Nature's layers unravelled

Never mind its cough-syrupy taste, or its tongue-twister of a name, a Rhododendron in flower is inspiration enough to walk the Himalaya, or the Nilgiris.

Ranked third by Geo magazine among India's ten celebrated great banyans, this sprawling, sheltering tree is all that survives of the vast forest that once protected it.

In a Nilgiri forest cloaked with moss, the adorable and confiding Black-and-Orange Flycatcher sets the woods -- and your imagination -- aflame.