* This is the 7th in a series of journal posts by LOWA Field Ambassador, and pro photographer, Andy Hettinger ~ who has toured 6 continents in his LOWA Renegades. He is currently putting his boots to the test in the tiger reserves of India.

We packed up to leave the Khana National Park and began our 6-hour car ride to the Bandhavgarh Reserve. Bandhavgarh is a smaller park, in the mountains to the north, with a higher population of tigers than Kana.

We drove through rural farms and villages, where there was quite a commotion. It was Shiva’s birthday (a principal Hindu deity) so everyone, everywhere, was celebrating.

We passed through a town on a river where nearly a thousand people were singing, dancing and swimming. Brightly colored sari’s dotted the crowd. The entire nation seemed to be in a party mood!

And, then we arrived at the Samode Lodge. From the outside, it didn’t look like much.

Inside, a very different story. The common area was made of beautiful dark wood with a balcony to watch sunsets and stars. Our rooms offered views of the jungle, adding to the excitement of tomorrow's photo safari.

We were loving all of the amenities but it was the cool, inviting waters of the swimming pool made Kat's heart skip a beat.


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