Bandhavgarh Travel Blog› entry 9 of 10 › view all entries
We have a full day today to enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the park, making the most of this spectacular wilderness and hopefully spotting some of the 50 or so tigers that have been recorded here. There is little chance of us spotting any of the rare white tigers as one has not been seen here for over 50 years, when the then Maharajah captured an orphaned cub in the Bagri Forest. This magnificent animal, who the Maharajah christened Mohan, went on to sire a number of offspring, who found their way to zoos and circuses the world over.
It is believed that all the white tigers now in captivity are direct descendants of Mohan, seemingly the last of his kind in the wild. After our morning drive there will be some free time to perhaps enjoy an optional bird watching walk with a local guide, before we resume our game drives later this afternoon.
The park is a paradise for bird lovers, with Malabar hornbills, bee-eaters, paradise flycatchers and steppe eagles amongst the diverse array of birdlife that make this isolated park their home. This evening there is an optional slide show for those of us interested at the naturalist guide’s home.
Our next destination is Varanasi by overnight train. We here as we leave the park by road that a bomb has gone off in Varanasi at the train station. We push on as frantic phone calls to consulates,agents and police are made to see if it is safe to continue. The FCO's advice is to continue with care so we make it to the station and board a much less crowded train than we anticipated.