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After making his mark in the Indian political arena, Prime Minister Modi is all set to step out of his comfort zone and challenge himself to an epic outdoor adventure. PM Narendra Modi and Bear Grylls have teamed up for a special episode of one of the most popular television programmes Man Vs Wild where they will highlight issues like wildlife conservation. The episode will premiere in India on August 12 at 9 PM IST and can be seen by viewers in 180 countries.
Narendra Modi And Bear Grylls Episode Teaser
A 45-second trailer for the Narendra Modi and Bear Grylls programme shows the two men holding a hand-made weapon carved out of wood, cutting through forests, sniffing animal dung and building a makeshift raft to cross a jungle river together. In one scene, Modi takes a spear in his hand and tells Grylls: “I’ll hold this for you.”
Motive Behind Episode Of Narendra Modi And Bear Grylls
The special episode featuring Narendra Modi and Bear Grylls was filmed in the Jim Corbett National Park in the northern state of Uttarakhand. The Jim Corbett National Park was established in 1936 and is the oldest national park in India. The show presents a great opportunity to showcase ecotourism in India to the world and stress on the importance of environmental conservation and living in harmony with nature.
International Tigers Day 2019
The announcement of the episode featuring Narendra Modi and Bear Grylls comes on the occasion of International Tigers Day. It is celebrated each year on July 29. According to the Tiger Census, India’s tiger population has increased by a third in the last four years to almost 3,000 animals. Most importantly, the target was met four years before the deadline. Narendra Modi said on the show that India has become the safest habitat for tigers in the world by practicing responsible tourism.
Where Can You Find Tigers In India
Want to see tigers in the wild? We have put together a list of 6 places in India where you can see the big cats. Go through it and take your pick:
1. Jim Corbett National Park
Elephant safari in Jim Corbett National Park is a unique way of exploring the rich wildlife and dense forest. It is allowed in Dhikala, Bijrani, and Corbett Landscape zones of Corbett. The 5-hour ride offers you a tremendous chance of exploring the exotic wildlife. Spreading over 520 square kilometers, the park is home to are species such as Otters, fish-eating crocodile, birds of prey and more.
Location: Nainital District, Ramnagar, Uttarakhand 244715
Best Time To Visit: November – February
2. Ranthambore National Park
It is considered as the best place in India to spot the elusive tiger. Believe us when we say that now is a better time than ever to visit the park due to the recent surge in the number of tigers. The park is reportedly home to over 60 tigers. Apart from the big cat, stay on the look out for leopards, sloth bears, jackals, and crocodiles.
Location: Sawai Madhopur District, Rajasthan 322021
Best Time To Visit: April – June
2. Pench National Park
Pench National Park served as the inspiration behind the award-winning novel The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. The park, which covers around 58 square kilometres of area, is a prime breeding ground for tigers. The best place to look out for tigers would be the waterholes where the big cats usually come to take a sip.
Location: Kurai, Madhya Pradesh 480881
Best Time To Visit: October – April
3. Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve
Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, which covers an area of 1727 square kilometres, is the largest national park in Maharashtra. Its lush meadows, teak forests, and deep gorges and valleys attract tourists from far and wide. The reserve conducts plenty of jeep safari tours throughout the year. The tiger population sits at around 60.
Location: Chandrapur, Maharashtra 442401
Best Time To Visit: March – May
4. Manas National Park
Situated in the foothills of Himalayas, Manas National Park is a renowned world heritage site. The park encloses forests and grasslands along the banks of Manas River. The population of tigers in this national park doubled between 2010 and 2018. Despite the high tiger population here, the thick forest makes sightings extremely difficult. Regardless of that, it is an exciting territory to explore for backpackers and solo travelers.
Location: Barpeta, Assam 781328
Best Time To Visit: October – May
5. Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park, which was formerly a royal hunting reserve, is located in the Vindhyan Hills. Interestingly, it has an ancient fort perched on top of an 800m-high plateau. The park has one of the world’s highest tiger densities. You will easily spot a Bengal tiger (and a white tiger, if you’re lucky) on your safari tour in the peak season.
Location: Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh 484661
Best Time To Visit: October – June
5 Survival Lessons From Bear Grylls
Bear Grylls is an expert at navigating through difficult terrains tackling challenges and giving survival strategies to the viewers. Here are 5 of his lessons:
- Don’t eat something unless you’re 100 percent certain that it is edible. Bear notes that every jungle in the world has palm nuts, which is an excellent source of calories.
- A signal fire is the best way of attracting attention if you are trapped somewhere. Vaseline and mosquito repellent gets a big fire going fast.
- If you need to cross a powerful river, you can use a backpack liner, which is an excellent flotation device, to help you on your way to the other side.
- In cold regions, put your mobile in your armpit to warm it up and bring the battery back to life.
- Always make sure to tell someone where you’re going and when you’re due back.
Narendra Modi and Bear Grylls have redefined the meaning of the term ‘wildlife adventurer’. The dictionary meaning of a wildlife adventurer is a man who loves taking risks in the wild. The Indian wilderness showcased in the Man Vs Wild teaser episode reminds us that we need each other and that together we are stronger. Book your trip to India and embark on a wilderness tour with TravelTriangle today!