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Out Now: Your Age Group Appropriate Travel Itinerary

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Travelling is an activity that impresses people of almost all age groups and lets them enjoy quality time with family and friends. While most people take help and inspiration from social media; there are many who plan randomly. There are many choices and sources that inspire us to travel and explore. However, a recent research done by a U.S based organization shows that travelling, according to your age, can help you in making the most of your vacation.

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Based on a research, we have drafted a travel itinerary, created the parameters for you to roam around, have endless fun and make some magical memories. Take a look.

Age Group: 18-30

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Mountain trekking | Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/signalkuppe/8230905130/in/

The study says that travellers aged between 18 to 25 should take a trip to mountains. Trekking, mountain climbing and adventure activities can be included in your travel itinerary without a second thought. Triund, Mcleodganj, Chamoli, Kasauni, etc. are some of the top choices for trekking in India.

Age Group: 31-44

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Colva Beach, South Goa | Photo Credit: Jatin Behl

According to the research, people planning vacations during their age of 30-40 should head to the beaches. Whether you wish to take a sunbath or give yourself a rejuvenating break; the beaches of Goa, Kerala and Puri are the ideal choices.

Age Group: 45 +

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Infinity pool at Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kerala | Photo Credit: http://www.kumarakomlakeresort.in/kumarakom_photos.html

People above the age of 45 are advised to take a break at peaceful and serene places. Spas, meditation centres and hotels with sauna and swimming pools, especially ones with infinity pools like Wildflower Shimla or Vivanta by Taj-Malabar, are perfect for all belonging to this age group. Book a suite soon and enjoy a relaxing break.

Age Group: 50 +

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Adventure trekking | Picture Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/eurekasmile/3743027596/in/

The ‘above 50’ years of people are usually free from all sorts of responsibilities and it’s the best time when they can take a joy ride across the world and have unlimited fun. London, Turkey and Paris can be added to the list. So, pack your bags and get going.

Age: No Bar

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Road trip | Picture Credit: Jatin Behl

 Well, this category is for those travellers who think age is just a number. If your body is 55 and your heart is still at 25, then you definitely go for an adventurous safari at the Ranthambore National Park, a refreshing road trip to Manali or a thrilling river rafting excursion in Rishikesh.

Vacation preferences may vary from individual to individual, but taking them according to age gives a unique experience. So, next time you are drafting a travel itinerary or planning a trip, visit the one that is perfect for your age. And if you aren’t much affected by the numbers of your age; go take that long pending break. After all, it’s your life, make it large!

Five Offbeat National Parks in India to Visit this Winter

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Like December marks the end of a year, it also marks the advent of another season. Enchanting fallen leaves, supple snow, flora at their misty best and refreshing cool breeze-welcome winter, the only time when our holiday mood is fully charged up. In a country like India, where green patches dominate the landscape, we cannot afford to miss out trips to wildlife sanctuaries during winter. Apart from common names, there are many national parks whose unknown tracks lead to mystic depths of abundant flora, inviting a traveller to hear the roar of the wild. Here are our top picks of offbeat national parks in India, which are brilliant to be explored with drop in temperature:

Manas National Park, Assam

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Manas National Park in Assam, India | Photo Credit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manas_National_Park

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Manas National Park, at the foothills of Himalayas in Assam is a protected shelter for Assam Roofed Turtle, Pygmy Hog, Hispid Hare, Wild Water Buffalo and Golden Langur. The green paradise is also a project tiger and elephant reserve. With more than 380 species of rare and common birds, reptiles, mammals and amphibians, Manas National Park takes pride in being one of the best kept wildlife sanctuaries yet to explored by wildlife photographers, nature lovers and animal enthusiasts.

Best Time to Visit: November to March

Accommodations: Rest houses at Bansbari and Mothanguri

Jungle Safari: Jeep and elephant safaris.

