I could see the big cat in flight over the puddle such a huge body was effortlessly in the air with one giant thrust from his powerful hind legs. Male tigers weigh around two hundred and fifty kilos in Central India, and this one seemed to tip the scale. It is not only brute strength and power; paradoxically these cats are one of the most graceful creatures on Earth. In natural surroundings their beauty is incomparable. The male tiger was in company of a tigress uphill.
This was my most exciting encounter with tiger in the wild. If you ever visit Bandhavgarh National Park do envisage this story of mine your visit will be more fruitful. India is a tiger heaven and out does predator experience. Just make a visit. Land at Jabapur Airport and the taxi service will lead you to the tiger park. Approximate distance 170 km. Best road route Jabalpur - Kundam-Shahpura-Umaria-Tala Bandhavgarh.
Trip to BTR in those days where virtually free, but do not forget that the rupee was vary valuable in those days and because of bidi business we could afford this experience. This is a tribute to my uncle for upkeep of the whole expanded family in Jabalpur.