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Travel > Apple Orchards
Posted by Vikas Sharma on May 28, 2015

The beautiful appleorchards in Himachal Pradesh are a popular travel attraction of the state.While in HP a visit to these beautiful apple gardens is a must as here you canget to know more about the cultivation process along with enjoying thepanoramic view of the Himalayan ranges at the backdrop.  Shimla isimportant for apple cultivation. This picture is of the hill slopes of Theogwhere apple cultivation is the most important activity. Also you can buy lotson apples from these orchards on your way back. Apple is one of the mostimportant commercial crops    of    the   Himalayan region  and  Himachal  Pradesh  (HP) with 1.05 lakh ha area under apple cultivationwhich  fetches livelihood  for  more  than two lakh farmers. The wintertemperature and precipitation  in the form of snow are rtant  and sensitive  climatic  factors for   induction  of  dormancy, bud   break and  also  to  ensure proper  flowering  in apples.

 


Wildlife > The Superstar of Ranthambore National Park-T24
Posted by Vikas Sharma on May 12, 2015
Ever imagined a tiger so bold to eat his prey in the middle of a busy highway. That’s "T24" or the "Ustad" apparently, been spotted on the highway more than once. During our 3-day stay, in Ranthambore and on one of our visit's to the park, we heard calls just near the park's entry gate. We could see few people climbing nearby rooftops of the buildings and houses to have a peep into what was actually going around. oops!!! It was T24 our own very dear Ustad.
It is believed that
 T24 had some problem in his legs around 18 months back. A splinter of wood was the trouble shooter for him. So, the forest officials took him away to remove the splinter and treat him further. This took about 1-2 days and during this period, T24 had enough time to be around humans leading him to be completely fearless of the presence of humans around him. And since then, he has been responsible for creating the fear of God in man.
From the main gate of the National Park, there is a public road that goes till the Ranthambore fort and many people use it regularly to offer prayers to the famous Ganesh mandir inside the fort. This road falls within tiger territory and on many evenings, tigers can be spotted. Now this road comes under the territory of T24 and another female tiger as well. A male will have a larger territory overlapping a few female tigers.
Now since that T24 has killed around 4 people it is being given a thought of it being a man eater. But many experts still believe that tigers don't become man eaters till the former is unable to hunt due to some physical ailment or its territory is being trespassed time and again. In the case of T24 the reasons quite obvious have been the latter where fear of the presence of human beings around him has vanished completely. However mighty the human may think he is, but the side is always flipped when it comes to the ruler of the jungle.
Man Animal Conflict > Man-elephant conflict
Posted by Susan Sharma on May 01, 2015
Conservationist Ananda Kumar, who created an SMS warning system to help workers live safely among elephants wins global recognition.

“It’s very difficult to make out elephants in the dark. It’s a huge animal and looks like a rock and will be standing very still when they notice people.” On the Valparai, high in India’s Western Ghats, tea and coffee companies have flattened 221 sq km of prime rainforest for their plantations. The cleared land is now home to 70,000 workers, who live surrounded on all sides by the rugged, deeply forested Anamalai (Tamil for ‘elephant hills’).

“Elephants are strongly related to their ranges, this is scientifically established. It’s a part of their home, which is lost to plantations because of historical exploitation,” said Kumar, who has spent a decade working on a system of text messages, television alerts and warning lights that keep track of elephants. The programme won the Whitley award for its novel and pragmatic approach to the elephant-human conflict, which kills 400 people and more than 100 elephants across India every year. 
 (courtesy report in The Hindu)

Watch a short film on the innovation made by Dr.Ananda Kumar

Photography > 2015 | 04Apr15 | Jayamangali Blackbuck Reserve
Posted by Arun Kumar Mathivaanan on April 21, 2015
Landscape - Unique forest made of wide open grassland :: Mammals ::
Hero of Jayamangali Blackbuck Reserve
Blackbuck - Male
Blackbuck - Male
Blackbuck - Female
Blackbuck - Female with calf
Hare| Indian
:: Birds ::
Sandgrouse | Chestnut-bellied
Barbet | Commersmith
Shrike | Bay-backed
Shrike | Long-tailed
Shrike | Long-tailed
Hoopoe | Common
Hoopoe | Common
Silverbill
Francolin | Grey
Warbler | Blyth's Reed
Sunbird| Purple
Minivet| Small - Female
Minivet| Small - Male
Minivet| Small - Male
Bushchat | Pied - Female
Bushlark Indian
Pipit | Richard's
Bee-eater| Green
Iora| Common
Iora| Common
Dove | Eurasian Collared
Dove | Eurasian Collared
Babbler |Large Grey
Buzzard | White-eyed
Starling | Brahminy:: Insects ::
Roberfly
Nature Trails > Bhitarkanika: Nature’s Paradise in Odisha
Posted by Alok Kumar Maharana on February 28, 2015
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After fulfilling months of hard work, one definitely wants to take rest away from the din and bustle of city enjoying the beauty of nature in a serene atmosphere.

