Friday, November 6, 2015

Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

Last week we had an opportunity to tour two of India's premier tiger reserves with old friends from the U.S. Our first stop was Bandhavgarh in Madhya Pradesh.

Our safaris started at dawn. The temperature wasn't bad -- until you were driving in a open-air jeep. Then the wind-chill made it quite chilly.
"Jungle" is the Hindi word for "forest". Bandhavgarh is an old hunting reserve of the maharajas. Some of the reserve is open meadows -- former agricultural fields -- and some of it is forest.
With 6 of us on safari, we needed two jeeps. Here are our traveling companions enjoying the brisk morning ride.
Years ago, tourists rode elephants to see the wildlife. Today they are used exclusively for patrolling.

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