Tiger, Jim Corbett National Park, India by Souvik Kundu

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The high banks of Ramganga river, which bisects the Dhikala range of Jim Corbett National Park, is one of most spectacular and breath attacking tiger habitats in the World. Every spring, the river banks turn into profusions of purple, white and green from blooming of flowers in the wild mint, lantana and myriad other shrubs.

On this particular day, we found the tigress named as “Grassland waali” (i.e. tigress residing in the grasslands) resting in the Ramganga river to escape from the midday heat. After rejuvenating in the cool river water, she climbed up the high bank for scent marking along the Sambhar Road, where all the safari vehicles were parked. To maintain distance from the vehicles, she decided to walk through the bed of wild mint shrubs next to the safari track. By virtue of the foresight of our driver and good fortune, our vehicle was positioned perfectly to capture her movement through the sea of glistening purple flowers head on.

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