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  • Top 5 Indian National Parks wi Top 5 Indian National Parks with a Unique Tale

    • From: tanmaysharma1980
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      Painted in the colors of biodiversity, the Indian National Parks are counted amongst best destinations for sighting different species of wild beings. Be it the mountains of the north or the wetlands of the south, there stands a well maintained national park in every corner of India. The icing to the cake is that every national park of India has something special that entices the wildlife buffs from far and wide. Penning down the unique selling points of every national park is an uphill task; therefore, mentioned below are the USPs of the top most visited wildlife destinations of India. Enjoy reading.

       

      Jim Corbett National Park

      Bengal Tiger

      Establishment Year: 1936
      Location:
      Uttarakhand

      The USPs:

      • Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park of the Asian Continent.

      The very first thing that everyone should know about the Jim Corbett National Park is that it was the first established national park not only in India, but in Asia. The establishment of this national park could happen only after the contributions made by Edward James Corbett. He was initially a British hunter who shot down many man-eating tigers, but later turned into a conservationist and provided a helping hand in setting up a safe abode for these wild cats.

      • The first reserve under the Project Tiger

      Instigated in the year 1973, Project Tiger is an initiative by the Government of India to save the big cats. The Jim Corbett National Park was the first tiger reserve announced under this project. In fact, it is where the project was launched.

      How to reach

      By Air: Located just 80 kilometers from Corbett, Pratapnagar Airport is the nearest airport to the park. Taxis and cabs are easily available at the airport.

      By Rail: Ramnagar Railway Station is the closest to the Corbett National Park (just 5 kilometers). This station is well connected with major cities and trains are also very frequent.

      By Road: Properly connected with motorable roads, Jim Corbett National Park can be easily reached via cab or bus. One can easily board a bus from ISBT Anand Vihar, New Delhi.

      Where to stay

      Being one of the top visited wildlife destinations, Corbett National Park is facilitated with various accommodation options. Some of the comfortable staycation choices are stated below:

      • Corbett Leela Villas
      • Quality Inn Corbett Jungle Resort
      • Dhikala Corbett Lodge
      • The Wild Safari Lodge
      • Wild Crest Resort

      These are just a few to name, followed by various other resorts and hotels in Corbett that offer value-for-money hospitality.

      Nearby Attractions

      Besides delving into the wildlife in Corbett, visitors can enjoy other charms as well, like:

      • Kosi River
      • Garjiya Devi Temple
      • Corbett Falls

      Best time to visit

      The gates are open from mid November to June end. However, as Jim Corbett is more famous as a tiger sighting destination, the best time to catch the glimpse of the big cats is March to May.

       

      Kaziranga National Park 

      RhinoRhino

      Establishment Year: 1974
      Location:
      Assam

      The USPs:

      • The Kaziranga National Park boasts off the world’s largest populace of One-Horned Rhinoceros.

      Situated far away from the hustle-bustle of present human life, Kaziranga provides a healthy home to the maximum number of One-Horned Rhinoceros in the world. One-Horned Rhinos are among the endangered wildlife species dwindling gradually. Kaziranga seems to be the last resort for this endangered mammal.

      It is not as easy as a pie to be called as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, but Kaziranga National Park made its way to this honor. The park won the title in the year of 1985 as it stood firm on the (ix) and (x) criteria of UNESCO that are stated below:

      (ix) to be outstanding examples representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals.

      (x) to contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation.

      • Proximity to The Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation & Conservation (CWRC)

      The Centre of Wildlife Rehabilitation & Conservation (CWRC) was set up in year 2002, under Wildlife Trust of India (WTI). Established near the Kaziranga National Park, it is the very first rescue and rehab centre for wildlife emergencies in India. Wildlife enthusiasts can visit this centre and witness the widely acclaimed wonderful efforts made by CWRC to help in the conservation of wild beings.

      How to reach

      By Air: There are two airports for reaching the Kaziranga National Park. One is at Guwahati, which is about 211.7 kilometers away and the other one is at Jorhat, which is approx 113 kilometers away from the park. Daily flights are available for both the airports. Upon arrival, tourists can hire a cab or mini bus to reach Kaziranga. 

      By Rail: The nearest railway stations to the park are at Jakhalabandha and Furkating.

      By Bus: Bus and cab facilities are available from Guwahati, a six hour drive and Jorhat, a two hour drive.

      Where to stay

      Some of the best hotels and resorts to stay in Kaziranga National Park are listed below:

      • Wild Grass Lodge
      • Bon Habi Jungle Resort
      • Kaziranga Resort
      • Landmark Woods
      • Aranya Resort

      Top notch amenities and matchless comfort are the main gifts that these hotels render at your disposal.

      Nearby Attractions

      Located near the park is the Karbi Village, which greets visitors warmly. A visit to the village offers tourists a walk amid the lush coffee and rubber plantation.

      Best time to visit

      November to end of April is the best time to visit the Kaziranga National Park.

      Gir National Park

      Asiatic Lion

      Establishment Year: 1965

      Location: Gujarat

      The USPs:

      • The only abode of the Asiatic Lions (Panthera Leo Persica)

      Earlier, the big cats were spread widely in different parts of the globe including Asia Minor and Arabia through Persia to India. Unfortunately, due to reckless hunting, the number of Asiatic Lions witnessed a great turn down. The state became so worst that these cats got listed under the Red List of Threatened Species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Thanks to the continuous and effective conservation efforts. Presently, the Asiatic Lions have been set free from this disquietude. It is the Gir Forest National Park that provides a safe abode to the Asiatic Lions. As per the recent census of 2011, the count of big cats at Gir was 411.

