Andaman & Nicobar
Campbell Bay National Park, located on the island of Great Nicobar, is the largest of the Nicobar Islands in the eastern Indian Ocean. The park has an approximate area of some 426 sq km and is separated from the smaller Galathea National Park by a 12-km wide forest buffer zone.
Galathea National Park is a National Park located in the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is located on the island of Great Nicobar in the Nicobar Islands, which lie in the eastern Indian Ocean. The total area of this park is some 110 square kilometers. Many unique and rare species of plants and animals are found in the park, a number of which are endemic to the islands.
Interview Island is spread over an area of 101 sq km. The island has about 80-90 feral elephants which were brought for forestry works and still remain on this island.
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is a national park of India near Wandoor . The park was created on 24 May, 1 983 under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 to protect marine life such as the corals and nesting sea turtles prevalent in the area. It is spread over an area of 29.043 sq km. Tarmugli, the largest island, is covered with thick mangrove vegetation, sand covered beaches, uprooted trees and sheet rocks. Twin Islands are an important breeding ground for turtles within the park.
Landfall Island is northern most island of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is spread over an area of 14.70 sq km. The Landfall Island Wildlife Sanctuary is a tropical paradise the vegetation peculiar to this region is tropical rain forests, which mainly include Pandanus Andamanensium and P. Tectorius etc. species of trees. The Island accommodates multiple ecosystems including wetlands, creeks, mangroves, and beaches. Thus the area has a rich ecology and is biologically diverse.
Mount Harriet National Park established in 1969, covers about 4.62 sq km. Mount Harriet 1,257 ft, which is part of the park, is the third-highest peak in the Andaman and Nicobar. Avifauna identified by Bird Life International include seven ‘near threatened’ species which are: the Andaman wood pigeon, Andaman Cuckoo-dove, Andaman scops-owl, Andaman boobook, Andaman Woodpecker, Andaman drongo, and Andaman Treepie. The park has evergreen primary forests, and at Chiriyatapu the forest type is mixed deciduous, a combination of primary and secondary forests.
Rani Jhansi Marine National Park is located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It was founded in 1996 and covers 256.14 sq km.
Borra Caves are located on the East Coast of India, in the Ananthagiri hills of the Araku Valley (with hill ranges’ elevation varying from 800 to 1,300 m) of the Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh. The caves, one of the largest in the country, at an elevation of about 705 m, distinctly exhibit a variety of speleothems ranging in size and irregularly shaped stalactites and stalagmites. The caves are basically karstic limestone structures extending to a depth of 80 mts. and are considered the deepest caves in India.
Yarada Beach is picturesque. Surrounded by magnificent hills on its three sides and Bay of Bengal on the fourth, Yarada Beach is undoubtedly the best beach in Vizag. The overall beauty of golden sands of the beach along with its views of sunrise and sunset are mind blowing. The beach apart, your journey to Yarada beach in itself is scenic.
Katiki Waterfalls is located 4 km away from the ancient Borra Caves. Gosthani River is the source for this waterfall, which falls from a height of 50 ft. The picturesque waterfalls with lush green surroundings in Araku Valley offer excellent scope for trekking.
Indira Gandhi Zoological Park occupies a sprawling 625 acres of land. The location of the zoo is mesmerizing as you find hills on both the sides of the zoo and Bay of Bengal to the east. Located in such a natural setting, the zoo appears very much a home to wildlife. It was established in the year 1977. The zoo houses a wide range of animals including tigers, lions, panthers, Himalayan black bear, sloth bear, hippopotamus, jaguars, monkeys, pythons, elephants and much more.
Gandikota is a small village in the Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh that is known for its spectacular gorge formed by river Pennar that cuts through the Erramala hills. This handsome piece of Nature’s architecture has come to be known as the Hidden Grand Canyon of India by travelers who visit it and get bewitched by its beauty.
Kolleru Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in India located in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The lake is fed directly by water from the seasonal Budameru and Tammileru streams and is connected to the Krishna and Godavari irrigation systems by over 67 major and minor irrigation canals. Many birds migrate here in winters, such as the Siberian Crane, ibis, and painted storks. The lake is an important habitat for an estimated 20 million resident and migratory birds, including the gray or spot-billed pelican. The lake was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in November 1999 under India’s Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, and designated a wetland of international importance in November 2002 under the international Ramsar Convention. The wildlife sanctuary covers an area of 308 Sq Km.
Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is in Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh. It has an area of 458.92 hectares. It is an important breeding site for spot-billed pelicans. Nelapattu has two major plant communities, Barringtonia swamp forests and southern dry evergreen scrub. 187 bird species can be found at Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary, 50 of which are migratory. In addition to the spot-billed pelican, it is an important breeding site for white ibis, Openbill Stork, night heron, and little cormorant. Other migratory water birds that visit the sanctuary include pintail, common teal, dabchick, shoveler, coot, spot-bill duck, gray heron, darter, black-winged stilt, and Garganey gadwall.
Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. Known primarily as a habitat of the great Indian bustard, the species has suffered a drastic fall in its numbers in the sanctuary in recent years. Covering an area of 6.14 Sq Km, it was established in 1988 to protect the great Indian bustard and the lesser florican and remains the only habitat in Andhra Pradesh for the bustard which is a critically endangered species.
Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary and an elephant reserve situated in Andhra Pradesh. It is the only sanctuary in the State with a population of Asian elephants, which migrated after 200 years from neighboring regions. It is spread over an area of 357.6 Sq Km. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Lambasingi (or Lammasingi) is a small village in the Chintapalli Mandal of Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. This place is often referred as Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh. The temperatures in this places go as low as 0°C in December – January). This village is situated at a height of above 1000 meters from the sea level.
Belum Caves are ranked second largest after Meghalaya Caves and it is the longest cave in India. Out of the three well like cavities, the one in the middle serves as the main entrance. The exquisite formations of stalactite and stalagmite are stunning, more so, the color illumination of the caves. The caves present an interesting study to the onlooker with its musical chamber, meditation hall, Simhadwaram, and Patal Ganga. The caves rightly deserve the title ‘Unique Eco-Tourism Project’ bestowed on it by the Indian government.
Sri Venkateshwara National Park is a national park and biosphere reserve in Andhra Pradesh. The total area of the park is 353 Sq Km. The park is known for its many waterfalls including the Talakona, Gundalakona, and Gunjana. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary is a famous 481 Sq Km area located in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. Pulicat Lake is the second largest brackish-water eco-system in India after Chilka lake in Orissa. The sanctuary is most noted for the many greater flamingos seen here.
Sela Pass is at an elevation of 4170 m (13,700 ft) and it is one of the highest motorable roads. It is usually snow-covered to some extent all through the year. It offers spectacular views all year round.
Gorichen Peak is at an elevation of 22500 feet height and it is the highest peak in Arunachal Pradesh. It belongs to The Himalaya Mountain Group and is a sub-range to Assam Himalaya.
Shonga-tser Lake is famously called Madhuri Lake. An earthquake in this region resulted in the formation of Shonga-tser Lake in 1971. The lake with picturesque snow-capped mountains surrounding it and the valley offers spectacular views.
Nuranang Waterfalls is around 100 meters high. There is a small hydel plant located near the base that generates electricity for local use. Originating from northern slopes of the famous Sela Pass, Nuranang River forms the waterfalls and then plunges into Tawang River.
Nehru Van Udyan lies majestically on Deopani River banks. This amazing forest park has beautiful orchids and a dedicated cactus house.
Iphi-Pani Ghat offers a perfect atmosphere to unwind. The ghat offers a breathtaking view of Dibang River and the valley.
Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 140.30 sq. km. The valleys and the hills with streams offer great views to nature lovers. It is home to a wide range of Flora and Fauna.
Namdapha National Park is the largest protected area in the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot and it is also the third largest national park in India. It spans an area of 1985 sq.km. It is home to a wide variety of Flora and Fauna.
Sessa Orchid Sanctuary covers more than 100 sq. km area of land. Doimara and Tenga reserve forests form a part of the sanctuary. Over a 200 species of Orchids can be found in this Sanctuary.
Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 282-square-kilometer and it is home to a wide variety of Flora and Fauna.
Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, which covers an area of 217 sq. km. Altitude ranges are extreme: from 500 meters (1,640 ft) to 3,250 meters (10,663 ft). It is a part of the Kameng Elephant Reserve.
Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary covers 337 sq. km. of land. It is home to a wide range of flora and fauna.
Tipi Orchid Research Centre, which covers around 10 hectares of land, is located amidst hills and tropical rain forest. It houses more than 1000 varieties of Orchids.
Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 862 sq.km. Surrounded by rivers on three sides and situated amidst the Himalayan ranges, Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary is a treat for your eyes. The sanctuary is home to various wild animals including tiger, jungle cat, Himalayan black bear, elephant, leopard, barking deer, flying squirrel and much more. Some of the rare bird species found here include great pied hornbill, jungle fowl, serpent eagle and wood duck.
Kaziranga National Park is a World Heritage Site. The park is spread over 430 sq. km. This sanctuary hosts two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses and it is also home for various wild species such as tiger, elephant, Indian bison, sambar, deer and a multitude of migratory birds.
Dibru Saikhowa National Park is covering an area of 350 sq.km. It owns the credit of being one among the major biodiversity hotspots of the world and one among the largest parks in Assam. It is home to a wide variety of Flora and Fauna.
Orang National Park covers an area of 78.81 square kilometers. It is also known as the mini Kaziranga National Park. The park has a rich flora and fauna, including great Indian one-horned rhinoceros, pigmy hog, elephants, wild buffalo, and tigers.
Nameri National Park is a national park in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas in the Sonitpur District of Assam. It is spread over an area of 200 sq.km. It is also home to a wide variety of Flora and Fauna.
Manas National Park is spread over an area of 360 sq.km. It is a World Heritage Site, a Project Tiger reserve, an elephant reserve and a biosphere reserve in Assam. The park is known for its rare and endangered endemic wildlife such as the Assam Roofed Turtle, Hispid Hare, Golden Langur, Pygmy Hog, wild water Buffalo and many more species.
Sivakunda Waterfall situated in the Amsoil Hills in Morigaon District of Assam. The falls are surrounded by dense forests.
Akashiganga water falls situated in Naogaon District of Assam. It rises from a thickly forested hill at an elevation of 900 meters (3,000 ft). The falls drop by 140 feet (43 m).
Chapnalla Falls is located in Chapnalla town in the Nagaon District of Assam. It is located in the dense premises of Laokhowa Wild Life Sanctuary. Apart from the flora and fauna found in the area, migratory birds also find favor in this area during the winter season.
Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 111.19 sq. km. The sanctuary is home to a wide range of birds and animals.
Brahmaputra River originates at Angsi Glacier. It is about 2,900Km long. It is a trans-boundary river which flows through China, India, and Bangladesh. The majestic river flows through Guwahati, Assam dividing the same into halves. One can go on a boat ride and cruise in the river.
Jatinga is a scenic village situated south of Haflong. The valley in which Jatinga is located is famous for orange orchids. Migratory birds visit this place in great numbers.
Majuli Island spreads over an area of 1256 sq.km. It is declared as world natural heritage site by UNESCO, Majuli Island is at a distance of 20 km’s from Jorhat on the mighty Brahmaputra River.
Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary is situated 15 km from Jorhat. Spread across 1915 hectares of land. It is home to a wide variety of Flora and Fauna.
The Cinnamora Tea Estate is the first tea garden of Assam which was started in 1850. It is located within 10 kilometers from the Jorhat where the tea research center is located.
Griddhakuta Peak is famously known as the vulture peak. Located in Rajgir, the peak resembles the shape of a vulture and it is frequented by vultures in great numbers.
Nalanda University was established during the 5th century A.D. The university is considered the first residential university ever in the world. Red rocks were used in the construction, which is built in Kushana style of architecture. The remains excavated from the University ruins include stupas, ornamented panels, lecture halls, and stairway.
Kanwar Lake Bird Sanctuary is spread over an area of 67.5 square kilometers. The marshes around the Kanwar lake, known to be the largest freshwater oxbow lake in Asia, creates the perfect habitat for these traveling birds. Over 60 different varieties of birds have been recorded to have traveled through the park from Central Asia and over 160 birds live permanently in the park. Among animals, the musk deer, leopards, black bear, and foxes are commonly found here.
