Tiger Trek contains 24 high-resolution images of tigers sighted in their own surroundings and on their own terms. Most of these photographs have been taken early morning when the temperature is slightly cooler. As the temperature rises, tigers become less active and hide under the bushes in the shade. These photographs have been taken using Canon 7D camera and 100-400mm lens.
Photographer Nupur Bhatnagar sincerely hopes that the hearts and minds of the viewers are stirred by the magnificence of the creature they find in these photographs. If they are moved in some way to help with its survival in the wild, then the purpose, for which these photographs have been taken, has been served.
The tiger has captured the imagination of human beings from the beginning of recorded history. It has been feared, worshiped, admired and hunted, it is perhaps the most photographed and written about animal in the world today.
The most prolific areas in which tigers are found today are China, Korea, and South East Asia including almost every corner of India and Sumatra etc. Africa, Europe and America are not natural habitats for tigers. However tigers survive remarkably well in captivity. This is not optimal, as tigers love to roam vast plains or jungles. Still parks and Nature reserves actually protect and conserve their numbers and need to be supported.
In India tigers live in a wide range of habitats including Evergreen Forests, Mangrove Swamps, Tropical Rain Forests, Grasslands and Rocky Mountains. Thus tiger reserves and sanctuaries are spread almost in every region of India, which can boast of housing more than half of world’s tiger population today.
The ideal tiger habitat must fulfill three basic requirements, such as shelter, food (prey base) and water. Ranthambore has it all. Ranthambore is in fact the finest place in the world to photograph the magnificent tigers. The dry- deciduous and semi-arid ruins of Rajput and medieval gateways that are scattered around the reserve, makes the forest the best place in the world for tiger photography.
Ranthambore National Park is located in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan. Situated at the heart of the Park are the ruins of Ranthambore fort, which was named after the two surrounding hills, Rann and Stambhore.
Ranthambore is a unique wilderness, combining a rich natural and historical heritage. Nowhere else in the world can one observe tigers against the backdrop of stunning medieval ruins.
During late winter and through the summer, the forest wears a dry brownish look, but the first monsoon shower works wonders. Within a week the fresh sprouting leaves of the dhak trees turns this lifeless, brownish jungle into a lush green youthful forest. There is rich floral diversity in the area and more than 400 species of plants have been recorded in Ranthambore.
However middle level vegetation is sparse and that is why the visibility range is much higher in Ranthambore as compared to other Tiger Reserves, thus making it a preferred choice as a wildlife tourist destination.
Tigers can also be found in almost all the numerous wildlife reserves in the State of Madhya Pradesh, of which Kanha is the most well known reserve for tiger tourism.
Kanha, is one of the most well known Tiger Reserves for wildlife tourism, is spread for many kilometers across the valleys of Banjar and Hallon rivers, from the crest of Maikal hills into the valleys.With the advent of Project Tiger, an area of 200 sq. Kms was constituted into the Kahna Wildlife Sanctuary. It has been divided in Four Zones i.e. Kisli, Mukki, Kanha and Sarhi. Only 20% area of core zone is open for visitors. Highest probability to spot Tiger, Deer, Bear, Birds and Leopard. After it became a Tiger Reserve, several villages were relocated, the grazing pressure was reduced, the water resources were bounded and the forest fires were controlled. The conservation effort has been rewarded by an increase in Tiger population.
An unusual feature of Kanha is the diversity of its herbivores mammals. Along with the more common Chital, Sambar and Barking Deer, there is the beautiful Barasingha.
We have nearly 66,000 sq. Km of land that comes under tiger reserves in India and contains about 1000 to 1350 tigers. The rest of tigers live in the wild on the outside. The all India estimate of tigers in 2010 as per government record is about 1500 to 1900 tigers. We are responsible in India for the future safety of wild tigers for the entire planet.