As night fell, our little home for the night was under million stars strewn over the clear sky complimented by the cacophony of nocturnal birds and insects. A small camp fire was set up to keep us warm while our guides had tales to tell from their thirty years of association with the forests, which has now become an integral part of their lives. Now and then we could hear elephants close enough to scare us and a harmless porcupine cared to pay us a visit at the campsite.
I am not early raiser but chilly breeze that filled the tent and harmonious chirping of early birds forced me out of sleep. We sat down sipping coffee in our tiny Island soaking in the calm and serene landscape covered in thick mist.
We spent rest of the day hiking ,taking different routes through the jungle. Gaur (also called the Indian Bison), elephants,wild boars, red mongoose, bear and Sambar deer were our major sightings.Of all the encounters we had, one with a massive Gaur and another with a lone Tusker were unbelievably thrilling. As we slowly began to wade through a patch of tall grass, mostly hoping to sight a big cat, all of a sudden we came across a Gaur grazing in the sun. He sure did not like the intruders but he let us stay for a while before retracing our path.What a strong and massive being!