Tour Report- Tigers Galore in India

Classic Wild ventured on its first global safari since COVID 19 to the wilds of Madhya Pradesh in India to seek the mighty Bengal Tiger in Bandhavgarh National Park.

The tour group consisted of wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and keen world travelers who were all eager to encounter the mightiest big cat of them all.

The trip consisted of 8 safaris in total in the main core zones of Bandhavgarh National Park.

Led by acclaimed wildlife photographer and lead tour manager for Classic Wild , Rajiv Welikala, the group received personal attention and service in this unforgettable safari.

A total of 14 tiger sightings were accounted for during this tour, which included one of the most memorable sightings of all in the Magdhi Zone on the 3rd day of safari when the group encountered 7 individual tigers all together. The individuals consisted of the mother tigress Dotty, her four female cubs which were around 1.5 years of age, a non related young male of 4-5 years named the Jumhole Male (this is a very unusual phenomenon as this male is unrelated and is yet comfortable and familiar enough with this family to be seen with them often), and finally the father of the cubs and Dotty’s mate Mahaman, the gigantic male tiger who is said to be the largest tiger in the Bandhavgarh eco system at present.

The group were astounded to encounter all of these tigers together and even had a very close encounter with Mahaman as he crossed the path right next to the groups safari jeeps.

Besides the tigers, the birdlife of Bandhavgarh was amazing as well with many sightings of species such as the Jungle Owlet, Racquet Tailed Drongo, Indian Pitta, Rufous Trepie and many more.

With the immense success of this tour, Classic Wild hopes to promote and organize many more wildlife safaris around the world in the months and years to come.

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