India is rejoicing as the monsoon winds pour in cool showers all over, and with refreshing thoughts here we take you through a lesser-known but amazing destination– Kanha National Park. Read on to know the must-dos when at Kanha, an authentic & eco-friendly resort to stay at and try the recipe of a popular Indian sweet snack –Khurma.
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Kanha Earth Lodge, Kanha N.P.
Kanha Earth Lodge lies in 16 acres of natural forest, tucked away in a small tribal hamlet bordering Kanha’s buffer zone. It offers 12 open-fronted, luxury bungalows with en suite bathrooms and large verandahs that adhere to high standards of green architecture through their use of recycled, waste wood and local stone in all aspects of construction and furniture design. The Lodge has won several Indian and International Awards for its high environmental standards.
All cottages are inspired by traditional Gond architecture and use locally available materials such as mud plaster, stone, terracotta tiles, rough-hewn timber beams and furniture made from waste and recycled wood, which helps them to blend in seamlessly with their surroundings.
A lavish dining hall, an infinity pool, a nature library, an eco shop, outdoor barbeque with fun adventure activities.. the resort promises a great experience.
The chaste bond of love between a brother and a sister is one of the deepest and noblest of human emotions. 'Raksha Bandhan' or 'Rakhi' is a special occasion to celebrate this emotional bonding by tying a holy thread around the wrist.
On Raksha Bandhan, sisters tie a rakhi (a beautifully crafted and decorated thread) on the right wrist of their brothers as a reminder of love and protection. The brother vows to take care of his sister and in return offers her gifts and sweets. The festival is a wonderful way of bringing the family closer together. Many women also tie rakhis on their close friends and neighbors as a sign of caring and harmony in their social lives. The festival is celebrated across the country and each region has given its own name to the celebration.
When:August Every year. Where:Across India
KANHA NATIONAL PARK
One of the finest National Parks of the country – Kanha National Park, is prettily seated in between two lovely rivers Helon and Banjar, and is the core of tiger preservation in the subcontinent.The famous hunting spot of erstwhile rulers and viceroys, became thrown to fame after the release of the Jungle book by the eminent writer Rudiard Kipling. A sprawling forest with varied hybrids and rich wild life is a worthwhile spot that offer a panoramic picture of enchanting marvels. Here are the must-dos at Kanha:
Jungle Safari & Tiger Spotting
An enthralling wild life experiences that is what the Jangle Safari in Kanha offers to the visitors. Watching the wild animals in their natural habitat provides a rejuvenating feel to everybody. You can choose to go on an elephant or Jeep safari.
Kanha National Park provides around 300 species of birds for the bird watchers. The species of birds include both resident and migratory which are of great interest to the visitors. Kanha national park is home to many migrating birds in the winter season.
This place is known as Sunset Point and gives visitors a spectacular view of the sunset. This is one of the most beautiful areas of the park.
The Kanha museum is located near the Kisli gate inside the park. The place is worth visiting by people interested in animal HISTORY. The museum is maintained by the forest DEPARTMENT of Madhya Pradesh. The museum is opened throughout the day for the visitors.
Shravan tal is a small pond situated in the reserved area. It is considered that Shrawan Kumar carried his blind parents and fetched water from this pond. Hence, the pond is named after Shawan Kumar after Dashratha, father of Rama shot Shrawan with his bow and arrow.
From the Kitchen...
Indore city experience is incomplete without a mention of its Sweet-spicy Poha, which is a breakfast staple. Here is an easy recipe for you to try in your kitchen and savour the taste of the city.
All purpose flour/ Maida – 3 Cups
Puree ghee – 1/2 cup
Vegetable oil for deep frying Sugar – 2.5 cup
Water – 1/2 cup
Rose water/ kewra – 1 tablespoon
Sieve flour in a broad bowl and add ghee.Mix it well with your hand. Add small amount of water and knead the flour to make tight dough.Divide the dough into 6 equal portions. Take one portion of the dough and roll it like a chapatti.Now roll the chapatti into cylindrical shape and seal it with water so that it does not open up.Press the cylindrical shaped chapatti little bitwith the help of a rolling pin and then cut it into small cubes.Repeat this process for the rest of the dough and collect the cubes in a plate.Deep fry it on very low flame till golden and crisp from all the sides.Take another wok with half cup water and 2.5 cup sugar. Let it boil till sugar dissolves completely. Add kewra water in the sugar syrup. Switch off the flame.
Add the fried cubes in the sugar syrup, mix it well and cover it for 5 mins. Mix it again and let it cool down till the sugar crystalises and coats the cubes. Khurma is ready. You can store it in airtight container for almost a month.