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100 Wonders of India [The finest treasures of civilisation and nature]
100 Wonders of India [The finest treasures of civilisation and nature]
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Preface

It is said that India is a continent more than a country. There is much merit to that, if all the components that go the making of history, as well as geography, are considered.

A vigorous civilisation that has spanned at least 4,500 years is bound to have left monumental marks in its march. And if UNESCO's list of 830 World Heritage Properties is any criteria to go by, the fact that 26 of these are in India – less than those of only six other countries – is tangible proof of the creative genius, and industry of this ancient land's people, and of the gifts bestowed on it by nature.

Man-made wonders in this book are selected from a vast matrix of religious and secular genres and styles of architecture and art, the one common denominator being that they are frozen in time and space, except for two unique train journeys. Thus the showcase, with the primaeval lines of Bhimbetka's prehistoric rock art at o ne end the stunning curves of the modern Lotus Temple at the other, includes palaces, paintings and public places, mosques, museums and mansions; citadels, cathedrals and carved caves, temples, tombs and towers; sprawling cities and solemn stupas.

In the natural section and wonders from the country's astoundingly varied landscapes. Rising from the white beach sands of Lakshadweep islands in the Arabian Sea to the white Himalayan snows of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in world, these are scattered across a host of habitats including torrential streams and calm rivers, desolate deserts and teeming wetlands, rolling hills and misty mountains, coral reefs and jagged cliffs, and forests ranging from tropical to alpine, within live amazing creatures of the wild, including, of course, the majestic tiger.

Through the pages of this book, written inlucid language and splashed with lavish photographs, come take a journey into the wonder that is India.

From the Jacket

100 WONDER OF India
The finest treasures of civilisation and nature

Travellers in ancient times marvelled at seven man made wonders located in various countries bordering on the Mediterranean. Over hundreds of years since then, civilisations have risen and declined, the world has been built and rebuilt, and many more works of human genius lie scattered across geographies and eras. Exploration and discovery has revealed more of nature's wonders too, that stretch and humble human imagination.

India, with an area of well over three million square kilometers, is a continent within a continent. Within the folds of an astounding 5,000-year-old history and vast multitude of landscapes that include the world's highest mountains, great rivers, long coastlines, deserts and dense forests, is an awesome legacy of man-made and natural wonders-some legendary for long, others no less magnificent but not so well known.

Each is described with details of history and brought to life with vivid colour images. Also included is useful information for travelers, all of which blend to make this an attractive book for history buffs, art lovers, nature enthusiasts and all those who wants to be acquainted with India's magnificent wonders.

Back of the Book

100 WONDER OF India
The finest treasures of civilisation and nature

Beginning with the 12,000 year old cave paintings of Bhimbetka, up the Bah'ai House of worship, a blinding masterpiece of 20th century engineering and design, the wealth of creative genius, brilliant skill and endeavour of its people are evident in India's man-made wonders. Between the soaring medieval temples of the South and dramatically perched Buddhist monasteries of the North; the uniquely ornamented stepwells of the West and the grand Victoria Memorial, a symbol of British supremacy in the East, lie massive forts, fairy-tale palaces, tombs of Sultans, ruined ancient cities, statuesque cathedrals, and of course, the resplendent Taj Mahal.

Along with these are the wonders bestowed on India by nature. In a country blessed with astoundingly diverse ecology and terrain, these range from the mighty Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi and Kanchenjunga to the elephant-inhabited lush tropical forests of Periyar, and from the pristine-white island beaches of Lakshadweep to the tiger-infested delta of two legendary rivers: the Ganga and the Brahmaputra.

Showcased in this book, in a feast of lavish colour photography and lucid text, are 100 fabulous destinations that evoke the wonder that is India.