Namdapha National Park, Arunachal Pradesh

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Dense green covered Namdapha National Park, Arunachal Pradesh | Photo Credit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namdapha_National_Park

One of the largest bio diversities in the Eastern Himalayan region, Namdapha National Park is an exclusive offbeat getaway for wildlife tour in India. Namdapha is known for many rare flora and fauna. The rarest and most endangered Blue Vanda and a local medicinal plant Mishimi-Teeta is found here. Four species of big cat family, leopards, snow leopards, clouded leopards and tigers, happen to dwell here. With temperature dropping down to 8-20 degree Celsius, the sanctuary is just perfect to be explored under winter sun.

Best Time to Visit: November to March

Accommodation: Forest Rest House

Jungle Safari: Jeep Safari

Mudumalai National Park, Tamil Nadu

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Entry to Mudumalai National Park | Photo Credit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mudumalai_National_Park

This approximate 321 sq km forest reserve in the foothills of Nilgiris is one of the first elephant reserves in India. Wealthy in flora and fauna, Mudumalai is known for the striped royal Bengal tiger. As many as 50 tigers are believed to lurk from the depths of thick green bushes and lucky ones can spot a one. The pride of Tamil Nadu, Mudumalai National Park is the home to other creatures like deer, peacocks, wild boar, langurs, giant Malabar squirrels and Indian bison. Misty climate blanket the park during winter to give it a stunning look and open doors to catch a glimpse of the wild from close quarters.

Best Time to Visit: November–March

Accommodations: Forest department has cottages in various locations and best stays are found in Bokkapuram village.

Jungle Safari: Elephant and van Safari.

Panna National Park, Madhya Pradesh

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Panna National Park in Madhya Pradesh, India | Photo Credit: http://www.pannanationalpark.com/gallery.html

The lesser known Panna National Park serves as a perfect stopover on a trip to Madhya Pradesh, especially Khajuraho. With temperature drop during winter, the otherwise hot dry climate of Madhya Pradesh turns favourable to explore the forest reserve. Though the sanctuary is the home to lesser number of tigers, yet one can spot other endangered species like wolf, sloth bear, spotted deer and sambars every easily. Teak and acacia forests, majestic waterfalls, igneous rocks and dense greenery lend a picturesque sight to Panna National Park.

Best Time to Visit: November–April

Accommodations: Resorts and safari lodges in Panna hotels in Khajuraho.

Jungle Safari: Elephant safari

Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand

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Rajaji National Park near Rishikesh, Uttarakhand | Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ogimogi/284517677

Tucked along the Himalayan foothills of Shivalik ranges, Rajaji National Park is ideal for those in search of an offbeat adventure holiday. It houses the largest population of wild elephants in the state. It is also the safe abode to tigers, sloth bears, hyena, king cobra and Himalayan kingfisher. Song and Ganga rivers flow through the park. The colourful sight of migratory birds and fishes here is a delight to the eyes of wildlife lovers.

Best Time to Visit: November- May

Accommodations: Cottages and tents near Gohari range, AC tourist houses of GMVN and forest rest houses.

Jungle Safari: Jeep and elephant safari.

If you are done with the common names, then come along to travel through the hidden paths of some best kept offbeat national parks in India this winter.

6 Best Luxury Camps Around the World

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If the four-walled plush hotel is not your cuppa, but resting on a cot or sleeping bag under starlit sky is unbound peace for you, then why not try camping? The life of a Bedouin unaffected by chores of a city and untouched by civilization can be your best hit. Mostly nestled amid deserts, camps have now made ways into thick jungles or aside rocky mountains and meandering rivers. And some comes with patches of luxury too. If you have already camped under stars in Jaisalmer or aside the Ganges in Rishikesh, then its time you taste the spirit of glamping (camping in absolute luxury) around the world. To make you feel like a king or queen, we sorted out some incredible luxury camps, or rather glamping sites, around the world that are just perfect for sunrise watching or star gazing:

The Serai, Jaisalmer, India

The Serai, Jaisalmer | Photo Credit: http://sujanluxury.com/the-serai/index.htm

Have enough cash to splurge? Have dreams of staying in luxurious tented accommodations? Then Serai Jaisalmer in Rajasthan will be your ultimate indulgence. The super luxurious camp, set on around 30 acres of desert scrub in the Great Thar Desert, is an attraction in itself. Every 1000 square feet tent of Serai is equipped with lavish spacious bedroom, outdoor relaxing area, decorated indoor sitting area and en suite bath. The outdoor drink and dine experience under starlit sky punctuated by ancient melodies of Manganiyar tribesmen make way for a unique Arabian Nightesque ambience. To weave your stay with more royalty or to wake up to the eclectic charm of Rajputana, look out for Luxury Tented Suites or Royal Suites. Private spa, outdoor pool and walled-in garden apart from the communal pool, spa and lounge, reward you with a personalized king-like stay.

