The Roaring Melody
It was one of the coldest weeks of summer when I, along with a couple of friends, visited Corbett National park for a 5-day trip. It was the first opportunity for my friends to see the majestic tiger in the wild. The misty, frosted grasslands of Corbett National Park, that sight was out of a painter’s dream. In the first safari, we set out in our open Gypsy onto the dusty jungle roads of Corbett. The mist and the cold weather made sure that we were wide awake even at 5am in the morning. Armed with cameras, binoculars, the camouflaged jungle safari clothing and a sense of exploration, we entered the gates of Corbett National Park, Dhikala zone after a short drive. This was after three jungle safaris without a tiger being spotted. Just after 30 minutes into the scenic grasslands, a big beautiful tigress made her presence felt. We were completely awestruck by her beauty and grace. Majesty gleamed from the way the tigress walked. That adrenaline rush, was something none of us can ever forget. By then, the driver had turned the engine off and decided to stalk the stalker. One could easily tell that she knew she was the queen of this jungle. There was a pack of deer on the other side of the dusty road. We waited there for about 20 minutes but nothing happened. She gave us a brief look, ignored us, as if we were part of the landscape. But just then she started to make her move and walked towards the pack of deer. She took her time to have a long glance at her feast for the day. We were to experience the rarest of rare sights one could witness in a jungle safari.
The tigress made her move and pounced on a deer amongst the pack. There was a silent cheer amongst us, as we were witnessing something unusual. The tigress grabbed the deer after a chase of just a few seconds and there was her meal for the day. We witnessed many such unforgettable incidences in our jungle safari, but the sheer joy and delight of this sight would always be the first thing that comes to my mind whenever I think of Corbett National Park.