Journey to Hazaribagh forest(Jharkhand) by road

#16 Dec 8th, 2011, 14:20
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Of everything, I enjoyed your apt use of smilies the most . Great going and a really enjoyable TR.

Just a point on the etymology of Hazaribagh...'baag' normally means a garden while 'bagh' means tiger. I guess you swapped the two.

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hey i was there the day after Holi and did not realise that one can actually stay inside the forest. the birding there was good and silent forest really is something feel. did you see the tiger trap that they have there??? apparently the local maharajahs used to gift each other tigers as a prestige thing. the huge tiger trap is one of the local attractions.

the tiger was enticed to the central column by tying live game there and when the ditch surrounding the central column was covered with light bamboo and leaves it became a very irresistible kill opportunity for a tiger. The tigers weight would then break through the light covering and fall 50-60 feet down into the pit.

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i was lucky to get a life bird there. the scarlet minivet.
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Hi........nice pics......and thnks a lot for the pics of the tiger trap and the information regarding it.............We have seen the tiger trap too.....but as I mentioned earlier as there was no electricity........we were not able to charge the batteries......thus we were not able to take the pictures of the tiger trap......
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You were really lucky enough to see such a beautiful scarlet minivet..............nice pic
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I did not notice it.......thanks once again for swapping the "Bagh" and "baag" for me.............
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Pictures of Hazaribagh.................... ..
Excuse me for the quality of the last shot.........
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The next day, I woke up at 6 a.m. Today we planned to leave for Kolkata. Before leving, I wanted to explore the near by places. Just below these rest houses, there are salt pits as well as places where foods are given and animals like deer as well as “nilgau” come to eat. I wanted to see these animals. Thus I started my exploration on foot. One of my friends also joined me. We came down to the main route from here we walked straight to the place where the deer come to eat. This is a vast place which had a long stretch of iron barriers. Rather this barrier is continuous on one side of the main route. After walking for few minutes, from a distance we were able to see the deer and the “nilgau”. There were two nilgaus (Nilgau-Antilope) and they seemed to have more courage than the deer. The deer started running away, as soon as they heard our footsteps. When we came near to the fence we only saw the nilgaus and the deer ran too far, we could only get a glimpse of them from behind the bushes where they hiding. They kept on watching us from a distance. Thus we decided to move back.As soon as we moved out of their sight they started coming in one by one. This time we were to careful, so we stepped very softly and tried to proceed. But in vain………..after few minutes of this, somehow they heard us and ran away.
We decided to leave them with their breakfast as it was 7.30 by then, and return back to the dining hall for our breakfast. On our way back on the left side just before the turning for the rest house, we found one bypass lane going inside. This might be another way through which the jeeps used to go for safari. We decided to take a look at this and do some investigation. We started walking; very soon we crossed a small bridge over a small stream flowing from the lake. We found some small pug marks(like dog’s pug marks) together with the hoof marks (cattle). Those might be the pug marks of the jackals…………we continued with our searching. From our last day’s experience, we know that there are many cattle (cow and goat) nearby. It was known to us………… where there were so many cattle as well as people around….. it’ll be difficult for us to find any wild animals. Still we continued with our walk……….after few minutes we found two people, who were searching for their lost cows. From here the roads bifurcated - They showed us the road which was going to their village and the other was going deep inside the forest which was the opposite side of the rest houses………… they also added that generally cattle don’t go through this road and even for the villagers, if it is not required they avoid this road .............………… We took the second road and started to go inside…………. The condition of the road was not good at all but it was wide enough for a jeep to pass through easily. We walked and walked and walked………… until it started getting denser and darker……………so dense that at that hour of the day……when the sun was shinning brightly outside………….it was dark inside…………little light entered this place. Even we were finding it difficult to walk as the branches of the trees were obstructing our way and we had to move them to walk……. Total silence prevailed in the surrounding……..sometime we could hear some sort of birds are screeching………….. At that point, we thought of returning back……….as it is really a foolish thing to walk like this on foot that too with slippers on them……….. moreover, no one is going to give us any bravery award for this………… Then it came to our mind that we have walked for more than 1 and a ½ hour inside the forest . When we turned back………..we got scared to see the denseness….. When we were walking we just enjoyed the tress around us and the beauty of the forest…….. The beauty was so attention-grabbing that we forgot about everything and we enjoyed every bit of our walk ………not realizing where we were entering ………. As if we were spell bound. But when we came to our senses we were scared to return back. To top it up, we found some big pug marks on the road……….. as if some animals crossed from one side of the forest to the other side . Holding on my nerves………. I didn’t forget to click the pictures of these (I’ll post these pics). After this we hardly walked……………we ran like anything…….. After an hour we crossed that point from where the roads bifurcated……….. and within few minutes we were on the bridge………….from there straight away we went to the dinning hall. It was 11.30 by then. We finished our breakfast quickly and hurried back to our rooms. All this time we did not speak to each other………….actually both of us was thinking about what we have seen. We climbed uphill to our rooms…………As we approached, I found my husband was observing something very carefully………I looked to see a peahen entering our room in search of food and my husband was feeding it with bread and biscuit. When it saw us it ran to the back side of the cottage.
We decided to stay back that day……….. as after hearing from us what has happened……….. my husband decided to take that particular route tonight (to see whether we were lucky enough to see anything at all). For this, we needed petrol………… So after freshening up we asked the cooks to prepare our lunch and we went out to the market ………..as we required some rations for the night also.
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Hmmm. You seemed to have had quite an adventure! Good to know the owner of the claw that made the pug marks didn't see you.

The photos are creepy...and no need to worry for the qualityof the last photo, we know that shooting from inside of a moving car is not the easiest things to do.
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ha....haaa.....v.funny........ ........if the owner of the claw would hv noticed us.......... then we would have been dead . I'm thankful to God for this tat he was not there............and I'm saved.
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Originally Posted by mmonami View Post ha....haaa.....v.funny........ ........if the owner of the claw would hv noticed us.......... then we would have been dead . I'm thankful to God for this tat he was not there............and I'm saved.
In that case you'd have to pray for a more delicious dinner to pass by!

I guess that's the fun about forests...even if you don't see a thing, the excitement of the prospect of seeing an animal in wild is absolutely savory!
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Some more pics of Hazaribagh
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Hmmm...the pug marks are indeed scary!
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I'm not concerned about his dinner.......I'm concerned about me being the breakfast for him.........
One thing - I agree with you.....the forest has a thrill of it's own and there is an excitement of seeing animals....even we were dying to see one.....but seeing a carnivore at that time was life taking.
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hey i am following your travelogue silently since you started (since that bike race you seen haha) and really enjoying it! you have a nice way to anrrate thing, and are making this travelogue really interesting . That night drive pic with two birds and all other night driving pics below are definately creepy, and at the same time enticing. i am planning to have such drive in Gir Sanctuary (where it is allowed to drive at night if one stays inside the village in forest. Not Gir national park, but sanctuary surrounding the national park)

however, that morning walk on unknown path deep inside the forest is definitely scary, and you are lucky that you have not encountered any wild beast, such as tiger, leopard or bear. even a hyena can be extremely dangerous! The forest seems really dense. Try not to do such adventure again on foot also, early mornign time is favorite for predators such as big cats...if you know what i mean

those pug marks are of something! it can be either a hyena or a bear (you can see the claws and nails of the paw. so, it cannot belong to tiger or a leopard, as both have their claws hidden).
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