Activities: Camel safari, desert drive, bush cooking, temple and twitcher trail, and village excursions

How to reach: Nearly 270 km drive from Jodhpur

Price: INR 35,700 per night (approximately)

Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore, India

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Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore | Photo Credit: http://www.oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-ranthambhore/gallery.aspx

How about a safari holiday in camp-style comfort? With exotic wildlife camps like Oberoi Vanyavilas in Ranthambore, Rajasthan, animal enthusiasts can now enjoy wildlife safaris in unruffled luxury. The jungle resort with its lavish tents, mango and lemon orchards, striking water bodies and manicured lawns, aims to maximize privacy in a well set natural ambiance. Each tent features embellished canopies, individual climate control, private deck and garden and attached roll-top baths. After some bumpy game drives, the spa or heated swimming pool will be ideal to de-stress you. Added to this, the panoramic views of bordering jungle and the charm of sipping champagne at dusk create pleasant memories of wildlife camping in India.

Activities: Bird watching, and jeep and canter safari

How to reach: Around 7 hours drive from Delhi and 3.5 hours drive from Jaipur

Price: INR 50,000.00 per night (approximately)

Cottars 1920s Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya

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A Luxury Tent of Cottars 1920, Masai Mara, Kenya | Photo Credit: http://www.cottars.com/gallery/cottars_1920s_safari_camp

Set on a grassy private airstrip around 1 km away from Kenya’s Masai Mara National Park, Cottar’s 1920s Camp defines luxury camping in guaranteed privacy. Being Africa’s oldest safari outfitters, the camp’s 10 airy tents, poster beds and decadent furniture, lend a perfect setting to wildlife expedition in Africa. A contemporary infinity pool on one hand and an old fashioned pull chain toilet on the other, illustrates traditional and modern living. Rocking chairs kept outside the tents are perfect to sit back, laze and gaze for hours at the wilderness of Masai Mara. Want to experience a unique way of bathing? Try safari bath or safari shower in the Savannah.

Activities: Honeymoon safari, surf trips, day and night game drives at Serengeti National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve, guided bush walk, cultural visits, fishing and river swimming

How to reach: 1.5 hours drive from Keekorok Airstrip and 10 minutes drive from Cottar’s Airstrip

Price: INR 1,13,056 per night (approximately)

Longitude131°,Yulara, Australia

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Luxury lodging facility at Longitude131° in Australia | Photo Credit: http://longitude131.com.au/lodge/

By far the most luxurious camp in Australia, Longitude131°, opens up to spectacular views of the iconic World Heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. 15 luxurious tents of Longitude131° float over elevated rust-red dunes and portray stillness, beauty and cultural richness of the desert landscape. While accommodation units come with classic touches, plush beds and futuristic bathrooms, private glass wall of the camp bestows unparalleled views of the fabled Ayers rock. Its open air dining hall set under a canopy of stars create a memorable dining experience.

Activities: Sunset watching and guided tours to Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta

How to reach: The hotel offers complimentary transfers from Ayers Rock Airport, which is situated around 4 miles away

Price: INR 79,698.00 per night (approximately)

Al Maha Desert Resort And Spa, Dubai, UAE

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The Spread Out Luxury Tents of Al Maha Desert Resort And Spa, Dubai, UAE | Photo Credit: http://www.al-maha.com/#photos-videos

A verdant palm oasis deep within Dubai’s magical golden sand dunes and desert landscape plays host to one of the world’s most luxurious camps, Al Maha Desert Resort And Spa. The resort is nestled in a remote location that offer commanding sights of dunes and indigenous Arabian wildlife. The Bedouin tent-style suites, placed far apart from each other, are furnished with authentic Arabian artefacts and antiquities. Apart from the communal Timeless Spa, jacuzzi, fitness centre and temperature controlled infinity pool, the en suite pools, in-suite massage area and sun deck seating area of the resort intensify your lavishness and comfort. Tiger prawns and wagyu beef at Al Diwaan Organic Fine Dining Restaurant are apt to treat your tummies.

