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Call of The Wild: Tadoba Tiger Reserve!

Between my recent trips to sunny Seychelles and festive Germany, I was drawn by the call of the wild to Svasara Jungle Lodge at the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra. My jungle adventures in Madhya Pradesh earlier this year made me a wildlife tourism enthusiast (Read: Wildlife Tourism: Are We Saving The Tiger?), but Tadoba left me intoxicated. I can’t stop dreaming of forests brimming with unravelled mysteries. Or the sheer beauty and intricacy of their ecosystems.

This is a glimpse of that world beyond ours.

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1. SVASARA, THE HOME OF A WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER 
converted into a jungle lodge that is both luxurious and environmentally responsible. His family and their team of wildlife enthusiasts and naturalists have transformed the once barren farm land surrounding Svasara into a natural wilderness, complete with a watering hole, and revived the soil with organic farming techniques.

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2. SETTING OFF INTO THE WILD, AT TADOBA
a national park turned tiger reserve, with terrain varying from old teak trees to open Savannah-like grasslands.

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3. THE ROYAL BENGAL TIGER AT TADOBA TIGER RESERVE
on our very first jungle safari! She, P2, the Pandharpauni female, is the crowning glory of the park. The forest guides and naturalists have seen her since birth, when her mother trained the cubs to be afraid of nothing. She boldly keeps up the legacy!

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4. SMALLER LIFE, THE KIND WE DON’T ALWAYS MARVEL AT
at home.

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 5. HER “NOT A CARE IN THE WORLD” ATTITUDE
meant she would ignore our jeep trailing her, and walk through the bushes, growling in a low pitch.

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6. THE INDIAN ROLLER
If you think she is pretty, wait till you see her fly and flaunt her brilliant blue colors.

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 7. THE INDIAN MUGGER CROCODILE
sleeping afloat in the Tadoba lake.

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 8. REFLECTIONS AT TADOBA LAKE
at sunset.

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9. THE RARE CHAUSINGHA (FOUR-HORNED ANTELOPE)
rarer in these parts than even the big cats. Tadoba is one of the few places in India it’s found.

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10. TIGER TIGER BURNING BRIGHT
People have had much closer encounters; two male tigers fighting for territory, the tigress playing with her cubs next to a jeep, a sloth bear fighting a tiger, a leopard kill…

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 11. AN “AWW” SORT OF MOMENT
witnessed from a hillock overlooking a lake in Tadoba.

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 12. THE GHOST TREE
that changes color every season; white in winter, pink in spring, brown in summer.

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13. SOAKING IN THE SERENITY OF THE JUNGLE
at Svasara Jungle Lodge.

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14. WILDLIFE DOCUMENTARY SCREENINGS AT THE TEAK HOUSE
at Svasara Jungle Lodge, because you really can’t get enough of the wild!

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What were (are) your impressions of Tadoba National Park in Maharashtra?

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Note: I was hosted by Svasara Jungle Lodge on this trip; thanks to all of you who suggested I should go to Tadoba! Like them on Facebook to indulge your wild side.

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ALSO READ:

Panna National Park: The Most Beautiful in India?

Stories From The Wild: Kanha National Park.

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This post was written by Shivya Nath and originally published on The Shooting Star travel blog.

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24 Comments

  1. Roberto Amaral says

    Lovely! …leave it up to you to find these rare “jewels” right here in India!

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    • Interesting, right? Looks like I’m going to make some tough decisions next year and find a different approach to traveling.

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  2. Tadoba is beautiful even in rains! Jungles are gorgeous throughout the year I guess. And spotting a tiger is.. so.. surreal i guess!! Plan now Nagzira 😉

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    • STOP! Haha. I’ve become such an addict now, but the next time I go to a national park, I want to get involved in an ongoing conservation project.

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  3. I had a close encounter with a tiger in Bardia National Park in Nepal – but none of my pictures are as wonderful as these. Might have to go to Tadoba now!

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    • Oh wow. How close was that? I was lucky enough to see the tiger for a good 5 minutes, enough time to catch my breath, grab the camera, and take some pictures. You better plan that Tadoba trip soon 😉

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    • Thanks Samanvay; love the snow flakes too, it’s a wordpress feature that stops at the end of December. Enjoy it while it lasts 😉

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    • Tiger encounters and other big cat encounters sound so common here, since tourism is still less compared to other national parks and the tiger density is high! Plan a trip 🙂

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  5. ramdin says

    Nice Post !!!
    You written a nice information wildlife resort.
    I have another option for wildlife trip.
    Bandipur is India’s most protected area for animals and it has its own tiger reserve. Bandipur is much more than just wildlife and offers you from a range of animals to birds, Plants to forests and neighbouring hill stations. This winter planing to spend my weekends at bandipur resorts hope I’ll have a good weekend.
    Thanks for sharing such a nice information.

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  7. Wow! what a nice post. I liked your sun set photo. From you post I seems that you have enjoyed it very much. After reading your blog I am thinking to cancel my Goa trip and want to visit this beautiful wildlife park. Thanks for informative message.

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  8. Recently visited Tadoba. Liked the safari to the core. We stayed at a hotel near by Tadoba. Its truly amazing experience.
    Awesome tiger photos..

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