Goa 3 Nights / 4 Days option
3 Star Accommodation
Refreshing “Goan” welcome drink on arrival at the Resort. ·
Well appointed air conditioned rooms with Television, Mini Bar, Electronic Room safe and Hair dryer.·
Packaged drinking water replenished once a day.·
Free Wi Fi connectivity.·
Meals at one of our Food and Beverage Outlets.·
Bottle of Goan wine in your room on arrival.·
Shuttle service to Calangute beach (From 09.00 am to 05.00 pm)·
Usage of Tea/Coffee maker machine in the room replenished once a day.·
Usage of Swimming Pool, Gymnasium & Recreation.·
Live entertainment at designated venue, decided by the Management.· Extension of package stay on pro-rata basis.·
Check in time 1.00 pm & Check out time 11.00 am.·
All applicable taxes.
Inclusions for M.A.P. Plan:
(Modified American Plan)·
Transfers in air conditioned vehicle On Sharing Basis.· Break Fast and Dinner in one of our Food and Beverage Outlets.·
One full day Sightseeing covering Fort Aguada, Anjuna Beach & Vagator Beach in the morning & Old Goa Church, Miramar Beach & shopping at Panjim in the evening On Sharing Basis.·
Happy Hours @ Curry Leaf starting from 16th Oct 2015 till 31st March 2016 for 2 hours (06.00 pm to 08.00 pm.) with Unlimited House Brand Drinks & it will be applicable on 25th Dec 2015 & 31st Dec 2015 from 08.00 pm to 10.00 pm.
Inclusions for C.P. Plan:
Transfers in air conditioned vehicle On Sharing Basis.·
Break Fast in one of our Food and Beverage Outlets.·
One full day Sightseeing covering Fort Aguada, Anjuna Beach & Vagator Beach in the morning & Old Goa Church, Miramar Beach & shopping at Panjim in the evening On Sharing Basis.
Additional Charges for:
Child below 6 years is complimentary to share parent's room with no extra mattress.
Child between 6 years to 12 years is chargeable @ 30% of the package and extra adult @ 40% of the pkg
.Early Check in before 8 am will attract a full charge of previous night.
Check in between 8 am to 1 pm will attract a charge of Rs. 1500/- on room only basis subject to availability.
Late check out between 1 pm to 6 pm will attract a charge of Rs. 1500/- on room only basis subject to availability.
Check out after 6 pm will attract a full day charge subject to availability.
Cancellation Policy: ·
Cancellation of confirmed booking 15 days before arrival date 100% refund.
Cancellation of confirmed booking on week before arrival date 50% refund on total pkg.·
There will be no refund for NO Show without intimation to the hotel reservation.· There will be no cancellation or refund against confirmed booking for peak period i.e. from 23rd December till 3rd January·
All refund will be made by cheques only.
Goa 3 Night 4 Days
· All rooms are equipped with Color TVs having cable connection.
· Telephone in every room – EPABX facility. (additional cost)
· Free WiFi available at the Reception Lounge.
· Local / STD call facility. (additional cost)
· Attached bath with hot/cold water supply 24 hours a day.
· Laundry service. (additional cost)
· Prompt Room service.
· Doctor on call.
· Courier/Postal service. (additional cost)
· Bus/Railway bookings. (additional cost)
· Sightseeing tours. (additional cost)
· Travel services / Boat cruises. (additional cost)
· Lift available on all floors.
Villa Stay (Calangute, North Goa)
3 Night 4 Days
· Single Floor has 2 rooms, 1 Hall with Balcony and 1 Kitchen. Single floor can accommodate 8 people with extra mattresses.
· Complete Villa has 2 floors with 2 rooms, 1 Hall with Balcony and 1 Kitchen each.
· Candolim beach is 5 mins walk from the villa.
· Cook can be arranged for the stay at an extra cost.
· All the facilities are provided for self-cooking.
About 1,000 kilometers off India’s East Coast, in the Bay of Bengal, lie The Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Snorkeling and scuba diving and pristine beaches. Permits required are issued on arrival at Port Blair.
Image : Radhanagar Beach
Image : Vijaynagar Beach
Andhra Pradesh famous for theTemple at Tirupati, and Charminar, Golconda Fort, and Royal tombs at Hyderabad :
TirupatiVenkateshwara Temple is the ancient and sacred temple of Lord Venkateswara, a form of the Hindu God Vishnu.The temple is located on the seventh peak of the Tirupati Hills and is also known as the “Temple of Seven Hills”.About 60,000 pilgrims visit the temple every day.It is said that people drop bags of gold at the feet of Shri Venkateswara.The temple gets up to 650 crore in donations every year.The temple has more than 50,000 crore rupees of worth treasures.This is one of the famous and richest temple in India.
Pilgrims have faith in The Deity’s powervis a vis diseasescured by darshan and Sankalpa of offerings.
Other temples, Sri Govinda Raja Sam’s temple at Tirupati as well asPadmavati’s temple at Tiruchanur, are also revered.
A splendid piece of architecture standing in the heart of the city built by QuliQutub Shah,
In 1591.This magnificent monument is the unique symbol of Hyderabad. Charminar is often called as "The Arc de triomphe of the East". It is considered as the legendary masterpiece of QutubShahi's. This beautiful structure derives its name from four intricately carved minarets, The four graceful minarets literally meaning 'Four Minars', soar to a height of 48.7m each, above the ground. It is located amidst the colourful shops of Lad Bazaar with its glittering traditional bangles in the old city. Enormous in its size, this imposing monument exudes a charm that is more than 400 years old.
The landmark has become a global icon of Hyderabad, listed among the most recognized structures of India
One of the most spectacular monuments of India, Golkonda fort is located 11kms west of Hyderabad. This historic fort derives its name from the Telugu word “GollaKonda” which means Shepherd’s hill. The fort stands on a 400 ft high hill and was initially built by the Kakatiya dynasty in the twelfth century.
It was originally a mud fort but was later reconstructed in stone. This was done by Ibrahim QuliQutub Shah Wali, the fourthQutub king of the QutubShahi dynasty.
This dynasty had ruled the kingdom of Golkanda from 1512. The fort was rebuilt for the purpose of defense from invading Mughals from the north. They transformed it into a mighty fort which has three imposing walls one within the other that rise to a height of over 12m.
An evening sound and lights show narrates the story of the Fort.