Activities: Wildlife drives, horse riding, nature walks, desert safaris and camel trekking

How to reach: 45-minute drive from Dubai International Airport

Price: INR 1,10,513 per night (approximately)

Whitepod, Switzerland

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Camping Amidst Snow in Whitepod, Switzerland | Photo Credit: http://www.whitepod.com/pods-dates-prices/?lang=en#av_section_2

Whitepod is speckled with 15 geodesic dome pods, all of which are equipped with traditional furnishing, high quality insulation and burning stove. The pods of the nomadic camp are lit with lanterns, covered with white canvas in winter and green in summer, to sketch perfect harmony with the surrounding green and white landscape of Alps. While heart healthy Swiss mountain food cooked with local ingredients is a feast to tummies, a private ski and spa situated far from crowds take one to the pinnacle of luxury and adventure. Such a rendezvous with the natural beauty of Swiss Alps is not only refreshing, but also delightful.

Activities: Skiing, snowshoe hiking, dog-sledding ride and paragliding

How to reach: Whitepod is around 45-minute drive from Montreux and 1h 30mins drive from Geneva airport. Train service is there till Monthey

Price: INR 40,390 per night (approximately)

A glass of fine wine, 5-star canvas tent, private dinner on red rocks and glamorous living under stars-get prepared for a nostalgia blended luxury holiday round the world. As great adventure awaits you, we have a small piece of advice! Wherever you go, carry along some mosquito repellent, sunscreen, torches, plastic bags and a map of the region!

Happy glamping!

Say Goodbye to Summer with an Action Packed Trip to Uttarakhand

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Uttarakhand may be a well-kept secret in northern part of India, but its bounteous beauty bestowed by multiple facets of nature is something to unearth. It may be nicknamed as “Devbhoomi: The Land of the Gods!”, but its manifold beauty goes way beyond temples to national parks, flower beds, rivers and tiny hill stations. When temperature soars high across the country in summer, an escape to Uttarakhand is the best way to beat the heat and breathe in respite amidst its cool weather and surreal beauty. The vacation is going to be an action packed one because:

Safari at Jim Corbett National Park Can’t be Missed

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Tigers at Jim Corbett National Park

Keep your eyes wide open to get acquainted with the wild as the wheels of jeep roll along the tranquil paths of Jim Corbett National Park. Sight and sound of tigers in their natural habitat, plethora of colorful birds and other wildlife species in dense green jungle and a comfortable stay at hotels near Corbett National Park elevate your mood and keep you away from scorching sun.

You Can Take a Boat Ride at Naina Lake, Nainital

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Boating in Nainital

Hire a pedal boat, roam around the emerald coloured waters of Naini Lake and capture the magnificent sight of green hued Kumaon mountain ranges. Enjoy a cable car ride to reach the topmost point of the region. Availability of hotels near Naini Lake makes the trip more interesting.

White Water Rafting at Rishikesh is Just Mind-blowing

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Rafting in Rishikesh

Raft along the white waters of the mighty Ganges while the adjoining hills adorn with their spectacular beauty and restrict the sun rays to fall upon you. Let your boat hit the rapids, get drench with the splash of waters and enjoy every breathtaking moment of your rafting expedition in the sacred land of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand.

You Might Solve the Mystery of Roopkund’s Skeleton Lake

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Skeletons at Roopkund Lake

Roopkund Lake is perched at an altitude of 16,499ft. in the lap of snow-clad Trishul Mountains of Chamoli, Uttarakhand. A trek to this high altitude lake leads to a completely unusual trekking and hiking experience. After trekking along pine and rhododendron encapsulated paths, the sight of skeletons at the bottom of the lake becomes a distinguished experience. A must try for avid trekkers!!

