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Keshar Parvat (hillock) near Mhow, Indore is taking the shape of thick forest where one feels Nature, one feels GOD, one feels positive vibrations in lush greenery and water body. One becomes spiritual here. Keshar Parvat was a barren rocky hillock since ages and it was purchased by Garg family in year 2007 and Dr. S.L. Garg made an initiative to plant 50,000 trees here from June 2016. There was no water and it was not possible to dig the land more than 8 inches to 12 inches. In spite of all the odds, Dr. S.L. Garg took an initiative to plant the trees from 2016 with an object to plant total 50,000 trees. Till September 2021, 32,000 trees have been planted and half of them have come to 8 to 10 feet height. Initially there were many obstacles and slowly they were won. Still water is purchased every day to water the plants through drip irrigation but with the construction of a Poly Pond in year 2021, it is hoped that water will be available from the Pond and there will be no scarcity. Dr. Garg wants to convert this barren rocky hillock of area 10 hectares (25 acre) into a dense thick forest in the years to come. We believe in natural farming: No fertilizers and no pesticides.

The land is unique in the sense that Olive trees require cold climate temperatures and they are mainly grown in Italy and Spain. We planted 100 olive trees and 95 are doing well even at temperatures of 43 degree Centigrade. Similarly, we have planted 50 Apples trees which are grown in Himachal Pradesh in cold climate but 45 Apples trees are doing well. We have also planted Keshar (Saffron) in August 2021 in a 600 square feet area and we hope to see Keshar growing on our land in November 2021. The bulbs (Crums) were purchased from Srinagar, Kashmir. We have also developed Nakshtra Vatika where one will find plants according to 27 Nakshatras. Nakshatra Vatika contains Banyan, Pipal, Neem, Rudraksha, Shami, Arjun, Nagkeshar, Kathal, Jamun etc. Flowers and vegetables are not counted in 32,000. Thus Keshar Parvat is a living example that Nature does not disappoint any one.

Land as in year 2016 before plantation

Land now in year 2021 after 5 years of plantation

Out of 32,000 trees there are 1000 Pipal, 1500 Neem, 500 Bargad (Banyan), 3000 Sagwan (Teakwood), 1000 Shisham, 1000 Aam (Mango), 500 Amrood (Guava), 300 Sitaphal (Custard Apple), 500 Khamar, 1000 Dragon Fruit, 100 Jetun (Olive), 100 Kachnar, 100 Gulmohar, 50 Amaltas, 500 Awla, 100 Falsa, 100 Meda, 100 Shahtoot (Mulberries), 100 Metha Neem, 5000 Bans (Bamboo), 100 Papita (Papaya), 100 Bilva, 50 Senvphal (Apple), 100 Kathal, 100 Jamun, 100 Mahua etc. We have also planted Paras Pipal, Nimbu (Lemon), Kabit, Badam (Almond), Kaju (Cashewnut), Laung (Clove), Palash, Karonda, Chandan (Sandal Wood), Kela (Banana), Rudraksh, Gular, Shami, Imli, Surjana (Moringa), Cheed (Pine), Strawberry, Anjeer, Lichi, Avocado etc.

Because of so many plants and trees, Keshar Parvat is a unique example of biodiversity where so many butterflies and birds live. Wild animals like Neel Gaay, Khargosh (Rabbit), Siyar (Jackal), Ullu (Owl), Mor (Peacock) etc. are also seen.