Day 3 & Day 4 – The Evenings!
While the day was reserved for safaris, evenings were for explorations! We had jungle walks in the buffer area of the jungle. The core area was reserved only for safaris. But the buffer zone was open to all. There were villages and resorts in the buffer zone. The advantage of the buffer zone was that it was a part of jungle. So we had herds of deer passing through the buffer zone. Farmers often complained about destruction/consumption of crops by these herds. The villagers often saw tigers and bear! All the jungle beasts were part of the villagers’ life!
The outer walls of all the huts in the village carried the same color pattern. The upper half was blue and the bottom half white. It was an”Hindu-Muslim Unity Initiative” by the government during the reign of Indira Gandhi that the huts be painted half blue and half white wherein the white and blue color represented/symbolized Hindu and Islam religion.
It was a great experience to see the dew harvesting technique! The dew would accumulate in the plastic bottles as they were cut open from the upper side. The cap of the bottle was pierced and had a very minute hole thereby allowing the accumulated water (Dew) to drip over the sapling. On inquiring about this wonderful initiative, we were told that the tree plantation activities were carried out by a local NGO. But the fact to be noted was that the vast piece of land belonged a person who without second thoughts donated it to the local NGO for reforestation.