Shall we talk a bit about Kabini? Because I don’t think we have done that enough. Even though it’s quite popular amongst a relatively small group (inclusive of many novice as well as some professional wildlife photographers), it’s almost unknown to the rest. So what is Kabini or rather where is it? At the origin of it all, there is a river – a river called Kabini. It’s a short and sweet river that starts somewhere in Kerala and runs across the state of Karnataka touching upon many villages and towns on its way. But it’s not the start that concerns us, nor does the end. It’s actually a patch in between, somewhere in its path, where it passes between two beautiful forests. Or rather it divides a forest into two parts – Bandipore National Park and Nagarhole National Park. Around this place the river also gets wider as a result of a manmade dam ahead on its route. And this is the area that is famously known to tourists as Kabini and this is the area I am referring to in this blog.complete article
It was 2007 when I first visited Pondicherry. I was still in college and it was my first trip with friends. We started early in the morning from Chennai with very little money in pocket and a heart full of enthusiasm, travelled for four hours in a crowded bus, roamed around the streets of Pondicherry under a hot sun and retuned back exhausted long after the sunset. Actually it wasn’t as bad as it sounds. Probably because I didn’t know that it could be better. The highlight of my trip was the French colony of Pondicherry – I loved the beautiful streets lined with colourful houses and cafes. Neither of which I could enjoy to the full extent.complete article
The boy sat in a bright orange shirt amongst the monotonous grey rocky walls of the faded palace. He hung his legs from the edge of the roof and sang on top of his voice. The palace was once called “Hathi Mahal”, or maybe it’s the name that people remembered. It had lost all its colours a long ago and now just stood like a pile of rocks amongst the aged trees and new born grasses. The land around stretched for miles only with different shades of greeneries. The palace stood alone like a lonely old man, tired for so long and yet surviving through another page of history. And the boy? The boy was contradiction to this whole image. He was bright and young, shining in the afternoon’s soft sunlight. And yet his voice vibrating through the empty landscapes, somehow captured the same essence as only a lonely old palace could bring out. His voice reflected the solace of eternity.complete article
Many years ago the Rajput rulers of Rajasthan built a fort away from the “Thar” desert. The fort was surrounded by forest which they used as hunting ground. Over the years the fort changed owners, but the forest remained more or less the same. In 1955, however, the forest was established as sanctuary which was later declared a national park in 1980. Now every year thousands of tourist visit Ranthambore to experience this heritage forest and get a glance of the marvellous Royal Bengal Tigers.
We were fortunate to find a couple of tiger cubs along with their mother during our visit this year in May. But tiger was not the only thing we spotted. Here’s a list of all animal/birds we came across during our visit to Ranthambore National Park.complete article
Bandhavgarh national park is one of the most famous forests in India and currently it is known to have highest density of tiger. This blog is a consolidation of all animals spotted by us during our safaris in Bandhavgarh. For travel related information on Bandhavgarh, check out the other section Bandhavgarh Brochure .complete article