 

Bhitarkanika with its lush green mangroves, the fiery crocodiles, migrating birds and turtles, water tracks, the ever beautiful nature surely invites the visitors from all walks of life to spend time leisurely as well as think and explore the beauty of nature. Represented by the 3 protected areas “The Bhitarkanika National Park”, The Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary” and “The Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary”, it is always a place for nature lovers, scholars, scientists and tourists.

 

Located in Odisha’s Kendrapara district, Bhitarkanika is surrounded with Mangrove Forests criss-crossed with streams and mud planes. In 1975 Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary (BKWS) was established to conserve the rich biodiversity and the pristine beauty in the Brahmani-Baitarani (Dhamra) deltaic region of coastal Odisha. Later the Sanctuary was designated as Bhitarkanika National Park in the year 1988. Yet again in the year 2002 it was re-designated as the Ramsar site or The Wetland of International importance. Even steps are being taken to include it in the World Heritage Site List.

 

Bhitarkanika river system has few giant saltwater crocodiles. The length of these crocodiles is around 20ft. The nesting behavior of mother Saltwater crocodile is different from other two Indian Crocodilian species. She builds up a small mountain in a secluded place by collecting available nesting material which includes aquatic fern species (Acrostischum aureum), Hental (Phonix paludosa), etc. Then the nesting mother crocodile actively guards her nests for about 70-75 days, till the young crocodiles hatch out for moving into the creeks. The un-disturbed river bank is the favoured basking spot for Saltwater crocodiles. An abode for the highly poisonous snake, King Cobra, Bhitarkanika is one of the few

 

Bhitarkanika mangrove forests provide an abode for the deadly poisonous snake, King cobra. This is one of the few locales in the country where a good population of King cobras are seen.

 

With Monsoon water birds flock Bagagahan, a place closer to the famous Sujhajore creek. It is an amazing view to observe 50,000 birds including the new ones chirping and flying.


Then, one needs to steal his view for the rare spotted deer’s who have got adjusted to the climatic prevailing conditions of this ecosystem. With a increase in their population they can be found around the Crocodile Research Centre at Dangmal as well as along the river banks.


The best times to see these spotted deer’s are either in the morning or in during sunset along the river banks. Though few of them can also be seen the FRH at Dangmal during night hours.


Cor more details about Bhitarkanika and it's accommodation facilities, please visit - http://www.bhitarkanikanationalpark.com/tariff.asp 


 OR INSTANT BOOKING, CONTACT


sales@sandpebblestours.com / info@bhitarkanikanationalpark.com 
Tel: +91 (0) 9937047574, 9238447574 


 

Nature Trails > Greenwoods Nature Camp - Truly a camp within Nature
Posted by Sam on February 27, 2015
Greenwoods Nature Camp (www.greenwoodsnaturecamp.com)  is located in the boundary of Mudumalai Tiger Reserve Forest. The backyard of the camp is the forest and is situated in a tribal hamlet. 
The camp is eco friendly and provides clean facilities with nice food. (homely).

There is a experienced guide who takes to the nature trails in the mornings and this a experience of lifetime. The staff and people in camp truly respect nature. There is also additional activities like private jeep safari to Mudumalai / Bandipur, barbaque and camp fire.

The camp is surrounded by lush greenery and is located in a rustic ambiance. Do not miss staying the European Tented Cottage which is a customized tent (feels like a room from inside and has attached toilet).

The nature and wildlife lovers would appreciate that loud music / alcohols are not allowed in the camp as this would disturb the wildlife. 


