Short information on Langkawi

Get to know Langkawi

Langkawi Mangrove 

The Mangrove forest in Langkawi is really an intricate network of streams and hidden covers that are home to hundreds of endemic jungle species of wildlife.

Pulau Payar Marine Park

The sprinkling of jade green islands that make up Pulau Payar lie just 30 km south east of Langkawi.

Kimil River Cruise

Spread over an area of 100 sq. km., Kilim Nature Park features a beautiful mix of well protected green mangrove forests, isolated white beaches and blue lagoons.

‘Tasik Dayang Bunting’

The Legend of Tasik Dayang Bunting goes like this: The favorite bathing pool of a celestial princess named Mambang Sari was said to be Tasik Dayang Bunting (lake of the Pregnant Maiden).


Malaysia Year – End Sale (10th November 2012 – 01 January 2013)

The year end sale is back with great discounts! It’s the season eagerly awaited by Malaysians and visitors alike for the unbelievable discounts, bargains and promotions.


Chill out Places around Gujarat, India

Taranga hills, Mehasana, Gujarat, India

Distance: – 130kms

How to get there: – take the Ahmadabad – Mehasana road and turn right on Visnagar road and then drive 20 km from Vadnagar.

About the place: – Taranga is a three peaked hill. The river Rupen flows along the Taranga Hills, Taranga is considered one of the most important Shvetambar Jain temple, one of the five most important Mahatirthas of the Jains.

What to do there: – Apart from visiting the Jain Temples explore the lost fort of Anartpur on Taranga Hills. Here are the recently discovered Tantrik Buddhist caves which are a maze. The main idols enshrined in the Taranmata and Dharanmata temples are of Buddhist goddess Tara.

Champaner – Pavagadh, Gujarat, India

Distance 150kms

How to get there: – take Ahmadabad – Vadodara expressway and take exit towards Vadodara – Halol Highway (state highway -87)

About the place: – there are many Hindu and Jain temples a thousand years old, mosques from the time of the Gujarat Sultanate.

What to do there: – Enjoy the architectural wonder while taking a stroll through the fort, mosques and religious places.

Lothal, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Distance 80kms

How to get there: – take the Ahmadabad – Rajkot highway and turn left from Vataman Crossroads.

About the place: – one of the most important remnants of Harrapan town planning. The unique lock gated dockyard is perhaps the greatest in maritime architecture from the ancient world. The site is located on the banks of the river Sabarmati.

What to do there: – a museum outside the historical site is stocked with priceless artifacts.

Modhera Sun temple, Mehsana, Gujarat, India

Distance 96 kms

How to get there: – take Ahmadabad – Mehsana, highway, take road towards Becharji when you reach Mehsana.

About the Place: – the exclusively carved temple complex and the magnificently sculpted kund are jewels in the art of masonry of the Solanki period.

 What to do: – as you enter the historical complex, you first come across a magnificent kund. And a historical adventure begins!

Rani Ki Vav, Patan, Gujarat, India

Distance 126 kms

How to get there: – take Ahmadabad – Mehsana highway and turn onwards left on Patan road.

About the place: – its greatest reminder of the golden period of Gujarat under the Solanki Kings.

What to do there: – the patola sari is one of the finest hand woven saris produced today and is woven in Patan town you could visit some of the families that make them. A patola sari takes 4 to 6 months to make. Apart from Ran ki Vav there are lakes which include historically and archeologically important Sahstralling Sarovar.

 Vadnagar, Gujarat, India

Distance 103 kms

How to get there: – take the Ahmadabad – Mehsana road and turn right on Visnagar Road.

About the Place:- it is an ancient city in Gujarat and its known history goes back to 2,500 BC.

What to do there: – The town is punctuated with waters of Shakti Tirth stream cures one of leprosy. The town was earlier called Chamatkarpur as it was home of the famous rishi Yagyavalkya or “Master of the Vedas”.

Courtesy:- Times Of India 

Chill out for Bird Watchers

Dasada Wild Ass Sanctuar, Dist. Surendranagar, Gujarat, India 

Distance: – 95kms

How to get there: – take Sarkhej – Sanand road and drive up to Zehnabad road

About the place: – the sanctuary is one of the last places on the earth where the endangered wild ass sub species Indian Wild ass Lives.

