Sunderbans West Bengal-UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Sunderbans West Bengal- The UNESCO World Heritage Site!

The world’s largest estuarine forest and delta region

Sunderbans West Bengal highly offbeat a region located and shared by the state of West Bengal in India and by the neighboring country of Bangladesh as well, is an estuarine forest region formed in a delta shape which is covered by vast expanse of mangrove forest and huge expanse of saline mud flats located all over. This beautiful land is a conglomeration of 54 tiny islands which are criss crossed by numerous tributaries of the river Ganges such as river Muriganga in the west, Harinbhahga and Raimangal in the east and some of the others include the likes of Gosaba, Saptamukhi and Thakurain Malta rivers as well!

The name, Sunderbans!

The name Sunderbans come from the native language of the region, Bengali where “Shundor” means beautiful and “bon” means forest which makes it to be denoted as a beautiful forest! Another reason of such a name comes from the legend of the Sundari trees (the Heritiera fomes species of mangroves) which are pretty much prevalent here as well! In every probability the locals believe that the name is due to the presence of the mangroves there.

Sunderbans West Bengal

Reasons to visit the unexplored Sunderbans and things to do in there

Sunderbans is a lovely nature abode which is characterized by magnificent landscapes and natural beauty all of which put together makes it to be a place comparable to paradise. Another major reason to visit this amazing forest covered delta is due to the prevalence of Royal Bengal tigers that do their rounds in the region quite often as well!

It would be a pleasure to spot a tiger and indulge in wildlife photography at Sunderban besides enjoying a boat cruise.



Places to visit while on a trip to Sunderbans

1. Sunderban National Park-

The most important place to visit while here is to spot the Royal Bengal tigers while exploring the region on a boat instead of one the back of an elephant! The entire ride is mesmerizing as the boatman will make sure that you traverse the region through small creaks, waterways and within the growth of the mangroves all over!

Sunderban National Park

2. Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary-

A bird watcher’s paradise, this region is located at the heart of the delta where a watch tower gives you an amazing view of birds of every color and species possible!

Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary

3. Turtle site, Kanak-

This place is another wonder where you can find the Olive Ridley turtles nesting in the small island of Kanak and just by going in for about 100 kilometers inland one can view the eggs too! Nesting happens in the months starting from December to March, so make sure to be on time!

Turtle site, Kanak Sunderban

4. Netidhopani-

This place is known for a watch tower located in it from where an ancient Lord Shiva temple along with the natural fauna and flora can be seen as well.

Netidhopani

5. Gangasagar-

Sagar Island is another place which one can visit to take a dip in the holy river Ganga where millions of devotees meet in the month of January at Makar Sankranti to wash off their sins!

Gangasagar

The best time to visit Sunderbans West Bengal

The best time to visit Sunderbans West Bengal is during the months of December to February wherein the place is open to tourists from October to March.

Sundarbans – How to reach and the lodging options

To reach this lovely nature paradise, one needs to get to Kolkata which is easily approachable via road, train and by air. From Kolkatta, a drive till Godhkhali Jetty (about 101 kilometers) is necessary. From there a boat ride takes you to the delta with ease.

Lodging options in the Sunderbans include tons of budget hotels along with resorts available to the tourists at prices not too exorbitant.

Reference:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sundarbans

http://www.westbengaltourism.gov.in/web/guest/sunderban-home

http://www.sundarbans.net/

http://journeymart.com/de/india/west-bengal/kolkata/sunderbans-tiger-reserve.aspx

http://www.makemytrip.com/blog/sunderbans-weekend-getaway

 

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Nubra Valley- a Cold Desert

Nubra valley- a cold desert

High mountains beckon and dare all to come and scale their tough vertical heights. Perception in the minds of the people about Leh Ladakh is mixed thought from beauty of the Himalayas to its cold and relentless terrain. In reality, Leh is just the beginning of the end to discovery of great many unheard of destinations. For explorers, Ladakh unveils great valleys, high snow mountains and culture which are absolutely unique in every sense. A ride of 150 km north from Leh gets to the Nubra valley at the height of 10,000 feet from the sea level. Two rivers Siachan and Shyok meet to form a tri faceted ‘Y’ between Ladakh and Karakoram Range. Diskit is the capital of Nubra and access to valley is through Khardungla pass from Leh.



