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Tour to Indian Wildlife casts to its Visitor A Nature Lover

Posted on September 6th, 2012 by admin  |  Comments Off on Tour to Indian Wildlife casts to its Visitor A Nature Lover

The sound of nature results benefiting to the human lives as the innocent figures of the forests (Animals and Birds) all over the globe are as the ornamentation of wild universe. People in the world ought to get together with such creatures of God, knowing them necessary to wildlife tours. So, I (Michael Phelps) as a blogger stand meaning interestingly to click those who are wild expressed by tongue of human, but are mild by their nature more than the living of the society.

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With no word to explain out my empirical trip to Indian wilderness, I am to say what propelled me to tell you step in the forests are known as extinct treasure of the world. In the last month, I landed to India by Airline after I went smart with my travel needs such as Hotels to stay, authorised guide to visit me important of Indian wild-lives and finest travel packages to stand by.

Truly I have been pleased of Indian hospitality, experiencing me as I am special in the hotel as the celebrity among its praisers. After checking out to the hotel, I with my guide (Ravindra) moved to wildlife sanctuaries of Northern India first. Ranthambore, Corbett National Park and Sariska Tiger Reserve brought me to come again, if willing to see close to National animal.

I clicked this number-existing mammal there many times and went speechless knowing to India is diverse of its wildlife among other countries. After visiting to Northern site of the country, I was guided to step in North East India where Kaziranga, Sunderbans and Nameri National Park have more footsteps witnessing to love the wildlife.

As a result wildlife in the country has been more known as they attracted me a lot. Asiatic Elephant, Gaur, Leopard, Royal Bengal Tiger and Sloth Bear added themselves as jewels of Indian wilderness at my trip within Indian wildlife travel package.

At last, the whole trip was well-planned by my travel guide, with an idea to witness the Big Five of North East India’s National Parks that I have mentioned at my this piece of writing. Happily the luxury wildlife tour pleased me by the wonderful sightings that everyone ought to see however, be it happens in zoo or their trip to wildlife sanctuaries.

On this planet, I would also say that the incredible mixture of rich culture, presence of wilderness and the blow of colourful tradition in India compel me to reserve my next trip to fulfil what were missed by me on this trip.

Truly India has always been a place of natural treasures that is symbolised as several flora and fauna. Wildlife Tours in India come as one of the tours, which provide tourists some of the most enthralling sites that is called “house of wildlife” to visit.

Kaziranga National Park- A Must Visit Destination for Wildlife Lovers

Posted on October 8th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off on Kaziranga National Park- A Must Visit Destination for Wildlife Lovers

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I was feeling top of the world, when one of my friends, Harshit came to me with an opportunity to visit Assam. He had a great interest in exploring the wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in India and he has almost visited all the famous India Wildlife Sanctuaries.

As Harshit told me, India is full of wildlife destinations. Some most famous are:

During our Assam tour, we got an opportunity to visit Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This beautiful park will make you admire the Indian Wildlife, rich vegetation and picturesque grasslands. The park is perfect for a complex ecosystem consisting of a variety of Plants, Animals, Birds and Aquatic Life.

The most renowned inhabitants of the Park is one horned rhinoceros in India. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 and covers an area 430sq.km. The park is divided into eastern, central and western sectors comprises of mountain forests semi-evergreen, marshes, creeks and vast plains that are covered with elephant grass height of 6 feet.

Flora
This wetland has a wonderful cover of opulent water lily, lotus and water hyacinth. This park is mostly covered with elephant grass size, making it a perfect place to stay for a rhinoceros horn.

Wildlife
Kaziranga National Park is enriched with wildlife where you can see different animals like Horned Indian rhinoceros, elephant, tiger, leopard, wild boar, swamp or barasingha deer, sambar, otters and wild buffalo. Some other animals that can be seen here are antelope, Hoolock Gibbons, slow loris, pig runt, monkey, golden langur, bison and the bear closed the varieties of lizards, snakes and turtles are opulent in the park.

Birds
We were amazed to find the most different birds here like Grey-headed fishing eagle, Whistling Teal, Swamp partridge red jungle fowl, Heron, Adjutant Stork and pelicans.

