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When I visited India for the first time I began exploring Delhi before working my way around to Ranthambore, Bandhavgarh, Panna and Kanha National Parks. Throughout the trip I was lucky enough to see 6 tigers and even a leopard! The leopard sighting was amazing, he was just peering through the bushes before decided to run out and cross the track behind my game vehicle! Two of the tiger sightings stand out in my memory, although they were all great. One is of the Magdi cubs in Bandhavgarh National Park. These were a brother and sister who appeared out of the trees at the side of the track; we had been eagerly waiting in the area after hearing the alarm calls of nearby monkeys. There was only one other game vehicle present, and we all watched in excitement as they took their time crossing over the track, not bothered by us in the slightest. To see two tigers at the same time was more than I had hoped for! However the next day we did receive news that the brother cub had been killed overnight by the dominant male in the area. Although sad news, it was a 'natural' death and I was glad it had nothing to do with poachers.

The other sighting was of the tigeress Umarpani at Kanha National Park. She was thought to have made a small kill, eating quickly before returning to her cubs which were hidden away in the forest. Although I didn't see the kill, I had an excellent view of her walking towards the game vehicle before disappearing into the undergrowth. Have a look at my updated wildlife gallery for images of all three tigers, and keep an eye out for more of my blog entries where I will be describing more about the national parks.