“We are passing the messages to the young village school kids to protect eco-tourism and how to cultivate butterfly” Saurabh Bansal from Tyar Foundation described to us that how important it is to teach the school kids from the very beginning of their age about nature and how to conserve it.
Our journey began from Delhi and we reached Ram Nagar, Uttarakhand by noon. Alaya Resort welcomed us with a warm gesture and after a quick lunch, we headed towards Kyari Village to attend the Butterfly Festival or Titli Tyar organized by Tyar Foundation, Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and India Tourism Delhi. All the children from nearby places arrived in Kyari having fun while learning about butterflies and creating paper butterflies with paper quilling.
That day, I’ve spent my fair share of time in the Tarai region of Uttarakhand and witnessed the hardships borne by locals. Surrounded by Khichdi and Toshi rivers the village people are busy collecting firewoods, walking long distances to go to school or hospitals. Where is there time to learn about the butterfly’s lifecycle, the Moth cycle and how to conserve flora and fauna? I personally got to know about the seed bombing, butterfly cultivation process organized by the BNHS team. My question is can we protect the natural reservoir and understand the importance by educating people from local villages or by organizing local educative festivals??
But Santosh Pant, the forest officer of Bela Pandav Range – who now calls Ram Nagar home, Has simple philosophy. You can not teach hungry people when they do not find any income out of it. It is better to provide them with the income process while teaching them valuable ideas of eco-tourism and how our future gets benefitted from it without harming nature. At the same time, encourage them to keep the wisdom of the traditional era- preserve natural resources, apply gorilla process for reforestation, be proud of their local tourism, retail their innate hospitality towards outsiders.
So, next time whenever you are planning for Uttarakhand, I highly recommend staying away from the overgrown, soulless market town. Try to stay in the mid of the forest and river, slightly at the Tarai base and near any village-like Kyari. The morning village walks, Butterfly trails, local food, local talk, small hike to Barati Row waterfalls definitely would give you the vibes of the closeness of Nature. I would suggest you connect people from Tyar Foundation to know more about the lifecycle of Butterflies, the Seed Bombing process and sustainable eco-tourism.
See The Festival Glimpse and the Village here