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Pench & Tadoba

 
March 2011

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Tadoba National Park lies in the district of Chandrapur in the north-eastern part of Maharashtra and is often referred to as “The Jewel of Vidharba”. There are many entry points to Tadoba, of which Mohurli is the most convenient and widely.
The journey to Mohurli was quite a long one, longer than we expected it to be. The best part was the road through the forest buffer Chandrapura onwards. Just loved it!! Our guide for Tadoba, Sanjay was in touch with me over the phone and he came to meet me late in the evening. All jungle drive timings and financials were agreed upon and we retired for the day. There are several entry points to Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) and Mohurli is one of them where there are more accommodation options than the others. We were booked in MTDC Mohurli for a night, Saras resort for a night and the at Kolsa FRH for the third night.

Tadoba

Day 5 at Tadoba (Mohurli)

It has now become our daily routine to be up and ready and gearing to go for the morning drive. This day was no exception.

Jamunboti area in Tadoba

Jamunbodi area in Tadoba


Sanjay wanted to try out the Telia Dam area as a tiger and tigress had been sighted in that area the day before evening. A long wait followed, but everything all around seemed quiet. So we moved ahead. Mohurli zone of Tadoba was primarily bamboo forest, dense and tall. To me it seemed that wild life sightings would be less as the dense undergrowth of the bamboo trees provided an easy shelter for the animals.
In the evening the same routine followed. The tiger remained elusive. Wait at the Telia Dam and other possible sighing areas (near water bodies) did not yield any result. The tiger and tigress were mating and were hidden in the dense undergrowth beside Telia. Safari vehicles crowded around the area and there was madness all around. Ultimately the forest ranger and guards had to ask the vehicles to leave, thus leaving the animals in peace. However, we were rewarded with more varieties of birds, crocodile and a herd of bison crossing the road.

Day 6 at Tadoba (Mohurli & Kolsa)

At Abheek’s suggestion, we were spending the night at Kolsa FRH in the Kolsa range. So we did the morning drive at Mohurli. Visited the Tadoba lake area where it seemed that there was a big cat nearby. Alarm calls were consistent, but after an hour the calls subsided. The Tadoba lake was quite big and was a major viewing location for the last years tiger and wild life census. These drives were quite long and large parts of the forest was covered.

Snake Bird (Darter) besides Tadoba Lake

Snake Bird (Darter) besides Tadoba Lake


At the start of the evening drive, we were again in Telia. The same day morning the mating pair had again made an appearance at around 10:30. Sanjay was starting to feel guilty, but he was assured that it really did not matter much. Initially we circled the lake and were moving out of the area, when we saw a vehicle behind us reversing. Sanjay immediately realized that something significant had happened and quickly moved in that area. This time, there was chaos. The coveted pair were now visible through the undergrowth. We could see them moving and purring (in love??). Everybody wanted a view. Things seemed to move out of control and soon the ranger appeared and asked all vehicles to leave. Most probably Telia was to be out of bounds of tourists for the next few days.
The drive to Kolsa was refreshing. It was clear that not many tourists ventured out in this part of the forest. The nature of the forest was also different with more deciduous trees. Suddenly Sanjay shouted ‘Leopard’. We looked at the branches as last time we had seen a leopard perched on top of a tree. But this time, it was on the road, and we just managed to catch a glimpse of it before it hid in the roadside buses. Kolsa FRH was situated just beside Kolsa lake and was good. I had expected a bare minimum infrastructure, but it had huge rooms with attached toilets. At night, it was pitch dark all around, except the light of the FRH. With no cell phone network to break the serenity of the place, it was marvelous.

Day 7 at Tadoba (Kolsa)

The last morning drive – and it stared feeling bad. The plan was to move about in Kolsa zone before proceeding to Mohurli (and a last attempt at Telia!! – Sanjay was determined).

