Shillari gate of Pench NP on the Maharashtra side.
On the road to Turai gate of Pench NP
Tribal homes in Turai village which comes under buffer zone of Pench NP
Kipling Court about 2 kms before Turai gate of Pench NP
One of the bungalows of Kipling Court where we stayed.
One of the bungalows in Kipling Court.
Kipling Court lawn.
Swimming Pool of Kipling Court
Safari vehicles in queue outside Turai gate at 5.30 a.m.
Lalan Dabha just outside the Turia gate of Pench NP is a popular place for backpackers,
A map of Pench Tiger Reserve
First safari vehicle to pass through Turai gate.
Forest road to Pithorthadi inside Pench NP.
A male Sambhar crossing the road.
The scenic Pench river backwater.
Vast meadow on the banks of Pench backwaters.
A herd of spotted dears on the meadow near Pench backwaters
Red ring Parakeet?
Pench river backwater inside Pench NP. This is one of the sighting places for tigers.
Safari trail from Pench backwaters.
Spotted deers crossing a forest safari trail
Collared scops Owl
Dried tree branches against the sky
Our safari gypsy.
Beeja Matta water holes. This is also one of the favorite places for Badi Mada tigress and Collarwali tigress and their cubs.
A Jackal resting under the tree shade.
A group of langoors squatting on the forest trail to Baghini Nala.
Peacock on the banks of Pench backwaters
A group of sambars on the rocks.
Eveniing sunrays peeping thorugh the cloud over Pench backwaters.
Three jackals playing on a grassy patch by the side of a nala.
They started sensing something....
One of the Jackals saw us while the other two continued to play...
Jackals started running away from us.....
The third jackal also started running away from us and finally all went deep in to the forest.
This meadow on the banks of Pench backwaters is a favorite place for spotted deers, sambhars and neelgai. So are for tigers. The long dry grasses in the background is the perfect hiding place for tigers for hunting.
Meadow with Pench backwaters in the background.
This pond is stated to be the favourite place for Badi Mada tigress and her two cubs. While the cubs would cool themselves in pond, the tigress would sit on the rocks.
A close up of the pond.
Deers look at the jackal taking a left over of the deer's kill.
A Jackal taking a left-over of spotted deer kill
A Bison with her calf.
Bison with her calf.
A herd of spotted deers get an alert call from its leader (ahead but not in the picture) presumbly for a tiger....
...but it was a Jackal.
A Mahua tree. The red leaves are the fresh ones.
Ali Katta is a central point for all the six trail routes. This is a stop for Safari passengers for rest room and also for current booking of the elephant rides for spotting if it is in operation.
Safari vehicles' queue for elephant rides.
View from elephant rides of the Pench backwaters.
Climbing for the elephant rides.
Two elephants for spotting Collarwali tigress and her five cubs.
Note how an elephant take rest with cross-leg.
one of Collarwali's five cubs resting under the bushes shades.
Collarwali Tigress with her Neelgai kill.
Collarwali tigress with her Neelgai kill.
Two other cubs in deep slumber after an hearty meal of Neelgai.
Bushes provides a perfect place for wild animals for resting in a hot weather apart from using as a hiding place for a kill.
Baghini Nala, the favourite place of Baghini Nala tigress and her two cubs.
The spotting place for Baghini Nala tigress.
One of the two cubs of Baghini Nala tigress, spotted by us at 5.30 a.m. resting on an earthen dam path about 100m away from us.
The cub looks at us when we were standing on the seats of our Gypsy for taking pictures.
Probably watching the other cub (not seen in the picture) in the shrubs.
Probably a call from their mom sitting at a higher slope (not visible in the picture) made both the cubs to retreat nearer to their mom.
The cub rested on a hill slope about 200m away from us.The other cub (not in the picture) hid in the bushes.
The cub starts scratching his face with a back leg.
We saw from binocular that Baghini Nala tigress was sitting on a upper slope ( top right) not far away from the cub. What we saw on the binocular could not be captured on my camera properly.
A tiger's scratches on a tree. From the basis of the height of the scratches, our guide told us that it was of a male tiger.
Yellow legged Pigeon.
A vast meadow with a stream flowing through it (not seen in the picture) and tree lines make a perfect place for viewing bird life - on way to Ali Katta.
A small waterhole is the place to share for spotted deers, black beek Storks and red ring neck Parakeets ( in the foreground)
A dancing peacock ( on the left), a herd of deers and black necked storks add a perfect harmony.
A flying Indian Roller
Collarwali tigress with her two of five cubs sitting on a rock patch beneath the shrubs.
A close up of the same shot.
A close up of Collarwali Tigress
Same shot with a different angle.
Two other cubs take shelter in the bushes nearby.
The remaining one cub is in deep slumber.
One of the cubs comes out slightly from his place.
After sometime, four of the five cubs decided to cool themselves in stream nearby while the remaining one seemed to prefer rest in bushes' shade.
Soon Collarwali Tigress (right) followed the four cubs in the stream.
All five of them cooling in the stream.
Cubs seemed to decide to go across the stream to relax on the grassy meadow.
In the meanwhile, Collarwali tigress spotted us.
Now she was a bit apprehensive about our presence (about 300m away)
While two of her cubs remained close to their mom, the one of the left was determined to walk over the grassy patch.
Other three cubs decided to follow the first cub but the Collarwali tigress continued to keep a watch over our movement.
One of the cubs walking over the grassy patch.
But the cubs soon returned to the cool stream to join their mother. At this stage we were ordered by Forest guards to move away from the place.
Sambhar looking at our Gypsy.
An evening in the forest.
One of the safari riders with his 500mm zoom lense waiting patiently to have a 'darshan' of Baghini Nala tigress with her two cubs in the evening.
This is the earthen bund on which we saw tiger cub resting in the morning.
Baghini Nala pond
A dancing peacock at the edge of a pond.
Red Wattled Lapwing
Tree growing on the rock. This is locally called 'ghost tree' because it glows in the night. These trees are found in large numbers in Pench NP.
A close up of the 'ghost tree" that grows on the rock.
A herd of spotted deers in single line moving towards a stream ( not seen in the picture)
A Bison crossing our safari trail.
A langur with her baby. Both seem to be smiling.
Balck beek storks?