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Kerala Backwaters,

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Kerala House Boat
One of the main reasons why thousands of tourists come to Kerala each year is because of the beautiful and exciting backwaters. There are several waterways where people can enjoy the backdrop and climate any time of the year. There are several water vessels to choose from too like canoes, ferries, small boats, rafts and house boats. The house boats are particularly favored by visitors because of the uniqueness and variety of styles available.
 
About the Houseboat

A Kerala houseboat is a specially made boat that consists of several areas for honeymooners and whole families to enjoy. The sizes will differ depending on the number of available rooms. There are houseboats with 1 to 5 rooms for rent. These are usually offered by many boat rental companies situated along the backwaters of the tourist destination. Some of the areas that are in the houseboat include the bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, living room and sundeck. Most have two levels while there are also models with three. When renting the vessel, tourists usually stay one night or more. The packages usually include meals, snacks and tea. The boats will also include a variety of appliances and furniture that gives these a very luxurious appeal.
 
Houseboats are very safe since companies provide maximum and 24-hour security services. There will also be crew members included in the trip. In most cases, three personnel will travel with the tourists namely two crew members who will be in charge of steering the boat and keeping the place clean and one chef who can cook a va
riety of traditional dishes and delectable snacks for the whole trip. Bigger Kerala houseboats will also include more crew members. Visitors will be provided with an itinerary upon boarding the vessel. Activities will be done both inland and offshore depending on the package and the preference of the tourists.
 
Things to Expect
There are so many things to do when renting Kerala houseboats. Generally, tourists like the trip because they get to stay very close to nature and watch a variety of natural features and landscapes. The trip will showcase ancient villages, unique flowers and animals in the nearby jungles, paddy and tea fields, temples and other long-standing buildings. People usually spend several hours on the sundeck getting a tan or sipping coffee. The trip will go through many beautiful lakes, canals and lagoons. Families and honeymooners get to cook or be served meals throughout the day. Some trips will also have stops at different points for tourists to meet with local residents, visit temples and trek through forests.
 
Visitors can stay in Kerala houseboats anywhere between 1 and 15 days. Trips will take them to different hill stations and districts throughout Kerala. The cost of the houseboat will differ depending on the available facilities and number of bedrooms. Some of the things included in the boat are an LCD TV and DVD player, dinin
g and living room chairs and tables, hot water showers or tubs, air conditioners and fans and a sound system.
 
Places to Visit in Kerala & Details:
Kerala is one of the most frequently visited places in India. It is known to many tourists as one of the ten paradises on earth so visitors should never leave the country without spending a few days in Kerala. There are so many things to do and various places to visit in the area. The tourist spot offers tranquil and breathtaking views that are just right for couples and families. Here are some of the highly recommended spots to go to.
 
Must-See Places in kerala:
The backwaters are among the most popular tourist attractions in Kerala. The backwaters feature elegant views that showcase the lush forests and beautiful waterways. Tourists can go for the day cruise which generally lasts eight hours. The cruise will start at Kollam going to Allapuzzha. Some of the things to expect during the cruise include sipping tea while watching the scenery, lunch stop at selected locations and a visit to a number of temples or the female gurus. Some people prefer to stay longer and spend the night at the ashram. Many people go through the backwaters via the local ferry. It is a good way to experience life in Kerala and meet some of the local residents. The price is cheap and is ideal for backpackers and adventurous individuals. Houseboats and canoes are also available.
 
Hill Station Action:
Munnar is an excellent hill station to visit which features a variety of outdoor activities and elegant sights. Tourists will surely enjoy the wonderful background of the hill station such as mountains, tea plantations and valleys. Munnar is one of the cooler places in Kerala. Some people prefer to visit during the winter to take advantage of the cool weather which is ideal for hiking and picnicking. The Top Station offers the best view in Munnar. Some of the activities to enjoy include touring the tea plantations, trying some of the locally harvested tea and riding a rickshaw. The Tata Tea Museum will introduce tourists to tea making and share some of Kerala’s colonial past. There are also a number of waterfalls in the area.
 
