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About George Thiruvilakalayil George

George Thiruvilakalyil George is a blog writer. George is an expert on Local Business Citations, having created thousands of Local Citations for clients in USA, Australia, India, etc. George is also a web site designer with around 2 decades of experience. George started working on web related technologies from early 1996, immediately after internet access was introduced in 5 cities of India in August 1995.

Hemis National Park, Hemis Monastery

Hemis National Park is the largest national park of India, spread over 4400 square kilometers and is a world renowned high altitude national park, near Ladakh. Its regarded as the best place to see snow leopards in the wild. Hemis Park is situated in Jammu and Kashmir state of India.

A Snow Leopard in Hemis National Park
A Snow Leopard in Hemis National Park

The National park is bounded by Indus River on the northern side. Hemis National Park is rich is flora and fauna. A large species of Endangered mammals, including the snow leopard numbering around 200, are found here. Shapo alias Urial or Arkars; a subspecies of wild sheep; are found in this National Park and is the only place to spot them in India. 16 species of mammal and 73 species of birds are found in this park.

Flora consists of alpine vegetation. Hemis National Park is home to around 15 endangered medicinal plants.

Hemis National Park is the lone national park in India, which lies north of the Himalayas.

Hemis Monastery, a 400 year old Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, is situated here at Ladakh.

Hemis Monastery (gompa) at Ladakh
Hemis Monastery (gompa) at Ladakh

How Do I Go to Hemis National Park?

Hemis National Park is situated at around 10 kilometers from Leh, the nearest city. The road routes to Leh are Srinagar-Leh highway and Manali-Leh highway; both these passes through some of the highest passes of the continent.

Srinagar railway station and Jammu Tawi railway station are at around 232 and 253 kilometers distance respectively from Hemis National Park. Kalka railway station in Haryana is at around 326 kilometers away.

Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is at around 5 kilometers from Hemis National Park.

Great Himalayan National Park

Great Himalayan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is spread over an area of 1,171 square kilometers, at an altitude of 1500 to 6000 meters, among the mountain peaks of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh state in India.

A Bulbul in the Great Himalayan National Park
A Bulbul in the Great Himalayan National Park

The Great Himalayan National Park is classified by UNESCO as one with “outstanding significance for biodiversity conservation“. The park can be considered as the junction of world’s two major faunal regions.

The Park is having more than 375 species of fauna and hunting of any sort is strictly prohibited. Himalayan Thar, Himalayan Brown Bear, Blue Sheep, Musk Deer and Snow Leopard are the common animals found in this park. Around 181 species of birds are found in this national park.

Great Himalayan National Park, one of the major high altitude national parks in India, is also rich in Flora. It ranges from pines, spruce, horse-chestnuts or conker trees, alpine herbs, junipers, etc; home to a great diversity of floral life.

The Great Himalayan National Park, GHNP, conducts pre-trek meeting every day at its headquarters at Shamshi (near Kullu). Those who are interested in trekking the mountains are advised to attend this meeting,

How Do I Go to The Great Himalayan National Park, GHNP ?

The Great Himalayan National Park, GHNP, is situated in the Kullu Valley. Kullu valley is accessible by road. Kullu airport is at around 63 kilometers from GHNP.

The capital city of India, New Delhi is at around 500 kilometers from Kullu. Chandigarh railway station is the nearest Major railway station to The Great Himalayan National Park.

Pathankot Junction railway station in Punjab is another major railway station, from where narrow gauge trains (toy trains, as it is popularly known), are available up to Joginder Nagar (Mandi). From Joginder Nagar, you may hire a cab, to complete the last leg of around 143 kilometers to Kullu.

Panna National Park

Panna National Park and Tiger reserve is spread over Panna and Chhatarpur districts of Madhya Peadesh state, India.
Raneh falls near Panna National Park
Raneh falls near Panna National Park

Spread over an area of 542.67 square kilometers or 209.53 square miles, Panna National Park is one of the best maintained National Parks in India. Even though the Tiger reserve has lost almost all of its Tiger population due to poaching by 2007, two female tigers were moved to this Tiger reserve from Kanha National Park and Bandhavgarh National Park in 2009. A male Tiger was brought from Pench Tiger Reserve. However, the male tiger started moving back to its original habitat. It was again brought back to this Tiger Reserve and it has now established its territory and started mating the female tigers here. Presently, there are around 10 cubs and 4 Tigers at the Panna Tiger Reserve.

Panna National Park is famous for the Panna tiger reserve safari package, offered by some of the local tourism operators. The National Park cum Tiger reserve is home to a large species of animals. Raneh falls and Pandav falls are two nearby falls to the National Park.

How Do I Go to Panna National Park?

Panna National Park is accessible from Panna city, the capital of Panna District. Khajuraho, famous for its UNESCO World Heritage Group of Monuments, is at 45 kilometers from Panna city. Khajuraho Airport is the nearest operation airport to the National Park and Tiger Reserve at Panna. Satna railway station is at around 75 kilometers away from Panna city. Bhopal, the capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh, is at around 328 kilometers away from the Panna National Park and Panna Tiger Reserve.

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary Safari

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected Project Tiger reserve forest, near Chikkamagaluru town in Karnataka state, India.

An Indian tiger at Bhadra wildlife Sanctuary
An Indian tiger at Bhadra wildlife Sanctuary.

Situated at an altitude which varies from 615 meters (2,018 feet) to 1,875 meters (6,152 feet), this wildlife sanctuary is very popular for its day outings. Hebbe Giri, Mullayanagiri, Gangegiri and Bababudangiri hills are some of the scenic hills inside the wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary is famous among the nature photographers. Its also a paradise for wildlife explorer and wildlife photographer community.