Auli Opens up to Gorgeous Views of Snow- Clad Nanda Devi Parvat

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Skiing at Auli

Enamored by pine meadows, Auli is a well- preserved tiny hill station in Chamoli District. It is a preferred skiing destination, owing to its snowy Himalayan mountains and less crowded ambience. As you ski along the thick snowy slopes, the panoramic views of lofty Himalayas leave you awestruck. The star-lit sky with absolute visibility of the stars is another beauty of the region.

You Can Travel to Badrinath

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Badrinath Temple

It makes way to experience the presence of Almighty in Uttarakhand. It is the most important of all four sites in Char Dham pilgrimage. Badrinath Temple is dedicated to Hindu Lord Vishnu. It rests on the banks of Alaknanda River between Nar and Narayana mountain ranges. A visit to the 9th century pilgrimage site leads to a heavenly experience.

Haridwar Gives a Chance to Wash Away Sins

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Ganga aarti in Haridwar

Located in the foothills of Himalayas, Haridwar is known for the Ganga River and numerous temples spotted all over it. While in the morning pilgrims take a dip in the holy waters of Ganga either to absolve sins or offer prayers, in the evening they sit on the banks to watch the colorful sight of ‘Ganga Aarti’ performed with earthen lamps, flowers, music and hymns.

The list definitely goes on. However, these are the most popular ones why Uttarakhand is the best of all destinations this summer.

Top 10 caves of India

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Why do we always talk about sea, mountains, forests and historical monuments while discussing about holidaying in India? We often forget there are many other unique natural and man made creations that are deeply attached with India’s history and natural beauty. One such component is caves- those gigantic towering and hanging structures that open up to narrow dark pathways and sometime give goosebumps when you stroll through them. Caves in India are deeply connected to the country’s history, culture, mystery and spirituality, where inscriptions, pillars and wall paintings tell the tales of the region.

  • Ajanta and Ellora, Aurangabad 

Ajanta and Ellora Caves

It’s the first name the strikes our mind while planning for a caving expedition in India. Carved into hillside rocks in northern Maharashtra, these caves are marvellous pieces of rock cut architecture that portray paintings and sculptures of religious Indian art. 29 caves of Ajanta and 34 caves of Ellora date back to 2nd century BC and 6th century AD and 6th and 11th centuries AD respectively.

  • Elephanta Island, Mumbai

Elephanta  Caves

A boat trip from Gateway of India takes you to Elephanta Island that houses seven rock-cut caves of 6th and 7th centuries A.D. The main cave with impressive sculptured panels depicting Lord Shiva in different forms is the prime attraction here.

  • Badami, Bagalkot

Badami Caves

It is known for being the abode to several beautifully laid out cave temples. The four caves of Badami dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Shiva and Jain religion respectively casts a spell amongst visitors with their magnificent outlook. Its scenic setting adds more fun to your trip. So give a try.

Udayagiri and Khandagiri

On the outskirts of Bhubaneshwar, Udaygiri and Khandagiri stands as a collection of many ornately carved caves believed to be occupied by Jain philosophers in the past. Udayagiri (Hill of Sunrise) and Khandagiri (Broken Hills) occupy a distinct position in India’s history of rock-cut art, architecture and religion.

  • The Many Caves of Meghalaya

Caves of Meghalaya

The state is blessed with numerous caves spotted all over its landscape. Mawsmai Cave, Tangnub Monkey Cave, Siju Cave and many others soread over Khasi, Jaintia and Garo hills are awe- inspiring sites to watch and admire. Watch out for these caves during sunrise or sunset when they turn out to be extraordinarily beautiful.

  • Undavalli and Mogalarajapuram Caves, Vijaywada

Undavalli Caves

The well preserved Undavalli cave temples of 7th century are ideal place if you are looking for unmatched tranquility. Shrines of Brahma, Vishu and Maheshwar cast the power and vibrancy of Hinduism all around. Here again, Mogalarajapuram caves may be in ruins, but still deserves a visit for its interesting architecture.