The other birds we could see in the large garden include Pallas fishing eagle, Bengal floricab, pelicans, Bar-headed Goose, Crested Serpent Eagle, Open Billed Stork, Rose chest Stork Black-necked parakeet, White Stork cable duck wood.

When to Visit?
The best time to visit this national park is in the months of November to April.

Where to Stay?
To offer you a comfortable stay during your Wildlife tour, there are various wildlife resorts in Kaziranga Park. These are lavishly decorated with diverse themes that offer excellent patrons with a wonderful journey. The rooms are tastefully adorned with all the modern amenities and promise to serve you the delicious cuisines.

After visiting Kaziranga National Park, I could realize that a trip to wildlife sanctuary is one of its kind experiences.

Day 3: Sawai Madhopur Experience with palace on wheel train tour…

Posted on August 4th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off on Day 3: Sawai Madhopur Experience with palace on wheel train tour…

Next day, we reached in Sawai Madhopur where one can sense a life of the wilderness. This city was named after its founder Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh. We had our breakfast and moved towards Ranthambhor National Park. Here we saw some of the ruins of a 10th century fort.

This wildlife century is best for closely observing the activities of the tiger. Sprawled across an area of 392 sq. km the park is home to around 300 species of birds. We got to see tiger, hyena, jackal, fox and other many carnivorous here. My wife is fond of photography, so she could not help herself and took some photographers of tigers.

After taking our lunch on Palace-on-Wheels, we left for Chittorgarh. We were delighted to watch the colourful countryside of the place. Then we saw the Chittorgarh fort, which is witness of the  valour and chivalry of the warriors during battles. We also visited palaces like

Fateh Prakash Palace, Queen Padmini’s Palace and Rana Kumbha Palace which were within the fort. The fort also houses the popular Kirti Stambh and the Vijay Stambh. In Chittorgarh, we also came across some shopping items like tie & dye sarees, lac work articles & bangles and leather & embroidered shoes.

 

Keeping in mind the memories of Chittorgarh, we reached back to the train and had our dinner while discussing about the place. Thinking of the legends of  honour and pride of Udaipur, we went to bed.

 

Day 4: Visiting Udaipur, Jewel of Mewar

The day began with Udaipur, where we reached after having our breakfast. Udaipur is also popularly known as the Lake City. It was founded by Maharana Udai Singh of Mewar. We were excited to see the dream palaces- the Jag Niwas and the Jag Mandir, which were built of marble.

These beautiful palaces seem to rise from the water of Pichhola lake.

After having our lunch, a visit was arranged to the City Palace. The palace was enriched with aesthetic and visionary work of art miniature paintings. These represent the lavish lifestyle of the ancient rulers.

Other attractions of Udaipur which we visited include Saheliyon-Ki-Bari, Jagdish Temple and Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir. Saheliyon-Ki-Bari is a small ornamental garden which has many fountains, lotus pools and marble elephants.

Built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh, the Jagdish Temple is the largest temple here. It houses a black stone image of Lord Vishnu and an image of Garuda which is made up of brass.

While visiting this Indian folk arts museum, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir, we got to catch some interesting exhibits. These include folk dresses, puppets, ornaments, dolls, masks and folk musical instruments. After enjoying amazing puppet show here, we came back to the train.

 

To be continued…..

Visit Uttranchal During This Summer

Posted on April 29th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off on Visit Uttranchal During This Summer

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Uttaranchal is a wonderland of India where tourist attractions galore. It is a beautiful state where tourists come from across the globe. This destination is a big hit with adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. It is famously known as the land of Gods as it is peppered with many pilgrimage centres. The major attractions of Uttaranchal are staggering natural beauty, snow-covered mountains, beautiful valleys and enchanting wildlife. A variety of adventure sports can be enjoyed here.

Some of the famous attractions of Uttaranchal Tourism are:

Rishikesh
It is one of the holy cities of India which is blessed with sheer natural beauty. Located on the banks of the holy river Ganga, this city is famous for yoga and meditation and adventure sports. It is popularly known as the place of sages. It boasts of glorious history. It is known for adventure sports activities such as river rafting, trekking, mountaineering and canoeing. The beautiful temples and ghats are among its major attractions.

