Our summer trip to hills around Binsar was full of exciting experiences. While staying at KMVN Binsar, we planned to do early morning walk to Zero-point after great views of snow covered hills form our hotel terrace. This walk became one of the most memorable experience of our 3 days trip to Binsar. This Photo Journey shares more about Zero-point, the terrains around it and possibilities of exploring wildlife.
There is a nice track from KMVN rest house to Zero-point in Binsar. There is no vehicle allowed on this road. We took this road and moved slowly towards Zero-point. Although Zero-point was not our destination, as we just wanted to explore the forest and the birds of Binsar.
Sun was not completely out, but some parts of the forest had started getting sunlight. It was little foggy in the morning but soon things started getting clear.
Some of us wanted to be quiet in the forest and we were trying to be careful. In fact, our foot-steps were also making negligible sound. Soon after our sincere efforts started showing results :).
Our chief observers, Dr Alok Sharma & Nishant Sharma noticed few birds flying at a distance. They used to show the birds. We could locate some of them while many of them just flew away because of various sounds we were making :).
We saw 10-12 types of the birds in this forest and Eurasian Jay was the most common one. Apart from birds, Vibha also saw a deer for few seconds. The deer made some noise to make sure that his friends don't go towards the road :). We stayed there for some time but no luck again.
This whole forest is very unique - dense & high trees covered with different kinds of moss. We picked some samples from the forest although they couldn't survive in Delhi :).
There are many places on this road, which offer great views of snow covered peaks of Uttrakhand - Nandan Devi, Trishul, Nandakot, Panchchuli etc.
While walking along the road, we heard a subtle roar. 2 of the folks in our group heard this noise, but they didn't dare to utter a word at that moment. After we crossed a stretch suddenly the silence broke with the details about this sound. That's very special part of wildlife - initially everyone is curious to see those special wild animals but when you encounter them, it becomes difficult to express anything.
Now sun-light started hitting most of the forest. We came across some brilliant lighting patterns on our way. The light passing through trees and hitting the ground in form of symmetrical beams look awesome.
The play of light in above photograph also looks great.
We took some breaks on our way and enjoyed these brilliant views of snow covered mountain ranges around Binsar.
When we are coming back, we met lot of folks going towards Zero-point. It seemed that lot of folks go to Zero-point after 7:30am but we highly recommend to be on this road by 6am, so that you see most of those birds which come towards this part of the forest. We shall soon be sharing a PHOTO JOURNEY on birds of Binsar.
If you liked this post and found it helpful, I would request you to follow these things when traveling -
- Manage your waste well and don’t litter
- Use dustbins. Tell us if you went to a place and found it hard to locate a dustbin.
- Avoid bottle waters in hills. Usually you get clean water in hills and water bottles create lot of mess in our ecosystem.
- Say big no to plastic and avoid those unhealthy snacks packed in plastic bags. Rather buy fruits.
- Don't play loud blaring music in forests of jungle camps. You are a guest in that ecosystem and disturbing the locals (humans and animals) is not polite