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Arunachal Pradesh – The Land of Rising Sun

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Destinations, eco-friendly, Group Departure, memorable stay, mountains, Valley, vilagescape | 0 comments

Arunachal Pradesh – The Land of Rising Sun

Trip Tips for Arunachal Pradesh from the ‘Wonder-Visionists’ ————————————————— 1.Don’t forget your authorized permit,the visitors other than natives of Arunachal Pradesh are required to obtain an Inner Line Permit ( ILP ) to enter Arunachal Pradesh. These can also be obtained from Resident Commissioner’s office / Deputy Resident Commissioner & Liaison Offices. Office Location:New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Dibrugarh, Tezpur, North Lakhimpur & Jorhat;Visiting hrs.-Mon-Fri:10:00 A.M – 1:00 P.M. 2. must have some cash in hand, although ATM services were available in Tawang or Dirang.Take necessary precautions against Vertigo.Expect expense. The rate of food is generally 120-150 INR for basic vegetable thali/meal. 3.Check about photography permissions/video filming at any monument.It may not always be possible to view the tribal festivals of Arunachal Pradesh unless it is being celebrated in the local town hall or community grounds. 4.Don’t bye articles made from rare/endangered species of animals which are banned. 5.Advisable to shop at the Govt. Emporia/Fixed Price Shops to ensure quality and reasonable prices. Try to buy from Government stall only for genuine handicraft. 6.Arunachal Pradesh is yet to be connected with the rest of the country by the Rail. The nearest railway station is Harmutty (near Banderdewa) in Assam only 23 km from Naharlagun & 33 km from Itanagar. However, the nearest convenient railhead is North Lakhimpur in Assam, 50 km from Naharlagun & 60 km from Itanagar. For other important places, the nearest railway stations are Silapathar for Along, Tinsukia for Tezu, Balipara for Bomdila / Tawang and Margherita for Namdapha. However AST buses also connect Itanagar to Shillong, Ziro, Guwahati, Balijan, Poma, Lilabari, Jote, Raga, Sagalee, Pasighat, Dibrugarh, Tezpur, Bombdila, etc 7.Losar Festival is held by the Monpas in December and even though it is a little cold, this is a festive time to take part in. 8.Be security conscious. Do not forget to keep the contact numbers of the local representatives and the police stations.Keep yourself up to date with climate, political situation. 9.Major circuits:TEZPUR- SEIJOSA -BHALUKPONG-TIPI-TEZPUR TOURIST CIRCUIT;ROING – MAYUDIA – ANINI TOURIST CIRCUIT; TEZPUR-BHALUKPONG-BOMDILA-TAWANG TOURIST CIRCUIT;ITANAGAR-ZIRO-DAPORIJO-ALONG-PASIGHAT TOURIST CIRCUIT; MARGHERITA-MIAO-NAMDAPHA TOURIST CIRCUIT,TINSUKIA-TEZU-HAYULIYANG TOURIST CIRCUIT & many more unique ones. 10. In Tirap district don’t miss beautiful blue Vanda (Vanda coerulea).Sessa, 24 km from Tipi, has an Orchid Sanctuary which boasts of beautiful white Coelogyne nitida, the tree borne yellow; Cymbidium elegans and Dendrobium chrysanthum.In Dirang Orchid Sanctuary, Paphiopedilum fairieanum – The “Lost lady slipper orchid” is very rare, endangered and endemic orchid. # N.B.-In 1992, a major change considering tourist policy took place. The Union Home Ministry agreed to allow foreign tourists to visit Arunachal Pradesh and they are allowed to trek, raft and fish on certain selected natural...

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Bangalore: the Silicon Valley of India

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Activity, bangalore, Camping, desert, Destinations, eco-friendly, entertainment, falls, Group Departure, village | 0 comments

Bangalore: the Silicon Valley of India

Bangalore: more than just being “the Silicon Valley of India” When in Karnataka, it is impossible to miss Hampi, a UNESCO world heritage site. Hampi is home to the last great Hindu empire in South India, with construction dating back to the 10th century. Further north to Hampi, Pattadakal is another complex of ancient temples, also listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The spectacular Virupaksha temple dedicated to goddess Shiva will certainly evocate memories Angkor Wat for some travellers. The majestic mountains of the Western Ghats (a UNESCO natural heritage site) are a paradise for trekkers but also for the ones looking at adventure tourism. Rafting, rock climbing or aero sports take place in spectacular...

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Tea Break at Himalayan Foot Hills

Posted by on Jul 17, 2016 in adventure, eco-friendly, jungles, mountains, Tea Leaf | 0 comments

Tea Break at Himalayan Foot Hills

North Bengal  is not your typical tourist destination; you could call it “off the beaten track”. The Hills, the jungles and the serene beauty of undulating tea gardens spread to the horizon from the low lying agricultural fields to the High alpine Mountains of Sandakphu- it would be a good place to visit. For a good proportion of the journey you’ll find yourself ascending higher and higher into the mountains, wondering how the bus manages to pull itself up. Your ears may pop, you’ll be surrounded by trees and a feeling of “freshness”, and on your descent back down you’ll start to see real villages and bamboo huts. The  tea garden bungalows  are really  stunning – around 1500 a night for a massive room with a bath, and breakfast included. I’d recommend it, apart from one thing – if you’re going back there after dark, it’s down a bit of a dark, scary road.Getting around North Bengal tea garden is a little tricky. Your options are to rely on travel agents like us to avoid touts and harassment. Our main aim was to find some of the expat volunteers and workers and train them about eco tourism and behave with dignity to our guests. Relax, order some drinks and snacks, and  get ready to be joined by cute hilly puppies. Wander  around  Dam Dim Tea garden, Rongo, Rongu, Birpara, Hantapara,Bagracote, Marybong,Gungaram. At Dam Dim, there are lush flowering gardens to stroll, benches among the bushes, a garden swing for two, winding walking paths, a covered gazebo, and even a tree house that offers a glorious bird’s eye view of the tea fields that stretch out for miles. In and around the town there are many enchanting spots, noteworthy among them are Dam Dim Tea Estate, Gorubathan, Gorumara National Park, Bindu, Murti, Samsing and Lataguri. After a nap walking around– a café and fair-trade handicraft shop & art that supports the locals tribes. Burmese food at Bordeline café.The jungle restaurant certainly has beautiful décor – all the charm of the jungle without the danger or mosquitoes. Well-that’s the spirit of...

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