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.

Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Dadra and Nagar Haveli is a Union territory in Western India, consisting of 2 different geographical entities; namely Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

Silvassa, Capital of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
Silvassa, Capital of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

Nagar Haveli is wedged between Maharashtra state and Gujarat state. Dadra is a smaller area surrounded by Gujarat. Silvassa is the capital city of the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Daman Ganga River flows through this union territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli.

Dadra and Nagar Haveli was part of the Portuguese India till 1954. In 1954, residents of Dadra and Nagar Haveli conquered the territory. They requested administrative help from the government of India. An I.A.S. Officer was sent as the administrator, who continued till 1961.

In 1961, Indian military took control of Goa, Daman and Diu; the Portuguese possessions in India. Thereafter, the administrator was temporarily assigned as Prime Mister of Dadra and Nagar Haveli for a single day, to sign an agreement to merge the territory with India. He signed the agreement with Jawaharlal Nehru, the Prime Minister of India. Thus Dadra and Nagar Haveli became part of India as a Union Territory.

In 1974, a formal treaty was singed by India and Portugal to confirm the sovereignty of India over Goa, Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

The union territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli is having an area of 491 square kilometers. Dadra and Nagar Haveli is rich in Flora and fauna. Nearly 40 per cent of the Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli is covered by reserved forests. Its a paradise for the wildlife enthusiasts.

How Do I Go to Dadra and Nagar Haveli?

Vapi railway station in Gujarat is at around 18 kilometers distance from Silvassa, the capital city of the Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli. Mumbai is the nearest city with an International airport, at around 180 kilometers away. Surat is at around 140 kilometers from Dadra and Nagar Haveli. There is a domestic airport at Surat, which is connected to Delhi and Mumbai.

Falaknuma Palace, Palace Hotel, Heritage Hotel

Falaknuma Palace is a Palace which was owned by Nizam of Hyderabad, which is now converted into a Heritage Hotel. It is situated at Hyderabad, India.

Taj Falaknuma Palace, HyderabadTaj Falaknuma Palace, a palace hotel at Hyderabad.

Falaknuma Palace is spread over 32 acres of land. It was opened in 1893 as a Palace and was converted to a Five Star hotel in 2010. This Palace is known as Taj Falaknuma Palace.

Taj Falaknuma Palace was constructed by Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra. Nawab was the prime minister of the then princely state of Hyderabad. He was the uncle and brother-in-law of the Nizam VI.

There are 60 rooms and 22 halls inside the Palace. There is a large collection of the Nizam of Hyderabad’s treasures. These include furniture, paintings, statues, manuscript and books. There is also an extensive collection of jades here.

The Billiards table at the palace was designed by Burroughs and Watts of England. There are only two such identical tables in the world; one at Buckingham Palace and the other at Falaknuma Palace. Carved walnut roofed library is a replica of the library at Windsor Castle.

The Dinning hall can seat 101 guests. Chairs are made of carved rosewood with green leather upholstery.

The ballroom has a manually operated Organ, weighting around two Tons. It is the only one of its kind in the world.

How Do I Go to Falaknuma Palace?

Taj Falaknuma is situated at Falaknuma, in Hyderabad city. This Taj Palace Hotel is at around 5 kilometers distance from Charminar.

Hyderabad is well connected by roads to other parts of the country. Hyderabad railway station is a major station in India. There is an international airport at the outskirts of Hyderabad which is well connected to the rest of the world.