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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Barmer A place less explored

March 18, 2020 0

 BARMER 

Barmer A place less explored
Barmer A place less explored

 DESCRIPTION 

Barmer is located at the western part of Rajasthan. It covers a larger area of 28,387 sq. km, and shares its district borders with Jaisalmer  in the north, Jalore district in south, Pali district and Jodhpur district in the east and Pakistan in the west. It is the third largest district of Rajasthan, after Jaisalmer and Bikaner.

Barmer district lies in Thar Desert and is famous for mud houses, folk music and dance. Many visitors come due to its adventure activities. Mallinath cattle fair takes place in the month of April every year.

History

During the 12th century Barmer was known as Mallani, in the name of Rawal Mallinath who was the son of Rao Salkha. Rawal Mallinath was philanthropic and religious icon and was worshiped by the locals as God. The present name was given by a Parmar Ruler, Bahada Rao, who was also known as Bar Rao. He established a small town known as 'Juna' located at 25 km form the present Barmer. Rawat Luka, who was the grand son of Rawal Mallinath, with the help of his brother Rawal Mandalak, defeted the Parmar Ruler and established their kingdom in Juna. Later, his descendant, Rawat Bhima shifted their capital from Juna to present Barmer in the year 1552 AD. He also constructed a small fort on the hills of Barmer, known as Barmergarh. 

 CLIMATE 

Barmer district is a desert and temperature can vary in wide range. Summers are very hot and temperature can go from 46 degree Celsius to 51 degree Celsius. In winters the temperature can drop to 0 degree Celsius. The annual rainfall is about 277 mm. 

October to March is the best time to visit Barmer city. During these months weather remain pleasant and the temperature hovers around 23 degree Celsius, nights can be chilly.

 PLACES TO VISIT 

  • Barmer Fort and Garh Temple
  • Kiradu Temple
  • Devka Sun Temple
  • Shri Nakoda Jain Temple
  • Vishnu Temple
  • Juna Fort
  • Rani Bhatiyani Temple
  • Mahabar Sand Dunes Barmer
  • Handicrafts of Barmer
  • Safed Akhara

Barmer Fort and Garh Temple

Barmer Fort and Garh Temple View
Barmer Fort and Garh Temple View
Barmer fort was built by Rawat Bhima in the year 1552 AD, when he shifted his capital to Barmer. The fort was built on a hill at an elevation of 676 feet and is also known as Barmer Garh. The main entrance opens in the north direction and safety burg is made on the eastern and western sides. The fort has ordinary walls because of natural protection of the hill. 
It has two important religious temples, the first is Jog Maya Devi (Garh Temple) at an elevation of 1383 feet and is situated at the top of the fort and the second is Nagnechi Mata Temple at an elevation of 500 feet. Both the temples are very popular among the locals and have fairs during the Navratra festivals. 

Entry fees
Per Adult: ₹20/-
Per Child: ₹10/-
Per Foreigner: ₹100/-

Kiradu Temple

Kiradu Temple
Kiradu Temple
Kiradu Temple is a beautiful and magnificent temple in Solanki style of architecture. It is  ruins of five temples. Out of these five temples, the Someshwar temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is most remarkable. It is also nearest to the road and in better condition than others. Kiradu Temple is located in The Thar desert 35 km from Barmer city. The inscriptions of the temple dated to 12 century.

It is said that Kiradu was cursed by a sage and left deserted. The sage has left his disciple to take care of people of Kiradu, but except for a potter's wife no one carried sage's wish. Out of anger the sage cursed the town and told potter's wife to leave the town beforehand and never look back. But out of curiosity the lady looked back and turned to stone instantly. The outskirts of town there is a purported to be her. 

Devka Sun Temple

Devka Sun Temple
Devka Sun Temple
The Devka Sun Temple is famous for its magnificent architecture. It was built in 12th or 13th century. The temple is situated in Devka which is a small settlement located 62 km from Barmer city along Barmer- Jaisalmer road. There are two more temples in broken state, which has sculpture of Lord Ganesha on it.