Sunset over Kolsa Lake

Sunset over Kolsa Lake


As we neared the Andhari river, Sanjay saw fresh pug marks. These were huge and were of a tigress. As if by intuition, Sanjay reversed the car and saw a cub cross the road from behind us. The next half hour was hide and seek with the cub – it would poke its head out from the bushes and on seeing us waiting in the car, would withdraw immediately. Compared to Collarwali and her cubs, this one was real shy!! May be due to the fact that not many tourists come in this part of the forest.
In the last half hour we were in Telia. Morning had proved fruitful for a couple of cars, as both the male and female were out in the open lying on the rocks in the morning. Saw the photos snapped by another visitor and they looked fabulous. However, such occurrences do not occur frequently and may be sometime in the future we will be able to have such a sighting.
Its time to bid good bye to Sanjay and I promised that we will be visiting again.

 

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13 Comments

  1. Dr. A Ghosh said:

    A superb effort of documentation Kausik da.

    Posted on May 22nd, 2011 at 10:57 am

  2. Rajan Kinkhede said:

    Great trip Kausik da. Had a great time with you..Cant wait to join you at Bandhavgarh..

    Posted on May 26th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

  3. Nadeem Khan said:

    It seems you had ‘all inclusive’ trip to Pench; The collarwali, cubs, jackals, birds et al. Loved the narration. Looking forward to more on some of wildlife sanctuaries. Congo!

    Posted on June 25th, 2011 at 4:02 am

  4. admin said:

    Nadeem,
    That’s a good terminology – ‘all inclusive’ :-) . Yes, it was a good trip, by god’s grace. I love the forests (including my 10 year daughter), so its always a pleasure trip for all of us.
    Lets hope that these forests and wild life survive.

    Posted on June 25th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

  5. Tiger Tales – Bandhavgarh | Travel Story Book said:

    [...] Pench & Tadoba [...]

    Posted on July 13th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

  6. Anurag said:

    Superb documentation. Lovely Pictures.

    Posted on February 28th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

  7. dharmesh doshi said:

    pl send booking details for resthouse and jungale safari details send and contac for my mobile no 09975988117

    Posted on January 14th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

  8. admin said:

    Please contact Sanjay @ 7620674918. He is a very reliable person and will help you with booking of safaris, lodges, etc

    Posted on January 20th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

  9. shamil said:

    hi how long does it take to travel by road from tadoba to pench national park?????
    i am in tadoba for 4 nights – should i split 2 nights each for at tadoba & pench or stay for 4 days at tadoba itself?
    thnx v much
    we are sri lankans so need some advise never been to this part of india before.///

    Posted on January 26th, 2013 at 11:44 am

  10. shamil said:

    is there elphant safairs to spot tigers in tadoba & pench both? anybody who did recently & had any tiger sightings on elephant back?……thnx v much
    any idea how much an ac taxi wlll cost from tadoba to pench? also pench to nagpur airport?
    thnx v much

    Posted on January 26th, 2013 at 11:46 am

  11. admin said:

    Tadoba does not have any elephant safaris. Pench had ‘Tiger Shows’ – which is not an elephant safari. If the forest officials could locate any tiger, they would take tourists on elephants to view the tiger. Viewing time could be as less as a minute, depending on the total number of tourists. But very recently I have heard that this has been discontinued, though it is not confirmed.
    Viewing tigers is never guaranteed, but Tadoba has had good tiger sightings in December.

    Posted on January 26th, 2013 at 2:20 pm

  12. admin said:

    Tadoba to Pench would be around 4-5 hours by road, if you travel by car. Public transport will take longer as you have to break at multiple points.
    How you split depends on your preference. If you have 4 nights, you can split 2 nights between Tadoba & Pench. You will have time for 3 safaris at each park.
    Enjoy your trip!!

    Posted on January 26th, 2013 at 2:25 pm

  13. Sharang said:

    Hi would like your recommendations for pench or tadoba In December

    Posted on October 19th, 2015 at 6:53 pm

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