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EXPLORE ASIAs LARGEST TULIP GARDEN IN SRINAGAR

Great news for those tourists who are planning to visit Kashmir and are currently roaming in the beautiful valleys of Kashmir. Asia's largest tulip garden is about to open in Srinagar. Every year in March, lakhs of tourists reach Srinagar to see the colorful tulips blooming in this garden. This garden is a must-visit place for tourists visiting Kashmir during summer season. The full name of Tulip Garden is Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, which was earlier known as Siraj Bagh.The doors of the Tulip Garden will be officially opened for tourists on 23rd March. It has been told by the officials that this year 5 new types of tulip flowers will be seen in the Tulip Garden. This means that this year tourists will be able to see a total of 73 types of tulip flowers in the garden. In this garden spread over an area of 55 hectares, trees have been grown this year from 17 lakh tulip bulbs, in which the brightly colored tulip flowers blooming fascinate every tourist who comes here. However, now not only tulips but also many other types of flowers like daffodils, muscari, cyclamen, and most especially cherry and white blossoms make the Tulip Garden along with all the other gardens of Srinagar seem buzzing. This garden was prepared in the year 2007. Initially, 50,000 tulip bulbs were imported from Holland. Gradually its popularity among tourists kept increasing.Srinagar's Tulip Garden is a major stop for the large number of tourists visiting Kashmir during spring and early summer. Last year, a record 3.65 lakh domestic and foreign tourists visited the Tulip Garden. In the year 2022, 3.6 lakh people had come to the Tulip Garden to see these brightly colored flowers closely. It is better to plan to visit the Tulip Garden at least 2-3 days after its opening. Even though the garden is opened for tourists after a good number of tulip flowers bloom, it takes another 2-3 days for these flowers to bloom completely. Therefore, if you go 2-3 days after the garden opens, you will not only get the best view but will also be able to click good photos. These flowers take some time to wither. Therefore, there is no need to panic too much thinking that the flowers will wither immediately after blooming.The doors of the Tulip Garden are open for tourists from 8 am to 7 pm. However, sometimes the timing of the opening and closing of the garden also depends on the number of tourists coming here. Last year, an entry fee of ₹60 was charged for adults and ₹25 for children. The famous Tulip Garden of Srinagar is located at a distance of 22 km from the airport, 18 km from the railway station, and just 8 km from Lal Chowk. A large number of autos and e-rickshaws run in Srinagar, which will take you to the Tulip Garden. You can buy tickets from the ticket counter by paying the entry fee.

DISCOVER NATUREs HIDDEN TREASURES AT RAJAJI NATIONAL PARK

Rajaji National Park is located in Dehradun and Haridwar in the state of Uttarakhand. This attractive park is blessed with an abundance of flora and fauna which makes for a wonderful holiday destination for nature lovers, and wildlife enthusiasts. Rajaji National Park, famous for tigers and elephants, has recently been given the status of Tiger Reserve by the Government of India. C Rajagopalachari National Park is spread over three districts Uttarakhand, Dehradun, Haridwar, and Pauri Garhwal. It is popular for sal, teak, and other shrubs in the forest area. Tourists enjoy jeep safari or elephant safari in Rajaji National Park. Spread over an area of about 34 km, this attractive park attracts the attention of tourists. Tourists also come for trekking in its forest. Peeking into the history of Rajaji National Park, we find that till 1983, the 820-kilometer-long part of the forest was spread in the form of three different wildlife. Which was spread over the Haridwar, Dehradun, and Pauri Garhwal districts of Uttarakhand state. The credit for the establishment of Rajaji National Park goes to C Rajagopalachari. This Rajaji National Park came into existence in the year 1948. Talking about the wildlife found in Rajaji National Park, one can see Asian elephants, chital, kakar, python, monitor lizard, panthers, bears, tigers, wild cats, sambhar, wild boar, and king cobras, etc. here. Many migratory birds can also be seen in Rajaji National Park.The dense foliage of sal trees and bamboo stalks can be seen in Rajaji National Park. Rajaji National Park Haridwar Uttarakhand Forest range is famous for tropical and sub-tropical vegetation. Deciduous broadleaf trees found on both sides of the river adorn the forestland. Beautiful flowering trees like Kachnar, Lantana, Sandan, Amaltas, Kedia, Babool, and Chilla are found in the park. Apart from this, the trees found here include Ber, Peepal, Ficus, Adina, Shorea, Bel, Chamar, etc. After entering Rajaji National Park, you will get to see many safari vehicles roaming in this park, with the help of which you can easily visit this entire park. The fare of the safari vehicle present in this park is ₹ 2200, in which a maximum of 6 people can sit and visit this entire park. Even if fewer people sit in the safari vehicle present in this park, then their fare will also be ₹ 2200 only. While entering the park after boarding the safari vehicle, as many people sitting in the vehicle have to pay ₹ 150, which is charged by the Forest Department. This charge is not included in the safari vehicle charge. You will have to pay for this separately. This train starts at 6:00 am and leaves at 10:00 am. After that, it opens at 2:00 pm and continues till 6:00 pm. No vehicle is allowed inside this park at night.

