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|25th July 2015, 22:48||#76|
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Re: Inn the Wild
So I finally did Inn the Wild last weekend and I'm still not over the euphoria. Thanks Nilanjan, for this wonderful post. I'd have never known that it existed!
This trip was right in the middle of the monsoon so the resort backtracked on their statement about the Duster being able to make it over the last stretch between Singara CP and Inn The Wild. I left my car at the CP and took the resort's Gypsy. Believe me, it is a very sensible decision. As my friend, who had been there a fortnight before me said. "If you love your car, you will leave is at the check post". I was told in dry season and high clearance vehicle could do it but I think in even light rain, their Gypsy is the best bet!
I stayed in the tree house that overlooks the waterhole. You are not allowed to move out after dark. They pick you up for dinner, take you for a night safari and drop you off in their vehicles. Once darkness sets in you will be falling over chital and gaur! Not to mention the occasional elephant.
Since there is no fencing the deer are drawn by the lights of the resort. Perhaps they feel secure from predators in human company. Anyway by 6.30 AM they disperse to wherever deers disperse to! Walking from my tree house to the reception for the morning nature walk I almost blundered into a herd of gaur. I'm not sure who got more spooked, me or the herd!
The tree house is a wonderful experience. The gentle swaying of the tree is transmitted to the house and you are rocked to sleep. The only issue was a few minor leaks near the doors and windows in the rain. It is cramped and there is no place to keep your bags and stuff except on the floor.
The night safari is a brief affair of some 30 minutes but you run into gaur, chital, sambhar and elephants. Monsoon had made the under bush very dense so it was too much to expect a preadator to put in an appearance.
The nature walk is the best activity in the resort, especially in the monsoon. There is a rich splash of green to everything. You wouldn't know anything was a few feet away from you. The resort's naturalist who accompanied us was a very well informed guy. Walking in the fringes of the tiger reserve is an out of the world experience.
Not more than a few meters of game trial is visible at any time. And there are some places where the rains make things a bit tricky,
If you are someone who enjoys the forest for what it is, besides the large mammals, there are a lot of little creatures that cross paths with you.
And of course, the very friendly little chaps, the leeches. This one is for you Nilanjan
Overall, if you love to be close to nature and don't mind a few days of isolation, Inn The Wild is a very good choice.
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