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Monday, December 07, 2009

Backpacking in India

Here is a quick table that links to my backpacking experiences in India.
Sorted in alphabetical order. First, by ‘State’ and then by ‘Place of Interest’.


Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Place of Interest Famous for… Location Links to my posts on this blog
Baratang Island Tropical rainforests and Mangroves, Jarwa tribes, Baratang Wildlife Sanctuary, Limestone Caves, Mud Volcano Baratang Island (Middle Andaman) A Ferry to reach the tropical Baratang Island

Forests of Baratang Island

Mangrove Swamps of Baratang Island

Tropical Trek that leads to the world’s largest limestone caves

Inside the world’s largest limestone caves

Boat Cruise through Mangrove Swamps of Baratang Island

Tropical Rainforests and Mangrove Forests – A Beautiful co-existence

The world of mangroves

Mud Volcanoes of Baratang Island
Cellular Jail National Heritage Site, Indian Independence, Indian History Port Blair Cellular Jail at a Glance!!

The Cellular Jail gallery!!

Cellular Jail Museum – Remembering the infamous past

View of Port Blair from atop the Cellular Jail watchtower
Corbyn’s Cove Beach Beach Getaway, Seafood 7 kms from Port Blair Corbyn’s Cove Beach – Port Blair’s Favourite!!

Corbyn’s Cove Beach from different angles
Elephant Beach Trek, Secluded Beach, Sea Shells, Mangroves, Alive Ecosystem Havelock Island The Solitary Reaper!!

Seashells thrive in the ecosystem around Elephant Beach, Havelock Island

The Secluded Elephant Beach of Havelock Island

Parasite ridden tropical trees!

Tropical Trek that leads to a secluded beach
Havelock Island Beaches, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Fishing, Coral Reefs Havelock Island Take the Makruzz to go to Havelock Island from Port Blair!!

Silversands at Havelock Island – A fabulous holiday resort!

Seafood in the Andamans…

The Oldest Lighthouse of Havelock Island

Beware of the dogs on Havelock Island

Sunset during a fishing trip in the Andamans!!

Kalapathar Beach of Havelock Island, Andaman Islands, India

A Walk through the Agricultural Belt of Havelock Island

Havelock Island – An Emerald Beach Holiday Destination!

Beach Holiday: Different Shades on the Beach!

Life in the Tidal Pools

Holiday Inn – A Fantastic Budget Bamboo Resort in Havelock Island
Little Andaman (Hut Bay) Butler Bay Beach, Nicobarese Tribals, White Surf Falls, Kalapathar Limestone Caves Little Andaman White Surf Waterfalls at Little Andaman!

A Fisherman’s Village at Hut Bay, Little Andaman

Nicobarese Tribals go on their evening fishing expedition...

Kalapathar Limestone Caves of Little Andaman

Hut Bay’s Dock!

Emerald Waters at Butler Bay Beach, Little Andaman

An Archipelago Sunset!!
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park Coral Reefs, Marine Life, Flying Fish, Sea Shells, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving Wandoor, South Andaman Photography at Marine National Park, Andaman Islands, India

Jolly Buoy Island – Coral Paradise in the Andamans

Snorkelling at Jolly Buoy Island

Virgin Beaches of Jolly Buoy Island

Hermit Crabs have a field day at Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park’s Jolly Buoy Island

Mangroves and Tropical Rainforests of Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Andaman Islands, India

Sign on the water
North Bay Coral Reef, Snorkelling, North Bay Beach 30 minutes from Port Blair North Bay – A Tropical Paradise in the Andamans!!

North Bay – An Amazing Picnic Spot
Port Blair Corbyn’s Cove, Seafood, Mount Harriet, Chidiya Tapu, Ross Island, Harbour Cruise, Viper Island Port Blair Low Tide Fishing at Port Blair

Painted in Orange!!

Port Blair’s Marine Drive in the evening!!

Out on a world tour

Tropical Zone!!

Some sights from a Port Blair Harbour Cruise
Radhanagar Beach (Beach No. 7) Asia’s No.1 Beach, Beach Vacations, Honeymoon Travels Havelock Island Asia’s No. 1 Beach at a glance!

Postcard View of Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andamans, India

Boats during sunset at Havelock Island’s Beach No. 7

Sound of Waves Lapping Asia’s Best Beach

Beach Tourists strike different poses!
ROSS Island Ferar Beach, Naval Base, Remains of office from British Rule 15 minutes by boat from Port Blair Approaching ROSS Island...

The Banyan takeover at ROSS Island

Dilapidated structures of the pre-independence era at ROSS Island present some stunning views...

