India’s National Parks

There are roughly 100 National Parks in India, ranging in size, location and with different species of wild and plant life. Here are some handy pointers about their unique features for anyone interested in travelling to India.

Kanha National Park– Along with Ranthambore is a top tiger location. Also there are leopards, deer, antelope, langur monkeys and bison all mixed in with a few bears. It is the less touristy state of Madhya Pradesh.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary– 777sq km with a 26sq km man-made lake, Periyar is the perfect place to spot elephant as there are over 1,000 here, along with sambar, boar, langur monkeys and of course a few tigers. This is a very popular place to visit, even though the park is so large it can sometimes feel busy.

Keoladeo Ghana National Park– If you like birds, then Keoladeo is the place to go. It is best accessed from Bharatpur, which is a 3 hour drive South-East of Jaipur. October through to February is by far the best time to visit, this is after monsoon season. The lakes will be full, plant life in bloom and the trees full with leaves will mean that the birds will flock here. Painted Storks, Sarus cranes, herons, egrets, owls, cormorants and kingfishers all live here. You may even see pythons in the winter months.

Ranthambore National Park– Based in Rajasthan, just 5 hours from Jaipur is the best place in Rajasthan to (hopefully) spot tigers in a lovely unspoiled nature reserve. Project Tiger was setup in 1979 to preserve the tigers and local wildlife.

Corbett National Tiger Reserve… This was India’s first national park, establish in 1936. This reserve inspired the national program Project Tiger. April to mid-June is the best time to spot a tiger.

None of the parks guarantee that you will certain animals, especially tigers which are the most elusive.

Why Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours Are a Great Way to See the National Park

Arizona’s Grand Canyon affords the visitor with some incredibly spectacular sights and vistas on the planet. As it is over 270 miles long and more than one mile deep, there are many lookouts from which to view different areas. But probably the most effective way of soaking in the whole experience is via Grand Canyon helicopter rides.

You have a choice of leaving from a number of nearby airports. Irrespective of length and time of a tour, you will manage to marvel at the sheer awesomeness of this national park. Many tour helis drop well below the rim. Visitors who take advantage of this sort of trip can see extraordinary rock structures in addition to amazing contours and colors of the canyon walls themselves.

The range of tours allows a person to customize trips according to time and money limitations as well as the extent of what one would like to see. But certainly, helis allow a person to see in a short time what many visitors need a prolonged trip to accomplish. In reality, the majority of tourists only receive the perspective of views from the South Rim. With an aerial view, you can potentially see a number of other views, such as the North Rim, which is closed to visitors during the winter season.

Take with you a camera to capture unique images. Many tours of this kind offer intriguing and informative narratives through headsets. In addition to the great scenery, the informational element is likely to make the trip that much more complete. You’ll be able to soak in the extraordinary variety of images during any of the rides and get archaeological and historical lessons while doing so.

In a given tour, one may well see close up marvels including the Inner Canyon Gorge, Ninety Four Mile Creek, Honan Point, Havasu Falls, just to mention a few remarkable sites. There are many different tours to choose from. Doing a little basic research before reserving a trip might be of some help in limiting the choices.

There are many options for mixing helicopter trips with some other packages as well. Many of the flights provide for landings and on foot explorations, for instance. Other flights are woven into other, longer term, vacation deals. A tour can be an exciting “side light” or even the centerpiece of one’s visit.

The costs for such tours are usually surprisingly inexpensive. The costs do vary depending on the company and the extent of the trip. Obviously, one will spend more for more extensive and all-encompassing tours. But for as low as $150.00 to $200.00 you can enjoy the tour experience of a lifetime.

Though seeing this phenomenal national park on foot makes for the experience of a lifetime, seeing it from the air is usually considerably better. What one is capable of seeing in under 1 hour can supply one with a lifetime of memories. So if you are planning for a vacation to this region of the U. S., it makes a lot of sense to select from one of the many Grand Canyon helicopter rides.

Top 5 Destinations That MUST Be in Your Bucket List to Travel in 2015

“The best way to travel to a destination is; do not decide any particular location, simply pack your bag, and leave… And see where the road takes you!” – Anonymous

Well, this, indeed, sounds a pretty exciting idea to travel the world; however, some planning before starting your journey is always good and helpful. Traveling is one of the most jubilant way to live life (regular travelers would know it!), and it is of utmost importance that you take out time for frequent expeditions. It is understood that, when it comes to deciding a destination to travel, one does face a series of conundrums; “which city?”, “what’ll be the expenses?”, “how long can I stay?”, “is it the best time to visit?” and so on.

