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Heart Of The Woods

Meghalaya’s rich forests are role-models for community-based conservation efforts

Heart Of The Woods
The Woods Are Lovely, Dark And Deep | Photograph by Arbikos Gallong
The sacred grove at Mawphlang is one of the best protected forests in Meghalaya
Heart Of The Woods
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2018-09-18T17:41:53+05:30

The forest overwhelms your senses—sight, sound, smell. Colourful, flower-shaped mushrooms burst through the thick undergrowth. Moss and lichen cover every inch of the trees. A wren warbler calls out with its distinctive whistle-cry just before crickets and cicadas resume their caco­phony, drowning the soft gurgle of a crystal clear stream as it takes a sharp bend over a bed of rocks. You look up and stare straight at a perfect heart-shape opening in the foliage—it’s a metaphor of the Mawphlang Sacred Grove.

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