The Lone Ranger
A jungle welcomes everyone, be it a 2 year old, or an 82 year old. Mother Nature does not judge or discriminate, does not stop you from learning. Traveling in a group is a vacation, but traveling solo, being a ‘Lone Ranger’ is a retreat.
In that split second you realize that you’ve lost connectivity on your phone, you’re in a wild country. One moment you were feverishly tapping away on your keypads- emails, chats, or even perfectly worded outrage in 140 characters at the speed of light, while in the next your existence seems a little more worthwhile. You find yourself in the calming presence of tree canopies instead of skyscrapers; not finding a single aircraft but birds of a thousand colors when you look up. Not your usual sight is it?
It is important to be with your thoughts and yourself. To be one with nature, to realize that the reticence of a forest is far more commodious than you think. Just like a forest has a part of it cordoned off as its core zone, find your core zone when visiting a national park solo. India is haven to an abundance of national parks that ensure tranquility from within.
Closeness to nature helps, but we believe contact with wildlife establishes a nexus with your primitive self. For decades, humans have been far too obsessed trying to conquer the universe to notice their true self. They are oblivious to their past as primates. What about the primitive man who did not have civilization to return to? He had to use every nerve and sense to prevent dying a very violent death.
For people who are unhinged with the idea of wildlife and wilderness, the forest offers solitude, peace, romance and history. Unlike most Indian retreats that claim to holistically heal with ayurveda and yoga, the only person healing you in the forest, is you. And that process is irreversible.
Tigers are the majestic creature which still roams the wild of India. Ranthambore National park is the one of the best park to spot tigers.
Born and brought up in New Delhi, it was Sharad’s childhood passion to play cricket for India. While on a holiday in 1990, he saw his first tiger. Little did he know that this one sighting would immerse him into a realm where forests and tigers were all that mattered.
Sharad’s experiences as a wildlife photographer have inspired him to observe the tiger’s behavior for over 30 years and motivated him on his own journey as an entrepreneur. He started Nature Safari India Pvt Ltd, with a focus on “Conservation through Tourism.” to align himself to the mission of saving the regal species and repopulating them in India’s forests. In 2006, he set up one of India’s premier jungle lodges in Kanha National Park.
Sharad believes that there are many lessons to be learned from a tiger that can be applied successfully to leadership—both in business and in life. Here’s a new book by Sharad Vats on management and leadership skills to learn from a Tiger.