We drove to Panna Tiger Reserve and whilst the others set up camp in a clearing I wandered about and found reception who gave me the keys to a fully equipped tree-house with fans and en-suite bathroom for the princely sum of $4, so no tent for me tonight.
5.30 in the morning we all boarded Jeeps and headed off into the bush/jungle to spot some tigers. We saw quite a few things that tigers would eat, such as deer, antelope, cows and small children, none of whom seemed particularly concerned that there may be tigers nearby. The guide also seemed a bit vague on the last time a tiger had been seen in these parts and continued to point out small birds and interesting trees. We had fun, more at the expense of the lack of tigers than actually seeing anything great, but I would have appreciated one of the locals dressing up like Tony the Tiger and running across the road whilst shouting “They’rrre Great!”.
The afternoon was spent at Khajuraho temples, famed for their erotic carvings featuring combinations of men, women and at least one horse. Innuendo quickly grew tiring and we retired to a local cafe for the usual lemon soda with chai chaser.