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Losing my heart to the forest flame

Get Ahead reader Anirban Das shares his recent visit to Ayodhya Hills in Purulia, West Bengal.

It was a Friday. I was returning home from office and wondering what to do over the weekend when a few planted Palash (Butea monosperma/ Butea frondosa) trees alongside the road caught my attention.

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It was spring and the trees where in full bloom. But somehow the beautiful flowers were not looking their best in the urban settings. An idea came to my mind: How about enjoying these beautiful flowers in their natural habitat?

I immediately called up a friend and planned the trip in a jiffy.

We decided to go to Ayodhya Hills, a popular trekking spot in Purulia district of West Bengal. It is 30 km away from Purulia town and about 350 km from Kolkata.

Text and photograph: Anirban Das
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