to Betla National Park. However, you can also travel to the destination by train. The nearest railhead is located at Barwadih. The other alternative is the Ranchi railway Station.

[AdSense-B]

Where to stay ?

There are several rest houses and hotels available including the Government Forest Bungalows. For booking details you may contact:

Betla Tiger Project Bungalow, Forest Rest House
Phone: 06567-222650

Some other options are:

Van Vihar tourist complex ( Jharkhand Tourism Hotel )
Phone: 06567-226513

Hotel Naihar ( Betla National Park )
Phone: 06567-286505

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

[AdSense-C]

Dangmol

Dangmol, Odisha – Savour the breathtaking beauty of Bhitarkanika National Park

[AdSense-A]

Dangmol in Bhitarkanika forest is ideal for exploring the natural beauty of the lush green vegetation. It offers excellent opportunities to savour the breathtaking beauty of Bhitarkanika National Park.

Places to see at Dangmol: The main attraction of Dangmol is the spectacular beauty of Bhitarkanika forest, which is the second largest mangrove forest in India and home of the estuarine crocodile. The coastal area of Gahirmatha is nearby, here the giant Pacific Ridley Sea Turtles visit.

Inside Dangmol Forest

Inside Dangmol Forest

Inside Dangmol Forest

Inside Dangmol Forest

Things to do at Dangmol: You can hire a boat & take a trip of the Bhitarkanika National Park & enjoy the exquisite nature. Besides, you can also go for some trekking inside the forest.

Best time to visit Dangmol: Throughout the year but avoid going during the rainy season.

How to go ?

You can start your journey early morning by car and reach Bhadrak via Kharagpur-Belda-Balasore. This is some 5 hours journey from Kolkata. But those who want to travel by train can board the Dhauli Express to Bhadrak and then hire a car to reach Chandbali.

[AdSense-B]

Where to stay ?

There are guest houses as well as forest rest house for tourists. Dining facilities are available at the places of stay.

Forest Rest House in Dangmal is a good option.
For booking details you may contact:  Ph.-272464,06729.

You can also stay at Aranya Nivas in Chandbali. For booking details you may contact:
Utkal Bhawan,
55 Lenin Sarani,Kolkata.
Tel: (033) 2244653/22164556
Central Reservation Counter
Tel: 0674 – 2430764.
For detailed information log on to www.panthanivas.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

[AdSense-C]

Murti

Murti, North Bengal – An idyllic place for spending some days in a placid environment

[AdSense-A]

Located on the banks of the Murti River in Dooars, Murti is a quaint tourist spot. This is an idyllic place is for spending some days in a placid environment. The Murti River is right place for finding some serenity and peace.  This is a place nature lovers and bird watchers. You can enjoy taking a dip in the crystal clear waters of Murti River. This river is a home of multiple fishes. So take the pleasure of fishing here whenever you like. Here camping and hiking are the most popular activities. The Gorumara National Park, which is an abode of Indian Rhinos, Wild Elephants and various bird species is just a stone’s throw from Murti.

Places to see at Murti: Murti village is located beside the banks of Murti River and it is very close to Chapramari forest and Gorumara National Park. In fact, Murti River is one of the main rivers skirting right through the middle of Gorumara National Park.

Murti-riverNearby attractions of Murti: The entire Dooars range of forests can be reached from Murti. Forests like Gorumara, Chapramari, Chukchukia, Khunia and Chalsa are located near to it. You can also visit nearby hill destinations like Jhalong, Bindu and Paren. Samsing, Suntaleykhola and few other spots like Mouchuki marking the fringes of other jungles like Neora Valley N.P are also located nearby.

Things to do at Murti: Camping, angling and hiking are the two most popular activities in Murti. This place is also ideal for the bird watchers who will have a great time too. You can also enjoy jungle safari in Gorumara N.P and other nearby forests from Murti.

Best time to visit Murti: Murti can be visited any time of the year. However, if you are planning for jungle safari then avoid the monsoons because the jungles remain closed during the rains.

How to go ?

You can reach Murti from New Mall Junction Railway Station. If you are traveling by air, then the nearest airport is at Bagdogra from where you can hire cars to reach Murti. Murti can also be reached from Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri Station (NJP) by hiring cars.

[AdSense-B]

Where to stay ?

