Awara Model 2011 aka Life Begins with Retirement

Awara

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Days 11-12, 20-21.3.22. Kaziranga National Park

Early morning departure for Wild Grass, Kaziranga
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5 of us altogether in the Innova so even its spacious boot was full to the brim
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Good roads but kept within the speed limit after entering the Kaziranga area
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First sighting from road
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Tea break
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Lesser Adjutant
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Reached Wild Grass, Kaziranga; welcomed with a relaxed cup of tea
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Visitors in the compound, a pair of Oriental Pied Hornbills
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Wild Grass. We were on the ground floor
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Comfortable, spacious rooms
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We went on 3 safaris. First afternoon to Central, next morning to Eastern, and next afternoon to Western Zone. Saw lots of Kaziranga's famed One-horned Rhinoceros. In fact, a female rhino and her calf crossed the track right in front of our jeep with the mother first sniffing our intentions and then being joined by her calf after she found it safe; a wonderful sight! Later that evening a herd of Wild Buffaloes and another of over 150 Swamp Deer also crossed the path in front of us; wondrous sights!
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Northern Lapwing
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Capped Langur
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A goose-shaped rock in the pond turned out to be a Wild Buffalo enjoying immersing itself in the water
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Assam Roofed Turtle
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Green-billed Malkoha
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This massive herd of deer near the Central Zone park entrance later crossed the track when we were on our way out
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Yellow-footed Green Pigeon gorging itself on wild berries
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Smooth-coated Otters
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Wild Grass Dining Hall in which we had several delicious meals with tasty, flavourful, light and satisfying Assamese dishes, both veg and non-veg; lots of pork, too!
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Can't put it better but judged against this standard where do we stand?
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Searching for an elusive tiger that had been spotted a little while ago; no success
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Breakfast stop
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One of the many anti-poaching camps
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Ingenious water filter. Bucket with a hole at its bottom and filled with sand and charcoal lets filtered drinking water drip into the bucket below
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Distant Bhutan hills
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Natural arch
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The mighty Brahmaputra in lean season
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Forest fruit
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A happy group
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Typical style of houses on stilts
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Meanwhile some of us had gone to the heritage Thengal Manor from where they were to go to the Hollongopar Gibbon Sanctuary
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Trying out the rotary dial telephone, a type of phone never seen before by this generation!
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Next destination Nagaland!
 
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Awara

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Day 13-14, 22-23.7.22. Nagaland

This should be a jumbo album but I'm in a rush as I'm scheduled to fly to Leh in 4 days for a birding trip with Nature India

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Usual early morning departure.
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Halted at friend's house in Dimapur for a more than hearty breakfast including Naga delicacies!
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Initial good road
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Reached The Heritage Hotel in Kohima, checked in, had lunch and visited the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery where an uncle of one of our group had fought and died.

The Kohima Cemetery on the Deputy Commissioner's tennis court where the Battle of Kohima was fought.
This battle was a turning point in repelling the Japanese Army. A 1,500-strong British-Indian force held out against 15,000 Japanese.
Wikipedia entry at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kohima
Also voted as Britain's Greatest Battle in BBC report, "Kohima: Britain's 'forgotten' battle that changed the course of WWII". See Britain's 'forgotten' battle that changed the course of WWII - BBC News
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Graves neatly laid out and well-maintained surroundings
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Deputy Commissioner's Tennis Court where the crucial battle was fought
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The Heritage is the residence of the former Political Agent, Naga Hills, then later Deputy Commissioner, Naga Hills, and still later DC, Kohima
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Deputy

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Interior done up in Naga style
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Dining Hall in the verandah. Enjoyed several delicious meals with Naga dishes here
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Walkabout in Kohima after visit to War Graves
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Buying Bhot Jholokia
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Good coffee here
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Morning tea
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Late riser
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My single room
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Drove next morning to Khonoma, Asia's first green village. Bad roads and shops and restaurants were shut by the time we reached there.
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A fiercely independent race
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Some road signs en route
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Entrance fee to see Khonoma. It's used to keep the village clean and provide amenities for visitors. We asked for a paid guide but none was available so we went around on our own
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Walked up to Khonoma viewpoint climbing over 200 steps
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Terraced fields
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Shut :-(
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Storing wood for fuel & heating
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Women labour hard, as usual!
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Kohima town
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