Contents
MAN MADE
Muted colour of peace and tranquility
The Ajanta murals are the finest examples of early Indian art
8
A Sufi shrine with a healing touch
Chishti's Dargah at Ajmer is revered the world over
10
A stalagmite of staggering proportions
The cone of ice in Amarnath Cave waxes and wanes with the moon
12
Ashoka the Great's engraved ideology
Rock edicts and pillars spread his message of peace
14
An ode to the Bah'ai Faith
The Lotus Temple is nine-sided expression of worship
16
The baroque Basilica of Bom Jesus
In its chapel lie St. Francis Xavier's miraculously preserved remains
18
Sacred Shaktipeeth of Goddess kali
Bhimakali Temples are sanctuaries of the Bushahr rules of Rampur
20
Petroglyphs from the Mesolithic period
Bhimbetka's primeval paintings
22
Shrines of power and prestige
Bhubaneshwar's temples propitiate Shiva
24
'Rural Hub' in red clay
Bishnupur's terracotta temples resemble thatched huts of Bengal
26
Buddha's seat of enlightenment
The Buddha meditated under the legendary Bodhi Tree of Bodhgaya
28
Thanjavur's 'Big Temple'
The Brihadeshwara Temple's cupola had to be pushed up by an elephant
30
Symbol of Rajput valour Chittorgarh Fort stands tall in defeat
32
Travelling on the 125 year old 'toy train'
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway climbs 1,750 metres without a single tunnel
34
Remains of 4,500 year old cities
Dholavira and Lothal attained high sophistication in town planning
36
The opulent Dilwara temples
Ornate ceilings have a cosmological import
38
Krishna's refuge by the sea
Dwarka's mythological and historical origins remain underwater
40
Shiva's dark home
Elephanta Caves are deep journeys into the spiritual world
42
Grand grottoes of Ellora
The finale of rock-cut architecture
44
Prose in red sandstone
Fatehpur Sikri is an expression of Akbar's eclecticism
46
The fine heritage of a financial district
The ramparts of Mumbai's Fort area were replaced by elegant edifices
48
Bijapur's Gol Gumbaz
The city of minarets has the largest uninterrupted floor space under a tomb
50
Gilded in gold
The Golden Temple is the centre of Sikhism
52
The guardian of Gwalior
The flamboyant Fort controlled the routes to Central India
54
Hoysala temples at Belur and Halebid
King Vishnuvardhana's architect produced two jewels fusing North and South Indian styles
56
Glorious ruins amidst boulders
The city of Vijayanagara was once 'as large as Rome'
58
Emblems of Jaipur
Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort dominate the city's monumental wealth
60
A perfectly symmetrical mausoleum
Humayun's Tomb was a precursor to the Taj Mahal
62
The Imambaras of Lucknow
The dwelling place of the Holy imam harks back to a rich culture
64
Portals and pillar lead to the Lord of Universe
Puri's Jagannatha Temple is one of four sacred dhams
66
Citadel of moustached men and mavellous mansions
Golden battlements rise like a mirage over Jaisalmer
68
Shahjahanabad evokes Mughal nostalgia
Old Delhi, Jama Masjid and brimming bazaars were the centre of an empire at its peak
70
Lord Shiva's abode
Kedarnath Temple nestles in the Himalayas
72
Sublime homage to earthly desires
The Khajuraho temples celebrate erotic love
74
Sweeping greens around sleeping sultans
Lodhi Gardens are New Delhi's urban oasis
76
City of gaiety
Its sultans dotted Mandu with playful edifices
78
Temple of splendid towers
The Meenakshi Temple reveres Parvati, yet reverberates with many other divinities
80
The forbidding Fort
The Rathores of Jodhpur amassed a treasury of war spoils behind Mehrangarh's walls
82
The gompas of Ladakh
Remote and spectacular, Buddhist monasteries are the repositories of Ladakhi culture
84
The most lavishly ornamented royal home
Mysore's fairytale Palace was rebuilt after a fire
86
Treasures of Nagarjunakonda
Second century Buddhist and Hindu artifacts are preserved on an island
88
The ancient University of Nalanda
Its library contained nine million manuscripts
90
Orchha's sophisticated Indo-Islamic skyline
Gift of dynamic Bundela Kings
92
The wooden Palace of Padmanabhapuram
Low in scale but high in grandeur
94
Palace on Wheels
Travel on a luxury train like the maharajas
96
Museum of fine antiquities
Exhibits at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya span several millennia
98
Delhi's towering identity
The Stupendous Qutb Minar and Quwwatul Islam Mosque are synonymous with the establishment of Muslim rule in India
100
The residence of the President
Rashtrapati Bhavan is the centerpiece of Lutyens' Delhi
102
The blushing fort of opulence
The Red Fort was the seat of Mughal authority over India
104
A mammoth art collection
Hyderabad's Salar Jung Museum showcases the passion of three generations
106
Sanchi's crowing glory
The Great Stupa represents an upturned alms bowl of Buddhist monks
108
Colour of tradition and change
