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Australia’s Northern Territory is a hidden gem. Known as the Australian Outback, it promises adrenaline-pumping experiences that can only be had here. Easily accessible from major Australian cities, treat yourself to a trip of a lifetime. Head to Northern Territory for these kickass Australian adventures!

Camel Riding in Alice Springs

The arid landscape of Alice Springs is ideal of camel riding. A popular way to explore the terrain known for its picturesque gorges, take a camelback ride during sunset through the scenic Red Centre. As you enjoy the glowing beauty surrounding you, learn more about these gentle animals that were once the original mode or transportation in the Australian Outback!

Duration: 1 hour
Approximate Cost: Starting at AU$ 49 per person

Read More: Super 7 Adventure Activities in Australia

Quad Biking in the West MacDonnell Ranges

Ready for a real kickass Australian adventure? Quad biking in the West MacDonnell Ranges will have your adrenaline pumping in no time as you ride these all-terrain vehicles along bush trails, riverbeds and mountain ranges. Stop to admire the rugged Australian Outback and even some native wildlife like kangaroos and dingos.

Duration: 2.5 hours
Approximate Cost: Starting at AU$ 110 per person

Swimming with Crocodiles in Darwin

Not for the faint-hearted, this Australian adventure will give you goosebumps just reading about it! Swimming with crocodiles in what is ominously called the Cage of Death is the ultimate thrill you can get at Crocosaurus Cove. Descend into a saltwater enclosure where you can get a closeup of the world’s largest reptile, the saltwater crocodile. See them (there are four!) circle around you and be fed a few metres away. Yikes!

Duration: 15 minutes
Approximate Cost: Starting at AU$ 170 per person

Helicoptering over Kakadu National Park

For a bird’s-eye view of the magnificent scenery of the Kakadu National Park, take a helicopter ride for the ultimate panoramic vistas. Fly over ancient sites, rivers, billabongs and flood plains and see the wonders of this World Heritage-listed park.

Duration: 30 minutes
Approximate Cost: Starting at AU$ 150 per person

Read More: 13 Crazy Facts About Australia That Will Make You Love This Country!

Canoeing in Nitmiluk National Park

The tawny gorges of Nitmiluk National Park boast of stunning scenery and canoeing down the Katherine River is a great way to take it all in. The Katherine Gorge is one of the most popular gorges here and affords the opportunity to see abundant bird and wildlife that inhabit the area. Pull out on the shoreline and enjoy a picnic before getting back to paddling and your Australian adventure.

Duration: Half, full or multi-day
Approximate Cost: Starting at AU$ 81 per person

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When it’s adventure o’clock, there can’t be a destination as happening as Cairns! This city in Queensland is endowed with not one but two UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Daintree Rainforest – perfect for zip lining through in true Tarzan-style, and the Great Barrier Reef – known for its scuba diving and snorkeling adventures. That’s not all! While here, you’ll get to enjoy great wildlife encounters and get mesmerized by the incredible biodiversity.

So let’s get explorin’!

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Make a Splash at Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon

This azure salt-water pool is the perfect place to get sun-soaked and indulge in safe swimming. A hotspot for a fun day-out, the Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon flaunts an array of trendy restaurants and coffee shops along its shore. Check-out the 12 BBQ facilities here and let your li’l ones have a blast at Muddy’s Playground.

Spend an afternoon  at Cairns Aquarium

Home to several exotic creatures, the Cairns Aquarium showcases the vibrant biodiversity, including the natural wonders of The Great Barrier Reef, The Wet Tropics, Cape York and the Gulf Savannah regions. An unbeatable experience, this is the perfect place to stock up on Australian wildlife trivia!

Where to Stay: The Smokin’ Hot Riley’s Crystalbrook Collection Hotel

Sleek rooms perfectly equipped to amp up the luxury quotient, a dreamy location and world-class amenities, this 5-star address is the sweet home away from home you crave while on a vacation.

