Tiger spotting in India - best parks, your sightings please.

#31 Mar 7th, 2009, 22:46
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There is a method of finding tigers, B******D if I know what it is though.
My man Ramesh (google Ramesh Suyal)always finds them. Well, thats been the case for the last 4 years. Without fail he has managed to find tigers.
Just over 3 years ago, we passed a BBC film unit sitting in Corbett,trying to make a wildlife programme. We stopped about 40 yards past them, he smiled and said "They are waiting in the wrong place" The tiger will come through here ! In less than 3 minutes, we stared in awe as this tiger and 2 cubs walked across the track in front of us. The film crew missed it completely ?
He has done this many times over the years that followed, and hopefully he will do it again over the next couple of weeks.
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Tiger spotting in India

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan last month spotted a couple after 4 safaris...
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hi friends .. 15 days back i was in bandahv garh and kanha.
bandhav garh 2 females and one male in 2 days ..
kanha one female 3 males in 3 days.. all in wild not like a safari. i have posted some pics in members gallery today. it was a good spoting and for good about 5 to 20 mins.
best part about my trip is that for the 1st time in my life i spotted wild dogs ( indian dhol ) which are very rare to see. i have put 3 pics of those and very good siting of wild bisans.
i have been to almost all the wild life parks in india but kanha was my best experiance cause it is very systamtically managed and wild life and nature is protected. its better then corbet or any other park ( rest are so commercial) .
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Adventures,

Thanks for sharing. It looks like you had a great time. Man, you make me jealous. Wild dogs, tigers galore and gaur. Was it just luck, good tracking or did you figure out a way of bribing tigers
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Originally Posted by bearable View Post Adventures,

Thanks for sharing. It looks like you had a great time. Man, you make me jealous. Wild dogs, tigers galore and gaur. Was it just luck, good tracking or did you figure out a way of bribing tigers
ha ha ha... man it was mostly my luck and my passion to see wild life which may be melted nature's heart to oblige me and also becuase CCF is my friend so i had excess to some core area. i am also doing a project to help kanha officials in buffer zone to protect animals and educating locals about preservation of nature. actually i had posted a thread and invited 2 or 3 keen wildlifers to join me but no body responded ha ha ha .. any way next time i will keep you in mind. cheers.
#36 Mar 9th, 2009, 22:54
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Ranthambhore

24th all day safari, spotted one tiger at 4pm for 10 mins in zone 5, all day safari's always go to zone 5, since it take about an hour to get there. Was in a jeep which was quick enough to loop round a hill to catch a second sighting. A cantor would not have been agile enough to do this.

25th again in zone 5 at 9.00am one tiger for about 5 minutes crossing dry river bed, and walking up road.
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Ranthambhore (Dec 2008) - 7 individual tigers, 8 Safaris. But then we were rewarded long before we saw the cat as we saw a variety of wild life i.e. Birds, deer, jackals, monkeys, rabbit etc..

My first sighting lasted for close to 30 minutes out of which 20 minutes were private sightings. All due to the fact that we went around and looked for our tiger and not stood around in a traffic jam of 20 vehicle.

Cheers,
Kartik
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Originally Posted by kartikp View Post Ranthambhore (Dec 2008) - 7 individual tigers, 8 Safaris. But then we were rewarded long before we saw the cat as we saw a variety of wild life i.e. Birds, deer, jackals, monkeys, rabbit etc..

My first sighting lasted for close to 30 minutes out of which 20 minutes were private sightings. All due to the fact that we went around and looked for our tiger and not stood around in a traffic jam of 20 vehicle.

Cheers,
Kartik
Did you book your jeep/guide with the park or was it a private booking?

I only ask because our guides were only focused on spotting tigers, and virtually ignored everything else. In fact we parked up at a security post for 45 mins waiting to hear an alarm call. Ok it did result in a spotting, but the driver then hurtled full speed back to base, arriving back an hour early, mission acomplished! On both our safaris the guides did not even have binoculars.
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jsoap,

My bookings were handled by the resort. We did wait at a few locations for alarm calls but we were never in a hurry. Our guide went out of the way to show us around and at times we almost got late. During the whole trip we were never back early, late may be . Have posted a trip report, you can have a look at that.

I did come across some guides who were sleeping in their seats while the tourists were sitting around with a grumpy face, which was unfortunate.

Did you tell the guide/driver that you would be interested in everything and not just tigers?

Cheers,
Kartik
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Kartik,

yes I've seen the report, your pictures are amazing, which makes me even more irritated by the poor service we got from our guides.
We never thought to tell the guides that we wanted a wildlife experience rather than just tiger spotting.
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Thanks jsoap, glad you like the pictures.

You can always tell them the next time you visit :-). I will post around when I will be going back and if you want you can join us.

Cheers,
Kartik
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Hi, spotted two different females in Kanha a couple of months ago (so late Jan 09). Jeep safari with transfer to an elephant for the first, she had cubs too, but didn't see them as they were in the long grass, and another one when on the way home after a disappointing afternoon.
Did an 8 hour foot safari in Nepal and disturbed a tiger eating, it ran away (this was after tracking it for 3 hours, and also got to see a rhino from about 5m away, also on foot after hours of tracking, intense!) Its a lot less organised and regimented than India, and we only saw 3 other people all day. Scary, but wonderful. I have photos on Flickr under the same username if you want to see.
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bikespod,

on foot with Tiger and Rhino ... you lucky lucky guy... how did you organize that.. and what would be an indicative cost btw? Please do share the details... I would love to go there...

Cheers,
Kartik
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Fantastic photos Kartikp. Lucky you! Have you posted a trip report anywhere? Would love to read it and see more pics.


Regarding Tiger sighting, we saw one on New Years Day this year, unsolicited and most unexpected, in the Nilgiris. It had caught and killed a calf and we saw it languidly watching us from afar, then pull its kill into the shola the next evening.
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snonymous,

Thanks. Trip report is posted right here on this forum:

Ranthambhore trip report - (Dial up warning)

For a more complete set of photos:

http://photo.arrozinc.com

You were quite lucky to have come across tiger in nilgiris, I have heard that it is quite uncommon.

Cheers,
Kartik
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