Sharad Kumar Vats

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  1. Absolutely right, roads are a big menace. Development is important, but a balance surely needs to be maintained else the Tigers might reach a non viable population. There is still considerable conservation work happening in some areas, but it is not consistent across the country.
  2. Mid March will be excellent weather in Corbett. Mornings will be a bit nippy though. Good to note that you are staying in Dhikala Forest Rest House. Wish you all the best.
  3. Corbett is one park that you must go back to later on your next visit maybe. You will never want your visit to come to an end in Corbett it is so beautiful, and extremely good with flora and fauna.
  4. I am sure you will be as lucky too. It also depends where you are staying in Corbett, whether a resort or a Forest Rest House? Also if you are staying in the forest rest house inside the forest then please be adequately prepared for the cold weather. It is freezing at this time of the year, so have multiple layers of clothing. A hot water bottle in the bed is a good idea. Gloves, and mufflers to cover your ears and nose is important too. Apart from Tigers, there are loads of birds to be seen here as well if you enjoy birding.
  5. Hello everyone, Jim Corbett National Park is a national park with maximum number of Tigers in India. Yes, 210 Tigers and counting. If you are into photography then you will love shooting over 550 species of birds, some amazing landscapes, Tigers, Elephants and what not. Yes, when it comes to Tiger sightings it might not be rubbing shoulders with likes of Bandhavgarh, Tadoba, or Kanha, but the sheer beauty of this park outweighs many pluses of other parks. I just returned from my one of many safaris i have done in this park in last 25 years. 9 different Tiger sightings, countless birds, and the unmatched wilderness experience is second to none. Please read my blog on the below link. http://naturesafariindia.com/blog/safari-jim-corbett-national-park/ Best Wishes in the new year Sharad Kumar Vats
  6. Hi @dipa123 absolutely brilliant experience. Seems like the good old days of Bandhavgarh are back. And the experience of photographing Tigers in Kanha still remains unparalleled. Though Kanha is ore for the patient mind. But once you get the Tiger on road then it is your talent, and experience to capitalize on the opportunity presented to you. Best Sharad
  7. An absolutely stunning 6 days in Kanha and Bandhavgarh in first week of October 2017. I have been regular to these two parks for about 2 decades now. Both are very unique and compliment each other very well. Yes, Tiger sighting is a matter of luck, but you can maximize your luck by doing all possible safaris during your stay. I started with Kanha, and first two safaris were blank, i.e, no Tiger sighting. We were hearing alarm calls, and seeing regular pug marks but did not sight the elusive one. My focus this visit was only Chotta Munna the son of Legendary Munna who is still kicking and alive at 15+. Why Chotta Munna? As i wanted to complete the family tree of Munna. Having seen the father of Munna, then the mighty Munna himself, and also Umarpani male the son from first litter of Munna, and i was keen to see Chotta Munna. He finally showed up, and royally at that. Walked behind our vehicle for good 10 minutes. He had showed his confidence good two years back itself when still a sub adult he had challenged the likes of Bheema, and Kingfisher two grown up male Tigers of Kanha. His persistence to dominate got him the better of Bheema, whom he delat a mortal blow in October 2015. Summer of 2017 he spent making his intention clear to the dominant Umarpani male. Couple of fights happened, one was serious in which both came out bleeding. But he has not given up an inch of his territory to Umarpani. Perhaps after Kingfisher and Bheema died, Umarpani male also realised that there is no need to fight now. There is plenty of space, prey and Tigresses in their respective areas. Though one can never be certain about two grown up male Tigers. They are born to fight, live fighting, and go down fighting. But it will be only good for Kanha if both these specimen, i.e. Umarpani male and Chotta Munna male survive. For they are real strong genes. Having felt satiated with this huge male i moved onwards to Bandhavgarh where my tickets were booked, and i was keen to see some Tiger cubs. Like always, Bandhavgarh yet again did not disappoint. What an a experience of two sets of cubs in Bandhavgarh. One sub adult, of Rajbhera Tigress, and same evening three ten month old cubs of Kankati Jr. These three cubs we saw by themselves and were wondering where was the mother. It was brought to our notice about 10 days later that a dead Tiger was found about a km away from this area. Nothing has been concluded if it was a natural death or an unnatural one. Though chances of latter are much higher. The forest department has acted very proactively and done the best in the situation. They have got these three cubs in an enlarged enclosure, and once adult they might be relocated in adjoining Sanjay National Park, which has fewer Tigers. The coming season in Bandhavgarh and Kanha is going to be a cub season. Both the parks after a long time are brimming with cubs. So delay no longer, and book your self in soon. Best Wishes Sharad Kumar Vats
