Tadoba in April

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Also, I was wondering whether I should plan all my safaris from Moharli gate or should I plan some into the buffer regions as well. I would be staying at the MTDC moharli. I would avail near about 15/16 safaris in total, mostly in gyspy.
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Originally Posted by arupratan ghosh View Post 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 ?
Nopes, just the news..

The adult is the father! (top secret, eh! )

The sighting report would be of last year, so I guess not much relevant now. (had seen 4 adults and 2 cubs)
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Originally Posted by jiteshnov1 View Post Also, I was wondering whether I should plan all my safaris from Moharli gate or should I plan some into the buffer regions as well. I would be staying at the MTDC moharli. I would avail near about 15/16 safaris in total, mostly in gyspy.
I would have done a few at Kolsa ( Zari ) , ideally staying at a property nearby , a few from Kolara gate , again staying there and a couple at Agarzari buffer , staying at Mohali. So many safaris , all at one place would be a bit monotonous IMO even if you are rewarded with great sighting , all the time.
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Originally Posted by jiteshnov1 View Post Also, I was wondering whether I should plan all my safaris from Moharli gate or should I plan some into the buffer regions as well. I would be staying at the MTDC moharli. I would avail near about 15/16 safaris in total, mostly in gyspy.
Definitely go for the buffer zone as well, usually the gypsy come to MTDC for pickups, so you can ask the drivers where you can plan the next one depending on the sighting reports or possibilities.
Also since you are there for some time, do try out the other gates apart from Moharli as well as the tigers would be different at different locations.
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Originally Posted by snotty View Post Definitely go for the buffer zone as well, usually the gypsy come to MTDC for pickups, so you can ask the drivers where you can plan the next one depending on the sighting reports or possibilities.
Also since you are there for some time, do try out the other gates apart from Moharli as well as the tigers would be different at different locations.
Hi Snotty,
Will this impromptu planning work where we take a safari based on where the recent sightings are? Wouldn't that mean booking a safari on the spot (or at the max 2/3 days in advance)? I know it may be done for buffers, but I think the core would have filled out. Even the buffers I doubt would be free during the times of April. Then, there is the other thing of cancelling the already booked safari during those days, where you will not get any refund.
On a separate note, how would the safaris be in a canter? Apart from the price advantage, is there any other factor which may give the canter an edge over the gypsies?
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Gypsies are always the best option. Canter safari is suitable for those who want to do a day trip to Tadoba. Also as per the new rules you have to be present at the field director's office at Chandrapur to avail the safari ( If I'm not wrong, then no manual / online advance booking is possible for Canter safari ). I want to echo what imsomnath & snotty have posted. You may enter the forest through different gates. In Moharli do a couple of safaris in Buffer ( Agarzari or Devada) besides doing safaris in core area through Moharli gate. Then spend other days at the forests of Kolsa and Kolara. Keep separate time-slots for moving from one gate to another & do not book any safari for those slots.
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Originally Posted by arupratan ghosh View Post Gypsies are always the best option. Canter safari is suitable for those who want to do a day trip to Tadoba. Also as per the new rules you have to be present at the field director's office at Chandrapur to avail the safari ( If I'm not wrong, then no manual / online advance booking is possible for Canter safari ). I want to echo what imsomnath & snotty have posted. You may enter the forest through different gates. In Moharli do a couple of safaris in Buffer ( Agarzari or Devada) besides doing safaris in core area through Moharli gate. Then spend other days at the forests of Kolsa and Kolara. Keep separate time-slots for moving from one gate to another & do not book any safari for those slots.
Hi Arupratan,
Unfortunately I was done with the booking of the resort at Moharli even before I joined this forum! Since I do not want to waste money on cancellations, I will just stay put at Moharli and plan a mix of core and buffer area safaris. Let's see how luck pans out!
But anyways, this may be just the start of many trips to Tadoba for me. So i can plan different in the other trips
Regarding something different, how safe would it be for a lone lady to go on a gypsy safari? The thing is that I will be travelling with my kid. He doesnt make any noise and actually enjoys forests (just like his parents!). But I do not want to take him with me in the afternoon safari, coz it may be very hot and an open top vehicle may aggravate matters. Thus, the plan is to venture on safari alone (i.e. either me or wifey) and the other one would take care of the child at the resort. Thus, wanted to enquire about the safety aspect. This would also affect how I book the safari tickets, since initially I decided to book all the safaris with all three of us and then cancel the person who is not joining the trip. Seems it is not easy as that, since I have to decide the pilot passenger and that passenger's name cannot be struck off the travel list. Please correct me if I am wrong!
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Originally Posted by jiteshnov1 View Post Hi Arupratan,
Thus, the plan is to venture on safari alone (i.e. either me or wifey) and the other one would take care of the child at the resort. Thus, wanted to enquire about the safety aspect. This would also affect how I book the safari tickets, since initially I decided to book all the safaris with all three of us and then cancel the person who is not joining the trip. Seems it is not easy as that, since I have to decide the pilot passenger and that passenger's name cannot be struck off the travel list. Please correct me if I am wrong!
Yes, you are absolutely correct. The first person in the permit-list is the group-captain & he / she must be present on the Gypsy during safari. I've seen solo lady travelers doing safaris in National Parks a couple of times. Another time I saw a lady with her daughter doing safari in Dhikala, Corbett. National Parks are usually safe. All Gypsies are registered with forest deptt & guides are also deputed by them only. So I guess it should not be a problem.
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No problem for a lady to go alone, as AG mentions.
But do note there is news that id's of all members in the gypsy is to be checked now. Not sure how diligently that would be followed though.

