Last week, sriramb was out of town and a lot of work was stalled for various reasons. So I decided to make a quick dash into the forest and boy, oh boy what a trip that was.
At Bandipur, I got to see tons of elephants. In 2 days, I think I saw more then 50 elephants and they posed for me real nice. On one of the days, me and bunch of other folks trekked from Gopalswamybetta to the entrance of the national park. It was almost a full day trek and I’ve had one of the scariest encounter’s in the wild. While we were walking, we heard elephants near by, but we could not pin-point their exact location. We were searching for them and suddenly, this male tusker is heading straight for us (backwards). This elephant was fighting with another one and in that process, they came across us. I don’t know if they realised we were there, because we just turned around and ran like there was no tomorrow. We only stopped after we ran for half a kilometer. For the first time in my life, I ran for my life in the jungle.
From Bandipur, we headed to BR hills. Remember a while back, when I was accepted into the monkey family at BR hills ? Well, apparently monkeys have quite a good memory. It was very touching when I got back to the forest after almost a month and all these monkeys came rushing towards me and this young fella who gotten quite used to me, just came running and jumped on my shoulder. Then he spent an whole hour playing with me. I’ve put up bunch of those pics.
Jane goodall moment
Also at BR hills, I’ve had my best sighting of the Tiger till date. ravi and his brother were there too, to witness the tiger. It was 8:30pm in the night and we were driving on the main road in the jeep. We spotted the tiger and I stopped the jeep right next to it. The tiger was so close, one could have touched the tiger from the jeep. Unfortunately, I was driving, so could not get good shots, but it was amazing. Infact it kept on moving up and down the road, and we kept on following the tiger. At one point, I was really close at which point the tiger started to growl. We spent a good 15min with this tiger.
Wild tiger, up close and personal in darkness with my maglite
Another picture of the tiger where my flash actually fired. I’ll post rest of the pics in the coming days. Ok, now it’s time to get back to work.