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Living Root Bridge Found In Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya

Today on the ‘World Forest Day; Forest and Energy’, it is worthwhile to revisit our centuries-old technique of unique Living root bridge found in Meghalaya

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Everything you need to know about India’s heritage toy trains

The heritage toy trains require more attention from the government to continue running successfully with fares that are affordable for locals as well as for tourists.

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Six ancient modes of transport that India still uses

Since ancient times people have been traveling using various transport methods, this post talks about some of those transport methods that are still in use

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Mine Tourism in India for the first time

Ever fancied climbing down sooty black tunnels with dank, dark walls flanking you on all sides? Well, face your fears, as 'extreme tourism' comes of age. From November 2016 onward, one can hop into a man riding system and travel down into live coalmines of Saoner, 500 m below the surface. Located near Nagpur, the mines can be accessed easily and can provide the most exhilarating experience of all times. The first official tour of the mine tourism initiative is being flagged off on the 28th of January. The...


Tourism Regulatory Framework

Although the Indian government has myriad schemes to promote tourism, there is no regulatory framework for the sector. If tourism is to be sustainable, with minimum impact on biodiversity and the environment, a regulatory policy framework is urgently needed.


A Tranquility Called Lansdowne

The trek. Profile of ridge after ridge. Tall sturdy pine and rhododendron trees. The Garhwal Rifles. Hilltop houses. Village Zehrikhal. Laxmi from another village on another hill. Children back from school. The market downhill. Pocket sized shops. The effervescently handsome CD woman. Hot buns off the divinely fragrant bakery. Whitewashed buildings with ornate gates. Kitchen gardens or lack of it. Yellow and white daisies. Sharp strong sunlight. Bungalows under construction, dust, cement, bricks and stones. St. Mary's Church and battle mementos. Waiting endlessly for lunch and dinner. Shaggy dogs and stocky horses. Goat crossing. Birds all over. Tents with a view


Freshwater fish found in the Himalayan river basin under threat

Freshwater fish in India, especially the ones that occupy cold-water regimes, are increasingly becoming threatened due to overexploitation, loss of biodiversity and anthropogenic interventions. Angling is a good way to raise awareness about freshwater fish, where fishing is engaged in as a sport. The fish is released once the catch is measured and photographed. India’s mahseer fish species found in the Himalayan river basins offer abundant opportunities for water angling activities. The mahseer...

Travel | VOL. 16, ISSUE 96, May-June 2016

Narara Marine National Park

India’s only marine park recognised by International Union for Conservation of Nature, is inhabited by varieties of water species and is an enthralling experience. Unfortunately, industrial activities and oil spill have affected the ecosystem and initiatives are needed to stop further degradation.

Travel | VOL. 15, ISSUE 93, November-December 2015

The Chambal

The Chambal National Park is a rare, unspoilt place off the tourist circuit where you can enjoy the sight of the Indian gharial, and flocks of Indian skimmer in their natural habitat.

Travel | VOL. 15, ISSUE 90, May-June 2015

Exploring Ladakh

Our car zoomed along the Leh-Srinagar NH1 Highway with the Ladakh Range sprawling in the south and the Karakoram Range in the north. The snow clad peaks stood out in shocking contrast against the brown and barren landscape, and there was not a patch of green anywhere to soothe our sights. Amidst the thorny bushes, a vibrantly hued Yellow-billed Blue Magpie and a Chukar Partridge hopped along in search of food, while square military barracks and adventurous bikers on Royal Enfields were the only reminders...