June 19, 2016
Every tourist city in the world has itsunique tale to tell, and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan is one such city that hasnumerous stories to tell to the world.
Apart from the royals of the bygone era,Jaisalmer is also home to unequal beauty and valor that keeps the city aliveand attractive to the rest of the world. Located deep in the Thar desert,Jaisalmer
is also known as the Golden City of India and as the gateway to thegreat Indian desert.
So if you are planning to visit Jaisalmer via flight, then you have to catch a
Jodhpur airport to jaisalmer taxi which will cost like $50. So popular firms in Jodhpur or Jaisalmer who offer taxi
from jodhpur to jaisalmer are Maharaja Cabs, Chetram, Voyages and Rajputana Cabs.
If you are in Jaisalmer, you just cannotmiss visiting the Thar Desert for a
camel safari tour of Jaisalmer. There are two different optionsfor the desert safari.
One is the jeep safari in jaisalmer which is for all those who don't want to ride on camel at sand dunes, which
is awesome. For those who are interested in enjoyingtraditional way should ideally opt for the camel safari.
Camels are globally known as the ship ofthe desert, and they are the ones that take you through the rural desert lifeof Rajasthan on their backs.
The ideal place to start with the desertsafari is from the Sam Sand Dunes, which is located around 45 km away from thecity of Jaisalmer. Hop on to a camel which will take you through the
crests andthe troughs of the desert stretch that has scarce or no vegetation’s at all.The camel ride will cost you Rs 500 per person while the jeep safari will costyou Rs 1000 per person for a walk through the desert. The duration for thesafari varies with
camels and the jeeps. On the jeep, the safari is for one hourwhile on the camel, it is for two hours.
Thesunset points of Sam
The sunset point at Sam Dunes is one of thestar attractions of the desert safari in Jaisalmer. The camels and the sanddunes make for the perfect background for the sunset in the evening.
It is aspectacle to behold, and if you want to capture your memories in your camera,that too looks just spectacular. Just like the sunset point in Sam, it is alsowell known as the sunrise point. If you stay back at the Sam sand dunes, youcan catch both the
sunset and the sunrise on the dunes for a great view of anevent which is an everyday affair but can be a once in a lifetime memory foryou.
If you stay put at one of the
Sam sanddunes desert camps, you can also enjoy an evening program, after the sunsetwith
bonfires and local folk dancers that perform the Kalbelia dance in thenight in front of the Bonfire.
It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for sure,and you should not miss it by any chance when you are visiting Jaisalmer on aleisure trip.
June 18, 2016
"Mother earth is a temple, not a dustbin" screamed a notice board in a tea shop at Varkala beach, Kerala. The plastic, thermocol, Styrofoam etc which we so carelessly throw away, finally lands up in the ocean, carried by rain, rivers etc.
The short video I put together on World Oceans Day, portrays the simmering anger of the oceans through the incessant beating of the Dhol.
Watch it at
Oceans and Us
When I write "plastic" and hit the search button on http://IndianwildlifeClub.com, I get a few pages of results. Here are a few random one liners from those results, which sum up our plastic malady.
"Major cause of floods was Mumbai’s plastic bags choking the city’s drainage system."
"Storm-water drains choked with ubiquitous plastic carry bags are partly responsible for Mumbai's woes."
"The Maharashtra government announced the decision to ban the use of plastic bags across the state after reviewing the situation."
"A landmark 1990 study by the research firm Franklin Associates—says
Plastic is not biodegradable, it litters our waterways and coastal areas, and has been shown to choke the life out of unsuspecting wildlife."
"The leather-back turtle feeds almost exclusively on jellyfish and cannot distinguish between plastic bags and jelly fish"
Fish and sea birds have been choking on plastic litter
And now, we have the Bengal tiger holding up a plastic cement bag left out near a water hole, as if to ask what am I supposed to do with this?
Watch this terrible episode we were witness to at the link
Sharmilee, Virat and Pandit - Corbett National Park
Let us empower the rag picker who helps recycle bio-degradable waste.