Rock Fort trichy

Constructed by Nayaks of Madurai ages ago, Rock Fort Temple of Trichy forms a major attraction with its carved sculptures. Built almost 237 feet above on a rocky outcrop, they provide awesome views of the surrounding. Be there during sunset to get the best snapshot.

  • Dungeshwari Cave Temples, Bihar

Dungeshwari Cave Temples

It is believed that Lord Buddha has spent many years of his life here meditating before going to Bodhgaya. It today houses some artistically structured Buddhist temples that attract a lot of Busshist followers. Be here to experience spiritualism, peace and serenity.

  • Shiv Khori Caves, Jammu

Shiv Khori Caves

This kilometre long cave is known for the natural formation of Shiva lingam. Born out of stalagmite, the lingam attracts devotees from all parts of India to this spectacular cave shrine. Ransoo, in the Swalik Hills is known for being the home to Shiv Khori caves.

  • Tabo, Spiti

Tabo, Spiti

Dotted with many vibrant caves, it is here where one can find spirituality and serenity. Local Buddhist lamas consider theses caves to be their favourite meditation spots. Again, their adjoining mountains will definitely take you to a state of trance.

If caving is what attracts you and you want to feel those goosebumps, tour along these caves of India and soak in their abundance natural and historical beauty.

Call of the Wild: Wildlife Getaways from Delhi

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Wildlife tour in delhi

The capital city, New Delhi enjoys a strategic location when it comes to tourism. Catering to n number of tourist locations, New Delhi has various options for a weekend getaway. The good thing about all of these spectacular destinations is that they do not simply furnish a particular set of preferences. Infact there is a choice for every kind of traveller, Cultural, religious, historical, adventure, scenic, wildlife – the vast area around New Delhi has it all.

Let’s take a look at the top 5 wildlife tours around Delhi.

1.Ranthambore Tiger Reserve

Wildlife Getaways from Delhi

This one definitely tops the list not just because of the highest number of tigers that it houses but also because of the enigmatic conservation of natural surroundings. Ranthambore Tiger Reserve is your best bet to spot a tiger with approximately 62 tigers to its credit. Few other places to look around are:

  • Ranthambore Fort
  • Jogi Mahal
  • Raj Bagh

How to reach?

Take a train to Sawai Madhopur Railway Station. From there on, board a bus or a cab to cover a distance of close to 10 km.

Accommodation: Choose from a number of resorts, guest houses and hotels in Ranthambore listed on Goibibo.

2.Corbett National Park

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Situated in the peaceful land of the Kumaon, Corbett National is named after the environment conservationist, Jim Corbett. It is counted as the oldest wildlife park and is known for preserving a number of wildlife species including tigers, elephants and wild cats. Religious people can visit the following temples:

  • Garjiya Devi Temple
  • Sita Vani Temple

How to reach?

Ramnagar Railway Station happens to be the nearest railway station. Alternatively, you may take a bus available at regular intervals from Anand Vihar ISBT/Kashmere Gate, New Delhi.

Accommodation: When it comes to accommodation in Corbett, resorts are your best option. La Perle Resort and Namah Resort are your best bets.

3. Sariska Tiger Reserve, Alwar

Sariska Tiger Reserve

In the list of weekend getaways from Delhi, Sariska National Park located in Alwar comes next. The site was in news some years back for being the poachers’ target however, with continued efforts it has managed to revive its tiger population. After a jungle safari experience, look around places like Karni Mata Temple and Vinay Vilas Mahal.

How to reach?

Located approximately 212 km from New delhi, it takes some 4 hours to reach this wildlife sanctuary via NH8. A roadtrip with friends here is always a good option.

Accommodation: Get a chance to stay like the kings at the hotels in Sariska Tiger Reserve.

4.Bharatpur Bird Sancturay

Bharatpur Bird Sancturay

For a little different kind of a wildlife experience, try Keoladeo National Park or simply Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. With over 230 bird species, it is perfect destination for bird watchers, environmentalists, photographers and writers.

How to reach?