Located about a kilometer away from Golconda Fort are the legendaryQutbShahi Tombs. The tombs are considered to be one of the oldest and most popular historical attractions of Hyderabad. Standing on raised platforms, the QutbShahi Tombs reflect a unique blend of the Hindu, Pathan, Persian, Indo-Persian and Deccan architectural styles. The tombs are also known to hold the distinction of being the only place in the world that acts as a resting place for the entire Qutb Shahi dynasty.
The QutubShahi Tombs are located in the Ibrahim Bagh gardens. The tombs were built using grey granite and contain plenty of ornate carvings. Each of these tombs is flanked by arches, minarets and domes. In addition to the tombs of the main QutubShahi kings, the garden also houses the tombs of the kings close relatives.
PAP (PROTECTED AREA PERMIT) FOR FOREIGN TOURISTS:
Foreign Tourists in a group of 2 or more persons can obtain PAP for a period of 30 days,and Domestic Tourists require ILP( Interline Permit).
Incredibily beautiful natural flora and fauna, approved tourist circuits ( eleven itineraries as at present ) , Buddhist influence with Tawang Monastery, the largest in India, river rafting, Treks make a holiday here very special.
Image : Tawang Monastery
Assam produces about 60% of India's tea .The capital of the state is Guwahati, where one can plan organized tours for all of North East India..
Temples, Kaziranga National Park, Majuli, the world’s largest inhabited river island tea Estates, are of special interest.
Image : Kaziranga National Park
Image : Majuli
Image : Tea Plantations of Assam
In Bihar, explore the birth place of Buddhism in India, including Bodhgaya and the Mahabodhi Temple. You could do this by taking the Buddhist tourist train. The Sonepur Fair is known for its elephants.
Bodhgaya, where Lord Buddha became enlightened duting very intense medidation, under The Bodhi Tree, is the most important place in the world for Buddhist pilgrimage. At this spot, we now have The Mahabodhi Temple complex.
Monks from near and far come and in the most peaceful and serene atmosphere, medidate and read scriptures seated at the foot of the imposing carved statue of The Buddha. There are several Monastries, maintained by various Buddhist countries in in differing architecture, open from 0500 tilll Noon and again 1400 till1800. The Thai temple, shimmering gold, The 80 foot Statue of Lord Buddha, The Archaeological Museum,each are a sight for sore eyes.
September to January sees pilgrim visits in a plenty, with best weather conditions being between November and February. AlsoBuddha Jayanti (Buddha's birthday) celebrations, in May on Full moon, is a date to keep. The Mahabodhi Temple, open from 0500 – 2100 daily, is aUNESCO World Heritage Site( 2002). .
A rural Fair, showcasing spirituality, beginning on KartikPurnima, with pilgrims taking early morning bathwhere the Ganges and Gandak rivers meet, to purify themselves and wash away negativity, lasts through for a month. Attractions are Street magicians, spiritual gurus, circus performers, amusement rides, and still involve Elephants, birds, cattle horses which in earlier years used to be traded, but recently wildlife laws have restricted this activity.
The fair’s roots go back to when ChandraguptaMaurya, would buy elephants and horses for his army.
As per mythology, Lord Vishnu ended a curse and the fight between elephant and crocodile, saving the elephant.
The Sonepur Fair now has a commercial tourism related focus, with the Bihar Tourism having taken over itsd organization, including accommodations, since 2012, with clothing, agricultural equipment, automobiles, consumer goods and food plazas being the new attractions. Sport competitions, para-sailing, hot air ballooning, water-skiing, all-terrain vehicle rides are all coming up fast.
At Sonepur, 25 kilometers from Patna, Bihar Tourism arranges accommodation in comfortable woven straw huts with attached western bathrooms, reasonably priced, or one can stay at Patna, and travel the 25 Kms.
Tiny Goa is a strong contender to be classified as the most popular Tourist destination in India.It’s diverse mix of beaches, adrenaline activities, parties, Churches, Temples, nature, and history. Goa is unique, in that you have yellow and black motorcycle taxis, or you can rent self driven scooter which are economical ways of getting around.
Important should or must sees are:
A Flea Marketevery Wednesday, at Anjuna, through the day, except during themonsoons The attracts people from all over . Bargain over the huge assortment of goods, and enjoy the day out. To cap the day, head over to beach shacks and take in the sunset and supper.
Then, either or all,Mackie's Night Bazaar, ( Saturday afternoon till late night), as well Saturday NightMarket both in the ArporaBagaarea,as well asIngos Saturday Night Bazaar at Vagator are absolutely a must. They offer entertainment, including live music, as well as an eclectic range of food.
Goa has a sandy coastline with beaches galore.Secluded to overcrowded to full of Europeans to full of locals…. You have it all. Shacks offering cuisine from any and almost every part of the world. Fulfilling water sports which will satisfy the most ardent enthusiasts.
A common facter of every beach is long stretches of sand and pristine cool waters with the roar of waves soothing the senses. Every beach has its share of Beach shacks… each with a different cuisine.
Agonda….. far up in North Goa
Anjuna….. in North Goa
Arambolalso in North Goa, further North to Anjuna
Baga&Calangute /Busy and Commercial/ Developed/ Discos /Night life/ Water sports in North Goa
Benaulim in South Goa beyond Colva Beach/ White Sands /Mouthwatering Cuisine
Candolim and Sinqueriman extension of Calangute and Baga in North Goa
Colvain South Goa Indian Tourists galore
Mandrem, Morjim, &Ashwemin North Goa, favorites of the Russian tourists
Palolema beauty in far South Goa
Patnem a 10 minute neighbour to Palolem
Vagator and Chaporain North Goa very popular with Israeli tourists
Varca, Cavelossim&Mobor in South Goa
Once, The Portuguese capital of Goa , houses The Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, built in 1521, containing the preserved body of Saint Francis Xavier, patron saint of Goa. The body is shown to the public every ten years ( Exposition), the last having been 22 November 2014.
Nearby is the Basilica of Bom Jesus
Capital city Panjim: It’s Fontainhas( derivingit’s name meaning Fountain.. and there is a fountain at the bottom of the hill) area is declared a UNESCO Heritage Zone in 1984.
Narrow winding roads , colorful old homes showcasing Portuguese architecture, quaint shops, art galleries, bakeries, and restaurants give it great charm.