      How to Reach

      By Air: The closest airport for reaching Gir is at Keshod (86.2 kilometers away). Daily flights are available from Mumbai to Keshod. Upon arrival, tourists can hire a cab or taxi to Gir.

      By Rail: The nearest railway station is at Junagadh. Trains from Ahmedabad, Rajkot and other major cities arrive here.

      By Road: From Ahmedabad it is 400 kilometers drive via Rajkot, Junagadh and Mendarda. Buses as well, are easily available.

      Where to Stay

      There is a plethora of budget, deluxe and luxury accommodation options in and around the Gir National Park. A few to name:

      •  Lion Safari Camp
      • Sukhsagar Resort
      • The Fern Resort
      • Gir Birding Lodge
      • The Gir Jungle Lodge

      Every hotel is special in itself, but there is one thing in common - ‘warm hospitality’.

      Nearby Attractions

      Along with the Gir National Park, visitors can also explore several other tourist charms located in and around the place. Some of them are stated below:

      ·         Kankai Temple

      ·         Bhimdeval Sun Temple

      ·         Orchards of Kesar Mangoes

      Best Time to Visit

      October to May is the ideal time for visiting the Gir National Park.

       

      Sundarbans National Park

      Sunderban National Park

      Establishment Year: 1984
      Location: West Bengal

      The USPs:

      • Home of the Amphibian Tigers

      Everyone knows that tigers are the beasts of the woods, but in Sundarbans the scene is tad different. The tigers of Sundarbans don’t only rule over the land, but also over the water. They swim and prey on aquatic species, which is not commonly found in most of the tigers.

      • Cossets World’s Largest Mangrove Forests

      The dense mangroves that sway on the wetland of Sundarbans are one of the most productive of all natural ecosystems. Further, this national park cuddles world’s largest cover of mangroves.

      • Stands as the largest tiger reserve of India

      Declared as a tiger reserve in 1973 (which means it was one of the first nine reserves established under Project Tiger), Sundarbans is famous for forming the largest tiger reserve of India.

      Like Kaziranga, Sundarbans National Park is also a part of the coveted list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The park got this title in year 1987.  The criteria under which the park was declared as a World Heritage Site are same as of Kaziranga National Park. Criteria (ix) and (x):

      (ix) to be outstanding examples representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals.

      (x) to contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation.

      How to Reach

      By Air: Netaji Subhash Chandra Airport, Kolkata is the nearest airport for reaching the Sundarbans National Park. It is just 140 kilometers.

      By Rail: Located just 29 kilometers from entry gate of the national park, Canning is the nearest railway station.

      By Road: The Park is well connected with Kolkata - Basanti Highway.

      Where to Stay

      Tigers have always been the first love of every wildlife enthusiast and thus, Sundarbans entices huge crowd in every tourist season. Considering the interest of visitors in the park, the authorities established several hotels and resorts in and around Sundarbans, some of them are mentioned below:

      • Sundarbans Mangrove Retreat
      • Sajnekhali Tourist Lodge
      • Sundarbans Tiger Camp

      Offering the best in class comfort is the specialty of these hotels.

      Nearby Attractions

      Besides the big cats, there are various tourist charms to experience while in the Sundarbans National Park. A few of them have been listed below:

      • Sajnekhali Watch Tower
      • Dobanki Watch Tower
      • Sudhanyakhali Watch tower
      • Neti Dhopani Watch Tower
      • Kumirmari Watch Tower
      • Jhingamari Watch Tower
      • Bonnie camp Watch Tower
      • Bhagabatpur Crocodile Park
      • Chargheri Char

      Best Time to Visit

      Though the park remains open throughout the year, wildlife enthusiasts who wish to catch the sight of the amphibian tigers must visit the place between October to April.

       

      Kanha National Park

      Kanha National Park

      Establishment Year: 1955
      Location: Madhya Pradesh

      The USPs:

      • The Land of Mowgli

      The Jungle Book would have been a part of everyone’s childhood, but do you know who played the major part in sketching the Jungle Book? Well, it was the Kanha National Park. The Jungle Book is one of the best selling classics written by Rudyard Kipling, and it was the wilderness of Kanha that helped the book in earning accolades. Be it the devilish Sher Khan (Bengal Tiger), the friendly Baloo (Sloth Bear), the notorious Bandar-log (bunch of monkeys) or the highly concerned Bagheera (Black Panther), all the wild characters were the inhabitants of the Kanha National Park.

      How to Reach

      By Air: Jabalpur and Nagpur are two nearest airports for Kanha National Park. Frequent flights to Nagpur are easily available from any airport across India. On reaching the airport, tourists need to drive to the park.

      By Rail: Similarly, the closest railway stations are also at Jabalpur and Nagpur. Without any hassle, daily trains can be boarded for both of the stations.

      By Road: First, visitors need to reach Jabalpur, Bilaspur or Raipur; thereafter, he or she can hire a bus or cab service to reach the Kanha National Park.

      Where to Stay

      Being the Mowgli Land, the Kanha National Park has always been a major wildlife attraction, alluring tourists from far and wide. Further, to ensure the comfortable stay of visitors amid the wilderness, there are various accommodation options in Kanha, to name a few:

      • Krishna Jungle Resort
      • Royal Tiger Resort
      • Kanha Jungle Lodge
      • The Celebration Van Villas
      • The Wild Chalet Resort

      Serving guests with top notch facilities and warm hospitality is the priority of these hotels.

