In Bandhavgarh one morning, we found a tigress and her four cubs in the grass. There was not a great view as the grass was tall; they had a sambar deer kill that they had mostly finished and were playing with. The cubs were about 18 months old and quite large. It was interesting to see so many tigers in one place at one time, even though glimpses were mostly what I was able to get. Here are a few shots:
One of the "officers" got on our jeep for awhile - we were one of about 2-3 jeeps not trying to interfere with the tigers and trying to give them space. The tigers did find a place to cross the road finally, and then the officers took off towards the jeeps and my guide told me we had to leave because they were going to cite all the jeeps/drivers/rangers there for not following the rules. I have no idea if this was true - they had radios but no paper or pen to record anything - but we got out of there. The tigers had crossed and gone up on some rocks and I would have loved to be able to sit and see them but we had to move on and I was never really clear why - but I did get ONE shot of one of the cubs on a rock - I wish I could have gotten more as there was a moment with all 5 tigers in the sun on a rock - but the jeep was moving and I couldn't get it.
I hated the human melee to see these tigers. I will be interested to see how the Indian Supreme Court comes down on outstanding wildlife tourism issues next month. As a result of last year's case, the number of vehicles was cut in half - so only half the jeeps could be in the park vs. last year. If the number I saw was half, I am so glad I never went when it was twice that! I would not, NOT want to be in a park when there are more vehicles!! I had a hard time handling the number, and especially the attitude, of the jeeps in Bandhavgarh.