butterfly festival is a celebration of all that is beautiful | To travel

September is celebrated National Butterfly Month in India. Titli Tyar was driven to celebrate butterflies, for the first time in Uttarakhand last month. A great festival where various individuals, naturalists, butterfly breeders, nature educators, eco-resorts and Uttarakhand Tourism come together for this butterfly knowledge sharing initiative.

Poonam Chand, Additional Director of Uttarakhand Tourism, “It gives me great pleasure to see such events happening in Uttarakhand. Nature-based activities like these are a great opportunity for people to connect with nature. My best wishes to Aahana and to all who have taken this initiative. There is nothing better than promoting green tourism and focusing on experiences like these.

Families who were there in Corbett to spend a holiday with their loved ones stumbled upon this beautiful festival: “I love nature. This is my first time coming to Corbett with my parents. I loved the butterfly walk. I have learned so much. When I go back I will share all the knowledge with my friends. I was very surprised to know that butterflies can sense the pressure changes in the atmosphere. My favorite is the striped tiger butterfly, ”says Ayushi Satapathy, a grade 5 student from Delhi.

Revisiting Pandey, a student in Class 7, Noida Extension explains his enthusiasm: “I had studied the life cycle of a butterfly in school but I was not so clear about it. The Butterfly Steps helped me understand its four stages like never before. I never knew butterfly life could be so colorful and interesting. There was so much to know about their habits, their ecosystem, how they thrive on their host plants, where they lay their eggs, etc. I will also look for larvae and eggs in my garden.

Butterfly in my Backyard Titli Tyar or Butterfly Festival was conceptualized with the aim of raising awareness among the local community about Corbett and the dozens of tourists who visit each year for these precious creations.

“Such events shouldn’t happen once a year, but more. I totally loved the agenda that Aahana started when they said Corbett should not only be known for tigers but why not for butterflies. TitliTyar is a wonderful opportunity to share all that I have experienced and learned over time. Butterflies play a very important role in the food chain and pollination. Their life can be like a pandora’s box because we don’t even know how many varieties there are and each has something different to teach us. There is no such thing as a national butterfly of India, so there is so much to discover, learn and enjoy. I discover something new every day, ”says Prachi Singh, Lepidopterist and Limca Book of Records holder.

Ayu Tripathi, director of Aahana, The Corbett Wilderness and youngest member of the Uttarakhand Tourism Board, shares: “We decided to host the festival for two days because we wanted to learn from the best. We have always focused on experiences that can be beyond tigers. Our goal is for our guests to leave well informed and intrigued by the butterflies. If the kids pick up even 1%, our job is done. The creation of habitat was at the heart of our creation. We nurtured our ecosystem at Aahana in a very scientific and authentic way, where we know our trees, what insects, birds thrive there, what fruits they eat, what role each plays in the ecosystem. So, we want people to learn more about butterflies and symbiotic relationships. We want to instill curiosity for all age groups. I have learned so much. I’m sure others have done it too.

Naturalists who guided everyone through the trails

Sanjay Chhimwal, senior naturalist, says: “After the pandemic, we all needed something to turn negative waves into positive ones. After the success of last year’s initiative (when it was first conceptualized), we were able to shift the focus from the tigers to the birds and now we’re aiming to add butterflies to it. The world of butterflies is beautiful and very unique. We have some 150 types of varieties in and around the Corbett area itself. TitliTyar is an attempt to help more and more people become interested in butterflies, understand their life web and appreciate nature in a new light. “

For Ahmed Ali, Naturalist, Aahana The Corbett Wilderness, who has always been a bird enthusiast but last year he became interested in butterflies. He thinks, “Our textbooks only mention size, color, basic life cycle, but this festival is beyond that. We learned about their body parts, their wings, their antennae, their egg-laying activities. When we study butterflies, we also get to know their host plants and get closer to nature. ”

Abhishek Gulshan, Nature Educator, Nature Travel Specialist and Founder of Ninox – Owl about Nature, says: “TitliTyar is a wonderful local initiative in the Corbett area. In just two years it has sparked curiosity and has been great for nature lovers as well as the local community. Last year it was focused on one place. This year it has expanded to 7-8 locations in the Corbett area, which is a good sign. Butterfly watching is a new activity and people are gradually getting used to it. Butterflies are beautiful and the idea is not to see them once but to maintain the relationship. You can spend your life knowing them. I am fascinated by their defense mechanism in the web of life and we have to show this not only to nature lovers, but to more and more people.

For me, this event helped me rediscover my love, fun and admiration for nature and its wonderful creations. Butterflies are insects that belong to an order or group called Lepidoptera. During my two days at Corbett, I developed a new interest in butterflies, beyond their pretty appearance. I was delighted to put together a lot of information about these superbly attractive, scaly-winged cold-blooded species that play a very important role in the food chain. It was fascinating to walk around the host plants, learning about their defense mechanism, spotting their eggs and discovering new varieties. Titli Tyar will always be memorable.

I will join other butterfly walks to expand my knowledge. And there’s also good news for people like me who typically miss birding tours due to their late sleep patterns. Butterflies are more active and easy to spot when the sun is up, up, and bright.

Photography tips

Ashir Kumar, nature and macro photographer, “I’m getting to know butterflies. I have joined the butterfly trails on and off due to my photography work and can tell there is a beautiful world of butterflies waiting to be explored. Here’s a tip when photographing butterflies, just be patient when clicking on them. You can get good shots even without disturbing them. Keep a distance, let them settle on the flowers and leaves with outstretched wings, then pull. Danaid Eggfly Butterfly makes wonderful photos.

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