“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind, and find my soul.”
Enamoured by the enchanted forests of Kanha, in Central India; that I had the privilege of visiting last week with mi familia, I share with you some vignettes. This is my come back post for your favourite #WordlessWednesday prompt. In case you are wondering, we were on a short break.
I do hope this enchanted forest sparks as much joy for you, as it did for me. I consider myself truly blessed to be able to witness the enchanted forests of Kanha, up close and personal; in a riveting spectacle of sorts. These shots may not be picture perfect, but the moments were that and much more. To witness the jungle and its inhabitants in their nonchalant, unbridled glory was a one-of-its-kind precious experience that I shall always hold close to my heart.
Sher Khan or? If you have already spotted that guy with those stunning stripes, well, Chota Munna is quite the lord of the Kanha jungles and moves around leisurely, unruffled by the visitors and safari jeeps. He lay sprawled by the water body, unwinding on that hot summer morning. Chota Munna remained totally undeterred by all the attention, and kept shooing the flies away with his stout tail. He had no intentions of shooing us away. So it may have seemed.
The rest of the inhabitants of this surreal landscape; be it the spotted deer, or the sambar deer, or the little barking deer, the jungle fowls, the preening peacocks, the gentle giant – the Indian bison, the jackals, the troops of forest sentinels – langurs and plenty of others, including some really unique star birds; made for a delightful safari.
I have some befitting stories to narrate from this blissful forest experience, which I intend to in the coming weeks. So watch out for this space. There is a very intriguing leopard story too. Yes, hold your horses, I shall spill the beans soon. 🙂
Just so that you know: Rudyard Kipling wrote the famous Jungle Book, based on these forests of Central India. And believe it or not, he had never himself visited these forests, ever!
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