The Aravali range in north-western India is one of the
oldest mountain ranges in the world (3200 billion years approx.). At
present The Aravali range is only a reminiscent of the gigantic system
that existed in the prehistoric times with several of its summits
rising above the snow line and nourishing glaciers of stupendous
magnitude which in turn fed many great glaciers. The Aravalis now
flaunt a magnificent Semi-Dry Deciduous Forest.
Undulating hills of Aravali, supporting the dry deciduous
forests, provide an unimaginable beautiful ambience. The area is
characteristically rich in floral diversity- particularly medicinal
plants. It has numerous floral and faunal species of global
conservation significance. The rare flora comprises Kadaya (giving
medicinal gum), Gugal, amla and Moosli etc. The predominant trees are-
Khair, Salai, Modad, Dhavada, Khakhara, Timru. During late winters
(February-March) Khakhara-the flame of the forests- known by many
different names such as- Palash, Tesu, Kesudo, Dhak etc. is generally
in bloom with its striking red color resembling flames in the forests.
The rare animals include sloth bear, striped hyena, leopard, bluebull,
porcupine, fox, small Indian civet, Indian pangolin and a number of
reptiles including venomous and non-venomous snakes, monitor lizards,
star tortoise etc. The rare birds of this area are adjutant Stork,
spoonbill, osprey, white backed Vulture and black vultures. (See the
bird checklist & animals & aviflora on our flora & fauna page).
It is in these very hills that we offer you customized trekking & hiking trips to unwind from the hustle bustle of your busy life in the cities & from your daily work routine & also, at the same time, take a sneak-peek into the rich culture, vegetation, animals, birds & tribes of Aravali range.
Significance: The forests of “The Aravalis” play an
important role in conserving the depleting eco-system and in
controlling the southward expansion of The Thar Desert. The forest
areas, interspersed with numerous hills and hillocks form the
watershed for many dams across the state. It also constitutes part of
the catchment areas of life giving important Rivers & Rivulets. The
ecological boundaries of Aravalis in Rajasthan State get amalgamated
with forests of Haryana & Delhi States in the north ,and ,Spreads into
agricultural fields all around providing ecological security and
ameliorated environment to the semi arid region of Gujarat in the
South & The expansive districts of Jaisalmer & Barmer to the west
which is threatened by expanding desert.