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14 July 2007 @ 12:46 am
Dampa tiger reserve  

Vast areas of Mizoram is bamboo forest, some natural and some degraded (meaning originally not a bamboo forest). Dampa tiger reserve is a 500 sq. KM forest and is a beautiful little place tucked away in a corner of the vast Indian sub-continent and not many people even know about it. A small fraction of the park is motorable and most of the accessibility through the park is through steep and narrow paths like in the above photograph. It can get rather eerie in there because the canopy blocks away most of the light and it is perpetually dark. And with the wind, the bamboos squeak and whistle adding sound effects to an already mysterious looking place. We were on the constant look-out for wildlife -- after all that was the aim of the trip and we did see some of them and it's amazing how well they blend into the forest. However, the dream of seeing a clouded leopard or a bear or even a tiger was not to happen, but I can only imagine how exciting it would have been to see one of those in this wonderful setting.

Origaoriga on July 14th, 2007 06:55 am (UTC)
O yes, it IS eerie -- I would be even scared to go there! :) But it has a mystic charm in it, too... Wonderful photo!
sainath on July 14th, 2007 07:44 am (UTC)
beautiful green !
kejnkejn on July 14th, 2007 10:25 am (UTC)
that picture reminds me of my favorite children's book from when i was little; "the camel who took a walk" and almost came to the place on the trail where the tiger lured... :-)

depontideponti on July 14th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
I love these places where the light is itself a dim green...and there is something eerie in the way the bamboos talk and whisper and collude with each other, sharing sibilant secrets and constant creaking...

I need to go to the forests again, for your posts have set off the longing...but I will be going next week to a terrain very different from the Indian forests...it may take a while before I can go off to the nearby jungles once more!
Yathinyathin on July 16th, 2007 06:58 am (UTC)
> ... it may take a while before I can go off to the nearby jungles once more!

I see that happening to me very soon as well. :(
mamtanaidumamtanaidu on July 16th, 2007 05:39 am (UTC)
Thats a great picture. Just curious, how deos this whole thing work? Will you see a leopard in open? if yes, what is the proximity you maintain, keeping in mind that you guys are walking....Is is not risky?
Yathinyathin on July 16th, 2007 06:56 am (UTC)
I've seen a leopard just once but I know quite a few who've encountered it in the open. Of course it could be very dangerous if you manage to scare it or the cat is stalking you or you go too close to its cubs or kill. However, most animals are wary and try to stay out of our paths. If they are coming for you or do not move away when they see you, it gets a little tricky and is perhaps a very dangerous scenario - but it's hardly ever the case.