Church in ruins at ROSS Island

The Magic of Coconut Trees at ROSS Island

Ferar Beach – Tucked in Solitude

Ferar Beach – Some postcard views

Hike by the cliffs of Ross Island

Gazing at coconut trees…

Leaving Ross Island behind…
Viper Island Historical Significance, Jail, Gallows, Kaala Pani Punishment 30 minutes by boat from Port Blair One of Andaman’s Pristine Islands that is turning into a garbage dump

Gallows of Viper Island!

Tropical Viper Island and its interesting sights!!


Arunachal Pradesh

Place of Interest Famous for… Location Links to my posts on this blog
Bumla Pass India-China Border 45 kms from Tawang High Altitude Winding Himalayan Roads
Dirang Hill Station, Himalayan Experience, Sangti Valley, Orchards of Kiwi Fruit, Apricot, Apple and Oranges Enroute to Tawang from Assam in West Kameng District Hotels at Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh

Monpa Tribal Women from Arunachal Pradesh

Tribal Houses from Dirang Dzong

Visions of Corn from Dirang
Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary Wildlife, Birding, Small Birds, Eastern Himalayas Near Tenga, West Kameng District Birds of Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh, North East India

Lama Birding Camp: The den for birdwatching in Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh, India

Stripe Throated Yuhina at Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary

Sunrise over the Eastern Himalayas of Arunachal Pradesh

Green Tailed Sunbird – A Silhouette Shot!

White-Tailed Nuthatch from Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh, North East India

Rufus Vented Yuhina from Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary

Beautiful Sibia from Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh, North East India

Chestnut Tailed Milna from Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh, India

Yellow Cheeked Tit from Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary

Stripe Throated Yuhina from Western Arunachal Pradesh’s Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary

Fall Colours from Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary

Jeep Track inside Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary
Jung Falls Sensational Waterfall surrounded by Himalayan Mountains and green forests Between Sela and Tawang (35 Kms from Tawang) Jung Falls: A Sensational Setting!
Nuranang Jaswantgarh War Memorial 23 kms from Tawang Jaswantgarh War Memorial, Nuranang, Arunachal Pradesh
Penga Teng Tso High Altitude (12,000 feet) Himalayan lake 23 kms from Tawang Penga Teng Tso: A High Altitude Himalayan Lake
Sangetsar Lake (aka Madhuri Jheel) High Altitude (12,000 feet)Himalayan Lake 30 kms from Tawang Sangetsar Lake: Abundance of Himalayan Vistas
Sangti Valley Hill Station, Black Necked Cranes, Fruit Orchards (Kiwi Fruit, Orange, Apple, Apricot) 15 kilometres from Dirang Sangti Valley – A Valley in Heaven!
Sela Pass Eastern Himalayas, High Altitude Lakes, India-China Border, Mountain Pass at 13,700 feet above MSL Enroute to Tawang from Bomdila Heavenly Sela Lake in the Eastern Himalayas of India

High Altitude Sela pass – Backbone of Tawang District

Winding Himalayan Roads of Western Arunachal Pradesh
Tak-Tsang Gompa (T Gompa) High Altitude Buddhist Monastery. Old and pretty religious centre 35 kilometres North West of Tawang Buddhist Monk at Tak-Tsang Gompa, Arunachal Pradesh

Tak-Tsang Gompa or T Gompa: As serene as it gets
Tawang Eastern Himalayas, Indo-Chinese Border, High Altitude Lakes, Monpa Tribes, Tawang Gompa, Ani Gompas Tawang What to shop for at Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, North East India

Street Photography from Tawang

Ugyenling Monastery: Birth Place of the 6th Dalai Lama

Tawang: India’s True Shangri-La

Tawang War Memorial: Honoring the unsung heroes of the 1962 India-China War
Tawang Gompa Largest Buddhist Monastery in India Tawang The Serene and Majestic Tawang Gompa

Travel Photo: Buddhist Student at Tawang Gompa
Tenga Valley Small Hill Town. Close Proximity to Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary Tenga Tenga Valley – Tucked amidst the Eastern Himalayas
Thukje Chueling Ani Gompa Buddhist Nunnery 10 Kms from Tawang Thukje Chueling Ani Gompa, Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Tongpen La View Point High Altitude Himalayan pass (15,150 feet), Himalayan lakes and vista 30 kilometres from Tawang on the route to Bumla Pass (India-China Border) Tongpen La View Point – A Himalayan Vista!


Assam

Place of Interest Famous for… Location Links to my posts on this blog
Hoolongopar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary Hoolock Gibbon, Capped Langaur, Pig Tailed Macaque 30 kilometres from Jorhat Your search for India’s only APE ends at Hoolongopar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam, North East India

Capped Langaur from Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam, North East India

Scarlet Minivet

Hill Myna from Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam

Western Hoolock Gibbon in Pictures!
Kaziranga National Park Wildlife, One Horned Rhinoceros, Hoolock Gibbon, Birding, Royal Bengal Tiger, Asian Elephant Between Guwahati and Jorhat Wild Grass Resort – The Place to stay at Kaziranga National Park for a memorable Wildlife Experience!!