Nubra Valley- reasons to visit

Suddenly the feeling dawns of warm sunlight as if coming out of the cold haze. As you approach Nubra valleyit seems to welcome all with sprawling arms. Valley of Nubra is green despite fewer rains it experiences. In September excursionists can watch lots of crop variety growing in the field. Popularly known as ‘Food bowl of Ladakh’ Nubra valley has wheat, barley, mustard and pea fields. Besides, one can see fruit orchards of apricot, walnuts, almonds and apples in the valley.

Nubra valley

Incredible serenity of Nubra valley with high mountains, flowing river, soothing greenery, unique villages and Buddhist local villagers leave an indelible mark on the minds. Inhabitants of Nubra valley are mostly Nubra skat speakers. Beyond the valley is line of control of Pakistan border, there Balti people and shia muslims live, who have speak Balti lingo.

Diskit town

The town of Diskit is administrative center for the valley and government offices functioning here. Located on Shyok side, peace of the place touches the hearts and soon you realize the reason. The Influence of Diskit monastery which was built in 1480 AD is unbelievable. Built on a hilltop monastery belongs to Yellow hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Karakoram Range view is breathtaking from the top. Main point of interest is a large statue of Buddha which is 32 meter high. Skillfully built this Buddha is place facing towards the valley.

Diskit town Nubra valley

Panamik Village

Along the Nubra river close to Siachin glacier, at the height of 10442 feet above sea level, there is Panamik village. That is famous for the hot springs said to have curative powers. Panamik’s importance is there because too, that this village is the northern most beyond which foreigners are not allowed. Its scenic presence in Nubra valley is astounding and sulfur springs are the big attraction.

Panamik Village

White Desert

Diskit has one more unique natural phenomenon; 8 km away from the town is the desert of white sand dunes. A cold and white desert which is unbelievable to contemplate that on such height nature can play a trick like this. Hunder sand dunes are for double hump camel rides. This is the only place where double hump camels are found. Rides from Diskit to Hunder village are offered for the tourists. Who can ever think of greenery and desert hand in hand, at one place.

double hump camels

Yarab Tso Lake

15 km from Diskit town holy Lake of Yarab Tso is located close to Sumur village. The Lake is a visual delight.

Yarab Tso Lake

Shopping

Nubra Valley is the great place to buy Kashmiri and Tibetan Carpets, Shawls and woolen socks. Even nature’s gifts like apricots, almonds, walnuts are there to buy. Shops also offer Tibetan Artifacts and souvenirs.

Kashmiri Carpets

Access to Diskit and stay


Leh boasts of the highest air field in the world and is connected to Delhi and Chandigarh by air route. From Leh taxis are available to Diskit. Starting from Leh to Diskit via Khardungla pass takes about 8 hours drive by road. Permits are required for foreign tourists but not for the Indians. In Diskit there are few good hotels to stay to make your visit memorable in this amazing ‘Valley of flowers’

Tharon Cave-unexplored non-commercialized abode India

Tharon Cave, Manipur- An unexplored non-commercialized abode in India!

The unexplored shelter of the past

Located at a distance of around twenty seven kilometer from Tamenglong in the state of Manipur, India Tharon cave is situated at an altitude of 900 meter above the sea level. Unlike the other caves in the beautiful country, this one remains unknown and thus untouched making it a grand place to taste the wildness of nature at its best!

The history and the excavation facts

The Tharon cave had been an excavator’s delight as post a lot of excavations the history of the caves have unfolded before their eyes in manifold. This cave in Manipur holds the glory of being a place of abode for the Hobinian culture people hailing from the North Vietnam area for a long period of time. The place is indeed among the top offbeat destinations of India and worthy of a visit.

Tharon cave

The darkness and the tourists!

This cave is a truly naturally ventilated one with its thirty four joints and 5 exit points and with a total size of 655 meters! If a person loves to seek adventure and is lured by the darkness then this is a sure place to be as this cave is extremely dark inside and needs to be explored with safety. Every year, the Manipur tourism conducts a Cave Expedition and this is when outsiders are allowed inside. The cave lacks any proper maintenance though and thus the visitors need to be geared with helmets with light and other safety equipment to stay away from danger in there.

Nearby places to visit

Apart from this lovely cave which adorns the beautiful state of Manipur, there are numerous other places where a adventure seeker or a traveler can explore to get the flavor of nature.