      Nearby Attractions

      There is no second thought to the fact that the wild beings are the main temptation for the visitors but it’s not just the fauna and flora to be explored. Some other tourist charms in and around the Kanha National Park are:

      ·         Kawardha Palace

      ·         Kanha Museum

      ·         Mandla Fort

      ·         Ramnagar Fort

      Best Time to Visit

      The park remains open from October to June, but the ideal time for sighting tigers in Kanha is March to May.

       

      These were some of the most famous national parks of India along with their Unique Selling Points. Hope you had a wonderful reading experience. If you wish to know more about these parks, it’s better to plan a tour to the Indian National Parks.

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  • Fly to Indonesia with Airasia Fly to Indonesia with Airasia for best experience

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      Indonesia is the home of the second largest natural biodiversity in the world, with animals and plants of both Asian and Australasian origins. Visitors to the Islands can still experience tigers, orangutans and elephants in their natural environments. Taking the opportunity to fly to Indonesia with airasia is the best experience when you want to see the Indonesian forests using Indonesia airlines, as well as its beaches and volcanoes may be one of the best decisions you make.

      Forest adventures

      Over 60% of Indonesia is covered with forest. While the areas are in decline they still host a wide range of plants and animals that can no longer be seen in many other countries. Flying into Sumatra puts you close to the heart of some of the most rugged landscape that Indonesia has to offer. From here you can see many of the world's most endangered species.

      Wonders of the water

      If you prefer the water to trees then make your destination Sulawei. Here you can experience some of the most amazing underwater sights Indonesia has to offer. There are plenty of professional diving schools and centers on offer. Divers of most levels should find their needs catered for. Lesser Sunda also offers the opportunity for spectacular diving, as well as sightings of the wonderful Komodo Lizards that can be found sunning themselves in this area.

      Beach life

      Vacations don't have to be all about hikes, dives and activity. Sometimes it is nice to find a quiet spot on the beach and just relax. If this is more of your type of break then book your flight to land in Bali. The island is small enough to drive around in just one day, but it has a lot to offer in this small space. You will find stretches of quiet crisp white sand, busy commercial beaches and areas of jet black sand. If you decide that you need a break from the sea and sand then there are plenty of historical and culturally significant sites for you to visit. Bali is the home of Pura Luhur Ulu Watu Temple. It can be found perched high in the cliffs and overlooking the ocean below.

      City life

      If you want to see Indonesia at its most culturally diverse then book your flight to arrive into Java. Here you are in the heart of some of the most diverse cities on earth and in easy traveling distance from Jakarta. The sights and smells of Jakarta will take more than one visit to fully appreciate. You can begin your journey by visiting the Museum Sejarah Jakarta or the Museum National to gain an insight into the history of the islands.

      If your idea of a city break is more about shopping then you will be amazed by the diversity and quality available in Jakarta. There are a plethora of markets and street shops selling traditional goods and foods. There are also several large malls, such as the Plaza Indonesia, that sell high end fashions and luxury goods.

      You are spoilt for choice when it comes to places to go in Indonesia. To make sure you get the best of your time away plan your travel carefully. Consider what it is you most want to be able to experience and choose your destination accordingly. 

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  • Shelapani Shimla hills India Shelapani Shimla hills India

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      About  shelapani    

       

      Shelapani is situated at a height of 7500 fts, in the north central  Mandhol village in jubbal tehsil 85 km from 

      shimla town. The place had been founded in 1910 and incorporated in 1953. 

       

      According to a legend Shelapani (cold water ) got its name after a natural spring water, flowing since the

       place was discovered 1n 1910 by the area Namberdar Gopi chand Khimta .Because it was the time of

       global change in the  economy, the impact was on this place too .People started planting apple trees 

      leaving the agricultural business aside . According to the story! mr chand  said, "The water  can 

       digest the stones ." 

       

      Shelapani is a tourist and commercial area because of its marvelous landscapes, fishing in mountain 

      , and a lot of natural spaces for hiking, camping, cycling, horseback riding and skiing. Shelapani does

       not hosts a variety of exquisite shops, restaurants and entertainment for each tourist  rather give them 

      the nature delight in peaceful environment and healthy atmosphere far from the crowd. Fishing is very

       popular in pabber river valley, Himalayas ,snow bounded Mountain Lake and  Recreation Area. Snow 

      skiing can be practiced at shelapani jungle on the badrol Mountain . 

       

      Shelapani’s pine forest was endangered in 1953 by a large village fire,and after from de-forestation. 

      Because people needed wood for house construction, but some how managed to be saved . 

       

      Shelapani offers plenty of tourist attractions.  1.5 km a beautiful jungle walk and wonderful PWD

       rest house and mandhol village with ancient Mahasu temple. West of Shelapani can be admired

       vast apple orchards which looks beautiful in apple season time. On top of that, Shelapani ows a 

      beautiful bungalow built in european style and one of its kind in whole of Himachal Pradesh & other 

      community facilities include a library,fire place ,fish pond ,badminton court,grassy lawns,jogging path

       

      ,wonderful views ,modular kitchen,and all modern amenities, a lot of picnic spots and historical places . 

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  • Beautiful Xishuangbannan in Yu Beautiful Xishuangbannan in Yunan Province China.

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      Xishuangbanna, an autonomous prefecture of the Dai ethnic group which covers an area of 20 thousand square kilometers borders on Laos, Burma, Thailand, and Vietnam, located in the south of Yunnan Province in the People's Republic of China. Its one of the well-known tourist cities in China where the Water-Sprinkling Festival is held each year in the middle of April, famous for natural landscapes of tropical rainforests and minority folk-customs. Many of tourists from around the world visit here every year, especially in the boom season of tourism. If you like, you can go visit Xishuangbannan anytime in a year, since the weather temperature there keeps averagely 16, and only 28 even when its very hot in summer. Its a sunshine place where it never snow.       