Valmiki National Park is located in The Someshwar hill range and the Dun hill range that runs through the park that creates a diverse terrain for flora and fauna to flourish in. Among other animals, leopards, black bear, and rhinoceros are the most popular for which tourists come from all over the country to visit. An area close to the park called Madanpur forest block has the largest number of flying fox, a kind of bat that can be sighted here all the time. The park is also home to over 241 different kinds of birds that include emerald doves, waders, and storks. A must visit for a peek into a very diverse topographical area, the park is spread over 880 square kilometers and borders Nepal in the North.
Rajgir Wildlife Sanctuary is Located in Nalanda district, the Rajgir Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1978. Spanning over an area of 13.83 square miles, this wildlife sanctuary has a variety of medicinal plants and different kinds of deer, leopards and hyenas live here.
Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary is located in Bhagalpur District of Bihar. The sanctuary is a 50 km stretch of the Ganges River from Sultanganj to Kahalgaon. Designated in 1991, it is the only protected area for the endangered Gangetic dolphins in Asia. Once found in abundance, only a few hundred remains, of which half are found here. The dolphin sanctuary is also home to the smooth coated otter, turtles found in freshwater and many aquatic birds.
Kaimur Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the famous Kaimur hill ranges. In the valley area, there are several waterfalls of which the finest are Karkat Waterfall and Telhar It is the largest sanctuary in the state and occupies an area of about 1342 square kilometers. The sanctuary is known for its variety of bird species that come here during the winter season, as well as rare animals like the panther, tigers, sloth bears and antelopes.
Rajgir Hot Springs – Located at the foot of Vaibhava Hills, the springs get their water from Saptadhara, which passes behind Saptaparni Caves. The hot springs are considered to possess medicinal properties.
Chitrakoot Waterfalls is famously known as Niagara Falls of India. The falls is the broadest in India, it falls from a height of 96 ft, and during the season, the width is above 1000 feet. The shape of the waterfalls resembles a horseshoe. The forest area around the waterfalls offers spectacular views.
Achanakumar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at a distance of 60 km from Bilaspur. It was established in the year 1975. The sanctuary comprises 557.55 Sq Km of the forest. The dense forest is home to various wild animals, which include tiger, bison, leopard, bear, sambar, hyena and much more.
Kotumsar cave is a limestone cave formed on the Kanger limestone belt, situated near the bank of the River Kanger, a tributary of the Kolab River. It lies at an altitude of 560 m above sea level. A vertical fissure in the wall of a hill serves as the main entry for the cave, and from there for the convenience of tourists, a concrete path has been made extending to the end of the cave. The main tunnel of the cave is nearly 200 m long with several lateral and downward passages.
Indravati National Park is a national park located in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. It derives its name from the nearby Indravati River which flows from east to west and forms the northern boundary of the reserve with the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is home to one of the last populations of rare wild buffalo With a total area of approximately 2799.08 Sq Km, Indravati attained the status of a national park in 1978 and a tiger reserve in 1983 under the famous Project Tiger of India, to become one of the most famous tiger reserves of India.
Kanger Ghati National Park is in Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh. It is spread over an area of 200 Sq Km. The Kanger Valley National Park is noted for its highly heterogeneous land formations ranging from low flat and gentle areas to steep slopes, plateaus, valleys and stream courses. The vast undulating terrain of the Kanger Valley National Park harbors diverse habitats which offer an ideal site for diverse kinds of flora and fauna, thus making it a hotspot of biodiversity in central India.
Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Dhamtari District. This sanctuary sprawls over an area of 556 Sq Km and has an altitude ranging between 327 and 736 m above the sea level. It is named after Sitanadi River which originates from this sanctuary and joins Mahanadi River near Deokhut. Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its lush green flora and rich and unique and diverse fauna and has great potential to emerge as one of the finest wildlife destinations in central India.
Tamor Pingla Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Surajpur District. It is named after the Tamor Hill and Pingla Nalla, the old and prominent features of the area. Spread over 608.55 Sq Km., the sanctuary supports Asian elephants, Bengal tigers, Indian leopards, bears, Sambar deer, blue bulls, chital, bison, four-horned antelope, chinkara, barking deer, wild boars, wild dogs, wolves, golden jackals, Striped hyenas, hare, cobras, pythons, red jungle fowl, brown jungle fowl and green pigeon.
Bhairamgarh Wildlife Sanctuary (BWS) is located near the Bairamgarh block division in Bijapur district. It is spread over an area of an area of 138.95 sq km. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Asola-Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary lies at the far southern edge of the city of Delhi. The sanctuary is located on Southern Ridge, the northern terminal of Aravalli Hill Range, one of the oldest mountain system of the world. It is spread over an area of 6,874 acres. It is home to a wide range of flora and fauna.
National Zoological Park (originally Delhi Zoo) is a 176-acre zoo near the Old Fort in Delhi. The zoo is home to about 1350 animals representing almost 130 species of animals and birds from around the world.
Mehrauli Archaeological Park is an archaeological area spread over 200 acres in Mehrauli. It consists of over 100 historically significant monuments.
Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is ideal for birding and bird watchers, best visited in winters when a large number of migratory birds come here. Resident birds include the common hoopoe, paddy-field pipit, purple sunbird, little cormorant, Indian cormorant, common spoonbill, gray francolin, black francolin, Indian roller, white-throated kingfisher, spot bill, painted stork, black-necked stork, white ibis, black-headed ibis, little egret, great egret, cattle egret, crested lark, red-vented bulbul, rose-ringed parakeet, red-wattled lapwing, Shikra, Eurasian collared dove, red-collared dove, laughing dove, spotted owlet, rock pigeon, magpie robin, greater coucal, weaver bird, bank mynah, common mynah and green bee-eater.
Jahanpanah City Forest is located in South Delhi. It is a densely forested park spreading over 435 acres of land.
Deer Park is located in South Delhi also known as A.N. Jha Deer Park. The Park has historical tombs of Mughal Era. It houses a large number of deer inside the park.
Okhla Bird Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary at the Okhla barrage over Yamuna River. It is situated in Noida, Gautam Buddh Nagar district, on Delhi-Uttar Pradesh state border and known as a haven for over 300 bird species, especially waterbirds.
Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary – Entrenched in the low mangrove forests on the western edge of the Chorao Island, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is spread over an area of about 440 acres. Due to its splendid geographical location banking on the Mandovi River, the place is home to local and migratory avifauna. The sanctuary is accessible by a ferry ride and pathways in the mangrove swamp forests are paved to walk through the sanctuary. The sanctuary remains restricted during the times of high tides. It also houses a watch tower to have a better sighting of the birds. Fiddler crabs and mudskippers are an easy spot with some other species of mangrove habitat. Birds like red knot, little bittern, pintails, and coots can be seen here.
Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park is a 240 square kilometers protected area located in the Western Ghats of South India, in Sanguem taluk, Goa. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The parkland is also home to a community of nomadic buffalo herders known as the Dhangar.
Arvalem Falls are located near Mapusa in North Goa. The Arvalem waterfall, with a height of just 50m and a width of 7m and is popular picnic spot.
Japanese Garden stands on the site where once Fortaleza Santa Catarina stood and the ruined walls of the place still make their way through the garden. Being situated on the edge of Mormugao Ridge, the gardens offer a breath-taking view of the Arabian Sea and the islands standing amidst the sea. A little beach is also situated at walking distance from the garden and derives its name from the garden. The beach is usually empty and offers a beautiful view of the hillside.
Dudhsagar Falls (literally Sea of Milk) is a four-tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River on the border of Goa. Dudhsagar Falls is amongst India’s tallest waterfalls with a height of 1017 feet and an average width of 100 feet. The falls is located in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park among the Western Ghats. The waterfall forms the border between Karnataka and Goa states. The area is surrounded by a deciduous forest with a rich biodiversity. The falls are not particularly spectacular during the dry season but during the monsoon season, however, the falls are fed by rains and form a huge force of water.
Kuskem waterfall is located in the Canacona taluka in South Goa. It is situated in the idyllic Kuskem village at about 20 km from the Cotigao wildlife sanctuary off NH 17. The water falls from a lofty height resulting in a clear leap of milky water.
Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Canacona Taluka, South Goa district. The sanctuary is known for its dense forest of tall trees, some of which reach 30 meters in height. The forest supports moist deciduous trees, semi-evergreen trees, and evergreen trees. A special feature of the sanctuary is a treetop watchtower positioned 25 meters above a watering hole where animals go to drink. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Kesarval Spring is located 22 km’s away from Panaji, near the Verna plateau, off the main National highway road which goes on towards the town of Margao. The spring has a reputation among the locals and the bathers who come from faraway places, of having medicinal properties in its waters. There is dense undergrowth surrounding the site and above its gorge the hills stretch out in the east and south. A little further down the slope of this ridge to the east, surrounded by the tropical woodlands and waving betel-nut palms is the celebrated spring of Kesarval.
Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is a forest and wildlife sanctuary near Talala Gir in Gujarat. It was established in 1965, with a total area of 1,412 sq km about 258 sq km for the fully protected area of the national park and 1,153 sq km for the Sanctuary. Its region is the sole home of the Asiatic lion in the wilderness and is considered to be one of the most important protected areas in Asia due to its supported species. The ecosystem of Gir, with its diverse flora and fauna, is protected as a result of the efforts of the government forest department, wildlife activists, and NGOs.
Great Rann of Kutch is a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar Desert in the Kutch District of Gujarat. It is about 7,505.22 square kilometers in size and is reputed to be one of the largest salt deserts in the world.
Marine National Park in Gujarat is the first of its kind in the country. The 458 sq. km. the park has a rich variety of wildlife species including jackal, jungle cat, green sea turtle, imperial eagle, flamingo, clamorous reed warbler, laggar falcon and much more. Bird watchers would love the park as they could get to view over 30 types of migratory birds here.
Hathni Mata waterfalls are located in Jambughoda. It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in India, are 100 meters tall and surrounded by green hills carpeted with wildflowers. It is definitely a must see – a scenic beauty of falls and wet breeze with the music of water gurgling and falling on rocks.
Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary located in Jamnagar district of Gujarat. It is spread over an area of 6.05 sq km. 257 to 300 types of migratory birds visit this sanctuary. The noted Indian ornithologist, Salim Ali had visited the sanctuary in 1984 and he is said to have reportedly sighted 104 species in a single day.
Victoria Park Bhavnagar – Sprawling over two sq km, Victoria Park was designed in the year 1888 by Mr. Proctor Sins for Maharaja Takhtasinhji of the Bhavnagar city. There are 223 bird species, 15 mammalian species, and 20 reptile species. There are two water bodies inside — Gaurishankar Lake and Krishna Kunj lake where a large number of migratory birds nest regularly.
Blackbuck National Park at Velavadar is situated in the Bhavnagar District of Gujarat. It is spread over an area of 34.08 sq km. Flat land, dry grasses, and herds of antelope have always attracted visitors to this park which has a grassland ecosystem. Successful conservation programs for the Blackbuck, wolf and lesser florican (a bustard) are ongoing.
Vansda National Park, also known as Bansda National Park, is a protected area which represents the thick woodlands of the Dangs and is situated in the Navsari District. Riding on the banks of Ambika River and measuring roughly 24 sq km in area, the park lies on the National Highway 8 and is 80 km north-east of the city of Valsad. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Gira waterfall is a 30 m natural drop into the Ambica River. Breathtakingly beautiful around monsoon, these seasonal (only after rains) falls are among the most picturesque sights in the district.
Thol Bird Sanctuary is spread over an area of 15,500 hectares consisting of Thol lake. It is a habitat for 150 species of birds, about 60% are water-birds. Many migratory birds nest and breed in the lake and its periphery. The two most prominent species of birds recorded in the sanctuary are flamingoes and Sarus crane.
Polo Forest -The 400 square km area of dry mixed deciduous forest is most lush between September and December after the monsoon rains when the rivers are full, but at any time of the year it provides a rich wildlife experience. There are more than 450 species of medicinal plants, around 275 of birds, 30 of mammals, and 32 of reptiles. There are bears, panthers, leopards, hyenas, water fowl, raptors, passerines, and flying squirrels all living under a canopy of diverse plants and trees. During winter, all manner of migratory birds occupy the forest; during the rainy season, there are wetland birds.
Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary also known as the Wild Ass Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Little Rann of Kutch. Spread over 4954 sq km, it is the largest wild ass sanctuary in India. The sanctuary is one of the last places on earth where the endangered wild ass sub-species Indian Wild Ass belonging to Asiatic Wild Ass species Onager can be spotted.
Kullu: It is located on the banks of the Beas River in the Kullu Valley. This valley is famous for its beauty and its majestic hills covered with pine and deodar forest and sprawling apple orchards. Some of the well-known nature places to visit around Kullu are Parvati Valley, Raison, Shoja, Karrain, Bathad, Jagatsukh, Kasol, Tosh, Malana and Pulga.
Manali: Located at an altitude of 6726 feet, Manali offers splendid views of the snow-capped mountains. It has a reputation as a backpacking center and backpackers paradise. It’s a gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and also a jumping-off point for paragliding, rafting, and mountaineering in the Pir Panjal mountains, home to 4,000m-high Rohtang Pass. Some of the well-known nature places to visit around Manali are River Beas, Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Jogini Waterfall, Beas Kund, Jana Falls, Van Vihar National Park, Pin Valley National Park, Rahala Falls and Himvalley.
Shimla: It’s a hill station which offers spectacular views of the snow-capped Himalayan ranges. With lakes and rich greenery around, Shimla welcomes tourists round the year. Some of the well-known nature places to visit around Shimla are Daranghati Sanctuary, Naldehra and Shaily Peak (Lady Curzon Golf Course), Chadwick Falls, Kufri (Himalayan wild life zoo) and Annandale.
Chamba: Located on the banks of River Ravi and at an altitude of over 900 meters above sea level, Chamba makes a very dear place to nature lovers. Some of the well-known nature places to visit around Chamba are Khajjiar Lake, Chamera Lake, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Manimahesh Lake, Chamba Central Park, Khajjar, Chitkul, Kalpa and Dhankar.
Dharamshala: It is famously referred to as The Scotland of India which has snow-clad mountains on three sides and valley on one side. Some of the well-known nature places to visit around Dharamshala are TriundDal, Lake Dharamkot, Bhagsu Waterfall, Tea Gardens, Mcleodganj, and Khajjiar.
Dalhousie: Named after Lord Dalhousie, who was the British governor in the 19th century. This hill station is spread across five hills. The varying altitudes of the land have a wide range of vegetation including pine, oak, and deodar. Some of the well-known nature places to visit around Dalhousie are Dainkund Peak, Panchpula, Ganji Pahari, Sach Pass, Bakrota Hills, Kangra, Nadaun, MaharanaPratap Sagar Lake, Gopalpur Nature Park, Indrahar Pass, Tatwani Hot Spring and Kareri Lake.
Kasauli: is situated at an altitude of 1927 meters and reflects the influence of colonial rule. Some of the well-known nature places around Kasauli are Monkey Point, Sunset Point, Hamirpur, Parwanoo, Kalka, Pinjore, Mughal Gardens, Fruit Orchards, Cactus Garden, Timber Trail, Majathal Sanctuary, Pragpur, Chamba Pattan, Sirmaur, Shivalik Fossil Park, Churdhar Peak, Renuka Wildlife Sanctuary, Mini Zoo, Taragarh, Pong Dam, Bir Billing, Spiti , Tabo , Kaza, Nako, Chandra taal, Suraj taal, Pin Valley National Park and Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary.
Jammu & Kashmir
Pangong Tso (Leh): Pangong lake is situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to China.
Khardung La: Khardung La is one of the world’s highest passes. The elevation of Khardung La is 5,359 m (17,582 ft) and is a gateway from North Pullu (Leh) to Nubra valley. Staying at Khardung la beyond twenty minutes is fatal.
Nubra Valley: Known for its sand dunes and tremendous scenic view of the valleys, it is also home for the two-humped camel (Bactrian camel).
Dal lake, Srinagar: The Lake lies to the east and north of Srinagar city covers an area of 18 square kilometers (6.9 sq mi) includes floating lotus gardens. One can hire a Shikara/Houseboat to go for a ride around the lake or to even stay!
Sonmarg: Sonmarg literally means ‘meadow of gold’ has a backdrop of snowy mountains and beautiful valleys.
Patnitop: Patnitop sits at an altitude of 2,024 m (6,640 ft), Situated on a plateau in the Shivalik belt of the Himalayas. It offers a scenic view of the snow-capped valleys and mountains covered with a blanket of Pine trees.
Hemis National park, Hemis: The Park is known for its unique biodiversity. The park is protected home to the endangered mammals like leopards, Asiatic ibex, Tibetan wolf, the Eurasian brown bear and the red fox. It is also home to small mammals like the Himalayan marmot, mountain weasel, and Himalayan mouse hare.
Tso Moriri: Located on the northern plateau of Jammu & Kashmir, it is the largest of the high altitude lakes in India and it is about 16 miles (26 km) north to south in length and two to three miles (3 to 5 km) wide and it is located at an altitude of 4,522 m (14,836 ft).
Gulmarg: Famously known as the ‘Meadow of Flowers’, Gulmarg is a treat to the eyes with its spread of vibrant flowers against snow-capped mountains as backgrounds.
Pulwama: Offers beautiful scenic view of saffron fields and the snow capped mountains.
Apharwat Peak: Located at an altitude of 13500 feet and it is very close to the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. Gondola ride, the term referring to cable car system, lets you have breathtaking views of Himalayan peaks.
Sinthan Top: It is located at 12000 feet above sea level. From the summit, one can get the 360-degree view of the surrounding snow-capped mountains.
Baisaran: It is also known as Mini Switzerland. This valley is surrounded by dense pine forests and vast lush green meadows. The place offers a picturesque view of Pahalgam. It is a perfect place to unwind.
Hundru Falls – It is created on the course of the Subarnarekha River, where it falls from a height of 98 metres creating one of the highest water falls in the state. The spectacular scene of water falling from such a great height has been described as a sight to behold.
Dassam Falls – It is a natural cascade across the Kanchi River, a tributary of the Subarnarekha River. The water falls from a height of 44 metres.
Jonha Falls – Situated at an edge of the Ranchi plateau, the Jonha Falls is an example of a hanging valley falls. The Gunga River hangs over its master stream, Raru River and forms the falls. One has to descend 722 steps to admire the surroundings. Water in the falls drops from a height of 43 metres.
Gautam Budha Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary located in Koderma district. The refuge was established in 1976 and covers an area of 259 square kilometers. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is situated around the Dalma Hills. It is spread around in 195 square kilometers. The forests of Dalma come under the category “Dry peninsular Sal” and “Northern Dry Mixed Deciduous Forest”. Most parts of Dalma forest shed leaves in the summer and attains its full bloom at the onset of monsoon.
Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary in Jharkhand, India. It is spread over an area of 184 square kilometers. It is situated at an average altitude of 615 meters. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Isco Rock Art is located within the Panchayat of Napo, Hazaribagh.This village is renowned for Cave and Rock Paintings of Isco dating back to 10,000 BC to 4,000 BC. This site is very popular for its depiction of the artistic, historical and cultural background of ancient settlements.
Palamau Tiger Reserve is one of the nine original tiger reserves in India and the only one in the state of Jharkhand. The tiger reserve has a total area of 1,129.93 square kilometers with a core area of 414.93 km2 and a buffer area of 650 square kilometers. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Betla National Park is a national park located in Jharkhand. It is spread over an area of 1300 square kilometers. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Ghaghri Falls is located in the Indian state of Jharkhand. It is the 33rd highest waterfall in India. The forest around the Ghaghri Falls is so dense that even sun rays find it difficult to pierce through. The water cascades from the height of 320 feet.
Lodh Falls is located on the Burha River, deep in the forest of the Latehar district the Chota Nagpur Plateau. The Lodh Falls is a tiered waterfall with multiple distinct drops in a relatively close succession. At the height of 143 meters, the thundering sound of the fall is audible even 10 km away.
Nandi Hills is an ancient hill fortress in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka. Located close to the Bangalore International Airport, it is traditionally believed that these hills are the origin of the Arkavathy River. It is 4,851 ft above sea level.
Shivanasamudra is a small city in the Mandya District of the state of Karnataka. It is situated on the banks of the river Kaveri, which forms the boundary of the Chamarajanagar District, and is the location of one of the first Hydro-electric Power stations in Asia, which was set up in the year 1902. The Kaveri river, flowing through the rocks and ravines of the Deccan Plateau, drops to form the Sivanasamudra waterfalls, a popular tourist spot during monsoons.
Karanji Lake, constructed by the ruler of Mysore, is situated at the foot of the famous Chamundi Hills.The 90-acre water body is amongst the biggest lakes in the state of Karnataka. The lake is situated behind Mysore Zoo and under its control. Karanji Lake encourages migratory birds and you can find over 90 species of birds here. There is a picturesque park around the lake with a huge enclosure for birds and it is considered the largest of its kind in the country.
Abbey Falls is in Kodagu, in the Western Ghats in Karnataka. The river is part of the early reaches of the river Kaveri. The waterfall is located between private coffee plantations with stocky coffee bushes and spice estates with trees entwined with pepper vines. A hanging bridge constructed just opposite the falls offers spectacular views.
Brahmagiri mountain range is situated on the border between Kodagu district in Karnataka in the north and Wayanad district of Kerala. It is at an elevation of 5,276 ft.
Irupu Falls is located in the Brahmagiri Range in the Kodagu district of Karnataka. The Falls are also known as the Lakshmana Tirtha Falls, derived from the name of the tributary of Cauvery which starts from these falls. A forest trail leads from these falls to the Brahmagiri Peak in Southern Kodagu. It is at an elevation of 170 ft.
Dubare Elephant Camp is an elephant training center situated on the banks of the river Cauvery in Kodagu district of Karnataka. Dubare is a natural island formed by Cauvery River. This camp has plenty of elephants which are trained under naturalists. The forests of Dubare are home to many wild animals and birds. The sighting of wild Asiatic elephants are regular and there is a possibility of spotting sambar, spotted deer, tigers, leopards, wild dogs, and gaur. Bears are also seen in these forests. The forest is also home to many non-venomous snakes and reptiles. Kingfishers, peacocks, and woodpeckers can also be found in the forest.
Jog Falls is the second highest plunge waterfall in India located near Sagara taluk, Shimoga district. It is a segmented waterfall which, depending on rain and season, becomes a plunge waterfall. Jog Falls is created by the Sharavathi River dropping 830 ft, making it the second-highest plunge waterfall in India.
Hebbe Falls is located near Kemmangundi in Karnataka. This falls is inside a coffee estate and can be reached either by walk or four-wheeler. Hebbe Falls gushes down from a height of 551 ft in two stages to form Dodda Hebbe (Big Falls) and Chikka Hebbe (Small Falls.)
Unchalli Falls, also known as Lushington Falls, is a waterfall created by a 381 ft drop in the Aghanashini river. The falls are located near Siddapur in Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka.
Mekedatu is a location along Kaveri in Kanakapura Taluk. Sangama is the place where the rivers Arkavati and Kaveri merge. From this point, about 3.5 kilometers downstream, the Kaveri runs through a deep, narrow ravine of hard granite rock. The river, which is more than 150 meters wide at the confluence (at Sangama) flows through the barely 10-meter-wide gorge at Mekedatu.
Anshi National Park also known as Kali Tiger Reserve, is a protected area and tiger reserve. It is located in Uttara Kannada district, in Karnataka. The park is a habitat of Bengal tigers, black panthers and Indian elephants, amongst other distinctive fauna. The Kali River flows through the tiger reserve and is the lifeline of the ecosystem, hence the name. The Tiger reserve is spread over an area of 1300 square kilometers.
Bandipur National Park is a tiger reserve and a national park located in the south Indian state of Karnataka. The park spans an area of 874 sq km protecting several species of India’s endangered wildlife. It is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve totalling 2,183 sq km. Bandipur supports a good population of endangered and vulnerable species like Indian elephants, gaurs, tigers, sloth bears, muggers, Indian rock pythons, four-horned antelopes, jackals and dholes.
Nagarhole National Park is a national park located in Kodagu district and Mysore district in Karnataka. This park was declared the thirty seventh Project Tiger tiger reserve in 1999. It is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The Western Ghats Nilgiri Sub-Cluster of 6,000 sq km, including all of Nagarhole National Park, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Bannerghatta National Park is situated near the capital Bangalore. It is spread over an area of 260.51 sq km. The park has a hilly terrain of granite sheets under moist deciduous forest valleys and scrubland on higher areas. Sixteen villages border the park. The park is part of a wildlife corridor for elephants which connects the BR Hills and the Sathyamangalam forest. The park is contiguous with Talli reserve forest in the southeast and Bilikal forest in the south.
