Saturday, May 13, 2017

Winged guests of Delhi

It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds, Greek story-teller Aesop had said. Even the dullest-looking bird becomes a feast to the eye in the wild.

Delhi known for the beautiful blend of people from varied backgrounds. It is the capital of India and center of attraction for many tourists. But not many would know that Delhi also have lush green sights, in and around the city. The greenery makes it a bird-rich city also.

However, more than 25 per cent of the birds of Delhi are migratory yet the city is also a home for many resident birds. On this World Migratory Bird Day (May 13), here are some of the popular bird-watching destinations in and around Delhi where you can have a close look at these winged beauties.

Asola-Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary

Nestled in South Delhi, near Surajkund, the sanctuary encompasses an area of roughly 30 sq km. It is located on the southern ridge and the northern terminal of Aravalli Hill range and houses over 190 bird species. One can found a sparrow patch in sanctuary where huge group of sparrow can be seen feeding and mud bathing. Known birds of the sanctuary are Indian Peafowl, Spotted Owlet, Egyptian Vulture, Green Bee Eater, White breasted Kingfisher etc.

It is Delhi's only sanctuary and apparently green lungs of the city. Apart from birds, the area is also known for mammals, reptiles, butterflies (a butterfly park is there inside the sanctuary) and native trees of Delhi.

To know more visit Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary

Okhla Bird Sanctuary

Spread across an area of 4 sq km, Okhla Bird Sanctuary is situated in Ghaziabad along the eastern bank of the Yamuna River in Gautam Budh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh. The Okhla Bird Sanctuary houses more than 300 types of bird species of which around 160 species are of migratory birds from Tibet, Europe and Siberia, reaching here for their winter sojourn.

The winged visitors can be seen here from November to March. This sanctuary hosts 30 per cent of the 1,200 to 1,300 bird species recorded in the Indian sub-continent.

Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary

Located less than 44 km from Delhi, this place is a must visit for those who want to catch a sight of resident and migratory birds, a perfect place for a date with nature. The four towers of the park make it an ideal spot for birding. The sanctuary, situated near Gurgaon, houses nearly 250 bird species. It provides a panorama of migratory birds such as the Siberian crane, greater flamingo, yellow wagtail, and many more.

Yamuna Biodiversity Park

For bird watchers, Yamuna Biodiversity Park is an absolute haven. One can spot rare red-crested pochards, great cormorants, shovelers, herons, pintails, gadwalls and darters. The park becomes a nesting place for birds from Central Asia, Siberia and Europe every year.

Surajpur Bird Sanctuary and Biodiversity Park

Surajpur Bird Sanctuary and Biodiversity Park covered with beautiful wetlands host a large number of migratory birds every winter. It is home to more than 180 species of birds that include spot-billed duck, lesser whistling duck, and red-crested pochard.

Delhi Zoo

Spread over an area of 176 acre near the Old Fort, this place hosts around 130 birds species from around the world. The zoo gets migratory birds usually by October-end every year.

Thank you all for reading


Monday, May 1, 2017

DIY Mother's Day Gifts

This Mother's Day, give something special to your Mom. Something that you made with love. Believe me, she'll not only going to cherish it when you gift it but she'll treasure for years to come. Apart from DIY ideas, my personal suggestion is to meet her every now and then, call her often and make her proud.

I am sharing five awesome ideas with you guys. Let me know which one is your favorite.

Lavender Sachet

It's easy peasy and your home will also going to smell like Lavender for hours. 

Things that you need

Any soft fabric that allows air flow
Dried Lavender/Any other dried leaves or flowers of your choice
Needle and thread

How to do

Simply cut out 10 cm squares of fabric, sew around 3 sides of your sachet with a needle and thread or with the help of sewing machine. Fill with dried lavender, sew up the other edge or tie it together with the help of ribbon. Stitched up the ribbon too, to make it more secure. 


Colorful Table Cover

This one is a deliciously cute project.

Things that you need

Citrus fruit (lemon, lime, grapefruit, etc.)
Paint – Fabric paint
Paint brushes
White table cover

How to do

Just cut the fruit in half. Try to squeeze out excessive juice. Paint the surface, using brush and try it on some papers to get an idea of the paint amount. Use the fruit as stamp and make the wonderful covers, just for your mom.


Marbled Jewelry Plate

For those Moms who like to change their jewelry every single day.

Things that you need 

White, black, pink, yellow clay (You can add more colors)
Clay knife
An oven safe bowl
Paint brush

How to do

Rolled up you clay in small pipe like structure. Braid all the colorful clay pipes together. Blend the braid together and flatten it, using any rolling pin. Put the in oven safe bowl and bake it for 15 minutes at 275 degrees. Carefully remove it from the bowl, once it is cool. Use the paintbrush and make a circle on the edge using glue. Sprinkle the glitter on it to have a complete look.  

DIY Tricks for those who believe in perfection

Teacup Candles

It is a perfect idea for those who treasure their vintage items like a chest of gold. I am sure your Mom will fall for this instantly. Read the complete tutorial here by Hey Gorgeous.

Tassel Necklace

Summer is the season of colors. Greens and Blues to calm your eyes. Red, Yellow and Orange are the hues of Sunrises and Sunsets. Give your mom a colorful surprise. Read more at Home Made Banana.

There you go. Now you have 5 awesome DIY ideas for the Mother's Day celebration. Like and share the post and comment below if you want to see most posts for Mother's Day or general DIY.