I am dedicating this page to the lovely people I saw, photographed and met while driving to Nashik.
What a drive and packages of experiences. Imagine 3 Chapters on a 200 km plus drive, is it not Magic?
The diversity in attire , mannerisms and eating habits is incredibly diverse in this vast country. I share the people with you on this magical drive .
The picture below shows a tribe on the move with all their worldly belongings.
Can you spot the dog?
I had never seen Milk Cans coloured in bright Orange. While for many in other countries the dexterity of carrying these cans on a motorcycle on a highway would itself be an eye catcher.
A farmyard with a goat tethered to a tree caught my eye as we zipped by. “They have left me alone to guard the tractor.”
A local election enabled me to capture this image of the man in his traditional attire , the dhoti . Imagine, it was all happening along the highway .
The featured image of Hanumanji and the Shivlings were created by these master craftsmen.
In order to get a whiff of the local cuisine it is mandatory to stop at a small roadside dhabha when you travel by road.This lovely standalone CAFE was manged by versatile Vaishali.
ECO FRIENDLY VILLAGE BECOMES THE MUSE OF A HIGH ENDED LUXURY SAFARI LODGE
This article is Chapter 4 in my series titled: BANDAVGARH: LUXURY, A VILLAGE and THE TROPIC OF CANCER. If you read them in sequence your pleasure and understanding will be enhanced.
Mardari ( i hope i spelt is right) is the tiniest but sweetest of villages located on the fringes of the Bandavgarh Tiger Reserve.
While it has many unique features two are closest to my heart. It’s an ECO FRIENDLY ORGANIC VILLAGE. As you see the pictures you will see the extensive use of natural materials in the construction of each houses. The result is the harmonious coexistence of man and nature.
Hope the zoom in helps.
Can anyone identify this tiger striped insect? Is it food for the bee eaters?
The second aspect is the absence of garbage . No plastic bottles and plastic bags .
Look at the lovely bullock cart , construction is unique to the region.
The village and its architecture have been brilliantly cloned at the luxurious Samode Safari Lodge. The pictures will help you see the similarities in the detailing.
There are some features however which can be found only at the VILLAGE MARDARI.
The name of the shop, Village name and timings of this shop are mentioned on the wall in blue on the left .
The last but not least is this cow with quite a character.
Hope you enjoyed reading, as i had a blast typing , the last in the series will be an article on the BANDAVGARH TIGER RESERVE for which you need check out :http://www.enchantedforests.wordpress.com