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Over the years places like Mahabaleshwar have developed para-gliding, and parachute rides. It takes your breath away, watching the beauty of the hill station from a height. The valley below and the sky kissing the earth far away has its own beauty. The Buddhist monastery of Bir in Kangra, has been the venue for national and international para-gliders for past sixteen years. If you are passionate about mountaineering then India is the place to be. It has a wide range of mountains to choose.
You have the chilling Himalay, the Aravalli, the Sahyadri, the Vindya and many more exciting mountain ranges. The pulsing climbs are at Bhimashankar, Saputara and others in Maharashtra. Manali in Himachal Pradesh, the Beas Kund region and lower reaches of Hanuman Tibba, Shitidhar peaks around the source of the beas river and the Deo Tibba are quite nursery in nature. India has a varied and rich wildlife. It has the Stripped Royal Bengal Tiger, one horned Rhinoceros, Wild Buffalo, Swamp Deer and many other exciting animals.
The government, a few environmental activists and organizations have taken efforts to maintain the beautiful sanctuaries, a home for many birds and animals on the verge of extinction. Most of the sanctuaries have lakes which makes them picturesque and supports rich aquatic life including fresh water crocodiles and a number of species of fishes and snakes. Water birds like corrnorants, darter, ibis, white breasted water hen, moorhen, jacanas, stilt, river tern, ringed plover, sand piper and herons (gray, and purple) are quite common. The wildlife population in India includes elephants, Indian bison, swamp deer, sambhars, hog deer, sloth bears, tigers, leopard cats, jungle cats, hog badgers, capped langurs, hoolock gibbons, pigs, jackals, porcupines, pythons, buffaloes and of course the one horned rhinoceros. Pelican, duck, geese, hornbill, ibis, cormorant, egret, heron, black necked stork, lesser adjutants, ring tailed fishing eagles are also in plenty. During winters a large number of migratory birds are regular visitors .
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