Places to visit while on a trip to the Tharon cave

Tamenglong

The Tamenglong district in Manipur is one of the least populated places in the State and is dotted with innumerous ranges, peaks and valley regions. Apart from locating various kinds of endangered species animals, plants and orchids, one might also see the plantation of a special type of Oranges growing here on a very large scale.

Tamenglong

Jiri- Makru Wildlife Sanctuary

Situated at an attitude of 249 to 1849 meters above the sea level, this wildlife sanctuary situated in Manipur nearby the cave is an area covering 198 square kilometer and houses various kinds of wild animals and plants for one to explore!

Jiri- Makru Wildlife Sanctuary

Zeilad Wildlife Sanctuary

Another lovely natural abode is the Zeilad wildlife sanctuary which boasts of having four lakes in it and these water bodies contain various kinds of fishes and provide shelter to thousands of migratory birds too.

Zeilad Wildlife Sanctuary

Seven Step “Barrack Waterfall”

Located in the Tamenglong district are these seven lesser known waterfalls which are formed from the Barrack river while passes by! All the seven are beautiful but special mention needs to be made to the Khoudong Waterfall which indeed is a sight to behold!

Seven Step “Barrack Waterfall”- Tamenglong district

The best time to visit the Tharon Cave

The best time to visit the Tharon Cave ought to be in the months from January to March but it is always better to coordinate with Manipur tourism and know about their Festival time or the Cave Expedition time to explore the place unhindered and without much risk.

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Tharon Cave – How to reach and the lodging options

Due to the fact that this place is not really commercialized, resorts are there but few in the vicinity. The nearest airport to the region is located at Imphal, the capital of Manipur and the nearest railway station is located at the Tamenglong district which is nearby the cave area as well. Roads are good to get a tourist till the nearby destinations with ease.


Nohkalikai Falls-the tallest plunge waterfall in India

Nohkalikai Falls, Cherrapunji- the tallest plunge waterfall in India

The photogenic beauty; the fifth largest waterfall in the Indian subcontinent!

Doted as one of the most photogenic falls in the beautiful country of India, however not very well-known, the Nohkalikai falls is located in the state of Meghalaya in the East Khasi hill range. The waterfall is indeed one of the top offbeat destinations of India. This waterfall is located very near to, at a distance of about 5 kilometers, Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places on the planet and is usually fed by the rain water collected on its summit at a small plateau region. The falls is indeed a photographer’s delight due to the fact that it creates a large plunge pool at the bottom which is unusually green in color as well!

The legend and the name of Nohkalikai

The name Nohkalikai comes from a legend of Ka- Likai, where Ka means female gender in the khasi lingo and Likai was a name of a woman who committed suicide by jumping off the falls after the sad demise of her child, thus the name came from Noh (meaning jump)-Ka- Likai which put together became Nohkalikai in today’s date.



Reasons to visit the Nohkalikai falls and things to do

In case one is in mind to visit the lovely place of Cherrapunji, one of the places one surely should not miss is the less known Nohkalikai falls which is a great place to visit for both nature lovers as well as adventure seekers alike.

Nohkalikai Falls

Things to do in Nohkalikai falls-

Adventure

If stunts and adventure is what you seek in a trip, then this place is just the one for you indeed. Filled with risks and awesome views, Nohkalikai offers trekking options as well as rock climbing both of which are pretty risky and nerve wrecking at the same time.

trekking in Nohkalikai

Photography

In case one is in love with photography, the wish will be granted. With a very minimal charge, cameras are allowed in the region where one can take lovely pictures of nature spreading its arm in delight.

photography in Nohkalikai

Nature lovers paradise

Apart from anything else we all love nature! Here the various types of birds, trees, rocks and the fall itself is so beautiful that your eyes would not agree to close anytime.

birds in Nohkalikai

The best time to visit the Nohkalikai falls

The best time to visit this lovely plunge fall is without a speck of doubt in the autumn season when the sky is clear and the weather is inviting. The months to be are September and October when taking snaps are easy, devoid of fog and cloud to block the views.


