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Trekking Opportunities in Gujarat : Polo Monument and Vijayanagar Forest

Polo Forest is a haven for Eco-friendly nature lovers and the adventurous. Polo-one of the most ancient historical sites in Gujarat, is also unique for its picturesque surroundings, Forest & Mills serving as refuge for fascinating flora & fauna. It is a Bird Watcher’s Delight being a sanctuary for over 200 species of Rare Birds. It also is an abode for Jungle fowl and a host of other species which are yet grimly holding on to this last habitat, thoroughly adorned by flowing rivulets and an unsullied lake. The area is surrounded with archeologically important Shiv Temple at Sarneshwar, Sadevant Savlings Deras, Surya Mandir, Lakhena Temple, Jain derasar, the ancient Polo Jain Nagri.polo-forest-vijaynagarThe Polo Camp site is located in Vijayanagar taluka of Sabarkantha districts and is near to Vanaj Forest area, Harnav River and Damsite. It is 150 km from Ahmedabad and 70 km from Himatnagar. Presently at Polo Campsite, Nature Education Camps, Wild Life training and seminars are organized.

The ancient Polo city, a gateway to Rajasthan, was once used as a hiding place for rulers, concealed from enemies, citizens, angry wives, even from the sun, tucked between sacred hills on the east and west. It was built around the river Harnav, an ancient water body spoken of in the Puranas. It is believed to have been established in the 10th century by the Parihar kings of Idar, and was then conquered in the 15th century by the Rathod Rajputs of Marwar.  The name is derived from pol, the Mapolo_vijyanaga_jaintemple_vijaynagarrwari word for “gate,” signifying its status as a gateway between Gujarat and Rajasthan. It was built between Kalaliyo in the east, the highest peak in the area, and Mamrehchi in the west, considered sacred by the local adivasis.  Together they block sunlight for most of the day, which might provide an explanation for the otherwise mysterious abandonment of the ancient city.

The 400 square km area of dry mixed deciduous forest is most lush between September and December after the monsoon rains when the rivers are full, but at any time of the year it provides a rich wildlife experience. There are more than 450 species of medicinal plants, around 275 of birds, 30 of mammals, and 32 of reptiles. There are bears, panthers, leopards, hyenas, water fowl, raptors, passerines, and flying squirrels (mostly heard, rarely seen), all living under a canopy of diverse plants and trees. During winter, all manner of migratory birds occupy the forest; during the rainy season there are wetland birds

The life of the adivasi settlements are still rooted to the forest, and they sure can teach us a lesson or two in listening to the deep hum of the world that envelops these scattered whispers of human constructions.The fig trees, when in fruit, are good places to look out for the endangered Grey Hornbill and Brown-headed Barbet who will come to nibble. Grey Hornbills can also be found at a Banyan tree near the campsite, when it is out with its bright red fruit. On another tree on the other side of the camp look for woodpeckers, and fruit birds and prey birds at the top, especially during a particular half hour in the afternoon (the exact time of which changes).

Until recently, this area was not well-known, and saw very few visitors. The numbers have increasedpolo-forest2 dramatically in the last few years, thanks to a few individuals working to promote its beauty and the following activities:

  • Trekking on jungle trails alongside the pristine lake and rivulets
  • Climbing mountains over 800 meters height.
  • Exploring 1500 year old ruins
  • Star gazing at night
  • Bird watching, morning short walk in the natural greenery
  • Herbal outings, river swimming

This increased flow comes with a price, however. It is important to remember, as visitors, to approach each destination and its inhabitants, human or otherwise, humbly, openly, and with the awareness that every interaction, no matter how slight, carries its own impact on the area whether we know it or not.

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A Trekking Trip to South India

South India has long been regarded as the backbone of Indian tourism industry with a slew of landscaping splendors that the backpackers worldwide cherish enormously. The renowned tourist sites in South India are studded with opulent cultural heritage sites, scintillating sightseeing spots, tranquil environs, and everything that vacationers would find engaging and absorbing.

Further, if you’re a die-hard adventure sports and trekking fan then a visit to South India is the place for you. The region is dotted with a raft of challenging mountain and river treks where you can let loose and enjoy the daunting mountainous terrains and riverside tracks. If you don’t have a clue about the trekking spots in South India, then let’s give you a glimpse of some of the hugely popular trekking spots herein.

Cavery River Trek: Originated in the Western Ghats, Cavery is the second-most revered Indian river after the Ganges. The trek follows the river when it enters the most exciting part of its 760-long journey in the state of Karnataka. The trek runs through nerve-chilling valleys, dense forests, and ravines. You’d also have the opportunity of getting vis-a-vis with the wildlife during the course of the trek.

Coorg Trek: Coorg is a charm and serene hill station situated in the lap of picturesque peninsular region of South India. The well laid coffee and spice plantations in Coorg has earned it a distinction of the Spice country. You’d experience the aroma of coffee and spice plantation throughout the Coorg trek. A perfect destination for the trekking enthusiasts who love a ride through lush green hilly expanse having a rendezvous with nature.

Kanoor Fort Trek: The state of Karnataka abounds in pristine natural beauty, rich floran and fauna, and a bevy of thrilling trekking routes. Nandi Hills, Biligirirangana Hills, Kudremukh, Kemman Gundi and Mercara are the popular hills on the Western Ghats that present the trekkers from all parts of the globe a great trekking delight.

 

Uttarakhand — A Trekking Treat for Vacationers

Spiritually dubbed as “Dev Bhoomi”, or “The Land of Gods”, Uttarakhand is a true paradise for nature and adventure enthusiasts. Curvy Himalayan slopes offer electrifying track for trekkers and campers across the globe. People from all parts of the world throng in this Northern state of India to enjoy trekking and other adventure sports. It’s mystifying treks, especially in the Garhwal region, which lies in the North West part of Himalayas, are simply majestic. Some of those mind-blowing treks are:

Chandrashila Trek: It ranks amongst one of the most demanding and enigmatic treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region. The fun of trekking here simply spruces up during the snowfall season. View of various Himalayan peaks, such as Trishul, Kedar Peak, Nandadevi, Chaukhamba, would make you feel as if you’re sitting in the mid of a sea of mountains.

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Roopkund Trek: Roopkund is a remote glacial lake nestled in the lap of Jurghati Dhar. This mysterious lake becomes centerpiece at festive times when folks from the villages bring their presiding deity to it.

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Valley of Flowers Trek: This is virtually a fairyland busting with swarms of vibrant and vivid wild Himalayan flowers. The park is popular world-over for its stretched fields of alpine flowers and alluring natural beauty. The snow-capped peaks including Nilgiri Parbat (6474 m) stand in bold relief against the skyline.

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Dodital Trek: Filled with Golden Trout, Dodital is a beautiful Himalayan lake carrying crystal clear waters. Surrounded with lush green meadows and high Himalaya views, this wonderful site is a real visual treat for nature lovers.

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Nag Tibba Trek: An intriguing trek that offers a good trekking option during winter when most of the high altitude treks become out of bound due to heavy snowfall in higher reaches of Himalayas. The trek is studded with typical Garhwali villages and beautiful temples.

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Kedarnath Trek: This trek is part of the ancient pilgrims’ trail from Gangotri to Kedarnath in the tradition of vamvrata yatra that begins from Yamunotri and ends at Badrinath , after the paying of respects at the Gangotri and Kedarnath shrines.

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