Where Time Stands Still

My visit to my native village Jhurangu in 2014 was after a gap of 10 years. Hardly anything had changed during that period. It was as if the mountains had conspired to protect its courtyard from the outside world. I remember my visit back in 1995, when it took us two days of travel, with a compulsory night halt at Ramnagar. You also had to walk the final stretch (2 km) due to lack of motor able road. However, this time it was a lot more convenient due to opening of an alternate route from Kotdwar. A 90-km (3.5 hr) drive from Kotdwar brings you to Jhurangu.

The Solitary House

Defying the odds and braving the forces of nature and time, the solitary mountain house never fails to grab your attention, even if for a moment.

The Quintessential Companion – Mountain Dog

What is the likeliness of more than two dogs sharing a name out of, say, 10 random dogs? Well, if the dog belongs to a village in the Indian Himalayas, and has a black coat (even a patch of black will count), there is a very high probability of the dog being a Kaalu. Canines…

Visitors From The Wild

Jhurangu, like any other forest village in Uttarakhand, is not new to visitors from the wild. Owing to┬áits location in the deep of Corbett, the villagers are very well aware about the presence of animals in the vicinity, and are to a large extent at ease with the fact. My grandfather was a forest ranger…

Trek to Mandal: River That Nourishes The Wildlife

River Mandal is one of the handful of tributaries to the great Ramganga river. Ramganga river is the most important water body in the region, sustaining the wildlife all round the year. It has 4 tributaries with Kosi and Sonanadi being the larger ones along with the smaller Mandal and Palain. Among these, Mandal river…

The Mountain Top Guardian

Visit to Jhurangu is incomplete without a visit to the Bungi Mata temple. The temple sits right at the top of the highest peak in the area, offering a panoramic view of the valley below. Giving me company this time was my friend Alok. We started off at 8 in the morning, after having tea…