With the new season approaching fast, there is a lot of excitement here. We are getting to know new travelers, new trips are being booked and travelers who have booked with us already are sharing their preparations for the trip. Overall this is turning out to be quite an exciting monsoon for us.
Yesterday we got some new bookings and our 10th Feb, 2017 date of 22 days Big Cats of India trip is now a guaranteed departure. Let us tell you some exciting stuff that await us on this trip.
We start from the Central Indian city of Jabalpur. Its quite a well located town as it is surrounded by National parks from all sides.
Our first spot will be Pench National Park. This is home to us. Although nature can surprise you any moment, we do know the park very well purely because we spend so much time here. It is certainly one of the best tiger habitats in India. In the past our travelers have been the luckiest at Pench. Not just tigers, it is also good for leopards and wild dogs.
We then move to arguably the most beautiful area in Central India, Kanha National Park. It is definitely very beautiful and packed with wildlife. Tigers are abundant so is its prey. Kanha is home to the Hard Ground Barasingha deer. It is actually endemic to this park. Kanha is extremely good for birding as well. The forest is semi-evergreen and we will have a lot of fun here.
A typical Kanha Scene
Finishing up in Kanha we will be heading towards Bandhavgarh National Park. This place has one of the highest tiger densities in India. Our campsite there is a special one. It is right on the edge of the National Park. It is regularly frequented by sloth bears (specially in the Mahua season). Our campsite is fenced so nothing to worry.
Our campsite in Bandhavgarh
After exploring 3 big National Parks in a row, we will head towards the historic temple town of Khajuraho. Due to the theme of the trip (We are focused on the big cats :) we are only staying here for one night. But we will be making the most of the day we are there. There is an amazing sound and light show that the temples have to offer and we will make sure that we do not miss it.
Some of our travelers admiring beautiful Khajuraho carvings
Shifting our focus back on wildlife, our next destination is Ranthambore National Park. It is one of the most unique wilderness that you would have ever seen. It was once the royal hunting ground of the the maharajas. Nature has now taken it back. This is the place where the tigers rule the ruins. Although the 1000 year old Ranthambore fort still stands strong and guards the park from one side. Ranthambore is a special place to see offcourse the tiger, and also sloth bear, leopard and hyenas.
Striped hyena in the outskirts of Ranthambore
India is densely populated in most of the areas, but does it never surprise you with the amazing wildlife it still supports? It is not just because of the Government's efforts but also the people of this country are very tolerant, and not just tolerant but some people have written amazing conservation stories at their own level. One such example is our next destination, 'Bera'. This is not a very popular name. In-fact it is not even a protected area. Lately it has become the ultimate leopard destination amongst the wildlife enthusiasts. The leopards here have been singlehandedly protected by the Royalties of the area. Be ready for some of the best leopard shots here.
When you're in Bera, look for leopards on these rocks
The last mark on our map for this trip is the Asiatic lion's abode, Gir National Park. It is home to the only population of Asiatic lions in the world. This makes Gir a truly special place. There are more than 450 lions in Gir and the area around it. It is also home to some really big leopards. The last time we visited Gir, we saw a huge male leopard right in the middle of a village at night.
Male Lion on the prowl in Gir
This is a lot of information that we have shared with you :) We must not disclose the rest of the secrets of this amazing trip. To truly experience it, you have to be a part of it.
10th Feb, 2017 is the next guaranteed departure date for this trip. There are still a few seats left. If India and its amazing wildlife is in your #BUCKET LIST then this is the perfect trip for you.
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