Jungles

Jungles

Jungle never ceases to captivate with it’s mysterious beauty, with it’s stillness, it’s innate sense of danger or it’s own sound and smell. Inside the jungle suddenly it is altogether a different world; a world of mystery, different species of flora and fauna so different from our everyday experience and of course the joy of knowing the unknown. That is what exactly it does, heightens our  hunger for adventure. Once inside the jungle one cannot help but notice the incessant sound of cricket chirping accompanied with a strange silence. This gradually increases our expectation of seeing the king of the jungle with its majestic demeanor. But if one pays attention some other sounds like the rusting of the leaves, sound of the river from the mountains, sound of soft patter of small animals are also an added advantage .Sometimes it brings a sense of awe, sometimes excitement, sometimes some great photographic moment and sometimes fear. For nature lovers every turn of the jungle brings a heightened passion for adventure and even a ray of sunlight reaching the ground from thick canopy of leaves above never fails to capture the imagination. As jungle lore continues, so will human beings who would  get caught time and again in its very own web of mystery, charm and beauty.

Tea Break at Himalayan Foot Hills

Posted by on Jul 17, 2016 in adventure, eco-friendly, jungles, mountains, Tea Leaf | 0 comments

Tea Break at Himalayan Foot Hills

North Bengal  is not your typical tourist destination; you could call it “off the beaten track”. The Hills, the jungles and the serene beauty of undulating tea gardens spread to the horizon from the low lying agricultural fields to the High alpine Mountains of Sandakphu- it would be a good place to visit. For a good proportion of the journey you’ll find yourself ascending higher and higher into the mountains, wondering how the bus manages to pull itself up. Your ears may pop, you’ll be surrounded by trees and a feeling of “freshness”, and on your descent back down you’ll start to see real villages and bamboo huts. The  tea garden bungalows  are really  stunning – around 1500 a night for a massive room with a bath, and breakfast included. I’d recommend it, apart from one thing – if you’re going back there after dark, it’s down a bit of a dark, scary road.Getting around North Bengal tea garden is a little tricky. Your options are to rely on travel agents like us to avoid touts and harassment. Our main aim was to find some of the expat volunteers and workers and train them about eco tourism and behave with dignity to our guests. Relax, order some drinks and snacks, and  get ready to be joined by cute hilly puppies. Wander  around  Dam Dim Tea garden, Rongo, Rongu, Birpara, Hantapara,Bagracote, Marybong,Gungaram. At Dam Dim, there are lush flowering gardens to stroll, benches among the bushes, a garden swing for two, winding walking paths, a covered gazebo, and even a tree house that offers a glorious bird’s eye view of the tea fields that stretch out for miles. In and around the town there are many enchanting spots, noteworthy among them are Dam Dim Tea Estate, Gorubathan, Gorumara National Park, Bindu, Murti, Samsing and Lataguri. After a nap walking around– a café and fair-trade handicraft shop & art that supports the locals tribes. Burmese food at Bordeline café.The jungle restaurant certainly has beautiful décor – all the charm of the jungle without the danger or mosquitoes. Well-that’s the spirit of...

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Home Land of Nilgiri Tahr

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in jungles, mountains, Valley | 0 comments

Home Land of Nilgiri Tahr

Eravikulam National Park is one of the famous forest  destination around Munnar Hills known for the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. Spread over 97 sq. km., this park holds the largest viable population of Tahr, several other species of rare animals, birds and butterflies and offers a rich biodiversity amidst  the lash green backdrop. The magnificent view of the tea plantations surrounded with the rolling Nilgiri hills offers smooth and mystical canvas. It becomes crazy when the canvas got enriched seasonally with the mesmerising colours of flowers….Truly a dream...

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Mystical Cob-web around Dooars – Saikat Roy

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in jungles, Magic Moments | 0 comments

Mystical Cob-web around Dooars – Saikat Roy

I found this one, of the biggest spiders in the world during my Buxa Tiger Reserve Forest trip in August 2013. Nephila pilipes, famously known as Northern Golden Orb Weaver. It commonly found in primary and secondary forests and gardens in Vietnam, Northern Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Japan, China, Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, and Papua New Guinea. Females are large and grow to a body size of 30-50 mm with males growing to 5–6 mm.The first, second and fourth pairs of legs of juvenile females have dense hairy brushes, but as the spider matures these brushes disappear. The venom of the golden silk orb-weaver is quite powerful but not lethal to humans. It has a neurotoxic effect. The bite causes local pain, scar, allergic reactions and blisters for 24-hour . Can cause a respiratory troubles or muscle cramps. We saw another bigger one slowly approaching towards its prey, an unknown golden insect, the mystic dusk light and the distance restricted us to take the pictures, but certainly thrilled us with that certain death...

