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A Visit to Dachigam park

Best Destinations - Amanda - September 2, 2015

Dachigam park derives its name from the ten villages that existed before institution of the protected nature reserve in 1981. The area of park is unfold across 141 sq kilometers and lies at a distance of roughly 22 kilometers from Srinagar, the capital of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. The Sanctuary has been a protected space since the maharajah of Jammu and Kashmir used the area because the Royal Hunting Reserve. Currently a park, Dachigam life Sanctuary includes of many lakes, rivers, ornate meadows, waterfalls and dense cone-bearing forests. Being placed within the Paradise of India (Jammu and Kashmir), the protected forests feature grasslands that are full of the foremost colourful flowers throughout the year except in harsh winters. The Dagwan River that flows from the Marsar Lake could be a famous fishing spot and is understood for its population of trout. The Park is found in 2 totally different zones, particularly the higher and also the Lower Dachigam with each zones containing some major distinction in terms of terrain, flora and fauna. A automobile is employed to crosswise through Lower Dachigam howeverthe higher Dachigam will solely be tread by foot or on Zanskari Ponies.

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Climatic Conditions

Being located in the foot hills of the Himalayas, the climate at Dachigam is mostly favorable throughout the year except during peak winters when wind, snow and severely low temperatures make the area inaccessible. However the winter months from September to December are the best to spot some of the rare species.

Best Time to Visit

The sanctuary is accessible throughout the year except the winter months once chilling temperatures and snow makes the terrain difficult to treat and most animals can’t be noticed. However, the months of October and November are thought-about the simplest because the climate is that the most pleasant and also the fauna activity is that the highest. The park is closed between January and April.

Wildlife at Dachigam National Park

The dense forests and the variable terrain and range of altitude make Dachigam National Park an abode for a verity of species of animals and birds, many of which are endangered and rare.

Animals – Kashmir Stag (Hangul), Leopard, Snow Leopard, White-bellied Musk Deer, Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Brown Bear, the Otter, Yellow-throated Marten, Himalayan Weasel, Jackal, Long-tailed Marmot, Jungle-cat, Leopard Cat and Himalayan Fox etc.

Avi-Fauna – Monal Pheasant, Crimson Tragopan, Golden Eagles, Lammergeier Vultures, Blood Pheasant, Cinnamon Sparrows, Woodpeckers, Himalayan Rubythroats, Pygmy Owlets, Babblers, Orange Bullfinch, Golden Orioles, Kashmir Flycatcher, Black Bulbuls and Koklass Pheasant etc.


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Places to Visit in Lonavala

Best Destinations - Amanda - June 22, 2015

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Lonavala is located in the Pune district of the state of Maharashtra and is a popular hill station for the people of Mumbai and Pune. The hill town is placed at an elevation of 624 meters above sea level and is known for its relatively milder climate amidst the Western Ghats. The word Lonavala literally translates to ‘A Resting Place Carved with Stone’ and is widely popular during the rainy season and lush green hills of the Sahayadri range. Lonavala is also famous for its produce of an Indian hard candy made from groundnuts and jaggery known in the common tongue as Chikki.

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The region surrounding Lonavala once came under the ancient kingdom of the Yadava Dynasty who ruled over parts of present day Maharashtra, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. The land was later annexed by the Mughals during the medieval period and was later developed as hill station by Lord Elphinstone of the Bombay Presidency under the British Rule. Today, it is a popular destination for the people of Mumbai to escape the humid and tropical heat of the coastal areas.

Climatic Conditions

Located in the Western Ghats or the Sahayadri Mountains, Lonavala experiences a monsoon affected subtropical climate. The months between April and June see the warmest temperatures that go upto 35 degrees Celsius. The monsoon months between July and September see the maximum rainfalls and are visited by thousands of tourists due to the scenic locations. The winter months are mild and temperatures drop to a moderate 10- 11 degrees Celsius.

Best Time to Visit

Lonavala is mostly avoided during summers as the elevation fails to provide it with milder temperatures. Nevertheless, the climate is much pleasant during the summers as compared to the lower plains. The tourist season starts with the arrival of the monsoons during the month of July and provides some breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and forests. The best time to visit however is between the months of October and January when the temperatures are the mildest with occasional showers that makes the visit even more enchanting.

Attractions/Things to Do

Being located in the hills of the Western Ghats, Lonavala is home to several natural attractions like waterfalls, lakes and viewpoints. To experience the attractions in Lonavala it is often advisable to visit the town during or after the monsoon season as the lakes and waterfalls tend to dry up during the summers. Trekking, Hiking and camping are also much sought after activities in Lonavala.