Kuduremukha is a mountain range and name of a peak located in Chikkamagaluru district. Kuduremukh is Karnataka’s 3rd highest peak after Mullayangiri and Baba Budangiri. It is spread over an area of 600.32 sq km. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area and a Project Tiger reserve located 38 km North-West of Chikkamagaluru town in Karnataka. It is spread over an of 492.46 sq km. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in the Western Ghats, in Khanapur Taluk in Belgaum District near Jamboti Village, Karnataka. It is spread over an area of 190.4258 sq km. The Bhimgad forests are notable for the Barapede caves, the breeding area of the Wroughton’s free-tailed bat, a threatened species on the verge of extinction. The sanctuary is also home to other rare species of flora and fauna.
Biligiriranganatha Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary is a hill range situated in south-eastern Karnataka, at its border with Tamil Nadu. It is a protected reserve under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. Being at the confluence of the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats, the sanctuary is home to ecosystems that are unique to both the mountain ranges. It is spread over an area of 322.4 sq km. It is home to wide variety of flora and fauna.
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary in the Mandya District of the state of Karnataka. It is the largest bird sanctuary in the state, spread over an area of 40 acres and comprises six islets on the banks of the Kaveri river. The sanctuary is a breeding ground for many migratory birds from all over the world. It is home to a wide species of birds including cormorants, darters, white ibis, spoon billed storks, open billed storks, painted storks, white necked storks, egrets, herons, terns, swallows, kingfishers, sandpiper etc.
Kokkare Bellur Bird Sanctuary is located in Mandya District of Karnataka. It is famous for having large colonies of Painted Storks and Spot-billed Pelicans nesting in trees within the village. Apart from Storks and Pelicans, one can also sight a number of Cranes too.
Atukkad Waterfalls is located on the way to Pallivasal amidst dense vegetation. It is one of the most attractive destinations in Munnar, Kerala.
Cheeyappara Waterfall is on the Kochi – Madurai Highway (National Highway 49), between Neriamangalam and Adimali. It is in Idukki district. The Cheeyappara Waterfall cascades down in seven steps. This is also a great place for trekking.
Lakkom waterfalls are located in the Munnar-Marayoor route, the waterfall is surrounded by ‘Vaga trees’. The waterfall originates from the Eravikulam Plateau.
Echo Point is named after the enchanting echo phenomenon that occurs at the spot. The spot is characterized by a picturesque lake situated beside a hillock. It is also home to the rare Kurunji flower.
Top Station is in the Kannan Devan hills of Munnar. This area is popular for the rare Neelakurinji flowers. Top Station offers a panoramic view of the majestic Western Ghats. It is at an elevation of 6,170 ft.
Agasthyarkoodam is a 6,129 ft tall peak within Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary in the Western Ghats. Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve is among 20 new sites added by UNESCO to its World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
Amrithamedu popularly known as Kurisumala is in Peerumedu. It is at an altitude of 3608 ft. above sea level. Amirthamedu offers a bird’s eye-view of the entire Peermedu region.
Chembra Peak is the highest peak in Wayanad, at 6,890 ft above sea level. It is part of the Wayanad hill ranges in Western Ghats. . A heart shaped lake on the way to the top of the peak is a major tourist attraction. The lake is believed to have never dried up.
Chimmini Wildlife sanctuary is a national park located along the Western Ghats in Mukundapuram taluk of Thrissur District. It is spread over an area of about 85.067 sq km. The highest peak in the sanctuary is Punda peak which is at an altitude of 3661 ft. It is home to wide variety of flora and fauna.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary (CWS) is located 18 km north of Marayoor on SH 17 in the Marayoor and Kanthalloor panchayats of Devikulam Taluk in the Idukki district of Kerala. It is one of twelve wildlife sanctuaries among the protected areas of Kerala. It is spread over an area of 90.44 sq km. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Eravikulam National Park is a 97 sq km national park located along the Western Ghats in the Idukki district of Kerala. It is the first national park in Kerala. A new bright reddish-orange-colored frog with multiple glands and extremely short limbs has been discovered in the Eravikulam National Park. It is home to a wide variety of Flora and Fauna.
Neelakurinji bloom – the phenomenon of once in twelve years occurring on the fabled hills of Munnar is attributed to the blooming of Neelakurinji or passionately called by botanists as ‘Strobilanthes kunthianum’. The flower with 40 odd varieties bloom mostly in shades of blue, and thus in its name, Neela in the local language stands for the color blue and Kurinji the local name for the flower.
Vagamon is a hill station located in Idukki district of Kerala. It is at an altitude of 3,600 ft. National Geographic Traveler has listed Vagamon on their directory of the “50 most attractive places to visit in India” Vagamon is at the fringe of the Western Ghats.
Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary (PNP) is a protected area near Thekkady in the districts of Idukki, Kottayam, and Pathanamthitta in Kerala. It is notable as both an elephant reserve and a tiger reserve. The protected area covers an area of 925 sq km. It is home to wide variety of flora and fauna.
Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over 55 sq km of undulating forested highlands on the slopes of the Western Ghats. The highest peak here – Katti Betta – rises to a majestic 1145 m above sea level. Covered with tropical and semi evergreen forests, the Aralam Sanctuary is home to a vast variety of flora and fauna endemic to the Western Ghats.
Begur Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at a place called Mananthavady in Wayanad near the Western Ghats. A dense cover of lush green trees covers the entire sanctuary. Most of the trees over here also have rare medicinal values. The Begur wildlife sanctuary has a huge variety of animals ranging from elephants, deers to tigers, boars, leopards, etc. Besides the animals, one can also find a number of birds in this sanctuary. The best time to visit this sanctuary is from the months of December to May.
Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary is spread over an area of 25 sq km and located about 12 km from Kothamangalam. Salim Ali, one of the best-known ornithologist described this sanctuary as the richest bird habitat in peninsular India. Thattekkad literally means flat forest, and the region is an evergreen low-land forest located between the branches of the Periyar River, the longest river in Kerala. The Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary has a rich and varied birdlife. Several species of birds, both forest birds as well as the water birds, visit the sanctuary.
Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, which also includes the erstwhile Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, is a 391 square kilometers protected area in Chittur taluk in Palakkad district of Kerala. Altitude ranges between 300 m and 1438 m. It is home to wide variety of Flora and Fauna.
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary here spreads over an area of 105.364 sq km in the Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola taluks of the district. Situated at an altitude of 450-748 m above sea level, this sanctuary occupies the forest land between the Cheruthoni and Periyar rivers. There is a scenic lake around the sanctuary, covered by an enchanting canopy of tropical evergreen and deciduous trees. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary lies in the Malappuram District of the state of Kerala. It spreads over a cluster of islands where the Kadalundipuzha River flows into the Arabian Sea. The Sanctuary Hill is around 660ft above sea level. Over a hundred species of native birds have been recorded in the sanctuary, including about 60 species of migratory birds which visit seasonally; these include terns, gulls, herons, sandpipers, and cormorants. Notable species are whimbrels and brahminy kites. The sanctuary is well known for a wide variety of fish, mussels, and crabs.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (also known as Vembanad Bird Sanctuary) is situated at Kumarakom in Kottayam district in the Indian state of Kerala, on the banks of Vembanad Lake. Set in the Kerala Backwaters the bird sanctuary is a favorite haunt of migratory birds. The sanctuary is spread over 14 acres on the southern bank of the Kavanar River. The main attractions are local birds like waterfowl, cuckoo, owl, egret, heron, cormorant, moorhen, darter, and brahminy kite, as well as the migratory Siberian crane. Parrot, teal, lark, flycatcher, and other birds are seen here during their respective migratory seasons. Some of the migratory birds come from the Himalayas, and a few others from as far away as Siberia.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an animal sanctuary in Wayanad, Kerala. It has an extent of 344.44 sq km with four ranges namely Sulthan Bathery, Muthanga, Kurichiat and Tholpetty. A variety of large wild animals such as Indian bison, elephant, deer, and tiger are found there. There are also quite a few unusual birds in the sanctuary. In particular, peafowl tends to be very common in the area. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala. It is bestowed with lush green forests and rich wildlife. This wildlife area houses some of the rare and endangered species of both flora and fauna.
Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary in the southern state of Kerala in India is spread over the southeast corner of the Western Ghats and covers a total area of 128 sq km. It is home to a wide variety of Flora and Fauna.
Bhimbetka rock shelters are an archaeological site of the Paleolithic period, exhibiting the earliest traces of human life on the Indian Subcontinent, and thus the beginning of the Indian Stone Age. It is located in the Raisen District.
Van Vihar National Park is a national park is located in Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh. Declared a national park in 1983, it covers an area of about 4.45 km2. Although it has the status of a national park, Van Vihar is developed and managed as a modern zoological park, following the guidelines of the Central Zoo Authority.
The Patalpani waterfall is located in Mhow Tehsil of Indore district. The waterfall is approximately 300 feet high. The area around Patalpani is a popular scenic and trekking spot.
Tincha Falls are located in the Indore district. It is a valley, a canyon as well as a gorge, apart from being a marvelous cascade.
Madhav National Park is situated in Shivpuri District of Gwalior region in northwest Madhya Pradesh. It has an area of 354 Sq Km. With a varied terrain of wooded hills – the forest is dry, mixed and deciduous- and flat grasslands around the lake, it offers abundant opportunities of sighting a variety of wildlife.
Satpura National Park is located in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh in India. Its name is derived from the Satpura mountain range. It covers an area of 524 Sq Km. Satpura National Park, along with the adjoining Bori and Pachmarhi wildlife sanctuaries, provides 1,427 Sq Km of unique central Indian Highland ecosystem.
Panna National Park is a national park located in Panna and Chhatarpur districts of Madhya Pradesh. It has an area of 542.67 sq km. It was declared in 1994 as the twenty-second Tiger reserve of India and the fifth in Madhya Pradesh. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Dhuandhar Falls is located on Narmada River in Bhedaghat and are 30 meters high. The Narmada River, making its way through the world-famous Marble Rocks, narrows down and then plunges in a waterfall known as Dhuandhaar. The plunge, which creates a bouncing mass of mist, is so powerful that its roar is heard from a far distance.
Balancing Rock is located in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. It is the example of the eroded volcanic rock formations. The rock balances on the huge base rock by just touching it slightly. Yet amazingly, the Balancing Rock survived even an earthquake, the magnitude of 6.5. It is said that it’s impossible to disturb the balance of this rock.
Dumna Nature Reserve Park is an eco-tourism site open to the public located in Jabalpur. It includes a dam, forests, and wildlife in a 1058-hectare area. Wild animals, including chital, wild boar, porcupine, jackals, and many species of birds inhabit the park. Sightings of leopards have also been reported in and around the park.
Sanjay National Park is located in the districts of Sidhi and Singrauli in the State of Madhya Pradesh. It is a part of the Sanjay-Dubri Tiger Reserve and the park covers 466.7 Sq Km. It is located in the Narmada Valley dry deciduous forests’ eco-region. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary lies within the area through which Betwa River flows. It covers an area of around 46 sq.km. Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to few of the most endangered species in the world.
Bandhavgarh National Park is located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. It is spread over an area of 1,536 Sq Km. This park has a large biodiversity. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is one of the highest known in India. The park has a large breeding population of leopards and various species of deer. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Kanha Tiger Reserve, also called Kanha National Park, is one of the major Tiger Reserves of India and the largest national park of Madhya Pradesh.The present-day Kanha area was earlier divided into two sanctuaries, Hallon and Banjar, of 250 and 300 Sq Km respectively. Today it stretches over an area of 940 Sq Km in the two districts Mandla and Balaghat. Together with a surrounding buffer zone of 1,067 Sq Km and the neighboring 110 Sq Km Phen Sanctuary it forms the Kanha Tiger Reserve. This makes it the largest National Park in Central India.
