Trip Report : Tadoba

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Thanks earthian , heard from you after a long time !!
Really, losing the tiger fixation helped me relax and enjoy the jungle more . Earlier, i would just look at my watch and get stressed about the time left.
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Originally Posted by arupratan ghosh View Post An enjoyable read , Himadri. Beautiful shots. Loved the kingfisher photos , really nice
Thanks arup for liking the photos .It is obvious from your posts that you are also a lover of the jungle , what's next in your bucket list?
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Originally Posted by sindabad View Post .It is obvious from your posts that you are also a lover of the jungle , what's next in your bucket list?
Nothing finalized yet. Thinking of north east, so may be Namdapha
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wow.. best of luck
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Great photos! Thanks for sharing. We've already reserved our accommodations for March. Did you book your safaris through your resort or on your own through the government site? Did you do both a morning and evening safari each day? If you booked through the government site, I assume you got a gypsy at the gate? How many people were in your gypsy? And lastly, what size was your lens? Thanks for any info!
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Originally Posted by Pani Puri View Post Did you book your safaris through your resort
Make sure the vehicles are not one of those open semi trucks we see here on roads. Study Earthian’s excellent safari report to get a glimpse of what Iam concerned about. A naughty Tiger can hop in and snatch you away just like that.
http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...-kind-t246433/
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Originally Posted by Pani Puri View Post Great photos! Thanks for sharing. We've already reserved our accommodations for March. Did you book your safaris through your resort or on your own through the government site? Did you do both a morning and evening safari each day? If you booked through the government site, I assume you got a gypsy at the gate? How many people were in your gypsy? And lastly, what size was your lens? Thanks for any info!
Thanks pani puri ( How many you had ? my favourite too )
coming to your questions..
I booked all my safaris through the Govt site , that is the best way to do it, the resort would charge a premium . we did both morning and afternoon safaris in buffer and core zone. My personal preference is the morning zone when the jungle wakes up, very atmospheric and the air is still cool, though photography may be a nightmare without the fast lenses.
Govt site gives you permit for the safaris, gypsy you have to self book.I had a contact through whom i got the gypsy , else, gypsies available at the gate also. It's always better to go early and bargain.

If you have booked an exclusive gypsy , the gypsy will accommodate no of persons given on your permit , the maximum is 6 adults.

I had a Tamron 150-600 , another good thing in Tadoba you can rent tele lenses close to the main gate if you don't own one, I checked they had canon 100-400 and 400 prime.
Happy hunting with the camera.
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Originally Posted by surya2015 View Post Make sure the vehicles are not one of those open semi trucks we see here on roads. Study Earthianís excellent safari report to get a glimpse of what Iam concerned about. A naughty Tiger can hop in and snatch you away just like that.
http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...-kind-t246433/
I never read or heard tigers attacking safari gypsies, though elephants like to chase the vehicle or even a rhino but there are no elephants in tadoba. There are safari buses too but if photography is your biggest concern, gypsies which can quickly maneuver around narrow jungle roads would be ideal.
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I sooo loved your photos and report!


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Originally Posted by surya2015 View Post Make sure the vehicles are not one of those open semi trucks we see here on roads. Study Earthianís excellent safari report to get a glimpse of what Iam concerned about. A naughty Tiger can hop in and snatch you away just like that.
http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...-kind-t246433/
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Originally Posted by sindabad View Post I never read or heard tigers attacking safari gypsies, though elephants like to chase the vehicle or even a rhino but there are no elephants in tadoba. There are safari buses too but if photography is your biggest concern, gypsies which can quickly maneuver around narrow jungle roads would be ideal.
I am sure that surya2015's "concern" was intended as a tongue in cheek joke! The BEST way is to go in an open-top jeep.


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Originally Posted by sindabad View Post ... another good thing in Tadoba you can rent tele lenses close to the main gate if you don't own one, I checked they had canon 100-400 and 400 prime ..
That's great to hear. Very useful info!
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A good trip report & what beautiful photos Sindabad, I'm sorry I missed this when you first posted it.
And I think it's a great idea to be able to rent lenses near the NP. At Bandhavgarh NP a few years ago, I was stuck with my Tamrom 18-270mm and it didn't really have enough scope to capture anything worthwhile... my best photos were taken outside the park at our lodge - spiders and butterflies etc
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Originally Posted by ViShVa View Post I sooo loved your photos and report!






I am sure that surya2015's "concern" was intended as a tongue in cheek joke! The BEST way is to go in an open-top jeep.




That's great to hear. Very useful info!
Thanks vishva
oh..i failed to read between the lines @surya , but the concern is valid , sometimes over enthusiast tourists create a scenario where the tiger is cornered . We fail to remember that it is a wild animal and how the tiger will react in such a situation is still unpredictable.We ought to respect the wild and the tiger should not feel threatened , more so if its a territorial male. I have seen a few youtube videos where the tiger charges at the gypsy. I was in a similar situation in corbett , where the tiger was surrounded by a group of gypsys on all sides, anything could have happened that day.
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Originally Posted by spud View Post A good trip report & what beautiful photos Sindabad, I'm sorry I missed this when you first posted it.
And I think it's a great idea to be able to rent lenses near the NP. At Bandhavgarh NP a few years ago, I was stuck with my Tamrom 18-270mm and it didn't really have enough scope to capture anything worthwhile... my best photos were taken outside the park at our lodge - spiders and butterflies etc
Its a good deal they were giving , they also rented camera bodies , as a canon user, i saw the canon 70d, 7d mk2 available. if i knew about it before, i wouldn't buy the expensive tele which i would use sparingly, renting is a better deal.
They gave me a brochure , i misplaced it , they also have rental shops in Bandhavgarh NP.
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Originally Posted by sindabad View Post ... but the concern is valid , sometimes over enthusiast tourists create a scenario where the tiger is cornered . We fail to remember that it is a wild animal and how the tiger will react in such a situation is still unpredictable.We ought to respect the wild and the tiger should not feel threatened , more so if its a territorial male. I have seen a few youtube videos where the tiger charges at the gypsy. I was in a similar situation in corbett , where the tiger was surrounded by a group of gypsys on all sides, anything could have happened that day.
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Originally Posted by ViShVa View Post I am sure that surya2015's "concern" was intended as a tongue in cheek joke! The BEST way is to go in an open-top jeep.
Mind you, on occasion, safari riders do get mauled by big cats. Do scroll down the images of post 11 on Earthian’s thread to see how vulnerable some of those riders appeared in those vehicles. Be afraid, very afraid. For self preservation overrides other priorities.

I read at least two reports in the past two years wherein the safari riders were attacked and killed by the wild cats. One such fateful event took place in India. The family was on its safari trip on that fateful day. Travelling in a sedan, they didn’t encounter any predators yet and half way through they decided to swap seats. Two of them got out of the car for that purpose. From no where a tiger showed up and to the horror of the family snatched and dragged away one woman into the woods. The news was reported in Indian national dailies.

The second incident took place in S. Africa. The woman was taking pictures of tigers with her car window down.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...s-pounced.html
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I read a lot of bunkum and tripe on IM and usually only smile. But this time I am fearful. After reading surya2015's caution I will never go on a safari again in my life. Neither will I cross the road, in case a bus hits me.
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Originally Posted by ViShVa View Post I read a lot of bunkum and tripe on IM and usually only smile. But this time I am fearful. After reading surya2015's caution I will never go on a safari again in my life. Neither will I cross the road, in case a bus hits me.
i got it this time

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