Go Back   Team-BHP > Buckle Up > Travelogues > Route / Travel Queries


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 25th November 2008, 19:24   #1
BANNED
 
mclaren1885's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Bangalore (the city of modded cars) !!
Posts: 4,821
Thanked: 28 Times
Infractions: 0/1 (10)
Default Any TBHPians interested in wildlife?

There is something about wildlife that gives me a kick. Since I was a child I had always wanted to go out into the wild, escape to the forests in Africa and tour the jungles for a whole month. But not everyone is as lucky as the Yeti.

So I was looking for a solution to this madness closer to home. Which is the best wildlife resort to visit in India? Maybe even South India would be a better bet.

How many TBHPians here love wildlife? How many of us would turn up for a meet in the jungles? I would love to go out in open top jeeps or ride on elephant backs and get up and close to all forms of animals that live in the jungle.

I am planning to do this trip sometime in the first quarter of 2009. Is that a good time? Come on out with your suggestions guys. If the numbers turn out to be good, we can even have a meet in the jungle. What say?
mclaren1885 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th November 2008, 19:40   #2
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: N.A
Posts: 6,834
Thanked: 1,503 Times
Default

Are you referring to the two legged variety or the ones on four ?
Steeroid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th November 2008, 19:46   #3
BANNED
 
mclaren1885's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Bangalore (the city of modded cars) !!
Posts: 4,821
Thanked: 28 Times
Infractions: 0/1 (10)
Default

Tigers, lions, elephants, deers, birds, bisons, leopards et all. Anything that our jungles can offer us. Would prefer staying in a forest guest house, in the middle of nowhere. A place where you can't sleep at nights as the sounds give your creeps, the shining eyes of animals surrounding you everywhere.
mclaren1885 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th November 2008, 19:49   #4
BHPian
 
appuchan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Bangy
Posts: 641
Thanked: 16 Times
Default

I am in, provided the trip is a "Nature compliant" one

I used to spend a lot of time in the forest region around Thekkady, Munnar and Silent Valley in Kerala during my student years. I would still love to do it. However its the flora that I am more interested in than fauna. So maybe they qualify as "one legged" variety?
appuchan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th November 2008, 19:53   #5
Senior - BHPian
 
deky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Jaipur
Posts: 1,192
Thanked: 1,029 Times
Default

Great idea Mclaren 1885, a meet in the Jungles would be definately fun of a different kind. What i like the best about these Junges is the tranquility and the proximity to the nature you can get to.

The whole thought of getting up in the morning and listening to the chirping of the birds, the roar of the king or just croacking of a frog rather than getting up and listening to honks or the doodhwala shouting for milk gives me goose bumps.

Ive been to Jim Corbett 3 times (IMO the best we have), Ranthambore 2 times, Sariska once and keoladeo bird sanctuary once. And Every time Ive enjoyed more than the previous time. The experience never gets stale. Though have never spotted any tiger but that hasnt been the idea of visiting the jungles

Considering that lots of you guys are from the south I would like to suggest Bandhavgarh National Park or Kanha (both in MP)as a place to meet. They supposed to be one of the best National Parks we have in India.

First Quarter is indeed the best time as usually the parks shut down during monsoon time
deky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th November 2008, 19:58   #6
Senior - BHPian
 
kaushik_s's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,064
Thanked: 148 Times
Default

1st quarter i.e. Jan-Feb around is not a bad time to visit many of the forests in India. Infact it'll be quite nice and actually few like Kaziranga are open to tourist this season only. It'll be cool and the surrounding will be foggy and mystic.
Best wildlife resort down south, well Kabini River lodge got some award for being one of the best it seems. You can check that out. But I don't think they've full fledged Elephant safari there. For proper elphant Safaris you'll need to head to North.

About Tbhp meet in a forest, with all the engines/free flows growling/howling and scaring away the poor animals, we better not. Let those beasts live in peace he he.

EDIT:
Just seen your post about FRH's. There are quite a few FRH's where you can stay within Karnataka, like Bedaguli,Boodipadaga,BR Hills etc. Here is the link to all FRH's in Karnataka -> Karnataka Forest Department :: Forest Rest Houses

Last edited by kaushik_s : 25th November 2008 at 20:04.
kaushik_s is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 25th November 2008, 20:00   #7
BANNED
 
mclaren1885's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Bangalore (the city of modded cars) !!
Posts: 4,821
Thanked: 28 Times
Infractions: 0/1 (10)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by kaushik_s View Post
About Tbhp meet in a forest, with all the engines/free flows growling/howling and scaring away the poor animals, we better not. Let those beasts live in peace he he.
We aren't such cruel people, I can assure you that. We would never do anything to harm these animals. The only thing we would come armed with is a camera .

Quote:
Originally Posted by appuchan
I am in, provided the trip is a "Nature compliant" one
Can you be a bit more elaborate please?