Where to Eat: The Marina

Enjoy the aroma of freshly brewed coffee while the flames grill your favourite food, or conclude your day with a pint of beer and some delicious seafood.

Explore the Great Barrier Reef in All its Wonder

A pretty coral cay located 45 minutes from Cairns, Green Island is the perfect location for reef time! Kick-start with a breath-taking skydive for panoramic views of the Great Barrier Reef and then snorkel amid the corals. Oh! There’s also a sea-walking activity available, allowing you to walk on the ocean floor, sans the difficulties of swimming underwater. Make sure you get clicked during your dive because the photos of the reef are sure to set your Insta page on fire!

Hop Aboard a Cruise

Big Cat Green Island Cruise: Operating the only Semi Submarine advanced coral viewing tour, Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises is ideal for a full-on family vacay. Replete with glass bottom boat tours, snorkeling sessions and helmet diving, you’re in for a power-packed treat.

Sunlover Reef Cruises at Outer Great Barrier Reef: A crystal-clear ocean and premium tent accommodations aboard a huge pontoon is the stuff #TravelGoals are made of. Add to that, glass-bottomed boats and an under-water observatory! The fun doesn’t stop there. The Sunlover Reef Cruises also arrange helicopter rides, scuba diving and sea-walker helmet diving to further spice-up your itinerary.

Quicksilver Cruises: Australia’s most-awarded reef cruise operator, Quicksilver Cruises help weave exciting memories with services like snorkeling, diving and helmet-diving at the Agincourt Reef. Do remember to send a happy postcard home via Australia Post—the only post box on The Great Barrier Reef! Just so you know, the cruise takes off from Port Douglas.

Unveil the Secrets of the Rainforest at Cairns!

Go All-Out Aussie in Kuranda

Cuddling a Koala, feeding a kangaroo, partaking in Aboriginal cultural dances and snaking along the Barron River should definitely be on your bucket-list while here. Oh! And do make space for some Kuranda-special home-made ice-cream—you’d love it!

Hop on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Skyrailing along the forest is a signature Australian experience where you get the best views of the enthralling Barron Falls. What’s more, even Queen Elizabeth fell in love with this award-winning tourist destination.

Embark on a daytrip from Cairns to Daintree Rainforest

A perfect idyllic spot where the rainforest meets the reef, Cape Tribulation along with Daintree National Park is a winning location to pull off that romantic proposal you’ve been planning! Enjoy the long drive to Port Douglas, accentuated with stunning views along the Captain Cook Highway, and conclude with a ferry ride on the Daintree River to reach your destination. Spruce up your trip with the Crocodile Cruise along the river bordered by mangroves.

Scenic Coastal Drive to Port Douglas via Palm Cove

Steeped in natural flora and fauna, stunning views and varied landscapes, the hour-long drive from Cairns to Port Douglas through Palm Cove is as mesmerising as it gets.

Port Douglas is a celeb-favourite holiday destination and you only need to visit once to see why! With access to the Great Barrier Reef, award-winning dining and a variety of luxury hotels, there’s so many reasons to holiday here with your family, partner or solo. Regardless, you’ll always find something exotic and fun to do.

Get Your Fill of Thrilling Adventures

Australia’s adventure capital Cairns, has some of the best activities to pump up your adrenaline. Here are some that you must not miss:

AJ Hackett Bungy Jumping: Propel yourself across the Nevis Valley with this power-packed activity that will get your heart pounding.

#MMTTip: Don’t forget to collect your hero-shots to brag about later!

Skydiving in Cairns: Glorious views of the Tropical Forests and 30 seconds of freefall from 10,000 feet – need we say anything more?

Scuba Diving at The Great Barrier Reef: Be prepared to get intoxicated by the vibrant and aww-mazing marine life, stretching across more than 2300 km on the ocean floor.