If we go by road to Corbett National Park, you have to pass a place called Kashipur. Here, for miles at a stretch, we see plastic gunny bags, just like the one our tiger is carrying. These are filled with more plastic and more bio degradable stuff. They
seem to be piled on the road sides for ever awaiting disposal/recycling.
Empower the waste recycling factories and give them visibility before we drown ourselves in plastic waste.
May 20, 2016
So you from Delhi? And want to enjoy the most popular road trip of Golden Triangle? The check out our tips on how to plan a road trip from New Delhi to
Jaipur and Agra.
Hire a car - When
you have an adventurous bent of mind, a well-planned road trip can accentuate the travel enthusiast in you. However, planning a road trip always involves friends in groups so that you can enjoy the trip at its best. If you want to enjoy a good road trip,
it is better always to hire a good condition car from the local travel agency. For instance, if you are traveling from Delhi, get in touch with the local tour operator and select a well-maintained SUV or a big sedan car like the Maruti Suzuki Dzire or the
Toyota Etios. No matter where you plan to visit, whether it is Jaipur or Agra, it will only take you around 4 to 5 hours of drive from Delhi.
So for Agra we suggest our guests to either go for a Same day Agra tour in a car like Dzire or Innova. And of you are traveling via train then you should
contact a local car rental Agra
Pink City Jaipur -
It will take you 5 hours to drive to Jaipur
from New Delhi. The best time to start driving is in the morning so that you can reach the Pink City by lunch hours. Have an excellent Rajasthani cuisine meal and retire for the rest of the afternoon. In the evening, it is time to explore the city at its best.
Go for a "group night tour" at various interesting tourist destinations like the Hawa Mahal, City Palace and the Jantar Mantar, which are all in close vicinity to each other.
When in Jaipur, you just cannot miss visiting the magnificent Amber Fort. Located atop a hill, it is one o fthe most popular tourist destinations in Jaipur.
Enjoy a superior light and sound show at the Amber Fort in the evening and finally reach the Choki Dhani at dinner time to enjoy yet another sumptuous Rajasthani cuisine that is simply mouthwatering in taste.
The next day, enjoy a trip to the Jaigarh Fort and also to the famous Jal Mahal. If you are fond of cultural programs, in the evening, you can also head
towards the Samode Haveli for a fun filled and exciting cultural program. And with this you have now explored complete Jaipur with a nice
Jaipur sightseeing Package.
Day 3 in Agra - Your
next leisure destination is Agra,
which can be traveled straight from Jaipur. The first place that you can visit once you reach Agra is the Taj Mahal. It is imperative to say that Taj stands tallest among all the remaining tourist spots in Agra. It is the only love memorial in the world that
fetches people from different parts of the globe simply for a glimpse of the impressive structure.
Once you have soaked in the purity and the beauty of the Taj Mahal, you can head towards the Agra Fort, which is around 60 km away from the Taj Mahal. There
are also the Akbar’s Tomb and the Mehtab Bagh, and the Ram Bagh that is worth exploring. Stay overnight at one of the hotels and in the morning visit Fatehpur Sikri for studying an excellent example of Mughal Empire luxurious life.
Once all these places are covered, your road trip from Delhi to Jaipur and Agra comes to an end in just four days.
May 09, 2016
North Bengal is quite lucky to be the nearest hill station for Bengali People. Not to hop in directly to the word " Tourists", the first stereotype notion people of North Bengal hold
for Bengali people are that they are the most travelling community of India. Well, why only North Bengal Hill people, this notion is probably all over the world. In general perhaps the higher percentage of the tourism revenue earned by West Bengal Tourism
comes from the Bengali Tourists. So with years of tourism business that is running so well in North Bengal there are many stereotype tourists that help the hosts to determine their taste and anticipate their matching needs. Now get your senses ready to determine
which stereotype tourist's category you fall in.
1. The Boaster Budget Traveller :
It's a clear estimation without any possibilities of rise and fall. You have planned the amount and fixed it in a way you would never compromise. So, you are a budgeter and that's ethical, but the problem with you is that you cannot
compromise with the standard you aim for. You negotiate with the hosts to bring down the cost and when your hosts humbly says," Well sir, We can give you another category that fits into your budget perfectly and we give the assurance that you will find it
worth your price." That's such a good assistance, but you cannot compromise and you want the best of best at the cheapest price. If you're really into this category who believes in the most common proverb "Cheap and best" , then the ultimate suggestion for
you would be " Cheap is never the best and the best is never cheap".
