Gliding along Lake Lucerne (Switzerland), you come across sleepy villages, inviting bays, chalets and emerald meadows that give a greenish tinge to the lake waters...
Tigress and cub sighted at Ranthambhore National Park in Jan 2009
While the second cub frolics in the background dense growth, this tigress and her male cub walked down to the water gracefully to quench their thirst...a rare sighting in Ranthaambhore National Park...we actually saw four tigers in that one trip!!!
Male Tiger at Ranthambhore National Park in January 2009
This one greeted us almost at the gates of the Ranthambhore National Park ...what a sighting!!! Casually he walked towards our jeep, totally unconcerned with our presence, circled around a few trees marking his territory and then, walked across the road--within touching distance --all this while disdainfully ignoring us. Across on the other side, he decided to give chase to a herd of deer, then as suddenly gave up and sauntered across the jungle into the long tiger grass...
Tigress and cub, Ranthambhore, Jan '09
After slaking their thirst, the mum and cub settle down to some coochey-cooing...a sight worth a million!
Indian Tree Pie in Ranthambhore National Park, January 2009
This long tailed, chestnut brown bird -- the Indian Tree Pie -- is the friendliest I've ever come across...we just had to put out our hands with some biscuit crumbs and they came flying in scores from all around, perching on our hands and partaking of the feast. The Indian Tree Pie also is called Tiger's Colgate, because these birds actually sit on the tiger's head, and pick his teeth, cleaning it of all the meat...some courage that!!!
Crocodile in River Banas in Ranthambhore
Swimming with the crocodiles! This was a first too...boating in crocodile infested waters. Scary, but exhilarating. This portion of the river was landlocked and full of crocodiles. We believed our boatman when he said they wouldn't harm us....Was that foolish? Maybe...but I lived to tell the tale...:)