Wildlife in India

Wildlife in India

The wildlife tourism has a great significance to developing countries. It is growing up every year at a faster pace. The tourists and travellers from foreign countries arrive in this country in large numbers. At present 6.5 million tourists arrive in Indian cities from the Western and South East Asian countries. Most of the tourists arrive at Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta and Bangalore airports. Besides this, the local airports are receiving the foreign tourists at the larger numbers.

The tourists who arrive in India, a large numbers of them come to see wildlife and natural areas. This number can be increased up to 10 million tourists every year. A great emphasis should be given on the development of infrastructure and proper management of wildlife.

There should be some good stay points near the wildlife sanctuaries as these things are important to international tourists. Such stay points are in South Africa. The National Kruger Park in South Africa is the best example of Wildlife Park in the world. Nearly 4 million tourists arrive to see this park every year.

All the big animals with large population are found there. The foreign nationals find that park full of recreation. There are some stay points near the park and the tourists enjoy food, refreshments and various types of drinks.

In India, Rajaji National Park, Jim Corbett National Park, Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park, the Great Himalayan National Park, Kullu, Nanda Devi National Park, Western Himalayan Nature Park, Kufri Shimla, Western Himalayan Wild Bird Sanctuary, Sarahan (HP), Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Kanha National Park, Ranthambhour National Park, The Wildlife Parks in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are of great bio-diversical importance. These can be turned into tourist’s paradise. All these parks should be equipped with tourists interested in modern amenities.

Upcoming Festival- The festival of colors “Holi’

Upcoming Festival- The festival of colors “Holi’

Holi is the festival of colours usually celebrated in March. During Holi, people light bonfires, burn effigies of the evil Holika, smear each other with coloured powders and drench each other with water and water balloons!

The mythological origins of this festival, like Diwali, vary from North to South. In the south, this festival is a depiction of the fate of Kama Deva – the God of Love and Lust. It is believed that he had once aimed an arrow at his wife Rati, but missed and ended up hitting Lord Shiva instead. Lord Shiva was enraged, and his third eye opened, burning Kama to ashes on the spot. Rati was grief-stricken, and Lord Shiva, feeling guilty for having widowed her, granted her the ability to see her husband, albeit never again in the flesh.

In the North on the other hand, Holi celebrates the victory of devotion and purity over wickedness and ego. There was believed to be a King who ordered that every man in his land worship him as God. All complied but his son. The king was so incensed that he kept trying to kill his son, but to no avail, as the Lord Vishnu, who the son had accepted as his ultimate master, had granted him protection against his father’s evil designs. It is believed that one day, the King’s sister Holika, who herself had been granted a boon that made her fire-proof, offered to take the prince onto her lap and set herself ablaze. However when she did that, she burnt to death on the spot and the prince was saved, as her boon only protected her and not her evil designs. And so, on the day before Holi, effigies of Holika are burnt amidst much jeering and celebrations!