Shri Nakoda Jain Temple

Shri Nakoda Jain Temple
Shri Nakoda Jain Temple
Shri Nakoda Jain Temple is also known as Parshwnath Temple. It is one of the most beautiful and important pilgrimage sites for Jains in India. The temple is devoted to Lord Parshwnath, who was the 23rd Tirthankar out of 24 Thirthankars in Jainism.  The temple is located on a beautiful hill at an elevation of 1500 ft. The temple belongs to ancient times and time to time renovations, repair and additions have been made over centuries. It is believed that every wish is fulfilled who so ever visit here. The devotees consider the temple sacred and feel blissful around.


Nakoda Jain Temple is located at 1 km from Mewad city and 13 km from Balotra, which is the nearest railway station. At different times in history the village has different names, NagaraViramapura and Maheva. 

Vishnu Temple
Vishnu Temple Barmer
Vishnu Temple Barmer

Vishnu Temple is one of the most famous temples of Barmer and has a different charisma. It is located in Khed, which is 90 km from Barmer. Over the period of time the temple is disintegrating, still it remains a popular tourist point because of its magnificent architecture. The temple is surrounded by a market like Palika and RCM, and known for shopping, this is another reason why the Vishnu Temple is a major attraction of Khed.

  Juna Fort

Juna Fort
Juna Fort
The Juna Fort is also known as Old fort. It is situated at 25 km form Barmer city. Bar Rao established Juna city. Juna fort was an old fort where rulers live. Later during Rawat Bhima rule he shifted his capital to Barmer where the present city reside. This ruined the Juna city's past glory and heritage. Juna is surrounded by hills and lake.

Rani Bhatiyani Temple


Rani Bhatiyani Temple
Rani Bhatiyani Temple
Rani Bhatiyani Temple is dedicated to Goddess Rani Bhatiyani Sa who is also known as Majisa which means 'mother'. Rani Bhatiyani is the princesses of Jaisalmer. The Dholi community of brads worship her and the women of this community praise their princess by sing the Ghoomar song. 






Rani Bhatiyani Mata
Rani Bhatiyani Mata
She was the daughter of Jograj Singh ji, who belong to Bhati Rajput clan and so she was known as Bhatiyani. She was married to Kalyan singh who was the prince of Jasol. There are different legendary stories about her death. In first story, Kalyan Sing's first wife Devri, was jealous and she poisoned Bhatiyani's son Lal Singh. The second story says, a news was spread that her husband died in battle. But in real Sawai Singh who was her brother-in-law was dead. Kalyan Singh spread this rumour to get rid of her second wife. Although she knew that her husband was alive she decided to commit sati and jumped in the funeral pyre of her brother-in-law and gave up her life. Thereafter, Kalyan Singh and his family faced too much of trouble due to Bhatiyani's death and a shrine was devoted to her in Jasol to placate her spirit. It is said the then she has transformed into benevolent spirit.
The temple is located in Jasol which is 100 km from Barmer city in the east direction.


Mahabar Sand Dunes Barmer

Mahabar Sand Dunes
Mahabar Sand Dunes
Mahabar Sand Dunes is main tourist destination and its beauty is admirable. It is famous for camel rides and desert safari. In the month of March every year a fair is organized which is well known for camel races and camel rides. These camels are decorated. One must visit Burmer in the month of March to enjoy this fair. The sand looks golden in day time, at night the color changes to gray and in moon light it gives romantic feelings. 
Mahabar Sand Dunes is located at a distance of 5 km from Barmer city. One must visit here if coming to Barmer. Mahabar Sand Dunes is less popular compared to Sam Sand Dunes but is equally beautiful.