The painted homes of Shekhawati were a measure of their owners wealth
110
Shrine on the shore
The granite temples of Mamallapuram marked the zenith of Pallava art
112
Monolith of a Jain saint
The Gomateswara statue is carved out of a single granite slab
114
The stepwells of Gujarat are more than just water reservoirs
Elaborate architecture and impeccable engineering made them perfect community areas
116
The Cathedral of Kolkata
St. Paul's is renowned for its paintings, plaques and stained glass windows
118
Chariot of the Sun God
The Konark Temple is 'Driven' by seven horses
120
The marvel in marble
The Taj Mahal embodies a Mughal emperor's love for his queen in dazzling perfection
122
Size and sculpture surrounds the reclining Vishnu
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple lies within seven walled enclosures
124
Pleasure retreat on a lake
The lake Palace at Udaipur was a special abode of the Sisodia kings
126
The holiest Hindu city
The ghats of Varanasi are the gateway to nirvana
128
Indian Renaissance style at its flamboyant best
The former Viceregal Lodge was the British Government's summer seat of power
130
The Taj Mahal of the British Raj
Kolkata Victoria Memorial is one of the Empire's lasting symbols
132
From shed to stupendous railway station
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus mirrors Mumbai's mayhem
134
NATURAL
Archipelago of tropical forests and prehistoric people
Andaman and Nicobar islands were once infamous as penal settlements
136
Tiger reign over Bandhavgarh's wilderness
Chances of spotting the beautiful cat are high at this National Park
138
A tribal culture vigorously alive
Bastar's aboriginal people still have an indigenous lifestyle
140
Where a million turtles nest
Bhitarkanika is the world's largest rookery for the Olive Ridley turtle
142
Son of Brahma, the Creator
The Brahmaputra is India's only 'male' river
144
Blue-green river amid labyrinthine ravines
The Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary was once the lair of dacoits
146
A fertile junction of waters
Chilika is the largest inland lake on the subcontinent
148
Jim Corbett's jungle
To many, Corbett National Park is the mecca of wildlife in India
150
Home of the Nilgiri tahr
The goat-antelope is the mascot of Eravikulam National Park
152
Where the Ganga is born
At Gangotri, near her glacial source, she is a raging torrent
154
Roar of the Asiatic lion
The 'pride' of Gir National Park
156
In Goa, all roads lead to the beach
The coastline of this former Portuguese colony is a feast of sand and local culture
158
The Meadows of Kashmir
They nestle deep in the lap of stunning mountain vistas
160
Sentinel of the eastern Himalayas
Kanchenjunga remains one of the lesser-climbed 8,000 metre peaks
162
Foothold to stronghold of the one-horned rhino
The big beast thrives on the wet savannah grasslands of Kaziranga National park
164
Bird watches pilgrimage
Keoladeo Ghana National Park resounds with the call of over 400 bird species
166
Backwaters of Kerala
A coastline cruise enhances the experience of enjoying the state's history and ecology
168
Kheechan's annual winged visitors
The small village attracts multitudes of demoiselle cranes
170
Gala of Gods
Two hundred deities descend on the pretty Kullu Valley on Dussehra
172
Coral reefs and a clear sea
Lakshadweep islands are a scuba-diving paradise
174
Floating stage of dancing deer
Loktak Lake provides a precarious prop for the nearly extinct sangai
176
The high road from Manali to Leh
A mesmerizing drive into trans-Himalayan deserts
178
Dark, impenetrable and unexplored
Namdapha is one of the last forest frontiers of the world
180
The sanctuary of lasting peace
Nanda Devi National Park touches the feet of the Goddess
182
Park of pachyderms
Elephants rule over Periyar's rich tract of rainforest
184
A preserved piece of France
Puducherry exudes Sri Aurobindo's spiritual philosophy
186
A desert of many moods
Rann of Kutch is the salty marsh of Gujarat
188
The mysterious Rupkund Lake
Hundreds of human skeletons remain intact in its waters
190
A gleaming jewel of a lake
Chandratal's myriad hues overlook Buddhist Spiti
192
Vale of houseboats
Srinagar is laced with lakes, gardens, rivers and history
194
Dense delta of three rivers
The Sundarbans saline water are reputed to breed man-eating tigers
196
Plantations for the perfect brew
Assam's tea gardens produce strong and smooth teas
198
Settlements of the Todas
Were they a tribe from Israel or descendants of the Pandavas?
200
The Valley of Flowers
Hundreds of wildflower species bloom in this paradisical glen
202
Thunder and spray
Dropping off heights from 20 to 250 metres, these South Indian waterfalls are a spectacle to behold
204
Canyon in the Land of White Copper
The Zanskar River forms an awesome valley on its way to the Indus
206

