Friday, February 28, 2014

Trip to Chambal Sanctuary

It was hot when i first visited National Chambal Sanctuary.. flooded river and i can't even see a pigeon there let aside birds and well known Gharials. I immediately know that i choose not only the wrong day but wrong season to visit the adobe of birds! Well after few weeks I went there again and hired a guide and a boat. Saw few Gharials, a Muggar from far away, two Gangetic Dolphins and about 70 species of birds.. You know, its not only the wildlife that attracts me but the story of the river which my guide told me..

A little background:
Ancient Indian texts refer to the Chambal as the "Charmanyavati". The origin of the River is said to be from the blood of thousands of cows sacrificed by the Aryan King Rantideva. The ‘unholy’ origin helped the Chambal to survive and thrive untouched and unpolluted, and it remains one of India’s most pristine rivers.

National Chambal Sanctuary, also called the National Chambal Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary, is a protected area in Northern India along roughly 400+ Kms of the Chambal River and specialized for sighting of the critically endangered Gharials (small crocodiles), the red-crowned roof turtle, the endangered Gangetic River Dolphin and Indian Skimmer. Chambal supports the largest population of Gharials in the wild. The National Chambal Sanctuary is one of the few places to spot the Gangetic Dolphins. In fact, it is one of the last surviving habitats for it!

Gharial crocodile is critically endangered, Gangetic Dolphins are endangered, and Muggar crocodile is threatened! The river is also home for variety of birds! The two and half hours of boating from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm gave me the sight of a several Birds- Skimmers, Lapwings, Terns, Bar headed Geese, Ruddy Shelduck, Comb Duck, Black Winged Stilts, herons and more! 

The ride over the Chambal river was good. Amazing nature :) The landscape is very unique. Mid afternoon wasn't great for any photography and also crocs were a bit far away. The dolphins swam away pretty fast. After river ride I visited the Deori Crocodile Center which is the safest breeding centers for gharials, muggars and turtles. It was a great experience to see those infant crocs and turtles of different ages.  Really a fantastic place and very friendly staff.

Trip was good!! Safari is more wonderful than I have imagined it. Want to visit again, and again, and again!!

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Catch Up Post!!

Hi to all my lovely readers.. 

It's been quite a while since I wrote something!! To be exact I m back after a month, and only God knows how much I missed this! So much happened during the time but lets start with a good note. So we have relatively less winter as compare to last year or maybe because I spent most of the time away from this winter wonderland! Whatever the reason is; Its not too cold and we have few rainy days but the season is still bearable and I had amazing start of the year!!

Well I want to share lots of things, my birthday, festive season, bird watching and nature walks, eco awareness program, bad health (yeah its part of life); Totally roller coaster kind of situation.. 

Birthday: It went well, all day home, no work, no appointments nothing, classy food, long talks with friends and to my surprize I got wishes from all of the places. I know I was not able to do what I planned earlier, to have a grand party.. and I did quite opposite.. but all well that ends well!!

Recent Purchases and Season festivity: I m going to do this post separately but just to make a note did hell lot of shopping.. all in good times!! I was not able to enjoy this season as most of the time I was sick (I don't know how it happened) but I tried to keep my spirits high! Made new dishes, done some craftings etc. etc.

Nature and me: I went out for couple of times only but for that also I need a different post! It was awesome, birds and lakes and hilly areas totally wow!! 

This post is just to catch up with you all, hope you all doing good :) 

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