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Natural Wonders to explore in India

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 India never ceases to amaze. The vast geographical expanse is an abode to diversity, some finest marvels crafted by man and nature’s wonders. when exploring India, the real India, you will surely across some surreal experiences. From the snow-covered Himalayas to the lush Western Ghats, from the azure beaches to the scenic beckwaters, the glemaing dune sof the Thar Desert to the eerie stretch of the Rann of Kutch, fmo the lush jungles thriving with wildlife to roaring waterfalls to secret caves, India is truly blessed. Travel plans to India remain incomplete without exploring few such marvelous scenic spots. We have listed down some of the wonders of nature that you can add to your travel itinerary.

Backwaters

Backwaters of Kerala

Of India’s wonders of nature, backwaters have made a special importance. Loved by honeymoon couples, families, people seeking getaway from routines or simple in search of bliss, Kerala’s Backwaters are simply heavenly. The network of waters of lagoons, lakes, rivers and the sea is a beauty. Besides, its scenic appeal the backwaters supports an incredible ecology. Some of the rarest birds and some even migratory species that fly in from far parts of the world for the winters.

Where to go: Kerala – Alleppey, Kumarakom, Poovar and Cochin, Goa

Beaches

Beaches in India

Nature has bestowed India with a vast coastline, stretching over 1200 kms. With access to the huge expanse of the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal, India has some of the most impressive coastlines. The stretch of silvery soft sands and dazzling golden hues leading to azure waters are some of the most scenic places in India. The wonder lies in the sheer diversity; from rock strewn shores to sandy expanes thriving with seasports, to secret coves of wildlife espceially the sea variety, shores witness to historic legends to ones offering a fun beach getaway.

Desert

Thar Desert in Jaisalmer

India's desertscape is truly a wonder. Rajasthan's vast expanse of the Thar Desert

Mountains

 

Where to go in the Himalayas – Shimla, Dharamshala

Lakes

Pichola Lake in Rajasthan

Waterfalls

Athirappilly falls in India

The name ‘Dudhsagar’ literally translates to ‘sea of milk’. The waterfall gives us an allusion of the white spray and foam that the great waterfall creates, as it gushes into the waters of the lake. The falls are at their zenith during the monsoon season, although they are a popular attraction all year round. Tucked away in the crescent-shaped valley, the waterfalls are carpeted with lush green flora, thus becoming a perfect getaway for honeymoon couples.

Living Tree Bridges of Cherrapunji

Living Tree Root Bridges in India
Located in one of the wettest places on earth – Cherrapunji, Living Root bridges of Meghalaya can make for the most amazing pictures of nature in the world. This scenic spot is a way of boasting nature’s mysterious ways of creation. This place is famous for their ever-growing natural bridges, whilst some of them being 500 years old.

The roots of Ficus Elastic are grown by local Khasi tribes into strong and amazing natural bridges, which take around fifteen years to grow completely. These one-of-its-kind bridges are truly a natural marvel that you must visit.

Nearest Airport: Shillong Airport ( 60 Kms)


Toy Train Rides in India

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Kalka Shimla Toy Train- UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Imagine a fascinating train journey, steadily snaking up on a narrow railway line on a steep gradient, from an altitude of 2000-odd feet up to over 6800 feet on a line full of curves (917 to be precise), whizzing past dense deodar forests, cutting across misty mountains and valleys, chugging through 103 tunnels and crossing 988 bridges and aqueducts! It covers a distance of 96 km in a span of about 7 hours, this is one of the most memorable experiences of ‘Incredible India.’ There are other ways to travel up to Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, but this is by far the most exciting one.

This railway line was established in 1903 when Shimla was the summer capital of India during the British Raj. An amazing engineering marvel, it winds its curvy way through 20 picturesque stations on the way like Ghumman, Koti, Dharampur, Kumarhatti, Barog, Solan, Kandaghat, Shoghi and Taradevi, to name a few, before crossing Summer hill, and finally arriving at Shimla station. Barog deserves special mention as this part of the journey is rife with particularly scenic vistas. Also, this is where the train traverses through the longest tunnel (no. 33) on this route, which is over a kilometre long. 

Although the toy train is usually packed during the tourist season from May to July and during September- October, during which time the journey is nothing short of breathtaking, it is simply a stunning and surreal experience during the winter season when the landscape is covered in pristine snow all around. The train has a snow cutting machine at the front to clear the tracks as it chugs its way up. 

The Kalka-Shimla toy train journey is on India’s tourism map as one of the best travel destinations of India, when it was declared as a Mountain Railways of India UNESCO Heritage Site in 2008, along with the Darjeeling and Ooty toy trains. The Kalka- Shimla NG Express now has a vistadrome to make the journey even more spectacular than it already is.


Travel Tips to Plan an India Safari

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India - one of the most perfect holiday destinations in the World, known for its rich cultural heritage is also one of the most sought after and exciting wildlife destinations in the world. With more than 500 Wildlife Sanctuaries, spread across the huge subcontinent - Safaris in India offer very exciting Wildlife and Bird viewing opportunities. On a safari in India, there is a vast variety of wildlife viewing opportunities available, from the one Horned Rhino in the Eastern Indian national park of Kaziranga, to Indian Elephants in Southern India's Periyar, to Asiatic lions in Western India's Gir, to the Royal Bengal Tigers in North India's Corbett and Ranthambore National Parks, and ofcourse the famous Tiger Reserves of Central India- Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Pench and Panna - India has it all, an

Book a Jeep Safari/ Baot Safari/ Elephant Rides

Choose a Jungle Stay

Respect the wildlife


Tips to Experience India's Rich Wildlife

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India is a place unlike another. While the culture and heritage has been the highlights, wildlife tours has gained global attention. India is home to more than half the population of tigers in the world. Besides tigers, India is blessed with elephants, nilgai, deer, one-horned rhinoceros, Asiatic lions, a variety of species of birds, amphibians, reptiles and in fact every kind of species of the animal kingdom. The majestic beasts are found in the wild jungles of Central India, sanctuaries which were earlier game parks in Rajasthan, blissful lush wilderness in the South and mostly all over India. Those who want to spot a tiger, can try them at these popular wildlife sanctuaries in India.

Book a Jeep Safari/ Baot Safari/ Elephant Rides

Choose a Jungle Stay

Respect the wildlife


India's Charming Cities where you can relive the days of the Raj

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India's cultural heritage has a specila for the British architecture. The days of the Raj transformed many of India's beautiful cities and hill stations to their retreats. The chraming cities to date are home to many wonderful specimens of architecture that include mansions, churches, and many other incredible monuments. India's vast history and culture is not complete without a mention of the days of the Raj. These marvellously well-preserved monuments are witness to the days of the Raj. 

To relive the days of the Raj, explore these charming cities of India.

Delhi

British buildings in Delhi

Shimla

British buildings in Shimla

Kolkata

Colonial architecture in Kolkata

Discover the colonial heritage of Kolkata, a city where the British sought to build the Empire’s second city.  The Kolkata Heritage walk takes place in the morning , so one can take in the architecture and history of the city's many unique and spectacular buildings without much traffic on the roads. Begin at the Flower market There is an option to begin at The Flower Market on the River Hooghly, then continue to the  site of the terrible 'Black Hole', walk past the famous Writer's Building, the former Head Quarters of the infamous East India Company. Around the Dalhousie square , see the magnificent Governor's House, Calcutta High Court, Town Hall, General Post Office and the almost forgotten Charnock Mausoleum.

Mumbai

Colonial buildings in Mumbai

Chennai

Colonial buildings in Chennai