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Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Kanha National Park November 29th 2010

Sarah and I did our fair share of travelling in India, and one of the most intensive trips that we took was to Kahna: An 8 hour bus from Goa to Bombay, 2 hour flight to Nagpur, and an 8 hour drive to Kahna. Sarah will joke that it was a long trip for me to see my tiger but, as anyone who appreciates true wild life would agree, it was worth it. The whole trip was a great adventure – starting with the ride there! After bussing from Goa to Mumbai we got a flight to Nagpur where I haggled with a private driver to get us to Kahna. 6000 Rupees to have a driver for 4 days was a great deal! However after about 10 minutes we pulled over and the driver swapped out ... read more
Bref and Sarah at Kahna
Bref and Sarah

Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Kanha National Park November 20th 2010

The date of our departure from India, from Kolkata on the 18th of November, has been known to us for longer than that of our arrival in Mumbai three months ago. I really should have attempted to plan our means of getting there from Delhi much earlier than I did three weeks ago. I admit to a certain degree of naivety and laxity in planning; I should have known that even this far in advance, such popular trains as the ones I wished to take had the potential to be fully booked. It did surprise me however that even my second and third choice contingency plans were also derailed by massively waitlisted trains. There was, therefore, going to be no Sundurbans adventure and no trip to Bodh Gaya, indeed, upon researching my remaining options it seemed ... read more
Wol's house (for John and Blane)
In the park #1

Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Kanha National Park July 13th 2010

It’s raining Tigers in Summer! - Hector Dsouza The guides and forest rangers affectionately call him 'Langda Munna’ (lame Munna) after a forest guide who is also lame and named 'Munna.' Seems pretty indecent, but it's all taken in the right spirit in Kiplings forest. The story goes when this male tiger was two years old, it hurt his paw while on a hunting expedition, resulting in a limp for a couple of years. When we spotted Munna from a hand shaking distance on our recent visit, the limp wasn't visible. The name stuck on, though. A variety of reasons brought me to the Kanha National Park in central Madhya Pradesh this June. Summer is the best time to visit the park when the meadows are bereft of grass, trees are bare, and animals ranging from ... read more

Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Kanha National Park March 7th 2010

Since I last wrote, things got crazier in my life and I had traveled a lot. The day was 27 Feb 2010, although I had never missed a bus/train, I was hurrying as I was very much excited to go on the very first adventure tour of my life. My excitement about the adventure of my new life held for me have never been more profound. I was on my way to Kanha National Park which is one of the India’s finest tiger reserves. It is spread more than 940 sq km in a horse shoe shaped valley bound by the spurs of the Mekal range, the park presents a varies topography. A google search will give you a lot of other websites to learn more about the place as I do a lot of googling ... read more

Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Kanha National Park February 21st 2010

After our safaris in Africa, it was always a dream to see a tiger in the wild. (Lions, and tigers and bears…oh my! This was the last box to tick!) After a bit of research we decided we would visit Kahna National Park to try our luck at a wild tiger. This trip would take us pretty much to the very centre of the country, with Jabalpur being the closest city and our destination by train from Agra. After a ridiculous train ride (6 hours late, 4 hours slow, and the original trip scheduled to be 11 hours; equating to a 21-hour trip arriving into Jabalpur at 9pm rather then 7am) we took a 3-hour taxi to Kahna National Park and the government run Baghira Log Huts and Hostel. We chose this place because it’s the ... read more
The first tiger we saw...

Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Kanha National Park October 22nd 2009

Day 10 - Kanha It was another early start for us, with a packed breakfast being provided by the hotel, which we hoped would be an improvement on the last ones! When we arrived at the gate, it was less disorganised, but there were a lot of jeeps in the line. At this park, there are actually more tigers, around 93, but the park is much larger meaning it is harder to see one. There are only a couple of routes that the jeeps follow, and we actually followed our other jeeps. We were joined in the unlucky bus by Adam and Emily, and Emily hadn't seen a tiger yet either having missed out on the first day's tiger spot as she had felt a little under the weather, so decided to have a lie in. ... read more
Mahoots on elephant back
Wild Dog

Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Kanha National Park October 21st 2009

Day 9 - Bandhavgarh - Kanha Another 4.30am start for the unlucky bus on another optional safari but after seeing the photo's and some video of tigers last night from the rest of our group we set of again determined to change our luck, By then we felt like we had seen all of the 12,000 spotted deer in the park. We also saw some wild boar and more huge spiders. We headed to the half way point as the tigers proved to be just as elusive as the previous day and our eyes had started playing tricks on us, so much so that Kathryn had spotted the rare less well known wood tiger when she cried out for the jeep to stop and in turn three other jeeps skidded to a halt only to find ... read more
Wild boar
More spotted deer
Wood Tiger

Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Kanha National Park January 12th 2009

We went to Kanha national park hoping to see tigers in the wild, so awoke just before sunrise and climbed into a jeep to track down our 'prey'. Throughout the morning we saw many deer and moneys but no tigers. As we drove around the dirt tracks we saw vultures flying to a patch of grass and could just make out the body of a dead deer. As we watched something must of scared birds because suddenly 20 or 30 vultures took to the air, flying in all directions. Having these huge birds flying all around us was very impressive. Once the sun was fully up our driver advised that the heat would drive the tigers into the shady bushes but the occasional pug marks showed they were near-by. We transferred from the jeep to an ... read more
Spotted deer spotted in the bush
Startled vultures leaving their dinner

Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Kanha National Park November 28th 2008

27 Nov - our final early morning game drive and 2 elephant rides in Kanha! Can't see very well on the first ride to take photos but the second ride is fantastic and our best sighting. We're in the heart of the jungle, riding an elephant with Ginny and Liam and watch a tiger sleeping peacefully. Marc and John then arrive on another elephant waking up the tiger and then our elephant gets a bit too close resulting in a huge growl, captured perfectly on camera by Liam. Just as we're getting back into the jeep to head back to the park entrance a tiger walks onto the road, right in front of the jeeps!!! Several jeeps follow him for 10 minutes, he is completely unperturbed by the vehicles, humans and cameras, an amazing sight. When ... read more
Crouching, sleeping tiger
Now he's awake!
Wow - sooooo close

Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Kanha National Park October 11th 2008

Day 9: Oct. 11 -- Kahna Nat'l Park, Chitvan Lodge My last entry was very brief because I was whisked away to dinner. The Lodge has been over the top. We have a wake up call at 5 am, and are served tea and coffee as requested. By 5:30, we load into a jeep to go for a nature drive. Mid-morning, in the park, we have breakfast, consisting of hard-boiled eggs, paneer on white bread sandwiches, tea, coffee, crackers, English biscuits/cookies, and fruit. We drive in the park looking at birds, flowers, spiderwebs, barasinghr (yes, I think I spelled it right), spotted deer, wild boars, guar, etc. We are always looking for the tiger. Where the forest is dense, Tiger walks on the road. Sometimes, we see tiger pug marks (footprints) in the sand in the ... read more

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