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Sunday, May 29, 2011

My Dream Destinations in India

Krishna Srivatsa Nimmaraju
                                     
                            Out of many beautiful destination in India, i traveled few places but still there are more places to visit in my list. In this post I'm going to give a brief intro about my dream destinations, for which I'm planning to travel in near future. So people who interested in visiting my dream destination can join with me.

Leh Ladakh :-

                    Visiting ladakh will be a life time experience for every one. One must be lucky enough to go there as the road route for the ladakh will be very challenging even for the most experienced drivers. We visited Rohtang pass in manali, after traveling on one of the world's dangerous routes and thought that it was the most riskiest journey in India. But for visiting ladakh, the starting point is rohtang pass which will be followed by dangerous and world's high altitude roads. Leh is the Capital city of Ladakh. It is located at 3505 meters and falls on east of Jammu and Kashmir. Three places to see around Leh in Ladakh: the Buddhist murals in Alchi, the high altitude Pangong lake and the world’s highest motorable mountain pass, Khardung La.



          
            One can reach ladakh either by road or by air. Airline services (Indian Airlines and Jet Airway)operate regular scheduled flights to Leh from Delhi, Chandigarh, Jammu and Srinagar. From Jammu there are two flights in week and from Srinagar one in a week.  There are two options to reach Leh by road. The first is 434-km Srinagar-Leh road, which remains open for traffic from early June to November is the main land route to Ladakh. The most dramatic part of this road journey is the ascent up the 11,500 feet /3,505 m high Zoji-la. The J&K State Road Transport Corporation (J&KSRTC) operates regular Deluxe and Ordinary bus services between Srinagar and Leh on this route with an overnight halt at Kargil. Taxis, cars and jeeps are also available at Srinagar for the journey. Groups can charter deluxe and A-class buses for Leh, Kargil or Padum (Zanskar) from the J and K SRTC at Srinagar. If you decide to drive on this route yourself, you should spare a couple of days around Kargil for acclimatisation. 



              The second route is the 473-km Manali-Leh road which has been serving as the second land approach to Ladakh. The Manali - Leh road weaves in and out among the mighty snow-clad peaks of the Western Himalayas over a stretch of nearly 485 kms. The road is open from mid-July to mid-October every year, depending on weather conditions. Manali is the starting point of this dramatic journey and Rohtang Pass(13,000 ft/3,978 m), 51 kms away is the first important milestone on the Manali - Leh road as it is the gateway to the Lahaul and Spiti valleys. This is the best route for reaching Leh. But ensure that there are no blockages in the road. 




Pangong Lake – Highest Lake in the World! - As it is situated at a height of approx. 4250 Mts. it becomes the highest lake in the world. Surrounded by beautiful gorges and vistas, this lake will definitely take your heart away. Other famous attractions of Pangong Tso are Chang La Pass (the third highest navigable pass in the world), ancient monasteries and the mountaineering school.

Nubra Valley – orchard of Ladakh! - Situated 10,000 ft. above sea level, Nubra Valley is a treasured place on this planet. Popularly known as ‘Orchard of Ladakh’, this valley is the house of rich vegetation.  Numerous yellow and pink wild roses decorate this warm valley to welcome the tourists during early summers. 

Khardung Pass – world’s highest motorable road! - On the way to Nubra valley, one will pass through the famous point known as Khardung La or Khardung pass. This pass is used most by the Indian Army to carry out its supply processes. To cross the khardung pass one needs to get a permit which is not much difficult to obtain. This pass offers spectacular view of Rock Mountains, green valleys and the beautiful Karkoram range.


Lakshadweep:-

              Lakshadweep is an archipelago located 200-400 km west of the coast of Kerala in the Arabian Sea. The archipelago consists of 36 main islands, many smaller islands, coral atolls and coral reefs. It is the smallest union territory in Indialarge areas of crystal clear water for everything from snorkeling to wind surfing. The five islands which are open to tourists have simple accommodation in the shape of beach cottages. Regular flights operate from Cochin to one of the islands, as well as modestly priced ship cruises which stop at all the islands open to tourism. These cruises begin and end at Cochin.


                  A tour to Lakshadweep would cover some of the finest places of tourist interest and Kavaratti would be the first one to begin with. It is the capital of Lakshadweep and is home to unspoiled white sandy beaches. It has a beautiful lagoon and is an ideal retreat for water sports providing opportunities for swimming and to cool off on the sandy beaches. Kadhmath is another point of tourist interest that you simply cannot afford to miss out on. This place is ideal for spending some peaceful moments away from the clamor and rush of the city. The most sought-after attractions of this place are the sandy beaches and small sand banks located on the southern tip that are meant for the sun baths. You can get the facility of kayaks, pedal boats, sailing yachts, skiing boats and glass bottomed boats that are easily available here on hire here.
                   


               Furthest from Kavaratti island, 200 Kms. away to the south and also nearer to the Maldives, is the incredible size of the lagoon, Minicoy is one of the largest in Lakshadweep. It has a culture very different from any other island - dress, language, food, all differ. A walk through the winding lanes of the villages is an indication of the culture here. Minicoy is renowned for its dance tradition: the lava dance is performed on festive occasions. Privately managed cottages have been built on the isolated beaches and are available for tourists.