Joshimath
It is another enchanting destination of Uttarnachal. It is a wonderful hill station where nature lovers come from far and wide. It offers pleasant climate and sheer natural beauty. The legend goes that the sage Shankaracharya established one of the four piths (centres) for sanyasis at this destination. It is believed that lord Vishnu resides in Joshimath during winters. The temple of Narshimha and Naina Devi national park are the must-see attractions of Joshimath.

Valley of flowers
Visiting the valley of flowers in Uttaranchal is like visiting heaven on earth.
It is extremely fascinating and refreshing. It is a famous national park roosted in the Himalayas. It is known for arresting meadows of endemic alpine flowers and sheer natural beauty. It boasts of more than 500 species of flowers. It is also a home to a variety of wildlife including some endangered species such as Asiatic black bear, snow leopard and blue sheep.

Nainital
It is a renowned hill station of North India steeped in mesmerizing natural beauty. Located in the Himalayan foothills, it is popularly known as lake paradise. Nainital attractions include Naini lake, Bhim Tal, Naini peak and snow view point.

Mussoorie
It is another famed hill station of North India. Gifted with picturesque surroundings, it is located at an altitude of 2,000 m. It is very popular among honeymooners. Kempty Fall, Gun hill, Lake Mist and camel’s back road are some of the famous attractions of Mussoorie.

Uttaranchal tour is the best bet for rejuvenating holidays. Travel to Uttaranchal and you are bound to come back completely mesmerized.

India Wildlife Tour

Posted on March 17th, 2011 by Sanjog  |  Comments Off on India Wildlife Tour

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The fascination of my heart towards wildlife made me plan India wildlife tour. I along with some of my friends decided to cover some of the National Parks and wildlife sanctuaries of India. We short listed the following wildlife destinations- Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, Bandhavgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Panna National Park and Sundarbans wildlife sanctuary.

Since we were going to some of the finest and popular wildlife destinations of India I had high expectations. I had always cherished a desire to visit all the famous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks of India and here was my chance to visit at least a few.

Well, almost all our wildlife safaris went great and we could sight a wide variety of wildlife species such as lion, leopard, jungle cat, ratel, hyena, porcupine, crocodile, wolf, wild dog, caracal, hyena, Chinkara and nilgai. The guides were also good and experienced and acquainted us with valuable information about the wildlife destinations and their enchanting creatures. In all the wildlife destinations we were booked in the guest houses inside the forests which in itself was a great experience.  We got perfect opportunity to experience the wilderness.

Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, Gujarat

It is the only natural habitat of the pure Asiatic Lions and was established to protect the last wild population of Lion outside the African regions. Located in Gujarat, this Park boasts of around 300 Asiatic lions. It also has around 210 leopards. Its landscape is also picturesque. It has three water reserves where a variety of water birds can be sighted.

Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

This national park is famous for its Royal Bengal Tigers. Located in the state of Madhya Pradesh, this park is known for housing the highest tiger population in India. At present the park has around 50 tigers and a variety of other wildlife species. Bandhavgarh is also known as the White Tiger Jungle as white tigers were discovered in the jungles of Bandhavgarh. However in the last 50 years no white tiger has been spotted here. The park also has an ancient fort which is worth a visit.

Panna National Park, Madhya Pradesh

It is another famous wildlife destination of Madhya Pradesh. It is a Tiger Reserve attracting tourists from far and wide. Panna is the district in which Panna National Park is located. This place is also known for its diamonds. There are around 200 bird species found inside this park.

Sundarbans wildlife sanctuary

It is a National Park, Tiger Reserve, Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Sundarbans delta in the state of West Bengal. The region of this park is densely covered by mangrove forests. It provides shelter to a variety of animals, birds, reptiles and salt water crocodile. It boasts of around 200 Royal Bengal Tigers.

A visit to all these wildlife destinations was an overwhelming experience for us. I came back home with my own record of golden memories which I will cherish for the rest of my life. Each of the above wildlife destinations had its own wonderful attractions to offer. I was overwhelmed, overwhelmed to the hilt.

