A Trip to a Sanctuary

wonder By wonder, 29th Jun 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Achanakmar is a Sanctuary in Chhattisgarh, India. It used to be a home to a diverse variety of animals sometime ago.They used to be seen crossing roads quite often. The locals have a lot of stories to narrate.

We set off together

The sanctuary Achanakmar is a mere fifty five kilometres from our place so I knew what to expect. there wasn’t anything much to see there, not the thriving forest it used to be sometime ago. However, the couple from the metropolis had come down with a lot of expectation, for there were a lot of advertisements about the area of late and as we know advertisements are never wanting in their glitter.I did not want to disappoint them and there is always a thrill of being close to nature.We set off together.

At the guest house

As soon as we reached the forest guest house, we dumped our belongings and set for for a quick browse before it got dark.Darkness appeared to descend faster there.
The path was bumpy, strewn with dry leaves, it being the month of April. The place was living hall of birds.Our guests were immersed in photography, I borrowed all the photographs from them.
It being a sanctuary area,there was no electricity where we lodged.A fan of yesteryear in the topmost picture was the only promise of comfort if we agreed to walk down the lanes of history. My guests were upset for they had to charge the battery of their camera.
After some requests they brought a generator to be operated for only an hour.Within that time we had our dinner cooked in semi darkness. We had supplied the caretakers with raw materials such as lentils, rice, a cabbage , oil, spices and eggs for them to cook. That was the prevailing system there, or was there a system at all? For hardly anyone went there to lodge themselves as it appeared. A small birthday of one of us was celebrated, with a tiny cake in candle light.
This is how we tried to make the most of that one hour that we got.

The air was crisp and chirpy

Next morning we set off for the forest again, firstly, the driver was late. To add to this, the gate of the sanctuary was not opened yet, we had to knock at the door of the gate man. We watched out for the Black panther that ruled the roost not long ago, but in vain. It is all a matter of chance however.
If I made a list of the things I did not see, it would be a long one–the hyena, the sloth bear, leopard probably they migrated to the denser areas.

Some animals were around

The sanctuary Achanakmar is actually a corridor between two major sanctuaries, Bandhavgarh and Kanha so why should any creature of dignity hang on corridors?However, we did see the wild boar and herds of bison before leaving for breakfast.
The one in the photograph has been driven out from the herd by their own folk. They are supposed to be more ferocious.It was risky to stay there for long.


Birds, Bison, Black Buck, Chital, Deer, Hyena

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Jun 2013 (#)

Thanks for this share, Wonder. Any visit to a wild sanctuary brings thrills - siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
27th Jun 2013 (#)

This was marvelous...wonderful share and amazing pictures....thank you wonder

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author avatar The Silver Phoenix
30th Jun 2013 (#)

one of my favourite articles. i feel like i have just come back from a lovely holiday. thanks for the share.

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author avatar sukkran
3rd Jul 2013 (#)

yes, visiting a sanctuary is a great experience. thanks for this share. love your pics especially the good old fan.

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author avatar Johnny Knox
21st Jul 2013 (#)

A great post I enjoyed reading.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
11th Nov 2014 (#)

Its just like Bandipur and Tekadi wherein you are in an armoured vehicle safely away from the tigers and elephants that roam freely not just bisons, cocks and singing birds.
Your area should have the tigers, shouldn't they for the way that it is, just like certain writers who wrote about the maneaters in the surrounding villages around the areas.

Interestingly You have to stay the night to be able to see the nightlife out there. I saw the predatory habits of animals in the Singapore Night Safari couple of years ago. Want to do Africa next as that is the happening place for Wildlife.

India I am scared of the Veerappan spawns who kidnap people and hold them for ransom just for their bank balances to increase.

No WONDER things are so different outside India. Take care Nanditha.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
11th Nov 2014 (#)

Oh I have been to Limdi too the place where Salman Khan hunted the black buck. The locals do kill and eat them out there although Gujarat is a vegetarian land and also alcohol free.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
11th Nov 2014 (#)

Black leopards are common in the equatorial rainforest of Malaya and the tropical rainforest on the slopes of some African mountains such as Mount Kenya. They are also common in Java, and are reported from densely forested areas in southwestern China, Myanmar, Assam and Nepal, from Travancore and other parts of southern India where they may be more numerous than spotted panthers. One was recorded in the equatorial forest of Cameroon.

Just for info Leopard not panther.

You never go there without a guide and vehicle for protection. Its no longer the days of Jungle book with Ka on tree, Mowgil running around, Bajera saying hello, Sher Khan comin salam, Bhallo does on twos amongst others.

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