Well, that is exactly what I have tried to do in this article. Here is a list of destinations for you to choose from, to start your sojourn. These 5 destinations are some of the most scintillating and enthralling tourist spots in the world, and must feature in your bucket list; have a look.

India

Welcome to the largest democracy in the world. India is a home to a myriad of religions and a perfect blend of modern-traditional lifestyle. Grant Duff, a renowned British historian of India, once said that, “Many of the advances in science that we consider today to have been made in Europe were in fact made in India centuries ago”; that says a lot about this majestic country.

When in India, you don’t have to think about the activities to get indulge in, or places to see. While the northern part welcomes you with snow-capped mountains of the great Himalayas and a lifestyle submerged in Buddhism (Leh & Laddakh), the southern part puts you elegantly in the arms of pure nature’s beauty. And, while, the endless deserts of western zone will fascinate you instead of freaking you out, the vibrant art culture of the eastern states will bind you to its roots. India is a country that can frustrate you to the core, and mesmerize your senses as well. Many travelers, over the years, have been travelling to this country, and every visit is a new experience for them.

The best time to visit: Now, this is a tricky one! India, basically, is divided in three climatic conditions; Hot (March-July), Wet (August-October), and Cold (November-February). Even these conditions vary as you go from North to South, and, thus, traveling time depends on which state you are planning to visit. However, for a better travel experience, it is advised to visit India during its coldest months.

Best things to do: India and its people are immersed in the celebration all year round. With an amalgamation of myriad of cultural and traditional pillars, India and its people are immersed in celebrations no matter which month of the year you visit. Apart from enjoying the festivity, one can indulge in a volunteer program as well. Being a developing country, there are enormous opportunities for you to be a part of the team, which endeavors to lift the living conditions of weaker society.

Australia

There are countries in this world, which are known for some or the other uniqueness of theirs. It can be their beaches, mountains, architectures, culture, and so on. And then there is a country which comes out firm and strong, whose uniqueness and specialty is having, not one, but many specialties; Australia mate! Be it the endearingly cute koalas and kangaroos or the sports fraternity that has removed the word “failure” from their dictionary; Australia is as unique, as lively its people are.

It is a surprise only that a nation, which shows up as a minuscule figure in front of its neighboring Asian countries, yet has so much to admire. The country is burgeoning with some of the best architectural work and natural formations; The Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Uluru Rock, and the UNICEF certified heritage site of The Great Barrier Reef, is just to make a mention. The Australian lifestyle is similar to that of the western countries, while the human population and a significant part of the wildlife lives pretty much together.

The best time to visit: While April to September witness the winters in Australia, the temperature starts gaining up by mid of October and reaches to a pretty hot level by December, which remains like that till mid of March month. So, if you are a beach lover and have plans to gulp down the Fosters’ bottle while surfing, summers are the best time for you to visit, although, the majority of tourist footfall happens during the winter season, as it treats you lightly, while you enjoy your sojourn.

Best things to do: Australia is a country, full of sports enthusiast. A game of cricket is something no Aussie would want to miss, while enjoying their mug of beer and cheering for their mates! If your visit happens to clash with a tournament season, get a ticket and enjoy the Australian way. Also, needless to say that The Great Barrier Reef is a place you simply can’t give a miss. Australia, gives you no window to get bored or sit idle.

Spain

Vibrant culture, jubilant people, and uber cool lifestyle; this sums up the region of Spain for you. This European nation may come across to you as a stereotypical developing nation, but has all the ingredients to surprise you to the fullest. More than anything, the country is known and reputed for its lively and upbeat lifestyle and warm-welcoming people. It is interesting to know that, not only does Spain stands second with the most number of UNESCO certified heritage sites, it also takes the first position with the most number of world heritage cities in the world.

While Madrid, the capital city, has a reputation of being a place for amazing night-life and flattering cuisines, Barcelona, Valencia and Cadiz are some of the other cities that have some of the most beautiful and finely constructed buildings.

The best time to go: Spring time in Spain is the best time to explore this colorful nation. The season peaks up in April and goes up till the month of October. And while summers can be a good time as well, especially for beach lovers, it can get a bit more crowded than you would expect. Those who want to enjoy their space in peace and experience the tranquility, must visit during the winters and avoid all the crazy rush.

