Friday, June 13, 2008

Birdlife at our resort

Tickell's flycatcher
Common flameback (picture cropped & edited)

Orange-headed ground thrush

Pygmy woodpecker

Another view of the Pygmy woodpecker

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More winged life around our resort

Eggs of the Red-wattled Lapwing just outside the resort
Crimson rose in the dining area

Black naped Monarch flitting around outside our cottage

Puff-throated babbler

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Birds seen during visit

White-necked stork, Adjutant Stork, Yellow wattled lapwing, Red-wattled lapwing, Pond heron, Little cormorant, small egret, Cattle egret.
Crested Serpent eagle, Changeable Hawk-eagle, Red-headed vulture, Long-billed vulture, Grey-headed Fish Eagle
Brown fish owl, Jungle owlet, Spotted owlet.
Red Junglefowl, Brown headed barbet, Coppersmith, Orange -headed ground thrush, Black-naped monarch, Tickell's flycatcher, Pygmy woodpecker, common flameback, Plum-headed parakeet, rose-ringed parakeet, Racket-tailed drongo, Black drongo, Paradise flycatcher, Green bee-eater, Grey hornbill, Indian pied hornbill, Golden oriole, Indian roller, Peacock, Yellow-throated sparow, House sparrow, Brahminy starling, Bank myna, Rufous treepie, Puff-throated babbler, Chestnut-bellied nuthatch.

Mammals/ Reptiles seen during visit

Garden Lizard at our resort

Peninsular rock Agama inside the sanctuary

Mammals: Tiger, Jungle cat, Jackal, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer (Indian Muntjac), sambar, Wild Boar, Mongoose, Indian Hare, Hanuman Langur, Rheseus Macaque.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Activity at our resort-Tiger Trails

The beautiful ambience in and around our resort enabled us to do some good birding when we were not on safari. Accomodation was in the form of 2 roomed cottages with the reception and dining area in the middle and with numerous trees around

Tribals regaling us with their folk culture

A view of the dining area at night

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Info & Acknowledgements

Bandhavgarh National Park lies in the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Nearest airlink is Jabalpur and railheads are Katni junction 120 kms & a smaller station - Umaria about 35 kms. Most of the resorts are at Tala outside the park area.
To get the best of your visit, it is necessary that you go on all the safaris. The early morning safari begins at 5.30 a.m. & ends at 9 a.m. this is the best time to spot the tiger and other living beings. However, due to the large number of jeeps that line up outside the gate, you need to be on your way latest by 5 a.m. to obtain your route and guide so that you can enter as soon as the park gates open. It reminds one of the "Charge of the Ligt brigade!" If however, your idea of a holiday is a more relaxed one - arising at 10 a.m. in the morning, you will miss out on the real opportunities for wildlife viewing.

You need to hire an open jeep, arrangements for which can be made from your hotel. Each jeep carries 6 tourists and it is compulsory to take a guide from the entry point. Be aware however that during the busy season, temporary untrained persons are recruited from the nearby village. You need to impress upon your jeep driver that you require a trained & experienced guide with a keen eye who can show you all there is to see. A good guide can share a wealth of information that you may not always glean from the books. Do however, consult guide books especially for birds, butterflies & reptiles/amphibians which your resort/ hotel would normally have in its collection.

For an enjoyable trip like this, I would like to thank

  1. Bombay Natural History Society and especially the "Butterfly man" -Isaac Kehimkar, GM Programmes for being an excellent resource person & for the good arrangements made
  2. Staff at Tiger Trails Resort for the service rendered to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable in the scorching summer heat
  3. Pinku & his team of jeep drivers especially our driver Pappu who was not only an able driver but also played the role of a very knowledgeable guide
  4. The local guides who shared practical knowledge and experience with us
  5. My fellow travellers for adding to the pleasure of the trip & especially Alka & Ankita Siraswar for being good room-mates