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Photographer Art Wolfe ventures into thick bamboo forest to get the perfect shot

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Credit: Art Wolfe

Tiger in India's Bandhavgarh National Park.

One of India gems is our Geo Quiz destination this time. The national park we're looking for today is located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The park itself sprawls over an area of 25,000 acres right in the heart of India.

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Once an exclusive game preserve of the maharajas, in 1968 it was declared a national park.

Its dense bamboo forests and swamps are sanctuary for some endangered leopards and Bengal tigers.

Photographer Art Wolfe says there are two rules in the park: use caution and hang on tight to the elephant.

“So as I'm moving through this forest and I am very thankful that I have image stabilization, it allows me to really get shots I might otherwise not be able to get because this elephant is a really a moving platform," Wolfe says.

Here's an extra clue if you have a Sanskrit dictionary handy: A small hill in this park is said to have been given by Hindu Lord Rama to his brother Laxman to keep watch over neighboring Sri Lanka. So, in Sanskrit the park's name means Brother's Fort.

Art Wolfe was in India recently scouting out locations for his PBS travel series "Travels To The Edge.” He ventured into the dense bamboo forests of Bandhavgarh National Park in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, the answer to our Geo Quiz.

His mission there was to photograph one of the park's resident Bengal Tigers.

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