Murti-banani-Guest-HouseYou won’t find many hotels in Murti because it is a very small village tucked within a bend of the Murti River. There are a few basic budget hotels and a couple of very nice, well maintained private hotels with all modern facilities. Food is served in the hotels which mainly comprises Bengali cuisine. There is a Government run accommodation at Murti. For booking details you may contact:
Department of Tourism, Government of West Bengal
2, Brabourne Road, Kolkata – 700 001
Phone : 033-2225 4723/4724, (033) 22436440, 22488271
Online Booking : www.wbtourism.gov.in / www.wbfdc.com

Some other options are:
Resort Murti
Ph:+91 9002626093 

Hotel Prime Murti
Ph: + 91 (33) 64540454 / + 91 9163 3927 13

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

[AdSense-C]

Delo

Delo, North Bengal – The beautiful nature park, 5556 ft high on the edge of a reef

[AdSense-A]

Located at an altitude of 5556 ft on the edge of a reef Delo or Deolo connects the Delo Hills (from which the name originated) and Durpin Hills. This beautiful nature park offers one of the best views of Mt.Kanchenjungha and River Teesta. Delo has been converted into a nature park by the Government. There are Government accommodation options within the park as well as luxurious private accommodation options outside the park. The main town of Kalimpong is only 6 kms from Delo Hill. A weekend must be spent here enjoying the views of the Himalayas and roaming around the gardens. The adventurous can enjoy paragliding in Delo

Places to see in Delo: Delo Hill is an extended nature park. The gardens here are very well maintained with fountains. You can delo-teesta-viewalso have a spectacular view of Kanchenjungha and River Teesta. There is a huge statue of Lord Hanuman near Delo. You would also find a very nice statue of Lord Buddha on the way while returning from Delo to Kalimpong. Monasteries or Buddhist gumphas form a very important feature of the surrounding and there are three important gumphas  – Tharpa Choling Monastery, Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Monastery and Tongsa Gompa that are witnesses to the journey of Buddhism in India. There is also the Lepcha Museum & Monastery situated in nearby Big Dhara which exhibits everything about the Lepcha community and culture.

Durpin Dara Hill is a must visit as it offers magnificient views of the Chola Range of Sikkim. Other places of attraction in nearby Kalimpong include the flower nurseries; Dr Graham’s Home and the Neora Valley National Park which covers a total of 88 square kilometer and is an abode to wide range of wild animals like tiger, black bear, goral and Himalayan wild dog as well as bird and species of reptiles.

Nearby attractions of Delo: The most popular nearby attraction is Lava. Located some 30 km from Kalimpong, Lava is popular for its closeness to Neora Valley National Park. Then there is Pedong, some 20 km from Kalimpong which is a beautiful Delo-resorttiny settlement situated amid the pine trees,Lolegaon, (54 km from Kalimpong) which offers some eye-catching views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and off course Darjeeling just 56 km from Kalimpong, is often called ‘Queen of Hills’ and is the most popular tourist destination in northeastern India. You can also make a visit to the nearby  destinations, namely Icchey Gaon, Ramdhura, Sangsey and Sillery Gaon. Most of these offbeat destinations offer homestays where you can have delicious home cooked food. Mingle with local culture and enjoy great views of Kanchenjungha. If you are moving towards Lava, then you can also cover Rishop Kolakham and Charkhole.

Things to do at Delo: If you are longing for refreshment then enjoy the gardens, the mesmeric views, hot coffee at the bungalow and take short treks and hikes around Deolo. It is the best place to unwind yourself. If you are adventure lover, then you have opportunities to paragliding from Delo.

Best time to visit Delo Kalimpong: You can visit Kalimpong during any time of the year as the place experiences mild summers and pleasant winters. The best time to visit this place is from March to May and from September to January.

 How to go ?

Bagdogra airport, located close to Siliguri is the nearest airport and is some 79 km from Kalimpong. From the airport, you can take a taxi to reach Kalimpong. By rail, New Jalpaiguri (NJP) railway station is the nearest to Kalimpong and you can easily reach Delo by hiring a taxi from the station. It takes around 2.5 hours to reach Delo from New Jalpaiguri.

[AdSense-B]

Where to stay ?

There is a guesthouse operated by Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) previously known as DGHC in Delo. Very, recently a luxury private resort has come up in Delo just beside the DGHC (GTA) guesthouse with great views of Mt.Kanchenjungha and River Teesta.

