The mist clears slowly as our jeep winds its way along a jungle trail. Every turn has the possibility of a revelation.
Cries of different creatures fill the air, but their location remains a mystery. Suddenly a tiny owlet appears in a hole in a gigantic tree. It seems completely oblivious to our presence – strangers who have suddenly appeared in its world.
The jeep stops and all seems suddenly quiet. After a short while, the sounds of the jungle become clearer and louder, more distinguishable and intoxicating. Suddenly we hear a loud and painful roar echoing from the cliff overhead. We learn that a couple of leopards are mating somewhere close by amongst the thick and impenetrable vegetation. We cannot see them, but we know they are there. The female’s roar gave away their presence.
Photography by: Tony Sernack
We sit still and wonder for a moment about the number of creatures that inhabit this jungle and go largely about their lives unobserved; presumably oblivious to their beauty, our desire to see them and how much they mean to their own ecosystem and nature as a whole.
As we continue driving, we come across a herd of Spotted Deer, suddenly alert and on guard when they hear the warning call of the Langur monkeys. Is there a tiger nearby? Will we be able to see it too? As exciting the prospect, we realise that whether we see one or not it is not really important. We are not here to tick a box! For that, we can go to the zoo and get closer to a tiger than it would ever be possible in the wild.
We are here to experience their unique world and understand it a little better with the help of our very experienced naturalist.
“When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.”
George Bernard Shaw
Why should you visit India?
India is a colourful world of wild jungles and rainforests, exotic animals and vast deserts, sacred rivers and ancient beliefs. Its people are engaging, its food appreciated everywhere in the world and its art and history amongst the oldest on Earth.
India is truly unique, chaotic and thoroughly intoxicating, but its exploration requires masterful planning, knowledge and experience.
If you are considering a journey through the wonders of the subcontinent, get in touch with Nomads Secrets and I will personally create a truly unforgettable tailored made adventure just for you that will showcase the best India has to offer to the curious traveller!