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Old 27th May 2011, 00:33   #1
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I & Manasi were planning a trip to Kanha for long. Finally when the opportunity came (not the most comfortable season though), we chalked out the following route:-
Bhopal – Bhedaghat - Dhuandhar Falls - Jabalpur - Kanha

Day1- Bhopal to Jabalpur via Bhedaghat (Approx. 320kms/5-7hrs)
We are early birds & started our trip at 6.00am. God was really merciful & it was drizzling along the NH12, which was a welcome change from the daily soaring temperatures of 43-44C in Bhopal. Also the wonderful earthly scent, which only the first showers can provide, made our drive much more enjoyable.

NH12
The NH12 is a mixed bag of goods; majority of the road is good, sparing the badly pitted & potholed patches in between. The road is dotted with pretty villages. We halted at a village shanty to sample the ‘poha & jalebi’ breakfast. The ‘poha’ was cooked on a wood fired ‘chulha’ & tasted wonderful. The jalebi was not available as the shopkeeper’s wife was ill (all men have the same woes).
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The aroma still lingers..
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Freshly soaked road
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The countryside
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We reached Bhedaghat at 12.30pm & straightway headed for the ghats. There are a no. of options available here:-
1. Take a common boat ride (Rs.41 per head, 20-25 people in a boat, normal engine driven boat, nothing fancy, once seated you cannot move around)
2. Take a private boat (Rs.400 for upto 5 persons, small dinghy driven by oars)
3. Take a private motor boat (Rs. 460 for upto 5 persons)

Wonderful experience
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Blue marble
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Black & white marble
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The boys charge Rs20 for this jumping off the rock When i questioned about the safety, he told me that he is jumping since the age of 3!The Wild Beckons: Bhopal-Bhedaghat-Dhuandhar-Kanha-boy.jpg

We opted for option 2 as the entire circuit takes upto 50mins & you get a personalized guide (though no commentary is required as there is nothing of historical significance). Most importantly, you get ample time for clicking photos & the boatmen are happy to line you up for the shots. As opposed the motor boat has a circuit of 20mins only & there is little scope to while your time away. Also the larger boat is so crammed with people that it will be difficult to move around for photographs.
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Tip Best time to visit is at sunrise/sunset as you’ll get nice shots of the sun rays in the water.

The ghat is spectacular & you can see varying shades of the marble rocks. It’s really enthralling to see these gigantic marble structures standing majestically in the Narmada river. After a satisfying boat ride & a simple lunch at Motel Marble Rocks (MPTDC hotel, clean rooms, Rs. 1999/- for AC single/double rooms) we headed to Dhuandhar Falls (just a km away). Enroute there are lots of shops selling marble artifacts (good place to buy souvenirs, haggling essential).
In spite of being in the midst of peak summers, the fall was gushing with water. The force & the roar of the water is tremendous & is a treat to watch. Watching the falls, you get enveloped by the cool spray of the water (watch out for your cameras!), which is very refreshing.

Really roaring!
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Tips
1. Try to be here by evening if you want to click soft photos of the flowing water as during daytime, the fall is too bright & for a slower shutter speed, the photo is overexposed (I suffered this problem).
2. Rs.100/- is charged as VIP entry for taking the vehicle nearer the falls. This is just a ploy as from the normal parking lot (Rs.30/-), the falls are just 10mins away & also the Ropeway is available near the parking lot (didn’t try it as it’s not too high to offer a spectacular view- personal opinion).
The ropeway
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We headed to Jabalpur & retired for the night. We are very excited about visiting Kanha tomorrow & are all set to attend the nature’s call (pun intended).

P.S. For a change, my Ritz Zxi floored me by returning an average of 17.6 kmpl (never expecting it on the 185/70, used the full tank method to calculate).
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Lovely pictures. I especially liked the one of the man with the cows.

