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Old 15th March 2011, 11:34   #46
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Wow! I liked your way of presentation. Superb pictures. Thanks for sharing Kippling court photos. Any suggestion on selecting rooms. Waiting for April 2 to reach there. Lalan is booked for 4 drives. All set.

Superb captures again.
Thank you and wish you the very best for your trip.
Kiplings court does not have any grand views, but we still always take the rooms no 8 and 9, they are the best.
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One of the best TL's, I have read so far. Marvelous pictures combined with superb narration, deserves a well credited 5 star rating.
Thank you so much, keep reading as more to come.
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A very very valid point, Cat. It is a kind of dampener when you suddenly encounter a patch of teak forest in the middle of a natural forest. These plantations by the forest department were not made in any 'good intention' as you mention, but because they have commercial value. Teak and Sal are excellent timber and they can be felled after 30-40 years under some pretext.
But at least nowadays they are not planting the horrible imported Acacia melanoxylon and eucalyptus trees (at least in Kerala, the forest and NH authorities has moved away from planting both the above trees). Not many would think that planting only teak is actually harmful for the ecosystem. (I think Maddy42 made a similar comment in some thread)

Anyway, thanks for the wonderful snaps. My favorites are the photos of the tranquil lake in post 27. Has a very soothing effect
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Coooolcat21,
The photograph of the elephant carting the logs is magical!
Also the angle of the meadow with lined up posts on the right is good, but....only veg and eggs for breakfast???

Now waiting to tour Kanha through your lens and a beautifully detailed narration.
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Thank you
Kanha is my favourite destination of all the wildlife reserves I have seen so far. Hope to bring out its beauty in my pictures.
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Wonderful Travelogue. Am reminded of the wonderful stories from Kenneth Anderson who brings those lovely illustration of the forest and its life beyond the big cats. Keep it up and continue to share your journey. The good thing about travelogues in TBhp is people are very clear that just the visit to the forest is good enough the sightings are mere bonus which one might get. Hats off to the spirit.
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Wonderful Travelogue. Am reminded of the wonderful stories from Kenneth Anderson who brings those lovely illustration of the forest and its life beyond the big cats. Keep it up and continue to share your journey. The good thing about travelogues in TBhp is people are very clear that just the visit to the forest is good enough the sightings are mere bonus which one might get. Hats off to the spirit.
Thank You so much.
The Kanha magic will begin soon.
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Thank You so much.
The Kanha magic will begin soon.
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Thanks for Kipling information. Waiting for Kanha magic.
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Coooolcat21,
Its past Kanha time. Still waiting for your pics to start.
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Kanha National Park is heaven to any wildlife enthusiast. But then most of the tourists rush to Bandhavgarh for better tiger sighting as its almost half the size of Kanha National park and hence the chances of Tiger sightings is higher.. We call them tigercentric people, but some where with in we all start by being tigercentric, I did too, its only after a while having seen the tigers we start apperciating its habitat.
But then we are not really to blame ,as this rush of wildlife intrest has been largely brought into every ones home by NG and like chanels. And the headlines in Indian wildlife is "Save the Tiger" , hence we become tigercentric.
I started my visits to Kanha national Park way back in 1996 and for sure I know I could go back there every year with the same enthusiasm.I have penned down my journey in these past years in my previous log. http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...-own-land.html (Decade old Nostalgia Relived "Tiger's own land")
There are various kind of people who visit these parks. Some are confused tourists who think that a national Park is like one big open zoo, hence thier reactions at sightings is as loud as it can get. Then they are some like me who travel with small children, very passionate about the jungles, but then your child will get noisy just at the wrong moment and we need to endure the grim looks from other set of tourists, the "serious wildlife enthusiasts"
But then everyone comes with a cause and hope which is helping in awareness leading to conservation of our jungles and wildlife.
As it was 2 years since we had been to kanha, we were really looking forward to reaching Baghira Log huts as we were sure that as always there were new surprises, new hues, new scents and new faces waiting for us.
The sal trees had shed its leaves and we were going to look for the hidden stories they have carried in thier journey to grace our paths turning them to a beautiful golden hue.
We reach Khatia Gate at 4.30pm and we find our good old gypsy driver waiting for us , we buy the entry tickets and hop into the gypsy for our evening safari leaving our baggage in the car.

