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The tale of 3 tails. On a hot summer's morning, when the mercury soars and the leaves burn, a family of 3 played in the perennial stream at Jamni, where dwell the hardy Gaur and the elegant chital, those fine specimens from our central Indian woods. As the morning progressed and the heat took its firm hold on the land, the family emerged from the nallah and made their way toward a lovely spot in the bamboo canopy, their safe haven where they have spent many a hot summer's afternoon. Water droplets made beautiful shapes in the scorching air as their winsome tails danced merrily in the enchanting Indian bush. The burnt grasses in the background add to the summery feel. An abstract image made in the May of 2017. (In frame, Choti Tara, Chota Matka and the late Tarachand). Central India. .. #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #nagpur #india #african_portraits #bengaltiger #tadoba @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination

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Feel the terror l pardus v tigris. Mortal fear gripped the leopard, its eyes scared and anxious, its countenance grim and grave. The old leaves of the Saal, for the winter was yet to rip them off of the tree, sheltered the dappled cat ever so beautifully but outside its home, the rain fell dark and slow. As an eerie chill penetrated the land, a gigantic rumble of thunder shook us all. We could see panic and terror shine across the leopard’s eyes as the lightning that accompanied the growing storm lit the fabled jungle for a brief interlude. In the momentary brilliance, shone eyes of another cat in the undergrowth, much larger than the leopard’s. A blood curdling ‘aaaaorgghh’ echoed across the woods just then, and the leopard’s growing trepidation was palpable. A gigantic male tiger sat in the bushes looking up at the leopard. The story of these two iconic cats shall never be erased from my mind! What do you think happened next? .. Central India. .. #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination

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A juvenile leopard curiously looks down toward a chital herd grazing in the grass that lay ahead. His nimbleness when standing on the trunk's edge (look how delicately his feet cross helping him balance on the precipice 20 feet from the ground), his lithe and supple form dancing with the wind, his camouflage against the bark when he wanted to, oh what an incredible animal this is! Guess the national park. I shall announce the name in 24 hours. :D (Highly cropped and this was shot on 1200 D with 55-250 in 2012 when i was just beginning photography, so excuse the noise). Central India. .. #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination

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Tigers of the rain | Tadoba. Sonam and her cub from the first litter sashay down the Mohurli main road as heavy rains lash upon Tadoba. This was just 500 meters from the gate (where we were having chai poha and enjoying the rains) but upon hearing sambhar alarm calls from the Mohurli gate, we decided to enter the park (during safari hours) and were privileged to get this memorable sight! September 2016 (the year when the core was open during the monsoon months too). .. #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination

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A prince renounced all worldly pleasures & his entire kingdom and walked the lonely and torturous path to asceticism. The world now knows him as Buddha. A brilliant man in his twenties was kicked out of a billion-dollar company that he founded and developed, yet he persisted against all odds and built another company of his own, which later was bought back by the original company he founded. Generations shall lovingly call his name, Jobs. Steve Jobs. A short-haired girl threw caution to the winds (pun intended), stood against patriarchy and social taboos, and became the first female aviator to cross the Atlantic and in turn paving the way for a revolution. History shall remember her as Amelia Earhart. There are countless other stories like these, each one more inspiring than the other. All these great stories started with a 'Leap of Faith', a step into the unknown, a dash into the unexplored! Just like this brave wildebeest, who, with thousands standing behind him and yet unable to muster the courage to jump, dived into the crocodile-infested and very dangerous waters of the Mara. Be like the wildebeest, be like the brave men and women before us. Leave behind your old self and take a leap of faith into the unknown, you will surely find out what you are truly capable of becoming. Always have faith, folks. You will either land somewhere new or at least learn to fly. ;) .. #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #masaimara #serengeti @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tanzania #kenya #luxurydestination

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‘You will become whatever you believe you’ll become’. No other animal exemplifies this more than the lion. From a puny cub frolicking in the great grass meadows of the African savannah to becoming the massive creature which dominates the land like none other, the lion is the true embodiment of primeval power, grace and dominance. Be like the lion. Fear less, live more. Worry less, do more. Talk less, act more. Happy World 🦁 Day, folks! 🙏🏻 .. Here’s Simba, a few weeks’ old cub from the Keekorok pride walking with such intent that he knows very soon he shall be King of all he surveys! #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination

