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The Top Natural Attractions To Visit In India

Kaziranga National Park-IndiaAs well as being one of the world’s most populous countries, India also has a large amount of naturally beautiful areas and can also boast some very interesting wildlife sites.  This is why many people will visit India to explore its natural attractions every year, and with an increasing emphasis being placed on the tourism industry the importance of these sites is likely to be protected and preserved for the future.

Kaziranga National Park

One of the most fascinating and diverse areas of wildlife in India is the KazirangaNational Park, and lies in Assam, which is in the western part of the country.  The area itself is a very wet area of the country, where four major rivers including the massive Brahmaputra converge before flowing towards the Bay of Bengal.  The park itself was first founded in 1905 where it was designated as a reserve forest.

Although the beautiful scenery to be seen in Kaziranga is certainly an attractive feature, the wealth of wild animals to be found is the real reason that so many visitors flock to the area.  The Indian Rhinoceros is one of the species to be found in the park, and around two thirds of the entire population of the species can be found in this particular corner of the country.  The park is also noted for its exceptionally diverse range of bird species, and it also has a healthy population of elephants and tigers too.

Nanda Devi And The Valley Of Flowers

Another of the most inspiring and beautiful areas of India can be found around the peak of Nanda Devi, which combines some sensational mountain scenery and the truly stunning Valley of Flowers.  As the name suggests, the Valley of Flowers is home to an amazing range of flowers including rare orchids and poppies.  The two national parks together boast an amazing range of plants from the alpine and sub-alpine species.

As well as being notable for its sensational plant life, this area is also home to the rare snow leopard which is an endangered species on a worldwide level.  Sighting of the large cat are particularly rare, as the species is naturally very wary of humans.

Sundarbans National Park

The SundarbansNational Park is a very different type of area from many of the other Indian reserves, lying just above sea level on the border with Bangladesh.  The mangrove forests that are to be found throughout the park are home to many Royal Bengal Tigers.  Although these elusive big cats may be the most famous of the park’s inhabitants, many visitors will be spotted sunbathing on the beaches between November and February.  The park also has a wonderful range of bird species including the brightly colored Blue-Eared Kingfisher, and due to its proximity to water there is also a significant crocodile population.

Manas Wildlife Sanctuary

Another of the wonderful wildlife sanctuaries to be found in the foothills of the Himalayas is the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, which takes its name from the river Manas.  So many of the species to be found in the area have led to the sanctuary being designated as a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, and these include a number of big cats and primates.

Included among the species that are particularly under threat are the Golden Langurs, the Assam Roofed Turtles and the Hispid Hares.  It also has a population of Bengal Tigers living within its boundaries.

The Western Ghats National Park

For those looking for a different type of natural attraction, the Western Ghats is a very interesting mountain area which lies to the south of the country.  These mountains lack the height of the Himalayas, with the highest only reaching a little above 2,500m in height, but the distinctive look of these mountains with their steep sides are particularly striking.

One of the highlights of the Western Ghats is a visit to the JogFalls, which are a dramatic waterfall system where the water will drop over 250 meters to the valley floor.  This is a particularly dramatic sight during the monsoon season, where a huge amount of water is flowing over the falls at any one time.

The Top National Parks In Japan

Fuji-Hakone-Izu National ParkTourists should know that one of the great features about Japan is that although it is a largely industrialized and developed country, it has also protected many of its most beautiful and important natural sites using national parks.  Being a nation that is made up of a number of islands, the various surroundings and altitudes of the different areas of Japan mean that there are many different types of natural areas that are included in these national parks too.  Travelers who are looking to enjoy a holiday including some of the natural beauty of Japan, you can book any Tokyo hotel near one of these national parks.

Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

Probably the most famous natural feature in Japan is the mountain that has graced a thousand postcards, and Mount Fuji is at the heart of this national park.  However, it can also boast a number of other sites of great interest for visitors, and the Izu islands that lie off the coast near Mount Fuji are especially attractive.  The islands themselves are green an lush islands that are crammed with flowers, and the waters around the islands are particularly popular as sites for scuba diving.  Izu Oshima is also home to a volcano that erupted as recently as 1990.

The magnificently named ‘Great Boiling Valley is another of the attractions in this national park, where the sulphur vents and hot springs bubble away beneath the visitors on the walkway.  One of the local delicacies is the hard boiled eggs that are boiled in the waters of the valley.

Nikko National Park

Another of Japan’s most beautiful and scenic national parks lies at the heart of Honshu island and although its scenery is stunning, it is the marvelous temples and shrines in the area that make it truly special.  The Shinto shrine of Nikko Tosho-gu that lies within the park is designated as an UNESCO heritage site, and the stunning five storey pagoda is filled with ornate carvings and religious symbols.

The Buddhist Temples of Rinno-Ji also make up one of the important sites within the national park.  This complex of temples lies in a particularly remote area, and this made it an ideal site for monks looking for a simple life.  The site is also home to the mausoleum of the third Tokugawa shogun.

Setonaikai National Park

The inland sea of Japan contains over 3,000 small islands, and many of these have tourist sites and also important shrines and sensitive natural areas.  Although the sea itself is known for its whirlpools, it is generally considered to be a calm sea with a mild climate.

Probably the most famous site in the SetonaikaiNational Park is the Itsukushima Shrine, which has been an important religious site for many centuries.  The shrine itself is a spectacular building at high tide, as it has been built on piers that make it look as though it is floating on water during high tide.  One of the interesting aspects is that it is considered so sacred that it cannot be soiled by births and deaths, and neither has been registered in the area for over a century.

Unzen-Amakusa National Park

Considering that Japan is considered among the most volcanically active areas in the world, it is no surprise that this national park in the south of Japan does have the volcanically active MountUnzen at its heart.  The last major eruption of the volcano happened in 1991, but this site is still considered important among those that study volcanoes.

Many of the visitors to the Unzen-AmakusaNational Park do so because of its strong associations with the early years of Christianity in the country, where worshippers had to keep their religion a secret.