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Does traveling to Indian Wildlife destinations help in the conservation?

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Guest article by Anshul Srivastava.

 

“The continued existence of wildlife and wilderness is important to the quality of life of humans.” – JIM FOWLER

 

Wildlife tourism is adorned with two different sets of thoughts. One perception supports wildlife being spaced out from tourism in order to save the rare flora and fauna species. The other side of the coin encourages wildlife tourism as an effective medium of conservation. Wildlife tourism in India adheres the latter opinion.

Endowed with around 100 national parks and 400 plus wildlife sanctuaries, the largest peninsula is a perfect abode to an assortment of exotic wildlife species. However, conservation of wildlife in India was neglected for a long time. Poaching on a large scale, destruction of natural habitat and human conflicts are some of the major reasons behind the rapid decline in the number of wilds roaming in Indian woods. Thankfully, wildlife lovers and the government are now gradually understanding their responsibility in this context and making efforts at their levels for wildlife conservation in India.

Every year, lots of travelers from the country and overseas visit national parks and wildlife sanctuaries of India just to explore the wildlife, however, they are generally unaware of what contribution they are making towards the conservation of wildlife. Scroll down to know how your travel to any wildlife destinations helps the conservation.

1. Generate revenue through tickets, safaris and government forest lodges

For every project for conservation, money is the primary requisite. When you pay the entry fee in national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, undertake safari rides and stay in government owned forest lodges, you are adding to the amount of revenue generated throughout the year. This revenue is used for the betterment of the park as well as the wilds. A portion of the money collected by the authorities of parks and sanctuaries is further used for the protection of wildlife.

 
Ticket Counter, Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur Photo credit: Tushar

Ticket Counter, Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur Photo credit: Tushar

 

2. Educate the world about the beauty of Indian wildlife

You can make people aware about the exquisiteness possessed by the exotic wildlife of India. These days, social media has become a major addiction for most of us. After traveling to any wildlife sanctuary or national park, we often update our social media profiles with pictures and interesting updates. Those updates indirectly help in educating the world about the beauty of the country’s wildlife and their habitats. Read More »

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Brace Yourself for a Unique and Enthralling Adventure Experience in Ladakh!

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Guest article by Zara Jones.

 

Ladakh, a mesmerizing land, is cosseted by the majestic Himalayan and Karakoram mountains in the northernmost part of India. This amazing region is also known as ‘the land of high passes’. Ladakh lies in the elevations ranging from almost 2750 mts at Kargil area, to 7627 mts at Saser Kangri. The mercury count of Ladakh may drop to minus 40 °C. This beautiful town is also named as ‘Mysterious Land’, ‘Magic Land’ and ‘Moon Land’, because of its unmatched panorama. Along with the vistas of spectacular and rugged beauty of the region, the magical land offers a great scope for undertaking an adventure travel. Ladakh is also known as the ‘adventure capital’ of India. It provides a blend of a string of exhilarating sports. Read more to know about the adventure activities in Ladakh that an adventurer freak can undertake to pump up the adrenaline rush.

 
Ladakh, the 'adventure city'. Photo: flickr, McKay Savage.

Ladakh, the ‘adventure city’. Photo: flickr, McKay Savage.

 

Here is the list of top 6 adventure activities that an adventurer can undertake to pump up the adrenaline rush:

 

Experience Wilderness with Exotic Wildlife in Ladakh!

Ladakh is a rugged area where only the fittest can survive. Though the environment is a bit harsh, it boasts of plenty of life, endemic to this area. Its exotic terrain plant life springs up in the summer that engulfs the scenery in diversified colors. The awesome predators include the elusive snow leopard, mighty brown bear, lynx, wild dogs, Shanko or wolf and fox. The herbivorous animal species include the kiang, wild yak, wild hare, marmot, shapo, niyan marcopolo ship, goat, chirru, bharals and ibex marchers. Read More »

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Top 10 Safari Destinations in the World

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Guest article by Tanmay Sharma.