I am going to Kanha next weeek, btw.
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Kunal, wonderful photos!!
Have been till now only listening about the Bheda ghat from my wife who is from Gwalior. Seeing it for the first time in your photos and it looks amazing. It's a must visit now.
Just an imagination, but how beautiful it would be to sit on the boat under rains with a umbrella, hehe!! It's such a beautiful location.
And yeah!! the third photo of your post 'the freshly soaked road" is also very good. It clicks somehwere inside the heart to see the photos of our country side.
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Day 2 - Jabalpur to Kanha (Approx. 170kms/3-4hrs)
At 6.30am, we embarked on the final leg of our journey from Jabalpur to Kanha along the NH12A. NH12A is a much better extension of the NH12. The entire road is shaded with trees & dotted with idyllic villages on both sides. The condition of the road is excellent & there are a couple of ghat sections with lots of S-curves & Hairpins, urging you to put your car through the motions. An early start will guarantee you very less traffic & the drive is worth the few extra hours of sleep. The route is fairly simple:-

Jabalpur – Mandla – Bamini – Mocha – Kanha (for Kisli gate)
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The Stay
We had booked a room at Kanha Village Eco Resort. This resort is newly opened & was tailoring to our budget. We had a quite day ahead so I have just put some photos of the resort. The resort is based on en eco-friendly theme & has rooms made of sand & wood. It offers both AC cottages (Rs.3000/-) & Air cooled rooms (Rs.1500/- per day for double) on an EP plan (read ‘no food’).

Wonderful stay
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Dining area
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Gazebo
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The Cottage
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On the day we landed, there was quite a storm here & the electric supply was disrupted. This caused many maintenance problems at the resort & hence they upgraded us to a cottage with an AP plan (quite generous of them!). The resort has a rustic feel & the rooms are neat & clean with friendly service. The cook dishes out exceedingly tasty food. The cottages have a nice private bath pool (actually a big tub) with a sun screen. Add to this a decent TV lounge with a well stocked library with a selection of books pertaining to wildlife photography, Birds, Wild animals etc. Also, the owner is an avid photographer & a wildlife enthusiast who provides wonderful company. We are really enjoying our stay here & would recommend the cottages.

The Cottage
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Lounging with a book form the well stocked library
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The watering hole Attracts many uninvited guests (reptiles) as well
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Peeping Tom Note the colour variation as the body is partly in sun/ shade
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Tips
Food is quite expensive (Lunch for Rs.300 per head) & hence suggested to opt for an AP plan.
Top up your tanks at Jabalpur as there are no petrol pumps in the vicinity.
One can get good deals towards the end of the Peak season as the park closes in June.

We are going for an evening safari today followed by a day safari tomorrow morning. Praying for some good sightings!

Contact details:-
Kanha Village Eco Resort
Vill- Boda Chapri
Tel- Mr. Maheshwari (Owner) - 9425153263
Mr. Pande (Manager) - 9575800581
email- kanhavillage@gmail.com

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Nice to read about your adventure Kunal. The Bhedaghat visit tips are worth being noted for future visitors.
Hope you have a wonderful time and sight as many small and large creatures in the wild. The tips provided for the Kanha visit, with presumably many more to come are also useful..
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@kunalsb : These are nice pictures you have posted. I had been to Bhedaghat and Amarkantak (place where river Narmada originates) in 2009 and your travelogue brought back my trip memories ! Waiting for your pictures !
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Lovely pictures. I especially liked the one of the man with the cows.

I am going to Kanha next weeek, btw.
It's very hot here in Kanha. Where are you staying & have you made the bookings for safari?
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गिरगिट देख लिया. फिर आगे क्या हुआ? दो सफारियां तो हो गयी.
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गिरगिट देख लिया.
@GD-sahab: Not everyone can read Hindi, nor all the other regional languages. Either a post in English or a translation side-by-side with such posts would be very welcome.
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Lets please stick to English, preferably with a Hindi translation as SS-Traveller says. Truly, many members may not be able to read the script.
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It's very hot here in Kanha. Where are you staying & have you made the bookings for safari?
Baghira in Kisli and Treehouse in Bandhavgarh.

