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A naturalist guide interested in tiger conservation and tiger biology. I am a keen bird watcher with publications in wildlife magazine. I write often on Indian wildlife and tiger safari in Indian National Parks.I conduct birding and nature tours at Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Pench Tiger reserve.

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Age: 57
From: 482020 Jabalpur

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Artists: Begum Akhtar, Chitra Singh
Songs: Gazals
Books: Wildlife Books and Magazines
Activities: Bird watching, writing and wildlife as well as Indian cooking.
Places: Jabalpur, Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Pench, Pachmarhi and Corbett.

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Indian Wildlife and Indian Birds



Wildlife Photography

Wildlife Photography is emerging as one of the finest recreation the World over. So it is in India as well what with the cost of processing coming down thanks to the digital techniques.  
The cost of lenses and cameras have also come down with increasing capabilities of small lenses and economical models. A lot of young people are taking to nature photography all over the country. Earlier this activity was the privilege of few, well not anymore.  
Here are some images taken by Monu Dubey a young nature enthusiasts who travels far and wide in order to capture images of wild denizens. He is based in Pench National Park:  
18.1.15 14:35


Tiger Tourism in Bad State

Due to recent policies and guide lines by NTCA there has been a downfall in number of visitors ti many tiger reserves. The industry is in a state of flux with tour operators and hotels loosing most of their business. This has hit the local employment levels negatively.  On one hand tourism must respect principles of conservation while lot of money and jobs are involved.
I could sense this long time back whence cap on vehicle entry came into the picture this was followed by charging of double fee for every addition to the jeep. This discouraged tourists without entry permits and increased the tourism cost as well.      
There is a problem with online booking cancellation. Whence an online  booking is cancelled the entry is added to the current booking status and it does not revert back to online quota. This reduces the chance of confirmed booking for tourist arrival.
In a recent meetings with park authorities and hoteliers a good outcome was revealed. The number of vehicles could be increased in Kanha without going against the NTCA Guidelines. NTCA stands for National Tiger Conservation Authority and is established by the Ministry of Forest and Environment.     
17.9.14 14:35

Dying Tigers in India

Now and then the conservation world is shocked by the news of tiger deaths in Indian Reserves. Well most of the deaths are natural or as result of territorial fights. 

Some death are due to disease and accidents. But there are incidences of poaching taking place as well. Placing deadly snares and laying down live wire from 11 KV lines is being done often by poachers in tiger reserves of MP.  

Recently a tiger was killed in Bandhavgarh in a territorial fight. There was human interference and a forest guard a top an elephant fell and died as a result. 

Recently Kankati a a famous tigress a successor of Sita died along with a her two cubs in fight with an intruding male. One cub somehow survived and its survival is precarious with the female.  Kanha also lost a tigress due to old age.

In spite of these deaths the population remains stable due to successful breeding in Indian tiger reserves.    

Photo Credit Teerath Singh

13.8.14 11:22

Tiger Tourism Kanha - Changing Dynamics

I first visited Kanha National Park in MP in 1976 it was an introductory visit that turned me into a naturalist. I had never experienced such serenity and beauty in my life. The picturesque settings of this exotic terrain slowly became familiar as more visits took place.  Subsequently Kanha was much on my yearly itinerary in spite of low finances. The easy reach from Jabalpur facilitated visits to this magnificent reserve.
With acquired knowledge base after several visits, I eventually started working as a freelance naturalists. The job helped sharpen my knowledge base in terms of tiger tracking and birding. The enthusiasm and love for nature made my naturalist job as a source of secondary income however meager.   
During the seventies Kanha was in the state of repair. After years of pressure the creation of protected area provided a much needed reprieve for this beleaguered land of the tiger. Albeit Kanha was fortunate in receiving protection much before the concept of PA came into picture. Today it is also under the aegis of Project Tiger Program - a Central Government of India initiative.    
The tourism was scarce in the seventies and eighties and very few tourists arrived. The accommodation available was in form of rest houses in Kanha and Kisli. We traveled in large family group and occupied the Kisli rest house which badly need repairs. There was no cooking facility in those days and our staff used to cook under a Sal tree. Kanha Rest House was for the more privileged and later on private canteen came into the  picture.
Most of the villages had not been shifted in 1976 as one was right near Kisli Rest House. The excursions were allowed in private vehicles and you could take any. In the heat of the moment tourists could literally walk right up to the elephant for a tiger show.
On some instances night safari was also allowed in the early days. But all this had begun to change slowly. The management began to induct new rules and regulations for tiger safari. All these steps were necessary for the betterment of the park and specifically the wildlife. Today Kanha Tiger Reserve is one of the finest conservation unit in the World. 
At that time there one to one conversion with the staff who were thrilled to be with the guests. Even the top management came to welcome you some times.
The first hotel to open was the Chandan Motel owned by Kissu Chacha a Sindhi business men from Mandla. His foresight did not go unhindered as Bob Wright and eminent Anglo Indian opened a wildlife resort called the Kipling Camp. The accommodation  attracted lots of celebrities and the top notch because of Bob's reputation.