Pench National Park is in Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh. It derives its name from the Pench River that flows through the park from north to south dividing the park into almost equal western and eastern halves, the well-forested areas of the aforementioned districts respectively. It is spread over an area of 758 Sq Km. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Echo Point is located at Mandu. A shout from Echo Point reverberates far below and the visitors can hear it clearly back. Situated next to a steep hill, this scenic place gets the name from its natural echo phenomenon.
Mahabaleshwar is a hill station located in the Sahyadri mountain range. With one of the few evergreen forests of India. It has an average elevation of 4,439 ft. It is a vast plateau measuring 150 sq km, bound by valleys on all sides. It reaches a height of 4,721 ft at its highest peak above sea level, known as Wilson or Sunrise Point. Mahabaleshwar is the source of the Krishna River.
Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary for the great Indian bustard at Solapur. It is spread over an area of 8496.44 sq km. It is one of the biggest bird sanctuaries in India. Apart from the Great Indian Bustard, this sanctuary also houses some foreign birds like Eurasian dove and reptiles like Monitor Lizard. The entire sanctuary is filled with thick green spaces and is one of the most naturally equipped places in Solapur.
Kanakeshwar forest is an intensely dense forest and is one of the untouched places in Alibaug. Among the major species that are found here, snakes, panthers, mountain lizards and wild boars are the important ones.
Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is a tiger reserve in Chandrapur district. It is notable as the State’s oldest and largest national park. It is one of India’s 50 “Project Tiger” – tiger reserves. It is spread over an area of 1727 sq km. There are 88 tigers, as of August 2016 in the reserve, and 58 in the forests immediately outside the reserve.
Khandala is a small hill station situated close to the capital city of Mumbai. This place is beautifully surrounded by the mountain range of Sahyadri on its Northern side and is popular for its incredibly pleasant weather. Khandala can be appropriately described as nature’s heaven as it is beautifully equipped with perennial lakes, lush mountain ranges, thick green forests, and waterfalls.
Chandoli National Park is natural World Heritage Site and 317.67 sq km National Park spread over Satara, Kolhapur and Sangli Districts. Nearly 23 species of mammals, 122 species of birds, 20 species of amphibians and reptiles are known to be residents in the forests of Chandoli. Bengal tigers, Indian leopards, Indian bison, leopard cats, sloth bears and Indian giant squirrels are quite conspicuous here.
Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary and natural World Heritage Site located in Satara district. The sanctuary is nestled in the Western Ghats, covering an area of around 423.55 sq km and elevations ranging from 2,000 to 3,600 ft. It is home to a wide range of flora and fauna.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park is a large protected area in the northern part of Mumbai city. It encompasses an area of 104 sq km. It is notable as one of the major national parks existing within a metropolis limit and is one of the most visited parks in the world. It is home to wide variety of flora and fauna.
Gugamal National Park is located in Chikhaldara and Dharni Tehsils of Amravati District. It is spread over an area of 1673.93 square kilometers. The area is rich in wild mammals including Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, sloth bear, Ussuri dhole, Indian jackal, striped hyena, chausinga, sambar, gaur, barking deer, ratel, flying squirrel, cheetal, nilgai, wild boar, langur, rhesus monkey, and macaque. Also found here are 25 types of fishes and many varieties of butterflies. It is part of Melghat Tiger Reserve.
Navegaon National Park is a national park located in the Gondia district. It is spread over an area of 133.88 sq km. Navegaon, a popular forest resort in the Vidarbha region, the easternmost part of the State, was built in the 18th century. The picturesque lake set amidst lush green hills at Navegaon, has a watch-tower beside it. One can get a bird’s eye view of the surrounding forest and marvel at the exciting wildlife from the watch-tower which consists of a deer park, Dr. Salim Ali bird sanctuary, and three exotic gardens. The Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Navegaon is home to almost 60% of the bird species found in entire Maharashtra. Every winter, flocks of beautiful migratory birds visit the lake—a rare treat for the eyes. The national park has diverse type of vegetation ranging from dry mixed forest to moist forest.
Loktak Lake – It is the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India. It covers a surface area of 287 sq km. It also owns the pride of being the only floating lake the world over as it has floating phumdis on it. Phumdis which means a series of floating islands, is seen only in Loktak Lake. It serves as a source of water for hydropower generation, irrigation and drinking water supply.
Keibul Lamjao National Park is spread over 40 km2 in area and it is the only floating park in the world. It is home to several species of animals and birds.
Shirui National Park is at an altitude of 2,835 meters above sea level and it is spread over 41 square kilometers. The park is home to a wide range of wildlife including tiger, leopard and wild boar. It has a stunning range of flowers too among them Sirohi Lily is unique as it grows only here.
Khonghampat Orchidarium is an exquisite orchid garden located in Imphal, the capital of Manipur. It is spread across an area of 200 acres of land and it has over 120 varieties of orchids. The best time to visit this garden is during springs, which is the peak blooming season.
Khayang Peak is the highest peak of Ukhrul district. It lies at an altitude of 3114 meters above sea level. One will witness beautiful scenery all around that is bound to mesmerize one and all.
Kachouphung Lake is a natural lake close to Ukhrul. It is situated on the slopes of the Achuwa Magi Hills. The lake is spread over 9 acres. The Kachouphung Lake is bound by several hillocks on all side heightening the beauty of the place.
Khangkhui Mangsor Cave, is essentially a natural limestone cave Archaeologists have discovered many important artifacts, dating back to the Palaeolithic culture.
Ango Ching is a forest area spread in 150 sq.km of the area. Ango Ching lies on the Myanmar border in the east while on the west the Sanalok (Chamu) River flows, the Kachouphung lies in the north and Chatric is in the south.
Dzükou Valley is located at the border of the states of Nagaland and Manipur, Situated at an altitude of 2452 m above sea level, behind the Japfü Peak. This valley is well known for its natural beauty, seasonal flowers and the overall flora and fauna. The rare Dzükou Lily is found only in this valley. The valley is famous for its wide range of flower in every season.
Yangoupokpi-Lokchao is spread across an area of 184.4 sq km. The sanctuary supports 42 species of mammals, 29 species of reptiles, 6 species of amphibia, 86 species of fishes.
Shillong Peak: Situated at a height of 1965 meters above sea level, it offers a panoramic view of the scenic countryside and is the highest point in the State.
Laitlum Canyons: Laitlum translates to ‘end of hills’ and this sublimely beautiful hilltop appears to be true to its name. It offers a bird’s eye view of Shillong.
Sweet Falls is a waterfall in Shillong. It lies about 5 km from Happy Valley and is about 96 meters in height. It is often termed as the “most beautiful” yet “most dangerous” waterfall in Shillong.
Living root bridges – Meghalaya’s single and double-decker root bridges are found in Cherrapunjee & Mawlynnong. The bridges are tangles of massive thick roots, which have been intermingled to form a bridge that can hold several people at a time.
Nongkhnum Island is the biggest river island in Meghalaya and the second biggest river island in Asia, after Majuli Island in Assam. It is spread across an area of 20 to 25 sq. km.
Umiam Lake is a reservoir located in the hills 15 km to the North of Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya. It was created by damming the Umiam river in the early 1960s. The principal catchment area of the lake and dam is spread over 220 square km.
Nohkalikai Falls is the tallest plunge waterfall in India. Its height is 340 meters making it as the highest waterfall in India. The waterfall is located near Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places on Earth.
Plunging down a height of 1,035 ft, the *Nohsngithiang Falls is the fourth highest waterfall in India. This Falls is located a few kilometers from Cherrapunjee and is one of the major tourist attractions.
Balpakram National Park is a national park ranging from under 200 to over 800 meters above sea level and it is spread over an area of 220 sq km. It is near the Garo Hills. It is often compared to the Grand Canyon National Park of United States.
Nokrek National Park is spread across an area of 47.48 Sq Km. It forms part of the global hot spots of biodiversity. It is home for The Hoolock Gibbon, an ape, which is considered an endangered species. Apart from this ape, this area boasts of several other species of birds and animals.
Durtlang Hills is in the north of Aizwal, Mizoram, high above the city provide a majestic view of the entire Aizwal city from the beautiful and craggy hill top. The way to Durtlang itself offers enjoyable walk along the steep climb with the scenic rural environment.
Tamadil is said to be home to a rare species of frog recently discovered- Leptolalax Tamadil. One can enjoy the breathtaking view of the reflection of the surrounding lush forest on the pristine still water. One can also go fishing or boating here.
Khawnglung Wildlife Sanctuary has a total area covered by the sanctuary measures about 35 square kilometers. It is based at an elevation of nearly 400 to 1300 meters. It is home to a wide range of Flora and Fauna.
Murlen National Park. The size of the park area is 200 sq.km. It covers an area of approximately 100 sq.km. The tropical, semi-evergreen and sub montane Forests of Murlen are home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. About 15 species of mammals, 150 species of birds, 35 species of Medicinal plants, 2 species of bamboos, and 4 species of orchids so far have been recorded in this Park.
Saza wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of 15 sq.km. This sanctuary is the home of various wildlife animals like leopard, deer, rhesus and a few rare varieties of birds.
Vantawng Falls is located in Serchhip, Mizoram. This water falls has a height of 229 meters (751 ft) and it is the 13th highest waterfalls in India.
Lengteng Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in Champhai district in eastern Mizoram. It covers an area of 12,000 ha (30,000 acres). It consists of several mountain peaks, and one of them is the second highest in all of Mizoram.
Palak Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Lakher region, which lies on the southern part of Mizoram. This sanctuary is 130 km south-west of Saiha town and is spread across 15.50 sq. km of land. It includes both moist deciduous forests and tropical evergreen forests along with animal species such as sambar, barking deer, leopard, elephant and rhesus macaque.
Thorangtlang wildlife sanctuary is spread in an area of about 50 sq.km. The evergreen forest present in this wildlife sanctuary is the perfect passage for the wild elephants that migrate from Bangladesh. It is home to many animals like leopard, elephant, gaur (Indian bison), and wild dog, sambar, barking deer, sloth bear, hoolock gibbon, leaf monkey, common langur, rhesus macaque, giant squirrel, porcupine, slow loris, jungle cat, wild boar and varieties of birds.
Sinemon wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of 143 sq. Km. This wildlife sanctuary is the home of so many wildlife animals like leopard, wild boar, and slow loris, barking deer, elephant, tiger, sambar and much more.
Tawi wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of 37.75 sq.km. It is situated at an altitude of 1300 meters from the sea level. It is home to a wide range of Flora and Fauna.
Lohawka Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Chhimtuipui District, Mizoram. The sanctuary is spread over an approximate area of 75.50 sq km, and includes mainly tropical evergreen and some tropical semi-evergreen forests as well, with an abundant display of some rare species of both flora and fauna.
Ngengpui Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 110 sq km, near the Indo-Bangladesh border. The wild animals found in this sanctuary are the tiger, clouded leopard, elephant, gaur, barking deer, sambar, wild boar, hoolock gibbon, rhesus macaque, leaf monkey, common langur and much more. Rare species of birds are also found in the jungles like the hornbills, pen-pheasants, tragopans, flowerpeckers, sunbirds and the thrush family.
Dampha Tiger Reserve is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Mizoram. It covers an area of approximately 550 km². It consists of forest interpolated with steep precipitous hills, deep valleys, jungle streams, dripping rivulets, natural salts licks, with an altitudinal zone of 200–800 Mts. The tropical forests of Dampa are home to rich flora and fauna.
Phawngpui Blue Mountain National Park is spread over an area of 50 square kilometers. It bears the name of the mountain Phawngpui, often called the Blue Mountain of Mizoram, which is the highest mountain peak in the state, reaching 2,157 meters. The national park covers the entire mountain along with the surrounding reserve forest.
Dzukou Valley is located at a height of nearly 8000ft above sea level, just behind Japfu peak. This splendid valley offers one of the best trekking experiences. The entire valley gets covered with a variety of multicolored flowers like euphorbia, rhododendrons, aconitum, and lilies in spring. Popularly known as the ‘The Valley of Flower’.
Intanki Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 200 sq.km. The main attraction of this forest is Hoolock Gibbon, the only species of ape found in India.
Nagaland Zoological Park is spread in a total area of 176 hectares. It is extremely rich in flora and fauna.
Fusen kei and Mongzu Ki caves are said to be 25 km long. The caves have a series of open chambers in a huge pile of rocks without any light getting in. One needs to squeeze themselves through the holes of the caves which is quite thrilling.
