During trekking and hiking in Jaipur I found it surprising how topography around Jaipur changes completely during the Monsoon. Grey brown hills transforms into the lush green color challenging Himalayan landscape!It’s like saying the old generation still has some tricks up its sleeves! If you are unaware of the context, Aravali hill range in Rajasthan is older than the mighty Himalayas.
Jaipur is surrounded by Aravali hills which is home to the Tropical Monsoon Forest. What is Monsoon forest? Monsoon forest contrary to its name consists of dry deciduous trees which shed leaves during the long dry spell of summers. You can see how it looks in this picture.
Presence of moisture in the air with arrival of monsoon, these very trees start teeming with life! New offshoot of branches and leaves start appearing, transforming the topography of these forests.
So essentially, Monsoon forest consists of trees which shed leaves soon after spring rather than autumn. It is a mechanism set by nature to conserve water in difficult and dry conditions.
The landscape in monsoon is way too strong to keep me away from hiking in Jaipur. The lure of watching a sunrise is a big bonus! Being an avid hiker, I have spent many months in hibernation….away from trekking in Jaipur, until recently.
Check out previous posts on Sunrises in Jaipur – Jaipur Sky.
So earlier this week, I was back in the hills traversing through the beautiful green cover in wilderness along with my trekking group in Jaipur. Its not possible to undertake a Himalayan trek every now & then, which needs 7 to 10 days. But on a second thought, we have beautiful landscape out here in Jaipur. what if it’s only for few weeks till the Monsoon season? Let’s make the most till it lasts! There are many interesting trekking routes in Jaipur and nearby. Posting one such picture of trekking in Aravali hills.
Posting another hiking picture that I recently shared on Instagram. If we are not following each other, let’s connect on Instagram.
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Let me also share interesting pattern and texture
I found on a rock on this trail. Some say these are Leopard pug marks….Really?
But who knows if it’s true? After all the hills around Jaipur are home to Leopards. In case, you don’t know that Jhalana Nature Park forest in Jaipur offers India’s first Leopard Safari. More on Jhalana Leopard Safari in Jaipur some other day!