Trip Reports

Coorg July 2015 Trip Report

Bronze Frog
They wanted to kiss a frog even if there was no promise of Prince Charming!  Like a heady concoction of all things beautiful, Coorg is about the irresistible aroma of coffee and other spices, of a rich culture, of an irreversible love for the land, of relentless rains…and of the lively little creatures that
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Bharatpur February 2014 Tour Report

Bharatpur is special for all bird lovers.  And on this Tour, the magical man-made wetland just found some new fans. We reserve the first week of February every year for this place, because over the years, it has been the most productive time for us to be there in terms of light and birds. We arrived […]
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Great Migration August 2014 Tour Report

The participants knew that the Great Migration was the mother of all mammal congregations on the planet.  But they were just going to find out why it’s truly special. A side-striped jackal stood broadside in the late-afternoon sun, with the grass, now browning, swaying gently in the evening wind.    
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Kenya May 2014 Tour Report: Masai Mara

The morning began early for the group as they made their way to Lake Naivasha for birding, and found yellow-billed storks, African fish eagles, pelicans, cormorants and pied kingfishers.  Hippos and waterbucks were in residence too. Then they drove to the Mara, and made some closeups of a topi without much ado.  A
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Kenya May 2014 Tour Report: Nakuru

Day three dawned, and the group took the long drive to reach Lake Nakuru by evening.  En route to the lodge, they drove around, and at first found an impala.  Within five minutes of entering the park, they were watching a white rhino on a meadow with the backdrop of a fever forest.  Just then, […]
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Kenya May 2014 Tour Report: Amboseli

Fourteen people fell in love with the same thing at the same time. Toehold’s Sachin Rai facilitated this romance with Kenya through a Tour that packed it all. As always the group checked in to a Nairobi hotel and stayed overnight, relaxing their tired bodies from the six-hour flight that had got them across the
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Kaziranga, Nameri and Eaglenest Tour Report

Wild buffalo chases, domestic elephant charges and dozens of wildlife sightings marked the bespoke Tour to India’s North-east for French hobbyist-photographer Yann Muzika, led by Toehold’s Sachin Rai. A pair of Asiatic water buffalo chased each other; an Asian barred owlet flashed its magnetic eyes and a
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Corbett February 2014 Tour Report

Sachin Rai led a group of six cousins in what started as a big family trip and ended up as so much more. The group met at the Old Delhi rail terminus at 9:30 p.m. Some were youthful by age, and some at heart. Sachin needed no introduction but nevertheless performed the formalities outside the station […]
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Corbett February 2012 Tour Report

Birds hovered heavily on this highly productive Tour.  But ultimately, it was the cats that crowned it. In the outskirts of Ramnagar, Skipper Sachin Rai set out with his group on a mission for avian beauties, to kick-start the tour.  Soon after commencing their drive, when they stopped near a dry riverbed to look
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Bandipur February 2014 Tour Report

The tiger was on everybody’s lips.  Could the Tour bring it to their sights too? Dark clouds had gathered in the low, menacing sky, but as the group met an hour after noon at the Gol Ghar of the homely Bandipur Safari Lodge, the enhancement of social climate lifted the group’s spirits to a fine […]
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