Tehzoon Karmalawala | From Coast to Mountains: Pune’s Tehzoon Karmalawala’s Epic Expedition for Environmental Awareness

NpNews24 Online  –  Pune resident Tehzoon Karmalawala, a dedicated member of the Anandwan Foundation, has made significant contributions to the creation of an ‘Urban Forest’. His love for the environment and passion for conservation led him on an extraordinary journey across India, visiting national parks, sanctuaries, tiger reserves, and world heritage sites. Over a span of 18 months, Tehzoon traveled an astounding distance of 63,000 kilometers, leaving a mark in both the ‘India Book of Records’ and the ‘World Records of India’.


Reflecting on his remarkable trip, Tehzoon shared his enchantment with the diverse species of birds he encountered in Kerala, which inspired him to document India’s natural heritage through a photo book and videos. The connection he felt with nature during the lockdown fueled his motivation for this ambitious campaign.


Throughout the expedition, Tehzoon encountered a range of terrains, from deserts to lush forests, exploring the lofty peaks of the Himalayas and the ecologically rich Western and Eastern Ghats. The journey also took him from the Central Plateau to the captivating Andaman Islands, exposing him to the ever-changing weather conditions of the country.


The expedition was not without its challenges. Tehzoon mentioned the limitations imposed by restrictions, preventing access to certain national parks. Moreover, some locations presented logistical difficulties and lack of facilities, but he persisted in his mission without turning back.


The campaign, which commenced on October 19, 2021, in Pune, involved traveling by vehicle and trekking in select areas. Tehzoon successfully completed the entire expedition on April 30, 2023. The captivating photographs and videos captured during his journey will be compiled into a 12-part series, and approximately 300 photographs will be transformed into a book, offering a visual narrative of his experiences.


In total, Tehzoon visited 104 national parks, 17 biosphere reserves, 54 tiger reserves, and 32 elephant sanctuaries. His extensive exploration also included over 40 world heritage sites, showcasing the incredible diversity and natural wonders of India’s environmental treasures.


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