Boating at Samendu Lake & Pony Riding in Mirik Hill Station Near Darjeeling

Mirik hill station is a picturesque hill station in Darjeeling district, West Bengal, India. Samendu lake is the center of attraction. There is a 3.5 kilometer road around the lake, which is used for walking exercise. Kangchenjunga mountain ranges are visible from here.

The Lake is surrounded by a garden on one side. The other side has pine trees. Both the lake and the pine tree areas are linked together by Indreni Pool, an arch shaped footbridge.

Sumendu lake, Mirik, Dist. DarjeelingSumendu lake, Mirik, Dist. Darjeeling

Boating in the lake and pony riding around the lake are activities that are popular among the tourists.

How Do I Go To Mirik Hill Station?

Mirik Hill Station is well connected by roads. This Hill Station is at a distance of 52 kilometers northwest of Siliguri city. Darjeeling town is at 50 kilometers distance.

Bagdogra airport with IATA code IXB, is the nearest airport at 52 kilometers distance. ‘New Jalpaiguri railway station’ is the nearest railway station. Siliguri Junction railway station and Darjeeling railway station are other nearby major railway station.

Naga & Kumaon Regiments and The Military Hospital at Ranikhet Hill Station

Ranikhet hill station is situated in the western peaks of the Himalayas, at an altitude of 1,869 meters (6,132 feet), in Almora district of Uttarakhand state , India. Military Hospital (Army Hospital), Naga regiment & Kumaon Regiment of Indian Army are situated here.

Ranikhet Hill StationRanikhet Hill Station

In 1869, Kumaon Regiment’s head quarters was established here. Long long back, Nepalese ruled Ranikhet and the Kumaonese people got freedom in 1816, with the British help.

The hill station is rich in Flora and Fauna. Pine, deodar, oak, etc, dots the forests of Ranikhet. Many wild animals, birds and Reptiles lives in the forests of the Ranikhet Hill Station.

At around Five kilometers from the Ranikhet city, there is a 9-hole Golf Course. This is among the highest golf courses in Asia and is a prime attraction here.

There is an urban jungle theme park for children, in the town. Boating is allowed at Rani Jheel. Baludham or Bhalu Dam and the dam site offers excellent view of the Himalayan peaks and is a popular picnic spot.Majkhali is another place at 12 kilometers from the town, which gives you panoramic view of the Himalayas.

How Do I Go to Ranikhet Hill Station or to the Ranikhet Military Hospital ?

Ranikhet Hill station and Military Hospital are at a distance of around 350 kilometers from New Delhi, the capital city of India. Kathgodam Railway Station, at around 68 kilometers distance, is the nearest railway station to Naga regiment & Kumaon Regiment head offices at Ranikhet hill station.

The nearest airport is the one at Pantnagar . The domestic airport with IATA code PGH and ICAO code VIPT, is at around 110 kilometers distance. There are daily Air India Regional (previously known as Alliance Air) flights from Pantnagar to New Delhi. Many a times, the bad weather prevents flight operations here in Pantnagar. Nainital, Lake District of Uttarakhand, which is also a hill station, is at around 60 kilometers distance from Ranikhet.

Valmiki National Park Wildlife Sanctuary in Bihar

Valmiki National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at Betiah in West Champaran district, Bihar, India.

Valmiki Wildlife sanctuary is a ‘Project Tiger Reserve’, to save Royal Bengal Tigers, India’s National Animal, from extinction. The Tiger reserve is called ‘Valmiki Tiger Reserve’ and is part of the Gangetic Plains. Valmiki Tiger reserve is the only Tiger reserve in the state of Bihar.

Valmiki National Park

Valmiki National Park forms the eastern border for the Himalayan Terai landscape. These forests are rich in flora and Fauna. There are more than 250 species of birds in the Valmiki National Park. Valmiki National Park has the biggest grasslands in India.

Bheriyari Watch tower is a must see location, where you can see herds of herbivores, in their natural habitat and is a bird watching site also. Bhikhna Thori is a popular picnic spot at the north-eastern corner of the sanctuary, bordering Nepal. You can also go for Boating or Rafting in Rohua Nala river, a tributary of river Gandak. Sikara is a boating cum bird watching location. Trekking 1.5 kilometers distance through the dense forests to Manor watch tower, to have the view of Manor river and the beautiful snow-clad Himalayan hills, is also popular among the tourists.

Nature Walk accompanied by guides through designated 4 to 5 kilometers route is also available. Tiger Trail trekking in the mornings, accompanied by experts, on the paths traversed by the Bengal tigers, gives you excellent insights into Tigers. Children aged below 15 years are not allowed for these two trekking; Nature walk and Tiger Trail trekking.

