India is incomplete even if one its provinces are taken away. And it truly is incomplete without the great Seven Sisters.
Indian wildlife has been the primary attraction for tourists since ages. Blessed with richness and diversity, India defines its wildlife with rare and endangered species. A major part of Indian land is covered by forests, giving an excellent opportunity for humans to explore some endangered species. There are 92 national wildlife parks and around 480 wildlife sanctuaries.
India will soon liberalise rules for foreign tourists visiting remote areas across the country.
In an effort to boost tourism and related employment generation in several remote parts of the country, India is set to ease the entry of foreign tourists to restricted areas. The idea is being discussed at various levels and among ministries and authorities tasked with the developing tourism as well as in charge of homeland security, defence, law and order.
A decision is likely to liberalise the entry of foreigners in restricted areas. As per the Foreigners (Protected Areas) Order, 1958 and the Foreigners (Restricted Areas) Order, 1963 permission is required for foreigners, and in some places for Indians too, to visit remote areas. However, the permissions limit the duration of the visit to the restricted place from one day to a week or maximum ten days. Significantly, the permits are given only to groups and not to individuals. Relaxation is likely to be made for issuing permits to individual tourists in coming weeks.
The Union home ministry which issues the permits is planning to facilitate and expedite the issue. The decision is likely to increase foreign tourist arrivals in these areas which remain off the itineraries for the moment.
List of Restricted Areas:
Assam– Manas Bird Sanctuary, Kaziranga National Park, Kamakhya Temple, Jatinga Bird Sanctuary, Guwahati & Sibsagar
Arunachal Pradesh– Itanagar, Ziro, Along, Pasighat, Miao, Namdapha and Sujesa (Puki) Bhalukpong
Manipur-Imphal, Loktak Lake, Keibul Deer Sanctuary, Waithe Lake and Moirang.
Mizoram– Vairangte, Thingdawl and Aizawl
Himachal PradeshÃ¢â‚¬â€œ Gompa-Kaza, Poo-Khab-Sumdho-Dhankar-Tabo, and Orang-Dabling
Nagaland-Dimapur, Kohima, Mokochong and Wokha districts
Sikkim– Rumtek, Gangtok, Zongri in West Sikkim, Phodang and Pamayangtse.
Uttarakhand– Uttarkashi Districts, Niti Ghati and Kalindi Khai in Chamoli and Nanda Devi Sanctuary and adjoining areas of Milam Glacier
Rajasthan– Western Side Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Indo-Pak border and villages Jaisalmer: Amarsagar, Ludrawa, Kuldara, Bada Bagh(black bar), Akal, Sam & Unda.
Andaman Islands at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea restricts regulates entry to Port Blair; Havelock Island; Long Island; Neil Island; Diglipur; Mayabunder; Rangat, Jolly Bouy, Red skin, South Cinque, Mount Harriet, Madhuban.
Lakshadweep Islands Located in Arabian Sea-Wellington Island, Agatti, Kadmat and Bangaram.
Lastly in scenic Kashmir the restricted areas include various divisions of Leh and Ladakh
Foreign touristsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ arrivals were to the tune of 8 million in 2015. This was 4.4pc more compared to previous year when it stood at 7.6 million year.
According to IndiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Tourism ministry the US topped the list of percentage share of foreign touristsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ arrivals among the top 15 source countries with 18.67 per cent, followed by Bangladesh (11.64), UK (11.60), Australia (5.25), Canada (4.23), Russian Federation (3.68) and Malaysia (3.13). GermanyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s share was 2.61 per cent while that of China was 2.48 per cent, followed by Sri Lanka (2.39), Singapore (2.01), France (1.99), Japan (1.85), Thailand (1.68) and Pakistan (1.60).
Be it the rising sun tearing the Arunachal clouds, or the setting sun in the river Brahmaputra, the unspoilt beauty of North East India offers many unexplored regions. If you are planning holidays to the North East this is our ultimate guide to some the hidden gems of the region.
