Call of the wild

Sitting on the terrace of the homestay in Corbett, shivering slightly in the crisp Kumaoni air, we glanced through the photographs from our evening in the forest. I realised then that I had shot an entire series on the tiger cub, which was the highlight of that safari, perhaps the whole trip. One of the…

The good news about tigers

After years and years of depressing reports about poaching, man-animal conflict in rural areas, deaths due to shrinking forest spaces and sometimes sheer indifference – all leading to an overall alarming decrease in tiger numbers – there is finally good news. The latest tiger census shows that the number now stands at 2226, up from…

Silent forest, teeming life

It is a strange feeling, this: half hoping to spot some wildlife and half fearing that I may indeed come across some wildlife. I have never been on a walk inside a forest before and don’t know what to expect. On a misty winter morning, we have just crossed over the Denwa river into the…

Hotels I love: Kanha Earth Lodge

I recently had a chance to spend a few days in Kanha, where I stayed at the Kanha Earth Lodge. Think of a small boutique resort right in the middle of a forest. Add to it the comfort of a home away from home. Throw in warm service, smiling faces and great food. And there…

Friday photo: Safari

Kanha is perhaps the most beautiful forest I have been in, with some stunning landscapes and an abundance of wildlife. So, this Friday, an image from an evening safari inside the Kanha National Park. The sun was just going down and as we turned a corner, this jeep drew up in front of ours, as…

Burning bright again

Tigers are back in Panna, and how! (Published in the special Wildlife issue of Outlook Traveller in October. Click on the image to read the story in pdf form. Photographs and video not part of the published story.) On my evening safari into the Panna National Park, my companions are not happy. They have promised…

A weekend at Pench

It was the summer of the tiger at Pench. True, just one tiger – the Baghin Nala Alpha Male. But then, when I go to National Parks in India, I am happy to see all kinds of fauna. Even the omnipresent chital and langur. Pench is one of the newer Tiger Reserves in India, created…

Ten reasons to love Panna Tiger Reserve

Madhya Pradesh has a respectable number of tigers and an equally impressive number of National Parks, including the very popular Bandhavgarh and the Jungle Book country Pench. So what makes Panna special? Here are my reasons: 1. Conservation success story 1975: became a tiger sanctuary. 1981: became a National Park. 1994: brought under Project Tiger….