Best things to do: While the iconic bull fight of Spain is a definite visit, you can indulge in one of world’s craziest and intriguing festivals celebrated in Spain, La Tomatina. Conducted on the last Wednesday of every August in the beautiful city of Valencia, this can be your chance to do something which you might have always wanted to do when you were a kid, throw rotten tomatoes on hundreds other; and be ready to get hit too!

Singapore

Unarguably, one of the most visited tourist nation in the world, Singapore has more than aplenty reasons for you to be there, beautiful city life and magnificent landscapes surrounding the city, is just one of the many. The level and expectation of fun appreciates to an entirely new level when the destination is an island nation and has one of the most enthralling and vibrant archipelagos in the world. Sentosa, the most popular island resort in Singapore, is one place you would never forget your entire life. With a tank full of attraction points; including, two huge golf courses, 14 luxury hotels, a tenacious fort (Siloso), a 2kms long sheltered beach and a theme park of Universal Studios; the island resort has got everything under one roof for you.

The influence of Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and Indonesian culture in Singapore has its results in local food preparations and dishes as well. One can experience the ‘out of the world’ taste from a hot bowl of Bak Kut The (pork ribs soup) even from a small roadside food stall, that’s the level of consistency in taste throughout. The simplest of the dishes, such as a plate of dim sums, will also make you go omnomnom!!!! With so many flea markets, wet markets, malls and local street vendors selling a variety of local artistry and souvenir products, one can burgeon their baggage with shopping items. The Singapore Flyer, a 165 meter tall observational wheel, with 28 air-conditioned capsules, is one of the main tourist attractions in Singapore. Considered to be the answer to The London Eye, the flyer is a great way to see the beautiful island. The robustness of the wildlife, residing in this island nation, reflects from the choice of their national animal, viz., Lion. With over a thousand different species of birds, insects and mammals, Singapore is a walk of heaven for wildlife enthusiasts.

The best time to go: Being an archipelago, the weather in Singapore is mainly warm and humid, which remains constant throughout the year. So, taking the weather into consideration, there is no time boundation to visit Singapore. However, November to early March can be a little cooler than the other months of the year, so that can be a choice. Also, to avoid the heavy tourist traffic and have some space for you, June to October is the perfect time to make a sojourn in Singapore.

Best Things to do: While the capital city of Singapore is a paradise world for any traveler, which can leave an impression for the lifetime, there is no dearth of activities to do in any of the cities or islands of this country. You can spend some family fun time at the Singapore Zoo, or the Jurong Bird Park, while the Singapore Flyer will provide a binocular view of the city. The Sentosa Island is a major attraction point as well.

Philippines

“It’s more fun in the Philippines”; this overwhelming tagline by the tourism department of the Philippines is very much justified with an amalgamation of over 7000 startling islands, covered with plush green tropical rainforest and gigantic volcanoes, and many more reasons. This South-East Asian country is one of the places that have the capability of mesmerizing your senses and take control over you; this archipelago simply redefines the term ‘Natural Beauty’, and takes it to another level altogether.

The food, the traditions, the flora & fauna, the landscapes & architectures, and especially the beaches; everything about the Philippines is worth experiencing and enjoying. With Pacific waters surrounded from all sides, every island in the Philippines has a number of scintillating beaches to choose from. Go to Palawan Island and you have the secret beach and the El Nido beach to mesmerize your wits, at Aklan you have the Boracay beach with crystal clear water and the white sandy shore. It is said that, when in the Philippines you don’t only need to have a strong appetite, but also stringent taste buds to handle the level of tang created due to heavy load of ingredients used in preparing the dishes. With soy sauce, vinegar, pork, rice, and fish sauce being a common participant in most of the signature cuisines, the kitchens of the Philippines are known to serve some extraordinary and innovative platters. Adobo, Sisig, Pork Barbecue, and the very famous street food Balut (talk about extraordinary) are some of the mouthwatering delicacies.

The best time to go: For the best of your travel experience in the Philippines, December to February is just the perfect gap to visit this island country. The months of March to May can be pretty hot and humid, while the heavy monsoon hits the region by July that goes up till November month.

Best things to do: Explore the gigantic and magnificent volcanoes, some of which are active till date. The Mayon Volcano, located on the Luzon Island, is considered to be the most active stratovolcano present in the Philippines; it is fondly known as the ‘Perfect One’, because of its perfect conical shape. The Banaue Rice Terraces and The Chocolate Hills are among the many marvelously maintained landscapes in the Philippines.