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I am legend | Pench 2019. May 2008, a harsh central Indian summer. Murmurs of a tigress having given birth to three newborns spread through the parched land and leafless Saag trees of Pench. A few weeks later, the cubs meet with an unfortunate end owing to pneumonia. New mothers usually lose their first litter, thanks to inexperience. Over the next 8 years, through sizzling hot summers and frigid winters, the tigress grew in stature and experience. An astute mother and a thinking tiger, she, along with at least 3 different males (T-30, Chota male and Raiyakassa), gave birth to 6 additional litters and a staggering 23 more cubs, taking her tally to a whopping 26! This was hitherto unrecorded and unheard of and 'Mataram' or 'Collarwali' (she was collared for internal tracking purposes by the forest department which fell off in 2016) as she is fondly known went on to make a permanent mark on the white sands of Pench. Her legend was growing.. While most experts had proclaimed that the 13-year-old tigress won't litter further, in an unexpected and incredible turn of events in the winter of 2018-19, she was sighted with her 8th litter, taking the total number of cubs given birth to by her to 30! This is a world record, by all means, a herculean feat which shall be darned difficult to beat! I hope the cubs and the mother are doing wonderfully well in the rains and shall entrance us all as October comes. 53 days to go... #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination

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~ The vanishing pugmarks ~ That morning, two subadult cubs played in the thick grass adjoining a quaint little jungle path, frequented by chital and sambhar, as they crossed for water. As the innocent cubs frolicked and gamboled without a care in the world, a big male tiger, apparently their father, appeared out of nowhere! They greeted each other, played for a brief moment on his gigantic back before he roared back at them as if to say, 'goodbye'! He moved toward the jungle path where ambled a nonchalant chital, but the sight of the tiger made it disappear far away into the bush! The tiger walked and walked and we followed him, keeping a safe distance such that he never got bothered by our presence, till he finally reached a fork in the road, from where a boulder-strewn byway leads the animal into a dense thicket of bamboo and beyond, where man and car cannot possibly reach. I never saw him again and i guess the cubs did not either. Over the next few days and weeks, he kept moving through the massive jungles all around his area, and whispers of a new male wandering in scrub forests and near farm lands started to emerge. In these ancient forests, where the tribal still respects nature and treats the tiger with utmost reverence, news can spread like wildfire. Thus, another male tiger was swallowed by Nature's fundamental law that tigers have to wander, have to keep conquering new territories. There are hundreds of male tigers like him, who, in the search for greener pastures, so to speak, wander and wander and inadvertently reach human habitation or degraded forests where their survival is always jeopardized. Habitat loss and lack of proper movement corridors for tigers is the chief reason behind them perishing. What can we, as a common man who loves the jungle, do to avert this unfortunate loss? #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend

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Emotions are running high as I pen this post, for the scenes that unfolded on that morning warrant a separate chapter in my understanding of this glorious creature, the Tiger. Here’s what happened, my dear reader: Maya, mother to the two cubs, had left them in hiding and gone to fetch food, for the cubs were growing and needed a lot of meat. While she went missing for almost two days and as the cubs got anxious and weary, a male tiger entered their territory, a male who’d do anything to win mating rights with Maya (which meant killing these cubs as that’s how tigresses come back in heat). Tigers have a keen sense of smell (thanks to the interplay of pheromones) and thus, the new male was inching closer and closer to where the cubs were hiding. It was intense, it was serious, and even the thick winter’s mist felt the tension as it refused to lift itself from its earthly abode. As the dawn progressed into a fine morning, the new male approached the cubs with an intent and just then, like the proverbial messiah, entered Matka the legend. Father to these two cubs with Maya (but also father to the new male with Choti Tara), he escorted Maya’s cubs to safety. The new male had to check his advances due to the presence of his father but also a bigger and more experienced male, and a great tragedy was averted that morning in the hallowed battleground of Pandharpauni. Seeing Matka lead his children across the eerie Navegaon road as history was written in the red sands of Tadoba made us all shiver, not with the severe cold but with a warm teardrop trickling down our faces. It was joy, it was tiger behavior at its most extraordinary. The story shall continue, mine as well as Pandharpauni’s in the days to come.. .. .. #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial

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The jewel of Central 🇮🇳 | Panna 🐅. Deep inside the great wilderness of India's Madhya Pradesh, on a dry river bed in the peak Indian summer, alongside a tract of Dhonk trees that reminds one of Ranthambhore, saunters something big in black and orange. The shape grows in size as it moves toward the last remaining pool of water, for the afternoon is hot and the summer is intense. A distant langoor cackles noisily as the tiger drinks to his heart's content. The great success story of Panna has just manifested itself in its most glamorous avatar. A decade ago, Panna's tiger population was on the brink of extinction. As hopes fell and pessimism crept on the scene, one of India's greatest wildlife conservation stories took place. Tigers were carefully relocated from Tiger dense jungles from the central Indian landscape to Panna. Careful monitoring and regular tracking ensured their numbers rose slow and steady. Today, Panna boasts of an extremely healthy population of the Royal Bengal Tiger and the second/third generation of these new tigers are giving great sightings. A brilliant leopard population keeps the thrill of the safari at an all time high! With mesmerizing, surreal landscapes and almost no tourist vehicles, Panna is a dream! I’m leading a few expeditions to this beautiful forest next season, dm me to know more! :) Special thanks for the frames to Mr Abhinav Pandey (owner of Camp Panna resort and a good friend of mine) for this! :) .. #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination

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Tigers have the largest canines of all big cat species ranging in size from 6.4 to 7.6 centimeters (2.5 to 3.0 in) in length. The canines have abundant pressure-sensing nerves that enable the tiger to identify the location needed to sever the neck of its prey. The back teeth of the tiger are called carnassials which enables the tiger to shear meat from their prey like knife blades. They swallow large-sheared pieces of meat whole. Tigers are capable of penetrating deeply into their prey because of the large gap between the carnassials (back teeth) and the canines and similarly the gap between the canines and the incisors. The small incisors located in the front of the mouth (between the two top and bottom canines) enable the tiger to pick off meat and feathers from their prey. Interestingly, tigers are born toothless! 😄 Also, do zoom in and see the saliva 💧 midair, that’s the tiger’s way of maintaining body temperature when it’s 45 degrees C plus during the summer in Ranthambhore (& similar forests). .. Image: Ladli (T-8), pictured here nursing her young litter comprising of Jai and Veeru, who have now gone on to become massive male tigers ruling Kundal and adjoining areas of Ranthambhore’s Zone 6. #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination

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Today is my Tiger Day, each day is my Tiger Day. .. ~ The law of balance, ironically nature's eternal conundrum ~ Nature per se, if left untouched and undisturbed, always multiplies with gay abandon. From every little organism to each blade of grass to the last dewdrop trickling down to the soil on a winter's morning, everything is in equilibrium, in perfect balance and harmony. Life and death happen in equal measure keeping the great law of the universe intact. But, once we move away from this Utopian world, reality strikes. Nature is being torn apart by man's greed and avarice, to propel mankind toward greater and greater heights, all at the cost of Nature. And yet, all is not lost. As long as the tiger lives, our great forests survive. It is the tiger, the most glorious incarnation of Nature's evolution, that shall bind the rivers to the jungle and the jungle to the rivers. It is water and tree, tree and water, simple. As long as the tiger lives, love and efforts shall be put toward conservation and preservation, and eventually restoration. The charisma and magnetism of the tiger shall compel us all to save it, and by effect, Nature. For the tiger cannot survive without large and undisturbed forests, lots of water and natural prey. Five thousand years ago, when the greatest story ever witnessed by man happened, a wise old sage said, 'निर्वनो वध्यते व्याघ्रो निर्व्याघ्रं छिद्यते वनम् । तस्माद्व्याघ्रो वनं रक्षेद्वनं व्याघ्रं च पालयेत् ॥' (The tiger dies without the forest, and similarly, the forest is cut down without the tiger. The tiger should protect the forest, and the forest should defend the tiger.) - the Mahabharata If we knew this five thousand years ago, we surely know it now. Thus, my dear reader, it is 'Save the tiger', which is nothing but 'Save the forest' and well, 'Save mankind'. (An art image for spreading the message; for the tiger, water and forest are all in perfect harmony with each other!) .. @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers

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Nostalgic evenings with the Grassland-wali and her first litter. The light was dying, the slant rays of the setting sun creating magical shapes and beautiful colours. Darkness would soon creep over India's most storied reserve, and Dhikala would plunge into mystery and wonder. We were fast running out of time and those who know of Dhikala swear by the fabled magic it holds, the incredible surprises it throws at you. We had to leave Thandi Sadak in five minutes to return to camp, when, at the last light, sambhar calls echoed across the land, originating from the great Saal forest overlooking the grassland. The tigress, who hadn't budged an inch the entire day, was on the move... It was madness, it was Dhikala!! (to be continued..) Corbett 2015. .. #artfornature (In frame, Mahaman male cub from May 2019). #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia ##savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination #traveldestinations_ig #traveldestination

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An overcast night gave way to a cloudy morning, the sullen and gloomy kind that you associate with melancholy. The usual magic of a central Indian dawn was missing, for the myriad of animals and birds that inhabit this iconic land were quiet, dormant. The leaves were still and the jungle air was uncannily quiet. We persisted, for in our great jungles, magic can happen anytime, anywhere. Just as time was running out faster than our hopes, far, far away in the distance, on an ancient hill that overlooks the perennial Pench river, called a langur. Dear reader, an alarm call on that quiet morning was the sweetest thing to our ears. Onward rumbled our gypsy, up and over the hill, where, just as the heavens cleared, a leopard cub sat basking on a damp boulder. Beautiful golden light draped the cat in joy and glory. Magic did happen. Magic always happens. Just keep standing, keep hoping. Always.💛 #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia ##savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography yourdailytraveldose #wanderlust #adventureseeker #doyoutravel #exploremore #goexplore #openmyworld #wonderfulplaces #adventurethatislife #lovetotravel #roamtheplanet #tblogger #thattravelblog #travellifestyle #travelpreneur #digitalnomad #digitalnomads

