Day 2 Evening: Super happy and content safari as we got to spot not only one but three tigers, sloth bear, mongoose, other animals, and birds! We were fortunate to see wild animals in their natural habitat.
Reached our cottage, transferred the photographs, did a quick dinner, and went to sleep as the next day was supposed to be a long day!
Day 3 Morning: The alarm rang at 4:30 AM, but today it was different. I not only had to get ready for the safari but also had to wind up everything for the check-out! Post daily chores, our luggage was ready but we were in no hurry as the check out was after the safari.
The best part about early morning wake up is the cool breeze, chirping birds, serene environment, and peaceful surroundings. “I have to leave this place“, the thought was striking in my mind again and again! But I was equally elated for the safari. This safari was special because I spotted so many amazing creatures for the very FIRST time! Eager!? Read ahead…
After the routine checks, we fastened our seat belt and took one of the most beautiful tracks. Safaris in the mornings are blissful. Our morning started with the spotting of a beautiful Crested Hawk Eagle sitting on a tree waiting to hunt.
Moving on the Asian Wild Dog made its way from a bush. That was my first ever encounter with the Asian Wild Dogs or Dhole as called in the local language. Unfortunately, these are endangered species due to so many reasons.
Fun Fact: Dholes are athletic and can jump over 2.1 meters (7 feet) straight up in the air!
I jumped off my seat and my eyes followed them. After a couple of minutes of hide and seek they vanished in the bush again.
You can observe around and can soak in nature. We, next spotted, Wild Boar. Then out of nowhere a Jungle Bush Quail hurriedly crossed the jeep. This was my first time spotting a bush quail. It was a sandy path and the little birdie rushed back into the grass tussocks. I hardly managed a photograph of the cute little celebrity!
Barking deer or Indian Muntjac was standing and staring at us from behind the dried young trees. That is the best part of summers. You can easily spot the animals because of the dry habitat. Another surprise visit and my first time spotting was the shy and camouflaged Treeshrew. Aww….so cute!
Fun Fact: The only true member of the order Scandentia, Common Treeshrews have a higher brain/body ratio than that of humans.
Some Parakeets, Egrets too made their appearance.
Andddd….here we go again! The cherry on the cake! Our driver received a signal of the appearance of a tiger near some water source. He zoomed the jeep and as soon as we reached the location; I was flabbergasted to see so many jeeps already in the line waiting for the arrival of tigers! Our driver stopped the jeep at a convenient location where we could at least get a glimpse! All waited patiently. Time was slipping. Some started gazing at birds, some guess games, some returned.
But the game in the jungle is all about patience.
We waited and after a while all of a sudden, we could see a tiger coming out of the bushes – like a king! I could sense it was a cub. It came to drink water. And after a couple of minutes, two more came and my excitement knew no boundaries. Everyone’s attention shifted towards the tigers. They not only drank water but also took baths to keep themselves cool in the hot weather. Later we got to know they were the cubs of the dominant and popular tigress in Tadoba.
We had to exit the jungle. The show was over! Our hearts filled with joy but at the same time heavy as we had to leave. Thanked and tipped our driver and guide for the wonderful trip.
We checked out smoothly carrying loads of wonderful memories and a lifetime experience at this amazing place. Headed back to the Nagpur Airport. While waiting for our flight and looking around the chaos of passengers, I was wondering, what a contrast life of what we were living just a couple of days back! That was so calm, peaceful and no hustle and this…..
We should often take such breaks to connect with nature; it keeps us grounded.
if you are planning to visit, here is some useful handy information about Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve ….
- There are three zones in the reserve that give access to the Jeep Safari, namely Moharli (Mohurli) Zone, Tadoba Zone, and Kolsa Zone.
- Timings (Different for Summers and Winters): Morning: 6 AM to 10 AM; Evening: 14:30 to 18:30 PM
- Wear loose nature merging light cotton clothes.
- Use of a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen is recommended.
- Carry enough water.
- Respect Nature an follow the rules in the jungle.
- For safari bookings click here.
- We would recommend staying in MTDC Moharli Tadoba if you are looking for a basic yet comfortable stay at a perfect location.
We hope you enjoyed the virtual tour of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR). Please feel free to ask for any queries, drop in any suggestions, or even share your experiences. We love to read from you.