The North Eastern frontier of the Indian subcontinent is an inspiring region with many hidden jewels in its sleeves. One of the finest National Parks in the world, Kaziranga National Park in Assam is located on the banks of the Brahmaputra River. This World Heritage Site serves as the home to the great Indian One Horned Rhinos and is also a tiger reserve due to the high population of tigers in the park. Extended grasslands, swamplands, and thick tropical forest forms a perfect ambiance for the existence of the wildlife. This place is a seamless paradise for all nature lovers.
While exploring the wilderness in Kaziranga, you can also explore tribal culture in Manas with an exhilarating elephant ride.Ã‚Â Kaziranga is best reached from Guwahati located at a drivable distance of 4 hours .
In the lowlands of Assam, near the banks of River Brahmaputra is where modern tea has been given birth. Jorhat is one of the major tea producing regions of India. Watching tea growing in such vast expanse is a treat to the eyes. And as you walk through the gardens you will witness workers plucking tea leaves, cleaning the gardens, and nurturing plants. These beautiful tea gardens of Jorhat are complimented with imperial bungalows that were built during the British era and serve as great option for accommodation. The Tocklai Tea Research center (India’s largest tea research centre) is also located here on the banks of the river Tocklai.
Jorhat is one of the lesser known tea producing gem of India where an annual tea festival takes place during winters. Assam Tea Festival is also a good time to enjoy golfing in the Ã¢â‚¬ËœJorhat GymkhanaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s third oldest golf-club that is still in use.
Just 20 kms away from Jorhat, you can explore another gem of the North East, the famous Majuli Island. It is the largest inhabited river island in the world.
India also offers many other royal and attractive gardens of India, where the tea is produced. Read Here.
The Lachung and Yumthang Valley are very famous regions of Sikkim known for their wide variety of alpine flowers. Yumthang, situated at a height of 11,800 feet is popularly known as the ‘Valley of Flowers’, located at a distance of 148 kms from Gangtok. Snow clad peaks, apple trees, streaming waterfalls, Himalayan flowers and fresh mountain air is a paradise for nature lovers. During spring season, wild flowers such as primulas, poppies, and rhododendrons bathe the landscape in rich colours. The Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary over showcases about 24 species of Rhododendron flowers which bloom from April to May end. Hot spring located besides the Yumthang river is also popular tourist attraction.
Situated further up at a distance of 16 kms, at an altitude of about 16,000 feet is Yumesamdong, the zero point. The rugged vegetation-free mountains covered in snow mark the end of Yumthang Valley. It is situated very close to China border. Yumthang is closed between December and March due to heavy snowfall.
Lachung is the nearest inhabited centre located along the tributaryÃ‚Â of theÃ‚Â river Teesta. Yumthang Valley does not offer much accommodation therefore one can stay at Lachung valley.Ã‚Â It is situated at a height of 8000 feet, only an hour away from Yumthang.
Happiness is the essence of the tribal-lore of North East. With minimalistic needs in life, life is simple here and the tribals prefer it that way. Surrounded by Tibet in the north, Assam and Nagaland in the east and Bhutan in the west, Arunachal Pradesh is the largest state in the North Eastern frontier. Hilly region and lush green forest provide a suitable environment for the survival of 82 tribes and sub tribes each having different cultures and dialects. TheÃ‚Â #Ã¢â‚¬Å½Zirovalley is home to one such uniqueÃ‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å½tribe of India, the Apatanis.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å½UNESCOÃ‚Â has named the Apatani valley a Ã¢â‚¬Å½World Heritage siteÃ‚Â for its “extremely high productivity” and “unique” way of preserving the ecology. The region is famous for its agriculture festival Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dree FestivalÃ¢â‚¬Â, friendship festival Ã¢â‚¬Å“MyokoÃ¢â‚¬Â and the also the annual outdoor music festival.
Tribal tour to Arunachal Pradesh is a parody of culture.
MawlynnongÃ‚Â is a village in the Meghalaya state, India famous for having been dubbed Asia’s cleanest village. Mawlynnong is located about 90 km from Shillong and 92 kms from Cherrapunjee can be reached by road. After enjoying the scenic waterfalls of cherrapunjee you can spend a day in the fresh air of this town. The “Sky Watch” here is an 85 feet high bamboo structure created with bamboo and natural ropes which offer a splendid view of Bangladesh plains.
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