- Abhishek Pangis, from Pune in western Maharashtra state, spent 40 minutes watching a rare black leopard
- The 23-year-old was on a two-day safari trip at Tadoba Reserve last month when he took the photographs
- He watched the black leopard drinking water from a pond, marking its territory and stalking monkeys
Abhishek Pangis, from Pune in western Maharashtra state, spent 40 minutes watching the majestic big cat at Tadoba Reserve last month.
The 23-year-old said he 'went blank' when he first saw the leopard on the second day of the two-day trip, reported LadBible.
After ten minutes Mr Pangis realized he was the only person on the trip with a camera and started taking photographs.
He said: 'I hadn't seen anything so beautiful, I was completely stunned. Usually people have seen it around for two or three minutes but I was very lucky as I could see it for 40 minutes.'
He watched the cat 'drinking water from a pond, marking its territory and stalking langurs and monkeys'.
Mr Pangis and his parents saw the leopard in June when it was 113F (45C) and the cat needed to leave the undergrowth for water.
The animal's dark coat is caused by melanism - when extra black pigment develops in the skin or hair because of a recessive genetic mutation.