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Love in the bokeh | Masai Mara, June '17. Dawn arrived on the great plains shimmering the famed inhabitants with glorious light of the June sun. On the edge of the world's greatest wilderness, our landcruiser rumbled to an early start, for catching the first light was of profound importance. We made our way through the storied savannah straight to where the Sarova pride usually assemble after a busy night out in the gigantic plains and there they were! Half a dozen lionesses and more than 15 cubs of dissimilar ages were enjoying the magnificence that the long rains had left behind - frolicking and playing in the short grass with gay abandon! What a magical sight it was to see these barely weeks' old cubs share this tender touch of love and affection. Masai Mara has got me hooked and how! wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #lion #masaimara #africa #kenya @kenya #luxurydestination

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Our beautiful national bird dazzles on a golden morning in the enthralling Kanha meadows, as the first of the monsoon rains showers its blessings upon the land, the kingdom of Neelam, the beautiful. (She was right there in the grass behind the peacock and i hoped to make an image with her in the background, but could not! Next time!). #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #yourbestbirds #bestpic #wildlifeconservation @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits

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Comment if you spotted it within the first 2 seconds! 👌🏼 #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination

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A territory in the making | KD male, Kanha. The 2-year old male tiger recently separated from his mother, walks along the enchanting Sal-laden road that connects Kisli to Mukki. It was nearing dusk and the tiger emerged from the darkening shadows, where he was probably resting the whole day. Flehmening almost continuously for over an hour, the young male, looking to make a mark and assert his dominance over one of Kisli's most prime areas, was wary of the presence of atleast one other male tiger. He does look spirited and neatly built and the monsoons shall decide his fate. I hope against hope, that like many promising young males who vanished in the dynamic and dangerous power struggle in these ancient woods, he does not. October, as always, shall tell a lot. #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination

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A ‘solo’ flash of death | Bandhavgarh | Summer 2019. At the crack of dawn, she struck! A flash of lightning and Solo was on top of the chital stag, who was grazing ever so merrily along with his flourishing harem in the great grasslands of Magadhi. While it took her hunting skills in prime but a few seconds to execute the kill to perfection, dragging the seventy kilos plus stag almost a kilometer along the meadows and across the jungle track required massive efforts on her part! At long last, she succeeded and got the kill to the cave, where she would soon be joined by her four little cubs. What a sensational morning that was and what a brilliant huntress Solo is! Thanks to Wasim for his wonderful driving, and to Niraj for help with the pp. 🙏🏻 #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination

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Two 3-month old tiny kittens run after each other as their mother, a certain tigress of iconic status, who’s given birth to an astounding 30 cubs till date, escorts them and two more of their siblings to a sambhar which she had just pulled down! Pench’s grandest landscape provided a fitting backdrop to the 8th family of this legendary mother. Please suggest me an apt caption for this image, which is going to be the cover of a wildlife magazine soon. I shall feature the best caption. :) Also, no marks for guessing the mother’s name! 😍 June 2019. #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination

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Littlest one from Ranthambhore's first family | March 2019. 2006. A harsh Rajasthani summer. The ancient Fort, which has seen dynasties rise and perish, both of the human and animal kind, overlooked as the grand matriarch, Machali, gave birth to her fourth and final litter, consisting of the feisty T17, spirited T18, and shy T19. Years went by and T19 moved far away from the fabled lake area which was her home and successfully raised her first litter, miles away from public attention. But, as fate and circumstances dictated, Machali shifted, the indomitable T17 disappeared and T18 was relocated to Sariska thus leaving the breathtaking banks of the Rajbaag and beyond for her to reclaim. Krishna (T19) had finally arrived on the grandest of the stages, for it is here, on these crocodile infested banks, that Ranthambhore's loftiest tales have been written. Krishna's rule had started, at the very place where many years earlier, her mother held sway with incomparable authority. In the spring of 2014, as summer beckoned, in a 4-cub litter to Krishna, was born Arrowhead, the gorgeous. Arrowhead's story, like her mother's and grandmother's before hers, has started on these epochal banks of the Rajbaag and after vanquishing her mother and sister (Lightning) from the lakes forever, has made it her home. While her first litter perished to greater forces of nature, she is taking utmost care and precaution in raising the second. Seen here is the 3 month-old future torchbearer of this most iconic of lineages, that of Machali, ruler of the lakes and tamer of males. Special thanks to Arvind ji 🙏🏻 #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia ##savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography yourdailytraveldose #wanderlust #adventureseeker #doyoutravel #exploremore #goexplore #openmyworld #wonderfulplaces #adventurethatislife #lovetotravel #roamtheplanet #tblogger #thattravelblog #travellifestyle #travelpreneur #digitalnomad #digitalnomads

