Green Bee Eater
A wild boar crosses the trail in Bandhavgarh National Park.
Indian Common Vulture
Red Wattled Lapwing
A Lesser Adjutant Stork patrols the Charanganga river in Bandhavgarh.
Lesser Adjutant Stork
A Safari Elephant. Elephants are used for "Tiger Shows" in Bandhavgarh. If a tiger is found resting, the forest rangers use these elephants to take tourists as close to the tiger as possible. Tiger shows are stopped the instant the tiger starts moving.
One of the trails in Bandhavgarh National Park. The park has 5 trails marked from A-E. Each safari gypsy is allocated a trail to follow in the mornings. No deviations from the alloted trails are allowed till you report to the Central Camp. You are lucky if a tiger chooses to cross your trail.
One of the trails in Bandhavgarh National Park
Langur with its young
Tiger pug mark
The tigress of Chakradhara. We spotted this one at a distance of about 10-15 meters. This majestic animal was entirely unruffled by the presence of about 15 safari gypsies that were waiting to catch a sight of her.
Sighting a tiger is entirely a matter of chance. You have to be in the right place at the right time and be alert to the sounds of the forest.
The tigress of Chakradhara. Chakradhara is one of the areas within Bandhavgarh.
The tigress hung around enough to enable everyone to click her pictures.
Before finally deciding to go deeper into the forest.
The tigress made her way to the hillocks that ring Chakradhara.
We had spotted this one on our afternoon safari in Bandhavgarh, on the first day.
The tigress of Chakradhara.
Sunset over Bandhavgarh National Park
A gypsy got stuck in the swamp. About 40 gypsies were waiting to catch a glimpse of a tigress sleeping in the grass on the the other side of the trail.
The tigress finally condescends to show herself after we waited for about 30 minutes to see her. We spotted this one on our afternoon safari in Bandhavgarh, on the second day.
A Jackal looks back at us
Hoopoe (Upupa epops). This one had caught some food for its young. Its nest was in a tree adjacent to the one on which it is perched in this picture.
The Hoopoe is considered to be auspicious and in mythology is often seen as a messenger or a bird that shows the way to travelers.
The Hoopoe takes flight.
Spotted Deer, male. Also known as Cheetal.
The trail that goes up to Sheshaiyya in Bandhavagarh National Park.
Sheshaiyya. So called because of this huge idol of Vishnu who is sleeping on the coils of his serpent - the Shesh Nag.
Sheshaiyya. This is the source of the Charanganga river that waters Bandhavgarh. Charanganga is so called because it flows from the feet (Charan) of Seshaiyya.
Sheshaiyya, next to the pool from which Charanganga begins it journey.
Black Shouldered Golden Woodpecker
A Rufus Treepie
An Indian Roller takes flight
Some pretty plant, Bandhavgarh