Mount Tiyi is situated at an altitude of 1969.61 meters above sea-level. Trekking rock climbing to the mountain top is an adventurous experience. Colorful Rhododendrons are found on the cliffs. The peak offers a panoramic view of the villages, hills, and valleys.
Mount Tostu and the Cliff alongside is situated at an altitude of 1,250metres above sea level and offers a splendid view of the valley below.
Zanibu mountain range with an altitude of 2426 meters. Zanibu mountain range is an extension of the Patkai mountain range. The area around Mt. Zanibu is an important bird area with the presence of rare species like the Blyth’s Tragopan, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Purple Wood Pigeon, Mrs. Hume’s Pheasant and Great Pied Hornbill etc.
Fakim Sanctuary in Nagaland is close to the Myanmar border. The sanctuary lies in the Pungro circle headquarter in Nagaland. This Sanctuary is spread over an area of 642 ha. The Fakim Sanctuary receives high rainfall and is home to numerous flora & fauna. The sanctuary houses some of the rare species of flora & fauna.
Nandankanan Zoological Park is a 990-acre zoo and botanical garden in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The zoo is home to about 1660 individual animals representing 166 species, including 67 species of mammals, 81 species of birds, and 18 species of reptiles.
Satkosia Tiger Reserve is located in the Angul district covering an area of 988.30 sq km. It is located where the Mahanadi River passes through a 22 km long gorge in the Eastern Ghats Mountains. The tiger reserve is located in the Eastern Highlands moist deciduous forests ecoregion. The major plant communities are mixed deciduous forests including Sal and riverine forest. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Stone Revetment is situated on the banks of Kathjuri River, Stone Revetment is an engineering marvel created in the 11th century. These stone walls are constructed so as to obstruct flood water from entering the city. The reason why this place is famous is that it was all done during the age of zero technological advancements. This is a brilliant example of the technical skills and logical thinking of ancient Oriyas.
Barehipani Falls is a two tiered waterfall located in Simlipal National Park in Mayurbhanj district in the Indian state of Odisha. It is one of the highest waterfalls in India. The Barehipani Falls has a total height of 399 metres.It is a tiered waterfall with two drops. The tallest single drop is 259 metres.
Sanaghagara Waterfalls is a beautiful waterfall of the Kendujhar district. It is a perennial waterfall. The Machha Kandana, a small river, plunges from a height of 30.5 metres in two drops.
Deomali, is a mountain peak in the Chandragiri-Pottangi sub range of the Eastern Ghats. It is located near Koraput town. At 1672 m Deomali is the highest mountain peak in the state of Odisha. It is also one of the tallest peaks of the Eastern Ghats. The peak has a picturesque surrounding scenery.
Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary extends from Dhamra River mouth in the north to Mahanadi river mouth in the south. It is one of the world’s most important and very famous nesting beach for Olive Ridley sea turtles.
Bhitarkanika National Park is a national park located in Kendrapara district. The core area of 145 square kilometers of the Bhitarkanika Wild Sanctuary, spread over 672 Sq Km, has been designated as a National Park. The national park is surrounded by the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary. Gahirmatha Beach and Marine Sanctuary lies to the east and separates the swamp region cover with its canopy of mangroves from the Bay of Bengal. Thus it has become a source of rich biodiversity. The park is home to Saltwater Crocodile, White Crocodile, Indian python, King Cobra, black ibis, darters and many other species of flora and fauna.
Anshupa Lake is a 141-hectare lake is a horseshoe shaped fresh water lake on the left bank of the Mahanadi river, opposite Banki in Cuttack district. It is spread over an area of 350 acres. It is one of the major fresh-water lakes of India.
Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over a forest area of about 304.03 square kilometers. Principally dry deciduous forest type, floral species like sal, sandalwood, Arjun, neem, acacia, casuarinas are of frequent occurrence. The fauna includes, amongst others, tigers, elephants, sambar leopards and bison. Presently there are about 15 tigers and 35 elephants in the sanctuary. It is rich in avifaunal wealth and the main attraction of this sanctuary are racket tail drongos and flying squirrel.
Badaghagara Waterfall is a waterfall of the Kendujhar district, Odisha. It is a perennial waterfall. The Machha Kandana, a small river, plunges from a height of 60 meters in a single drop.
Khandadhar Falls is located at Nandapani, Bonaigarh in Sundergarh district in the Indian state of Odisha. It is the 12th highest waterfall in India. It is a perennial horse tail type waterfall. The Korapani Nala, a small stream, plunges from a height of 244 meters in a single drop
Duduma Waterfall, 175 meters high, is formed by the Machkund river in Odisha & Andhra Pradesh states of India. Duduma Waterfalls is one of the highest waterfalls in Southern India. Its waters support a large hydroelectric project called Machkund Hydro Electric Power Project located at ‘Onukudelli’.
Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary in Bargarh district. It houses over 40 species of mammals, 234 species of birds, 41 species of reptiles, 12 species of amphibians, 42 species of fishes, 39 species of odonates, 85 species of butterflies and 38 species of spiders. Also, extremely important in the national context because of its significant population are Schedule-I species like Leopard, Indian Gaur, and Four-horned Antelope. Other wildlife such as the Indian elephant, sambar, chital, and gaur also call this sanctuary their home.
Khalasuni Wildlife Sanctuary vividly illustrates the diverse natural heritage of the eastern Indian state of Odisha. This sanctuary encompasses an area of 116 sq. km and is enveloped by the tropical dry and moist deciduous forests. The secluded enclaves of the Khalasuni Wildlife Sanctuary are the home of several variegated species of wildlife. Khalasuni Wildlife Sanctuary’s pride rests in the tigers, elephants, bison, deer, sambar, spotted deer, mouse deer, barking deer, wild dogs as well as numerous other species of wild animals.
Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary is home to various migratory and local birds such as Flamingo, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Brahminy Kite, Spot-billed Pelican, Bar-headed Goose, Open-billed Stork, Spoonbill, Brahimny Duck, Wigeon, Pintail, Shoveller, Ibis, Stilt, Heron, Egret, Avocet, Gull, Tern and King Fisher and many more. Apart from residents and migratory birds, Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to Blackbuck, Spotted Deer, Golden Jackals, Hyenas and many more animals. Rich in aquatic wildlife, this sanctuary houses Dolphin, Prawn, Crab, Limbless Lizard, and Crustaceans. More than 225 species of fish including Acentrogobius Griseus, Alepes Djedaba, Arius and the Elops Machnata are also found here.
Paradeep or Paradip, as it is also called, is in itself beautiful. At the confluence of river Mahanadi and Bay of Bengal, the land stuns you with its amazing views. Be it the sunrise or the sunset, you would not want to miss a moment of it.
Punjab, Chandigrah & Haryana
Harike wetland and bird sanctuary – Situated on the confluence of the river Beas and Sutlej at the Ferozepur and Amritsar border, the sanctuary encompasses an area of approximately 86sq km. This is the ideal place for nature lovers and bird watchers as the sanctuary is home to the migratory birds.
Sukhna Lake – Spread over 3 km2 this lake is a reservoir at the foothills of the Shivalik hill range of the Himalayas. A perfect spot for Sunset.
Rock Garden of Chandigarh – A sculpture garden built by Nek Chand, it is spread over 40 acres near Sukhna Lake. It is completely built on industrial and home waste and thrown-away items. It consists of man-made interlinked waterfalls and many other sculptures that have been made of scrap and other kinds of wastes.
ChattBir Zoo – A zoological park situated close to Zirakpur, and is an abode to a large variety of birds, mammals, and reptiles.
Surajkund This is an ancient reservoir built in the 10th century, located in Faridabad.
Sarkaria Cactus Garde The garden is widely known for its endangered and rare species of succulents of India.
Butterfly park, Chandigarh Spread over 7 acres this park is home to over 35 species of Butterflies.
Garden Of Fragrance is located in Chandigarh. The garden is known for its pleasant smelling assortment of flowering plants.
Pathankot Located at the meeting point of Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, Pathankot offers the scenic beauty of its valleys.
Zakir Hussain Rose Garden – Named after India’s former president, Dr. Zakir Hussain. This botanical garden is located in Chandigarh, spread over 30 acres with 50,000 rose-bushes of 1600 different species.
Garden of silence – The beautifully landscaped Garden of Silence, located adjacent to the beautiful Sukhna Lake, is the perfect spot for meditation and for general peace and quiet.
Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary Spread over an area of 2600 hectares, Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary is situated about a kilometer to the North-East of Sukhna Lake. Home for a wide variety of Flora & Fauna.
Morni Hills, Haryana Situated about 45kms from Chandigarh, Morni Hills is a scenic place with two lakes that are fringed by hills.
Kalesar National Park – Spread across 11,000 acres, it is a sal forest in Shivalik Hills and is home to Asiatic elephants, leopards, Samba deer and a wide variety of birds.
Damdama Lake Spread over 3000 acres, it is one of the biggest lakes in Haryana.
Chandigarh Botanical Garden And Nature Park – Spread over 176 acres in the foothills of Shivalik is a home for a huge variety of Flora and Fauna.
Bir Moti Bagh Sanctuary is located in Patiala. This Sanctuary is home for wild boar, Hog deer, chital, blue bull, Black buck and many more species of wildlife.
Sariska Tiger Reserve is a national park and tiger reserve located in the Alwar district. The topography of the protected area comprises scrub-thorn arid forests, rocky landscapes, dry deciduous forests, rocks, grasses and hilly cliffs. The wildlife sanctuary covers an area of 866 sq km and it is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Ranthambore National Park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of South-Eastern Rajasthan. It is spread over an area of 392 sq km. The park is majorly famous for its tigers and is one of the best locations in India to see the majestic predator in its natural habitat.
Keoladeo National Park is in Bharatpur is spread over an area of 28.7 sq km. It is a famous avifauna sanctuary that hosts thousands of birds, especially during the winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to be resident.
Khuri is within the Desert National Park, which stretches over 3162 sq km South-West of Jaisalmer to protect part of the Thar ecosystem, including wildlife such as the desert fox, desert cat, chinkara (gazelle), nilgai (antelope), and some unusual bird life including the endangered great Indian bustard.
Darrah National Park is a national park established in 2004 consisting of three wildlife sanctuaries in the State. It is spread over an area of 200.54 sq km.
Desert National Park is situated near Jaisalmer. This is one of the largest national parks, covering an area of 3162 sq km. The Desert National Park is an excellent example of the ecosystem of the Thar Desert. Sand dunes form around 20% of the Park. The major landform consists of craggy rocks and compact salt lake bottoms, inter-medial areas and fixed dunes.
Phulwari ki Nal Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Udaipur district. It is spread over an area of 511.41 sq km. of which 365.92 sq km is Reserved Forest and 145.49 sq km is Protected Forest.
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is in the Rajsamand District of Rajasthan state in western India and surrounds the Kumbhalgarh fortress and covers an area of 578 sq km. The sanctuary extends across the Aravalli Range, covering parts of Rajsamand, Udaipur, and Pali districts, ranging from 500 to 1,300 meters elevation.
Todgarh Raoli Wildlife Sanctuary is the most unexplored pristine Wildlife sanctuary in the heartland of Rajasthan. It is spread over Ajmer, Pali and Rajsamand districts of Rajasthan. It occupies about 495 sq km of tropical deciduous forests and grassland. Major wildlife includes leopard, wild boar, chinkara, common langur, sloth bears and Indian wolf.
Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary situated in the southeast portion of the Pratapgarh district. It is a dense forest, with an area of 422.95 sq km. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Tsomgo Lake is a Glacial lake that is located at an elevation of 3,753 m (12,313 ft). The lake is surrounded by steep mountains which are covered with snow during winter. Home for the Red pandas and several species of birds.
Khecheopalri Lake is situated at a height of 6000 ft and it is one of the largest lakes in Sikkim. It is surrounded by the forests on all sides which is home to several species of Flora and Fauna.
Kanchenjunga National Park is situated at an elevation of 1,829 meters (6,001 ft) to over 8,550 meters (28,050 ft) and has an area of 849.50 km2 (327.99 sq mi). It is one of the few high altitude National parks of India which is home to a huge variety of wildlife and birds.
Nathu La pass is a mountain pass in the Himalayas. And it is Located at an altitude of 14,140 feet. It connects the Indian state of Sikkim with Tibet. It is located on the 563 km (350 mi) Old Silk Route.