The nearby Western Ghats are home to an assortment of birds and animals.
Wild life sanctuariesBhagwanMahvir and Cotigao. At the fringe of the Mollem National Park is theDudhsagar water Falls, a sight to enjoy, specially soon after the monsoons. Accommodation ( Goa Forest Department), can be arranged at both sanctuaries. The mud hut at the Shanti Nature Resort in Mollem National Park is a different enjoyable economical experience..
Spice Plantations near Ponda
Goa’s tropical climate and dense forests makes it an ideal to grow spices. A guided tour,takes you through the picturesque plantations, topping it up with a spicy enjoyable lunch.Accomodation and elephant and or boat rides are offered at some farms.
The Savoi Plantation, TheSahakari Spice Farm,ThePascol Spice Village, The Abyss, and The Tropical Spice Plantation, are all beauties in nature.
Gujarat, The land of The Mahatma, and The state of The Prime Minister of India, houses The Sabarmati Ashram that Gandhi founded in Ahmedabad. This was the headquarters of India's struggle for independence.
The Great Rann of Kutch white salt desert, The Little Rann of Kutch, tribal villages and textiles in the Kutch district, the lions at Gir National Park ,Gujarati garba dancingduring the Navratri Festival are great attractions.
Bhuj, capital of Kutch, is the launching point for exploring the region.
Much of Bhuj was destroyed in the earthquake in 2001. Some of the architectural treasures of the erstwhile Jadeja rulers can be seen in the walled Old City, including The Rani Mahal ,The PragMahal Italian Gothic and European styled(with its durbar hall and clock tower), and The AinaMahal (a 350 year old palace with royal paintings, furniture, textiles, and weapons).
Also The new Swaminarayan temple, ( a gleaming white marble masterpiece), museums, markets and bazaars, and Hamirsar Lake and its surrounding handicraft villages are all top attractions
The Wild Ass Sanctuary,spread over about 5,000 square kilometers home to wildlife such as wolves, desert foxes, jackals, antelopes, and snakes. It's close to wetlands, so there are plenty of birds. It is 130 kilometres from Ahmedabad. It is open from dawn until dusk, except during the monsoon season (June to October).
Gir National Park
Gir National Park, 360 kilometres from Ahmedabad, houses the Asiatic lion in the wild, only place in the world where they are now found. Almost hunted to extinction,their numbers have recovered due to conservation efforts. The park's core almost 260 square kilometerszone, was declared as a national park in 1975, and now in the sanctuary, and lion numbers have been increasing.
It is a habitat for jackals, leopards, antelope, deer , crocodiles, and over 300 species of birds.The best safari to go on is earliest in the morning, when lions are active. They tend to sleep during the day. Weekends and holidays attract greater crowds and fees are higher. The park is open from mid October until mid June.
The early morning Safari starst at dawn at 0630 Hours and generally there are two more during the day. The Gir Interpretation Zone is closed on Wednesday while it is open on all other days of the week..
The highlight of the Navaratri festival is a dance called garba, involving clapping and whirling around an idol of the Mother Goddess in the cente, to rythymic music, participants striking their sticks ( Dandiya) against those of their partners, at night, all in enjoyable rythym.
It is a sight to see with women dressing up colorful traditional outfits, each outdoing another
Here, Lord Shiva, is worshiped as a linga of light, with its seaside location, intricate carvings on sandstone architecture are superb. Mahashivratri is celebrated in a big way there.
DwarakadheeshTemple, built around 200 BC, also known as JagatMandir(Temple of the world) , with five floors and its 60 columns, is dedicated to Lord Krishna.
Legend has it that immediately after the death of Lord Krishna, Dwarka disappeared into the sea. Attempts are still being made to rediscover it from the sea. In the early eighties, an important archaeological site was found at Dwarka……
Modhera houses a suntemple,Built by Solanki dynasty rulers in the eleventh century, is dedicated to Surya the Sun God. The temple consists of a carved stepped tank, assembly hall, and main shrine and is covered in intricate stone sculptures. At the equinox, the first rays of the morning sun are received by The Sanctum, which is so positioned.
A principal pilgrim centre for Jains.Climb in excess of 3,000 steps to the top of the hill and you'll find an astonishing Jain temple. The hill is considered sacred. Dress code conservative and leather items must not be carried.
This port town has a 400 year old Wood shipbuilding industry. You are able to see ships, each of which takes 2-3 years in the making, in various stages of construction. The wood comes from Burma or Malaysia. When finished, the ship is towed by small boat to the Gulf for installation of Engines
Most interesting is how cotton wool is stuffed into the gaps around nails in the wood, to prevent seepage of water. Coton wool expands when wet to fill the holes!
An awe-inspiring white marble Jain temple that oozes calm and serenity is located a few kilometres away.
Kochrab Ashram was the first ashram set up by Gandhi in Gujarat in 1915, and now it is managed by GujrathVidyapith University, who, in collaboration with a Travel Company called Maroon Migrates, offer a stay at their simply furnished rooms, with two iron beds, and attached toilet and a water pot.
You experience Gandhi's way of life……Live Like Gandhi for a While
You can book for a minimum of five days and maximum of 11 days, and you have to abide by the strict rules of the ashram liketruthfulness / chastity/ non-violence/ non-stealing/ non-possession/physical labour/ control of eating/ fearlessness / religious equality/ use of local made goods and shun untouchability
Activities include spinning, prayer and meditation, and visits to local communities and slums.
At the foothills of the Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh, with a a series of valleys and snow covered peaks, with its mountainous landscape is sought out by both adventure loversas well as for those craving for crisp mountain ozone, Buddhist meditation and philosophy, remote high altitude villages, skiing during winter.
Shimla used to be the summer capital of the British Raj when they ruled India. Capital of Himachal Pradesh, a cool and charming town sprawling along a mountain ridge, riddled with oak, pine and rhododendron forests, shows off its colonial style buildings.
The old Christ Church, the mesmerizing views from Scandal Point, and the Viceregal Lodge, its adventure sports and hikes make a holiday worthwhile.
As Shimla, Manali too with the Himalayas in the background , a magical place surrounded by pine forest and the Beas River, located 580 kilometers north of Delhi, in the Kullu Valley, it is 320 Kilometres from Chandigarh. Very popular are the apple orchards, masses of butterflies,Fishing, white water rafting, paragliding, skiing, mountaineering, hiking, Yoga, Ayurved, Reiki, glaciers, deep ravines, and snow covered mountainsmakeManali a most attractive destination.
