The trek across scenic bridge over the Ram-ganga river and then onward to Aura over hidden pathways and pak-dandis amidst lush green slopes took me back to my childhood when we would go exploring into the forest on the Delhi Ridge.
And Aura...a set of neatly laid out cottages with tiny verandahs and a pebbled walkway. And on the other side lush green lawns, hammocks for the lazy and a rope bridge for the adventurous.
And further down the gurgling of the fast flowing Ram-ganga was soothing.
Food was simple, tasty and filling. And easy to like... almost reminding one of the simplicity of the people around so used to living close to nature.
The evening was spent walking across the pebbled beach, and then, balancing carefully on the rocks, wading into the river and slowly sitting down in the cold rushing water. It was invigorating. The more adventurous (in the age group of 55 ~ 65) went for a long trek walking across the river and following its bank on the other side.
And in the dark of the night with iced drinks in our hands, we listened to the chirping of the crickets and the gurgling of the river, watching the glow worms as they flit around.
Dinner in candle light was laid out close to the banks of the river. Suddenly lit by the light of the torch we had the sighting of a deer on the opposite bank. It had come down the steep slopes of the hills across to drink water at the river bank.
The Corbett Safari the next day, through the Jhirna entrance, turned out to be very very different.....with the credit going entirely to the excellent wild life expert and the guide we had. The black and white Paradise Fly Catcher bird with its beautiful flowing tail was something I had never seen before. The wild tusker that we followed from far to see it taking a mud bath, the wild boar emerging from the bushes and the herds of deer with guarding langurs spelled out the success of the safari.
And then to unexpectedly cap it all....on the return journey to the gate..... the waiting in the eerie silence, the quiet checking of the wind direction, giving it up, .....going back after seeing the pug mark of the tigress, waiting again, and then the turning slowly of the jeep on the side road and the sudden speeding up of the jeep....and THERE.....Only one of us, standing on the rear of the jeep saw the tigress fully as it went streaking away. For another it was only a flash of yellow!!!
And on the return trip from the safari to Aura ....the monitor lizard flickering tongue and all, inspecting the road; and the deer family, shy, timid, caught in the head-lights of the Innova as they nimbly crossed the road, one following the other.
We stopped and waited.
It was their due for we were the transgressors.
In retrospect it was a lovely, restful trip to a quaint peaceful place......a place we would all love to go back to.
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