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There's a Mysterious Village in India Where Birds Are 'Suicidal'
This Wednesday Post: Know about 'The Bermuda Triangle for Birds', explore the best of Arunachal Pradesh, find out a gorgeous island in France, and add a UNESCO Heritage town to your travel bucketlist.
You must be wondering what am I talking about. How can birds be suicidal? But trust me, even I got goosebumps when I came to know about Jatinga - a quaint village in Assam, located at a distance of about 320 km from Guwahati.
In the months from September to November, as the clock strikes 6 PM and the sun begins its descent, an eerie hush falls over the land. Here, in this tranquil village, both local and migratory birds embark on a peculiar journey, one that defies explanation and sends shivers down the spines of those who bear witness.
These winged creatures take flight, only to descend into a realm of darkness in a ritual so bizarre and macabre that it has left even the most seasoned scientists bewildered.
EP Gee, a renowned naturalist, first unveiled this enigma to the world in the late 1960s, forever etching Jatinga onto the map of inexplicable mysteries. Ornithologists have aptly dubbed this place as 'The Bermuda Triangle for Birds.'
In the Spotlight:
I've always dreamt of venturing into this Northeastern Indian state, which resembles a canvas painted with misty mountains, awe-inspiring high passes, pristine rivers, stunning valleys, and a kaleidoscope of vibrant cultures.
Whether you're tracing the footsteps of the mighty Brahmaputra, trekking through lush forests, or immersing yourself in the warm hospitality of its indigenous communities, a trip to Arunachal Pradesh promises an extraordinary odyssey through a land where nature and culture intertwine in the most captivating ways.
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Destination of the Week: Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu 🛕
Did you know that nestled in the heart of Tamil Nadu lies a place where history, culture, and art converge in a symphony of wonders? Thanjavur, also known as Tanjore, has earned its place in the spotlight as the home of one of the three Great Living Chola Temples, honored as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
But that's not all! Thanjavur also boasts the proud distinction of being the birthplace of the melodious Carnatic music tradition. It's the very soil that nurtured the notes and rhythms that now fill the air with their enchanting tunes.
And let's not forget the artistic treasures that call this place home – the iconic bronze statues and the resplendent Tanjore paintings adorned in golden hues.
Once the mighty capital of the Great Chola empire, Thanjavur now reigns as the leading cultural headquarters of Tamil Nadu, a place where the past dances with the present, and where every corner whispers stories of its glorious heritage.
What to watch this weekend!
A year after her divorce, the vivacious 32-year-old Helen Carpenter finds herself embarking on an adventure like no other. What compels her, you wonder? It's her persuasive brother, coaxing her into signing up for a wilderness survival course.
But that's not the end of it. Through this remarkable journey into the wild, Helen uncovers a truth that will leave you pondering – the notion that sometimes, in the midst of chaos, you must willingly lose yourself to discover the most profound parts of who you are.
Intrigued? So am I!
Today's newsletter is sponsored by this cute camel couple, who are busy stealing a moment of love <3
Goodbye for now! I’ll catch you next week with a bunch of exciting travel tales from all corners of the world. Can't wait to share the fun with you!