[After Kahjuraho we headed east for Varanasi (Benares) through white tiger country. Little did I know that a former pupil of my father’s had been looking after white tigers for the Maharajah of Rewa since the 1960s. As Equerry to Maharajah Martand Singh, Terry Walton (old boy of Durham School) helped create a wildlife sanctuary – Bandhavgarh – in the forests of Tala in Central India. There’s a fabulous book about the tigers and Bandhavgarh: Tiger Jungle by Iain Green (published by Tiger Books) with stunning photos. http://www.tiger-books.co.uk/]
SUNDAY 12TH DECEMBER, 1976
“Scenery pleasant – irrigated fields, lots of trees – through jungle area where white tigers are supposed to roam! (Had a loo stop there!)
Interesting villages – mud huts with straw or tiles on roof – potter at work, loads of kids – (yesterday, bus surrounded and they simply roared when someone came near – one shouted after me “you my darling!”)
Wild pigs running around near road – lots of road barriers at villages as usual.
At lunch, Pam, Jan and me walked on before bus caught us up – super walk in the sunshine along tree-lined road – lots of cows wandering around.
Arrived in Benares this evening.”