White-water Rafting: Thunder along The Bully or the Barron River, curtained on both sides by the Tropical Forests. You’d be left wanting to go on another round for sure!

Hot Air Ballooning: Admire the vibrant landscape from up above the sky on a hot air balloon at Cairns. Make sure to book in advance.

#MMTTip: Atherton Tablelands, 20 minutes west of Cairns, is your sweet spot for this activity!

Jungle Surfing: No better way to explore the wonderful Daintree Forest than zip-lining in true-blue Mowgli fashion! Older than the grand Amazon Forests, this is a traveller’s delight for sure!

#MMTTip: Soak in the enchanting coastline and boardwalks at Cape Tribulation while combining this activity with sightseeing at Port Douglas.

Soak in Indigenous Cultural Experiences  

Learn about the indigenous Aboriginal culture at Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park, designed to provide a sneak-peek into one of the oldest cultures in the world.

Give in to the joy of ancient music or learn the art of spear throwing and hunting in a rainforest. Watch a professional theatre production, traditional Tjapukai corroboree and amazing fire-making shows while sitting around the campfire and hearing the ancient tales.

Standing as the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest, The Mossman Gorge Centre provides the perfect eco-tourism getaway to engage with the Aborigines and imbibe the rich culture of the people. Oh! Do taste the coffee at Mayi Café.

Plan a Date with Wildlife

Stealing the thunder from your pictures is what the crocodiles love to do here at Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome while you zipline over it and pose for those stand-out pictures. With a range of activities designed to satiate your inner Indiana Jones, you’d be awestruck by the wildlife diversity here.

Hop Over to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, just 40 minutes north of Cairns, for a power-packed afternoon session. Do learn about the fascinating wildlife evolution story while here.

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For wildlife enthusiasts, there is always an undeniable urge to experience close encounters with the wild in their natural habitats. If you are planning your next wildlife adventure, South Africa is one of those places where you get to experience nature at its fullest. You can dive right into the epic wilderness and see the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo) up close. But it’s not just about that – soak in dramatic landscapes, enjoy the pleasant weather and go on an adventure filled trip with your family while here.

The list below will show you the best ways to explore wildlife and nature in South Africa:

Self-Driven Tour at Kruger National Park

The national and private parks in South Africa offer plenty of opportunities to experience wildlife. If you want to watch animals at your leisure and opt for self-driven tours through the wilderness, you should definitely visit Kruger National Park, a top wildlife destination in South Africa. Spread across 19,485 square-kilometer, this park is home to a large number of African elephants, Cape buffaloes, lions, rhinoceros and leopards, along with the African wild dogs, hyenas and many other predators.

Explore the park at your own pace by renting a car for a thrilling self-driving experience. The tarred and gravelly paths are well laid-out to drive amidst the lush wilderness. If you drive on the gravelly Albasini road route from Phabeni gate as the entry point, you should stop at the Mestel Watering Hole to watch the gorgeous birds. Another popular route on the park’s eastern part is the Crocodile Bridge Gate where you can spot white rhinoceros, lions, leopards, cheetahs and black-breasted snake eagles.

Family Fun at Private Game Reserves

Named after the Boekenhout tree, Mongena – native to the Dinokeng Game Reserve, Mongena Game Lodge is a perfect retreat for families who want to spend an exciting vacation together. This luxurious lodge is also a malaria-free zone and your little ones would love the domesticated springbucks, nyalas and zebras within the vicinity.

Another private and luxurious wildlife destination for game viewing is Mabula Game Lodge, located close to Limpopo Province. Here you can opt for safaris twice a day if you feel you didn’t get to see much on your first visit. If this isn’t enough, enjoy safaris on horsebacks with expert guides or even take thrilling quad bikes to witness animals from close.