The nearest main railway station is at Chandigarh, 320 kilometers away, from where one travels by bus through breathtaking scenery. Alternatively, there's an airport in Bhunter, around 2 hours from Manali.
Dharamsala and MacLeod Ganj
Dharamsala and MacLeod Ganjhouse the exiled Tibetan Government.The Dalai Lama resides in Dharamsala and manya Tibeitanhas followed him there.
Large numbers of serious minded folk vistDharamsala and MacLeod Ganj to undertake Buddhist meditation and philosophy courses, learn Tibetan cooking & language courses, as well as to receive alternative therapies. Museums, temples, gompas, and monasteries and the official residence of the Dalai Lama, are major attractions.
Probably trhe most talked about state of India, quoted as IF THERE IS A HEAVEN ON EARTH, THIS IS IT… THIS IS IT …. Visitors head to Leh, in the Buddhist Ladakh region. As well as to prefer the Srinagar where houseboating is popular.LehLadakh
Way up in northern India, in Ladakh near the Indus Valley, is Leh at 3,505 meters above sea level a remote place having become a popular tourist destination since it was opened to foreigners in 1974. Two of the worlds largest mountain ranges and alpine desert all around, it is hard to believe that the Himilayas were once under the sea!!!
Flights to Leh operate regularly from Delhi. Flights are also available to Leh from Srinagar and Jammu.Roads to Lehare open under favorable weather conditions, for a few months annually, when the snow has melted. May to September is generally when one could plan to visit.
As of May 2014, Indian citizens need not obtain an Inner Liner Permit to visit areas in Ladakh and identification such as driver's license suffices. However, Foreigners, including PIO and OCI card holders, need to obtain a Protected Area Permit (PAP), but not for local sightseeing at Leh, Zanskar and the Suru Valley.
Image : Ladakh
Srinagar, is one of the top hill stations of India.Called "Land of Lakes and Gardens"/ "Switzerland of India" and can be reached easily by flight from Delhi as well as Mumbai and Jammu. Rail and bus travel is possible, and is considerably cheaper.
Foreigners (including PIO card holders) must register at arrival and departure at the airport.The process takes a few minutes.
To enjoy the lakes and gardens, visiting between April to October is recommended. April to June is total high season. The monsoon usually arrives by mid July. September-October is also a good time to visit, and is less busy.
Staying on a Houseboat or a Hotel // Moving around sightseeing
Image : Tulip Festival in Srinagar
Houseboats stay on the Dal Lake etc are enjoyable and there is a wide choice of conventional hotels.TheTulip Festival takes place annually in early April, where you see myraids of blooming tulips in the largest tulip garden of Asia.
The revered Vaishno Devi shrine, best reached by helicopter from Katra, about 50 kilometers from Jammu or on day trips (or longer side trips) from Srinagar.
Visit to Gulmarg, Pahalgam are worthwhile side trips.
Caves and Buddhist monasteries
Image : Amarnath cave temple, Amarnath, Jammu and Kashmir
There is a cave dedicated to Lord Shiva near Ransoo, in the Swalik Hills around 110 kilometers northwest of Jammu , one kilometer-long with a natural Shiva lingam stalagmite. Also 140 kilometers from Srinagar the Amarnath caves and templealso has a Shiva lingam stalagmite.
In Ladakh, Thiksey monastery is a favorite with the Maitreya Temple, containing a 15 metre tall high statue of Maitreya Buddha, built to commemorate visit of the 14th Dalai Lama in 1970.
Karnataka, a mix of nature, history, beach.Its capital city is
Bangalore a contemporary town , that is home to India's IT industry,it is often called Indias Silicon Valley. It is reallynot a must-visit city, but it is full of greenery and interesting British Architecture .
Image : Bangalore Palace
Image : Vitthala temple with Musical Pillars
The laid back village of Hampi, the last capital of Vijayanagar, the great Hindu empire of Ancient India, has some captivating ruins, which date back to the 14th century. Within 25 kilometers and more than 500 monuments. An incredible energy can be felt at this ancient place.
Mysore with its impressive royal heritage, with the the imposing Mysore Palace palaces, temples, sandalwood, and Ashtanga yoga.
Image : Mysore Palace
Coorg is an extremely picturesque and lovely mountainous area not far from Bangalore or Mysore, is renowned for its sprawling coffee estates. Its scenic beauty is captivating. The highlight of a visit to Coorgis astay amidst the coffee plantations.
Image : Coorg
Nagahole National Park
Naga ( meaning snake) named as such because the snake like river winding its its way through it. Unspoilt wilderness, serene forest, bubbling streams, tranquil lake, teeming with hundreds of types of birds, wild boars,deer, sloth bear, elephants, bison, tiger and leopards. It is also officially known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park.It is open from 6A.M to 6 P.M
Image : Nagahole National Park
Gokarna is a small and remote holy town, an hour south of Goa’s Border, with secluded and pristine beaches nestled nearby. It is a flashback to what Goa was like( Bonfrires, singing, guitars, erstwhile party scenes) before Goa changed into the present day loud Tourist Attraction, although time is limited as developers see the potential of the area. The Mahableshwar Temple and the huge chariots near the Ganpati Temple are sights to see. Entrey to temples is restricted.
Image : Gokarna Beach
Kerala referred to as "God's Own Country", has a rich coastline, is rich in traditions and culture, and tropical beauty. Elephants, temple festivals, tranquil backwaters,slow pace of life makes Kerala what it is.
Kochi( Cochin ) is an enchanting city, exhibiting indelible influence of The Arabs, British, Dutch, Chinese, and Portuguese, who al have l left their mark there. The architecture speaks for itself.
An overnight trip on a houseboat sailing past the palm-fringed Kerala canals ( backwaters). Freshly cooked Indian food and chilled beer on board make the experience an experience worth experiencing. Bliss!
A visit to Munnar for the Tea Gardens is a must! See tea being picked and processed. Try fresh tea straight from the gardens. Munnar is blessed with natural beauty of winding lanes, hills, forests full of exotic plants and wildlife.Visit Eravikulam National Park, or go rock climbing and para gliding.
