I was hiking through the jungles along with other hikers around Jaipur few days back.
This area is quite isolated and not many choose to walk around here. The bushes and cactus makes it very tough to navigate through this section. Not many choose to venture out around here. While traversing through the jungle there was a sudden flutter caused by a peahen taking off from a nearby bush. She flew off upon hearing our footsteps. We too were startled with peahen taking off suddenly as we couldn’t see her sitting behind the bushes. Upon getting closer, we discovered the reason for hiding behind the bush.
The jungles around Jaipur is a natural breeding ground of peacock. Being a national bird of India, peacock is protected under wildlife Act. While today we might require such acts to protect this species, for centuries peacock has continued to inspire the poets, weavers and singers and so on. In a way, peacock has been placed much higher than other birds because it denotes celebrations. The association of peacock feather with Lord Krishna is well established. The peacock motifs in paintings,frescoes and garments is quite common. In last few years, jewellery with peacock motif from Jaipur has become very popular too. Rajasthan has long been synonymous with peacock and is commonly found across the state.
It’s a sheer joy to witness this bird in its natural habitat!
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