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‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going.’ This tiger is special to me. Right from when she was an infant and playing with her legendary mother, the Patiha female, in the great meadows at Magadhi, to today, when she is the undisputed Queen of Bandhavgarh's most fabled tiger country, she's come a long, long way. Having lost an entire litter to a rampaging male recently and having had to fight atleast two different females, one of them who is her daughter, both vying for the iconic land that she rules, she’s having a hard time in those dark and dangerous woods! While this fight for water, breeding grounds and ample prey shall continue as the monsoon rains lash hard on the Sal woods below, she shall continue to reign, for this is her kingdom and her time has not come yet. The legend shall grow and the Sal woods at Andhyari will cry with baby sounds once again! The winter shall be exciting! Spot T female, Bandhavgarh | summer 2019. #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia ##savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography yourdailytraveldose #wanderlust #adventureseeker #doyoutravel #exploremore #goexplore #openmyworld #wonderfulplaces #adventurethatislife #lovetotravel #roamtheplanet #tblogger #thattravelblog #travellifestyle #travelpreneur #digitalnomad #digitalnomads

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Welcome to my grand theatre, the kingdom of dreams.. Where every single day, life fights death and hope challenges despair.. And in this battle that ebbs and flows across ages and millennia, stand tall a few actors worthy of an ode! Be it the burning sun or be it the dark monsoon rain, the clever leopard always lurks slyly in the bush, for he fears the tiger and knows not to come in his way! Be it the dreamy mist of the harsh winter’s morning or a parched and lifeless summer’s afternoon, the dhole always stays together, for it knows it is the pack or nothing. Be it a high hill or a deep and dark vale, the (sloth) bear carries on with his doleful ways. But, threaten not the simple bear, for a cornered bear can defeat even the tiger without a care! Be it the gorgeous dawn or the melancholic dusk, when hoots the Owl and cries the last Fowl, the tiger always grabs the spotlight, for it knows it is the true king and ruler of all that he surveys! Welcome to my kingdom of dreams, where the four great foes live together to create the greatest theatre on the planet, my beautiful jungle! The kingdom of dreams is yours and mine. #artfornature (In frame, Mahaman male cub from May 2019). #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia ##savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination #traveldestinations_ig #traveldestination

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Tiger in the dark shot on ISO 102600 | Bandhavgarh. A lone Nightjar called, for night had fallen faster than expected. Warm and sultry was the air, no leaf moved, no blade of grass swayed. The jungle lay motionless, and the proverbial ‘calm before the storm’ manifested itself across the land. As it got pitch dark and we started on our way back to the resort, the corner of my eyes sensed something massive move in the bushes to our left, beyond the bridge that separates Magadhi from Khitauli. As we stopped, with bated breath and a rising heartbeat, a humongous form emerged from the grass. Bandhavgarh’s biggest tiger, the old warrior with a slashed nose and eyes that evoke fear and raw power, ambled towards us! ‘Bheem’, a fitting ode to the mythical character from the Mahabharat, walked like a Ghost that night as our shutters and sensors screamed in agony thanks to the complete absence of light! (For me, the grainy and dark image makes the feel and thrill that we experienced, complete). #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia ##savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination #traveldestinations_ig #traveldestination

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Not a single deer grazed in the verdant meadows around the Tadoba lake, no sambhar browsed on the dew-laden foliage which the first rains gift the jungle with and all langur stay put on the high branches. Tadoba lake wore a deserted look and we knew why! On the second last bend before the lake waters lap into the shrine dedicated to the Tadoba deity, sat this young and handsome prince, the king-in-waiting! It was a road block like no other! Male subadult of Maya | Tadoba 2019. #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination #traveldestinations_ig #traveldestination

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The thrills when your favourite wild cat who’s supposedly shy and very elusive comes and sits 3 feet from your gypsy and doesn’t move an inch!! We’re planning on spending this New Year’s in the heart of Nagzira at the forest lodge, with leopards for company! Hit me up! Thanks a ton @wildlife_unplugged for this! 🙏🏻 Nagzira WLS | Winter 2017. --- #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia ##savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination #traveldestinations_ig #traveldestination

