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Kaziranga National Park- A Must Visit Destination for Wildlife Lovers

Posted on October 8th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off on Kaziranga National Park- A Must Visit Destination for Wildlife Lovers

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I was feeling top of the world, when one of my friends, Harshit came to me with an opportunity to visit Assam. He had a great interest in exploring the wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in India and he has almost visited all the famous India Wildlife Sanctuaries.

As Harshit told me, India is full of wildlife destinations. Some most famous are:

During our Assam tour, we got an opportunity to visit Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This beautiful park will make you admire the Indian Wildlife, rich vegetation and picturesque grasslands. The park is perfect for a complex ecosystem consisting of a variety of Plants, Animals, Birds and Aquatic Life.

The most renowned inhabitants of the Park is one horned rhinoceros in India. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 and covers an area 430sq.km. The park is divided into eastern, central and western sectors comprises of mountain forests semi-evergreen, marshes, creeks and vast plains that are covered with elephant grass height of 6 feet.

Flora
This wetland has a wonderful cover of opulent water lily, lotus and water hyacinth. This park is mostly covered with elephant grass size, making it a perfect place to stay for a rhinoceros horn.

Wildlife
Kaziranga National Park is enriched with wildlife where you can see different animals like Horned Indian rhinoceros, elephant, tiger, leopard, wild boar, swamp or barasingha deer, sambar, otters and wild buffalo. Some other animals that can be seen here are antelope, Hoolock Gibbons, slow loris, pig runt, monkey, golden langur, bison and the bear closed the varieties of lizards, snakes and turtles are opulent in the park.

Birds
We were amazed to find the most different birds here like Grey-headed fishing eagle, Whistling Teal, Swamp partridge red jungle fowl, Heron, Adjutant Stork and pelicans.

The other birds we could see in the large garden include Pallas fishing eagle, Bengal floricab, pelicans, Bar-headed Goose, Crested Serpent Eagle, Open Billed Stork, Rose chest Stork Black-necked parakeet, White Stork cable duck wood.

When to Visit?
The best time to visit this national park is in the months of November to April.

Where to Stay?
To offer you a comfortable stay during your Wildlife tour, there are various wildlife resorts in Kaziranga Park. These are lavishly decorated with diverse themes that offer excellent patrons with a wonderful journey. The rooms are tastefully adorned with all the modern amenities and promise to serve you the delicious cuisines.

After visiting Kaziranga National Park, I could realize that a trip to wildlife sanctuary is one of its kind experiences.

My Last Day Tour on Palace on Wheels

Posted on August 19th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off on My Last Day Tour on Palace on Wheels

Day 5 – Jaisalmer, A Sandy Desert

Our next halt was in Jaisalmer, which lies in the heart of  Thar desert. It was founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD. Traveling by palace-on-wheels enabled us to admire the majestic forts, the  ancient havelis and the rich culture of Jaisalmer.

Our first stoppage was made at the massive Jaisalmer fort. This fort is  renowned for being the second largest fort in Rajasthan. Beautifully adorned with exquisite architecture, the fort offers a spectacular view of the desert below.

After that, we got to see some of the finest examples of stone architecture through The Nathmalji-ki-haveli, Salim Singh-ki-haveli and Patwon-ki-haveli. All of them showcase the outstanding craftsmanship of the skilled stone carvers.

Nearby there is a Government-run emporium where we stopped for some shopping. This emporium has something for everyone. We had our lunch and rest for sometime, while some tourists enjoyed shopping. The popular shopping items include pattu shawls, wooden boxes, trinkets, silver jewellery, mirror work and embroidered articles.

After lunch, we decided to go for camel ride on the sand dunes of amazing Sam. It was really exciting and enjoyable too. We enjoyed the dinner with the cultural porgramme and at night, the train left for Jodhpur.

 

Day 6 – Jodhpur, the second largest city of Rajasthan

Next morning, we were in Jodhpur, the sun city of Rajasthan. We were amazed to see the mesmerizing landscapes and magnificent monuments. As we entered the Mehrangarh Fort, we could realize how rich India was in its architecture. The guide told us that it was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459. We visited the palaces, museum and galleries of this majestic fort. Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana are some remarkable examples of architectural excellence.

Near the fort, Jaswant Thada lies with a group of royal cenotaphs, carved out of white marble.

We relished our lunch at Palace hotel and then planned for shopping. While shopping in Jodhpur, we come across some exquisite handicraft items such as metal curios, silverware, paintings, embroidered shoes and tie and dye fabrics. Thinking of the marvel of architecture that we saw in Jodhpur, we returned to the train.

