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      Dicored !! ...to Tadoba

      Just back from Tadoba. Though summers are touted as the best time of the year to spot tigers, winters are not too bad either. Its pretty cold out there during this time of the year especially during the early morning safari drive in an open Gypsy.

      We'd been driving around the reserve since 6.30 am and spotted a few Spotted deer, a Barking deer, a couple of Sambhars, Wild boars, a myriad of birds (except the Asian Paradise Flycatcher which I wanted so much to spot) and a large crocodile in the Tadoba lake....

      ...and then....at around 7.30 am, our guide received a message that the tigers were spotted frolicking somewhere close to the Telia lake. Our driver spun around the Gypsy and raced towards the direction of the Tadoba lake where the cubs were reported to be probably stalking a prey.

      As we reached, we saw a lone tiger prowling around the vast grassland giving furtive glances at the Gypsys parked around...with everyone aiming their cameras in anticipation.

      That's when the action began...the prowling young Telia cub disappeared into the tall grass and quickly came out dragging out a freshly killed deer...a fully grown male spotted deer!!! The hushed conversations turned into audible expressions of awe and the cameras in all vehicles there went berserk, with their high speed shutters blazing away.

      The guide in an adjacent vehicle mentioned that three of the four cubs were somewhere nearby hidden in the tall grass and that they has just brought down this deer while he and his clients were watching!!! We were disappointed that we missed that action by a few minutes apparently...till the guides mentioned that this is only second time anyone has seen a such an event in Tadoba...in the last few years. The last time something similar was seen was when one of these cubs recently brought down a large wild boar.

      That's when we realized that we had witnessed a rare event at Tadoba! It was a wonderful experience for a first time Tadoba visitor like me and was worth the drive from Bangalore.

      It took us 15 hours to reach Tadoba (Kolara gate) and we stayed at the Chava resort the Kolara gate side of the Tadoba reserve, very close to the Chimur village. Just a kilometer away from the Kolara gate, the Chava Resort is a basic resort with limited dietary options but the owner - Alok and his staff make sure that their guests are as comfortable as it can get there including booking the Gypsy safari and a guide for you.

      The roads are great all the way from Bangalore to Tadoba, except for a few kms between Chimur and Kolara. Just make sure that you book accommodation and the jungle safari early enough...at least 25 days in advance, especially for the Gypsy safari vehicles. With a awesome experience at Tadoba, we continued on our 10 day Madhya Pradesh road trip towards Khajuraho-Gwalior-Jhansi-Orchha-Sanchi-Nagpur.



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      All set to spot the tiger
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      The Kolara gate entrance
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      Pug marks...there are plenty of these, especially if you go in the morning safari. Apparently the tigers move around a lot during the night
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      The Telia lake...adjacent to which the tiger was spotted.
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      The vast grassland adjacent to the lake. Spot the tiger
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      We spot him.....
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      ...prowling around
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      ...and then he drags out what he and his siblings hunted a few minutes earlier!!!
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      A quick survey around...possibly to decide the safest place to drag his prey to.
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      ..and then he continues to drag away...
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      ...till he is satisfied with the seclusion of the tall grass
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      The vast expanse of the grassland where the action took place
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      A short video clip


      Roads inside Tadoba...an extremely dusty and bouncy ride. They allow private vehicles, but the view from the open gypsy is unmatched
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      Oh deer!! My Deer!!...deers are aplenty, the Tadoba tigers are well fed
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      Camouflaged...a "Jerdons NightJar"
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      The afterparty
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      Awesome roads from Bangalore
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      Quote Originally Posted by kairalee View Post
      Dicored !! ...to Tadoba
      This calls for a separate thread sir with more photos and info.

      Awesome experience. Thanks for sharing
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      Quote Originally Posted by kairalee View Post
      Just back from Tadoba.
      awesome trip you guys have had. saw the updates on Facebook. at your pace, you'll take months to finish a thread on all these places. you'll beat me


      The Tadoba bit was awesome narration.
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      Wonderful. And you are lucky indeed to see a tiger with its kill. Luckier still are the guys who actually saw the Tiger hunt !!!!

      Seems like my good luck wish worked its charm. Waiting for more from your travel.
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      super!!! so what kind of photographic gear did you use for the tiger photos?

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      Awesome experience you had there. Thanks for sharing...but isnt it too short? Post more if you can

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      Nice pictures.. Awaiting more pictures and travel information from the rest of the road trip!

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      Quote Originally Posted by shishirbn View Post
      Thanks for sharing
      Thank you for your suggestion of moving this as a new thread

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      at your pace, you'll take months to finish a thread on all these places.
      I wont dispute that

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      Seems like my good luck wish worked its charm.
      It absolutely did... Thank you!

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      Luckier still are the guys who actually saw the Tiger hunt !!!!
      Next time wish me more luck

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      Post more if you can
      I don't have anymore of this sir...we spotted just one tiger and with a P&S this all I could manage

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      so what kind of photographic gear did you use for the tiger photos?
      A humble Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 P&S camera

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      travel information from the rest of the road trip!
      Like avinash mentioned, it will take "some" time to write up that, but in the meanwhile I can help with route queries/places to see and stay of the routes I drove through.

      Here is the route map of my drive:

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      Suresh, so finally the two of you did a very long pending trip eh! And what luck, to get to see a tiger in flesh!

      So are tourists being allowed inside the core areas now?

      Also how is the road condition till Hyderabad post the floods? And from there on to Nagpur?
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      Quote Originally Posted by avinash View Post
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