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Old 27th May 2011, 13:25   #1
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Forests of Vidarbha - 2010 Scorching Summer Wildlife Travel-> Nagzira-Melghat-Tadoba // Safari Dicor 2.2 VTT-TMT Grand 2-year Ownership Travel



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Would spare the sequence of 0-year to 1.5-year photos[!], but lost quite almost all the pictures from this one to some old tours, dont know what happened, the win xp3 updated in the computer and though the image sizes are showing, the are not opening, both Raw and jgeg. If some member can rectify this problem, I would be most grateful - a whole lot of pictures over a 3-year period were lost
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This fantastic travel was the first dedicated wildlife travel that we have done and more so done in the middle of son's summer 2010 holidays with temperatures being around 45-50 degrees all through the tour. We [wife, 5-year-old son and me] were accompanied by two of my good friends..

It was a heck of a gruelling but extremely satisfying experience travel with particular kudos going to my child to take everything in the stride in this extreme summer heat and enjoying as he does in any other travel. Apart from the varied wildlife seen and the pristine forest travel, the other high point was travel to the less travelled Melghat and taking part in a census sitting all night on a machan.

Distances were huge with around 4500 km of journey done. Again amazing night journeys to reach up to Nagzira and then to Melghat and then to Tadoba, finally a mammoth back journey from Tadoba National Park to Kolkata taking a total of 27 hours of driving - everyone joins office/work the following morning!


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May 21 night - 22 morning, 2010 Kolkata to Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary. Friday night overnight drive - We start around 11:30 pm from Kolkata

May 23, 24 - Nagzira

May 25, 26, 27 - Melghat

May 28, 29, 30 - Tadoba

May 31, 2010 departure from Tadoba for Kolkata at 12 noon.

June 1, 2010 - Reaching Kolkata after a marathon overnight drive via Sambalpur-Balasore. The home journey was more bigger than the going one, we drove back from Tadoba to Calcutta, around 1500 km in 26/27 hours, there was office work for all to attend.
Taken at Raipur lunch time while coming back, we and my 2 good travel friends, the tan and tiredness is there to be seen but those are all eclipsed the great satisfaction of one great travel.
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We stayed in the most basic options available, and as like our past travel I am always amazed by the goodness of local people and their support as we interacted over the course of your journey through 4 different states across the breadth of India.

Also I would like to specially thank and mention Pramod and Sutripta da. Pramod is from Nagpur and we came in contact through the team-bhp forum and we it was the first time that we met up with him at Nagpur. Sutripta-da lent me his GPS, and really that helped out in some of the interior parts. It was really amazing to see mapmyindia having places and routes of some unknown areas.

Pramod was at his host best - received us at Nagpur at mid noon, saw that we had our stomach filled up properly before we headed off to Melghat, and then escorted us out of Nagpur towards Amravati. Sutripta-da's GPS just showed us how directions and driving made so much less unpredictable with a GPS. Thanks again to both of them.

As for wildlife, we saw a plenty due to the extreme dry weather [temperatures were close to 50 degrees Celsius] from tigers to leopards to bisons to birds to wild dogs and many more. We were just as much awed by the waited and waited in the summer afternoon as we heard slowly and surely the calls of monkeys indicate that tiger is out around.

At Nagzira, after a patient 3-hour wait, a tiger comes out from just behind our SUV.
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The absolutely touristy way of seeing a tiger is at Tadoba Moharli gate whereby the tiger comes to a cemented water place beside a mettalled road - it is more like a zoo show with people clicking away with some posed tiger shots.
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But the experience for us was at less popular" Zari Gate of Tadoba, again waiting over 2 hours as we saw a tiger approach a buffalo kill through the undergrowth.
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Two trucks among trucks! With Pramod, t-bphian of Nagpur, a gem of person. Again thanks much to him for all the support. And he has a Yeti now
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The machan at Melghat, where we were put on census work[!] on Buddha Purnima night, 2010
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And you could really the see the tired faces after a whole night of "census work" at Melghat on the full moon summer night
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And this we made a large printout of, it really looks majestic on a 4-feet tall poster
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Wow ADC one more travelogue, this time in Vidharbha. I also come from same place my inlaws & relatives are from nagpur. But never explored that place. So i would be seeing those from your eyes.

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Wow ADC one more travelogue, this time in Vidharbha. I also come from same place my inlaws & relatives are from nagpur. But never explored that place. So i would be seeing those from your eyes.

I am booked to this thread.
I will be starting this thread again, once the Ladakh one is over. Based from Nagpur, you do have a choice of some great forests and wildlife, i.e. by next week.
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Is this the same Anirban da who got in touch with me last year during your trip planning stage ? Missed meeting you it seems.

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