Top best landscapes you should visit in India (Part 1)

India is a special country in Asia because it has rich history about traditions and customs. When you visit India, you can imagine a part about the human life from many years ago. In this article, we will discuss top best landscapes in India which you must-see in your trip to this nation. 

When you check-in the following list, it means you come India.

1, The Himalayan mountain range

The Himalayan mountain is well-known in the global because of the enthralling and natural beauty. 

It is located and stretched in continuous 5 states: Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim. You can feel generous and majestic of the nature.

This mountain range deserves to become one of the hottest spots to discover in India. There are series of entertainment services you can try at there, for example: riding around the Dai Lake by bike, motorbike or ricing cars, or trekking to Triund, river rafting, so on. 

If you are a fan of adventurous trip, you should try it.

2, The Indo-Gangetic Plains

If you don’t like the height, you can choose location in the foothills of Himalayan mountain, it is the Indo-Gangetic Plains which also covers some beautiful landscapes in this nation.

The fact, this place is very large located in other areas like Uttarakhand, Bhutan, West Bengal…

Some outdoor activities you can visit this place like visiting the wildlife at Jim Corbett or trekking around Nanda Devi or even going river rafting in Nameri national part, so on…

The fact, you can combine trip by walking and by sea to discover all landscapes of the Indo-Gangetic Plains.

3, The Highlands

The highlands bring vivid landscapes around India which are completely different from other landscapes.

It’s great to discover the architectural beauty of Gwalior Fort or visit some historical places in Jaipur. It looks royal and ancient.

Tips for Tiger Safari in India

Even in the highest tiger population density areas, spotting tigers is not certain. Some tourists must take back-to-back safari for several days to increase the possibility of spotting tigers.

Elephant safari is the best way to get closer to the tigers while Jeep safaris will allow deep penetration into the forest, into the habitat of tigers.

Always follow your guide’s instructions while on a safari, your safety is important. This wild animals is a well-known carnivorous. Absolute silence is needed for tiger spotting. 

Usually, summers are the best time to spot tigers as the water holes will be drained out, pushing tigers to reach out of their usual habitat to find large water sources. Also, the grasses will be dried out, increasing your visibility.

What to Wear For Tiger Safari

The prime tiger spotting time is during the peak summer season. Thus, you should wear fully covering thin clothing, comfortable shoes or any footwear that covers your feet completely, sunscreen and hat as exposing your skin to sun can lead to sunburn, dehydration and other skin problems. Remember to carry a large bottle of water. And if you prefer early morning safari, carry a thin jacket.
Many of the naturalists in India are incredible as they can hear alarm call, sound of engine from a great distance. When you enter the tiger reserves in India it’s incredibly easy to become detached by your guide’s notes, instructions and eye movements, assuming that they have some inside knowledge about where the tigers are going to pop up while in fact, they don’t. So don’t be afraid to look the other way, get involved and try to discern the different deer and langur alarm calls from the broad-spectrum of jungle noises. You’re not going to become an expert anytime soon but it certainly adds to the whole amazing experience. 

Best Tiger Safari In India (Part 5)

 Bandipur National Park

Bandipur along with Nagarhole and Mudumalai are major Tiger population area in Southern India. The tiger population in the Western Ghats is estimated to be a quarter of the whole country’s tiger population. Bus safari, elephant safari and jeep safari are allowed in this park. If you are expecting to spot tigers, it is best to choose elephant safari or jeep safari.

Situated in the Ooty – Mysore highway, this park is one of the most popular destinations for sporting tigers and elephants. The park covers along two states. On the Tamil Nadu side, this park is known as the Mudumalai reserve. The northwest region of the park with Kabini region is popular for spotting tigers during summertime. Besides tigers, visitors can find Nilgiri tahr, leopard, langur, Indian hare, and many others.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between March to end of June

Safari Timing – 6 am to 9 am and, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm by bus; 10 am to 11 am by elephant safari and, 6 am to 9 am and, 4 pm to 6 pm by jeep safari.

Closest Airport is Coimbatore international airport, which is 85 km away from the park

Periyar National Park

Periyar national park is a well-known wildlife sanctuary and tourism attraction of Kerala. Besides tigers and elephants, this place is filled with Indian wild dog, sambar, mouse deer, wild pig, barking deer, Nilgiri Langur, Nilgiri Tahr and others.