Lachen, located at an elevation of 2,750 meters offers a panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains. Lachen is the base camp for the two main trekking camps of Sikkim- Chopta Valley and Muguthang.
Gurudongmar Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world, located at an altitude of 17,800 ft (5,430 m). Gurudongmar lake remains frozen in winters and offers the most beautiful panoramic view of the magnificent hills.
Zuluk is located at a height of around 10,100 feet. It was once a transit point to the historic Silk Route from Tibet to India. Great attraction of Zuluk lies in watching the sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjungha and its allied peaks from Thambi View Point (approx. 14 km away) at 11,200 feet.
Teesta River is a 309 km (192 mi) long river flowing through Sikkim. It originates from the Pahunri glacier above 7,068 meters (23,189 ft), and flows southward through gorges and rapids in the Sikkim Himalaya.
Singhba Rhododendron Sanctuary covers an area of around 43 sq. km, which comprises of several species of rhododendrons and lies at an altitude of 3048 to 4575 m.
Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of around 51 square kilometers and it is home to a wide variety of mammals and birds.
Goecha La is located at an altitude of 4940 mt or 16,207 ft it is a high mountain pass in Sikkim. The southeast face of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain, can be viewed from the pass.
Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 36.34 sq km and is located on the Maenam-Tendong ridge. This sanctuary escalates to an altitude of about 10,600 ft above sea level and shelters Red Panda, Goral, Serow, Barking Deer, Marbled-Cat, Leopard-Cat, Civet-Cats, Blood Pheasant, Common Hill Partridge, Magpies, Black Eagle, and Blue necked Pita, Sunbirds and many other animals of the temperate forest.
Kodaikanal is a city in the hills of the Dindigul district in the state of Tamil Nadu. Its name in the Tamil language means “The Gift of the Forest”. Kodaikanal is referred to as the “Princess of Hill stations”. The place is a popular retreat from the hot and humid climate of the lower areas and is located 2,133 meters above sea level. Kodaikanal is also home to the rare Kurunji Flower which blooms just once in 12 years. The area is comprised mainly of meadows and grasslands with a thick forest cover containing eucalyptus, cypress and acacia and pear trees. The climate is usually cool throughout the year with temperatures not going beyond 20 degrees in the summer months of May and June.
Green Valley View offers tourists with an amazing view of the plains, valleys, and hills. Breath taking view of the Vaigai dam makes for an experience worth remembering. The valley below the point is more than 5000 feet drop.
Government Botanical Gardens, Ooty is a botanical garden in Udhagamandalam, Ooty. The Gardens, divided into several sections, cover an area of around 55 hectares and lie on the lower slopes of Doddabetta peak. The Gardens have around a thousand species, both exotic and indigenous, of plants, shrubs, ferns, trees, herbs and bonsai plants. In the center of the Gardens lies a fossilized tree trunk estimated to be 20 million years old. The Gardens consist of several lawns with flowering plants, ponds with lilies, beds of flowers and ferns laid out in an Italian style, several plots of flowering plants and a variety of medicinal plants.
Kodaikanal Wildlife Sanctuary is in the hills of the Dindigul district in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is spread over an area of 608.95 sq km. It is home to a wide variety of Flora and Fauna.
Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary is a famous 481 sq km place located in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh and Protected area in Thiruvallur District of Tamil Nadu. Pulicat Lake is the second largest brackish-water eco-system in India. The sanctuary is most noted for the many greater flamingos seen here.
Doddabetta is the highest mountain in the Nilgiri Hills at 8,650 feet. It is on the Ooty-Kotagiri Road in the Nilgiris district. The area surrounding Doddabetta is mostly forested. Sholas cover the hollows of its slopes. Slightly stunted, rhododendron trees, in the midst of thick coarse grass, flowering sub-alpine shrubs and herbs are common, even very near the peak.
Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park is a protected area of India consisting of 21 small islands (islets) and adjacent coral reefs in the Gulf of Mannar in the Indian Ocean. It lies 1 to 10 km away from the east coast of Tamil Nadu. The park has a high diversity of plants and animals in its marine, intertidal and shore habitats. Public access inside the Park is limited to glass bottom boat rides.
Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park is a protected area located in the Anaimalai Hills of Pollachi, Valparai and Udumalpet taluks of Coimbatore District and Tirupur District. It is spread over an area of 117.1 sq km. It is home to a wide variety of Flora and Fauna.
Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, also a declared tiger reserve, lies on the north-western side of the Nilgiri Hills. It is spread over an area of 321 sq km. The protected area is home to several endangered and vulnerable species including Indian elephant, Bengal tiger, gaur and Indian leopard. There are at least 266 species of birds in the sanctuary, including critically endangered Indian white-rumped vulture and long-billed vulture.
Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve is a protected area and tiger reserve along the Western Ghats. It covers a forest area of 1,411.6 sq km. and is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. In 2013, it became the fourth tiger reserve as a part of Project Tiger in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is home to a wide variety of Flora and Fauna.
Yelagiri is located at an average altitude of 1,410 meters above sea level, Yelagiri is a small hill station in Vellore. The town is located in the middle of flowery meadows, tea estates, and orchards.
Chitrangudi Bird Sanctuary locally known as “Chitrangudi Kanmoli” is a .4763 sq km protected area declared in 1989 and a part of Chitrangudi village, Mudukulathur Taluk, Ramanathapuram District. The breeding population of migratory waterbirds arrive here between October and February and include spot-billed Pelican, Asian Openbill stork, gray heron, purple heron, pond heron, little egret and great egret.
Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve (KMTR), located in the Southern Western Ghats in Tirunelveli District and Kanyakumari District. It is spread over an area of 895 sq km. The reserve spans a range of 40 to 1,800 m in elevation. Agasthiyamalai (1681 m.) is in the core zone of the reserve. It is home to a wide variety of Flora and Fauna.
Kanyakumari Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in Kanyakumari district. It is spread over an area of 402.4 sq km. The area is a wildlife corridor with high biodiversity, and in addition to tigers, is home to the threatened species such as Indian bison, elephant, Indian rock python, lion-tailed macaque, mouse deer, Nilgiri Tahr and sambar deer.
Grizzled Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as Srivilliputhur Wildlife Sanctuary, was established in 1988 to protect the vulnerable grizzled giant squirrel. The sanctuary covers 485 square kilometers in western Tamil Nadu. In addition to grizzled giant squirrels, other animals seen here are barking deer, bonnet macaque, common langur, elephants, flying squirrels, gaur, Indian giant squirrel, leopard, lion-tailed macaques, mouse deer, Nilgiri langur, Nilgiri Tahrs, palm civets, porcupine, sambar, slender lorris, sloth bear, spotted deer, tree shrews, wild boar and wild cats.
Vallanadu Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area of Tamil Nadu in South India created for the protection of blackbuck antelope. The sanctuary is located in the South Deccan Plateau dry deciduous forest. Along with the Blackbuck antelope, it is home to a wide variety of Flora and Fauna.
Nehru Zoological Park is a zoo located near Mir Alam Tank in Hyderabad, Telangana. The zoo occupies 380 acres and is adjacent to the 600-acre Mir Alam Tank. Nearly 100 species of birds, animals, and reptiles are housed at the zoo, including indigenous animals like the Indian rhino, Asiatic lion, Bengal tiger, panther, gaur, Indian elephant, slender loris, Python, as well as deer, antelopes, and birds. The 600-acre Mir Alam Tank with its unique multiple arched bund (embankment), attracts hundreds of migratory birds, providing yet another attraction for the zoo.
Shamirpet offers a peaceful atmosphere with its beautiful man-made lake. It was constructed during the period of The Nizam. There is a deer park in Shamirpet where you will find deer in great numbers and birds as well.
Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 860 square kilometers. The place gets more interesting as this amazing plateau region is surrounded by a mesmerizing range of low hills. The environment of the sanctuary and the Pakhal Lake as an add-on form the most stunning sight ever. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Pranahita wildlife sanctuary is a protected area located in Mancherial district of Telangana State. This sanctuary is on the bank of Pranahita River. It is famous for Blackbuck and over 20 species of reptiles, over 50 species of birds, over 40 species of mammals.
Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary located in Eturnagaram village in Bhupalapally district. It covers an area of 812 sq km. A perennial water source called “Dayyam Vagu”, divides the sanctuary into almost two equal halves. It is home to Tiger, Leopard, Wolf, Dholes, Golden jackals, Sloth bear, Chousingha, Blackbuck, Nilgai, Sambar, Spotted deer, Chinkara, Indian giant squirrels and many kinds of birds. Reptiles like Mugger crocodile, Python, Cobra, Krait have made this sanctuary their home.
Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary is situated adjacent to Pocharam Lake. It is spread over an area of 130 sq km. The watchtower at the thick of the forest offers an excellent view of the dense forest and the lake area. It is home to various wild life including leopard, wolf, chital, sloth bear, sambar, jackal, peacock etc.
Shivaram Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife preserve in India located 10 km from Manthani, Telangana. This 37 sq km. riverine forest mixed with teak and Terminalia is home to marsh crocodiles of the river Godavari. It also harbors Indian leopards, sloth bears, nilgai, blackbucks, chitals, pythons, and langurs. The undulating natural terrain adds to the beauty of the sanctuary.
Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Bhadradri Kothagudem district. The wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of 635.40 Sq Km with the picturesque Kinnerasani Lake that houses densely forested islands in the middle of the sanctuary. The dense forest is home to animals including tigers, pythons, hyena, sambar, panthers, jackals, wild boars, cobra and much more.
Kuntala Waterfall is waterfall located in Kuntala, Adilabad district. It is located on Kadem river in Neredigonda mandal. It is the highest waterfall in the state of Telangana with a height of 147 feet.These waterfalls are in the dense forests inhabited by the Gonds.
Kawal Tiger Reserve is located at Jannaram mandal of Mancherial District. It is spread over an area of 893 Sq Km. Some of the wild animals and birds found here include tigers, panthers, the Indian bison, sloth bear, crocodiles, cobra, python, owls, eagles, peacocks and much more exotic fauna.
Pochera waterfalls are situated in the thickness of the forests. River Godavari merges with the stream of water and falls down from a height of 20m. These beautiful waterfalls with the spectacular landscape are a visual treat for the eyes.
Pillalamari is an 800 years old Banyan tree and its branches spread across 3 acres which can accommodate about 1000 people in its shade. The best time to visit Pillalamari is the rainy season when the boating facility in its premises is open. It could be a full day trip to the small zoo, with an aquarium and a museum in its vicinity.
Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 194.708 square kilometers. The Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most conserved forest reserves with rich Bio-diversity. The forest reserve is ideally planned for Education & Awareness and Entertainment & Amusement. Indian Gaur (Bison) is an attraction of this place. Apart from it, there are varieties of birds, Deer, Hooklock Gibbon, Golden Langur, Capped Langur, Pheasants and many other animals and reptiles. Bison is the main attraction in this sanctuary, in addition to the resident and migratory birds.
Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 18.53 square kilometers. This sanctuary also has a clouded leopard national park which is spread over an area of 5.08 sq.km. Boating in Sipahijola Lake will give you an opportunity to have a mesmerizing view of natural forest followed by the flying bustle of resident and migratory birds.
Rowa Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 86 hectares and it is one of the few remnants of the natural forests left that is easily accessible to the visitors. It presents ample scope for study by the botanists. It harbors more than 150 species of birds, wild beasts, and primates.
Gumti Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of about 389.54 square kilometers. This sanctuary is the place for many animals like elephants, sambar, Buffalo, yapping deer and wild goat and numerous more.
Dumboor Lake is the confluence of rivers Raima and Sarma. It is spread over an area of 41sq Km and it has 48 islands in the midst of the lake. A bird watcher’s paradise. Various species of migratory birds can be found here.
Jampui Hills is the highest range of hills in the state of Tripura with an altitude of 3000 ft above sea level. The hill top gives amazing views of the beautiful valleys. Every year in the month of November the Orange Tourism festival is celebrated.
Lucknow Zoological Garden is a 71.6-acre zoo located in the heart of the capital city of Uttar Pradesh. It houses around 1000 animals of more than 100 species.
Allen Forest Zoo is a 77-hectare zoo in Kanpur. It is the largest open green space in the city. Originally a natural habitat for fauna, it is one of the few zoos in India created in a natural forest.
