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Old 16th July 2011, 10:02   #106
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Awesome pics Nilanjan! I had visited Kanha in the winter of 09 and fell in love with the place. Had a very good sighting of a big male tiger - that day will remain a red letter day for me
Some pics here: http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...nd-tigers.html (MP, Dec 2009 - the Land of the Tigers)
Thanks for the pics... made me nostalgic. I've been meaning to head to the forests for a while. Planning Corbett, Kaziranga, Pench, Bandhavgadh, Ranthambore... long list!

And by the way, your faithful Bison looks awesome too. Did a trip in a Fortuner recently and I have started to appreciate it beyond its butch looks!
Thanks - glad you liked the photos. I have been reading a few other MP travelogues, and as I mentioned in a previous post, it is great to experience the forests from the photographer/writer's perspective.

I loved the tiger standing up/clawing tree picture aad 'eye of the tiger' pictures in your thread.

The Bison is straining to get out of the city jail. Glad you had a chance to appreciate the Fortuner - most people can't see beyond its external butch looks or 'Innova-like' interiors.

That's quite a long list of forests :-) . My list includes Corbett, Namdhapa, Kaziranga + Manas, a few high altitude Himalayan parks. I used to love the Chhotonagpur forests (have camped in the jungles of Bihar, Orissa), but now there is too much political unrest that side. I also want to revisit the North Bengal forests, which I visited many times when I was a kid.

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Old 19th July 2011, 16:21   #107
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Nilanjan Sir, the safari timing at Kanha is 5.00 a.m. to 11 a.m. and evening is as you have mentioned. But generally, during summer you may not find a single creature after 10 a.m., so mostly people returned.

Nice captures Sir. The picture of Kisli gate - you took me to the marathan 8 safari i did during my visit in May 2011.
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Old 20th July 2011, 18:27   #108
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Anyway, back to MP...

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Mod Note : A few posts from this thread discussing the management of wildlife sanctuaries has been moved to this thread (Wildlife Sanctuary Management : Do's and Don'ts)

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Default A few more pictures...

Morning at Pench
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Dryish watercourse @ Pench
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Shot taken at long distance...I noticed the deer only when I had a closer look
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Kanha...the enclosed space is meant for Barasingha conservation, AFAIK
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Pench
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Roadside tigress
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Another kill picture
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Catwalk in Sepia
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Somewhere in Kanha...the road looks inviting for a walk
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A companion from Bandhavgarh...he used to rest in the outhouse washing room (panting in heat), and get up and go outside everytime I would come in to wash my hands after a meal.
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Nice captures again Sir. Where in Pench, you got those painted stroke pictures?
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Nice captures again Sir. Where in Pench, you got those painted stroke pictures?
From the bank of Pench river. These birds were there on the other side of the river, so I had to take the shot at full zoom and then crop.
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Nilanjan,

I am a newbie on tBHP and have spent a lot of time going through your postings and this travelogue as well. I have enjoyed it thoroughly and you probably inspired me to do a lot more travelling than I do currently (into the woods I mean). What i badly need is a used SUV now (Can't afford a Bison now . Great photos and loved each one of them. Keep the postings coming. There are more following this thread than you can imagine.

Rated this thread 5 stars. Would love to join you for one of your frequent trips to Masinagudi (if you don't mind)

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Thanks R0ckstar.

This trip was quite a few months back...have started dreaming about my next one (drive to Corbett or North Bengal Dooars).

Will let you know when I plan my next Masinagudi trip. PM me your phone number.
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Thanks for the quick response Nilanjan. I am a newbie and only the BHPians get to send new PMs. I can only receive one. I have to get promoted (waiting for a promotion here as well :( ). So if you don't mind, can you send PM me when you visit Masinagudi in the near future? Will forward to other postings and travelogues from you.

BTW, where in Bangalore do you stay? I live in the JP Nagar area near Bannerghatta Road.
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Default Some more random pictures...

MP state highway
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Male? Female? Size? Age? Need to reread Corbett to understand intricacies of a pugmark
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Tourists waiting for a glimpse in front of a Gaur kill
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Bandhavgarh
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Claw marks on a tree
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Marking territory
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Barasinghas crossing a road
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Was going through the MP photos after a long time and reliving the trip. Am sharing a few more.

I plan to make one more trip to Kanha and Bandhavgarh. Perhaps this year.

Sleepy tiger, Kanha, late morning
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Egyptian Vulture. Blood marks on the wall.
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A huge male Sambhar in Pench.
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Roller Birds
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A tigress carrying a half eaten kill, Bandhavgarh (one more photo of that memorable sighting)
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Changeable Hawk Eagle, Bandhavgarh.
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Light and shadow, late afternoon,Kanha. The Barasinghas are looking at a potential tiger (Cheetal alarm calls were happening that time).
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[FONT=Credit Suisse Type Light]Phenomenal pics and and inspiring trips nilanjan! I just took delivery of my fortuner 4*4 (Metallic Blue) a couple of weeks back, and I wanted to thank you, Gguderian, Dkaile, and Manuuj profusely for the awesome and detailed reviews, which helped me decide on going for a fortuner. Am just loving the ride, and it is all and more than what you guys have described.[/FONT]

[FONT=Credit Suisse Type Light]P.S. – Rated this thread a well deserved “5 stars”![/FONT]
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Nilanjan - mind-blowing! You just took me through a crash tour of Bandhavgarh, Pench and Kanha. Stunning photographs and riveting narration - all the 3 places came alive in the last 8 pages of post! I have to plan this stretch soon. Will bug you for more details!

Cheers!

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[FONT=Credit Suisse Type Light]Phenomenal pics and and inspiring trips nilanjan! I just took delivery of my fortuner 4*4 (Metallic Blue) a couple of weeks back, and I wanted to thank you, Gguderian, Dkaile, and Manuuj profusely for the awesome and detailed reviews, which helped me decide on going for a fortuner. Am just loving the ride, and it is all and more than what you guys have described.[/FONT]

[FONT=Credit Suisse Type Light]P.S. – Rated this thread a well deserved “5 stars”![/FONT]
Thanks. And welcome to the Fortuner family! Good that you went for the 4x4 - the only version worth buying imo.

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Nilanjan - mind-blowing! You just took me through a crash tour of Bandhavgarh, Pench and Kanha. Stunning photographs and riveting narration - all the 3 places came alive in the last 8 pages of post! I have to plan this stretch soon. Will bug you for more details!

Cheers!

- Siju
Thanks. Glad you liked the travelogue. PM me if you need any inputs.
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