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Kodanad, the Land of Elephants

Posted on Wed, 04/18/2012 - 12:34 by easytours

Plan a weekend holiday to Kodanad, the land of elephants, just 45 km from Kochi.

If you are looking for a weekend holiday spot, look no further than Kodanad - the land of elephants on the banks of the Periyar about 30 km from Kochi city.

Kodanad has a fascinating sobriquet, an elephants’ orphanage. Tourists from all over the world flock to Kodanad to get a glimpse of the elephants and swim in the river,

which is yet another refreshing experience that you would not want to miss.

The Kodanad Park has facilities for elephant safari and the mahouts would assist you throughout the journey. You can watch elephants being bathed if you reach the park by 8 am. To avoid polluting the water from the Periyar, which is used by the locals in the vicinity, the elephants are brought to the banks of the river about 1 km away from the park. The tourists can lend a helping hand while the mahouts scrub the elephants using coconut husks. Tourists have an opportunity to play with the elephants as they get their morning baths.

You can go for trekking too. The government has also set up an eco-friendly village at Kaprikkad, 3 km from Kodanad, for the tourists.

Best places to spot Tigers in India

Posted on Wed, 04/18/2012 - 12:25 by easytours

When you see a photograph of a tiger in India, it was mostly like taken at Ranthambore National Park.

One of India's largest national parks at 1,334 square kilometers, and probably its most famed, Ranthambore is a favorite of wildlife photographers.

The park introduced protection for tigers from hunters in 1973 and is now one of the best tiger reserves in India.

One of the most interesting features of the park is that it's dotted with ancient ruins, including a fort where tigers and leopards are often spotted.

Apart from tigers, the park is home to leopards, jungle cats, sloth bears, hyenas, Indian foxes, jackals and crocodiles. Once the hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the park gained celebrity status during the 1960s when Queen Elizabeth II visited and Prince Philip shot a tiger here.

The Annual Elephant Festival in Jaipur, One Jumbo Sized Celebration!

Posted on Wed, 04/18/2012 - 12:06 by easytours

The Elephant Festival is Jaipur went off without a hitch this year. Held in the middle of March this festival is rather remarkable. Usually the festival is celebrated as a part of Holi, the festival of colors and is a joyous occasion for all!

The gentle magnificence of Elephants has long held a special place in Indian society. Such is the importance of the Elephant in India that it has been granted its very own annual celebration. The Elephant Festival is a favorite amongst locals and tourists alike! It's avibrant occasion full of pomp and circumstance, with Elephants bejeweled and decorated – as well as taking part in other events to entertain the crowds.

Interestingly, all the Elephants that participate in the festival are female. Do the organizers perhaps assume that lady elephants will be more comfortable in makeup? Whatever the reason, it's no holds barred when it comes to bedecking them with all the trappings of female ornament, including scarves, anklets – even the pachyderm equivalent of toenail polish.

Taj Mahotsava draws to a close with glittering ceremony

Posted on Wed, 04/18/2012 - 11:39 by easytours

Agra: Taj Mahotsava, the annual art, craft and cuisine extravaganza, drew to a close with a gala performance by noted playback singer Alka Yagnik. Taj Mahotsav is indeed a fitting tribute to the legendary skills of master craftsmen and exponents of art, music and cuisine. Not only this, it is also a gentle peep into the rich heritage and extraordinary legacies of this wonderful land.

The festivities commence with a spectacular procession inspired by Mughal splendour. Bedecked elephants and camels, drum beaters, folk artists and master craftsmen....

Life Blossoms Again in old Quarry Pits

Posted on Wed, 04/18/2012 - 11:23 by easytours

The stone quarry pits near Vasant Vihar used to cloak the area with dust and reverberate with sandstone blasting. Today, orchids dot some of these pits.

Hidden from the public eye, scientists are experimenting to reconnect the ravaged land to the Aravalli ecosystem. Plant species from the Aravalli forests in Rajasthan and Gujarat are being grown in 'biotic communities'. Birds, insects and animals typically found in the Aravallis have started inhabiting the abandoned mines.

The Centre for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems (CEMDE) of Delhi University is implementing the project for Delhi Development Authority. Scientists say the project can be a model for mining-ravaged areas of the country.

Aravalli Biodiversity Park-located near the residential colony at Poorvi Marg in Vasant Vihar in Gurgaon outside of New Delhi-is an experimental forest that is home to blue bulls, porcupines, jackals , palm civets, and a variety of rare birds, butterflies, insects and plants. It is not yet open to the public.

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