India

Only ten days after our adventure on Vancouver Island we embarked on our next one –  seeing and photographing the elusive wild tiger in India

In many ways it was the the opposite of our Vancouver Island adventure:

  • opposite side of the globe
  • opposite weather – 100 degrees vs 50
  • photography focus is large 4 legged land based (tigers) rather than small 2 legged flyers (birds)
  • we will be in the wild jungle rather than the concrete jungle
  • chaotic, lawless (or so it seemed) traffic as opposed orderly law obeying traffic

We hoped the odds were in our favor as we are going to two of India’s best tiger-viewing National Parks – Bandhavgarh and Kanha. And they were as good as advertised as we had 6 good to great photographic opportunities (See more here)

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In addition to the tigers we made the obligatory visit to the Taj Mahal, where we took a break from our safari mode (up at 0 dark thirty, too much food and too little exercise, too may photos to download and too little sleep) and had a leisurely breakfast (See more here)

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And of course to satisfy our bird addiction,  we went Bharatpur which is well know for its bird photography, like these Sarus Cranes taking off (see more here)

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Driving in India was a challegene even as a pssanger as the horn was the most used part of the car (See more here):

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One of the more interesting aspects of the trip is that we flew nonstop from San Francisco to Delhi, a 16-hour, 7,670-mile journey. While not the longest flight (Dallas-Sidney at 8,578 miles currently is the longest) it was still be a test of our endurance.  It was a long time in our seats, but it avoided changing planes with a long layover and saved us 7+ hours of travel time and a lot of hassle.

 

Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper – copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

 

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