The Dudhwa National Park is a national park in the Terai of Uttar Pradesh, India, and covers an area of 490.3 square kilometers), with a buffer zone of 190 sq. km. It represents one of the few remaining examples of a highly diverse and productive Terai ecosystem, supporting a large number of endangered species, obligate species of tall wet grasslands and species of restricted distribution.
Dudhwa Tiger Reserve is a protected area in Uttar Pradesh. It covers an area of 1,284.3 square kilometers. The protected area is home to tigers, leopards, Asiatic black bears, sloth bears, swamp deer, rhinoceros, elephants, cheetal, hog deer, barking deer, sambar, wild pig and the hispid hare.
Chandra Prabha Sanctuary is spread over an area of 78 square kilometers and lies on the Naugarh and Vijaigarh hillocks in the Vindhya forest range in Mirzapur. It is well endowed with beautiful picnic spots, dense forests, and scenic waterfalls like Rajdari and Devdari.
Hastinapur Sanctuary was founded in 1986, in Meerut, Hapur, Bijnore and Amroha, in Uttar Pradesh. It is spread over an area of 2073 square kilometers. Animals including antelope, sambhar, cheetal, blue bull, leopard, hyena, wild cat, and different types of birds are found here.
Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in the Upper Gangetic plain in Uttar Pradesh and covers an area of 400.6 square kilometers. The Katerniaghat Forest provides strategic connectivity between tiger habitats of Dudhwa and Kishanpur in India and the Bardia National Park in Nepal. It is home to a number of endangered species including gharial, tiger, rhino, Gangetic dolphin, swamp deer, hispid hare, Bengal florican, and white-backed and long-billed vulture species.
National Chambal Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary, is a 5,400 square kilometers tri-state protected area in northern India for the critically endangered gharial (small crocodiles), the red-crowned roof turtle and the endangered Ganges river dolphin. The sanctuary is located on the Chambal River near the tripoint of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh. Other large threatened inhabitants of the sanctuary include muggar crocodile, smooth-coated otter, striped hyena and Indian wolf. Chambal supports 8 of the 26 rare turtle species found in India, including Indian narrow-headed softshell turtle, three-striped roof turtle and crowned river turtle.
Lakh Bahosi Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary spread over shallow lakes near the villages of Lakh and Bahosi in Kannauj district. It is one of India’s larger bird sanctuaries, covering 80 sq. km. including also a stretch of the Upper Gangetic canal. The sanctuary is home to various migratory birds from November to March. Jackal, blue bull, mongoose, fishing cat, and monkeys may also be spotted here.
Shahid Chandra Shekhar Azad Bird Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary located in Unnao district on the Kanpur-Lucknow highway. The avian population here comprises a mix of resident as well as migratory birds. The birds migrate across the Himalayas from Tibet, China, Europe and Siberia during winters. Some of these birds fly over 5000 km and above 8500 meters high to reach here.
Soor Sarovar bird sanctuary covers an area of 7.97 sq km. Within the sanctuary, there is a large lake of 2.25sq km with depth wearing from 4 meters to 8 meters. Besides supporting numerous resident and migratory birds the sanctuary has around 300 pythons. Soor Sarovar has the biggest Bear Rescue center for rescued dancing bears.
Dehradun – The capital of Uttarakhand, the city is situated at Himalayan foothills. The geographical location of Dehradun is picturesque with Himalayan ranges in view and River Ganges and River Yamuna on either side of the city. Some of the nature-places to visit around Dehradun are,
- Sahastradhara Translated as the ‘Thousand fold spring’, Sahastradhara has the ecstatic beauty of nature where water drips from limestone stalactites, making the water sulfur-abundant and hence the place is also called as sulfur springs
- Robber’s Cave is a river cave formation located approximately 8 km from the center of Dehradun. It is a natural cave formation where the river flows inside the cave.
- Tapovan One of the main sources of River Ganges, it is situated at 4,463m elevation.
- Rajaji National Park is spread over an area of 820 sq km. It is a national park and also a Tiger reserve. It is home to a wide variety of Flora and Fauna.
- Tiger falls is one of the highest waterfalls of Uttarakhand, having an elevation of 312ft.
Rishikesh is a blend of tranquility and adventure. Its location at the confluence of River Ganges and River Chandrabhaga and views of spectacular hills and various adventurous activities such as trekking, rafting, and camping captivate nature lovers. It is also known as the Yoga capital of the world.
Narendra Nagar on the Gangotri-Yamunotri route and it is at an elevation of 1322 meters above sea level. The city can be reached via Rishikesh. It offers spectacular views of the Ganges and the Doon Valley.
Almora – The picturesque district is located on the eastern side of Uttarakhand. The views of Himalayas are spellbinding. Some of the nature-places to visit around Almora are:
- Bright end corner is situated at the end of the Almora ridge offers a panoramic view of Himalayas.
- Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Himalayas on top of the Jhandi Dhar hills. It is home to a wide variety of Flora and Fauna.
Majkhali hosts a forest nursery of the local plants and trees. It also offers a scenic view of the Himalayas.
Syalikhet is known for its scenic beauty and the practice of step cultivation.
Lohaghat is a small town along the banks of the Lohawati River. The town is famous for its beautifully carved temples that stand out amidst its environs.
Naukuchiatal lake is situated at an altitude of 1219 meters above the sea level and is spread across 9 corners in the town of Naukuchiatal.
Nainital – Famously referred to as the ‘Lake District of India’, Nainital, at 1938 meters above sea level, is a scenic delight that would be irresistible to any tourist. Some of the nature-places to visit around Nainital are :
- Nainital Lake, a natural freshwater body, its crescent shape offers a beautiful view.
- Eco Cave Gardens, Located in Sukhatal, It is a network of inter-connected rocky caves and hanging gardens.
- Naina Peak is known for its splendid Bird’s eye view of the town, the Himalayas and also the vast expanses of the Terai regions of Kumaon.
- Himalayan View Point, located at 2300 m height, the view point offers a spectacular view of the Himalayas.
- Kilbury Bird Sanctuary is a bird watchers paradise. It is home to more than 580 species of birds.
- Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary covers a total area of about 301 sq km. This national park is a perfect shelter to a wide variety of fauna and flora.
- LAND’S END is situated at 2118 meters. It provides a magnificent view of the plains and the beautiful Khurpa Tal surrounded by beautiful villages and pine forests.
- Tiffin top is situated at 2290 meters. It provides an excellent view of the Himalayas and the Nainital town.
Kausani – This hill station is located at a height of 1890 meters. The place is famous for the view of 350 km stretch of the majestic Himalayas it offers. Some of the nature-places to visit around Kausani are:
- Rudradhari Falls and Caves is bound by paddy fields and green pine forests of the spellbinding Rudradhari Falls. Located on the trekking way to Adi Kailash region, one can also explore the mysteries of the ancient caves lying near the falls.
- Kausani Tea Estate is famous for its varieties of tea gardens and pear orchards.
Ranikhet literally means Queens land. It is at an altitude of 1829 meters. The amazing richness of greenery and the scenic landscape make this place a dream destination.
Chaubatia gardens are situated at an altitude of 1800 meters above sea level and spread over 600 acres of land. This place is well known for its orchards of peaches, apples, apricots and much more.
Abbott Mount is a quaint and pleasing hilltop at a height of 6400 ft. The view of the prominent Himalayan peaks from this hill is a delight to the eyes of a visitor.
Mussoorie – Known as the Queen of hills, it is located at an altitude of 6000ft with snow-covered Himalayan peaks on view, the land abundant in natural beauty with an excellent year-round climate too. Some of the nature-places to visit around Mussoorie are:
- Mussoorie Lake offers a spectacular view of Doon Valley and one can go for a paddle boat ride in the river.
- Children lodge is the highest peak of Mussoorie near Lal Tibba and it offers a spectacular view of snow-clad mountains.
- Jharipani Falls is located at 8.5 km from Mussoorie on Mussoorie-Jharipani road. One can go by local bus or car up to Jharipani from where the fall is about 1.5 km on foot. It offers a breathtaking view of Shivalik Range, species of wild flowers, creepers and shrubs can be found in abundance here.
- Mosey falls is surrounded by a dense forest and is 7 km from Mussoorie.
- Benog Mountain quail sanctuary established in 1993 and covering an area of 339 hectares. It is famous for the extinct bird species Mountain Quail.
- Lal Tibba is one of the highest points in Mussoorie. It offers a spectacular view of the mountain peaks of Badrinath, Kedarnath and much more.
- Kempty Falls is nearly 1364 meters above sea level and the area around is surrounded by high mountain ranges at an altitude of 4500 feet.
Pithoragarh is the easternmost Himalayan district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is naturally landscaped with high Himalayan mountains, snow-capped peaks, passes, valleys, alpine meadows, forests, waterfalls, perennial rivers, glaciers, and springs. Some of the nature-places to visit around Pithoragarh are:
- Askot Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the middle of a snow covered peak in the Kumaon Himalayan at an elevation of 5412 feet. The sanctuary covers an area of 284 square kilometers. This sanctuary is home to a wide variety of Flora and Fauna.
- Ralam Glacier is situated at an altitude of 2,290 m (7,510 ft) above sea level. It is an important glacier and a famous trekking route.
Sat-tal Lake – It is an inter-connected network of seven freshwater lakes flowing in the Kumaon region . The lake is marked by the presence of thick oak and Pine forests on the top and Mehragaon Valley behind it. This place also mesmerizes you with the rich presence of migratory birds around the lake.
Darjeeling is known for its vast tea estates that produce the best Tea in the country. It is located at an average elevation of 2050 meters and comes under the eastern Himalayan Zoo-geographic zone. Some of the nature-based places to visit around Darjeeling are :
Singalila National Park Situated in the highest regions of West Bengal. It is located at an altitude of approximately 2134 meters above sea level. It is home to many of the rare and endangered species like the Red Panda, Black Bear, Leopard, Tigers, Clouded Leopard, Serow, Leopard Cat, Barking Deer, Yellow-throated Marten, Wild Boar, Pangolin and a lot more.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park Spread over an area of 67.56 acres, this zoo is located at an average elevation of 2,134 meters above sea level and is the largest high altitude zoo in India. It is known for its famous Red Panda and Snow Leopard breeding program.
Tiger Hill is located at an altitude of 2590m. It offers a panoramic view of Mount Everest and Mt. Kangchenjunga.
Bibhutibhusan Wildlife Sanctuary is siituated on the banks of river Ichamati covering an area of 68 sq.km. It is home to deer, snakes and varied species of birds.
Neora Valley National Park was established in 1986. It spreads over an area of 88 sq.km. and is one of the richest biological zones in the entire Eastern India. It is home to a wide variety of Flora and Fauna.
Siliguri – A picturesque location that offers spectacular views of Himalayas. It is famous for tea and timber. Thick forest on the foothills and the tea gardens offer amazing views of the land. Some of the nature-based places to visit around Siliguri are:
Jaldapara National Park Situated at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas and on the banks of the Torsa River. It is situated at an altitude of 61 m and is spread across 216.51 km2. It was declared a sanctuary in 1941 for protection of its great variety of flora and fauna. Today, it has the largest population of the Indian one horned rhinoceros and a wide variety of Flora and Fauna.
Kalimpong A beautiful hill station in West Bengal. It is located at an average elevation of 1,250 meters (4,101 ft). The River Teesta flows in the valley below and separates Kalimpong from the state of Sikkim. It is classified as an ecological hotspot and it is home to a wide variety of Flora and Fauna.
Gorumara National Park around an area of 80km. The park is located on the flood plains of the Murti River and Raidak River and it is home to some endangered wildlife species.
Buxa Tiger Reserve This is a 760-square-kilometre (290 sq mi) tiger reserve located inside the Buxa National Park. It forms an important elephant migratory corridor. There is a tremendous animal and plant biodiversity to be seen here.
Ballabhpur Wildlife Sanctuary Located near Shantiniketan in Bolpur. The sanctuary provides shelter to a large number of wild animals such as blackbuck, spotted deer and birds like the hawk, cuckoo, Koel, Sunbird, Indian roller, parrot, babbler and much more.
Sunderbans National park This is a National Park, Tiger Reserve, and a Biosphere Reserve. It is densely covered by mangrove forests and is one of the largest reserves for the Bengal tiger. It is also home to a variety of bird, reptile and invertebrate species, including the salt-water crocodile. It is spread over an area of 4262 square km.