Tiger in habitat at Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve Trip: My Most Awaited Trip

Nitya Goel Aggarwal Trip Reports 1 Comment

Trip Dates: 19th May – 27th May, 2015

Trip Designed & Organized by: Bharat Goel, Wildnest

Destination: Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra, India

Stayed at: Irai Safari Retreat, Moharli Gate, Tadoba

It started way back in June 2010. Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve had just started coming in the limelight due to its frequent tiger sightings. We had plans to go then and I was all packed and ready. But one day before we were supposed to leave I found out I was on my family way. It had been 5 years since and I had been to numerous other sanctuaries and parks since Ayaan (my son) was 2 years but Tadoba continued to elude me like it was some forbidden fruit. Numerous stories of different sightings by my father and younger brother only increased my curiosity more and more. So this May 2015, when I got the chance even the high temperatures of 50+ degrees C could not have shaken my resolve. During the six days of safari, my mom and me decided to go only for the morning ones as it was too hot in the afternoon and I did not know how Ayaan would have handled the heat.

In the first 5 safaris we had already seen 5 different tigers, a sloth bear, a rare tree shrew (squirrel like animal), chausingha (a very rare and shy deer), spotted deer, barking deer, sambar deer, nilgai, gaur, numerous birds such as Asian paradise flycatchers (male, female, juvenile), Indian pitta, grey jungle fowl, Indian roller, kingfisher, changeable hawk eagle and many more.

Just before we began our last safari, we asked Ayaan what he liked the most? and he innocently replied “I like Tigers and I want to see 10 tigers before we go back”. I asked him to pray for it and he did.

And then the magic started. Our prayers were answered and the forest opened up, to us, to reveal its secrets. It started with a sloth bear sighting, followed by 4 different tigers at different places, then another sloth bear (This place has to be a sloth bear haven, almost impossible to see them anywhere else) and lastly a pair of male and female tigers in courtship. Our little wild lifer’s joy knew no bounds. Anyone who has been in the wild knows the importance of a tiger sighting and we had seen 11, one more than my son’s wishes.

Here I am sharing a few of my pictures, clicked from my point and shoot camera, taking you through our journey in the Tadoba wilderness. I have added few of my father Vinod Goel’s, and brother Bharat Goel’s, (both are  known Wildlife photographers) pictures to complete my story. Hope you will enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoyed clicking them….

Also Read: Trip Report by my father of same trip.

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Khatoda gate

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Queen of the forest: Our first sighting in first safari

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Indian Gaur: Look at my packs

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Please don’t disturb

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Wild dogs/ dhole

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Lush green bamboo tunnel ( a rare occurrence in the month of May)

tiger-scratch-mark-tadobaTerritory marking on a tree by a tiger

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Grey Jungle Fowl (Male)

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Spotted deer

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Asian paradise flycather (male): One of the most beautiful bird

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Peahen incubating her eggs

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Chausingha (four horned antelope)

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Indian roller basking on the road

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Langur relaxing

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Sambar deer

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Aprropriate use of solar energy  to fill water holes inside the jungle

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Oriental Honey Buzzard at Tadoba Lake

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Ibis and Bronze-winged jacana

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Indian Tree Shrew (A very rare sighting)

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Wild boars quenching their thirst

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Crocodile bark tree/ Ain / Saj/ Terminalia elliptica

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The famous tigress ‘Maya’ who was photographed with her cub in her mouth in 2014

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Indian Pitta

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State transport bus on the main road inside the core area.

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Usual crowd in peak season for entry at 5:30 am in the morning near the entry gate at Moharli.

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Sloth bear, Just out of shower

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Red headed agama lizard

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Pugmarks of tiger cubs who played in the morning

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Changeable hawk eagle (juvenile)

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One of the four tigers cooling himself after having a meal of Indian Gaur

tiger-drinking-tadoba-nityaLeaving the waterhole after quenching her thirst

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Butterfly on our naturalist’s foot during safari

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Tigress crossing the road

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Couldn’t expect to have a better ending than this to our last safari. Tiger and tigress in courtship

Click here to know more about Tadoba, Its Flora and Fauna, How to reach there.

About Nitya Goel Aggarwal

An Interior Designer by profession, she has a creat0ive mind that works 24*7 be it in form of art, interiors or graphic. Her love for nature developed since childhood while exploring various places with her family across the country. Passionate about travelling especially wildlife, she believes in promoting eco-tourism and conservation of nature and understands the importance and need of instilling love for nature at a young age in children. Based in Mumbai, her expertise comes from her experience in nurturing her own son into a wildlife and nature lover at a young age of four. Apart from helping in planning outdoor wildlife tours, she conducts various nature related day trips in and around Mumbai.

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