KEOLADEO NATIONAL PARK,BHARATPUR IN IMAGES-2

Image

MONGOOSE

As you can gather from the last post that I have just returned from a visit to the Ghana Bird Sanctuary. It was a long day well spent. The point of these posts is to motivate you too to visit the park if you have any interest in the natural world. Because I personally feel that wildlife is going to get rare sooner than later.   And if you are living near Jaipur-Agra-Delhi-Bharatpur then it is done as easy as it is said. If like me you do not want the hassle of staying in a hotel, just go for a day visit. The park is open from 6am to 6pm, so pick your time. You also have a choice of mode of transport in the park, namely cycle rickshaw, tonga, bi-cycles, walking & electric van. Once you are inside the sylvan world of the park you will be hooked. If you are a novice it is a good idea to take along a field guide or hire a cycle rickshaw whose driver can point out the flora & fauna & the birds.Remember to bring along a camera with a good lens, besides binoculars & field guides, as these birds etc are living in a natural habitat & may be shy of the visitors.

A few do’s & don’ts while visiting the park.

Do not litter or smoke in the park or talk loudly or feed the birds.Keep safe distance from animals.

Here are some more pictures from the last days visit.

Image

MONKEY

Image

ARID AREA

Image

TERMITE HILL

Image

THE TRAIL

Image

KINGFISHER

Image

 

Image

 

Image

HOOPOE

Image

 

Image

 

 

 

Image

 

Image

PAINTED STORK

Image

BLACK DRONGO

Image

 

Image

PADDY BIRD

Image

WATER BODY

Image

 

Image

 

Image

MONITOR LIZARD FEMALE

 

BOMBAY NATURAL HISTORY SOCITY (BNHS)

 

KEOLADEO NATIONAL PARK,

BHARATPUR,

T.91-5644-222777

dirkeoladeo @ gmail.com

Advertisements

KEOLADEO NATIONAL PARK,BHARATPUR IN IMAGES

Image

Keoladev National Park is the official name of the Ghana Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. The national park is named after a Lord Shiv temple in the park by the same name & ‘Ghana’ refers to dense forest cover. It is spread over 29 sq.kms. Prince Harbhanji of Morvi State in Gujarat developed the area as a duck hunting preserve for the Maharaja of Bharatpur in his tenure as an administrator of Bharatpur in 1899. He actively had constructed bandhs & dykes   to hold water to create marshes to attract the birds from far & near. The Bharatpur Maharaja handed over the sanctuary to the Rajasthan Government in 1956 to be run as a bird sanctuary & it was declared a National Park in 1981 &  a Word Heritage Site in 1985 by UNESCO.

Image

TIME LINE (Click to enlarge to read)

Image

THE BAG & THE GUNS  (Click to enlarge to read)

Anytime is a good time to visit the park because there is some or the other activity going on in the park.

From July to September The water fowls are nesting & breeding.

From October To February Migratory birds are arriving.

From March to June Resident birds are nesting & breeding.

The sanctuary is near the Golden Triangle of Jaipur-Delhi-Agra so is very well connected by road & rail while the nearest airports are Jaipur & Agra & Delhi.

According to the official records there are diverse species of water fowl, plants, mammals, fish,snakes, lizards,geckos,turtles, butterflies & other various life forms. But first & foremost it teems with birds & their call. 374 species of birds have been recorded.

The park is open from 6am to 6 pm. You have various option in how you visit the park. You can hire a cycle rickshaw to take you around the park (The driver doubles up as a guide too) or cycles, tongas & naturalist guides or electric van for big groups.

Image

ENTRANCE TO THE PARK & THE CYCLE RICKSHAW STAND

Image

PAINTED STORK

Image

WATER BODY

Image

Image

Image

POND HERON-PADDY BIRD

Image

PAINTED STORK

Image

SPOTTED DEER

Image

Image

THE PYTHON

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

PADDY BIRD IN FLIGHT

Image

Image

WATER SNAKE

Image

Image

SPOTTED DEER

Image

ANTELOPE

BOMBAY NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY (BNHS)

Some Images From The Pushkar Fair 2013

Image

Prachin Pushkar Sarovar or Budha Pushkar

Image

Jansailab  Devotees

Image

Devotees

Image

 

Shopping

 

Image

Shopping at the mela

Image

A By lane

Image

Busstand

Image

Bandanwar display at the pushkar fair 2013

 

Image

 A display of Colorful Worry beads at a shop in pushkar

Image

A man dressed as goddess parvati at the pushkar mela 2013

 

An Encounter With The Naga King Chillies

Chicken Preparation with Naga King Chillie

Chicken Preparation with Naga King Chillie

All trades & hobbies naturally have their pitfalls for a novice. By happenstance I cook as a hobby & am also an admin for a Facebook group about food for the city of Jaipur. When a member procured some Naga King Chillies & offered to share some with the group members I naturally also asked for some. He kindly brought some over when he visited the Guesthouse for dinner one evening.

You can imagine my apprehension when I saw that the jar in which the chillies came was pasted with a write up and also instructions on how to use them safely.