Periyar National Park
In 1895, a dam was constructed on The Periyar River, resulting in a huge artificial lake covering 780 square kilometers , with 350 square kilometers (220 square miles) of core park land. It is a very popularnational park, known for its elephants, and 30 minute elephant rides,located inThekkady. It is open throughout the year, between 0600 and 1900 Hours.
A visit to this state in the Centre of India, 620 kilometres south east of New Delhi, calls for a visit to Khajuraho to see the carvings at the famous Khajuraho caves.
About 20 sandstone temples,remaining out of the original 85, dating back to the 10th and 11th century, with carvings devoted to sex and sexuality, evidence that Kama Sutra truely originated in India, are to be seen to be believed. Open hours are from sunrise until just before sunset, and there is a sound and light show, narrated by the Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan, in the evening at one section in Khajuraho group of temples.
Without a doubt, the temples capture everyone's attention, but there is an Archeological Museum, and a Tribal and Folk Art Museum Further. Also, around an hour from Khajuraho are ruins of 9th century AjaigarhFort.
Bandhavgarh National Park
Has the highest concentration of tigers at any park in India.Itsgreen valleys and rocky hill terrain, in its small area of 105 square kilometers has tigers, sloth bears, deers, leopards, jackals, and birds.
Kanha National Park
Kanha National Park is rich in saal and bamboo forests, lakes, streams and grasslands. It is among the largest in India, with a core area of 940 square kilometers and surrounding area of 1,005 square kilometers Apart from tigers, the park abounds with swamp deer, and a variety of other animals and birds. Rather than offering one particular kind of animal, it provides an all-round nature experience.
Ancient Indian History on display. The Gwalior Fort with its very long and turbulent history, initial construction dating back to 525 AD, the Fort has been subjected to many attacks and has had different rulers. During the RajputTomar dynasty , the Fort was built to its current scale, when ruler Man Singh constructed one of the Fort's main highlights, Man MandirPalace,between 1486 and 1516.Later on, the Mughals used the Fort as a prison during their rule.A sound and light show is held nightly.
Orchha is an hour and a half south of Gwalior. Three main palaces are enclosed in Orccha's walls. The Jahangir Mahal, is the largest and most impressive, and a stay inside the Jahangir Mahal, at the Hotel Sheesh Mahal, completes the experience. It is a government run hotel, not luxurious but full of character.
Some of the countries oldest Buddhist relics are at Sanchi. The Great Stupa, built by Emperor Ashoka in 262 BC sunsequent to his embracing Buddhism. He repented the atrocities he inflicted on the state of Kalinga (in Orissa). There are other stupas, temples, and monasteries , each telling their own stories. History comes alive.
Maheshwar is a small holy town onthe banks of the Narmada river,dedicated to Lord Shiva, mentioned in both the Mahabharata and Ramayana called Mahishmati and is recognized for its ancient temples and ghats.
Image : Jahaz Mahal, Mandu, Madhya Pradesh
Is a treasure trove of ruins, anabandoned city from the Mughal era, spread over a 2,000 foot high hilltop, surrounded by a 45 kilometer stretch of wall.
It’s history stretches back to the 10th century….. has magnificent palaces, tombs, mosques, monuments grouped as The Royal Enclave, the Village Group, and RewaKund Group.
The Mahakaleshwar temple at Ujjain,Aarticalled “Bhasm-Aarti” is the first ritual conducted everyday at the temple. It is a ritual to wake up God Shiva and seek blessings at 4 a.m.
There are two ways to get entry into the temple for this aarti –- through the free entry line or the “VIP” ticket, which gets you into a shorter line you gain quicker entry to the sanctum. If in the free entry line, you may wear what you want, as long as it is appropriate. If you are in the VIP line, men must wear the traditional dhoti, and women must wear a sari.
Maharashtra is a diverse state that attracts visitors with ancient cave temples, forts, mountains, wineries, spirituality, and beaches. Of course, there's cosmopolitan Mumbai as well. You'll find it all at these top Maharashtra tourist places.
Image : Ajanta and Ellora Caves
Mumbai, called Bombay till 1995, is the financial capital and the Hollywood of India, called Bollywood, being home to the Indian film industry, it is located on the west coast of India. Mumbai has it all, from Shanties to Trump Towers, Slums to super 5 Stars, Portuguese, British , Indian Architecture, road side eateries to the finest dining , Bars, live music venues, picnic spots, Sanjay GandgiNational Park, Shop till you drop malls et all.
Ajanta and Ellora Caves
Carved into hillside rock, 400 kilometres from Mumbai, at Aurangabad, are 29 at Ajanta and 34 at Ellora are The Ajanta and Ellora caves, dating between the 6th and 11th centuries AD ( Ellora), and between the 2nd century BC and 6th century AD (Ajanta).
Saint Sai Baba, of Shirdi, date of birth unknown, died on October 15, 1918. The holy man’s body is entombed at the temple complex in Shirdi.Shirdi is some 300 kilometers from Mumbai, 122 kilometers from Nashik, in Maharashtra, Shirdi can be reached by road and even by train, its Railway station is called SainagarShirdi.
Believed to be an incarnation of Lord Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya, a Satguru, an enlightened Sufi Pir, or a Qutub by different sections of Society,He is revered, and preached combined elements of Hinduism and Islam.
Image : Sunset on the Konkan coast
The Konkan Coast, stretching south from Mumbai to Goa, is home to some unspoiled beautiful undeveloped beaches, Alibaug, Ganpatipule and Tarkarliwhich are becoming hot destinations. The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) beachfront accommodations at both places.
A hill station, 100 kms from Mumbai, 800 meters above sea level, it is an escape from searing summer temperatures.Serene , away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, with all vehicles, including bicycles banned, it is a great place to relax away from pollution. Heavy rains between June to September, roads get very muddy as they're not sealed, and many places close and the toy train service is suspended.
Horses and hand pulled carts are themeans of transport. 35 large and small viewpoints dot the hilltop, with spectacular views of unspoiled nature, sunrise, sunsets and lush forests.
Wine tourism in Nasik, which has 50 wineries is an exciting prospect for wine lovers,what with many vineyards having tasting rooms open to the public. To name a few……..