Kaziranga’s Most Popular!!

Alexandrine Parakeets from Kaziranga National Park, Assam, India

The Art of Balance

Wildlife Series from Kaziranga National Park, Assam, North East India

A Blurry Photo – Black Necked Crane in Flight

Birds of Kaziranga National Park, Assam, North East India

Wildlife Photography: Proud Antlers of a Barasingha (Swamp Deer)
Nameri National Park Great Hornbill, Elephant, Rafting on Jia-Bhoroli River, Water Birds, Malayan Giant Squirrel Near Tezpur in Sonitpur District A Princely Jungle Moment!

Wildlife and Birding at Nameri National Park, Assam, North East India

Grey-Capped Pygmy Woodpecker

Great Hornbill in Pictures

Malayan Giant Squirrel from Nameri National Park, Assam, India

Red Vented Bulbul

Green-billed Malkoha from Nameri National Park

Countryside Elephant Watchtower at Assam, North East India

Great Cormorants from Nameri National Park

Nameri Eco Camp – The Angling, Birding and Wildlife Den at Nameri National Park
Guwahati Silk Sarees, Capital of Assam Guwahati Lip Smacking Assamese Cuisine

What to shop for in Assam?

Car Hire Services for North East India


Jammu and Kashmir

Place of Interest Famous for… Location Links to my posts on this blog
Alchi Alchi Monastery Ladakh Alchi Monastery: One of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh
Chang La 3rd highest motorable road in the world Ladakh Chang La, the 3rd highest motorable road in the world, in winter
Hanle Indian Astronomical Observatory @15,000 feet Changthang Cold Desert, Ladakh Second Highest Astronomical Observatory in the world!!
Hemis Hemis Monastery, Hemis High Altitude National Park, Himalayan Treks Ladakh Hemis Monastery: Ladakh’s richest monastery
Khardung La Highest Motorable Road in the world Ladakh At Khardung La: You feel on top of the world
Lamayuru Lamayuru Monastery, Himalayan Treks Ladakh Lamayuru: Of rock mountains, scenic peace and home to Ladakh’s largest gompa
Leh Western Himalayas, Himalayan Trekking, Zanskar region, Nubra Valley, Motorcycling, River Rafting, Snow Treks Ladakh Zanskar Arts: Leh’s Prime Pashmina Shop

Oriental Guest House: A Great Homestay at Leh

Sunset Moments from Leh Town

Shanti Stupa: Of votive stupas, acclimatization and beautiful views

Leh Palace: Rich Ruins that overlook the capital of Ladakh
Mahe Mahe Bridge Ladakh Standing on the Frozen Indus River
Nimmu Confluence of Indus and Zanskar Rivers Ladakh Confluence of Indus and Zanskar Rivers
Pangong Tso High Altitude Himalayan Lake Ladakh Pangong Tso in winter
Tangtse Changthang Cold Desert, Pangong Tso, Kiangs, Changthang Horses Ladakh The Chinese Connection in Changthang Cold Desert
Zanskar Valley River Rafting, Chadar Trek, Himalayan Treks Ladakh Zanskar Valley: One of the remotest places in India!!


Karnataka

Place of Interest Famous for… Location Links to my posts on this blog
Baba Budangiri Trekking, High wind speeds, Inam Dattatreya Baba Budan Swamy Dargah Chickmagalur district Backpacking through the Western Ghats – Day 2: Mulaiyangiri to Baba Budangiri
Kemmangundi Hill Station, Coffee Estates, Hebbe Falls, Western Ghats, Kalahatti Falls Kemmangundi Backpacking through the Western Ghats – Day 3: Baba Budangiri to Kemmangundi

Backpacking through the Western Ghats – Day 5: Kemmangundi – Kalahatti Falls – Mangalore

Backpacking through the Western Ghats – Day 4: Kemmangundi – Hebbe Falls - Kemmangundi
Kodachadri Hills Trekking, Western Ghats, Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, Sarvajna Peetha, Kollus Mookambika Temple Shimoga District near Kollur Backpacking through the Western Ghats – Day 7 and 8: Kodachadri Hills, Karnataka, India

Backpacking through the Western Ghats – Day 6: Mangalore – Kollur – Kodachadri Forests
Kukke Subramanya Kumaraparvatha Trek, Kukke Subramanya Temple Kukke Subramanya Kumaraparvatha Trek, Karnataka, India
Maravanthe Beach Beach, Arabian Sea, National Highway 17, Water Sports, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Marine Life Maravanthe Backpacking through the Western Ghats – Day 9 (the last day): Kodachadri Hills to Maravanthe Beach to Kundapur
Mulaiyangiri Peak Trekking, Coffee Estates, Chickmagalur Near Chickmagalur Backpacking through the Western Ghats – Day 1: Chickmagalur to Mulaiyangiri Peak


