Travel: Forests & Wildlife in India

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Ahead of Independence Day, Indian Link brings you India that is off the usual tourist map, and away from the beaten track

FORESTS & WILDLIFE

Tsomoriri Wetland Conservation Reserve
Comprising Ladakh’s Lake Moriri and its surrounding environment that includes the Changthang plateau region, it is a paradise for eco-tourists. The district is home to some endemic alpine animals and bird species including the Tibetan Wolf, the Himalayan Blue Sheep and the Snow Leopard. You can also catch the Korzok Gustor festival, which takes place in the 6th month of the Tibetan lunar calendar and attracts many Changpa nomads and tourists.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: June to September

STAY: There are some hotels and several homestays at Korzok village, close to the lake

GETTING THERE: Leh has direct flights from Delhi. Leh to Tsomoriri by road is about 220km.

Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve
To explore the rich biodiversity in this park in Sikkim, go for adventure activities like trekking, hiking, and camping. The Green Lake Trek and Dzongri Goechala Trek are some of the best alpine treks in Sikkim that passes through the Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve. Also in North-East India are other wildlife parks such as Manas National Park and Kaziranga National Park, both in Assam.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: April-May

STAY: There are some private hotels in close range and a government rest house as well

GETTING THERE: Nearest airport is Bagdogra (222km away), nearest railhead is New Jalpaiguri (221km away). Well connected by road.

Thenmala
This is India’s first planned ecotourism destination. Literally meaning ‘honey hill,’ it shares its resources with the renowned Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary at the foothills of the Western Ghats. Indulge in Kerala’s local food, see the open air musical dancing fountain and the beautiful sculpture garden. Feeling adventurous? Stay at tree top huts, go for mountain biking, rock climbing and riverside treks. A visit to the Deer Rehabilitation Centre is a must.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Through the year

STAY: Basic rooms and tents

GETTING THERE: 72km away from state capital Thiruvananthapuram that is well connected to all major cities