Hashim worked for Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge in Nepal from 1978 to 1988, alternating with summers spent in the Western Himalayas – Kashmir and Ladakh – leading treks and organising trout fishing camps.
In 1981 Hashim was appointed Chief Naturalist at Tiger Tops. From 1985 to 1988 he was appointed Director of Operations for Tiger Tops India, dividing his time between Bandhavgarh National Park in Central India and overseeing operations in Kashmir and Ladakh. In 1986 Hashim began a survey of the birds of Bandhavgarh; the results of which were published in the Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. Hashim has contributed articles and notes to wildlife journals and magazines as well as writing a guide to Bandhavgarh, which remains the most widely read (and only) guide to the park. Hashim served as honorary Wildlife Warden of the park and was appointed to the Indian Board of Wildlife. He has assisted various film-makers, being scientific advisor to some productions, including BBC’s Land of the Tiger series.
Hashim is also a director of a company that owns a pioneering property (Forsyth’s Lodge) in Satpura and Bagh Van in Pench. Meanwhile his work as a wildlife and history tour leader has taken him to virtually every corner of the subcontinent, including Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Hashim’s personal favourites
Five years spent in Chitwan at Tiger Tops. You are treated to the daily spectacle of the high Himalayas forming a magnificent backdrop to the lush, sub-tropical wilderness of the Nepali terai. The great joy of Chitwan was the ability to wander these forests on foot, learning the skill and art of tracking and the ways of the jungle from real experts in a way that is impossible from a jeep or on elephant back. Crouching behind a sandbank listening to the mating calls of a pair of tigers from within the tall elephant grass across a small river, with the high peaks of the Himalayas glistening in the Alpenglow at twilight. Bhutan for its scenery, pristine wilderness, cultural integrity and its determination to preserve the best of the past, while integrating with the present in a manner that benefits the entire population.