Saturday, April 30, 2016

Tigers galore at Tadoba National Park, Chandrapur, Maharashtra

Tadoba National Park, Maharashtra, India
Tadoba Natonal Park in Maharashtra is at a distance of 130 km from Nagpur. There are several trains connecting major cities to Nagpur  and the flight connections are pretty good too. We flew till Nagpur and for the onward journey to Tadoba Moharli gate, we hired a car. It took a little over 3 hours to reach Tadoba from Nagpur, the road was pretty good.

Since all our safaris (except two, one from the buffer zone and the other one was from the Kuswanda gate) were from the Moharli gate, we decided to stay close to Moharli. The other entry gates are Kolara, Nave Gaon, Pangdi, and Zari Gate.

We had booked our accommodation at the MTDC near the Moharli gate in Tadoba. I quite liked the accommodation. Reasonable with A/C and mini fridge, a verandah overlooking a water body and jungle, room service, a well equipped restaurant....I think that is a lot to ask for in a jungle!

We picked up the hottest time of the year to visit Tadoba...the temperatures were between 42-46 degree Celsius. We were out for 8 hours every day in the open jeep safaris...mornings were fine but afternoons were indescribably hot....the morning safaris were far more productive than the afternoon ones...however, a sighting is purely by chance and luck…one can hardly predict anything and that is why these safaris are so exciting!

The heat and Sun were hardly a deterrent though; the hotels and safaris were all booked so we were not the only crazy ones visiting Tadoba at this time of the year!

And Tadoba did not disappoint.............

Not only did we see a lot of tigers (in total 11), we sighted a leopard and a sloth bear as well!
Here is my first post on Tadoba and I am starting off with the Tigers of course...

Wagdoh Male Tiger
Wagdoh Male Tiger

Male Tiger (I think he is called Matkasur)
Male Tiger, Bajrang

Maya (in the picture below) is looking at a prospective hunt, we noticed a Bison nearby, and sure enough she attacked it. The sad part is the Bison did not even resist...I was told that he was too old and would not have been able to move fast enough:(

Female Tiger, Maya
Maya with her three cubs

The cubs playing
Female tiger Maya and her cubs

The the other female tiger, Sonam and her three cubs, in the pictures below, were quite a distance away. We saw them, but not at the same proximity as the other tigers.

My next post is on my first leopard sighting at Tadoba; what an exciting experience!

Female tiger with cub
Tiger cub