There are a couple of other hill stations in Kerala that visitors will also like namely Nelliampathy and Wayanad. These places also have a number of tea and spice farms and have very good landscapes for trekking and hiking. These areas are just over 70 kilometers away from Munnar and can easily be accessed by bus. It is a great option for people who wish to escape the crowded state of Munnar.
 
Beaches and Yoga Sessions:
Varkala is a very famous beach destination in Kerala where tourists can enjoy drinking tea or coffee while watching the views. Varkala also offers a number of yoga experts who conduct classes a few times each day specifically for tourists. People can relax with a massage by the beach or try meditation and yoga exercises to calm and soothe their senses. Many of these classes also educate visitors on the history of Kerala and the development of yoga and ayurvedic medicine in the area.

Assam tourism

Assam tourism info / introduction:
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Assam one of the North-Eastern Sates of India. It is bounded  on the north by the sub Himalayan ranges of Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh ; on the east by the Patkai range and the Tirap district of arunachal Pradesh; on the south-east, by Nagaland, Burma and Manipur; on the south by Mizoram; on the south-west by Tripura and Bangladesh and on the west by  Meghalaya and West Bengal.
 
The word ‘Assam’, an Anglicised formation, is an offshoot of a Sanskrit word ‘asom’ which means “unparalleled” or “peerless”. It is said that this word is used to describe the invincible might of the Ahoms the marched into this region in the thirteenth centaury from across the Patkai, and came, saw and conquered.
 
The state of Assam may be divided broadly into two river valleys: the Brahmaputra valley, watered by the Brahmaputra throughout its length from Sadiya in the north-East to Dhubri in the west and by its tributaries on the both sides on its bank: and the Barak valley, mainly watered by the Barak river throughout Cachar and Karimganj district of Assam. Geographically, the land may be devided into two parts, the plains and the hills. The plain comprises the district of Goalpara,Kokrajhar, Kamrup,Barpeta, Nalbari,Darrang, Sanitpur, Nowgaon,Shivsagar, Jorhat,Golaghat,Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh,Cachar, Karimganj, Morigaon,Bangaigaon,Hailakandi,Tinsukia, Dhubri and Dhemaji, while the hills consisit of the north Cachar and Karbi Anglong district.
 
According to the 1971 census, Assam has an area of 78,523 sq. kms. Including the plains and hills.
Till the first decade of the twentieth century Assam was a land of dense forests
with unoccupied tract of land and vast swamps and marshes. With the march of time, the state is wndergoing great changes: the forests are rapidly dwindling, but the mountain forests remain; the rivers with their wild courses and the hills with their tropical nature still exist. The seasons are marked by the monsoon rains and the climate is generally damp and enervating. The soil is very fertile and the landscape is always green and lush due to constant rainfall. Rivers, hills and plains make the state scenically beautiful.

North East India Meghalaya tourism info

Meghalaya tourism info
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Meghalaya has long since been the destination with a difference. Be it for a culture that is a vibrant mosaic of diversity, a rich natural bounty which holds endless delights for the nature lover or for its friendly hospitality.
 
The capital city Shillong, without a doubt holds in a nutshell what this small yet diverse state is all about. While it still preserves the aura that came with its British heritage, Shillong is also at the forefront of every new trend or development to make its entry in the North-east.
 
This city is a unique melting pot of cultures and traditions, old and new. While Shillong is the entertainment capital of the North-east, for everything from international concerts to a vibrant night culture; it sees ancient traditions not just being preserved, but flourishing.
 
For instance, Teer-the age-old Khasi art of archery has been combined with the state lottery system and thus continues to be a source of what some would call a flagrant yet valid means of livelihood. The sacred forests of Mawphlang, likewise, stand in its pristine quiet beauty, as undisturbed today as they were centuries back. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
 
Shillong has a multi-faceted personality that not too many other hill-stations can boast of. Whatever be your passion or indulgence, Shillong is guaranteed to gratify you. Walk through its little streets and explore delightful shopping possibilities and the colorful manifestations of the local culture. Then, as unbelievable as it seems, it takes just a few minutes drive to get you away from the civilization to the solitude of the hills and the majestic pine forests. Fast growing to be the unheralded capital, Shillong is where it all comes together.