Sula Vineyards , York Winery, Chateau d'Ori,Vintage Wines/Reveilo, Mountain View, Vallonne
Image : Sula Winery
Image : York Winery
Image : Chateau d'Ori
Situated at far north east of India, and because it is as pretty as a post card, often described as the Jewel of the East. Imphal is the capital city and Manipur , or much of it, falls within KeibukLamjao National Park. Manipur has great tourist potential, however it struggles to overcome poverty and rebellions between ethnic groups.
Image : KeibukLamjao National Park
Erstwhile, part of Assam, The Abode of the Clouds, it is among the wettest places on earth. Shillong, its Capital, is a popular hill station sporting , with leftover Colonial features: championship golf course, polo ground, Victorian bungalows, and churches. Natural attractions in Meghalaya includeancient living root bridges, peaks, caves, waterfalls and lakes.
Image : Shillong Peak View
Image : Double Decker Living bridges
Dense bamboo jungles, deep gorges, rivers, and lush paddyfields,Mizoram appeas to nature lovers.
Image : Chhimtuipui (top) and Tuipui river of Mizoram
Untamed Nagaland,having 16 tribes, shares a border with Myanmar. The people are warm, informal -- and open to attracting visitors. Tourist lodges, cultural programs, and the fascinating tribal Hornbill Festival ( December first week ), and Moatsu Festival (May first week) all make it a worthwhile experience..
Image : Hornbill Festival
Image : Moatsu Festival
Odisha, earlier called Orissa, is predominantly rural and "off the beaten track", boasts of picturesque national park and wildlife, traditional music, dance, temples, handicrafts, tribal culture, unpolluted beaches, and Buddhist relics. Attractions are:
Konark Sun Temple
A huge, intricately carved Sun Temple, chariot for Sun God Surya, constructed in the 13th century, stands 30 meters tall on 12 massive wheels, ther Erotic carvings being a renowned feature.
Image : Mukteshvara Temple Bhubaneshwar Orissa
Capital of Orissa, famous for its temples (700 and above , mostly devoted to Lord Shiva) and several caves cut into the hillside on the outskirts of the city are popular attractions.
The ethereal Ekamravan garden of medicinal plants isspecially worth visiting.
Located on the beach,Puri's appeal lies in its holiness. Do not expect a beach paradise. The Jagannath Temple is only open to Hindus, but theadjacent rooftop at the RaghunandanLibraryoffers decent views.
Raghurajpur Handicrafts Village
On the banks of the Bhargavi River, Raghurajpur is an Indian village with just over 100 households and 300 artisans, many having won national awards for their work. You can check out the beautiful painted murals on houses, chat with friendly artisans, see them in action -- and shop! A day trip from Puri, just 15 kilometers each way. Pattachitra paintings, alm leaf engravings, stone carvings, wood carvings, and wooden toys.
Asia's largest sea and fresh water lagoon is an ecological wonder covering 1,000 square kilometers, what with wildlife, particularly fish and migratory birds , and dolphins! The Lake also has a number of islands. Exploring Chilika Lake by boat is the norm
These ancient people with mystical ancient ways are located in the interiors, deepforests .Visiting tribes is a fascinating experience, but one needs to go on an organized tour as some areas are rather difficult to access and require permits.
Image : Ratnagiri Odisha,Ratnagiri
A series of monasteries, temples, shrines, stupas, and sculptures of Buddhist images have been excavated only recently.Ratnagiri, Udayagiri, and Lalitagirihave the largest, concentration of Buddhist remains.
Casuarina trees, sand dunes, is this littleknown beach suitable for a a tranquil beach getaway. It is safe, and is readily accessible by train from Bhubaneshwar, and Kolkata
Punjab noted for fertile farming land, and famous for bhangra music and the Sikh religion, has its Capital in Chandigarh ,a modern day planned city that's different to any other in India. The simplicity and charm ofPunjabsrural life, is like no other.
It is a spiritual city, housing the famed Golden Temple , the seat of the Sikh religion. The temple is beautifully lit up at night, with its pure gold dome illuminated. The complex is open for 20 hours, 6 a.m. till 2 a.m. The Wagah Border separating Pakistan and India is at the outskirts of Amritsar.The lowering of the Indian flag, in the Indian side, and the Pakistan flag on the Pakistan side, and the change of guard and retreat of troops ceremony that goes into these events, is absolutely a sight to see.
The Rural Olympics, a rural six decades old sports festival is a sports bonanza, attracting competitors from around the globe. Anually, over three days in February , over 4,000 sports men and women participate in the festival. Over a million spectators watch bullocks, camels, dogs, mules, and other animals compete in highly professional events, including dog race, horse dance, camel race, tractor race, and a tug-of-war.
Former one of India's richest princely states,youget an insight into the history of 18/ 19 century Punjab, particularly the Malwa region what with opulent palace buildings, gardens and parks.
Image : Anandpur Sahib In the soft light of morning
Around 2 hours from Chandigarh, another pilgrimage place for Sikhs AnandpurSahib known as the "Holy City of Bliss", has magnificientgurdwaras (temples) and it was the birth place of the Sikh brotherhood.
Rajasthan is one of the most visited states in India, with its palaces, forts, desert, camels, elephants, and snake charmers.
Jaipur, known as The "Pink City" it is full of old palaces and forts, boasting of elaborate architecture. Manu old palaces have been converted into Heritage hotels. Jaipur – Agr – Delhi form the famed tourist GOLDEN TRIANGLE.
Old mansions, beautiful gardens, intricate temples, and palaces amid and alongside shimmering Lakes.
Sometimes refered to as out of a Arabian Nights fable. This sandstone city rises magically from the sand dunes of the Rajasthan desert, has a mesmerizing ancient fort, which is perched high on a pedestal overlooking the city. The fort houses five palaces, some temples, and some exquisite havelis, shops and other residences.
Called the "Blue City" ( because of its blue painted buildings), Jodhpur is presided over by the Mehrangarh Fort, housing a number of palaces, and a museum.
Ranthambore National Park
The chances of tigers in the wild at are among the best in India. Ranthamboreis ] accessible and easy to get to.
Sleepy around the year, Pushkar comes alive during October/November for a couple of weeks, during the Pushkar Camel Fair when one has a great opportunity to witness the old traditional Indian festival.
Bikaner and camel safari are synonymous. Old City and fort is woth a dekko as is the infamous Karni Mata rat temple where TheKarni Mata Festival, held to worship the rats is one of the quirkiest festivals known. A Camel Fair is also held January, annually.
