10 Reason Why You Should Visit an Indian Wildlife Reserve This Summer

In the summers when temperature go up, most animals in the jungle seek refuge near the water body. Which means the chances of spotting a tiger go up a lot.. they will either come there to drink water or to hunt for food. All you gotta do is have patience and wait.

And so in the hope of spotting a tiger and catching up with some old friends from down south, I made a short trip to Nagarhole National Park (Kabini) this April. It’s a great weekend getaway for people living around Bangalore. A beautiful jungle but not very famous for tiger spotting. As we got on the jeep to start our morning safari, the ranger tempered our expectations by telling us that there’s so much more to see and experience in a forest than just big cats. And right he was! Here are 10 reasons why visiting an Indian Wildlife Reserve this summer is a good idea for a quick family vacation:

10. Because living in concrete jungles, we tend to forget what a real forest looks like.

Nagarhole National Park, Kabini

The long and quiet jungle road

9. Cos standing amidst trees in the quiet of the jungle, listening to different kind of birds and animal calls, is a welcome break from all the honking and traffic noise.

Nagarhole National Park, Kabini

Morning Jeep Safari at Nagarhole National Park, Kabini

8. Cos our forests have the prettiest birds! Some that even dance with joy as the monsoons approach.

Nagarhole National Park, Kabini

Nagarhole National Park, Kabini

7. While we’ve all seen elephants, the sight of a wild one is something else. And tuskers are even more rare… The one in the pic below had just one tusk though. The guide informed us that it lost the other in a fight with another elephant. I guess elephants too have their own version of ‘main tumhara daant tod dunga!’ fights.

Nagarhole National Park, Kabini

Tusk tusk! Nagarhole National Park, Kabini

6. Being surrounded by wildlife is a good reminder that life is never easy and predictable. The most serene and quiet river-sides can suddenly turn gory when there’s a predator around.

Nagarhole National Park, Kabini

Nagarhole National Park, Kabini

5. Cos nature is SO PRETTY…. Elegance and grace in every footstep.

Nagarhole National Park, Kabini

Nagarhole National Park, Kabini

4. And well… sometimes it’s not so pretty and elegant… but it’s cute and fascianting nevertheless. 😀

Nagarhole National Park, Kabini

Nagarhole National Park, Kabini

3. You can spend hours playing hide and seek with the animals. Now you seem them, now you don’t.

Nagarhole National Park, Kabini

Nagarhole National Park, Kabini

2. And the jungle creatures are quite a peek-a-boo experts.

Nagarhole National Park, Kabini

Nagarhole National Park, Kabini

1. And lastly, if you have luck on your side, you may just get to see a wild cat in all its glory. I wasn’t so lucky though. The forest ranger told us that there was a tigress with three cubs resting somewhere behind those bushes. A few others had spotted a it just a little while before we got there. We waited at this spot for almost and hour but they didn’t come out again. I guess they call it a Tiger Reserve cos tigers are very reserved kind of animals. 🙂

Nagarhole National Park, Kabini

Nagarhole National Park, Kabini

So have I tempted you enough to consider heading to a forest this summer. Some other really good national parks to consider for a holiday are Tadoba, Pench, Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Ranthambore.

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