Read More: 10 Reasons Why South Africa Should Be on Your Travel Bucket List

Adventurous Times at the Valley of Waves

Apart from the country’s extraordinary wildlife parks, you and your loved ones should also not miss out on several other entertainment opportunities here. Do visit the Valley of Waves at the Sun City Resort in Pilanesburg. One of the main attractions at this water park is its Roaring Lagoon - a massive wave beach with a hydraulic system, generating 2-metre high waves at the speed of 35 km per hour, that recurs every one-and-a-half minute.

For those bold enough to take the plunge and pump up some adrenaline, Temple of Courage has a chute about 70 metres long with a staggering 17-metre vertical drop. The Tarantula body slide within this fantastic water park should be next on your adventure checklist. This half-submerged slide will let you ride through a dark tunnel at an unbelievable speed that you will never forget.

Exploring the Garden Route

No vacation in South Africa is complete without visiting the famed Garden Route, close to Cape Town. Covering roughly about 200 km from Mossel Bay to Storms River, this picturesque stretch on the southeastern coastline consists of dense forests, lakes, mesmerising beaches and gorgeous mountainous regions. There are umpteen things to do while you are here!

Bungee Jumping from Bloukrans Bridge

If you want to take your adventure to the next level, try bungee jumping from Bloukrans Bridge at Tsitsikamma Forest Village Market. Not many people are aware that this is one of the highest bungee jumping sites in the world – about 216 metres high. This bungee jump due to its ‘pendulum bungee technology’ will make you swing like a pendulum instead of bouncing up and down. After your stirring (and swinging!) experience, you can head to the Cliffhanger Restaurant to satiate your hunger pangs. This restaurant also records and displays  live-feeds of the jumps. Remember to buy the live-feed video of your thrilling jump from here!

Read More: The South Africa Travel Guide: Things to Do in Knysna

Witness the Sea Predators at Seal Island

If the most terrifying predators at sea interest you, you should definitely head to Seal Island at Mossel Bay. To kick up a notch, go for cage diving with the Great White sharks. These apex predators are found in great numbers here and many do not know this fact. The sea is warm most of the year, which allows the diving trip to last for more than 2 hours. Don’t worry, it’s not important to have the technical know-how of diving. You will be briefed before you dive and there will be other experienced divers along with you too. This is one of the best places to visit as you may get to see the Orca, Humpback whales and Bottlenose dolphins.

For enjoying the perfect adventure holiday, you should visit all of these places in South Africa. From getting up close with the predators on land to the hunters of the sea and indulging in countless activities to test your limits with nature. Not only would they refresh you, but give you a new perspective on being one with the natural world.  So, check out the excellent MakeMyTrip packages and pick the best itinerary for an adventure of a lifetime.

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Escaping to the gentle ocean breeze undeniably brings an end to your everyday woes! While sun-kissed beaches with soft sands and sparkling waters seem like a perfect retreat, there is still a hankering for more. The Andaman archipelago in the Indian Ocean offers a tropical oasis with exotic mangrove forests and incredible biodiversity, and the cluster of islands here not only offers some of the most scenic beaches, but a plethora of marine activities to de-stress you to the fullest. Check out these amazing things to do during your holiday in the Andaman Islands:

Scuba Diving

The most visited island in the Andaman archipelago is the Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep), featuring one of the world’s best-rated beaches – Radhanagar Beach. Even if you are not a professional swimmer, you can easily indulge in the unique under-water activities here. Havelock Island being a major scuba diving centre, the diving centres here are either certified by PADI or SSI offering leading-edge gear.

You will be getting a training for about 10-15 minutes before the final dive which lasts for about an hour. While there are so many fantastic scuba diving spots around this island, the Aquarium is a fantastic choice for first timers with a steady current. Located about 12 km from the island, this diving spot measuring 8-14 metres deep, with crystal clear waters that open you up to its colourful habitat of hard corals and shoals of butterfly fish.

While all these sites are perfect during the day, how about an exciting scuba dive at night? The Lighthouse point with the depth ranging from 6-20 metres is the only spot around the island that lets you do this. As you plunge into the waters at night, the colourful soft and hard corals along with the schools of Humpback Parrotfish, Lionfish and many other sea animals would surely mesmerise you.

