After another long absence from this place I’m back and this time I’m here to stay. I’m just through with my summer break and it certainly was an eventful one.
This post is kind of a quick summation and reflection of treks and trails I’ve embarked on in the past two months.
May 10-11th: The first one was a short trip to Agumbe, the town famous for ‘Malgudi Days’. The trip was somewhat of a failure because we were unable to undertake our trek of choice to Narsimha Parbat due to the prevalent Naxal Menace. But almost as compensation, I got a chance to visit The Agumbe Rainforest Research Station and also meet the man who runs it, Romulus Whitaker. I’ve seen the guy on the tele, working with his beloved cobras, since I was eleven. Agumbe has some of the most pristine forests I’ve seen of late and another visit is definitely on the cards.
May 16th: The next one was a birding trail at Ramkrishna Mission Ashram, Shivanahalli where we were lucky enough to spot the elusive yellow throated bulbul and about 40 others species. The trip was BNG birders group monthly Third Sunday outing. I don’t have any images from the trip as I hadn’t carried a camera.
May 30th: The third was more of a picnic. Three friends, 9 bottles of beer, chips and sandwiches and 1140 steps to climb. That about sums up my Nandi Hills trip.
That rounds up the action down south, I got back to my hometown of Mumbai on June the 4th and set off on another bunch of trips.
June 12-13th: The first was a night trek to the twin forts of Rajmachi, Karjat, a gruelling 5 hour climb. The highlight of the trip was viewing the Rajmachi forests and valleys set alight by the mating ritual of millions of fireflies, truly breathtaking.
This trip was conducted by a group called Nisarga Brahaman. Along with trekking the group also strives towards tribal welfare, fort maintenance and reforestation. I must say I met some amazing individuals during my trips under their wing.
July 4th: The next one was a day trek to Peb Fort, Matheran again with Nisarga Bhraman. Probably one of the most treacherous treks I’ve undertaken, and my crappy footware didn’t make it any easier (Woodland Sucks!!). The objective of the trip was a small reforestation activity at the top of the fort.
July 11th: The last trip of the summer break was a short nature trail conducted by the BNHS at CEC in Goregaon. After a less than fruitful hour, me and a couple of others decided to go further than rest of the group and were thoroughly rewarded for our perseverance. We managed to spot and track on foot, 3 herds of Chital Deer, too quick for my camera though. This is the first time I’m seeing them in these forests, it’s hard to believe i was viewing these creatures within city limits. Mumbai just takes it away.
I’ve been frequenting Flickr more often these days, here is a link to my work.