There is an active volcano in India and you will never guess where it is

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There are more than 1500 active volcanoes in the world. But only one of them is located in South Asia.

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Volcanoes can alter the course of history forever.

Technology exists to keep the planet safe in the event of a rogue asteroid. Even climate change, with all its baggage and unpredictability, is conceivably conquerable. But a supervolcanic eruption is an unstoppable force of nature that the world is utterly unprepared for.

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But volcanoes are mesmerising. 

In fact, there is something about trekking up an active volcano that feels fundamentally human.

Nothing survives at the top of a volcano. No vegetation; even birds avoid flying by them. Often, the only signs of life near the fuming sulphur pits and rivers of lava, are the humans staring right into them.

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Clearly, in some people, the instinct for adventure is stronger than the instinct for survival.

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The only known active volcano on Indian soil is on Barren Island. It is located 135 kms from Port Blair and is part of the eastern Andaman archipelago.

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Visiting Barren Island

With the permission of the Forest Department, boats can be chartered to visit Barren island but setting foot onshore is not allowed. Also, foreign nationals are restricted from visiting the island.

Sea-planes can also be chartered from Port-Blair and Havelock Island for an aerial tour of Barren Island. The cost of this tour from Port Blair is Rs. 7499, and from Havelock is Rs. 4999.

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Another way to visit Barren Island is on a dive boat. The sea surrounding the island is considered to be one of the best places in the world to spot Manta Rays. The underlying lava formations from historic eruptions also make for interesting underwater topography.

FYI, Neil Island in the Andamans happens to be among the cheapest places in the world to become a certified scuba diver.

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South Asia's only active volcano was dormant for 177 years until 1995. The last time Barren Island erupted was less than 10 years ago!

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