Weekend with Tigers at Pench National Park
A touch of the monsoon rains adds new life to both forests and its inhabitants. Sweet smell of wet earth fills the forest air. I think, this is one of the ideal seasons to enjoy the vegetation at its best and look for Bengal tigers and other wildlife in the Pench National Park, a tiger reserve named after the Pench River that meanders through the park featuring both tropical moist deciduous and dry deciduous type forests. The park, situated in Satpura Hills, Madhya Pradesh, is about a 3-hour drive from Nagpur, Maharastra, India.
You can relax at plush Taj Hotel Baghvan after roughing it in jungle during daytime. The hotel is offering two special packages (valid up toJune 30, 2010): Limited Jungle Plan and Full Jungle Plan. The Limited Plan worth INR 11,000 per person per night includes all meals, accommodation, one safari per day, laundry and non-alcoholic beverages.
This post may be awkward and/or funny for some of the readers but it discusses an important aspect of climbing / mountaineering / trekking (C/M/T) holidays, especially those spent in high altitude areas. For instance, scores of climbers/mountaineers/trekkers (C/M/Ts) visit the Indian Himalayas that do not have urban lavatories after…
Chill out in Yercaud
Yercuad, nestled on the Servarayan Range in the Eastern Ghats, is cleaner and quieter than other popular hill stations in Tamil Nadu, India. The hill station, boasting salubrious climate throughout the year, is about 1,500 meters above sea level. Daily a number of trains connect Chennai, state capital, andSalem such as Yercaud Express, Nilagiri Express, Coimbatore Express, Kovai Express and Cheran Express. It takes from 4.30 hours to about 7 hours depending on the train; and buses for Yercaud, about 35 km from Salem, starts from Salem Municipal Bus Stand.
Do not miss orange groves, coffee plantations and Botanical Survey of India’s orchidarium.
Boat inYercuadLakeamid forest.
Visit Killiyur waterfall if you love water and various view points for panoramic vistas.
People with religious mindset may pay obeisance at theShervaoyanTemple.
More peaks in Ladakh welcome climbers, trekkers
The Government of India (GoI) opened over one hundred more mountain peaks in Ladakh region, which were earlier in restricted area. All the opened peaks are either located on Indo-Chinese border or on the border between Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir (POK) andIndia. The opened peaks include
- Lalung-I (6243m), II (6157 meters) and III (6126 meters),
- Kangyassay I (6401 meters),
- Kangyarrag (6210 meters),
- Hagshu-I (6515 meters),
- Chiling- I (6349 meters) and II (6253 meters),
- Shafat-I (6800 meters), -II (6302 meters), and -III (6155 meters),
- Photoksar (6080 meters),
- Techafarka (6495 meters),
- Lingsarmo (6955 meters),
- Teram Kangri-I, II and III,
- Ghaint I and II,
- Apsaras I, II and III.
For scaling these peaks, permission from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) is sufficient, but the Army-approved routes should only be followed and a liaison officer must accompany the expedition. Like earlier, permission from home and defense ministries are not required.
This weekend Kolkata art galleries are hosting solo and group art exhibitions with diverse themes. Pick one depending on your taste or visit all if time is not a constraint.
Aakriti Art Gallery,Hungerford Street: Symbolism in Modern Art, Image and Symbol
Ahuja Museum for Arts,Lee Road: Ancient Love
Cima Gallery Pvt Ltd, Sunny Towers: Music from an Unknown Source
Gallery Sanskriti,Alipore Road: Nature Revisited Continue reading
Commune with Nature, Join Vintage Car Rally, Shop at Bizzarre Buzzaar
Saturday:April 17, 2010
After breakfast, you can proceed to Lalbagh Botanical Garden to commune with nature and for a picnic. To enjoy the sights of the garden, hire Harini Express, a green vehicle. The garden attractions include a lake fringed with big trees, tiny lush island in the center of the lake, floral clock, glass house, nursery, temple,JapaneseGarden and rare plants fromAfghanistan,France andPersia. The temple on a low hill of smooth rocks lends itself to views of the city.
Sunday:April 18, 2010
The Whitefield Club, Whitefield,Bangalore,Indiawill host a Vintage Car Rally at9:30 am. Vintage cars and motorbikes will be on display from12:00 pm to2:00 pm. Continue reading