Standup Paddling

The pristine Radhanagar Beach is also a great spot for numerous exciting water sports. If surfing seems too tough and you still want to glide through the water, paddleboarding is surprisingly a fun alternative. Similar to kayaking and surfing, paddleboarding is mostly done while standing and it doesn’t require a wave to push you ahead. The calm and shallow water of the ocean is idyllic for this activity.

While standup paddling may seem easy, you need to keep in mind not to push the paddle too much. Grip the paddle firmly and pull it towards your body. You wouldn’t realize how quick you will move from one part of the ocean to the next. Moreover, there would be instructors who would guide you through the complete activity.

Read More: 10 Fascinating Facts You Didn't Know About Andaman Islands

Snorkelling

No trip to Andamans is complete without a visit to Elephant Beach. About 2 km away from the famed Radhanagar Beach, you can trek through the dense jungle to reach this beach or head to the Havelock Island Jetty and take a boat.  This dynamic beach is widely popular for snorkelling and other aquatic adventures. Unlike scuba diving, snorkelling is more relaxed, and you won’t have to carry a lot of gear. Just off the picturesque white sand, the gleaming turquoise water with colourful marine life and stunning coral reefs would simply overwhelm you. Put on the snorkeling mask, get in the water and feast your eyes upon the schools of Hogfish and Leafy Sea Dragon. The best time to visit the Elephant Beach would be during the summer, as the monsoon makes it inaccessible. 

Seafood Like No Other

No matter where you are in Andaman Islands – be it Havelock Island, Neil Island or Port Blair, you can’t really miss out on the delicious seafood. With an array of restaurants serving dishes prepared with freshly caught prawns, crabs, fish and lobsters, you will be satiated to the brim. The traditional Andamani Fish Curry would tease your taste buds like never before! When you are in Port Blair, do enjoy this delectable dish at New Lighthouse Restaurant.

Read More: 10 Free Things to Do in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Cafés to Chill in

While the fantastic water adventures in Havelock Island will make your mornings eventful, you can keep the afternoons and evenings to soak in its serene, laidback ambience. Do head to Anju Coco Resto for a fulfilling lunch. Drop off your shoes at the entrance, be welcomed into its cozy ambience, and try out the barbecued fish along with some exotic concoctions. Later in the evening, head to an eat-out with a twist – A Beachside Café, about 2 km away from Anju Coco Resto. If you are visiting Andaman Islands with your significant other, the both of you should just reserve a table for a romantic candlelit dinner at this café. This perfect beachside setting with delicious food and some red wine would make for a memorable evening for the both of you.

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Brimming with adventure and housing some of the best experiences of the continent – Canada is the perfect tourist-haven to tick off your #TravelGoals. With something for everyone, today we bring to you a winning-list of incredibly thrilling and fun things to do in Canada.

Cliff-walk on the Capilano Suspension Bridge

Quench your adrenaline thirst with a trip to Vancouver’s Capilano Suspension Bridge, and partake in the mind-blowing cliff-walk here. Featuring thick glass-bottomed walkways at regular intervals, this activity is not for the faint-hearted.

#TravelTrivia: Special add-ons are the Treetop Walks and the Christmas Canyon Lights with the chirpy commentary of the resident Great Blue Heron – Henry!

Edge-walk on the C.N. Tower

Famous as the highest hands-free 360-degree skywalk in the world, sign up for sheer 30 minutes of daredevilry at C.N. Tower in Toronto. Raise a toast to the adventure of a lifetime with a trip to the Lookout Level at 1136 feet and a sky pod at 1465 feet, if you’re not up for the mighty 1815 feet edge-walk!

Skating on a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Yes! The naturally frozen Rideau Canal in Ottawa is the largest skating rink in the world inviting you to try your hands at this exciting sport. Spanning 7.8 kilometres of skating area with universally accessible facilities, you’re up for the experience of a lifetime!

