Our Indian family has grown! We welcome Siyana Sankhala, daughter of Amit and Jessika, to the Wildland family of the far east.
Siyana, the newest member of our Indian family at Wildland Adventures.
Siyana is an Arabic name. They expect to call her "Siya" for short which is close phonetically to "Sita", wife of Rama in Hindu theology, esteemed as a standard-setter for wifely and womanly virtues for all Hindu women.
Sita is known for her dedication, self-sacrifice, courage and purity.
Little does Siyana know what an amazing life she has to look forward to. Her dad, Amit, was about as close to a modern day real life characterization of Kipling's Jungle Book character, Mowgli, that you can get: Born the grandson of a forest officer and son of a renowned wildlife tour operator, Amit rambled in the remote forests of India since he was a baby. Not unlike Mo......
My life-long dream of seeing tigers in the wild took me to on a journey to the wilds of Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Parks in the exotic land of India. Kanha National Park is well known as the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s amazing story Jungle Book and offers enchanting scenic beauty and beautiful sunsets. Although I did not have the good fortune to see tigers at Kanha (many in our group did) I did see and abundance of other wildlife including sloth bear, sambar, spotted deer and plenty of playful monkeys. My dream of seeing a tiger came true in Bandavgarh and it was spectacular! I was completely over come with a sense of joy and wonder – a breathtaking, spine tingling experience. Once I started believing what I was seeing, a feeling of calm washed over me. I became very still and quietly enjoyed this magnificent cat.
Dreams do come true!