Tiger’s Leap, Rajmachi Point, Ryewood Park, Shivalinga, Lion’s Point, Karla caves, Lonavala Lake, Bushy Dam, Duke’s nose, Lohagad Fort and Valvan Dam are few of the various attractions in and around Lonavala.

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How to Reach

Being well connected via roads to nearby metropolis Mumbai and the town of Pune, Lonavala can be easily accesses via buses, taxis. One must remember that 2 wheelers and 3 wheelers are not allowed on the Mumbai-Pune expressway. Lonavala has its own railway station and can be reached via trains from Mumbai and Pune. The nearest airports are in the town of Pune and Mumbai with domestic and international flights.

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Kaziranga National Park, Assam

Best Destinations - Amanda - June 11, 2015

Known to be one of the last bastions of the Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros, Kaziranga National Park is located in the Indian state of Assam. The protected area was established in 1904 following the efforts of Lady Curzon, the wife of Lord Curzon, the then Viceroy of India under the British Raj. Today’ the park is spread around an area of 430 square kilometers and is also known as a major ‘Tiger Reserve’ in India. When the Lady failed to see a single Rhinoceros upon her visit, she persuaded the Viceroy to facilitate the protection of the forests and the wildlife. The park has also been declared a UNESCO world heritage site.

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Kaziranga National Park is located by the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River and is shared by two districts in Assam. The terrain in the park comprises mainly of sandbanks, riverine lakes, Semi-evergreen forests, moist broad-leaf forests and grasslands. The park is spread in a massive area which makes it one of the largest protected forests in the Sub-Himalayan belt.

Climatic Conditions

Being located in one of the highest rainfall prone areas of the Middle Brahmaputra Valley, Kaziranga National Park experiences a humid monsoon season between July and September when most of the areas near the shores are submerged. The summer months fall between February and May when the temperatures can go upto 37 degrees. The winter months fall between November and February which enjoys a favorable and pleasant climate with temperatures never exceeding beyond 25 degrees Celsius.

Best Time to Visit

The park is flooded and inaccessible during the monsoon months between July and September and the summer months see little to no fauna activity and the park is also closed for public. The best time to visit Kaziranga National Park is between September till December when the climate is the most favorable and pleasant following the monsoons. The winters at Kaziranga National Park is enchanting with the best views of the fauna and flora that the park houses.

Wildlife at Kaziranga National Park

As the national park is one of the largest protected areas in India, it houses several rare and endangered species of animals, birds and reptiles. Approximately 35 mammalian species, 479 species of birds and 42 species of reptiles can be found in the park.

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Animals – The Great One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros, Wild Asian Water Buffalo, Indian Elephant, Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian Wild Boar, Eastern Mole, Indian Pangolin, Indian Gaur, Swamp Deer, Sambar, Barking Deer, Hoolock, Hog Deer, Capped Langur or Leaf Monkey, Rhesus Macaque, Assamese Macaque, Indian leopard, Sloth Bear, Indian Porcupine, Fishing Cat, Jungle Cat, Large Indian Civet, Small Indian Civet, Indian Gray Mongoose, Small Indian Mongoose, Bengal Fox, Golden Jackal, Common Otter, Chinese Ferret Badger, Hog Badger, Ganges and Indus River Dolphin, Orange-bellied Himalayan Squirrel, Asiatic Black Bear, Bat, Black Langur and Indian Gazelle etc.

Birds – Eastern Imperial Eagle, Bengal Florican, Greater Spotted Eagle, White-tailed Fishing Eagle, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Bristled Grassbird, Baya Weaver, the Lesser Kestrel, Swamp Francolin, Slender-billed Vulture, Slender-billed Vulture, the Indian White-rumped Vulture Hodgson’s Bushchat, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, Wreathed Hornbill, Jerdon’s Babbler, Marsh Babbler White-tailed Fishing Eagle, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Black-breasted Parrotbill, Griffon Vulture, Himalayan Griffon and Rufous-vented Prinia etc.

Reptiles – Gharial, Turtles, Water Monitors, Bengal Monitors, Assam Garden Lizards, Common Indian Skink, Black Krait, Bengal Cobra, King Cobra, Reticulated Python, Russell’s Viper, Rat Snake, Long nosed-vine snake, Kukri Snake etc.

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