Handicraft in Barmer

Barmer is also famous for its traditional and cultural fabric items. You can buy traditional and ethnic products, such as embroidered items, hand knitted woolen carpets, wood cravings, traditionally dyed fabrics, paintings and tie from renowned shops. Barmer is also known for its wide verity of quality traditional items. Vijay Laxmi Handicraft is a popular shop for traditional and cultural fabric items. 



Safed Akhara

Peacock at Safed Akhara
Peacock at Safed Akhara
Safed Akhara is also known as ideshwara Mahadev Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Radha and Krishna and Lord Hanuman, among others. The temple has large gardens and you can find peacock roaming around. You and also find temporary accommodation in the temple. It is a beautiful tourist spot which is overlooked by tourists. Safed Akhara is located on the way to Mahabar Sand Dunes.








 BUDGET 


Barmer is not too costly city. You can get a comfortable hotel in affordable price. There is a theme based hotel that beautifully showcases the ancient village of Rajasthan. Food items are also at nominal prices. If you stay at Barmer an average price considering an average hotel and food would be around ₹ 5000 for two people. 

Places you might visit while in Rajasthan

Ajmer
Jaipur
Pushkar
Jaisalmer 

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Kasol

March 10, 2020 0

 KASOL 


 ABOUT 

Kasol is a small town in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated on the bank of Parvati river in Parvati Valley. Kasol is located on the way between Bhuntar and Manikaran. Kasol is popular destination among the tourist and backpackers and also acts as a base for trekkers to Malana, Kheerganga, Sar pass and Pin Parvati pass.

Walk along Parvati River in Kasol


 WHY TO VISIT 

Kasol is a small town which is not yet urbanized and one of the best place to enjoy the nature. That's why many tourist visit Kasol to sit back and relax. The place has a scenic view of snow capped mountains, surrounded by pine and oak trees and the gurgling sound of Parvati river. There are so many things to do in Kasol which include
  1. Kheerganga Trek
  2. Parvati River
  3. Pin Parvati Pass
  4. Tosh
  5. Malana
  6. Sar Pass
  7. Manikaran
  8. Cafes 
  9. Camping

Kheerganga Trek

Kheerganga has a panoramic view of lush green meadows. It is one of the best places to visit in Kasol. Kheerganga is holy place with a small temple of Shiva, geothermal springs and a bath tank.
   
Bath tank at Kheerganga

Kheerganga is a 11 km  trek from Barshaini which takes around 5 hours to climb on narrow trails. Its one of the easiest trek with beautiful views. Kheerganga provides cheap accommodation including guest houses and camps. Most tourists prefer to stay in camps because of the natural beauty of the place. There are any dhabas on the top but one must bring essentials for the way. 

Parvati River

Parvati river originates from Man Talai Glacier and flows through Parvati valley and finally merge in Beas river. Flow of the Parvati river is too dangerous for any activity but one can sit on a nearby rock and enjoy its view. The lake is situated at an elevation of 4100 meters.

Parvati River

Pin Parvati Pass

Pin Parvati Pass is situated at an altitude of 5319 meters. It is one of the most scenic trail passing through lush green forest, wide open meadows, many waterfalls, lakes and Parvati glacier. It is one of the few treks where one gets to walk on glacier. The Pin Parvati Pass connects the Parvati Valley of Kullu to Pin Valley of Spiti.

Pin Parvati trek

The Pin Parvati Pass is a difficult trail full of adventures and give trekkers a thrilling experience. Trek starts from Barsheni Village and ends at Manali in 11 days. The best season for this trek is in the months of June to September. Pin Parvati Trek is a challenging trek that requires great trekking skills and much stamina, hence it is not recommended for beginners.

Tosh is a small village located at the far end of the Parvati Valley. It is famous for cannabis. Tosh is a tranquil village which is untouched by urbanization and modernization. Kasol to Tosh trek is 22 km long trail full of scenic view. The village is popular for its lush green meadows and view of snow peaked mountains. 


