The best places to visit in India

Best places to visit in India

In this article we will recommend on 3 amazing places to visit in India with the family in all seasons.

India and its wildlife; India is a vast country with vast problems triggered mainly by a massive population problem and other factors that are quite common consequent to uncontrolled lateral expansion of the humans.

Who is to blame for the plunder of this nation’s natural wealth? That is a matter of concern but, in the final summation, a wise approach is to slowly gain control so that the lovely flora and fauna are conserved for our future generations to enjoy the delight of seeing the beautiful aspects of nature live.

The Indian government did wake up to the situation and today we have 515 wildlife sanctuaries that provide protection and safe breeding space to these animals that require your help in surviving.

Out of these 515 sanctuaries, 41 are exclusive Tiger reserves that are sheltering and increasing the number of this majestic animal; in addition to this, you have the facility of bird sanctuaries which lie within these National parks that are being developed with the complete infrastructure to accommodate birds and reptiles that require protection or just a display of the lovely flora and fauna that is being nurtured with huge funding projects from the government and other agenciesthat are concerned with conservation.

So, here we are with the fantastic places that have been developed just for your entertainment and relaxation.

1) Gir National Park, Gujarat

Note:

  1. There are entry fees on per head basis; they range from INR 100 to INR 1000 (about US $15). Visitors may kindly check. Foreigners are charged more.
  2. The Gir sanctuary opens every year to admit visitors from 16th October to 15th of June next year.

Come meet the royal Asiatic lion; hunting of lions was banned by the government of India in 1960.

It is one of those awesome places that have been given pride (sic) of place by the government of India because this was the last preserve for the majestic king of the jungle.

This is perhaps the only place where you can see lions roaming about freely.

About

In 1965, the government notified the area called sasangir which is situated 68 Km from Junagadh.

It is spread over 1412 Km in which about 257 Km is earmarked as the exclusive enclosed area of the National Park.

It has been one of the biggest efforts of conservation that has produced results due to the sustained patronage of the Nawabs of Junagadh and the department of forests; there were only about 20 lions left in the area but the Nawabs of the princely state of Junagadh and the forest department officials worked very hard and were able to provide proper protection.

Last year the census revealed a much-improved figure of 523 with 213 growing lions, 201 females and 201 males; this figure was 359 in 2005 and 411 in 2010.

Rivers

Life in the Gir forest has been sustained by the presence of the following perennial rivers that are flowing through Gir forest:

  • Saraswati,
  • Datardi,
  • Machhundri,
  • Raval,
  • Ghodavadi,
  • Shingoda and

Other attractions

There are two major attractions in the Gir forest area which the tourists love to visit:

  • Kankai Mata temple, and
  • Tulishyam Hot Springs.

Fauna

There are other species of wildlife that include the following:

  • Cheetahs,
  • Leopards,
  • Cobras,
  • Crocodiles,
  • Ratels or honey badgers,
  • Striped Hyenas, Wild cats,
  • Golden Jackals, and
  • More than 300 species of birds

The temperatures are quite high during from April to August for visitors from the warmer countries; for tourists from cooler countries, it will be best to arrive after mid-November and visit till late March.

Climate

Summer: April to June

Winter: October to March

Monsoon: July to September

The average rainfall: 600 mm to 1000 mm

Temperatures: Maximum 45*C

Minimum 05*C

The best period to visit: The Gir sanctuary opens every year to admit visitors from 16th October to 15th of June next year.

There are a variety of desert fauna among which the most prominent are:

  • The lion
  • The rusty spotted cat,
  • And various species of animals, reptiles and birds.

Getting there

The Gir National Park is easily accessible by almost all modes of transport as follows:

By air

Nearest Airport: Keshod is 60 Kms away,

Rajkot Airport is 168 Km from the park; four hours by road.

By Rail

Junagadh Railway Station (68 Km away) is connected by the Indian Railways network to all parts of the country.

By Road

The roads in India are now very well developed particularly on the highways. Now, it is very easy to get an inter-city air-conditioned bus run by the government or the private operators.

But, due to the topography and the restrictions of the Gir sanctuary area, the resorts are a bit far away from the actual sanctuary.

A number of resorts with all facilities are available on the internet.

2) The Kanha National park, MP

Note:

  1. There are entry fees on per head basis; they range from INR 100 to INR 1000 (about US $15). Visitors may kindly check. Foreigners are charged more.
  2. The Kanha National Park opens every year to admit visitors from 15th October to 30th of June next year.

Situated in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, it is one of those Tiger reserves that inspire the lovers of nature and form an unbreakable bond with the nature lovers who keep returning.

Its beauty is so larger than life that even Rudyard Kipling fell in love with it; the result was the epic thriller Jungle Book.

