Safari luck prevails in India...The elusive Bengal Tiger...How lucky could we be?...

There she was. We couldn't have asked for a better vantage point.
We never expected to see a tiger in India, although we're scheduled for six full days on safari in two different national parks, where we are now at Tiger's Den Resort in Banghavgarh National Park and also upcoming on the 26th, Tuli Tiger Resort in Kanha National Park.

We were up bright and early at 5:00 am and having coffee-tea (as they call morning beverages here in India) by 5:30 am in the dining room of our lovely resort. Both of us were still tired but, also pumped for our first-morning game drive that began at 6:00 am while it was still dark.
Our hearts were pounding with excitement while we attempted to take photos.
In no time at up we were bundled up with blankets on a chilly morning and headed to Gate 1 of 3 in the area. As planned by our diligent travel agent for India, it was us, a driver and a naturalist, alone in a small open-sided vehicle Jeep with elevated seats.

The naturalist sat in behind us on the seats usually reserved for additional guests to ensure we could easily hear him and to provide him with an elevated view as well.

After the first hour and a half without seeing more than some spotted deer, monkeys and bush chickens, we resigned ourselves to the fact that spotting the elusive tiger may be more of a dream than a reality. 
Such a beautiful animal!
And then, around 8:00 am, it happened. Our guides were able to predict there is a tiger in the area when varying antelopes were rapidly on the move, monkeys and birds were particularly noisy.

Suddenly, we were hopeful but still kept our enthusiasm in check. And then, there she was causing no less 10 other safari vehicles jockey for position to get a glimpse of her majesty.

She was walking perpendicular to the road and as shown in our photos at one point she bravely crossed the road. Our guide explained the tigers weren't as intimated by safari vehicles as one might think. They grew up in the park, which has been a popular destination for many wildlife enthusiasts for decades.

Oh, yes, I wish we could have been able to get better photos with more closeups. But, since my new laptop arrived, I sadly discovered it didn't have a slot for a camera data card. I tried to Bluetooth the camera to the laptop, but that didn't work.

She didn't seem to be disturbed by all the gawkers. 
The only option for the future is to purchase an adapter to fit Chromebook but for now, we're sadly stuck using our phones. And, although the photos are adequate, they surely aren't the closeups we'd have been able to get with the camera.

Right now, using my phone as a hotspot, since there's no WiFi in the rooms at the resort (not good) I was having trouble gaining access to the photos in a timely fashion. Hopefully, by dinnertime, the photos were in my cloud ready to be uploaded to this post. 
A pretty scene we spotted in the national park.
Hopefully, as you are reading this we have plenty of photos we were able to upload.

This afternoon at 2:30 pm, after the 1:00 pm lunch, we'll go out on our second game drive of the day. At this, after seeing this morning's tiger we can sit back and relax and simply enjoy nature and whatever may come our way.

Happy day to all. We'll be back with more soon.

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