Tosh Village
                                                                                   

View from Tosh Village
This place is famous among backpackers who want to escape from chaotic life and want to spend some time at quiet place. People also come here for yoga practices, meditation and for mental peace. The village has a smell of marijuana. There are many visitors from other countries as well, you can meet them and enjoy their culture and their amazing food as well.


Malana

Malana is an ancient Indian village, a side valley of Parvati Valley in North-East of Kullu Valley. It is situated at an altitude of 2652 meters on a remote plateau by the side of Malana river. If you are visiting Kasol and looking up for some sightseeing, adventure and want to see local tradition, Malana is blessing in disguise. The village administration is democratic and they believe to be world's oldest democracy.
Malana is 21 km drive from Kasol and by the end of this drive you also need to trek for 2 km to reach this village. While traveling to Malana you will see extreme beautiful views that will blow you mind.

Malana Village


  

Sar Pass

Sar Pass is located in Parvati Valley of Kullu district. It is perfect trek for beginners. The trek passes through lush green meadows, thick forest, small villages and snow capped mountains.
Tourist from all around the globe come to trek here. Also you can get all kinds of accommodation starting from budget hotels to high end hotels. 
Sar in local language means lake. While trekking you will have to pass by a small frozen lake and hence it got its name Sar Pass. The main fun of this trek is 100 feet long snow slide.

Sar Pass Trek

Manikaran

Manikaran is situated on the bank of Parvati river in Pin Parvati Valley to the north-east of Bhuntar in Kullu valley. It is located at an altitude of 1760 meters and at a distance of 4 km from Kasol and 35 km from Kullu.
Manikaran is famous pilgrimage for for both Hindus and Sikhs. Hindus believe that Manu recreated human life at Manikaran making this place sacred. There are temples of Rama, Krishana and Vishnu. 


According to Hindu belief Lord Shiva along with his wife Parvati were walking in the valley, when Parvati dropped her earings. The jewel was seized by Sheshanaga, and disappeared in earth. Shiva performed Tandav and Sheshanaga surrendered the jewel.

Gurudwara Sahib Manikaran

Sikhs believe that during third Udasi, Guru Nanak came to this place in 1574 along with his disciple Bhai Mardana. Mardana was hungry as there was no food. Guru Nanak send him to collect some food for langar. People gave flour but there was no fire to cook. Guru Nanak asked Mardana to collect stones and assemble them and a hot spring appeared. Guru Nanak asked him to put the chapatis in the spring and the chapatis sank in the water. Guru Nanak asked Mardana to pray to God to float all the chapatis and he will donate one chapati in the name of God, and all chapatis came back. Guru Nanak said that if anyone who donate in the name of God their items will float back. 


Cafe

Kasol has great cafes and restaurants and eating here is a ritual. These cafes offer you mouth watering food. You will get Israeli, Chinese, Indian,  Mexican, and multi cuisine. But eating here itself with the view of mountains is amazing experience. 

Cafe in Kasol

Camping

Camping is considered to be one of the most adventurous activity of Kasol. You can get an affordable camp in the Parvati Valley. Parvati Valley is known for its beautiful and scenic views of the Himalayas. It would be one of those few experiences which you will not easily forget. You will get to camp near the river and the soothing sound of the river will definitely will make this experience a memorable one. Kasol is also known for stargazing. 


 CLIMATE 

Kasol has good weather throughout the year. October to June is the best months to visit here. If you want to experience chilly weather, October to February is the best time. The average temperature during this time can range from  3 to 10 degree Celsius. You can also experience snowfall late in December to February. From March to May the average temperature is 15 to 22 degree Celsius and the weather is very pleasant. July to September is the monsoon season and Kasol experiences 1590 mm of rainfall yearly. The temperature ranges between 22 to 32 degree Celsius. It is better to skip the months from July to September because land slides, cloudbursts, road blockage and slippery roads are very common. Hotel prices fall to a huge extent during this time. However it is not wise to take that risk.

