Delhi, Feb. 20 -- Anaphalis Margaritacea. I will have found out what this wildflower that speckles the slopes of Kumaon like fireflies of the day is called only later. Their fluid, buoyant grasp sucks us in every now and then, and our city knees, fresh out of a lockdown, swoon readily before their practised charms. We wade through their midst and their ensuing sighs have turned these fields all auburn.

*Lying in the lap of the Kumaon hills, the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary stretches over 47 sq km of unsullied dense oak, rhododendron and pine forest at an average altitude of 8,000m. Its inhabitants include barking deer, goral, pine Martens, langurs, porcupines and leopards.

The walk down is often a trail that curves in the manner of a solid...