During trekking and hiking in Jaipur, I was astonished to witness how the topography changes during Monsoon. The Grey-brown hills transform into a lush green challenging the mighty Himalayan landscape! It’s like saying the old still has some tricks up its sleeves! If you are unaware of the context, the Aravali hill range in Rajasthan is older than the Himalayas. Jaipur is surrounded by Aravali hills which is home to the Tropical Monsoon Forest.
Tropical Monsoon forest of Aravali Hills & Characteristics
Monsoon forest contrary to its name consists of dry deciduous trees that 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 the arrival of the monsoon, these very trees start teeming with life! A new offshoot of branches and leaves start appearing, transforming the topography of these forests.
So essentially, the Monsoon forest consists of trees that 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 during the 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. During summers, the trees devoid of leaves are always a pain during hiking because they result in bruise marks on the skin. Many hikers, therefore, prefer to stay away from hiking in Jaipur during this period. A pain of hiking in the monsoon forest, probably! However, this is not a problem in monsoon.
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 the wilderness along with my trekking group in Jaipur. It’s not possible to undertake a Himalayan trek frequently which requires 7 to 10 days. On second thought, we have a beautiful landscape out here in Jaipur. What if it’s only for a few weeks till the Monsoon season? There are many interesting trekking routes in Jaipur and nearby. I’m 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.
Let me also share an interesting pattern and texture, I found 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!
This post is part of the Weekly Photo Challenge- Texture