 TRASNPORT  

By air: Bhuntar is the nearest airport to Kasol. It is 30 km away from Kasol and an hour long drive. There are buses and cab services available from Bhuntar to Kasol. Bus service is available hourly from 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. and cabs are available at anytime. 
Bhuntar is connected to major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Chandigarh.

By train: Chandigarh is the nearest broad gauge railway station which 286 km from Kasol. Chandigarh is well connected to all the major cities. You can easily get a bus to Bhuntar and get down at Jari. From Jari you can easily get bus to Kasol. Cab service is all time available from Chandigarh to Kasol.
Kalka is also one station if you are looking to reach Kasol. Kalka is 260 km from Kasol. 

By bus: There are direct buses available from Delhi to Kasol. These are frequent. In case you don't get direct bus to Kasol you can take a bus to Bhuntar which is 30 km from Kasol. 


Monday, March 9, 2020

PIN BHABHA

March 09, 2020 0

 PIN BHABA 

Pin Bhaba Pass
Pin Bhaba Pass


 ABOUT 

Pin Bhaba Trek
Pin Bhaba Trek
Pin Bhaba Trek is one of the most beautiful treks in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is a trek liked by every trekker. The Pin Bhaba Pass connects the Kinnaur district to the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh. The trek is graded as moderate to difficult and one needs have some trekking experience and knowledge before the trek. The Pin Bhaba Pass is situated at an elevation of 4850 m giving you a mesmerizing view of the valley. When you reach at the top of Pin Bhaba pass, at one side you will see lush green valley while at the other side you will be amaze to see pink valley. It is the time when you will realize how dramatic the scenery changes. 

The Pin Bhaba Pass Trek starts from Kafnu which is 6 to 7 hours long drive from Shimla. The Kinnaur side of trek is extremely beautiful with coniferous forest, lush green landscape and mesmerizing views of the valley. The route ascends at the left bank of Wangar River after crossing footbridge and its a popular route among shepherds.  The trek ends at Mud Village in Spiti Valley. It is 7 days trek. 

Note: Many trekkers confuse Pin Bhaba Trek with Pin Parvati Trek and wonder which is better. These two treks are equally difficult and equally beautiful. The maximum altitude of Pin Bhaba Pass is 4850 m where maximum ltitude of Pin Parvati Pass is 5340 m above sea level. Trekking in Pin Bhaba is similar to trekking in Kashmir. 

 CLIMATE 

 The Pin Bhaba Pass Trek is situated at an elevation of 4850 m above sea level, so it is always covered with snow. 

The best season for the Pin Bhaba Trek is in the months of Mid June to Mid September. During this segment the weather remains pleasant. The day temperature varies between 13 degree to 18 degree Celsius. However the temperature at night falls between the range of 0 degree to 5 degree Celsius. 

As the temperature is cold you must carry sufficient warm clothes without much affecting your backpack. 

During winters the trek is closed because of extreme conditions.

 ITINERARY 

Pin Bhaba Trek is 8 days of trek (one day added as buffer). However extra 2 days would be required to reach the starting and end point of the trip, which comes to a total of 10 days for the complete Pin Bhaba Pass Trek. These extra 2 days will be required to travel from Delhi (considering Delhi as hub) to Shimla  and Manali to Delhi.  The trek starts from Kafnu in Kinnaur district and ends at Mud Village in Spiti Valley.

Day 1: Shimla To Kafnu | Distance 202 km | Drive Time 7 hours

Kafnu Village
Kafnu Village

Take a bus or heir a taxi from Shimla to Kafnu. The route to Shimla to Kafnu is 202 km long and passes through Narkanda and Rampur. Start early in the morning because it will take around 7 hours to reach Kafnu. The route is very exciting and beautiful. Stay in Kafnu and get ready for the action next morning.




