TMS#018 : Explore Bandhavghar National Park with Chittra M
This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to Chittra from the Masala Box, a blog where she shares her travels and adventures along with other musings of life!
Today's destination: Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Nearest Airport: Jabalpur
Nearest Railway Station: Umaria
Prerequisities - make sure to book your tickets for the safari as well as lodging well before time as it tends to fill up fast.
Packing - Dont forget to carry your camera! Bug repellants are also a good idea along with sunscreen and shades.
Length of the itinerary: 2 days
Lodging at: Tiger's den resort
Chittra gives us a run down of her experience about getting to Bandhavgarh national park and her tryst with the big cat.
Chittra did two safaris during her visit to Bandhavgarh, an evening safari and a morning safari. They booked a jeep for both safaris.
Blessed with a great guide and driver, Chittra set off on her expedition into Bandhavgarh.
The evening Safari was not very eventful but Chittra still manages to catch a bunch of Langoors, wild dogs, deer and some birds.
The morning safari starts early in the morning, so be sure to be out by 5 am in order to get ahead of the pack.
After listening to some calls by langoors and deer, Chittra and her group decide to wait it out close to a place where they spot some pug marks as the group heard to interesting stories of Sita and Charger from the guide!
After an hour long wait, Chittra was lucky to capture one of her best shots to date, a tiger with a kill that walks past her jeep. It was Spotty, the mother tigress who was taking the kill to her cubs. A sight most of us aren't lucky enough to catch!
Chittra shares other tips while travelling to national parks and things to avoid.
Link to the blog post: http://masalabox.co.in/spotting-tiger-bandhavgarh-national-park/
Link to Chittra's blog: www.masalabox.co.in
Link to the MP forest dept: www.forest.mponline.gov.in
Link to the lodging: www.tigerdenbandhavgarh.com
More about the Guest:
Chittra is an avid traveler who has been criss-crossing the map exploring new places, tasting different cuisines and constantly trying to understand different cultures of the place. Masalabox is not just a manifestation of her travel diaries and journals but also features quite a few funny anecdotes that encountered during her travels, some memorable moments from life, some moments of angst on the society, and some opinions on everything in the world! She also does a section on movie/play reviews called 'Musings of Life'. So sit back and enjoy as we unravel the stories in the masala box.