As the probability of spotting tiger is very small in this park, you must arrive at the park early in the morning. Boating in the Periyar lake is the best way to see thirsty tigers with cubs. To increase the chances of spotting tigers, better bring along binoculars.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between March to end of June

Safari Timing – 7 am to 4 pm on boat ride, early morning to 3 pm by jeep safari.

Closest Airport is Kochi international airport, which is 145 km away from the park

Best Tiger Safari In India (Part 3)

 Tadoba National Park

Tadoba is the oldest and biggest park of Maharashtra, being famous for spotting tigers from open air gypsy. Safaris begins from either of the two entrance gates, namely the Mohurli Gate and the Kolara Gate. Besides tigers, the park is filled with jungle cats, crocodiles, barking deer, sloth bear, small Indian civet, Indian python, sambar, Indian leopard, nilgai, wolf spiders and others.

The best tiger spotting area is the Mohurli gate region. There are also extremely good accommodation facilities in this region. The region will be extremely hot during summer time. If you are determined to visit the region for some tigers spotting action, it is better to explore this forest region during height of summer.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between March to May

Safari Timing begins from 5:30 am to 10 am and 3 pm to 6:30 pm (timing changes with season)

Closest Airport is Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar International airport, which is 150 km away from the park

Nagarhole National Park

Named after the Nagarahole river of Karnataka, this national park belongs to Mysore and Kodagu and is a part of the well-known Nilgiri biosphere reserve. The park is famous for being a protected habitat for wild animal such as tigers and elephants. Apart from the majestic tigers of the land, the park is filled with leopards, wild boars, sloth bear, bison and more than 260 species of birds.

There are three entrance points for safari; the Veerana Hosahalli, Nanachi and Antharasanthe gates. There are two options to spot tigers. Visitors can take the canter safari or jeep safari which runs deeper into the forest and covers top tiger habitat sites. The second option is boat trips which are open during peak season.

The Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between April to June

Safari Timing begins from 6am to 8 am and, from 3 pm to 5 pm

Closest Airport is Mandkalli airport, which is 100 km away from the park

Best Tiger Safari In India (Part 2)

Kanha National Park

This national park is best known among many famous national park as the background for Jungle Book of Rudyard Kipling, featuring a very high visibility due to the fact that a large part of open meadows cover this park. Besides tigers, you can spot many other wildlife animals such as gaur, black buck, jackal, porcupine, palm squirrel, striped hyena, chinkara, mouse deer, sambar and others. The best way to see tigers is by joining the early morning elephant safari trip from Mukki gate of the park.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between April to June

Tiger Safari Timing is from sunrise to 10 am and, from 3:30 pm to sunset

Closest Airport is Jabalpur airport, which is 180 km away from the park

Jim Corbett National Park

This is one of the oldest and the most prestigious national parks in India. Situated in the mighty foothills of Himalayas Mount, this park nurtures a diverse landscape making it a favorable home for animals to thrive. Top animals to find in this park besides tigers are sloth bear, fishing cat, leopard, goral, chital, barking deer and others. The best way to sê tigers is by coming to the eastern part of the park, Bijrani. You can also get a panoramic view of the park to sê tigers from top of watchtowers in Dhikala as well as other regions.

Tourists have the tendency to stay in forest common houses in Dhikala zone overnight to see tigers in action. Bijrani zone is the one features the highest density of tigers while in Jhirna zone visitors can spot tigers more frequently.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between March to June

Safari Timing from 6:30 am to 10 am and, 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Closest Airport is Pantnagar Airport, which is 55 km away from the park

Best Tiger Safari In India (Part 1)

With more than 1,500 tigers living within its boundary, India is home to nearly 50% of the world’s wild tiger. Living in over 50 different national parks, tigers is thriving in India. If you are expecting to take a tiger safari, you should choose the parks with the maximum number of tigers, various safari option and good visibility to spot the tigers.

Here are the Top Tiger Safaris in India that you can choose.