Last edited by mclaren1885 : 25th November 2008 at 20:03.
mclaren1885 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th November 2008, 20:13   #8
BHPian
 
appuchan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Bangy
Posts: 641
Thanked: 16 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mclaren1885 View Post
..
Can you be a bit more elaborate please?
I mean an eco-friendly trip. Car pooling, FE driving ... etc
appuchan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th November 2008, 20:26   #9
BHPian
 
redrage's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Bengalooru
Posts: 544
Thanked: 58 Times
Default

There is already a thread i had started on this Mclaren,
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/shifti...es-thread.html (The Wildlife and Nature Images/Articles Thread)

The best places to visit wildlife in Karnataka would be through Jungle Lodges. Munnar, Thekkady have a lot of birding spots and forests. Have a look at the trip reports in the websites i have posted in the above link. Must be able to find almost everything.

Last edited by redrage : 25th November 2008 at 20:29.
redrage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th November 2008, 21:04   #10
Senior - BHPian
 
vivekiny2k's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: cincinnati, jabalpur,chennai
Posts: 1,241
Thanked: 163 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mclaren1885 View Post
Tigers, lions, elephants, deers, birds, bisons, leopards et all.
don't forget the snakes, scorpions, wasps, bees, Chilopoda and other creatures that actually can make the trip a painful one.
vivekiny2k is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th November 2008, 21:23   #11
Senior - BHPian
 
abhinav.gupta88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Delhi , India
Posts: 4,087
Thanked: 308 Times
Default

I love wildlife .
Living in Dhikala , Jim Corbett (middle of the jungle) three times for a period of 3 days has made me crazy about wildlife stays
I love doing photography too and have spotted many creatures including leapords , tigers , lions , bears , jackals and much more.
abhinav.gupta88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th November 2008, 22:06   #12
BHPian
 
Pardus's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 128
Thanked: 185 Times
Default

Great plan mclaren, provided we keep the polluting vehicles out.
I would love to join you all some time.

Most of my off roading has happened within the jungles in my gypsy.
Have driven from Bandipur to Nagarahole through the core zone of the park which is about 60-70km stretch. Had some memorable experiences like getting stuck in 2 feet deep slush/mud while Gaur bulls watched us closely, chased by elephants, bitten by mosquitos & ticks, hair raising moments with a leopard on bonnet, witness a fight between wild dogs and leopard, etc.

Best place to experience what you have mentioned would be KGudi camp run by Jungle Lodges or any anti-poaching camps (need special permission) in Bandipur.

abhinav.gupta88: Did you say lions at Dhikala (Jim Corbett) ?
Pardus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th November 2008, 22:26   #13
Senior - BHPian
 
Lukeskywalker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,396
Thanked: 1,149 Times
Default

Quote:
I love wildlife .
Living in Dhikala , Jim Corbett (middle of the jungle)
I'm a mountains and jungle person, I'd prefer the stillness of the forests and mountains anyday to the noise of the city.

I've stayed at Dhikala once and Ghairal once, Ghairal IMO is more into the thick forest with very basic facilities.

Rahul, a forest trip is a good idea provided only nature lovers and folks who can respect and obey the rules of the jungle are in. I'm not saying that we on the forum are not, but any deviation from the above and we would only be creating a nuisance.
Just my thoughts.
Lukeskywalker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th November 2008, 22:32   #14
BANNED
 
mclaren1885's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Bangalore (the city of modded cars) !!
Posts: 4,821
Thanked: 28 Times
Infractions: 0/1 (10)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lukeskywalker View Post
Rahul, a forest trip is a good idea provided only nature lovers and folks who can respect and obey the rules of the jungle are in. I'm not saying that we on the forum are not, but any deviation from the above and we would only be creating a nuisance.
Just my thoughts.
Hari, judging by the nature of this thread rest assured that only those interested in wildlife will be wanting to come to such a trip. Why would anyone who is not interested in wildlife waste their time & money on such a trip? I have been on a few trips with some members to places like Masingudi, Jodigere, Silent Valley etc and they have been nothing but exceptionally well behaved. Though most of these meets haven't really been about venturing into the jungles to encouter wildlife, I would like to change that trend with this one if it materializes.
mclaren1885 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th November 2008, 22:39   #15
Senior - BHPian
 
Lukeskywalker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,396
Thanked: 1,149 Times
Default

I would definitely like to be part of such a venture and look forward to a drive into the jungles. BTW which forest are we planning to go?
Lukeskywalker is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rumors: Ford interested in selling Volvo. BMW an interested party. navdeep The International Automotive Scene 20 21st July 2009 22:06
Any TBHPians at Peace March on 3rd dec 08? - NOW PICTURES ADDED Tejas@perioimpl Shifting gears 22 6th December 2008 11:50
Hello Vancouver... Any TBHPians here? leodelg Shifting gears 1 28th July 2008 11:52
Any one from kerala interested in selling OE alloy of GTX Palio ? maxbhp Shifting gears 2 29th September 2006 09:41


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 11:38.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks