THE CHAMELEON RIVER

The featured picture is of a Rhesus Macaque on the banks of the mighty Teesta River as it curves through the ravines and gorges of the Himalayas in Sikkim and West Bengal, India.

This post is a continuation of the previous article titled ICY HIMALAYAN SOURCE which traces the Origin of the River Teesta from  Glaciers and Lakes in the Lofty  Snow capped Himalayas.

The Teesta River is known for it’s Emerald Green Waters which magically change to a Muddy Brown when Monsoon Rains Drench the  Slopes of the Himalayas.

Besides the Chameleon like characteristic defined above, the Teesta River is also the Lifeline of Sikkim and home to many villages which dot its bank as it curves through Forests and Mountains.

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The Lifeline, Teesta River

The Rangeet river ( the principal tributary of the Teesta) merges with the  Teesta River  near the Teesta Bridge.

The new Muddy Brown Robes of the Teesta River are clearly  revealed against the waters of the Rangeet River in the picture below.

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The Merger or Confluence of two RIvers

The famous Coronation Bridge across the Teesta River before it descends to the Plains in West Bengal and Bangladesh thereafter.

It was built to commemorate the Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937 when Undivided India was a colony of the British Empire.

The Road also leads onto the Kingdom of Bhutan and  North Eastern States of India.

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Coronation Bridge connects to the Kingdom of Bhutan

Indicating its fury in  Brown Muddy Robes the Teesta River inundates Trees and Forests as it swells dramatically due to a steep  increase in the  volume of water during the Monsoons. ( Rainy Season usually June-September)

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Drowning Trees observed by a Parakeet

The Chameleon like Teesta in the plains near Jalpaiguri ( a township in the Doars region of West Bengal)  reveals a vast White Sandy River Bed during the Summer.

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White River Sands during the Summer

The Teesta River  or as I call it the “Chameleon River” leaves India to enter Bangladesh  and it is time to bid Goodbye.

Trust you enjoyed the Journey through the Himalayas from Alpine Forests to Tropical Forests, from Icy Banks to the White Sands.

JUNGLE”E” ROMANCE

The Tiger (Panthera tigris )   is undoubtedly the KING OF THE JUNGLE.

Much as I advocate and practice the art of enjoying every element of a forest or Jungle, nothing matches the thrill of  viewing THE KING  in its natural habitat.

It is a life time’s experience to track and view tigers in the forests of India.

Thus when he takes his sweetheart for a stroll , the forest stands still.  ( see the  spellbound peacock in the background) . There is magic in the air and Nature spreads the fragrance of Love.( to check out my article on SNIFFING PHEROMONES) 

See the difference between the male and female Tigers.

Come ,let us go for a Swim
                                    Come ,let us go for a Swim

At the height of summer what can be better than a dip in the local pool.

Do watch out how they enter  the water, its rear first.

With the KING watching can anyone dare to come to this Royal  pond ?

COOLLING IT
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The peacock plays PEEPING TOM and watches the “JUNGLEE”  ( wild in Hindi )  romance of the “Panthera Tigris”.

The neck bites are accompanied by gentles roars which reverberate throughout the enchanting forest.

NECK BITES
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SNIFFING PHEROMONES

Living you with images and hints.

Write ups later. Got to go for Sunday Lunch .

SNIFFING
                                           PRECURSOR TO FLEHMAN

A HAIR RAISING EXPERIENCE

Source: A HAIR RAISING EXPERIENCE

IN THE MIDST OF CHAOS

ENTANGLED

Source: IN THE MIDST OF CHAOS

ALWAYS LOOK UP

SUBMERGED HEADLIGHTS

Source: ALWAYS LOOK UP

ALWAYS LOOK UP

Nature is enchanting and  narrates many a subtle story about LIFE.

Listen and learn.

These two amphibians, despite living deep inside a dark well,  give a message of HOPE .

Despite clinging onto the sides of the well, submerged in water ( read problems)  , yet, they always LOOK UP.

This large frog is submerged in water .

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                                                         F’r’oggy     Headlights

Turtle, hanging in just below the surface.Do observe the near absence of light.

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Nearly there

These amphibians were spotted in the depths of an abandoned well.

Pictures were taken inside the vast free growing forest  of the FORSYTH LODGE at THE SATPURA NATIONAL PARK, Central India.