When you visit a visit Tiger Reserve, you either see a tiger or you do not. We were at the Bhadra Tiger Reserve and when you are at a place that prides in being home to a score of tigers, you go on a safari hoping to see the elusive cat.
That November day when JLR's* Jeeps drove us into the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, we sighted the common monkey, Spotted Deer, Sambar Deer, Barking Deer, Indian Gaurs, an eagle and a few Malabar Pied Hornbills to name a few animals (and birds) . What we weren't lucky enough to spot, was the 'big cat.'
The naturalist who led the safari told us that the Bhadra Tiger Reserve had 18 to 22 tigers within its wilderness. I guess that wasn't our lucky day.
A few pictures from the safari:
(Sorry about the quality; I couldn't help the shakes because strapped to me, was a 10-month old :) )
Other sights from Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary:
|A camera to watch the tigers.|
They even help identify the tigers in the Reserve because apparently, no two tigers are alike if you look at their stripes.
|The 'British Bungalow' at Bhadra Tiger Reserve.|
The colonisers used to use this building as a rest house on their way to Chickmagalur, they say.
|The forest guards' shelter right in the middle of the Bhadra wilderness.|
|Solar-powered fences marking the boundaries of Bhadra Tiger Reserve and keeping the animals and locals safe.|
*Jungles Lodges and Resorts