Neelima Vallangi is all about the offbeat. One of the most amazing travel bloggers in space, Neelima's blog reads like an exciting thriller. She has been the lone occupant in a seemingly haunted hotel, trekked for 5 days in the Thar Desert, visited a village where footwear is a foreign concept, found a snakeskin in her tent, and more! An award-winning photographer, she has been published in the National Geographic Traveller India, The Hindu, and the Alternative among others. Without further ado, here's Neelima with her inspiring tales!
What advice does she give to people who say that they want to travel but do not have the time or money to do it?They either find an excuse or a way to do it. If you are giving reasons why you can’t travel, you probably don’t want to travel. At the immense risk of sounding cliched, I’m going to say “where there’s a will there’s a way!’
What kind of travel does Neelima like?Neelima is a sucker for adventure, trekking, and anything that involves traveling to the magnificent Himalayas.
What are Neelima’s top travel experiences?She has stalked a snow leopard in Ladakh, snorkeled in one of the world’s most pristine coral reefs, hiked for a whole month in Turkey, explored the vast steppes of Mongolia by a truck for weeks, spent a lot of time in the snowfields and slopes of Himalayas.
Here are 7 national parks in India you can visit this summer for unforgettable wild encounters according to Neelima Vallangi
1. Kabini riverside within Nagarhole National ParkKarnataka’s best-kept secret, Kabini is without a doubt one of the most unique wildlife congregation spots in the country. During the dry summers, the lack of water draws all the animals of Nagarhole National Park onto the banks of River Kabini. On these grasslands, seeing a herd of elephants stroll by, while a tiger saunters and hundreds of deer graze on the grass is not an uncommon scenario. Floating on the serene Kabini river and watching this wildlife spectacle unravel upon the riverbank is not a sight you’d easily forget.
2. Wildlife of Changthang Plateau
The joy of observing wildlife inside protected areas on a jeep safari is unparalleled but the thrill of encountering wildlife in open areas outside of national parks is something else. Ladakh’s vastness is home not only to stunning landscapes but amazing wildlife too. In the marshlands of Changthang, rare birds such as Black-necked Cranes, Bar-headed Geese, Black-necked grebe, and others can be spotted. Apart from the rare birds, the graceful and athletic Kiangs, cute marmots, and mouse hares, as well as Himalayan blue sheep, can be spotted around. With the roads open by mid-May, head into the plains of Ladakh before the crowd descends and observe the fascinating high-altitude fauna this summer.