INDIA WILDLIFE SPECTACULAR

Wednesday 13th February - Sunday 3rd March 2013

Mike Watson

Asiatic Lion, Gir Forest, Gujarat (Mike Watson)

Asiatic Lion, Gir Forest, Gujarat (Mike Watson)

THE FOURTH INDIA WILDLIFE SPECTACULAR WAS ANOTHER SUCCESS and we enjoyed some fabulous wildlife encounters on our journey across northern India. On the Pre-Tour Extension we made our way from the dusty and very dry deciduous teak forest of Gir and its Asiatic Lions to the wolves and herds of Blackbuck on the grasslands of Velavadar and then the delightful Wild Asses on the vast salt flats of the Little Rann of Kutch before driving north into the colourful state of Rajasthan where we paused to admire the golden city of Jaisalmer on our pilgrimage to Khichan and its unique gathering of Demoiselle Cranes. After a short flight east from Jodhpur the main tour proper started in Delhi with a train journey south to Agra and the incomparable Taj Mahal. Further south in Uttar Pradesh we visited the delightful National Chambal Sanctuary, the last unpolluted major river in northern India, where we enjoyed our most productive sessions of the whole tour with wonderful encounters with Gharials, Indian Skimmers, River Lapwings, Little Pratincoles and much more. Turning our attention to India’s famous Kipling Country we visited the tiger reserves of Bandhavgarh and Kanha, where we managed several wonderful encounters with their main attraction, Bengal Tiger as well as Gaur, Sloth Bears and Leopards. India remains in my opinion the most fascinating country on earth to travel in. There are so many different aspects of this tour that make it my favourite, from the incredible and varied wildlife to the wonderful scenery and architecture not to mention India’s fascinating array of humanity and delicious home-cooked food!

Vijaya’ the one-eyed Bengal Tigress in Bandhavgarh’s picturesque Tala Zone (Mike Watson)

Vijaya’ the one-eyed Bengal Tigress in Bandhavgarh’s picturesque Tala Zone (Mike Watson)

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