The desert throws up a  wonderful landscape with vast tracts consisting of only shifting sands.( see the featured image).

However bountiful rains in the past few years have gradually and dramatically changed the landscape.( see the picture below).

the landscape

The landscape from atop a Sand Dune

Water however still remains a scarce and precious  resource and a patient wait at an Oasis brought this photographer a rich harvest.

The enchanting and breathtaking beauty of the Desert was richly experienced in the able and gentle hands of Chandraveer Singh of Khurja Resorts at Kichan, Rajasthan.

The magical experiences  and sightings were far better than with many well manicured Safaris in well known Sanctuaries and Parks across the country.

We covered a  vast unexplored area around Kichan to unveil the treasures of the awesome  deserts of the region.

No tourists, no set paths, no rules, it was simply Unbridled Nature.

the oasis
An Oasis and the hardy Kejri trees

An  Oasis  in the parched and arid Desert provides both shade and water to the fauna that inhabit it.

A solitary Chinkara  nimbly descends the Sand dunes to this watering hole in the Deserts of Rajasthan.

The delicate and nimble Chinkara ( Hindi) is puzzled and scared  by our presence .

The Indian Gazelle ( English). Chinkara ( Hindi) ,  Gazella bennettii ( Scientific name) is native to the region that stretches from Iran to India.

tail tucked in

A graceful Gazelle comes for a drink

After having a drink from the cool waters of the Oasis, the graceful Gazelle takes a seat on the slopes of the dunes.

The signature tear like marks from the eyes to the mouth confirm the identity of this  inhabitant of the desert.

we merit a look
We are honoured by a glance

Relaxed that we are no threat it sun bathes in the glorious winter sun of Rajasthan.

Observe the gorgeous rust coloured fur and ribbed pointed horns.

the deer relaxes
The Indian Gazelle

The Indian Gazelle is herbivorous and survives on shrubs and herbs that grow in the desert.

The males and female Gazelles are distinguished by the size of the horns and I am guessing the one at the Oasis was Mr Gazelle.

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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.

20 thoughts on “THE ENCHANTING OASIS”

  1. Your work is beautiful, poetic, and artistic. Thank you. I enjoyed watching deer in river bottom property below the house where I grew up. Their grace was charming, their stride uplifting, and their constance invigorating. I loved to see them run and dreamed that one day I would run and jump all obstacles with the ease that they do.

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      1. Thank you. To you as well. I believe it will be good. Issues I’ve had for a long time I’m finally resolving, and I think things will be better, truly.

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