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Old 18th March 2011, 12:31   #31
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Lovely place and lovely photographs...
Thank you @sarmarishi!
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Wonderful TL. This place looks amazing,will surely put it in my list of places to visit.
The malabar squirrel down south is indeed more vibrant in colors.
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Thanks. Trying my best put a lot of the places that are normally not visited often on here so that more people can visit and help with conservation efforts!

Back to Manas

It was then time for me to head to the river to take a swim but was unable to as its waters were freezing and hence decided to just take this snap and head back. Not the best of time for photography though as the light was very harsh.
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We then took a small illegal ride into Bhutan. The scenery of the road (very prone to landslides) along the river was breathtaking. Although the road is in a very bad condition and is used regularly. At places it looked like the road would slide off the side of the hill and into the river at any point. Some more stunning views that MNP and the river Manas has to offer…
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Old 18th March 2011, 12:50   #32
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Some more shots to show you the diverse flora found in Manas - from grasslands to deep woods. Didn’t see any swamps though like in Kaziranga N.P.

Sunset on our evening drive
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Some shots of on-route to Manas which I didn’t manage to put up yet!

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A bad stretch before reaching Manas
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Old 18th March 2011, 12:56   #33
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Some farm lands on-route from where we picked up a lot of fresh veggies
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And that brings me to the end of the travelogue. Sorry that I couldn’t keep up to your expectations of the big cats. Visiting Wild life reserves are not all about seeing Tigers and leopards. I came back very happy esp. since I got to see a Civet and the Malabar Hornbils.

It’s all about the whole experience that a national park provides. I have visited numerous national parks in the years and some more than once but have never seen any Tigers yet and I don’t regret any of the visits. The tiger will present itself to me when it thinks I am worthy of it or when my luck turns.

So to all of you who are new to wildlife my only suggestion is that you appreciate everything that you see in the forests right from a jungle fowl to the smallest of animals to a tiger to the bird life to trees. They have a lot to offer if you are observant and also gives you that much needed clean air in the lungs once a while.

Please do keep visiting wildlife sanctuaries and help conserve the same. My one humble request is to please encourage the efforts of the people who work as guides, guards, resort staff, etc. as this will help more and more people join these places and work towards conservation once they see the value of it. Encouragement can be in cash or kind. It is much appreciated and will help them in whatever little way.

I hope this thread has been entertaining enough and has also provided some learning’s on wildlife. My sole purpose was actually bring to light things apart from the cats alive here and I hope I have been able to do that. I appreciate everyone’s comments and thanks for stopping by. Hopefully I will be back soon with another wildlife travelogue.

Will post some more pictures that I haven’t uploaded. These will be multiple shots of some of the animals from the thread and the ones I think are worth sharing.. So do keep visiting.
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Sorry that I couldn’t keep up to your expectations of the big cats. Visiting Wild life reserves are not all about seeing Tigers and leopards.
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We continue to thoroughly enjoy your travelogue. Our members are mature enough to appreciate nature, habitat and its inhabitants even without the big cats.

All are not lucky as Dr.Ghosh, GD, Cooolcat21 and others, for whom the tigers catwalk. We lesser mortals need to be content with whatever we can manage to present.

Jokes apart, it is a well narrated and photographed tour. The Giant Malabar Hornbill is a good capture and the anticipated, leap of faith shot of the squirrel.

Allow me to post this photograph on your thread.

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The malabar squirrel down south is indeed more vibrant in colors.

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The Malabar squirrel down south, photographed in Nagarahole National Park, 2009.Manas National Park & Tiger Reserve, Assam-malabar-sq.jpg

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At last the beautiful Manas in Tbhp. Thanks sarmarishi for the TL
You are right - it is better if people become less tiger centric. Whenever there is a forest story, the first question many people ask 'where is the tiger?' .I think we should have a propaganda to save the forest similar to what we have for the Tiger

@Fazal Sir, thats an amazing eye-level shot of the squirrel

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@Sarmarishi,
Its been great touring the the sanctuary with your detailed narration and pictures.
And I think your purpose of bringing forth the beauty of the jungles has been well fulfilled.
Will surely keep coming back for more.
@Fazal Sir,
Great picture.
Have seen them many times, but they are too frisky for good pictures.
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Great picture.
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@Fazal Sir, thats an amazing eye-level shot of the squirrel[/quote]

Thank you, both.
It is 50% cropped on a 8.1 megapixel, now I am moving about with a 21 Megapixel and animals don't pose for me.
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Beautiful description and insight to a beautiful place.
These animals are so wonderful, and no matter how much one sees them, you'll never cease to amaze.