 

Catching a glimpse of the wildlife in their natural habitat is the ultimate thrill that any wildlife lover would love to experience. In the wild, animals roam about uninhibited and go about their business without a care in the world. The abundant resources available in and the protective cushion provided by the wild mean that these animals continue to thrive in these regions. Taking a safari in the wild and having a close encounter with these awesome animals is not an everyday event, and so when you get an opportunity you would want to make the most of it. The unspoiled beauty of the wild is another reason why people are so attracted to the wild. But then, not all safaris are the same and not all wildlife has the same element of thrill. So, we have prepared a list of the best safaris in the world from which you can have your pick.

Costa Rica

One of the premier destinations for a jungle safari, the lush green jungles of Costa Rica is home to a number of popular and endangered animals. Costa Rica is one of the top 20 countries with the most diverse plant and animal species in the world; it has over 500,000 species of wildlife contributing for almost 4% of all species in the world. A wildlife safari to Costa Rica would present you the opportunity to see exotic birds, insects and butterflies. Popular animals include monkeys, languid sloths, crocodiles, countless lizards and poison-dart frogs. The Giant Anteater is an endangered species found here, and it may well be your last opportunity to see it in real!

 
Costa Rica Wildlife. Photo: flickr, Darren Johnson

Costa Rica Wildlife. Photo: flickr, Darren Johnson

 

Kenya

Kenya has to be the best place for safari as it has a wide variety of flora and fauna; from the famous Cape Buffalo to wildebeest to African Elephant to Giraffe, you name the most popular animals and you will find them here. In fact, the famous “Big five” can be spotted here. The abundant wildlife in Kenya is not just restricted to its parks, pens and reserves, of which there are many, but you can even go off the beaten track and try out less famous destinations that may spring a surprise. Birdwatching is another activity that you can indulge in during your safari holidays in Kenya. Read More »

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5 Great Road Trip Routes

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You just left the city miles behind, now pristine landscapes are passing by your windows. The fellow passenger is sitting next to you with a map spread on her lap. In the faint light of the car cockpit and with squinted eyes, she is trying to find the correct motorway exit.

There is as many facets of travel styles as there are of travelers. Each way of traveling has its upsides and downsides — and there is hardly one that makes you feel as free and spontaneous as the classical road trip. It does not really matter if you rent a car (mostly affordable these days) or drive your own vehicle to the destination. Traveling with a VW van (or anything similar) is especially stylish, as it can be transformed into a minimalistic camping van if necessary.

 
Foto: flickr, Zach Dischner

Photo: flickr, Zach Dischner

 

It is advisable to have an approximate itinerary, but not absolutely necessary. If you like a place a lot, why not just stay there a little longer? And if you’d like to leave earlier than expected you could definitely squeeze in that nice little town that just didn’t fit into your travel itinerary initially.

We have collected a few suggestions for great road trip routes for you, convincing either through beautiful landscapes or diverse, interesting stopovers — or both. Of course, the possibilities are infinite. Help us complete the list by telling us about the road trips you are planning to take or have already taken! Read More »

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Top 5 peaceful destinations in India to flush your stress

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Guest article by Anshul Srivastava.

 

India is the country that boasts several entrancing tourist destination offering outstanding picturesque panoramas. On the other hand, the real challenge is to find a place at which the environs are extremely serene. The major tourist spots are usually jammed with time, for the reason that each tourist wants to take a sight of such areas. However, if you are looking for the most tranquil places to spend a quality vacation and flush out the stress of the hectic routine, the below listed are the options just right for you.

 

Set yourself amid the fascinating landscapes in Nubra Valley, Ladakh

Positioned on the northern edge in the map of India, Nubra Valley in Ladakh is a highly secluded place that has become accessible to the travelers in recent times. This place can be reached only by passing Khardung La, which is one of the utmost mountain passes throughout the globe. This place is in the close proximity from the highest battlefield in the world. Even then, this valley and its surroundings are tranquil and calm, with spreading meadows, flowers, fields and welcoming people. For staying in Nubra, you need a permit, which is given for the maximum duration of a week. On making a trip to this scenic place, you will witness the intense quietude.

