Overall View – India

Overall View – India

India is full of beautiful places, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari it has all time favorite tourist destinations such as Thar deserts, frozen lakes, snow-capped peaks, Mahabaleshwar hill stations, Jog and Sivanasamudram Falls, beautiful landscaped gardens and naturally mesmerizing places.

The peak and surrounding area of Eravikulam National Park is home to he Nilgiri Tahr, Nilgiri Marten and Nilgiri langur. Kanyakumari or Cape Comorin is the only place in India where 3 seas meet and once can see sunrise and sunset too. Kanyakumari is meeting point of three oceans Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea.

Gulmarg is the foremost town when it comes to skiing in India. It lies in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir and stands at 2,650 meters above sea level. Snow-clad pine trees give Gulmarg its signature postcard look. It has one of the highest located gondola rides in the world, connecting the main town to the nearby Apharwat Peak.

Loktak Phumdis Lake – Manipur

Loktak Lake: the largest freshwater (sweet) lake in North -East India, also called the only Floating lake in the world due to the floating phumdis (heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil, and organic matters at various stages of decomposition) on it, is located near Moirang in Manipur state, India. The etymology of Loktak is Lok = “stream” and tak = “the end”. The Keibul Lamjao National Park, which is the last natural refuge of the endangered sangai or Manipur brow-antlered deer (Cervus eldi eldi), one of three subspecies of Eld’s Deer, covering an area of 40 km2 (15 sq mi), is situated in the southeastern shores of this lake and is the largest of all the phumdis in the lake.

This ancient lake plays an important role in the economy of Manipur. It serves as a source of water for hydropower generation, irrigation and drinking water supply. The lake is also a source of livelihood for the rural fisherman who live in the surrounding areas and on phumdis, also known as “phumshongs”.

57 species of waterbirds and another 14 species of wetland associated birds have been noted in the lake including 28 species of migratory waterfowl (most migrating from different parts of the northern hemisphere beyond the Himalayas). Also recorded were 425 species of animals—249 vertebrates and 176 invertebrates). The list includes rare animals such as the Indian python, sambhar and barking deer. Keibul Lamjao National Park is the natural habitat of one of the most endangered deer, the Brow-antlered deer (Cervus eldi eldi) which was once thought to be extinct, which was declared a national park only to preserve and conserve this species of Eld’s Deer

Aqua fauna

Fish yield from the lake is reported to be about 1,500 tonnes (6,600,000 lb) every year. The State Fishery Department has introduced millions of fingerlings of Indian and exotic major carps. Natural capture fishery without the requirement of any lease or licence was also in vogue in the lake. The lake fishery is now a mixture of capture and culture systems. Nine mini-hatcheries opened by the State Government has the capacity to produce one million fish fingerlings in a day.

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