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The Hills are Green/ Trekking & Exploring the wilderness in Jaipur

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.

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Beautiful Arvali Hills near Jaipur/ Skywatch Friday

Read What makes a hike along Dhok tree trail alluring?

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.

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Dry grey-brown landscape of Aravali Hills in Jaipur

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.

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Monsoons brings in change in the landscape with new offshoots & leaves. Aravali Hills, Jaipur

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.

 

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The Himalayas have some competition. Aravali Hills in its full glory!

 

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 JaipurJaipur Sky.

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On a hiking trail near Jaipur

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.

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Trekking through the trail in a forest near Jaipur

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 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!

Read What makes a hike along Dhok tree trail alluring?

 

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Leopard pug marks?

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This post is part of  Weekly Photo Challenge- Texture and  Friday Skywatch

trekking in Jaipur wilderness. The hills are green.

 

 

 

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71 thoughts on “The Hills are Green/ Trekking & Exploring the wilderness in Jaipur

  1. What a lovely share! Monsoons do transform the face of this earth…whatever the place! Hiking has its own little moments of joy and adventure…to be with Mother Nature at her best! Stay blessed arv and enjoy the monsoon. 🙂

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    1. It still is. The only difference is that now it means you’ll be stuck in a long traffic jam. Its best to avoid heading there looking at the inconvenience. I believe you are referring to at least ten years ago (or more).

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      1. Yeah, almost fifteen years back. Now I am at Chandigarh. And people rush to Kasauli/Shimla during weekends or when weather is good. Traffic jams again is a big problem.

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      2. I guess it’s the same story everywhere. There is large rush which is not warranted by infrastructure. In my opinion, all hill stations which are easily accessible from Delhi/Chandigarh face similar issues. They lose the essence of hill station because of the large crowd and rush.

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    1. Cheryl, I cannot verify this because I have seen peacock making its usual sound even when it is not raining. But yes, generally we do get to hear more sound during the rainy season.

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      1. I have come across few bloggers from Bahrain but haven’t come across many such pictures. If you have posted any, do provide me a link. I will surely check it out, Bhavana

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