             There is something indescribably romantic about the very notion of an uninhabited island and Bangaram justifies that feeling. At twilight, the setting sun, a ball of crimson in a flaming sky, casts its reflection on the water, and with the ever present coconut palms as a black silhouette, Bangaram is at the height of its allure. That is the hour when every visitor promises himself another visit someday. The warm, clear, deep waters of the Indian Ocean with its myriad marine flora and fauna are an irresistible invitation to the scuba diving fraternity of the world.The exquisite coral formations including the black coral formations, the large variety and number of coral fish-the angel, the clown, the butterfly, the surgeon, the groupers, not to mention the abundance of the awesome, but harmless sharks, mantarays, sting rays, moray eels (morena) and turtles, make diving here an addictive experience, enough to make impressive any diver's logbook with the stamp of the Diving School at Bangaram.


              One of the Nature’s treasures on Earth or Heaven on Earth, many adjectives can be used to describe the pristine natural beauty of Agatti Islands in Lakshadweep. Soothing weather, a balanced mix of sunlight, sea breeze and sandy shore makes the visit in Agatti memorable for a visitor. Swaying palm trees, silvery beaches and exotic coral reefs, nature has gifted Agatti all its prime attractions. Agatti is the gateway to Lakshadweep, as the only airport in the islands is situated here. Agatti is a best suit for many water sports activities. One can experience the real pleasure of fiber glass boats and country canoes cruises. Agatti has an outstandingly attractive lagoon in the west, with multi colored fish fauna and exquisite coral growths. This is a remarkable tourist destination.


Gujarat:-

                The state of Gujarat, rightly called the Jewel in the West, has something for everyone. You could visit Gujarat for a quiet wildlife getaway in Gir, for a relaxed sun and sand holiday on Gopnath's beaches, a fabulously enriching sightseeing experience at the 863 Jain temple cluster in Palitana or a visit to a dinosaur egg hatchery at Raiyoli. And that is just to mention a few of its innumerable attractions.



              Some of the main places to visit in Gujarat are the Somnath Temple and the Dwarkanath temple. The Somnath temple is situated in Saurashtra which is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas or symbols of Lord Shiva. The Dwarkanath Temple is instead the home of Lord Krishna. It is situated on the tip of the Arabian Sea in western Gujarat, there exists the Rann of Kutchch which is noted throughout the world for the rare ecosystem, terrain and fossils. In Gujarat there are many national parks and sanctuaries as well. There are four national parks and 21 sanctuaries in the state of Gujarat.  This state is the sole habitat of Asiatic Lions. Excluding Africa, this state is the singular natural habitat of lions. Along with lions, panthers are also located in Gujarat. 

(Source:- http://www.parachuting.in/index.aspx)

             Apart from religious and historic places, in future Gujarat is going to be an adventurous hub of India. Indian Parachuting Federation (IPF) which is a National Level Sports Federation  is promoting Sports Parachuting, related aerosports and adventure activities in Gujarat at a place called deesa. This is the only place in India where you can find the skydiving camp at an very good price. 

For more information visit:  http://www.parachuting.in/


Kanha & Pench :-

             Kanha National Park is horseshoe-shaped valley, and grasslands surrounded by Satpura Mountains, standing at heights ranging between 450 and 900 m. kanha is  located at a distance of 275 km from Nagpur and 175 Km from Jabalpur. One of the most famous Tiger Reserves in India, Kanha has a rich retreat of plants and animals. A nature lover's paradise, it offers unlimited possibilities of capturing wildlife through your lenses. Kanha is often called Tiger Land, and visitors narrate innumerable and unforgettable instances of tiger sightings. Also there are lots of streams and fountain and magnificent water bodies that stores thrilling surprises for visitors at each step. The exquisite beauty and the immense variety of wildlife in Kanha National Park will leave you speechless. After the famous author Rudyard Kipling wrote "The Jungle Book" in 1894, setting his story in this forests, Kanha National Park attained instant popularity. 



                 You can go on an elephant safari or a jeep safari. To gain a perspective of the park, all under one roof visit the museum. The safaris are organized mornings and afternoons. Jeeps can be hired from the MPTDC office if you are staying at the camp. Tourists can go on an elephant ride only when they book can go on an elephant ride only when they book a seat for the Tiger Show, which is offered in the morning. But there is no compelling reasons to enlist for the tiger show if you prefer natural wildlife sightings. Tourist can enter the main area only in the mornings on a jeep or in the afternoon. One needs to take a forest department guide to help one enjoy the park better. Touring is usually allowed on jeeps, which are available locally. Kanha has almost 300 species of birds including Storks, Teals, Pintails, Pond Herons, Egrets, Peacock, Pea Fowl, Jungle Fowl, Spur Fowl, Patridges, Quails, Ring Doves, Spotted Parakeets, Green Pigeons, Rock Pigeons, Cuckoos, Papihas, Rollers, Bee Eater, Hoopes, Drongos, Warblers, King Fishers, Wood Peckers, Finches, Orioles, Owls and Fly Catchers.



