10 ENDANGERED DESTINATIONS IN INDIA THAT SHOULD SURELY BE ON YOUR BUCKET LIST
One needn’t explain why thousands of tourists from the West flock to India every year. Ours is a beautiful and diverse country. Sadly though, some of the most beautiful of these attractions are fast declining. So if you have not been to those endangered destinations yet, you know where to head for your next vacations!
1. LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS
These beautiful coral reef islands off the Indian coast had been heavily damaged during the tsunami in 2004. Fishing and unrestricted tourist activity added to its misery, making this destination top any list of endangered spots in South East Asia.
2. THE SUNDERBANS
Apart from the rapid decline in flora and fauna, the rising sea level is a major threat to the largest delta in Asia. Yes! Late by a few years and you might miss the beauty of the mangrove forests, unique of this region (says GSI).
3. KANHA NATIONAL PARK
Situated in Madhya Pradesh among the national parks that keep a low profile. Felling of trees has drastically reduced the density of the forest and wildlife.
4. AJANTA ELLORA CAVES
Yes! These as well. Several paintings in these basalt caves have already been affected by the chemical pollution from factories in Aurangabad and Jalgaon.
5. VALLEY OF FLOWERS
This National Park in West of the Himalayas is open only to trekkers. Needless mention, man’s interference is in itself a hazard.
6. NILGIRI WESTERN GHATS
The Western Ghats have been exposed to unrestricted deforestation in the recent past. However, if you plan a trip to this unique range you get to see not only whatever is left of the flora but the endangered Nilgiri tahr as well.
7. ARUNACHAL PRADESH
Did you know that Kirron Kher is very fond of the northeast states? And for good reason too. The Garo-Kasi-Jantia hills are habitat for the world’s most beautiful orchids. However, lack of exposure leaves these spots neglected and underdeveloped.
8. MAJULI, ASSAM
India’s largest river island in upper Assam is fast shrinking. In the recent past, this region had been under the threat of Ulfa militants. Now that it’s safe, visit Assam quickly before Majuli disappears! You shall also be able to feast your eyes on a variety of birds!
9. TAJ MAHAL
It’s one of the seven wonders and obviously, it isn’t going anywhere! But industrial pollution and the emissions from the Mathura Oil Refinery has caused what is called “marble cancer”. The later you pay your visit, the more disappointed you shall be.
It is still easy to gain access to the Paradise on Earth. You never know what tomorrow holds for you though. The militant activity might deprive generations of the natural beauty that has its abode in Kashmir! This should top your preference for the next vacation you are planning. What can be more fulfilling than doing a Shammi-Sharmila on the Dal Lake?
In India, you need not think where to go, true. But if you are the travel bug, make sure you backpack through these endangered destinations first.