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THE HIPLA - NO LESSER THAN HEAVEN

A place far from maddening crowds of urban INDIA, surrounded by plains carpeted with luxriant grass, Rivers , Speeding down ,steep mountains sides, riot of colours provided by exotic different coloured leaves. the atmosphere created by combination of hills, Running water and dense forest.......

sounds like description of heaven on Earth isn't it........????

Yes, and this heaven is 50Km from chickmaglur (51/2 hrs from blore) deep inside the woods. This is the place where my grandparents lived and where i spent most of my childhood vacations, this place is called as HIPLA. In summer the road is motorble for 40Km after tht we used to trekk . The trekking includes crossing two rivers on trembling bridges and walking in to green fields stretching to the horizon, the wide blue sky above , very few people, we used to breath air of freedom and sanity as soon as we reached the place.

Life in Hipla is easy going, joy come easy,One memory of childhood vacation in Hipla is the abundand greenery with amazing wildlife. I still remember my first elephant sighting when i was very young, the fear racing through my being, the thrill. We were in jeep and it stood opposite to us, blocking our way , As the roads were narrow there was no way that we chould turn and go back. it was scary but still it was fun.

My grandfather was a passionate hunter, he used to bring dead rabbits ,Deers, Pigs, Squirrels,Wild birds.....there is something different about wild animals, they looked alive even they are dead where as the animals in zoo looked dead even they are alive....

There is a water fall near Hipla, the falls are not massive but they are heartbreakingly beautiful, tumbling joyously in a stunningly panasomic location. I can say with authority that the finest certificate man can give a river is ti drink its water while swimming in it. Which is what we were doing everyday in summer vacation.

There is something marvelous abt sleeping out in Hipla, you are lulled to sleep by sound of nightjars and owlets and woken by an orchestra of birdsong.

Well that was just a glimpse of how hipla was? How the people lived without electricity, without communication. Now its been vacated to make wildlife santury. The philosophy of vacating the village to protect wild life is reasonable considering the future, the villagers may loose there innocence, become wild and may start encroaching the forest land.Anyways there is tourist bungalow in the middle of forest on the hill top, it's worth going over there and staying for few days..........so pals enjoy the trip in the land which is NO LESSER THAN HEAVEN.

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4 comments:

BABAI said...

WOW... would luv to be in HIPLA sometime soon...

priyank said...

u ar right this time...no place like hipla.

nes said...

missin days in hippla

Anu said...

yep...!!!!

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