Often overlooked, but a captivating place with its lakes, markets, temples, the imposing Bundi Palace protruding out of the hillside and blue houses too. Ancient, winding lanes of the Old City are flash backs of earlier times.
The mountainous beauty and ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture is very soothing to the Soul. Sikkim is bordered by Bhutan, Nepal and China, and is Himilayan North East India.
Bordered by Bhutan, Nepal and China, this Himilayan state is referred to as the last Himalayan Shangri-las. It is far remote, permits are required to visit, , it is not is the most accessible area to visit ,however, it is most energetic and refreshing. There is something soothing about the mountainous beauty and ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture that will touch your soul.
Sikkim is the place for meditation, with about 200 monasteries dotting the hilltops. Rumtek (overlooking Gangtok)/ Pemayangtse and Tashiding, both in West Sikkim/ Karma Kagyu with its 200 year old murals in North Sikkim / Sanga-Choelingmonastey (only accessible on foot from Pelling) to name a few, each radiate peace.
Yuksom and the Dzongri Trail
A trek to Dzongri peak in West Sikkim (altitude 4000 meters) , going through rhododendron forests and culminating at the peak, offerring incredibly beautiful views of snow clad peaks. It is indeed worthy of its synonym, The meeting place of man and mountain gods.
Everyone desiring to take a trek must register at the Local police station at Yuksom.Vaild photo identity is required.
Day 1: Yuksom-Saachen-Bakkhim-Tshokha (18 kilometers)
Day 2: Tshoka-Phetang-Dzongri (8 kilometers)
Day 3: Dzongri-Dzongri Peak-Tshokha
Day 4: Tshokha-Yuksom.
One the way to Tshoka.Saurabh Srivastava
The Teesta River offers world class experience opportunities along the Makha-Sirwani-Bardang-Rongpo Grade 2 to 4 rapids and with placid patches to float along, and white sandy beaches for overnight camping. Cliffs and gorges, bolder-strewn river beds make the rafting thrilling
For advanced rafting, try the Sikip-Jorethang-Majitar-Melli route on the Rangeet River. The best time for rafting is between March and May and again from October to December.
Flora and Fauna Sanctuaries
An astounding variety of about 450 species of birds and a similar number of species of butterflies, nearly 450 varieties of Orchids and some 40 species of rhododendron flowers in the famed Deorali Orchid Sanctuary (south Gangtok ) as well as The Kyongnosia Alpine Sanctuary approximately an hour from Gangtok.
The Old Silk Route
The Old Silk Route to Nathu La pass, just 180 minutes from Gangtok, on the Chinese border. consisting of a barbed wire fence, you can see Chinese soldiers on the other side. However, as at present, only Indians are allowed here, and that too, only on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, that too with a permit.
Foreigners are permitted to go to Tsomgo ( Changu) Lake, some 27 kilometers short of Nathu La. At 12,400 feet, the glacier lake remains frozen till May. A yak ride is a quirky experience.
Tamil Nadu is home to many ancient, towering Dravidian masterpieces, some with brightly painted sculptures, displaying some of India's most superb temple architecture. South India temples are a class of their own. Must see for lovers of history.
Madurai boasts of the wonderful Meenakshi Temple spread over 15 acres, 45000 pillars, 12 towers..and dating back as far as 3500 years, astonishes with its architecture and sculptures. The Shiva lingam is inside the sanctum. It is so large, that one could easily get lost inside.
Non Hindus may wander around inside the temple, but they cannot enter the shrines.
The festival, called Chithirai Festival, re-enacting the celestial wedding of the temple’s God and Goddess, is held over 12 days, during April every year.
There are 4 main towers, each facing North, South, East and West. Inside, we have two principal shrines –one The Goddess Meenakshi (also known as Goddess Parvati) Shrine and the other The Lord Shiva shrine. Meenakshi's shrine, green, has an emerald that was brought back from Ceylon way back in the 10th century. The structure houses a 1,000 pillared hall, holy golden lotus tank, temple art museum, musical pillars,anda few smaller shrines.
The temple is made partly from granite and partly from limestone. Sculptured brightly painted gods, goddesses, animals, and demons dated back to 1559 and 1623 – 1655. The oldest being 1216 – 1238!!!!
Of the over 70 temples built by The Cholas, in the eleventh century, in Thanjavur, an outstanding one is The Brihadeswara Temple (also called The Big Temple)….1000 years old in 2010, dedicated to Lord Shiva, now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The dome rises to more than 60 metres, with Chola Frescoes adorning the passages around the Sanctum, the temple is largely constructed out of stone.
Kumbakonam, about 40 kilometers from Tanjore, boasts of 18 temples.
A shrine in the form of a Chariot, in The Sarangapani Temple (dedicated to Lord Vishnu) is a must see. Another must see is the 12th century AiratesvaraTemple,renownedfor its temple art, especially it’s exquisite stone carvings. Though smaller than Tanjore Big Temple, and GangaikondaCholapuramTemple the detail is more intricate.
Kanchipuram is famous for its silk saris. About 80 kilometers from Chennai, this erstwhile capital of thePallava dynasty, housing about 100 temples, both Shiva and Vishnu temples. One can see the difference in architectural design, as the temples were built by built by various rulers Cholas/Vijayanagar kings/ Muslims and British.
The principal attraction is The Ramanathaswamy Temple which has an astonishing pillared hallway. The endless rows of carved pillars and painted ceiling are mesmering. Onlya 100 meters from the sea, pilgrims bathe there first, and then go inside the temple and bathe and wash in its 22 wells. The water is holy, purifying mind and body.
Off theregular tourist circuit, housing The Nataraj Temple, ( Lord Shiva) performing the cosmic dance. The temple follows Vedic rituals, (sage Patanjali) , while other Shiva temples in the state follow agamic rituals as per Sanskrit scriptures.
Vedicrituals revolve around fire. Fire Sacrifice is part of the puja (every morning at 0800 Hours), performed in the Golden Hall ( Kanaka Sabha) . Non-Hindus can see it.
At the base of holy Mount lies The Arunachaleswar Temple in Tiruvannamalai. An expansive temple complex, ( nine towers / three inner courtyard), worshipping Lord Shiva. Pilgrims flock in every full moon, to walk around the mountain.
