For a bit of nature, peace and the chance of seeing a tiger (without an audience), make your way to the lesser-explored Sanjay-Dubri National Park in Madhya Pradesh
Words & Photographs PARTH JHA
I have been photographing tigers and wildlife habitats for 10 years now. Being a nature and wildlife enthusiast, it isn’t always easy to find a place that is blessed with exceptional biodiversity but also not completely overrun by tourists.
India has many tiger reserves, but reality hits you once you start planning a trip to one of these places. Safaris at Bandhavgarh National Park, for example, get booked months in advance and an impromptu jungle trip is just not possible. This holds true for almost every mainstream tiger reserve in the country. You might find a tiger, but you won’t find tranquillity.
So, in search of a combination of tranquillity and nature, I started exploring lesser-known wildlife locations. This search led me to a forest nestled along the borders of Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh – the Sanjay-Dubri National Park. This place is the perfect blend of rich wildlife, unexplored jungles and authentic wildlife experience. Interestingly, Sanjay-Dubri is where the first white tiger in the world was discovered in 1951. All white Bengal tigers in the world are related to this very tiger, who came to be known as Mohan.