India Forts and Palaces Tour-Part I

Posted on January 25th, 2011 by Pooja Chaudhary  |  Comments Off on India Forts and Palaces Tour-Part I

 Red Fort, Delhi Red Fort, Delhi

One of my friends from New York had come to India for her cousin sister’s marriage. I was so delighted to see her after almost 20 years. She is an Indian but went to New York when she was only 10. She has always been fascinated by the cultural heritage of India and wanted to explore its attractions, especially its forts and palaces. The day after the wedding ceremony I and my friend set out on the Indian Forts and Palaces tour. Visiting all the forts and palaces of India was not feasible in such a short span of time so we visited the famous forts and palaces of North India and South India.

The forts and palaces of India which we covered in North India are:

Red Fort in Delhi
It is a major attraction of Delhi steeped in glorious history. Built in red sandstone by great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century, the fort is a marvelous architectural piece. The fort boasts of huge audience halls, stunning marble palace once studded with precious stones, a bustling bazaar where the royal ladies used to shop, a mosque and refreshing gardens with fountains and flowers.

Red Fort in Agra
A wonderful attraction of Agra, this fort houses amazing structures such as Jahangir Palace, Khas Mahal, Diwan-e-aam, Diwan-e-Khas and two beautiful mosques. This magnificent fort was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar as a stronghold of the Mughal Empire. This majestic red sandstone structure has 2.5 km long enclosure walls. Located at a close distance from this fort is the world famous Taj Mahal. We also visited Taj Mahal which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This stupendous white marble structure is a mausoleum built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal in the 17th century. Representing the perfect combination of different architectural styles, it mesmerizes the onlookers with its architectural beauty.

City Palace in Jaipur
This splendid palace, the landmark of Jaipur, is located in the capital city of Rajasthan. Rajasthan is the most colorful and culturally rich destination of India. One must visit Rajasthan to get the real taste of India. Aptly called the land of raja-maharajas, this destination boasts of the best palaces and forts in the country. The City Palace is a fine blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture built by Maharaja Jai Singh II. Located on a hill it is famous for its architecture, lavish use of marble and mirror work, frescoes, wall paintings, silver doors and crystal gallery.

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
It is the famous landmark of Jaipur known for its unique architectural design. Built in 1799 in red sand stone it is pierced with more than 900 small windows. Representing a honeycomb structure it was especially built to allow the royal ladies to see the street processions through the windows without themselves being seen.

Lake Palace, Udaipur
Udaipur is an enchanting city of Rajasthan and Lake Palace
is the most enchanting attraction of Udaipur. Located amidst the Lake Pichola, this palace is built in white marble boasting of several royal apartments inside it. It is one of the finest heritage hotels of India.

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Once the largest royal residence in the world, Umaid Bhawan Palace is now a famous heritage hotel. Its stunning architectural beauty will surely sweep you off your feet. Sprawling across acres of land, it is a magnificent structure. It has 98 rooms offering royal facilities and services. Once can see period furniture here. There is a museum here which displays a variety of articles belonging to the erstwhile royal families.

Day 2: Corbett National Park: The Fantasy of wild encounter!

Posted on December 17th, 2010 by Pooja Chaudhary  |  Comments Off on Day 2: Corbett National Park: The Fantasy of wild encounter!

 Tiger Tiger

Brushing aside our dismay, we went on the evening safari in the Corbett National Park with a hope to sight a tiger this time. While on our way to the Park I was wondering about the woeful plight of tigers in India. The tiger population in India is moving towards extinction faster than we can imagine. Soon sighting a tiger in the jungle and even in zoo will be a thing of the past. It is very sad to know that now only 1411 tigers are left in India.

The kids continuously kept asking about our chances of sighting a tiger this time. I tried to make them understand that we should have a keen eye for other wildlife species also. It’s fun to watch them too. So let’s not be obsessed with tiger and have love for the other species too.

As we were moving towards Dhikala we sighted a lot of wild elephants and monkeys. The kids loved the experience and my 4 year old niece asked me, “how come these monkeys are so fit? Do they exercise daily? I also want to become like them”. Hearing her sweet wish we all burst out laughing. In the next one hour we saw some beautiful birds namely darter, long-tailed broadbill, crested serpent eagle, red jungle fowl, common peafowl and booted hawk eagle.