BREATH TAKING OCEANS ON EARTH

We live on the planet which we call Mother Earth. Our earth is made of land and water. When we look at the globe, the blue area represents water. Water covers about 70 percent of the total surface of the earth. We have divided 30 percent of the planet into large land masses, which we call continents. Continents made us pay attention to the water bodies of the earth, about 70% of the earth's surface is covered with water, and these large water bodies are known as oceans. Ocean is a vast water body of salty water, which we call Ocean in English. Since all the water bodies are connected, the earth as a planet can be called a global ocean. According to the world's countries, this one global ocean is divided into five oceans based on different geographical regions. There are a total of five oceans on the earth, let’s get to know about all of them.

Matheran: Experience nature like they did before automobiles

Not so far from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai, in the Sahyadri range of Western Ghats is Matheran. A cosy, quiet and beautiful little hill station at the elevation of 2,600 ft above sea level. Matheran is the smallest village in India and one of the very few place in the world that do not allow any vehicles. The second you step into Matheran, you feel like you've opened a gate to the past. The name of the village translates to "overhead forest" and is highly popular among tourists for a short trip, spectacular views and serenity.

Exotic birds and where to find them

Bird watching is no less than any form of art as it needs a lot of patience and hours of staying still in order to spot one bird and capture it in your camera. However, if you are a fan of exotic and rare birds, to spot them you must be ready to do a lot of travelling. Here are some exotic birds that are unfortunately nearing extinction. So sit down as I share with you a list of some rare birds and where to find them.

Best National Parks from Around the World for Nature Lovers

With increased urbanisation, people have lost connection with nature. We are so occupied in our work and life that we do not have time to appreciate what is around us. Subsequently, we have disconnected ourselves with our planet and are only unintentionally exploiting it of natural resources. But, here we bring you a chance to reconnect with nature and how truly amazing our planet is. The quickest way to do that is visiting the national parks that offer pristine wilderness. We have compiled a list of the world's greatest national parks that you can visit to witness nature at its best. 

Top Indian States that Encourage Ecotourism in the Country

India is a country blessed with diverse physical features such as the snowy Himalayas, evergreen forests, dry deserts and one of the longest coastlines in the world. It is also very rich in cultural diversity. Exploring various parts of India is a dream of many travellers in the world. India has seen a boom in its tourism sector since the last few decades. However, increased tourism sometimes leads to environmental degradation which is the reason the concept of ecotourism was introduced. Travelling is the most magical experience but being responsible for the environment is the best return gift we can give to our planet and future generations. Here is the list of top Indian states that are constantly working towards encouraging ecotourism in India. 

Explore the Diversity and Nature with India

India is becoming the most favourite tourist destination around the world. The rich geographical and cultural diversity offers not only tranquillity but also provides an opportunity to experience an adrenaline rush through your blood with almost every adventure activity such as surfing, kayaking, rafting, snorkelling, mountaineering, skiing, scuba diving and skydiving to name a few.The rich culture of India, vast green lands, rich biodiversity, strong connection with ancient values and religious sentiments make India an ideal destination for offbeat travelling. In the past few decades, India has witnessed a huge increase in the number of both domestic and international tourists. But with increased tourists comes increased mess. The negative impact of tourism is substantial. This comes with waste problems, depletion of natural resources and pollution. 

A Break from City Ruckus in 'God's Own Country'

Periyar Wildlife Century is a beautiful park in the state of Kerala in southern India. Kerala is not called 'God's own country', that is, God's own country. Once you come here, you felt that every part of it was truly spared by God himself. Periyar Wildlife Century is also one such place. This century, situated in Thekkady, some distance from Idukki district of Kerala, calls thousands of tourists every day. Spread over 485 square kilometres, this park is a treasure of natural beauty. It has a forest, lake, small mountains, all kinds of trees, plants, animals, birds and reptiles. It contains the immense beauty of nature. This journey of our Periyar started from Madurai in Tamil Nadu. We booked a taxi from there and set out to visit this beautiful place. The state of Tamil Nadu is from Madurai to Theni and the border of Kerala starts from Theni, and the road is also flat till Theni. However, here too, you will see high mounds from far away mountains. On these high mounds, in many places, you will see something like a house and you will keep wondering for some time why someone would have built a building without going to this mountain without a road and how it would go there. With all these thoughts, our journey was moving forward. On one side of the road, bananas were spread far and wide on the other side with long rows of coconut trees. After travelling for about 2 hours we reached Theni.

Write Your own Jungle Book in its True Form

There is nothing better than taking a few days off and relaxing. But if your definition of relaxing isn’t partying and drinking, like most and you just wanna sit back and relax, away from the man-made city ruckus, we have the best lodging ideas for you. Treehouse resorts, that put you right in the lap of Mother Nature. There could be no better way, right?Many of us, as kids had or at least dreamt of having a treehouse. And why not? Our favourite TV shows made them look so cool. The idea of having our own personal space on the one tree we loved and having friends over to play, remember? Well with these resorts, now you can really make it happen even if it’s just for a few days. Cha-ching! Whether you just want to relax all by yourself or planning a romantic getaway, these treehouse resorts could be a perfect vacation spot for you. The treehouse resorts in India, apart from being unique places to stay, are an absolute delight if you're a nature lover. They range from luxurious to rustic, and with them, you can choose the kind of vacation you need. 

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