Bandhavgarh National Park

This wildlife sanctuary of Madhya Pradesh has the top density in terms of the country’s national animal. Around 55 tigers are living in just 100 square kilometer. This park was also popular for white tigers which was not spotted for 50 years ago and many other animals such as sambar, chital,  blue bull, antelope, wild boar, wild dog, Indian fox, leopard, bison, and nilgai.

The best way to get closer to tigers is by using jeep or elephant safari visiting four zones covered in this park. However, as only limited number of vehicles is allowed to access each zones daily, visitors should book in advance.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between April and June.

Safari Open Time: 5:30 am to 10 am and,4 pm to 7 pm

Closest Airport – Jabalpur airport, which is about 200km away from the park

2. Ranthambore National Park

This park is one of the biggest in the country and is very popular among wildlife photographers. It’s used to be a hunting ground before being transformed to a protection and reserve site. Other important animals living here are jungle cats, sloth bear, jackals, Indian fox, crocodiles, and leopards. Tigers are usually living in the Bakaula region of the park, which is filled with a dense forest and many watering holes.

Ranthambore has the longest living tigress of the world. Of which, Machli – the queen of the park – was 20 years when she died- the higher age than the average lifespan ( 10-15 years). The tigress won lifetime achievement record for being a top tourism destination and playing a critical role in conservation. There are ten zones in Ranthambore National park and zone 4 has the highest number of tigers.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between April to May

Tiger Safari Open at 7 am to 10:30 am and, 2:30 pm to 6 pm

Closest Airport – Jaipur airport, which is about 150 km away from the park

Overview of the unique culture of India (Part 2)

Religious activities of various faiths are an integral part of social life. Education is respected by all members at all levels.

Traditional Indian family values ​​have evolved to reach a nuclear family system, because of the socio-economic constraints of the old traditionally connected family system. Religion in India is a public issue, with many activities becoming grandiose and with it the decline of spiritual values.

Indian cuisine is very diverse, in terms of ingredients, flavors and processing methods vary by region. Rice and flour are the country’s two main food products. India is famous for the number of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. cuisine.

Spicy foods and sweets are very popular in India. Traditional Indian clothing varies greatly by region in color and style, and depends on many factors, including climate. Traditional costumes include traditional sari for women and traditional dhoti for men.

The most popular sport in India is grass hockey, although cricket is in fact a national sport, especially in the northeast, football is the most popular and most widely watched sport. In recent years tennis has also become popular in India. India is also famous for chess, with international players like Vishwanathan Anand. Local traditional sports, such as kabaddi and gilli-danda, are played almost everywhere in the country.

Public holidays

India is also known as a country of festivals. As a multi-religious country, India has very diverse festivals, many festivals for all social sectors. The most popular and participant festivals include Hindu festivals in Diwali, Holi, Pongal and Dussehra and Muslim festivals in Eid.

A number of festivals are held in most of the country; however, they are called by different names depending on the region or may be organized in a different form. Every festival is celebrated in a unique fashion.

India has three national holidays. Other holidays, from nine to twelve, are tied to festivals, religious holidays, and the birthdays of leaders are regulated by state.

Best Places to Celebrate New Year in India (Part 2)

Bangalore

The city is not only famous for its IT industries and hardworking people but also for throwing great parties. If lush green opened space, huge shopping malls, and beautiful weather are inviting you, Bangalore is the must travel place in order to celebrate the new year. The city can inspire you to tap your feet on beats of music without any hard attempt. A rocking crowd and live music can help you enjoy every bit of the celebration.

Puducherry
This place has always had a hipster charm and is gradually becoming as the new hip place to replace Goa. The French colonial charm of the Puducherry streets combines in harmony with the mix of cultures of peaceful Ashrams as well as ancient French architecture.

Similar to Goa, Puducherry provides a large selection of charming French style cafes, bars and lounges with affordable alcohol, visited by people around the world. If you want a relaxing New Year’s Eve then this is the ideal place to be.

Udaipur, Rajasthan
The city of lakes offers something more than just a historical place. Popular with its clear lake waters, massive Rajput Palaces, friendly people with colorful handicrafts and surrounded by the Ravalli range with its amazing wildlife.