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A sleuth of nervous sloth bears hurriedly crossing a dusty forest path on a warm summer’s morning! What might have been the reason of their haste & anxiety? Bandhavgarh | Summer 2019. --- #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia ##savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination #traveldestinations_ig #traveldestination

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We saw Solo just as we entered Sehra, sitting under an old Sal tree where she's spent many a hot summer's afternoon, just like her mother. Ever since she's taken over this prime territory after vanquishing her mother, Sehra has been her favourite hunting ground, for the chital and sambhar always abound in these grasslands, where food and water is plenty. She kept a keen watch on a chital herd which grazed nearby, for at sundown, she would go for one of them, having had no food in two days and with four young cubs to feed! We waited and waited but nothing happened! Finally, a few minutes before dusk, she yawned and got up, her feline form gracing the meadow under the setting sun! Just as she was walking, something very unexpected happened! Without any indication, within a fraction of a second, she jumped fifteen feet on a nearby tree trying to catch a langur which was constantly cackling! The langur narrowly escaped but what a massive fright it must have been! The one hundred and fifty kilogram tiger could move up no further, for these Big Cats are not meant to climb trees, owing to a large, bulky form and a short tail (unlike the leopard). The tiger clung on to the branches for a few seconds before leaping on the ground and continuing her evening activities. That night, she did kill a chital, not one but two! The legacy of Rajbehra is being kept alive and strong by this feisty tigress, the current Queen of the perennial grasslands at Sehra and beyond. Bandhavgarh | Summer 2019. --- #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia ##savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination #traveldestinations_ig #traveldestination

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Many many years back, made on a Cybershot | Tadoba, from the archives. I still vividly remember that morning, probably the hottest in my living memory. It was an uncharacteristically hot summer even by Tadoba standards and all waterholes but one (in her territory) had dried up. At the start of the safari, we had seen 5 sets of pugmarks on the road which skirted the waterbody on the right and a huge patch of bamboo on the left. The pugmarks had disappeared on the left and we knew, no matter how late, that they would cross the road toward the right, and to water! At long last, in the blistering heat of the afternoon, as we were drenched in sweat with boils and blisters all over our skin, the female and her 4 tiny cubs appeared! All troubles were forgotten for the sight was a treat to our sore and burnt eyes! I won’t forget that morning for ages! #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia ##savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination #traveldestinations_ig #traveldestination

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When 600 pounds of raw muscle and brute strength walks straight towards you! Tadoba, 2017, from the archives. #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia ##savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination #traveldestinations_ig #traveldestination

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'Honey, go on! I have your back.' Tadoba '16 | from the archives. The last dewdrop from the winter's night meandered toward the earth below just as the sun peeped at us through the teak canopy. The red earth glistened with the early morning's slant rays, earth that bore traces of 4 feline paw marks. Half a kilometer of those paw marks led us to a sudden bend on the road where they disappeared. Their owners had entered the bush! We waited and waited for any signs of movement when at long last, the bush closest to us started moving. Out came the mother and her 3 beautiful young ones! Here's one of them sharing a lovely moment with the mother! Any guesses who the mother is? 😉 #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia ##savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination #traveldestinations_ig #traveldestination

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The stalking cub from the land of Bamera the great | Three summers back. An ancient labyrinth of forest paths and pugdundees led us deeper into the woods, to a patch of tall Sal. A beautiful meadow surrounded the Sal where played the fabulous four from the last great Rajbehra family. The rains that followed was the last we ever saw of these cubs, as the dangerous and dynamic jungles and the ever so porous buffers swallowed them forever. Two years later, their legendary mother, the matriarch, Rajbehra passed away. Her daughter from the first litter, SOLO, is currently keeping the fabled legacy of Rajbehra alive.. Many stories of SOLO from this summer coming up.. #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia ##savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination #traveldestinations_ig #traveldestination

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The one-eyed legend | Pench. Ten long years, through the harsh winters and the scorching summers, our very own Scarface has ruled a vast area in the heart of Pench. Ravaged by many a fight and scarred by the brutal forces of nature, he has survived against all odds. Having lost an eye and a part of his nose and the many scars on his battle-worn face bearing testimony to the great wars that he has fought, this incredible male leopard has lived through the times and in the territory of, of two legendary tigresses - Collarwali and Langdi. And even after so many battles, this indomitable leopard stands tall amidst the leafless trees in this harsh and unforgiving landscape! The wilds are for the tough, for only the fittest survive! I bow to this absolute legend, ruling with an eye and a heart full of spirit and fight! (This image is from April 2019 but i saw him today morning compelling me to relive this sighting.) #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #dslrofficial #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination #traveldestinations_ig #traveldestination

