It’s Not This Time of Year without Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve

It’s Not This Time of Year Without…

It’s not this time of Year Without the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve in South India,one of the largest in the country.The journey had to be cumbersome as there were only three days in spare on occasion of Thanks Giving Day week.Without worrying much about the time,we planned a escape to the the jungles and dense forests of the Nilgiris Biosphere reserve.The weather is crystal clear and free from the torrential disturbances during this time of the year so it was not difficult to put our footsteps in the forestal zone.

Nilgiris ecosystem
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
Mudumalai
Mudumalai Tiger Reserve
Tigers at Mudumalai Tiger Reserve
Best ecosystem engineers of the country
Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve
Core areas of the forest reserve

Keeping our time span in mind,we planned only to cover the two national parks under consideration coming under the ecosystem of the Nilgiris Reserve namely the Mudumalai and Bandipur forestal zones spanning across an area of 570 square kilometers.The pine trees all around the dense and sporadic forests of the reserve supplemented charm and incantation to the ambiance.Wild animals spotting was a matter of luck in a timeline of 2 hours rambling across the safari zones but we managed to catch glimpses of the sambar deer,African elephants,wild bisons including the muntjac and chital.These deer were found not only in the safari areas but also outside of the parks and spheres covered under deciduous forests.These elephants are the best ecosystem engineers in the country helping to sustain the ecological community and the environs.

Muntjac
Muntjac
Black bear
Sloth bear
Spotted deer at Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve
Deer
Shooting point
Shooting point for movies

 

Since we were short of time,we could not manage to spare a day or two for stay inside the village and the jungle which would have given an extra edge over others to catch glimpse of all types of species found inside the jungle.The support staff inside the safari areas were very hospitable and kind to help us explore the condensed and heaped areas of the forest reserve.On the way to the reserve we could also see lot of tea plantations by the farmers and the gardeners to keep the ecosystem alive,more dynamic and viable.The year ended on a positive and striking representation and we request the help of all fellow citizens in the country to preserve and conserve these natural resources to safeguard the ecosystem and the heritage of the nation.

Delving into the abysmal forests of Jim Corbett

In The Style Of

Jim Corbett National Park is the largest national park in India expanding across the Shivalik hills of Uttarakhand near Ram Nagar.The national park has 5 zones namely Dhikala,Jhirna,Bijrani,Durga Devi and Sonanadi Safari zones.Each of these zones has five gateways that requires separate entry passes for travellers and wildlife enthusiasts to survey them.

In a chilly morning at Corbett
On a chilled Early morning at Corbett
Arid areas of Jim Corbett
Delving into the drier areas of the jungle
Shadow of the sun
Sun casting its shadow in the jungle
Deer spotted in grassy jungles
Free Playing ground for the deer

I managed to survey only two of the zones,Jhirna and Dhikala considering the safari timings which is mostly in the early morning hours and another in the late afternoon hours since I had only one spare day left in the Kumaon trip.There are safari jeeps available to convoy the entire area covered under forests but it would be great to make a stay of a day or two to sight all species found in the jungle.Entry into the core areas of the forest is strictly prohibited and requires special permission from the forest officials and authorities.

Wild animals
Wild animals spotted near the jungle
Jeep safari
Jeep Safari open to tourists
Chitals
Wild deer spotted in the national park
Shivalik ranges
The Shivalik ranges as seen from the National Park

The early morning sun rising at 6 am in the morning throws light into the area and the chirping sounds of the birds echoes around the mountains providing a completely different angle to vigil the region with surprise and bewilderment.The peaks of the Inner Himalayas excite travellers and the light of the morning sun dazzles creating a halo around the region and a bright radiant glow to the surroundings.The national bird peacock was the first one in my list to be sighted with its enigmatic charm and look after which we stepped into the drier areas of Jim Corbett to find zebras,sambar deer and other species of deer found in the timber land areas.

