My journey to Debrigarh Nature Camp

travel Nov 14, 2020

I've admired nature. It's beauty, complexity and simplicity. The emergence of beautiful forests built from the mess of quantum.

Recently I visited Debrigarh Nature Camp with my family. It's a camp in Odisha near Hirakud Dam. The first thing I noticed when I arrived was the silence. It was so quite I could hear insects chirping.

A small picnic park within the camp
A small picnic park within the camp

The first thing we did was settle in our rooms and soaked in the nature. I went on for some mini exploration and roamed the entire camp. The camp itself is a nice place to spend time with people.

A pool inside the camp
A pool inside the camp

There were many insects and birds there.


Soon we had fish for lunch. The eating area was nicely situated beside the water.

Eating area
Eating area

The first activity we did there was boating. It's quite cliche but it still felt rejuvenating. The first thing I noticed before boarding on the boat were these solar panels:

solar panels
solar panels

This picture alone is very powerful to me. It shows a combination of human ingenuity and desire to live sustainably.

Once we started the boat ride, It was all ocean and and hills. I would look closely at the water and see sinusoidal waves within it. The view would make you pause and reconsider your view on this planet.

View from the boat
View from the boat

The world looks more beautiful in real life than any photo. You'd want to stay there and soak in the view for longer while the fresh air strikes your skin.


Our day was followed by snacks with family. We spent the entire evening together, chatting and drinking beside a bonfire. At night we played cards. Good times.


Next morning we woke up at 5 and saw the sun rise from our balcony. What a powerful celestial object the sun is.

Sunrise from balcony
Sunrise from balcony

At 7 we went for the safari ride. I have to say I was a little disappointed. We didn't see a lot of wild life. This reminded me of a Netflix documentary by David Attenborough "A Life On Our Planet" where they showed how most of Earth's diversity in wild life have gone extinct since the rise of human pollution. The show made me very sad. Perhaps, I was witnessing it on my own.

Since then I couldn't take climate change easily. We have to do something. I believe it was Gandhi who said "Think global. Act Local" Maybe we should all start acting locally.

The safari was a good soak-in for the forest. We explored and played.


After returning from safari it wasn't long before we left Debrigarh. We had no internet there, I was never distracted and left with a greater appreciation for nature and our planet.

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