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Old 4th May 2011, 19:12   #211
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Default Kanha & Bandhavgarh

Trip postponed by two weeks. Starting on June 4 morn from Bangalore, and returning on June 12. Schedule of visit remains the same - 3 days in Bandhavgarh, 3 days in Kanha.
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Default Leopard at 11:30 AM!

Had gone for a 1-day BR Hills trip. Saw a leopard from a distance of 10 feet around noon, on the main road to K-Gudi! It was so hot, I didn't expect any animals to move around..so my camera was in my bag at the back. My wife managed to click a couple of photos with a point and shoot, will post later. But I am still regretting that I didn't have my Nikon with its 70-300mm in my hand - would have been able to take some great pictures.

BR Hills (K Gudi) is a pretty relaxing drive of 3.5-4 hrs. Was lucky to get a place after walking in.

BR Hills has a surprising number of barking deers - seldom see them in Bandipur/Mudumalai. Apparently there are 35 tigers and 70 leopards within the sanctuary.
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Default re: Soldier of Fortune: Wanderings with a Trusty Toyota Fortuner - 80000 km update

A couple of leopard pics taken with my mobile phone, while fumbling with mobile controls, trying to roll up the middle row window beside my daughter (she was perched high up in a car seat on the leopard's side, and the leopard was showing its displeasure), and telling my wife to take out her P&S out of her handbag.

This was one glossy and fat cat, not too afraid of a car. Was hiding behind a bush, hoping that we wouldn't see it. When it got discovered, it starting walking down the main road nonchalantly.

Through the windscreen
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Catwalk
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Jungle trail
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We were lucky to get a room on a Saturday - and that too a 7-bed dorm just for ourselves! As you can see, my daughter had a great time...
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Stop looking so morose, dude!
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Wild elephants having a bath in a forest lake
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Barking deer
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The female has a brighter coat
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See the tiny snout in the middle...it belonged to a 10 day old calf who was desperately trying to keep up with the rest of his family
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Bath finished. Following mom, on the way to a shallow pool full of mud for a mud-coating grooming session. Elephants do that (coat themselves with mud) to keep away insects and for insulation.
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Ms. Ray out for a walk
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Default BR Hills...contd.

This was my second trip to BR Hills. I plan to come down again, since it is close-by - will take just 3 hrs to reach if I start early morning.

The weather is pleasant throughout the year, but warmish in May (though I was shivering in the morning). KGudi's height is just 740m, but it is cooler than Bangalore due to the tree cover.

We had kept the windows closed in the evening due to kamikaze attacks by insects. It had got pretty warm in the room, and after jumping around like an energizer bunny, around 7:30 pm my daughter decided that she wanted to sit in the parked car. So off we went, with our drinks and kebabs till she fell asleep (we had switched on the ac while she was inside). While we were chilling out, we heard some shouting and saw a few people walking around with torches. Apparently a leopard had walked through the parking lot 5 min back.

In the night, I opened all the windows (large ones, without any grill). The room was on the first floor, so I wasn't too worried about nocturnal visits. Around 2 am, there were numerous alarm calls from spotted deers and Sambars. I went to the window with my torch, but I couldn't see anything apart from a few rabbits and boars. From the location of the alarm calls, I could make out that the cat is moving around the complex. Anyway, I eventually fell asleep keeping both ears open. I try to sleep on my back when in the jungle, because otherwise it becomes difficult to judge a sound/noise - type as well as direction - if one sleeps on one's side, with one ear pressed to the pillow.

The one drawback of KGudi - one can't drive around on the forest road after 6 pm.

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Beautifull pictures buddy,which camera and lens you have?
your t-bhp garage still not created,please try to cerate and add some pictures of your cars..

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Default re: Soldier of Fortune: Wanderings with a Trusty Toyota Fortuner - 80000 km update

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Excellent photogrpahs. Thanks for sharing. How old is your daughter?
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@ valapad: thanks, dude. I use a D90...these pictures were shot with my 70-300mm lens.

@ vb-san: she is 3 yrs 3 months...super active, and with a very independent mind :-)
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Fleeting glimpses of a big cat in the wild. Much more muscular than the ones we see in the zoos.

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This was my second trip to BR Hills.
Hi Nils,
Wow ! Great snaps. Never been to BR Hills all this while thanks to good ol' Veerappan.
That policy needs a relook - on my next drive to Bangalore.
Will take the ways and means line from you.

Once again - wonderful !
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@ Monaro: not yet. The only mods I have done are practical in nature :
1. V-kool all around
2. Lightforce Blitz + Unibar + harness.
Where did you fit your LightForce and Unibar? I was very surprised and happy to know such unibar things exists. I was not keen on fitting full Bullbar in Safari for auxiliary lamps. I wanted to fit two spots and two floods in my Safari.

Please let me know their Bangalore address of shop.
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@ vb-san: she is 3 yrs 3 months...super active, and with a very independent mind :-)
Excellent... Quite like my 3 year old girl
And these kind of road trips will do a world of good!
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@ Guderian: if you have time to spare, I would recommend Masinagudi over BR Hills. You can drive around in the evening at Masinagudi...nothing like spotting wildlife on your own.

@ anujmishra: I bought them from Kumars at JC Road. Forgot the number, but you will get it if you search this forum. Don't feel that the Unibar is VFM - costs 4K+.

@ vb-san: yes, she enjoys going on road trips. She has been experiencing campfires, elephants etc. since she was 6 months old. Keeping her confined to the child seat can be challenging at times :-)
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I wanted to fit two spots and two floods in my Safari.
If you are traveling within KA, no problem, but if you are traveling interstate, so many lights could attract unwanted attention from cops. I was chatting with HV Kumar, and his recommendation is to keep the number of extra lights to two.

OT: An ARB bullbar (if they magically became pedestrian/chassis safe) with 4 lights mounted...aah, that would look so hot in front of an SUV :-)
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If you are traveling within KA, no problem, but if you are traveling interstate, so many lights could attract unwanted attention from cops. I was chatting with HV Kumar, and his recommendation is to keep the number of extra lights to two...
I fully agree with you. With four lights always cops would stop during interstate travels. I have plan to do interstate travels in near future.

I am contemplating on Hella Micro DE (Retrofit with HID kit 3000K bulb). These are very small lights and would work as flood. One set of spots, thinking of Hella 700FF or FF 200CHROMIUM from Hella.

Your LightForce look awesome on your "Soldier of Fortune". It certainly enhanced its looks more rugged SUV.
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Your LightForce look awesome on your "Soldier of Fortune". It certainly enhanced its looks more rugged SUV.
Thanks Anuj. I actually like the look of the Strikers (170) better - more subtle - but the Blitzes give more bang/light for the buck.
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