Conserving in India

Conserving in India

The two aerial photographs aboveĀ best describe why conservation in India is so hard. As per government records, some 350-400 million people depend on the forestsĀ and yet about 22% of India is still under forest cover.



  1. Nemichandra · May 23, 2014 Reply

    Mr Kalyan, these photographs of yours are awesome, kudos to you.

    However, is it fair to have resorts in protected forests? i believe you worked at Gorukana in BRT for some years as your INK talk goes by, is it fair? Don’t you think it would be better if these forests are outside the reach of humans? There are some reports where in some photographers and resort owners have arrangements with forest dept officials and go in to deep places which are pristine?

    I would like to hear your word on this.

    • Kalyan Varma · May 23, 2014 Reply

      Dear Nemichandra,

      I think everyone needs to see things in context and not in absolutes.

      Wildlife tourism is a critical way in which people can appreciate nature and with safeguards, eco-tourism is generally good for the forests as well as for the people. I do agree with you 100% that there should not be resorts *inside* protected areas. If you look at BR hills, there is Jungle lodges in Kgudi which sits right in the middle of critical tiger habitat (core area). Gorukana resort is a non-profit run by the Soligas which is in revenue land outside the boundary of the protected area. Also 100% of Gorukana profits go for healthcare and education for the Soliga communities.

      Regarding your last point, I do not know if it happens in other places, but I know that it does not happen in Karnataka.

      • hariprashanth M.G · June 4, 2014 Reply

        Hi Kalyan,
        I’ve been to K-Gudi, & Bandipur. Honestly it is an awesome experience at BR Hills. The officials at the resort and the Rangers are doing a wonderful job in keeping the jungle and animals safe. Bandipur had wild fire this summer.. but Even with a resort in its core area and which is full almost in all seasons, K-Gudi was safe and not even a single fire was reported.
        In fact at K-Gudi, everyone gets the feel of living inside a core jungle.. that too in Tents or Log Houses, and the interaction with those officials makes everyone respect wild life and the jungles. 2nd day of our trip I saw mine and my friends kids picking their cookie packets and leaving it in the dustbin, which they never do. They did not make noise on our Safari. And I am talking about 3 year old and 5 year old kids.
        These kinds of resorts gives us a chance to teach our children about wild life and give them that experience which I am sure 95% of Indians never had.
        Kalyan, the manager at K-Gudi did tell us about you and your service there.
        BTW the clicks are awesome.

        Hariprashanth M.G

  2. Jai Govind Meena · May 24, 2014 Reply

    These both photos are simply awe inspiring !!

  3. Daniel · May 27, 2014 Reply

    Where are these pictures from?

  4. Vinit Bajpai · June 21, 2014 Reply

    Dear Kalyan,
    Awesome Photographs. Keep on inspiring.

  5. Abhishek Behl · August 29, 2014 Reply

    Awesome description Kalyan and an amazing capture ariel shot. Very true, High human densities and their demand for co-existence have certainly put a massive drain on India’s fragile ecosystems & biodiversity. Thanks for sharing.

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