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Namdhapa – The unexplored Beauty

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in jungles | 0 comments

Namdhapa – The unexplored Beauty

Namdhapa, located in the changlang district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh is famous for its wild life sanctuary. A few kilometers away from Miao, Dibrugarh airport and Tinsukia rail station are the nearest points. Named after Namdhapa river, it is the largest national park in India with 1985 sq Km and is well considered biodiversity hotspot with great varities of flora and fauna. This national park is nestled between  the Mishmi Hills and the Patkai range with altitude ranging from 200 m asl to 4571 m asl.The feature which makes it different from other wildlife reserves, is that the habitat changes with altitude where the lower reaches of the park has sub-tropical climate, replaced by pine forest, temperate forests, alpine meadows and perennial snow. The higher elevations remain snowbound for most of the year. This is also the park where camping and trekking is allowed and for this reason inner line permit is necessary. The most distinguishing wildlife in Namdhapa is the leaf muntjac or the leaf deer.Discovered in 1997 and later revealed to be new species of deer it was immediately brought into limelight. Local people knew of its existence long back and named it leaf deer, as its body could be completely wrapped by a single large leaf. Other wildlife are the snow leopards, clouded leopards, leopards, tigers, wolves, Asiatic black bears, red panda, red giant flying squirrel, red fox, otters, civet to name a few. Herbivores are elephants, musk deer, hog deer, bharal, sambar, gaur and primates like slow loris, Hoolock Gibbons, Capped Langurs, Assamese Macaques and Rhesus Macaques. Apart from 425 species of birds, many of which have still not been recorded, this region is rich in different species of moths and butterflies. The Namdhapa forest trek which is available from late October to March, the trekking is a one of a lifetime experience as it is the only rainforest trekking available in India. From trekking, to bird and wildlife watching, camping, learning survival skill, meeting remote tribes can be the most exciting itinerary for adventurers .Namdhapa with its beautiful camping site and spectacular view ,with its special wildlife habitat is open throughout the year for tourists and the exact place for wildlife photographers and nature...

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Gir National Park

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in jungles | 0 comments

Gir National Park

Gir National park, famous for being the sole home of Asiatic lions is located in Gujarat. Established in 1965, with a total area of 1,412 sq km, it is considered most important protected areas in Asia. The forest area of Gir was the hunting grounds of the Nawabs of Junagadh. With the significant drop in lion population due to trophy hunting, Nawab Sir Muhammad Rasul Khanji Babi declared Gir as a protected area. Later his son also assisted in the conservation of the lions. With its diverse ecosystem, 400 species of plants, 300 species of birds,2000 species of insects, Gir is an important biological and scientific research area.Though there have been instances of poaching, Gir still remains the most promising  preserve for them due to the efforts of government forest department, wildlife activists and NGOs. Lions seem to be dangerous and aggressive to many, but the lions in Gir rarely attack people. Being in close proximity to the people, mainly the Maldhari community, the semi-nomadic tribal herdsmen, their behavior  is different. During the 2010 census, the lion population rose to 411. The women who do the counting are of traditional Muslim tribes in neighboring villages. There are over 40 women van raksha sahayaks, who seek to protect the animals of the park. It is a phenomenon that the lions seem to be tamed in the presence of these female guards. Gir with its crocodile breeding  and lion breeding program adds truly to the educational, aesthetic  and scientific...

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Barnawapara – The timberland turned to Tiger Land

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in jungles | 0 comments

Barnawapara – The timberland turned to Tiger Land

Barnawapara sanctuary, Located in northern part of Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh near Raipur, comes with its own unique features. Previously a timberland, frequented by poachers, this vast land has been converted to sanctuary in 1976 after passing of Wildlife Protection Act. The wonder is that the poachers now are involved in the protection of wildlife. A small sanctuary covering an area of 245 sq km it is known for its lush green vegetation and unique wildlife. Barnawapara is famous for its sloth bear and a sizeable population of leopards. The sanctuary doesn’t have a resident tiger population; but tigers migrate from one forest to another. The flora chiefly comprises of tropical dry deciduous forest with Teak, Sal, Bamboo,Mahua, Ber and Tendu. Other than tigers and leopards the other wildlife comprises of monkey,flying squirrel, jackal, antelopes, chital,sambar, nilgai, gaur, python to name a few. The landscape with its flat and hilly terrain, waterfalls, rivulets, and stream attract a large number of bird species. Parrots, Bulbul, White-rumped Vultures, Green Avadavat, Lesser Kestrels, Peafowl, Wood Peckers, Racket-tailed Drongos, Egrets, and Herons are quite a common sight. Banawapara is truly a haven for nature lovers and bird...

