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PEOPLE’S MAGIC ON THE HIGHWAY TO NASHIK

I am dedicating this page to the lovely people I saw, photographed and met while driving to Nashik.

A weathered farmer through the window of the car
A weathered farmer seen through the window of our car

What a drive and packages of  experiences. Imagine 3 Chapters on a 200 km plus drive, is it not Magic?

pomegranates ready to be packed, the farmer and the highway
pomegranates ready to be packed, the farmer and the highway

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 .

a colourful temple dots the landscape
a colourful temple dots the landscape

The picture below shows a tribe on the move with all their worldly belongings.

Can you spot the dog?

nomadic tribe in transit with the western ghats as backdrop
nomadic tribe in transit with the western ghats as backdrop

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.

Orange MILK CANS
Orange MILK CANS

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.”

The man on the bike has taken all my milk
The man on the bike has taken all my milk

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 .

what to say of dhotis and sarees
what to say of dhotis and sarees

The featured image of Hanumanji and the Shivlings were created by these master craftsmen.

Master Craftsmen
Master Craftsme

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. 

charming Vaishali
charming Vaishali
a roadside dhabha
a roadside dhabha
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CLONES : A VILLAGE AND A LUXURY RESORT

ECO FRIENDLY VILLAGE BECOMES THE MUSE OF A HIGH ENDED LUXURY SAFARI LODGE

Rub your eyes, its the village
Rub your eyes, its the village

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.

Cottages with terracotta tiles
Cottages with terracotta tiles

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.

Bee Eater ( can you spot them) and mustard fields
GreenBee Eaters ( can you spot them) , Machan and mustard fields

Hope the zoom in helps.

Bee Eaters  (Merops orientalis )
Bee Eaters
(Merops orientalis )

Can anyone identify this tiger striped insect? Is it food for the bee eaters?

An insect and the bud of the hibiscus
An insect and the bud of the hibiscus

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 Main Boulevard of Mardari Village
The  clean Main Boulevard of Mardari Village

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.

Cottage suite?
Cottage suite?
The watering hole
The watering hole
outdoor bath
outdoor bath

There are some features however which can be found only at the VILLAGE MARDARI.

The cow sheds
The cow sheds
happy lady of the house
happy lady of the house
A goat in the porch of the school
A goat in the porch of the school
 school girls
school girls

The name of the shop, Village name and timings of this shop are mentioned on the wall in blue on the left .

Grocery shop
Grocery shop

The last but not least is this cow with quite a character.

Very inquisitive as it why its being photogarphed
Very inquisitive as to why its being photogarphed

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

LUXURY , A VILLAGE AND THE TROPIC OF CANCER

Umaria is a tiny sleepy village  town in the state of Madhya Pradesh,India.  Its claim to fame  ; it’s the nearest railway station to the famous Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.

An overnight train from New Delhi takes you directly to Umaria. The train stops only  for a few minutes only so be sure to get off.

(do keep a watch out for write ups at http://www.enchantedforests.wordpress.com on Bandavgarh Forests)

sleepy UMARIA ( i love it)
sleepy UMARIA ( very calming for a city dweller)

Our destination is the SAMODE SAFARI LODGE which is a gorgeous  stand alone property in the buffer zone of the forest.

morning sun rays filter through the trees
morning sun rays filter through the trees in the forest

Do tell the driver to drive slowly as  a forest can give you glimpses of its treasures anytime anywhere.

keep the windows down  though its nippy in Decmeber
keep the windows down though its nippy in Decmeber

I would recommend a romantic  getaway to this ultra luxurious quiet and peaceful lodge in the midst of a jungle even if you are not a  wildlife enthusiast..

Sanode safari Lodge
Samode Safari Lodge

The entire premises are beautifully merged into the surroundings and the construction is inspired in large measure by the neighboring village. No manicured gardens, all are permitted to wander without restraint. There is total Freedom.

The large metal containers are used to store grains.

the first glimpse of the dining area
the first glimpse of the dining area

A short walk  and we see glimpses of  the charming  mud  cottages ( suites) assigned to us.

charming wooden bridges form part of the walkways
charming wooden bridges form part of the walkways
mud homes and terracotta tiled roofs
mud homes and terracotta tiled roofs

Each cottage ( suite) has a unique private entrance modeled after a home in the village next door.

Swagatam inscribed in Hindi, means welcome
Swagatam inscribed in Hindi, means welcome

The cottages are the ultimate in Luxury. The artifacts and furniture are very carefully selected and i shall write on them in chapter two of this article.So follow my blogs to be updated.

For now i stick to three topics: Luxury: Village & the Tropic of Cancer.

The musical view from the bed
The musical view from the bed

Utter bliss: what can be better than a sun-downer, a book and the fabulous forest that  envelopes you.

the verandah attatched to every bedroom
the verandah attatched to every bedroom

As i dream of the lovely Samode safari Lodge while i write ,I do realize I will be compelled to add a Chapter two as well .

So lets get out of these luxurious rooms and go for a walk to the neighbouring village to see the life of  an Indian village on the fringes of a Tiger Reserve.

Do compare the pictures to those posted above.

Its the village not luxurious samode safari Lodge
Its the village not luxurious samode safari Lodge

A  terracotta tiled roof cottage in the village.

similar to our room?
similar to our room?

The verandah of this cottage is so similar to the luxury resort.

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Verandah of a home in the viilage

Edible roof ? Hansel and Gretel

Organic homes for cattle
Organic homes for cattle

Do keep a watch out for more stories on this amazing destination  in the days to follow.

Umaria is also known for an important key geographical feature.

The TROPIC OF CANCER, passes through the  eco-friendly  village ,Samode Safari Lodge and the sleepy town UMARIA.

Dedicated to Charlie my geography teacher in school.
Dedicated to Charlie my geography teacher in school.

The  black line on the maps in geography classes  in school had suddenly sprung to life.