Carve through the Rockies with Rocky Mountaineer train

Snaking through these rugged terrains punctuated with deep canyons and commanding peaks would be the highlight of your Canada trip! Be on the lookout for mountain bears – you’d enjoy their antics from the safe enclosures of the train.

Read More: Nature Buffs are Going to Love these 5 Places in Canada!

Heli-ski at British Columbia

Relive the famous James Bond moment when you jump from a helicopter into the super sleek snowclad slopes of the mountains at British Columbia! Sans the goons following you, it’s one of the #ThrillingExtremes that you’d cherish your whole life!

Say Bye to Your Hunger Pangs at the Watermark Restaurant in Ohio

Clear away your weekend for a once-in-a-lifetime kind of dining extravaganza at this 4-star restaurant overlooking the majestic Niagara Falls. The dazzling fireworks here will further enrich your experience. Make sure to soak in the magical vistas of the horseshoe fall. It’s mesmerizing!

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Catch the Northern Lights in action at Yukon

Staging a celestial dance, the skies mesmerize with the aurora borealis, rendering a visual delight to feast your eyes on! This is undoubtedly one of the best things you can do in Canada.

Go Looking for Cute Beluga Whales at Nunavat

Getting up close with the thriving wildlife is one of the best experiences in Canada, and there’s nothing like the joy of spotting these babies, thundering along the Tundra!

#MMTWildlIfeTrivia: Nunavat is a wildlife paradise which houses exotic species. Make sure to catch the muskox, narwhals at Arctic Bay and seals and polar bears in Churchill, while they soak in the joy of their natural Arctic habitat.

Ready to unleash your inner Indiana Jones? Draw up your Canada itinerary now!

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Located off the southern coast of Singapore, Sentosa Island, once a colonial backwater is now an integrated resort island that attracts travellers from across the globe with its serene wonders. Visited by approximately 5 million tourists annually, Sentosa is home to some of the world’s best theme-based entertainment delights. 

An entertainment spot as popular as this can be a bit overwhelming when it comes to booking tickets and going through endless queues. To help you make the most of your day & your money, MakeMyTrip offers the Sentosa Fun Pass—a single access card to 21 attractions & 50 activities! Yes, you read that right! Scroll down to make your life easier!

Here is all that the Sentosa Fun Pass has in store for you:

  1. Saves you from entry ticket queues, giving you more time to enjoy with your family.
  2. The discount offers cut down your entry ticket cost.
  3. Discount offers are periodically renewed—so keep an eye on the new offers!
  4. Book your vouchers online, flash your e-confirmation voucher at the ticket counter and collect the pass. 
  5. Brings flexibility to your trip plans; the passes are open-dated and can be redeemed within 3 months of purchase.
  6. All passes have two-consecutive-day validity period helping you cover more activities, thereby offering more flexibility for you!
  7. Comes in several permutations and combinations like 55 Tokens/80 Tokens/120 Tokens covering different activities/attractions/including or excluding meals, so that you can choose as per your convenience!
  8. Top-up options available, for extended fun!

Get yourself a Sentosa Fun Pass & meet the fun head on!

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A couple of days ago, we returned from our annual nature trip to Pench and Tadoba. Both are enchanting forests, providing a diverse mix of hills, lakes, grasslands, bamboo groves and dense trees. In general, Pench located in Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh is considered better for birding and spotting leopards, while visiting Tadoba's core area in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra pretty much guarantees tiger sightings. Both parks have many man-made watering holes that, in that dry countryside, have become an oasis for animals; since these watering holes are clearly visible from the path, there are opportunities for excellent animal sightings.

It was such a pleasure to enjoy the clean, fresh air! The trees seemed greener after the early monsoon showers. There were stars visible in the night sky that would never be seen again from Mumbai. It was hot, especially during the afternoon safaris, but not oppressive.

