“Jungle jungle baat chali hai pata chala hai” the song that became synonymous to Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. It was a childhood favourite for most of us. Now, why am I talking about Jungle Book? Just because it is Pench – the forest of Mowgli’s adventures. In quest of meeting Kipling’s Shere Khan, Bagheera Baloo and others we ventured to Pench National Park.
The small island of Ross in close proximity to Port Blair is mingled with stories and ruins of past along with the beauty of nature. Once the administrative headquarters of the group of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, it held the position of prime importance with rich and luxurious structures equipped with all amenities, far off from the mainland. After the realm of such opulence, the rich glory gradually came to an end with the earthquake and subsequent seizure by the Japanese.
In my previous post, (read my previous post on Little Andaman) I have shared my feeling for this green archipelago. I will cover the birdwatching part of my trip in this post. I am always a bird lover. Since few years I have gradually transformed into a keen birdwatcher. Every place gives me an opportunity to look for new birds that I never came across. But in Andaman, I also had a hidden desire to look for the Narcondam Hornbill.
I left my heart in Andamans. Yes, for this reason, I go back to this emerald isles again and again. And every time I get mesmerised by its enchanting charms. Nature has bestowed this archipelago with bountiful wealth. I want to soak every bit of myself in the humid air, in the moist of the rainforest, in the gushing sweet water springs and in the salty seas.
Boulder boulder everywhere, not an inch to spare – A one liner for Hampi. Though not sufficient enough to describe a land such rich in historic, wildlife and natural wealth. Vast stretches of uneven land with boulders stacked over the other creating heaps and hillock giving a unique identity to the place. Residing among these huge pile of rocks are the temples and ruins of the Vijayanagar Empire. One of these ruins qualified to be the symbol of Karnataka state Tourism – the iconic Stone Chariot of Virupaksha Temple.
Hampi, the UNESCO recognised world heritage site is better known as a land of Boulders and Ruins. But it is much more than just ruins. It is a safe haven for many resident and migratory bird species. An ideal geographical location with a favourable climatic condition for nesting, breeding and raising the chicks. The Tungabhadra Riverside, the Kamalasagar Lake, the Sanapur Lake, the canal sides, the University Lake and the Daroji Bear Sanctuary are some of the favourite spots for bird watching.
“Atmano mokshartham jagat hitaya cha” (For one’s own salvation and for the welfare of the world). With this motto in mind, Swami Vivekananda, the famous monastic disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa founded the Ramakrishna Mission and Math. Belur Math is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission and Math. The sprawling campus of Belur Math with beautiful and well-pruned garden is located on the bank of river Ganges. This is a tranquil place close yet but away from the hubbub.