Numerous shrines and (Hindu holy men) SADHUS line the path. The town emanates spiritual energy more so in the meditation caves located various spots on the mountain.An annual ritual between November and December, The KarthikaiDeepam Festival involves a blessed huge fire atop the mountain, which blazes for days.
Tiruchirappalli, housing The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, dedicated to reclining Lord Vishnu. occupies a staggering 156 acres and has 21 towers. The main tower stands 73 meters tall.
Also, built by The Nayaks, The Rock Fort Temple, built by the Nayakson an outcrop of rock, 83 meters above the city,affording a panoramic view of Trichy.. Climbing 437 steps( cut in Rock) is daunting, so stop and see The Thayumanaswamy Temple ( Lord Shiva) en route. Finally we also have The Vinayaka Temple (Lord Ganesh) at the top.
The second smallest state in India, heavily forested, renowned for its bamboo products, and handloom weaving. The Capital is Agartala.Tiny Tripura's star attraction is the lake Neermaha and its boating facility, besides the number of Buddhist temples.Unakoti, hasIndias largest rock-cut images and stone idols of Lord Shiva
Image : Neer Mahal, Tripura, India
Image : Unakoti-A lost temple
The vas state of Uttar Pradesh boasts of the much loved, and well known, spiritual and historical TajMahal, FatehpurSikri, and Varanasi.
A symbol of love.The TajMahal on the banks of the Yamuna River in the city of Agra,India’s most recognized monument and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, made out of marble, and is the effort of 20000 workers over 22 Years. It is a tomb containing the body of MumtazMahal – an ode to the love of Emperor Shah Jahan to his wife MumtazMahal.Open daily 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day except Friday (when it's closed for prayer). The TajMahal is also open for moonlight viewing from 8.30 p.m. until 12.30 a.m., two days before and after each full moon.
FatehpurSikri/Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary at Keoladeo Ghana National Park, are nearby attractions.
Capital of the Mughal Empire,FatehpurSikri now stands deserted but a well preserved ghost town, as It was established by Emperor Akbar, as a tribute to Sheikh Salim Chisti ( a Sufi saint) who had accurately predicited the birth of a son to the Emperor, but was abandoned after 15 years due to inadequate water supply.
A sacred Hindu city, known as the city of Lord Shiva, (God of creation and destruction). It is believed: To die here is eternal peace as the soul gets liberated from the cycle of reincarnation. A wash in the Ganges River: All sins are cleansed.
Hence you see, alongside the river, riverside ghats, used for bathing to cremating the bodies of the dead. Yoga, blessings, massages, shaves, are among the other activities you will see along the river side.
20 minutes from Varanasi, isSarnathwhere the Buddha gave his first discourse, should one wish to visit and wander around pretty gardens as well as the ruins of Buddhist stupas.
This state, bordered by Nepal and Tibet, and the towering Himalayan peaks, is full of unspoiled natural beauty and offers ancient holy places, forests, valleys, and very many trekking options.
Corbett National Park, named after Jim Corbett and having a Tiger reserve, has dense forest and varied wildlife. Safari on jeep or elephant safaris are offered daily, early in the morning as well as in the afternoon.
This is one of the seven holiest places in India. Every evening, the Ganges comes alive with aarti (worship with fire), prayers, and candles floated down the river. A visit to Haridwar is believed to provide liberation from reincarnation (death and rebirth)
Rajaji National Parkis 10 kilometers away and its eco-system is 10 million years old. Baba Ramdev'sPatanjaliYogpreeth, at Bahadrabad near Haridwar is a fascinating educational institution linking ancient wisdom to modern science.
Located atr the foothills of The Himilayas,and on the banks of the Ganges, Rishikesh considered a sacred town where mneditation leads to salvation, the birthplace of yoga, becons to the serious to come, meditate, and yoga, and learn about Hinduism.
Nearby, just 22 kilometres, is Shivpuri whose natural beauty will mesmerize you, you can involve in white water rafting there, with Grade 3 and 4 rapids. Tented accommodations with attached bathrooms at Camp AquaForest and Camp Ganga Riviera, add value to your holiday, as also does the bungee jump zone ,15 kilometers from Rishikesh.
This hill station, 310 kilometres north east of Delhi, features the serene, emerald colored Naini Lake and action filled strip called The Mall, lined with restaurants, shops, hotels, and markets. Peddle boats, row boats, and small yachts on Naini Lake, the Aerial Express cable car from Mallitalto Snow View, horse and pony rides, a visit to the GovindBallabh Pant High Altitude Zoo are main attractions.
Valley of Flowers National Park
Spread over 87.5 square kilometers , bordered by Nepal and Tibet, declared national park in 1982 and given the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a glacial corridor, around five kilometers long and two kilometers wide.
a) The holy Hindu town of Badrinath is in close proximity, as is the ancient temples known as Char Dham, which temples mark the spiritual source of four holy rivers: the Yamuna (at Yamunotri), the Ganges (at Gangotri), the Mandakini (at Kedarnath), and the Alaknanda (at Badrinath). Hindus consider visiting the Char Dham to be very auspicious
This state combines the arts, the city, the countryside, mountains, and nature.
The Capital city, Kolkata, erstwhile Calcutta, has grown into the cultural capital of India. It's a vibrant yet intimate city, the only city in India to have a tram car network.
This hill station, famous for its tea gardens it boasts of a par excellence view of Mount Kanchenjunga, (world's third highest peak) Monasteries, botanical gardens, the zoo, and the Darjeeling-Rangeet Ropeway cable car (the longest cable car in Asia) are main attractions. The beauty in the monsoon, one of the wettest places in India, is special too.
Sundarbans National Park
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sundarbans National Park is a tangle of mangrove jungle and it is the only one of its kind in the world. Spread over around 10,000 square kilometers at the mouth of Rivers Ganges and Brahmaputra bordering the Bay of Bengal. Around one third of the Sundarbans, made up of 102 islands, lie in India.Interestingly,this is the only mangrove jungle in the world to have tigers . Long stretches of nylon net fencing prevent tigers from venturing into villages.
Meaning Abode of Peace, 200 kilometers from Kolkata, where Noble Laureate Rabindranath Tagorefounded a school in 1901, which school later developed into VisvaBharati University.It isin theUttarayan complex that Tagore lived
Jaldapara National Park
This sanctuary is located in the Himalayan foothills ,close to Bhutan. And has many species of animals, including Rhinos.