In continuation of Second part ……..
Route 03 —— Asan Barrage – Dak Pathar – Tapkeshwar Temple – FRI Museum
On this route we can see following places :-
1. Asan Barrage :- A water sport resort has been developed by GMVN, this includes Water Skiing, Rowing, Paddle Boating, Kayaking, Double Water Skiing, Mono-Skiing and Motor Boating. It was created in 1967 & popularly known as Dhalipur lake, situated at 43 kms from Dehradun city on Chandigarh / Shimla road.
2. Dak Pathar :- It has emerged a wonderful tourist spot under Yamuna Hydel Scheme. It is situated at 45 kms from Dehradun City. Dak Pathar is a beautiful picnic spot for the localities. Apart from Dam there is a well maintained park to hangout.
3. Tapkeshwar Temple :-It is holy abode of Lord Shiva situated in the bank of rivulet. The temple comes under the Garhi cantt which is about 5-6 kms from Dehradun city. The name is self explanatory that water droplets originated from rock & fall on the shivling inside the cave.
There is a shivling made by 5151 Rudraksh inside the temple, seeing such a Rudraksh’s shivling was wonderful experience.
Legend says that it was from the cave that Lord Shiva poured milk to Ashwathama , the son of Dronacharya.
One can visit Mata Vaishno Devi Gupha Mandir there .
4. FRI Museum :- It was established in 1906 , the FRI Dehradun is an international renowned Institute for conducting research & education in the field of forestry & Environment Sciences.
There are six Museums :-
a. Forest Pathology division Museum :- Here Studies were carried out on many disease problems relating to seed, nurseries, plantations, natural forests and timber pathology.
b. Social Forestry Museum :- This museum depicts the effect of environment with and without trees on productivity and economy of the villages. Photographs and Models show effect of tree growth on fuel wood, fodder and other forest products. Models show the nursery techniques for raising planting stocks, planting techniques and various protective measures for the plants. Models of improved smokeless chulhas to demonstrate the efficient use of fuel wood.
c. Silviculture Museum :- The Silviculture Museum displays models and Photographs on Silvicultural Systems practiced for efficient and scientific management of the forests. The most important exhibits are a series of large models showing the chief methods practiced for regulating the felling and regeneration of a forest. General aim is to utilize the soil fully for perpetual supply of timber in the most paying sizes. These methods vary with the species, extraction facilities, proximity of markets, and market requirements. A diagram showing examples of the methods in actual practice supplements each model. Different types of tools used in forestry operations form a unique set of exhibits. The sketches of wildlife of India are educative for school children.
d. Timber Museum :- The Museum has exhibits of the best-known and most common commercial woods. One hundred and twenty six commercially important species displayed along the walls of the museum provide the visitors an idea on the characteristics of these woods. The lower halves of the planks have been left in the natural state, while the upper half are oiled with the linseed oil to enhance the features of the timber.
One cubic feet of green wood sample contains about 16 liters of water and it requires seasoning. After seasoning a significant amount of water (2.7 litres) still remains in the wood
The center of attraction, however, is a transverse section of a 704-year-old Deodar (Cedrus deodara) tree, which was felled in 1919 from the hills of U.P.
e. Non wood Forest Products Museum :- The term “Non-Wood Forest Products” has been coined to replace the old term “Minor Forest Products”. Since the term M.F.P. in the IV World Forestry Congress, 1954, it was suggested that M.F.P. be termed as “Economic Forest Produce other than wood”. This term has again been recently modified as “Non-Wood Forest Products” to cover all forest produce other than timber and fuel wood.
The better known among the NWFPs of socio-economic importance are leaves, bamboo and canes, gums, resin and oleo-resin, oil-seeds, essential oil including oil yielding grasses, fibers and flosses, grasses than oil yielding grasses, tans and dyes , drugs and species, animal products and edible products, etc. Their contribution to the economy is largely un-quantified as more than 60 percent of such production is locally consumed and are unrecorded.
f. Entomology Museum :- This museum contains about 3,000 exhibits representing the various stages of insect pests and the nature of damage caused by them to seed, seedlings, standing trees, felled timbers, bamboos and also finished products. Exhibits are arranged alphabetically according to plant genera. Important forestry pests like sal heart-wood borer, teak defoliator, Meliaceae shoot borer, poplar defoliators, deodar defoliator, sissoo defoliator, babul stem and root borer, their biology, life history and nature of damage have been depicted along with methods to control them.
Timings : Monday to Friday (9.30 AM to 1.30 PM & 2.00 PM to 5.30 PM)
Ticket Charges :- Adult Rs.15/- (05 years and over)
Kids Rs. 5 ( Below 05 Years)
Photography is strictly prohibited inside the museum.