       

       

      Rubbers, tea leaves, sugarcane, spices, tropical fruits and some other special local products are all produced in Xishuangbanna, and also there are some developed scenic spots, such as Primeval Forest Park, Wild Elephant Valley, Botanical Garden, tropical rainforests and so on. It is one of the scenic areas and also an important tourist development zone with abundant tourism resources. As you enter Xishuangbannan, you will feel as if you are in a green world where primeval forests, rubber plantation gardens and orchards all come into your sight.  

       

      The Peacock Lake which is surrounded by lakes around it looks as clean as a mirror, covering an area of 18700 square meters. It was developed as a park in 1977 where there are pavilions, exotic flowers, peacocks,pythons, foxes, wild boars, moneys, thrush birds, and some other endangered animals. And there is a waterside pavilion in the middle of the clean rippled lake, on which Pattra leaves, coconut trees, areca-nut trees and oil palm trees are all reflected. What’s more, visitors are allowed to enjoy scenery by boat on the lake.                   

       

      The Wild Elephant Valley of Xishuangbannan is situated in a natural preservation area in the north of Jinghong where there is a vast tropical rainforest that makes it possible for tropical plants to grow and wild animals like Asia elephants to live. There are only 300 Asia elephants in total now. They often haunt as a group at rivers, dense forests, or near people’s residences to hunt for food and water, or to take a walk. On the other hand, a number of tourists from the world are attracted by the landscapes of the tropical rainforest and wild Asia elephants.

       

      http://www.chinaholidaycts.com/

          

       

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  • Holidays in India: One Country Holidays in India: One Country, Different Themes

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      Diversity is a very synonymous term associated with India owing to its religions, culture, multi-lingual populations and tourism. India tourism has a lot of diversity to offer that makes it a prominent driver of economic growth in the global travel and hospitality industry. The country abounds with several exotic destinations that draw travelers from far off lands for Holidays in India. Indian tourism has different themes  to offer such as adventure, wildlife, religion, beach and hill stations among others. Nearly every tour operator has a presence on the internet today. This allows guests to choose from a variety of  attractive India holiday packages offered by the local tour operators. In this article, I have mentioned four different themes for holidays in India.

      Wildlife Tours

      India is home to the second largest bio-diversity in the world and ranks 12 in the list of countries having most diverse flora and fauna species. The wildlife protected area of India are spread across different parts of the country in the form of 89 national parks,  400 wildlife sanctuaries and 13 Bio reserves. The country abounds with 6% flora , 6.2% reptile, 7.6% mammal and 12.6% avian species. Indian wildlife and national parks have been the subject for tales, fables and novels such as The Jungle Book by Rudyard  Kipling. Though there are a large number of animal parks in India, the three names that rule the roost are Kaziranga National Park, Gir Wildlife Sanctuary and the Sunderbans. Their prominence is high because they play host to three most endangered animals- Single Horned Rhinoceros,  Asiatic  Lions and Royal Bengal Tiger.

      Beach & Backwater Holidays

      When it comes to backwater holidays in India, nothing can beat the charm of Kerala. The beach and backwater tour of Kerala  is globally renowned owing to its verdant green surroundings, houseboat trips, salubrious climate, swaying palm trees and Ayurvedic massage centers. Alleppey and Kumarakom are the backbone of backwater tourism in Kerala. Among the beaches beaches, Kovalam has commanded all the attention. Besides Kerala, Goa is another well known beach destination of India best known for its cosmopolitan ambience, unparalleled languidness and  full of beans nightlife. 

      Hill Station Tours

      The northernmost part of Indian subcontinent is marked by the beautiful, breathtaking and towering peaks of The Great Himalayas. Although Kashmir tours has its own set of limitations owing to the political turmoil going on there, the state receives a good amount of tourist footfall owing to its picturesque lakes, gardens and traditional crafts. However, when it comes to fabulous hill stations in India, Himachal Pradesh tops the chart. Some popular hill stations within this state include Shimla, Kullu, Manali, Dharamshala and Dalhousie. The capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is quite popular with honeymooners due to its picturesque surroundings, verdant valleys, lush green forests and colonial ambience. The southern region of India too has its fair share of hill stations teemed with picturesque spots, lush green plantations and cascading waterfalls. Ooty, Munnar, Kodaikanal and Coonoor are popular names of South Indian hill stations.

      Adventure Tours

      If you are one of those people who loves to live on the edge of thrill & excitement, India is one of the best bets available for you. Some famous adventure activities that  India tourism offers to the tourists include skiing, scuba diving, river rafting, trekking, rock climbing, mountain biking and Paragliding. Ladakh offers ample opportunities to get indulge in a variety of adventure sports for a thrilling and shivering experience. Even Goa beaches offer good opportunity for water sport activities.

      The above mentioned themes listed for tours to India are just a few names in the huge list of options. With so much variety available for India vacation, the country is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world.

       

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  • "Chill out - not flat out" "Chill out - not flat out"

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      What happens to the poor endangered cassowary if drivers go too fast on this road in Daintree National Forest, N. Territory, Australia. 

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  • Jungle Safari in Nepal Jungle Safari in Nepal

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      Jungle Safari

      Jungle Safari

      Nepal is mostly known for its Mountain, Culture and Natural diversity. However we say this is not allabout Nepal. There are still lots of resource, which make Nepal affluent and wonderful place.