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Rajbehra male cub, Bandhavgarh. Another old favourite of mine.. ‘And at times the puzzles fit in and the jigsaw's completed and the forest paths open up their vast treasures in front of you which you take in for a brief interlude and store it in the wise old cracks of your brain.’ #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #dslrofficial #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination #traveldestinations_ig #traveldestination

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My most cherished photograph and one of the most vivid memory of all time, re-processed with love. All thanks to @beyondwild 🙏🏻 #wildlifeconservation #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #dslrofficial #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination #traveldestinations_ig #traveldestination

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With sensuous feline grace she made her way through the labyrinthine pathways of Dhonk and many other hardy forest trees that house in the ancient and dry Aravallis. The grass around her rustled ominously, disturbing the sheer quiet while the early winter’s air carelessly carried the sound towards our distant ears. The rustling grew in intensity alarming a company of Sambar who browsed on the banks of the nallah and who soon after ran away into the depths. November always was special, for the Tiger and I. The winds brought freshness and calm, the forests breathed the purity of the heavens and the light spoke about divine intervention. Yes, November was special. The legendary tigress, wife to the estranged Ustad and mother to the mercurial Sultan and who had seen many highs and lows in her storied stay in India's most filmed national park, entered the water. It was here, many many winters ago, where I had first seen her as a young damsel, ready to take on the world! The cool waters rippled beneath her graceful frame as liquid gold filled our senses. Noor had made our evening, yet again. Ranthambhore. Image made on a @beyondwild Ranthambhore tour in 2016. #wildlifeconservation #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #dslrofficial #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination #traveldestinations_ig #traveldestination

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For me, one of the greatest tiger that ever lived! Do check out the unmistakable CAT mark on his forehead! The one & only, Munna. #wildlifeconservation #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #dslrofficial #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination #traveldestinations_ig #traveldestination

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The perennially wet sands of Rajbaag and the ancient windows of the Hunting Palace have seen Machhali rule the lake area with absolute authority, showing the world that true power is earned, not inherited. Years later, as time took a toll on the grand matriarch of Ranthambhore, whose time in this fabled forest had almost come to an end, her daughter, Krishna, took charge of one of the world’s most sought-after tiger territories, after a battle hard fought and fairly won. Krishna ruled with grace and aggression for a few years before her daughter, the gorgeous Arrowhead, during a monsoon that changed the course of her life, took charge of Rajbaag and around. The life of Arrowhead has been nothing short of a moving story, as she defeated her sister, Lightning, in a bloody battle which soiled the time-worn facade of the Jogi Mahal and crushed the ephemeral grass that grows around Choti Chatri, vanquished the very tiger who had raised and loved her for two years, mated with more than two males in heated sessions of love and lust, lost her new borns to inexperience and yet, managed to stay the unquestioned Queen of the lakes! Arrowhead’s time has come, and it will go, for all that rises shall surely fall, but for now, her ascendancy can even put the winter’s rising sun to shame. The kingdom is safe and her second litter continues to bring joy to the crocodile-infested shores of Rajbaag. The Queen | Ranthambhore | Summer 2019. #wildlifeconservation #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #dslrofficial #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination #traveldestinations_ig #traveldestination

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The male tiger. #wildlifeconservation #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #dslrofficial #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination #traveldestinations_ig #traveldestination

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The supreme king of the lakes | Tadoba. Many have come and gone, risen and fallen like the winter’s Saag leaves, but this tenacious boy persists! Not the strongest nor the most aggressive, he knows when to fight and when to retreat! Over the last half a decade or so, he’s ruled the iconic lake area in Tadoba with dominance and hunger, for only the fittest (not necessarily physically) survive in the ever dynamic and dangerous jungles of India! The legend, Matkasur. #wildlifeconservation #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #dslrofficial #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination #traveldestinations_ig #traveldestination

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The magic of dusk! #wildlifeconservation #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #dslrofficial #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination #traveldestinations_ig #traveldestination

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Arrowhead and her tiny ones! 😍 (This image was possible only due to the exemplary tracking skills of our guide and the incredible gypsy positioning of the driver! 🙏🏻) Ranthambhore | March 2019. #wildlifeconservation #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #dslrofficial #savenature #bestpic #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph #travelphotography #travelersnotebook #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits #bengaltiger #ranthambhore @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto #tiger #tigertiger #luxurydestination #traveldestinations_ig #traveldestination

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Clash of titans | Tadoba. The Gaur took almost an hour to come to water, for it’s only real enemy stood in the way. The Tiger was wary too, for Gaurs can seriously maim a tiger. All ended well for both the animals but those few tense minutes was thrilling! What an exciting evening at Pandharpauni! #wildlifeconservation #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #dslrofficial #worldpics #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph @canon_photos #catsoninsta #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits @africageo @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto

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Umarpani male | Mukki, summer 2019. I’ve had the good fortune of seeing more than 500 individual tigers till date but he remains the most massive one i’ve laid my eyes upon! Destroyer of rivals and a true giant, seeing this elusive ‘Ghost of Mukki’ is a sight to behold! After three hours of tracking him through half his territory (200 sq kms) and following a lot of calculations regarding the road he might take, we finally got him walking towards us! Single jeep, the Ghost, morning light and magic! #wildlifeconservation #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #dslrofficial #worldpics #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph @canon_photos #catsoninsta #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits @africageo @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto

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The ancient Saal is resplendent with fresh, vibrant foliage. Birds from the hot and humid south have migrated over months to finally reach their summer oasis. Mahua is blooming across the land, its surreal aroma sending one into a dreamland. The tigers are roaming with gay abandon, for prey is plentiful and monsoon is fast approaching! Oh, what a time to be amidst a heaven called Kanha! :) In pic: Junior Bajrang from a few days back. #wildlifeconservation #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #dslrofficial #worldpics #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph @canon_photos #catsoninsta #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits @africageo @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto

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Junior Bajrang, son of Bajrang and Neelam | Kanha, March 2019. For twelve hours that day, every deer which entered the vast and supremely dense lantana thicket on the road leading toward the Kanha meadows from the Ghodachapar side and which skirts a gorgeous growth of Saal, came out startled and nervous! They could sense a tiger, feel it, yet couldn’t get him in sight! For these many herbivores, this is the most dangerous scenario, for there’s always a degree of doubt! We knew, a tiger slept peacefully in the cool Lantana and that it would come out at sundown! Finally, he did and started his evening walk across the glorious Kanha meadows drenched in pure, orange light from the setting sun! What a scene! (Looking at his paw size, we couldn’t help but marvel at this unique creation of Nature!). #wildlifeconservation #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #dslrofficial #worldpics #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph @canon_photos #catsoninsta #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits @africageo @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto

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A very big male tiger, who rules this part of the forest, emerged from a massive tract of Saal, the one that has been growing since two centuries. Initially, a tiny speck of orange, it slowly transformed into a two hundred and fifty kilos plus beast. And yet, the tiger looked ever so small and diminutive in the grand woods of Saal, ambling along without a care in the world! He knew not of the excessive adulation and adoration, nor of the rat race of life. His life was simple, living in the present as good as he could! Be like the tiger. Be like the big, male tiger. Be like the ancient woods, giving and humble, for the years have only made them wiser. (Using the 18-200 in place of the 500 prime was a tough choice!). #wildlifeconservation #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #dslrofficial #worldpics #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph @canon_photos #catsoninsta #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits @africageo @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto

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Eyes. A portrait of one of the most beautiful tigress I have seen. Choti Mada | Kanha 2019. #wildlifeconservation #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #dslrofficial #worldpics #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph @canon_photos #catsoninsta #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits @africageo @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto

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An evening cat at dusk | Pench. Orange filled our eyes with ecstasy, a bee flew its flight of fancy across the vivid sea of orange, the last sambhar skittered off into the darkening woods and the first owl of the night hooted. Dusk, my absolute favourite time in the forests dawned dark and eerie upon us. A striped orange object woke up from its deep slumber and became one with the molten gold. Night crept upon the land and we left Baras to do her nightly patrol! The orange would haunt me for ages, for its brilliance, albeit momentarily, even outshone the Sun! #wildlifephotography #wildlifeconservation #tiger #bigcats #savethetiger #discovery #wildlifeindia #wildlifeonearth #animalovers #animalelite @natgeoyourshot @discovery #india #incredibleindia #tigersafari #wildindia

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For over three hours that hot, hot summer’s afternoon, Baras lounged in her favourite water. Gypsies came and went but the resting cat didn’t bother. Water was her only respite from the burning heat. But, as evening fell and all jeeps left and a gentle breeze started blowing from over the dense woods of Garadi, she woke up from her chosen spot. Shaking the water from her fur and loosening the cramped muscles, Baras started her evening patrol. Just before leaving, she gave us this look. Magic of the evening! #wildlifeconservation #wildlife_vision #wildlifephotography #photographyofindia #dslrofficial #worldpics #wildlifephotographer #savetheearth @natgeo @nature.geography @dslrofficial @colourful_world_pictures @shutterhub.india #picoftheday #storiesofindia @top_macro @save.big.cats @sanctuaryasia @officialwph @canon_photos #catsoninsta #catsonly @wildlifefriend @savewildtigers @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial @pictures.of.india #wildlife_seekers #wildlifeconservation #wildlifeshots #lionking #lion #africa #african_portraits @africageo @african_portraits #earthcapture #topindianphoto