Delhi Backpacking Adventure Travel to Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary

 Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary

 

Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary is best to visit for a true adventure traveler and wildlife supporter. This beautiful wildlife sanctuary lies at the far southern edge of the city of Delhi, at Asola near Tughlaqabad in the Delhi National Capital Territory of India. It  was established in 1986. This protected area contains one of the last surviving remnants of Delhi Ridge hill range and its semi arid forest habitat and its dependent wildlife, the northernmost extension of the Aravalli Mountains that begin in the state of Gujarat Once this forested ridge area throughout the city of Delhi, but development has all but destroyed it. The reserve is found at the end of a rutted track that leads through a dusty unlicensed village. The sanctuary is located on Southern Ridge, the northern terminal of Aravalli Hill Range, one of the oldest mountain system of the world. Biodiversity significance of Ridge lies in its merger with Indo-Gangetic plains. Legal protected Status of southern ridge was uncertain till 1986 when community lands of the villages of Asola, Shapur and Maidangari were notified during 1986 and the lands of Bhatti 2,167 acres were notified in 1991 as a sanctuary.

 

 

It is located in South Delhi District all along Delhi Haryana, Faridabad and Gurgaon interstate border. It can be approached from Tughlaqabad to Surajkund Road near Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range or from Mehrauli via Chhatarpur Temple 6 km near Sanjay Colony. It is about 25 km from Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, the Delhi Railway station is about 30 km and Maharana Pratap Bus Stand is about 32 km from the sanctuary. It is near Tuglaqabad Fort, on the way of Surajkund Mela.The main attraction in the Asola area now is the Conservation Education Centre in the Forest Department building run in collaboration with the Bombay Natural History Society and Government of NCT Delhi. Here you can get a comprehensive package of information on Flora Fauna and also on how to help to conserve them.

 

Nature
Wildlife Discovery

 

The Nature trail run by the staff of CEC through the scrub jungle that surrounds the building is really enriched with interesting facts about the nature and life style. 2 km exposing floral and faunal element, topography of area. There are about 193 species of birds reported from Asola along with large number of medicinal plants, more than 80 species of butterflies, hundreds of other insects, mammals like blue bull, blackbuck, black-naped hare, porcupine, civets, jackals, jungle cats, and even marks of leopard are present.The film shows and slide shows conducted by the CEC are of a class of their own.Nature trail 2 km exposing floral and faunal element, topography of area. Good patches of Anogeissus, Balanite and riparian belt representative of Aravalli Hill Range.

 

Monitorlizard
Raptil

 

Large worked out minepits of Bhatti area in process of reclamation and establishment likely to be developed wetland habitat. Historical place around sanctuary are surajkund(Haryana), Tughlakabad and Adilabad ruins, Chattarpur Temple. Delhi city as per some officials has anywhere between 5,000 and 20,000 stray rhesus macaque monkeys, though this could easily be too low. Parts of the city, especially on the southern edge, are besieged with these teeming animals, who sit on the roadside as traffic passes, or else play in the branches of the tree cover above.

 

 

Dealing with the monkey problem has been a slow process, Hindus believe that the animals are manifestations of the monkey god Hanuman and feed them bananas and peanuts especially near temples. Culling them is out of the question. Delhi’s attempts to persuade a number of other states to accept the city’s monkeys have also fallen flat. The authorities in other states have said they had enough monkeys of their own to be dealing with, never mind taking in extra troublemakers from Delhi. In 2007 the federal government demanded that the city authorities act against the monkeys. Exasperated by the monkeys, which had previously broken into a government office, torn up and destroyed secret documents and even broken into the complex in which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s office is located, bitten staff and members of public, they called for action. In May 2007, under pressure from various politicians and campaigners, the Delhi High Court ordered the authorities to begin rounding up the stray monkeys and relocating them to a specially constructed sanctuary. That, they believed, would be the end of the problem.

 

Manmohan Singh Ji:

 

Congress Leader
Former PM

 

 

He was born 26 September 1932 to Gurmukh Singh and Amrit Kaur in Gah { now in Punjab Pakistan }. He is an Indian economist and politician who served as the Prime Minister of India from 2004 to 2014. The first Sikh in office, Singh was also the first prime minister since Jawaharlal Nehru to be re-elected after completing a full five-year term. His family migrated to India during its partition in 1947. After obtaining his doctorate in economics from Oxford, Singh worked for the United Nations during 1966–69. He subsequently began his bureaucratic career when Lalit Narayan Mishra hired him as an advisor in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Over the 70s and 80s, Singh held several key posts in the Government of India, such as Chief Economic Advisor (1972–76), Reserve Bank governor (1982–85) and Planning Commission head (1985–87). In 1991, as India faced a severe economic crisis, newly elected Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao surprisingly inducted the apolitical Singh into his cabinet as Finance Minister. Over the next few years, despite strong opposition, he as a Finance Minister carried out several structural reforms that liberalised India’s economy. Although these measures proved successful in averting the crisis, and enhanced Singh’s reputation globally as a leading reform-minded economist, the incumbent Congress party fared poorly in the 1996 general election. Subsequently, Singh served as Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha (the upper house of Parliament of India) during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government of 1998–2004. In 2004, when the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) came to power, its chairperson Sonia Gandhi unexpectedly relinquished the premiership to Manmohan Singh. Singh’s first ministry executed several key legislations and projects, including the Rural Health Mission, Unique Identification Authority, Rural Employment Guarantee scheme and Right to Information Act. In 2008, opposition to a historic civil nuclear agreement with the United States nearly caused Singh’s government to fall after Left Front parties withdrew their support. Although India’s economy grew rapidly under UPA I, its security was threatened by several terrorist incidents and the continuing Maoist insurgency. The 2009 general election saw the UPA return with an increased mandate, with Singh retaining the office of Prime Minister. Over the next few years, Singh’s second ministry government faced a number of corruption charges—over the organisation of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the 2G spectrum allocation case and the allocation of coal blocks. After his term ended in 2014 he opted out from the race to the office of the Prime Minister of India during 2014 Indian general election. He was never a member of the Lok Sabha but continues to serve as a member of the Parliament of India, representing the state of Assam in the Rajya Sabha for the fifth consecutive term since 1991. In 1991, Singh as Finance Minister, freed India from the Licence Raj, source of slow economic growth and corruption in the Indian economy for decades. He liberalised the Indian economy, allowing it to speed up development dramatically. During his term as Prime Minister, Singh continued to encourage growth in the Indian market, enjoying widespread success in these matters. Singh, along with the former Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram, have presided over a period where the Indian economy has grown with an 8–9% economic growth rate. In 2007, India achieved its highest GDP growth rate of 9% and became the second fastest growing major economy in the world. Singh’s government has continued the Golden Quadrilateral and the highway modernisation program that was initiated by Vajpayee’s government.Singh has also been working on reforming the banking and financial sectors, as well as public sector companies. The Finance ministry has been working towards relieving farmers of their debt and has been working towards pro-industry policies. In 2005, Singh’s government introduced the value added tax, replacing sales tax. In 2007 and early 2008, the global problem of inflation impacted India.

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