he heart of Chhattisgarh, Bastar is a land of natural bounty. Just like everything in Bastar, this recently discovered Dholkalhiking spot has some interesting history. A 1000- year old Ganeshaidol sits at the top of the 2000ft. Hill. The hike up to the ancient idol was beautiful. Filled with gifts of nature, the whole track was filled with evergreen and deciduous trees. Through the day hike, we were introduced to the lifestyle of the people of this region, especially the tribals- about how their lives revolve around the forests. On our way back, we could see some tribal women collecting wood for chullah, and some digging in the forest mud for an underground vegetable they would cook back home. From their Gods to their beer, their everything is forest and from forests. Because the tribal lifestyle is so dependent on forests and they consider it so pristine and personal, attempts by government and corporates to encroach their land has contributed to unrest and disappointment of these people. The Dholkal and surrounding hills have been sold to Jindal steel Ltd. for the bauxite they contain, threatening the sustenance of the surrounding villages and conservation of natural beauty of the state. Corporate development has continuously been a hanging sword on the necks of tribal people, always leaving them helpless.