                The Pench National Park is situated in the Satpura Ranges in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Nagpur, 95 km away, is the most closely located town from here. Covering an area of around 292.85 sq km, Pench National Park is divided into two parts by River Pench that gives Pench national park its name. Alikatta, the kernel of the national park, is an important spot to enjoy wildlife viewing. Besides watching a variety of animals, you can also watch tamed elephants here. Another interesting place to visit here is the Chhindimatta Road that will lead you to the massive Pench reservoir. To explore and enjoy the diversified vegetation of the national park, one needs to pay a visit to Bodhanala Range. If you are planning an even wilder experience, you can get in touch with the park authorities to book a night-stay in the watchtower at Raiyakassa.



                 MP tourism organizes many hotels to stay in Kanha & Pench, which can be booked through their online site http://mptourism.com/index.html , also we can book through the MP tourism offices located in almost most capital cities in India. MP tourism organizing dormitories in both kanha & pench which will be best suitable for a people who can't bare costly private hotels, also they are located near to the parks, which gives you the experience of staying in the forest.



Jammu & Kashmir:-

                  JAMMU - popularly known as the 'City of Temples' - is located in the foothills of the Himalayas with the picturesque river Tawi flowing alongside. Nestling in the lap of dazzling, snow-capped Himalayas, Kashmir is ideally a honeymooners' paradise. Besides being an inspiration for art, music and poetry, Kashmir is also a nature lover's wonderland and a shopper's dream come true.With its perfectly maintained gardens, rows of golden chinar trees, sparkling rivers, alpine pastures and the backdrop of snow peaks, Kashmir is the most sought-after honeymoon destination for romantic couples the world over.


       SRINAGAR - is famous for its lakes and houseboats. Dal Lake, The stunning views and comfort in the house-boats floating in the lake make you feel as though you are in Paradise. The aesthetic Shikaras take you through a maze of intricate waterways passing by the majestic house boats, old wooden houses, floating shops and floating vegetables gardens. The house-boats are adorned with ornate wood-carving, furniture and the famous Kashmiri carpets. The shops floating on the lake sell everything from sarees to shawls as well as ornaments to works of art and craft, all having a touch of the Persian culture and the mughal era. At times as you are winding your way through these water, Shikara's selling Kashmiri ornaments shawls with fine embroidery and woolen clothes and amazingly colourful flowers come to you, to hold transactions amidst the lake. This picturesque location leaves a indelible mark in your memory.          



GULMARG - The Apharwat peak can be seen from here, along with the Alpather Lake, a pictographic alpine lake. The lake remains frozen till late June. For ardent fans of horse riding, the Alpather lake has wonders in store. A little below Gulmarg, one comes across the holy shrine of Baba Reshi, a Muslim Saint. Gulmarg houses the world's highest golf courses. The club house nearby is a splendour in itself. Facilities for golf training are also available here including golf sets on hire, pros to instruct one in the game, and temporary memberships.

PAHALGAM - is another interesting place in Jammu and Kashmir and has a lot of attractions for its tourists. Chandanwari, situated 16 kms. from Pahalgam, is the starting point of the Amarnath yatra.

SONAMARG - is 80 Km from Srinagar, the place is popular as a base for undertaking trekking expeditions.


Rishikesh:-

                  Tourists who come here have different interests that can vary wildly from trekking, pilgrimage, white water rafting and even treatment. At Rishikesh, you can enjoy the wild fury of nature as well as its serene and scenic beauty. The place is very much associated with the Hindu mythology and thousands come here for pilgrimage. Rishikesh is also famous for the sadhus (saints) and people come here to learn Yoga from them. Thousands of people come here to practice this healing art. 



          Apart from pilgrimage & yoga, rishikesh is known for the best white river rafting in India. Almost from many years Rishikesh has became the destination for the adventurists, who are interesting in rafting as well as trekking. Rafting in ganges will be a life time experience, ranging from level 3 to level 5 having many challenging rapids. We can book rafting trips through online or directly in rishikesh. We have to choose among the various rafting trips available ranging from 8 km to 25 km. Then also provide night camping on the banks of ganges for the two day rafting trip. Normally all rafting expeditions start from the lakshman jhula in rishikesh and costs around 1500 per person.


          Along with rafting and trekking in himalayas, rishikesh is getting popular because of the Jumping Heights, the best place for bungy jump in India. Jumping Heights organised by the Newzealand team offers many adventure sports like 83 mts bungy jump, flying fox, swing at a place near to rishikesh called Mohan Chatti. They charge INR 5000 for all the three jumps, which will give you international experience with a affordable prices. For more information visit  http://jumpinheights.com



Krishna Srivatsa Nimmaraju / Author & Editor

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4 comments:

  1. Awesome places to visit if I ever make it to India......Hope to.

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  2. Nice post. Include train journey through Dudhsagar falls in it!!

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  3. Very useful and passionate stuff. Happy I noticed it. Keep it up !!!

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