Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tiger Tourism in February

After the hectic December and January months, tiger tourism at Bandhavgarh and Kanha begins to ease. The exhaustive X’mas and New Year holiday rush begins to decrease as February approaches. The winter too becomes merciful, in fact the weather is pleasant. The warm sunshine quite tolerable in early hours of the morning is best way to bask in glory.

The surroundings though not lush green are near lush green. The wonderful hues and colors of flowering trees especially the Flame of the forest tree livens the forest canopy. The wintering birds are still here. Their chaotic plunder of flowering trees, full of sweet nectar and ripe fruits is a delight to experience. Not only tiger lovers’, bird lovers too flock to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve and Kanha to witness nature’s glory at its peak.

The real animal watching begins from February onwards. The crowd thin out, and the animals like majestic gaur or bison at Kanha Tiger Reserve begin to descend from the hills. The graceful swamp deer too congregate in park meadows along with growing herds of spotted deer. The heat will rise from April onwards and stress animals and birds. For tourist this is a blessing as stress forces animals and tigers into open and need for water makes then more active during the day.

In February the parks are at the peak, full of life and hectic animal activity. The wintering birds and residents are easy to see as the foliage opens up to coming hot months. The wildlife enthusiasts, photographers, birders and naturalists wait for this season to visit the tiger reserves. Their experience makes them choose the right time to capture the right moment in camera or their memory banks. This is my favorite season too…may be soon, I will be traveling to Kanha or Bandhavgarh tiger reserves.

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