There’s a lot to love about India: terrains that dance between plains, mountains, and rivers; lush forests that house numerous animals; a happy riot of colours and festivals; monuments galore; cultures aplenty; and many stories couched in its alleys. And today, we find this happiness at Tadoba Andhari National Park.
We’ve all watched wildlife movies and shows, but little compares to seeing the poised walk of a glorious tiger in front of your eyes. As city-dwellers, we’re often deprived of these gifts, but designer-duo and our A-list members Shivan Bhatiya and Narresh Kukreja got a taste of this adventure on their safari at Tadoba Andhari National Park in Maharashtra.
Tadoba Andhari National Park comes bifurcated into three forest ranges: Tadoba north range, Kolsa south range, and Morhurli range. In each, the tiger reigns. And justifiably so, considering the feline has been lurking around the park’s tropical, dry, deciduous greens since 1955. Tigers aside, the lush space also gives refuge to shy sloth bears, wild dogs, nilgai, striped hyena, small Indian Civet, native woodland bird species, and countless insects amongst others.
A microcosm in its own right, the crowning beauty of Tadoba Andhari National Park lies in its varied landscapes and flora. While many hillocks and terrains provide shelter to the animals, the two lakes—Tadoba Lake and Kolsa Lake—along with the Tadoba River here serve as integral watering holes, despite only refilling during the monsoon months. Some of the famous and wildly seen flora of this park include, Teak, Ain, Bija, Dhauda, Mahua Madhuca, bamboo, and more.
With memories of trips to such beautiful gems within the country, it’s only natural for us to be reminded of the many reasons #WhyWeLoveIndia, isn’t it?
Video produced by Batul Kapasi