What is the weather like - are you seeing any rainfall? Can one sit outside in the evenings?
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Baghira in Kisli and Treehouse in Bandhavgarh.

What is the weather like - are you seeing any rainfall? Can one sit outside in the evenings?
Good choice of Hotels. The weather is very unpredictable. We experienced rainstorms during both the days of our stay in Kanha (carry some protective equipment for your camera). The days are hot & nights are somewhat cooler. You can definitely sit outside, it will be pleasant if there is a breeze blowing.

I hope you have booked your safaris. Wishing you good sightings
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Exclamation The Kanha Safari diaries

After devouring volumes of Kenneth Anderson & Jim Corbett, Manasi & I were all geared up for our first safari.

The Evening Safari (approx 2 hrs duration) We were inside the Kisli gate by 5.00pm assisted by a very good driver & an indifferent guide. We were greeted by a flock of Spotted Deer. The graceful deer were a delight to watch, especially the playfulness of the fawns. Their coat was beautifully reflecting the waning sunlight & we spent some happy moments photographing them.

Happy to pose
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Our driver told us that there is a female tiger with three adult cubs in the vicinity & there is a good chance of sighting them. We moved to this area surprised to see a convoy of gypsies already in wait for the tiger. The tiger chose not to grace us with its presence. After a long wait we returned back, a bit disappointed.

Idhar hi hai...Idhar hi hai
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Rush Hour 4
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The Day Safari (approx 4-5 hrs duration) We reached the Kisli gate at 5.00am. We had the same driver & were blessed with an enthusiastic guide. After the spotted deer, we saw a herd of Bison. They were happily munching on the cuds & were indifferent to us.

The Bisons
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Again, mysteriously our driver got the input on the tigress sitting in a rivulet & we went to stalk her along with 50 other Gypsies. The tigress made us wait for an hour before slipping from the other side of the rivulet. As we were returning back we saw three foxes scampering towards us. On spotting our vehicle, they scampered away.

Foxed by the Fox
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We also saw the ‘Barasingha’ deer, one of the specialties of Kanha. This deer is not available in any other state (as told by the guide, not verified by me). Peacocks, Spotted deers, Wild boars, Bisons & Monkeys are in abundance & you can get loads of photographs.

The Barasingha (female)
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Riot of colours
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You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours
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Who says monkeys don't think?
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Finally as we were returning, we got a call for the ‘Tiger Show’ (we had enrolled beforehand). In this show, the ‘mahouts’ spot a tiger who is resting & will be inactive for an hour. The tourists are then taken on elephant backs to see the tiger. The elephants go right next to the tiger & it’s a treat to see the animal, up close. The tiger that we saw was a male (8-9years) & as the elephants were approaching, stood up at once. This caused a momentary panic in the elephants but was controlled by the ‘mahouts’. We could really feel the power of creating terror that a tiger wields. Thus ticking all of the animals on our checklist, we happily returned back to our resort.

His Majesty
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Food for thought We saw that there was mad rush of people to see the tiger & they chose to ignore the other animals enroute. Conversing with the drivers & guides, I gathered that the success/ failure of a Kanha trip boils down to whether one has sighted a tiger. I agree that it’s a magnificent sight to see a wild tiger in its natural habitat, however one must also appreciate the beauty of other wild animals.

P.S. I have used a Nikon D3000 with a 18-55mmVR kit lens.

The Wild
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Hope you have a wonderful time and sight as many small and large creatures in the wild. The tips provided for the Kanha visit, with presumably many more to come are also useful..
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@kunalsb : These are nice pictures you have posted. I had been to Bhedaghat and Amarkantak (place where river Narmada originates) in 2009 and your travelogue brought back my trip memories ! Waiting for your pictures !
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गिरगिट देख लिया. फिर आगे क्या हुआ? दो सफारियां तो हो गयी.
Sorry for the delay. Have posted the photos of both the safaris.
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Wow, you got some close snaps of the Big cat, the jungle looks very calm

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