About

Kanha National park happens to be the most visitor-friendly sanctuary that provides the best experience to the visitors. It preserves the bio-diversity and the wildlife to prevent poaching and illegal trade in Animal products.

Kanha’s beauty remains its constant feature and it is spread over 1945 sq Km which has a vast area of grasslands and meadows that are the haunt of the varieties of the Tiger, Barasingha, Chital, Blackbuck, Sambhar and swamp deer that are quite commonly available.

It was founded in the year 1955 through promulgation of a law with the specific purpose of providing protection to some endangered species in addition to others.

Kanha is made up of grasslands as far as the eye can see merging with dense forests of bamboo and teak.

This dense expanse is also home to the Royal Bengal Tiger and many other species while the river Surpan passes through it;  the scenic plateau lends it the beauty that it is famous for.

Fauna

While even an expert may find it difficult to put the finger on a specific number, suffice it to say that there are hundreds of species of birds, animals and reptiles in Kanha National park.

The main attractions are:

  • Royal Bengal Tiger is found here abundantly and there are about 150 head roaming around in this project that was declared as a Tiger reserve in 1974,
  • Bison,
  • Barasingha (Rescued from extinction). This is the true representative along with the

Indian wild dog and

the Swamp dear..

  • Chital,
  • Neelgaay,
  • Gaur,
  • Barking deer,
  • Black deer,
  • Black buck,
  • Chousingha,
  • Mouse deer,
  • Sloth bear,
  • Jackal fox,
  • Porcupine,
  • Hyena,
  • Jungle cat,
  • Pythons,
  • Mongoose,
  • Leopards,

The list is endless; the same applies to birds with the main varieties being:

  • Storks,
  • Egrets,
  • Kingfishers,
  • Owls,
  • Finches,
  • Peacocks,
  • Jungle fowls and many more.

Climate

The tropical climate provides cold winters and hot summer.

Summer: April to June

Winter: October to March

Monsoon: July to September

The average rainfall: 100 cm to 150 cm

Temperatures: Maximum    43*C

Minimum 01*C

The best period to visit: October to March.

Safaris

October to January

Morning: 06:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Evening: 02:30 PM  to 05:30 PM

February to June

Morning: 06:15 AM to 12:15 PM

Evening: 03:30 PM  to 06:30 PM

Jeep safari Fee

The fees for all the four zones is about INR 6500 for 6 persons (might have been revised). Children below 5 years of age are allowed free.

Getting there

The Kanha National Park is easily accessible by almost all modes of transport as follows:

By air

Jabalpur Airport is 180 Km from the park

Nagpur Airport is about 300 Km away

Raipur Airport is about 250 Km away

By Rail

Jabalpur Railway Station is 180 Km away and is connected by the Indian Railways network to all parts of the country.

By Road

The roads in India are now very well developed particularly on the highways. Now, it is very easy to get an inter-city air-conditioned bus run by the government and the private operators.

3) Desert National Park, Rajasthan

Note:

There are entry fees on per head basis; they range from INR 100 to INR 1000 (about US $15). Visitors may kindly check. Foreigners are charged more.

This place may look like just a deserted stretch of barren land but every piece of land tells a story; the Desert National Park that is close to Jaisalmer; the fossils discovered in this National park speak of occupation by animals of many species including Dinosaurs that were dated back to 6 million years ago though some fossils were even 180 million years old.

It depicts the ecosystem of the Thar desert with salt lake bottoms and irregular rock formations.

More than one fifth of this park is covered with sand.

The Akal World Fossil park is located about 18 Km from Jaisalmer.

Fauna

When we talk of fauna in the Desert National Park, the first name that spontaneously comes up is that of the great Indian Bustard which is in the critically endangered list of WWF with only 200 individual birds surviving worldwide.

In addition, this park is a haven for observing a vast array of birds both local and migratory.

Climate

Summer: April to June

Winter: October to March

Monsoon: July to September

The average rainfall: 45 mm to 200 mm

Temperatures: Maximum 50*C

Minimum 04*C

The best period to visit: October to March.

There are a variety of desert fauna among which the most prominent are:

  • The Wolf,
  • Desert Fox and
  • The Blackbuck.
  • Khejri, the state tree of Rajasthan is only found here, amd
  • Rohida, the state flower is also found only here.

Getting there

The Desert National Park is easily accessible by almost all modes of transport as follows:

By air

Jaisalmer Airport is 42 Km from the park Army controlled – November onwards

Jodhpur Airport is about 320 Km away

By Rail

Jaisalmer Railway Station is connected by the Indian Railways network to all parts of the country.

By Road

The roads in India are now very well developed particularly on the highways. Now, it is very easy to get an inter-city air-conditioned bus run by the government and the private operators.

This article about the best places to visit in India was written by Umrao singh.

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