Shivaliks
The Shivaliks
The road side
The Road side of the forest
Green areas of the jungle
Green areas of the forest
Dense areas of Jim Corbett
Traversing through the wider areas of the jungle

There are provisions of stay for wildlife enthusiasts and naturalists inside Jim Corbett National Park and elephant safaris are also available into the shielded areas to catch glimpses of tigers and lions.The jeeps are opened and there is no covering which can be a frightening phenomenon for kids and teens if there is any wild attack.Different species of birds are found inside the jungle premises and it’s a matter of luck and triumph to catch sight of all.Coming to the animal survey,I found some deer,tigers,elephants into the camouflaged areas of the forest.The jeep had to wait for long hours to catch sight of tigers which did not come out to the open roadside due to tourist congestion.Overall it was a riveting experience for me and my companions for the weekend voyage in Kumaon and a memorable empiricism to last for lifetime.

Matheran and the joy of tiny toy rides

Tiny

Matheran is one of the enchanting hill stations in Maharashtra besides Lonavala and Mahabaleswar which is a weekend retreat for all Mumbaikars and people of Pune.Matheran is a small hill station in Maharashtra,a few hundred kilometers from Neral where the tiny toy rides operate daily carrying tourists to and fro from Neral to Matheran.These toy trains look very tiny and scanty and have two seating capacity in the front and back but they have the potential to carry and ride us to the hills of Western Ghats creating  bewilderment.The journey in these toy rides is for 4 hours which is enthralling and spell binding and a wonderful way to spend the weekend with family and friends.

Tiny toy rides
Toy Train rides
Water body
The water body
On the way to Matheran from neral
Route from neral to Mathetan

The journey is a few hours from Neral and these toy rides mostly operate in the morning traversing through the hills of Western Ghats crossing mountains and ridges across the way.These tiny toy rides move slowly and steadily but reach the destination on time which our Indian railways fail to do.Matheran is a wonderful place to witness the sunrise across the hills and mountains of the Kajrat Tehsil district of Maharashtra.There are other attractions in the city that includes horse riding,echo cave rocks and the traditional food available to lure tourists and like minded travellers.While traversing through the route from neral and vice versa the mountain ranges of Western Ghats are visible and they provide a perfect way to witness the grandiosity of the regionand its adjoinings.

Sunrise in Matheran
Sunrise at Matheran
The Western Ghats
Western ghats

 

.There are arrangements of home stays for tourists at a budget rate and more importantly there are forests and tress covering the entire region making it eco friendly and pollution free.There are horse rides in matheran along with other attractions that makes it a succinct place in the Western Ghats and one of the favourable destinations of Maharashtra.

Vegetation across Trans Himalayas

Retrospective

Vegetal

Vegetation across Trans Himalayas is worth noticing because the locals have their own natural and fundamental ways of living and enjoying nature.The fascination drove me to a village named Hunder near the Trans Himalayan belt which is close to the Nubra sand dunes area.The locals living there planted flowers like sunflower,marigold in the garden that grew up naturally and spontaneously and they implanted seeds and vegetables like cauliflower,brinjal,potatoes,cabbage to feed themselves without having bothered too much about money.

Vegetation thriving in the region
Vegetal thriving in the region
Flowers and vegetal
Flowers and vegetation across Trans Himalayas
Vegetation
Vegetation thriving in the gardens and maintained by the people
Vegetation across the region
Natural ways of vegetation

Proper and adequate maintenance was done mostly by the Ladakhi woman and utmost care taken towards growth of these seeds and small trees.These small trees created a panoramic acquaintance with the surroundings and added charm to the environment.Even the wooden houses in which they were living had a source of income for them and they used to provide them to travellers and tourists for long home stays with food and other facilities.This is something like growing their own food for survival without depending on others.

View of the city
City view
Green grass
Green Grasslands
Hunder tehsil
Hunder village

In most areas the locals used to give their wooden houses for home stay purpose and they had a small and wonderful well maintained garden surrounding the house.They used to go for farming in the adjoining areas and came back late in the evening hours to enjoy the rest of the day with family and friends.Their behaviour is fundamental and hardy as compared to others but most importantly their lifestyle is natural and very unique and healthy from human standpoint.Most of the villages across the Trans Himalayan belt are more or less following the same standard phenomenon discussed above which makes it a treasure for the nation.

Grasslands
Green Grasslands
Green fields
Green Meadows