      Jingle Safari is one of the main attractions of Nepal. It has several national parks and wildlife reserves most of which have dense tropical Jungle teeming with diverse wildlife and birds. Jungle safari is the fourth most popular tourism activities in Nepal after trekking, climbing and tour.

      Jungle safari is an outdoor activity in to the wilderness to see the wild animals, birds and natural diversity. We have more than 800 species of birds which is more than the combined number of USA and Canada. Our national parks are home to the some of famous and endangered animals such as Royal Bengal tiger, One horned rhinoceros, wild elephant, wild boars, deers, crocodiles and many more. It is also an opportunity to pay your respect to the nature by indulging with them.

      Chitwan National Park is vary popular among the visitors while Bardia and Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve are widely regarded as best place for nature observation.

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      Royal Chitwan National Park

      Chitwan National Park is the most popular destination for tourists wanting to have a good experience of the region’s wildlife. It was declared a National Park in 1973. In 1984, UNESCO designated Royal Chitwan National Park a Natural World Heritage Site. The Park offers protection to 56 species of mammals including the one-horned rhinoceros, Bengal tiger, leopard, sloth bear, wild elephant, striped hyena, Genetic dolphin and wild bison. There are estimated to be 470 species of mammals, over 500 species of birds, 126 species of fish, 150 species of butterflies and 47 species of reptiles in the park! A recent study also points out that over a third of Nepal’s tigers are in Chitwan.

      The Park is spread over an area of 932 sq kms and located in the lowlands of the kingdom. The forest cover is predominantly sal forest, interspersed with tall grasslands, small hills, ox-bow lakes and flood plains.

      The best time to visit Chitwan is from October through February, when the temperature averages 25 degrees Celsius. The months of March, April and June can be extremely hot, while July-September is the monsoon season when rivers swell and parts of the park are inaccessible.

      Animals that can be seen during Chitwan Jungle Safari are :

      Some of the animal species that can be seen roaming around the park are Royal Bengal tiger, Gangetic dolphin, One-horned rhinos, Golden Monitor lizard, Wild Asian elephant, Gaur, elephant and Gharial crocodile. Though all through the year this park is frequented by a huge number of travelers, in monsoon season usually people avoid to go to this place. At that time, roads become inaccessible.

      This park of Chitwan has a long history. In the past, this park used to satisfy the kings' quest for hunting. On the other hand, during the late 19th century it becomes a highly preferred destination for safari hunters. However, with the course of time as the number of rhino and tiger started to decrease, in the year 1963 its southern part was announced to be a Rhino Sanctuary. Later in 1984 Chitwan National Park was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

      This park also acts as the home ground for various types of birds and reptiles. Sal forests and Grasslands cover the most part of this park. Almost 50 types of grasses can be seen here. Elephant grass is one among them. The hills and the lakes have made the landscape of Chitwan National Park a unique one. The total area of this park is around 932 square kilometers.

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      Royal Bardia National Park

      The Royal Bardia National Park is spread over 968 sq km and located in the Western Nepal Terai. It is easily the largest and least disturbed wilderness spread in the Terai, and is predominantly Sal forest interspersed with tall grasslands. It is bound on the north by the Chure hills and is skirted on the West by the Geruwa river, a branch of the Karnali which is a major tributary of the Ganges.

      It is generally known as the best place where your chances of spotting a tiger in Nepal are the highest (even Chitwan comes a second!). Other animals include the rhinoceros, swamp deer, leopards, jungle cats, blue bulls (nilgai), sloth bears, barking deer and langurs. There are a few wild elephants here and one of the males is considered the largest in Asia!

      The Geruwa river that rushes in through a break in the hill range, silt laden and full with snowmelt, is home to the famous Mahseer game fish, gharial, mugger crocodile and the freshwater Genetic dolphin. The park also has cobras, kraits and pythons.

      The park boasts more than 250 species of birds, including the endangered Bengal florican, Sarus crane and many species of geese, ducks and parakeets.

      The activities here include jungle safari on elephant back, jungle walks, boat rides and jeep drives. The best time to visit the park is from October through March. The months of April-June are unbearably hot while July-September is monsoon time.

      Royal Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve

      Suklaphanta is a smaller (305 sq km) version of Bardia in many ways. Located at the southwestern extreme of the kingdom, its topography is primarily riverine floodplains and open grassland and sal forest. It also has a large lake and the Bahini river flows through the park.

      The park is home to tiger, leopard, a good number of swamp deer (prime habitat, often sighted), otters, hispid hare, blue bull (nilgai), leopard, hog deer and wild boar.

      The park also has over 300 species of birds and most of the tourists who make the trip here are keen bird watchers. Reptiles include gharial and mugger crocodiles, Indian python, cobras, kraits, rat snakes and monitor lizards.

      Activities here include wildlife watching on elephant back and jungle walks. The best time to visit the park is Feb-March. December and January are cold and visibility is poor due to foggy conditions, while April to June is hot.

      Parsa Wildlife Reserve

      Parsa Wildlife Reserve is located to the east of the Royal Chitwan National Park. It is spread over 499 sq. km of hills and flatlands, and has a sub-tropical monsoon climate. The forests are predominantly sal (Shorea robusta), with other tree species like chir pine, sissoo and khair, and grasslands making up the rest. This reserve has tigers, leopards, sloth bears, wild dogs (dhole), deer, blue bull (nilgai), hog deer and barking deer. The reserve also records over 300 species of birds, including the endangered giant hornbill and the Bengal florican. Snakes found here are cobras, kraits and pythons.

       

      The best time to visit the reserve is during October to March, when conditions are best. The summer months April-June can be oppressively hot, while July-September is the rainy season. Activities here include safaris on elephant back and jeep, and jungle walks.

