Vivek R Sinha
Wildlife Photographer, Conservationist and Author

Some Tiger Areas: Tiger can be seen in the CORBETT TIGER RESERVE if one spends a week or so there.  In our regular visits there since 1974, we have seen a number of tigers in the grasslands, the sal forests or drinking at the Ramganga River or from machans from a distance  It was only once on April 27, 1988,  we were able take some satisfying pictures of a tiger near the Khinanouli area. The tiger was sitting near a nullah for about two hours ignoring our presence .Brijendra Singh, the Hony. Wildlife Warden of the park, who was with us, even filmed the tiger. It is a very scenic park at the foothills of Himalayas.

BANDHAVGARH TIGER RESERVE       In my experience of over two decades with about 16 visits, the best places to photograph wild tigers are Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Ranthambhore Tiger Reserves, in that order.. Bandhavgarh is spread over 1162 sq km (449 sq m), but tigers are easily seen in some small areas at the foothills of the Bandhavgarh fort in the grasslands of Chakradhara, Gopalpur, or the nearby forests in Bhadrashila and Dhobiakhol. The tiger in these areas are the progeny of a tigress, christened Sita by the forest staff and its mates known as Banka and Charger. Banka took over the territory after the death of a tiger called Daddy in 1984 and Sita and Banka had many litters.

Over the years Banka and Sita had grown very tolerant to the departmental elephants and jeeps carrying tourists. Another very large tiger appeared on the scene in December 1990 and it took this tiger more than a year to drive away the dominant tiger, Banka, and take over its territory. Being a new tiger from another area of the park, he was not familiar with the park elephants or vehicles and savagely charged them, hence given the sobriquet ‘Charger’.

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