Dhikala is one of the best places in Corbett National Park where the chances of sighting a tiger and other wildlife species are bright. This region also provides accommodation facilities. Its picturesque surroundings and ambiance will surely leave you overwhelmed. A lot of elephants can be seen here. This region is not accessible during monsoon.

Our next sight was truly breathtaking. Our guide spotted something with his eagle eyes behind the bushes. We stopped our jeep and with pin-drop silence waited to see the creature. It moved and we could catch a glimpse of it. It was a tiger. In no time it moved into the dense forest. Well sighting the tiger was no less than a miracle for us. With limitless joy in our heart we continued our safari and sighted some deer, barking deer, chital, spotted deer and some more birds.

Wilderness of Corbett National Park-Part I

Posted on December 6th, 2010 by Pooja Chaudhary  |  Comments Off on Wilderness of Corbett National Park-Part I

 Ghariyal Ghariyal

“Running, running incessantly at a fast pace as if a participant of a rat race. We are absorbed in the thoughts of worldly pursuits and hardly listen to what our heart says. We think that heart can wait, as of now only worldly pursuits is the bait. What about the dreams of the heart? Brush them aside, again they can wait, seems it is their fate. Stop for a second, think, of what use would be the treasure of this world if it makes us eternally numb to the matters of the heart?”

As usual I sat down to write a poem but to my surprise I ended up writing the above piece. I had nothing of this sort going on in my mind but may be there was something my heart wanted to convey. I am not a ‘worldly pursuits’ offender but I am more soft on the heart than on the mind. So after writing the above piece unintentionally, I realized that my heart desired something and I absolutely knew what it was- a break from the drudgery of daily life, a tour to a relaxing place.

Wildlife parks as a holiday destination have always been too high on my list. I decided to go to the Corbett National Park and fortunately my sister and her lovely kids joined me. We drove to the Park and were booked at the Wood Castle Resort which has been my favorite for years. Sprawling in acres of land, this resort is located on the banks of an ever flowing river. Amidst gorgeous greenery and peaceful environment we were enjoying life and nature.

Early morning we embarked on the jungle safari on the jeep. As we ventured into the forests I was overwhelmed with the colors and a distinct aroma of the park. I simply loved it as it was soothing to the senses. Corbett National Park is one of the most famous wildlife destinations of India. Covering an area of 520 sq km, the Park is located in the majestic Himalayan foothills in Uttaranchal. Established in the year 1936, the Park came under Project Tiger Scheme in 1973. The Park is famous for tigers, crocodiles and leopards. A variety of other wildlife including the bird species are also found here. The Park got its name from the renowned author and wildlife conservationist Jim Corbett who played an important role in establishing this park.

The first attraction of the Park we saw was a large herd of Spotted Deer. Among the herd we spotted a small baby deer. It looked very sweet and I was amazed at its activeness. It was jumping around playing and eating, unaware of our presence. As we moved further we were greeted with the sight of Himalayan Black bear, sambar and some peacocks. We even got a chance to see the peacock dancing. It was a sight to behold.

Majority of the vegetation of the Park consists of tall Sal trees peppered by many streams. Every now and then we could sight some or the other animal, especially the herbivores. But the kids were eagerly waiting for tiger. Our guide was scanning the surroundings with his eagle eyes and suddenly pointed towards a beautiful bird called green bee eater. It is a beautiful bird with bright green color. We also saw blossom headed parakeet, dragonflies and red jungle fowl.

As we drove deeper into the forest, trees gave way to the grassland. There we saw a herd of elephants and the star attraction of that herd was a small baby elephant. Kids were too excited to see the elephants. Then we stopped at Dhikala to gorge on some food as we had started early from the resort without breakfast. Dhikala is the best region of the park where the chances of sighting tigers and other animals are bright.

Then we continued our wildlife journey and saw wild boar, jungle cat and some more birds. Next we stopped at high banks to catch the sight of gharials lazing in the sun. We captured them in our camera. As we neared the end of our journey the kids asked me about the tiger. I smilingly said we had a bad luck on the tiger front but we must feel good that we had the opportunity to see so many different wildlife species. They smiled and said “ok, better luck next time”. This was the end of our morning safari. We left for the resort with a hope to sight a tiger in the evening safari.

