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Pin Valley National Park

Bharal at Pin Valley National Park
Pin Valley National Park is situated in the Spiti Valley, within the Lahaul and Spiti districts of Himachal Pradesh, India. Nestled in the northern reaches of the country, this park boasts snow-covered landscapes and untouched slopes, providing a natural habitat for various endangered species, including the elusive Snow Leopard and the Siberian Ibex. While the park is home to a diverse range of wildlife, it is the rare snow leopard that draws visitors from across India to witness this enigmatic creature. Approximately 12 big cats, along with other species such as the Siberian Ibex, Bharal, Weasel, Red Fox, Marten, Woolly Hare, Tibetan Gazzle, Himalayan Marmot, Blue Sheep, Himalayan Brown Bear, and Himalayan Black Bear, inhabit the park. The park’s altitude ranges from over 6,000 meters at its highest point to about 3,500 meters. Here are some key points about Pin Valley:

Grey Pelican

Spot-billed pelican Image
Grey Pelican or Spot-Billed Pelican is 49–60 inches long, weighs 4.1–6 kg, has a wingspan of 213–250 cm, and a big beak between 285 and 355 mm in length.

Yellow-footed Green Pigeon Information

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The Yellow-footed Green Pigeon (Treron phoenicopterus), alternatively referred to as the Yellow-legged Green Pigeon, is a striking pigeon species native to certain regions of South Asia. It is among the commonly found species of green pigeons within the Indian subcontinent. In local parlance, it is known as "Hariyal" and holds the honor of being designated as the state bird of Maharashtra. The Yellow-footed Green Pigeon is known to inhabit a wide variety of wooded environments, including dry and wet deciduous forests, secondary growth areas, scrublands, tree groves in open landscapes, agricultural land, villages, overgrown gardens, and tree-lined roads. These pigeons exhibit social behavior, typically living in groups. They are often encountered in pairs or small gatherings ranging from 5 to 10 individuals, although at times they form large congregations numbering in the hundreds. Below is a brief overview of this remarkable bird:

Little Egret

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Little egret (Egretta garzetta) is a species of small heron in the Bird family Ardeidae. It is a white bird with a slender black beak, long black legs and, in the western race, yellow feet. As an aquatic bird, it…

Holiday Destinations India

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Top summer holiday destinations in India. Best place for summer vacation in India. Best Indian tourist places. Gangtok, Gulmarg, Leh, Pangong lake, Dal Lake, Nubra Valley, Pahalgam, Tso Moriri, Sonamarg, Kangra Valley

Mawsmai Cave

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Mawsmai cave in Cherrapunji is one of the most popular landmarks in Meghalaya. Limestone mining for the cement industry is a major threat to caves in Meghalaya.

Enchey Monastery

Enchey Monastery Pathway R3247
Enchey Monastery, established in 1909 above Gangtok, Sikkim, is a significant Buddhist monastery belonging to the Nyingma order of Vajrayana Buddhism. It is situated on a hill ridge with panoramic views of the Kanchendzonga range. The monastery’s sacredness is linked to the belief that protective deities reside there. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava subdued powerful spirits at this site. The monastery is adorned with images of deities and has a large prayer hall featuring intricate paintings and murals.

Red Vented Bulbul

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Red vented bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer) is a member of the Bulbul family of passerines. It is resident breeder across the Indian subcontinent, including Sri Lanka extending east to Burma and parts of Tibet.

Baishnabghata Patuli

Benubon Chaya Water Park R3193

Baishnabghata Patuli is a township located in the southern part of east Kolkata in West Bengal, India. It constitutes a major portion of Garia. Baishnabghata Patuli Township is a World Bank–funded project on the eastern fringes of EM Bypass, currently…

Saffron Flower

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Saffron, or saffron spices, comes from the saffron flower of the Crocus Sativus plant. Crocus sativus is called the Saffron Crocus by most people. Why is Saffron so expensive