      What to bring along

      Although the Terai can be cool during the winter, it can be stiflingly hot during the summer months. If you are headed here in winter bring a sweater or jacket along. Summer months require cool clothes. Good walking shoes, a good shady hat and sunscreen may be considered essential. Make sure your clothes are in neutral colours that help you blend into the background. Red, yellow and white are conspicuous.

      Carry along some mosquito repellant, anti-diarrhea tablets and anti-histamines. Lastly, along with photo equipment, a pair of binoculars will prove invaluable. If you are closer to the monsoon months carry some waterproof jackets. Just in case.

      The Terai jungles are also famous for leeches that appear in the monsoon and are around for a few months after. Salt or a lighted cigarette will make them fall off; do not pull them off as the wound may get infected. Try an insect repellant to keep them away.

      1 night 2 days

      1st day:

      • Pick up from bus park
      • Welcome drinks.
      • Introduction to your room
      • Lunch
      • Briefing session
      • Ethnic village tour to Tharu museum
      • Sunset viewing
      • Tharu stick dance
      • Dinner

      2nd day:

      • Wakeup call
      • Breakfast
      • Elephant back safari
      • Departure

      2 nights 3 days

      1st day:

      • Pick up from bus park
      • Welcome drinks
      • Introduction to your room
      • Lunch
      • Briefing session
      • Ethnic village tour to Tharu museum
      • Sunset viewing
      • Tharu stick dance
      • Dinner

      2nd day:

      • Wake up call
      • Breakfast
      • Canoeing + bird watching + nature walk or Elephant breeding center visit
      • Elephant bath
      • Lunch
      • Elephant back safari
      • Dinner

      3rd day:

      • Wake up call
      • Breakfast
      • Free morning
      • Departure

      3 nights 4 days:

      1st day:

      • Pick up from bus park
      • Welcome drinks.
      • Introduction to your room
      • Lunch
      • Briefing session
      • Ethnic village tour to Tharu museum
      • Sunset viewing
      • Tharu stick dance
      • Dinner

      2nd day:

      • Wake up call
      • Breakfast
      • Canoeing + bird watching + nature walk or
      • Elephant breeding center visit
      • Lunch
      • Jeep safari (seasonal) or
        Over night stay at tower or
        20 thousand lake visit
      • Dinner

      3rd day:

      • Wake up call
      • Breakfast
      • Elephant breeding center visit
      • Elephant bath
      • Lunch
      • Elephant back safari
      • Dinner

      4th day:

      • Wake up call
      • Breakfast
      • Free morning
      • Departure
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  • The Beauty of Halong Bay The Beauty of Halong Bay

    • From: indochinasails
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      For generations of visitors arriving by sea in North Vietnam, the geological marvel known as Halong Bay has been their first introduction to this remarkable country. The weathered limestone Karst pillars can be seen at several locations across southern China and northern Vietnam, but Halong Bay is the only place where they emerge from the sea. The bay received its name –“Bay of the Descending Dragon” – from a mythical dragon – Long in Vietnamese- that was assigned by the gods to protect Vietnam from invaders, and it spat lumps of jade into the bay, which grew into islands to protect the coastline.
      A Rocky Wonder
      The 3000 limestone outcrops harbour a variety of species of flora and fauna. Over 200 species of fish and 450 species of molluscs call Halong Bay home, and the environment helps sustain a unique community of fishermen and their families. Halong bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its celebrated biodiversity is subject to several ecological studies. Lucky visitors might see some of the unique species, including the Horseshoe Crab (TachypleusGigas), a truly amazing living fossil which has not evolved significantly in 450 million years.
      An Unforgettable Backdrop
      Rising spectacularly from the mirror-like Gulf of Tonkin, these islands create an atmospheric backdrop for a cruise on a traditional junk, past the many small fishing villages, and mooring for dinner (locally caught) and prepared by on-board chefs. The tours can run for up to 3 days to allow visitors a chance to explore this remarkable environment. The Chinese-style junks are equipped with traditional boom sails and modern engines, and all have 5-star accommodation and cooking facilities. It is possible to purchase fish from the floating fish market and have it cooked for you on board.
      Cave of Surprises
      For a supplementary payment it is possible to rent a tandem kayak to allow visitors to explore the pillars more closely. The archipelago is full of caves and grottoes with amazing stalactites, many of which are big enough to explore on foot. Centuries of waves and tides have hollowed these caves out of the porous limestone. Sung Sot Cave, known as the Cave of Surprises, is by far the largest cave, and the most suitable for exploration.
      A National Treasure
      The fragile marine environment has led the Vietnamese government to set up a national park area in the south-west part of the archipelago, known as Cat Ba National Park. This is the home of one of the most critically endangered species of primate, the Cat Ba Langur. Visits are possible, and the limestone pillars of the Cat Ba National Park are best accessed with a guide, as an unfamiliar visitor may have difficulty locating the trails.
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  • Kanchenjunga Trek Kanchenjunga Trek

    • From: explorehimalaya
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      Kanchenjunga, derived from the Tibetan word ‘Kanchen’ &' Dzonga’ meaning ‘Five Treasures of the Great Snow’, has five peaks, including the third highest peak in the world at 8586m. Because of its remote location the trails that lead to the foothills of these mighty mountains has remained largely unexplored. The trekking trails skirt the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area which covers an area of 2035 sq. km. in Taplejung district, in the northeast corner of Nepal. The conservation area has a unique mountain ecosystem. Tucked within these hidden valleys, one can encounter rich forests that support more than 250 species of birds and endangered wildlife, including snow leopards and red pandas. A few days of walking will lead you to high elevation pastures where yaks graze languidly and colorful alpine flowers bloom. Trekking in this remote area, you encounter a mixture of ethnicities that continue to practice traditional subsistence lifestyles, their cultural and religious practices adding to the area's ricjh cultural heritage. Because of its remote location in Nepal and difficult access from India, the Kangchenjunga region is not much explored by trekkers. It has, therefore, retained much of its pristine beauty.

