There’s nothing like going on a Safari trip into the wilderness of jungle around the wildlife… For many of us wildlife safari’s in India is spotting a tiger in its natural habitat. With the decreasing number of tigers in India, the tiger reserves are getting even more attention. The tiger also being the national animal of India symbolizes the countries wildlife wealth.
Traveling down to the central India – Madhya Pradesh home to 11 national parks with the Narmada River meandering along the Satpura ranges offers an excellent location for wildlife. Satpura National Park, our destination, is rich in biodiversity and one of the most exotic places in India and is the best place to spend time in nature.
To reach the Satpura National Park one has to sail through the Denwa River by motorboat and the view that it offers during sunrise is totally breath taking. Waking up early for the safari trip to get the best time to see wildlife. The sighting of the Indian giant squirrel or Malabar giant squirrel is a common sight in Satpura; although it is a rare species native to India. The highlight of the every jungle safari is gypsy with a naturalist and guide who can point out all the things we don’t see. Tracking animals on the rugged terrain of the Satpura riding on an open gypsy is quite an adventurous experience. Tigers and leopard may be a rare sighting in Satpura but the sloth bears are common and are seen digging the soil, carrying the cubs in their back and some time scratching the back on a tree. We spotted many animals including the rare Chousingha, Nilgai, Sambar, masculine male Gaur and variety of birds.
Spending a few days on Satpura we headed toward the Kanha, which is the largest National Park in Central India and a home to about 95 tigers. A large number of tourist visit this place to see the tiger in its natural habitat. As usual we began our safari at early morning and were totally shocked to see so many gypsy line up outside the Kanha National Park gate to get the first entry to the park. The naturalist and the guide told us that the early morning are the best as there is a lot of animal movement in the jungle and mainly tiger who are seen walking on the road path.
We set our cameras and rode slowly at a speed of 20km/h on a gypsy following the footprints into the wilderness we saw the glimpse of the tigress sitting next to the water pond resting lavishly after the kill. Everyone’s eye was on her waiting for her movement at last she wakes up for the water and walks elegantly flaunting her stripes, and stares for a moment into the crowd. Our camera moved along with the footsteps of tigress capturing her every action and after a few minutes she vanished into the bushy meadows. Capturing the tigress from a close distance was a big thrill and was more than we expected.
Tiger is the symbol of wilderness and perhaps it is true that Kanha is a home of wilderness with lush Sal tree, bamboo forest, the grassy meadows, variety of grasslands, Indian ghost tree, mystic dense fog covering the forest and the loud echoes of animal calls. One of the best places to see the panoramic view of Kanha forest is Bamni Dadar known a sunset point, which lies in the forest area.
Even though we missed the sight of the leopard, with such amazing scenery of the forest and experience we gained, made our short trip to the wilderness of Madhya Pradesh an inspiring journey.