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The Jungles of Kanha

                                                Did we really spot the King of Kanha?

 

Not so long ago on 17.02.2017 was the day that can qualify as one of our YOLO kinda day of 2017. Wondering Why?

So, the story goes with us booking 2 slots of wildlife safari at Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh, India. You must be wondering what is so special of Kanha National Park in India as it is like any other National Park or Tiger Reserve in India and around the world. But no, this is a special and a memorable experience since the time we were planning our safari at Kanha National Park, our eyes and hearts were set on this one particular big cat and this story is about our close and unusual encounter with the most unique and photogenic tiger in the world who is also fondly known as the “King of Kanha”

                 To begin with, we hopped onto our early morning safari at 6 am with our hearts filled with all hopes and with constant manifestation of spotting the King of Kanha at any moment. Trying our luck for over 2 hours during the morning safari was not as fruitful as we had expected it to be. As we were on our vehicle safari we came to a point where we could hear 2 tigers roaring at each other and the vibrations of their roar echoed in the surroundings which made us realise that we are so close yet so far.

                 We returned back to our hotel with heavy hearts but we did not lose hopes at all because our driver was extremely encouraging and assured us that he will try his best whatsoever for us to have an encounter for us to have an encounter with King of this jungle.

                 In the afternoon slot 20 gypsys enter the Kanha National Park for the wildlife safari and all the gypsys take separate routes as per their driver’s knowledge although they are all the time connected to one another through walkie-talkies. We, like all other gypsys chose our own route and headed forward with a last chance as it was like a “Now or Never” kinda situation. As it was afternoon time and the temperatures were high, we reached a place close to a water body which is also the usual hangout spot of Munna.

                 After waiting patiently for over half an hour in absolute silence, we felt a slight movement. There are times when our mind makes us see things that we want to see desperately but they might not be real and we also that that we were probably hallucinating. So, we asked our driver and forest officer whether they are seeing what we are seeing?

                  They affirmed with overjoyed emotions that he indeed is the King of Kanha, Munna himself walking in Slo-Mo towards our gypsy.

at Kanha National Park

What is so special about Munna and why all this while we wanted to see him in particular?

As we mentioned earlier, what makes him most photographed tiger in the world are the stripes on his forehead that read the letters “CAT” and “PM”. To be honest that very moment we could not believe that the celebrity of Kanha was royally walking toward us in absolute silence that we could literally hear his breathing.

 All this while our driver did not communicate other gypsys about this unusual spotting of Munna as he knew how keenly we wanted to have an encounter with Munna and he wanted the surroundings to be unperturbed so that we could get the most of that very moment. We spent a good half an hour observing that charismatic aura of Munna which left us in awe of his beauty. This moment was undoubtedly the highlight of our visit.

 

King of Kanha

What happened next?

The wait for Munna at Kanha National Park

Gradually the other safari vehicles learnt about his presence that eventually led to over-crowding the area that disturbed his usual course of action resulting in him leaving the place into the hiding that’s when we realised why our driver did not inform the other vehicles else, we could not have made this memory for a lifetime.

Learnings,

  1. Whatever you wish for with all your heart will definitely be served to you hence manifest in the right direction and the universe will help you achieve the same.
  2. Trust your drivers and the forest officials as they know what best can be done.
  3. Don’t scare the wildlife during an encounter and be calm and patient and civilized for yourself and also others around you.

To know more about basic guidelines on how to plan a wildlife safari anywhere around the world click on this link.
Also, check our blogpost wherein we have mentioned India’s top 8 Wildlife Safari Destinations.

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