And as for the safari booking before - you are right, you will be doing it in advance - so no chances of shifting it in the last moment.
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Originally Posted by snotty View Post Not sure how diligently that would be followed though.
As diligently as all the luggages of the trains are checked most probably
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@ jiteshnov1 :

You may think of this also - in April entry is allowed till 4.30 pm for the evening safari. You may wait a bit & make a late entry around 4.30 pm with your Kid (I mean all three of you) instead of starting the safari at 3 pm. Heat must be lesser at the later half of evening safari (i.e 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm). Since you will be doing so many safaris (& all will be in Moharli core / buffer) , sacrificing fist one & a half hours of the evening safari would not make much difference.
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You may think of this also - in April entry is allowed till 4.30 pm for the evening safari. You may wait a bit & make a late entry around 4.30 pm with your Kid (I mean all three of you) instead of starting the safari at 3 pm. Heat must be lesser at the later half of evening safari (i.e 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm). Since you will be doing so many safaris (& all will be in Moharli core / buffer) , sacrificing fist one & a half hours of the evening safari would not make much difference.
That's a good idea! But it is mentioned on the website (under the new rules) that " All gates will be closed 30mins after the scheduled opening time. In case of no show/late arrival no refund/rescheduling will be done. " So would entry at 4.30 pm be permitted?
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I was also wondering whether there are any chances of sighting animals outside the MTDC resort premises. I have heard bears to be roaming around the property at times. Are we allowed to walk outside the property and explore?
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Originally Posted by jiteshnov1 View Post That's a good idea! But it is mentioned on the website (under the new rules) that " All gates will be closed 30mins after the scheduled opening time. In case of no show/late arrival no refund/rescheduling will be done. " So would entry at 4.30 pm be permitted?
Now, that's something confusing. Today I've booked permit for mid March for a friend of mine. And on the permit itself the time schedule is mentioned ( for March-April entry is allowed till 4.30 PM for evening safari ). Contradictory indeed !
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Originally Posted by jiteshnov1 View Post I was also wondering whether there are any chances of sighting animals outside the MTDC resort premises. I have heard bears to be roaming around the property at times. Are we allowed to walk outside the property and explore?
This would be interesting..

When we had gone there, a buffalo was killed 50 mts from the MTDC gate by a tiger cub, was sighted by people later when it had come to fill its tummy. Bears are not seen that often, though leopards were reported early when there was a rescue center for leopards in the forest office campus - shifted now.
We did have a fleeting encounter with a civet while walking at night.
End story - it is scary to walk outside the gates at night, bit more secure inside because of the lights. No restrictions persay on you moving out - but may not be advisable if there are reports of any sightings in the surroundings.

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