We saw a diverse range of wildlife—from tigers, leopards, sloth bear, jackals, wild dogs, monitor lizards and many species of deer including the shy barking deer to the pretty chousingha. Above our heads, a profusion of birds enchanted us—the ubiquitous babblers, rollers and doves, the brilliantly plumaged Indian pitta, golden orioles darting around like streaks on a Van Gogh painting, the gorgeous racket-tailed drongos that found rare courage in teaming up to chase a much larger eagle away from their nestlings and the water birds that dotted the fringe of the lake at nightfall like little pearl drops around an inky darkness.

Some of the tigresses had recently had cubs, and it was such an uplifting sight to see the little ones playing with each other, gradually learning how to climb, stalk and leap. My favourite was the time when a tigress was grooming one of her cubs, and another one jealously stared at his sibling before going over to demand a share of her affection!

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At another time, we were at a waterhole where a leopard had gotten scared by an approaching tiger and shimmied up a tall, thin tree—one of those times when fear lends wings. Unfortunately, once the tiger was gone, so were the wings and the leopard spent the next two hours trying to figure out how to descend. Eventually, thirst won, and it scrambled and tumbled down the trunk and then gratefully went to the waterhole for a long drink. The fascinating bit about this was how monkeys fearlessly dangled around the leopard, just out of his reach, as though realising that the thin tree that it was stuck upon would not give him the purchase to launch an attack.

As it often happens in the forest, serendipity plays a big part. One morning we were early and had to wait alone for 15-20 minutes till the gates opened. Just then, in the early morning gloom, a sloth bear—usually a very reserved creature—ambled across the road less than ten feet away from us and disappeared into the bushes to our left!

Tadoba is a small reserve and gets many visitors. Therefore, very often the tigers here are surrounded by twenty or more cars, and they have grown accustomed to humans. There is almost an air of barbarism in how the Gypsies cut around trying to get the best view. Luckily, the authorities have only opened 20% of the park to tourist traffic; hence it's just the tigers whose territories fall in this area. All in all, this proximity to tourist traffic means that they don't have the latent menace that their Ranthambore brethren carry, and that's quite a pity.

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As an interesting side-note, Pench was the inspiration and the setting for Rudyard Kipling's 'The Jungle Book', although he never visited there. In fact, he took the name of the wolf pack in his story from the Seoni range, borrowed many of the topographical features from the region and even modelled the potter's village on nearby Kanhiwada.

The parks are conveniently located—Pench is about two hours’ drive north of Nagpur and Tadoba is two hours south. Since they feature different habitats, if you do go, I'd suggest visiting both rather than just one of them.

Travel Tips
  1. Advance online bookings for safaris (and for hiring better guides) is essential. To experience the best of the forest, visit the buffer zone. However, visiting the core area increases your chances of spotting larger animals. A well-experienced guide can make your experience worthwhile with anecdotes and insights. Be sure to tip your guide and driver well!
  2. Be a considerate visitor: don't litter, speak softly (so that the animals are not scared away from your group) and give space to others too, to capture snapshots. Chat with other travellers to exchange photos and stories at your hotel; many of them are fellow nature lovers, and they might have interesting tales to share.
  3. Be mindful of the weather, and drink plenty of water.
  4. If you are travelling with a child, engage them in the forest by helping them maintain a log of what they see, ticking off sightings from a pre-prepared list. Older kids can carry a copy of Salim Ali's Birds of India and, armed with a set of binoculars, to hone their bird spotting skills.
  5. Most importantly, don't be obsessed with seeing a tiger; there is a lot that the national parks in our country have to offer, so enjoy it all. And when a tiger finally does make an appearance, you will have another treasured memory to take back with you!

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Not just any European holiday! Make it one that you will remember for time to come, which means that it should be packed with adventures and encounters that will blow your mind! If you’re looking for ideas, here are once-in-a-lifetime experiences to grab on your European holiday.

