Chaubattia Gardens, Ranikhet

Chaubattia Gardens, Ranikhet

By Bhakti Sharma

Leave me alone

In the dense wild jungle,

Let me stand still

Let me watch

Every tree,

Rooted yet free.

The herbs and shrubs,

The myriads of deodars

The unusually tall surai,

The eucalyptus and poplar,

All wearing a green cloak,

With the pines and oak.

The poison ivy overgrown,

The red flower of the rhododendron.

The apple and plums,

The peaches and chestnuts,

The figs and walnuts.

The jungle berries

The fruitless cherries

All in lovely green attire.

Laden with fruits

Only to be admired.

An eerie silence,

Broken by rattling of leaves,

Below my feet.

All around me

Law of Nature enforced in a jungle,

Followed by trees

Obeyed by  the beasts

O what an unforgettable treat!


( 10kms from Ranikhet, Uttar Pradesh, India,  Chaubatia is full of gardens and commands a fascinating view of the Himalayas.  Spread over 265 acres of land, it is one of the largest horticulture gardens in the country.  Bhakti Sharma can be contacted at bhakti_sharma@yahoo.co.uk)

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