Day 2: Kafnu (2400 m or 7900 ft) to Mulling (3250 m or 10700 ft) | Distance 11 km | Trek Time 8 to 9  hours

Kufnu is situated at an elevation of 2400 m or 7900 ft above sea level and Mulling is situated at an elevation of 3250 m or 10700 ft above sea level. The trek starts from Kufnu, so have a heavy breakfast in the morning and be prepared for the tiring day. The trail is of moderate to difficult level. The trek from Kafnu to Mulling is 11 km long which takes around 8 to 9 hours. On this day you are going to gain an elevation of (difference between elevation) 850 m. The trail passes through forest and its beauty will blow your mind. On this day you are going to spend your night in camps.

Day 3: Mulling (3250 m or 10700 ft) to Kara (3550 m or 11700 ft) | Distance 6 km | Trek Time 4 to 5 hours


Camping at Kara
Camping at Kara
Kara is situated at an elevation of 3550 m or 11700 ft above sea level. The trek from Mulling to Kara is 6 km long which takes around 4 to 5 hours and graded is difficult. The altitude difference would be 300 m. On this day be prepared action because you are going to make way through water crossings by natural bridges. You might also meet some shepherds who adorn traditional outfits and enjoy their culture. The last one km of the trek is steep and after crossing it you will reach Kara. Once you reach you will be mesmerized with the beautiful and scenic views of the peak of Kinnaur and Spiti border. You will have your lunch at Kara and spend your night in tents near by a lake.


Day 4: Kara (3550 m or 11700 ft) to Pushtirang (4100 m or 13500 ft) | Distance 5 km | Trek Time 4 to 5 hours

Pushtirang is situated at an elevation of 4000 m or 13500 ft above sea level. It will be a moderate day. The trail form Kara to Pushtirang is a continuous ascend of 5 km which takes around 4-5 hours. But at first you will have to cross water stream. It would be the last day of walking along the Bhaba riverYou are going to walk on the combination of stones and loose mud. Once you reach Pushtirang you will have your lunch and stay in camps with an awesome views of  Hansbeshan Peak, Nimish Khango, Tari Khango and Pin Bhaba Pass. 


Day 5: Pushtirang (4,100 m or 13500 ft) -Bhabha Pass (4,920 m 16125 ft) - Baldar (3,900 m or 12800 ft) | Distance 9 km | Trek Time 8 to 9 hours


Camp at Pushtirang
Camp at Pushtirang
On day fifth you are going to trek on the mighty Bhaba Pass. Be prepared for a challenging day as you have to ascend on steep slope covered with heavy snow. You will have to put  extra effort and strength to walk on snow. The trail form Pushtirang to Baldar is 9 km long which takes around 8 to 9 hours. When you reach at the top of the Bhaba Pass you will be amaze to see the views of the surrounding, you may also witness the famous Pin Parvati Pass.

Take a short break on the Bhaba peak and after some time start your trek towards the Spiti side. You will be surprise to see the drastic change in the views. Towards the Spiti side the terrain are mixure of grasslands and mountains of various colors.



Day 6: Baldar (3900 m or 12800 ft) to Mud Valley (3750 m or 12500 ft) | Distance 7 km | Trek time 6 to 7 hours

Today is a delightful day because of light trek. You will descend to the Spiti side of the Bhaba Pass. The trail is easy to walk and extremely beautiful. You must carry sufficient water with you. Once you will reach Mudh, from there you will be driven to Kaza. This day you will be staying in hotel.

Day 7 (Optional day): Kaza(3800 m or 12470 ft) to Chandratal Lake(4270 m or 14010) 

Enjoy the drive from Kaza to Chandratal. Stay in tents near the Chandratal Lake. 

Day 8: Chandratal Lake(4270 m or 14010) to Manali (2050 m or 6730 ft)

Drive from Chandratal to Manali. You will cross the famous Pagal Nala, Kunzum Pass and Rohtang Pass. Stay at hotel in Manali.


