Thursday, July 09, 2015
Our primary reason why we wanted to Mt Abu, was really to trek in some beautiful mountains. Therefore Rasmus had called a wizard named Charles, and agreed on a trekking time. He had not mentioned anything about that we lacked a hotel, so we were therefore something that we had a reservation at the budget hotel we tried us in when we arrived to the city. Charles had apparently informed them that there was a young couple from Udaipur which was to trek with him, so they would not keep a room ready "just in chase we needed one." The hotel was really nice, but a small cafe where you could get cheap and good food. Here, the visitors mainly from the hotel, so it was very warm and friendly, but the husband and wife helping each other in the kitchen to make our food.
The day after we were picked up at 8:30 am one of Mt Abus "tuktuker". Now, the fact that - for Sif utmost satisfaction - is illegal to drive tuktuk in Mt Abu, that's why one alternative ... jeep taxis! Yay! Sif could thus satisfy some of her hunger to run in all-terrain vehicles, on our way to trekking tour starting point. We met here Charles, who handed us each a bamboo walking stick, and then it was off. Our first stop on the tour was a small mountain lake, where we spotted a crocodile lying on the shore. This would prove to be the only large animals we saw on our walk, although we could have seen, snakes, deer, leopards, hyenas and bears. After enjoying the peace and quiet at the mountain lake went or briskly upward. We spent the next hour to climb a mountain, but a rocky shooting called "The Three Sisters of Mt Abu." As we walked told Charles about everything from wildlife to history posed by oneself. At the top we held a tea, and relaxation-meditation break. The view from here was mildly magnificent. The mountain range we befandte us stretched as far as the eye could see to the north and south, while the town of Mt Abu was surrounded by mountains and lakes to the east. To the West ended the mountain abrupt, and we could see fields, cities and a quarry not far from our position. After tea we moved off. Charles chatted still there when we finally reached the small mountain lake where our one crocodile had now been joined by another. The time was about 12 when we got back to the city and said goodbye to Charles.
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Marsh crocodile Also known as mugger this is a broad-snouted crocodile that lives in shallow slow moving water in rivers, lakes and reservoirs or in marshes. Adults are grey-brown reach 4-5 in length and have a diet of larger fish amphibian birds and mammals usually monkeys but occasionally deer and buffalo during the dry season crocodile sometimes dig burrows for shelter and even migrate several kilometers across dry land to find butter habitat.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Snakes have a powerful hold over the human imagination. The first reaction most people have when they encounter one is fear. The fear of snakes, Ophidiophobia, can be conquered by knowledge. The vast majority of snakes are completely harmless to humans. Even those that are dangerous hardly ever attack unless provoked. The more we learn about these creatures, the more fascinating they become. Snakes are highly evolved predators, perfectly adapted for the lives that they lead. Some hunt in trees, some on the ground and others in the sea.
|Spectacled Cobra (Indian Cobra)|
Active by day and by night, the cobra is one of India’s most common snakes. A good swimmer, this snake is seen in trees and fields and near streams, rock piles and granaries.
|This is Trevor Tank, a local wildlife sanctuary that was established in the 1960's. Its purpose was preserve the local flora and fauna, which is still a goal today.|
|This picture was taken on a tractor with the villagers. We had to travel by tractor because the roads were not conducive to regular automobiles and it enabled us to take a closer look at shepherd life in villages surrounding Mt Abu.|
|This picture is of the Katchhi people from Gujarat (south-west of Rajasthan) migrating to the villages for food for their camels.|