Anyway I decided to use them in a very simple recipe of Junglee Maans. This recipe is from the book “Cooking Delights of Maharajas” by Maharaja Digvijay Singh ji of the princely house of Sailana.

The recipe was intended for the use of the Shikari who would not have any measuring tools or the various comforts of the kitchen & would have very limited masalas at hand.

So he uses only 5 ingredients mutton,whole red chillies,salt,water & Desi ghee or Oil. The measures are also approximate only.

Instead of mutton I used 1/2 a Kg of Broiler & for the whole red chillies I put just ONE Whole Naga King Chilli in 250 gms of desighee with some salt.

Later on I added little water at regular intervals to ensure that the chicken did not fry nor boil till it was cooked.

When I tasted it the slight bite of the chillies came when I swallowed the chicken bite.

Even if I say so myself it was a tasty preparation.

Now, the trouble started because I underestimated the punch of the chillies( The Desighee had taken off the full bite of the chillies) & on the next day made the same preparation but with 3 Naga King Chillies & had the whole dish all by my self.

Everything was fine till I finished eating, I could not get enough. But once I was through eating, my outer mouth area started burning. I drank copious amounts of water & ate large quantities of icecream, before things settled down.

When I related my experience to my wife who had been away at an opening ceremony of a Spa at a famous hotel, she very kindly suggested for me to avoid taking any laxative that night!

A Visit To KCK Simriti Ban

(Click on Image to view in gallery)

It is always a pleasure to visit the Karpur Chandra Kulish Simriti Ban on the Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg,Jaipur,Rajasthan. The fascinating aspect is the green oasis in a world dominated by sand as Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan a desert state in India. It has water & trees & plants to attract the local birds and other insects & butterflies etc.  It has lot of secluded corners where benches are provided by the administration for the young and not so young couples visiting the park.

My only suggestion is that they should provide an hour each in the morning & evening for nature lovers who would like to photograph the birds and the flora & fauna as the park is very busy during the visiting hours for a serious study to be done. Furthermore boys being boys some of the boys are  intentionally disruptive to the peaceful atmosphere in the park.

A Walk At The Man Sagar Lake

( Click on the image to view in Gallery)

Whenever I get a chance, I take a morning walk along the Mansagar Lake, just like so many other Jaipur residents and tourists from outside Jaipur. It does not have any thing to do with getting exercise in the morning. It is just a fascination of  a resident of a desert state with a large body of water, greenery, sunrise & birds. I also took a few pictures which are enclosed herewith.

The dirt & general neglect were a pathetic site. This site is THE prime tourist spot of Jaipur. Any tourist visiting Jaipur visits here once at least.

Some stop gap arrangement should be made for the up keep of the site till the courts have their say.

My Version Of Masala Papad Recipe

Masala Papad

Masala Papar

During my childhood I loved to read books & while I was so occupied I loved to eat countless Masala Papads. This is how we used to make it then.

Ingredients:

Some Papads

1 minced Tomato

1 minced Onion

1 minced green chillies

Some Desi Ghee

2 pinches of red chilli powder

Method:

Roast the papad on a slow gas fire so that it takes on a uniform yellow color & does not burn.

Sprinkle minced tomato, onion & green chilli evenly on the roast papad.

Now heat a little desi ghee in a cooking spoon & add red chillies to the ghee, wait a bit & sprinkle on the roast papad sprinkled with the minced vegetables.

The spicy snack is ready to eat!

How To Make A Simple Tomatoe Cheese Sandwich

Ingrediantes:

2 slices of your choice of fresh bread

 Some Butter

Salt & Pepper a pinch each

Some grated cheese

Sliced tomatoe

Method:

Apply butter to each slice of bread. (If the butter is frozen dice as much as you require show it a little heat & make it into a paste.)

Sprinkle grated cheese on one slice of buttered bread & sprinkle salt & pepper & cover with  sliced tomatoe & put the second bread on top.

Serve with Tomatoe sauce.

If you do not like tomatoe in your sandwich you can put sliced cucumber pieces or omit both the vegetables all together. All three versions taste delicious.

If you are making a lot of sandwiches wrap them in a damp cotton muslin cloth so that they do not become dry by the time you serve them.

How To Grill a Perfect Cheese Vegetable Sandwich

This recipe would seem like a no brainer , as simple as boiling an egg! But if you want to do it right this is the way…

Grilled Vegetable Cheese Sandwaich

Grilled Vegetable Cheese Sandwaich

Ingredients:

Some grated cheese, onions, tomatoes & green chillies.

 Bread slices 4 No.s

Some Salt & Black or White pepper

Method:

Apply some oil on a home sandwich griller & place 2 slices of bread side by side and put the grated cheese, onions,tomatoes & green chillies on both  the  bread slices, sprinkle some salt and pepper & cover them with the remaining 2 bread slices. Put some oil on top of the bread slices on top & close the lid of the griller & wait till the green light goes on.

Serve with Hot & Sweet tomatoe sauce.

(If you like to restrict your oil intake in your food diet get a Sandwich griller which has a non-stick coating on it.)