While planning for weekend tours from Delhi, this place works perfect due to this excellent connectivity. It is located at just 5 km from the Bharatpur railway station.

Accommodation: Among hotels near Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary, explorers can pick:

  • Hotel Raj Palace
  • Hotel Surodh Mahal
  • Hotel Sonar Haveli

5. Rajaji National Park

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The locations of Uttarakhand are the perfect options for Delhi Weekend Tours. It is named after C. Gopalachari, the famous freedom fighter and is spread over a land of 1150 sq km. It has the highest number of elephants in Uttarakhand and also houses tigers in good numbers apart from deer, leopard, hyena and beers.

How to reach?

Located at a distance of around 220 km from New Delhi, vacationers can take a bus or train to Rishikesh or Haridwar. From there on, taxi and local buses are easily available.

Accommodation: V Resorts is one of the best accommodations in Rajaji National Park.

5 Recommended Zoos in India

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Our country boasts of a variety of flora and fauna making it one of the most preferred destinations for watching and studying a wide range of species. The concept of zoo or zoological parks started way back in the 19th century in London for the first time and since then it has come a long way. Setting up zoos in India has helped conserve both rare and endangered species. Moreover, zoos play a major role in research and education sector for the study of the animal kind along with plant life. From travel perspective, zoos happen to be a great resource of enlightenment for the explorers, wildlife lovers, family groups and especially kids. Summer has already set in and schools are about to close for summer holidays. So why not take your kids to some of the popular zoos of our country. Here are some of our recommendations:

Mysore Zoo

Mysore Zoo

The City of Palaces, Mysore attracts tourists from all corners of the world. While the stories of valour and courage of the Sultan of this kingdom bring people here, the zoological park is no less than any of the famed attractions of the city. Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Garden, as it is known to the locals, was setup way back in 1892 and enjoys its name in the list of top 25 zoos in the continent. It is also the nation’s best zoo, a position it has attained by TripAdvisor due to the continuous efforts of the authorities.

Chennai Zoo

Chennai Zoo

The Chennai Zoo holds the stature of being the first public zoo of our country. Dating back to 1855, it has an estimated number of 2500 species of plants and animals. It has been in news for having achieved a name for its Conservation Breeding Program for endangered species. Chennai Zoological Park is the perfect place to make your kids aware about different kinds of flora and fauna. Vacationers coming along with kids should not miss the Elephant safari here. Apart from the zoo, make sure you visit a whole lot of attractions present in the city. Visit our Chennai Travel Guide for more information.

Hyderabad Zoo

Hyderabad ZooKnown for its rich history, culture and heritage, the city of Hyderabad is one the most popular places to visit in India. Spread over an area of 380 acres of land, the Hyderabad Zoo gets its name after the first Prime Minister of India, Pt. Jawahalal Nehru. Featured among the best zoos in India, it offers the opportunity to enjoy elephant rides, children terrains and tiger safaris along with a display of numerous rare species of animals.

Delhi Zoo

Delhi Zoo

While South India may have received an upper hand when it comes to conserving wildlife, the north doesn’t really seem to have left behind. The Delhi Zoo is undoubtedly the most visited Zoological Park in India. Spread over huge acres of land at the proximity of India Gate, Delhi Zoo is a common destination amongst school kids and toddlers. Be it a weekend outing with family or a school picnic, Delhi Zoo can be visited for multiple purposes round the year. In order to reach the zoo, get down at Pragati Maidan metro station and take a rickshaw or an auto thereafter.

Darjeeling Zoo

Darjeeling Zoo

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park or Darjeeling Zoo is spread over an area of approximately 68 acres. It is named after the daughter of Sarojini Naidu who was the former Governor of the state of West Bengal. The zoo is globally recognized for its contribution in the conservation of Himalayan Newt, Red Panda, Snow Leopards, Tibetan Wolf and a number of endangered species of the Eastern Himalayan region. Darjeeling Zoo has also been rewarded for having the highest number of mountain species in India.

If you are planning a summer holiday in any of these cities, then make sure you include these popular zoos in the travel itinerary for unlimited fun and a day full of adventure.