The craziest of the crazies!
Yes, here are five grannies/grandpas, who ventured to leave the cool confines of their homes in Hyderabad/Secunderabad and face the heat and dust of a jungle safari.
Inspiration? To see the king of the jungle-- Royal Bengal Tiger in its natural habitat.
Who are these crazy guys-- all in their 60s?
Here they are-- ladies first!
Why go in summer?
Because the grass dries up and the heat forces the big mammals including Tigers to come out to drink water. The chances of sighting a tiger therefore, increase. In fact, the tariff for rooms in MTDC Resort at Moharli, (one of the entry gates to Tadoba) is the highest from 1st May to 30th June every year.
Where is Tadoba located? Why the name Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve?
Why choose Tadoba when there are other Tiger Parks in the vicinity?
As we can see, tiger density per sq km is the highest in Tadoba. We hope our statistical research is proven right in a few days time when we are there!
How to reach Tadoba?
We chose to drive down from Secunderabad in our Tata Zest XT 1.2Revotron. It is a car designed for Indian roads with good ground clearance. It is monkey-proof to a certain extent. See the picture taken at Bandipur National Park earlier this year, when the monkeys decided to taste the radio antenna. Mercifully it survived the attack!
One can also take a flight to Nagpur and then drive 140kms south to reach Tadoba via Navegaon gate.
As senior citizens packing our bags for this wildlife trip, we realised that apart from personal stuff like caps, sunglasses, clothes, ID etc, we also have to carry our medicines! Another tale of grannies and grandpas!
As we proceed on this adventure, wish us luck for tiger sightings!
-Harsh-the-Ghumakkad/10th May 2015