 

Day 7 – Bharatpur / Agra

Bharatpur – A Beautiful City

After bidding good-bye to Jodhpur,  the Palace on Wheels arrived at Bharatpur in the morning. The city is an avian paradise. We heard a lot about the bird sanctuary in Bharatpur and after breakfast, we were there. Known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the sanctuary is a nesting place for thousands of Egrets, migratory Water Fowl, Siberian Cranes and many other species of birds.

We also had enjoyed there the park trails by walk and then left for Bharatpur Palace.

Bharatpur Palace is the another attraction of the city. This palace is a fusion of the Mughal and Rajput art which has now become a museum presenting collections dating back to the second century AD. We had our lunch and headed towards Agra.

Agra- The City of Architectural Marvel

Upon arrival, we left for the famous Agra Fort. We all were eagerly waiting to visit  Taj Mahal which is known as one of the seven wonders of the world. It was as marvellous as we had heard. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, Taj Mahal is truly an architectural wonder. Agra is also known for its outstanding marble inlay work such as the Pietra Dura work on the Taj, leather goods and jewellery items.

Day 8: Back to Delhi

In the late evening we left for Delhi. Upon arrival at Safdarjung Railway station, we had breakfast on board. Collecting the pleasant memories of the wonderful week, we came back. It was indeed a lifetime experience.

Wilderness of Corbett National Park-Part I

Posted on December 6th, 2010 by Pooja Chaudhary  |  Comments Off on Wilderness of Corbett National Park-Part I

 Ghariyal Ghariyal

“Running, running incessantly at a fast pace as if a participant of a rat race. We are absorbed in the thoughts of worldly pursuits and hardly listen to what our heart says. We think that heart can wait, as of now only worldly pursuits is the bait. What about the dreams of the heart? Brush them aside, again they can wait, seems it is their fate. Stop for a second, think, of what use would be the treasure of this world if it makes us eternally numb to the matters of the heart?”

As usual I sat down to write a poem but to my surprise I ended up writing the above piece. I had nothing of this sort going on in my mind but may be there was something my heart wanted to convey. I am not a ‘worldly pursuits’ offender but I am more soft on the heart than on the mind. So after writing the above piece unintentionally, I realized that my heart desired something and I absolutely knew what it was- a break from the drudgery of daily life, a tour to a relaxing place.

Wildlife parks as a holiday destination have always been too high on my list. I decided to go to the Corbett National Park and fortunately my sister and her lovely kids joined me. We drove to the Park and were booked at the Wood Castle Resort which has been my favorite for years. Sprawling in acres of land, this resort is located on the banks of an ever flowing river. Amidst gorgeous greenery and peaceful environment we were enjoying life and nature.

Early morning we embarked on the jungle safari on the jeep. As we ventured into the forests I was overwhelmed with the colors and a distinct aroma of the park. I simply loved it as it was soothing to the senses. Corbett National Park is one of the most famous wildlife destinations of India. Covering an area of 520 sq km, the Park is located in the majestic Himalayan foothills in Uttaranchal. Established in the year 1936, the Park came under Project Tiger Scheme in 1973. The Park is famous for tigers, crocodiles and leopards. A variety of other wildlife including the bird species are also found here. The Park got its name from the renowned author and wildlife conservationist Jim Corbett who played an important role in establishing this park.

The first attraction of the Park we saw was a large herd of Spotted Deer. Among the herd we spotted a small baby deer. It looked very sweet and I was amazed at its activeness. It was jumping around playing and eating, unaware of our presence. As we moved further we were greeted with the sight of Himalayan Black bear, sambar and some peacocks. We even got a chance to see the peacock dancing. It was a sight to behold.

Majority of the vegetation of the Park consists of tall Sal trees peppered by many streams. Every now and then we could sight some or the other animal, especially the herbivores. But the kids were eagerly waiting for tiger. Our guide was scanning the surroundings with his eagle eyes and suddenly pointed towards a beautiful bird called green bee eater. It is a beautiful bird with bright green color. We also saw blossom headed parakeet, dragonflies and red jungle fowl.

As we drove deeper into the forest, trees gave way to the grassland. There we saw a herd of elephants and the star attraction of that herd was a small baby elephant. Kids were too excited to see the elephants. Then we stopped at Dhikala to gorge on some food as we had started early from the resort without breakfast. Dhikala is the best region of the park where the chances of sighting tigers and other animals are bright.

Then we continued our wildlife journey and saw wild boar, jungle cat and some more birds. Next we stopped at high banks to catch the sight of gharials lazing in the sun. We captured them in our camera. As we neared the end of our journey the kids asked me about the tiger. I smilingly said we had a bad luck on the tiger front but we must feel good that we had the opportunity to see so many different wildlife species. They smiled and said “ok, better luck next time”. This was the end of our morning safari. We left for the resort with a hope to sight a tiger in the evening safari.