100 Wonders of India [The finest treasures of civilisation and nature]

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Preface

It is said that India is a continent more than a country. There is much merit to that, if all the components that go the making of history, as well as geography, are considered.

A vigorous civilisation that has spanned at least 4,500 years is bound to have left monumental marks in its march. And if UNESCO's list of 830 World Heritage Properties is any criteria to go by, the fact that 26 of these are in India – less than those of only six other countries – is tangible proof of the creative genius, and industry of this ancient land's people, and of the gifts bestowed on it by nature.

Man-made wonders in this book are selected from a vast matrix of religious and secular genres and styles of architecture and art, the one common denominator being that they are frozen in time and space, except for two unique train journeys. Thus the showcase, with the primaeval lines of Bhimbetka's prehistoric rock art at o ne end the stunning curves of the modern Lotus Temple at the other, includes palaces, paintings and public places, mosques, museums and mansions; citadels, cathedrals and carved caves, temples, tombs and towers; sprawling cities and solemn stupas.

In the natural section and wonders from the country's astoundingly varied landscapes. Rising from the white beach sands of Lakshadweep islands in the Arabian Sea to the white Himalayan snows of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in world, these are scattered across a host of habitats including torrential streams and calm rivers, desolate deserts and teeming wetlands, rolling hills and misty mountains, coral reefs and jagged cliffs, and forests ranging from tropical to alpine, within live amazing creatures of the wild, including, of course, the majestic tiger.

Through the pages of this book, written inlucid language and splashed with lavish photographs, come take a journey into the wonder that is India.

From the Jacket

100 WONDER OF India
The finest treasures of civilisation and nature

Travellers in ancient times marvelled at seven man made wonders located in various countries bordering on the Mediterranean. Over hundreds of years since then, civilisations have risen and declined, the world has been built and rebuilt, and many more works of human genius lie scattered across geographies and eras. Exploration and discovery has revealed more of nature's wonders too, that stretch and humble human imagination.

India, with an area of well over three million square kilometers, is a continent within a continent. Within the folds of an astounding 5,000-year-old history and vast multitude of landscapes that include the world's highest mountains, great rivers, long coastlines, deserts and dense forests, is an awesome legacy of man-made and natural wonders-some legendary for long, others no less magnificent but not so well known.

Each is described with details of history and brought to life with vivid colour images. Also included is useful information for travelers, all of which blend to make this an attractive book for history buffs, art lovers, nature enthusiasts and all those who wants to be acquainted with India's magnificent wonders.

Back of the Book

100 WONDER OF India
The finest treasures of civilisation and nature

Beginning with the 12,000 year old cave paintings of Bhimbetka, up the Bah'ai House of worship, a blinding masterpiece of 20th century engineering and design, the wealth of creative genius, brilliant skill and endeavour of its people are evident in India's man-made wonders. Between the soaring medieval temples of the South and dramatically perched Buddhist monasteries of the North; the uniquely ornamented stepwells of the West and the grand Victoria Memorial, a symbol of British supremacy in the East, lie massive forts, fairy-tale palaces, tombs of Sultans, ruined ancient cities, statuesque cathedrals, and of course, the resplendent Taj Mahal.

Along with these are the wonders bestowed on India by nature. In a country blessed with astoundingly diverse ecology and terrain, these range from the mighty Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi and Kanchenjunga to the elephant-inhabited lush tropical forests of Periyar, and from the pristine-white island beaches of Lakshadweep to the tiger-infested delta of two legendary rivers: the Ganga and the Brahmaputra.

Showcased in this book, in a feast of lavish colour photography and lucid text, are 100 fabulous destinations that evoke the wonder that is India.