Nohkalikai- How to reach and the lodging options

Even though there is no certain lodging option available close to the Nohkalikai region, Cherrapunji is the place to reside as it is the closest from this nature’s wonder. There are various hotels which are located at the heart of Cherrapunji where one can keep the baggage and go in for a trip to this majestic fall by local transport, cars, buses and et al, options are in-numerous!

REFERENCES:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nohkalikai_Falls
http://travel.india.com/cherrapunjee/places-to-visit/waterfalls-nohkalikai-falls/
http://www.world-of-waterfalls.com/asia-nohkalikai-falls.html
http://www.cherrapunjee.net/Nohkalikai-Falls.php

The amazing Nohkalikai falls,Cherrapunji


http://travel.india.com/cherrapunjee/places-to-visit/waterfalls-nohkalikai-falls/

Mawlynnong, Meghalaya- The cleanest village in Asia!

Mawlynnong, Meghalaya– The cleanest village in Asia!

The unexplored beauty without a speck of litter

Located at a distance of around ninety kilometers from Shillong, Mawlynnong, Meghalaya is also referred to be “God’s own garden” and has been given the credit of being the cleanest village in the entire Asia in the year 2003 by the India Discovery magazine. Again the village got the accreditation of being the cleanest of the villages in India in the year 2005 as well!

Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

The beauty and the nature’s gift to Mawlynnong

Due to the very fact that this small village is located at the East Khasi Hill range district of Meghalaya is enough to make this place next to paradise as it is full of natural wonders such as a living root bridge, various kinds of flora and fauna along with another strange sight of a boulder balancing on another rock too!

>East Khasi Hill

The cleanliness initiative

This village is a pride of the nation not only due to its picturesque locale but also due to the fact that it is free of any littering and is considered the cleanest of all villages in Asia! This village where littering is considered to be a crime, the villagers have accepted cleanliness as an age old tradition that is imbibed into their system since yesteryears.

Things to see in Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

Living Root Bridge

This is considered rightly as the pride of Meghalaya and is located at the neighboring village of Riwai. To behold this unique bride which is formed by nature with the help of tangled massive tree roots and are still in the growth phase with every growing root their strength increases manifold!

Living Root Bridge

Sky watch

The other view to behold is the “Sky Watch” which is nothing but an 85 feet tall bamboo structure made with bamboo and natural rope. This structure is mostly used in order to ponder upon the plains of the neighboring nation, Bangladesh as well as to get a bird’s eye view of the entire village as well.



Activities to consider while at Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

The best activity one can think of while at the cleanest village in the continent is trekking which is a great idea in here. One can take a trek from the village to the nearby Riwai village where the Living Root Bridge is located. The Mawlynnong Waterfall near the village can also be visited with friends and family at spare time. Apart from this, strolling across the village suburbs and enjoying the rough terrain can give a lot of enthusiasm to the adventure seeker!

Mawlynnong Waterfall

The best time to visit Mawlynnong

This place can be visited with élan all throughout the year, but the best time indeed to see the beauty is in the monsoon season when the rains start! Lush greens are what one can find at that time!

How to reach

Being located at a distance of 90 kilometer from Shillong and about 92 kilometer from Cherrapunji (both well connected with commute due to their tourism), this small village can be reached via the roadway in terms of busses and cars.

The nearest airport to this village is in Shillong from where one can travel via road where taxis and shared cars are easily available for the visitors.

The best way to visit this nature’s abode is to take a package tour of North East where a day’s trip to this village and its suburbs will work out just perfectly.

Accommodation aspects

Accommodation options in this small village are not too many; however there is the Mawlynnong Rest House where the visitors are welcomed by traditionally made bamboo cottages where the tariff is not too exorbitant. Apart from this, the nights can be spent at a villager’s house at minimal costs too.

 

Rferences:

http://wikitravel.org/en/Mawlynnong

http://megtourism.gov.in/ecodestination.html

http://www.mawlynnong.com/About-Mawlynnong.php

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mawlynnong

http://www.livingrootbridge.com/About-Living-Root-Bridge.php

http://www.tripadvisor.in/Attraction_Review-g2435898-d2457454-Reviews-Mawlynnong_Waterfall-Mawlynnong_Meghalaya.html

http://mawlynnong.ontrip.in/p/accommodation.html

http://www.tripadvisor.in/ShowTopic-g503702-i11242-k6551615-Village_Home_Stays_Guest_house_Mawlynnong-Shillong_Meghalaya.html