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Tiger Trail - Journey to Bandhavgarh
Anne-Maria & Paul Cann
close-up sighting of a tiger from the back of an elephant literally took my
breath away in an audible gasp. The mahout turned and gave a smile that needed
no translation " yes - he is a magnificent creature, just look on in
This sighting had been eagerly awaited throughout the preceding days of our
journey through northern India. We had arrived in Delhi 10 days before and,
with the help of an experienced guide, enjoyed the sights and sounds that the
city had to offer.
From there we travelled to Ranthambore in the hopes of seeing tigers in the
wild but despite three days on the trail in very beautiful surroundings and
many sightings of deer, birds, monkeys and crocodiles, our only faint glimpse
was a tigress asleep under a bush deep in off the track. Not quite the sighting
we had been dreaming of as she was too far away to see clearly but we consoled
ourselves that at least we had seen one.
We continued our journey, travelling to the pink city of Jaipur where we were
amazed by the Amber Fort, took a hair-raising rickshaw ride through the old
part of the city and had fun shopping in the local market.
After 2 days of seeing the palaces and forts we left Jaipur and went onto Bharatpur
to see some wonderful bird life in the Keoladeo Ghana sanctuary. The sanctuary
has a colony of around 400 painted storks, many varieties of herons and kingfishers
as well as huge numbers of native and migratory birds a twitchers
And no visit to northern India would have been complete without seeing the architectural
splendour of the Taj Mahal, it really is beautiful - no wonder its called
the jewel in Indias crown. We watched the sunset over the Taj from our
hotels terrace and then woke in the morning to a view of it from our room
Then at last onto Bandhavgarh to stay in Tigers Den this was our
last chance to see tigers and we werent disappointed. We were almost back
It was bliss being greeted with steaming hot towels to wash off the trail dust
after a long drive shooting tigers and then to sit around a bonfire
in the gazebo discussing the days sightings with our expert guide, Jagat.
And there was a lot to shoot during our three days stay; as well
as two sightings of a sloth bear, various birds, deer and monkeys we saw 10
different tigers (with a total of 19 sightings) of which we took around 500
photos. This sounds a lot but getting the perfect shot whilst on the back of
an elephant isnt as easy as it sounds. But that is the ideal place to
be, elephants can go deep into the bush as tall bamboos, trees and steep inclines
present no obstacle to them and they are able to get in very close to the tigers.
We hope you are encouraged to go to Bandhavgarh and catch your own tiger by
the tail it will take your breath away too.
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