This place is truly for nature and wildlife lovers who respect and appreciate nature. The staff's are very friendly and price is economical. (Greenwoods Nature Camp).
Nature Heals > Every kid in a Park
Posted by Susan Sharma on February 25, 2015
The same day President Obama designated three new national monuments, he unveiled the "Every Kid in a Park" initiative to connect children and their families with the great outdoors. Fourth graders and their families from coast to coast will be granted free admission to our nation's national parks, and the National Park Foundation will award transportation grants to schools in need. "A walk in the woods will change a child's life," says Jackie Ostfeld, director of the Sierra Club's Our Wild America campaign, "and President Obama understands that not all kids have the same opportunities to connect with nature." 

Learn more about the "Every Kid in a Park" initiative. 
Eco-tour > Nature Based Eco Tourism in West Bengal
Posted by Kallol Pan on January 23, 2015
If you are thinking of running away from the din of this materialistic city life and coveting a few days in the lap of nature, we can help you out too. We specialise in various eco tours covering some of the most remote forests of India like Topchanchi, Achanakmar, Manas, Simlipal, Sunderban and others. Our all-inclusive eco tour packages would help you to find the much needed peace of soul you were searching. You simply don't have to worry about the hotel bookings and permissions - we'll have it done all in advance.
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Any other > The crowned jewels of Malabar!
Posted by madhushri on November 24, 2014

When I was a kid nothing fascinated me more than flying high so much so that I was an inch close from becoming an air hostess thinking that she gets to fly for free. But then I landed into medical profession out of nowhere but that’s another long story.

I have been dreaming of the Malabar Pied Hornbills (Anthracoceros coronatus) the day I stepped into their area, the Malabar region. I came to study in the Manipal University around three years back which lies along the beautiful Southern coasts or the Malabar coasts. Malabar is derived from the Malayalam word Mala for hill and vaaram for range. Malabar, as we all know it today was changed due to the British-East Company governance.

Female and Male Malabar Pied Hornbills in Manipal

Female and Male Malabar Pied Hornbills

The Malabar pied hornbill is a bird endemic in the region. Though some are as well found along the central belt of Maharashtra. This large black and white stunning bird has an enormous yellow bill with a large hollow bony extension over it, which is known as casque. Due to its resemblance to a crown, the bird is also called as the “crowned hornbill”. In spite of the male and female looking similar few differences are noted. While the female has a white eye liner around her eyes the males have a larger casque. The casque bills make these birds look unique, comical though gorgeous at the same time.

The Crowned beauties on a berry tree...

The Crowned beauties on a berry tree…

The striking hornbill has not escaped our funny Indian superstitions. It used to be called as “Dhanchidiya” as the earlier tribes believed that hanging the hornbill’s skull brought wealth. Funny!

Another fascinating feature of this bird is its nesting. The female traps herself into a hollow of a tree while the male walls the hollow with mud and cement. This is so that only a small hole is left for the male to feed the female. The female lays two to three eggs and incubates. Once the chicks have grown a little older leaving no space in the hollow the wall is broken and rebuilt. These birds mainly feed on fruits and play a major role in seed dispersal.IF

I must say that I was very lucky to have these beauties here in my small educational hub Manipal, a visit in the winters may give you an opportunity to see them. But, I am worried about the massive deforestation, human development and the ever-increasing need of human accommodation. Thus taking away their rights to live and breed. Today the status of these birds is near threatened and it won’t take much time to title them as endangered.

It is never too late to change and bring about a change. As human beings it’s our responsibility to give a chance to every creature to survive. Roger Tory and many others have aptly quoted that birds are indicators of the planet’s health, if they are in danger, you are indeed in danger!

IF

Save the Environment, birds furthermore hold on to our green planet. Happy Birding!

Any other > Our Ngo Janahit bahu uddeshiya gramin vikas sanstha, Telang Takali affiliated to Nisarg Mitra Manch
Posted by Swapnil Bomenwar on November 14, 2014

 Janahit bahu uddeshiya gramin vikas sanstha, Telang Takali affiliated to  Nisarg Mitra Manch, Pandharkawada from 4 years we have worked on slogan of "Protection of water,land & forest" we one devoted for the protection 

      in yavatmal districts there is one villege Tipeshwar sanctury. in that to survival all animals, plants & other activity done by theme.

       we have to plant the plant & also we have to survive it. by celebrating Environmental Day, Welfare day, forest & life weekend , world water day earth day etc.we have to celebrates all these days by surviving forest & to have to spread to all villages to survive forest by all means.

       to deny the problems of environment, we have eco friend ganesha, eco friend dipawali, environment news paper are also giving to our villages friends. in cities & towns many posters are also there for survival of environment.

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