      Trek to the base camp of Kanchenchunga 

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  • 7th wonder of the world. kenya 7th wonder of the world. kenya and tanzania

    • From: masimba
    • Description:

      This is Kenya’s Annual Highlight safari; Booking must be done at least 4 months in advance to secure accommodation in order to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration, one of the “Seven New Wonders of the Natural World”. Nowhere in the world is there a movement of animals as immense as the wildebeest migration, over two million animals migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya during July through to October. Before that the Safari takes you to Samburu national Reserve for culture and unique wildlife found north of the equator. The Safari is for those looking for wild life experience!

      Day 01 : 30TH JUNE 2012
      Nairobi
      Arrival in Nairobi and transfer to the Pride Inn Hotel for overnight. Dinner at own cost at your preferred cuisine.

      Day 02 : 01ST  JULY 2012
      Nairobi / Samburu National Reserve
      After breakfast we depart by road to Samburu National Reserve to arrive in Samburu in time for lunch at Samburu Simba Lodge.  The Afternoon will be at Leisure and an afternoon game drive is scheduled at 1630hrs. Samburu game Reserve is a place of endless skies, dust-red plains and palm-fringed river with rocky battlements, craggy scarps, dry riverbeds and fallen boulders. The river Uaso Nyiro is the lifeline with a huge population of crocodiles. The game reserve is has  rare species of animals that can only be found in this park, like the long necked gerenuk, Grevy zebra, reticulated giraffe, and the Beisa onyx. At 1930hrs Dinner and overnight at Samburu Simba Lodge.

      Day 03 : 02ND  JULY 2012
      Samburu National Reserve
      An early morning game drive at 06300hrs, to try and locate the leopard which is a frequent visitor in this park. The park has an abundant species of birds and can turn even the most reluctant guest in to an avid bird watcher. Thereafter breakfast at 0830hrs and proceed for a Samburu cultural village visit. The rest of the morning at leisure followed by lunch at 1230hrs. The afternoon will be at leisure followed by an afternoon game drive at 1630hrs. At 1930hrs Dinner and overnight at Samburu Simba Lodge.

      Day04: 03RD  JULY 2012
      Samburu /Sweetwaters Tented camp
      An early morning game drive at 06300hrs, thereafter breakfast at 0830hrs and proceed to Ol Pejeta Consevancy by Road to arrive in time for lunch at 1230hrs. The afternoon will be at leisure followed by an afternoon game drive at 1630hrs.  Ol Pejeta Game Sanctuary hosts all the members of the ‘Big Five' (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard), the conservancy has a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any Kenyan national park and is one of only four private game conservancies to have been founded in Kenya. The conservancy boasts the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, hosts the only chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya, and shelters large numbers of rare and endangered species.  At 1930hrs Dinner and Overnight Sweet Waters Tented Camp.

      DAY 05:04TH JULY 2012
      Sweetwaters Tented camp/ Naivasha
      After breakfast, proceed for a game drive with a visit to the CHIMPANZEE sanctuary. We check out and depart South West to Lake Naivasha arriving in time for lunch at Sawela Lodge. Afternoon boat-ride (optional) for US $25 per person up to Crescent Island. Dinner and overnight at Sawela Lodge.

      DAY 06: 05TH JULY 2012
      Naivasha/Masai Mara
      After breakfast we depart further west to The Masai Mara National Reserve  which is a UNESCO world heritage site, arriving in time for lunch at the Ol Moran Tented Camp. Maasai Mara National Reserve (also spelled "Masai Mara" and known by the locals as 'the Mara') is a large game reserve in south-western Kenya, which is effectively the northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park game reserve in Tanzania. Named after the Masai people (the traditional inhabitants of the area) and their description of the area when looked at from afar - "Mara", which is Maa (Masai language) for "spotted": an apt description for the circles of trees, scrub, savannah and cloud shadows that mark the area.Dinner and overnight at Ol Moran Tented Camp

      DAY 07: 06TH JULY 2012
      Masai Mara
      We embark on an early morning game drive to try and locate wildebeest migration and possibly witness a river crossing. When it comes to game-viewing, there is nowhere in Africa richer in wildlife or more eventful in encounters than the Mara. A pristine wilderness of haunting beauty, it promises its visitors a profusion of wildlife, prolific bird life and the unprecedented opportunity of catching up with all the members of the ‘Big Five' in one morning.
      As to scenery, the 1,800 sq kilometers of this veteran reserve offer the classic mix of African imagery; miles of lion-gold grasslands, shoals of lilac-misted hills, a meandering river, acres of thorn-bush and mile upon mile of undulating wilderness. After breakfast we spend the morning at leisure. A Masai cultural village visit can be organized at an extra cost. Lunch will be at Ol Moran wildlife camp and thereafter an evening game drive at 1600hrs to view this animal haven. Dinner and overnight at Ol Moran Tented Camp

      DAY 08: 07TH JULY 2012
      Masai Mara
      We embark on an early morning game drive to try and locate wildebeest migration and possibly witness a river crossing. After breakfast we spend the morning at leisure. A Masai cultural village visit can be organized at an extra cost. Lunch will be at Ol Moran wildlife camp and thereafter an evening game drive at 1600hrs to view this animal haven. Dinner and overnight at Ol Moran Tented Camp

      DAY 09: 08TH  JULY 2012
      Masai Mara /Nairobi
      We embark on an early morning game drive to try and locate anything we may have missed and also get a last glimpse of this animal haven. After breakfast we depart for Nairobi with lunch at own cost, to arrive in the afternoon. Depending on the flight timings we transfer to the airport for the outbound flight.

