Magical Bandhavgarh : A group visit cum study tour to a high density Tiger reserve

#1 Jan 4th, 2011, 06:25
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Bandhavgarh Tiger reserve, having the highest density of Bengal tigers known in the world was the destination of a group of 5 conservation minded Wildlife enthusiasts (including me) in the 4th week of November 2010.

In my visit spanning 3 days, I encountered countless species apart from coming across 14 different tigers (cubs+adults) over 6 drives and 1 trek in the park.

The ocassion was "Wildcat's Nature Club" foundation week and we had organised a visit of a small group of select wildlife enthusiasts to visit the park.

Needless to say that the visit produced more than 200GB of photographs from the 5 DSLR's and one point and shoot camera that our team was carrying apart from a great time for all the folks and a fantastic interaction with the local villagers of the Tala village.

In this travelogue, I will try to present an accurate sesssion by session report of our visit and also highlight some of the burning issues that this Tiger reserve is facing of late.

Before going into the details, I would like all of you to take a look at this graphic and understand the message that we are trying to give out. (advised to click on the photographs for a bigger image and better readability)

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Critiques and comments are welcome.

A brand new year folks. Lets keep rocking !!

Dr. A Ghosh

Disclaimer: Although this writeup and travelogue is on a Tiger reserve and will have plenty of Tiger images, I am not trying to send the message out to everybody here that whenever you visit a Tiger reserve, you will surely come across Tigers. Tiger sighting and encounters are matters of luck and patience coupled with a lot of pre tour preparations and planning.

I strongly advise my readers to read a writeup that was published recently by a prominent central Indian national daily. This writeup forms the basis of the activity of "Wildcats Nature Club" which we run here in Nagpur ; and it will also help you understand why I keep visiting the parks so often and why (apparently) I end up having so many encounters with the panthera.

Presenting the writeup :
Tiger conservation, Hope shines bright..................
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P.S: I am going back to Bandhavgarh from 22-26 January to finish some unfinished documentation of some of the issues that this park is facing; and invite anybody interested to come along. A post of call for partners is here
#2 Jan 11th, 2011, 11:07
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Hi abheek,

I am following you on t-bhp as an observor (not a member of team-bhp ) and your posts and pics are awesome!!! i am really glad to see you here

I would like to join you on your pench/kanha/tadoba trips on any saturday & sunday. When will you start wandering those parks again? How many people you can accommodate with you? Please let me know so that i can go ahead with rail tickets booking
“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” - Paul Theroux
#3 Jan 11th, 2011, 12:52
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Dear abheekg,
Eagerly waiting for your travelogue...
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#4 Jan 12th, 2011, 02:51
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Hello Abheek,

Same as wind_chariot, I follow your reports on t-bhp...I will spent 3 weeks in India in april. Is it possible to share with you some safaris at Pench on saturday or sunday (I went there 3 times, Mowgli's den), Tadoba (I don't know this park, should you give adress for a lodge, not Tiger trails which is too expensive) ?
Bandhavgarh is also possible.
I am foreigner and prices are different for the entry (so I'll pay the gap...)

Thanks for your answer.

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