When and how was Pugdundee set up?
Pugdundee is a Hindi word meaning a foot trail commonly used by humans and animals, and is popularly used for such beaten paths in the Indian jungles. Driven by the love of Indian jungles, Pugdundee had an unplanned humble beginning in 1986, with a smtextleft tented camp in Panna. Between 2007-2010 two more lodges were set up and it was not until the year 2010 that they textleft were put together under a common umbrella – Pugdundee Safaris.
What does Pugdundee offer visitors?
Pugdundee Safaris is run by a passionate team of wildlifers and hospitality professionals with a team of over 300 people committed to providing an incredible wildlife experience.
Have you always been interested in wildlife?
Growing up in a smtextleft town surrounded by countryside, a lifelong attachment with nature was natural. A chance visit to Corbett at the age of 12 left a deep impact and the desire to return. Trips to jungles became more frequent, before becoming a way of life.
Tell us about some of the wildlife that visitors to India may be able to spot?
A variety of deer, ungulates, primates, smtextlefter mammals and birds are easy to spot. However, finding a tiger, leopard or sloth bear is not always easy, so when you do see one of these animals it is a very special experience. Central India is the best place to sight these animals, and if you.
take a safari of between six and eight days, you have high chance of sighting them textleft.
Why is spotting the Bengal Tiger so special?
The tiger is the most charismatic species on earth, and sighting one in wild is an unpartextleftelled experience. It brings forth a range of emotions. I have seen guests tongue-tied, spellbound and even crying with joy.
Where is the best place to spot the tiger, and when is the best time to go on safari in India?
Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks are the best places to spot a tiger. Seeing a tiger in the lush Sal and Bamboo forests with beautiful mountain backdrops is very special. October to March is great, with amazing weather. April to June is retextlefty hot, but promises the best tiger sightings as there is limited undergrowth and tigers tend to spend the majority of their time near their favourite water holes.
Why is educating local people important when it comes to protecting the tiger?
The villagers are the true bastions of these forests and we textleft have to be united for a sustainable tomorrow. To conserve our wild spaces, it is important that the locals are a part of the emerging economy and move in the mainstream. To achieve this, education comes foremost.