Archive for September, 2013

The Fall of a Sparrow

September 27, 20130 Comments

‘The Fall of a Sparrow’, is an autobiography by Salim Ali and was originally published by the Oxford University Press in 1985. An illustrated adaptation that incorporated some interesting black-and-white pictures from Salim Ali’s collection and also the drawings of birds by famous artists was released by OUP in 2007. It was this later illustrated […]

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Walk to the Mandhana Cliff-top

September 21, 20130 Comments

If you are not in a mood for adventure yet would like to spend some time alone with your maker, the short walk to the Mandhana cliff-top is an ideal choice. While driving towards Mandhana along the major district road to Nahan you cannot possibly miss the prominent sign post of the Green Park Resort […]

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Adventure Park, Valley of Tikkar, Morni hills

September 13, 20133 Comments

The Adventure Park at Morni was set up at a cost of Rs. 1 Crore by the Haryana Tourism Department in the Valley of Tikkar and was inaugurated in October 2004 by the then Chief Minister of Haryana. The park was set up on the heavily wooded hill that separates the twin lakes of Tikkar. […]

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Nature Camp Thapli

September 12, 201310 Comments

The Haryana Forest Department has created an impressive ‘Nature Camp’ on a hill side at Thapli. The camp overlooks the floodplains of Ghaggar River and the forested Pinjor dun and Himachal hills to the north. To reach the camp one must turn right at the T-intersection on the Shimla highway just beyond the Toll Plaza. […]

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Trees of Morni: Teak

September 12, 20130 Comments

Teak/Sagwan (Tectona grandis) a large deciduous tree with small, white fragrant flowers and large ovate, papery leaves.  It bears flowers in pannicles during monsoons and small globose fruit thereafter. The tree is leafless during winter months. Timber is hard, durable, termite resistant , with tight grain and good texture.This makes it popular for making furniture. […]

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Shrubs of Morni: Lion’s Ear

September 9, 20130 Comments

Lion’s ear/ Christmas candlestick/Bara guma in Hindi (Leonotis nepetifolia)-an erect, tall, stout annual herb that is native to tropical Africa. It is commonly found on roadsides and on degraded land. It can grow upto 3 metres tall and the stems are four-angled. It has whorls of striking lipped orange flowers that are borne in rounded, […]

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Shrubs of Morni: Nickernut

September 5, 20130 Comments

Yellow Nicker/ Grey nicker/ Nickernut/ Bonduc nut/ Fever nut /Kantkarej or Kantikaranja in Hindi (Caesalpinia bonduc)- the ‘Nickernut’ is a large, thorny, straggling, leguminous shrub which behaves like a strong woody climber, taking support of trees. Plants generally start as a single stem arising stiffly upright from the ground that curves into a more horizontal direction […]

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Trees of Morni: Lead tree

September 5, 20130 Comments

Lead tree/ Subabul (Leucaena leucocephala) is a low, shrub-like, fast growing, thorn-less tropical tree that grows well under sunny conditions. The tree prefers well drained soils. It is drought tolerant as it has deep roots. It can tolerate a wide range of soils – acidic, alkaline, dry-clayey gravely soils. It can grow on sharp slopes. It […]

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Shrubs of Morni: Himalayan Mimosa

September 5, 20130 Comments

Himalayan Mimosa/Shiahkanta (Mimosa rubicaulis) is a large straggling prickly shrub of the Himalayas (300 to 2000 metres) that blooms during the monsoons. The globose flowers are an attractive pink that gradually fade to white. Leaves are double-compound, each leaf having about 10 pairs of pinnae, each pinnae having about 20 pairs of pinnules. Pods are […]

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Shrubs of Morni: Calamintha (Mint family)

September 4, 20130 Comments

Calamintha – a shrub of the mint (Lamiaceae) family that is native to Europe, Asia and America. There are several species and sub species in the genus ‘Calamintha’. Calamintha nepeta (Lesser Calamint) is a beautiful Mediterranean perennial shrub with upright stems and small, glossy green fragrant leaves that attract hummingbirds, honeybees and butterflies with their […]

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