Checklist for your trip to the Indian jungle
Not many trips match the experience of one that has meeting a tiger on agenda. For most, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment. And so you must be ready, all prepared and have a plan before you enter the Indian forests; full of adventure, thrill and some of the most life-changing experiences.
Here’s a list of things that can come handy when you plan to venture into the wild side of India:
A budgeted trip:
1.Have a budget in mind, stick to it leaving scope for last minute adjustments.
2.Start planning at least 3 - 4 months in advance of the date of travel.
3.Do thorough research. Asking people, who’ve visited the place before, is a good thing. However, you need to figure out things on your own as well.
4.Avoid extremely commercial trips and be clear on what you want to achieve from the trip. If you want to spot a tiger, you might need to go on 3 to 4 safaris at specific locations, for instance.
5.Advance planning and shopping are advisable. Last minute plans and on the spot shopping can turn out to be expensive.
6.To avoid the crowd and get cheap tickets, plan a trip during offseason.
What to carry?
1.Clothes: Comfortable and weather-specific clothes are a must-have. Windcheaters, shorts, jackets, caps, sunglasses and few spare t-shirts are important. Traveling light and smart is the trick to a happy trip. Avoid trinkets and expensive things to keep your mind at ease.
2.Digital/video camera: You don’t have to be a photographer, a good camera always gives you more to explore. There will always be much to shoot and so many memories to capture. Make sure you carry extra batteries, memory card to keep yourself from bothering about space and other accessories.
3.Journal: A close encounter with an animal or a detail you noticed about the road, jot it all down in a journal. It will be a good read years later. It will also be easy to pass on information to those planning a trip and even for your next one.
4.Binoculars: The thick jungle cover and the camouflaging colours can make spotting animals tricky. A pair of good binoculars will give you a closer view of the jungle and its hidden treasures. Who knows you might end up spotting something that others don’t.
5.First aid kit: Emergency medicines, band-aids, antiseptic and your regular medicines are always a good safety precaution.
1.To spot an animal in its natural habitat, you must do all that you can to maintain the serenity of the environment. Even the slightest noise could scare an animal into hiding. Avoid playing music and honking. Also drive slowly to explore the vastness of the jungle and keep from harming the small animals that contribute towards maintaining the ecology of the forests.
2.Loud colours can also intimidate animals. Pick subtle coloured clothes that camouflage with the forest colours, help you blend in and improve your chances of spotting an animal in their natural habitat.
3.Do not interfere with the natural routines of animals. Feeding them or calling out to them is in conflict with their natural lifestyle. It is important that we respect the animals and the habitat that they live in.
4.Carry an extra bag to collect litter and encourage others to do the same. Throwing used cans and packets directly affects the jungle environment. You also don’t want animals feeding on these.
5.Listen carefully to the instructions of the guides. Respect their experience in the jungle. Make sure you don’t pluck flowers or touch the animals.
Keeping a few points in mind always helps make the trip fun.
Have a safe trip.