Getting Thrills in Barcelona

Calling all adrenaline junkies…if stomach-churning drops, twists and loops are your thing, then the Chinese-themed Dragon Khan at the PortAventura Park is for you. A steel sit-down roller coaster, this 1-minute-and-45-second ride will take you through eight inversions and zero-g and cobra rolls. Another roller coaster within the park is the Red Force in Ferrari Land. Taking riders from 0-180 kilometers per hour in a flat five seconds, Red Force is the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Europe. PortAventura Park is the most visited them park in Spain and if you want to maximize on the fun and minimize the time standing in line for these roller-coaster rides, then choose to stay at a resort hotel within the park premises.

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Cave Dwelling in Austria

The village of Werfen in Austria is home to the world’s largest ice caves known as Eisriesenwelt. Extending to a height of 48 kilometres, explore the labyrinth nooks and crevices that were created by the Salzach river that flowed through the Tennengebirge mountains. The tour lasts for 75 minutes and you are given a lamp to carry with you although magnesium lighting reflects off the ice, so you can see the beauty. The ice caves are open from May to October but irrespective of the month you go, you’ll need to dress very warmly!

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Going Underground in Rome

Sightseeing in Rome is not just limited to the magnificent structures you see over the ground like the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Roman Forum. Go underground and take a tour of the Roman Catacombs and explore the unexpected! So, what exactly are Catacombs you ask? They’re ancient burial chambers, tombs and memorials dating back to a time when Christianity was considered a cult and its followers were branded as pagans. Those buried underground were considered martyrs. While on the Roman Catacombs tour, see the Basilica San Clement and the Capuchin Crypt and Museum. The Roman Catacombs tour is a bit offbeat but one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences to grab on your European holiday.

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Getting Ruin-ed in Pompeii

The partially buried ancient Roman city of Pompeii comprise five archaeological sites that came to be when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the excavated city includes a forum, baths, houses and villas, temples and amphitheaters. There have also been works of art including elaborate portraits, frescoes and sculptures and fossilized plants from the garden that have been found.

Glassmaking in Venice

Have you ever looked at a glass showpiece and wondered how it was made? Well, here’s your chance to find out. While in Venice, take a glassmaking tour to see the techniques and tools that go in to creating these works of art. A highly skilled craft, it is believed that glassmaking in Venice dates back to the Byzantine times! If you have the time, take a full day tour to the Italian city of Murano home to many historical glass factories that have produced some of the world’s most elaborate and expensive chandeliers and glass artefacts.

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Take to the skies in Kamshet! This small hamlet with its rugged hills and lush greenery is a renowned adventure destination. Go paragliding at Kamshet and get a bird’s eye view of the stunning topography as you glide above!

How Does It Work

Paragliding in Kamshet are done in tandem, which means that a qualified pilot jumps with you. You both have your own parachutes and the pilot manouvers the direction of the jump and controls the speed of descent and makes sure that you have a smooth landing. So, all you pretty much need to do is sit back and enjoy the feeling of flying like a bird!

Where to Book

There are several adventure companies in Kamshet that offer paragliding joyrides. Some of the more popular ones include Nirvana Adventures, Adrenaline Hunter and Temple Pilots. Whosoever you decide to choose to go with, please make sure that not only the adventure company but even the instructors and pilots are experienced and qualified to do so.

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Best Time to Go

Paragliding in Kamshet is best done early in the morning or later in the afternoon and when the breeze is gentle but not gusty. Paragliding is dependent on the win. Please remember that adventure companies and instructors may cancel or reschedule a paragliding joyride if the conditions are not conducive.

What It Costs

Paragliding joyrides usually cost upwards of INR 2,500 for a 10-minute joyride.

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Getting There

Kamshet is about 50 kilometres from Pune and the shortest driving route is via Old Mumbai-Pune Highway and NH4.

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