Please allow me to post another Malabar Giant squirrel pic from my side.
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@Fazal sir, your squirrel looks beautiful with a colourful tail
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sarmarish,
We continue to thoroughly enjoy your travelogue. Our members are mature enough to appreciate nature, habitat and its inhabitants even without the big cats.

All are not lucky as Dr.Ghosh, GD, Cooolcat21 and others, for whom the tigers catwalk. We lesser mortals need to be content with whatever we can manage to present.

Jokes apart, it is a well narrated and photographed tour. The Giant Malabar Hornbill is a good capture and the anticipated, leap of faith shot of the squirrel.

Allow me to post this photograph on your thread.



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The Malabar squirrel down south, photographed in Nagarahole National Park, 2009.Attachment 519514
What a beautiful shot you have of the Malabar Squirrel.. I am amazed! Thank you for sharing.

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@Sarmarishi,
Its been great touring the the sanctuary with your detailed narration and pictures.
And I think your purpose of bringing forth the beauty of the jungles has been well fulfilled.
Will surely keep coming back for more.
@Fazal Sir,
Great picture.
Have seen them many times, but they are too frisky for good pictures.
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Thanks. My pleasure!

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At last the beautiful Manas in Tbhp. Thanks sarmarishi for the TL
You are right - it is better if people become less tiger centric. Whenever there is a forest story, the first question many people ask 'where is the tiger?' .I think we should have a propaganda to save the forest similar to what we have for the Tiger

@Fazal Sir, thats an amazing eye-level shot of the squirrel
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Beautiful description and insight to a beautiful place.
These animals are so wonderful, and no matter how much one sees them, you'll never cease to amaze.

Please allow me to post another Malabar Giant squirrel pic from my side.
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@Fazal sir, your squirrel looks beautiful with a colourful tail
Thanks for the compliments.
@ Laluks: Another beautiful pic! Thanks for sharing. I wonder when I will get a better lens.. hopefully soon so that I can take close-ups of these small animals and birds!
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Stop pulling our legs Fazalbhai... BTW, do you mean something like this?

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Stop pulling our legs Fazalbhai... BTW, do you mean something like this?

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Wow GD.. Look at that picture. Its absolutely true that they catwalk for you guys. No wonder so many of us are jealous

Hopefully someday they will for us soon! Fingers crossed!
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some more pics of the rare black capped langurs...

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@Sarmarishi,
Wonderfull pictures,hoping for many more.
Posting a catwalk picture adding to Gd sir's contribution.
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Manas NP : ticked for future visit.
Lovely Travelog there Rishi. that view from the IB window is just amazing. Would definitely plan for Manas next time I go home. I love visiting the forests no matter whether I see any wild animal or not.
Please do post the contact numbers for the IB booking and also some guidance about the Safari booking. I guess it won't be as easy as it's in Kaziranga, right?
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Wonderfull pictures,hoping for many more.
Posting a catwalk picture adding to Gd sir's contribution.
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Thanks for the lovely pic. And stop teasing us

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Manas NP : ticked for future visit.
Lovely Travelog there Rishi. that view from the IB window is just amazing. Would definitely plan for Manas next time I go home. I love visiting the forests no matter whether I see any wild animal or not.
Please do post the contact numbers for the IB booking and also some guidance about the Safari booking. I guess it won't be as easy as it's in Kaziranga, right?
Will post the details soon. Keep watching this space. You are right, its not as easy as Kaziranga. Although you can book the resorts outside the parks easily. The Bansbari lodge is on lease with Jungle Travels and can be booked through them. Costs about Rs. 2000 or 3000 per night inclusive of food I think.

The IB costs about 1200 per room. Nothing is included and has to be booked through the Forest office on Barpetta Road. I will post the phone no. and persons name soon.
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