Ranthambore National Park- Very Inviting!

Posted on October 15th, 2009 by Pooja Chaudhary  |  Comments Off on Ranthambore National Park- Very Inviting!

With an ardent desire to see the big striped cat, I with some of my friends

Ranthambore National ParkRanthambore National Park

reached Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan in the month of October. This  land of legends, tigers and a favored destination of wildlife buffs is truly worth a visit. This was my second visit to the Ranthambore National Park. Apart from the wildlife, the Park has amazing landscape which I found quite adventurous. There is a deep contrast in the landscapes of its different zones. One of its zones has very steep path, almost like the trails in hill stations. The jeep safari through this zone is a great adventure in itself. And hats off to the driver who skillfully drives through this arduous path.

We began our journey with a visit to the historic Ranthambore Fort, which is located at a distance of around 4 km from the entrance of the Park. While driving to the fort we saw vultures. This sighting was a reward in itself as vultures are vanishing from the earth at a fast pace. We moved further and reached the gate of the fort where many langurs were flaunting their long tails at a huge banyan tree-their domain.

Apart from the rustic and beautiful structures of the fort, we saw temples, birds and small lakes. At one of the rustic structures, called as 32-pillared building, we saw the enchanting parrots. I didn’t even remember when I last saw a parrot. For me the sighting of a parrot was as much a cause for celebration as the sighting of a tiger. The structure was breezy and cool. We rested there for sometime and clicked some photographs.

After exploring the fort we came back to the hotel for lunch. After stuffing out hungry stomachs with delicious lunch we thought of taking a nap before embarking on an evening safari.

During our evening jeep safari we sighted sambar, chinkara, spotted deer, nilgai, langur, cheetal, painted storks, painted spurfowl, hyena, the great Indian horned owl and white-necked stork. When our safari was coming to a close, my friends aired their grievances as we cound not sight a tiger. I laughed and said “better luck next time”.

Bandhavgarh Wildlife Sanctuary- Home Sweet Home Of Royal Bengal Tigers!

Posted on October 9th, 2009 by admin  |  Comments Off on Bandhavgarh Wildlife Sanctuary- Home Sweet Home Of Royal Bengal Tigers!

“Listen deep silence. Be very still and it is only then that you will

Tiger, Bandhavgarh

hear the sound of nature”. And the Bandhavgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect place to experience nature at its best. It is one of the most wonderful sanctuaries in India. It is located ideally in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. Sprawling over an area of 437 sq km, the Park was declared a national park in 1968. There are around twenty streams that flow through the park.

Once a hunting reserve of the royal family of Rewa, the park is the place where white tigers were discovered. In the year 1951, Maharaja Martand Singh of Rewa captured a white tiger here, which was named as Mohan. That white tiger is now stuffed and is showcased in the palace of the Maharaja of Rewa. However, no white tigers have been found here for the last 50 years. Now the park houses around 46 to 52 tigers. The park also boasts of a large population of leopards and various species of deer.

I opted for an elephant safari and ventured into the forest. I was told that elephant safari offers bright chances of sighting a tiger. While on the move in the forest, off and on I spotted nilgai, chital, wild boar, jackal, chinkara and chausingha.

As we moved further, my jaded eyes kept looking for the king of the jungle. Not able to control my anxiety level, I kept asking my guide Madho again and again about tiger. Sensing my eagerness to sight a tiger he smiled and said, “ Sir, sighting a tiger is purely a matter of luck”.

There are five ranges in the sanctuary namely Tala, Magdhi, Kallwah, Khitauli and Panpatha. However, tourists are allowed to explore only the Tala range, a range which houses maximum population of tigers of the sanctuary. With my binoculars I sighted beautiful birds such as orange-headed thrush, coppersmith barbet, browed fantails, green pigeons, black and white malabar hornbills. The sanctuary houses a variety of enchanting birds.

Well, my safari was coming to an end and I had almost lost all hope of sighting a tiger. But suddenly a royal Bengal tiger jumped over the road, very close to our vehicle. Oh God! It was a moment worth freezing.