In Mowgli's Seeonee, Tigers burn bright & Treehouses enchantSaturday, January 07, 2017
|Collarwali's cub, a 14 month old tigress at a watering hole in Pench National Park|
Pench Tree Lodge
|Collarwali, queen of Pench|
Collarwali and her cub, walking back into their territory
Kipling's Shere Khan gets all the bad rep but he was only trying to protect the forest and himself from humans. More than a century later, the rock star tigers of these jungles are still fighting the same battle. However, if you don't arrive at Pench with prior knowledge of Jungle Book, there's little that'll remind you of Kipling's fictional world. But the tigers that roam these forests are busy leaving behind a rich legacy, more than Mowgli ever could in Seoni.
|Clockwise L-R: Deer grazing in the grasslands of Pench; Sunset in the hinterlands of Seoni; Do you see three tigers in the picture?|
Pench Tree Lodge - The Treehouse Experience
|Pugdundee's ethereal Treehouse at dusk|
Clockwise from top: Twin beds inside the treehouse suite; A view of the sit out deck and the French windows; Mahua tree branches as seen from the deck; Comfortable lounge corner inside the treehouse.
A profile of Collarwali
A report from 1960 - Kipling's Jungle: Fact or Fancy?
Collarwali: An Insight Into The Secret Family Life Of A Remarkable Pench Tigress
Meet the celebrity tigers of Indian jungles
Naming tigers could have its own advantages, but idolising could be bane: Wildlife conservationists
Note: My trip to Pench was sponsored by Pugdundee Safaris.