Kipling Camp now a modern wildlife resort pioneered tiger tourism at Kanha. Krishna Jungle Resort was set up during that period and  became the most successful resort ever in Kanha. Owned by Mr.Neelesh Agrawal from Jabalpur,  it gave major thrust to tourism with more organized approach. This was followed by Mr.Sunny Chadha's Tiger Land Resort. He is an old hotelier with hospitality business in his blood. Both the properties have now changed hands.   
With continuous management inputs tiger tourism has evolved into what it is now. A more disciplined and wildlife friendly tourism for sure. At the present juncture there is a glut of hotels in this park. In the recent times the periphery has become urbanized with lot of construction activities. The hotel industry and tourism combined has been instrumental in offering employment to the local communities.       
From a free for all situation the regulations have limited the number of vehicles in the park. Access is allowed only to registered vehicles with trained drivers. The tourism area has been divided into zones to minimize the impact of vehicles and people. One very positive aspect of tourism has been opening up of the buffer. Now safaris are also conducted in the buffer zone hitherto neglected.    
In the ensuing years the ecosystem has become intact and the canopy has become denser too. Wildlife including tigers has become  more prominent with increase in population of all animals. Any apparent negative impact of tourism has not been noticed in the critical tiger habitat. But the establishment of hotel resorts and  other urban structures has caused loss of habitat in the buffer zone. The burgeoning village population as well as live stock is a major cause of conflict with wild animals.   
The excursion cost and accommodation has skyrocketed with a charge being levied by the management and State Government of Madhya Pradesh.  The tariff of luxury accommodation in Kanha has also risen high. At the National Park A number of 3 star resorts have been established to cater to the tourists. 
MP Tourism manages a dormitory and a luxury resort inside the park. With offices in many places this is the best resource to find a stay in the park.  The forest department also maintains clean cottages at Khatia Gate available for rent at affordable rates. 
Kanha National Park 
The Conservator and Field Director
Kanha Tiger Reserve
Mandla, Madhya Pradesh - 481 661
Tel 07642 - 250760 Fax 07642 - 251266
E-Mail :

The Regional Manager
Railway Station Building
Jabalpur, M.P.
Tel. 0761-322111, 321490
The phone numbers may have changed.  
In order to book the gate entry which is a prerequisite one needs to visit the MP online website.  This job could well be given o your hotel guys. Remember you need photo ID detail at time of booking which you have to carry alongside during the excursions. For inbound travelers it is a must to carry the original passport.             
12.10.13 04:28

Bandhavgarh in Pictures

Hindu TempleSambar DeerHindu Temple BandhavgarhFort Gate BTRJeep SafariReclining Vishnu BandhavgarhFort at BandhavgarhTiger in BushTemple at Bandhavgarh FortHorse Stables BTR

All Images are by Teerath Singh of MP Tiger Safari in Bandhavgarh National Park. 

4.10.13 14:23

Bandhavgarh - Picture Perfect

One of the most scenic tiger reserve in India, Bandhavgarh is popular for tiger tourism. Deep into the confines of Central India modern humans set foot some two thousand years ago. The evidence lies scattered amidst the dense canopy everywhere.   
The National Park and tiger reserve is one of the best tiger habitat in India. It is also a park with history etched on the walls of ancient historical structures. The landmark structure is the Bandhavgarh Fort on hillock with the same name, it is now in ruins. From the dizzy heights of the mountain one gets a mesmerizing view of reserve. The Fort is called Bandhavgarh as it was supposed to have been gifted by Lord Rama to his brother Laxman. The ancient temple of Ram Janki and Laxman is situated on the edge of the hillock and overlooks the park. A pujari (priest) still tends to the temple after the death of the legendary old pujari appointed by the Royal family of Rewa.       
The table top mountain highest in Bandhavgarh contains many structures most prominent being the man made reservoirs, idols of Lord Vishnu in zoomorphic avatars, walls  and a massive arch at the entrance. The man made and natural caves are the resting and breeding grounds of the big cats and so are the numerous horse shelters. 
A little short of the steep climb lies Sesh Shaiyya a reclining statue of Lord Vishnu at least twenty feet long and carved out of a single igneous rock. The statue lies besides a verdant pool fed by a small trickling spring. The place is surrounded by dense growth of ferns and flowery shrubs, the tigers frequent the area often. The setting is like a fairy pool with lot of shade in summers thanks to the groves all around.           
From this table top mountain the River Charanganga snakes downhill and intersects through the dense forests and large meadows. On the way it creates marshland in the meadows offering a unique habitat for the deer species and creating favorite hunting grounds for the tigers.  
The park is engulfed by thirty two hillocks that create deep valleys with dense forests and snaking rivers. The diverse topography creates an alluring landscape. The forest tracts and sandy banks of the rivers are exceptionally beautiful habitats. The heights like Rampur and Ghoda Damon offer panoramic splendor of the park.
A jeep safari offers the thrill of tiger sightings and a spectacular view of the picturesque surroundings as well. The reserve is well endowed with waterways, rivulets, small streams, lakes, marshes and water holes.

