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The Mount Everest May Have Shrunk

A stir has been created by the recent finding of Europe’s Sentinel-1A satellite that the 2015 earthquake in Nepal measuring 7.8 in magnitude might have shrunk the heights of several mountains in the surrounding area including that of Mount Everest by about 1 inch. This observation has led to consternation over whether Mt. Everest’s height really has been altered. It led to several international institutions and India seeking to measure the height of Mt. Everest. However, the Nepalese Government...

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The Valley of Strobilanthes Species in Western Ghats

Strobilanthes is a shrubby flowering plant that belongs to the Family Acanthaceae and is placed as the second largest genus in this family. The genus comprises of about 350 species mostly native to tropical Asia and Madagascar. The Indian subcontinent has nearly 150 species, out of which 59 are seen in peninsular India. The genus has shown uniqueness in territorial distribution as well as in ecological status. The most distinctive feature of the genus is its monocarpic or semelparous character (the...

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Galathea National Park

The Galathea National Park comprises the core area of the southern part of the Biosphere Reserve in Great Nicobar Island and consists of lowland forests which have the greatest abundance of endemic avifauna. It is the prime nesting habitat of the Nicobar Megapode and possibly the area of other endemic species too. [caption id="attachment_14657" align="alignright" width="414"] fig: Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve[/caption] Basic information: Area of the National Park – 110  Sq....

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Wild Monsoon Destination: Chinnar

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala forms a seamless whole with four other forest reserves. It also offers a wide range of habitats owing to ranges in altitude and rainfall and is home to ancient archaeological sites and a wide variety of plant and animal species. The 90.442 sq km Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is located on the eastern part of the high ranges of the Southern Western Ghats of Kerala. It is considered as one of the unique protected areas of the Western Ghats due to its ecological,...

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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...

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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.

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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