There are 10 wildlife sanctuaries in India spread across the country and
each offers its own special kind of flora and fauna. Corbett in the north
was made famous by the British hunter Jim Corbett. Then, there is Dudhwa
National Park, bordering Nepal, known for its rhinos and elephants;
Sariska National Park and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary are a bird-watcher's
paradise, several migratory birds converge here; Ranthambore in Rajasthan
is where you spot a tiger; Kanha & Bandhavgarh in Central India are
also famous for the tiger; Gir Lion sanctuary in Gujarat is where the
Asiatic lion is found; Bandipur, Nagarhole and Mudumalai in south are
known for their elephants; Periyar is a tiger and bird reserve; Kaziranga
in Assam is where you find the one-horned rhino.
You can fish the trout and the mahseer in the ice-fed clear mountain
streams and high altitude lakes of the Himalayan regions. You get both
brown and rainbow trout. Mahseer, found only in India, is known as the
toughest fresh water fighting fish in the world. Fly-fishing is possible.
Trout fishing is also possible in the Nilgiri hills in southern India.
Best season is from Feb to June and September to mid November. Deep-sea
fishing is possible off the Malabar Coast and in Lakshadweep islands.
diving & Snorkeling
The Andaman & Lakshadweep islands offer excellent opportunity for snorkeling
and scuba diving. Local reef and a thousand kind of brilliantly coloured
fish can be seen underwater. Equipment and diving instructors are easily
Ballooning has caught on of late. Hot-air ballooning is at present offered
by Wanderlust Travels over the Tajmahal, Agra, Fort, Fatehpur Sikri,
Delhi, Himachal and Rajputana desert. Para jumping and free-fall
parachuting is an added attraction. The lower reaches of Himalayas are
also highly rated for hang-gliding and para sailing because of the good
thermal soaring effect. Kangra holds annual hang-gliding championship,
inviting the best in the world.
This is the ultimate in adventure. The Himalayas offer varying degrees of
difficulties with altitudes ranging from 17,000 ft to 25,000 ft. There are
operators who specialise in mountaineering expeditions, as it requires
meticulous planning, technical expertise, specialised equipment etc.
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