2. The traveller who hangs the false name plate " Offbeat
You are a good reader. You read lot of locally published travel magazines and articles. You always look out for the names that are described as unheard and unexplored. Well, precisely the names that
you have never heard of and you take it in your list of unexplored destinations. So, that's a really proud thing for you and you say this to every one, " I always explore the unexplored". But , when you come to the real unexplored places you start seeking
you urbanized comfort zone and complain with statements like , " How do people live here", That certainly makes your host think of whether you telling the truth that you always unexplored places.
3. The Alien Foreigner:
In this context probably, West Bengal is only a state where people
from same state act and are even treated like complete foreigners. It then becomes more strange when people from South Bengal who have already travelled many parts of India feel the difference in their own state.
The above statement can somehow be considered possible because of the cultural diversity North Bengal, but it becomes more complex for the hosts when their guests act like they are not even from this world. If you are thinking what are such stupid acts being
a nature lovers then here are the things you unknowingly give do that give out the message that you may be an alien:
1 . You ask after seeing the paddy fields, " What are these plants? '.
2. You are so excited when you see a colourful rooster as you've never seen such a bird in your life.
3. Oh ! You've never seen such bright and big full moon.
4. You are shocked to see the sky filled with so many twinkling stars.
5. ...and many more,
....so for you the best suggestions would be don't just spend you whole life in Bars and clubs, there is a big world outside your city or town.
4. The Drunkard Drummers :
Here there are two categories, the ripened and the budding.
Ripened are normally middle- aged people who form a group, leave their families at home and make a plan to visit some silent, melancholy, naturally blessed destinations. Initially their interests about the destinations
they seek for shows that they must be tired workers who want to go back to nature as pure nature lovers and want a break from all those noises, hot discussions of politics, ethics and Bengali History. Perfection never changes, so after you reach the destination,
the only thing you wanted all such ambiance was to drink a lot with the group and again start the same noises you do back at your home. No new topics, stories but you bring out the same stories and start drumming it loudly in a drunk tone.
5. The Split Personality:
You can hardly be called a tourist, in precise terms you're a real traveller. You live two lives, one back at your home town as a strict Corporate manager and the other when you are with your digital camera and backpack.
You are an IT expert and you spend more than half of the year as a punctual corporate guy involved in hard core operations and management work, quality parameters, monthly targets, team performance, client rewards and incentives, new strategies of Business
Development and process management , e.t.c. You give your fullest in everything you do. Then when you swap your personality to become a traveller, people can hardly make out that you spend most of your time in the comfort zone of luxurious cabin, revolving
wheel chair and elite food recipes. You adapt fully with the tough life of tribes, understanding their culture and flow with their daily life schedules without any urban demand. You surprise them with you knowledge about the names of the plans, birds, butterflies
and insects, their life cycle and everything that even they have never realised.
6. The crazy solo Traveller:
God knows what you want to know and what you know. All you need is a roof to protect you from rain and food to keep you going. You hate crowd and modern amenities or may be had enough of it. You just travel like
a monk seeking the truth about life and salvation. You never have a proper itinerary of your travel plan. You can stay for months in one single room or leave it just after an hour of booking and paying the full price, all depends upon you present thought.
It's not that you are tight with money or you can't afford it, if you find a good hosts you don't mind even paying for his or drinks and travelling costs. Above all, only you know what is back in your mind what you enjoy and what you don't.
7. The Menu Family :
The only thing you are concerned about while you visit newer destinations
of North Bengal is the food menu chart. You always travel with you family members, and if possible sometimes you even make your cousin's family or some other relatives join you. The hosts of rural destinations
find it a big problem to prepare food items for you specially in places where they do not have enough of helpers in the kitchen . The reason is that every member in you family will order some food items for their dinner and lunch. For instance here is the
order of lunch given by your family :
1. The elder son will have three chapatis with egg curry. ( Please do not put chilli)
2. The younger daughter will have a plate of Momos with totamo sauce.
3. Your wife will have one plate of rice with Fish, Dal and potato curry.
4. You would want some chicken pakoras to have it as snacks with drinks and full place chicken rice. ( Please put lot of chillies)
5. After lunch in the evening you will have black tea with no sugar, you wife will have tea with milk and sugar, your elder son will have it with both sugar , salt and lemon.
