News at 9: Delhi-London bus scheduled for 2023, National Parks in India closed for the monsoon season and more

News at 9: Delhi-London bus scheduled for 2023, National Parks in India closed for the monsoon season and more

The 70-day ‘Bus to London’ tour from Delhi is scheduled to begin service in April 2023, National parks that are already shut or will be closed very soon for the monsoon season and more in top stories of the day.

Epic bus journey from Delhi to London will actually start running next year

Right in the middle of the pandemic, a hugely ambitious new bus route was planned that would span entire continents. Dubbed the ‘Bus to London’, the single coach would travel the 20,000 kilometres between Delhi and London, passing through 18 countries in 70 days. The 18 countries include India, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Uzbekistan, Lithuania, Germany, Poland, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Belgium, France and UK and the cost per person for the round trip is 15 lacs. The bus facilities also include 24/7 Wi-Fi. The brainchild of Indian travel company Adventures Overland, the project was inspired by the ‘hippie trail’ of the mid-twentieth century, which saw huge numbers of travellers dropping out of Western society to travel overland from Europe to India. The full one-way itinerary was set to include guides, tours, hotel stays, visa fees and snacks.

National Parks in India that are now closed for the monsoon season

Every year, as the monsoon season sets in, major national parks in India shuts down for four to five months. Here are some of the parks either already off-limits now, or will be closed very soon for the season.

  • Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan will close on June 30th, and will be reopening again on October 1.
  • Kaziranga National Park, and Manas National Park in Assam, is now closed and will reopen on October 1, and that includes all elephant and jeep safaris.
  • Kanha, Bandhavgarh, and Satpura National Park in Madhya Pradesh will be closed from July 1 to September 30.
  • Gir National Park in Gujarat is now closed and will stay shut till October 15. However, Devaliya Safari Park, which is also a good place to see the majestic Asiatic lion, will remain open for visitors.
  • Tadoba National Park will remain closed from June 30 to October 15
  • Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand – Dhikala and Bijrani Zones are closed from June to October/November. However, Dhela and Jhirna Zones stay open the whole year round. But it is advisable to avoid travelling during the monsoons as to visit these areas as well because Jim Corbett National Park is prone to flooding.

Avoid planning stays in Pangong Lake area without prior booking: Ladakh admin to tourists

Amid complaints of tourists facing hardships in getting accommodation in high-altitude areas due to a heavy rush, authorities in Ladakh have advised holidaymakers not to plan a stay in the Pangong Lake area without a prior booking. The tourism department Ladakh also advised the tourists not to travel to high-altitude areas like Khardongla, Changla, Pangong Lake, Tsomoriri and Penzela before 48 hours have elapsed since their arrival in Leh. “Pangong lake area is a wild-life notified sanctuary and hence accommodation availability is limited. Considering the limited accommodation available, tourists/visitors should avoid plans of stay at Pangong without prior booking of accommodation,” the Ladakh tourism department said in an advisory.

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