The DGHC (presently GTA) Bungalow:
DGHC-guesthouseThe DGHC guesthouse at Delo is within the Delo park savouring great views of Mt.Kanchenjungha and River Teesta. There are rooms on the ground floor as well as first floor. With a huge open park space and extensive lush lawns and gardens, this Delo Guesthouse is always a busy place for tourists and park visitors. The guesthouse has its own restaurant and offers all basic modern amenities to its guests for a comfortable stay. For booking details you may contact 91 3552 274101/253341/255320.

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

[AdSense-C]

 

chapramari

Chapramari, in North Bengal – Spend few days within a dense forest in an old Forest Bungalow

[AdSense-A]

Want to spend a few days within a dense forest in an old Forest Bungalow? Then Chapramari is an ideal destination for you. Have a look over the whole jungle when you stand in the Bungalow’s balcony watching over the waterhole and salt lick where Bisons, Elephants, Rhinos, Monkeys, Peacocks and a whole lot of unknown birds come to quench their thirst. From the Chapramari Forest Rest House (FRH), you can have a panoramic view of one of the oldest jungles of the Dooars region with the brave mountain at its backdrop. Spending a night in the Chapramari FRH with the mysterious sounds of the jungle dwellers would really thrill you.

Places to see at Chapramari FRH: You can watch the animals that come to the waterhole for their drink and the birds that hop from one branch of the tree to another for the whole day. Coming to the middle of the jungle there is a watch-tower adjacent to the Chapramari FRH where visitors come during the mornings and evenings. The watchtower and the Rest House offer the same view of the salt lick and the waterhole.

Nearby attractions of Chapramari FRH: Many tourist attractions are there around and near Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary like the Khunia watch-tower which is located within short distance of this sanctuary. Other places to see are the Gorumara National Park and Jaldapara National Forest. The Murti River and Jhalong can also be visited as nearby attractions. The new destination of Panjhora located a few kilometers away on the banks of the Murti River on the fringes of Chapramari Forest has become a new attraction. The entire Dooars region can be visited from this Chapramari Forest Bungalow.chaparmari 1

Things to do at Chapramari FRH: This is an idyllic spot for those who love nature. Soon after entering the forest, a wide variety of trees like aamloki, rudrapalash, rubber trees, rupasi etc will attract you. Bird watching can be a really exciting activity here with plenty of birds frolicking in the trees. Spend some time by sitting idle on the balcony of the Chapramari FRH with a cup of tea enjoying the forest and the distant hills spotting wildlife around the waterhole and salt lick. In the evenings, you can watch the tribal dance and when the night falls. In a moon lit night the whole of Chapramari forest is bathed with its soft rays you can see the Elephant herd munching away the forest foliage beside your bungalow.

Best time to visit Chapramari FRH: You can visit the Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary during any time of the year. However, the forest stays remains closed for the visitors during the monsoons.

How to go ?

The Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary is located some 72 km from Siliguri, 26 km from Lataguri, 70 km from Jalpaiguri and 8 km from Chalsa. National Highway 31 that passes by the sanctuary as it connects Nagrakata and Siliguri. You can easily reach the sanctuary by hiring cars either from the New Mall Junction or the rail station at New Jalpaiguri. If you are going by road, then you have to turn from the Khunia More on NH31that takes you to Jaldapara.

[AdSense-B]

Where to stay?

The Chapramari Forest Rest House is the only accommodation available inside ChapramariForest. The bungalow has balconies facing the two salt licks and waterhole. Accommodation here is well furnished and well equipped with attached toilet, lights and fans and other facilities as well. There is a well proportioned dining hall also. Just remember, for staying in the Chapramari FRH, you have to carry your own ration, which will be prepared by the caretaker of the bungalow as per your request. For booking details you may contact: 03561-224907,220017 or visit the official website of West Bengal Tourism.

West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation Ltd.
www.wbtourism.gov.in
3/2, B.B.D. Bag (East), Kolkata – 700 001
Phone : (033)22436440, 22488271

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

[AdSense-C]

Bhitarkanika

Bhitarkanika, in Odisha, 130km from Bhubaneswar

[AdSense-A]

If you have been impressed by the Sunderbans and its snaking rivers, meandering creeks, dark mangrove forests, brooding silence and Dakshin Roy (the tiger god), Bhitarkanika in Orissa will attract you too. Known as the second Sunderbans, Bhitarkanika has exotic birds, thousands of giant turtles, crocodiles, pristine beaches, narrow creeks that flow past deltaic islands. There is hardly a soul around.