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  • I do love Elephants I do love Elephants

    • From: Kelly0264
    • Description:

      Elephant Safari Park-Sanctuary & home to many endangered Asian elephants. Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

    • 2 years ago
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  • The endangered dung beetle, Ad The endangered dung beetle, Addo Natl Park, S. Africa

    • From: kwalker99
    • Description:

      South Africa - January, 2011

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  • Visit Famous Wildlife Sanctuar Visit Famous Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in India

    • From: ajaykr88
    • Description:

      India is one of the most sought after destinations for wildlife tourism in the world. There are many exotic wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in this country which attract wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers from all over the world. If you plan your India tour for wildlife tourism you will need to visit some of famous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks of the country. Almost all regions of this country have some famous animal sanctuaries and national parks which provide ample opportunities for jungle tourism and exhilarating jungle expedition.

      Asiatic Elephant, Asiatic Lion, Lion Tailed Macaque, Great Indian Rhinoceros, Leopard, Royal Bengal Tiger, Wild Ass, Chinkara, Indian Flying Fox, etc are some of animals found you can see at their natural habitats at famous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in India. corbett national park India ,Beneghatta National Park, Kaziranga National Park and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary are homes to Indian (Asiatic) elephants. Gir Forest Reserve is home to Asiatic lions. Kalakkadu Wildlife Sanctuary and Mundanthuri Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu are known for Lion Tailed Macaque. Kaziranga National Park in Assam is internationally famous for one-horned Great Indian Rhinoceros.

      Ranthambore National Park and Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan; and Kanha Tiger Reserve and Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh are famous for royal Bengal tigers and leopards. You can see good population of nilgai at Sultanpur National Park in Haryana. Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat is known for good population of wild ass. You can see endangered Nilgiri Tahr at famous national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in India Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Rajasthan is famous for migratory birds. In fact, each national park and wildlife sanctuary in India is known for their specialty.

      Expedition in wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in India will never fail to lure you. So plan to explore some of the famous national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in India and grab opportunities to explore rich Indian flora and fauna. There are many wildlife tours India are available in the market to choose from. With a right package you can enjoy best charm of wildlife tourism in India

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  • Wildlife Tours India an Impreg Wildlife Tours India an Impregnable to fear Wildlife Safari

    • From: rajasthantourbooking
    • Description:

      Wildlife Tours India : The precise detailed study of the surface aspect of something of a region of India is provided with something resulting from one's intention to increase its qualities that give pleasure to the senses with having a god-like quality snow covered as if with a cap or light shade of blue large natural stream of water, green color of an highly valued as a gemstone forest covers,Elephant Safari Tour using or appropriate to supernatural possession of controlling influence flower valleys, part of a forked or branching shape that flows into the main stream all the plant life in a particular region and fauna.

      These rich concerning nature gifts of movable property by will fare well in a characterized by to a person state at a particular time by the wildlife radicals of people. In the middle of its 70 national parks and 448 wildlife sanctuaries which conserve lots of endangered species.

      Wildlife Tours Booking The wildlife destinations in India are Ranthambhore, Gir, Periyar, Kanha and lots other National Parks and wild life sanctuaries. The wildlife safari, Elephant Safari Tour India, camel ride, Jeep Safari, bird watching, recreational facilities like bon-fire, slide shows, wildlife medium are the major attractions of this tour.

      However when the world is a serving an aesthetically pleasing rather than a useful purpose heavy fabric suitable for coats to a building the condition of being susceptible to harm of Tiger no longer in fact of existing in near future, it give a certain outward appearance like Indian wildlife reserves are the last person who cares for human being of Great Indian Bengal Tigers.

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  • Nene Nooky Nene Nooky

    • From: peghaz
    • Description:

      Despite their endangered status, the state bird of Hawaii, the nene, seems to be visible...here, carousing along the Hanalei River.

    • 3 years ago
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  • Mommie Keeps Me Cool Mommie Keeps Me Cool

    • From: donutdollie
    • Description:

      This baby orangutan did not go far away from its mother. it was a very hot day and the baby was being somewhat shielded from the sun by the mother except for one stream of light.

    • 4 years ago
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  • It's In the Eyes It's In the Eyes

    • From: donutdollie
    • Description:

      When I was in Borneo, I went on a river trip on several different days to see the orangutans. This young orangutan was seen at Camp Leakey which is a reserve where the creatures live and are protected. I see wisdom in these eyes.

    • 4 years ago
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  • It's Sooooo Far Down It's Sooooo Far Down

    • From: donutdollie
    • Description:

      This is a companion shot to my last picture named "It Takes Practice."  I can't fault that look in his eyes. I am afraid of heights too.

    • 4 years ago
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  • It Takes Practice! It Takes Practice!

    • From: donutdollie
    • Description:

      I have a whole series of pictures of this delightful young orangutan trying to teach himself how to swing through the branches of a tree. He is so precious and is trying so hard. Here he looks like he has managed to get himself wrapped around some of the branches. 

    • 4 years ago
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  • Carry Me Mommie Carry Me Mommie

    • From: donutdollie
    • Description:

      Another shot of the mother and baby orangutan in Camp Leakey in Borneo.

    • 4 years ago
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