The Jungle Book, much before it got converted into a fantastic film, has been a childhood fantasy of every Indian. The picturesque setting of a river flanked by lush green forest on both sides is a sight to behold. Where would one find this setting? Where else, but Seoni in Madhya Pradesh which is home to the Pench Tiger Reserve!
Imagine my excitement when I got a chance to visit this forest in May early this year. As most wildlife lovers would know, Madhya Pradesh is known to conserve it’s forests vehemently. The topography of it’s forests can be compared to carved nature’s beauty – be it the dreamlike Kahna, or the homely Bandhavgarh or the story-teller forest of Pench. As I entered Madhya Pradesh via Maharashtra (by road from Nagpur), the scene around me totally changed. The highways were no more dull green and brown (in the 46 degree summer heat) but were flanked with tall green and yellowish forest trees on either sides. It was almost a green carpet welcome! After a very comfortable journey along the highway, we checked into our simple yet a very decent resort in Seoni. And post freshening up, begun our excitement, our journey that become one of my most memorable safaris so far in my life!
From amazing birds who patiently waited for a click, to peacocks who kept dancing with excitement, and not to mention tigers (a mother and daughter) who kept playing with each other with completely bonding and love, and let us paparazzi click them for a good 20 patient minutes, the experience was as thrilling as it could get! Even though it was hot summer, the forest ensured we din’t face the heat (literally)! The silence of the forests, the identification of the sound of birds and animals and some warm moments with your colleagues in a safari – is what defines this amazing experience as magical.
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