 THINGS TO CARRY 

  • Comfortable and warm clothes
  • Jackets and Sweaters
  • Waterproof backpack
  • Raincoat 
  • Gum boots
  • Water Bottles
  • Thermal wear
  • Sun Glasses
  • Woolen caps
  • Towel
  • First Aid 
  • High Altitude medicines and toiletries 
  • Torch and Flash light
  • Waterproof pouches
  • Sun's screen lotion
  • Warm socks
  • Trekking Shoes

 TRANSPORT 

Shimla is the nearest city. you can reach Shimla by these ways

By Air: Jubbarhatti airport is the nearest airport to Shimla which is located 22 km from the city. The other nearby airports are Chandigarh and Delhi.

By Train: Kalka is the nearest broad gauge railway station to Shimla. You can also enjoy a ride in toy train from Kalka to Shimla. 

By Bus: There are overnight buses from Delhi to Shimla which runs about 370 km. Shimla is also well connected to other cities through buses such as Chandighar, Kalka and Ambala.  
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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Guwahati Zoo

February 25, 2020 0

 GUWAHATI ZOO 

Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden
Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden

 ABOUT 

Tiger in Guwahati Zoo
Tiger in Guwahati Zoo
Guwahati Zoo, also known as Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden is an important tourist attraction. It is located 6 km to the south of  Brahmputra river within the Hengrabari Reserve Forest in Guwahati. It is spread over 432 acres and the largest of its kind in North East region. The zoo is home for about 900 animals of 113 species of animals, birds and reptiles.

The Guwahati Zoo was established in 1958 by INC and plays an important role in managing the ecological system of the state as well as the country. The Zoo is a famous attraction among the tourists and wildlife enthusiastic because of fascinating animals like one-horn rhinoceros from Indian sub-continent, Kangaroos from Australia, Giraffe and Ostrich from Africa.

History

The plan for Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden was put under the 64th session of Indian National Congress meeting held in Guwahati in the year 1957. The organizing committee felt the necessity of a zoo to house the animals and birds, so they shifted them to Joporigog in the Hengrabari Reserve Forest and thus the Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden was established. The Zoo was open for public viewing in the year 1958. Initially the zoo was spread in the area of 130 hectares but in 2002 another 45 hectares were added and it expanded to 175 hectares. 
In its early days the zoo has only 22 species of animals and 31 species of birds. Over the years more animals and birds were accommodated from different countries. The zoo has exotic animals like Zebra, Giraffe, Chimpanzee, Ostrich, Black and White rhinoceros from Africa, Kangaroos from Australia and Puma and Jaguar from South America. 
In 1982, The Assam State Zoo also added a Botanical Garden and a museum since then it is named as  Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden.

Guwahati Zoo Map
Guwahati Zoo Map

Timings

Monday-        8:00 AM to 4:30 PM 
Tuesday-       8:00 AM to 4:30 PM 
Wednesday-  8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Thursday-      8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Friday-           Closed
Saturday-       8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Sunday-         8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Visiting duration: 3 to 4 hours.

Fees 

₹30 per Adult
₹10 per Child(5 to 12 years)
₹100 per Foreigner 
₹30 per Foreigner Child(5 to 12 years)

 CLIMATE 

Guwahati is situated at an elevation of 56 m above sea level. The climate is warm and temperate. The average yearly temperature is 24.6 degree Celsius. The average annual precipitation is 1700 mm.

September to March is the best season to visit the  Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden, as the temperature is low and weather is pleasant. During the months of March to June the weather is hot and will not be comfortable the purpose of sightseeing. 

 TRANSPORT 

The Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden is easily accessible as it located in the center of the Guwahati. The city is well connected to the other major cities of the state like Shillong, Siliguri, Dibrugarh, Imphal and Aizawl through buses and trains. 

By Flight  Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport also known as Guwahati Airport is located at distance of 25 km from the Guwahati city. It is well connected to all the major cities such as  Kolkata, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad etc. 



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