#TodayonNIF Tadoba is home to one of the largest populations of tigers remaining in the wild - according to recent estimates, there are more than 65 tigers in the core and around 58 tigers in the buffer areas. If you're hoping to catch a glimpse of the big cats in Tadoba this summer, here's everything you need to know before you go. Guide by @varunthakkar156
Holi, the festival of colors in India is certainly one of the most popular festivals of the country; Celebrated widely across the country, it marks the end of winters and welcomes spring in style.
While the rest of the country was preparing to get smeared in multitude of colors , a phone call from a friend made me drop everything and head to the deserts of Little Rann of Kutch. Excitement was at its peak as the voice on the phone said "fox-pups, den located". Travelling overnight, we were ready to enter the park at first light.
The day started with scouting many of the possible den sites and checking for activity enabling us to shortlist three sites for photographing the pups. The first two sites yielded one very shy individual and as we didn't want to disturb the pup we decided to leave the site alone and headed to the third confirmed site. Morning passed in recce and it was late afternoon when waiting at the den we sighted our first confident individual venturing out of the den. It was half an hour before the second sibling showed itself and another fifteen minutes before the third one finally joined the party. The Holi Trinity (pun intended), was a sight to behold and so were the fabulous antics of these little bundles of cuteness.
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Sacred forest traditions thrive in the Kodagu district of Karnataka. Every village has at least one sacred grove, known as devakadu, in this region; some have ten or more. According to the forest department, there are well over 1,000 sacred groves here, covering an area of 2,500 hectares. The devakadus in the Kodagu region are managed and protected by local communities, even though they are recognised by state authorities. Distributed through the landscape, they represent diverse microclimatic conditions and harbour a dizzying array of biodiversity. The gods too, are equally numerous – many believe that there are at least 120 deities and unique forms of worship practiced in these groves.
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A sacred grove called Veerakovil Kadu, near Madurai in Tamil Nadu. Nature worship predates most modern religions, and in forest patches like these, the old gods still persevere. Small temples within the grove are dedicated to the residing deities. In Tamil Nadu, it is usually a snake god, but Ayappan, Murugan and Amman are also worshipped in some places. The venerated forest is also a repository of natural vegetation and biodiversity. It is believed that the deities residing within this sacred grove protect the lives and livelihoods of the villagers, and keep natural catastrophes at bay. Special rituals are sometimes conducted on full moon nights. -- Story link in bio