Amazing Places to Visit in India before they Vanish
10 May 2018
12 Amazing Places to Visit in India Before They Vanish
“What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare”. These lines by Author W.H. Davies emphasize the need to adore nature’s bounties. Add these 12 amazing places in India on top of your bucket list before they vanish.
- Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan
Amidst the golden expanse of sand lies the Jaisalmer Fort, built in the 12th century. Enlisted by the World Monuments Fund (WMF), this fort is now facing a war against modernisation. Improper water drainage system has affected the sedimentary rock on which Jaisalmer fort was built making it weak.
- Rakhigarhi, Haryana
One of the largest cities of the Indus Valley Civilization, Rakhigarhi is a must visit for all the history buffs. The village stands in ruins due to inappropriate care and urbanization. However, If you want to see your school’s history textbook come alive, visit this place before it vanishes.
- Hemis National Park, Ladakh
You can get a glimpse of Snow Leopards, an endangered species, only at this park situated in the north of the Himalayas. Climatic changes have had a disastrous effect on this rare creature. So, book your tickets, buy travel insurance online and visit the park before it’s too late.
- Sundarbans, West Bengal
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sundarbans has a dense cover of Mangrove forest and houses the famous, yet endangered, Bengal Tiger. Prone to regular floods, soil erosion and rising sea levels, the wonderful terrain of Sundarbans may soon be found only in books and photographs.
- The Western Ghats, Western India
Known for its biological diversity, you can find numerous species and varieties of flowering and non-flowering plants, mammals, birds, amphibians and insects. However, the mountains are a victim of deforestation and urbanization. So, experience the charm of the ghats while they last.
- Majuli, Assam
The largest river island in the world, Majuli is a magnificent portrait of green and blue on the banks of the Brahmaputra River. However, the flooding of the river every year leads to significant soil erosion, which may submerge the island completely in the future.
- Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
When the snow melts after winters, this valley turns into a colourful carpet of alpine flowers. Popular among trekkers and nature lovers, this enthralling valley suffers from deforestation and urban development. If you plan to visit, do not forget your travel insurance and make sure you do your bit to conserve this nature’s beauty.
- Balpakram Forest, Meghalaya
The natives here believe that the souls of the departed rest in the forest and hence call it the ‘land of ghosts’. This fascinating forest is home to the last of the wild water buffaloes and red pandas. But animal poaching, water dams, coal mines are depleting the charm of Balpakram forest.
- Rama Setu, Tamil Nadu
The significance of this mystical bridge can be found in the Ramayana. However, you may not be able to get a glimpse of this natural wonder in near future. A cyclone occurrence in the 15 century submerged a part of it, and now the Sethu Samudram Canal Project may wipe it off completely.
- Chadar Trek, Ladakh
Known to be one of the toughest treks, the Chadar trek, on the frozen Zanskar River is a beauty to behold throughout the trail. The road construction, landslides, continuous erosion and changing temperature may, however, make it an endangered trail soon.
- Lakshadweep Coral Reef
A landscape right out of Disney’s Little Mermaid, it is a not-to-miss sight. But this dreamy place may soon become a dream, thanks to coral bleaching, encroachment and coral mining.
- Wular Lake, Jammu and Kashmir
One of the largest fresh water lakes in Asia, the water sports and pollution occurring here are causing the lake to shrink significantly.
Chart out your yearly travel plan and visit these places which could be a once in a lifetime opportunity, literally. Do not forget to get a travel insurance policy to travel peacefully.
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