After a fun evening safari of Day 1 in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, we headed to our MTDC Cottage and as I said earlier, I could not wait for the next day and enjoy another jungle safari but this time early in the morning. After dinner, we quickly re-winded our day by seeing the photographs of the safari. Alarmed our clocks for 4:30 am and I was not sure whether I will be able to sleep or not and if I sleep, whether I will wake up that early! Haha. But the enthu cutlet in me was ready to wake up. I dozed off in no time and don’t know how within some time, it was already 4:30 am….!! 😂😂
Day 2: Morning Safari:: I had to drag myself up to be on time. Quickly dressed up in camouflaged clothes, loaded our camera gears, and packed our sacks just like the soldiers. Going on a safari was no less than an adventure. It was too early and the kitchen was also closed so we had to skip breakfast. The safari call time was 6 am; we were ready at 5:45 am. Meanwhile, I did some walk in the peaceful serene environment. The chirping of birds was the only sound one could hear. But it did not last long. Jeeps and people started flocking and everybody was in the rush to reach the gate at the earliest.
We too hopped in our jeep and reached the checkpoint. All were waiting in the queue and glanced at each other with an awkward smile. After the scheduled time, the gates were open, passes were checked and we zoomed into the jungle. Trust me it is such a wonderful feeling. The cool breeze touched our face and at the same time, I could smell the aroma of the jungle. The paths were silent as if nothing happened last night. Jungles are so mysterious!
What do you think…was the morning safari worth the wait?
The sky was covered with grey clouds with a tint of orange shade hinting of sunrise. That was the most amazing sunrise I have ever seen in my life. The sky was the canvas and nature colored it most beautifully. The golden divine Sun rays added to the beauty!
Crossed some of the beautiful paths. This time we were in a different zone. Our day’s spotting started with the Indian Male Bison grazing its breakfast with an “I don’t care” look! Moving on we saw a Sambar Deer giving us a pose. We crossed the most beautiful, serene, and tranquil Andhari river. Meandering through the Tadoba forests, this river gave its name to Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. We wish we could sit there forever. A different world!
We also spotted a Marsh Crocodile. Further ahead, a Colorful Indian Roller on the tree was looking for some hunt and watched us pass by. On a jungle path, we also clicked wild boars, kingfisher, langurs, and spotted deer. In the search of the majesty, Mr. Tiger, we moved from one water reservoir to another but in vain.
As the day moved ahead, the sun was getting stronger and unbearable. Our morning safari also ended on a hopeful note to spot the Tigers in the same day evening safari. We were still happy and content with the sunrise views, Andhari River, Nature, and wilderness.
Our jeeps parked us in front of the cottage. We stepped towards a restaurant for the brunch and hopes in our eyes. We await our next safari which was just after 5 hours!