Sunday, July 10, 2011

Tulsi's cubs to Van Vihar Bhopal

People gets sentimental with Tigers. Shifting of these two animals is a very right decision.
After this incident don't you think that villagers would have taken the revenge on any cattle kill?
People have not witnessed the mob attack that night? Experience it and than think what is the best in favour of those two Tigers. Seeing them dead / missing or rescuing them from this situation.
One still wonders that why a department should take the responsibility of a persons act who is on leave and that too when this incident happened outside of his work field. But in good faith and for the future of the Tigers department does all the help what they can do in good faith.
Otherwise here were the option?
As this case took place outside of the park boundary department would have said that this is a case that should be dealt by regular forest or police as its not in our jurisdiction.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Butterflies of Chakrata - Week long tour in September 2011

Chakrata is is a small cantonment town in Dehradun District, 92 km, in the state of Uttrakhand.
It is at an elevation of 7000–7250 feet.After the rains, early September is always a very good time to visit this place. Lots of moist places and flowers makes the butterflies to come out in search of mud puddling spots or necter on sunny days. My last visit to Chakrata was very successful. I came out with photographs of more than 70 species of butterflies in three days with quality photographs of more than 55 species.

Chakrata offers very good chance to see and photograph the Butterflies of Lower Himalaya region.

Chakrata Butterflies tour from 11th to 15th September 2011.

Itinerary :

Day 1 : Meeting at Dehradun Railway station. After breakfast we travel to Chakrata by Jeep. (Suggested . Travel from Delhi to Dehradun by Dehradun A/C express 12205, Leaving New Delhi 1155 reaching Dehradun in the morning at 0540) On way to Dehradun we will visit to village Kalsi to see the rock edict of the Mauryan king Ashoka 2nd Cenury BC. We will stop wherever we see an opportunity of seeing / photographing any butterflies. Our plan is to reach there lunch time and have free afternoon. Dinner over night.

Day 2 -4 : Explore the surrounding areas by foot.

Day 5 : Back to Dehradun.

End of the Tour.

Tour inclusive of :

Accommodation on twin sharing basis with Breakfast and Dinner.

Transport from Dehradun station to back to Dehradun.

All other expenditure of personal nature extra.

Tour Leader Satyendra & Kay Tiwari

All the hot spots for butterflies i.e. Tiger Falls and other places will be visited but all this depends a lot on weather that day so plan may change according to weather. Jeeps will be with us all the time to take us to different spots and villages.

There is enough time to do the train bookings and all.

For the cost and other details write me at

Please see some of the butterflies photographed on our last tour to Chakrata in 2008 here.