In search of the Holy Grail!
Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
57Trip End Jun 15, 2011
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Where I stayed
Kum Kum House
The train was awesome, we chatted with various people about the UK and eventually got set up for the night. We woke up and only had an hour til Katni.
From Katni train station we jumped on a local train to Umaria. This was crazy! There were probably 3 times more people in the carriage than there should have been but after a few minutes the locals made room for us to sit
In Umaria we walked to the bus stand which turned out to be quite eventful. The locals sent us the wrong way and we ended up surrounded. For a little while it felt quite intimidating but we bullshitted about an emergency in Tala and scarpered! We finally got the bus and rocked up in Tala.
In Tala we headed straight for Kum Kum House. It is the cheapest place by far in Tala and was full of westerners. We were made to feel welcome immediately and agreed straight away to a morning safari the next day. Our room was basic and had no shower but for 2 nights it was absolutely fine.
The 'Holy Grail' is to see a tiger! Every was talking about it. Have you seen one? Did you see one? Which gate is best to see one? Is morning or afternoon better? Rumours, counter rumours, sightings in the town, stories of a man being killed only a month ago. Seriously tigers are the main subject here. The arrival of a jeep to the hotel signalled the usual questions followed by a shake of the head!
The difficulties of actually getting on a safari are quite hard to explain
The park is beautiful and we saw lots of wildlife; Samba Deer, Spotted Deer, Vultures, Marabau, Langur Monkeys, Parrots and two Jackals (very rare to see in the park). We also went in a 1000 year old cave thing where bats were flying around your head.
We made lots of new friends whilst we were there. Albert, Claus, Marco and Malvika (Germany), Julian (Austria), Simone and Eduardo (Brazil) and also Eyal (Israel). Barry (Dublin) arrived on our last day and we clued him up about the complexity of getting a safari.
After three days in Tala we were relaxed but also quite bored. On to Mumbai it is!