“To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles.”
– Mary Davis
“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”
– John Burroughs
10 Benefits of Taking a Nature Walk
Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.
– Gary Synder
I guess most of us now spend the entire week living and working out of home, given the Covid situation.
To make things peppier and to inhale a fresh lease of life, we have started to go once, every weekend to the forests nearby. The idea is to take a nature walk and become one with nature. The 12 year-old gets to do some bird watching and observe various species in the wild – bugs, beetles, millipedes, skinks, squirrels, lizards, ants etc. An ideal way to keep up with her passion for wildlife, and wildlife photography. And we end up benefiting too, as we are a family of nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.
Aravalli BioDiversity Park
Last Sunday we were at the Aravalli Biodiversity park, which about 20 years back used to be a mining and stone-crushing zone. The mining activities had turned the zone barren, and the remaining forest site was invaded with Keekar (Prosopis juliflora)
In 2010, around the same year we shifted to this urban dwelling, a group of passionate citizens called IAmGurgaon took the initiative to ecologically restore this land, by planting native species. Our family was among the fortunate few who got the wonderful opportunity to be part of this fantastic initiative, and plant a few saplings. This was on the Indian Independence Day, 15 August, 2010, after we ran a fun marathon.
Today the Aravalli Biodiversity park are the lungs of our city, offering us an abode of green splendour.
A lot of nature lovers benefit from this green belt including cyclists, bird watchers, runners and walkers. The park’s quaint amphitheater hosts a music festivals just before the onset of winters. I have ran two marathons in this beautiful haven. It was far more barren then. Now, it is enchantingly lush and the green sprawling arms of the Biodiversity park are an inviting invitation to everyone.
Do you enjoy the benefits of a nature walk?
Are there forests nearby where you live that have been reclaimed and turned fertile again? Tell me more.
What lessons do you take back from nature?
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