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Mudumalai

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in jungles | 0 comments

Mudumalai

Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, besides being a tiger reserve has an interesting bit of history of its own. From being the battlegrounds of Tipu sultan to the hide-outs of notorious sandal smuggler Veerappan’s hideout, these Ancient hills have always been in the media forefront. Mudumalai with its strategic location in the Bandipur-Wayanad-Singur-Singara belt in the Nilgiri Biosphere reserve makes it rich in wildlife and home to about some endangered birds. at least 266 species of birds in the sanctuary, including critically endangered Indian white-rumped vulture and long-billed vulture. Malabar giant squirrel, chowsinga, barking deer, tigers, leopards, langur are some of the species protected there. It is therefore considered a veritable treasure trove of wildlife and flora and fauna. When climbing steep hill one may come across prehistoric caves with primitive drawings ,smell of sandalwood, accompanied with elephant herds. With its rough terrain, dust and hills to climb it can be considered another destination for adventure...

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Satkosia – Wild Orrisa

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in jungles, kolkata | 0 comments

Satkosia – Wild Orrisa

Satkosia gorge wildlife sanctuary is a rare place of beauty where nature is at its bountiful in all forms of flora and fauna. Spread over an area of  795.52 sq Km it was declared Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary in May 1976. Here Mahanadi cuts right across the Eastern Ghats to form a magnificent gorge with wooded mountains of 1,500 to 2,500 feet in height on either side at Sitalpani. Saktosia Tiger Reserve was created in 2007, and comprises the Saktosia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary and the adjacent Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuary. The most interesting feature of Satkosia wildlife reserve is that of Gharial Crocodile Sanctuary at tikarpara and its quite an experience to see them swimming alongside during boat ride. This sanctuary is rich in biodiversity and wildlife with over 400 kinds of vegetations, elephants, bison, mouse deer, panthers, leopards and over 161 species of birds- both local and migratory. The landscape with its waterfalls Mohamayee  at Ramgaonnala  and bheemgarh at Baghmunda near Purankot is truly a paradise. Adventure lovers can trek to Satkosia Sanctuary, located at a distance of 37 Km from Pakdandi. The Satkosia Gorge is indeed an unique feature in geomorphology of...

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Mohan of Bandhavgarh

Posted by on Aug 23, 2015 in jungles | 0 comments

Mohan of Bandhavgarh

Bandhavgarh is one of the most popular national parks in India located at Umaria district in Madhya Pradesh. With its rich legends, myths, its history, its diversified wildlife Bandhavgarh is truly a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. It is said that the name derived from a prominent hillock which was given by Lord Rama to his brother Lakshmana to keep a watch on Lanka. Hence the name Bandhavgarh came into existence meaning Brother’s Fort. It was here in this forest that Mohan the first white tiger in the world was captured by the king of Rewa, Martand Singh. During one hunting expedition in Bandhavgarh Martand Singh and his friend king Ajit Singh of Jodhpur came upon a tigress with 4 cubs, one of which was white. The white cub was captured and kept at an unused palace in Rewa. The cub was named Mohan and later was used in a successful breeding program of white tigers. Later the Maharaja turned Mohan’s native forest into National Reserve to check poaching. This park with its great biodiversity has the highest population of Bengal Tigers in the world. Apart from tigers, various species of Deers, Nilgai, Hyena, Wild cat, Wolf, large breeding population of Leopards, more than 250 species of birds, 80 species of butterflies form the major attraction for tourists and photographers. Another interesting aspect of Bandhavgarh is that there are 39 caves in Bandhavgarh fort and the surrounding Hillocks. Brahmi scripts inscriptions, embossed figures of Tigers, Hunters, Elephants, and Pigs have been found in several of these caves, rendering it a primitive and mysterious feature. Bandhavgarh welcome the tourist across the globe with it amazing biodiversity observed during the...

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Raja Bhat Khawa..Buxa Tiger Reserve

Posted by on Aug 23, 2015 in jungles | 0 comments

Raja Bhat Khawa..Buxa Tiger Reserve

Buxa Tiger Reserve lies in the Alipurduar district of  West Bengal, its northern boundary running along the international border with Bhutan. This Tiger Reserve named after Buxa fort was set up in the year 1982-83 and declared Tiger Reserve in January 1992. Buxa fort is one of the most earliest fort in Eastern India with a rich legend. After possession of this fort from Kamtapur by Koch rulers it was possessed by the Kings of Bhutan. Later it was handed over to the British and apart from Cellular jail it served as one of the notorious and unreachable detention camp for freedom fighters. Even Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was detained here for a short period. Buxa with its 759 sq km, crisscrossed by numerous rivers, hilly landscape offers a breathtaking and unforgettable journey. It is the eastern most extension of bio-diversity of North Eastern India and the terai Eco-System constitutes a part of this reserve. The reserve is constituted of eight forest types with two divisions: East and West. Buxa offers a great diversity with its rich wildlife,rare birds, diversified forest types and great trekking opportunities for adventure...

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