Kerala

Place of Interest Famous for… Location Links to my posts on this blog
Cherai Beach Beach, Backwaters, Seafood Near Kochi Golden Sands of Cherai Beach, Near Cochin, Kerala, India
Kochi (Cochin) Fort Kochi, Cherai Beach, Backwaters, Kerala Cuisine West Coast of Kerala Clicking Cochin City from atop a cruise liner!!
Kodaikanal to Munnar Trekking, Hill Stations, Tea Estates, Nilgiris, Western Ghats Nilgiri Range of Tamil Nadu and Kerala Trekking the Nilgiri Mountains from Kodaikanal to Munnar in Heavy Rains!!


Lakshadweep Islands


Place of Interest Famous for… Location Links to my posts on this blog
Kadmat Island Picture Perfect Beaches, Honeymoon Travels, Lagoon, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Fishing Kadmat Picture Perfect Kadmat Beach!!

Kadmat Island: A Great Place to relax!!

Scuba Diving and Snorkelling in the waters off Kadmat Island, Lakshadweep Islands, India

Taking a Stroll on Kadmat Beach!!
Kalpeni Island Snorkelling, Lagoons, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Coral Reefs, Fishing, Marine Life, Coconut Plantations Kalpeni Innovative Pumping Mechanism

Bound towards Kalpeni towards Kalpeni and its neighbouring small islands…

Chilling out at the Tropical Kalpeni Island

On the emerald tropical waters of Kalpeni Island in Lakshadweep

A Leisurely Walk at Kalpeni Island
Kavaratti Island Lagoon, Kavaratti Beach, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Kayaking Kavaratti Emerald Waters of Kavaratti, Lakshadweep Islands, India

Silver Sands of the Kavaratti Beach!!

Snorkelling in the rich coral waters of Kavaratti

A Meander through Kavaratti Island

Rocky, yet very fascinating side of Kavaratti

Leaving Kavaratti behind...

Sunset over Kavaratti Island from the main deck of a cruise liner!!
Overall Tropical Islands, Pristine Beaches, Clear Lagoons, Fishing, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Swimming, Kayaking ~300 nautical miles west of India’s Kerala coast Cruise to Lakshadweep Islands begins here…

About: The Lakshadweep Cruise Liner

Evening spent on the Arabian Sea!!

Cruise to Lakshadweep Islands – FAQ and Review


Meghalaya

Place of Interest Famous for… Location Links to my posts on this blog
Cherrapunji Wettest place on planet, Waterfalls, Canyons, Views East Khasi Hills District Scenic Landscape of Cherrapunji

Panoramic Green Canyons of Meghalaya

Cliffs of Meghalaya
Elephant Falls Picturesque Picnic spot close to Shillong Near Shillong Elephant Falls, near Shillong, Meghalaya, India
Kynrem Falls 7th highest waterfall in India In Thangkharang Park, East Khasi Hills District Kynrem Falls – 7th highest waterfall in India
Mawsmai Cave Limestone Caves, Crystals inside the caves Near Cherrapunji, East Khasi Hills District Crystalline Mawsmai Cave, Meghalaya, North East India
Nohsngithiang Falls 5th highest waterfall of India, lovely landscapes around it Near Cherrapunji, East Khasi Hills District Landscapes near Nohsngithiang Falls, Meghalaya

Nohsngithiang Falls – 5th highest waterfall in India
Noh Kalikai Falls Highest Single step fall in Meghalaya 1500-2000 feet drop. 4th highest waterfall in India and highest plunge waterfall in India. Near Cherrapunji, East Khasi Hills District Noh Kalikai Falls – Magic of Meghalaya

The Noh Kalikai Image Gallery
Shillong Hill Station, Waterfalls Shillong Interesting Facts about Meghalaya

Shillong view from Shillong Peak
Thangkharang Park Bangladesh Flood Plains View, Forests, Waterfalls Near Cherrapunji, East Khasi Hills District Pretty Yellow Flowers from Thangkharang Park, Meghalaya

Road that leads into Bangladesh
Wakaba Falls Canyon Waterfall, Bangladesh View Near Cherrapunji, East Khasi Hills District Wakaba Falls – The Canyon Waterfall in the Cherrapunji district of Meghalaya

Duwan Sing Syiem View Point, Sohra Circuit, Meghalaya, North East India


Tamil Nadu

Place of Interest Famous for… Location Links to my posts on this blog
Kodaikanal to Munnar Trekking, Hill Stations, Tea Estates, Nilgiris, Western Ghats Nilgiri Range of Tamil Nadu and Kerala Trekking the Nilgiri Mountains from Kodaikanal to Munnar in Heavy Rains!!

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