India – Tiger Expedition: At Safari
The nature reserve is huge, spreading over an area of more than 392 square kilometers, with only a section that is divided into several sections. When ordering a safari you must specify which zone to visit. Passing from one zone to another is forbidden, except for the all-day safari. But the price for this type of trip is enormous.
We arrive in the park before the opening. We start with zone number 2. Immediately after a few meters I see a lot of wild animals. Sambar and axis deer are most abundant here. Sambaars are larger in size, have a deep gray color and large ears. Only the male has antlers. The significantly smaller increase is the Indian axis, which the Indians call chital. Its color is rusty brown and the body is covered with white spots. You can watch peacocks almost everywhere. They are very widespread in India, someone even told me that it is such an Indian "hen". They are not as rare as here. While waiting for the best shot you can watch a lot of beautifully colored birds. Most often around you will fly stray, which likes to sit right on the car. Different kinds of kingfishers shine with colors, especially large lakes fly close to them. Sometimes you can see green parrots or owls for the evening.
When I set out to name the fauna, I must not forget the monkeys, especially a lot of langurs. Sometimes squirrels flicker among the trees, and when you are lucky, you can see the mangust. Of those big beasts, a bear or a leopard is certainly worth mentioning.
There are a lot of objects for photography, but tigers are our main interest, as well as just walking in the park. I guess I'm a child of fortune, because I only need 15 minutes and we see the first beauty. The tiger lies in a small pool and resting. Its designation is T98. Each of the tigers gets their number over time, and of course the whole family tree is being watched, for example this boy is the T60 Tigress son. We'll take a few shots and our wizard commands to leave.
So we keep going until we find a very nice lady. He walks through the thicket and approaches slowly toward us, or the small water surface. It is a huge heat, something around 40 ° C, so it's no wonder her footsteps head straight into the water. First he drinks and then refreshes the whole body. He will stay in the water for about a quarter of his watch and then move closer to us. It's unreal, I'm just a little bit away from her, I feel like he's looking straight into my eyes. This tigress is the daughter of Noor T39 and her father is a T57 tiger. Suddenly, the guide points out and quickly points through the trees. Yes, it is unbelievable, one of the biggest local males is coming to us from a distance - the father of our lady.
The female slowly rises and walks toward him. Most likely, she would also play, but Daddy will make it up. He allows her to get close to him, drink it together, but with a facial expression and a tooth-brush, he makes it clear that nothing else is possible. Great moments and great shots, the first day and such a success.
Our time in the park is over. Usually, Safari takes 3–3.5 hours. We're leaving for the hotel, there won't be any big events today, dinner and sleep, tomorrow we get up early and we'll talk about the next day in the tiger paradise next Saturday.
GPS: 26°01'11.3"N 76°30'28.4"E
Text and photos: Magdaléna Radostová
A visit to the city on the banks of the sacred river Ganges is not just for everyone. If you want to know the real India, the ritualistic ceremonies and the cycle of life in Indian society, then Varanasi is for you. This mystical city is the most popular place of pilgrimage for Hindus and is also one of the longest inhabited cities in the world. Also known as the city of Lord Shiva, the god of creation and destroyer of the Universe. Faith says that anyone who dies in Varanasi will be freed from the cycle of reincarnation.
The wake-up call at 4.45 pm, and that's really the latest time for the wake up possible. After five, we are leaving at the reception. There is no risk of breakfast now, I wouldn't have gotten anything so soon. However, you can have tea, coffee or masala.
This time we visit zone number 6. Nafees found out in the morning that there was a good chance to watch the female T8 Ladli and her kittens. Well, they're teenagers ... Mommy probably killed sambara, so they have a feast. Although who knows, these teenagers are able to catch food alone and are pretty eaters. The tiger can eat up to 30 kg of meat in one day.
Today we return to the most beautiful area zoneto the Talao Lakes. It is about six o'clock in the morning. Unbelievable, right in front of us, the queen of arid lakes, the tigress Arrowhead, are walking down the road.
Due to the successful morning and afternoon tracking of cubs and we choose zone 4. When we arrive at the place, kittens can be suspected in bushes. Somewhere, some go up and go a little. I don't understand how our guide can predict what the wild cats will do in the next moment.
Today we try zone 4 with the cubs again this morning, but we are not so successful this time. There are no cubs here, we see only one tiger in the distance on a hillside. Of course, visiting this park is not just about tigers, we see a lot of other exotic creatures today, such as kingfisher and local squirrels.
The afternoon safari has reached roughly its middle. Maybe I already mentioned what I know now that I could take pictures better, from other angles, from different perspectives. After all, I realize on the spot that you can never really know if you really see the tiger. It always depends on the professional work of the driver and the guide and the great dose of happiness!
I should probably go to sleep as I have to get up at 3.30 am, but what if I'm not tired. Everything is packed up, I'm just wondering whether to take a raincoat or not when it reports a sunny 44 ° C. Finally I took her out of the trunk. But I recommend that you take it, it is practical when a cloud breaks up.
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