All of this gets Udaipur to suit the title of“Kashmir of Rajasthan”. If this New Year’s Eve you would like to experience the past in royal style, then visit the heritage city of Udaipur in Rajasthan.

Gokarna, Karnataka
Gokarna is another beautiful untouched beach destination that offers a serene environment for a relaxing holiday. Gokarna has a dual life of both religious spot for the Hindus as well as the abode of Lord Mahabaleshwar.

On the other hand, it is a lover’s paradise featuring peaceful beach, the blueness of the ocean, secluded and peaceful, all of which is away from the chaos of the city. You can also get affordable accommodation at Gokarna for a relaxing New Year’s with close friends and family if you book in advance.

Most Important Buddhist Pilgrimage Places (Part 3)

Key Monastery

Situated in an altitude of over 13,000 feet in Spiti Valley. Himachal Pradesh, Key Monastery is a particularly important Tibetan religious training centre for Llamas, featuring stunning monastic architecture. The monastery consists of various murals, houses and a good collection of scriptures and Buddha images.

The beautiful 3-storeyed monastery is situated in a remote region, thus it is visited mostly by adventure travellers and Buddha followers. 

Dalai Lama Temple Complex, Dharamshala

Known as the main seat of Tibetan Buddhism or the residence of Dalai Lama, the Dalai Lama Temple is a colourful and enchanting monastery complex where Dalai Lama delivered his sermons.

The temple has a large statue of the Buddha. Morning and evening chants are immensely amazing and spotting the image of llamas performing their daily duties is peaceful. As visiting the complex, travellers must also visit Norbulingka Institute and Namgyal Monastery in the same ares of Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

Tawang Monastery

Tawang Monastery is the largest Buddhist monastery in India and the second largest monastery and the most popular places for a Buddhist spiritual in the world. Tawang Monastery is visited mostly by tourists, monks and Buddha followers. Situated at a height of 10,000 feet in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, the monastery with vibrantly colorful, serene and the architecture, decor and murals are breathtaking in a picturesque setting of the Tawang valley, featuring the decorated tall statue of the Buddha in the main hall and the sacred texts in the library. 

Rumtek Monastery

Popular for being the Dharma Chakra Centre, Rumtek Monastery is a political and spiritual centre of the Kagyu of Tibetan Buddhists which located in Gangtok, Sikkim.

The main temple is beautifully coloured and decorated with a bejewelled golden shrine commemorating the guru of the Kagyu lineage making it one of the best ancient relics and scriptures, as well as the architecture in the world.

Most Important Buddhist Pilgrimage Places (Part 2)

Rajgir, Bihar

The capital of the Magadhan Empire followed by Pataliputra, Rajgir is popular for its curative hot springs (although the bathing enclosure lefts much to be desired). During the rainy season, Buddha would stay at Griddhakuta Hill, a section of the Ratnagiri chain of hills. On the other part of the Ratnagiri is the Saptaparni Cave which is the place that the first international Buddhist council was founded after Buddha’s death after writing down his teachings. To honor the 2,500 years of the first council, the Japanese Buddhist Association established a stupa above the cave and an aerial ropeway bridging it with the bottom of the hill. The ruins of the famous Nalanda Mahavihara, the university town discovered in 411 AD, is about 11km away from here.

Kapilvastu, Uttar Pradesh

Named as Piprahwa now, a part of archaeologists and historians are determined that this is the old site of the palace where Shakya Prince Siddhartha once lived when he dreamed the three sights that changed his life forever. He was urged to find out why people suffered from mystery and travelled for six whole years until he reached the place that later came to be called as Bodh Gaya which is 110km away from Gorakhpur and has a UPSTDC tourist lodge. Tourists can visit Nepal from this site to see Buddha’s birthplace, Lumbini.

Shravasti

An ancient city, one of the biggest during the Buddha’s lifetime and become a significant pilgrimage site for Buddhists and travellers as Buddha once spent most of the time after enlightenment at this place.

The Twin Miracle was believed to have happened here, where the Buddha emitted flames from the upper part and water from the lower part of his body. Destinations of interest are Jetavana Monastery, Anandabodhi Tree, Anathapindika and Angulimala Stupas. All of which are located near West Rapti River, Uttar Pradesh