A  drive on Indian Roads/ Highways  is equivalent or similar to the  joy of a treasure hunt .

There are beautiful treasure boxes waiting to be  opened and discovered all along the way . All you need to do is to look and  watch the package dramatically open. The titles of each post/blog are teasers which you need to discover and unravel yourselves as you read on.

Having taken you  to a vast number of destinations , it is now  time for Shinrin-yoku.( a lovely Japanese term for Forest bathing ) . I loved the expression  from the first day i heard it.

We are off on a  drive from Bhopal ( do see the blog:http://www.travelwithmukul.wordpress.com) to the unknown   forests  of Satpura National Park , both located in the state of  Madhya Pradesh, the Heart of India.

It is  usually  a  180 km drive  but we are on a treasure hunt, ( and we do not want to do the usual) so we stretched it to 220 kms. Now the adventure begins.

A mere 28 kms from Bhopal and on a  slight detour we discover the ancient capital of Raja Bhoj ( 1010-1053) ,  BHOJPUR.

We unravel the” first package”, a strategically  located  temple on a hillock . The Bholeshwar temple has the largest single stone Shivling but was left mysteriously left INCOMPLETE.

I will write on this architectural marvel and  mysterious area  in a separate blog, as we move onto package two of our treasure hunt.I thus give you only a glimpse.

bhojpur or bholeshwar temple
Incomplete  Bholeshwar Temple at Bhojpur

Do not sleep whilst you are on the highways (Indian roads are not endless runners of emptiness) , a blink and you will miss the unusual. Lord Shiva and the egrets chill out under a Banyan tree.

lord shiva
lord shiva

The drive to this unknown forest in the  heart of India is undertaken by crossing the vast  River Narmada.

a railway bridge built over a century ago
a picture from the car of a railway bridge

The River Narmada is the center of numerous myths and stories that knit this land. Do unravel these stories and tell us about what you found on your trip.

Narmada, is  the river which cleanses the Holiest of Indian rivers  The Ganges.” ( more on this story in another blog)

River Narmada at Hoshangabad
River Narmada at Hoshangabad

The red fruits placed near the potatoes are called “Ber” in Hindi and are a   treasure trove of Vitamin C . My camera turned to her  and I got this gorgeous smile. Can there be a bigger treasure than bringing Happiness to another human ? Observe her  lovely silver anklets.

Ber and a big smile
Ber and a big smile

Do keep looking out of the windows and you will be richly rewarded. I spotted His Highness the  King Fisher on his Perch.

HH The Kingfisher
HH The Kingfisher

It is often that you will need to wait at Railway Crossings in India . So did we and  discovered yet another treasure.

Piparia is closest Railway station to Satpura national Park
Piparia is the  closest Railway station to Satpura National Park

A Spotted OWL carefully  observes all  our movements from a roadside tree near the Railway Crossing.

watchful owl
watchful owl

The final package we discover  before we reached our destination was this family:  The Black Buck and his Harem. They had decided to pay this farm a visit from their homes in the forest.

we were close to the national Park
we were close to the national Park

This charming  blue cottage and a well  were  located at the edge of the forest and close to our accommodation.

Blue Cottage at the edge of the forrest
Blue Cottage at the edge of the forest

 Jingles welcomes us at THE FORSYTH LODGE at Satpura National Park. We are now ready for the ultimate treasure and our only planned aim  of FOREST BATHING ( Shinrin-yoku). 

A process of cleansing the mind  by visiting the forests. But for that you must wait for another day.

warm welcome
warm welcome

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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.


  1. I love that Forest Bathing concept…cleansing the mind by visiting the forests!! I guess finding peace and regeneration away from the world’s hurried pace in nature is a universal thing!! I do love that. I need to do some Forest Bathing…or in my case…Swamp Bathing!! 🙂

    Oh, I appreciated you visit to my site and comment on the Louisiana Heron pictures!! 🙂

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      1. Since you go to such interesting places and love the photography side of things, probably you should evaluate your current camera for an upgrade. I have a feeling that you’d do great.

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      2. could you give details of what you are currently using. thank for the suggestion. it is on my mind, was waiting to get some more experience on this one before switching.


      3. Sure. I use a Canon 7D with a Canon 300mm prime lens for the birds most of the time. I used a 70-300mm zoom prior to that. If it is landscape I use a 24-105mm lens much of the time. BH photo video is a good website to look at many different camera options as they have great descriptions of the features and customer comments to look at. So many choices …you’ll have fun looking!

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