Well, the one thing your host would be asking your wife in their mind : " Is this how you cook for your family back at your home?"
8. The young and Romantic Travellers :
Can you ever imagine a couple choosing a long trekking plan for their honeymoon? Well, it's so obvious that such couples would always choose a room that is more private and lonely. With the strictness in checking
the id proofs, it has now become quite a tough job for unmarried couples to find a room in the hotel room. So the best would be either to choose the destinations that is more into rural areas or to go for a trekking plan with other unmarried couples. Here
there are again two categories, one who also want to enjoy the best of nature and adventure along with romantic moments and the other who would just want to enjoy the evening with drinks and a romantic night in a more lonely and natural environment without
involving much in outdoor nature adventure activities.
9. The Rich and Demanding Traveller:
You just think that you can buy everything with money. While walking on the road through any village if you or your wife finds a beautiful flower or a ripened fruit on the road side you just go and pluck it. You
don't even think that the land along side the road is a private land and the owner have had their long months of care to make it bloom. Once you get a complain from them you never show true apologetic behaviour but try to act rich by willing to pay money.
You may think that you are acting rich but precisely it is cheap for them. You ask for cultural dances, tribal dances, bonfire and show your willingness to pay any amount for it. The truth is that you are bringing down the value of a culture by commercialising
it and corrupting the innocent minds of rural people. You are forcing them to sell it cheap. Just for instance can you imagine a person paying you huge money just to celebrate Durga Puja at any time he wants? Well, again there are some values that you can
never buy with money.
10. The Fake Environmentalist and Samaritan traveller:
You just have the knowledge of books and have never been practical. You have read it in newspapers and you believe every word of it without even giving your mind an option. You see everything around you in the villages
going wrong and throw your comments and remarks without putting yourself in the cause of the situation. You complain about those tribal ladies carrying head-loads of dry twigs that they use to cook food for their child, but you never complain about hectares
of deforestation and its timber transported to your cities, just to meet the huge demands of industrialised goods. You want AC rooms even in a hilly region, a television, 3G phone Network, coffee shops, market and many more in a rural destination and later
complain about other rural destinations that have become crowded and urbanized tourist spots. You carry a whole bag packed foods, bottled waters, cans and throw it anywhere you want , but you hate those garbage scattered all around the place in such a beautiful
and naturally blessed rural destination and blame on villagers.
So, above are few stereotype habits of tourists who fill the tourism map of West Bengal, and you may be one of them, but as a meaningful traveller and a nature lover there are certain meaningful
destinations of North Bengal in India that are still unexploited. It's not always the hosts who should take the responsibility of a destinations but also the Travellers who build the destinations.
April 29, 2016
Me and my gand decided to share a story here at
indianwildlifeclub.com that even is India's biggest urban city wildlife exists. Yes in New Delhi we might not have a big national park like
Ranthambore Tiger Reserve but there are some green spaces which a wildlife lover might find attractive to visit.
So lets get started with Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary
At Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary one can escape the urbanest of New Delhi and see a large variety of birds and animals like 200+ species of birds, 100 butterflies species, jungle cat, jackals, blackbuck, nilgai and
most popular & my favorite black-naped hare which is also referred as Indian hare.
Along with this there is CEC (Conservation Education Center) & Bombay Natural History Society has a small presentation for visitors which educate on Flora & Fauna of Arvalli and also teaches how to conserve it.
Most guests here which I noticed were families with small children and I also met with a family who
run a nice hotel in south Delhi by the name of Hotel GTC who told us that this sanctuary is perfect for those who wants to educate their children about the importance of wildlife. Good thought.
We visited the Sanctuary in April which is pretty hot. So I will suggest that the best months to spend a day here is in Winters of New Delhi which are from the months of September to February. Plus I will also suggest to carry extra bottles of water as this
is an eco-zone so you won't find much options of water bottles inside the park.