What to do there: –

Drive around along the open highway and you could spot several herds of the endangered wild ass. They are excellent runners.

Blackbuck Sanctuary, Velavadar, Gujarat, India 

Distance: – 144 kms

How to get there: -Take Ahmadabad – Bhavnagar highway, turn left from Pipli-Fedara link Road.

About the place: – the sanctuary is populated by blackbucks, Blue Bull, antelope, wolves, jacket, Hyena, Wild Boars, jungle cat and a variety of birds as well. It has saline lands, high tidal mudflats and prosopis juliflora shrub land along with simple dense and sparse grasslands.

What to do there: – The roosting of harrier hawks at dusk is an incredible sight. More than 1,500 can be seen gathering at a single site. Meet the Kathi community members. Who like the Bishnoi community have protected the blackbuck.

Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, Dist. Surendranagar, Gujarat, India

Distance: – 54 kms

How to get there: –  Take Ahmadabad – Sanand Road and turn left from Sanand Crossroads.

About the place: – the sanctuary is a Ramsar site and mainly comprises a huge lake of about 100 sq km and ambient marshes where you can see flamingoes, pelicans, geese, cranes, storks, ibises, spoonbills, wading birds, swallows, fishing eagles, osprey and harriers in great numbers during this season.

What to do there: – You can hire country boasts on the lake for bird viewing. For picnickers there are shacks on the islands. There are also two water parks nearby where children can have fun.

Thol bird Sanctuary, Ahmadabad, Gujarat, India

Distance: – 26 kms

How to get there: – Hop on the SP Ring Road, turn left from Shilaj crossroads and head straight.

About the place: – the sanctuary is a shallow freshwater body, surrounded by marshes on the edge and scrubby forest flanking its sides. This place is home to more than 100 species of birds. Cranes, geese, flamingoes, pelicans, egrets, herons, spoonbills, ducks, whistling teals and many other migratory birds can be seen here.

What to do there: – while driving to the lake, keep a watch for the variety of birds which populate the pools and canals on the way.

Polo – Vijanagar Forests

Distance 148 kms

How to get there: – Take Himmatnagar Highway, enter Idar – Ambaji road and turn right from Mathasur Tri-junction.

About the place: – the Ancient Polo city was built around the river Harnav, an ancient water body spoken of in the Puranas.

What to do there: – It’s a picnickers’ paradise. The view from the old palace and a royal tank is breathtaking. Remnants of Jain shrines are know the world over.

Courtesy:- Times of India.

Diclofenac ban ups vulture count for first time in 20 years

The country’s vulture population has increased for the first time in two decades, after a catastrophic decline in their numbers by over 99%.

A research paper by scientists from Bombay Natural History Society (BHNS) shows that the number of vultures, once found across the country, increased marginally between 2011 and 2012.

The vulture population in India started to fall dramatically in the early 90’s. Around 95% of the scavenging birds were wiped out by 2003 and over 99% by 2008, and their numbers plunged from four crore in the early 80’s to under a lakh in 2011.

The study also warned that while the stabilization in numbers is encouraging, only a small number of vultures remain and they are still extremely vulnerable.

Diclofenac, a painkilling drug administered to cattle, was the culprit. Vultures which have a digestive system robust enough to even digest disease causing pathogens found in rotting meat of the dead – do not have a critical enzyme that breaks down diclofenac. They die of renal failure after eating carcasses of cattle administered the drug.

“It’s lethal for vultures if they eat an animal within 72 hours of it being given diclofenac,” said Vibhu Prakesh, lead researcher and deputy director, BNHS. A ban on diclofenac use across South Asia in 2006 led to a drop off, between 2007 and 2011, in the numbers of birds being killed by the used of the drug on livestock.

Environmentalists said the findings offered signs of hope for the critically endangered species once believed to be close extinction.

The three most common vulture species found in India are the long-billed vulture (Gyps indicus), also known as Indian vulture, the white-backed vulture (Gyps africanus) and the slender billed vulture (Gyps tenuirostris).

Prakesh said getting affix on the actual numbers was not immediately possible but the numbers are slightly higher than in 2011, when there were only 1,000 slender billed vultures (Gyps tenuirostris), 11,000 white backed vultures and 44,000 long billed vultures remaining in the country. The decline prompted the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to put vultures on its list of ‘critically endangered’ species.


Courtesy:- Times Of India



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