In the state with the maximum number of dams in India, you find small to large dam everywhere in every corner of every district. There are many known and unknown dams among which some are highly popular while others are not. Whether it is popular or unpopular, dams are interesting places with the surrounding water bodies making it even more attractive. One fine windy afternoon we decided to visit a dam, known to many yet unknown to me – the Veer Dam.
A forest is defined as a dense congregation of trees, thick and thin, small and large, young and old. Then again such forest are categorised as evergreen forest, deciduous forest, coniferous forest, mangrove forest and more and again sub categorised on the basis of types of trees available. The trees thus form the building block of a forest and the other lives (micro to large) depend on it and play their respective role in the food chain. Meanwhile, the forest gains its popularity by the one in the top of the food pyramid. I was in one such forest known for the tiger as the top predator – Simlipal National Park.
The Major Arterial road in New Town, Kolkata was my daily route to the office and back home. Then, a broad straight and mostly traffic free road stretched through the vast landscape of green grasslands frequented by large water bodies. The landscape changed in an unimaginable faster pace. More and more multi-storied buildings, commercial spaces and SEZs erupted here, there and everywhere. Within this surrounding, a huge area was the proposed site for the park then. It is now transformed to a beautiful sprawling park called the Eco Park or the Prakriti Tirtha.
The name Old Magazine House had a hint of some Dak Bungalow from the colonial era hidden in it. Since I heard the name I travelled through my own world of fantasy to imagine an adventurous stay in the resort. Adventure stories from my childhood are to be blamed for such fantasies. Coming back to reality, Old Magazine House (OMH) is basically a bird watching camp located within the thick forest of Ganeshgudi near Dandeli under the Jungle Lodge and Resort chain.
Ratha Yatra, the annual chariot (Ratha) festival is held in many parts of India and also in some parts of the world. The Puri Ratha Yatra festival is the oldest and the most famous among all. During this festival Lord Jagannath along with his elder brother Balabhadra and younger sister Subhadra starts for a grand journey to their masi’s (aunt) house which is the Gundicha Temple situated at a distance of 2 km from the main Jagannath temple. The grand procession from one temple to the temple is held every year with much pomp and grandeur and is called the Ratha Yatra.
Ever since I saw the first hornbill in my life from my balcony, I developed a strange affinity towards this bird. Even its shrieking call sounds musical to me. I can recognise the call and immediately start looking for it in the foliage. I search for Hornbills when I travel to places known for their presence. Just before the onset of the monsoon, we drove to Dandeli in search of the endemic species – The Malabar Grey Hornbill and the Malabar Pied Hornbill. Who does not know the abundance of these birds in the Dandeli timber depot? Thanks to my fellow bloggers and the social media for all the information. 🙂
The sacred tale of Ugyen Guru Lhakhang and the adventures of the people of Pangbisa is no less than a fairy tale revolving around miracles, faith, prophecy, treasures, mummified body, severed head and a lot more. This mystical story is based on the tiny village of Pangbisa situated close to Paro valley in Bhutan. Perched on the cliff within this green hamlet is the ancient temple, the Ugyen Guru Lhakhang. The temple is associated with many such legends and divine commands followed till date. Not known to many, Pangbisa with the Lhakhang is one of the hidden treasure in Bhutan.