Keoladeo National Park- The Birds Paradise

Posted on February 11th, 2010 by Pooja Chaudhary  |  Comments Off on Keoladeo National Park- The Birds Paradise

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Beautiful, colorful and vibrant! Birds teach us a lot about life! My torrid affair with birds bring me to Keoladeo National Park time and again. It was indeed a time stopping experience to witness the drama of birds in one of the world’s famous sanctuaries. The other day I was reading a nature based book “Srishti” in which I came across some information on birds by S. Baker. Dr Salim Ali, the father of ornithology in India. It read the bird is known to pair for life. ‘The cranes are most affectionate birds, pairing for life’. Isn’t it interesting!

Keoladeo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the incredible state of Rajasthan. Sprawling over an area of 232 sq km, the Park is also known as Bharatpur National Park. With its picturesque landscape, beautiful scenery, impressive wildlife, Keoladeo National Park is a great place to visit. It is a home to around 370 species of birds. The endangered Siberian cranes are also spotted here during winters.

It was a dream tour for me as I treated my senses to a variety of enchanting birds. I rented a bicycle to explore the Park. One of the interesting scenes I saw was a pair of cranes playing or fighting for twigs. Till the end I could not make out whether they were playing or fighting. Anyway it was interesting to watch. As I moved further I saw spider webs at a distance. I immediately stopped the bicycle and went close to it to observed it from close quarters. The web was hanging between two small plants with some dew drops shining brightly. At the corner of the web I spotted two spiders with yellow and white dots. I had no clue about its species but anyway they looked awesome.

As I was scouting for birds at a water body my gaze suddenly hit a python who, I guess, was sleeping or may be sunbathing. I immediately took a few steps back for safety reasons but at the same time it was a moment to behold. Without disturbing it I moved further in search of other wildlife. Then a few meters ahead I sighted Rosy Pelican, Spanish Sparrow, Red Crested Porhard and Flamingo. I wondered how wonderful these creatures of nature are!

As we moved on, I and my guide Sher Singh were greeted with the sights of cormorants, kingfishers, geese, herons, woodpeckers, parrots and egrets. I was seeing parrots after a long time. I remember when I was a kid parrots were quite common but today we rarely see them in our environment. Today sighting a parrot is no less exciting than the sighting of a tiger.

I was ecstatic at the sight of all the birds and other wildlife I saw in the Park. With cherished memories I came back to the Bharatpur Forest Lodge which is located within the Park and is run by the government. The next morning I woke up to the melodious chirping of birds. It was such a heart warming experience. This ended my Keoladeo National Park tour but my affair with wildlife continues.

Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary – World Heritage Site

Posted on August 27th, 2009 by Pooja Chaudhary  |  Comments Off on Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary – World Heritage Site

Kaziranga National Park is a World Heritage Site, which I personally think must be visited at least once. But

Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros

fortunately this was my second visit to the Park and this time my expectations were also higher than before. The memories of my past visit to the Park are still fresh, just like the Park. The Park is no less than a paradise for wildlife lovers as one can witness a variety of wildlife such as leopard, Asiatic Water Buffalo, Royal Bengal Tiger, Great Indian One-horned Rhinoceros, Wild Elephant, Python and a range of resident and migratory birds.

I was booked in Aranya Lodge, managed by Assam Tourism located in close vicinity to the Park. The views of gorgeous green patches and brown vegetation were awesome. I opted for Jeep safari. From my past experience I knew that the Park is divided into four ranges – Burapahar, Baguri, Central and Eastern and the Central range is the most promising region for wildlife sighting. With less time in my hands, I decided to explore the central range and the Baguri range (known for birds).

Sprawling over an area of 429 sq km, the Park’s landscape mainly consists of

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tall and short grasses, dense tropical moist broadleaf-forest, swamp and rivers. As we moved into the Park we spotted a herd of hog deer. As we moved further we saw a herd of elephants with young calves. It was a kodak moment. Next, we were greeted with the sights of Bar-headed Geese feasting on something. The next sight was simply overwhelming. A python was relishing his catch. Our next interesting sight was the sight of sunbathing tortoises.

We ventured deep into the forest in the Baguri Range where the sights of several beautiful birds were waiting for us. I was elated to see Pond herons, Open-bill Storks, Cormorants, Fish Eagles, Black-necked stork, Pied Kingfishers and many other bird species. While exploring this range we saw Great Indian Hornbill, Water Buffalo, Great Indian One-horned Rhinoceros. While on our way back to the lodge, Ramesh told me stories about Rhinos and Wild Elephants running after tourists. So it is adviced not to get down from safari vehicles for shots from a close quarter.

Although my visit to the Park had ended but the memories were flashing in my mind at a lightning speed.