Dooars Tour....................
Hiamalayan Lake at freezing temperature
Terrain Hills .............
kalimpong................
Baranti ............... the unexplored
Toy Train through Darjeeling Himalayan.............
Hiamalayan.................
A fall of 300 mtr straight down in Simlipal Tiger Reserve .......
Jaldapara National park.....................
Himalayan Hills ....................
G - Odisha

1. Chandbali, Bhitarkanika

Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary (BKWS) was created in 1975 to preserve the rich biodiversity and the pristine beauty of nature in the Brahmani-Baitarani (Dhamra) deltaic region of coastal Orissa.The core area of the Sanctuary was later designated as Bhitarkanika National Park (BKNP) in 1988. Bhitarkanika has been designated a Ramsar site (Wetland of international importance), the 2nd in the state, in 2002.The area has been proposed to be declared as a Biosphere Reserve. Located in Kendrapara District, the Sanctuary and National Park offer numerous opportunities to celebrate and conserve nature. Main Visitor Attractions Water Monitor-the Largest Indian Wizard A 3.5 Kilometers long trek in Bhitarkanika Forest Block that passes through the ruins of an ancient village of old mariners is exciting as well as enjoyable. The sight of tilted Shiva temple, lotus pond, an old shooting tower and collapsed structure of the palace covered under rank growth as well as Kanika paface bring alive the glorious past of this area. Landscape feature The deltaic region is surrounded by the rivers Bramhani and Baitarani, and sea. The area is criss-crossed by numerous creeks and creeklets and tidal rivers, and rivulets. The dominant vegetation type is mangrove.The terrain is influenced by tidal action which is dependent on the lunar cycle. Wild animals to be seen Basking Saltwater Crocodile Leopard cat, fishing cat, jungle cat, hyena, wild boar, spotted deer, sambar, po rcupine, dolphin, saltwater crocodile including partially white (sankhua)crocodile, python, king cobra, water monitor lizard,terrapin,marine turtle, kingfisher, wood pecker,hornbill, bar headed geese, Brahminy duck, pintail,white bellied sea eagle, tern, sea gull, waders and a large variety of resident and migratory birds. Climate The climate of the sanctuary is moderate. The best time to visitis from September to March. With the onset of monsoonic winds from mid-March, rivers become turbulent, particularly at the confluence of two rivers and river mouth areas. Thunderstorms,squally winds occur during late forenoons and afternoon hours from mid-march to mid-June. During this period boat ride in these rivers is risky except during morning hours. It is advisable to plan a trip to Bhitarkanika taking into consideration the weather forecast report and the warning signals given at the Paradip and Chandbali ports. The visitors should be mentally prepared for sudden change in weather conditions in course of a visit to the Park.

Bagagahan (nesting site of wetland birds) One of the significant features of the avifauna of Bhitarkanika is the colonial nesting of large numbers of local migrants and resident water birds in an island forest block known as Bhitarkanika forest block. These birds congregate in large numbers with the onset of monsoons and utilise the mangrove trees for nesting. Hypocotyls of Mangroves It is about V2 hr journey from Dangmal jetty. Getting down from boat one has to walk on a specially designed wooden path to reach the watch tower for observing the birds. It is an area inside Bhitarkanika Forest Block where 11 species of resident as well as local migratory birds nest over mangrove tree canopy. Varieties of migratory birds from nearby and far off countries migrate to the feeding and wintering habitats in the sanctuary every year during winter and early summer. The intertidal zone, mudflats, forested wetlands as well as newly emerging islands provide ideal habitats to a number species of migratory birds. These winter migrants include waterfowl like Ducks, Geese, Grebes, Sea Gulls, Terns, Plovers, Sandpipers and Godwits. Expected sightings at Dangmal (a) Basking crocodiles on the mud flat, spotted deer and Monitor lizard. (b) Varieties of King fishers on rivers and creeks. (c) Pristine mangroves with pneumatophores and stilt roots. (d) Blooming Pani Amba, a unique mangrove species. (e) Waders on the creek banks. (f) Mud skippers. (g) Varieties of crabs. (h) Fire flies on mangrove trees during night.





2. Paradip
Paradip, also spelt Paradeep, is a major seaport town and a designated notified area in Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha, India. Paradip is emerging as a major industrial hub with several upcoming steel plants including a US$12 billion plant being developed by POSCO of South Korea. In addition, alumina refineries, thermal power plants, and a petrochemical complex are under development. Paradip has been identified for development as one of the six major petroleum, chemicals and petrochemical investment regions (PCPIRs) in India, along the lines of Pudong in China, Rotterdam in Europe and Houston in North America. The Paradip PCPIR has identified an investment potential of US $68.84 billion, spread over 284 square kilometres (110 sq mi) in the area.



3. Dhauli, Bhubaneshwar
Dhauli hills are located on the banks of the river Daya, 8 km south of Bhubaneswar in Odisha (India). It is a hill with vast open space adjoining it, and has major Edicts of Ashoka engraved on a mass of rock, by the side of the road leading to the summit of the hill. Dhauli hill is presumed to be the area where the Kalinga War was fought. Ashoka's Rock edict in 1895. The Rock Edicts found here include Nos. I-X, XIV and two separate Kalinga Edicts. In Kalinga Edict VI, he expresses his concern for the "welfare of the whole world". The rock-cut elephant above the Edicts is the earliest Buddhist sculpture of Odisha. The stone elephant shows the animal's foreparts only, though it has a fine sense of form and movement. Ashoka had a special weakness for Dhauli, where the battle was fought. The Daya river is said to have turned red with the blood of the many deceased after the battle, and enabled Ashoka to realize the magnitude of horror associated with war. He saw to it that Dhauli became an important centre of Buddhist activities. He built several chaityas, stupas and pillars there. He got abodes excavated for the recluse, instructions inscribed for officials, expounded the main principles of dandaniti for the public, provided special status to his new kingdom including the stupas at Dhauli. On the top of the hill, a dazzling white peace pagoda has been built by the Japan Buddha Sangha and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha in the 1970s. The nearby region also houses Ashokan edicts and possibly a Stupa at Bhaskareshwar temple at Tankapani road as argued by scholars. The Dhauligiri hills also has an ancient Shiva temple which is the place for mass gathering during Shiva Ratri Celebrations.



4. Puri, Orissa – 540 km from Kolkata
Puri is a city and the district headquarters of Puri district, Odisha, eastern India. It is situated on the Bay of Bengal, 60 kilometres (37 mi) south of the state capital of Bhubaneswar. It is also known as Jagannath Puri after the 11th century Jagannath Temple located in the city. Puri is a holy city of the Hindus as a part of the Char Dham pilgrimages. According to Hindu teachings, a pilgrimage of the temples of India is not considered complete without a journey to Puri. Puri is endowed with one of the best beaches for swimming in India and is therefore also a popular beach resort, especially as it is positioned geographically so that both sunset and sunrise can be viewed from the beach. Sun Temple Konark is at distance of around 35 Km from Puri.

Shree Jagannath Puri Temple. One of the four dhams ie four most sacred pilgrimage places of Hindus. Constructed in 11th century and is the starting point of the world famous Rath Yatra held in July. Entry is limited to Hindus. Do lean against the Shani temple and watch the summit of the temple and do savour the temple food or bhog. The temple complex is huge and has some very interesting stories associated, priests or pandas are generally the ones who conduct the non Oriya people around and generally mention all these stories although they can demand exorbitant amounts; bring it down to something reasonable. It is possible to go into the sanctum sanctorum and touch the deities in the main temple for a fee.


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