Contents
MAN MADE
Muted colour of peace and tranquility
The Ajanta murals are the finest examples of early Indian art
8
A Sufi shrine with a healing touch
Chishti's Dargah at Ajmer is revered the world over
10
A stalagmite of staggering proportions
The cone of ice in Amarnath Cave waxes and wanes with the moon
12
Ashoka the Great's engraved ideology
Rock edicts and pillars spread his message of peace
14
An ode to the Bah'ai Faith
The Lotus Temple is nine-sided expression of worship
16
The baroque Basilica of Bom Jesus
In its chapel lie St. Francis Xavier's miraculously preserved remains
18
Sacred Shaktipeeth of Goddess kali
Bhimakali Temples are sanctuaries of the Bushahr rules of Rampur
20
Petroglyphs from the Mesolithic period
Bhimbetka's primeval paintings
22
Shrines of power and prestige
Bhubaneshwar's temples propitiate Shiva
24
'Rural Hub' in red clay
Bishnupur's terracotta temples resemble thatched huts of Bengal
26
Buddha's seat of enlightenment
The Buddha meditated under the legendary Bodhi Tree of Bodhgaya
28
Thanjavur's 'Big Temple'
The Brihadeshwara Temple's cupola had to be pushed up by an elephant
30
Symbol of Rajput valour Chittorgarh Fort stands tall in defeat
32
Travelling on the 125 year old 'toy train'
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway climbs 1,750 metres without a single tunnel
34
Remains of 4,500 year old cities
Dholavira and Lothal attained high sophistication in town planning
36
The opulent Dilwara temples
Ornate ceilings have a cosmological import
38
Krishna's refuge by the sea
Dwarka's mythological and historical origins remain underwater
40
Shiva's dark home
Elephanta Caves are deep journeys into the spiritual world
42
Grand grottoes of Ellora
The finale of rock-cut architecture
44
Prose in red sandstone
Fatehpur Sikri is an expression of Akbar's eclecticism
46
The fine heritage of a financial district
The ramparts of Mumbai's Fort area were replaced by elegant edifices
48
Bijapur's Gol Gumbaz
The city of minarets has the largest uninterrupted floor space under a tomb
50
Gilded in gold
The Golden Temple is the centre of Sikhism
52
The guardian of Gwalior
The flamboyant Fort controlled the routes to Central India
54
Hoysala temples at Belur and Halebid
King Vishnuvardhana's architect produced two jewels fusing North and South Indian styles
56
Glorious ruins amidst boulders
The city of Vijayanagara was once 'as large as Rome'
58
Emblems of Jaipur
Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort dominate the city's monumental wealth
60
A perfectly symmetrical mausoleum
Humayun's Tomb was a precursor to the Taj Mahal
62
The Imambaras of Lucknow
The dwelling place of the Holy imam harks back to a rich culture
64
Portals and pillar lead to the Lord of Universe
Puri's Jagannatha Temple is one of four sacred dhams
66
Citadel of moustached men and mavellous mansions
Golden battlements rise like a mirage over Jaisalmer
68
Shahjahanabad evokes Mughal nostalgia
Old Delhi, Jama Masjid and brimming bazaars were the centre of an empire at its peak
70
Lord Shiva's abode
Kedarnath Temple nestles in the Himalayas
72
Sublime homage to earthly desires
The Khajuraho temples celebrate erotic love
74
Sweeping greens around sleeping sultans
Lodhi Gardens are New Delhi's urban oasis
76
City of gaiety
Its sultans dotted Mandu with playful edifices
78
Temple of splendid towers
The Meenakshi Temple reveres Parvati, yet reverberates with many other divinities
80
The forbidding Fort
The Rathores of Jodhpur amassed a treasury of war spoils behind Mehrangarh's walls
82
The gompas of Ladakh
Remote and spectacular, Buddhist monasteries are the repositories of Ladakhi culture
84
The most lavishly ornamented royal home
Mysore's fairytale Palace was rebuilt after a fire
86
Treasures of Nagarjunakonda
Second century Buddhist and Hindu artifacts are preserved on an island
88
The ancient University of Nalanda
Its library contained nine million manuscripts
90
Orchha's sophisticated Indo-Islamic skyline
Gift of dynamic Bundela Kings
92
The wooden Palace of Padmanabhapuram
Low in scale but high in grandeur
94
Palace on Wheels
Travel on a luxury train like the maharajas
96
Museum of fine antiquities
Exhibits at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya span several millennia
98
Delhi's towering identity
The Stupendous Qutb Minar and Quwwatul Islam Mosque are synonymous with the establishment of Muslim rule in India
100
The residence of the President
Rashtrapati Bhavan is the centerpiece of Lutyens' Delhi
102
The blushing fort of opulence
The Red Fort was the seat of Mughal authority over India
104
A mammoth art collection
Hyderabad's Salar Jung Museum showcases the passion of three generations
106
Sanchi's crowing glory
The Great Stupa represents an upturned alms bowl of Buddhist monks
108
Colour of tradition and change
The painted homes of Shekhawati were a measure of their owners wealth
110
Shrine on the shore
