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During our road trip in February 2018 we visited Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Park. As we arrived at Bandhavgarh we were greeted with thunder showers which continued throughout our stay. We braved the rains and did two safaris but the animals remained elusive. They obviously had gone into hiding to avoid the heavy downpour.

Our next stop was Kanha, the rains followed us here too but we did manage a clear day. Many species animals  did oblige us as they had come out to bask in the sun but the tiger remained elusive.

Kanha National Park is famous for the Barasingha also known as the Swamp Deer. Once almost at the verge of extinction Kanha now has a large number of these. We were lucky to spot a large herd during our safari.

These animals look majestic in the wild. The barasingha, also called swamp deer, is a deer species distributed in the Indian subcontinent. Populations in northern and central India are fragmented, and two isolated populations occur in southwestern Nepal.

During the safari we also saw many Gaur’s (Indian Bison).

The Kanha Forest is extremely beautiful. I enjoyed the ever changing  landscape.

 

The Peacocks add color to the verdant green forest.

…..and then off course the spotted deer were all over.

We also came across few Black Bucks which are not very common in this forest.

The langurs sitting around quietly was a clear indication that the tiger was not very close by, but then this was just one part of the forest.

We sited few wild dogs. The guide informed us that there numbers were dwindling and that we were lucky to have spotted them.

Off and on we came across the wild boars who were busy digging the ground.

…..and then we came across this pair of jackals.

The forest has large number of sambhar deer which are known to raise alarm when they sense the tiger in close vicinity.

Kanha is famous for birds too and we did come across few of them.

Fish Eagle Owl

Sirkeer Malkoha

Indian Roller

Crested Serpent Eagle

The Jungle Patrol

The trip was interesting though the tiger remained elusive.