Category Archives: India

The Great Hornbill-Nagaland, India

How can one visit Nagaland and not see the legendary Hornbill??? All we saw were pictures and sculptures that depicted this glorious bird…finally, at a secret location, we saw several of them……this one was my first………….he was the most impressive……the most captivating and fascinating bird, ever!!!


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The Simplest washroom

The North-Eastern part of India has, like most places, the richest and the poorest…in terms of material wealth. In the remote areas, it was a pleasant sight to witness the recently constructed, government-aided, free and clean washrooms. We were offered an inside look into a thatched home…..it was clean, and had a bathing area, a kitchen, tiny bedrooms, with wooden partitions and wooden beds. The huts are generally made at an elevated level on the hilly slopes. The washroom has stored water, and a window which faced into the forest over the hill. The floor was made of bamboo sticks, with gaps in between, to allow the water to drain on the slope below!!!

Luckily, there is no shortage of land in the hilly areas where running water is not present in some homes…..


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Wall of Hope—Kohima, Nagaland, India

Local artists have got together to beautify and clean up Kohima. The Wall of Hope painted by them offers hope and inspiration……as it features the ordinary who persevered to become extraordinary…..


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Green Sapphire Butterfly-Nagaland, India

Each time I see something for the first time, I am overjoyed and think that it is the most beautiful thing (animate or inanimate) that I have ever seen!!

I wonder why we have this fascination….for the first time???? the best??? Each living being is incomparable….and the more you spend time with anything, the more amazing it is……..the fact that you are with anything or anyone for a long time means that you share precious moments with them which make you hang on for more….or is it many many first times revisited with them???? 

The Male Green Sapphire Butterfly we saw recently in the forests (several times, over a week) is breathtakingly beautiful……it posed while we literally breathed over it!!!


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Research and development…6 new orchids from this facility!!!

Somewhere in the North-eastern part of India, in a remote yet picturesque location, new orchids are being gifted to the world!!!! So far, 6 new types of orchids have been discovered/ created here……among the many orchids there, one sees the smallest orchid in the world, the dancing lady orchids, the Ladies slipper orchid…………..and…………a brand new kind of orchid which has yet to be shared with the world!!!!! 


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The orchids in our home

They are captivating, mood-uplifting, delicate…..yet a single bloom lasts for months……


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Cannabis-originated in the Himalayas

Cannabis originated in the Himalayas and is endemic to the Indian subcontinent and Asia. In the Himalayas, it grows in abundance, not unlike the plains, but there is a major difference……the flowers and seeds are produced in plenty on the Himalayan mountain slopes exclusively (I have never seen the flowers and seeds growing in the wild in the plains, whereas almost all the cannabis plants here on the mountain slopes have plenty of flowering parts). The marijuana from the plant comes from the flowers and buds, while the resin gives Hashish. The psychoactive drug called tetrahydrocannabinol is what determines the potency of the plant. Apart from drugs used for medicinal and recreational purposes, the plant yields fiber and oil. 

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The delicate leaves and flowers are a part of the lush green foliage and grows wild in the Himalayas.


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Wild Turkey dance-India

Somewhere in the Northeastern part of India , wild turkeys live….and dance! Well, the male turkey dances and the female turkey…….acts totally uninterested!!! The male turkey, after making the effort to put on a show, approaches the person with the camera (in this case, it was me) and puts on a show….


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Badrinath Temple-Devbhoomi, India

Badrinath temple is in the Land of the Gods or Devbhoomi in Uttarakhnad, India.  The temple is one of the most visited religious sites of the Hindus, and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is open from May to November.  It is more than 10,000 feet above sea level, along the banks of the Alaknanda river.

The imain deity worshipped in the temple is a statue of Vishnu in the form of Badrinarayan.  Tapt Kund is an area that has natural, ever flowing sulphur hot springs next to Badrinath Temple, enclosed inside the bath house, with separate areas for men and women. The waters are considered medicinal. The Nar mountain is behind the temple, while the Narayana mountain is on the opposite side, with the turbulent waters of the Alaknanda river dividing them. The prophecy states that these two mountains will join some day, and the temple will be shifted to the Bhavishay Badrinath Temple (mentioned in an earlier blog). Jai Badri Vishal, the temple has to be seen to be believed.

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Sanasar, India

A place nestled between mountains, perfect for camping and adventure sports, well-connected by road, located in Jammu and Kashmir…I don’t see a downside, do you????DSC_0476 - Copy - Copy DSC_0464 - Copy - Copy DSC_0455 - Copy - Copy DSC_0444 - Copy - Copy DSC_0501 - Copy - Copy DSC_0507 - Copy - Copy DSC_0521 - Copy - Copy DSC_0459 - Copy - Copy DSC_0482 - Copy - Copy DSC_0445 - Copy - Copy

Prepare to take a vacation…

 


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