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Bring them on. Waiting.
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Finally we are inside the park to be greeted by an awesome evening .

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Jungle owlet.

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Jungle fowl, very often you will hear the guide saying junglee murga.

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Black shoulder kite.

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Well good evening, nice to see you again

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We keenly kept looking for wildlife in the forest ahead, does anyone see anything?

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We did see wild dogs from real close but could not photograph as we were rushing out of the park due to the park closing time.
We finally reach our dream destination Baghira Log Huts and get our baggages out of the car to settle down for the next 3 days.

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Oh boy. Kanha Looks to be more scenic. Superb Landscapes. Nice photographs. Keep them coming. Quite similar to Bandhavgarh. Awesome. I am loving it. Keep pouring more of more pictures.
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Yup we do. Is that some sort of a cat (tiger or leopard) lying in the grass just before the green shrubs start?
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awsomest pictures!!!!

that telephoto canon is in my wishlist. wish to own it someday...
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Cooolcat,
Your posts are worth waiting for.
The write up and photographs compliment each other and are in perfect unison.

The 1st, 7th, 13th and 14th photographs. nearly take your breath away, awesome landscapes, perfect compositions and exposures.

BTW is that a tiger lying on its back, showing its belly? (11th pic.)
So close to the resort Gaur's grazing along with the deers on the extreme left? (last panoramic.)

Looking forward for more of Kanha from your lens and keyboard.
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Oh boy. Kanha Looks to be more scenic. Superb Landscapes. Nice photographs. Keep them coming. Quite similar to Bandhavgarh. Awesome. I am loving it. Keep pouring more of more pictures.
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Yup we do. Is that some sort of a cat (tiger or leopard) lying in the grass just before the green shrubs start?
You are right.
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Cooolcat,
Your posts are worth waiting for.
The write up and photographs compliment each other and are in perfect unison.

The 1st, 7th, 13th and 14th photographs. nearly take your breath away, awesome landscapes, perfect compositions and exposures.

BTW is that a tiger lying on its back, showing its belly? (11th pic.)
So close to the resort Gaur's grazing along with the deers on the extreme left? (last panoramic.)

Looking forward for more of Kanha from your lens and keyboard.
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Thank you so much.
Your keen observation cannot go wrong.
Below the green bushes there is just not one tiger but 3 tiger cubs with thier mother resting after having had a heavy meal.
The cubs are 15 months old.
The last pano was taken such that the proximity of the wildlife to the resort is show.
There is a herd of about 10 gaurs with calfs, spotted and sambar deer too. While we stayed there ,we were in continuos company of two jackals , they were running around almost like our house dogs. They had killed a small fawn near the resturant.
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The park is of about 940sq kms. it comprises of various terrains and vegetation. Its a forest majorely made of the Sal trees and Bamboo which lend the colourfull beauty to the jungles . The view of the hills give a serene feeling to the jungle which hopefully my pictures will show.

We wake up at 4.30am to be ready on time. Staying in Baghira log huts gives us the advantage of having that extra half an hours sleep as we are at walking distance from the main entry to the park.
Its chill outside and very quite and the sky is turning a dull blue with the stars still shining bright and the Sal so tall that it almost reaches out to the stars.
The ground is covered by the leaves fallen down undisturbed by wild or the human life walking on them.
As we start our walk to the Gol Ghar the dried leaves crackle under our feet breaking thru the silence of the jungle. The same sound is heard in the night when the deer walk around in the maidan in front of our cottages and we keep wondering if there is a soft footed predater on the prowl.
But now that the sky is turning brighter and shedding its light for us to see better into the forest we dont envy the nocturnal animals anymore.

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We reach the junction, from the far end the gypsys come from the Khatia gate.

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The far end is the entry to Kisli gate

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The waterhole viewed from the junction, wildlife is always there.

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Gates to Tranquillity..

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When I warned them about the storm, they did not understand.
I knew about it but still find myself bang in center of the eye.
Now its too late, and its only going to get stormier.

Here we are struggling to see stripes but see nothing but their droppings in the center of the road (Pench, Badi Maa's dirty bench marking habits).

Here you see a well fed family lolling about in front of you already, Why me lord?
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This is such an intensely beautiful photograph. Just see the comfort level between them. They know they are good for each other. Surely they can know Man is good for them too, if only he tried to actually be good to them !

i second that thought DKG
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