  8. Just came back from Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Park after spending a week in these parks. Both the parks lived upto their reputation of big amongst the top parks as far as Tiger sightings are concerned. How different is each park from the other, and how different the Tiger sightings are as well. Both seem to compliment each other so well. Sightings of cubs together, playing, jumping, fighting, and all this during heavy downpour, what an unforgettable experience in Bandhavgarh national park. It is absolutly a privilege to be ahead (during safari) of some of the biggest Tigers of all times in Kanha. be it the Umarpani male, Munna, or lately Chotta Munna. This time it was Chotta Munna also known as Link 7 male who followed our Jeep for good 10 minutes. To judge the size of the Tiger it is important to get a clear view of his front head. And Chotta Munna did not disappoint. I would love to call him, "The Rock". Amazing, height, length, skull, and pure muscle, this guys is her to stay and Rock. Best Wishes Sharad Vats
  9. You are right @Dipa123 that the safaris get full very quickly. This is because there are very limited safari permits now, and the demand is very high. So whoever plans the safaris atleast 120 days before is able to secure the permits comfortably. Anything less than 120 days is taking a chance. 4 years back it was very easy to get safari permits, but after the Supreme Court reduced the number of vehicles after calculating the carrying capacity of the national parks things are not the same. In a way it is good for wildlife as now only people who plan earlier are able to get the permits and yes the human imprint on the forests has reduced. Regards Sharad
  10. You are right, it is concerning, though lower today than Africa but our numbers too are much lower, hence the risk is much higher. Our human population, being a developing country, destruction happening everywhere, highways being built, forests being cut, dams being built. It is unfortunate that wildlife has to take the brunt for nothing that they demand, desire or need. Elephant poaching cases are not such a big concern as the train accidents. I just fail to understand how can a train driver miss such a huge mammal on the tracks. And it is not that they just appear on the tracks. They are usually crossing the tracks in their migration route or their corridors. The railways is much aware and so are the driver told to be cautious in these areas. There is a speed limit as well in such areas for the train to pass, all it requires is a bit of caution, even that seems to be thrown to the winds. Having said and accepted all this, it is still incredible that despite all this, wildlife has managed to survive in India. Infact some key species numbers have gone up. Tigers, Rhinos, and Lions have actually seen an increase in population. There is concentrated effort in the direction. Only if help comes from all quarters will it be so much easy. It is like in a team sport where everyone must contribute. If one does well, and the other falters it does no good for the team. So it is in conservation.
  11. This is to inform all that the online safari bookings have commenced for all national parks for safaris starting next month. The bookings have opened much late this year in central Indian parks of Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Panna, Pench, Satpura. The permits are few so decide soon if you plan to do safari before end of December 2017. If you are looking at best time for safaris in India then i recommend March-May. Though May gets real hot, about 45 degree celsius during the days but the Tiger sightings improve considerably this month. So, if you can brave the weather then travel in April, May. For a photographer and a wildlife lover every month is good. So choose time convenient to you and plan soon if you wish to travel to India for safaris in next few months.
  12. Oh yes, Kanha has been a pioneer in such conservation efforts. The Hard ground Swamp Deer, followed by shifting of the Tigress to Panna to start the Tiger program again there. Then the relocation of Indian Gaur from Kanha to Bandhavgarh 4 years back. Subsequently the Hard Ground Swamp Deer relocated from Kanha to Satpura. And lately about 750 spotted deers successfully translocated to Phen Wildlife Sanctuary. So a lot is being done in Kanha. Fortunately all has been well in these endeavors.
  13. @@wilddog Sure it is a huge consolation, and perhaps the most apt way for Tigers to go down is fighting. Guess, such deaths are also important as only the best genes should be passed on, it is only good for the survival of the Tigers.
  14. @Atravelynn; i have tried this numerous times on Tigers and it works always. Sending positive thoughts works on all living beings i guess.
  15. @@Atravelynn..unfortunately he did not leave any cubs behind. But his sibling is doing well in another zone of Kanha. He is popularly known as Bajrang. My personal experience has been that nervous energy disturbs the big cats. Have noticed the same on a few occasions. And there are times when one sends positive vibes internally and the big cats get close without any worries.

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