Am Enchanted to be back to the world of blogging after over 9 months.

It is always a trigger which sets off a series of events in your life and a visit to the  KAAS “Plateau of Flowers” in the Western Ghats  did just that.  I simply cannot keep the treasure to myself, so here I go opening the World of  Amazing Flowers.

Am back to the world of blogging. Hello , am alive and kicking once again.

The Kaas Plateau is located in the Sahaydri Hills, 25 kms off a sweet town called Satara, Maharasthra which is accessible from  Pune ( 120 kms away ) and Mumbai in Western India.

A hidden natural treasure and home to over 850 species of Unique Flowers  the Kaas Pathar ( meaning Stone) is tagged as a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site.

The entire Plateau is swamped by flowers and the colour of the Hills changes with every passing season . When I happened to visit the site at the tail end of Monsoons in September , Kaas was cloaked in a  Purple, have a look .

kaas flowers swampy panorama
The Hills are Blessed with the Music of Flowers

To really appreciate the splendour and magnificence of the region you need to keep a sharp eye for tiny microscopic carnivorous plants to large trees bearing medicinal fruits.

The purple strokes  of this natural painting are on account of one particular flower which seems to be dominating the landscape at this point of time.

They bloom at the tail end end of  the Monsoons ( rainy season) from September till October.

Bunch of purple
Cause of the  colour “Purple” in the Hills of Kaas

A zoom in reveals “alien looking purple flowers” which remind me of  the more familiar Sweet Peas we have in our gardens.

The zoom in also reveals the leaves which are armed to the teeth with deadly  looking thorns.

the flower in kaas
Impatiens lawii

These Enchanting  flowers are endemic ( native)  to this region and belong to the  Balsam family  Balsaminaceae .

An Enchanting area full of Natural Wonders , I will be back to unveil some wonderful pictures of flowers I have never ever seen before. Each would put to shame the creators of the movie Avatar and the imaginary world of Pandora.

So keep a watch out for Flowers which Bloom only once in 7 years.



If you really wish to enjoy a series of Blogs and experience a brush of the Divine through discrete messages do read “ATOP A HILL”, “DIVINE SHADOWS”, “FRAGRANT FIELDS”, “MYSTERIOUS & MAGICAL”& “ULTRAMARINE BLUE”.

The Bhuleshwar Temple, near ( 55 kms) Pune, Maharashtra, India   is a wonderful example of the Divine expressed through Nature.

If you have read “Mysterious & Magical” you would have seen and read of a temple the Mysterious doorways of which ended in a dead end, A BLACK STONE WALL.

In this post do go back and see the last picture carefully, there are staircase on the Right and Left which lead you to a higher  level.

The Staircase from the dead end below leads a Large Tortoise ( picture below)  carved from a Single Block of black stone, unknown to this region.


To the Left of the Tortoise you can see “Nandi” , the Magical Bull which is the vehicle of Lord Shiva and will always face the Lord.

This is the first evidence  the ruling deity of the Temple in Black is Mahadev.

I may remind my readers it is  mysteriously pitch dark and all is Black.


You will always see Nature represented in every Temple in the form of various Animals,thus ensuring they are protected from being culled.

The Doorway is protected by  Angels and Goddesses and Crocodiles which you must symbolically step over to enter the sanctum sanctorum.


It is only  after you see the heart of  temple and the Ruling Deity that you can see Light , have a look.

Symbolically you SunLight as the beautifully carved  corridors open into an uncovered courtyard.



The Bhuleshwar Temple and the surroundings are a clear Proof in Black and  of the Divine.

Remain on Board for further Proof that Nature is truly Divine.


Lying down maybe a simple task for most Animals including us Humans, however it is a HERCULEAN TASK for these Giants.

I will not dwell further on the Location or the Genus etc as these can be read in previous posts titled MAMMOTH BATH and BABY ELEPHANTS.

Trace the moves in the pictures that follow to see  what a MAMMOTH TASK it is for this Splendid Tusker to simply Lie down on it’s Back.

getting ready
The Tusker puts a fotr forward for a  Shower

On One Knee Like a Knight in Grey.

how to turn
One Knee Down

Half way Down and holding onto it’s Tusk for support ?

two legs down
On Two Knees

What a relief, finally  I can stretch my Back says Surender the 17 year old Tusker.

tusker and trunk
Finally in Position to Lie Down

We are so beset by our own Woes that we forget to see how Difficult Life can be for Others.



Meandering through the coastline at Poovar, Kerala  are backwaters, Mangrove Forests and the Estuary of the River Neyyar.

Tranquil , Peaceful and Calm the waters gradually flow to meet the vast Arabian Sea unveiling an Incredible region of India.

Far from the Himalayas experience the diverse Flora and fauna of this Enchanting and Fascinating Land.

The River Neyyar  and the region it traverses is host to numerous Unique Flowers and Plants many of which resemble those depicted in the movie Avataar.

the river at poovar
Tranquil Flow

While Coconut trees dominate the landscape you will spot interesting Birds as well, watch out for the blogs to follow . A traditional Kerala wooden boat approaches the river, in the picture below, from the well shaded backwater channels.

traditional boats
A Calm traditional Wooden Boat

Mangrove Forests and Unique  Screw Pines line the Banks creating a Unique and Distinctive Ecological Region.

