Located in the state of Maharashtra, India, the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve is one of India’s preeminent reserves. Its tropical dry deciduous forest ecosystem harbors at least 80 tigers, and there are over 200 tigers in the larger landscape. This is known to be the fastest-growing tiger population in the country. Tadoba also supports several other carnivore species, including theleopard and dhole, with the sambar, chital, wild pig and gaur being the most common prey species.
We went on four safaris, but could not spot tigers due to the abundance of available water from the rains, and tall grass and dense vegetation providing hiding spaces. Will post images of the other wildlife that we captured.
Known around India as Kaner (Hindi), Arali (Tamil), Karaveera (Sanskrit), oleanders have graced Indian gardens for centuries. They are likely to have originated in North Africa in the regions surrounding Morocco and Mauritania. The flower is sacred to Lord Shiva and is offered to the deity.
India has always been exalted and remembered fondly as the country of symbolic colors. The symbolism of color stands out and controls every aspect of life in India, be it religion, politics, festivals, or celebrations. In India, be it the north, south, west, or east, color and culture go hand in hand. Flowers in India are no exception. Here is a sample of the traditional deep orange and yellow color combination in a flower.
In Asian countries such as Bali, India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand it is quite common to find a water bowl filled with an arrangement of floating flowers and foliage as a form of reverence towards nature, a sign of welcome to visitors and a way to adorn your home with something beautiful.
In India, the most commonly found plumeria are the Palba (white flowers with yellow center) and P. Rubra (deep pink with white petals). Because they continue to produce leaves and flowers even after being uprooted, Plumeria has earned the distinction of being ‘immortal’ in the Indian context.
Lotus is the national flower of India. It is a sacred flower and occupies a unique position in the art and mythology of ancient India and has been an auspicious symbol of Indian culture since time immemorial.
Here is a lotus flower with its reflection in a pond ….
Will be posting images from a trip to India in October 2022. We start with a series on flowers in India.
India, the land with many landscapes; here, you’ll find the green mountains as well as the blue seas and the yellow sandy deserts so the flower variety of this country ranges from one state to another due to the soil quality.