Bhadra wild life Sanctuary is known for its rich flora and fauna. Apart from 33 royal Bengali Indian Tigers, Bhadra Tiger reserve has many beasts of the Jungle, which includes elephant, sloth bear, gaur, wild boar, black leopard, etc. Some of the other Fauna inside the forests includes jackal, jungle cat, wild dog, sambar, mouse deer, spotted deer, barking deer, common langur, slender loris, , common palm civet, small Indian civet, bonnet macaque, pangolin, porcupine, Malabar giant squirrel, flying squirrel,etc. Bhadra wildlife sanctuary safari is very popular with tourists.

Hebbe Falls with a height of 551 feet or 168 meters, is at the eastern part of the sanctuary. Manikyadhara Falls on the sacred Baba Budan Giri Hill, is another fall which lies close to the wildlife sanctuary. The scenic Bhadra River passes through the wildlife sanctuary cum project tiger reserve.

How Do I Go to Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary?

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is at around 38 kilometers North-West of Chikkamagaluru town, in Karnataka state. The nearest airport to the wildlife sanctuary is located at Mangalore, at around 163 kilometers distance.

Bhadravthi, Birur, Shimoga and Tarikere are some of other nearby cities. Bhadravthi railway station with code BDVT and Birur Junction railway station with station code RRB, are connected by railway network to the rest of the country.

Chamba Hill Station, Heritage Monuments, Pahari Paintings

Chamba is an ancient and famous hill station town in Himachal Pradesh state, India. It is situated at an altitude 996 meters (3268 feet) and is an ideal holiday retreat. Its is also a nature lovers paradise.

Chamba from across the river
Chamba from across the river.

Chamba Hill Station town is situated on the banks of the Ravi River, at its confluence with Sal River. These two rivers gets maximum waters during summer months, due to the melting of snow.

Ravi River, near Chamba
Ravi River, near Chamba.

Natives of Chamba Hill Station are known by the suffix Varmans. The available records dates back the origin of this ancient city to 2nd century BC. The area was under the reign of Maru dynasty from 500 AD. Raju Maru was the first ruler of the Maru dynasty. In 920, Raja Sahil Varman (or Raja Sahil Verma) shifted the capital to Chamba, on his daughter Champavati’s request. Hence the town got its name Champa. Champavati Temple is a famous ancient temple built by Raja Sahil Varman in memory of his daughter Champavati. Chamba was merged with the Indian Union in April 1948. In between 500 A.D. and its merger with Indian, 67 Maru dynasty kings reigned the dynasty.

Chamba Hill Station is famous for the Suhi Mata Mela and the Minjar Mela, two major fairs lasting for days, known for its music and dancing. Chamba is also famous for the Pahari paintings, which originated in the hill Kingdom, during the 17th to 19th century. Chamba is famous for its handicrafts and textiles.

There are many old heritage monuments like palaces and temples at the old town near Chamba. 10th century Champavati Temple is the major one among them. Champavati Temple has historical and religious relevance for Hindus. Goddess Mahisasuramardini is the deity here, which is the avatar of Goddess Durga.

Lakshmi Narayan group of temples, built during the 10th-19th centuries, is another one. Sita Ram Temple, Bansi Gopal temple, Hari Rai temple and Kharura Mohalla belong to 10th century. Sui Mata Temple and Chamunda Devi Temple are built during 11th century. Akhand Chandi palace is a palace built in 11th century, which is now a college.

How Do I Go to Chamba?

Chamba Hill Station town is at around 120 kilometers from Pathankot Junction railway station, the nearest railway station. Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh state and a major tourist center in India, is at around 340 kilometers distance from Chamba.

Chmba is at around 120 kilometers from the nearest airport at Pathankot. Amritsar, Chandigarh,Dharamsala and Kangra airports are other nearby airports. New Delhi international airport is at around 600 kilometers from Chamba.

Sariska Tiger Reserve, Sariska National Park

Sariska Tiger Reserve is situated along the Aravalli Mountain Range, in Alwar district, Rajasthan, India.

A Tiger inside Sariska Tiger Reserve
A Tiger inside Sariska Tiger Reserve.

Sariska was notified as a wildlife sanctuary in 1955. It was made a National park in 1982 and was declared as a Tiger reserve in 1978. As per the census carried out in February 2005, Tigers were extinct at this Tiger reserve, possibly due to poaching. Soon tigers were successfully relocated to this Tiger reserve from Ranthambore National Park. Currently, there are 13 tigers in Sariska; 7 females, 2 males and 4 cubs.

Sariska Tiger Reserve is rich in fauna. Some of the animals found in the National park includes Bengal Tiger, Leopard, rusty spotted cat, four-horned antelope, jungle cat, caracal (wild cat), spotted deer, wild boar, jackal, hyena, sambar, blue bull, etc.

How Do I Go to Sariska Tiger Reserve?

Sariska Tiger Reserve is situated at around 110 kilometers from Jaipur. New Delhi is at around 180 kilometers from Sariska Tiger Reserve.

Alwar Junction is a major railway station which is well connected to Jaipur and New Delhi. Jaipur, Chandigarh and New Delhi are the nearest airports to Sariska National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary.

Sariska Palace Hotel

Sariska Palace Hotel is a heritage hotel built by Maharaja Jai Singh of the Princely state of Alwar in 1892 A.D., as a resting place for the royal family members during hunting. It is situated on the border of Sariska National Park. The hotel has Camel Safari packages for those interested in exploring the Aravali range of mountains.