A tale of how we fell in love with the tigers of Bandhavgarh and the impact of one tiger in particular.
When we first decided to visit India to see tigers in the wild, we had never heard of Bandhavgarh in Madhya Pradesh. We were told it was the reserve with one of the highest density of tigers and would be the best place to visit. It has since gained a place in our hearts.
Someone once said you can divide your life into that time before you had seen a wild tiger and the time since: the impact is so great. We met our first tiger in Corbett’s in Uttaranchal on our very first morning and in the buffer zone: we barely had to leave the main road. But if that tigress was a defining moment in our lives, the reinforcement came in Bandhavgarh – a week and two overnight train journeys later - with the tiger we came to call our Beautiful Boy. Others know him these days as Bamera, the alpha-male, but to us he is still our Beautiful Boy of Bandhavgarh (BBoB).
As we entered the park on our first ...
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The bucket list continues through Peru, Bolivia and into Chile. We followed a fairly typical tourist route from Lima to Cusco and Machu Picch, then south to Puno on Lake Titicaca. We crossed into Bolivia, passed through La Paz and continued via Sucre into the salt flats around Uyuni. Thereafter, our itinery fell foul of unseasonal snows and we could not cross into Chile and San Pedro. However our diversion took us into Chile at the remote crossing at Ollague and down into the mining city of Calama - one of the driest places on earth.
It is a journey I suspect we shall never repeat, which leaves me sad: however unlike many, we have had the privilege of undertaking it, which makes me happy.
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In 2011 we went round the world. Three months of experience and adventure, culture and wildlife. These stories outline our journey, and the images are some of our favourites.
India, Australia, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil....
Our journey was two years in the planning. We tried to see if someone would organise it for us, for large parts would be journies into the unknown. In the end, we did it ourselves. Only we knew what we wanted it transpired, and the very act of researching and booking it all taught us more about ourselves and our journey. When we finally arrived almost anywhere, we felt fully prepared.
That having been said, some of the places we saw and some of the things we did can only be appreciated by the experience of being there.
Enjoy! We did.
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