Entry Formalities to Sikkim

Foreigners must obtain Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit Sikkim. These can beobtained from all Indian Missions, Sikkim Tourism Offices at New Delhi, Kolkata, District Magistrates Office of Darjeeling, Siliguri, and Rangpo on the strength of an Indian Visa. The 30 days duration Permit is issued on the spot without any delay provided photocopies of the passport and visa along with two pass port photos of the applicants are made available. The permissible duration of the stay for foreign tourists is 30 days initially. 
 
The State Government is authorized to extend the same by a further period of 30 days. The extension of the permit can be obtained from FRO at Gangtok and office of Superintendent of Police of the North, West and South Districts.
 
For those interested in going for trekking in the interior region of the state, the Tourism and Civil Aviation issues Protected Area Permit (PAP) at Gangtok which is available for certain specified area for groups consisting of two or more foreigners subject to condition that the trekking programme is arranged through a registered travel agency.

INFORMATION OF FOREIGN TOURIST INTEREST

With a view to promote tourism in Sikkim, restrictions on the entry for foreigners into restricted areas of Sikkim have been relaxed. Foreigners can now visit Gangtok, Rumtek, Phodong, Pemayangtse and the Yuksom -Zongri trekking route on the basis of restricted area permits which can be obtained from any one of the following offices: 

All Indian missions and posts abroad. 

F.F.R.O s Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta and C.T.O. Madras. 
Immigrations officers at the airports at Bombay, Calcutta, Madras and New Delhi. 
Chief Secretary, Government of Sikkim, Gangtok. 
Home Secretary, Government of Sikkim, Gangtok. 
Inspector General of Police, Government of Sikkim, Gangtok. 
Assistant Director (Tourism),Government of Sikkim, Siliguri. 
Deputy Director (Tourism), Government of Sikkim, New Delhi. 
Resident Commissioner, Government of Sikkim, New Sikkim House, 14 Panchseel Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. 
Asst. Resident Commissioner, Government of Sikkim, 4c, Poonam, 5, Russel Street, Calcutta. 
Deputy Commissioner, Darjeeling. 
Deputy Secretary, Home Department, Government of West Bengal, Calcutta. 
After obtaining the restricted area permit, bonafide foreign tourists, individuals as well as groups, can visit Gangtok, Rumtek, Phodong and Pemayangtse for a period of fifteen days. For visiting Pemayangtse, Zongri, Changu and Yumthang valley the rules are slightly tight. Organized foreign tourist groups consisting of not less than four persons, sponsored by recognized Indian travel agencies will be issued permits up to fifteen days for trekking in the Zongri area of West Sikkim. Permits for visiting Zongri will be issued only by the representatives of the Sikkim government in New Delhi. 
 
The foreigners should follow the following routes for Zongri:
Pemayangtse – Yoksum – Zongri
Rangpo – Gangtok – Yoksum – Zongri 
 
The return journey can be performed by either of the above routes. The groups would be accompanied by a liaison officer provided by the government of Sikkim. 
 
Similarly for visiting Changu lake and the Yumthang valley foreigners have to be in a group of four or more. 
 
Areas other than those mentioned above can also be visited, for which a special permit, which is relatively difficult to get, has to be obtained from the ministry of home affairs, New Delhi, the travel agents can help. 
 
 
SIKKIM TOURISM OFFICES
SIKKIM TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE, 
MAHATMA GANDHI MARG, GANGTOK. 
PHONE: 22064, 23425, 25277 
FAX: 25647. 

SIKKIM TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE, 
NEW SIKKIM HOUSE. 
14, PANCHSHEEL MARG, CHANAKYAPURI, 
NEW DELHI – 110021. 
PHONE: 3015346. 

SIKKIM TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE, 
SNT COLONY, HILL CART ROAD. 
SILIGURI. PHONE: 43646. 

