How will it be to face a tiger face-to-face? You can experience this if you visit Bandhavgarh National Park!
Bandhavgarh, a thrill, and adventure for some but daily lease of new life for the people living there!
Bandhavgarh National Park is spread at Vindhya hills in Madhya Pradesh. The density of the Tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India. Thus, it is famous for its Royal Bengal tiger sighting and therefore every year thousands of tourists flock here to get a glimpse of this majestic animal.
The park has been divided into three major zones named as Tala, Magdi, and Khitauli. With luck on your side, you can come face to face with a tiger here in this wildlife inhabited core area that sprawls in more than 105 square km and a buffer area of approximately 450 sq km.
Even if you don’t get the opportunity to have the tiger sighting experiences still the possible proximity and warning signals of the likely presence of big cat will be adequate to give you goosebumps.
With the ever-increasing strength of tourist in this area, there are a number of beautiful resorts build up with world-class facilities amidst the wildlife. These resorts, on one hand, have provided employment to many people but on the other hand, it has put the lives of many of them in danger in the course of discharging their duties.
In addition to this, there are many villages in that area inhabited by people who have to risk their lives daily for the sake of living. Last but not the least, there are people who are employed there such as forest guides, Jeep drivers, patrolmen, etc. God forbid but if they happen to come across the majestic wild beast, they will be at their mercy wholly as they are not allowed to carry any weapon for their protection.
We happened to talk to some people in that area where we learned some interesting and some spine-chilling incidents. A person working as a manager in one of the best resorts shared that he came face to face with the tiger on the first day of his job on the main road while traveling on the scooter. The first thought that crossed his mind was that whether he would remain alive or not to tell his story.
It was cold winter and he was wearing a red jacket. Tigers are not said to be very friendly with this color. Eventually, he decided that he cannot stand there forever and taking a risk he tried to run away with his scooter as fast as possible. Fortunately, the tiger didn’t chase him and he got lucky. Although not everyone is lucky enough, two days prior to this incident, a school principal while commuting from the main road was killed by the tiger on that very road.
Even on your jeep safari, you can get scary close to tigers without any protection and you better believe your guide can outrun you if it came to it. The patrolmen can be seen riding a bicycle with a wooden stick or on scooter alone in the middle of the jungle as according to the localities the unemployment is so high that the other person may be willing to do the same for even half the salary.
The security measures do not seem to be adequate for tourists and they are not at all there for the locals. There is an urgent need to safeguard the local populace from the fury of the big cat during any chance encounter. Till then just let us keep our fingers crossed.