 

Nubra Valley, Ladakh. Photo: flickr, shankii

Nubra Valley, Ladakh. Photo: flickr, shankii

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A Travel Tip for Seekers: The Ashram

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An ashram is a spiritual sanctuary.  The word ashram is of sanskrit origin, modified to modern Hindi.  An ashram was originally a place where a holy man, teacher or guru lived, and students or followers who came from afar to study with them, would eventually end up needing a place to crash.  A community would spring up around each ashram, with its inhabitants associated with the spiritual teacher in some way.  Cleanliness, even a starkness or decor, is principle, as those who came were not interested in worldly things.

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Some rights reserved by ruffin_ready. Flickr.

As religion and spirituality shift, change and spread around the world, the ashram is changing as well.  Many masters passed, leaving no one to take their place as the head of the ashram.  Scandal may have left communities lost for guidance.  Eastern philosophies headed west, and western seekers were more easily able to head east.  The ashram had to change as well, and now they are kept open by the remaining followers by offering cheap accommodation, yoga or meditation classes, and meals.

It’s a tough situation – those left to manage the ashrams, had never wanted to become proprietors of a business.  They would often rather be studying or practicing.   I have visited many different ashrams in the east and west, and I want to share some tips with budget travelers, who may find their way to an ashram for one reason or another.  It’s important to know that it’s not just a cheap place to stay.  Many arrive or live in an ashram because they are seeking a haven, a place to study, to practice, to contemplate life.  Here are a few tips to help you understand how you can be respectful, and get the most from your visit.  An ashram is NOT a youth hostel, so if you’re looking for a party, stay elsewhere.

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Why I Won’t Travel Alone

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Beep. Beep. Beep. The emergency room monitors sliced through the fog of narcotics and anti-nausea medications. The IV in the crook of my arm made it impossible to get comfortable. My neck and head throbbed with a pain I had never experienced before. Over three days and the course of two ER visits, an MRI, a CAT scan, a few hits of intravenous morphine, and a few prescription bottles filled with muscle relaxers and Vicodin, I had become convinced: after this week, I would never, ever travel alone.

Emergency Room. Photo by KOMUnews

Emergency Room. Photo by KOMUnews

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Top Four Most Bizarre Festivals in Spain

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From tomato tossing to baby jumping, Spain is home to some of the weirdest local festivals in the world and barely a week goes by without a festival taking place in at least one area, with cities, towns and villages each celebrating in their own way.

Tomatina Festival taken by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/11795120@N06/">Revolution_Ferg</a>

Tomatina festival taken by Revolution_Ferg

We’ve put together a list of the top four most bizarre festivals in Spain which are guaranteed to leave you feeling shocked, excited and eager to snap up the next available plane ticket.

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3 Alternatives to Halloween

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There’s a lot to celebrate in Autumn. Some of the festivals are regional, like local harvest and wine festivals, others are historical, like Columbus Day and Thanksgiving, and others seem to span regions and culture as well as religion – like Halloween.  This holiday has its roots in a few different regional pagan celebrations, and the season also brings other celebrations and festivals honoring those no longer with us – whether a sweet celebration of ancestors, or a time to wander between worlds.

These three featured festivals are celebrated in other cultures with a similar reverence for that other world.

 
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“Trick or treat” is a slogan often in this country for Halloween . Photo: flickr

 

1 Dia de los Muertos, Mexico

The beautiful painted skulls from Mexico have been adopted more regularly as Halloween decorations here in the US and Europe, but they originally represented deceased ancestors. The “Day of the Dead” is celebrated in Latin America between October 31 and All Souls Day (2 November 2). It is a colorful festival in honor of the dead and is celebrated differently depending on your religion. According to the traditional belief the ancestors come to the land of the living at the end of the harvest season from the other world to visit, communicate, and be celebrated by the living. Even Spanish missionaries who wanted to abolish this practice have failed. Instead this just turned into the Christian holidays of All Saints and All Souls Days. Read More »

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Upcoming Travel Trend – Corrupt Tours

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Forget about the magnificent architectural wonders and prestigious art galleries that the Czech Republic is known for – a Prague-based tour company is offering tourists a bizarrely unique peak into the side of the city that most people are aware of but never get to see first-hand.

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Prague Charles Bridge taken by fklv

Corrupt Tour is a company which offers something entirely unique in the history of tourism in the form of corruption tour packages.

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