After a lot of alarm calls and missed opportunities, we'd lost all hope of spotting a tiger and waited at the Malkundam backwaters for some birdwatching. When it was almost time to head back for the gate, we spotted a jackal running away from a spot and our guide suddenly exclaimed "Tiger". We parked our vehicle in the open with a good view. Like on cue, he walked to the stream and drank water, smelled his surroundings. This was the famed Collarwali's subadult cub. We had to say goodbye and leave as the safari time was up. It was great to see that the guide and driver did not give in to our groups "Aur thodi der" requests! The guides and drivers in Pench turned out to be a polite bunch who are informative, knowledgeable and well trained. A great experience interacting with the lot on the safaris.
PS: Apologies for the bad quality video. This is the best my OnePlus 3T could do!
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The Pench fairy tale, according to our original plan was suppose to end after the first and the only Safari here. But the Langdi encounter and the vibrant nature of the wilderness forced us to go for another drive in Maharashtra part of Pench. We started the drive and soon got onto the Jila line road. Continuing on for a while we stopped to enquire a halted vehicle and were told that Bindu, the young Tigress of this area was seen by a few vehicles entering the ravine on the left. We waited for few minutes and then decided to move on and again came to Chip Gota new road, and saw another vehicle trying to locate something into the ravine on the right. Apparently the famous Tigress Durga was stationary along with her 3 cubs, cubs not older than a few months. However it was only the occupants of that single vehicle that could see the cubs and although we heard the squeaky growl of the cubs a couple of times, we couldn’t actually see them. We decided it was time to go back and check for Bindu who had made here way into the ravine on the Jila Line road, maybe she was moving again or stationary where we could see her. As we got back A lone vehicle intently trying to locate something, only this time not only the occupants of that vehicle did it, even we were able to get a glimpse. It was Bindu, the young Tigress lying in the ravine, where one had to stand in the vehicle on its toes to get a sight. As time passed and dusk approached, she started showing some signs of movement. She was probably getting ready for a dusk hunt with typical feline movements of licking her paws, then yawning in the interim only to lay down again. We managed to get a few pictures although that was getting increasingly difficult with the fading light and the chaos around us. Pench had given us a gala time in both our outings here and the land of Mowgli surely had lived up to its expectations.
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