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Let the beautiful forests in India mesmerise you!

Dig in nature's mystery this vacation and take your kids along to spot awe-inspiring Flora and Fauna.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Nov 29, 2014, 03.55 PM IST
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INTO THE WILD: Trek in the mountains of Garhwal, Nanda Devi, Naga Hills and Aravalli Range to spot flora and fauna.
INTO THE WILD: Trek in the mountains of Garhwal, Nanda Devi, Naga Hills and Aravalli Range to spot flora and fauna.
We were a group of six comfortably seated in a jeep for the morning safari ride, just when everyone was hoping to spot a Tiger, a big deerlike animal made its sudden appearance, this story is often heard by families who like to holiday in National Parks. Break the cookie-cutter mould.

Go ahead and hike the forest trails with a guide, walk through small valleys to spot rare fauna and flora. Extend the fun to your kids beyond textbooks this vacation. India is rich in fauna and flora, thus there is a wide choice of destinations.

In Madhya Pradesh, head to Mandsaur and Amarkantak to spot Tigers, Elephants, Wild Boar and Teak, Timber and Mixed Forests. Home to nine sanctuaries and national parks, Madhya Pradesh is a must-visit for every wildlife enthusiast.

Arunachal Pradesh is perhaps the only state, which has four major cats — Tiger, Leopard, Clouded & Snow Leopard. Tourists can also spot Hoolock Gibbon, Slow Loris, Assamese Macaque and Capped Langur in the forests of the state. Si-Donyi Festival of the Tagins (a tribe in Arunachal Pradesh) is celebrated on January 6 every year for welfare and prosperity of the people.

Rituals are performed to appease Si (Earth) and Donyi (Sun) Gods. Irrespective of the age, sex and sects, everyone participates in the celebration. The festival ends with a community feast and folk dances.

The forests of Chhattisgarh are not only known for their diverse bio-diversity but also contain about 88 species of medicinal plants. Visit India and applaud nature this vacay.

Let the beautiful forests in India mesmerise you!

RARE FLORA FROM ACROSS INDIA

Let the beautiful forests in India mesmerise you!

Milkwort: Commonly known as Milkwort, this is an annual herb. Blooming during July and August. The plants are found at an altitude of 1,000 metres. The flowers are found in blue, white, pink and white in colour. Milkworts are found in Bihar, West Bengal and Gujarat. This medicinal herb grows in meadows, slopes, edges of forests, heath, sunny woods, dunes and grasslands.

Let the beautiful forests in India mesmerise you!
Assam Catkin Yew: Known as the Assam Catkin Yew, these shrubs or small trees are found in moist deciduous forest of Assam. It belongs to a species of coniferous trees found only in India. They are found in Assam and three regions of Arunachal Pradesh — Turoo Hills, Delei Valley and in Dafla Hills.

Let the beautiful forests in India mesmerise you!
Long Flowered Spider Lily: Long Flowered Spider Lily is a rare herb, mostly found growing wild. This lily is found only in Kolkata in India. Leaves are narrow, about half an inch wide, long, arising from the base. The flowering stem is exceptionally short, about 3 cm, bearing only a single flower. The flower tube is long of about 5 to 6 inches.

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