Took some days out over the past week to go on holiday – started exploring the state of Karnataka and its environs a little more and got almost everything I bargained for. The Indian tourism tagline of ‘Incredible India’ certainly rings true as the natural beauty of the land coupled with its rich history along with the warm and friendly people does make for quite a superb holiday destination. I experienced this first hand during my jaunt up north in July and realised how diverse this country actually is. That India is sometimes referred to as a sub-continent is quite apt – the diversity and difference between the states can sometimes make one feel as if one is travelling to a completely different country altogether.
Managed to get myself stuck (intentionally) in a jungle for 2 days last week and being that close to nature reminded me of the world that I often forget and ignore. Imagine falling asleep to the sound of cicadas and crickets singing and waking up to the gurgle of the nearby stream. Look out and all one sees are the greens of the jungle and the deep azure of the sky. Sit out on a nearby rock and one sees the monkeys and the resident giant squirrel (a huge cat-sized rodent with a luxurious bushy tail) playfully frolicking in the trees. It’s a pity my wildlife photography skills aren’t quite up to scratch as the only things I can get are the trees, rocks and water.
Sitting near the jungle and trying to be part of nature often reminds one of how much we forget and ignore the natural world around us. Moving from the urban concreteness that is home to the semi-rural Sarjapur in Bangalore was one step towards nature but urban sprawl is rearing its ugly head out here too. Housing developments are springing up between croplands and farms and the small rural houses are fast giving way to condominiums. Getting one further removed from human development and living near nature was an experience in itself. You don’t realise how much you miss being in nature until you’re in it.