Valmiki Ashram, a religiously important place for Hindus, is situated in this National park close to the India-Nepal border. Its the place of Valmiki, the great epic writer who wrote Ramayana. Its the location where Laxman abandoned Sita as per Lord Ram’s commandment. Sita gave birth to Luv and Kush in this Valmiki Ashram.

How do I Go To Valmiki National Park?

Valmiki National Park is at accessible from Betiah village, which is well connected by roads to other parts of Bihar. “Valmiki Nagar Railway Station” is the nearest railway station on the Gorakhpur-Muzaffarpur railway line, via Narkatiaganj. Patna airport is the nearest airport to Valmiki National Park and Wildlife sanctuary. Patna is at around 275 kilometers from the National Park and Tiger Reserve. Muzaffarpur is at 200 kilometrs distance from the wildlife sanctuary. Vaishali, World’s First Republic, is situated at around 140 kilometers from Valmiki National Park and Wildlife sanctuary

Is Accommodation Available Inside Valmiki National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary?

Yes; There are ten eco-friendly huts with double occupancy beds at 4 places; Two each at Valmikinagar,Naurangia Done, Manguraha and Four Eco-huts at Gobardhana. There is also a tree-hut at Kotraha .

Apart from Eco-huts, there are forest deaprtment Guest houses at Gobardhana, Kotraha, Madanpur, Manguraha,, Manpur and Naurangia Done. Tourists can book those in advance and stay there. There are 4 wooden double bed rooms in a heritage building at Ganauli.

Pichavaram Mangrove Forest – The Second Largest Mangrove Forest in the World

Pichavaram is on the Bay of Bengal coast in Cuddalore district of Tamilnadu state, India, and the second largest mangrove forest in the world is found here.

Eastern Great Egrets in Pichavaram Mangrove ForestEastern Great Egrets in Pichavaram Mangrove Forest

Pichavaram Mangrove Forests, spread over an area of around 1100 Hectares, has mangrove trees which are rooted, all through the year in feet(s) of water. The Mangrove forest is separated from the Bay of Bengal waters by sand bars. There are many islands inside the Pichavaram Mangrove Forests.

Situated in between the Vellar estuary in the north and Coleroon estuary in the south, Pichavaram Mangrove Forest on the Killai backwaters, offers one of the best experience for a tourist. You can go for boating in the backwaters or deep inside the forests. You may also go for canoeing, kayaking or rowing. Tourists can also go to the viewing tower and enjoy the beauty of the forest.

Pichavaram Mangrove Forest and its surrounding areas have resisted the devastating Tsunami in 2004. These forests are very helpful in maintaining the shell, finfish and many other species and are home to many birds including migratory birds. 177 species of birds were found in the this Mangrove Forest. November to January are the months when maximum number of migratory birds visits this Mangrove Forests.

How do I Go to Pichavaram Mangrove Forest?

Pichavaram Mangrove Forest is at a distance of around 15 kilometers from Chidambaram town. Chidambaram railway station with station code “CDM”, is the nearest railway station to Pichavaram forest.

Pichavaram Mangrove Forest is at a distance of around 220 kilometers from Chennai, the capital of Tamilnadu state. Pondichery town is at around 70 kilometers from Pichavaram forests. Trichy city is at around 160 kilometers distance from Pichavaram Mangrove Forests.

Dolphins, Jet Skiing & Boat Ride at Gokarna Beach

Gokarna Beach is a dream destination beach in Karnataka state of India. There are five beaches in Gokarna and Cliffs separate these beaches.

Gokarna Beach
A view of Om Beach, Gokarna, India

Gokarna beach or Indian beach, Om Beach, Kuddle beach, Half moon beach and Full Moon Beach or Paradise Beach  are the main beaches here. Roads leading to Gokarna is picturesque with Western Ghats mountains and cliffs on on one side and Arabian sea on the other side.

From one Gokarna Beach to another beach, there is boat facility available. You can also walk into the beaches.

Jet skiing, Fishing trips, Banana Boat ride,  Boating trips to spot Dolphins in action off the coast and good food at the end of it;  These Beaches offer  much more than what beaches normally offer to tourists!

Gokarna is also famous for its temples which are mentioned in the old Hindu literature works.

How Do I Go to Gokarna Beaches?

Karwar is one of the nearest towns at 58 kilometers distance and Hubli at 147 kilometers distance. Bangalore, the capital city, is at around 500 kilometers away.

Gokarna  Road is the nearest railway station at 6 kilometers away on the Mumbai – Mangalore route of Konkan railway corporation (a subsidiary of Indian Railways). The code to book tickets to Gokarna Road is GOK at irctc.co.in, the official ticket booking web site of Indian Railways. Ankola is another Major town with Railway connectivity at 20 kilometers away on National Highway No.17.

Goa Airport is the nearest Airport at 140 kilometers away.