For travelers who are especially visiting Delhi to explore Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary, accommodation option nearby are Greater Kailash or Noida. And if you want any extra information then feel free to comment of share this post on Twitter along with @jsc_999,
I will love to assist.
April 25, 2016
In one of our previousposts here we shared that in
Jaipur elephant safari has brought many travellersclose to the life of an elephant as after the ele-safari tour they came to knowabout a few thing on elephants which they would have never
And todaywe just find out a eco-friendly resort near the elephant safari tour place bythe name of Lohagarh fort resort. Now we are writing about this resort as ithas proven that eco-tourism can be a real earning luxury business and they haveproved
Now Lohagarhfort resort is a 12-acre area which was previously dead part near Aravallihills (Kukas) and team Lohagarh invest their time and money to convert thiswaste land into lush green gardens. The first developed 5 cottages along with apool and restaurant
which they later added 6 more cottages, 2 tree houses and afew Swiss tents and a nice bar.
Well youcan say that what’s the big deal? Now the big deal here is that none of thesecottages, tree house etc, has plastic and everything here is natural ororganic. Like the walls of the cottages is made up of white stone with low useof cement, not even a single
interior or furniture has plastic or lead and theyhave created 80% of the resort as green zone, highest one can have in anyresort in Rajasthan.
So whenyou enter this place there is a cave like entry which is like 200-300 mts andleads you to their restaurant. From there you can see the pool and the treehouses. One thing which I really like that their pool have a shape of smalllake which is quite unique
and the rope which they have added above is awesome.
The walklike 100 mts and you will find your cottages and a few mts ahead is their SwissTent. A walk of the complete resort will definitely shed a few pounds.
visit Lohagarh FortResort in Jaipur Rajasthan and do checkout their
tree house and suites beforebooking them.
April 18, 2016
Since 2010 the government of Rajasthan has taken some actions to promote eco tourism in many cities which are famous for their wildlife like Ranthambore and now the government have also declared national parks as eco-sensitive zones which means that one
can't construct permanent accommodation in jungle area.
This policy isn't just for national parks with green forest but also for the sand dunes of Jaisalmer
which after this decision has implemented new ideas to promote tourism with innovative ideas. So in this post I would love to share a view of eco tourism of Jaisalmer which is attracting many to visit the sand dunes of Sam from October to March every year.
1. Desert Camps - More the 100 camps have been set in Sam region and not just Swiss tents, here we have small restaurants offering local food, musical program from local dancers and bonfire events. All those events are mostly seen in Jungle camps and now are
available in desert camps too. A wise example is to check this site on Jaisalmer Desert Camps and
Jaisalmer Desert Tents at Sam which offer desert camp accommodation, nice dinner and an awesome musical evening at Sam sand dunes.
2. Desert Safari - Well as you have jungle safari in national parks we have desert safari in desert dune areas. One can either enjoy a 30 mins to 2 hour camel safari or an hour ride in Jeep safari. Plus if you are one of those travelers who love to walk then
a trekking trip to the sand dunes will be a new experience.
3. Nearby attractions - Well Sam is just 45 kms away from Jaisalmer and I must say that the road conditions here are excellent. So one can either explore many tourist spots of Jaisalmer like Golden fort, Gadisar lake or visit the haunted city of Khuldhara which
is in between Sam and Jaisalmer.
4. Best time to visit Sam - From the months of April to September the weather is very hot in Sam as it touches 55 and there are also some sand storms which no travelers wants to experience. So October to March are perfect for a Jaisalmer holiday.
For more information one can contact local desert camps sites as they can offer more details which one needs if they are planning to spend a holiday in Sam & Jaisalmer.
April 14, 2016
.....what most agencies in the government are silent on are the pressures of a developing economy on tiger habitats within the country. Most tiger corridors that are vital for the big cat to move out and colonize other areas are under immense threat, such
as Kanha-Pench in Madhya Pradesh or the road that has destroyed the link from Kaziranga to Karbi Anglong in Assam.
