Tadoba in April

#1 Jan 15th, 2018, 23:44
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Hello friends!
I am planning a trip to Tadoba in the first week of April, with my family (wife and kid). This would be my first visit and I would take a total of around 16/17 safaris (mostly in gypsy, one or two in canter). I would be staying at the MTDC resort at Moharli. Thus, the core safaris would have to be from Moharli. I just had some doubts regarding my plans:

1. What would the sighting be like in April 1st week? I know tiger sightings are a matter of luck, but still...Would the vegetation be thinning out at that time of the year to maximise sighting possibilities?

2. I understand that the fares for the advance reservation has been updated. Now, one needs to pay approx. Rs 4k for the gypsy entry alone, if booked 60-120 days in advance. But from when is this rule applicable? The website says the rule is applicable w.e.f. 1st Feb entry. What does this mean? Could I book the gypsy entries now for the April safaris for Rs 1k?

3. How is Chandrapur town for basic shopping i.e. I wanted to buy some fresh bakeries and eatables (I will have a 5 yr old with me) which I can keep with me inside the resort room, to satisfy unpredictable hunger pangs.

4. How is the power situation at MTDC? Do they have frequent power cuts and a generator back-up?

5. How would the temperatures be in April, for the morning and evening safari?

6. Finally, does one tip the guide and driver? If yes what would be an average amount to tip?
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2. I understand that the fares for the advance reservation has been updated. Now, one needs to pay approx. Rs 4k for the gypsy entry alone, if booked 60-120 days in advance. But from when is this rule applicable? The website says the rule is applicable w.e.f. 1st Feb entry. What does this mean? Could I book the gypsy entries now for the April safaris for Rs 1k?
You can book permit for Rs 1K ( for weekdays ) & Rs 2k ( for Weekends ) if you book exactly 60 Days or less than 60 days in advance. If you book more than 60 days in advance the you have to pay 4K (for weekdays) & 8K (for weekends) & those permits will be issued under non refundable category .
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Originally Posted by arupratan ghosh View Post You can book permit for Rs 1K ( for weekdays ) & Rs 2k ( for Weekends ) if you book exactly 60 Days or less than 60 days in advance. If you book more than 60 days in advance the you have to pay 4K (for weekdays) & 8K (for weekends) & those permits will be issued under non refundable category .
Hello,
I understood the terms and conditions of the hike. The only thing is that from when would the rules start to apply? The website says 1st Feb. So if I book now (for the safaris in April), would the new rules be still applicable?
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Originally Posted by jiteshnov1 View Post Hello,
I understood the terms and conditions of the hike. The only thing is that from when would the rules start to apply? The website says 1st Feb. So if I book now (for the safaris in April), would the new rules be still applicable?
Yes the rule is applicable for any safari on & after 1st Feb. So if you book safari for April today , you have to pay either 4K or 8K as permit charge.
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Originally Posted by arupratan ghosh View Post Yes the rule is applicable for any safari on & after 1st Feb. So if you book safari for April today , you have to pay either 4K or 8K as permit charge.
Thanks a lot Arupratan! You saved me from a potentially expensive trip!
Do you also have any ideas about my other queries?
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April would be hot. Temperature might be around 35 to 40 degrees during evening safaris. During morning safaris it would be less , around 28/30 degrees. MTDC has power backup. You can easily get eatables in Chandrapur. It's a town. Charges for guide & gypsy are fixed by forest deptt. Apart from that, you need not to pay anything extra (like tips) in any National Park. Hope this helps
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Originally Posted by arupratan ghosh View Post April would be hot. Temperature might be around 35 to 40 degrees during evening safaris. During morning safaris it would be less , around 28/30 degrees. MTDC has power backup. You can easily get eatables in Chandrapur. It's a town. Charges for guide & gypsy are fixed by forest deptt. Apart from that, you need not to pay anything extra (like tips) in any National Park. Hope this helps
Thanks a lot! That helped!
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Hi and welcome to IndiaMike! There's an informative thread about Tadoba here - http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...5/#post2073485. You'll find the most recent information starting on page 12. We'll be in Tadoba starting March 26th. Can't wait!
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Tadoba has a high sighting rate as compared to others, but like you mention sightings are more based on luck and on your guide's intuitions and experience.
High chances of sightings are usually in later half of May when the temperatures rise and the tigers have to come for a dip in the water.
However Tadoba does have lot more to offer than tigers, do enjoy the rest too - flora, fauna and more!

Morning safaris would be pleasant, evenings will be hot to begin with and then bearable. Remember to carry something to cover you head and if possible face as well - lot of red dust flying around.
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Went there late last April . The mornings are cool , sometimes very near to what can be described as cold , the temp starts to soar after 9.30 and becomes very hot as the noon approaches. The starting time around 2.30 PM is very very hot. It's dry heat hence advisable to cover one's entire, body , head and face. Sunglasses are a must , as are flasks of cold water to see you through. Dust is all pervading, so cover your camera too , even if they are weather-proof , cleaning a towel is much easier than dusting the camera. You are going early April so expect the heat to be less.
Regarding tipping , I have seen that there is a "custom" of tipping, usually after tiger-sighting , around 200/300 for the guide per vehicle which the driver and guide share between them.
I stayed at a Private resort and the power situation was quite impressive, can't recollect having power-cuts.
One portrait of famous Maya from the trip , just before she mated with Matkasur, one great moment for me , hopefully you will get to see her with kids this season.
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Apparently four of them Somnath - loitering leisurely on the roads it seems!
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Originally Posted by snotty View Post Apparently four of them Somnath - loitering leisurely on the roads it seems!
, planning a trip there myself .
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You got the glimpses of the cubs , Snotty ? I loved the photo of the adult you posted in your gallery. Nice one How was the overall sighting ?
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Originally Posted by Pani Puri View Post Hi and welcome to IndiaMike! There's an informative thread about Tadoba here - http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...5/#post2073485. You'll find the most recent information starting on page 12. We'll be in Tadoba starting March 26th. Can't wait!
Hey Pani Puri! I have already gone through the detailed thread. I had a lot of doubts initially, since its my maiden tadoba trip. I have been to pretty much all the jungles in South India most of the time. Most of the doubts vanished after I read that thread. However, the few doubts that were left, I decided to post here and get it cleared!

Till what time will you be there? We will be there from April 1st till 10th.
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Somnath and Snotty..Thanks for the information being shared.

Yes and of course! I am not going there to exclusively avail "Tiger Tourism" (which by now has become a very catchy phrase). I love forests, and everything that the woods have to show me! In fact, all the times I have seen tigers in the South, it was totally out of the blue, without any alarm calls or tracking. Also, there are some mammals that are seen here, but difficult to sight in the South Indian jungles, like the Nilgai for example. At the same time, the areas being devoid of elephants, we (meaning the drivers and guides) can slightly put our guard down while conducting safaris.
Looking ahead to spend an exciting time there...
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