The granite temples of Mamallapuram marked the zenith of Pallava art
112
Monolith of a Jain saint
The Gomateswara statue is carved out of a single granite slab
114
The stepwells of Gujarat are more than just water reservoirs
Elaborate architecture and impeccable engineering made them perfect community areas
116
The Cathedral of Kolkata
St. Paul's is renowned for its paintings, plaques and stained glass windows
118
Chariot of the Sun God
The Konark Temple is 'Driven' by seven horses
120
The marvel in marble
The Taj Mahal embodies a Mughal emperor's love for his queen in dazzling perfection
122
Size and sculpture surrounds the reclining Vishnu
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple lies within seven walled enclosures
124
Pleasure retreat on a lake
The lake Palace at Udaipur was a special abode of the Sisodia kings
126
The holiest Hindu city
The ghats of Varanasi are the gateway to nirvana
128
Indian Renaissance style at its flamboyant best
The former Viceregal Lodge was the British Government's summer seat of power
130
The Taj Mahal of the British Raj
Kolkata Victoria Memorial is one of the Empire's lasting symbols
132
From shed to stupendous railway station
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus mirrors Mumbai's mayhem
134
NATURAL
Archipelago of tropical forests and prehistoric people
Andaman and Nicobar islands were once infamous as penal settlements
136
Tiger reign over Bandhavgarh's wilderness
Chances of spotting the beautiful cat are high at this National Park
138
A tribal culture vigorously alive
Bastar's aboriginal people still have an indigenous lifestyle
140
Where a million turtles nest
Bhitarkanika is the world's largest rookery for the Olive Ridley turtle
142
Son of Brahma, the Creator
The Brahmaputra is India's only 'male' river
144
Blue-green river amid labyrinthine ravines
The Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary was once the lair of dacoits
146
A fertile junction of waters
Chilika is the largest inland lake on the subcontinent
148
Jim Corbett's jungle
To many, Corbett National Park is the mecca of wildlife in India
150
Home of the Nilgiri tahr
The goat-antelope is the mascot of Eravikulam National Park
152
Where the Ganga is born
At Gangotri, near her glacial source, she is a raging torrent
154
Roar of the Asiatic lion
The 'pride' of Gir National Park
156
In Goa, all roads lead to the beach
The coastline of this former Portuguese colony is a feast of sand and local culture
158
The Meadows of Kashmir
They nestle deep in the lap of stunning mountain vistas
160
Sentinel of the eastern Himalayas
Kanchenjunga remains one of the lesser-climbed 8,000 metre peaks
162
Foothold to stronghold of the one-horned rhino
The big beast thrives on the wet savannah grasslands of Kaziranga National park
164
Bird watches pilgrimage
Keoladeo Ghana National Park resounds with the call of over 400 bird species
166
Backwaters of Kerala
A coastline cruise enhances the experience of enjoying the state's history and ecology
168
Kheechan's annual winged visitors
The small village attracts multitudes of demoiselle cranes
170
Gala of Gods
Two hundred deities descend on the pretty Kullu Valley on Dussehra
172
Coral reefs and a clear sea
Lakshadweep islands are a scuba-diving paradise
174
Floating stage of dancing deer
Loktak Lake provides a precarious prop for the nearly extinct sangai
176
The high road from Manali to Leh
A mesmerizing drive into trans-Himalayan deserts
178
Dark, impenetrable and unexplored
Namdapha is one of the last forest frontiers of the world
180
The sanctuary of lasting peace
Nanda Devi National Park touches the feet of the Goddess
182
Park of pachyderms
Elephants rule over Periyar's rich tract of rainforest
184
A preserved piece of France
Puducherry exudes Sri Aurobindo's spiritual philosophy
186
A desert of many moods
Rann of Kutch is the salty marsh of Gujarat
188
The mysterious Rupkund Lake
Hundreds of human skeletons remain intact in its waters
190
A gleaming jewel of a lake
Chandratal's myriad hues overlook Buddhist Spiti
192
Vale of houseboats
Srinagar is laced with lakes, gardens, rivers and history
194
Dense delta of three rivers
The Sundarbans saline water are reputed to breed man-eating tigers
196
Plantations for the perfect brew
Assam's tea gardens produce strong and smooth teas
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Settlements of the Todas
Were they a tribe from Israel or descendants of the Pandavas?
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The Valley of Flowers
Hundreds of wildflower species bloom in this paradisical glen
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Thunder and spray
Dropping off heights from 20 to 250 metres, these South Indian waterfalls are a spectacle to behold
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Canyon in the Land of White Copper
The Zanskar River forms an awesome valley on its way to the Indus
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