Andaman and Nicobar islands: Sublime essence of nature

For me, this trip was no less than freedom and liberty, as I have earned this priced trip after love cum arranged marriage. In fact, we both were finding solace and peace of simply being with each other. After so many seesaw phases in our relationship, we finally managed to walkover interstate /intercultural marriage. This was our first trip after marriage and it was miraculous. Typical (Honey Moon destination)

So, we reached from hajipur to Patna then to Kolkatta to Port Blair. I was enjoying the five-meter saree and red Chura(Bangle)as its kind of dress code for newlywed brides. Apparently, the island is famous for catering couples nowadays once was a place for excruciation of Indian freedom fighters, higher most torcher was to send them to Kaalapani(Andaman )   but now it shows the prowess of Indian navy and richness of marine life , colorful corals, and ethnic tribes.

the prowess of Indian navy

Geographical location: The Andaman & Nicobar Islands is a union territory of India. This territory is known as A & N Islands, or ANI. It is located in the Indian Ocean, in the southern reaches of the Bay of Bengal, nearer to Indonesia and Thailand. This comprises of two island groups – the Andaman Islands and the Nicobar Islands – which separate the Andaman Sea to the east from the Indian Ocean.

Cellular Jail

in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India, stands as a dark reminiscence of the British rule in the Indian subcontinent. This most dreaded and grueling colonial prison situated in the remote archipelago was used by the British particularly to exile Indian political prisoners. Isolated from the mainland, this jail, also referred to as Kala Pani (where Kala means death or time and Pani means water in Sanskrit) witnessed the most atrocious punishments imposed on prisoners. India’s struggle for independence saw imminent freedom fighters like Batukeshwar Dutt and Veer Savarkar being incarcerated in this jail. The jail is now open to public viewing as a National Memorial, and its museum gives one a glimpse of years of India’s struggle for freedom.  

Cellular Jail

the place for excruciation of Indian freedom fighters
once this place was filled with Azadi slogans

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar

  (28 May 1883 – 26 February 1966) was an Indian freedom fighter, politician, lawyer, and writer, known for his activism for Indian independence. Savarkar popularized the term Hindutva

Savarkarji room

Savarkar’s revolutionary activities began while studying in India and England, where he was associated with the India House and founded student societies including Abhinav Bharat Society and the Free India Society
The airport at Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar’s capital, has been named Veer Savarkar International Airport.[ The commemorative blue plaque on India House fixed by the Historic Building and Monuments Commission for England reads “Vinayak Damodar Savarkar 1883-1966 Indian patriot and philosopher lived here”

On the way to point where prisoners were thrown out to flat surface told by the guide, now this place is for experiencing nature’s love

These two groups are separated by the 10° N parallel, the Andamans lying to the north of this latitude, and the Nicobars to the south. The capital of this territory is the Andamanese town of Port Blair. There are 572 islands in the territory, of which only some 38 are permanently inhabited.  Most of the islands (about 550) are in the Andamans group, 26 of which are inhabited. The smaller Nicobars comprise some 22 main islands (10 inhabited).

These larger ships are used for commuting from main Port Blair To nearby island, WE fitted in with our SUV and observe the number of two-wheeler in there

The Andamans and Nicobars are separated by a channel (the Ten Degree Channel) some 150 km wide. The territory’s population as per the most recent (2011) Census of India was 3,79,944 and the literacy rate is 86.27%. Added together, the total land area of the territory is approximately 8,249 km². The total area of the Andaman Islands is some 6,408 km²; that of the Nicobar Islands approximately 1,841 km². Other islands are Shaheed Dweep, Swaraj Dweep, Netaji Subhas Chandra

Hindi and English are the official languages of the islands. Bengali is the dominant and most spoken language, with 26% of the population speaking Bengali. The other major languages spoken in the islands are Hindi (18.23%), Tamil (17.68%), Telugu (12.81%), Malayalam (8.11%) and Nicobarese (8.05%) according to 2001 Census of India. Other minor spoken languages are Kurukh/Oraon, Munda and Kharia. Andaman Creole Hindi is widely used as a trade language in the Andamans.

Mount Harriet National Park  

Mount Harriet (383 meters (1,257 ft), which is part of the park, is the third-highest peak in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago next to Saddle Peak

The park is named in commemoration of Harriet Tytler, the second wife of Robert Christopher Tytler, a British army officer, an administrator, naturalist and photographer, who were appointed Superintendent of the Convict Settlement at Port Blair in the Andamans from April 1862 to February 1864 Harriet is remembered for her work in documenting the monuments of Delhi and for her notes at the time of the Revolt of 1857 in India.

The picture on the backside of ₹ 20 note

The ₹20 banknote of the Mahatma Gandhi Series is 147 × 63 mm red-orange colored, with the obverse side featuring a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi with a signature of the governor of Reserve Bank of India. It has the Braille feature to assist the visually challenged in identifying the currency. The reverse side features the famous Mount Harriet in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The picture on the backside of ₹ 20 note is taken from  here

Nature’S perfect place for Photo-shoot
Towering view from Emerald island viewpoint
Clove island beach
People trying to get another skill which is needed for survival here

Chatham Saw Mill

 is the sawmill situated in Chatham Island of Andaman and Nicobar Islands in India, It was set up in 1883 with the primary objective to meet the local requirements of saw and timber for the constructional works. It is owned by the state government.

old photo of the mill
ongoing work inside mill
in memory of bombing during WORLD WAR 2,a bomb pitt is formed
MADE OF WOOD, but seems real

Chidiya Tapu:

This is the place is far away from Port Blair but is the essence of Nature creations… The serenity of place allows to enjoy till sunset..and before that one could enjoy sand side games. Try it if you have enough time.

ISLAND was full of lady officers and we managed to click with a cordial tribal lady police

Chidiya Tapu, well known for its rich collection of birds, white-spotted deer, and orchids, draws many visitors and is a perfect place for nature lovers. The sky of Chidiya Tapu is filled with around 46 species of birds namely, drongos, hanging parrot, scarlet minivet, emerald dove, long-tailed and red-breasted parakeets, white-bellied sea eagles, and grey-fronted and imperial green pigeons to name a few. 

just to remember if appearing for the exam .UPSC has a strong affinity for this island

In the Andaman Islands, the various Andamanese people maintained their separated existence through the vast majority of this time, diversifying into distinct linguistic, cultural and territorial groups.

In every walk of nature, one receives far more than one seeks
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