BhitarkanikaLocated 130km from Bhubaneswar, Bhitarkanika was declared a sanctuary in 1975. Its core area was designated a national park in 1998, spread over 650sq km. The place is surrounded by the Brahmani, Baitarni and the Dhamra rivers and criss-crossed by several creeks. It has a forest cover of 380sq km, including a mangrove forest of 115sq km.

Bhitarkanika is one of the few swamps with a compact mangrove eco-system in India, next only to the Sunderbans in West Bengal. Bhitarkanika has some of the biggest tracts of estuarine forests in the country, with more than 60 varieties of mangroves. Tidal circulation of nutrients and salinity takes place in these tracts. The endemic flora and fauna need to make complex yet essential physiological adjustments to adapt to the constantly changing salinity of the water. The deltaic region comprises a couple of tiny islands formed by creeks, with Dangamala island in the middle.

BhitarkanikaA large number of reptiles, including crocodiles, king cobras, lizards and pythons are found here. Animals like wild pigs, rhesus monkeys, sambars and spotted deer are also found. Bagagahana and Saribana can be called an ornithologist’s paradise. Over 170 species of residential and migratory birds, including kingfishers, open-billed storks, sea eagles, kites, sand pipers, darters, seagulls and whistling teals are found.

Watching wild animals in their natural habitat and listening to the sounds of birds while cruising through the creeks can be a thrilling experience here.

Gahiramatha beach at Bhitarkanika, located 3.3km from Dangamala island, has the largest nest of Olive Ridley turtles in the world. A boat ride on the river with the mangroves on either side is thrilling. One might come across a crocodile basking in the sun on one of the banks. These mighty creatures are best admired from a distance.

How to go ?

Take any south-bound train from Howrah and get off at Bhadrak and head for Chandbali, 50 km away. Bhitarkanika is a few kilometres from Chandbali. One can reach Chandbali from Balasore too.

[AdSense-B]

Where to stay ?

Aranyanivas at Chandbali is a good option.
For reservation contact: (06786) 220397
Or, Visit: http://visitorissa.org/portal/page/portal/OrissaTourism/bhitarkanika

[AdSense-C]

kaziranga-national-park

Kaziranga National Park, Assam – Famous for the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros

[AdSense-A]

When you stand nine feet tall and weigh three tonnes, you make your own road that’s how you feel while sitting upon the stately pachyderm at Kaziranga National Park in Assam. The park is as much grassland as thick forest.

KazirangaFrom where the elephant safari started, all one could see are tall grasses, growing in such dense clumps that there seemed to be no way ahead. Its wonder how one can make any headway. The elephant steps right into the thicket and the tough grasses bent under him/her, almost in obedience. During the journey the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros will also come to your vision for which the park is famous.

The elephant safari begins at 5.30am, before the sun is up, and gives tourists an amazing opportunity to witness sunrise in the jungles. The soft sunlight slowly drives away the curling mist. The elephant safari continues for one hour. too soon While returning, you will find a gurgling little stream, its banks covered with the prettiest pink wild flowers.

KazirangaAnother safari is the jeep safari that will take you to the visiting spot like Bagori, the western range of the forest. The elephant safari morning will take you to its central range, Kohora. The jeep safari is for visiting the unmetalled road inside the park, to those parts not covered on elephant back.

On the way you can spot birds like open-billed stork sitting beside a beel (pond) and also find herd of hog deer, the magnificent wild Asiatic water buffalo with its curling horns as large as a cycle wheel etc.  You can also catch a glimpse of a herd of wild elephants foraging amid tall grasses. The forest has a distinct smell, a little wet, a little mysterious.

KazirangaKaziranga National Park has one of the highest densities of tigers in the country, 86 according to the 2000 census. But it is very difficult to catch the glimpse of the king of the jungle. The eastern range of the forest, which is known for its birds, is also a tourist attraction. You can take the jeep route in central range to catch the rare sight of the tiger. It is a narrow winding path, flanked on both sides by thickets of elephant grass. It may be that you don’t get to see a tiger in the jungle, or you may be watching the sunset or the animals, but the tiger is always watching you.

How to go ?

Take a train or flight to Guwahati and hire a car to cover the 220 kilometres to Kaziranga. The national park can also be reached by road from Jorhat, which is around 100km away. Kaziranga can be visited from October to April-end.

[AdSense-B]

Where to stay ?

There are some government run tourist lodges.
For details visit
www.assamtourismonline.com/properties.html or
www.assamtourism.org

[AdSense-C]