One can spend hours watching the Lush Green Terrain as the waters are extremely gentle and peaceful.

Listen to the the Gentle winds and the Calm flow of the River as the Boat lulls you into an Enchanting Slumber.

mangrove and screw pines on banks
 Peaceful River Bank

Go with the Flow and be overwhelmed by the Spells of Nature. This is after all Kerala, “God’s own Country”.


India is the Kingdom where Mangoes rule the World of Fruits, undoubtedly the King of Fruits.

Mangoes are the compensation to this land for bearing the Hot Summer Months. The Scorching heat fills these scrumptious Fruits with the Sweetest of Juices. The Hotter the Summer the sweeter  are the Mangoes.

Mangoes ( English), Aam ( Hindi), Mangifera indica ( Scientific name)  are native to the Indian Subcontinent and entrenched in the the History of this Ancient Land. It is from this ancient Land that they spread to the rest of the World.

The Mango Tree is revered in India and forms part of all auspicious functions like Inaugrating a New Home or A Wedding.

Garlands are made from Mango leaves and hung on the Main Entrances of Homes symbolizing Fertility and Good Luck.

mango tree
The Tree of the King of Fruits

Spring covers the trees with blossoms , the fragrance of which drives the pollinators like Bees wild.

The famous design called Paisley ( Kairi in Hindi)  owes it shape to the King of Fruits , Mangoes. Have a look at the Mango on the Left  below and turn it 180 degrees clockwise. Behold the Paisley.

the blooms
The Blossoms and Raw Mangoes

Raw Mangoes form the base of numerous mouth watering Pickles and Chutney. Each region of this Land has a different species of Mangoes and thus  naturally hundreds of Recipes abound.

It would take a lifetime  to discover and taste all the recipes.

plenty of mangoes
Curvaceous Mangoes

For me personally Mangoes are my favourite Fruit and of the hundreds of species of mangoes, Chausa rules my Taste Buds.

Are you still reading the blog, go and grab a Mango. The King of Fruits will disappear within a month.


Hear the Stories of Rajas and Maharajas ( Kings and Emperors) of a Time now long gone by, Once Upon a Time ….

forests cover time
The Forest have covered the Tracks of Time
held together by trees
Trees Upholding the Times Gone By
all fall down
Even the Mighty Trees are Felled by Time

The StoryTeller is taking a Break and and will return with all the Tales of the Royalty of Rajasthan. Till then be Enchanted by the Trees in the Forests.


Mount Kangchenjunga  , in the Himalayas ,glimpsed from Gangtok, Sikkim, India.

The Third highest Mountain on Planet Earth at 8586 meters.

clouds obscure
Curtains of Clouds


behold K2
Behold The First Peek at Snow Mountains 
K2 through pines
The Mighty Kangchenjunga Mountains


The Hills, Blue Skies , Fragrant Flowers and Butterflies.

The Splendour of Nature has me bowled over.

himalayan butterfly
Himalayan Splendour

Trees at Mussoories, Uttrakhand , India are ablaze with Flowers during the Summers.

Besides Bees they attract are a vast spectrum of Butterflies.

white one
The Little White Butterfly

Butterflies hang onto the flowers in Celebrating the arrival of  Spring.

solitary butterfly
Precarious Post

Am speechless.


Am always amazed  as to how Insignificant Buds transform into the most Stunning  Blossoms.

Equally amazing are the names we give these lovely creations of Nature.

Commonly called Day Lily of which the Orange variety ( Tiger Lily) is well known and can be seen at florists as well.


These Day Lilies (English), Hemerocallis hybrid ( Scientific Name)  are however not really True Lilies as they belong to the family Asphodelaceae and not Liliaceae.

They are Native to the Himalayan Region and parts of Asia.

The Hybrid varieties in Red have fancy names like Red Rum and Razzmatazz but yet do not match the splendour and colour of the blooms in these pictures.

Quite the story of the Ugly Ducklings transforming into Swans.( see the buds and compare them to the Lovely blooms below)

red lillies

As with things of Wonderous beauty  they come with a caveat, these gorgeous blooms Live for But One Day .

As I say in my title ” Specially Coloured”.



The Splendour of Large  Pink Pendants  is Enchanting and a sight extremely difficult to miss.

Have a look at the Inquisitive Grasshopper in the Featured Image who is mesmerized by THE ANGEL’S TRUMPETS. ( Do check out a previous blog ENORMOUS TRUMPETS to know all the scientific facts). The hyperlink is https://wordpress.com/post/enchantedforests.wordpress.com/12114.

The Lush Green Hillside at Gangtok, Sikkim, India  is Painted Pink by these magnificent Angelic Pink Trumpets.

full of blooms

All the pictures while taken in and around  Sikkim are of the same species but in different locations.

twirls of fun

The Shades of Pink  of these Gigantic Blossoms vary much like shades of Lipstick. The Camera virtually looks down the throat of this Baby Pink Angel’s Trumpet.

inside the bloom

Pollinators must be Enchanted too as they go deep down the tunnel in search for Nectar.

These blossoms are after all Angel’s in Pink.