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    Nature reasons to be in Delhi just now.

    A fabulous Diwali it turned out to be, rained briefly and the temperature has come down- mornings chilly, afternoons pleasant, evenings breezy. Delhi is the place to be in right now.
    Noticed the strong fragrance in the air- evenings-Saptaparni is blooming in abundance wherever you go.

    Saptaparni
    (image: www.astro.caltech.edu )

    We walked the Asola-Bhatti wildlife reserve last week, on an invitation from Rekha. Right here in Delhi, an opportunity to see Black Bucks, Neelgais, Jackals, a variety of birds etc. in somewhat natural surroundings. Our lead introduced us to Dhau, growing low – like a shrub- but about 15-20 years old – he said that the tree has a natural tendency to grow in this manner when grazed upon. The walk was supposed to begin at 5.00 pm but could only begin at 5.45 pm and it was dark soon, so we walked about 7 kms through the forest to finish by 7.30 or so, by which time the moon was out. Planning to go back again, with a different group, later this month or early next month.
    Coming down the Railways Museum flyover, the Belgian Embassy & the Rose Gardens on your left, you hit my favourite round about (at the moment) at Shanti Path. Floss Silk is abundant and in full bloom. Pictures can’t do justice – go visit!

    (image: www.coralsprings.org)

    Take a detour to Janpath, and just before you hit the round-about next to Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial, park your vehicle on the corner and look up – hundreds of Flying Foxes call these tall Arjun trees home.


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