• This is a very shy tigress in Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttrakhand and on one rare occasion, she crossed this pond to get to the track between the hills and disappear in the thicket of the jungle. She was a bit surprised to be caught in the open and her expression is of surprise and hurry.

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  • A very popular and bold tigress of Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttrakhand, popularly known as “Paarwali”. She has been enthralling tourists for a while now. I photographed her one evening as the sun rays turned golden and she had already cooled down and got out to go on about her business.

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  • In Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra, there was this very shy litter of a female and the family was called Devdoh family. One morning, I was lucky to catch the male cub cross the road. The expression sure was certain of maintaining distance but got an opportunity to freeze the moment in time.

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  • Sundarbans, West Bengal, is known for aggressive but shy tigers. They are known to cross long lengths to reach the 10s of islands in that mangrove wonder of the world. This tiger was looking to come out of the jungle but a tourist boat was too close to the bank and it was contemplating whether to go swim or not. I wanted to capture the habitat of Sunderbans in this picture.

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  • “Bamera” male tiger ruled Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh, for a while and was very popular with tiger lovers. He had a cut on this nose and gave an easy recognition feature. It was a massive tiger. One winter morning, I ran in to him crossing a road and sun rays highlighted its winter coat especially the hair on its neck. I wanted to get the winter coat of the tiger in its habitat.

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  • One of the wishes of many photographers is to photograph a tiger in the mist in Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttrakhand. This particular tigress was a bit surprised to see us while I was struggling to get it in focus with very low light due to early morning with fog and mist. I eventually got a faint outline and was glad that I fulfilled my dream to get a tiger in the mist.

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  • One summer morning in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra, it must be already past 30 degreeCelsius by 8 AM when this Kuhani female brought her cubs to get a sip of water and cool off. The little pond was too small to accommodate them all so the more dominant ones grabbed what they could while the shyer ones got a little edgy and aggressive.

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  • There is only one tiger in the world known to have stripes on his forehead where the letters read “C.A.T.”. It is every tiger lover’s dream to get a head on photograph of this massive male who had been ruling Kanha Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh for a while. He has obliged many and it was my turn to get this massive old male’s C.A.T. edged in my memory.

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  • A very popular tigress called “Krishna” or T19 has been ruling the picturesque part of Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan, for a while now. She has successfully raised litters there. One winter morning the tiger brigade came face to face with us where the mother told us to remember who the jungle belongs too. We happily obliged to the Queen.

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  • For more than 9 years this female, “Sharmele” of Bijrani, Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttrakhand, has been mesmerizing tourists with her beauty and actions. She has raised several litters now and is a photographer’s delight as she is confident and walks with the photographers in tow and may even use the jeep as a decoy to get to her prey. She is very smart indeed. She has a brigade of loyal followers.

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  • A very popular “Sultan” of Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan, relaxing in his home territory and luckily we were the only ones. He gave us a 3 hour sighting and posed to our delight. He is a very handsome male offspring of a very famous tigress of Ranthambhore.

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  • When “Wagdoh”, the dominant male of Telia region was at his peak, he was maintaining known 4 females. He was getting in to fights all the time and when this shot was taken, he was just recovering from a very bad injury above his right eye. Wagdoh at one time was considered one of the biggest tigers’ in size in any tourist zone of core area of any tiger reserve in India. During this shot, it was peak April heat and he had just swan across the Telia reservoir and was crossing the road to unite with his four female offspring.

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  • I wanted to show the Kaziranga Tiger Reserve, Assam, habitat. The elephant grass height can be imagined looking at how small the tiger looks in comparison and what perfect camouflage it is for the tiger. We got to know about the tiger’s presence by the trumpet of the elephants trying to protect their young one.

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  • One of the most popular tigresses of Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, “Noor”, Rajasthan, made an early morning round, luckily creating a silhouette condition while checking and marking her territory.

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  • A few years ago, there were these 4 Telia sisters in Telia area of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra, who posed in many locations but when in the Telia reservoir cooling off in the peak summer month and sun is setting for the day, the tiger finds itself in a calm mood and calmness is seen in the stillness of the water.

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  • One of the biggest tiger reserves extending in to Nepal, Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, Uttar Pradesh, is known for its shy tigers. One very early morning within minutes of entering the tiger reserve, we stumbled on to a female tiger. She looked as surprised as I was and gave me a minute to get some photographs. Seeing a tiger in this reserve is very special.

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  • T16 or Machali of Ranthambhore, as she was fondly known as, passed away in 2016 as the oldest known tigress recorded in any tiger reserve in India.

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  • This is the legendary “Collarwali” female of Pench Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh, who holds the record to have gifted the tiger reserve 22 offspring! Winter morning light and winter coat gives this legend a very pretty look!

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  • Nagarhole Tiger Reserve, Karnataka, also known as Kabini, holds a unique distinction of a healthy population of tigers and leopards likewise. The habitat is very unique and I wanted to show a misty bamboo habitat of the reserve and also compare the size with the size of the king of the reserve.

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  • None the less, Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh, success is also contributed to this amazing tigress, “T1”, who is actually a sister of the legendary “Bamera” of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh. She has successfully raised her litter every time and now Panna maintains a healthy population of tigers. She is the sweet heart of a revived park!

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