SECRET TALES OF AVATARS, CHAMBER OF SECRETS and HOBBIT HOMES: BANDAVGARH

The dense and lush  forests of Bandavgarh hold numerous secrets in its bosom.

“Secret unveiled” : be enchanted and spellbound at the  Tala  Range  ( insist on visiting  this range first and foremost) of the Bandavgarh Forest Reserve.

2000 year old caves draw a striking resemblance to the imaginary homes of Hobbits

( Tolkiens: Lord of the Rings)

Badi Gufaa at Tala
Badi Gufaa at Tala

Spiders  (order Araneae ) enchant me and the first i learnt of a “Spider Walk” was my dear friend Dr Mary Catherine Frazier. So if the Tiger eludes you ( as it did me) go for a Spider walk .

Tiger , tiger....
Tiger , tiger….

This large  wood spider was spotted in the washroom marked JENTS at the Tala Range of the Bandavgarh Forest Reserve. Forest Department pull up your socks please.

wash room at Tala. enchanting spelling.
wash room at Tala. enchanting spelling.

Moving onto the positive, Wood spider: It went to the “JENTS” section.

Wood Spider
Wood Spider

This Secret of Chambers ( Harry Potter fame)  is real at Bandavgarh and has a history going back to 2000 years.

spiders and skylights in the caves
spiders and skylights in the caves

This gentleman ( or lady ) insisted on hanging upside down.

Experts pls identify
Experts  identify please

The movie “Avatar” connects me immediately to this enchanting forest with wildlife  and trees in size Extra Large.

The Lord Vishnu is also depicted through his ten AVATAARS ( meaning reincarnations) showing the evolution of Man .

Giant statues ( 7 meters high or 21 feet high)   of some of these Avataars can be seen in the Bandavgarh hill fort in the midst of the  forests.

The  hills within the Tala Range
The hills within the Tala Range

A lot seen, a lot missed: will be back

a hoarding at the railway station at Umaria
a hoarding at the railway station at Umaria
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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

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