SIKKIM TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE, 
BAGDOGRA AIRPORT, BAGDOGRA. 
SIKKIM TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE, 
4C POONAM BUILDING, 5/2 RUSSELL STREET 
CALCUTTA – 700017 
PHONE: 297516, 298983 
FAX: 2458479. 

sikkim flora and fauna

sikkim flora and fauna
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Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, Sikkim
 
Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary (Area – 43 square kilometers / Altitude 3048 meters – 4575 meters) is located in North Sikkim in the famous Lachung Valley at a distance of 137 kilometers from Gangtok, the sanctuary is bounded on its southern periphery by the Yumthang Valley known for its alpine meadow and hot springs. It is hemmed in on the east by high rugged Chuba – Sagochen mountain ranges and on the west by part of Chomzomei Tso. The picturesque Lachung Chu flows through the sanctuary, which is known for its unique abundance of Rhododendron trees and shrubs, 40 odd species of which are recorded from Sikkim alone, that ablaze in color during March – May. Rhododendron nevium the state tree occurs throughout the sanctuary, which is also rich in flora such as primulas, potentillas, gentians, larch, juniper, maple with trailing lichens. Other trees include silver fir, spruce. Lachung is the last frontier village before reaching the sanctuary. 
 
Fambong La Wild Life Sanctuary, Sikkim 
Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary is located at a distance of 25 kilometers from Gangtok and has an area of 51.76 square kilometers. The main vegetation is oak, katus, kimbu, champ with thick bamboo forests and ferns. The Sanctuary is also home to a large number of wild orchids, rhododendrons etc. The richly forested area is known to be a home for various species of wild animals. Some of the birds found in abundance are the Blood Pheasants, Satyr Tragopan, Osprey, Himalayan griffon, Lammergeyers, snow pigeon, Impeyan pheasants, sunbirds & eagles. 
 
Kanchendzonga National Park, Sikkim 
The Kanchendzonga National Park is situated in the North District of Sikkim, spreading over an area of 850 square kilometers. The elevation range from 1800 meters to 8600 meters approximately, one of the highest park in the country. The area of the park of spectacular wilderness with one of the highest mountain peaks towering above virtually undisturbed forest cover. There are many glaciers in the park area. Amongst them the Zemu Glacier is the longest and most awesome. The lofty Mt. Kanchendzonga (8585 meters) which literally means ‘Abode of Gods consisting of five Treasure Houses’ including the five peaks are Narshing , Pandim, Simvo, Kabru and Siniolchu. The most beautiful amongst these peaks are Mt. Pandim, Mt. Narshing and Mt. Siniolchu which lie in the park area. The topography and the peaks along with the forest wilderness attract nature & adventure lovers from all over the world. Birds are found in abundance here like the Blood Pheasants, Satyr Tragopan, Osprey, Himalayan griffon, Lammergeyers, snow pigeon, Impeyan pheasants, sunbirds & eagles.
 
The variation of altitude and vegetation has enriched the park area with rich variety of flora. The temperate broad leaved forest are dominated by Qurcus spp, Schima Spp, Castanopsis Spp, Acer Spp, Birch Betula Spp, Himalayan Larch, Lari griffithi etc. In the Alpine scrub and grass the common shrubs found are Mecohopsis, Primula Rhododendron, etc. besides these there are many medicinal plants. Among the fauna to be found in the park area is the famous Snow Leopard. The other animals are Clouded Leopard, Himalayan black bear, Red panda, Blue Sheep, Musk deer, Himalayan thar, Lesser Cats, Tibetan wolf, Serow, Great Tibetan sheep.
 
Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary, Sikkim 
It is situated some 26 kilometers from Gangtok At an altitude of 3292 meters to 4116 meters on way to Tsongo Lake, this 3100 hectares sanctuary abounds in Alpine flowers like Poppies, Primulas and rhododendrons. Musk Deer, Serow, Himalayan black deer, Red panda, lesser cats, Blood Peasant are some of the species found. The best period to visit Kyongnosla is July – Sept. The sanctuary is rich both in flora and fauna, Rare, endangered ground orchids and rhododendrons interspersed among tall junipers and taller silver firs are among the important plants present