All of these corridors are under siege from projects to build highways, canals and thermal power plants. If India’s tiger reserves were kept well-connected through a network of corridors, then lakhs of rupees would not have to be spent on reintroduction
programmes. Tigers would naturally recolonize other areas meant for them. But that’s the elephant in the room that everyone wants to ignore......
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April 13, 2016
Rajasthan, a term when someone speaks of we get ideas like
Amber fort and other royal castles. But not many know that Rajasthan also has a strong wildlife tourism which the state offers by its National Parks, State Zoo's and safari tours (elephant)
So today we (me and my friends from Chetarm Voyages who assist travelers in
exploring Rajasthan with their tour packages) share some amazing destinations which a wildlife lover would love to see.
1. Ranthambore National Park tour
Open all year except the rainy days,
Ranthambore national park is a heaven for wildlife travelers to explore the forest which has largest tiger population in India, Leopards, Nilgai, Sambar deer, Chinkara, Jackals, Black bucks and more more.
The national park very well connected with popular urban cities like New Delhi (a 4 hour train ride), Jaipur (a 2-3 hour train ride), Kota, Agra etc. As we can tell by experience that travelers who buytour
packages to visit Jaipur from us are also interested to visit Ranthambore as they just require one extra day.
Ranthambore National Park also has some other tourist attractions like the Ranthambore Fort which got famous after a few documentaries done by Discovery channel and there also also some local famous temples of Ganpathi where one can visit for god’s blessing.
2. Desert National Park of Thar
Thar or thar desert is 18th largest oasis if the world and it comes in both Rajasthan (India) and Pakistan side. But the one in India has develop a unique national park which is a dry desert area but surprisingly contains vast variety of
birds and fossils of dinosaurs dates almost 6 million years.
The Thar Desert National Park comes in Jaisalmer district which currently is a hot tourist destination (Hot weather and hot as per tourist numbers). The city of Jaisalmer offers such un-touched heritage like old havelies, massive forts that travelers love to
explore Jaisalmer. We know as because as per our number 60% of people planning to visit Rajasthan wants to look at thedetails of our Jaisalmer holiday tour package.
3. Other National Parks of Rajasthan.
So of the major parks have been discussed but still Rajasthan has many other parks like -
- Sariska National Park, Alwar
- Sita Mata Sanctuary, Pratapgarh
- Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary , Bharatpur
- Keladevi Wildlife Sanctuary, Karauli
- Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Kumbhalgarh
- National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary, Kota
- Darrah Sanctuary, Kota
- Mount Abu Sanctuary, Mount Abu
Making a total of 10 wildlife national Parks in Rajasthan. And the best time to explore these attractions in September to March as they weather is quite calm in these months.
April 13, 2016
Well the term wildlife mostly brings jungle and green regions in our mind as famous wildlife parks in India are Ranthambore National Park, Jim Corbett National park etc and they all have one thing in common. They are all forest area.
But today I want to share my experience of India's only desert wildlife national park. Its Desert National Park at Sam
The national park is like 20% of complete Sam sand dune area and thats comes to a figure of 3162 sq Km. The desert national park is mostly made up of craggy rocks and sand dunes but one will be surprised to see the type of birds visible in the park.
At the park one can see Short-toed eagles, falcons, vultures, buzzards and kestrel plus the park also have fossils of dinosaurs which ate almost 6-7 million year old and plants which are 180 million year old.
Sam regions nowadays has become a popular tourist destination for travelers seeking adventure activities like paragliding, quad bikes and all of these are offered by locals who have created many desert camps in Sam. Some notables ones are Royal Desert Camp,
Rajputana Desert Tents Jaisalmer and Maharaja Camps.
Plus travelers can also enjoy musical programs in these camps like Rajasthani folk dance and also taste local prepared cuisine.
Just 45 kms from Sam we have the city of Jaisalmer which is also referred as the golden city of India as the Jaisalmer fort, which was once the home of Jaisalmer royalty is made up of yellow sand rocks and it shines when sunlight comes on it.
For more information of Jaisalmer once can check this list by https://www.tripadvisor.in/Attractions-g297667-Activities-Jaisalmer_Rajasthan.html