A beautiful and mesmerizing Jungle Safari in Pench and Tadoba National Park
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Jungle Safari in Pench and Tadoba National Park

Tadoba is in Chandrapur district of Nagpur and is known for the mercury soaring to as high as 50 degrees in the months of April and May. It is named after the god “Tadoba” who is worshipped by the local tribes, and Andhari is the river meandering through the forest. Pench National Park is also located in Maharashtra and is named after the river Pence which flows through the park. For those of us who are ardent fans of “The Jungle Book”, this is the ideal place to spot Akela (the Indian Wolf), Baloo (the bear), and Sher Khan (the Royal Bengal Tiger).


The next day we headed off to Tadoba which was a 4-hour drive with our spirits running high.

Tadoba National park is a shelter to the Royal Bengal Tiger and hence is also known to be an excellent conservation national parks in India. The forest is a good blend of deciduous forest and rolling hills which makes the safari ride quite exciting.  We were told the mercury was at 49.5 degrees but that did not deter us from being over excited and enthusiastic as we had heard so much about the forests of Tadoba and the beautiful sights it has to offer. About half an hour into our safari and our naturalist told us he could spot one of the tigresses sleeping under the bush. We waited for about 10 minutes and suddenly she emerged head on towards our jeep which was less than 200 meters away!!! Mayuri, the charismatic 4-year-old lady walked towards us and then turned and walked away in style (don’t miss her looks in the pic enclosed).


I can never forget her piercing eyes and the tenacity in her walk, an encounter very close to my heart. Having left her territory, we went on to try our luck at spotting one of the male cubs who is supposed to have mated with Mayuri a couple of weeks ago. Imagine our happiness when we spotted him too cooling himself off in a water hole.

 I couldn’t wrap my mind around his massive size and knowing very well that he tends to charge at safari jeeps if instigated, peppered some more excitement. Just as we thanked our stars for having given us such brilliant sightings, we heard a sambhar deer call and backed our jeep to spot another female, Rani walking towards the male. It felt like an overdose of good luck, happiness, and excitement which made us oblivious to the soaring temperatures. We went back contented only to come back the next day and sight another male cub: Jharnabai male along with a couple of sloth bears.

There is nothing more satisfying than going back home with dozens of stories to narrate about each sighting. This trip will undoubtedly be one of the most cherished ones. In my travel experience, I feel, there is no other country or region which has such diversity in terms of its culture, wildlife and vegetation like India.  And when you combine your love for wildlife with photography, that sure is a treat, isn’t it? I’m eagerly waiting to plan my next trip either to the mountains or into the deep jungles of India to further explore beauty combined with culture. And then of course, to come back and write about it!!!

The blog is written by: Dr. SJ HARIDARSHAN

Edited by: WildTrails

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