The Dhamokhar Lake is a sight to behold and so is  the marshy tract along the river Banbei. The dense moist tracts of tropical forests at Andheri Jhiriya have their own charm. This is a good place to see the elusive sloth bear. The large meadows at Bathaan and  Raj Bohera were once home to the bisons. The original stock has become extinct and trans located bisons are being reared in the park. 

Similarly a drive around the Umrar river offers stunning spectacular view and sightings of many animals including the tiger and the leopard. The Marzad Garh Tower is the highest point in Bandhavgarh in Khitauli Zone it offers expanded view of the reserve.   
Bandhavgarh has become the hub of tiger tourism in the State of Madhya Pradesh. There are more than thirty resorts in Bandhavgarh for accommodation. The destination has all types of accommodations ranging from luxury to budget. A small market at Tala Gate provides supplies and necessary needs. The nearest rail head is at Umaria Township about eighty km from Katni Station a commercial hub. 
The park can be reached from New Delhi by rail to Umaria and Jabalpur. The nearest airport is Jabalpur about 175 km from Bandhavgarh. The best road, rail and air route is through Jabalpur City which is a large conglomeration.   
In this conservation unit the camera clicks not only at the tigers and rare animals it also covers the panoramic  splendor o f the landscape. Bandhavgarh National Park is ideal for habitat and landscape photography.         
4.10.13 08:49

The tigers of Kundwara

Driving at slow pace I was negotiating a hair pin bend on Kundwara Ghat whence I noticed a pair of animals on the next turn. I paid little heed tired as I was coming from the village of Baghraji in Jabalpur District. Kundwara is a Reserve Forest with good cover, and is home to wild animals though sparsely populated. These forests are contiguous with Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh.    
Often I had come across spotted deer on this well forested incline and in the twilight I thought I saw them again. But as we approached the bend a mesmerizing spectacle awaited us. Unbelievable I whispered, I was actually right in front of a young tiger pair.
I could see the tigress going down the hill and the male moving slowly  under my jeep headlights. Shell shocked I was for I did not expect to see tigers here in a reserve forest.   
The male tiger with its jaw hanging loose began to climb up hill. I changed the direction of the jeep such that headlights pointed to the big cat. With bated breath we watched the animal climb till it vanished from our sight. The tigress had moved down hill and was hiding perhaps a short distance from us.    
My salesman was quivering with fear and could hardly speak. He managed to utter "lets go" and pushed me into action. In that stupefying moment I had witnessed a spectacle that was a thing of long gone past.  
Later I heard the same courting pair roaring throughout the night as I lay on the warm bed at Kundwara Rest House near by.
"Yes I have come across the big cats often" the deputy ranger informed me next day. "These tigers roam around this reserve forest in summers and quench their thirst at a pool in the forest nursery."
So that was that until one day in the late evening I came across a group of men standing before the spot yielding a shining sword. Or I thought so. "I will drive over them I cautioned my salesmen" fear had overtaken me. I took then to be robbers that often looted the vehicles. But as we neared the group the sword turned out to be an exhaust  of a motor cycle and the men knew me well. 
"Arrey Punditji what happened? I spoke much relieved on seeing a friendly face. "We want to cross over the hill but there is a tiger sitting under the culvert" Punditji informed me. "In fear we dashed the motorbike against the stone and broke the exhaust pipe."       
"Well then come move close to me and I will take you across." I was really excited at the prospect of sighting the tiger once again. but as luck of would have it a bus had failed right on the spot whence we arrived there. The tiger had vanished,  disturbed by the commotion, disappointed we drove on towards the main road.   
I did not see or hear of the tigers again as the forest stretch was long. But the memory lingers in expectancy.   
4.10.13 07:55

Tiger Tourism 2013 and 2014

Unlike last year tiger reserves are opening their doors without the gloom of the ban. Thankfully there was no nut going berserk at the thought of harmless tiger tourism this year.
Albeit the things have gone smooth there are two factors that have hit the business for the hotels and service providers. The limitation on vehicles though welcome needs a new approach. This limitation can be countered by introducing canters like in Ranthambhore National Park.
The raised entrance fee is another factor that hinders tiger tourism in Central India. This makes the tourism partial to the wealthy. Well this too can be countered by increasing the park tourism area. In Bandhavgarh I have seen large tracts of forests in the buffer areas. Most of these areas are under the Project Tiger and classified as Reserve Forests these areas are generally open to public movement and wood logging by the Forest Dept.       
These areas are home to excellent wildlife and birds and can sustain tourism. The buffer area tourism has been initiated in Kanha recently in a small area  and this can be emulated on larger scale in many other National Parks and tiger reserves.

The buffer area tourism can offer cheap tiger safari solutions to low budget tourists. This is certainly beneficial in terms of creating awareness as well as create a watch dog group.   
2.10.13 12:34

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