Breakfast with Butterfly At Manger A Sacred Grove Hill Forest

Date: 08-09-19 
Venue: Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary

About Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary 

Spread across the Southern Delhi Ridge of Aravali Hill Range and northern parts of Faridabad and Gurugram district of Haryana state, Asola Bhatt Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area and carries the last surviving remains of the biodiversity significance of Ridgelines. The sanctuary is surrounded by the historical places of Surajpur, Anangpur Dam, Tughlaqabad Fort, Adilabad ruins and Chatarpur Temple in Delhi. Although the area is known for birdwatching, there is always a chance to sight the royal gait of Asian Leopards as it also serves as an important wildlife corridor for this majestic feline. It is often recommended to be in a proper dressing style while trailing through its untamed landscape. For female excursionist, it is advised to properly tie their hairs and not wear too loose or tight clothes. As the sanctuary harbors a diverse variety of snakes and other reptiles who are active during monsoon, trailing in the region is avoided in the rainy season. Covering over 6,874 acres of land and established in the year 1986, Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary houses the educational center for forest studies. Although it is considered a protected area the forest department opens the place for children to visit during Summer and Winter season. Ringed around the thousand-years-old Aravalli Hill Range, the sanctuary is a humble abode to a wide variety of mammals including  Jackal, Porcupine, Jungle Cat, Civet, Black-naped Hare, Blackbuck, Nilgai, different species of butterflies and birds.

To expose people to the unique wildlife throbbing in region, Asian Adventures organised one day excursion on 08-09-19. We assembled at Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary at 07:30 AM as per the scheduled time. After a short introduction we kick started this eventful journey. We came across beautiful species of birds and butterflies including Common Tiger, Lemmon Pansy, Common Blue Jay, Common Pierrot, White orange tip, Tiny grass blue, Danaid eggfly, Pale grass blue etc. During the excursion our group captain Sohail Madan gave us a deep insight into the beautiful world of butterflies. After three hours walk we assembled in front of Butterfly Park for group photo before having breakfast. We again assembled at Conservation Education Centre for post walk discussion about species and other things. We had a meaningful discussion with Mr. Sohail, Me. Lakan, Mr. Shan Tanu, Mr. Akash, Ms. Geeta and others while having a hot cup of tea. 

After three hours walk we assembled in front of Butterfly Park for group photo before having breakfast. We again assembled at Conservation Education Centre for post walk discussion about species and other things. We had a meaningful discussion with Mr. Sohail, Me. Lakan, Mr. Shan Tanu, Mr. Akash, Ms. Geeta and others while having a hot cup of tea.

Mangar Bani 

This is a centuries-old unspoilt grove wedged between Delhi and the affluent suburbs of Gurgaon, and Haryana. The thick green cover of Manger Bani forest is a paradise for dozens of gorgeous birds, Leopards, and rare species of insects and flowers living a tranquil life in its untamed topography. While trailing through the forest we were delighted to see Mud-puddling, Common Grass Yellow with other species roosting around the Mangar Police Checkpost and opposite side of the ancient temple. As we were navigating through the paddy fields of Mangar Village we crossed path with Long-tailed shrike, Scaly-breasted munia, Indian silverbill, Paddyfield Pipit, and many more. 

Our adventurous journey came to a halt by the sudden rainfall there we chose to stay at a farm which was sitting on the lap of Aravali Hills. After spending some time at the farm we resumed our journey and headed towards the Butterfly Park where we spotted fifteen different species of Butterflies, and the dramatic act of a grasshopper escaping from the mouth of Indian Skink. On our way back after the culmination of the tour we chanced upon sighting Monitor Lizard allowing us to take its decent photos before it vanished in the undergrowth.

End of the fantastic and meaningful weekend walk. 

 Butterfly Species Seen :-  

  1. Common Tiger   
  2. Plain Tiger   
  3. Lemmon Pansy   
  4. Common blue Jay   
  5. Common Pierrot   
  6. white Orange tip   
  7. Three Rings   
  8. Tiny grass blue   
  9. Danaid eggfly  
  10. Common banded awl  
  11. Small branded swift  
  12. Large branded swift ?  
  13. Conjoined swift  
  14. Common jay  
  15. Common mormon  
  16. Lime  
  17. Small grass yellow  
  18. Spot grass yellow  
  19. Common grass yellow  
  20. Common emigrant 
  21. Mottled emigrant  
  22. Large salmon arab  
  23. White orange tip  
  24. Yellow orange tip  
  25. Common gull 
  26. Common silverline  
  27. Forget me not  
  28. Zebra blue  
  29. Common pierrot  
  30. Tarucus nara  
  31. Tarucus callinara  
  32. Tarucus balkanicus   
  33. Three rings  
  34. Pale grass blue  
  35. Tiny grass blue   
  36. Common castor  
  37. Common banded awl  
  38. Small branded swift  
  39. large branded swift 
  40. Conjoined swift  
  41. Common jay 
  42. Common mormon  
  43. Lime  
  44. Small grass yellow  
  45. Spot grass yellow  
  46. Common grass yellow  
  47. Common emigrant  
  48. Mottled emigrant  

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